Archive for January, 2010

Feminine Appeal

January 22, 2010

This week I began a new bible study with some women from my friend’s church; to be honest I’ve never really participated in a bible study unless you count Sunday school so this is something different for me. In this study we are reading Feminine Appeal, it’s based upon this passage from Titus 2:

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can teach the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

Here we, as women, are given seven feminine virtues to live by: loving my husband, loving my children, self-control, purity, honor in working at home, kindness and submission. As we delve further into the book we will be learning how each of these virtues relate to our daily, modern lives.

I’m really looking forward to how God will reveal Himself to me through this study. Being a relatively young wife, I know that I still have a lot to learn; most of the women in the study group have been married for 8+ years and have kids so I’m hoping to learn as much as I can from them and their experiences.

Girl’s Night In

January 13, 2010

Mark is in Cupertino until Thursday so I decided to treat myself to a little relaxing evening doing all the things that would normally never be done if the husband were present.

After working on my portfolio for a few hours I went and worked out before the New Years resolution crowd made it to the gym. Following a relaxing bath I cooked some delightful garlic shrimp pasta for myself while wearing my pajamas, hair wet, drinking Chardonnay and listening to my Duffy station on Pandora {thanks Mandy}. I popped in Julie & Julia {redbox renting is awesome!} and ate my lovely dinner. I’ve wanted to rent this movie forever but just never did because I knew the hubby wouldn’t enjoy it as much as me. Soooo glad I finally saw it…what a great movie, Meryl Streep is amazing…makes me want to cook more, or learn how to cook for real.

I Miss You

January 12, 2010

Two of my favorite kitties passed away in 2009 and I wanted to dedicate a post to them so I can always look back and remember how much they meant to me.

Sugarpie

She was the cat that wouldn’t die…born when Ben was a toddler, she was nearly 16 years old. I always remember her laying on the porch railing like this with her hind legs hanging off the sides. In her old age she got pretty skinny and extremely vocal {I think she was deaf and just couldn’t hear herself} and no matter how much we couldn’t stand her screeching I still loved her just the same.

Peaches

Peaches was my baby; his brother, Cinnamon, was Ben’s and Peaches was mine. He was always such a thick and healthy cat, often roaming away from home for days on end and living off of mice. But when we would let him come in the house he always felt right at home. He liked to rub on the dining table and chairs and then stretch out on the carpet, pulling himself around to scratch his back. Peachie had a very distinct meow, very firm and manly. I used to always butt heads with him as I would walk by him sitting on the porch railing and he always butted back. I miss you big boy.

Here’s to hoping there’s a kitty wing in heaven and we’ll be together again soon.

Revelation

January 12, 2010

I have this bad tendency of worshiping God in waves…everything in life is going fine and I get caught up in my daily routine and forget about Him, slowly things begin to shift and my life seems to careen out of control until I end up running back to God, crying for help. It’s in those little moments of complete trust and dependence that I catch a glimpse of how small and insignificant I am and how wonderful our God is.

Over the past few months I’ve had a few struggles that continue, time and time again, to bring me to my knees asking for help and guidance. Through my prayers God revealed to me two very simple yet incredibly meaningful truths:

God loves each and every person just as you love Mark.

I love Mark. The love I feel for him is the strongest, most powerful emotion I have ever felt. It hurts me to be away from him for more than an hour. God has blessed me with this love so that I can finally understand how much He loves me. It hurts God when I forget to pray or when I think I can live without Him.

Love is all that is real…everything else is superficial.

This is so simple {which I why I love it}. Love is the only thing in this world that is REAL. Everything else that we place importance upon only appears to be true until examined more closely. Our jobs don’t matter. Our possessions don’t matter. Our status doesn’t matter. Our money doesn’t matter. If we don’t live to love others then we aren’t living at all, we are drifting along in our UNREAL lives.

In light of these mini-revelations and the beginning of a fresh, new year I’m going to strive to BE REAL and to LOVE MORE.

I think “real” is rapidly becoming one of my new favorite words, right up there with “simple.”