Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Princess Bride

"A dream is a wish your heart makes...When you're fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches- whatever you wish for you keep. Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through- No matter how your heart is grieving if you keep on believing- The dream that you wish will come true."
I grew up believing those lyrics.

For those of us that were born in the 80's- I consider us the 'princess' generation. When we were little girls- we were introduced to new characters. Ariel, from the Little Mermaid, came into existence when I was 5 years old. Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, when I was 7 years old. Jasmine, from Aladdin, when I was 8 years old. Pocahontas and Mulan followed a couple years later.

This past week- with the Royal Wedding of Kate and Prince William- I've heard SO many people lash out with negative comments about the Royal Wedding. Asking why it's such a big deal...saying that there are more important things happening in the news...etc.

First of all. Why is it such a big deal? Because Kate Middleton is the first person I've ever seen that is TRULY experiencing the dream that had been in my heart for over 20 years.  A common girl. Winning the heart of the handsome Prince. Having the wedding of the century. Wearing a TRUE princess wedding dress. With royalty in attendance.

In the Disney movies- we see the story of how they meet/fall in love- and the story ends with a kiss and the dream of the wedding to be. Friends- I finally got to SEE the wedding.  Not only was I watching the wedding of Prince William and Kate...I was watching the wedding of Ariel...of Belle....of Jasmine.  I KNOW this must sound corny to some of you- but you have no idea.  It TRULY has always just been a dream. We've never seen it lived out.

I was having dinner with my friend the night before the wedding and I was telling her what I had envisioned the dress would be. It was the biggest kept secret of the wedding....No one was going to know what the dress looked like until she stepped out at Westminster Abbey. I described to Stephanie what I thought it would look like....The princess dress I've always envisioned. 

I kid you not. The dress was EXACTLY as imagined it would be. The sleeves...the lace.  Exactly.

Yes. There are MANY terrible things happening in the world. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and most recently- devastating tornadoes that swept across the South part of the US taking the lives of more than 300 people. Devastating.

To be honest with you- My heart NEEDED some fun news like a royal wedding. I'm SOOO saddened every time I turn on the news. While I'm not ignoring the fact that devastating events had just taken place- I'm saying that the Royal Wedding was good timing for my heart. It was nice to turn on the TV and see excitement.

For the princess dream that has lived inside of my heart for 22 years....It was satisfied this weekend.

"....for the dream that you wish....will. come. true."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Mile Marker

A year ago today....I was wrapping up my last week at my old job.

I'd turned in my 2-weeks notice on April 16, 2010- And completed my 3 years of work at that location on April 30th. 

During my last week- my coworkers sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers...They threw an AMAZING luncheon...We had a 'pool' party...They knew EXACTLY how to make me feel celebrated.

I left feeling loved and appreciated.

The following 11 days- I had a chance to rest- travel- and get a little vacation time.

I went to visit my sister, Lisa, in Phoenix as she had just moved into her new house.

The point of this blog post....

Well. Maybe not a point. But April 16 is a date in my life that I will always look back on and remember the faithfulness of God. This week- of April 30th- will be a reminder to me of the faithfulness of God. A mile marker.

I've walked with the Lord for a long time. This past year of my life has been one of my favorite years with Him.

"Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men." Psalm 107 (verse 8, 15, 21, and 31) ...all four verses say the same thing! :-) I will give thanks!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Chivalry is NOT dead! (Who's Chivalry!?!)

Most of my life has been spent around females.

I had 2 sisters.

My 1st year of college I lived on a hall with 50 girls.

My 2nd year of college, I was an RA to a hall full of 50 girls.

I served in the high school ministry for a group of high school girls.

I've learned to live with about 15 different girls over the past 27 years.

To say that I know very little about the male species would be an understatement.

To say that I know a LOT about females. Well. Yeah. That would be true. Not saying that I'm an expert....but just saying that I've gathered a LOT of information.

I'm pretty good at reading females, honestly. I can walk in a room full of people....and if you give me about 10 minutes- I can tell you which girls in the room have crushes on which guys.

Now- walking into a room and being able to decipher which guy likes which girl? Eh- I'm not AS good at that.

I say all that to say.....I'm just used to being around females.

And. When females hang out together- when we travel together- when we go out together....a girl is on her own. She opens her own door. She drives herself. She carries her own luggage. She lugs her own groceries up the stairs. Following me?

