He loves us…..

•January 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Wow…Sometimes I think we forget just how much He LOVES us.  We get so caught up in running out own little world that we forget how much He loves us and wants the best for us. I’ve been attending this church at the Handlebar in Greenville on Mondays, called Engage. It’s so amazing! It’s all people my age that are there just worshipping the Lord! We sang this song the first week I went and I just kinda mumbled along with the band, but after that night, I couldn’t get that song out of my mind. He loves me. Even when I don’t think another soul loves me….HE DOES! I’m not worthy of His love, but he gives it to me!

I can’t get the video to work, but I’m gonna keep trying…if you go to Godtube.com and type in Oh how he loves us it’ll come up….it’s an amazing song!


25 Random Things

•January 10, 2009 • 1 Comment

I was asked to write 25 random things about myself, including goals and things people may not know. I was asked to send this to 25 people to learn more about them and I’m up for the challenge. Don’t forget to add me to your list when you do your list of 25. Looking forward to reading more about you guys. Happy reading!

Here goes:

1. I’ve never been more happy being as broke as I am right now. I quit my job last January to pursue my dream of doin’ hair!

2. I am almost 26 years old and still live with my parents.

3. I can be the loudest person you know or the quietest. Depends on who I’m around.

4. I’m extreeeeeemely OCD when it comes to details. For example, I will paint my nails and if one gets smudged, I will take ALL the polish off and start over.

5. I’ve catered with a family friend since before I could drive. Next to hair, I lovvvve it!

6. I’m probably one of the most educated hair stylists! I have a bachelors degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from Winthrop. But that’s probably to my advantage!

7. In reference to #6, I have not used my degree in the slightest since obtaining it, other than doing product displays at the bank!

8. I was born during half-time of Super Bowl XVII—ask my mama! 🙂

9. I have found my twin, who may not look like me, but we’re the same person! She’s even marrying a guy that looks like my brother!

10. I went to daycare til I was in 6th grade–and was ok with it!

11. If flipping thru channels and discover a really good movie is on and then find out Full House is on, I will change it to Full House!

12. I had 9 roommates in college–my mama says that I’m hard to live with! hahaha

13. I also changed my major 9 times in college! (My parents shoulda listened to me when I said I wanted to go to hair school!)

14. Although I wish I had gone to hair school earlier because I wish I could be makin’ money by now, I’m really glad I waited because I’ve made some AWESOME friends!

15. I’ve been in more weddings than I can count!

16. I text more than I talk on the phone…and my parents get so annoyed with it.

17. I would rather stay in than go out

18. I lose my keys daily…and cell phone…sometimes multiple times a day

19. I’m an “aunt” to two sweet boys! Carter and Beau!

20. I’m a pack rat…I will keep anything I think is remotely sentimental!

21. I’m still a virgin and I’m very proud of it! It’s hard to find purity in a an almost 26 year old these days!

22. I don’t exactly know what my natural hair color is these days!

23. My favorite meal is Chicken n Dumplins and banana pudding! Grandmas!

24. I lovvvve math. I was the one in school that everybody told me how many hours they had and I told them when they would graduate!

25. I drive like a madwoman! Watch out if you see me on the interstate…I drive in the left hand lane and hate it when people go slow in that lane!

Judge not…

•January 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

We’ve all heard it…the familiar saying and scripture….”Judge not least you be judged” Matthew 7:1 i looked up the Message translation and I really like how it says it. Here we go:

(1-5)”Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

Ya know, I have to admit, I judge people all the time. I have tried so hard to be more concious about it though. Because who am I to judge someone? I’m no better, no more righteous, no more holy than anyone–so why do I think I have the right to say, “O i bet they’re not Christian or good people because they look a certain way” That makes me soooo mad! Ok, I have a story about being judgemental. I have a really good friend that is one of the sweetest, most beautiful, Christian women I know. She happens to have a full sleeve tattoo and a few more, but who cares right? Well, she and her fiance (who also has a number of tats–a number we’re not so sure of! haha! and is a wonderful Christian man) were in Target and in line for the cash register. They were buying water…the lady in front of them a middle aged white woman, who was buying alcohol (that’s besides the point though!) snatched up her purse and acted like they were about to rob her. My sweet friend got so upset, heck I did too and I wasn’t even there–because they are the two least likely people to harm a fly! It just made me so mad b/c just because they have tats and just because they don’t look like Fred and Ethel (I love Lucy, people!). They’re good people! So why do some people (myself included at times) feel like we’re better than other people. Jesus doesn’t care–how we look, dress, how many tattoos we have, what color our hair is….any of that…he cares about our hearts…and as long as our hearts are his, that’s all we need!

