Monday, March 12, 2012

Why hello Monday...

The Sun is shining and Spring is in the air! Days like today remind me of what an awesome Savior and creator I have directing this life. Reminds me also how even on the rainy crappy days I should be as happy about my Savior. How sad it is that we let certain worldly things and situations dictate our relationship with Christ. Looking back over life I am reminded at how my Savior has been guiding me and holding me through this life and how I couldn't have done all that I have done without him and be where I am today. This life is His and I am honored to have been called by Him to be his daughter and spread His word. Life is an awesome adventure!  My life isn't perfect in fact I am far far from perfect, my life isn't beautiful. It's a beautiful disaster, with all the cracks and brokenness filled with an awesome caulk called Christ :-)

Just a soap box of mine:
Easter is right around the corner and it's the second Sunday out of the year that many people up and decide to get all prettied up, do the Christian thing, and make their appearance to Church like they do at Christmas. Growing up in a Pastor's family I see a lot of this. My heart hurts for those people knowing that they have no idea what it feels like to be in a true relationship with Christ. It also hurts my heart to see people effected by their hypocritical Christian life and how it really does prevent other's from experiencing a relationship with Christ. Being a Christ follower isn't just going to Church twice a year, or every Sunday, It's a lifestyle. When you profess to the Church and the world that you have become a Christian then LIVE it. We need to be a generation of change and we CAN be. Action is involved. We are different from the world. We have been called by Christ to serve him. We can't serve him when we are living in our sin and refusing to move because it feels good where we are. We are comfortable and "satisfied". It's time to step up to the plate and realize you aren't here on this earth for yourself. I mean, what a sad and purposeless life that would be. We can complain about the world being a terrible place but until we do something about it we are just a part of that terrible situation the world is in. So let's step up because we have an AWEsome Creator who died an excruciating, violent, and gruesome death on the cross for US. How little it is that we offer our lives in service to Him. How honoring and humbling it is that He loves and continues to bless us and forgive us. His grace is AMAZING!

"Magnificent Holy Father
I stand in awe of all I see
Of all the things You have created
But still You choose to think of me
Who am I that You should suffer
Your very life to set me free
The only thing that I can give You
Is the life You gave to me
This is my offering, dear Lord
This is my offering to You, God
And I will give You my life
For it’s all I have to give
Because You gave Your life for me
I stand before You at this altar
So many have given You more
I may not have much I can offer
Yet what I have is truly Yours
This is my offering" ~Third Day

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Royal Beach Trip

A week at the beach! Memories so far:
Singing at the top of our lungs on the way to Edisto with my Bros.
Playing Things with the Fam.
Things you wouldn’t say to PETA
“Is your last name Pan?”
Things you wouldn’t say in an airport
“Oh me oh my, I’m so sad. Osama Bin Ladin was my Dad”
“Dude dat suitcase is da bomb!”
“Hi, Jack”
Things you wouldn’t say at a Jail
Good times!
Early morning walks on the beach with Bros chasing you down with starfish. (I am not a fan of starfish especially when they are still moving……yuck. Ick.)
My Big Bro Zach acting out a crab after mutilating it for it’s legs.
WALTER!!!! Our faithful garbage disposal. Yep we named him. “Time to feed Walter!”
Playing Settlers and epically losing twice. But hey I was close!
Reading The Hunger Games, finished the first and big mistake, I DON’T HAVE THE SECOND ONE!!!! Ugh. So good though! Haven’t read a book cover to cover in so long because I haven’t had time. Felt like I had accomplished a huge task! –atleast that what my bros would say. LOL
Went into Charleston, SC and walked around at the cool lil Market and all the shops!

Took a plunge in the Ocean one evening with my Crazy older Bro Josh. Somebody has to do it! :-) Was awesome!
Fireworks illegally on the beach one night. Hahahahahaha! Did some Sparklers after Zach’s grand attempt of lighting them after being like 1year old. They take a lil while to get going. Then a set of firecrackers went off and we were spotted. LOL So we quickly disperse in the dark before the lady who spotted us got to the scene of the crime.  No photos at this time. ;-)

Said Goodbye to Zach and Amy as they headed down to FL. Btw, Zach is my oldest Brother’s best friend and my best Friend Beth’s oldest Brother whom I call my Big adopted Bro. Yep that explains all about that. So they left and we went out to the beach!
The wind was so cold that we bunkered behind some rocks and watched the boys play with fake swords as we girls chatted. The waves are gorgeous here! So I mainly watched them crash against the rocks as ocean foam smacked us in the face.
Watched The A Team with the Fam J
Well today was awesome!!!
We played wiffle ball baseball on the beach with the entire Family! Was so so fun! Hadn’t done something like that in forever, definitely a wonderful memory. The Boys took a dunk in the water too. Wasn’t that daring this time a round.
My Grandparents joined us out on the beach after driving up from Claxton, GA. Really enjoyed there visit. Love my crazy Nana! Went to the driving Range. A first for me. LOVED IT!!!! Such an awesome stress reliever! I have a feeling me and the Driving Range will be close friends in the future ;-)
So, so far Vacation 2012 has been amazing! So many fun memories! God has truly blessed our Family to be able to do this. Love being able to hang out with my Bros. Just reminds me how Awesome God is J