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Random loveliness

This post is a smorgasbord of some of the random things we’ve been up to and enjoying in the last week or so. :) Lots of randomness and exclusively iPhone pics. :)

This is the beautiful morning view that greets me as I go to unlock the classrooms before devotions every day around 6:40am. Its a refreshing way to start the day. :)

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On Saturday we made pancakes and eggs and had a big breakfast with some of the other students. It was super fun and a relaxing way to spend a saturday morning.

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I told John on Sunday that we are “coffee Christians”. We go to church just for the coffee. :) Okay, I kid. But they are literally the best lattes around. Its a perfect way to end the morning worshipping God and hearing from him!IMG_0589

We are still in the rainy season and it has been just that. Deluges of pouring rain for hours on end. I love it. The other day Juliana and I walked and walked in the rain till we were drenched to the bone. It was delightful.

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The mud and swampy grass does get old after awhile though. :p

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On Monday John and I shared our testimonies in Chapel! It was the first time either of us had ever shared our stories in that “public” of a situation (more than like a very small group setting!) and it was really amazing sharing Gods story of his love in us with our fellow students. I couldn’t find the phone during John’s testimony so I wasn’t able to get a photo of him. :(

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One morning during devotions I looked up and the field was covered with beautiful white egrets. The picture only captures the idea, but it was absolutely stunning.

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Monday night we went to a restaurant nearby and I got nachos. Theres no way to describe how the amazing Mexican food tasted to this poor deprived southwestern girl.  Holy guacamole.

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Yesterday we got to spend some time in the library doing some study about the book of Ezekiel. I love love love libraries and ours here is quite wonderful. It was so fun doing research all together on the same subject, too. And the book of Ezekiel is quite intriguing. I haven’t delved into it much but its kinda crazy. The stuff that poor prophet had to do.

 

 

 

 

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Last night we had a surprise birthday party for Kyle.  He was suspicious all day but we pulled off an almost surprise at least :D

 

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This morning in chapel we observed Lent. We had worship and read passages about repentance and forgiveness. Then we each wrote a sin on a piece of paper and tied it to a tree to represent putting our sins on the cross. Then we had ash rubbed on our foreheads to signify our repentance and each received a little cross to remind us of how great a sacrifice Jesus really paid to have us as sons and daughters. It was beautiful and powerful to just take time and be in awe of God’s love for us.

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We’re having class in the chapel as there’s a missions course going on for 6 weeks for missionaries from around the world in our classrooms. I actually really enjoy being in the chapel. It’s more open and fresh and we have brand new desks and tables. Plus there’s a monitor lizard that lives in the roof running around like crazy and sometimes you can see monkeys jumping from tree to tree from the windows and the little tropical birds hover at the glass.. not that its distracting in class or anything like that. :) This week we had a refresh course on research and study skills and essay writing, so I won’t bore you with the overview of class like I normally give. :p

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Our friends Gary and Kevin from our church at home arrived today for a two week mission trip! It was so exciting to be with them today and we’re looking forward to hopefully getting to tag along on some of their outreaches and such.

And they brought cards from my mom and sister that warmed my heart to the very core. :)

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So much rain. <3

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Raindrops on Roses – er- Spiderwebs…

It rained during the night. And I woke up to a world covered in mist and raindrops. It was foggy and cool and you could feel the moisture in the air. And then I saw all these shimmering jewels in the grass. I ran over and there were all these little tiny spiderwebs covered in shining raindrops. It took my breath away.

I love rain. It’s refreshing. I love how the world smells after a rain. In fact, that is my favorite smell in the world. I love walking in the rain. I think it reminds me of God. Like little kisses falling down from heaven onto me. Little gems of beauty. The cleansing, the fresh air, the nourished earth – it all reminds me of what God does in my soul.
-beth

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life bursting forth.


one of the best things about spring is how the greens push their way out of the dirt and burst into vibrant life. i look forward to it every year and this year was no exception. so when i saw that it was happening, i was so excited to create some photos of it.. and it just so happened that the pink blossoms are starting to fall off the tree right above. beautiful.

damp earth and new life.. color and sunshine.. spring is a beautiful thing. here’s the catch.. it’s still winter! i think north carolina has it’s seasons mixed up. but i’ll just enjoy it as it comes. yesterday i sat out by the pool for awhile drinking passion iced tea and feeling the sunshine and it made me very excited about when i can splash into the water! i felt the water and almost hollered, it’s still freezing. maybe not just yet… =}

“..he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.” 2 Samuel 23:4

maybe that’s one reason we love spring so much. because it’s somewhere we can see and feel traces of God. dawning upon us like light.. refreshing us like the rain. making us beautiful.
soak it up. enjoy every flower. feel the sun on your face. listen to the rain. and be in love with the one who is making it all beautiful..

-beth
[Ps. the photo at the top of the post is also my photo of the day from yesterday.]

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beauty in the rain.

yesterday was one of those rainy days. not the kind that have a torrential downpour and then it’s sunshine again. but the kind that it just drizzles all day long. dark clouds and damp earth and raindrops on everything. the air is humid and a little cold and the sky seems to be so close.. as if it’s trying to hold you in an embrace.
i love days like that. they make me want to sit at a coffeeshop and read. or talk to friends. and thats exactly what i did yesterday. i finished reading a book called “crazy love” by francis chan. and i’m going to share a little bit of it with you because it’s just that good.