So. At the age of 27- When someone of the male species asks to open my door for me...carry a bag of mine...or anything of the like....I have to say-Not only is it surprising to me....But it is a FABULOUS treat. To hear someone say "Let me get that for you."

But. quite honestly- because I'm so used to having to do those things on my own day in and out- my response most often is surprise- followed by "no it's ok I can get it."

Not because I'm on a power trip/feminist and think "I can do it on my own"...but because I'm just so used to doing it and I'm taken by such surprise that it almost flusters me and I just try to cover my 'flustered-ness' and just do it myself.

Well. That brings me to this week.

On Friday I posted and wrote about how the day before- I'd been telling the Lord that while He might be asking me to trust Him in a 'particular area'- my response was "I don't know HOW to trust you in that area. How do I do it?!?!"

I wrote about the shield of faith and how the Lord had just let me know "You don't have to worry about holding the shield...I'll hold it in place for you....I'll actually BE the shield."

So. I've got this 'shield' that I've been lugging around for a LONG time. I've not been able to hold it it place- cause it was too heavy for me. I didn't know HOW to hold it in place. But I've been carrying it around because I know I'm supposed to use it! But it's just been a hassle for me to carry around. And starting on Thursday morning- each time my mind would start to wander...start fretting....start worrying about 'this particular area' I thought- eh. I can't lift the shield. But. EACH TIME- I heard a soft whisper say "Let me get that for you, Minda."

And while most often when I hear those words I'm used to saying "nah, it's ok- I got it..." I've never been more happy to hand it over to Him. Between Thursday and Friday- I probably heard Him whisper that to me a total of 25-30 times...."Let me get that for you, Minda."

Each time- my mind immediately was at rest. No tug of war over handing it over. No debate. I've just gladly handed it over and said to him "whew! That was too heavy for me."

My question of "HOW do I trust you in this area, Lord?!?" has been answered with this:

"Let me get that for you, Minda."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Facebook comments...

At work today I was responding to a comment that someone had made on our facebook page. They mentioned a phrase that I used MANY times when I was younger.

Anyone else heard this? "The bible tells me I have to love them but I SURE don't have to like 'em!!"

Anyone?

Well. I can't tell you how many times I used that phrase. When I was younger- man- that was my fall back line if there was ever someone that I didn't care for. Ugh.

Let's be honest. It's much easier to love our family. Because they are our family. And they will always be around. Ya know?  But if there was ever a friend or acquaintance I didn't care for- I didn't ever learn to love them- I just learned to avoid them! :-) And in turn- it made 'loving' them SO much easier. ;-)

And finally. The Lord said "enough of that. I want to teach you how to love someone for REAL. I want to teach you how to love someone that has hurt you. I want to teach you how to love someone that has let you down. I want to teach you how to love someone that you can't avoid. I want to teach you to love.....like I do."

And He taught me in August of 2009. You can read about that here.

The interesting thing is...Until August of 2009....I don't think I ever really grasped how great God's love for ME was.

That brings me back to the facebook comment I responded to.

I responded on Facebook with this:  "Yes....We are called to love. And when we walk through the difficult process of loving someone...it makes Christs' love for us all the more amazing".... because we know that loving someone is not easy.

After I wrote that- I had to sit and think about that for a while. It just struck me how crazy it is how GOOD of a God I serve.  Because I'm sure that there are times in which the Lord says "daaaaaang girl. You are being DIFFICULT."  But He still loves me. And never gets tired of loving me.

And it wasn't until the Lord taught me to truly like someone that I didn't really want to like that enabled me to catch a GLIMPSE of His love for me.
Does that make sense?  Who knows. I'm still thinking about it.

Comments welcome :-)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Target Practice

Was listening to Beth Moore teach last week and there was a message that spoke to me....and I want to try and relay that message here.  Hang with me. If you can capture this as I did- I know it will encourage you.

So. Here goes.

If there is an area of my life in which I'm not trusting the Lord...and area that always seems to be my area of struggle...that means my 'shield of faith' is down. If it were up- I'd be trusting.

Right? Let me explain further.

There are areas in which I trust in the Lord. BIG time. Areas in which I have no doubt. For instance. I hold my shield of faith high and firm in the area of provision. The Lord has proved over and over to me that He WILL provide for THIS baby girl of His. My faith is high in this area. (ps. if this is an area in which you do not have much faith- let me know. I'd love to share MY portion of faith with you and believe with you for provision!)

