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Month: March 2009 (page 1 of 2)

I stand amazed in the presence

Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful,
Is my Savior’s love for me!

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me!
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People I Would Like To Meet:
  1) Amy Carmichael
  2) Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  3) C.S. Lewis
  4) My future husband 😉

Books I Would Like To Read:
  1) Anna Korenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  2) The Beautiful Fight (Gary Thomas)
  3) Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
  4) Set-Apart Femininity (Leslie Ludy)

Places I Have Lived:
   1) Orange Park, Florida
   2) Fishers, Indiana
   3) Hudson, Ohio
   4) Dimondale, Michigan

People Who Have Greatly Impacted My Life:
   1) My mom
   2) Charity St. Clair
   3) Life Action Revivalists and their Wives (Tim and Nancy St. Clair, Ryan and MaryAnn Loveing, Allen and Shawn Mazelin and Mark    and Amy Bearden) 
   4) Francine Rivers

Favorite Hymns:
   1) Just As I Am
   2) I Need Thee Every Hour
   3) Hallelujah!  What A Savior
   4) There Is A Fountain 

Books That Have Shaped My Life:
  1) The Bible
  2) Authentic Beauty (Leslie Ludy)
  3) A Chance To Die: The Life And Legacy of Amy Carmichael (Elisabeth Elliot)
  4) Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free (Nancy Leigh DeMoss)

Favorite Foods:
  1) Steak!!
  2) Cherry Cordial Ice Cream (UDF’s Homemade Brand)
  3) Sugar Cookies fresh from the oven (Mom’s recipe)
  4) Steamed Broccoli
Things I Would Like To Do Before I Die:
  1) Know that I had really and truly impacted someone’s life for good
  2) Give a huge scholarship so that someone can attend the college of their choice with no worries about the cost
  3) Travel all over the world, stopping in little villages to just listen to the people who live there and learn about their lives.
  4) Learn to cook gourmet food and desserts

Things I Adore:
  1) fresh flowers
  2) beaches
  3) children
  4) good books
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A thought came to me today when (believe it or not) I was washing my face this evening.  Not a very exciting time of day, not a very exciting thought, but as I was sharing it with my sweet little sisters one of them said I should put it on my blog.  And so…I write this post for McKenna (who will probably be the only one to care that it’s on here!!)  🙂 

My family has many, many allergies.  Thankfully I have been spared of most of the severe ones.  However, I’ve recently discovered an allergy to a certain kind of body spray.  If I spray it on my clothes or just in the air, I am fine, but if I spray it directly on my skin…oh boy!  It’s a different story!
So tonight as I was washing my face (and inspecting my allergy rash) I thought of a very simple spiritual lesson to learn from allergies.  Just like in my case, the allergen (the body spray) isn’t harmful to most people.  In fact, most people can enjoy it!  It wasn’t created to be dangerous.  And it wasn’t deadly to me…it’s just cause minor irritation, but it was still enough that I want to avoid it from now on.  Knowing that I am allergic, would you want to expose me to the body spray?  Would you keep spraying it, saying that I should just “get over it”?
 Similarly, in the Christian life some of us have “allergies” to certain things.  For instance, some Christians are not comfortable with drums in the music, perhaps because of their background before they became a Christian.  Most people, of course, love having drums in their music.  It is easy for me to look at other people and be “put off” by their convictions.  But it’s just like allergies…fine for most people, not fine for them.  Just as I hope that people will keep me from being exposed to my allergen, I need to make sure to honor the people around me by respecting their convictions.
Okay, this is getting posted now, but I am almost positive that it will be edited later.  :sigh:  From now on I *really* need to blog BEFORE I take sleeping medicine.  My thoughts probably come out all jumbled!  : )
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