January 28, 2012

eleven things tag

{ via Google.com, just because he's so CUTE! }



I was tagged by Sarah Elizabeth at oh, restless bird
Thank you again, Sarah!
  
1. What is your favorite breakfast food?


Scrambled eggs or French toast.








2. What is your least favorite food? 

Hamburger soup. Bleh...








3. If you had to pick the worst color you could wear, what would that color be for you?

That dark green-blue color.





4. What is your favorite genre in books? 

Fantasy, fairy-tale, sci-fi, mystery.





5. What is your least favorite genre for movies?

Horror, no doubt about it!








6. When was the last time you gave someone a hug?  Who did you give it to?  

I hugged my mom about an hour ago.





7. When did you last see a sunrise? 

A few days ago =)





8. Can you say the alphabet backwards?

VERY SLOWLY... yes.





9. Where do you live? (again, no addresses please!) 

I live on the Boarder of White Bear Lake and Hugo, MN




10. Are you married or do you have a special someone? 

  No, but I'm waiting for God to bring His own choice into my life... patiently, hopefully waiting.





11. Do you have any pets or wish that you did? 

  I have two fish and one plump cat; the latter follows me around the house until I stay with her on my bed, where she falls asleep and twitches while she dreams.








Want to join in? I'm tagging YOU!

January 23, 2012

farewell to thee, Picnik

{ taken this summer; edited yesterday via Picnik.com }
Apparently, my favorite photo-editing site, Picnik, is shutting down April 19th.
Upside? 
They're letting everyone use their premium features for free until that day arrives!
Enjoy the magic ASAP, and don't forget to spread the word!

Like Lucille Ball...

{ http://www.creativejourneybyginny.blogspot.com }

January 16, 2012

Blogging Epiphany


"Several months ago, I decided that I wanted a change. Blogging had become a numbers game, only posting to see numbers rise and gain a follower or two. I was constantly comparing myself to other bloggers who seemed to have it all together. I was jealous of the way their words flowed and how perfect their photos looked. I wanted their life. Their story. But that’s not what blogging is about. Blogging is a way to capture the life that you are living. To share about your life at the moment and post about what’s on your heart. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you own or the clothes that you wear, it’s about sharing your passion with others just like you." - Maggie June at Bliss

Wow. I couldn't have expressed it better. That would be the beginning my blogging experience in a nutshell. I felt small, like a fresh green leaf amongst a vast tree full of bright and beautiful budding flowers. But it's easy to see all of those flowers and in trying so hard to be just like them, stunt my growth as a little green leaf.

I can learn from others, but just emulating their work will not cut it. My purpose at Thirst for Purity is to show the world how God is working in my life, to proclaim His Gospel, to express the desires of my heart throughout each new page of my life, to let people see things the way I see them through the magic that is words.

January 15, 2012

One foot forward

I can read a verse a thousand times, but it seems everything comes together best on Sunday morning. My pastor is incredible --- honestly, every week the sermons just get better and better! ;)

He spoke mostly about the church and the way God intended it to be, according to clear verses in His Word. 

It was positively wonderful! 

There was one thing he said concerning fellowship which hit me like a boomerang gone wonky: "Talk to one another; speak to one another... you shy ones!" Everyone laughed, but it is so true --- week after week for some time, I've stood by in the corners, just watching all of the happy faces pleasantly when I should have gone out on a limb, risked the possibility of a few mumbles from my clumsy mouth, and tried to get to know those beautiful people. As soon as pastor said to do it, to pray to God for strength and get out there with the rest of my church family, I resolved not to let this Sunday go by without opening my mouth.

It was exhilarating, standing there with people I had never met, finally saying hello and offering all the small talk I had too long been holding back. My church is filled with such wonderful people! I wonder how I couldn't stand up and speak to them before....

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"Delighting in worldly things--effectually prevents our delighting in God. Therefore it is often the case, that the Lord strips us of these things, or incapacitates us to enjoy them--in order to bring us back to delight in Himself." -James Smith, The Believer's Companion in Seasons of Affliction and Trouble

How precious a reminder!

One hour ago, I was just about done practicing the piano and wanted to sit down to play a little Spyro the Dragon on the PS2 for awhile. Well, I'm sure there's nothing wrong with playing games on occasion, but I kept thinking about what my pastor said this morning about prayer; to start small, if you must, but to be able to say one day in the future "I am devoted to prayer".
    So I took a deep breath, turned away from the TV set and sat down with my prayer journal and pen. I wrote down all of the little things I had heard that morning --- oh, she has laryngitis, I'll pray for her voice to return; oh, they just got back from their trip, I'll thank God for keeping them safe... and so on.

The point is, it's so easy for worldly things to get in the way; even simple, harmless little things like playing PlayStation. But when those suchlike things are so prevalent in our lives that a huge struggle has to take place, it would be a good time to at least take a break (if not remove that distraction entirely) and rediscover what is most important.

And believe me, it is so refreshing, so freeing... and so worth it!
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