Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Finishing up 2010 with a bang!...and an ER visit

So- Monday I spent some quality time in the Emergency Room of Baylor-Grapevine Hospital. Just what I wanted to do to begin Christmas week of 2010.

I first went to the CareNow and then ended up in the ER.  The ONLY reason I went to the CareNow in the first place was because I had such a sharp pain in my side that I was worried it might be my appendix...and from what I hear- it's better to have it taken out rather than have it rupture.....or so I hear... :-)

So I went in- had some tests run and the CareNow advised me to go to the ER.

Since this was my first time at an ER (and careNow) I wasn't really sure what to expect- or what I really even needed.  I had a couple of friends and co-workers ask if I needed anything and I politely declined.  After all- I was just going to be sitting in a waiting room. 

But after an hour of waiting- I got a message on my phone from a friend asking where I was at.  At the same time- the doors open to the ER and in walks Carolyn (not my sister....although she pleaded with me to allow her to come).....

When I saw Carolyn- I burst into tears.  Upon telling this story later- several people were like "Minda!!! I asked if you needed anything or if you needed me to come!"  My response was "....well,  honestly until I saw Carolyn's face- I didn't know WHAT I needed." 

So- after another period of waiting- they finally called me in and I said goodbye to Carolyn.  Seriously- Carolyn- if you ever happen upon this blog post- There are no words to describe just how much your showing up in that ER blessed me.  Realllly.

So I go in to see the Dr and he basically tells me the same thing as CareNow- that he's not comfortable ruling out my appendix- but that he's thinking it's kidney stones.

So- I get prescriptions with instructions to check back in with them.

I had a meeting at 5:45 that evening that I didn't want to miss- so I dropped off the prescriptions at the walmart close by and headed to my meeting.  At this point- I'm feeling TERRRRRIBLE.

I go back to WalMart to get my meds- have to wait a while- problems with insurance- etc- and walk away with only 2 of the meds.

While driving home- I feel so wretched and I just lose it....again.  Tears, streaming- I just hate being sick.  I hate not knowing what the problem is.  I don't want people thinking I'm faking it- I just hate it.

So while I'm driving home- I call my mom to figure out what I need to do about the 3rd medicine- and she gives me instructions. I get off the phone and start crying AGAIN! I don't WANT to call the ER and get the prescription fixed. I just want to go home, take some pain meds, and get in bed!!!!

And that's exactly what I did. 

Went to work the next day (w/o the pain meds...cause I can't drive after taking it) and worked til about 1 before calling it quits. Went and got the final med- came home- saw that my temp had spiked up again- and I just took the meds and took about 3 naps.  I'd wake up in between- watch some TV- then pass out again.

Finally- at 7:30 I was done.  I fell asleep and slept til 6:20 this morning.

Went back to work today- feeling ok.  My side is not hurting- but my body just feels 'off.'  I don't know what's wrong.  I have continued to feel nauseous, and at around 2:30 today- felt my temp spike again.  So I left work at 3 and came home.  I did call the ER and they suggested that at this point- since my stomach no longer is experiencing the sharp pain- that I just call my primary care physician.

So I came home- took more meds- and have been laying on the couch.

Now here I am- Wednesday night- laying on my couch- and blogging about my painful story. :-)

Grateful my side is not hurting anymore...thankful for friends who have been praying!

Monday, December 20, 2010

December in Pictures

Took some friends home to Paris and decorated Christmas cookies!

The mug from starbucks that I've been checking out for a while showed up on my desk this morning!!!


Mollie taking a break in front of the Christmas tree!


Bought myself this ornament this year :-) Such a fun reminder of March 2010!

Lady at work reprimanded me and told me to put on some lipstick.  So I went and bought Fire Engine Red and have been wearing it. :-) I'm not passive aggressive at ALL! ;-)


Gorgeous morning sky.


White Elephant gift exchange for work with one rule- gift must be displayed on desk for a month.  I got a toilet seat!!! SO- of course I did a little decorative work  ;-)


{love}

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December Musings

My roommate, Hailey, asked me 2 weeks ago what my favorite part of 2010 was.

Such a loaded question.  With so many answers!  I’ve been wanting to do a blog to sort of ‘wrap up’ the year- but hadn’t figured out how I would to that….So here’s the deal.

I will try and break down the year in the best way I know how…

The new Year started in the most amazing fashion- A Black Out Masquerade Party with hundreds of the coolest people I know and I’m so lucky to call them friends! 

March was spectacular with the most amazing birthday EVER followed up by an awesome visit to South Carolina.

April/May brought lots of transition as I left my job of 3 years at Winfree Academy to take on a position at Life Outreach International helping to kick off their social media department. It was a transition that I am so thankful for- with lots of ‘new’…. New job, new co-workers, new schedule, new dress code…;-)

June/July/August was an interesting couple of months....14 weddings in those 3 months. Yes. 14.  Lots of travel happened in July- South Carolina for the 4th- Arizona the next weekend- South Carolina again at the end of the month…. OH! And I moved too!  Ha.  I got a new roommate and we moved into a new apt complex which I love! (the complex AND the roommate)

September/October/November- Yeah…I’m still trying to figure out where those months went….?  Anyone?

And here we are in December. 

Let’s discuss some silly favorites.

  • Favorite purchase: in June I bought a electric piano. Best money spent this year!
  • Favorite gift: my kitchenaid mixer!!!!
  • Favorite book I read this year: Beth Moore “So Long, Insecurity” (WOW! So. Good.)
  • Favorite YouTube video: Hide yo kids. Hide yo wives. Nuff said.

On a MUCH more serious note- (and by serious- I mean- most of this will be written in my journal- not this blog post) ….  This has been my most favorite year ever with Jesus.  I’ve spent more time with him this year probably than I’ve ever spent with Him.  I’ve had some of the sweetest moments with Him and I’m trusting that He will take 2011 to a new level.  (which is even hard to imagine because this year has been so deep.)

I have dug into His Word more than ever before and have leaned on the Truth of His Word more than ever. It’s amazing what happens when you hide his Word in your heart. Those Truths will be what surfaces when faced with difficult situations (and I’ve faced them this year…for sure.) If bitterness/anger is hidden- THAT will be what surfaces when faced with uncomfortable situations.  I’ve known that all too well in past years and that is a Minda that no one deserves to see or deal with.
 
Thankful for this year.

2010 was a game changer for me. 

He is good.



(also *winner of the CD was Josephine Luu!* I'll send it this week!!!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

10 Days

I'm in the middle of a 10 day 'babysitting/housesitting' job.  Not really babysitting, cause the kids are older- (ages 11, 13, and 15) but still.  I'm the responsible party while the parents are in India for 10 days. The job started on November 28th and will end on Thursday, December 9th.

