Thursday, July 24, 2014

Canon Rebel T3i Giveaway

I just happen to get my very first DSLR camera this week and I am loving it! It came at a perfect time, because these 22 bloggers and I want to give you a chance to win one! How would you like to get your hands on a brand spankin' new Canon Rebel T3i? Yeah, we thought you might. Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter.



The giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on July 24th until 11:59 pm EST on July 30th. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only–sorry international friends! Please be honest with your entries because no one likes a cheater. Good luck, and be sure to visit the other bloggers who helped bring you this opportunity and give them a big "THANKS!" :)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

12 Favorite Love Quotes

1. "When I tell you I love you, I don't say it out of habit or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you're the best thing that has ever happened to me"

2. " I love her, and thats the beginning and end of everything."- F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. "It's exciting when you find parts of yourself in someone else"

4. "If I could have just one wish, I would wish to wake up everyday to the sound of your breath on my neck, the warmth of your lips on my cheek, the touch of your fingers on my skin, and the feeling of your heart beating with mine... knowing that I could never find that feeling with anyone other than you"

5. "Unless it's mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it's a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre thins in life. Love shouldn't be one of them." - Dreams for an Insomniac

6. "A Husband can love his wife BEST when he loves God FIRST."

7. "I love you. You annoy me more than I ever thought possible. But I want to spend every irritating minute with you."

8. "Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense." - E.E. Cummings

9. "Being in love- is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. - C.S. Lewis

10. " So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me.. everyday" - Nicholas Sparks

11. "She was my dream. She made me who I am, and holding her in my arms was more natural to me than my own heartbeat. I think about her all the time. Even now, when I'm sitting here, I think about her. There could never have been another." - Nicholas Sparks

12. " If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. You don't make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by" - F. Burton Howard

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Faithful


"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time" - Oswald Chambers

I mentioned yesterday that last weeks bible study was on faithfulness. I really, really enjoyed studying 2 Kings 5: 1-14, so I wanted to share a little bit with everyone. 

In Hebrews, it tell us that "faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see" - Hebrews 11:1 But, in reality, that is hard to put into practice. 

1 Kings 5 tells us the story of Naaman being healed of leprosy. His story portrays a great example of faith. Naaman is the commander of the army of the King of Syria. He is a great man, who is highly regarded, but he has leprosy. Then, he learns of a man in Israel that can heal him, so he asks his king for permission to go to Israel (because Syria and Israeli tended to fight a lot). And, not only does the king allow him to go, but he sends him with a letter, ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold and ten sets of clothing. The silver alone equals about 1.2 Million dollars in todays currency. This tells us how valuable he was to the king. 

Naaman makes the trip to see the King of Israel to ask for healing. At first, the King of Israel is confused and mad because he does not have the power to heal Naaman. However, Elisha sends word to the King of Israel and says "have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel." You see, the King of Israel did not trust in God at the time nor recognize that Elisha was a prophet from God. 

The King agrees and Naaman goes to see Elisha. When Naaman gets there, it doesn't quite go as he planned. Elisha sends out a servant to tell Naaman "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed."

Naaman is angry, frustrated and offended. He traveled all that way and Elisha didn't even come out and see him. Elisha sent a messenger out and then tells him to go do the simplest thing, "wash yourself seven times". Naaman immediately begins questioning, why the Jordan river, why not other rivers in his own land. Then, one of his servants says to him "“My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 

Naaman then goes to the river, washes seven times, and is healed. Naaman had to overcome his pride and questioning to have faith. What do you have to overcome? 

For me, it is control and timing. I tend want things to happen in my timing and fit in my little plan. However, I love the quote from above: "Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time" - Oswald Chambers

I may not always understand God's reasoning or timing in life, but I have confidence in His character, that He is good, and that His timing is perfect. 

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