Saturday, May 28, 2016

infinity dreams tag


  • Write eleven random things about yourself
  • Answer eleven questions that the person who tagged you wrote
  • Write eleven questions for your friends to answer





  • I'm the only girl in my family.
  • My favorite color is anything blue/green- like mint, turquoise, etc. It's pretty obvious too. :)
  • I love my office job, supporting my farmer and helping people learn about real food.
  • I dream of having my own sustainable coffeehouse for college kids and doing some lifestyle photography.
  • A quiet escape to me is sitting at a coffeeshop with a book, a pen and notebook- hand-lettering.
  • I want to learn to drive manual REALLY bad.
  • I'm a perfectionist, organization savvy (on most occasions)... Took a test once and it told me I was 90-100% OCD. :0
  • I enjoy gardening- planting stuff and seeing the beautiful rewards. Not sure about the canning, etc.
  • Smoothies are like my favorite thing other than Trickling Springs Ice-cream.
  • I do not enjoy taking care of customers in a store setting, but love communicating with them via email, phone, text or face-to-face at drop-points.
  • I would never wear shoes if I didn't have to. Long live sandals & flip-flops!


Here's the questions Jodi asked me.



  • What is the hardest thing you have ever done? To be honest, I'm not sure. Probably pay taxes. lol
  • Would you rather work everyday of your life inside (office job) or outside (an always outside job)? I like my office job, but I equally enjoy being outside, especially with my hands in the dirt on cool spring days.
  • What song have you been listening to the most lately? Where I Belong (Building 429) and Aside From Grace (Daryl Petersheim)
  • If you could travel to one place any where in the world right now and stay there for two weeks, where would you go? Ireland
  • Cake or ice cream? By far, ice-cream! :)
  • If you had to learn another language, which language would it be? Spanish
  • What is your favorite fiction book? Agh! I haven't read fiction for sooo long! But you know... Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austin (I've only watched them- never read the book.)
  • If you could only wear one color of clothes for the rest of your life, which color would it be? Anything between green and blue- turquoise, mint, sea-foam- I think you get the jist. :)
  • What famous woman (past or present) do you look up to? Oh dear! I have no idea. I really like reading about women in the organic, sustainable farming/gardening career. Or woman truck-drivers. That doesn't even really seem equivalent!
  • Would you ever go deep-sea diving? Uhh, probably not. I'm not a super water person, although I enjoy the sun and water, I don't just overly enjoy swimming, etc.
  • If you could fix one problem in the world (pollution, poverty, etc.), what would it be? I would set out to conquer the world's chemical industry- the ones that are supplying baby formula containing microscopic needles, the ones who are using Chemo on cancer patients (studies show that under half of cancer patients that opted for Chemo are still living after 5 years) and banned the actual CURES to Cancer, the ones who provides the sprays for crops and GMO seeds. Why don;t we all go back 100 years when everything was grown in the garden (ORGANICALLY mind you- there were no sprays for this and that back then- no life has not become more simple since then- it's only got more complex and frustrating!) and if it had to be imported, then you didn't eat it.



  • What is a song/book/movie that you love purely because of the memory attached to it?
  • What is your favorite "escape"?
  • Baking? Cooking?
  • You were given the chance to fly, free of charge to any destination in the world, given you lived there for the rest of you life, where would you go?
  • Would you rather give or receive a gift?
  • What are you most attracted to (feet, jaw line, facial hair, eyes, etc.)?
  • If you were given $500 cash, what would you use it for?
  • Castle or cottage?
  • How many children do you wish to have?
  • Home-school, Christian Day School or Public School?
  • You have to make your family your last meal before you leave on a missions trip to the African jungle, what would you fix? Or would you eat out? Where?


Sunday, May 1, 2016

join me

Hey! I started another blog at lurondahege.wordpress.com. Come over and check it out! :) -Luronda

Monday, February 29, 2016

wait.


I came across this verse yesterday. Obviously it hadn't been the first time I seen it, because what made it stand out was the underline I had put under it earlier. 

Sometimes we like to rush into everything. I mean, I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one, as I have talked to other people about it... We need to learn to WAIT. Just calm down, take life one step at a time. Yeah, you'll get to the top faster if you take 2 while taking the physical stairs, but in life most times you'll take 2 steps forward 1 step back. And it's perfectly normal. God will bring things in your life to show you who He is. To make you HAVE to Trust Him. He wants you to be in communication with Him. He wants to tell you something. He truly enjoys when you just have to sit back and rest in His arms. He loves you and wants you to know that.

When God tells you something- you better believe it.

Just my morning musings. God bless you on your journey!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

of jars and scars.

One of my pet peeves is reused jars that still have the wrap-around label on them...

AND SO... This morning I was washing the breakfast dishes and... there was two of those horrible jars... It was nearing 8:00 and I really should have been going to work, but I scrubbed those crazy labels off- or at least I tried. That glue stuck hard, I laid it- glue down into the water and hoped that till I finished the rest of the dishes it would decide the use of sticking was no longer revelant. And then it struck me- that jar was scarred. It as scarred for a reason. It was not really a BAD thing, but it was to teach me a lesson.

What I've been through does not define WHO I am, WHAT I've made of myself, because without Christ- I'm NOTHING. What others think of me should not affect what I know Jesus has done for me. I know He has set me free- no, that does not mean I live a perfect life. No, that doesn't mean I don't ever mess up. And no, that doesn't mean some people have a hard time forgiving me for what I've done. But I love the word picture When God Ran paints. He forgives. And He loves me none-the-less. I feel so unworthy, but He loves me just the same, even if I wouldn't accept it. I'm flawless- you're flawless. The mistakes you've made don't define you. The scars you have are meant to teach you. To carve you into the person God wants you to be. You don't need to hide them to be perfectly whole.