Today is December 5th....and we're all still alive!!! :-)

Really though...the kids are awesome. They are well-behaved and a lot of fun to be around!
The thing that was the most challenging at the beginning was bed time.  The guys go to bed at 10pm.  And...well. We know Minda goes to bed early.  That first Sunday night- at 7:30 my eyelids were drooping and I was like...."umm....really!?!!? 10???"  I painstakingly made it to 10pm. I precisely sent everyone to bed and went to bed myself.  Evidently I passed out right away because I had several text messages from 10:06 and 10:08pm that I never heard!  

I got the kids off to school, headed to work, then came home, made dinner, did homework, etc.....

I made it to 8:45 pm before getting too tired.  Progress, my friends...progress. :-)

On Tuesday night I made it til 9:30 before hitting my wall.  I told the guys that at 10pm they were needing to go to bed.  I got a fight that evening....so I had to take these:


ooooh Yeah.  Play station 3 remotes went to bed with me! :-)

On Wednesday night, I introduced the boys to the wonderful world of cake pops!  They were impressed and also blown away at how long they took to make.  But really liked them!

Thursday night I was a pro at the bed time thing and I didn't even to go bed myself until 10:30!!! Wooo! Gettin better!  Friday morning I had a rough one.  I didn't get my coffee, I felt rushed....Oh, did I mention I didn't have coffee?  Yeah.  I didn't.  On Friday night- I got the night off (all the boys were stayin with friends or family) and I was able to celebrate Helen's birthday!!!

I came back on Sunday morning (that's today), cleaned up the house a bit- played in the backyard with Matthew- and then got to watch as he showed me he could fit through the doggy door!!! It's true! He could fit!  So here we are.....on Sunday night.  I'm thinking about setting all the clocks forward a bit.... Do you think they would notice? To pass the time, Christmas decorations went up, I went for a run with Luke, and made pumpkin pancakes for dinner. Good day so far! 1 hour and 10 minutes left before bedtime ;-)



Saturday, November 27, 2010

Magic

Not to be all cheesy or sappy on you here- but Oprah really did say it best.

When wrapping up her final "Favorite Things" show, Oprah said

"It's about knowing that something really magical and joyful and wonderful can happen to you when you least expect it."

I find this to be SO true. That's one of the main reasons I love giving gifts AND receiving them :-)

I love giving gifts. I don't just love giving a gift for the heck of it- I love to find the ultimate gift that will bring about the most amount of surprise.

If someone told me over and over and over how badly they wanted a certain item....THAT would not be the gift that I would want to give.  Because they would almost be EXPECTING it.  Not to say there is not value in that gift.....because it would make them happy.  But the element of surprise is, to me, the best part about gift giving.

I'm not a fan of writing out Christmas wish lists for people.  I'm not a fan of hounding someone for something. If I want something THAT badly- I'll save my money and buy it. 

For instance, even after talking with my sister this past week- we BOTH mentioned that even something as small as a diet dr. pepper can light us up.  If we don't ask for it- but yet someone just brings one to us- because they know we LOVE it- THAT is the element of surprise and love in a gift.

A cup of coffee.....a diet dr. pepper....Really, people??? If you  knew you could light someone up with something so small and cheap as a drink for less than $3....wouldn't you do that more often?

Make it a goal this holiday season to find out what the "favorite things' are of those people in your life that you love and are in relationship/community with. Surprise them. It will mean so much more than that pricey item that you purchased out of obligation.


And. To finish out this blog..... Comment on this blog post with one way you will 'give' this holiday season and your name will be entered in a drawing for one of MY favorite things. I mentioned this CD in my last "STAMP!" post.  Dave Barnes new Christmas CD. :-)

Happy GIVING!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thankful

This Thanksgiving was a little bit different as Lisa and Caralyn were not able to come home.  What was awesome?? Mom and Dad still felt that Thanksgiving dinner should still take place even though I was the only one that would be home!  Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, rolls, veggies, pie.....All of the above!  And- I must say- this was probably THE BEST Thanksgiving meal we've ever made.  No joke :-)

The morning started out with the thrilling news of a temperature drop of 55 degrees!!! WOOOO! So happy about that! I nestled in with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Mom and I started the cooking process early on so that we could have all the dishes put together and ready to just be put in the oven when the Turkey was ready....

We ate our meal at around 3pm- then camped out on the couch for the remainder of the evening to watch the ooooh so disappointing Cowboy game.

That's about it for my Thanksgiving.... I know- lame post- just a really random run down of my day- But there you have it! Thanksgiving Day at the Corso home :-)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

STAMP!

It's been a while since I've done a STAMP! post......so here you go!
(if you are unfamiliar with the SOA posts {stamp of approval} you can see the other ones here)
First up- Dave Barnes. I love his music. I was introduced to him my freshman year of college and have seen him in concert probably 6 times or so.  He's amazing.  Reallly.  Trust me on this one.

He just came out with a Christmas album and it has earned the place of item number 1 for this edition of STAMP!
:-)


See!??! Even an awesome album cover. :-) Ahhhh Dave.

Item number 2 on my list is a BOOK!

I picked this book up for work and was so impressed.  The writing, the humor, the tears, it had it all.  The book came out of a tragic accident- but the book has SO MUCH MORE than just the story of the accident.  Mary Beth Chapman came out with a book called "Choosing to SEE" that I read in one sitting.  Seriously. I couldn't put it down.  If you have followed Steven Curtis Chapman and his music for any length of time- this book is a must read.  I love this family ALL THE MORE now having read this book.

Simply moving.  Read it!

Item number 3 on the list is an extremely FUN item!!!! eeeeeee :-)

i love it.

You can find it at Crate and Barrel. It's a set of 2 cookie cutters.  In the shape of a cupcake.

I posted a picture of my cookies that I made the other day in an earlier post. You can check it out :-)

They are only 2.95 and are SO much fun to decorate once the sugar cookies have been cut!

Come on....bring out the baker in yourself! Do it :-)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Numbers

I've been reading in Numbers this week- and first of all- I have to say- I got a new bible on Tuesday!  I'd had my other bible for about 5 years and it was time for a new one! I'd had that one so marked up that I wasn't really able to see new revelation or new insight on a passage in which I'd already marked up.

So. 

In the book of Numbers and as I read in chapter 28 I noticed a phrase that kept popping up.  I made a mental note to go back to that phrase- but once I got to chapter 29- that phrase continued to show up!  In the 2 chapters- it was stated 11 times. 

The phrase being "aroma pleasing to the Lord"

So the Lord was giving Moses commands as to how the people were to offer up sacrifices and all the details that included. With each command- it would talk about the offering being presented to the Lord by fire and how the 'aroma' was pleasing to the Lord. 

After 11 times in 2 chapters- I was intrigued.  What is it about the smell that was so pleasing to the Lord?!?

A verse we are a bit more familiar with is in 2 Corinthians 2:15 in which it says "for we are to God the aroma of Christ- among those who are being saved and those who are being saved."

