Saturday, July 28, 2007

I've been Tagged!

Tag Rules:1).The player starts with 8 random facts about herself.2).The person who is tagged must post on her own blog her answers and post the rules first.3).Then the player must pick 8 people and tag them. Also leave them a note to let them know that you tagged them. You can write who you tagged on your blog also!

My mom tagged me... :)
Hmmmm, 8 random facts...

1) I was once randomly called a "ditsy brunette" by a stranger at a gas pump
2) I play piano
3) Isaiah is one of my favorite books of the Bible
4) I cannot stand rice a roni - I don't even like the smell
5) I've been asked twice by strangers if I was Bosnian (I'm not)
6) I love almost all music
7) I had two dolls growing up that I named Clarice Kitty Leigh and Alissa Allala
8) My brothers used to sneak my stockings out of my dresser and use them to make slingshots

Okay there's my 8 facts! If anyone stumbles on this and wants to be tagged in return just consider yourself tagged. :) If you leave a comment I will be able to see what you wrote.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


(Grandpa Dave - I love this picture :) )

What is our inner heart's cry... what is our longing? What do we strive for in this world, and what will bring us satisfaction?

We constantly aim for satisfaction - yet nothing is ever enough. No riches, popularity, or success is ever enough, we push on, we want more. We climb higher on the ladder, yet never quite reach the end.

An author, Jack Higgins, was asked what he would have liked to have been told when he was a boy. His answer: "That when you get to the top there's nothing there." There isn't.

No worldly satisfaction is enough. Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, with riches, amusement and maids at her beck and call, said despairingly "nothing tastes." Nothing does.

King Solomon wrote life off as meaningless . "Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless." -Ecclesciastes 5:10 . Meaningless... how depressing it sounds.

Why do we strive, when nothing can ever satisfy? What is our heart's cry and longing that is never filled with all the world has to offer?

"My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God."
-Psalm 84:2

Our hearts cry out for the living God. Yet our hearts deceive us into thinking that if we only keep striving for more on earth we will eventually reach satisfaction. It doesn't happen.

"He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him;
He cannot save himself, or say,
"Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"
-Isaiah 44:20

Isaiah 44 speaks of those who worship idols of their own making. It seems so ridiculous to think of a man chopping down a tree, using part of it to cook his supper, and then using the rest to fashion an idol. His own deluded heart misleads him.

Doesn't this make sense still for our day? Our hearts are crying out, longing for our God, the living God... yet we misunderstand this intrinsic need, thinking instead that we can reach satisfaction by our own pursuits. Still in our own helpless strivings we find nothing but emptiness. We build our lives, our fortunes, our social acceptance and popularity... only to find ourselves in the same position as this man from Isaiah 44. We worship an idol of our own making.

"And I—in righteousness I will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness."
-Psalm 17:15

It is His likeness that brings satisfaction. We long to gaze on His beauty, to know Him, to share His sufferings, to be conformed to His likeness, and to worship Him all of our days. This is our inner heart's cry.

"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?"

-Psalm 42:1-2

It's when we quench this thirst with our Lord that we finally find that life has meaning, life"tastes," and when we get to the end it won't be empty and barren. For He will be there.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Castles in the Air

"I will build a castle for you, my love..." doesn't it sound like a dream? A beautiful princess to save, a strong knight rescuer, and finally the happily ever after... in a castle of course! A dream, a fairy tale, yet the reality for this Camelot didn't end so happily.

George Boldt started out as a dishwasher in NYC, and ended up a multimillionaire. Many may dream of building a castle for their love, yet Boldt not only dreamed, he had the resources and capital to do so. He purchased Hart Island, and changed the name to Heart Island, actually reconstructing the island in the shape of a heart. The heart theme was continued in the stonework of the castle, the family crest, and various places around the estate. The heart symbols were appropriate, as a proclamation to the love of a knight for his princess.

And so he built for her a castle on Heart Island...

Millions of dollars, hundreds of workers, boatloads of supplies, and in 1904 the castle was nearly complete... when the word came that Louise Boldt was dead. The workers were ordered to drop their tools and leave, unfinished, not to return. And it is said that George Boldt never set foot on Heart Island again.

All the effort and money he had put into his castle meant nothing without his love to share it. The castle was left to itself... showing how little wealth means without love. Earthly treasure can never satisfy.

"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
-Matthew 20-21

No earthly treasure compares to the heavenly abundance He has for us. Those who give up wealth, home, recognition, and all earthly "treasure" will count it as nothing once their eternal destination is reached.

"What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ." -Philippians 3:8

"He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward." -Hebrews 11:26

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9

Those of us who are redeemed have treasure in heaven beyond all imagination... with our first Treasure being our Savior.

George Boldt's treasure wasn't his castle... his wife was of far greater value to him. None of his earthly treasure could compare to her who was now a part of his treasure in heaven.

I hope they are in heaven together.

Boldt Castle 7/16

Monday, July 09, 2007

Old?? NOT!

7 year old Annie wanted to go on a hike with myself and a group. I was concerned about the 5 mile hike, so I protested, "Anne, it's going to be all old people!"
"Well, how old?" she demanded. "Umm, well, my age." I said vaguely, realizing it had been a poor choice of words.
"Old? 21 is NOT old." Anne protested. "Old people are 83."

Old people are 83... I just love that line! Go Annie! :)

Annie & Grandma Grace... who is NOT 83... hence = not old :)

We already knew Grandma Grace wasn't old!