28 October 2007

1 Peter 3:5

For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; (NASB)

For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, (NIV)

Word study:
hoped (elpizo): to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence; hopefully to trust in
adorn (kosmeo): to put in order, arrange, make ready, prepare, to ornament, adore
submissive (hupotasso): in a military term--> arranging troops under the command of a leader; in a non military term--> voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility and carrying a burden...same word submit in Eph 5:21-22

I started 1 Peter a few days ago...on the whim that I've diagnosed myself as "lukewarm" and the book had been on my heart in recent teachings and various other things. I read the above verse, and didn't think too much on it... other than the desire to be like the women of the past who were beautiful...and today after returning from church... I was prompted to do a word study. Reading the NASB version, the three words above struck me and dug deeper.

Hoped-the idea of waiting for salvation with FULL CONFIDENCE knowing it is not wavering or could be taken...was intense and moving for me
Adorn-not just making oneself pretty or attractive-but making ready and preparing...
Submissive-the word that has so many awful negative connotations with it--but really--a voluntary attitude of giving in, assuming responsibility and carrying a burden. I can't tell you how many times I've read books that have tried to clear up the misconception about submission...but this...this was clearer than anything I've read before.

I am blessed...struggling...but praising at all times...

24 October 2007

Fill me...

Not the good kind yo.

Man. Mississippi has definitely brought some interesting experiences...to include... FILLINGS!
You guessed it, good 'ole Brenda who went all her youth without cavities, had a dental cleaning a month ago to discover cavities in all four quadrants. Craziness. Needless to say I've had 3 taken care of (2 a couple weeks ago, one earlier today, and one tomorrow morning). They're hoping for the last one that fluoride and flossing will keep it at bay... Not digging it at all.

Anyway-that's all. Just a random update.

22 October 2007

Happiness and Holiness

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. (NIV)

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore, God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Hebrews 1:9
‘Because You’ve loved righteousness and hated iniquity,’ said the Father to the Son, ‘You are anointed with the oil of gladness above all others.’

Did you know that gladness is directly proportional to holiness? Happiness and holiness go hand in hand. That is why crowds flocked around Jesus. Wasn’t He the Man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3)? Certainly. But there was also a gladness and joy about Him unlike that of any other human being in history. Jesus was immensely attractive to the crowds because holiness and happiness are directly proportional.

Some folks don’t see this until they’re 40 or 50 or 60 years old. And some never see it at all. They think holiness is drudgery. They think if they’re righteous, they won’t be happy, that they’ll just have to endure the pain of Christianity. But nothing is further from the truth.

To the extent you choose to be holy is the extent to which you will be happy. Conversely, to the extent you compromise holiness is the extent to which you diminish happiness. It’s just that simple.

-Jon Courson 22 Oct

21 October 2007

Nature Walk

The other day I was blessed with the opportunity to walk around base with Leah. It was a crisp evening, as a high pressure system had taken the moisture out of the regularly drenched humid Mississippi air, and it was beautiful. Thankfully, I had my trusty camera by my side...and Leah allowed for the random stops to try and take advantage of the God's paintbrush at work as the sun was setting on the day.

In the meanwhile, I looked back and realized for the whole month of October I've made a whopping--3 or 4 posts, not too exciting compared to the 12something the month before. Granted October is halfway through-but no matter your math level, you realize the numbers don't match. Anyway, I was trying to figure out why this had happened...and I think perhaps it's because I found other ways to occupy my time. And some of it perhaps because I didn't have any pictures to upload...but really, it's because I found other things to distract me. Things like...watching TV episodes online (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Ugly Betty and sometimes Big Shots). Needless to say...although my academics have not fallen...perhaps other areas of my life have...quiet time and working out. It's hard to admit when someone is a problem...but perhaps it brings accountability. Because here I am open to the world--saying...I need a revival. And I know.

I know that at the other end He is knocking and all I have to do is answer. And sometimes...I have to get knocked upside the head twice to learn a lesson...sometimes more than that. And sometimes...it takes time to come around. But in the end...I'll be here. I'll be here seeking with all my heart, with all my passion...with all my yearning wanting to be His little one. To be His princess.