Now- obviously- the passages in Numbers are in the Old Testament in which burnt offerings still had to be presented....But once Jesus came and died on the cross for us as the ultimate sacrifice- we no longer had to sacrifice a lamb to atone for our sins. The one True Lamb came and covered all sins....past, present, and future.
(I know I'm missing a LOT of explanation here and just barely even skimming all that this entails)

But.  Was thinking about this.

When cooking food- once the HEAT is added- the smell beings to permeate the room.  It beings to circulate. 

When wearing perfume or cologne- if your body HEATS up- the smell becomes stronger and more noticeable. 

Heat brings about a fragrance that in Numbers we find was pleasing to the Lord. 

So now....if WE are to be that aroma of Christ.... we have the ability to release a fragrance that is most pleasing to Him.....

ESPECIALLY when heat is added.  So when walking through a fire- we have the opportunity to release a fragrance that is pleasing to Him....or not so much.

How do you smell today?


(even after having finished typing this up- I realize it might not make much sense and definitely is written by a 26 year old who has no bible school training....so please forgive my ignorance/terrible writing.  Just really struck me as interesting this morning and felt I should share it here.)

Cookies!

I had a little too much fun on Wednesday night :-)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Routine

Most of you have known for sometime now that my morning routine involves a 5am wake up alarm- a workout at the gym, getting ready- then planting myself at a local starbucks for an hour or so to enjoy my quiet time with a cup of coffee.

The morning workouts have been part of my routine for about 3 years now- but the Starbucks routine was added into the mix in August of 2009.

Let's be honest. The gym doesn't happen EVERY single morning- but the Starbucks and quiet time have happened every morning since I started back in 2009. And there have been maybe 4 or 5 mornings TOP that I've not had my coffee quiet time. Believe me....once it becomes regular for you- you will notice a difference in your day BIG TIME if you do NOT have it.  And to be even MORE honest with you- the 4 or 5 times that I missed it was because I overslept...forgot to set my alarm...etc. But. Out of those 4 or 5 times- there was only one morning that I made a conscious decision NOT to wake up to have my quiet time. I was kinda upset with the Lord and basically told Him I didn't want to spend time with him that next morning. (I really did voice this out loud to Him- ok, maybe I screamed it. I was so frustrated and felt hurt by Him.) But yeah. The following day- I was so anxious to get meet with Him again- it was all ok.  It's awesome how His Word brings peace and healing to a heart that is hurting. So ALL THAT to say-  for the sake of my co-workers- the sake of my family- the sake of my friends- I can't afford not to have time with Jesus.

The choice to frequent Starbucks was because I knew I needed to get out of my apartment or else I would fall back asleep...I needed to get out. I also was working a job in which I could afford this luxury. (And no, I didn't have a fancy drink every day- I had a $2 coffee!)



So. At the end of September- My bank account was in desperate need for another paycheck (new job, new budget) - so I decided to make coffee at home and see how that would work out.

I must say- this new arrangement has been all the more sweet. I go to the gym- come home, shower- then curl up on the couch for an hour before getting ready.  I start the coffee pot before I get in the shower so that it's ready when I get out- and I now have a specific 'sweet spot' on my couch. 

A few differences in my new routine:

-I get to choose my own background music
-I can drink an entire pot of coffee if I want to
-I can curl up in pj's rather than be in my work clothes
-I have realized I need to buy a lamp for the end table in my living room. Lighting is not the best.
-At 6:40am I hear a neighbor leaving the apartment complex- cause I can hear her heels. every morning.
-If I'm reading something that makes me excited- I have a roommate who is at home and I can share with her!
-It takes less time to blow dry my hair because it's been able to air dry for about 45 minutes on it's own. (this is a BIG deal. I have long hair- and lots of it.)
-I miss seeing my baristas.

....Those are just a few. :-)
And- this concludes a blog post in which most of REALLY don't care about :-) But then again- most of my blog posts are that way.  Meaninglessness that reallllly doesn't matter to most of you.  But you read them nonetheless.  So thanks :-) Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Blessing....

Last week I woke up to a note that had been left in my apartment door. The note read as follows:

Friend:


In an effort to meet a challenge given to me, I am writing this encouragement. The idea is simply to give during this Thanksgiving season. By giving, we are ensuring that everyone has something to be thankful for, and in the giving, we can be thankful of the opportunity to give. It’s pretty cool how that works.

It has been said by many that “you have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” It is my hope that by remaining anonymous (please honor this by avoiding speculation) and by praying the nastiest blessing I can come up with, that such an event will take place.

Be blessed,

A Friend from Church
The note was followed by two additional pages full of blessings and scriptures.

A few of them are as follows:

May God bless all of your efforts and all that you produce so that its reach is long beyond your own. Let the benefits of those efforts be so much so that all of the valleys of the mountains and the caverns of the seas not be able to contain them. (gen. 1:22)

May your name be great, and associated with blessing. Let your blessing be critically contagious so that those who bless you will be blessed, and those that curse you will be cursed. Let the blessings poured out on you affect and infect all people on this earth for generations to come. (gen 12:2-3)

May God remember His promises to you, and bless you where you are while you wait for His banqueting table (gen 26:2-3)

May the Lord bless you and hold onto you oh so tightly so that you can feel the beat of His heart and move with it. May his blessing and pleasure and graces cover you. May His face never turn from you as you enjoy His unimaginable peace (Numbers 6:24-26)

....and it goes on. Lots of them!!!

Amazing, HUH?!?!?!?!

So. If the person that left this reads my blog- I am grateful.  Thank you for your thoughtful and FUN blessing!!! I love it!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

5:30pm

I really do love mornings. I like having accomplished so much by 8am. :-)

But.

I must say.

I LOVE 5:30pm when I come home from work and find packages in the mail with my name on them. :-)

Lisa sent me a 'just because' package yesterday that made November 2, 2010 an AWESOME day :-)


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dear October

I can't remember another month that I was so happy to see finished.

October....you dealt an ugly hand.  In T minus 1 hour and 15 minutes you will be finished...and that makes me realllllly happy.

Geez. 

You brought:
-a broken heart ( boo, hiss hiss, sad face)
-stress
-a tension to manage that I did NOT want.

Yeah, and a lot of other things.

Boooo.

And on top of that- a broken heart in and of itself brings a bunch of other junk along side it...insecurity, etc.

BUT.

Glad to report that my heart IS good.  And the only reason I can type that is because my God is good.  His Word brings life.  What could have taken months to deal with and get over took about 1 or 2 weeks max. Seriously.  His plan is best.  I have to believe this.

Annnnd. there's not really much to this blog post other than to say:

I'M SO GLAD TOMORROW IS NOVEMBER!

