Sunday, January 30, 2011

One Thousand Gifts♥

I got this devotion and I just had to share. I definitely want to read the book when I have time!! Hope it blesses you as it did me!



How do we stop living like life is an emergency or something to be sped wildly through? How do we start believing that life can be carried only in the hands of the unhurried . . . a bubble held in awe. How do we stop wolfing life down?

All this or all these moments - all these are for you. Isn't that the Voice we have to learn to hear? The Voice that is telling the whole world that the earth under you and the rain over you, and all the stars spinning round you, this is for you, for you, for you.

So count the ways He loves, a thousand, more, never stop, so that when you wake in the morning you can't help unfold your hands to the heavens, and though you grieve and though you wonder, though the world is ugly, it is beautiful, and though time moves on, it's moments are holy, and though the planet spins, a blur, you can slow and you can wake and you can trust and and you can pay attention to the moments with this offering of thanks -- because this is how you spend your one life well --

Receiving each moment for what it really is: holy, ordinary, amazing grace.

A gift.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Things the General Public Does Not Seem To Know.

Things That The General Public Apparently Does Not Know, But Should.

1. Complaining is not attractive, or becoming, or endearing. In fact, it's annoying. So don't complain about every single little thing.

2. Smile. It's good for you, and you will automatically feel less grouchy.

3. Being rude does absolutely no good, and will get you nowhere in life.

4. If you are a parent, then PARENT your children. Do NOT let them go out in public and boss you around. You are the adult, they are the kid. You both need to learn your place.

5. Don't take out your daily frustrations on innocent cashiers or waitresses, or other public personel. They have a rough life too.

6. Sitting in a restaurant yakking on your phone is obnoxious. If you have someone eating with you, then it is even worse.

7. When you are texting in the movie theater, people can still see the light and hear the annoying clicking noises.

8. Regardless of what you may have been told, the world does not revolve simply because you exist.

9. If you make a mess, regardless of how big or where you are (ie- in a store, a restaurant, or a public bathroom), clean. it. up.

10. If someone is coming out of a door behind you, hold it for them. It's polite.

11. 'Please' 'Thank You' and a smile go a lot farther than you realize.

12. No, I really do not want to buy your thingamajig, especially not over the phone.

13. If a place is closing, don't go in at the last minute. The people working there want to go home and be with their families, too.

14. Don't be reckless with other people's hearts; don't let other people be reckless with yours.

15. Wearing smaller clothing does not make you appear smaller. And having orange and/or alligator skin is not attractive, either.

16. Pretty much everyone can see when you have food in your mouth, so the don't need to hear it, too.

17. Updating your facebook status every 22 seconds isn't admirable. Honestly, no one really cares if you are eating a bagel and walking your dog.

18. Complaining that you are fat while not doing anything at all about it is annoying. Especially if you weigh twenty-two pounds.

19. Smiles, hugs, and compliments- they are the best gifts to both give and receive, and totally and completely free.

20. Making decisions ignorantly will make you look rather ridiculous. Make sure you know what you're talking about before you speak, or form an opinion.

21. Second-hand information is not always accurate, so don't make assumptions about anything.

22. Don't ask me if you look fat in those jeans unless you are prepared to possibly hear 'yes' if the need be.

23. Standing in the very middle of a crowded hallway to have a conversation is not a good idea.

24. Turn signals were placed on your car for a reason. With that said, speed limit signs were also placed where they are for a reason. It's okay to reach those limits.

25. Don't be afraid to be fabulous, but don't hog the spotlight either. Help other people to be fabulous, too.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

To-Sam. Love, Charlie.

First, this is not my work, I 'stumbled-upon' it. But, it's really a heart-felt letter, and I wanted a place to keep it. This goes out to you.

Dear Sam,

Hey! My guess is I’m sitting right in front of you right now, and you’re wondering why I don’t just talk to you. Well, the main reason is because I don’t want to mess this up. I’m afraid if we just talk, I’ll miss something and beat myself up on my way home for forgetting.

