That one summer I helped lead out VBS at my old church, the Owensboro Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Everyone returned to #SAU singing the same VBS theme song that year: “The journey begins. We’re all getting in, into the Word of God. His Word is our guide for all of our lifetime. Oh, oh, oh - HEY! Let the vast voyage begin, oh, oh - HEY! Let the vast voyage begin!” #tbt #throwbackthursday #takeitbacknowyall #iwouldrememberthethemesong #church #adventists #christatcenter #kytn #iheartvbs #kids

That one summer I helped lead out VBS at my old church, the Owensboro Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Everyone returned to #SAU singing the same VBS theme song that year: “The journey begins. We’re all getting in, into the Word of God. His Word is our guide for all of our lifetime. Oh, oh, oh - HEY! Let the vast voyage begin, oh, oh - HEY! Let the vast voyage begin!” #tbt #throwbackthursday #takeitbacknowyall #iwouldrememberthethemesong #church #adventists #christatcenter #kytn #iheartvbs #kids

My dear little sister and friend Sarah has requested that I post 5 pictures that I believe captures my beauty. My motto is “Inner Heart before Outer Art.” No matter what you see, true beauty comes from within, for the soul is the essence of a person. I now request that my dear sisters Khaeris, Joanna, Janelle, Geovanna, and Priscilla do the same. #beauty #IHBOA #christatcenter #youknowthatyourebeautiful

My dear little sister and friend Sarah has requested that I post 5 pictures that I believe captures my beauty. My motto is “Inner Heart before Outer Art.” No matter what you see, true beauty comes from within, for the soul is the essence of a person. I now request that my dear sisters Khaeris, Joanna, Janelle, Geovanna, and Priscilla do the same. #beauty #IHBOA #christatcenter #youknowthatyourebeautiful

What does being rich, healthy, beautiful, and intelligent mean to me?

Well, I can have a size four body. I can have solid abdominals. I can have buns and thighs of steel. I can have all those women on the insanity workout videos looking like silly puddy. I can have eyes of purity. I can have lips like honey. I can have the lifestyle of a vegetarian. I can have the thickest, longest, REAL hair. I can have the whitest, straightest teeth. I can have the most attractive natural scent. I can have the ability to turn heads without lifting a finger. I can have a wardrobe that makes Tyra look like a hobo. I can have the perfect hourglass shape. I can have the sexiest man on my arm. I can have the brains Einstein dreamed of having. I can have everything this world has to offer. But if I don’t have Jesus… If I don’t truly submit my life to Him… I will be the poorest, unhealthiest, most unattractive, and least intellectual person to ever walk the planet. I will have absolutely nothing. True riches, overall health, beauty, and wisdom all start with the fear of G-d and knowing that He is the reason I am even breathing today. With Him, I have everything I could ever dream of having and more.

And that, to me, is what being truly and completely rich, healthy, beautiful, and intelligent all mean to me. Take it, or leave it.

Your Truly, 10 Feb 2012

We can read the World’s Greatest Love Story (The Bible), the best non-fiction ever written, 1000 times in every possible 1-Year-Plan way. We can watch Passion of the Christ a 100 times. We can even fall in love, marry, have children, and spend the rest of our lives until our last breathe with the one G-d prepares for us. But we will never 100% understand what True Love feels or even looks like. We won’t even reach that point when we get to heaven. I mean, even the angels live in His presence and still don’t understand it all. The twelve men who walked and talked with Him daily didn’t even fully understand, and that is evident in their stories, too. We may get as close as humanly possible to understanding, sure. But that’s just it. It will only be as close as humanly possible because we were not in Jesus’ mind when He was praying in the Garden, when the blood dripped down his face from the crown of thorns, when he burned in agonizing pain from the lashes on his beaten back, we will never truly know how crazily, painfully, sacrificially, fulfillingly, or engulfingly miraculous True Love feels like. Buy all the chocolates, flowers, and cards you want tomorrow. Post as many “I love yous” on everyone’s wall. Text and email as many Valentine’s day forwards as you please. Play with as many internet cupids as your heart desires. But ponder on the story of the only man that has walked this earth knowing what it’s like to be so full of love that He was willing to carry the weight of ever person that ever breathed/is breathing/will breathe on this earth and die in their places even though they openly denied/deny/will deny and insulted/insult/will insult - and today with a stronger force than ever in the History of Hatred continue to deny and insult - the face of G-d Himself. I know I will. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.

