12.24.2012

Let us adore Him!

Beautiful wreaths on the doors of Hodges Chapel at Samford.
I went searching on Tumblr and Pinterest for pictures for this post for a few days, but honestly, the pictures I've taken this season were the best. This isn't the case because I have some fancy camera or have amazing photography skills, but because God has shown his glory to me even in the midst of the most difficult parts of my year.

This year, more than ever before, I'm realizing the true gift that Christmas reminds us of. I don't think that you realize the heart wrenching impact of Jesus' birth until you've fully realized and received his utterly undeserved grace. I guess we don't understand the importance of something until we realize that we need it.

Jesus came to us in the absolute humblest way to show us that he understands it all. He was born in a barn. Not a Pinterest-y, chandeliered and decorated barn, but an actual Old McDonald, ee-i-ee-i-o barn. Then Jesus spent His first night in a manger – a feeding trough for animals! I don't care what circumstances you're under, that's rough. God, what a picture. The news of his birth was brought to and spread first by the shepherds, who in these times would have been the lowest men on the totem pole. The whole circumstance set up Jesus' existence on earth as our mediator to God. His whole existence served as a way for God to experience life as a human, as the most humblest of mankind, to show that He came for every one of us. He went through it all, blamelessly, to save us by His grace. To say He experienced everything. Every hardship. Every temptation. Every heartbreak.

"Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!"
                                                                      -Philippians 2:6-8

Our Savior lives. He came to bring us LIFE. Let us rejoice! Let us remember the real meaning of the season. Let us receive our sweet King!

Joy to the world, the Lord is Come!
Let earth receive her King! 

12.17.2012

The Final Chapter


Tonight is the ending of an era, as cheesy as it may sound. For five and a half years, my Monday nights and life have been dictated by Gossip Girl, the Upper East Side, headbands, and scheming; more importantly, it's been dictated by a group of characters who have carried me through some of the biggest changes and transitions of my life. The movie room in Vail was rented out every Monday night for the 2008-2009 school year, more fondly known as freshman year. My best friends and I bonded over the story lines, our love for New York, and an affinity for skipping class to add to that headband collection (You're welcome, J. Crew, Anthropologie, and Forever 21).  I've even bonded with people I've never met through talking about GG on here, Twitter, and Facebook. I've learned a lot from this little teen soap. It's taught me to fight for what I believe in, to work hard for what I want, and to never give up on true love. For a few short years, we've all been a part of the Upper East Side. We've dedicated the titles of B, S, Chuck, Dan, Nate, and even Georgina to our friend groups. We've dreamed of eating lunch on the Met steps. We've dreamed of spending our summers in the Hamptons and Paris. We've longed for Chuck Bass. Well, almost six years, major life changes, and an impressive arsenal of headbands later, it's all coming to an end. Tonight, we bid our friend adieu. Tell me what you think when the dust has settled and the headband has been removed. 

xoxo,

Who is Gossip Girl?!


12.02.2012

prepare the way.

Paper Bag Calendar

Today marks the first Sunday of Advent, meaning the Christmas season in its purest form is officially under way. This is a time of expectation, preparation, and joy in the knowledge that our Savior has come and will come again. If you're like me, you're posted up in a dorm for the next two weeks, and a physical advent calendar is not in the cards. Enter Trinity Wall Street with a great online version. They really put a lot of time and thought into their calendar. YouVersion Bible app also has Advent reading plans. Though you can buy an Advent calendar (that Starbucks one is pretty enticing..), many of the newer pre-made ones lose their focus from a time of expectation of Jesus to receiving trinkets and goodies. The most fun calendars I've found are DIY. They are perfect because you can tailor them to your needs and add whatever verses or passages, as well as treats, as you want. Whatever way you choose, rejoice in this time of preparation and expectation! It truly is the greatest season of the year.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
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Trinity Wall Street's online Advent
calendar features a bible passage and a sound clip
with background information on the passage.
This is just one of 50 DIYs...Craft away!

Love the simplicity of this one




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