Dear November,

Could you please bring some REALLLLY cold weather with you?

k, thanks,

Love,
Minda

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Happy Anniversary....

On this very day.....three years ago....I started blogging!!!!   279 posts later....Here I am!  Still blogging :-)

The first post was written as an outlet for me to be a bit vulnerable without anyone knowing....and here I am, 3 years later, letting all KINDS of people in on my life and what the Lord is doing in me. :-)

Have you been following my blog for 1, 2, or 3 years?  Maybe even just a month or two?  Leave some blog love and let me know how long you've been reading.

Do you have a favorite post?  Maybe an embarrassing story that I shared? (i have PLENTY of those)....leave some blog love and share which one is your favorite. :-)

Here's to another 3 years of blogging!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Goin to the chapel....err....Golf Course....and they're gonna get married!

My sweet friend, Laura, will be getting married TODAY!!!!  I am so excited for this day.  First of all- this is probably one of my most favorite pictures of her.  This was taken this past March at my birthday party- in which she played a part in making it the most special day.  Laura is one of the first people that I met and started hanging out with when I came to Gateway. That in and of itself makes her near and dear to my heart.

She loves well....She gives BIG....and she has an amazing heart. I love this girl.  Today is your day, Laura Oglesby, and you deserve the happiest wedding day. I love you and love your heart. I am excited for this new season ahead of you.....It's going to be amazing!

And ps. You're going to be an AMAZING wife.   Just sayin.

Happpppy Weddddding Dayyyyy!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Picture Post

Welllll Welllll Welllll. 

It's time for a picture blog post :-)

Let's start here....

This past weekend I got to see BETH MOORE......If you know me well at all- you know how big this is....Here is my friend, Christian, and I getting ready to sit and listen :-)


Speaking of Beth Moore....I picked up her book back in February, So Long, Insecurity.  IT IS AN AMAZING BOOK.  I've been re-reading it this week and loving it.  Along with my coffee, of course ;-)


AND.....a random picture. LUNCH! Yum.  I've been going to Sams and you can get these personal size pouches of edemame and i LOVE them. Yum.


This next picture is horrible quality- but it makes up for it BIG TIME in memory making quality. OH MY GOSH. A night with Jaclyn in Dallas that was MUCH needed. :-) Love this girl and I love that I have a long history of friendship with her. 


Every morning as I leave my apartment- I pull around to the gate which is straight east. I get to see a BEAUTIFUL sunrise each morning and this particular morning was one worth capturing. Ok, who are we kidding. I capture them ALL THE FREAKING time. I probably have 100 pics on my phone of the sunrises each morning :-)


Andddddd. Next picture up- my first pair of TOMS shoes :-)

I got a little crafty and made a wall decor piece for my room.  But have yet to hang it. Because I need help. There are 9 pieces and I need them to be straight and in line! So for now- they are sitting on my floor. :-) BUT FUN, right?!?!? I bought and spray painted frames, picked out paper, and made a little happy creative piece for my wall. Just call me crafty carla.


I'm in a wedding this weekend for my dear friend LAURA!!!! And here we are....the bride and the maids :-)


And...one of just the maids.  We pretty much threw the best bachelorette/lingerie party I've ever attended :-)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dignity

"She is clothed with strength and dignity. She can laugh at the days to come." Proverbs 31:25


Working hard on this one. I think it is specified in this passage about a woman of noble character because God knew our tendency as women to become so emotional. In a heightened emotional state- we could do or say things that would cause us to lose all dignity. To go crazy.

But a woman of noble character is clothed with strength and dignity....I read this as "She is able, in the midst of emotional drama, to maintain her composure and calmly address a situation without losing it."


Comments? :-)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cycles....Bicycles?

Have you ever found victory in an area of your life.....only to fall back into the same doubt/frustration/feeling again months later?

You may not have....but I'm in that place.

Last night I was thinking about something I'm walking through- and was going to post online in a blog about my frustration...and then I stopped myself because my first thought was "No! I can't share that. Because just 2 months ago I was telling a friend how the Lord had given me such peace in that area!...and if I share that- she'll think I was lying months ago."

Well, my blogger friends.

Here is me saying publicly: The Lord may have given me some great insight/perspective in an area of my life that allowed a huge victory....But it is a DAILY DAILY DAILY DAILY DAILY DAILY DAILY DAILY thing.

ugh.

It frustrates me to even type that.

I have to CONTINUALLY trust Him. I have to DAILY choose to trust Him. I have to DAILY choose to walk in victory.

FOR INSTANCE: ;-) The Rangers. YES! They may have won Game 1....and Game 2.....BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T HAVE BATTLES AHEAD THEY NEED TO FIGHT! They lost game three and game four.

Does that mean that their victory in game one and two is null and void?

NOPE!

Not at all.

But it just means they better bring their A-Game cause their opponents are mad as hell and don't want to lose again!

In my own life- when the devil sees me gain new ground....gain victories....You better believe he's going to bring his A-Game and bring out his best pitchers, so to speak.

(man, i love analogies. :-) )

But seriously. I may have won games one and two- but I'm in games three and four right now and I feel as though I'm losing.

Anyone else feel that way these days?

Just sayin.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Value His Voice


This weekend, Pastor Robert gave a message titled "Value His Voice" in which he gave practical tips on how to hear God's voice. One of the things that stood out to me the most was when he said "You have got to set an appointment for purposeful time with Him. If you don't set an appointment, you won't show up!"
This is SO true! Last year in August, I set my first purposeful appointment and have NOT been disappointed. I could hear in Pastor Robert's voice- his pleading...almost daring the congregation to just TRY it. Seriously! I completely understood what he meant. Really. If you just actually SET THE APPOINTMENT- you will show up. And undoubtedly....so will He.

Another point Pastor Robert made was to "listen and write." I know that not everyone journals, but this is so key. Sometimes I will just start writing my prayers out and that gets the ball rolling. Sometimes I'll ask the Lord a question and say "What do YOU think about this situation.".....and I'll just start writing how I think the Lord would feel about the situation. There have been times I've done this and when I stop my pen- I've realized that 5 pages have been filled up. If you just have your pen ready.....

I love this verse in this picture.... "The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the Word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning...wakens my hear to listen like one being taught." Isaiah...

Show up to your appointment. He will speak.

Monday, September 27, 2010

"Welcome to Grace..."

8 years ago, this coming November, I walked into a church foyer and was greeted at the door by a gentleman that stuck his hand out to me and said "Are you Minda Corso?"

8 years ago I left home and headed to Arlington, TX to begin my college career at UTA and had been looking for a church. I moved into the dorms in August, had tried several churches, then connected with old family friends of my parents to see if they knew of a church. Donna Wright had told me about her church (I'd not seen Donna since I was 5 years old) and I decided I would try it out.

I came that Sunday and the first person I met upon arrival was Tim Wright. Donna had informed him that I would be coming and asked him to keep an eye out for me.

