Posted by: bellissimanh | September 10, 2009


I’m listening to the sound of dominoes collapsing. Noah is setting them up and knocking them over. I love what can happen when “screen time” has reached it’s end. 🙂

I’m anticipating a beautiful wedding this weekend. Brittany, I’m praying for you and Barrett — for your special day, but more importantly for your marriage. I love you!

I’m thankful that Jessica is settling into life at PSU. It’s odd not having her here. We miss her terribly… but we’re also incredibly proud of her for working so hard to make her dreams a reality. Love you, Jes!

I’m sipping Irish Breakfast tea. There’s something so soothing about the warm feel of the cup in my hands and the cool breeze drifting in the window. I love tea.

I’m struggling with patience. Waiting on the Lord has it’s own reward — and He IS my exceedingly great reward — but to know that He’s up to something big in my life, and to WAIT to see Him work… yeah.

I’m feeling tired, but it’s a good tired. It’s a tired that comes from a day spent in fellowship and serving, a day spent listening to the Lord whisper to my heart, a day spent reflecting, rather than working. It’s a good tired.

I’m procrastinating beginning rehearsals for our Christmas Cantata. I don’t know why, really. I love working with the choir and the unity that is built through ministering together. I love putting together a gospel presentation for our community. I love Christmas. So why am I putting it off?

I’m believing God for BIG THINGS. For my own personal spiritual transformation, as well as transformation in the lives of those I love. He who began the work will be faithful to complete it… and I’m resting on that faithfulness.

I’m planning a women’s retreat at church with a couple of other women. We’re are going to have a blast savoring the Bread of Life at the Sweet Life Cafe. Such special moments… I can’t wait to see how the Lord will work as we come away with Him for a blessed weekend. Can’t wait!

I’m wishing the American Idol team had chosen anyone but Ellen DeGeneres to replace Paula Abdul. Seriously.

I’m reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. AMAZING read. RADICAL read. I highly recommend it. Joel and I are loving it. 🙂

I’m meditating on this passage:

Isaiah 61

The Year of the LORD’s Favor

 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
       because the LORD has anointed me
       to preach good news to the poor.
       He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
       to proclaim freedom for the captives
       and release from darkness for the prisoners, [a]

 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
       and the day of vengeance of our God,
       to comfort all who mourn,

 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
       to bestow on them a crown of beauty
       instead of ashes,
       the oil of gladness
       instead of mourning,
       and a garment of praise
       instead of a spirit of despair.
       They will be called oaks of righteousness,
       a planting of the LORD
       for the display of his splendor.

 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
       and restore the places long devastated;
       they will renew the ruined cities
       that have been devastated for generations.

 5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks;
       foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.

 6 And you will be called priests of the LORD,
       you will be named ministers of our God.
       You will feed on the wealth of nations,
       and in their riches you will boast.

 7 Instead of their shame
       my people will receive a double portion,
       and instead of disgrace
       they will rejoice in their inheritance;
       and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
       and everlasting joy will be theirs.

 8 “For I, the LORD, love justice;
       I hate robbery and iniquity.
       In my faithfulness I will reward them
       and make an everlasting covenant with them.

 9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
       and their offspring among the peoples.
       All who see them will acknowledge
       that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

 10 I delight greatly in the LORD;
       my soul rejoices in my God.
       For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
       and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
       as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
       and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

 11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
       and a garden causes seeds to grow,
       so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise
       spring up before all nations.



  1. You have such a way with words and such a beautiful heart. I wish I lived closer so I could sip my coffee while you sip your tea and we could talk about how good God has been to us and what the future holds!!!

  2. What a beautiful passage this is! I enjoyed reading all about what’s happening in your life and I so agree about replacing Paula with Ellen!

  3. I really enjoyed your post tonight… it was so calming, peaceful, hopeful and FULL of Light! Thanks 🙂

  4. Great, comforting blog. We are reading Crazy Love too!

  5. I’m so glad that God is not the I was, but the I am of who you are today.
    Blessings ~ Lisa

  6. What a fun post, I might have to use this idea for a post!

  7. I love you Heather!!!!

  8. He has you busy.

  9. […] mentioned here that we’re working on a woman’s retreat for the ladies at church. It’s called […]

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