“A person who is obsessed with Jesus is more concerned with his or her character than comfort. Obsessed people know that true joy doesn’t depend on circumstances or environment; it is a gift that must be chosen and cultivated, a gift that ultimately comes from God (James 1:2-4).” -Crazy Love, by Francis Chan

“A person who is obsessed with Jesus knows that the best thing he can do is to be faithful to his Savior in every aspect of his life, continually saying, “Thank you!” to God. An obsessed person knows there can never be intimacy if he is always trying to pay God back or work hard enough to be worthy. He revels in his role of child and friend of God.” -Crazy Love, by Francis Chan

i feel like i could quote the whole book on here, but i won’t. why don’t you just read it and then you’ll understand why? :) Crazy Love. love is crazy. especially when you think of it that an all-powerful, perfect, holy and incredible God choses to love us, relentlessly, unselfishly, and unendingly? that is crazy.

what if we dared to love him back? what if we dared to open up our hearts and accept that crazy love he offers so freely and desires so deeply to give? what if we stopped trying to earn his love, but actually just stopped and accepted it? not trying to prove anything? realizing that we could never, ever, ever earn it.

“There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (Man’s search for God), suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant for it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?” -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

are we scared of finding God? scared of Him finding us? of showing him the raw core of us?
“People who are obsessed (with Jesus) are raw with God; they do not attempt to mask the ugliness of their sins or their failures. Obsessed people don’t put it on for God; He is their safe place, where they can be at peace.” -Francis Chan, Crazy Love

the only way we could love him back like that – crazy, obsessively, is by accepting his love into our beings, our souls, the core of who we are. and he is just waiting for us to do it. for real.

We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

don’t be scared to accept that love. i know it can be hard sometimes. to accept love. especially from a God that big. but you’ll never regret it if you do. never.
-beth

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project 365: days 55-57


i haven’t posted for a couple days, so i’m catching up! this was my photo of the day from saturday. it was a bouquet i bought for a valentines party i had.. and it kept lasting and lasting so beautifully! this was after it was already a week old. isn’t it beautiful?
and somehow i didn’t take a single photo on sunday. again. i’ve done this twice already and it makes me really sad!

i love trees. so much. they captivate me. and this is one of my absolute favorite trees. i call it “my” tree. it’s actually two trees, twisting into one. i pass it every time i drive to my parents house and yesterday morning i finally stopped and created some photos of it. this one is my favorite but i have a few others i want to show you guys, too. =}
yesterday was one of those drizzly, rainy days.. dark skies and moist earth. i love days like that.. and yesterday was no exception. i’ve got some pretty photos coming up, soon!
-beth
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the rainbow.

-beth
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rainboarding! sugar mountain.


next weekend we are going on a snowboarding trip at snowshoe ski area. so this past saturday we had planned to go up to sugar mtn to warm up a little bit before the trip. well.. it rained. all day. so john, daryl, sarah and i just headed up to the area anyway, hoping the rain would stop and figuring we could hang out at coffee shops till it did.

which, of course, is exactly what we did. it was a perfect coffee shop day. foggy, rain drizzling, a little breezy.. just .. not such a great ski day.

at the coffee shop they were selling these necklaces made with a nicaraguan coin. and the proceeds from the sale went back to fund a mission in nicaragua who help the hungry and needy. i couldn’t resist.

finally the rain stopped and we got to go for the night session. it sprinkled a little bit and the snow was extremely wet but it was still fun.

while we were waiting for the night session in the lodge, a hillbilly bluegrass band graced us with their live performance. after a couple songs we all thought we were going to go mad. after an hour and a half of it, we did.

it was dark of course and very foggy, so the lights streaking through the fog and the silhouettes of dark trees and people made the feel very eerie and adventurous. (for a little redneck ski area with barely any snow. hey, its good to have imagination!)

(excuse the mediocre quality of the last four photos, they’re iPhone pics.)
have a happy monday full of rain and coziness!

“… let the rain wash away the pain of yesterday… ”

Rain. It can be the most beautiful, cleansing thing in the world.
It can be the most depressing thing in the world, too.
Or the hardest battle you’ve ever fought.
Rain is used as a metaphor for many things. Pain. Battles. Storms.
Today I choose to let it be beautiful.
Cleansing.
Healing.
“Tears of hope run down my skin.. tears for You that will not dry. They magnify the One within.. and let the outside slowly die. Oh, remember when it rained. I felt the ground and looked up high and called your name. Oh, remember when it rained.. in the water I remain. Running down..” – Josh Groban

PS. If you haven’t noticed yet.. My language is photos.. and music. -beth

Streetlights glisten on the boulevard..

Can I hear the wind
Like a secret telling me I’ll live again
I need you

All your thoughts let them fall
Like a million raindrops
On this desolate ground I’m standing on
Every word from your lips
Like a father’s kiss
That all my life I’ve waited on
(Bebo Norman “A Million Raindrops”)

-beth