Tim DID in fact keep an eye out for me and greeted me.

This story is true for SO many people who walked through the doors of Grace Community Church in Arlington, TX. Tim was always out front waiting to meet whomever would walk through the door.

This past week, Tim went to be with the Lord after a year long battle with cancer. I just finished watching a memorial video created by my old college pastor and as I watched and listened, I couldn't help but cry. Tim was an amazing man of God and a bright light in any room. He had one of the most welcoming spirits I'd ever encountered. He was an example to so many people at Grace Community and lived his life in such a way that matched his words. He was the biggest romantic and there was no doubt that Tim was head over heels in love with his wife.

As I finished watching the video, I just couldn't help but smile through my tears knowing that heaven has just gained THE BEST door greeter heaven has ever seen.

I am so grateful for my 5 years at Grace Community Church and was reminded today how rich my life has been made because of the friendships I forged there at Grace. They know how to love people well and share life together.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

fall schmall

Every year I feel the need to wait until the cooler weather has hit before I pull out all of my fall decorations. Typically, this ends up happening, and then a week later it's time to put them away and replace them with my Christmas decorations.

Not this year, my friends! The apple cider candles are out....The autumn leaves candles are out....The pumpkins have been chosen and placed, the fall leaves are strung, the fall centerpiece is ready to be put together....My special fall baking pans are out and waiting to have pumpkin bread baked in them....

My decorations WILL get used this year :-)

I typically buy all of my seasonal decorations after the season is over....I get them on clearance for like 70%off or more....Then I bring them home and wrap them up and put them into storage. Sad, right? But no! It's awesome when the season comes around the next year and I've forgotton what i'd purchased....So it's like unwrapping presents! :-)

So this year....The fall decor is out and will be waiting on the cold weather to hit :-)

BRING ON THE CHANGING OF LEAVES!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Girl

Well….it's official. I'm crazy.  And I'm admitting it.

I went to bed last night in a bad mood- and basically woke up this morning not even realizing I'd fallen asleep. ….aka…I woke up in my clothes that I'd worn yesterday. I'd sprawled out on my bed in a pout last night and evidently fell asleep.

So I woke up to find 6 text messages on my phone and 2 missed calls.  So if you were one of those- sorry about that!

I woke up- got ready for work and headed out the door at 6:40am….

I arrived at Starbucks- got my drink- and settled in for some quiet time and started journaling.

As I was journaling and telling God why I was in a bad mood…(as if He needed me to explain)….I wrote in frustration…. "so! What do you think about THAT, God?...hmmm?"…..I kid you not….I'd not even finished putting the question mark at the end of that sentence when I heard this come through the speakers overhead…

"I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?

My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin' 'bout my girl
My girl"

 

And here comes the  "minda is crazy" part.  My eyes filled up with tears! Boooo. Why am I at Starbucks crying over hearing the song  "my girl" ????

Because that's what I needed to hear.  The Lord just said "Minda…you're my girl.  And I love talking about you…and talking WITH you."

So often if I'm frustrated with the Lord (and believe me. This happens more often than you'd think!) I will sometimes spout off- "You already know what I'm thinking so there's no point in even telling you!"

But there IS a point.  He wants to talk with me.  And if I don't open up conversation- I'll miss an opportunity to hear His voice.  So- if you're upset with Him….tell him.  If you're in a pouty mood…tell Him. He just might surprise you and tell you something you need to hear. :-)

 

He is good.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Things that make me smile:

 

  • coffee in the morning
  • more importantly- SHARING my coffee-time with someone in the morning.
  • surprises
  • a good book
  • cold weather
  • cold weather AND a blanket
  • fire in a fireplace
  • knowing people that take note of the small things
  • colored pens
  • Tweeting
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
  • considerate people
  • random text messages from friends
  • when people use my name...for instance. instead of just saying "bye"...when people say "Bye, Minda!"... i like it when things are personalized.
  • compliments
  • having people around my dinner table with me
  • making OTHER people smile
 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Special Day!

In March of 2007- I met someone who would become one of my best friends.

When I met Amy- she was pregnant with her first baby, Robby, and during that pregnancy- I watched that girl put down so many footlong cheese coney's from sonic that I just knew her baby would come out craving a hot dog with chili and cheese!

Amy and I have shared gallons....and I really do mean that- GALLONS upon gallons of sonic beverages...(tea for her- diet dr pepper for me) as we would spend our lunch breaks together, pretty much every day.

Not only did we share sonic drinks- but we shared life. She took me for lunch my first week at the new job- filled me in on what I would need to know- and thus it began. Amy was a much needed friend in a transitional time in my life. I don't trust people very easily- but for some reason- I knew she was someone I could trust and we shared more than 'work life.' We became really great friends even outside of work.

I was at the hospital when Amy delivered Robby....I was (i think) his first babysitter...Amy taught me the ropes of fantasy football... I was at Robby's first birthday party...I was at his baby dedication...When it was time to put up Christmas decorations at her house- I came over and we had hot chocolate and watched Elf....

The point of all that is to say- we shared life together.

Birthday's were a BIG deal to us! :-) Decorating offices...chick-fil-a breakfast...cupcakes....On The Border....(this year- even though she wasn't working anymore- Amy still came to the office and made it THE BEST DAY EVER!!!....and this year- I totally stunk on celebrating her!!! ah!!! i'm such a terrible person.....better late than never, though, right???;-) yeah. she's amazing, people.)

Amy was the one I could go to for advice about all kinds of stuff! I'm sure the girl got tired of all my drama- but I knew that no matter what- busy or not busy- I could go in- prop my feet up on her desk in her office- and tell her what was going on. Crying on the floor of her office? Yeah, I'd done that too! I also knew that I could call Amy at any time and it would be ok. Thankfully, her husband, Bryan, is also amazing and didn't mind his wife getting phone calls from me at who knows what time of day. :-)

Amy eventually went part-time at work and that nearly KILLED Me!!! :-) I always looked forward to the days she would be in the office!!! But...I guess it was good because that also eventually transitioned into her leaving work to stay at home for good. And it made the transition a little bit easier for me. I was so proud of her decision to be at home and proud of her for what she was doing- but can't deny that I was SOOOOO bummed.....Who in the heck was I going to share Sonic drinks with? Who would I do lunch with? I'm not kidding you all when I say we did lunch every. freaking. day. It was awesome.

When it was time for baby #2 to be born- I was ecstatic- and even more so that it would be a little girl!!! I didn't get to make it to the hospital- but I did celebrate her 1 week- 2- week- and 3 week birthdays with her :-)

And today! I got to celebrate her 1 year birthday and her baby dedication!

Robby and Juliet are the closest I have to a niece and nephew- so I'm claiming to be their aunt :-) But here are some pictures from Juliet's birthday!!!

