• Inspired

    What Inspires Me? (November edition)

    It’s been a few months since I have been able to do this, but I’ve got a few links to share that inspire me! Plus, it’s the beginning of my favorite month…November (the month of my birth and Thanksgiving, two of my most favorite holidays!) Great Conversation Starter:You May Never See Another Couple Full of Christ-Like Love Like This is one of those stories that shares hope in a difficult situation and makes the small stuff seem rather irrelevant. This was a great conversation starter in our home and certainly a heartwarming leap for this couple. With the Merida princess debate from a few months back, this certainly is a great…

  • Faith & Life

    Coming Home

    This weekend we are returning to Michigan for the first time in over a year. We are so excited to celebrate a wedding, see family and visit dear friends! But part of me feels a little bittersweet about the whole thing. As a football fan, next Sunday is a big game for our team because of this: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4h-THRP2EA&w=480&h=360] It’s hard for me not to get emotional when I see this video of Peyton Manning because it brings back so many good memories. In the same way, thinking about going back to Michigan has flooded my mind with memories! I am excited to return, but also know that when I get…

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    Thicker Skin

    I had one of those days at work last week, where I had to accept criticism. Now, in most cases, I don’t mind it. It’s never easy to accept criticism, but I’ve learned that if it is constructive, I can learn from it, grow and move forward. However, when I am criticized simply because of someone’s preferences, and there is no opening for improvement, that is hard to swallow. If you know me, you know the type of work I am involved with. Many jobs require the development of thicker skin, and mine is one of them. It’s not something I have to put forth on a regular basis, but…

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    When it rains, it pours…

    This saying is usually in reference to a copious amount of stressful situations being dumped on you. But in this case, I am actually referring to the weather and my dislike for it at the moment. On this wonderful October day, it’s pouring rain. Really, this has been the weather this entire week! We moved to a city, Baltimore, that apparently knows how to bring the weather down in the month of October. It’s perfect, really, if you just love Poe and dark days to build up the excitement of Halloween. I know the Northwest part of this country is the rainiest year-round, but I seriously think Baltimore could compete…

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    Numb

    It’s been too short an amount of time since I wrote one of these posts. We are still going to and sending our children to schools and universities… We are still shopping at malls… We are still going to movie theaters.. We are still worshipping in churches… We are still running races… And those that work on military bases, whether in uniform or as a civilian, will continue to go to work and protect our country. It’s too soon to feel this way again. I am so sad for the families of the victims…they got up that morning committed to going to work, just like they did every day. Many…

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    What Inspires Me? (September edtion)

    I skipped July and August for this post because, well, my summer was crazy!Summer didn’t feel like it was happening until the first of August, so I wanted to enjoy it!But I’ve got some links and items that inspire me as summer ends and fall begins! This. Is. Fascinating.:Why I Called Out Joel Osteen & Joyce Meyer is a blog post from a pastor who needed to remind people that there are other gospels being preached and that false teachers exist, as we are warned in the Bible (Matthew 7:15-16). I am not posting this to judge other Christians, but the Bible does tell us that we have to hold each…

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    Music that Inspires: DEMF

    D.E.M.F. Not sure what that is? I didn’t either until I was introduced to it a couple of years ago. It’s one of the greatest music festivals to attend because it celebrates great music and great musicians and is a good time all around. What is it, you ask? Detroit Electronic Music Festival. (I guess it’s called Movement, but that’s not how I was introduced to it, originally.) It happens every Memorial Day weekend and it’s a celebration of all different types of Electronic Music (which trust me, I had no idea there were so many types within the genre). I am sure you have heard of Daft Punk. They…

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    Music that Inspires: God of This City

    God of this CityChris Tomlin Can you tell I am a fan of Chris Tomlin? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmC44K0xQLE&w=420&h=315] This song has inspired me in so many cities. Because I think God works through this song by reminding us that where we at is where His love is needed. There are a few cities where I have served through mission work, and I see the great things that God is doing, while most people see destruction. Detroit. New Orleans. Baltimore. These are all cities that have experienced economic or natural disaster. But they are cities that are sparking with life, if you are willing to give them a chance. What song provides motivation…

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    Music that Inspires: Dark Side of the Moon

    One of the things that I have come to admire from my friends who appreciate and are more knowledgeable about music, is the idea of the album and enjoying a collection of songs, rather than just one here or there. I am the type to hear a great song on the radio, but not really appreciate the rest of the album. The creation of purchasing music online has not helped that, either. I wish that it was the norm (like the days of old) to buy an entire album, rather than just songs that you heard and were ‘popular’. There are exceptions, however and quite a few, if I am…

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    Music that Inspires: Whom Shall I Fear?

    “Whom Shall I Fear?”Chris Tomlin Check out this song and video below and then continue reading about how I am inspired! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOkImV2cJDg&w=560&h=315] As I started writing this post, I realized that the title of this song was the second half of a Bible verse that means a lot to me: Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” This is a verse that my grandfather picked out for me for my confirmation. At the time, it was special because he picked it for me. It still is special to…