Saturday, August 28, 2010


Musical Muse - Kim Walker (Jesus Culture)
"How He Loves Us"

I absolutely LOVE this song. I cry everytime I hear it. It's just one of those songs for me. It just never ceases to amazing me HOW much the Lord LOVES us. How His love for us is like nothing else in the world. How he wants to have a realationship with us, inspite of our shortcomings But most of all is how once we encounter the love of God...truley encounter HIM...WE ARE NEVER THE SAME! Hope you enjoy! Godbless!

How He loves us - Lyrics

He is jealous for me
Love's like a hurricane,
I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.

Oh, how He loves us so
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us so.

Yeah, He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves.

We are His portion and
He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
and my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way...

He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
OH, how He loves

Yeah, He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves.

Yeah, He loves us
He loves us
He loves us
He loves.

Yeah, He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves

He loves us,
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Golf Balls" Matter. Everything Else Is Just ''Sand''...

This is an oldie but a goodie.  I received this in an email a while back and printed it out as I had liked it so much.  I happen to come across it this week while I was cleaning out some paperwork from my desk at work.  Even though I had read it before I still enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time.  It kind of makes us re-evaluate the worries that we unnecessarily let take over our internal chatter sometimes when we forget to not sweat the small stuff.  Enjoy! God bless :)

A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

 A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

 The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

 The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

 "Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--God, your family, your children,  your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
 The sand is everything else--the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
 One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.

 It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Awaken the Hearts

Bible Study Tuesdays: 1 Kings: 19

This is a study I went to a few weeks ago with a few of my friends from church. My friend Lanai headed the study (and did an awesome job I might add ;D) It was about the story of Elijah in the book of 1Kings in the old testament in chapter 19. As we start to delve into this study we see that a man named Ahab tells Jezebel all that Elijah had done. (Just in the previous chapter Elijah made fire fall down from the sky and showed that his God was greater). As we continue to read we now see that Elijah is scared in chapter 19. Why? He had just seen the glory of God, yet here he was shaking in his sandals because some women (Jezebel) threatened his life. In his fear he journeyed into the wilderness and even prayed to God asking to take his life! For he didn't feel worthy enough to carry out God's plan (as shown at the end of verse four ''enough! Take my life; for I am no better than my father!''

{That stood out to me because I also have seen the Glory of God (No, not fire from the sky but in other more intimate ways) but yet just that same morning of the bible study I had prayed the almost same prayer! I was yelling at God telling him "enough! I can't do this anymore!" I was tired of the everyday struggle and grind of life and wanted to rest. What I should of said was more along the lines of ‘’I don’t want to do this anymore!” I’m not trying to sound morbid here but for me and many other Christians there is nothing greater than to go home to be with God. There’s no greater hope than the hope we have in the Lord. (Psalms 130:5).

So going to back to how Elijah had just seen the glory of God in his life (Chapter 18), yet here he was running and whining to God. Much like how I did the morning of the bible study. As humans (In our weakness) we get tired and whine to God about how bad we have he needs any help..ha! We tend to focus on all that we ‘’think’’ we’re missing instead of focusing on all that we have. We tend to notice the half empty cup as opposed to it half full. This is not to say that we should not come to him when we are scared, or tired, or whatever the case me be. That's not what I'm saying. What I am saying is that we should go to God with our needs, and wants, our fears, our joy, our everything and be sensitive to what he tells us when we do.  Much like how we see in verse five. We see that Elijah had fallen asleep under a tree and the Lord sent an angel to wake him up and said "Arise and Eat'' and when he woke he saw that there was a baked cake and a drink. He ate it as the angel had advised but then fell asleep again.

Now, if we think about this; symbolically we can see this as our walk with God. We "eat" and fill ourselves with the word of God but if we're not careful we can fall asleep and don't continue to walk on our journey with God. When ''fall sleep'', we tend to stay in the same place.  Now why is this something that happens? Most of us think that Lack of intimacy can lead us here (which it can) but this is not always the case. Much like how it happened to Elijah in verse four. We can see that he is intimate with God yet he ''eats'' and then falls asleep.

What can cause us to "Fall asleep"?

There are several things that can cause us to ‘’fall asleep’’. Lanai pointed something out that God had reveled to her and that was that Elijah was depressed. When I read it fear stood out to me but not depression. It wasn’t until I reread it that both of those things then stood out! You can see that he was asking God to take his life! He could take it no longer. How sad, or tired, or weary, OR SLEEPY must a person be to ask God to do this? In my personal experience…very!
(I’m coming to my point I promise…so stay with me people  first let’s take a look at what Passion and Apathy are)

The definition of Passion is: Any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. A strong or extravagate fondness, enthusiasm or desire for anything, an outburst of strong emotion, fervor, zeal, ardor.
The definition of Apathy is: A state of indifference, or suppression of emotions, such as concern, excitement, or motivation.

