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"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Independence Day

In honor of July 4th tomorrow, I have a semi ridiculous, yet awesome video to share with you.  While I hope you will get a few laughs at this video, I hope that the importance of the message behind it won’t escape you.  As we’re watching fireworks, grilling out, or going to parties tomorrow, please don’t forget what it is that we are celebrating as a country.  I hope we can all put aside our differences and celebrate the fact that we are allowed to have those differences without fear for our livelihoods or lives.  We are celebrating that America is not a colony; America is a country in which religious freedom has been valued from the beginning and though we have seen that tried and pushed at times throughout our history, we can worship freely.  While our government does not always run perfectly or the way we might want, we are not under a tyrant or another country’s rule today.  Tomorrow, and everyday really, we can remember the great risk our founder’s took in signing the Declaration of Independence and in participating in the revolution and we can be thankful that against all odds, America became a country.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

With love,

Meg

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Celebrations

The end of May is full of celebration for Ben and I.  Our anniversary is on the 26th and his birthday is on the 31st.  This was our first year at home to celebrate both our anniversary and Ben’s birthday since we’ve been married.  While spending our anniversary on the way to Uganda and Ben’s birthday in Uganda last year and Ben’s birthday in Charleston on our honeymoon last year were all great, it was nice to celebrate at home this year.

This year, our anniversary very nicely fell on Memorial Day and I therefore had all day off work and we were able to spend the entire day celebrating.  The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has an Indiana Jones special exhibit that we decided to go visit.  It was really cool, as it showed movie clips, gave behind the scenes information as well as information regarding to the historical aspects of the movies.  It was pretty cool and we learned a lot about the Indy movies.

10372576_10152431319809462_3058390613450372063_nWe then went out to eat at one of our favorite restaurants down here, Abuelo’s.  It was pretty fantastic Mexican food, which we both love.  Then off to home it was to make dessert and just relax some for the rest of the evening.

For Ben’s birthday, Katie and I decided to throw him a batman themed party with desserts.  We had a great time just hanging out with our friends.  I attempted my first homemade cookie cake and it was a success!  Since she is much more artsy than me, I had Katie decorate the cake, which she did a fabulous job with!  Then Saturday, on Ben’s actual birthday, we slept in and relaxed some before going to Chili’s for lunch.  We went shopping a bit for Ben to spend some of his birthday money and came home to play a Lego Batman game he bought.  For dinner, I made him Jalapeno Popper Chicken, chips and queso, corn on the cobb, and leftover cookie cake and apple pie that our friend Brandon made him.  All at his request I might add.

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We’re looking forward to celebrating next weekend with Shae Lee and Casey as they get married!!! 🙂  We also look forward to the little things God sends our way to celebrate over the next several months and hope He gives you things to celebrate as well!

With love,

Meg

 

 

 

 

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A collection of recipes

I love to cook.  I love to look up new recipes to change things up.  Ben is easy to please in the kitchen and is fine with trying new things so he’s an easy guinea pig.  He will also be sweetly honest with me about whether or not he’d like to have something again, most of the time.  So since I love cooking and finding good recipes, I’d thought I’d dedicate a post to my favorite recipes I’ve personally tried.

  1. Chicken Alfredo.

So I got this recipe several years ago form Lori Fox.  I tweak it some with the cheeses every time I make it.

Serves 5

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 16 ounces of pasta ( I like the little bow ties but you can use whatever you prefer)
  • 8 ounces half-n-half
  • 16 ounces heaving whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I like to use either Colby-jack or a triple cheddar but whatever you prefer will work just fine)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

A note on the cheeses: this recipe can be done with different amounts of the different cheeses, I taste as I’m adding the cheese to determine the exact amount of cheese needed for each batch of sauce.

