Saturday, September 27, 2008

Just a Little Suggestion...

" Just a lil suggestion for
you later on in life~Don't
place 100% of yourself into any one
earthly thing.... cause if it leaves
or crumbles your left with nothin!
He's the only one who will never
leave you, no matter what. Keep your
eyes on the prize!! I love you."

one of the people i love most wrote this note in my church notebook a little over two years ago.
When I filled up that notebook I tore out that sheet of paper and taped it to the inside of my Bible.
What is written in that note is one of the best suggestions anyone could ever give me.
It's one of those things that I've grown up being taught, but I still need to be reminded of often.

So many times we get caught up in our everyday life that we tend to put God on the back burner. Sure, He's still a part of our life.... but honestly, God's not supposed to be "a part" of our life--
He should BE our life.
........but how can He be our life if we don't spend time
talking to Him,
reading His word,
listening to His word be taught,
and fellowshipping with other believers??

What's said in this note is so important--
so many times we pour our lives into earthly things
things that honestly, could crumble at any minute...
In all the crazy stuff that goes on in this world
we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus
we need to see everything in the light of eternity
all the things that we pour our time, money, emotions etc into--
will they matter in eternity??
Are they growing us as Christians and advancing His kingdom?
Or are we more focused on other things...
things that may not necissarily be "bad"
but are slowing taking Christ's place in our lives.

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of this earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace"

Friday, September 5, 2008


Well as some of you might know Louisiana was hit by hurricane Gustav Monday, September 1st. To be honest I didn't put much thought into the hurricane. And to be honest if I thought about it at all I was a little excited. I mean seeing all the wind and rain is really cool and hey maybe we'll get a few extra days off from school.... I don't know why I didn't put much thought into it. After all I'd been through Katrina only 3 years ago. I knew what a hurricane could do. But I guess I was just so caught up in my own life and routine that I didn't put much thought into it.

Well Monday morning Gustav hit. The winds were crazy, 80 to 90mph gusts. Siting in my room upstairs I could feel the house shaking. Coming downstairs I saw that a tree in our front yard had already fallen over. Around 9am we lost power. A few pieces of siding flew off our house and our outdoor ceiling fan lost a blade that almost flew right at our window. But by Monday night the worst of Gustav had passed us, but the real storm was only beginning.

By Tuesday morning the temperature in our house was quickly rising. By lunch it was 85 degrees, plus the typical Louisiana humidity. What was worse was that because we have our own well when we lose power we also lose water. No showers, we couldn't wash our hands, and worse, we couldn't even flush our toilets. It stunk... literally. Lying in my bed Tuesday night I was so hot I couldn't sleep and since my room is right next to the bathroom a rather unpleasant odor kept floating into my room... I woke up Wednesday morning in a pretty bad mood and unfortunately the rest of my family wasn't doing much better. Since Tuesday my daddy has been working from 5am till after 9pm so he wasn't home much and we were all missing him. So Wednesday night I was lying in my bed hot and nasty and feeling pretty sorry for myself. I was miserable.

But then I heard my brother mention his friend Emily-her whole family had sat in a hallway during the storm monday waiting for a huge tree that was partway uprooted to fall right on their house. One had already fallen on the back portion of their house. And then I heard about a friend of mine who described his house as a hotdog since it had a tree right down the middle of it. I went riding around our city that day only to see many many huge trees uprooted and several that had fallen on houses. My friends van got a huge dent in it because a tree limb hit it. While lying in bed I began to realize how blessed I was. Even though I wasn't exactly comfortable, compared to allot of people I was only experiencing slight discomfort. I realized that I had been incredibly selfish and slef-centered throughout the whole thing. Only thinking of myself and my problems and how terrible my life was. I really needed a reality check. I knew I needed to praise God even in the midst of my storm... even when I wasn't exactly happy with my circumstances. I had allot to be thankful for. My family was safe and I was safe. We had food and water and a roof over our head. That was more than allot of people had. I got my Bible out and started reading Psalms (by flashlight) and started praying. I had the best quiet time I'd had in a while. Thursday actually turned out to be a much better day. Three people called that morning to offer us warm showers at their house and a neighbor invited my sisters and I to go swimming at his house that afternoon. One of my good friends came swimming too and she talked about how she was actually enjoying not having power-getting to do everything the old fashioned way and spending allot of time with her family and stuff. I was like wow. Here she is going through the same thing I'm going through but she's actually making the best of it and praising God throughout the whole thing. I was amazed (you can read her blog about Gustav at Well Thursday evening our power came back on-Praise God! And I have to say I appreciated it way more than I ever have.

Looking back on it I can't say I would do it over again but there are definitely some positive things that happened because of Gustav. I had the opportunity to read some really great books. I spent allot more time with my family than I usually do. One night we were all so hot none of us could sleep so somehow we all ended up in my parents room and just hung out and talked for a while. And we often sat out on our porch (the coolest place to be) and just talked about whatever. My grandmother came and stayed with us too. That was a unique experience. Because we hardly ever see her it was a little awkward at first but as the days went by we became comfortable in each others presence and actually enjoyed each others company. I also had allot of time to spend reading the Bible, praying, and just spending time in God's presence. Something I can be too busy for at times. So even though it wasn't a totally pleasant experience I learned to praise God, even in the storm.

Blessed Be Your Name, In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow, Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name, When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness, Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out , I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord, Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name, When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be', Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name, On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering , Blessed be Your name

You give and take away, You give and take away
My heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name

oh and how could I forget. I also had the wonderful opportunity of talking with Ryan this afternoon. It made my day a whole lot brighter ;)

This is Real, This is Me

Well I've sat here for over 30 minutes trying to come up with something intellectual and thought provoking... something that has deep spiritual meaning that will cause you to ponder my words for weeks to come and perhaps eventually bring you to some life changing moment.

Unfortunately I am unable to come up with anything even close to that. To be honest I can't come up with anything to write... So I'm just going to start by telling you a little bit about myself because I think words are allot more meaningful when you know the person they're coming from.

So my name's Hannah. I'm homeschooled. If you want to know more about that look it up in Wikipedia. I can be very sarcastic and my mom says I have "a different kind of humor"... whatever that means. My favorite color is lime green. I'm committed to save my self for my husband-physically and emotionally. I hate the smell of flamingos. I'm not the girl with a million purses and pairs of shoes. I love orange juice and colored gold fish (but not together). I absolutely love children and consequently I babysit.... ALLOT. Facebook is my love... and it's wayyy better than Myspace. I love reading... but I'm not into historical novels and theological books and all that stuff. I am a germaphobic and ocd about everything. I hate making decisions and I wish I were more knowledgeable about politics. Randomness rocks. I'm not miss popularity and I don't have a million friends, but the friends I do have are truly amazing and I am so blessed to share their friendship.

But the most important person in my life is my best friend, Jesus Christ. He's always with me and I know He loves me. I truly could not live without Him. I strive everyday to grow our relationship and follow Him. He's the reason I'm here and He's the reason I am who I am today and where I am today.

"In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand"

Oh and I promised my friend that I would mention him in my first blog. His name's Ryan and he's a really cool guy that I've been given the privilege of getting to know over the past few months. So Ryan, here you go-your shining moment!! =)