Monday, March 21, 2011

to be or not to be

Update: Winner has been selected!! Ironic that the winning comment was

"Now to practice my face if I don't win... >:'[ "

Thanks for playing along! Loved all the entertaining comments!

Cathy @ Dancing in the Rain,
YOU WIN!!!!!!! I especially loved your "TWEE DIDDLEE DEE...A WINNER'S LIFE FOR MEEEEEEEE!!!!" comment!

I will e-mail you your code!!

That is the question.

The answer is NOT to be this time around.

That means one of YOU should be excited because I am hosting another GIVEAWAY with CSN!

They have oodles and noodles of things to choose from. I'd love a LCD tv stand for my new tv, but I did choose NOT to be selfish this time.

Or I could add to my growing Rachel Ray Cookware collection.

3 pieces of bake ware for just under $30? That would leave you with $15 more to spend because I am giving away $45 to their stores! HUGE score for one of you!

Or put the money towards a whole set.

Go BIG or go home, people!

I'll keep the giveaway open for a couple days. Enter as many times as you'd like. I enjoy all the entertaining comments when I allow you to comment like this.

Enter away!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The God who created...

this beautiful mountain....

(Click on the picture for an even more beautiful display of His creation)

He promises to hold us.

He promises to be near us.

He promises to not give us more than we can handle.

No feat is too great for Him.

He can move mountains. We can move mountains.

Mountains seem so incredibly large, heavy, and impossible to move lately.

My mind can barely wrap around all that is happening.

If you have been reading here for any length of time, you likely know my brother-in-law has been very sick now for about 18 months. He has seen top specialists in the country and no one seems to be able to diagnose him.

He is back in the hospital after a week of increasing seizure activity that has caused new neurological symptoms (if interested, you can read more here on my sister's blog). His body is exhausted from day in and day out seizure activity that has been going on for 18 months. My poor sister is trying to work at her very stressful job just to keep them afloat so they can pay medical bills and not lose their house.

I won't lie. This mountain has been painful. It has been exhausting. It has left me questioning God. It has, at times, taken me to a place of doubt. I have countless times asked "HOW LONG, O LORD?!" When will it be enough? When will it be over? Will it ever be over this side of heaven?

Look at the beauty in these mountains? The creator of these mountains has carried us thus far. He will continue to carry us through to the end, whenever that may be.

I want to hope.

I continue to plead for it to be over-for health to be restored.

I know He is in control.

What mountains do you face? Where is He allowing your faith to be tested?

I pray you (we) are faithful as He is faithful to us.