God knows where you've been, who you are, and where you are going. you are beautiful to Him. even when uninvited, He is there. He continually cares for you. nothing thwarts His plan for you. He loves you. oh, how He loves you.
He wants you to accept His free gift of life. the battle is already won. Victory already established. He will give you great strength and great joy. He will grant you the desires of your heart and will not withhold the requests of your lips.
He will embrace you with His presence and grant you eternal blessings. you can trust Him. His unfailing love is with you. you will not be shaken.
i'm saddened by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. not because i liked him as an actor or because i'm going to miss seeing him in the movies. honestly, i didn't remember who he was until i saw his picture. but still i am disturbed by his passing.
Philip was 46 years of age and "busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world's greatest actors...Fearless in his choices, encyclopedic in his preparation, he was a Shakespearean performer in modern dress, bringing depth and variety" to his characters as described in a KVUE news article. he is adored and beloved by family and friends. he is loved and cherished by his Savior.
grievously, his battle was on the inside. he struggled with addiction. he often spoke candidly about it. and after being sober for 23 years, he began using again - this time at the cost of his own life.
that is the hardest part for me. he didn't have to die. not at his own hands. he didn't have to die. it didn't have to end. his life didn't have to end. it didn't. it just didn't.
he was snatched from this world. he was left searching for more.
if you are struggling, no matter how much or for what reasons, or wondering if this life has more to offer you, i beg you from the depths of my heart, don't be left searching for more. seek God. seek Him for the answers to your questions. seek Him to fill the emptiness, to wipe away guilt and shame, to give you rest, to bring you joy, to give you strength, to show you real love.
"I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger and he who believes in Me will never thirst." John 6:35
there is hope. you are not alone. you are loved and cherished by God. His strength and power are enough. you are special to Him. not because of what you do or have done but because of what God has done for you. His gift of love is true. His gift of love is free, unconditional, never ending. and you can never be snatched out of His hand.
"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand." John 10:29
As you can see, this blog is currently under construction. I've been away for over a year! And there's way more to share about last year than one post could hold. So, please bear with me. Over the next few weeks, I will be changing things around and figuring out fun ways to update you. I promise stories and pictures are coming soon...
for as long as i can remember, i have wanted to play the piano. i love everything about it...the look, the sound, the feel of the keys. the piano is one of those instruments that, when i hear it playing, i must close my eyes and listen. it awakens something in my soul.
now, confession time...i have no idea how to play the piano.
but, lately, i have had the opportunity by playing with my girls as they practice piano. the girls began taking piano lessons about five months ago. and i enjoy getting to learn alongside them! while i may never play a recital or even play very well...i am having fun as i "tickle the ivories."
La la la de de da
la la de de da da dum
at our first recital in May 2012
Can you play me a memory
I'm not really sure how it goes
But its sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man's clothes
ladybug played two songs, Wind in the Trees and The Shepherd's Flute
sunshine played, The Old Clock
the songs are Primer Level songs. both girls were really nervous and played very softly
but it was beautiful! they had only been playing the songs for about a month
and were brave to play their first recital so soon.
have you ever experienced true love? the kind that does not hold contempt and knows no boundaries. get real!?! this is a crazy careless world, full of crazy careless people. besides, true love is not for you. right? i know that my heart has been ripped apart and left behind by people i trusted the most, people from whom i yearned to receive unconditional love. out of a broken world comes broken people who pass on their brokenness. and what i have come to realize is that we have a choice. yes, we do. we can either continue this legacy of brokenness or set a new one in motion.
there is true love for you. there is a love that does not hold contempt, no matter what we have done or where we have been. a love that knows no boundaries. a love that never ends. a love so real!
God's love is greater than our torn hearts, greater than our brokenness. He is the Seamstress that picks up the pieces of our torn and scattered dreams and mends our paper hearts.
i am clinging to His love. and He has set anew my life and the legacy that i will leave behind. God has written His name on my paper heart! and He will write His name on yours!