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to directions on the box
  • While the pasta is cooking, cook chicken on the stove top until no longer pink in the center.
  • While chicken and pasta are cooking, cook the onion in butter or olive oil.  Once the onion is tender, pour the half-n-half, and heaving whipping cream into a large pot.  Stir while the mixture warms up.  After the mixture is warm, add a handful of the cheese at a time, stirring and allowing cheese to melt before adding another handful.
  • Add half of the Parmesan cheese. Stir until melted in.
  • Taste the sauce to determine if more cheese is desired, if so add at this time.  Mix in the rest of the Parmesan cheese.  Taste and add the rest of the shredded cheese if desired.
  • Drain pasta and put back in the large pot it was cooked in.  Add chicken and slowly add sauce, stirring to desired thickness.  Any leftover sauce can be re-used or frozen to save for a later date.
  • Serve hot!
  1. Taco Soup

Oh man do I love me some Taco Soup!  There are recipes all over the place for this dish but the one I like the best is one my mom got from somewhere (or I think someone) and gave to me.  She cooks it on the stove, so that is an option, but I cook it in the crockpot as I LOVE the convenience of crockpot cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground hamburger meat
  • 1 taco seasoning packet (I’ve used several brands, but I like the taco bell ones that can be found in the Hispanic food section the best)
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 1 can whole kernel sweet yellow corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can tomatoes with diced green chilies ( I don’t drain this)
  • 2 cans Rotel (I usually use one original and one mild, just depends on how hot you want your soup.  I don’t drain these either)
  • 1 ranch dressing packet

Directions

  • Cook ground beef until no longer pink and juices run clear.
  • Drain beef and pan of grease, put back in pan and cook with taco seasoning according to directions on the packet.
  • Dice onion and cook in olive oil.
  • While the onion and beef are cooking, combine corn, beans, tomatoes, Rotel, and ranch packet in the crockpot.  Add beef and onion.  Stir well.
  • Cook on high for 6 hours.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese, and chips.
  1. Chocolate Chip Cake

This cake is my go to dessert recipe.  It’s super easy to make and super yummy.  It’s my mom’s recipe that she has made for years and I’ve stolen it.  She doesn’t mind though. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Water and oil called for on the cake box
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 ounces instant chocolate pudding
  • Small bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Mix eggs, water, oil, and cake mix according to package directions (adding the extra egg).
  • Add the package of chocolate pudding.  Beat well.
  • Add the package of chocolate chips, stir, then beat well.
  • Spray a bundt pan with Baker’s Joy and pour batter into pan. (My mom and I have found that Baker’s Joy works with keeping the cake from sticking better than PAM, which is funny since my mom’s name is Pam)
  • Cook according to directions on the cake mix box, adding about 10 minutes to the time. Cake is done when fork comes out clean (clean of batter, some chocolate from the chips will probably be on the fork). 
  • Let cool and put on a plate or cake stand.

Note: I personally think the cake is even better the next day or 2 days later.  Ben likes it hot fresh out of the oven with some ice cream but if given the option, I will eat it a day or two later.

  1. Jalapeño Popper Chicken

I got this recipe from Elly Says Opa!, a blog with lots of recipes that look great though I think this is the only one I’ve tried so far. 

Ben loves it when I decide to make this fantastic chicken.

A tip for the jalapeños: Sometimes when dealing with jalapeños, I have gotten the juice on my hands and burn if I touch my face or arm.  I have personally found that washing my hands with toothpaste (yes I know it sounds weird, but it works) takes the spice off and I don’t have to worry about rubbing it off onto other things. 

Here’s the link for the version of this recipe I have found I like the best: http://ellysaysopa.com/2012/07/24/jalapeno-popper-chicken/

  1. Crockpot Enchiladas

I am a huge Mexican food fan and this recipe hits the spot.  Add some chips and queso for a great dinner! This is pretty easy and doesn’t take a whole ton of time.  Not to mention, the results are fantastic!  I made these when we had our Sunday school class over for dinner and they were a hit!  I found the recipe on Allrecipes.com so here’s the link for this great recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-enchiladas/

  1. Queso

So…the Velveeta and Rotel combination for queso is no secret seeing as how it’s on commercials and on the packaging for both products and its great.  However, Katie (through her sister, Chelsea) introduced me to an addition to this recipe that makes it even better.  Add a can of Hormel Chili with no beans and oh man!  Something great just got even better!  Next time you want queso, whip up some of this; you won’t regret it!  Anytime we make it when we have groups over, it goes quite quickly.