1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

My mom and I got into an arguement the first time I put pink in my hair. I teach 2-year-old’s Sunday School and I had some pink extensions I glued in my head and wore them to church. Well, we’re supposed to be a “come as you are church,” but my mama said, “I wouldn’t let you teach my two year old!” I was so upset. I went on to say, “Jesus doesn’t care what my hair looks like!” And she fired back with “Your body’s a temple of the Holy Spirit.” I know all of this, but in my heart I don’t believe that Jesus cares if I have blue, green, orange, white, black or pink hair….

So here we go with me….it seems like everyone always has their opinions. Which, I know I have opinions myself, but I have been slower to voice them and slower to judge people since having it done more to me! Well, I have pink hair…I love my pink hair. I always wanted something different, but never had the right kind of job that I could do that. Well, I do hair now, so why not have some awesome hair? Well, some people say, I lovvvve it! Others don’t say anything at all–and the ones that get me are the ones that go, What did you do to your hair? Is is supposed to be like that? or my least favorite—you were so pretty with it the other way. THAT’S LIKE TELLING A FAT GIRL (THAT’S ME TOO) SHE HAS A PRETTY FACE…..are you joking me?

So I just plead with any of you reading this–don’t judge people! Because we’re all sinners. There are none of us that are above the other and Jesus doesn’t care what we look like–he just wants us to give him our hearts.

We’re all just sinners covered by some pretty amazin’ grace!

I’m such a baby!!

•December 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Disclaimer: I in no way want to sound like a whiney hiney, I just simply don’t understand how this all could happen this week!

As many of you know, I finished Cosmetology school the 16th. That week was great! Well, I wake up Sunday the 21st not hardly able to talk. I felt fine, but my voice just decided to take a vacation! It progressively got worse. By Christmas Eve I felt like a truck had run me over! I did a girls hair Christmas Eve morning and while I was doing her hair, I felt so nauseous, but I didnt’ say anything and just kind of felt like it had been because I hadn’t eaten anything! Well, she leaves around noon and I lay on the couch and start to feel worse. I slept almost all day long. Well, that wouldn’t be such a big deal because we don’t do a lot on Christmas Eve, but we were having people over on Christmas–we NEVER have Christmas here, but this year we were having Mama’s side over for supper. I tried my hardest to feel better because we were having baptism at the Christmas Eve service at church. Well, needless to say, I didn’t make it. I slept thru everything! I woke up Christmas morning feeling a LOT better, but still very weak!

Fast forward to this morning. I still have this nasty cold, which is in itselft a set back because I want to go see baby Beau! And on top of that I wake up with a toothache!

Now I say all this because I went to the most germ infested school where it didn’t matter how sick you were, they still wanted you to come in and people came in with strep throat, bronchitis, malaria (kidding!), the stomach virus and I never got any of that, but now that I’m out of that germ breading ground, I get this! Ughh!

O well, at least I won’t be spreading it around to too many people!

My First Post

•December 29, 2008 • 2 Comments

Well, I broke down and did it. I’m now the newest member of the “blog world”–scary I know! I really don’t know why I’m doing this, other than the reason of that I thought it might be a good way to let my already loud voice carry even further! haha!
I’ve been quite possibly the laziest person this afternoon. This morning my twinkie, Julie and I were supposed to go to Crossroads Community Church to visit, but Julie overslept, so I went to my church. We only had one service today because they decided to let the Sunday School teachers have a week off (Thank you Jennifer!!!)–can you tell I needed a week off from “teaching” 2’s? After church Julie called and felt so bad about oversleeping that she convinced me to go to lunch–didn’t take a whole lot of convincing! We met in Spartanburg and went to IHOP. My hat goes off to anyone who works in food industry, but I gotta know, WHERE DO THEY FIND THESE WAITRESSES? It never fails that Julie and I always get the wackiest waitress the restaurant has! I had the Pecan Strussel Coffee Cake Pancakes (that’s a mouthfull!)–they were GREAT! I came home and took a–get this–5 hour nap! I woke up and I think I hit my 2nd wind–I feel like I could go running or something! haha!
Well let’s see how long I can keep this thing up!  Say a prayer I don’t throw the laptop in the bushes!