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07.24.09

Here is a slide show of the photos I shot of the family while at our annual family reunion in Galveston at the beginning of July.  The weather was actually surprisingly nice.  It was cooler in Galveston than it was in Dallas. Strange!  Brian and I were there for about 2-3 days, while everyone else was there for about 4. We’ve been out of town a lot recently, so it was nice to even get to visit for a long weekend (and have that Friday off of work!) Our wonderful family friend offered us her beach house for the long weekend. It’s our usual retreat in Galveston- She’s so nice to always let us borrow it!!

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firerobin - Jul 24, 2009 at 10:07:09

Loving the site & photos! Keep up the good work!

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07.21.09

I’ve heard this song several times on the radio and recently heard an interview with Britt Nicole discussing this song she wrote, “The Lost Get Found.” Her story that triggered her to write this song was very similar to mine and I’m sure many of yours.  Do you ever get that feeling (as if God is trying to signal to you) that you should go talk to a particular person/stranger in public?  I get that a lot and I pass it up because I let “fear of man” invade my thinking and before you know it, my opportunity to make conversation or help out a stranger has passed.  This song describes why we shouldn’t let those situations pass, but that we should do everything that we can to let our light shine, and possibly make what seems to us like a tiny difference to what may seem as a huge difference in someone else’s day.   I like how Britt’s lyrics mention: ” Don’t let your fire burn out ‘Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe…..Why don’t you rise up now?……Don’t be afraid to stand out……That’s how the lost get found”

This is SO true. It’s becoming more and more rare that people LOVE at all times these days. Of course your close friends may display love to you, but how often does a complete stranger help you out or show love to you?  This is just one of many reasons Christianity gets a bad rep. We compartmentalize our LOVE for others/the world when it’s convenient to us. We shouldn’t bottle this up, we shouldn’t be afraid to share it with others.

Here are the lyrics to the entire song “The Lost Get Found”  -Enjoy.

Hello my friend
I remember when you were
So alive with your wide eyes
Then the light that you had in your heart was stolen
Now you say that it ain’t worth stayin’
You wanna run but you’re hesitatin’
I’m talkin’ to me

Don’t let your lights go down
Don’t let your fire burn out
‘Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don’t you rise up now?
Don’t be afraid to stand out
That’s how the lost get found
The lost get found

So when you get the chance
Are you gonna take it?
There’s a really big world at your fingertips
And you know you have the chance to change it
There’s a girl on the streets, she’s cryin’
There’s a man whose faith is dyin’
Love is calling you

Don’t let your lights go down
Don’t let your fire burn out
‘Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don’t you rise up now?
Don’t be afraid to stand out
That’s how the lost get found
The lost get found

Why do we go with the flow
Or take an easier road?
Why are we playin’ it safe?
Love came to show us the way
Love is a chance we should take
I’m movin’ out of the way

Don’t let your lights go down
Don’t let your fire burn out
‘Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
(Stand out)
Don’t let your lights go down
Don’t let your fire burn out
(Stand out)
‘Cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don’t you rise up now?
Don’t be afraid to stand out
That’s how the lost get found
The lost get found

So when you get the chance
Are you gonna take it?
There’s a really big world at your fingertips
And you know you have the chance to change it

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07.17.09

Mother Theresa has shared so much wisdom and has been one of the most quoted individuals in the world.  I was cleaning/deleting a lot of documents from my computer today and came across this quote I saved a while back.  It’s just too good not to share.  What shes says is so true. It is so much easier to “love” those far away and give money to charities, but to love difficult people in our families and those close to us isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it’s what we are called to do as Christians. I have to constantly remind myself to slow down and enjoy/love those around me; it is too easy to get caught up in the world.  It all starts in the home.  We are conditioned to think that “Oh, it’s OK if I don’t provide all the love  and teaching that I can in my home, because others out in the world will do that for me… in school… the work place… the children’s ministry at the church, etc..”  That’s our responsibility as family, and we need to remember that it all starts in the home.  This is something very close to my heart and I hope that my future husband and I can embody this to each other and (God willing) our future family.  We are excited to have family dinners, family traditions, family devotional time,  etc…

“Jesus taught us how to forgive out of love, how to forget out of humility. So let us examine our hearts and see if there is any unforgiven hurt — any unforgotten bitterness! It is easy to love those who are far away. It isn’t always easy to love those who are right next to us. It is easier to offer food to the hungry than to answer the lonely suffering of someone who lacks love right in one’s own family. The world today is upside down because there is so very little love in the home, and in family life. We have no time for each other. Everybody is in such a terrible rush, and so anxious … and in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.” -Mother Theresa

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