Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Mustard Seed

Everyone has faith.  Faith in someone, something, somewhere.  


This faith is brought out in their beliefs and their worldview-- the way they see others and the life they live.  No matter what they think (be it even atheism or new age) they see something in the world, and through their tired, sin-blocked eyes they try to make sense of this muddled and messed up world.  

It is human nature to believe in something, and when the world tells you that there is not God to believe in, you believe them that you must believe in society, in the government, or in yourself.  This is totally wrong.  Society, and governement are made up of people too-- people who lie, people who mess up and make mistakes.  

Somehow still we believe them, and we believe that they can fix things.  That they can make things right.  And yet they don't.  And they let you down time after time, telling you "You aren't good enough without-- [fill in boyfriend, girlfriend, popularity, high paying job, etc.]"....."You can't be great without-- [fill in etc.]".................."Until you believe in yourself, you'll never win" 

Even through their lies, they are in a way telling the truth.

We are not good.  Human nature is sinful nature-- it is a broken nature that only it's maker can fix.  We will never be great without God, and until we believe in him, and truly TRUST him with our futures, we will never win.

It seems simple-- to say we believe.  To say we trust.  To say "I'm a Christian".  But what do we mean?  Do we mean? Do we mean we go to church?  That we pray to something, someone, up there?  
They ask us how we can know for sure, how we can believe in something we cannot see.  It is by his grace that we have been saved, and through him, we can see the wonders of God.  

That is the truth.  

Only God can save us, and we simply must believe.  We have to trust-- Truly Trust that he has our back.  That no matter what, we must give our lives, and die to ourselves daily.  That is the only way we can be made whole.  He is the only thing that we can believe in to fulfil our wants and needs.  

And all we need is a little faith-- faith the size of a mustard seed.  True faith, that we cannot do anything, and He is the only one who can mend our brokenness and help our failed attemps to fly.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

DIY Cute Match Box

Have you ever wanted to light candles in your room?  I know I have, and because I like to light them quite often, I ended up keeping some matches in my room.  However, while I was re-organizing my dressers and desk, I thought "Why not have a cute matchbox?  It can't be that hard"-- and it isn't!  Here is a step by step, with pictures tutorial on how to make a cute matchbox for your room.



Begin with a box that fits normal sized matches-- I used a Kohls necklace box since it is a cute size, and fits my matches perfectly.


Take a piece of double sided tape (or tacky glue if you prefer-- I used the tape so my paper wouldn't bubble)


And cute your piece of tape in half.  You'll have to do this for pretty much all of the tape so that you don't use as much.


Then stick the tape like so, on all the corners of the lid...


Here you see the lid-- with a lot of tape on the edges.  You don't need to use this much, although if you don't want the paper to have a ton of air bubbles underneath, you may want to.


Do the same to the base, and tape is as shown above-- one piece on the top center, and one on each corner.


Then you have to measure out your paper.  I used some scrapes from some paper I got in Italy, and simply put the lid on the underside of the paper, and made little marks for the corners.  I then took the covering off of the tape, and placed the lid face-down on top of the paper.  Then I took the sides of the paper and stuck them to the sides of the box...


And it looked something like this.  


I then took some tape and taped those corners down.


The only part different for the base compared to the lid was these corners-- I had to put a little tape inside the corner so that it would not open up.


I then took some sides of an old empty matchbox I had, and taped them to the bottom ends of my box, and... Voila!  I was finished!






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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Adventures Abroad // Italy & Its Wonders

Well.  I went on a trip-- something I like to call an adventure.  I traveled with a group through Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice, and more!  It was such a great experience, and a wonderful, fun, and crazy time that I will never ever forget.  And... I think I left my heart in Florence.  Here are some -- lots -- of pictures from my trip.

Gelato is the best.

Cause why not take pictures of shoes on cobblestones in Rome?

Everyone-- yes, literally everyone -- drives mopeds, bikes, or tiny cars.


Pantheon Dome

Outside of the Pantheon

Pigeons (otherwise known by our group as dirty doves or Rome's flying rats) were everywhere.

So many amazing doors

And so many amazing cathedrals with candals calling to be photographed.

And random gates with cool designs


From the top of the Spanish Steps-- the view was fantastic

Michelangelo's Pieta

yumyumyum Italian Pizza.

We saw tons of these... or rather one in Rome, eight on our drive to Assisi (they must have been friends traveling together... I wish I could have joined them ;) and one in Florence!

In case you didn't know, S.P.Q.R. stands (in latin) for the Senate and the People of Rome-- it was all over the man hole covers and gates and trash cans of Rome 


Michelangelo's Moses


Inside the Colosseum

... when I try to be really artsy, tourists with their weird hats get in the picture.

Random daisy (ft. Arch of Titus)

Arch of Septimus Severus 

This has to be one of my all time favorite pictures from the trip-- and the colossuem without millions of people around it was pretty great too!

St. Peter's Basilica at night was breathtaking.

Italian Countryside speaks for itself.

Siena?

Small streets and medieval walkways <3



How would you like to live on a hill?

Okay, I don't think anyone would mind having these gorgeous flowers as wild flowers.

I'll miss the streets -- just not the crazy hills.

Wishing wells-- or just wells that people threw euros into ;)

Smallest window in the world (thank you midieval times people in Siena!)
Can you find it?

Just because I like taking pictures of random things like pegs on brick walls.

Don't ask.  Apparently they just don't want bikes in their restaurant?

World famous gelato from San Gimignano anyone?



Because why not put another angle on leaning tower?


One of Michelangelo's Slaves

Michelangelo's other Pieta

Hello Florence, my favorite place ever!

Alfa romeo 
Series 2 Spider 2000 Veloce
// seen in the Florence view  parking lot \\

// also seen in the Florence view parking lot \\
Hello to another Ferrari!

So proud of this one-- I was walking while I shot it ^.^

Piti Palace Vines

Part of the Costume Gallery at the Piti Palace

Yes.  Another random doorknob.  
(Also at the Piti Palace)

We also went to the Boboli gardens, however we weren't alowed to see much of them since Tom Hanks and co were filming scenes from the upcoming "Inferno".  Sadly, non of us were able to get close enough to take pictures... the gaurds were pretty strict about that.






Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Talk about coolest stairway in the world!



Rialto Market

A group of us had gotten so tired of not having fruits and veggies, we bough peaches and strawberries and ate them next to the Grand Canal.




I really can't believe I went to Italy and am back already.  My time there was such a blessing, and I am so glad I was able to have this little adventure.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures!  I know I had tons of fun taking them ^.^
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