Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bad day? There is always something to be thankful for. 5.0


Some days are just...you know, one of those. Not a good day, not a bad day, just a...day.

Well, days like these remind me that I am in need of my Savior, and I can't make it on my own. I am thankful for His word.

1. Matthew 11: 28-30, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." This verse breathes relief to my soul!

2. My favorite, Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..." Can you even wrap your mind around this? He KNOWS. Like, He already made the plans. I feel I have to plan everything...from what my husband and I will eat for dinner, to my patient's care plan for the day. It's exhausting. It's mentally draining. Jeremiah fills me with a peace I can't even describe.

3. 1 Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." Who willingly allows us to throw at them all of our problems, anxiety, etc? Only Him! One night, during college, I had a friend text me on how anxious she was because of everything going on in nursing school. I simply sent her a text with this verse. Nothing else. From that moment on, we made it "our" verse.

4. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything...Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." Consider it pure joy...pure joy. This is difficult! I think about this verse as the Lord's test to Sainthood...the heavenly reward. ;-)

5. I initially wanted to "vent" on a post about how I have been having random good and bad days. How sometimes I can feel on top of the world and depressed on the same day. I recalled that on days like these, Jesus calls me to be thankful, to be content (Philippians 4: 4-13). 

He, my friends, is the ultimate source of light and happiness in the midst of those dreary days.

Thank you for reading my ramblings. :-)

Do you have a verse that helps you get through "those" days?
 
In Christ,
Gabby

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Visit to the Sculpture Garden

Hello! It feels like I haven't posted in SO long, although it has only been a few days. Life, you know. ;-)

Greg and I discovered a sculpture garden downtown and we decided to go explore it (free visit!). Not to worry, I told myself I wouldn't post all the pictures I took that day.


The day was a tad bit chilly, so I wore my scarf Austen-ish style (or at least that is how I felt!).



"Do you wanna build a snowman? Come on let's go and play..." No, thanks. I am enjoying this lovely sunshine!
Ok, bye.




It's a rare opportunity to take a picture together when it is just him and I. ;-)








After visiting the garden, we went to the zoo (can you tell there we had "nothing" to do?)!

But, I'll stop here with the pictures. Yay for making it through a post with less than 15 pictures!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


Love,
Gabby


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

She Plants

Well, since spring has officially made its appearance in Ice-Age Minnesota, I decided to take on a new hobby.

Gardening!

One nice perk about living in Minnesota is the nice weather condition to grow different herbs and vegetables. At my house in Mexico, my mom grows flowers only, as it is very difficult to garden with the very high temperatures in our area.

My mother-in-law, who also grows flowers, inspired me to try it out. She gave me a bag of soil, a heating mat for the seedlings, and even some seeds she had! I had no excuse not to try it.


This year, I am trying a few herbs and vegetables.

In my list are:

Hot Peppers (Mix)
Spinach
Parsley
Basil
Lettuce (Little Caesar)
Lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson)
Tomato (Sweetie)

I also created a simple "Garden Journal" to keep track of my little garden. It includes planting, approximate harvest, seedling, transplant, and harvest times.

I am learning so much about herb and vegetable gardening and can't wait for my babies to grow! Again, I am not a gardening genius (but I am so excited to learn), so we will see how this grows (goes).

Have you ever tried gardening?
Are you gardening this year?
Do you keep a gardening journal?
Any gardening advice?

She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. Proverbs 31:16

Love,
Gabby




Sunday, May 11, 2014

My sister fell in love

That sounds quite odd, since she is engaged. Right?

Imagine this. The wedding day. The bride. She is soon to be married to the man who swept her off her feet. Her laughter can be heard across the room. She feels confident. Her joyous countenance could light up a room. She is so passionately in love and you can see it.

She is RADIANT.

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I spoke to my sister on the phone and she told me bits and pieces about Guatemala. She talked, and talked, and talked. She told me about the children. About the need of not just Guatemala, but of the world. She told me about the ministry. About how Jesus was challenging her. About her faith. She laughed.



I couldn't help but smile at how our Savior is slowly sweeping her off her feet. She sounded like a girl in love for the first time. I couldn't see her, but I felt her inner glow shining through.

I think she fell in love with Love Himself.

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Is it possible to be like this all.day.long? Am I willing to be His radiant, gentle light, regardless of my circumstance? Am I reflecting the One as I interact with others? Am I as the new bride with her groom who can't wait to spend time with Him? Can others see Who is my true identity? Does my radiant countenance give it away? Am I just dying inside to tell you about my Jesus?

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8

Girls, let us bask ourselves in His love today, that others might see Him shine in and through us.

Love,
Gabby


Friday, May 9, 2014

Down to the river

Last Sunday after church, Greg and I went to "look at houses".

By the way, do you ever do this? When I was a little girl, my dad would always take us for a drive and we would "look" at the houses we passed by, commenting on them, romanticizing about the lives the owners had, etc. Maybe this is why I love doing this.

Back to the purpose of this post. We came across a trail we had never explored before. I immediately asked Greg if we could go pick up our tennis shoes and go for a hike/walk.




In case you are wondering, this is the M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I River.



Yes, I hiked with a skirt on! I was too in a hurry to catch the most beautiful part of the day, so I just switched my flats for my tennis shoes. 




I think I've told you before, but the most exciting part of a hike is finding a little waterfall!



On our way back, lo and behold, I found my dream house. Too bad it wasn't for sale. ;-)

White. A lot of windows (hello, sunlight). White picket fence. Large yard. Porch. A porch swing (can't see it here). Pure loveliness.


There is a huge Catholic community around the area (seminary, Catholic university, etc).


We drove some more, and we found a dam. 







Well, I must go and research more on my new hobby (as if my days are not super busy already). Hint: It involves soil under your fingernails. :-)

Thank you for reading! I hope you have a blessed weekend.

My beloved spake, and said to me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away
Song of Solomon 2:10 (KJV)

Random Bible verse, I know... Maybe someone needs it today. ;-)

Love,
Gabby

Friday, May 2, 2014

Many are Called

For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14 (KJV)

When my sister and I were in college, we would talk and dream about becoming Christian missionaries someday.

Within those years, I had the opportunity to serve on a short-term mission to Haiti.



Well...

This Sunday, my sister Diana will be on a flight to serve as a short-term missionary to Guatemala!

Diana, you can't even begin to fathom how happy and excited I am for you. Jesus called you to make Him known, and you are answering. You are chosen. I am so honored to be sister to a girl who is willing to be His hands and feet. Be His tender light and allow Him to use you and your talents to further His kingdom. I pray that you, His servant, helps Him call and love those who haven't heard of Him. I pray even more that, those whom Jesus called, are chosen and believe. I pray that you see Jesus in the people you serve. I pray that they see Jesus in you. It's exciting to see how Jesus draws you to Himself. You and Guatemala are so loved by our Savior.

If you are able to, please keep my sister and her team in your prayers. Remember, we don't have to go out of the country to serve Him. Wherever you are, whomever you encounter...we, Christians, are all missionaries.

Love,
Gabby