  1. Ben’s broccoli and cheese casserole

I can’t take credit for this one.  I’ve never even made it; I always leave it up to Ben.  This is his concoction for an amazing broccoli and cheese casserole.  When he made it for Thanksgiving this year, I made him measure everything as he was making it so we could actually have a recipe for it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 14 ounce bag of broccoli florets
  • 2 cans broccoli and cheese soup
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 of the family size bag of Cheez-its
  • 1 ½ sticks of butter

Directions

  • Cook rice, broccoli, and soup according to the directions on each individual container.
  • Mix cooked rice, broccoli, and soup well with cheese in a large bowl.
  • Place mixture in a 1 quart casserole dish (or bigger, it won’t fit in anything smaller).
  • Melt the butter.
  • Place cheez-its in a plastic bag and beat until they are all crumbs
  • Mix butter and cheez-its.
  • Put the cheez it mixture on top of the broccoli, rice, soup, and cheese mixture
  • Cook covered on 350° for 30ish minutes.
  • Uncover the dish and continue to cook for another 15 minutes, or until heated through.

Note: Pay attention after you uncover the dish to make sure the cheez-its on top do not burn.  If needed, re-cover while dish continues to cook.

  1. S’mores Pie

This pie is a sugar rush waiting to happen, but it was a much welcomed sugar rush for Ben and I since this dessert is soooooo good.  I found this on a cooking blog so here is the link for the recipe: http://wishesndishes.com/smores-pie/

The recipe calls for the dish to cool COMPLETELY before serving so I made it the night before and we heated it up in the microwave and it was fantastic served this way!

If you have any great tried and true recipes, I’d love to try them! 

With love, 

Meg

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Spring showers and flowers

As next week welcomes May, I think it would be safe to safe we are very much into Spring now!  Spring is great for many things; so far this year in Fort Worth it has brought us rain (which I’ll never complain about again), there have been tulips and daffodils, as well as other flowers, blooming all over campus, and I got to break out my beloved flip flops and sandals again.  Spring brings our anniversary and Ben’s birthday.  Yep, Spring is good.  But this is all normal stuff, that normally happens every year and while I’m thankful for it, I would like to tell you why I’m especially happy for Spring to be here this year. DSC02806

This year, Spring means that Ben is almost done with his first full year of seminary!  I can’t believe he’s already 2 weeks away from having his first year here under his belt.  Parents and grandparents really know what they’re talking about when they tell you that time flies when you’re a kid!  It’s weird to think about the fact that we’ve been here for a full school year.  On one hand, the 9 months have meant separation from my family, friends, and it means that we’re coming up on a year since I’ve set foot in Uganda.  All things that break my heart in a million tiny little pieces.  But God is good in so many ways and even in the pain that has come with moving to Fort Wort10155729_10150490703734945_1038967943_nh, there have been so many blessings!  To name a few…

  1. My relationship with God has definitely grown over this school year.  God has challenged me to learn how to put things, situations, and people in His hands, and is teaching me how to leave them there.
  2. Ben and I have grown much closer over the past 9 months.  Moving to a city where you don’t know anyone else is a good bonding experience.
  3. Even though I miss my friends from North Carolina, who can never be replaced, God has showered us in His love by providing us with good friends and relationships here in Fort Worth.  Had we never moved here, I would not have had all the joy those relationships bring me.

Because we do live far away, and it’s been over 9 months since I’ve seen my best friend, Spring excites me this year because it means that Shae Lee’s wedding is getting closer!  First off, my best friend is getting married!  That in itself is ridiculously exciting!  But then add the fact that I haven’t seen her in so long, I haven’t seen her ring in person, laughed or cried with her, or gotten to hug her since late July and it gets exponentially more exciting than should be possible. 🙂

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With love,

Meg

 

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Covering Kerith

My last post was a little while ago…sorry for that…but it was about Kerith Children’s Home in Pallisa Uganda. On that note, I have some exciting news to share!  I have started a blog called Covering Kerith in order to help raise awareness as well as support for the ministry Samuel and Mercy have in Pallisa! I am very excited to be able to come alongside such an amazing ministry that God is doing incredible work through and I would love for you to join me in the process!  