Yours Truly, on the topic of Valentine’s Day & True Love, #1Corinthians13 #1John4

Blog #19: The Hoarder

Declutter. Release. Let go. We tend to hoard a lot of things. Clutter. Food. Bad memories. Learning to let go, to give away, to not have stress is a hard lesson to learn. But once we learn and let go and realize that it’s okay to let go… we can breathe!

This is how it is on the Christian walk. And as much as we try to give our problems to God in prayer, we, for some reason, like to pick up our problems right after the Amen! But that’s not the point. We’re to give our problems to Him, completely let go, and trust that He has drown them in the seas to never surface again. The enemy is the floaty on our problems. God pops the floaty. In fact, the power of God is the anchor tied to our problems. Nothing can resurface if we trust that He has a handle on them.

I’m tired of being a hoarder. I’m learning to let go and let God. Daily. Constantly. Let it go, my friend. Just… Let it all go.

Happy Sabbath.

Blog #20: Family

Family. There is what God ideally wanted and created family to be, then there is exceptional family by His love and mercy through sin. For those of you who weren’t raised in an ideal family situation, but have GOOD people in your life who you can see has a mother/father/brother/etc-figured in your life, you have family. God loves His children so much that He will send the right people at the right times (aka, the times He knows is right, since He is our ultimate parent and knows what’s best for us) to be our “family.” And for those who consistently post online “no one cares about me,” that’s a dark feeling to feel - have felt it myself many tines before. But have faith, stay strong, and keep your eyes open. You never know who’d be ready to “adopt” you. Christ ALWAYS cares even when it seems as though the ones around you don’t. Lean on Him as much as possible. He’ll lead you to “family.” For those of us in an “ideal” family situation should really count our blessings. We’re lucky to have both parents, happily married, siblings that love us, all close in our relationships with each other, supportive, etc… Not only should we count our blessings, but we should be examples, reaching out to those in situations like the ones mentioned above. We ought not only take notice, but take action, allow Christ love to shine through us and for them to understand and experience “family.”

"Beloved, let us love one another… For GOD is love." -1 John 4:7, 8.

#wearefamily

Blog 23: He’s Able

A re-occuring concept my mother kept repeating to me this summer was that anything that any person has ever said or done in my life to distort my idea of what a God-fearing man molded by the hands of God is to look like will forever be changed the moment I meet my husband. Why? Because God has taken precious time forming him inside and out to allow my rib to snap perfectly in place where it needs to be in his rib cage, for us to move as 3 in 1.

Everyone knows what my mom is talking about. Somewhere down the line, you have probably had at least one person slightly shift your view on certain ideas or opinions about certain types of people. God knows how to restore your eyes and give you 20/20 vision again by lending you His eyes to see.

Sitting back while listening to an old favorite, it all makes sense now. I understand what my mother meant. I am sure when I finally come face-to-face with this Adam of mine that the impact will be so much greater. But for right now, the peace is enough. G-d has blessed my broken road - a road we are all familiar with - and He is leading me straight to my husband. And when I see his face, I will know… Because he will glow the light of the LORD.

God is too good to just let us stay on the road broken in pain. If we reach out to Him, He will reach out and heal us past recovery. Thank you, Father. I am so in love with You! Praise God for the broken road, for He meets us right where we are, heals us, strengthens us, and lifts us on eagles’ wings. What a mighty God we serve.

"Oh, I wonder what God was thinking when He created You. I wonder if He knew everything I would need, because He made all my dreams come true. When God made you, He must have been thinking about me." —When God Made You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izbzKArXvcI

There is not one type of relationship that should be so hard that your love and/or efforts always fall short in the eyes of the other person. If that’s the case, don’t waste your time; bow out. Healthy relationships will happen and grow once you cut the weeds out of your life.

Yours Truly

To digress is not the same as failing. To stop and refuse to start back up again is.

