Monday, February 28, 2011

How to be Successful & Beautiful...

Sometimes it is hard to not be jealous about shallow things, worldly things, things that really shouldn't matter. God has been refining the way I measure beauty and success, and it has not been an easy process. It feels like a war in my head...that, most of the time, I am very tired of fighting.

I admit, that left to my sinful self, I believe that...

To be beautiful, I need to be skinnier in certain areas, bigger in other areas, have a better smile, have a smaller nose, have no dark circles underneath my eyes, fit into my jeans, dress in cuter and trendier clothes, get more clothes, shop at expensive stores, be more tan, be more athletic and toned, be prettier than most girls, and have better hair days. I fight those thoughts every single day. Wait, more like every three seconds.

To be successful, I need to make more money, make more of a difference in peoples' lives, lead more people to Jesus, keep the apartment cleaner, cook better, stay more organized, not let so many people down, be a more joyful wife, travel more, eat at fancy restaurants more, have more friends, be more athletic, be more adventurous, know my Bible better, have brand-name everything. I fight these thoughts about every five minutes.

God is teaching me that to be beautiful and to be successful, I just need to be broken and mold-able. Unfortunately, I am not a very fast learner in this department. I am thankful for his mercy.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Young Life Design

Oh, how I love graphic design. I get lost for hours in this stuff. I only have Microsoft Publisher, so I can't do anything very fancy. It's still fun to try to push the limits of the program, though! Someday, I would LOVE to take some classes in graphic design, and would LOVE to splurge and buy some Adobe programs. Mark and I will gladly accept donations, should the Lord lay a certain starving artist on your heart... ;) ;)

My mom and I secretly think we might be descendants from the tribe of Judah:
Exodus 31:1-3 - Then the Lord said to Moses, "See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.

Ha! :) Sidenote, if I could actually pick, I would be from the tribe of Levi. I will spare you with all of the reasons why... ANYWAY, Here's a t-shirt design I just did for Mark and Young Life.

For those of you that care: If you look close, you can tell that I used two different fonts on the "YOUNG LIFE" part. The original font (the O, N, and I) was too distressed to use for every letter, so I filled in with a plain font for the rest of the letters. To get them to look similarly distressed, I saved some of the original font letters as jpegs and cropped them down to small paint spatters or smears. Then layered the spatters and circles on top of the other plain letters - just a longer and less versatile process than what you can do with Adobe Illustrator stuff in two seconds with the layering function (or so I hear...). I got the stars and the circle around the YL from some font dingbats.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. -I Corinthians 15:58

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I think that we are going to start a least I hope we are! For some reason, I can't get enough of Cracker Barrel. Isn't that ridiculous? They have like 27 handicapped parking spots there because so many elderly people think it's a "happening" spot. Well, move over senior citizens, and make room for some twenty-somethings... Every Wednesday, Mark and I have a Sabbath. We can't really have sabbaths on weekends because of ministry stuff, so yeah, we pick Wednesday. Anyway, I am thinking that we should wrap up our Wednesday-sabbath nights by drinking decaf coffee and eating apple dumplin's at Cracker Barrel by the fire. We will talk about life and love and the Lord, and it will be awesome.

(Above) Last night at the Cracker Barrel Mark decided he wanted tea for his sore throat instead of coffee. I'm not sure if teapots and Mark are really made for each other...
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