Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Colorado: Days 1 & 2

I have had many people ask recently about our trip to Colorado (a.k.a. our honeymoon).  So I thought I'd share some of the things we did and pictures we took!

Day 1:  We drove out to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Thankfully, Ben was able to drive the whole way....while I slept!  I had never been so exhausted in my life as I was after the wedding!  So, my amazing, new husband let me sleep for most of the trip!


But I did finally decide to wake up when we approached the gorgeous mountains!  

After we made it to Colorado Springs we ate at Cracker Barrel!  It was the best and most affordable meal we had!  I highly recommend it!  Ben and I were able to split a meal and still feel full for less than $10.


Day 2:  Ben and I went out and hiked around Garden of the Gods.  A friend pointed out to me that a better name for it would be Garden of My God.  I would have to agree.  It is a very beautiful creation!  After hiking in the heat, we headed farther south.  We ended up in Old Colorado City!  It was this very fun downtown area with lots of shops.  We saw a creamery and decided to stop for ICE CREAM!!!  It seemed like just the treat after being in the heat!  As you can see from the picture below, the creamery is this adorable little shop...but its prices are not so adorable.  We ended up paying $12 for not so great of ice cream.  Beware of places that make you pay by weight...






This is a picture taken from a trail behind the Garden
of the Gods park area.  All of the trails right around these rocks are paved...we wanted a little more adventure.  So, we were able to find a more interesting path to follow!   







Eating $12 ice cream!










...so not worth the $12.  Ben is still in shock at the cost!









Beware of this little place.  It looks really cute, but its prices are a little crazy!





Well this is all I'm going to share for now.  More days and pictures to come!  Stay tuned for the aquarium and scaling a mountain!

Monday, June 23, 2014

More Than Witnesses... Martyrs

I have two great things to share with you today!  1) All the amazing things God has shown me while studying Acts and 2) a great breakfast recipe.  So stick with me even though this might get a little long.

After returning from our honeymoon to Colorado, God laid it on my heart to reread and study the book of Acts.  So I have been reading through the book and studying chapter one.  A great friend of mine lent me a Bible study book on Acts (by Kevin J. Conner) which includes early church history and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  It is such an in-depth and detailed study that I have only been able to make it through the introduction and chapter one!  I hope you will gain as much from it as I have.

We start with an introduction to Acts.  First of all, know that the title of this particular book of the Bible is not simply "Acts."  It is actually titled, "The Acts of the Apostles;" however, it could also be appropriately titled, "The Acs of the Holy Spirit in the Church."  The entire beginning of the book centers around the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit was and is a promise from the Father for those who accept Christ as Savior.  It seals us to the Father for eternity.  The book of Acts explains quite well how the apostles received the Holy Spirit as a gift from God.  Jesus said in Acts 1:4 "...Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."  You see, the Holy Spirit is a GIFT from GOD!  That alone is an amazing thing.  But what does this Holy Spirit do for us?  What makes it so special?  We see later on (verse 8) that we "will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on us; and we will be Christ's witnesses..."

When we receive the Holy Spirit, we are given power to be Christ's witnesses.  There are two Greek words meaning "power."  The Greek form of "power" being used in verse 8 is "Dunamis" which means "power, strength, or ability."  Let's insert these new words into verse 8:  "But you will receive strength and ability when the Holy Spirit comes on you..."  We see this same Greek word (Dunamis) being used in Luke 4:14.  Don't just take my word for it; go look it up.  Jesus receives ability from the Holy Spirit.

So the same Holy Spirit that empowers and strengthens Jesus in Luke 4:14 is strengthening us according to Acts 1:8.  That is awesome!  But what are receiving power for?  "...and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  We are being given the power, ability and strength to be witnesses for Christ wherever we go!  That seems so awesome, but it gets a little scary.  Here's why: The Greek word for "witnesses" is "martus" ...meaning "martyr."  So, it's by no mistake that God has given us the Holy Spirit for strength, ability and power.  He knew we would need it to be His witnesses and martyrs.  He knew we would need it when we face persecution, opposition and accusations for the sake of Christ.  He knew...

My final point about the book of Acts is that this book of the Bible has not yet been completed by its divine author.  Acts also tells of the accounts of Peter and Paul and their work to establish God's church.  When I say God's church I do not mean a silly building.  The Church of God is all of His people...all who have accepted Christ as their Savior.  But God is not done building His church.  We were put here as part of that very purpose...to share His truth and bring people into His church.  We are God's witnesses after all.  So, the book of Acts is still being written.  Yes, there will be an end to this book.  But will you help build God's church before that end comes?  Will you be a witness and martyr for the cause of Christ?  Our story, our legacy of sharing Christ with this world is still unwritten...

Finally, here is my pinned it, made it Monday.  It is Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread.  It is very easy and fun.  Making breakfast dishes like this really helps make early mornings run much more smoothly.  Check out this link for the exact recipe:  http://matkonation.com/en/sweets/cinnamon-pull-apart-bread/#.U6iYCPldVpo




One thing I would change:  I would add a caramel sauce drizzled over the top to enhance the taste just a bit.

Make sure to leave your comments!  Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Welcome!!!

Well hello there!  Thanks for stopping by to check out my new blog.  I decided to do some switching around with email addresses and such since my name is changing.  So that means I was able to create a new blog!  In case you didn't know, I got married!!!  I am loving my husband more each and every day, and I am amazed by the lessons God has already taught me in just over two weeks of marriage.  But I feel extremely blessed!

On the note of this blog, I have HIGH hopes for posting this summer!  I would love to do numerous different types of posts, so please don't get too lost in the randomness of topics on my blog!  It will literally be a blog about everyday life.  More than anything, I will probably share the things God is teaching me through my marriage and my husband.  But I would also like to share meals I make (hopefully I don't ruin too many of them), projects I create, and fun ideas for classroom teachers.  I might also throw in fun trips or just simple updates.

I hope you'll join me as I begin my new life as a Fisher!