As you can see Apathy is the Opposite if Passion. When we get to a ‘’sleepy’’ or tired state in our walk with the Lord we have to analyze and see if we’ve become apathetic in spiritual life. In other words we have to step back and look to see if we’ve become indifferent or even comfortable with our Christianity.

There are several things that can lead to “falling asleep”
-Becoming comfortable in your current state of being

If you notice these are all tools that the enemy can use (if we are not ‘’awake and alert’’) to lead us to have a lack of passion for Christ and if we stay in that stagnant state long enough we will eventually step away from God completely. I heard somewhere once that ‘’People do not ‘’fall’’ away from God; they walk away one step at a time’’

So, how can one "wake" up?

We must hear and recognize the ‘’alarms’’ going off and desire to wake up. A good Example of this is when our literal alarms go off and we know it’s time to get/wake up but we hit the snooze button and don’t so we fall asleep again.
We must recognize those little internal battles (Red flags/Alarms/whatever you want to call them) of ‘’I should pray but, I’m not in the mood’’ or I should read my bible but I would rather watch TV, ETC. We must learn to discipline ourselves to recognize when it’s time to wake up by being sensitive to the alarms the Holy Spirit sets off in us. Much like how Elijah’s ‘’alarm’’ was an angel the Lord sent to wake him.

Now, once we’re ‘’Awake” How do we ''Stay Awake"?

We must eat get prepared for the journey. Much like how Elijah did (after two tries, but he finally got going) he woke up ate and drank (1Kings 19: 1-8) He Got up and got prepared. For the angel told him the journey was ‘’far too great’’ In other words if he wanted to reach the end (which that is our ultimate goal). We must not only ‘’wake up’’ but ‘’eat” to stay strong even when we don’t ‘’feel’’ like it. One way is to look at it as though we were trying to eat healthy. We know that it’s good for us but we’d rather eat junk food. We know that to be healthy we must eat the healthy stuff so that we can become strong. It’s just like eating your vegetables. You don’t always want to or ‘’feel’’ like it but you know you should. Those are the crucial moments in our everyday life that add up to a bigger picture in the end. We must first recognize what we need over what we want and go for that and eventually with God’s help we will begin to realize that the more we feed ourselves the good stuff the more you will start to crave it. It will develop into a passion for God.

We must prepare ourselves for the great journey God has placed us on and not get discouraged when we fall down and fail or grow tired (Which we will). We must use the strength that Christ has put in us to not get discouraged and Always be aware that our Walk with God is a vast and great Journey that He is walking with us the whole way through. Just call and He will answer. It’s not about how many times you fall (asleep), but about how many times you choose get (wake) up.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Salted Caramel Cupcakes, Oh My!

Foodie Fix: Salty.Sweet.Cupcakes.

When I first heard of these.  I was like ''what?" salty and sweet in a cupcake sounds crazy.  Usually we hear that about some crazy good entree like honey garlic chicken (Yum-O!); but in a dessert? Never.  So naturally, I had to give these babies a try and let me tell you.  I'm a believer! These are sooo GOOD!

Ingredients you'll need:

One box chocolate cake mix
Heath Candy Bars
Caramel Ice Cream Topping
Vanilla Bean Butter Cream Frosting (Recipe Below)
Squeeze Bottle

Bake your cupcakes according to the directions on the box. Easy peasy :)
If you're feeling extra homemakerish (yeah I made that can make your own caramel or you can go the shorter route and just salt up some store bought caramel like me.  I won't tell. I promise, so no worries ;) 

For every eight ounces of caramel add 1/2 a teaspoon of salt.  Warm in the microwave for one minute.  Stir when done.  Pour the now warm salted caramel into a squeeze bottle.  As soon as the cupcakes come out of the oven; inject caramel into each one. (Just ignore the hot mess that is my nail polish)

While the cupcakes are cooling it's time to smash the Heath bars.  It's really easy if you use a meat mallet, a pan or maybe even a shoe...j/k on that last one.  Don't unwrap them before you break them will end up with a hot mess if you do. Then when they are all good and smashed, unwrap and place the pieces into a bowl.  Remember to take out any of the big unbroken pieces.  You can eat them...or not. 
Now wer're ready to frost. I've come to the conclusion that once you make you're own frosting you can become a total frosting snob.  It's really really easy and taste much better, it's worth it.  But you can use the store bought stuff...if you insist :)

Butter Cream Frosting Recipe by Gale Gand:
1 cup Unsalted Butter at Room Temp.
3 Cups of Powdered Sugar (AKA: Confectioners Sugar)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (Use the Real stuff.  No ''imitaion'' nonsense.  It's worth it!)
1 to 2 Tbls Heavy whipping cream or milk
Pinch of Salt

Blend together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and cream or milk and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream or milk if needed for spreading consistency.

