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Thursday, April 12, 2012

don't waste your life

If you are a Christian, you are not your own. Christ has bought you at the price of his own death. You now belong doubly to God: He made you, and he bought you. That means your life is not your own. It is God’s. Therefore, the Bible says, “Glorify God in your body.” God made you for this. He bought you for this. This is the meaning of your life.
If you are not yet a Christian, that is what Jesus Christ offers: doubly belonging to God, and being able to do what you were made for. That may not sound exciting. Glorifying God may mean nothing to you. That’s why I tell my story in the first two chapters, called “Created for Joy.” It was not always plain to me that pursuing God’s glory would be virtually the same as pursing my joy. Now I see that millions of people waste their lives because they think these paths are two and not one. 
The path of God-exalting joy will cost you your life. Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” In other words, it is better to lose your life than to waste it. If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full. This is not a book about how to avoid a wounded life, but how to avoid a wasted life. Some of you will die in the service of Christ. That will not be a tragedy. Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy. 
--john piper, don't waste your life
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

year-round wreath

i wasn't able to get much craftiness done over break, but i did manage to accomplish this: taking down the Christmas wreath ( was still up) and creating this one for our home! i made it to be my year-round wreath since we clearly struggle with changing out decorations.
i bought everything i needed at hobby lobby (thank you, gift card!) the vine wreath base was $4.99. the "h" was $2.50 (but then 50% off). the flowers were $7.99 (but then they were 50% off). the paper colored flower was $2 on clearance. the feathers were $1.99 (2 bunches 50% off). so the total wound up being about $12! the materials were also so easy to work with! the flowers and feathers i just stuck into the wreath. the "h" was the most difficult part only because i had to paint it and then figure out how to hot glue it on a non-flat surface. super easy. super cute. super worth it. 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

4 reasons i want to adopt a greyhound

if you are also now in love, go here.

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