{The Father of mercies and God of all comfort}

Monday, April 22, 2013

Encouraged

Buying a house is an incredibly stressful process. There is so much waiting, it weighs heavy on my heart. David Crowder has a song that starts "This place is trying to break my belief", that's exactly what this process is doing. Agh!

However, I have a daily devotional on my phone that I try to read every morning with breakfast. This morning there was a great encouraging word from Numbers: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

In times when I feel shaken, and I don't feel like the Lord is looking toward me, AMEN for this scripture and this promise.

May the Lord bless you and keep you all this day!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Serious Tunes

I really enjoy music. I don't typically listen to secular music, with the exception of Florence & The Machine, John Mayer, Katy Perry (I know right), Adele, and a few country artists like Lady A. I usually listen to contemporary Christian music. You probably think I'm a total loser, super conservative who wears her bun too tight. I'm not, bt-dubs [I say that phrase all the time, but it looks weird spelled out]. I don't like to wear my hair tight, it gives me headaches, I am conservative, but there are a lot of gray lines in life, not the Bible. I'm not a loser; in fact I think I'm pretty cool and there are a lot of cool, incredibly talented Christian artists.

My faves right now include: Need to Breathe, Kari Jobe, Phil Whickham, Family Force Five, David Crowder Band, The City Harmonic, ....you get the picture. Only two of these bands play traditional worship songs, the rest play great music.

Listen to these:

It's definitely a wide range. Enjoy

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Easter 2013

Easter is always low-key for us. We went to the service and then to Sunday School as usual.

We had Easter lunch with Ryan's family and then drove to my aunt's house to get some of the party.
We took some family pictures with Ryan's family.

 
Then we drove to my aunt's house in Conroe. It took longer than it should have to get there, because there was rain, and people drive super slow in the rain. Once the rain stopped, there was an accident. So, all in all it set us back about a half hour. When we got to my aunt's house, the party was pretty much over, but we still got to see some family. We wanted to be home by 8 to watch the season finale of The Walking Dead (duh), but we didn't make it!! We had to stay up until 11 to watch it. Ack. That was our Easter; pictures, lateness, and The Walking Dead!

Of course, I will not discount the reason for celebrating in the rush of our activities. 
Jesus died for all mankind. His blood was shed on the cross, he died, and rose again. The curtain was torn and the Spirit was left for us all. We must approach the throne with repentant hearts accepting his perfection and love.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Let's Get Wordy

Let's start by looking at our New Year goals. 
 
Financial goal: Pay off two loans in 3.5 months and $xx,xxx by years' end.
Continued job upgrade prayers.
Spiritual: Memorize one scripture a week.
                      Read two scripturually based books.
             Devotionals in between books.
                 
Health: Cecilly maintain weight; gain healthily 2 pounds (I don't gain easily).
                Ryan lose 50 lbs through jogging and Insanity. 
 
Our financial goals changed recently, we did not meet the pay off in 3.5 months goal. We had to save for something else.  We have a little time to save the money to pay off what we planned, but the savings will have to go toward our house! We had some hopes of inheriting a house, but other plans have been made for that house. So, we started saving for a down payment and closing costs. We knew it would cost nearly $8,000 to make it all happen, so our extra savings went to that instead of loans. I think we managed to pay half of our 3.5 month goal. We started looking for houses thinking we would move in six months to a year and a month after we started looking we found some pretty good deals. e looked in Crosby, of course, it's where we want to stay, but all the "used" houses we found are falling apart and too expensive. We can't justify spending a lot of money on something we'll have to renovate, and we don't have that kind of capital. We looked at a subdivision near Crosby that has really affordable houses and decent square footage. We just got approved for our home loan! We finalize all the loan stuff this week and they'll start building this month! We're stoked!
 
                     Tile, counters, cabinets.                     Signing papers                              
 Garden tub and separate shower, what up.

We've been working hard to memorize a weekly verse, but honestly not putting forth enough effort. 
I haven't gained any weight, we haven't worked out and we really need to start! LOL

I kind of hate my job. I'm pretty much a paper pusher at one place and I'm still training at the new place. I like the new job much better. I serve a greater role and I'm involved in business there, not just pushing papers, but I'm still temporary, not permanent. This is very frustrating. I'm hoping a pay raise when they finally hire me and if they don't soon I'm probably going to look for something new (I have been looking). Ryan may have an opportunity for a new job, prayers there. Ryan recently got a raise which is huge, because they just laid off a lot of people, so it wasn't expected. We appreciate any prayers through all of these changes!