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I feel like I should say something

Posted by hrgarippa on 3 November, 2009

I haven’t said anything in a long time, almost five months.  Melissa says things so much better than I, she got the funny bone that I did not receive. But since I’ve been linked to two blogs (this one and this one), I figured I better at least say “Hi.”

Life is good in my hood. Amazingly enough this good looking man is still loving me…

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I’m still living in the 75212 with these little wonders knocking on my door almost everyday asking…”Miss Hannah, can we have sum chips?”

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In less than three weeks my dear sister Mary will marry wonderful Josh, and I get to be the Maid of Honor…Yeah!!!

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And just a little over a month ago, my big brother Johnny married Stephanie

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 (this photo is by Stephanie Reese, www.stephaniemariephotography.com)

Our family looks like this…minus a nephew and a boyfriend, i think….

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And I am still amazed each and every day by the grace of our Lord Jesus…He is faithful and I am not. He is good and I am not. I am so thankful that I can trust in Him, that He has given me this joy, this faith…these blessings.

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Dear Daddy,

Posted by hrgarippa on 10 June, 2009

Last July while I was vacationing in NYC with my family I had a seizure, these aren’t uncommon for me, as I have Epilepsy, however they aren’t common either as I take medicine to control them.

My parents, my sister Rachel and her husband Ryan along with their kiddos and my sister Mary along with her fiancé Josh were enjoying an average day in NYC when we all had to “use it” so we decided to go “use it” in style and went into Bloomingdale’s. As I exited the bathroom on the 7th floor that is where it happened, right there in the linens department. I don’t remember any of this, but here is what I do remember….

I was being strapped on the gurney, I was completely disoriented and I was crying…I kept saying over and over again, “What happened? What happened?” And there came the kindest, gentlest face I know…my daddy. (fyi…I’m crying just thinking about it.)

He said, with a smile on his face, “You had a seizure, Gienias*, but you’re okay and we’re taking you to the hospital.” He then loaded up into the back of the Ambulance with me and just sat there smiling at me. I just laid there crying, and he just smiled, that great Daddy, reassuring smile.

I’ve been thinking about that day a lot lately, thinking about my dad and all that he is to me…all he has been to me.

I have a GREAT dad.

He is strong and reassuring. He loves the Lord and has taught me to love the Lord. He is compassionate and compassionately cares for all his children and all those who are in his care. He taught me to love cooking, to love music, to love hymns, to pass in the left lane, the capitals of all 50 states, and pig Latin. He reminds me daily that “Jesus Never Fails.” And no matter what the situation of his life or my life, I know that he loves me. In fact he wrote me a poem once it says,

I’ll love you forever
No matter whatever
Our hearts will not severe
No never, no never.

I’m so thankful for my dad, so thankful that God designed before the foundations of this earth that Robert John Garippa would be my daddy.

 I love you, dad.

Gienias…His nickname for me.

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AITR

Posted by hrgarippa on 19 May, 2009

I’ve been texting a lot lately. With Bible Study over this is the best way to communicate with my girls. This is also linguistic school for me…my grandfather would be so proud.

Let me give you an example:

Me: Hey, How’s it going?

Girl: idk jus tied

Me: What’s tied mean?

Girl: lke when u wake up u tied

Me: Tired?

Girl: Oh yeah my bad that is how is spell it when I’m textin.

And yet another example:

Girl: can i go wit u guyz since i have nun n 2 do at da house.

 

So pretty soon I’ll be able to say things like…

AFZ – Acronym Free Zone

BBBG – Bye Bye Be Good

or my personal favorite….MTSBWY – May the Schwartz be with you.

I’ve just learned that in the world of text linguistics you don’t communicate with words you communicate with acronyms…if you’d like a good laugh check this page out. But beware there is some bad language on it.

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His (my) Girls

Posted by hrgarippa on 6 May, 2009

Last night we officially ended bible study. I’ll still be hanging out with the girls, but in a unofficial-come-over-whenever-you-want kind of way. My fearless, wonderful, dear, God-sent co-leader is due to have her baby any day now. I can say that for me the best part of this bible study this year has been co-leading it with Mindy. There were many times during bible study that the girls were just out in left field,  lost in outer space and I’d feel completely inadequate in reaching them and Mindy would finish my thoughts in ways the girls would understand…she’d reel them in from outer space. I am SO thankful for a friend like this and co-lifer (worker just doesn’t fit here).

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Last night at our End of the Year Celebration, Jasmine said to me… “So, Miss Hannah, when are you going to get Pregnant?”

I was mid-bite of my ginormous fajita burrito when she asked this question so I nearly choked….but once I got the food down, I said…”well baby, certainly not until after I get married….and then we’ll see about babies.”

