Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's that time again!

Whether we are ready or not its here...NO LIMITS the conference! An amazing time of renewal, growth, and an experience beyond words! Click the link below to learn more!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Where would we be without FRIENDS?.....


Just a few random pics from Angie's last visit to Cali!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Its Friday!

The "JOY" of the Lord is my strength.....

Got a smile of my face =0).......

Have you shined a little light today?


"Life's best possibilities are yours to fulfill. Get busy, take action, and make it happen. Make it a Great Day!"

Sincerely yours,
arose 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The lifter of my head....

"When life is the pits-reach for someone who can lift you up and walk you through!"

I have been thinking about the song, sung by many, but by far not as well as Josh Groban, " You raise me up"...A song sung for the most part to a beloved one, has not been my song of love but it has been my cry to God for the last few months. Especially yesterday....each time the song comes on the radio tears begin to stream down my face.

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.
When life has pulled me down, and drug me through the dirt His love lifts me up, places me above my issues, upon a mountain top-allowing me to see the purpose of this rough journey. He walks me through the rough waters, and places me on His loving shoulders away from the weariness and pain, giving me strength beyond compare.

Sincerely yours,


Friday, February 15, 2008

What a sweet day!

Who cares about a Valentine when you have such thoughtful brothers and a College and Career group with crazy ideas!
Yesterday was Valentine's Day, a day when "love" and cupid join forces and change the thought process of individuals for 24 hours! Everyone is on cloud nine! But for those that the arrow missed are at times left out of the heavenly aroma of flowers and chocolates, BUT WHO CARES! =) The day was beautiful and sun was shining with a slight breeze! A smile was on my face knowing I was thought of and loved by the most incredible individual of all, Jesus! The day was long, but eventful. Potlucks at work, a bag of candy, and 8 hours later I was on my way home. After a quick brownie at a friends, I headed off to C&C's Singles Awareness Day-Unvalentine's Party. I went on my FIRST Blind Date! What an experience! lol I was hooked up with my cousin so it wasn't half bad, except for the fact that he, along with the rest of the guys seemed to disappeared within 5 min....oh well! The poor guy was embarrassed!
The evening was fun, we dined on Mac-n-cheese, heart shaped Peanut Butter and jelly sandwiches, some Asian chicken salad with Ramon noodles, blue jello, oreos, coffee, and blue cool aide with crazy straws! Truly a single college student cuisine! My bestest friend gave me a card and a Tulip! It is so pretty! We played some games and then James spoke to us about the seasons of Singleness and the value of this season! It was good!
I left around 10:30 and went to my parents where I was presented with flowers and cards, a headband and the cutest Eiffel Tower soap dispenser for my new bathroom!
My daddy had us all gather around and we prayed and then I went home, took a shower and went to dream land! Whoo-What a day! =)
Today I have some State Testing for an Office Assistant position! I'm scared out of my shoes, but I know I've got God's favor!
Sincerely yours,

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A toast to Singlehood!

Regardless of what people say, being single has gotten bad press. Being in love isn't half bad, but being single is NOT terrible! It’s hardly unbearable. And in fact, it’s rather fun! To prove my point, I set out to pinpoint ten solid reasons to substantiate my claim. I got carried away! =)

1. You can bring home Sara Lee cake for two and eat both portions
2. You can rip out anything you want from the newspaper.
3. No one will criticize your painting, writing, cooking, or if your room is messy.
4. You can vacuum and dust whenever you want, or not at all.
5. You don’t have to make excuses if you dent your car.
6. You don’t have to worry about anyone drinking your contact lenses when you leave them in a glass overnight!
7. You can use all the hot water!
8. You don’t have to make your bed every morning if you don’t feel like it.
9. You never have to fight about the covers or turning down the electric blanket.
10. You can talk to yourself as much as you want.
11. You can make as much noise as you want when you eat.
12. You don’t have to worry about earning more money than anyone else
13. You can play the same song over and over and over again.
14. You can change the radio station without asking.
15. When you get a box of chocolate you can stick your fingers in all the pieces to see which one is the best!
16. You can rearrange the furniture in your apartment in the middle of the night.
17. You can decide on a Friday afternoon to head out for the weekend or stay out all night, and not have to tell anyone why you were late!
18. You don't have to worry about anyone leaving the toilet seat up, or turning the tissue in the wrong direction.
19. You can win a Truffel tree and not have to worry about sharing it with anyone!!! ;) Unless you really want to and just leave it for your best friend to eat- Love you Ang!

**My Favorite!!
20. You don’t need a sensible reason to buy a new pair of shoes, a dress to go with it, a handbag, and of course hair accessories!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Just me thinking again...

My dad has this attached as his signature and it really made me think today. A simple quote I see everyday, made me realize how privileged and thankful I am for God's love and His grace...Where would I be, if not for Grace?
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called!
Sincerely yours,
a.rose 2008

Thursday, February 07, 2008


By: Pastor C. Myles Young
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Monday, February 04, 2008

Difference between Love and infatuation...

February has arrived-The Month of LOVE!! I couldn't help but remember this essay that I have been carrying around in my wallet for years. It was given to me by a friend a few years back, and every now and then I pull it out and reconsider my thoughts and feelings. I hope this helps all those who read this to recognize the meaning of True Love.
A beautiful Valentine's Essay

Infatuation is instant desire-one set of glands calling to another.
Love is friendship that has caught fire. It takes root and grows, one day at a time.

Infatuation is marked by a feeling of insecurity. You are excited and eager, but not genuinely happy. There are nagging doubts, unanswered questions, little bits and pieces about your beloved that you would just as soon not examine too closely. It might spoil the dream.
Love is the quiet understanding and mature acceptance of imperfection. It is real. It gives you strength and grows beyond you-to bolster your beloved. You are warmed by their presence, even when they are away. Miles do not separate you. You have so many wonderful little films in you head that you keep replaying. But near or far, you know they are yours and you can wait.

Infatuation says, "We must get married right away. I can't risk losing them."
Love says, "Be patient. Don't panic. Plan your future with confidence."

Infatuation has an element of physical excitement. Whenever you are together you hope it will end in a closer touch, or embrace.
Love is not based on sexual desires. It is the maturation of friendship which makes that physical touch so much sweeter. You must be friends before you are lovers.

Infatuation lacks confidence. When they are away, you wonder if they are cheating. Sometimes you check.
Love means trust. You are calm, secure and unthreatened. They feel your trust, and it makes them even more trustworthy.

Infatuation might lead you to do things you will regret, but Love never steers you in the wrong direction.

Love is elevating. It lifts you up. It makes you look up. It makes you think up. It makes you a better person than you were before. Always reaching for a new level in HIM-together!

Sincerely yours,
a.rose 2008

*some portions of this essay have been changed

Friday, February 01, 2008

There is Sunshine in my storm!

I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The son's in my heart
And I'm ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin',
Singin' in the rain
Why am I smiling
And why do I sing?
Why does January
Seem sunny as spring?
Why do I get up
Each morning and start?
Happy and head up
With joy in my heart
Why is each new task
A trifle to do?
Because I am living
A life full of you.
Sincerely yours,
arose 2008