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Archive for November, 2008

These are the days

Posted by hrgarippa on 26 November, 2008

When the comforts and the pleasures of my life seem hard to reconcile as I see all the pain and hardships of those in this community and in the world.

In the last week Mentors and staff at Mercy Street have passed out nearly 300 Thanksgiving baskets filled with food and grocery store gift certificates and still there are families out there without. Families that will not have enough food to fill their bellies on the most glutenous day of the year. There are people out there who will be all alone on this family holiday as my family gathers around the table and shares the things for which we are thankful for.

These are the days when I want a magic wand, I want to fix it all and turn 300 baskets into 300 million. These are the days when I realize how impossible this work is, not just my work but the work done all over the world by those who desire to share love with others. These are the days when I must push forward for I know that our work is not in vain. When I must be grateful for all that God has given me and be willing to share it with others and from the love that surrounds me love others. These are the days when I know that God’s love will prevail.

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A Lavish Banquet

Posted by hrgarippa on 18 November, 2008

Tonight 10 sweet, loud, rambunctious middle school girls are coming over and we will sit around the table and we will eat and we will give thanks. I am so thankful for each one of these girls; Amber, Adrienne, Destiny, Jasmine, Kaylene, Triana, Summer, Mikelia, Gabby, and Octavia. Every Tuesday they come into my house and fill it with laughter, wild stories, impossible questions, hard realities and love. They challenge me and help me to see beyond just me.

As I’ve prepared the meal that we will eat…a Thanksgiving feast, I’ve been reminded of Isaiah 25.6; 

The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
         A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
         And refined, aged wine.

How sweet it is to think about what is being prepared for us. And to think that all of this here, all this sweetness, all that we encounter…is just a small taste of what waits for us at the lavish banquet that He is preparing.

I can’t wait for that party.

I mean, wine is mentioned twice in that verse…The Lord knows what’s up!!!!!

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Living Adventurously

Posted by hrgarippa on 8 November, 2008

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I’ve been feeling the need for adventure lately.  I think it all started with a conversation I had several months ago, in which I was asked what I see myself doing in 5 or 10 years. My answer was, “whatever God leads me to do. I’m content where I am and I just hope that I’ll be able to hear Him as He guides.” That prompted this…okay that’s great…but what do YOU hope for yourself in 5 or 10 years. “Well that’s easy, I hope to be married with kids, but obviously that isn’t up to me.”

 

I’ve been thinking about this attitude I have of just going wherever the Spirit moves. Wondering if I should be more proactive, not more proactive in the pursuit of marriage, but more proactive in the pursuit of life. In many ways I’ve been so scared of living life. Scared of who I am, of how God created me. Scared of wanting to getting married, scared of what that could mean. Scared of my past, scared of my future…even scared of my present.

But through that one question (and a series of events that followed) the wheels started turning and I started to remember a me that wasn’t afraid, that lived adventurously, that laughed out loud, that loved without expecting anything in return. I remembered a me that had a lot of expectations for my life, many I have fulfilled…many I have not.

I still believe that the place I’ll be in 5 to 10 years will be the place that the Lord wants me to be, but now I’m more of an active participant in getting there.

Today I got up early and drove South on I-35. I’ve lived in Texas for almost 8 years and I’ve never been to Austin, I thought it was about time I saw the city that people call “weird.” As I was looking up things to do, I saw an area just East of Austin called The Lost Pines and a State Park called Bastrop so I decided to go there too.

The Lost Pines

The Lost Pines

What a great place! There is a scenic drive that is just beautiful, and doesn’t feel very Texas to me. The sky was that perfect shade of blue and the pine needles smelled like Northern Arizona. With the air on my face and my “road trip” mix playing it was all good for my soul.

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Thankfulness

Posted by hrgarippa on 5 November, 2008

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to the Lord.” Phillippians 4.6

One of the homework assignments I gave our bible study last week was to keep a Thankfulness journal. I asked the girls to write down all the things they were grateful for all during the week and then we would all report back to each other. It was so neat to hear the things the girls were grateful for.

Here is my list, in no particular order….

Flowers
Talking to my Father
Friends, dear friends
Hymns
In and Out Burger
Paying my Bills
Email
My Sunglasses
Mountains
Reading
Bookstores
Sharp Knives
Chopping Onions
Cooking
Water
Topomax
Imitrex
Going Home
Patience
Swings
Juice Plus
Freedom
Laughter
Trees
Music
Art
Fruit
Possibilities
New Life
Adoption
Transformation
Learning
Traveling
My Car
A Glass of Wine, or Two or Three
Bob and Del Garippa
Christy
Justen
Rachel
Caleb
Malia
Joshua
Rachel
Ryan
Jonah
Maddox
Baby Zoe
Daniel
Kendall
Baby Garippa
Mary
Joshua
Joseph
Coffee
The Color of the Sky
Hope
Grace
LOVE
Jasmine
Destiny
Adrienne
Octavia
Summer
Trianna
Kaylene
Gabby
Amber
Mikelia
Mindy
Garrett
Trey
Melissa
Jenn
Emily
Jana
Lesa
For the way God made me
The moment before the sunrises
Living with my brothers
For the truth of God’s word
A roof over my head.
My snuggly robe.
A new day.
My kitchen.
My dutch oven.
My books.
My cute shoes.
Mercy Street donors
Mercy Street Mentors
Seasons
Blogging
Cold Weather
Snuggling with Joshua
WInd
Rain
Sleep
Thunder
Memories
The Beach
Getting to know new people.
Waves
The Sun.
Forgiveness
Chocolate
Hot Showers
Oxygen
The smell of freshly cut grass
Mercy
Early morning walks
My dad’s homemade Pizza
French fries
My dads homemade raviolios
Salad
Bread
Kefir
Half and Half
Salsa
Family Traditions

Now why don’t you keep a THANKFULNESS journal….

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Home Sweet Home

Posted by hrgarippa on 4 November, 2008

 

I’m home and I’m happy to be home. I had a wonderful trip filled with things I like best…

Sunshine. In and Out Burger. Snuggling with my nieces and nephews. Long talks with my sister Christy. Candy. Coffee. Sunflower Seed bagels and Cinnamon rolls at AJ’s. Mountains. Reconnecting with old friends. Shopping with my sisters. And Reading. More to come on my time away…but for now here are some pictures.

Also please check out the great news that my dear friends Jana and Michael are heading to Ethiopia in two weeks to pick up their sweet Daughter Ruthie. Praise the Lord for His great Faithfulness.

Sweet Joshua

Sweet JoshuaMaddox, Rachel, Malia, Caleb, Jonah

Candy Candy Candy
Candy Candy Candy
 
Rachel and Me

Rachel and Me

Caleb and Jonah

Caleb and Jonah

In and Out Burger

In and Out Burger

Snuggling

Snuggling

Justen and Caleb hanging the movie screen

Justen and Caleb hanging the movie screen

My dear friend Jenn

My dear friend Jenn

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