June 2009

“Jesus didn’t give you His grace to make your kingdom work. He gave you His grace to invite you to a better kingdom.” – Paul Tripp


I just looked at my roommate’s blog, and she has pictures of our new and beautiful place.

If you’d like to learn about our lovely statue, check this out. And yes, I said “lovely,” Steve, not creepy!

We are all unpacked and pretty much settled. One of my Roman Holiday posters goes perfectly in our yellow bathroom downstairs, so Polly and I hung our first picture on the wall last night (with much laughter and perfect centeredness). I still have to get things hung on the walls in my room … but I’m kind of hoping that if I wait long enough they’ll just hang themselves. But I don’t think that will happen. We are enjoying our house so much! Last night we had a little roommate dinner (risotto with sausage, zucchini frittata, and really good wheat French bread). Yum-o!

NOTE: Polly’s website is the same as mine, but with two different names … that’s just for you Polly! 😉

Ever since I moved to Southern CA … I have had what feels like continual car problems. I think I’ve been to the mechanic more in the last few months than in my whole life. I’ve decided it’s my thorn in the flesh, and I’m starting to get really tired of it. So, I’m learning a lot about cars, getting to talk to someone about the Lord, and continuing to be sanctified through this wonderful vehicle. Today, I am seeking to rise above my circumstances and rejoice in my faithful God … even though I don’t really feel like it. 🙂

I got to go home for Memorial Day Weekend, which was so fun! My friend, Jenn, went home with me. We went to San Francisco, which I just realized Jenn has all the pictures from there. I will have to get those from her and then post some. Sunday we went to church and then some of my family came over. Here’s a pic of me with me two “little” boy cousins, haha. Aren’t they adorable?! I love them, and we had so much fun playing in the pool together.

me & the boys

I know I have not been faithful at blogging lately. I would like to say it’s because my laptop needed some fixing and was down and out for about 2 weeks … but I’m not really sure that’s the real reason, haha. So I figured I would just go on a blogging spree today and post all kinds of things. 🙂 I realized I did not put up one of my favorite pictures, so I wanted to share it with you all.

Lucio graduated from The Master’s Seminary in May, and I was helping with the party afterward. Cristina put me in charge of the chocolate fountain. Bad idea. I melted the chocolate, as she told me, and at the beginning of the party, we put chocolate in the chocolate fountain. Davide was having too much fun dipping strawberries in the chocolate, and I went around to the front of the table to help him. All of a sudden, the chocolate fountain makes a weird noise and kinda wobbles. I think to myself, “Self, that seems weird … I don’t think that’s supposed to happen.” Next thing I know, the chocolate fountain goes out of control and there it chocolate flying everywhere (it seemed like a scene from a movie!). Well, maybe not everywhere … just all around the table and all over me and Davide! Thankfully our photographer, Deborah, was able to shoot a quick photo of the aftermath. How chocolate got everywhere except my white shirt … I don’t know. I just know it was an act of God’s grace! After three washes, and thinking I got all the chocolate out … my mom finally got it out for me when I went home for Memorial Day. What a fun memory to end on. Let’s just say though that I plan to never operate a chocolate fountain again! 🙂

Hannah and Davide

I have to draw your attention to my friend’s blog, where he highlights something Paul Tripp said about the hindrances to community in the American Church. I recommend reading the whole thing on Desiring God.

Paul Tripp talks about how he and his wife had accumulated a lot of “stuff” … nothing evil, just “stuff.” He says the following about this “stuff” … “All that stuff has to be maintained. It grabs your heart, it grabs your schedule, it grabs your time. It becomes a source of worry and concern and need to pay.”

This was a great reminder to me as I just moved into a big beautiful house last weekend. 🙂

This week, I have been reminded of my need to focus on the cross. When life is difficult and not going as I would choose … it is all the more reason to focus my gaze upon the Savior, reminding myself of the wonderful grace I have been shown in my salvation. Everything seems to fade into the distance when we stop and remind ourselves that we are better than we deserve … we are destined for an eternity with the God of this universe who loves us so much that He sent His Son to bear the full weight of His wrath in punishment for our sin.

Colossians 2:13-14 says, “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decress against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

Yesterday, I listened to one of my all-time favorite sermons by CJ Mahaney. He is one of my favorite preachers – I love his passion for Christ and the cross. The message is entitled The Cry from the Cross, and I highly recommend listening to it (and enjoy his really funny car story in the intro). The following are some quotes that I wrote down from the sermon …

“If you don’t understand the doctrine of sin, you don’t understand the necessity of the cross … you’ll never understand how amazing grace is.” – CJ

“When I remind you of sin, it is on order to convince you of grace.” – CJ

“If you are not aware of sin … if you do not understand His holiness … you will never appreciate grace, it will never be amazing to you.” – CJ

“Abide hard by the cross. Search the mystery of His wounds.” – Spurgeon