Amy, I am so proud of you and your family! You are one of my most favorite people and I am so thankful I can call you friend. You've helped keep me sane- You've allowed me to love on your babies- You've let me come to your house and spend all day and practically all night when I needed a place to get away.....You have made my life better.

(and i miss daily lunch with you.)

So! Here's a picture of one of the sweetest baby girls I know :-)






Friday, September 10, 2010

take THAT!

So, this week I've been reading in Jeremiah.

AND.

This morning I got a little frustrated with my bible....not gonna lie.

In Jeremiah chapter 1 we find out that the Lord has called Jeremiah to bring a word to the people of Israel. And this word is NOT pretty, people. Not pretty at all.

The people have been unfaithful to the Lord and He's tired and fed up.

Jeremiah does as the LORD commands him to do and he continues to hear the Lord and speak what he is commanded to speak.

We get to chapter 30 and 31 and we finally see relief. There is a message of restoration for the people. (or at least, I was relieved.)

Weeeelllll. Jeremiah keeps doing as commanded and he ends up in some sticky situations....basically because of the Word of the Lord. It's not him they are upset with...they just don't like the Word he is bringing.

In chapter 37, Jeremiah is doing his thing when he is captured and put in prison....and as verse 16 says..."for a long time."

My first thought, is how long is a long time?!!??!

And secondly- I think HE WAS JUST BEING OBEDIENT! WHY THE HECK DOES HE HAVE TO GO TO PRISON!?!?!?!

Ugh. I kinda, maybe, halfway, sorta wrote that really big in my bible next to that passage....oops.

Either way. I keep reading.

We go through a couple more chapters and end up in chapter 39 in which Babylon has come and taken over the land...just like Jeremiah had spoken would happen.

BUT! In verse 12. The king gives orders to his commanders and says "Take him and look after him(Jeremiah). Don't harm him but do for him whatever he asks."

As soon as I read that...The Lord quickly spoke and said "see, Minda....I still took care of him!....Just as I will you."

Some of you may need or want to insert your name where i just put my own name.....go ahead. I needed to hear that this morning. Do you?

"I will see it and remember"

Wednesday we had a CRAZY/amazing amount of rainfall in the DFW area.
 
I got out in the rain at 5am on my way to the gym. At 7am on my way to Starbucks. And at 7:55am to head to work.  The roads were crazy- so much rain that I was afraid to go more than 30 miles an hour because I couldn't see anything in front of me!
 
 
It also happened to be the day that I made homemade cinnamon rolls for the office. 
 
So here's what you need to picture:
 
I pull into work. I am balancing 3 pans of cinnamon rolls- i have my purse on my shoulder, and my cup of coffee in another hand.  Which leaves NO room to carry an umbrella.
 
Also- there's a small river in the parking lot that i could have avoided if I'd jumped- but you can't jump while balancing 3 pans of cinnamon rolls.  So i trudged through the parking lot river. 
 
I walk into the office completely drenched.  My first thought was "wow.....so glad I spent time blow drying my hair today!!!!" 
 
Anywho- I was out in the rain a couple more times yesterday and each time- I came back in DRENCHED.....and i mean drrrrenched!!! (anne of avonlea, anyone?)  Ok.  So yeah.
There were crazy storms.
 
As I was driving home I saw a ginormous rainbow covering the sky (no 'double rainbow' jokes for you here).....and I know that this is SO simple- but I just was reminded of His promise.  The REASON we even SEE rainbows is because God created them to give HIMSELF a reminder of His promise.....That He would stay true to His Word.
 
The Lord said: "I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the sky I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:13-16
 
And here we are- thousands of years later- and it is still a reminder to us.  That He is true to His Word.  That He does not fail in keeping His promise. It is a reminder to God- but also to us. That He keeps His promise.
 
Do you have reminders set up for yourself to remind you of His promise?  As I saw that rainbow- I couldn't help but grin in excitement of knowing that HIS PROMISE IS SURE.
 
I have verses posted all over my office at work...all over my room...in my car..... To remind me of His promise.
 
He is Good.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hope...1 1/2 years later.

A year and a half ago- I wrote a blog post titled "Hope."

That blog post was brought to memory this morning when the Lord quickly reminded me (again) that my hope had been misplaced.

In the past month or two- I have been quite disappointed.  By people…by situations…. And this morning as I was 'lamenting' that loss of friendship/trust/fuzzy feeling- or whatever the heck you want to call it- I was reminded of the blog post I wrote.

This morning- I was journaling and pretty much just beating myself up.  How could I so easily put hope in people other than Jesus?!?!

Here I was, again, disappointed… frustrated….

And HATING the fact that I was disappointed and frustrated.

I put my journal away…continued reading in Isaiah where I've been for the past week- and found the morning verse that I would send out.

I typed it up and sent it- but yet felt inclined to keep reading.

As I finished up the chapter I was in- I honestly felt like the Lord said to me: I'm giving you your OWN personal verse of the day. Here it is:

And as I finished up that chapter- I read- "Those who hope IN ME will NOT be disappointed." Isaiah 49:23b

He is OOOOH- so-aware of my heart.  And how I feel.  And what I'm thinking.  And what I'm walking through. He knows.

He is good.

 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Saturday Night Surprise

My mom loves me.

She knows me.

She knows that it doesn't take much to make my day.

And this is what I got in the mail on Saturday night....

It came at a much needed time.




I love going to the mailbox and finding stuff like this.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September

Yes, I was one of those people. One of those people that said probably 4 times this past Tuesday..."I can't believe it's September."

It IS September and I have to wonder where this year has gone.

I honestly feel as though just last month I was at a New Year's Eve party in Dallas with hundreds of friends.

But no. It's freaking September.

5 years ago in September- I was beginning my final year of college.

10 years ago in September. I was starting my Junior year of high school.

We have already completed the first DECADE of the new millennium.

THAT is bizarre.


You know what this calls for? This calls for a movie night at my place complete with popcorn, coffee (or hot chocolate for you crazies that don't like coffee), and comfy pj's as I watch You've Got Mail. It REALLY is a 'fall' movie. This can't be denied. So I'll be welcoming in Fall with a movie this weekend.

Happy Labor Day....to me.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Austin, TX

This past weekend I headed to Austin to attend a going-away party for my sweet friend and college roommate- Leticia.  She's lived in Austin for the past 6 years and is headed to NYC for seminary!!  I'm so excited for this new season of her life and all that the Lord has done in and through her over the past 8 years. My life has been immensely blessed by knowing her.

I knew the weekend in Austin would be an interesting one…I was carpooling down and then turning over my keys to my friend Aaron who would be using my car to get around for the weekend.  I was prepared for some down time- but was not prepared for all that would happen while there.

