Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 30


   Today I am thankful for my room. No, it is not normally this messy. Honestly. My room is my little haven away from the chaos of life. There I create, read, read and read (hence the gazillion books in the picture, and that isn't even half of them), sing at the top of my lungs, rock out to Christmas tunes, sleep, spend time with my Father God in devotion, pray for those I love, and build the dreams of tomorrow. Yes, I am thankful God has blessed me with a room, and my very own at that.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 29


   Today I am thankful for Gluten-Free Goodness. The past two years I have not been able to have gluten or diary, and today I am celebrating my thankfulness for food without gluten. It really is a blessing. All the recipes on my blog are gluten-free, and I give a shout out to all you folks who have provided me with amazing recipes.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 28


   Today I am thankful for Sue. My sister Susanna, who is one year older than me, has been my best friend since we were in diapers (yeah, pretty much). We've been through a lot. Her and I, playing dress-up, making sand food (like mud-pies, except with sand instead of mud ;), making experimental concoctions in the kitchen, playing spies (and literally being 'partners in crime' ;), painting our nails, putting on makeup and doing girly things, and staying up late watching our favorite TV shows together. And that isn't all, there is a whole lot more, but then I would have to write a book and I don't have time for that currently. :)

   Now she has moved away, is going to college, and is marrying this awesome guy next year. Yes, it is a shift in our close relationship, but that's what real friendship is: Being able to stick close despite distances, or obstacles. So today, and every day, I am thankful for Sue, my bestest friend. 

Who is your best friend? What do they mean to you?

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Thankfulness - Day 27


   Today I am thankful for Joy. That blessed gift that God bestowed on His children. Without Him, I wouldn't know joy, real joy. The joy that comes in the morning, after that dark night. The Joy of sharing the Gospel with those around you, of knowing that God can use you to touch someones life. That kind of Joy. Not temporary happiness, Joy

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 26



   Today I am thankful for Courage. Courage to stand up for what is right, to be a voice for the voiceless, to face adversity with joy. Courage is essentially behind everything. You have courage to take that exam, even if you know you may not get 100%. You have courage to face that popular kid in school with love, to show them that you care for them as a person and not yet because they are popular. 

What does courage mean to you?


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 25


   Today I am thankful for Flowers. Blooms of all textures, sizes, shapes and colors. Fields of wildflowers, bouquets of red roses, a single stem tucked in a jackets button hole, a handful of daisies in a little girls chubby hand, blooms. 

What are your favorite blooms?

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 24


Today I am thankful for international food. Bangers and Mash at an Irish Pub, Noodles and shrimp at a Thai restaurant, tacos, beans and rice in a little Mexican cafe, or a Margarita pizza in Italy. 

What is some of your favorite International food[s]?

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 23



Today I am thankful for Scotland.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 22, Happy Thanksgiving!



   Today I am thankful for my family. All (currently)10 soon to be 11 of them. I really don't know where to start. I love them all, and they all mean the world (literally) to me. We've been through the trials and the triumphs, the good times and the bad. They've been there when I needed encouragement, or a laugh, or just a friend. Apart from Jesus, they are my everything.

"Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops." Literally, he is describing my family ;)


-Cary Grant


What does your family mean to you?

xoxo,
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 21


   I am thankful for Sistership. Yes, I made up that word. But in all honesty, they mean the world to me. Bethany (not pictured above, but just as important), Megan, Susanna, and Amy. Sisters to the end. Even when we are all married and have started our own families, our friendship will stay like this, *crosses index and middle finger*. I truly love my sisters, in the good and bad times. Yes, even when they get all boogerish and complain they aren't pretty (although I do that too). 

Do you have any sisters?

Sister to four,
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 20


   Today I am thankful for Internships. And Jewel! This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to intern with Jewel of Jewel Peach Photography. She is epically amazing, and taught me so much. My relationship with God was strengthened, I learned the effectiveness of conceptual photography, how to easily use photoshop, how to style (and cook) an octopus, to remember to never wear sweat pants while standing in icky, muddy water for an hour, and the amazing benefit of a mentor. Thank you, dear Jewel, for your time and influence in my life. I am excited to work with you further.

What kind of internships have you done, or want to do? Sit a while and tell me about it.

Check out some of Jewel's amazing work here.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 19


   Today I am thankful for my parents. Some of the best in the world. They nurtured and encouraged me in the Lord, training me up in the way I should go. I wouldn't be who I am today without them. Thank You, Dear Father, for my Mums and Daddy.

What do your parents mean to you?

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 18


   Today I am thankful for my daddy, the very best Daddy in the world. Although he is home, truly home, with his Father above, He is still the best daddy that ever was. I thank my God everyday for the influence and teachings my dad poured into my life. I miss him dearly, but I also look forward to that One Day when I will see him again.

What does your dad mean to you?

Daddy's girl,
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 17

Blury, I know. But still!
   Today I am thankful for heroes. There are heroes of the faith, heroes of war, heroes of the family. People inspired to make a difference in the lives of even just one person. Some of my heroes are Jesus, first and foremost. Although He is much more than a hero, much, much more. My dad will always be my hero. Then there is (in no particular order): Michael Card, Charles Spurgeon, C.S, Lewis, Alistair Begg, Ronald Regan, George Washington, William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln and Paul of the Bible. 