I want to thank you for the things you’ve taught me. When we met, you were so won­derful; everything about you took my breath away. You were quirky and honest and full of life, I couldn’t help but be near you… by the end of that first night, we were hold ing hands, passed out on the floor behind the couch; I hope you remember that. It was the night I fell in love. Thank you for that. I will carry it with me always. Thank you also, for all the late night talks we had. There was always something about the way you lis­tened that made me feel like the only person in the world. It wasn’t always bad between us. I want you to remember that. Thank you for introducing me to Cowboy Bebop. It is my favorite cartoon because you were in my life. Thank you for taking an interest in learning about my culture. I remember your butchered Spanish sentences– but hey, you were trying. Thank you for missing me when I traveled. I always felt loved, even though you never said it.

Sam, you have inspired me to write more, to love more, to be more patient and to for­give. I forgive you for making me feel like I wasn’t good enough for you. I forgive you for embarrassing me in front of my friends. I forgive you for keeping me at arm’s length and waiting until you had feelings for someone else to talk to me. I forgive you for breaking my heart into a million pieces. Not because I’m better than you, not because I am good but because I’m not angry anymore.

You have been the greatest love of my life, thus far; also my greatest disappointment. But even in all of the pain and the hurt, there was growth. I learned to have bound­aries, I learned my self-worth was more than you’d allowed. I learned to love out loud. I learned not to wait to share my thoughts and feelings. I own myself today, because of you. I suppose a part of me will always love you. That’s what’s most amazing about love, isn’t it? There’s no getting it back once you give it away.

Sam, thank you for being a part of my life, even for just the moments we shared. I will keep you close to my heart and hope you will do the same. Promise me you’ll forgive yourself for your part in the ugly things that have transpired between us, let’s not hang on to the past. I come clean today so I may walk away… I hope you can do the same.

Love you always,
Charlie

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I want to go back to first grade. Why does everything have to be so complicated when we grow up? Why can't things just stay easy, like they were then? Back when you had time to play, and use your imagination, and had all the love in the world to give away. Back when hugs were your currency, and recess was used to race each other around, and you were friends with anyone you wanted to be friends with. Why can't we always remain in the time when you didn't have to worry about your future, or your GPA, or having enough money to pay the gas bill? I think that's part of why I love kids so much. They take you back to that place... even if just for a moment. They make it easy to see the world through their eyes... where everything makes sense and they have no reason to doubt, and where all they want to love someone. Yep, I love first graders.



My Mom's class. I'm going to miss those kids like crazy this week. I love them!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Just Thinking.

Okay, I'll admit it. I have a huge soft-spot for chick flicks. I mean, come on. Who doesn't love a good chick flick every now and then! I watched Mamma Mia for the first time tonight. It was fabulous! If you haven't seen it, I recommend it very highly... for the music if nothing else. But then, you know, chick flicks get me thinking. And do you know what thinking leads to? Blogging. Thus, you must sit through my thoughts. I apologize in advance. (:

When you were young, didn't you just dream of falling in love? You know, finding the right guy, being head over heels, and happily ever after just falls in line after that. But forreal. When is that ever the case? There's always some catch... they have some family member that hates you, or you find out something that just throws the whole situation into an uproar. Or maybe, just maybe, you're too scared to completely fall in love with anyone. Maybe you've had your heart broken one too many times, and you feel bad trying to give anyone the mess that it's become. It's not fair, after all, to give them a heart that's in a bunch of pieces, right? And especially if the one relationship you let yourself be in ended terribly, you can kinda lose hope in all relationships. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get married. It's going to be a pretty difficult task to find someone who would want to live with me... I'm not the easiest person to get along with, after all. Or to find someone who is willing to take the time to really get to know me, or be willing to help me pay my insane amount of medical bills, or kill all the spiders in the house, or clean out the drains when they need it. I've always wanted to get married, though. You know, a big white wedding, reception with all of my friends and family, my father giving me away, our fist kiss as a married couple, taking pictures like this:



Holding hands through parks, have a family, take our kids bowling or out to eat... sharing my life with my best friend. But the fact is, I honestly have no say in the matter whatsoever. There are times when I want nothing more than to find someone to love, and who will love me back. There are times when I think about being alone as I grow older, and it scares me to death, and there are thoughts that run through my head saying 'I'm never going to be good enough for anyone to love!' But in those times, I cannot say, "God, this is what I want, and it must be this way or else I'll never be happy!" No, instead my prayer must be "God, form my will into yours. If all I ever am is your bride, please allow me to do so with thankfulness and joy." Is it hard? Absolutely. It's a moment-by-moment struggle, and goodness knows I fail at it... All. The. Time. But I have to trust that God either has someone, or has me doing something different that will bring glory to his kingdom. I guess for now, I'll just wait, and trust. What do I have to lose?