I will not stop posting on this blog however!  Life has slowed down to a somewhat normal pace for us again and will continue to slow down as Ben’s semester wraps up.  His last day of classes is 2 weeks from Wednesday.  After that and some exams he will have finished up his first year of seminary!  It seems odd that he’s almost done with his first year.  On one hand, it feels like we’ve lived in our current apartment forever, it feels so much like home and it feels like Katie, a God given kindred spirit, has lived next door for a long time.  It seems crazy that it’s just been a year ago that we were living in Weaverville, I was teaching math, we hadn’t even been to Uganda yet; so much has changed in just one year!  On the other hand, this school year has flown by and I can’t believe we’re already approaching the summer!  

Is this year going by quickly or slowly for you?  Have you reached any mile stones in the past year?

Here’s to looking forward to what God has in store for each and everyone of us over the rest of 2014! 

Don’t forget to check out my new blog, and share it with people! Here’s the link: http://coveringkerith.wordpress.com/

With love, 

Meg

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Kerith Children’s Home

1003812_10151725944669462_1616839241_nI want to introduce you to an amazing, God-centered, and love filled place.  You might not expect to find happy children that dance and sing, a lot, that laugh and smile easily, and that love so freely in an orphanage.  But if you go to Kerith Children’s Home in Pallisa, Uganda, that is exactly what you will find.  When we arrived in Pallisa, the children were in school, however when we went back for dinner that night, the children greeted us with hugs and with singing and dancing.  Throughout our time there, whenever we were with the children, they hugged us, held our hands, and wanted to play with us.  They very quickly called me Auntie Meg, which is a term of endearment there; much like it is for us here in the States, though I had done nothing to deserve such sweet and honest love.

Kerith was founded and is run by Samuel and Mercy Mwesigwa.  To share part of their story, Mercy felt called to open an orphanage early on and God placed Pallisa on her heart.  Samuel is the son of a pastor in Buziika who runs Canaan Children’s Home and he said he didn’t want to start an orphanage because that’s what he had grown up with.  God did draw him to Pallisa and after driving there one day, he knew that was where God wanted him to live and do ministry after he finished college.  Samuel and Mercy met while attending college in Kenya and after several tries (it’s really quite funny to hear them tell the story), Mercy agreed to marry Samuel.  After they got married, they decided to follow through on God’s calling on Mercy’s life to start an orphanage and Kerith Children’s Home was born.  In the Bible, Kerith is the brook by which God sends Elijah when Jezebel seeks his life and where God sent ravens to feed Elijah.  God took care of Elijah by the brook Kerith, providing him with safety, food, and water.  This context makes Kerith the perfect name for this orphanage for that is exactly what God uses Samuel and Mercy’s ministry to do for the children that call Kerith home.

The children at Kerith are fed 3 times a day, they go to the school that Samuel and Mercy also founded, and attend the church Samuel pastors.  They are provided with clothes and they help in the ministries that Samuel and Mercy are a part of in Pallisa and the surrounding areas.  While I can not imagine what these children have been through to find themselves in an orphanage, they are surrounded by people who love them and care about them greatly at Kerith.  They have devotions every night before bed and when given the chance they love to sing for visitors that come to the orphanage.

Samuel and Mercy need help financially to keep Kerith running.  It takes a lot of money to house, feed, and provide clothes and schooling all the children that call the orphanage home.  They are also in the process of building a medical clinic in Pallisa which will be a very expensive project for them. I ask that you please join me in prayer for the donors that are needed to keep Kerith running financially.  969730_10151725924534462_235073076_n

With love,

Meg

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February re-capped

The past month has been pretty busy for us, as I’m sure it has for many of you.  Ben had a lot of extra rehearsals to prepare for the 3 performances of Elijah he performed at Bass Hall and the Gala for the music school at Southwestern.  While I enjoyed watching him perform, I am glad that we have those performances behind us.  My lag on posting has mainly been for the month of February so here’s a recap of the big things we did during the past month…

