Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Another wedding...check















The Bride and Groom















The Bridesmaids




















Me and the Bride
















Jarrod, Emily (my sister), me, Josh, Jessica (Josh's sister), and Grant


At the forefront of my mind as I went through the spring of 2006 was that I was going to be in two weddings (Jesse M. Faris was the first on March 11). See my post on March 11. It sort of shaped the weeks and months of the spring as showers and parties, fittings and shoe searching filled my time. I was honored to be a part of these two events. Some people have asked me during this time how many weddings I have been in. I think the total is around 11. All have been different but so fun. It is such a blessing to be a part of them.

A couple of notes about this one.
1 - Great party. The Peabody rooftop. Two great bands. (Including jetpack. It was good to see my old friend Sean there, whom I haven't seen in years.)
2 - Leslie was a mere teen when we became friends. (We are almost 7 years apart.) One thing I love about her is that she loves language. She complied the longest list of cliches ever when she was a teenager and tried to use them in sentences. Which made me laugh out loud every time.
3 - One really neat thing about Leslie's wedding was meeting her friends from Texas. It was great to see that she was exactly the same way with them that she is here in Memphis. They know and love the same Leslie. I like authenticity like that.
4 - They are totally in love. Ok, that is like other weddings I've been around, but it always heartwarming to see.

Congrats Leslie and Jonathan. Great job getting married.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

I can't resist

Many of you know that I am an extreme Alias fan. Even though the last couple of seasons have not been the strongest, I am eager to see how they will wrap up this complex story/romance/mystery they have created. If you haven't seen the promo on ABC, here you go.



Small tear, coming to my eye.

Thanks Tesney for being willing to attempt my previous question. I am still chewing on it, maybe I'll have more to write after the weekend.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Difficult question, no easy answer

A friend of mine asked me today, "Why are you a Christian?" This startled me somewhat, and I thought I had an answer ready. I said that I believe its evident that there is a God by the complexity of creation. She told me she believed there is a "god" too, but why do I believe I have the right God. As in the God of the Bible, whose son was Jesus. Here I had to pause.

I know I believe that Jesus lived a life I'd like to emulate. I know his claims were unique in that he wasn't seeking personal power but in fact quite the opposite, as evidenced by his death on the cross. I believe he was really here on earth and that there is much evidence that what is recorded in the Bible about him is true. I know that the long lasting tradition of the acceptance of the Bible as truth for thousands of years makes me want to follow its teachings. But why do I know Jesus is my Savior, the one to worship, the one to whom I commit my life?

I must confess this question stunned me and I asked her to give me a day or two. So I'd like to pose the same question to you.

Why are you a Christian? If you are, that is.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Pics from Chicago for those who care to look

Near the Museums - great picture if that random person wasn't in it!












Josh and his favorite thing... Chicago-style pizza at Giordanos. It is ridiculously thick.












The view from our hotel window.















Outside our hotel.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Windy City, LOST, and A Fully Devoted Heart

Josh and I spent the last week in Chicago, just the two of us. It was a wonderful week. We did all the sites (museums, Magnificent Mile, theater, Wrigley Field of course) and ate like little piggies all week long. Literally we had a list of restaurants we wanted to fit in the trip and doggoneit, I was going to make sure that we ate all at them all. They were all wonderful. I'll post a few pics to follow of our adventures. It really felt like a second honeymoon, because we were gone for so long and stayed in such a nice hotel. We have lots of friends and family we would have loved to see while there, but it just didn't work out timewise/transportationwise, and honestly it ended being a nice time of "isolation" for just us two. You forget sometimes that you actually really love being around the person you married. We really do have a lot in common. We really like doing things together and having adventures together. We actually have a lot to talk about. Its a nice feeling to get away from the hectic days and nights of regular life. I know I need to enjoy having the freedom to slip away for a week like we did, since once a junior Ray is running around I won't have as much of that. NO, I am not making an announcement, I just mean when that does happen at some later point.

When we got home, we had several hours of TV to catch up on... our DVR was pretty full! We watched last week's Lost tonight, and wow! it had a great ending. I love that. For those of you who are fans, didn't you love the Jack/Sawyer moment... that was great.

This weekend is our HYG girls retreat. I am so excited about it. We are going to Oxford, MS, to a camp just outside of town... so we'll be isolated but also plan to go to the downtown square to poke around some during free time too. Praying for good weather, and for a good time of fellowship and encouragement with Highland's young women. Bethany (Donnie's wife), Kim (Buster's wife), Ashley Hodge, and I are each giving a little lesson for the weekend on the general topic of developing a heart like His. I think it should be enlightening for us all. One question I hope to address is: How can we make our hearts fully devoted to God, without competing things of this world coming between us and Him? How can we really live out David's desire in Psalm 86?

10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

Did David accomplish this? Was he able to give his whole heart to God and to nothing else? Because if what I say and do is the overflow of my heart (acc. to Matthew), then I am positive that I am not there yet. But how else can we measure how much of our heart is devoted to God?
This seems to be important to share with teen girls especially because sometimes girls are so eager to give their heart away in pursuit of capturing another's full devotion... According to David, though, we already have someone who is ready to give us all his heart and love. Therefore why would we devote our hearts to anything or anyone else?

12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever,
for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.

and

15 But you, O Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to get angry, full of unfailing love and truth.

My husband's love for me is such a blessing. But his love will never be the perfect love we receive from God. His love is human, as is my parents' love, my family and friends' love. So it cannot be perfect. It cannot be my first love. My first love is perfect. And I don't have to be afraid of being let down or disappointed or rejected. What a wonderful thought and comfort! I especially wish I had grasped this message as a teen.

This is what I am pondering on this week and praying about to share with the girls this weekend. I'd love anyone's thoughts. (This was all really late at night so bear with the freeflowing thought here... thanks!)