After your cuppy cakes have cooled off, frost them with the butter cream goodness, roll them in the Heath bar pieces, and then drizzle the salted caramel on top.  Don't these babies look amazing?!

So, like most of the time that I bake I like to bake for an occasion and this time is no exception. I made these for a friend of mine for her birthday I know she loves chocolate and caramel and cupcakes, so these are just perfect for her! And she shall remain nameless as she hasn't seen them yet! Isn't this the cutest packaging? I love it! I hope she does too!


Here's where I got my inspiration for these lovlies. Thanks a bunch Joy's Hope! :)


**Update: Ms. Mryl cakes loved them!...Smile :D

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hope. He IS Coming For Me.

Musical Muse : “C.S. Lewis Song” By Brooke Fraser

I’ve had this song in my head for a looong time (along with what seems like a million others) I feel like my brain’s a jukebox sometimes…lol. Anyways…

I always wondered how the title of this song applied to this song ‘till now. I did a little “googling” (it's funny how that’s become a verb now) action and found that the first verse of the song is a close paraphrase of a C.S. Lewis quote from the book Mere Christianity.

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."

This is the whole premise of the song. That we live in this world but we are not made for this world so we will hope and wait for the day of the Lord, which we are at the dawn of. I haven’t read the book personally but it’s on my list for sure now as this song is very dear to me. I feel this song embodies the way I feel lately. It absolutely hits the nail on the head for me. I feel as though the more I seek God the more I want to continue to know Him and seek Him. It expresses how one longs to be with the Lord, how nothing in the world satisfies, and how nothing can or will ever fill us like the Lord can. What a day that day will be; when Hope comes for me. :)

‘’I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope’’– Psalms 130:5

So, I exhort you to: “Taste and See the Lord is Good’’– Psalms 34:8. What have you got to lose? I assure you you’ll never be the same.

Hope it touches your heart as much as it did mine. You can follow along with the lyrics below if your not familiar with the song. God Bless :)

C.S. Lewis Song Lyrics
If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy,
I can only conclude that I was not made for here
If the flesh that I fight is at best only light and momentary,
then of course I'll feel nude when to where I'm destined I'm compared

Speak to me in the light of the dawn
Mercy comes with the morning
I will sigh and with all creation groan as I wait for hope to come for me

Am I lost or just less found?
On the straight or on the roundabout of the wrong way?
Is this a soul that stirs in me, is it breaking free, wanting to come alive?
‘Cause my comfort would prefer for me to be numb
and avoid the impending birth of who I was born to become


For we, we are not long here
Our time is but a breath, so we better breathe it
And I, I was made to live, I was made to love, I was made to know You
Hope is coming for me
Hope is coming for me
Hope is coming for me
Hope, He's coming


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Full On Double Rainbow!!!

Foodie Friday : Rainbow Edition! :)
Okay so maybe it's not a double rainbow but it's pretty I made a rainbow cake. I've had this cake in the back of my mind for sometime and have been waiting for a special occasion to make it! I'm super excited to share it with you. I made it for my cousin Lucy's birthday because she reminds me of the rainbow since she's an artist (and a really awesometastic one at that!) yeah I made that word up...I'm cool like that ;).

The Birthday Girl :)

The Magical Ingredients... I just followed the directions on the box (I used two and divided the batter into six bowls), added food coloring (about a teaspoon into each bowl), and baked.

Pure Happiness :)
After you bake them you stack them rainbow style, decorate and enjoy :)  I didn't say a word.  Everyone was really suprised by the 

She loved her cake and we even watched the double rainbow guy on YouTube...if you haven't seen it you should.Watch It Here  it's It was a good night.  I even dreamed I was riding a flying pony that was jumping from one rainbow to another in a rainbow filled yeah it's true.  I really did dream that..too much rainbow action for one  I love cake..Cake could save the world..okay maybe not really but I like to think so :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My First Post! :)

Thanks for checking out my blog!! I'm really excited that it's finally up.  I know God has been working in me to get this going for WAY too long and I finally got around to it.  Life has been CRAZY the last couple of years but I know it's all for God's glory! So I hope that you will continue to join me on this journey He has set before me and see where it leads. God bless!! :)