>>Praise God, we don't have to hide scars
They just (strengthen our wounds), and they soften our hearts.
{They remind us of where we have been, but not who we are}.<<

Sunday, January 17, 2016

fear of the Holy.

It was so revitalizing to come home from an amazing sermon this morning and just think. Ponder. Ponder things in my life. Think about how truly selfish I am... (I'm so thankful God is a forgiving God.)



I also had time to sit, relax, enjoy some *black* coffee, music, and curl up with a book. The book that I flew through at SMBI so that I could accomplish the 600 word essay before the deadline... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it then- it seemed deeper than Tozer, but I think I was reading too fast- trying to comprehend too much. Mike Bickle, the author of Passion for Jesus has inspired me greatly and given me many answers to questions that none-the-less haunted me.

As I was reading, I was searching for a reason why Christians today seem so shallow (this has been a search I've been on for several months). AND I found the answer! (At least, I'm pretty sure I did!) And I can't really say it in another way and be effective, so here goes...

"If we have no fear of God, nor the fear of consequences, then we will easily break His commands. The downward spiral of morality in our society is directly proportional to the loss of our understanding of the greatness of God. In the minds of many who believe there is a God, He is only a little more than an elected official-not to be taken too seriously when we disgrace Him."

He continues that God/Jesus is seemingly a Santa Claus now days. SomeOne who rains gifts of Mercy, Love and Grace, but has no Just or Angry attributes. Who judges with simple Love and Mercy? Not even a judge in a physical Court of Law today simply forgives injustice without punishment. God even more so. Tozer says it like this: "Between His attributes no contradictions can exist. He need not suspend one to exercise another, for in Him all His attributes are one."


I believe with all my heart that God will become real to many people in this generation if they open their eyes to the seriousness that the short span of life granted them holds. If their eyes' scales loosen and reveal the true God. The Holy God, the One who is Jealous. But if the people continue to see status more important, hope is slim. (and by the way, it's scary, because often when status is important to someone, it is hidden- the motive is not easily noticed in your own life.) 

The greatness of God is REAL. We have to face it like it's real. Understand it is real and worship Him.

1. Passion for Jesus (Cultivating Extravagant Love for God) by Mike Bickle pg.28

Monday, January 11, 2016

vision.

There is one thing that is seemingly getting lost in this generation. It's the vision. The vision of following Jesus. Doing what Jesus did. Giving God our lives, ultimately our hearts. 
There's people I grew up with that seem to care less about God. Yeah, they show up at church on Sunday, but they don't have CHURCH in their heads, in their hearts. Church is pretty much for the party, getting together afterwards talking about the latest car or... whatever! 


To be honest, it scares me. Maybe I shouldn't let it bother me. But really, I think something needs to happen. I definitely do not have the answers, because I've seen children of men and women I admire turn to living just like they want. That is not freedom. It's bondage. Bondage to the one who loves to lie, pulls the wool over your eyes and tells you you're ok. Like seriously the Bible never says that it's wrong. But people today are asking the wrong question, the question is not "What's wrong with it?" but "What's RIGHT with it?" It took me a very long time to get this concept- and to be completely honest- parts of it still puzzle me. For example, there is really nothing wrong with listening to country music, but really, what is right about it?
How many of us will continue sharing the vision of living lives that Jesus would have us live? How many of our children will share that vision? Grand-children? When you put life into perspective of eternity- life is really short. We only live once. We've got to live it right. God made that way- if only we'd believe, entrust our lives to His will and follow His lead.

I pray each of us would pass the VISION on to the coming generations.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

my time at... SMBI!

Life at SMBI is amazing. (I would have said awesome, but then again- in Discovering Our God we learned that only God is Awesome. Not the new dress, or the car.)

I walked through those doors with mixed feelings. A new place. A new world. And totally new people- other than a handful of friends from back home. Uhh, I guess it was "back home", literally you aren't that far away from home at 45 min. but this was definitely home away from home.

I will have a hard time forgetting the great times we had in (and out) of the SMBI doors. Tour was definitely my favorite part aside from the missions trip we took for Personal Evangelism class to State College.

It was a great time for me to figure out who I really am. I think that every person should experience this- just ask me- I was NEVER going to go to Bible School- there was nothing that was more silly than that!


Starbucks outings
Or the little place I fell in love with- yes, at first sight too. :)
HeBrews Coffee Co.
 I never realized my laugh was such an amazing thing. I guess to me it's just normal, but I had so many people talking about my laugh- really guys, it was embarrassing! But it's ok. :)

A few highlights:

Tournaments
The fruit basket my dear mother prepared for me- instead of eating snack foods
StuCo devotions in the little white chapel
Thanksgiving Vaca at home and with Steph!!
Dressing up like Muslims for Personal Evangelism 

Going to Mercersburg Academy for the Christmas program (and the AWESOME sunset that evening- no the picture doesn't even give 1/4 credit!)

The Girl's dorm Gift Exchange
Melody's Chai in Discovering Our God
Banquet night, the Wolfer's lambs, Mary's song


I never realized while there how secure it was. Everyone had a story, everyone accepted that, everyone was cool with who you were. It didn't really matter if you were "cool" or not. (Or maybe that was something I missed...) If it was feasible, I'd live there- well, no, maybe not... But I am thinking pretty seriously about going back... :) 

I can't think of one thing that happened there that doesn't bring a flood of memories, smiles and maybe even an occasional outburst of laughter- yeah, for those of you who know me- you now what I'm talking about. :)

I pray that each of us will continue to seek God with that fervent love we cultivated at bible school.