Romans 5- goodness gracious this is good!

I often find myself feasting upon Romans 5. This chapter is so filling and encouraging! Don’t take my word for it…read it for yourself: 

 “… this kind of hope does not disappoint; the love of God has become an artesian well within us because of the gift of the Holy Spirit (If God is not embarrassed of us, then there is no reason why we should hang our heads in shame!) God’s timing was absolutely perfect; humanity was at their weakest when Christ died for them (we were bankrupt in our efforts to save ourselves). It is most unlikely that someone will die for another man, even if he is righteous; yet it is remotely possible that someone can brace such devotion that he would actually lay down his own life in an effort to save the life of an extraordinary good person. Herein is the extremity of God’s love gift: mankind was rotten to the core when Christ died their death. If God could love us that much when we were ungodly and guilty, how much more are we free to realize his love now that we are declared innocent by his blood? Our hostility towards God did not reduce his love for us; he saw equal value in us when he exchanged the life of his son for ours. Now that the act of reconciliation is complete, his life in us saves us from the guttermost to the uttermost. (reconciliation – a mutual exchange of equal value). Thus, our joyful boasting in God continues; Jesus Christ has made reconciliation a reality. One man opened the door to sin, sin introduced (spiritual) death; both sin and (spiritual) death had a global impact, no one escaped its tyranny…”

Romans 5:5-11 (The Mirror Translation). 

It’s good, right? I know I sort of cut the ending short, but I hope it just increases your curiosity!  

I love the part about God not being embarrassed about me! I tend to do really embarrassing things// get embarrassed easily (what can I say, I am just more sensitive in general) and it is nice to know that Papa God thinks I am pretty swell. No need to hang my head and partner with shame. *whew*

The past few months I have been amazed at how much He just really loves us. God just really really loves us a whole lot. Even when we are little stinkers and are rude. I don’t always like other people or feel like loving them when they are rude, but God is just really good at this and He is consistent! I don’t know how He does it, but the more I hang around Him the easier it becomes to love the one in front of me- rude, or mean, or hangry (hungry angry), or really anything. Sometimes I still don’t do the best job in the world, but I am growing and God loves me always. This is reassuring. 

Go ahead… read the rest of Romans 5… you know you want to… 

Happy Fourth!

Hello lovelies,

Happy 4th of July! I love this day for many reasons, but I do not feel like talking about it at the moment. In any case, I have been spending time with the family this past week in LA. <3

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I know, we are totally adorable.

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I simply wanted to wish you a happy and joyFULL day! I have some fresh updates and posts that I will put up soon. In the meantime, I wrote a new post for single matters about authenticity. I also had the privilege to answer a few questions with my mom for a blog called More to Be.

Enjoy the day and the breeze!

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Mothers,

You are INCREDIBLE.

Seriously, though.

I would treat each of you to a week at the spa if I could.

I recently watched 4 amazing kids while their parents went on a little weekend getaway.

The children were wonderful, but I was struck by the sacrifice that a mom makes in order to raise her children well. It takes a lot. Waking up early to get the kids ready, taking them to different activities, remembering everyone’s unique and busy schedule, staying home with a sick child and still managing to take care of the house and the other children, going to bed late to help with homework, and the list continues. I am amazed.

 MOM should mean- Most Outstanding wo(Man)…

Or something super cheesy like that.

Geez.

Cheers to all the mothers in world! I like you.

Love,

C

Adulting pt II.

Adulting pt II.

The saga continues. From tax day forth, I have been rapidly adulting. Last week, I had an encounter with an extremely cold shower. The water was frigid and I came out shivering. My roommate, hearing my constant complaints, decided to check out the water heater and was greeted by a mini flood. The water had been neatly soaking up the carpet in a large portion of the garage. Unknowingly, I stepped on it barefoot and had pruned toes within 660 seconds. Wild. For a few days, everything in our garage was hosted in our living room like an unwelcome guest. Speaking of guests, we actually had a darling guest staying with us over the weekend so we decided to clear a pathway from the front door to the kitchen.

 

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Adulting is both genius and shocking. As it turns out, you can’t plan for natural disasters or broken water heaters. Also, even if you are feeling stressed and decide to procrastinate by refurbishing a chair, you still have to get your work done before you go to sleep.

Just so you know, man cannot live on coffee and almond croissants alone. I have been learning this the hard way, but I am not too disappointed…

That about sums up the past week.

 

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Yesterday, I feel like I officially became “adulted.” * I have less than a week to write a check, scribble my name on it, and send it to the U.S. Department of Treasury. I am “adulting” and I now pay taxes.

To celebrate, I bought an accordion file to keep track of my future expenses. It is black and boring, but it looked official so it just felt right under the circumstances. I am sure you understand my sentiments.

~~~I am now eating a brownie, because I am most assuredly getting work done and I needed a brownie for goodness sakes (I explained why I needed a brownie to the barista and, with kind eyes, she nodded her head with affirmation)~~~

While I was thinking about money, I decided to take a look at the value of my car. I felt even more adulted so I laughed. It is rather funny to wake up adulted one morning. I mean, this has totally been a process, but paying taxes made it feel so tangible. In any case, the brownie really helped.

I find it odd that as my body ages, my brain function feels about the same. I still feel young and sometimes think I am totally a freshman. Just the other day, I was at an art gallery where there happened to be a high school field trip in progress. To be honest, I felt about the same age as the teens in front of me until I remembered how old young I am and quickly stopped staring and walked away from the group. Weird.

A bit shocked by my new discovery of being slowly adulted, I have had a hard time focusing today. It seems as though, in order to focus, I really need to wear a beautiful silk robe, have a desk in my room, and make a DIY coffee filter garland to properly frame the desk. The problem is, I don’t own any of these things. *sigh* So, I am going to go shopping, but what I really want to buy is chalkboard paint for my large mirror. I figured that if I could just paint the mirror then I could write a list of things that need to be done and maybe, after that, I will be able to get to work. Then again, I need the desk first and foremost so that I can write the check to pay my taxes….

*Adulted//adulting- coin termed by my dear friend, Fern, and it just feels right. Essentially, it means becoming an adult.

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In other news, Fern now has dog, named Walrus. For a good 8.5 seconds I thought about how great it would be to have a dog that I could name, but then I remembered that sometimes I forget to eat lunch and thought it would be best to focus on learning how to cook for humans.

Guest Post(s), International Day of Happiness, & Thankfulness

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Happy Monday!

I recently wrote a couple guest posts for Single Matters and wanted to share them with you. I am still writing, but often exhaust myself on other projects and my personal blog is the first things that goes by the wayside. In any case, if you are interested, feel free to check out these recent articles.

Why Creativity is Important in Relationships

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Does Virginity Signify Purity?

In case you were unaware, last Thursday was the International Day of Happiness! To celebrate, a few friends and I decided to spread the love and bliss on the UCSD campus. Below are some photos of our adventure.

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As you can see, it was truly a marvelous day!! We simply passed out candy, blew bubbles, handed out notes, gave away free smiles & hugs, and just talked to people. While everyday is a day of happiness with Jesus, it was fun to intentionally celebrate this bliss with others!

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Have a wonderful week!! I am kind of mind blown right now, because I just spent a few minutes writing down things I am thankful for and I’m realizing that there is so much to be thankful for!!!!!!! Seriously, so much. I encourage you to take just ONE minute out of your day to remember the beautiful things in life and write some of them down.