January 23, 2014

Ask For Prayer.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:13-14 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

What I am learning is this: there is nothing wrong with asking for prayer. My whole life I had seen asking questions, asking for help, or asking for prayer as a sign of weakness. But God encourages us to ask our fellow believers to pray for us. He loves this. He loves seeing his children spending time with Him in prayer.

January 18, 2014

I Need You To Love Me.

This song gets me every time, and I'll never understand how God still loves, despite ourselves...

Why, why are You still here with me 
Didn't You see what I've done? 
In my shame I want to run and hide myself 
But it's here I see the truth 
I don't deserve You 

But I need You to love me, and I 
I won't keep my heart from You this time 
And I'll stop this pretending that I can 
Somehow deserve what I already have 
I need You to love me 

I, I have wasted so much time 
Pushing You away from me 
I just never saw how You could cherish me 
'Cause You're a God who has all things 
And still You want me 

Your love makes me forget what I have been 
Your love makes me see who I really am 
Your love makes me forget what I have beem

-Barlow Girl-

January 17, 2014

30 Fun Facts About Me!

My life has changed incredibly since I started this blog back in my final year of high school (2009--represent!), and I figured since it's a new year (it's year 2014, in case y'all forgot), why not write a list of all these fun changes?

Before we begin, in case you don't know who I am, the below photo is me--right now, as we speak!

1. I am ENGAGED! I should probably write out the proposal story on another blog post, so that my grandchildren's children can read about it one day while cruising around on their hover-boards. But yes, I got engaged August 12th, 2013, which was about five whole months ago! It's crazy to actually be that girl who has to describe the detail of the wedding dress she just bought, or when the date of the wedding is, or what her wedding colours are. I never thought I'd be that girl! It's SO surreal and SO exciting!

2. Wedding planning is not my forte...then again, planning events and parties are not my forte. Planning = stress. I AM the girl who is engaged, but I AM NOT the girl who had her wedding planned since the day she fled the womb. (Can't I just be married to the love of my life and be done with it?)

3. I live in a house with SIX other girls!! Yes, SIX. No, it's not a sorority house (although, we should probably get t-shirts just for fun), it's just a house of seven Christian girls who miraculously came together by the amazingness of God's perfect timing! It's also by God's grace that we all get along; we literally can all sit in the same room and (attempt to) do homework together, or we have spontaneous movie nights!! I'm so thankful to be living in a house with six big golden hearts, and kinda sad that it'll all be over in May when we move out (I mean, when will I ever be living in a house with six other girls ever again? It's a once in a lifetime type of experience!)

4. I am a total girly-girl. My sister loves to state that I'm the easiest person to buy gifts for because I can be pleased with presents from one or all of the following categories: florals, pinks, cats, florals, aaaaand more pinks.

5. I am a culinary student and I LOVE it!

6. I find showering to be a total hassle.

7. One of my favourite things to make at school are soups and stocks, I find they just have an abundance of nutrients and flavours, they are an excellent way to use your total As Purchased Cost of food rather than tossing your trimmings into the garbage, and they're relaxing to make.

8. When somebody opens up to me, that is the moment when I feel loved. It's as if they like me, see me as personable, and trust me enough to share their life with me. It's hard when you have those certain friends who never let you in beyond the surface...

9. I love driving, especially in the summer when I can have my "tunes cranked up and my windows rolled down". I'm pretty sure that line is from every country song ever written...

10. Most of the time, socializing in groups makes me anxious and leaves me exhausted by the end of the day. I am a lover of one-on-one hangouts!

11. At a restaurant I will never order a salad. I simply cannot justify spending so much on a dish that just leaves me hungry by the end of the meal.

12. I am quiet, and my fiance is loud; and I LOVE it! He keeps me so entertained. Ha!

13. I plunged a live lobster head-first into a pot of boiling water just yesterday...it was a total milestone in my life.

14. Although having a car is expensive with paying monthly insurance, paying off the lease, and paying for gas, it is better than not having a car at all. I love my car; I love the freedom and flexibility it provides for me, and I love the places it takes me. :)

15. I am Mennonite; enough said. :)

16. I am very particular about hair-care. In my shower I currently have 8 different bottles of different shampoo and conditioners... is that a little much? XD

17. I don't enjoy small talk, or conversations about pointless things. I like talking about the deep stuff, things that are heart-changing, life-changing, feelings, emotions...things that are important to one another...and significant things occurring in each others lives.

18. I waited until the age of 20 for my first kiss, it was in Germany (!!), and with the man I'm about to marry. That is something rare, and that is something I am very thankful for!

19. I love and totally support the idea of big families (my Dad has 14 siblings, therefore, I have a zillion aunties and uncles and a zillion +1 cousins), BUT...I can't even imagine having more than 4 children myself...Check up on me in twenty years and we'll see...

20. I used to make fun of people who drank Almond Milk and ate all sorts of "weird" raw foods...but now I am one of them. Seriously, bring on the Chia Seeds, and green coffee beans.

21. I am in love with everything about the East Coast; the beaches, the seafood, the boardwalks, and the lighthouses. I would LOVE to take a road trip starting from Maine heading straight south to Georgia. I'm very excited to be moving to the East Coast. :)

22. I refuse to wear Toms. Or Crocs.

23. I probably cry every single day...if not, then every other day. Tears are my stress-relief.

24. My two favourite tv shows: The Bachelor (yes, this is embarrassing...I admit), and Masterchef (I'm proud of this one because Gordon Ramsay is a culinary genius, and it's actually pretty educational, unlike The Bachelor!)

25. In a way, my heart constantly feels torn, because I'm in long-distance relationships with all my closest friends...from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and then there's my Fiance who is in the US of A.

26. I enjoy wine, a lot. Not a lot as in I drink in ridiculously excessive amounts, "a lot" as in: my fancy for wine is vast.

27. I am bummed, because the ONE time that I move to the States on a Visa and won't be able to return to Canada until who knows when, is when over 3 of my close friends are getting married, and I am missing all of their weddings. :'( Also, my best friend is having a baby and I'll be missing its first year of life. Sigh.

28. I have strong feelings against PORN and ABORTION. In case you didn't know, they are very much connected. Many porn-stars have lost count of how many abortions they have had. I hope to blog about these one day so i can elaborate on them more. The fact that these things are becoming "normal" and "tolerated" in our society, is just heart-breaking.

29. I love my parents, and admire them greatly. Having been married over 40 years, they are obviously doing something right.

30. What is something that I want? In all honesty, I want to be less focused on myself, and open my eyes to what is going on around me. I want to stop thinking that I'm the only one with "issues" and "problems", I want to be constantly plagued with the fact that everyone is going through something difficult, and that they need prayer, even if they don't ask for it and even if they don't show a need.