Yours Truly
#tbt when Kevin was a 4th grader in Sutton Singers under the direction of Mrs Julie White. Does anyone see anybody else they know? If so, tag them - or tag yourself! #throwbackthursday #takeitbacknowyall #owensboro #kentucky #suttonelementary #goodtimes

#tbt when Kevin was a 4th grader in Sutton Singers under the direction of Mrs Julie White. Does anyone see anybody else they know? If so, tag them - or tag yourself! #throwbackthursday #takeitbacknowyall #owensboro #kentucky #suttonelementary #goodtimes

Me and my strength training coach, aka my dad, at the YMCA a couple weeks ago. 135lbs, baby! #transformationtuesday #bodysculpting #tt #health #strengthtraining #daddydaughtermoment #deadlifts #stronglift #dontmesswithme #ymca #formoverweight #formoverreps

Me and my strength training coach, aka my dad, at the YMCA a couple weeks ago. 135lbs, baby! #transformationtuesday #bodysculpting #tt #health #strengthtraining #daddydaughtermoment #deadlifts #stronglift #dontmesswithme #ymca #formoverweight #formoverreps

I will never forget this day. Friends and loved ones with me celebrating my completion of college. #tbt #may2013 #throwbackthursday #takeitbacknowyall #friends #family #love #christatcenter #adventists #southernadventistuniversity

I will never forget this day. Friends and loved ones with me celebrating my completion of college. #tbt #may2013 #throwbackthursday #takeitbacknowyall #friends #family #love #christatcenter #adventists #southernadventistuniversity

Blog #28: A Re-occuring Theme

This year, I completed my reading of the Bible form Genesis to Revelation. I believe I started in 2011 or 2012, and it was so worth the read. My understanding of the Holy Trinity today is very different from what it was before I started the journey through God’s Holy Word. I read history, drama, action, comedy, romance - everything I could have possibly wanted in a book series poured into one Book. I discovered stories I’d never heard before, fell in love with many Bible characters, and grew in knowledge of the simplicity and depth of who God is, what He encompasses. Out of everything my eyes fell upon, the one theme that stood out the most to me was the sabbath, or the seventh day.

I never truly knew how often the sabbath/seventh-day was even mentioned in the Bible until I read it for myself. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. It was just what I noticed. Feel free to conquer this awesome Book on your own and see what your own findings are.

But I was quite shocked to find it referenced in almost every book of the Bible, as early as Genesis 2:2, 3.

I read about it in the Old Testament as being important before Jews were even a group of people.

I read about it with Moses on the Mount Sinai when God’s people fled Egypt.

I read about it when Isaiah shared that it will be kept in heaven, even when the earth is long gone.

I read about it when Jesus went to the synagogue to preach, when He and his apostles were being stalked by the Pharisees in the fields, when He wanted to just help someone and do good, and when He hoped that times to flee during the last days wouldn’t fall on such a sacred day of rest for our sake.

I read about it when Christ was crucified and His followers couldn’t even finish preparing His body because it was approaching and work needed to cease in reverence of its holiness.

I read about it when the Son of Man didn’t wake up until the first day, keeping it holy in His very own death.

I read about it when the apostles continued to keep it holy long after their Master’s death and resurrection.

I read about it when Paul urged me, as a Gentile, and the Jews to not forget it and to keep it the way it has been meant to be kept since the beginning of the age.

Long before, during, and long after the time of Christ, the sabbath/seventh-day was a thing. I couldn’t run from it. I couldn’t hide from it. But it wasn’t a scary theme, but a peaceful theme. “Rest… rest… rest… rest…” So much calm came with it.

It was created here, meant to be kept throughout the ages, and to be taken up with God’s people in the end. A perpetual sign of God’s love, grace, and mercy for His people brought every sixth day sunset to every seventh day sunset. A gift that is never to leave us:

Genesis 2:2, 3
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Exodus 20:8 
Remember the sabbath day [seventh day], to keep it holy.

Leviticus 23:3
Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath [seventh day] of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

Isaiah 56:2
Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath [seventh day] from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

Isaiah 58:13
If you turn away your foot from the sabbath [seventh day], from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shall honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words.

Ezekiel 20:12
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths [includes fourth Commandment], to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

Matthew 12:8
For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day [seventh day].

Matthew 12:10-12
And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days [seventh day]? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day [seventh day], will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days [seventh day].

Mark 2:27, 28
And he said unto them, The sabbath [seventh day] was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath [seventh day].

Acts 13:42
And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath [seventh day].

Acts 17:2
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days [seventh day] reasoned with them out of the scriptures.

Colossians 2:16
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.

Hebrews 4:4
For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

Hebrews 4:9 NIRV
So there is still a Sabbath rest [seventh day] for God’s people.

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With that, I do wish you a happy sabbath. May you find the rest that our Lord and Saviour meant for us to have.

