Monday, January 31, 2011

Psalm 139

One of my favorite Psalms!

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

139:1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

One Thousand Gifts :: Take Three


48. Glorious and perfect weather the past few days
49. Wonderful time spent with fabulous friends- laughing, chatting, catching up, eating ice cream - life is good :o)
50. Ice cream
51. Fun evenings with my dear fam- including Just Dance with Mom :o)
52. Story time with sweet children at church
53. Fun photo shoots
54. Getting some new books in the mail today
55. Study group today- and using three different forms of communication to make it work :) - in person, via Skype, and via phone
56. Skype
57. Bible Study with dear friends
58. Making my cut at regionals again - by 2 seconds!
59. Pandora- and Pride and Prejudice music
60. My amazing swim team (and my awesome coaches- one even brought delicious cookies today!)
61. The gift of life
62. God's forgiveness, mercy, and never-ending love
63. Celebrating Hannah's birthday with fun friends

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Photo Shoot with dear friends

I love her :o) I am so thankful for such a wonderful friend!!

I love this! I have such fabulous little sisters!!!

We are kinda big Vera fans :)

Wednesday Love :: Very Belated

Hey friends!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! Wow! I cannot believe the weather! It is glorious! I think it's in the 60s! It is craziness that we had snow this past week!

Yesterday was the regional meet! Makos got third overall! Whoo hoo! My cut for the 100 breaststroke was a 1:29:99. When I got the cut it was 1:28:?. I really wanted to swim under the cut! I was so excited when my time was a 1:27:99! I was at the pool from 10-5:45. A very long but good day! It was nice to chat with lots of fun friends :o)

This past Thursday was my last January swim lesson. The kids had to go to the deep end, which was a pretty big deal! Everyone did it and did a great job! I am so proud of my munchkins!

Wow- I have not posted my Wednesday Lovin for two weeks! Whoops!

So here it is :o)

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5. Do Hard Things Tour 2011- from here

The Rebelution Tour 2011

Many of you have emailed us to ask about locations for the 2011 conference tour. Well, the wait is over! Below is the official (tentative) list of dates and locations:

  • Orlando, FL — June 18, 2011
  • Philadelphia Williamsport, PA — June 25, 2011
  • San Diego, CA — July 9, 2011
  • Portland, OR — July 30, 2011
  • Kansas City, KS — August 6, 2011
  • Indianapolis, IN — August 27, 2011
  • Baton Rouge, LA — September 17, 2011
  • We think the 2011 conferences will be amazing. We’re excited to return to two cities where we had incredible conferences in past years, and we’re excited to bring the tour to five new cities — including Orlando and Philadelphia Central PA!

    Of course, all of these dates and cities are subject to change. We’re hard at work to nail down details, sign contracts with facilities, and recruit local teams. If you’d like to help out, please email us at info [at] therebelution [dot] com.

    Keep checking back over the next several weeks for confirmed dates and locations, as well as registration. We’ll update the website as soon as we have those details.

    2011 and Beyond

    Since the first conference in 2006, over 50,000 teens, parents, and youth workers have gathered to be inspired by a message and a movement that is so much bigger than any of us. This year marks our fifth annual tour — possibly the last.

    This is not to say that the Rebelution is coming to an end. Doing conferences has been an incredible privilege for both of us. We’ve been able to work with rebelutionaries across the country, spread the “do hard things” message to thousands of our peers, and see God change hundreds and hundreds of lives.

    But we always knew that the day would come when God would call us to step into new seasons and new challenges — continuing to “do hard things” and live out the message of the Rebelution by building on the foundation we laid in the teen years.

    But the Rebelution isn’t over. At each of the conferences this year, we’re going take some time to talk about the future, for us and you. Whether you’re entering the teen years or leaving them behind, we hope you’ll join us as we strategize about the future of the movement — and the future of our generation.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Verse of the Week :: from JFarese

    By Keith Beauchemin
    Dear Brethren,
    Luke 10:41,42
    And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
    Our lives often become hectic. Our days are crammed with so many activities, and we tend to perpetuate the same busyness into the lives of our children with soccer, music lessons, etc, etc, etc. So, as their lives become hectic our lives become even more hectic. We all become like Martha, anxious and troubled about many things.
    But Jesus tells us there is only one thing that is needed or necessary. The focus of our lives has to be the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary was calmly sitting at His feet and absorbing every word He taught. We need to sit still and pull our minds and thoughts away from the many legitimate things we have to do each day. Then we need to focus our minds upon the word of God and fellowship with our Lord in prayer. This is the one thing that is needful. This is what will calm our anxious hearts.
    May the Lord help us to be diligent like Martha, but with the focus upon the one thing needful, like Mary.

