Tuesday, October 30, 2007

bored.

I've realized a few things about myself:

-I not only hate waking up in the mornings, I hate going to bed at night. Don't hear me wrong... I love to sleep... I just hate the process of getting ready for bed and actually crawling in bed to fall asleep.
-I have a strange obsession with my birthday. It's pretty much the best day ever.
-I LOVE listening to Christmas music way before it's appropriate to do so.
-I love movies, but there are some critically important ones that I have not seen. These movies include the following: the goonies (what's up with this whole truffle shuffle thing? I've just pretended to know and laughed), legends of the fall (at rob's recommendation), the breakfast club, sixteen candles, the godfather, hoosiers, and several others. let me know when you want to have a movie night.
-Anytime anyone whispers around me, I automatically think that they must be talking about me (do you ever feel like that?)
-I miss college. I miss living with my friends and going to taco bueno in the middle of the night.
-I love to read, but I rarely finish a book. I claim them as my "favorite books," but there's a really good chance I never actually finished it.
-I own a lot of shoes, but flip-flops are my favorite. comfort is key.
-I've never been to a zoo.
-Rollercoasters completely freak me out, but I love them.
-Winter is officially my favorite time of year... I love cold weather (probably because I grew up in florida, which only has one season... hot.)
- I'm currently obsessed with watching tv shows on dvd in all of my spare time (what?!) I just finished season 6 of friends, and I should be done with the rest pretty soon.
-I hate silence. I also like to end sentences or fill in pauses with random words like "so, but, and, well, anyway" when I don't know what to say next.  ** Sean read this and told me that I needed to change this to say that I say "like" more than anyone else.  thanks a lot.

-I'm a loud laugher.
-I can't handle close talkers, and I can't hear low talkers. When I don't understand what someone's saying, I just nod or laugh (this happens all the time).
-I love to travel… if I could just be a bum and travel the world, I would do it in a heartbeat. I want more stamps on my passport.
-I love the beach. enough said.

That’s it for now. I’ll let you know if I think of anything else earth-shattering. I’m going to bed.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

o ever live for Jesus

"My dear dear boys,

The dear Lord may call me at any time; how sweet it will be to be with Jesus. He has sweetened the tomb so death is robbed of its terror. My heart's desire and prayer for each of you is that you may ever live for Jesus. That your chief aim and desire in every action may be to glorify God. O ever live for Jesus, that He may always use you for His glory, in bringing lost men to the cross, in the extension of His Kingdom. at last may we all be gathered around His throne, an unbroken family, to praise His name forever."

-written by my great-great grandmother, Corra Alice Berry Leavell - to her nine sons on her deathbed.

I was looking through some pictures today and ran across a picture I took of this letter, now preserved in the Leavell Legacy room at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I've heard my mom and grandmother speak of this letter on so many occasions, but haven't ever sat down to think about the power and intent of these words. Of those nine boys, eight were in full-time ministry; one was a seminary president, one a medical missionary to China, one the pastor of First Baptist Houston, one founded the Baptist Student Union, one was a Christian educator (author of children's books), two were in Southen Baptist work, and my great-grandfather (Leonard O. Leavell) was a pastor. They left a true legacy and heritage to those who have followed after them.

my great-great grandmother must have been a very proud mother to see her nine sons accomplish such incredible work, but she knew where it all came from. she was known as a woman who dedicated her life and her family to the Lord, and she spent hours daily in her prayer closet. she was a woman who loved the Lord with all of her heart, and that is so evident to me as I read this letter. her aim and priority was to expand the kingdom of God and to give her boys back to him. she truly was an extraordinary person through whom God chose to do extraordinary things. it was her prayers that fueled her sons to seek God as they did, and live their lives in such a way that they impacted others for Jesus Christ.

oh, to be found faithful of the same. I want to ever live for Jesus so that He is reflected and glorified in everything that I say and do. I look forward to gathering around the throne, as a part of this unbroken family, to praise the name of Jesus one day. what a legacy.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

life in the valley

we aren't called to live life on the mountaintop.
we are called to live life in the valley.

how will I choose to respond to that?

I think that after we've spent some time on the mountaintop, it's hard to believe that anything else exists... until something happens that sends us hurtling down the side of the mountain and seems to leave us hanging off the edge of a cliff. in that pit of our lives, we desperately cling on to the memories of the mountaintop and long for it again. it is at that moment that we must realize that our lives take place in the valleys... in the midst of our ordinary, everyday, mundane circumstances. a valley isn't a bad place... it just is what it is. our challenge is to find joy and to truly live out an incredible life in the valley. we have to take advantage of the opportunities that we have everyday to glorify God in what we do... because when we find that joy, we find satisfaction in our relationship with Jesus Christ. there's a depth in that joy and satisfaction that is inexplicable, somewhat beyond our comprehension.

I'm not writing all of this to say that I have it all figured out, but it's what the Lord was trying to get across to me in my quiet times this week. I'm reading through "my utmost for his highest" by oswald chambers, and october 3 & 4 were on this exact subject.

I'm definitely living out my life in the valley right now... not my first choice or the easiest thing, but it's where I am. I'm grateful for what I've experienced over the last year of my life, and I can't wait to see how God uses it all for His glory.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

life in the valley

we aren't called to live life on the mountaintop.
we are called to live life in the valley.

how will I choose to respond to that?

I think that after we've spent some time on the mountaintop, it's hard to believe that anything else exists... until something happens that sends us hurtling down the side of the mountain and seems to leave us hanging off the edge of a cliff. in that pit of our lives, we desperately cling on to the memories of the mountaintop and long for it again. it is at that moment that we must realize that our lives take place in the valleys... in the midst of our ordinary, everyday, mundane circumstances. a valley isn't a bad place... it just is what it is. our challenge is to find joy and to truly live out an incredible life in the valley. we have to take advantage of the opportunities that we have everyday to glorify God in what we do... because when we find that joy, we find satisfaction in our relationship with Jesus Christ. there's a depth in that joy and satisfaction that is inexplicable, somewhat beyond our comprehension.

I'm not writing all of this to say that I have it all figured out, but it's what the Lord was trying to get across to me in my quiet times this week. I'm reading through "my utmost for his highest" by oswald chambers, and october 3 & 4 were on this exact subject.

I'm definitely living out my life in the valley right now... not my first choice or the easiest thing, but it's where I am. I'm grateful for what I've experienced over the last year of my life, and I can't wait to see how God uses it all for His glory.