Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dedication to the lovely Bugg!

Last week I had the privilege of attending my uncle Wally's birthday.  My family  (Parents, Jacob and Becca,  baby Micah, and myself)  arrived a little late, but we did indeed arrive to wish him a happy birthday!   For some of my beloved family, this was the first time they were able to see my new baby nephew, Micah.

This is the darling baby Micah :)

Anyway, we all had a wonderful time chatting and just being with each other.  At some point during the night my dear cousin "Bugg" informed me that I hadn't written on my blog in quite some time.  We jokingly bickered back and forth, saying that we were going to dedicate a blog post to each other.  Whether or not she was joking,  I was being completely serious.  :)

So.... I, Belle, hereby dedicate this post to Bugg! 

    She's not gonna like me for this picture!                               On vacation :)

Many of you know this wonderful young lady.  She is my second cousin, but as we get older I feel like we are becoming more like sisters.  Bugg has many talents and amazing qualities such as being a wonderful big sister, playing the violin, creating masterpieces in the kitchen, and being a super reader and writer. Her most important quality or characteristic, though, is the fact that she is a daughter of Christ and on fire for her Savior!  Watching Bugg grow up I have seen the Lord work in her life.  He has molded and sculpted every part of her, from her spunky and quirky personality to her caring, "mother hen" attributes.  ... I love you Bugg and am so thankful for you!

Love, Belle

Friday, February 3, 2012

In a Rut..

Lately I've been struggling with motivation in my life.  This applies to my quiet times with the Lord,  work,  school,  working out,  etc.  I will have a set plan in my head of what I want to accomplish in my day,  but when that time comes I either make an excuse not to do it or I totally forget.  Talk about lazy and being an airhead!

It can become so overwhelming at times when I can't figure out how to organize my life.  My personality type is that I like to have everything figured out and known ahead of time.   ..Isn't that ironic?  I like to know what the future holds,  yet I can't get myself to be motivated in order to accomplish all of those "hopes and dreams."  Some days I believe I just need a good slap across the face,  aka "wake up call."
Is the Lord trying to teach me something through all of this 'unknown'?
               "O our God ... We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."  -2 Chron. 20: 12
God has a plan for everything that happens and I know this, but I find myself constantly forgetting this truth.  HE should be my motivation!  ... My ONLY motivation!!!   We are here on this Earth to bring Him honor and glory.  So when I read my Bible,  sing,  go to work,  go to school,  work out,  it should be because I want to give Him all the glory for my ability to do and accomplish all of those things.

Christ is and should always be the center of our lives, "I have been crucified with Christ;  it is no longer I who live,  but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,  who loved me and gave Himself for me."  - Galatians  2: 20

Please pray that I can remember my one true source of motivation each and every day.  I pray that you remember it too!  Have a great weekend!
- Belle