   Exciting thing is I have met two of my heroes: My daddy, of course and a few weeks ago I got to meet Alistair Begg! It was fantastic, and a little gift from God. 

Who are some of your heroes? What makes them a hero?

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Washington Needs to Hear From You this Thanksgiving!




   Dear Reader,

Between the national election and a major hurricane hitting the East coast, it’s certainly been an eventful month!

   We’re approaching the end of 2012, but IJM still has work to be done this year. I encourage you to join me (and IJM) in calling on the Senate to help pass two anti-slavery bills before they leave Washington—your action can make a huge impact! Your voice truly matters, and our senators need to hear it from you!

   As I anticipate a Thanksgiving with loved ones, I want to say thank you for all you've done. I am truly proud to serve alongside you and IJM in this fight to end slavery.

Last call to make your voice heard on 2012 human trafficking legislation!

   The U.S. Senate only has until the end of 2012 to pass two critical anti-trafficking bills: the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act.
We need your help to make sure both of these life-saving bills stay high on Washington’s agenda and come to a vote before Congress adjourns this year.
Washington Needs to hear from you. Your voice matters!
Holly Burkhalter

Holly’s News from Washington


The Washington Post lead editorial on November 7 was titled, “President Obama’s second term: Now the hard work really begins.” As I think about the things our government can and should do to eradicate modern-day slavery, I couldn’t agree more. We need some very hard and sustained work by the President and his cabinet, and we need vision and goals and commitments that we’ve not seen to date.
Daniel

Your Voice Matters: Meet Daniel DeCecco


"As Wyoming is the only state to not have passed an anti-trafficking law, it has been part of my agenda to get a bill put forward…And so far, I’ve seen many legislators stand very supportive of a bill—and even to see bipartisan support among legislators from different backgrounds has been really encouraging to me. I believe that our government is formed to fight against things like this."
Your Voice Matters,

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankfulness - Day 16


   Today I am thankful for Autumn (again). The fresh smell of cool, crisp air. Dry, crinkly leaves, a warm hug, children laughing while play football in the yard, a mug of strong-brew tea, piles of books waiting to tell you their story, warm bed and clean quilts, early morning walks, get-togethers, all of it. Autumn is here.

Autumnly Yours,
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Where is Your Hope? || 2012 Elections

Election’s Over—God’s Still in His Heaven, All’s Right with the World

Well, it has been a week since the November 6 presidential elections. I’ve been thinking a lot about the elections results, and it is very easy to be discouraged with the outcome. This election I was actually able to participate, and I had the amazing opportunity to witness firsthand the passion, energy and faithfulness of tomorrow’s leaders through Generation Joshua (GenJ).
I volunteered with GenJ Thursday the 1st through Tuesday the 6th. I walked miles and miles passing out literature door-to-door (and sprained my ankle because of it ;), waved signs by the freeway until I couldn’t feel my hands (or face), call-banked with about six other girls all in my hotel room, sorted literature for hours until I had memorized every word on every pamphlet, and all the while held optimistically onto the hope that at the start of the new year we might have a new president. It was an amazing experience, and I enjoyed every part of it. But when the results for the election were announced Tuesday night, and Virginia was colored blue, I just about wanted to cry (seriously). We had all worked so hard in the Loudoun County area to get the Republicans (or those undecided) to vote. Virginia was one of the key states, and every single vote counted. It was a hard blow. Everyone on my team was frustrated at the work they put into the elections, and at the outcome.
Wednesday morning I headed back to my home (I had stated in Sterling, VA for the campaigning). Frankly, I was in despair. I set my hopes on a new president, and when God decided He had other plans I just wasn’t happy. I had forgotten that our hope is not in any politician, nor in a political party, nor even in the United States of America. I am proud to be an America, and thankful that God has blessed this great nation. But driving home, I just let myself be overwhelmed with despondency. I tuned in to the radio, and the first song I heard was My Hope Is In You by Aaron Shust. The chorus goes like this, “My hope is in You, Lord / All the day long, I won't be shaken by drought or storm / A peace that passes understanding is my song / And I sing my hope is in You, Lord” And then the bridge goes, “I will wait on You, You are my refuge”. How amazing, how true are these words. I prayed right there in the car, “Lord, whatever happens, You are my refuge and I will place my hope in You!”  (My prayer was a good deal longer, but I shan’t bore you ;).
So you see, although we need to stay involved in politics, fight for what is right, and be good stewards of this amazing nation, we need to remember that ultimately the only thing that matters (truly matters) is if we have accepted Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and surrendered our life to Him. Heaven is our home; this earth is only a temporary stop. We are strangers and exiles here, but we are citizens of Heaven.  Remember the words of God in Hebrews:
 “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:13-16, ESV)
And so, take heart dear reader! No matter who wins or loses elections, God is and will always be faithful. He reigns over all the earth, and our victory is assured in Him!
So what can we do now? For starters, share the Gospel—the Good News of Jesus Christ—with the people around you. Get involved in your local church. Look for ways to help the lost and hurting in your community. Shine Christ’s light in a dark and hurting world. Next, pray for our president. Yes, he may not be who we would have wanted, but he is still our president and we can pray for God’s guidance in his life to make the right choices, to stand up for the voiceless, and to (maybe one day) look again to God.
Stay strong and courageous, this life will be a struggle and we will have to work hard for what’s right! But it will be a struggle worthwhile because we have already won victory in Jesus!


In His name,

  
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