Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Moving in Day in our new home........Lots of unpacking and figuring out where things go.

Finally things start looking more "home like" and orderly!!!

So then we started working on our garden...Fig Trees!

Our Garden!!

My mint plants finally found a permanent home. They have been living in pots for almost 3 years!!!

Our yard is a work in progress.Since I was younger I have loved gardening. My goal is to have the most beautiful yard in the spring. So to do that we had to separate the lilies, replant them, plant hostas...and a whole lot more work.

So far we love our home! We have had some hiccups with our plumbing, fighting swarms of ants, and figuring out the best places to put furniture - those seem to be the only things we've struggled with so far (thank God!)...It's nice having our own home and a place for us to un-plug and un-wind.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Lessons from bad radio receptions

This morning, I was definitely running late for work...I ran pretty quickly into the car, turned on the defrost, backed out of the parking spot, and turned on the radio. As usual, it was on Andrew's ESPN channel and I quickly turned it to a christian station here which has a tendency to never ever ever ever ever come in clear. Today was no different, the station had a ton of interference and was a little frustrating since it was bouncing between voices and static. When I started out of the driveway, the reception finally subsided a bit and the song "How He Loves" was playing. As I drove down the road the song kept going in and out, and the reception and static just kept interjecting itself within the song and a thought occurred to me. There are so many times in our life, that God is singing a song over us, expressing how He loves us, and the reception and static of our lives and this world get in the way. We start to be unable to hear the song He is singing over us. We let our circumstances overcloud the message He is speaking. However, the song never stops playing. The message never stops. Despite what we let fill our lives, He still sings over us. And despite whatever trials, situations, or circumstances that keep us down and disillusioned...He will always sing over us. His song of love for us never stops. It never will.

I'd like to think that the verse in Zephaniah 3:16-17 goes a little something like this...
"(You) will be told: 
   "Don't be afraid.
Dear (Insert your name here), 
   don't despair.
Your God is present among you, 
   a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he'll calm you with his love 
   and delight you with his songs."

He never stops singing over you. You just have to know that beneath the noise of everything else...His song is still singing.