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts :: Take Two

    I am thankful for ::


    27. The privilege of attending the Rally for Life yesterday
    28. The sanctity and gift of life
    29. Others, including politicians, willing to stand up for life
    30. Grace Pregnancy Resource Center
    31. The finish of a great sermon series on Gideon
    32. Spending a lovely evening and lots of great conversations with our dear friends the Graves
    33. Making Polly Jane laugh, reading to a very attentive listener Elijah, Haven's enthusiasm
    34. Lovely weather today
    35. The cheerfulness and great senses of humor my sisters have
    36. My brilliant and wonderful Momb :o)
    37. Dad as the amazing and wise leader of our home
    38. Hannah and her "Sun" Dance :o)
    39. Spending time with Papa
    40. Healing of my dear Nana
    41. Lovely texting mittens Nana made for us :o)
    42. Pandora when writing papers
    43. Dear friends
    44. Lots of improvement in my little munchkins
    45. God answering prayers
    46. Getting to be part of a Bible Study with four dear friends!
    47. God's mercy and grace, new every morning

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Rally for Life and Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 2011

    Rally for Life- Sanctity of Human Life THIS Sunday, January 23rd.

    Mark your calendar and make plans now to attendTennessee’s Rally for Life in Nashville. Timed to mark the tragic 38th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions which legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, the annual Rally for Life celebrates the dignity and value of every human life.

    The January 23 Rally for Life is also significant due to the January opening of the Tennessee legislative session in which key pro-life proposals will be debated, includingSJR127. A strong pro-life presence at the Rally will be an encouragement for pro-life legislators to act and lead for life.

    Tennessee Right to Life is pleased to welcome Ed Rivet, Legislative Director for Right to life of Michigan. Under his leadership some of the nation’s most groundbreaking pro-life protections have been enacted.

    Tennessee’s Rally for Life will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2:00 p.m. (cst) in the War Memorial Auditorium onLegislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave N, Nashville 37243. Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus Insurance of Tennessee, Schachle Agency, for their assistance in again helping to underwrite this year’s event.

    For more information, please call Tennessee Right to Life at 1-877-CHOOSE LIFE (246-6735) or click here to email our office about ordering flyers and bulletin inserts. Click here for directions.

    Sample bulletin announcement:

    Please join with some of Tennessee's most respected religious and political leaders at the War Memorial Auditorium in Downtown Nashville as we show our concern, prayers and hope for the protection of human life in our state and nation. Guest speaker will be Ed Rivet, Legislative Director of Right to Life of Michigan. Come be a part of this dynamic event and find out what you can do to help defend the innocent child in the womb, the elderly and those with disabilities in our country. The rally will be held on Sunday, January 23rd from 2pm – 3:30 pm. For more information, please call Tennessee Right to Life at 615-298-5433, 1-877-CHOOSE LIFE or e-mail

    Chapters of Tennessee Right to Life January events:

    · Blount County Right to Life: Celebration of Life Service, Thursday, January 20, 7:00(est), Alcoa Maryville Church of God

    · Bradley County: Candle Light Memorial Service, Monday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.(est), Living Word Church, Cleveland

    · Chattanooga: National Memorial for the Unborn Service, Sunday, January 16, 2:30 p.m.(est), National Memorial for the Unborn

    · Henry County Right to Life: Rally for Life, Pro-Life Essay Contest Winning Essay, Sunday, January 23, 1:00(cst), Henry County Courthouse

    · Humphreys County Right to Life: Sanctity of Life Memorial Service, Sunday, January 30, 6:00(cst), Waverly Nazarene Church

    · Tennessee Right to Life, Knox County: March for Life, Sunday, January 23, 2:00(est), Calvary Baptist Church (prayer service) followed by march to the abortion clinic on Concord to Tyson Park. for more information.

    · Putnam County Right to Life: Pro-Life Praise Rally, Friday, January 21, 12:00(cst), Putnam County Courthouse, 3rd Floor.

    · Sevier County Right to Life: March for Life, Sunday, January 9, 1:00(est), Pigeon Forge Community Center to Country Tonite Theatre. Rally for Life, 2:00(est), Country Tonite Theatre, featuring Debbie Picarello.

    · Shelby County Right to Life: Rally for Life, Sunday, January 16, 2:00(cst), Bartlett Performing Arts Center.

    From this website. Also check out Tennessee Right To Life.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Belated :: One Thousand Gifts Take 1

    Several friends of ours have been making a list each Monday of things they are thanking God for- and I have decided to join in! So each Monday I will be on my way to making a list of 1000 Gifts I am thankful for. Ann Voskamp started making a list and is now on 2187! Check out her blog! She also has a book- post from Faithful Provisions and on Amazon.