"Dios nos dió un día a la semana para descancar y meditar. Separado, bendecido, santificado, día de loor. Día lindo, escogido como el verdadero memorial. Recordando constantemente al eterno Dios y Creador. Libres de afanes de esta vida, nos reunimos con el Salvador; estudiamos la Palabra, aprendemos más de su amor. Es un día tan precioso, dedicamos tiempo a servir a quien tanto necesita atención y un poco de amor. De un sábado a otro sábado adoraremos juntos al Señor. Y en al tierra nueva, por la eternidad exaltaremos su amor. El sábado es un día de esperanza, de alabanza, de reposo de nuestra labor. Es día de esperanza, de alianza, entre un pueblo y su gran Señor. Es día de alegría, de harmonía. Es día de canción y poecía. Día separado, día consagrado, día incomparable, santo día del Señor."

God gave us one day a week for resting and meditating. Separated, blessed, sanctified day of praise. Nice day, chosen as the true memorial. Constantly recalling the eternal God and Creator. Free from the cares of this life, we meet with the Saviour; in studying the Word, we learn more of His love. It’s such a lovely day, spent time serving the One who needs a little of our attention and love. From one Sabbath to the next Sabbath, worship the Lord together. And in the new earth, for eternity, we will exalt His love. Sabbath is a day of hope, praise, rest from our work. It’s a day of hope, alliance, between a people and their great Lord. It’s a day of joy and harmony. It’s a day of song and poetry. A separate day, a consecrated day, an incomparable day, holy day of the Lord.

With my new little sister, “Princess” Jewel from the Cambridge Adventist Chess Club. Isn’t she so cute?! She even calls me Candybar 😄 #friends #sisters #smiles #happiness #chess

With my new little sister, “Princess” Jewel from the Cambridge Adventist Chess Club. Isn’t she so cute?! She even calls me Candybar 😄 #friends #sisters #smiles #happiness #chess

Blog #27: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

A status I wrote on facebook on 8 September 2013:

I’m going to say this once and once only…

LADIES!

If you are giving away “the goods” for free before a man actually earned the right to have those “goods,” don’t expect him to treat you right if he actually decides to buy. This is what men call “The Game.” Some men out there (not all; God did mold some great men out there, so don’t go around saying all men are the same, please) go around taking samples because we put ourselves out there like an All-You-Can-Eat sign.

NO, you are not a salad bar for those of you who are vegan/vegetarian.
NO, you are not the buffet line for those of you who eat meat/dairy.
And NO, you are not the dessert section for those of you who feel like you are just that sweet.

I don’t care if you’re skinny, fat, short, tall, Asian, American, European, African - whatever! The Game is the same! Our goal is to not get played.

The only man who deserves your “goods” is your husband, period. And when does he deserve them? When you’re officially in holy matrimony! And none of this “everything but ‘the goods’” nonsense, either! Don’t let them play that Game with you, either, because it’s practically the same!

So, if you hold your head high and have respect for yourself from the get-go, a man will go after your HEART, MIND, and, SOUL, ladies! Yes, he will appreciate the physique, as we will his (amen?), but he will fall in love with what he knows will last forever because that’s the part that we (should) spend the most time on. That’s the part of you that makes you YOU! So, for the love of GOD, ladies, stand tall, show some dignity, and protect the skin you’re in. It will hurt you to the core to give yourself away, even if it was “mutual.” (It actually hurts guys, too. They just don’t show it like we do.) Protect your HEART, MIND, and SOUL by setting high standards for yourself, creating unwavering physical boundaries, and having confidence in your morals. You don’t have to be stand-off-ish to do this. You can be polite, lady-like, and strong all at the same time. This is what a true attractive woman looks like.

If you’ve slipped up already, don’t even fret. You can start over, my sweet dear. You can always raise the bar for yourself (and your kids, if you have any). Don’t let your head hang down! Pick yourself up, don’t let the past keep you down, and/or don’t let that man walk over you. Get some help out of that situation. Do whatever it takes to help yourself become that strong woman who is confident in her new skin. You can do it!

Don’t be ashamed of the pure life, either. Don’t let people put you down for it. And don’t be too mad if they do. They are just hurting when they do that.

And men! Stop playing The Game, stop being proud of your boys who play The Game, and help yourselves - help each other! Do the same and show some respect for yourselves, as well. The Game goes the other way, too, so everything I just said, apply it to yourselves.

Let’s help each other out to be better people.

I’ve said my piece, people. Don’t make me say this again.