Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Greatest Joy of Heaven (from the Daily Spurgeon)

Some think of heaven as this and some as that. Fellowship with believers of all ages is the great desire of some; others long for paradise as a place of increased knowledge, to know even as they are known; and a third rejoice in it chiefly as a haven of rest. There are are grounds for each of these forms of desire, but concerning heaven this is the believer’s chief thought, that he will be with God, and that God will be for ever his joy and bliss. 

No sins will hide the brightness of Jehovah’s glory from our eyes, no doubts disturb the deep calm of our enjoyment of Jehovah’s love when once we fully enter upon our portion. We shall be for ever with the Lord, and nothing more or better can be imagined. God is our heaven. Whom have I in heaven but thee? Draw, then, ever a clear distinction between the things that are seen, which are not your portion, and the things which are not seen, which are your true heritage; between the temporal and fleeting joys which amuse us by the way, and the abiding and eternal felicity which will satisfy us at the end. Allow nothing to rival the chief good in your judgment or your affections, but cry evermore, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee.”

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "God Our Portion And His Word Our Treasure," delivered September 2, 1877. Image by Misserion on Flickr under Creative Commons License.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

One Thousand Gifts:: Take Forty


1354. beautiful weather
1355. getting to see two sweet friends baptized
1356. that the Gospel is TRUE
1357. that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

1358. visiting with dear friends today
1359. our first to last senior lunch at Moe's this past week
1360. the bittersweetness of only having a few more weeks of high school
1361. lots of hard studying paying off

1362. two fabulous professors
1363. the fact that they have both gone above and beyond to help their students
1364. doing homework with my professor and a girl in my class
1365. study sessions with my professor

1366. studying and hanging out with my dear friend Riley
1367. spending the weekend at LU
1368. getting to meet lots of fun people
1369. getting to know my sweet and gracious hostess (who personally blew up the air mattress... talk about being hospitable!)

1370. Panera cinnamon crunch bagels before a residual
1371. hanging out with the wonderful Cori!
1372. our failed attempt to trespass... *cough*
1373. text convos that legit had me shaking with laughter during a speech ;)

1374. getting to see Singarama
1375. getting to know amazing LU students
1376. a cute LU water bottle that says "a gift for Lily Scott"
1377. Vera Bradley release party with my mom and sisters!

1378. two of my favorite songs being played during communion today (Jesus, Lover of My Soul and Behold the Lamb: Communion Hymn)
1379. knowing that God has my future in His hands
1380. Jeremiah 29:11
1381. spring flowers

1382. a beautiful and happy ending of the symposium
1383. two great advisors
1384. lots of laughter while practicing
1385. not feeling nervous

1386. my dear family and friends and professors who came to support me
1387. dear Jenny bringing me a rose and gummy worms :)
1388. grace from the King
1389. Victoria for doing stats study sessions for us!

1390. extra credit (Jenny, you are shocked, right? ;)
1391. sweet note from Jenny on my lamp :)
1392. making one of my best decisions by going to the last day of swim practice
1393. feeling great after swimming

1394. good moments at the Y
1395. doing a good job only eating fast food once a week ;)
1396. our amazing big sister Ariane!
1397. spending Easter with her, my family, and several other friends

1398. my micro professor giving a study session on Easter
1399. cherry coke zero and a happy Vera tumbler
1400. best $0.99 purchase: Soarin music!
1401. excitement for senior toast



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Life in Pictures: Late March

Ariane!! We sure do love this girl!! So glad she came up for Easter weekend!!
Love this girl! She was so supportive throughout the whole symposium process :)
Seriously one of the best decisions I made all month - going to the very last day of swim team! :) Love my girls!! 
Lunch date at Fido with my favorite dad! 
March color
Dad and Jolly girl! Dad: "Can I wear a bow?" "No! You're a boy!" so cute!!
Ariane getting some Momo lovin :)
So fun! I won an award at the symposium :) 
Not that I play with my food or anything...
Date with the tot! 

Elders of RBCN!
Guess what we were doing... Micro! 
The room I presented in for the symposium
Birthday lovin! Love you Rach!
Breakfast cupcakes by Cara :)
Sweet Ceces lovin!
Throwback :) Easter 1998
Shower food yummies!
Symposium selfie... ;)
Love these girls!!
S&S sisters on their last Sunday :'(
Alexis! Love her! 
Julia and Jolly!
Sweet friends at my symposium presentation!
Polaroid lovin!
Seriously brought tears to my eyes. Not even kidding :)
My four favorite people!! I love yall!! Easter 2013