Love,
Sarah

Friday, January 21, 2011

Survey! (:

So, I haven't done one of these since myspace was cool. And it looked fun(:


WHAT WAS YOUR:

1. last beverage: Water!

2. last phone call: Kara!

3. last text message: Sarahbug!

4. last song you listened to: Forever Love!

5. last time you cried: Wednesday. But, it's over.

6. dated someone twice: Uhm..

7. been cheated on = Refer to question above.

9. lost someone special = Unfortunately so.

10. been depressed = Nah, not for me.

11. been drunk and threw up = Absolutely not.


LIST THREE FAVORITE COLORS:

12. Purple!

13. Lime Green!

14. Aqua!


THIS YEAR HAVE YOU: (2010)

15. Made a new friend?: Yes!

16. Fallen in love?: Nah.

17. Laughed until you cried?: Most definitely!

18. Met someone who changed you?: Everything about me.

19. Found out who your true friends were?: For sure.

20. Found out someone was talking about you?: I'm in highschool. Does that answer you?

21. Kissed anyone on your fb friend's list ?: No.

22. How many people on your fb friends list do you know in real life: I've met them all at one point or another!

24. Do you have any pets: Dexter and SandyMay!

26. What did you do for your last birthday: Girls night!

27. What time did you wake up today: 6:30

28. What were you doing at midnight last night: Listening to my iPod(:

30. Last time you saw your Mother: A few minutes ago!

31. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life: I wish I were better about stepping out of my comfort zone.

32. What are you listening to right now?: Meredith Andrewsss.

33. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom: Tommy?

34. What's getting on your nerves right now: A couplea things!

35. Most visited webpage: pandora.

37. Nicknames: Sarahdoo, Legs... Whatever floats your boat.

38. Relationship Status: Single, probably until the end of time.

39. Zodiac Sign: No idea!

40. He or She?: I'm a she! (:

41. Elementary? Blackburn!

42. Middle School? Jacobs Fork!

43. High School? Fred. T. Foard!

44. Hair Color? Brown!

45. Long or short? Ehh. Kinda medium?

46. Height? 5'11.5''

47. Do you have a crush on someone? That doesn't really work out for me.

48: What do you like about yourself? Uhm?

49. Piercings? Ears!

50. Tattoos? Mom would kill me. But maybe someday! Just a small one!

51. Righty or lefty? Righty!

52. First surgery= Ears? Probably. I don't remember.

53. First piercing = Ears!

54. First best friend = Kawee!

55. First sport you joined = Tee ball!

58. First pair of trainers = What?


RIGHT NOW:

59. Eating – Mentos!

60. Drinking - Nothing.

61. I'm about to – Cleannnnn!

62. Listening to – Francesca Batestelli!

63. Waiting for- A couple of things.

64. Want kids? - Definitely.

65. Get Married?- I hope so.

66. Career?- Something with kids?

WHICH IS BETTER :

67. Lips or eyes? = Eyes, for sure.

68. Hugs or kisses = Hugs!

69. Shorter or taller = Taller!

70. Older or Younger = Older!

71. Romantic or spontaneous = Both!

72. Nice stomach or nice arms = How about both?

73. Sensitive or loud = Sensitive.

74. Hook-up or relationship = Relationship.

75. Trouble maker or hesitant = Hesitant.


HAVE YOU EVER :

76. Kissed a stranger = Most definitely. It's my favorite hobby. What do you think?!

77. Drank hard liquor = Definitely not.

78. Lost glasses/contacts = Countless times!

79. kiss on the first date = Not for me.

