Monday, June 29, 2009

The Girls In My Circle


"When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, and then I started to become a woman and found out that if you allow your heart to open up, God would show you the best in many friends:

One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom.
Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as delight in your children and their activities.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One friend will say, "Let's cry together,"
Another, "Let's fight together."
Another, "Let's walk away together."
One friend will meet your spiritual need,
Another your shoe/purse fetish,
Another your love for movies,
Another will be with you in your season of confusion,
Another will be your moral compass,
Another the wind beneath your wings.
But whatever their assignment in your life,
On whatever the occasion,
On whatever the day,
Or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,
Or hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself.
Those are your best friends.
It may all be wrapped up in one woman, but for many it's wrapped up in several,
One from 7th grade,
One from high school,
Several from the college years,
A couple from old jobs,
On some days your mother,
On some days your neighbor,
On others, your sisters,
And, on some days, your daughters. "

-Anonymous

I truly love all my friends but especially my girls in a special way. I love you all.

XoXo,

Niss

Friday, June 5, 2009

So true. Are you wise or a fool?


"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own."


Latin Proverb


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Discipleship: Beautiful Monologue.


Taken from Collegiate Quarterly Lesson: Walking the Walk-A Christian Life, Lesson 10.

The following piece was written by a young Christian pastor in Zimbabwe. It was
found in his office shortly after he was martyred:


“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. . . .

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, [am] lift[ed] by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.

I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, or preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And, when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear!"

Discipleship means more than learning about Christ or imitating Him. It means following Him even unto a suffering that cannot be compared to the reward that awaits us.

What does the inventory of your life reveal about your determination to follow
Christ?

* “Christian Commitment: My Colors,” http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/commit.htm (accessed April 3, 2006). “My colors will be clear!”

XoXo,

Nissy

Amazing Grace. Salvation Army Commercial.

This commercial is powerful. I feel like there are more and more meaningful and heartfelt commercials out there in TV Land and I like it...it's about time. After you've watched this, let me know what you think.

Let's keep lending our helping hands to those around us.

XoXo,

Nissy