Monday, June 29, 2015

Do you believe in God?


A few nights ago, while in bed, about to go to sleep, an interesting question came up (my husband and I have the most interesting conversations right as we are drifting off to sleep…maybe it’s that we are so tired).

“Do you believe in God?”
“What kind of question in that? Of course I do! Why do you ask?”
“Well, I’ve been having trouble talking to Him lately. Sometimes I don’t believe in Him…”
“What do you mean?”
“Like…His character.”

Wow-za.

Did I really believe IN Him? Did I really believe Who He says He is? How many times have I said I believed in Him (that there is a Higher Power, Creator and Ruler of the universe), but not really IN Him (His character)?

Am I making sense, here?

Today I thought more about our small conversation…

He is omniscient. He knows everything. His understanding is infinite.
He is omnipotent. He can do all things. He is all-powerful.
He is omnipresent. He is everywhere. He is present in all places, all of the time. No one can hide from Him.
He is an unchanging God. He is the same God since the beginning. He is the same God who created this world. He is the same faithful God that Adam, Eve, Moses, David, Joseph, Mary and so many others talked to. Mind-blowing.
He is faithful. He does not lie. Everything He promised will happen, will happen.
He is holy. Set-apart and pure.
He is sovereign. He decides how he rules me, you and everyone else. He is free to do whatever He thinks is best for me, for us. He also gives us free will.
He is righteous.
He is love. He doesn’t just love us. He IS love. And He sent His Son to die for us, because of that love.  
He is merciful. We are the prodigal sons and daughters, and He, in His infinite mercy, offered us a way to salvation.
He is the trinity. He reveals Himself as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


The Bible is full of passages that tell us about Him. The Bible tells us not just that He exists (Do you believe in God?). It also tells us Who He is (Do you believe IN God?).

Happy Monday!

Love,
Gabby

Monday, June 15, 2015

Award and some questions for you.

Hello there!

A few days ago, Cryslyn at nominated me for the "Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award". Thank you so much, Cryslyn. I truly enjoy answering blogging award questions. ;-) I feel you get to know details about bloggers in this way.

Well, here we go.

1). If given the opportunity, would you travel outside of your country to minister to others?  If so, what country would you choose?

* I would LOVE to travel outside of the country with some sort of ministry! I tell my husband that when I "retire" I will go with him as a missionary nurse to Haiti. I will then teach nursing students there about nursing and about my Savior. ;-)

2). Do you ever desire to dye your hair or are you pleased with the natural color you've been blessed with?

* I've always loved redheads and wish I were one myself. However, it doesn't really go with my skin tone...haha. So, no, never have, never will! (Never say "never", I know). 

3). What was the last thing you ate today?


* Painted a picture frame! Our wedding photographer gave us a very large picture frame with a wedding picture of our choosing. I accidentally bumped the frame into the wall and there is now a really big scratch on it. Woops. 

Another big woops. I read the question as "did" instead of "ate". Haha! Edited to add: The last thing I ate was a brownie! I recently discovered these brownies that our food store sells, and they are delicious. 

4). You've won a vacation to an exotic island for a month and can only take one person with you; who would you choose?


* This one is easy. Greg. Hands down.

5). If you could meet any one of your long-distant blogging friends, who would it be?


* Bethany, Clare, Patty, Grace, Libby, Cryslyn, Liuba, Colleen, McKenzie, Evie. Ah, I would love to meet a ton of more bloggers (and followers). But, these are my fave. I already met Ana, who has now become one of my most cherished friends, along with her sisters Amy and Alyssa.

6). Roses or lilacs?

* I like both. However, lilacs are currently blooming in my garden, and I am super excited. 

7). Your favorite flavor of ice cream?


* I've always been faithful to Cookies and Cream.

8). Spring or Autumn?


* Autumn! [Almost] Every blogger loves autumn. ;-) I am enjoying our super short spring and almost summer. However, I can't wait for autumn and all things autumn related. 

9). Do you have a reading goal this year?  If so, how many would you like to finish before 2016?


* I would love, love, love to finish the many books I've bought in the last year. Haha! I have a problem with reading too many at the same time. 

10). In your opinion, what is the best talent you posses?


* This is an interesting question. I haven't thought so much about the talents I may or may not possess. A few days ago, a coworker told me that the best thing about me as a nurse, was that I always kept "all my ducks in a row"...so, I guess I am quite organized. ;-) Does speaking a second language count as a talent? I am extremely grateful for this. I can't even count the times I've used this skill in the workplace and in daily life. I can also move my nostrils on command...the children think it's hilarious. ;-) 

Now, some questions for anyone who would like to answer them in a comment below (or in your own blog):

1) Early riser or night owl?
2) What is something that you love about the place you live (house, town, etc)? Something you don't quite love about it? 
3) What was the last thing you bought?
4) How did you meet your best friend?
5) If you could go back in time, is there something you would do over differently?
6) What is your strongest personal quality?
7) If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be? (I found this question online and it is very interesting to think about!)
8) Favorite documentary?
9) Describe a perfect day.
10) What are you most afraid of?

Thank you for the award (and questions) Cryslyn! Have an awesome week, everybody! If you have any prayer requests, please let me know. I would love to pray for you. 


In Christ,
Gabby 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Around the house.

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your lovely comments on the last post! Greg and I are slowly getting used to the new (to us) house.

Like I said before, this home is a 1950’s home. It’s quite old, but very well taken care of. The house did have a few issues that we needed to fix ASAP. It’s slowly becoming alive again! Needless to say, we have been very busy around here.

We also already met quite a lot of neighbors (I hope I remember their names next time I see them). I am so grateful that we have very nice neighbors. They have told us a lot of stories about the original 1950’s owners. One of them told me the lady who lived here was a nurse! The original owner lady and I already have a lot in common. ;-)


Anyways, I wanted to share with you a few pictures of my life…lately. Thank you so much for still reading this little blog of mine! We plan to get internet soon and I will hopefully get to post a lot more.

Pictures are courtesy of my phone. I really need to pick up that camera again! 

Around the house

Greg cleaning the gutters. They were so dirty!


Sunrise.


Sunset. And my front yard jungle. ;-)


I was cutting the grass and as I looked back at my work, my OCD self was quite pleased. ;-) From here you can see how long it was!


Speaking of cutting the grass...This branch fell off a tree and stood right in front of me. It was in a shape of a cross, so I saved it. 


The golden hour's magic. :-)


If you look close, the year says 1981. Greg has a "calendar" that belonged to his Grandpa. These last four days were all that was left of it. I decided to place them in a frame, as it is one of three things that Greg has of his Grandfather.


My Mexican decor. I am not sure if I like it, yet. However, it works for now.


Weeding. Ah, so exhausting! Haha.



Bienvenidos. ;-) I plan to put this by the front door.


 
Other happenings. 

We went to a really old drive-in movie theater! It was so fun. And this is the grainy, poor quality picture I got of my husband, my sister, and Keith (her husband). 


On Sunday, we went to my cousin's graduation in Rochester. PS. Can you believe I have a cousin (on my Mom's side) in Minnesota? Long story, but I do!

Also, I chopped off my long hair! ;-D

My Aunt (from NYC), me, my Uncle (Grandma's brother) and my sister.


Aunts and cousins.


Us.


Thank you for looking through! Have a good rest of the week! 

Before I go, I want to share with you a random quote that has been with me for the past few days:

"And if one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute. In fact, it is worth spending my life for." - K. Davis, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption. 

Love,
Gabby