    1. God's mercy and grace, new every morning
    2. My wonderful family
    3. An amazing church family
    4. Story time at church with adorable munchkins
    5. Fabulously fun and dear friends
    6. Hearing the Gospel preached every Sunday
    7. My patient family- who listen to my stories :)
    8. The blessing of being able to teach swim lessons
    9. Having seven cheerful and enthusiastic munchkins to teach how to swim
    10. Getting to read Pride and Prejudice for school- it makes me happy :o)
    11. The blessing of homeschooling
    12. Healing from sickness
    13. My very fun swim team and rockin our meets last week
    14. Getting to play in the worship band at church every Sunday
    15. The joy and pleasure when my swim students get what I am teaching- and I can see improvement :o)
    16. Hanging out with friends at the mall when our chem lab got cancelled
    17. Ice Cream Tuesdays and Ice Cream Any Day of the Week days ;o)
    18. Seeing very fun friends in Sound of Music
    19. Playing music from Pride and Prejudice on the piano on rainy days
    20. My supportive and encouraging fam
    21. Chatting for many minutes on the phone with Jenny :o)
    22. Lots of cute, new babies at church
    23. Hearing precious Haven enthusiastically say "Lily!" and "I did it!"
    24. Laughing with Julia and Hannah- "HAVE I TOLD YOU ABOUT BEAN PRICES IN CHINA?!"
    25. My Whitver family
    26. Getting my paper in on time today :)
    27. Hot tea

    Saturday, January 15, 2011


    The Makos, for the first time ever, got first in the Excel High School Invitational today!! Whoo hoo!! There were over 400 swimmers at this meet so it was very exciting that we won! GO MAKOS!!!

    I wanted to share the lyrics of the hymn I am playing tomorrow, "What a Friend we have in Jesus"

    1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
      All our sins and griefs to bear!
      What a privilege to carry
      Everything to God in prayer!
      Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
      Oh, what needless pain we bear,
      All because we do not carry
      Everything to God in prayer!
    2. Have we trials and temptations?
      Is there trouble anywhere?
      We should never be discouraged—
      Take it to the Lord in prayer.
      Can we find a friend so faithful,
      Who will all our sorrows share?
      Jesus knows our every weakness;
      Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
      Cumbered with a load of care?
      Precious Savior, still our refuge—
      Take it to the Lord in prayer.
      Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
      Take it to the Lord in prayer!
      In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
      Thou wilt find a solace there.
    4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
      Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
      May we ever, Lord, be bringing
      All to Thee in earnest prayer.
      Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
      There will be no need for prayer—
      Rapture, praise, and endless worship
      Will be our sweet portion there.

    Friday, January 14, 2011


    Hey friends!

    I hope you watched the video I posted yesterday :)

    Makos won the meet vs. BHS last night!! Whoo hoo!! We have another meet tomorrow- the Excel Invitational. There are about 450 swimmers entered in the meet. It's going to be pretty crazy! It'll be fun, though! GO MAKOS!

    Julia got her wisdom teeth taken out this morning. :( Please pray for her! I think it is kind of funny both sisters have had wisdom teeth out before me! :)

    Highlight of my day: I started teaching swim lessons last week! I have seven little munchkins in two classes! Today one of the little girls made me a card! It says "I like swimming" on the front and "I like you" on the back. PRECIOUS!! :o) It made my day :) It is now hanging in my room!

    Chemistry yesterday was very entertaining haha! "The ates have more than the ites! *clap clap*"

    Lily :o)

    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Wednesday Love: Pride and Prejudice!

    Time for some Wednesday Lovin, folks!

    One thing I am lovin is feeling better. All six members of our household have been sick for the past two weeks. First Julia and Hannah got sick, then Mom, Cara and I, and then last but not least, Dad got sick. Thankfully we are on the Road to Recovery! :)

    This week I would like to do a little lovin on one of my favorite books (and movies) of all time:

    Pride and Prejudice!

    (*insert clapping and cheering*)

    My homework over break for lit was to read the first half of Pride and Prejudice. (Thank you, Mrs. Griffin! :D) Life is good, folks! Pride and Prejudice is what we call super happy homework! I told my lab class I would curl up with Pride and Prejudice and tea while there was snow outside and I did. :)

    Ahhh. The. book. is. so. good. If you have not read it recently, please go treat yourself. Or at least put it on your 2011 reading list. :)

    I have seen the movies many, many times and have read the book so it is fun to compare how things are different in the three. In the book, Mr. Collins is tall. In the movies, he is short. But extremely ridiculous in both book and movies.

    The Movies

    I have only seen the Keira Knightley and Colin Firth movies. (I have not seen the BBC version. Did you like it? Should I watch it?)

    Some folks like one or the other better. I love them both dearly.

    Colin Firth can never be replaced as Mr. Darcy. End of story.

    Also, a movie to avoid at ALL COSTS: Lost In Austen. One of the WORST movies I have ever seen. It was offensive and vulgar and just plain BAD. Just so you know. :)

    I LOVE the cinematography in the newer version. The scenery and music are stunning. I love in the A&E version how it is practically reading the book. Lovely.

    The Bennet ladies

    Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy:
    Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy:

    Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet:
    Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet:
    Rosamund Pike as Jane Bennet:

    Susannah Harker as Jane Bennet:
    Crispin Bonham-Carter as Charles Bingley:
    Simon Woods as Charles Bingley:

    Well folks, I hope you have enjoyed today's Wednesday Love!

    I also hope that you will treat yourself to some form of Pride and Prejudice sometime in 2011! It is pure goodness. And it makes me very happy. :)

    Lily :o)