    • We got a little bit of snow at the beginning of February!  It wasn’t enough to shut down the seminary and the roads weren’t bad at all but it was still nice to see real snow falling out of the sky here.  Last time, we mostly had ice so the snow was a beautiful change. 
    • Presentation1We had a great time on Valentine’s day.  I was spoiled and received flowers from both my husband and my dad which was nice. 🙂  Ben and I went out to Red Lobster (which is special for us outside of the amazing food since that’s where we went to eat the night Ben asked me to be his girlfriend) and it was fantastic!  Then, we went to Pet Smart so I could pick out part of my present.  Meet Brutus, the newest addition to the Little household.   To end the night we had a s’mores pie I made (oh man it was incredible) and played Lord of the Rings monopoly until bed.
    • The day after Valentine’s day, we went over to Katie’s for a game night with some friends.  It was fun!
    • 11The last full weekend of February was reserved for Elijah.  Ben had a performance Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon.  We hung out with our friends Josh and Courtney Saturday and went out to eat downtown at a place called Torchy’s Tacos.  Let me tell you, I was trying to figure out when I can go back the minute we left!  Then Josh and Courtney accompanied me to watch Ben sing pretty at Bass Hall. The performance was great!  You may be wondering what I’ve been doing with all my spare alone time this past month.  Well, outside of cleaning, I’ve re-watched lots and lots of old episodes of The Mentalist…I’m sadly almost done with the seasons we own. 
    • The following Thursday was Gala at the seminary.  This concert is my favorite that I’ve been to of Ben’s so far, throughout the entire time we’ve been together!  There was a great variety of types of music with lots of different soloists.  And of course, Ben looked super snazzy in his get-up. DSC02819
    • Friday we got to go on a double date with Katie and Jonathan.  I went over to Katie’s apartment to get ready with her while Ben and Jonathan hung out at our apartment playing video games.  As you can see in the pictures, we straightened my hair for the first time in probably 2 or 3 years.  I decided I might try to do it more!  We went out to a hibachi place and had some great Japanese food and came back and played the game Pandemic that Jonathan introduced us to.  It’s such a fun game!

 

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And now we’re into March, looking to the fun we know is ahead for this month!

I hope February was a great month for you and that March is already off to a wonderful start!

With love,

Meg

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Somalia

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Somalia is a country that is dominated by Islam.  According to the Joshua project, 99.6% of the population of Somalia is Muslim.  The country is located in what is called the horn of Africa, the part in East Africa that sticks out into the ocean and touches the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean.  The country has a history of civil war in which some of the tribes formed their own, independent country, separate from Somalia, though it was not recognized by other countries.  The CIA world factbook says that the largest group of the population lies between 0 and 14 years of age with the median age coming in at 17.  As of this past year, Somalia has the 3rd highest infant mortality death rate in the world.  The capital of the country, Mogadishu, is located in the south, on the Indian Ocean.

Their government has four parts: the Chief of State, Head of Government, Parliament, and the Courts.  The Chief of State is a President somewhat similar to the President of the United States.  He signs drafts into laws, acts as a symbol of national unity, and is Commander in Chief of the military.  After being elected by a 2/3 majority vote of both houses that make up the Parliament, the President serves 4 year terms.  The Prime Minister heads up the Council of Ministers that implements the laws, prepares the budget, and preforms other executive duties.  They are appointed by the President and have to be approved by the Parliament.  The Parliament is similar to our Congress with two houses that make laws, and change the Constitution. The members of Parliament, like our Senators and Representatives, come from the different regions like our states.  There is a court system that is headed by a court much like the Supreme Court in the United States that decides the Constitutionality of different laws brought before them.

As a country dominated by Islam, whose leadership wants it to stay that way, Somalia is not open to any other religions, especially Christianity.  It is not safe for Christians to meet in the open but must meet to have church in secret.  It is against the law in Somalia to change your religion and if you are “caught” having converted to a religion other than Islam, you will be killed.  Persecution leading to death is a true, every day threat to the Christians who are native and who move to Somalia.  Because of this rampant persecution, many Somali Christians have left the country.  While I completely understand why they move away, this perpetuates the problem of people not having access to the gospel.  There are also not as many missionaries that go to this country because of the persecution.