Or in the area of healing. I've written about this area before. The Lord has proved Himself MANY times in my life to be my healer. So when sickness comes...I don't freak out. I don't fall apart. My shield of faith- again- is in position. Held high.

But. There are areas in my life in which my ability to trust the Lord is NOT so great.  Ok- let's be honest. There are some areas in which I just fall apart. It's the area of my life that takes up most of my brain for a good portion of the day. I'm constantly thinking/worrying/wondering about this area.

Beth explained it like a balloon with a hole in it. An area of your head that just spews....with vain imaginations....with anxieties....with every kind of worry, every kind of fear, every kind of insecurity. Your mind just spews.

Following me here?

If you've been a Christian for any length of time- we all have areas in which we've learned to trust God.
But there are those areas that we're still learning.

Ok. So. If my shield of faith is down- then that area is an open target for the enemy to shoot his darts. Right? Shield is not in place- open target.

Therefore- making it all the more hard to trust God in that area. Because it's an area in which Satan has free range to shoot and hit.

And when he shoots targets of worry, fear, anxiety....we continue in the cycle. Of not being able to Trust God. And when we've been hit- we think that God did not come through for us.

We have let ourselves believe deep down in our heart that God is NOT going to be faithful to us in that area. That we will just have to carry around that load of worry and anxiety. Because we believe that He's not gonna do it.

When I heard Beth teaching- I knew IMMEDIATELY what my 'thing' was. I knew the area in which I don't trust Him. I VERY quickly found the area of 'spewing'.

And what's interesting- is that when Satan is messing with me.....he's only THREATENING me.  It's not even a reality. It's a threat.  And an empty one at that.

I've located my area of 'spewing' and I realize where my 'shield' has been down. Friends- I'm EXHAUSTED from carrying the anxiety and worry. It's time to lift my my shield in THAT area because the moment I do- Satan can shoot all he wants but it will not penetrate to the deepest part of my being. The spewing will stop. And believe me- A shield of faith is easier to carry than a load of crap that the devil throws my way.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

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How do you like THAT title?!?!
A couple of months ago- I was taking a class and someone mentioned the process of titling a blog post. They said that the title needs to be attention grabbing or you will be doing your post a disservice.

Well let me admit. I've pretty much done ALL of my blog posts a huge disservice. Except for one....titled "Ridin Dirty"...and I actually got a couple of texts and messages from people saying "We think you've been spammed!!!'

No....I really DID intend to title the blog post just that... And evidently it's true what the teacher of my class said. That was the one that caught all the attention.

In addition- ever since then- blogging has been a bit difficult for me because I get stumped with titling my blog......Ugh.  Trying to come up with something witty/clever is exhausting.

Being clever on twitter/facebook? Not exhausting. Natural ;-)

But with my blog post titles.....exhausting.

Now. with that said...I'm sure I've lost your attention and any time I spend NOW trying to come up with a title will be lost because you will have read all that junk I just wrote and zone out.

For those of you are sticking with me so far.....well. bad news is- I don't really have anything all that exciting to say. (which then is making me even wonder why I'm blogging....SHEEEESH!!!)

I'm exhausting myself.

But. All that to say- This weekend was the women's conference at Gateway there were SO many amazing messages brought that I need another 2 weeks to process them all. So much going on in my brain and so many things I feel are changing that the thought of blogging about them seems almost impossible at this point.

Hopefully in the next month or so I'll start sharing some of the things that stuck out to me!

In the meantime- I'm going to bed with freshly washed sheets, iced coffee made and ready for the morning, and my computer is being shut. 

Gooooodnight.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

timeline

May 1- Roommate moves out!
May 6- Josh and Ali get marrrried!!!
May 12- Brooke and Brad get married!!!
May 14th- Roommate's gettin married!!!
June 1- Minda moves out and gets ANOTHER new roommate
June 15- Minda heads to California....(for her FIRST TIME!)
June 17- SISTER GETS MARRRRIED!
July 14- Minda heads to Seattle
July 16- cousin gets married!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

all in 3 days?!?!

We're only on day 4 of April and already I've made 200 cake pops, purchased a bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding in June, attended an AMAZING wedding, danced til my feet got blisters, and created an entire scrapbook! 

Hellloooo productivity!


I made cake pops for Court and Lauryn's wedding and I had two flavors....Oreo and Red Velvet.  Yum!



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