And then Adrienne chimes in… “Oh no you’re not…you’re never having babies…I’m going to be all up in your bedroom after you get married.”

I then very *sweetly* looked at Adrienne and said, “You are going no where near my bedroom when I get married.”

After we got that settled…you know who would be in my bedroom after marriage, Jasmine says, “Why would you need to have kids when you have all of us. We’re your kids.”

Hmmm…how right she is….What a joy it is to love these girls, to pray for them, to encourage them, to be learning with them. They are very much like my kids.

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Please keep praying for them, and for me as I look for ways to keep them engaged over the summer. Summers can be rough around here or anywhere without much to do.

p1040902                                                                                                                                   More of my girls…Kaylene, Destiny, Octavia and Triana…

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Feelin Fresh

Posted by hrgarippa on 5 May, 2009

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51.10

Do you all remember Rachel, my niece? I’ve written about her before…when she was doing the fruit of the spirit and talking about God.

Rachel, who is eight, has her quiet time every morning. This isn’t just reading a story from a kids bible, quiet time….this is serious studying of the Word. She gets out her kids story bible and then her big girl bible and she’ll compare the two…then she’ll read her kids, Utmost for His Highest. Yep! At age eight. She even writes in her journal. We are journal people in our family.

We’ll the other day after her time in the Word she went to my sister and said,

“Mommy, how come I always feel so fresh after my quiet time?”

Out of the mouths of babes, y’all…May we all spend some time getting fresh with our Lord and Saviour.

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Praise, always praise…

Posted by hrgarippa on 23 April, 2009

(Okay Okay…so I know I haven’t been around for a while. I’ve been a little busy and a lot happy.)

There is one lesson that I have had to learn over and over again here at Mercy Street, or rather in life in general. Sometimes its one step forward and two steps back (or three or four). When you’re moving forward it is easy to give all the glory to LORD, you can see His hand moving you right along. But when you’re moving back those are times when it can be a little harder to see His hand and shout “Glory Glory Glory” from the mountian tops.

But those ARE the very times when we need to praise HIS Holy name. When we need to remember that He is Good all the time, and that He has purposed ALL things for our good and for His Glory.

This week I’ve been saddened by some situations in the lives of my Girls…and then, Praise Him…He sends this sweet reminder in my devotional,

“Thank you that You plan to use for good the struggles my loved ones face – including their disappointing choices, their unwise or even harmful ways of thinking and living, and their sidetracks from going your way (as I see it – and, Lord, I know I could be wrong!).
 
I praise You in advance for the part these difficult things are going to play in Your good plan for us – in eventual deliverance and growth and fruitfulness. I’m grateful that in all these things the battle is not mine but Yours…and that the final chapter has not yet been written. How good it is that I can call on You to give me wisdom to know what to say or not say, what to do and not do…and that You live in me so that I can love with Your love, even when it’s hard. Thank You that these trails force me to trust you more!
 
I worship before You, my King and my God. I’m grateful that You command victories for Your people…and that “all things are Your servants.” You’re a God who acts on behalf of the one who puts his hope in You. Thank you that You are at work to answer my prayers in Your good way and time.
 
Thank you for past victories You have won in my loved ones’ lives – for progress and growth and answered prayer – and for the victories we will yet see in the future, to the glory of Your Name. I praise You that as time goes by, in new ways You will show us Your goodness in the land of the living.”

31 Days of Praise, Ruth Myers

So Praise always Praise.

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O Happy Day

Posted by hrgarippa on 3 April, 2009

For the last couple of years I’ve known of this guy, Danny. He’s served at Mercy Street on occasion, he was present when the Watermark Chuckwagon almost blew Trey and Johnny to smithereens. Our lives have intersected for a while now, but on February 12 we had a head-on collision.

That morning I got my hair done (or did, as the kids over here say) and afterward decided to get some coffee and do a bit of work at Starbucks, as I found my place a guy says to me…”I know you, I know I know you…from where?” I’m totally surprised because this is not my neighborhood Starbucks and he was a little intense, but I quickly realize it is Danny and say, “Mercy Street” and we proceed to talk for the next 45 minutes.

I was speaking that Saturday at Mercy Street, and he asked to hear about it…was super encouraging and then as I was leaving said, “Can I get your number, I’d love to call you and see how it goes on Saturday?” I said sure. (note to any guys out there…this is how it is done, you are suppose to pursue the girl).

And I left. Little did I know that as soon as I walked out of Starbucks he put my number in his phone and marked the date and time we met…because as he says, “He just knew it was important.”

Ladies and any gentleman out there…its been important ever since.

I am SO thankful that God has brought this man into my life. This man that loves Jesus, and has the most amazing heart. This man that cares for me and prays for me. This man that wants what God wants for me…before he wants what he wants for me.  He is so kind and selfless. And in the words of a friend who endorsed him in the beginning, “he is one of the most heavenly-minded men I know.”