On Friday night- we pulled into Austin and I was dropped off at the going away party.  So many people were there to celebrate Leticia.  It was so evident that she has impacted the lives of MANY people in Austin Texas!  That evening- after the party wrapped up- we headed to Mandy's house.  Mandy was an amazing and gracious host!  She and her husband just recently bought a house and it allowed me the opportunity to stay in Austin for FREEEE……and not only that- but with much better accommodations than any hotel could have offered.  Seriously. That first night- I crawled into bed and was giddy with how amazingly comfortable that bed was!!! Sheeesh! They sleep WELL in that house!

The next morning, Leticia, Mandy, Camille, and I all got up and headed for breakfast at Kerbey Lane…One of Leticia's favorite breakfast spots. We enjoyed coffee, pancakes, tacos, and queso (yes! all for breakfast) and had sweet conversation.

I have to say. One of my favorite things about being a girl is the way we connect.  Girls can go have coffee and sit and talk for hours upon hours.  Literally. I didn't know Mandy or Camille before this weekend.  And yet we sat at breakfast with our friend Leticia and had amazing conversation.

After breakfast/brunch- Leticia and I headed into downtown where she dropped me off to wander around while she met up with some other friends to say goodbye to them.  I made plans to see my friend Keegan that afternoon and after realizing I didn't really want to wander around- I made my way over to Starbucks (surprise) and sat down with my journal and pen.  I didn't really even have much to write at this point. I think I just sat for an hour just staring at a blank page.

One of the reason's I'd been looking forward for this trip was specifically that reason. I knew I was going to have some down time and I really wanted that time to disconnect.  I had no one with me for several periods of time- and no car- and it was too hot to walk around- so I just sat.  I feel as though I was able to make sense of some things that I've been working through and it is amazing the clarity that we receive when we disconnect.

At 4pm- I walked over to my friend Keegan's apt & thus begins the best evening I could have hoped for!

First of all.  Keegan is one of my most favorite people.  EVER. He makes me laugh more than anyone probably ever has and is the best story teller.

I met up with him over at his place and we went poolside for the next 1 ½ hours.  He moved to Austin last year (used to be in Dallas) and so the catch up time was awesome. We had lots to chat about and the pool was probably the most relaxing time I could have asked for.

Keegan invited me to have dinner with him and some friends and I gladly accepted..(remember- I had no car with me and was just kinda flyin by the seat of my pants for the weekend.) We went back upstairs to get ready for dinner when there was a change of plans. Keegan informed me that instead of dinner- some people he works with would be going to the Texas Roller Derby Playoffs….

Let me first say- I had NO IDEA what Roller Derby was. But. I was in for a HUGE shock.

If you don't know what it is- google it.  And then imagine me- with a bunch of dudes.  And a wild turkey roaming the building.  And men with crazy long beards.  And pillow fights. And fishnet tights.

A good night of fun and laughter, for SURE.

After the roller derby- we all walked over to eat dinner and meet up with more friends.

Keegan dropped me off with my friend Leticia later that evening and we headed back to Mandy's place. Sunday morning was spent in a coffee shop reading/journaling….then walking around for a little bit again in downtown before sitting again at a coffee shop for another hour or two.

Sandi (another Austin friend formally of Dallas) and her fiancĂ© Kyler met up with me around 1pm. I wasn't sure if Sandi and I were going to be able to meet up since our schedules were a bit off- but we did! And that was a delightful treat!!!  Kyler and Sandi made lunch for me and it was so great to catch up with both of them.  Sandi- I'm so excited for you and Kyler and I loved the way you two are together.  You are a great match and I'm so excited for you in this season! You are living life well and you are such an encouragement to me!!! Thanks again so much for giving up part of your day to spend it with me!!!

My chauffeurs arrived to pick me up around 3pm and we headed back home to Dallas.  Aaron and Scott….you two sure do know how to make a 3 ½ hour long drive memorable AND enjoyable!!! Let's hang out again soon. I think I've figured you two out and I can join in on the craziness that is what you two call conversation. ;-) I think I've got it down now!

Even when I got home from Austin- my mind felt so much more at peace.  There had been so much going on in my heart/mind for the past 2 weeks that I finally feel as though I was able to make sense of so much. I was grateful to come home to a roommate that was excited to hear my stories and listen to what all the Lord is doing.  Thanks, Hailey for being my roommate….I love coming home to you and sharing life with you….

 

And with that…..Keep Austin weird.

 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Be You.

I LOVE meeting new people.

LOVE IT.

It kind of gives me a high.

….ok, so I honestly shouldn't write that- cause I have no clue what a 'high' feels like…..but seriously…Something just happens in my heart when I meet and connect with new people.

Asking questions is one of my favorite things. I initiate conversation well.   I know a lot of the 'right' questions to get people talking….and honestly- let's face it. People love to talk about themselves, so if I ask questions about themselves- they'll talk, right?

Most often- if I meet someone for the first time- I'll have to cut in on myself at some point and say "I'm sorry! I'm not playing '20 Questions' with you or anything….just trying to get to know you!"-because I will have asked so many questions and that could be overwhelming.

And most often- the response I get is "No! It's totally ok! I love it!"

One of my favorite things is meeting someone and asking questions and after hearing their response- being able to say "Me too!....oh my gosh…me too!!! No way! Same for me!!!"

Have you ever had one of those moments?  You just connect with that person. You could talk for hours upon hours with that person and feel like you've shared the same life experience.

I love connecting with people.

But do you ever feel like there are certain areas of your life in which you feel NO ONE connects with you?  No one gets it? That there is a particular chapter(s) of your life that no one shares? 

Sure, those are the things that make us unique and individuals- but sometimes it would be nice to hear that someone is walking the same road you are walking. That they get it. Cause they are typically the most personal/vulnerable areas of our life.

I had one of those moments this morning. I wish someone could share this season with me. And know exactly how I'm feeling. What I'm thinking. Why I'm thinking the way I'm thinking.

But.

I'm learning to appreciate those things about me that NOONE else can relate to.  Those are the things that make Minda "MINDAAAA!!!!!"

Far too often than not, I tend to see those things about myself (they can be great things!) and think negatively about them…..because they make me feel so different. So unlike anyone I know. So different.

Trying to embrace my differences, today….and just be me.

 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

113 degrees.

Yes. 113 degrees. That is what my car informed me when I got in my car after having played ultimate frisbee for 2 1/2 hours today. INSANE HEAT!


On my way to play I blasted Christmas music in my car in attempts to make me think it was cooler outside than what it really was. I think it worked ;-)

And on top of that- I'm in bed now (yes, at 8pm) listening to more Bing Crosby and others singing Christmas carols.

Speaking of which....132 days til Christmas ;-)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Moses

Ok- so for the past week- I've been reading in Deuteronomy.  Have read a lot about Moses- and this morning I ended up in chapter 31-in which basically- Moses has just finished writing down all the laws that the Lord had given him.

