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30 Things, 4 Years Later: Day 24

30 Things to Accomplish in my 30s:
#24. Buy a camera. I loved my old one to death.

I did.

Within a couple of months after writing this goal, I purchased a newer version of the camera I’d loved to death.

It wasn’t the same.

I’ve taken some pictures with it and they haven’t turned out anything like the ones from the old camera. And it doesn’t work like the old one either.

I would love, love, love to get a digital SLR camera. I love art and music and crafting and all that good stuff, but my favorite creative outlet is photography. Bright eyed babies, frisky puppies, sunsets — I love capturing beauty.

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Posted by on May 14, 2016 in 30 Things


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30 Things, 4 Years Later: Day 7

30 Things to Accomplish in my 30s:
#7. Although I am not into gardening at all, I would love to have a rose garden to bring a lovely fragrance and beauty to my surroundings.

A garden-loving friend offered to let me keep a potted rose bush in her yard — so I could say it was mine and could take it with me when I got my own yard — so I got to work, purchased my first rose bush, planted it in a huge pot and then promptly forgot to water it and care for it.

It had two gorgeous red roses that year.

Then it got bugs.

I got busy.

The bush died.

So much for that good idea.

If at first you don’t succeed….

A year ago, I purchased a house with an enormous back yard. It has a fence around it and this year, I’m planting some climbing roses.

I could only afford two bushes this year, but I’m hoping to add to the collection each year until I’m drowning in roses.

We’ll see how that goes.

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Posted by on April 16, 2016 in 30 Things


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It’s a little funny how sometimes, my life just goes along and nothing particularly interesting happens. And then no blog posts get written. And my blog doesn’t get visited. And then I feel a little neglected.

Ok, so I’m not that narcissistic.

Bored is a better way to put it.

But then, just as quickly (and inconspicuously) as life flows into the mundane, beauty can flow into life. Sometimes I don’t even recognize it. Sometimes I’m too focused on the mundane to even notice the colors that are beginning to creep in. Sometimes I’m too scared to allow myself to see them. Sometimes I let my insecurities, my fear, my pain and my needs take precedence and then I see drama and heartache and pain flow into my life.

The past few days, I’ve been thinking about my issues and problems. I’ll spare you the details. But today, I got this revelation about how my personal issues affect people who aren’t even involved. If I do something out of insecurity or fear and it affects somebody else negatively, I’m making an innocent person a victim.

That is so not ok.

I don’t want to be that kind of person. I want to be the kind of person who brings joy and peace wherever I am. I want to bring life and beauty. I want my presence to be like the paint on a canvas — bringing meaning to something that was once dull and empty. I want my presence to be a delightful aroma.

II Corinthians 2:14 says “But thanks be to God who leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”

I want to be that person. The one who, even though there are challenges and problems, (and even though it’s boring at times), lives in victory.

I’m really not very good a those things. But this is my prayer this week:
Let me be a person who, in spite of what is going on around me, is able to live in victory — and to bring others to a place of victory too.

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Current Events


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Simple Gifts

The other day, my favorite 4-year old was wearing (in the middle of winter) a tiny little skirt that she had when she was a baby. She’s tall and slender so it fit one way but not the other. And it was decided that this skirt wasn’t going to be worn again.

I was out and about today and I saw a skirt that screamed “MUNCHKIN!” at me. So I bought it. It’s blue with sparkles. I took it to her and I said I had a present for her. She was absolutely delighted when I showed it to her. She asked if she could try it on and then she asked me to hold her. She hugged me for several minutes and then I told her she should probably put her jammies on. She said, “But I want to sleep in this!”

I love little kids. It’s so much fun to bring them surprises because it makes them so happy and when they’re happy, I’m happy too.

I like to think God is like that too. He knows exactly what would delight us. He knows exactly how to make us smile and what will thrill us. He knows that doing things that delight us is going to make us draw closer to Him; make us want to sit with Him and hold Him tight.

The Bible says that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. God gives us tons of gifts — the problem is that sometimes we are too busy to notice. Or we’re so consumed with the things we want that we don’t notice what He’s already given us. Most of the time, I’m so consumed with the longing to have someone to come home to that I forget that I have terrific friends across town that I can hang out with any time I want to. I’m so consumed with wishing I could live in a house with a garage that I forget that I have so many wonderful windows and a bathtub. I’m so focused on how cold it is this morning that I completely overlook the gorgeous sunrise.

Let’s not be so consumed with the things we don’t have that we lose sight of the beauty and the blessings around us. He has blessed us so much. And He does it because He wants to bring us delight. He wants to see us recognize His hand in it, and He longs for us to ask Him to hold us so we can rest in His goodness and grace.

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Current Events


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