80. Broken someone's heart = Uhm...?

81. Had your own heart broken = Next question.

83. Turned someone down = Yeah. Just one.

84. Cried when someone died = Absolutely.

85. Fallen for a friend = Uhm.


DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

86. Yourself = Yeah, actually.

87. Miracles = Absolutely!

88. Love at first sight = Yes. Why not have a little hope?

89. Heaven = Absolutely! I'm so excited to be there!

90. Santa Claus = Yes! Haven't you seen the Polar Express?!

91. Kiss on the first date= Ehh, not for me.

92. Angels = I know a few, actually(:

ANSWER TRUTHFULLY:

93. Had more than one bf/gf? at the same time? No. No, no, no, no NO.

94. Is there one person you want to be with right now? Actually, I'm over it. Forreal this time.

95. Did you sing today? Ohhh yes. All the time, in the car!

96. Ever cheated on somebody? Absolutely not. And I won't either.

97. If you could go back in time, how far would you go, and why?: Hmm. Probably like 5 or 6? I'd tell myself to enjoy everything more. Pretend I was a princess more often, run around, worry less, dance more. You know.

98. If you could pick a day from last year and relive it, what would it be? Relay Weekend. That Friday and Saturday. Or our last competition.

99. Are you afraid of falling in love? Absolutely.

100. Posting this as 100 truths? Haha, nope. As Survey! (:



If you read that, you're my new bestfriend. So you should let me know who you are! (:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pictures are Memories-2!

January 9- I just read this, and I love it a lot. You should read it... and every other book by Sarah Dessen. She's amazing.

January 10- Snow day!

January 11- I built a snowman!

January 12- I'm going to be Tiana when I grow up.

January 13- Logan Paige; my sister at heart.

January 14- New Stationary!!!

January 15- Emily Miller!

January 16- It was a purple sweater, flower in my hair kinda Sunday.

January 17- My favorite night of the week, and one of my favorite people ever. Makes for a much more than fabulous night!

January 17, 2011



Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella?


Fo' Drizzle.


Happy Monday! (:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Antibiotics.

Okay, so I'm pretty good at going off on random tangents in my head. And this was one of them. So, here you go.

I basically live off of antibiotics. I mean, if you have to be on an antibiotic for something, I've probably taken it before, at least three times, and can tell you all the tricks. A glass of milk with this one, a cup of yogurt with that one, a lot of praying through that one... you know the drill. But anyways, right now I'm on this generic penicillin drug (for 14 DAYS!), only after I just got off of a ten-day augmentin regimen. Literally, there wasn't a break between the two. Just 24 straight days of antibiotics in all it's glory. So yesterday when I was taking it with my breakfast, I got to thinking. How often do we treat God like an antibiotic? We go our own way, trying to fight off all the diseases of this world by ourselves, and eventually it catches up with us. And then things get bad. We hold off asking for help as long as we can, until there is absolutely no way we can fight it on our own. Then, we turn to God, our personal antibiotic. He is faithful, and he loves us, and he comes and heals us over and over and over again. We remain faithful for the entire duration of the ailment, and then sometimes even weeks past... like my case... but then as soon as we're completely better, we completely forget the antibiotic until we need it again. Why do we do this to God? He isn't some cosmic antibiotic, only there when we need help or healing; He's our father. He's involved in every aspect of our lives every single day. He loves and gives hope, redemption, grace, and mercy to all who ask of Him. So, next time God heals you, don't just leave Him until you're hurting again. Hang on for dear life... because He is the giver of life itself!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Something Beautiful, Pt. 2!

"Hey, now, this is my desire: Consume me like a fire. 'Cause I just want something beautiful to touch me. I know that I'm in reach, 'cause I am down on my knees, waiting for something beautiful."

I've said it before, and i'll say it again. Music is the greatest thing ever created. For the composer and the person that wrote the lyrics, it's a huge way that they can express themselves, but then it's open to everyone else to take what they have written and apply it to their own lives;to interpret it their own way. No piece of music will touch two people in the exact same way. Music connects you to your past: who, where, and what you were in that very moment. Music sets moods, makes memories, and so much more. My interpretation of 'Something Beautiful' by Needtobreathe (previous post) will probably be very different than yours. But it changed me, and has quickly become one of my greatest prayers.

