God is love

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An incredible excerpt from the Bible,

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We know because he first loved us.”

– John 4:16-19

An incredible excerpt from the “He Is” reading plan in the “True Identity” Bible by Zondervan (italics are from the author of this blog):

He is love: “How appropriate that John, the disciple Jesus loved (see John 20:2), reveals the simple yet profound truth that God is love. God sent humanity the greatest love letter ever written, the Bible. He demonstrated his love by dying for those he loved. It is his very nature to love. Because God is love, we too are learning to love- not because it’s our nature, for human love is fickle and failing, but because he loved us first. Because God is love, he commands us to love our brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends, and even our enemies- those people we find hardest to love.”

May we go and spread the love Jesus designed for us to have. Let us first hold it in our hearts and then let it dwell in us as we lift our eyes in freedom to our God. Let the love we have from Jesus stir in us and spill over like a river.

With love,
CD

Where two gather, there the church is.

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True Identity Bible for Women

 

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:20

My church encourages its members to form smaller than small groups. We call them “2’s and 3’s groups”. The idea is for two or three (of the same-sex) people to gather together on a regular basis to be accountability partners, to read and discuss God’s word together, and share in life experiences with one another. It is good for women to meet with other women to discuss womanly things. Likewise, it’s good for men to be manly with other men! (Laughing) It is even better for them to get together to meditate about God.

Tonight my “two” and I (is she the two to my one, or am I the two to her one?) will get together for our first official meeting/gathering/drink coffee and choose a reading plan session. Not sure what to call it.

My two and I are newer friends, only introduced to each other a month or more ago at church. We both got Kindle Fires for Christmas (SCORE!) and both got new study bibles for Christmas. Totally meant to be! She’s also an incredible woman with strong faith, who is NOT afraid to pray. Awesome.

We will only be able to meet every other week for now, but we will pick a reading plan to do together. My theme for 2012 is “Daily” (you can read more here) so I will be dedicating to the Lord the time he has so graciously given to me.

The bible I got for Christmas (technically it was an anniversary gift, which makes it the best ever!) is an NIV version “True Identity” women’s study bible. It has 30 day plans where it walks you through Christ’s life in 30 days worth of scriptures. There’s a reading plan that covers the women of the Bible in-depth, there is a topical guide that is not so average with topics such as, “Parents, Failure, Expectations, Grief, Horoscopes” and more. (You can click here to read why I will never again read my horoscope.)

Below are some pictures of the best bible I’ve ever owned, and one I hold close to my heart: Maybe it will be perfect for you, too.

Myths that women believe, and the scripture to prove them false.

I truly look forward to the year 2012 and know that this is the year I will become closer to God than I thought possible. I’m sure that is welcoming trials, but with God for me, I say, “Bring it on”.

Conversations about topics most women need to hear.

2011 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A big change in my nerdy life

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By now you all know about my beloved Nook (the original version my loving husband bought me when they were brand new on the market). You also know that I’m a big book fan, reading any chance I get. I know some people think it’s anti-social, but I just love getting lost in a book. It’s like traveling, without paying anything!

This Christmas I made the switch over to the Kindle Fire. My husband surprised me with it after much research on my part. I loved my Nook, but felt like I was running out of options with the affordable (read: under five dollars) books to purchase.

I. LOVE. MY. KINDLE. FIRE!!!!!

Amazon is wonderful. There are endless choices of books under five dollars, even for $99. I believe because a lot of people use the Amazon market for music, movies, and whatnot, they are able to lower the price on e-books, whereas Nook is a Barnes and Noble platform, and it’s obvious they’d have higher prices since books are really the only thing to purchase through B&N.

It seems as though a lot of my real life and Twitter friends got Kindle Fires for Christmas.

Anyone else make the switch? Who got an Ipad or other tablet?

Happy reading, folks!

CD

My theme for 2012

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Some things come to us not of our own doing.

That is exactly how I came upon my theme for 2012. I had been trying to think of a new theme during November and December. If you are just tuning in, check out my other posts, in which I describe the idea of having one theme to focus on for the year. In 2011 my theme was “love”.

While contemplating my new theme, I kept thinking how I wanted the theme to reflect.God. The word “daily” came into my mind, meaning a daily study of God, his word, and his plan for me.

At first I was scared of the idea, thinking a daily committment of reading God’s word would be… very challenging. I was already reading at least one verse a day, usually more, but I didn’t dedicate my time to the Lord like I should have (and wanted to). I decided to table the idea for a while, but I kept hearing “daily,” “daily,” “daily”.

Once I prayed about the word “daily” it was revealed to me that 2012 is the year to dedicate my daily life to reading the word. I already channel my thoughts and prayers to my creator constantly, but it’s not the same as getting deep in his word daily.

May 2012 be a wonderfully themed year for you.

God’s blessings, CD

Best New Year’s ever: Savannah, Georgia

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Happy New Year’s. As promised, a few pics from our trip to Savannah, so far.

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We took a picture in the Colonial Park cemetary which held graves from the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Very interesting!

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It was 72 degrees and I loved seeing the palm trees. also, check out the moss on the trees near by. The moss is soft and fuzzy, and all over Savanah.

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Me. (red coat). Leave it to me to go out of town (or anywhere) and make

a doggy friend. This dog was humongo!!!! His nose was the size of a small pug.

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We got casually dressed up – aka dressed up as far as Savannah is concerned – and went to dinner at Carrabbas. It was THE MOST DELICIOUS meal we have had in so long. Dining out should always be that good.

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Our 2012 New Year’s eve picture. We were at a square called “City Market” that had a local radio station dj’ing, then some strange 80’s band, but we shook our booties and had fun people watching.

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We found a very 50’s style candy store that had this adorble pig candy apple! As my husband searched for the perfect tin Coca-Cola lunch box, we heard a knock on the window. My husband’s cousin and wife (who live 30 minutes from Savvanah, but who had been in Miami for a number of weeks) were standing outside, waving. We ran outside to greet them and hug them and my husband dropped the tin lunch box full of candy. Unscathed, we perused downtown for a while then invited them to our hotel where we played “Uno,” chatted, and popped bubbly at midnight.  After the countdown we were so concerned with kissing our lovies that not one of us saw the ball drop!  We did, however, get these great pics!

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Cousin E, and wife, D.

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D, and me.

Happy New Year to you and your family!

New Year’s Eve celebrations

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New Year's Eve 2009

New Year’s Eve 2009

I drank a little too much champagne with all the surrounding wedding excitement. We danced the night away so much that I  forgot the time difference from Atlanta to my peeps back “home”… and was a little peeved no one texted me at midnight. At 2 am, I was a happy woman again.

New Year’s day I woke up to a phone call that our dog had run away -probably scared off by the fireworks- and was sitting on a nice lady’s porch. She said her boys wanted to keep her. I said no thanks.

New Year's Eve 2010

New Year’s Eve 2010

was spent in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I loved the HUGE Christmas tree in the hotel lobby, and the chilly water on the beach. If it weren’t so windy, we would have enjoyed a longer walk in the sand.

New Year’s day we had a scrumptious pancake breakfast (with lots of coffee for me) and went in search of Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, but instead we were fascinated by “Broadway at the Beach.” Fun shops including taffy-making and all types of beachy attire.

We hit the local mall and watched some kid roll around in a bubble in a pool of water. Not kidding.
Then we ate candy all the way home.

Happy New Year’s Eve! Wishing you blessings in 2012.
CD