Unfortunately, Somalia is home to many unreached people groups, and as a whole is an unreached country.  I ask you to join me in praying.  Pray for the Christians who live there that put their lives on the line everyday just by believing in Christ, pray for the families God calls to move out of the country to get out safely, pray for the missionaries that are currently there and that will go there in the future, pray for the government, pray for the poor, the mistreated.  And pray that God will bring people into the government that can help stop the persecution of not only Christians, but of all that do not follow Islam.

With love,

Meg

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My Favorite Things

So I don’t know how many of you have seen “The Sound of Music” but if you haven’t seen it, don’t even finish reading this post. Go now, rent it, borrow it, buy it, whatever you need to do and watch it; watch it right now! This movie has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. I remember making my mom rent it for me to watch many times and it was so long that it was on two VHS tapes! A few years ago, ABC Family showed it during the SuperBowl and let me just tell you, that’s definitely what my college roommate and I had on in our apartment. I’m pretty convinced that no movie collection is complete without it. Now, onto the point I really want to make. Within the movie, there is a song titled “My Favorite Things” that Maria sings with the children when they come into her room after being scared by a Thunderstorm. I have included a video for your listening enjoyment. Here are some of the lyrics:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Silver white winters that melt into springs

These are a few of my favorite things

I have always loved this song for its simplicity. The things that Maria refers to as being her favorite things are for the most part, simple, common, yet beautiful things. It isn’t money or things that you need a lot of money to buy (other than the ponies but I think she just likes looking at them), they are the everyday joys in life. She likes things that God has blessed us with in nature and a few on the list are foods. Whenever I hear this song, it makes me happy but it also challenges me and reminds me to find joy in the simple things in life. Reading through Ecclesiastes, Solomon says several times that man should “take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” It encourages me to enjoy the feel of the books I work with in my hands, to love how a warm bowl of soup hits the right spot on a cold winter day. To look forward to fall leaves, and spring flowers. I hope you enjoy this song and that it can encourage you as well!
What are the small things in your life that bring you joy?

With love,

Meg

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Elohim

Ben and I have started going through a devotional we both own together this year called “Praying the Names of God.”  The premise behind the devotional is to spend each week on a different name of God that is given to us in the Bible.  It uses Scripture and the original languages in order to dive into the meanings and characteristics behind each different name God gives us for Himself in His word.  We started it Monday and the first name that we are studying is the one given in Genesis 1; Elohim.  This name deals with the fact that God is the Creator God and that He created our universe, our world, even us.  With this in mind, I’ve been praying to God the past couple of days about His creation.  When you think about it, creation is absolutely incredible!  In the state of North Carolina alone, there are beaches, and mountains.  If you look at the entire country, you have places like Florida where 50’s is cold and places where in the same season the temperature gets below zero.  Uganda is home to lush vegetation and beautiful lakes while in other places on the continent, there are places engulfed by the Sahara Desert.  How many breathtakingly beautiful sights there are on this planet, and what a diverse planet we live on!  From the top of Angel Falls in Venezuela to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, there are so many amazing and wonderful sights!  Yesterday’s devotion talked about remembering God’s creation for what it is.  It talked about the fact that we often get caught up in the annoying things that creation brings for us on a day to day basis and that we need to focus on how great creation is instead what’s wrong with it!

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My challenge for myself, and I invite you to join me, is to focus on the amazing and positive points of God’s creation.  When it’s raining when I don’t have an umbrella (which happens a lot since I forget I need an umbrella since it doesn’t rain much) I’m going to soak up the rain and praise God for His creativity in the way He provides the world with water.  When the heat is overbearing down here in Fort Worth, I’m going to focus on the fact that summer is a season and that God graciously created four of them.  I’m going to focus on the sun, its power, and the good it brings us. While spending time thinking about creation and its beauty, I can’t help but wonder how much more amazing eternity will be than our own beautiful earth.  I am personally blown away by the power and beauty in the pictures I’ve seen of Victoria Falls, the Northern Lights present a mind bomb for me, and when I look at architecture as beautiful as the Pantheon, I truly desire to see it in person and up close.  But what is creation going to look like in Heaven; it’s going to be beyond indescribable!  And the amazing thing, it won’t even be able to slightly compete with the utter, raw beauty of the presence of the Creator!Image

What have you complained about in regard to nature before that you can turn into praise?

With love,

Meg

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