In the beginning, the song speaks of how in the 'ocean i'm ankle-deep'. Consider that for a second. How often do we do this? We stand, looking out into this vast pool of God's love, yet we choose to stay merely ankle deep. While God is longing for us to just let go, let him cover us, and show us an entirely different world than the one we are currently seeing, we stand ankle-deep, just enough to say that we're in the ocean, but refusing to go any farther. 'But it's safe here! I'm sure of my footing, I can pull myself out if I need to, and fully content to stay right here, where I'm comfortable.'... just one of about a billion excuses we come up with. When, in reality, we're choosing to stay staring at the murky shore-water, with the smell of way too much sunscreen, someone's loud and obnoxious music playing, and look at people that really shouldn't be wearing that bathing suit walking right down the beach doing that very thing. We sit here and stare at this when God has the ability, and wants to show us Coral Reefs and Seaweed forest's... things so full of color and life we couldn't even imagine it ourselves. But we're scared. When we fully release everything to God, we are giving up our control. I think about this like a jellyfish. They have absolutely no control whatsoever over where they go, they just trust the water to get them there. While they don't know where they are going, they are also armed with everything they need to survive, much like God does for us. We just need to get away from the shore, dive in, and let his love take us where we need to go. Yes, you are correct. With a vast expanse of water comes the ability to drown. But, isn't that what Jesus came for? To SAVE us? He'll be our life raft. He provides for us so that we don't drown, yet he still allows us to be completely submerged in God's love. How cool is that?!

Then, my favorite part, the chorus. It's become a regular prayer for me. 'Hey, now, this is my desire: consume me like a fire. I just want something beautiful to touch me.' It's so simple, yet we make it so difficult. Please, God, consume me like a fire. Take away all visibility of my features, and make yours visible. Make it so that all I can see is you. Wrap me in your embrace and keep me there. Shine your light and life through me. Touch me. Can you imagine how the disciples must have felt? The hands of God literally touched them. He washed their feet! There are so many days when I feel that touch. From just a fingerprint on my heart, to an all-out embrace, I feel his touch. There's no touch like it, and there never will be. He's so much greater than anything we imagine. Let Him touch you. Let Him consume you. Get lost in his ocean of love, and trust Jesus not to let you drown. Let Him show you the whole new world out there once you discover His love. It's so much more worth it than you'll ever know. If you have taken that jump, that dive into God's love, how has it affected your life? Isn't it better than you ever imagined? I'd love to hear... (and to know that I'm not talking to myself)...(: Thanks!

Love,
Sarah

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Something Beautiful.



In your ocean, I'm ankle deep
I feel the waves crashin' on my feet
It's like I know where I need to be
But I can't figure out, yeah I can't figure out

Just how much air I will need to breathe
When your tide rushes over me
There's only one way to figure out
Will you let me drown, will you let me drown?

Hey now, this is my desire
Consume me like a fire, 'cause I just want something beautiful
To touch me, I know that I'm in reach
'Cause I am down on my knees.
I'm waiting for something beautiful
Oh, something beautiful

And the water is rising quick
And for years I was scared of it
We can't be sure when it will subside
So I won't leave your side, no I can't leave your side.

Hey now, this is my desire
Consume me like a fire, 'cause I just want something beautiful
To touch me, I know that I'm in reach
'Cause I am down on my knees.
I'm waiting for something beautiful
Oh, something beautiful

In a daydream, I couldn't live like this.
I wouldn't stop until I found something beautiful.
When I wake up, I know I will have
No, I still won't have what I need.
Something Beautiful

Hey now this is my desire
Consume me like a fire, 'cause I just want something beautiful
To touch me, I know that I'm in reach
Cause I am down on my knees
I'm waiting for something beautiful
Oh, something beautiful

I'll post more later. But this song has quickly become one of my favorites, and has made such an impact on me. Please, take the time to listen to it, even if you've heard it before. It has a lot of fabulous meaning in it. I'll tell you more about what I've gained from it tomorrow. Thanks loves♥.

Love,
Sarah

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Just One of Those Days.