Let me back up and give a REALLY quick rundown of Moses for you.

Moses- the baby that floated down the river in a basket.  We've all seen those water color pictures in kids bibles, etc….

Ok- so that baby is our man.  (By the way- his story starts in Exodus chapter 2 if you'd like to go read it)

So.  (remember, I said I'm gonna go quick- missing lots of good juicy details- but giving you enough to understand)

-Moses- baby in basket-floating away to escape death of all baby boys

-Found by Pharaoh's daughter.

-He grows up

-Goes out one day to where he sees the slaves (his true family) being forced into hard labor & he kills an Egyptian

-Flees and becomes an alien in foreign land.

-Lord appears to him in a bush (yeah, you gotta read the story)

-God talks to Moses and tells him that He wants Moses to go rescue the Israelites from under the harsh hand of Pharaoh

-God also tells Moses that He wants to bring them out of Egypt and into a 'good and spacious land flowing with milk and honey'

God and Moses have a great conversation at this point- but what you need to know for now is that God made this promise to Moses. 

Fast forward a little through some great things like frogs, blood water, locusts, sea's parting…etc…

And we end up in the desert with Moses and the Israelites.  They've all been set free from under the hand of Pharaoh.  They are drinking water from rocks, receiving manna (bread) from heaven….(seriously- instead of it raining water….*or men* ;-)) ….they received a 'rain' of bread).

In the desert.  Definitely not a place of flowing milk and honey.

Now- I'm gonna skip over a LOT.  But basically they are in the desert for 40 years.  Circling around & around. And making idols, and doing bad things….and forgetting that while they may be in the desert- they were not slaves anymore!

So. While they are being bad- The Lord decides to put the people under His law.  And gives Moses the 10 commandments.  (stone tablets and all….10…let's count 'em!)

All the while- the Lord is reminding Moses "The Lord Your God is bringing His people into a good land"

Following me here?

Ok. So let's go to Deut chapter 3.

A lot has happened….the people are unruly- and Moses is told by the Lord in verse 27 "Go up to the mountain and look north, west, south, and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross the Jordan."

Screeeeech. Wait. What?!

Yeah.  Joshua is going to be the one to lead the people across now.

Not Moses.

Fast forward a little more to chapter 31. In this chapter- the proverbial 'baton' so to speak-is being passed from Moses to Joshua.

Moses summons Joshua and tells him to be strong and courageous, for he must go with the people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them…. Moses tells him over and over- be strong and courageous!

He finishes by reading the Law to all the people- and then recites the words to a song in front of the entire assembly of Israel.

Now. Back to the beginning of this blog.  That's where I am today in my reading.

My heart aches for Moses.  I wanted for him so badly to be able to see the land flowing with milk and honey.  But yet in his song that he recited- here are a few of the words:

"I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he."

At the end. When it's all said and done for Moses- those are Moses' words. That is his heart.

So, this morning- I sent out the daily morning verse (if you want to be a part of this- let me know) and I wrote "Thinking about Moses…The Lord told him he would NOT be the one to lead the people into the promised land…but yet- at the end of his life- he was found singing."

As I sent it- my heart was a bit heavy.  (not thinking it was much of an encouragement)

Then my friend Anna responded with this "Amen! That's good!!!!"

I responded with "Moses doesn't have the most encouraging ending in his life…but he was found faithful."

To which Anna responded "And isn't it encouraging that his reward wasn't the promise but his reward was God."

My heart skipped a beat.

Yes.  His reward was even GREATER than the promise.

His reward was the Lord.

What promises are you holding on to? Would you be willing to let it go and receive God as your reward instead?  Or are you holding on too tightly to a promise?

He is our reward.

 

Thanks, Anna. I needed that today



--
Never doubt in the darkness what you have seen clearly in the light.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Escape?

Sooooo.
 
A lot of stuff is going on.
 
And in attempts to not deal with it- I just continue to fill all of my spare time with episode after episode after episode of "24."
 
Healthy?
 
No.
 
But working?
 
Yes.
 
Sometimes I wish I could leave my brain at home for a couple days and not have to deal with thought after thought after thought that races through my mind minute after minute.
 
Am I being vague?  Yes.  Sorry.
 
But that's all.

Quote

"If He commands you to act, and if you will trust Him, you will see all of creation move in concert to accomplish in you what you were created to do."
-McManus

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

your name....

This week I've been spending time in the morning reading in each of the gospels- the burial and Resurrection of Jesus.

While I've read each of these many a time.....I decided to go back and re-read after having my moment this past weekend (see this blog post http://marypoppinswasntperfect.blogspot.com/2010/07/do-you-really-believe.html )
 
In Matthew- I read in chapter 28 how an angel was sent down to roll back the stone and he popped a squat there on the stone and got to tell the good news.  What an awesome assignment for an angel, right??? How cool did HE feel??  Made me start thinking about how often I find my self in a season where I'm sitting...and waiting.
 
I have not necessarily considered my season of sitting...'awesome'.....but it could be.  As long as I'm sharing the good news and chillin out- what's to be upset about?? :-)
 
Also- in Luke- Jesus has been raised, he's appeared to the disciples, and shown them His nail scars. Luke 24:45 says "Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures."  I just was realizing how important it is for me to ask Him to open my mind before reading His Word. So often I've found myself reading and words just kept passing before my eyes....words words words..... But if He opens my mind to understand it- the revelation of His Word will start DRIPPING off the pages.
 
And this morning....In John.  First of all- I have to say I find it hilarious that John always refers to himself as 'the disciple that Jesus loved'.....
 
Even more funny is he says in chapt 20- (they've just gotten news that the tomb is empty)....v.3 says "So Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, started running for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went in. ....v. 8- Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first....saw and believed."
 
I think John would have been a good nertz card player....He seems to have had a little bit of a competitive edge to him ;-)
 
But seriously...Ok- so as I continued reading, I read a verse that made my heart stop.
 
"Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw 2 angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"  "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
Ok....First side note- I just imagine Mary being such an emotional wreck....She's crying....her eyes are puffy.....she's got snot running everywhere- but she doesn't care.  She is just so sad.  I know that I've been in a place in which I was doing the 'ugly cry' and I was so upset that I wouldn't be able to see anything going on around me.....where I was just so undone and a wreck.....I can imagine that's how Mary was.
 
Verse 15- "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
 
Thinking he was the gardener, she said "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
 
 
Jesus said to her, "Mary."
 
 
 
All he had to do was say her name. 
 
I love that. He just stated her name and immediately she knew. 
 
When I read that verse this morning- I knew what was coming- but all I could see on my page was this:
 
 
Jesus said to her, "Minda."
 
 
Do you need to hear Him say your name today?
 
He's there. He's not dead.  He's not in a tomb.
 
He's alive.  And He's calling your name to let you know He's there.
 
Listen for your name today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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