Thursday, August 27, 2009

Proverbs 30:7-9

This video was originally posted by Marc over at "...and the prayers" and then again by his daughter, Sarah, at "This Awkward Life." Proverbs 30:7-9 and Francis Chan's insight have wrecked my heart this morning. It is always profitable when scripture wreaks havok on my soul and it has been no different this morning.

I don't think that it is any secret (for those who know Craig and I) that my family lives paycheck to paycheck. But the Lord has always provided richly for us. We have yet to go hungry and have always been able to pay the bills, sometimes barely, but it gets done. This is at odds with the sin I square off with every day: comfort. I have to constantly be reminded that Jesus is better than money, comfort, a home, even my family. Proverbs 30:7-9 has caused me to praise Jesus this morning and thank Him for the abundant life He gives.

"...give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Days Like This

After being announced Mr. & Mrs. Craig West, Van Morrison's "Days Like This" began playing. You don't experience many days like your wedding day, BUT the days can be sweeter and filled with God honoring and glorifying love. I have also found that the same is true with being a parent and friendships. The days keep getting sweeter. Growing up I had many friends, a bazillion best girl friends, whom I no longer keep up with--great friends huh? But it wasn't until college that I began to experience true friendships, deep, real, genuine friendship. I was still learning. I had changed and become a new, different person. My heart was no longer set on the things it was before and this has changed my friendships.

When I said the days keep getting sweeter, I certainly didn't mean that they get any easier or aren't met with a degree of difficulty, but sweeter they are. The season of college is over for me and most of my friends which means we have all gone out to find our niche in God's beautiful plan. Moved away, grad school, missionaries, moms, teachers, wives, west coast....yet still great friends.

All of these thoughts have been turning about because of the pending move of a dear friend of mine, Jaclyn Konzcal. Jax spent a year in Uganda after college and came home to Winston Salem to wait for her next step. I was able to get up with Jax when she got home and she was a breath of fresh air. Her sweet spirit was refreshing. She began attending 1.21 church and our community group and has helped renew my spirit. Sometimes we need friends to do us get back on the horse and focus. Jax, you will be missed!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Grace--we are so unworthy, but he pours it out on us. Mind blowing.

Oh! To grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let that grace now, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee!

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love--
Take my heart O! Take and seal it,
Seal it for thy courts above.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Speirs' Frustration

This is the way that (lately) Speirs expresses his frustration with things. I am trying to entice him to move around the ottoman instead of thinking he can go through it!