I've noticed lately how often people use this expression. You ask how are you? 'Well, it's been one of those days.' They mess something up, or spill coffee on their shirt, or their kids are screaming on the other side of the telephone line, or the washing machine is broken... the list goes on. Sometimes, it's all of the above at one time. Our answer? 'It's just one of those days.' But I heard a song a while ago that changed the way I think about having 'just one of those days'. It's by 33 Miles (WHAT?! YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF THEM!? Shame on you! Redeem yourself and go download their music right now. It's fabulous in every way.) and the chorus says 'It's just one of those days... when everything's right. God is in his heaven and I'm walking in the light. So hallelujah anyway. It's just one of those days, you look at the sky, throw your hands up and you laugh at life. So hallelujah, Lord be praised, it's just one of those days!' I'll put the rest of the lyrics at the bottom. Anyways, now, whenever I use the expression, the rest of that chorus immediately comes into my head. It makes me realize that, no matter how discombobulated and crazy my day may be, or have been, I can't complain. I mean, I've got it pretty good regardless! Just think: God is in his heaven, and he loves us, and he gives us the chance to know him. And it also makes me realize that I have the decision of how to react to my day. Many times, the things that happen just can't be helped. So why not just throw your hands up and laugh? It makes life much more enjoyable, and there would be less grouchy people in the world. So, having 'one of those days'? Just remember, God loves you, and in that fact you can have joy. Love you!

Love,
Sarah

Woke up to the pouring rain
Stumbled out of bed with half a brain
Twenty minutes late for work again
But it's alright, it's alright
No time for coffee, gotta hit the door
Grab a shirt from off the floor
Never noticed it was stained before
But it's alright, it's alright
Oh, but nothing's gonna bring me down
No, not now

(chorus)
It's just one of those days
When everything's right
God is in his heaven and I'm walking in the light
So hallelujah anyway
It's just one of those days
You look at the sky
Throw your hands up and you laugh at life
So hallelujah, Lord be praised
It's just one of those days

The boss calls…yeah, I know I'm late
I had a flat on the interstate
Tell the man that he can wait
Don't get uptight, it's alright
Hold on…there's another call for me
No, I didn't buy a diamond ring
Somebody stole my identity
Hey it's alright, it's alright
Oh, but nothing's gonna lay me low
Cause I know

(chorus)
So come on rain, lightning strike
Just you try to shake my life
You got no power, you got no hold
Cause it is well with my soul

(chorus)
So hallelujah, Lord be praised
It's just one of those days

Pictures are Memories.

In case you don't know me very well, or just don't pay any attention, you should know that I absolutely adore pictures. I always, at all times, have a camera with me. You never know when you'll see something worthy of taking a picture of! So, in light of this fact, plus the fact that I got a new camera for Christmas (eeeeek!), I have decided to do a picture a day for the year 2011. I know people do this all the time, but I think it's awesome! And plus, you get to remember what you were doing every single day of the year. Those are memories you can't get back, folks. There are things that I want to remember forever, and they aren't always the big things. But, fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it!) for anyone that may read my blog, I need a place to store these pictures. And so, I'm thinking like once a week, I'll post my 'picture a day' pictures. Here's what I've got so far! Hope you enjoy!

January 1- Happy 2011! Chelsea's New Years Eve Party!

January 2- I got a new Tiana ornament for Christmas from the fabulous Olivia Neely. I loove it!

January 3- My sisters, given to me by Studio B... my second home.

January 4- When you have the opportunity to make a mustache out of twizzlers, you must take it.

January 5- Sunrises remind me how much God loves us.

January 6-This thing has literally saved my calculus grade. Oh, how I love thee calculator!

January 7- Good and faithful; Keeps me company on many a lonely night!

January 8- Ready for the fabulous Olivia Kelly's party! And, now you can see the fabulous new camera(:



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January 5, 2011

Dancing around in your room like crazy, singing at the top of your lungs, laughing until your stomach hurts, skipping down the hallways, wearing your favorite clothes, telling a joke, using your good dishes, wishing on stars, pretending you are a princess, making mustaches out of twizzlers...

Doing things whenever you get the chance.
Isn't that what life is all about?