It is so much fun to be in a new relationship, to be learning about each other…to be learning to love each other. God is good, all the time…this we know…this we trust. I do my best to savor each moment of these days, they are so wonderful and filled with such happiness, giddiness and sheer joy.

Here is my sweet Danny….with his kind eyes and that amazing smile….oh, and there’s me…CHEESY!!!!!

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A Prayer of Praise

Posted by hrgarippa on 2 April, 2009

Thank you, Father, that You so loved the world that You gave Your one and only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ…that when the time had fully come, He wrapped Himself in human form, being born as a helpless baby in a poor family. Thank you that He walked here on earth radiating the brightness of Your glory and flawlessly expressing Your nature…and so, through Him, people saw You in action, involved with them, available to meet their needs. Thank you that He focused Your almighty power into the lives of common people with deep needs, just like me…that He preached the gospel to the poor, proclaimed freedom to prisoners of sin and recovery of sight to the blind, and set free the oppressed victims of sin and Satan – the downtrodden, the lost, the hurting, the broken. Thank you for the way He rebuked the arrogant and looked with favor on the humble-minded, opening wide the door of His kingdom to those who were destitute and helpless in spirit. I delight in Your tender mercies, O my God, by which the Sunrise from on high has come to us!

Thank you that through the Gospels I can watch this beloved One walk among ordinary people. I can hear the gracious words that came from His lips. I can see His compassion and tenderness toward needy people, His anger at hypocrisy, His faithfulness, His intense love for His followers.

Fairest Lord Jesus! You alone are my heart’s desire…my chief delight…my soul’s glory, joy and crown. Every advantage life can offer is like rubbish compared with the overwhelming gain of knowing You. You are worthy, Lord – worthy to be thanked and praised and worshipped and adored.

31 Days of Praise by Ruth Meyer

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Spring Break 2009

Posted by hrgarippa on 23 March, 2009

So do you remember these cuties from a while ago. I was blessed to hang out with them over Spring Break. We ate Chick-a-lika (as my niece calls it). We read books at Half Price, and we talked. We had a blast. I love these dear ones.

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Then later in the week I got to hang out with this sweetie pie…Miss Rissah. Big things are happening her life and I’ll tell you about them soon.

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I’ll also tell you about that sweet man who’s profile you can see in the picture up above…How he makes me smile and makes me laugh….and how he has a heart that is after my dear Savior.

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Memorial Stones

Posted by hrgarippa on 12 March, 2009

 

It’s been 11 years since I was introduced the world of Epilepsy and Colloidal Cysts, Nuerologists, MRI’s and EEG’s. Sunday, March 8 marked the anniversary of my first seizure and Friday, March 13 marks the anniversary of my brain surgery.

 

On Sunday, a dear friend asked me what I was going to do to commemorate the occasion. I hadn’t really thought about it, in fact most years pass without me even realizing, so I said, I’ll probably just thank the Lord.

 

But then I thought about it…First of all, how sweet that he remembered and wanted to commemorate the day. Secondly, how sad that I don’t commemorate the day…something so significant, so life changing. Third, I thought about memorial stones….Joshua 4.

 

When I worked at Park Cities Presbyterian Church I had the great privilege of working for Skip Ryan, the senior pastor. I also had the great privilege of typing his sermons and hearing them preached on Sunday morning. Skip would handwrite each sermon in hieroglyphics and then I would translate and type them into English, (I kid…he did have some serious chicken scratch though or genius handwriting). The three years I worked with Skip were so great because I learned so much about service, ministry and God’s word. I sincerely love that man and his heart for the Lord.

 

So now, whenever I’m in a life-situation my mind recalls much of God’s word thru these sermons. Like on Sunday with the memorial stones. As I thought of commemorating this occasion and the day that will follow, this Friday, I thought of the amazing miracle that God performed as he allowed the Israelites to walk across the Jordan on dry ground. I thought of the 12 men representing the 12 Tribes of Israel, of their walking out of the Jordan each carrying a stone. And of their placing it in front of the city of Jericho and building a pile of sorts as a reminder to all future generations of the Might of God.

 

“When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground…so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.’” Joshua 4.21-22, 24

 

Skip brought that story to life for me, helped to sear it in my mind and heart.                      

 

He also reminded me that I am a living stone. My life, my every days tell the coming generation who God is. (1 Peter 2)

 

I pray that all of my days would commemorate God’s great mercy to me. That I would live in such a way that does show the next generation His mercy and His grace and His love.  

 

If you have the time and the inclination download Skip’s sermon, here. By the way, Skip has an entire serious on the book of Joshua…all very good.

 

 

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