Thanks Daddy. Thanks.

08 October 2007

God's little...ok...HUGE...blessings...

I am back from my rendezvous in Hawaii...the entire 48 hours was amazing...and I think I'm still on Mississippi time, which is good-making it for an easy adjustment back to school tomorrow.

It was emotional, the plane couldn't have landed any slower from LA to HNL, probably because it was my last leg before I could see my husband. But thankfully, I landed safe and sound...and was picked up by my amazing husband. Who swiftly brought me sushi and headed off to Friday night with the gang...where I ran into some people...

Mari! (Who gave me a BEAUTIFUL lei)

Who's that crazy man?!!?


Mari and Tricia...

The next day we headed to Barbers Point for the surf clinic with One Love...though I probably should have asked to be pushed...my pride got in the way... and I opted to try on my own. Thankfully I actually caught one wave...and enjoyed it while it lasted. Marcus totally spoiled me and took care of everything!

Husband and wife...all pau!

Off to Wahoo's for some lunch (note to self, not likely to go there again-South Shore Grill off of Diamond head is much better)

Friday night was an awakening...with God guiding and a new beginning...I am blessed.

After all the errands on Saturday, what better way to end the day then to head to the Hironakas for some chill time....

With Helena!

And the beautiful pouty princess...Abigail!

Who still makes me smile, even when she cries when I hold her...

As you can tell, Saturday was filled with errands and running around. Between Marcus and I needing running shoes, grabbing some umiyage (sp?) for some peeps who wanted some stuff from Hawaii...getting a new camera (to replace the old dead one)...and making time for "us"...it was full. Needless to say Sunday wasn't much better, as we had to go to the NEX exchange the camera (thought I could go for a Casio, but realized I totally loved knowing how the heck to use my Canon)...and the Running Room (I thought I needed to exchange my shoes, but found out that they're probably my best option). Sunday morning we listened to Cornerstone and the Holy Spirit-the most driving force was having all the knowledge but not applying it. Worthless.

Anyway, after errands Sunday, and breakfast...we headed home and got ready for some last minute time in the sun...at nothing better than Kaimaina's beach. LOVE IT!

Can you really argue with this?

My husband-so amazing. Would otherwise never suffer in the sun, but because it would be time with me, he willingly sweated it out, and hung out with me...even though no one else wanted to come out. :)

Can you argue with this crystal clear water?!?!

How about this?!

Peace. Solitude. Tranquility.

After this...sitting there...I realized-I am SUCH an island girl. I love the ocean. I love the sun. That's what I am. I loved living in Micronesia for the same thing...the fish, the ocean, the life.

This trip taught me something else--to not things for granted. Taking Marcus for granted...I mean. Poor guy. Hurricane Brenda hit the apartment! No joke it was soo clean when I got there, and I pretty much wrecked it. But it also motivates me to try and b e a more tidy person... Ask me about that as I leave for ASBC in Jan...if I'm still like that.

Such a whirlwind of a weekend. But so amazing at the same time.

Signing off, calm and super blessed...

04 October 2007

Revive me...

Psalm 143

1 A psalm of David. O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. 2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. 3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. 4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. 5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. 6 I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. 7 Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. 9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 For your name's sake, O LORD, Chayah (revive) my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. 12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.


It has been a while, mainly because I've tried to wean myself off the internet and all the crazy things I get distracted doing...you'd be amazed how much stuff you can do online...browse stores, check your account, the news, the weather. Holy smokes. Plus during the week there isn't a lot of time in the evenings...between coming home from class, working out, eating, studying...not a lot of time at all. Anyway. That's why I've been gone. Plus, not having a camera is a big bummer...I think that's part of the reason I don't post so much.

But, I'm stoked to say that tomorrow morning I'll be heading to the airport where I'll 16 hours away from Honolulu...and all the wonderful things that are encompassed in Honolulu. =)

The Psalm is a good representation of how I've been feeling lately...just with my walk with God...

Not much more to say...
signing off-grateful for the Lord's mercy and grace.