Author: Samantha

Wife to Caleb. Mama to Olive. Full of love. Jesus. Sewing. DIY.

Life in Death

I know a family who are experiencing the worst kind of loss right now – their (almost) week old baby passed away last night. The even worse part – they knew it was going to happen before she was even born. My heart breaks for my fellow mom, and her family. I cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through, or process their feelings. I know they’ve been amazingly strong and brave. I know they loved that little girl more than a lot of people feel who live long lives. She was beautiful. She was a tiny. She fought to the end.

Thinking about this sweet baby and her mama, and how she knew that her girl was coming into the world for just a moment, only makes me think about how that must have been how God felt about Jesus. He knew before he was born into this world that he was going to die – that he would only be here for a short time. How heartbroken God must have been, to know the plan for His son. But God is selfless, and He loves us so much that He gave up His sweet son. He knew we needed that much love – how we need it every day.

I will never understand why babies die or how that factors in to God’s plan, and I don’t think He expects me to. I don’t think any of us can ever really wrap our minds around that. I do know that this baby brought a family together to rally around her and love her for every second they could.

As we all go into this Easter weekend, I hope we can all reflect on this great love that we get to be a part of. That because of God’s greatest sacrifice of letting his baby die, we get to experience life. I know that without a love that big, things like death would be impossible to handle. Thank  you, God, for your amazing love.

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Mixtape

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I love mixtapes. They are one of my favorite ways to listen to music. When Caleb and I were dating, one of the ways we stayed connected was we would send mixtapes to one another. Over those six months we acquired A LOT of mixtapes. Of course mixtapes today are really “mix cds” but I’ll still call them tapes. Six years later in marriage, he still makes me mixtapes. He knows it’s one of my favorite gifts, and that boy knows how to make an amazing mixtape. He’s a genius. I thought today I would share one of my favorites with you. Enjoy!

1. No Way Down – The Shins

2. Down Home Girl – Old Crow Medicine Show

3. Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men

4. The Hurry and The Harm – City and Colour

5. Learn to Love – NeedToBreathe

6. Sad – Maroon 5

7. Cowboy Boots – Macklemore

8. Up Against the Wall – Fiction Family

9. Dry Bones – Gungor

10. Back To Bed – Lydia

11. Baby Center Stage – Iron & Wine

12. We Don’t Eat – James Vincent McMorrow

13. Pioneers – The Lighthouse and the Whaler

14. Something Like Olivia – John Mayer

15. Heart Is Hard To Find – Jimmy Eat World

 

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I love this lyric so much. It embodies so many feelings and actions at once. However, my take on this lyric is probably different from what it’s sweet writer intended.

When I hear that lyric, I think about my boldness in Christ. I think about how in the Bible, God calls us to be brave for him. In Psalm 31:24 it says, “Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up.”  Later on we read in 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” Again in 2 Timothy 1:7, “God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.” And my favorite comes from 1 John 4:18, “There is no room in love for fear. ” God is love, so cast all fear aside.

Yes, in life sometimes it is hard to be brave, especially when it comes to God. Someone might laugh at me. Someone might think I’m crazy. Someone might find me less cool. I don’t know about you, but I’m not worried about what the “someones” are thinking. I’m focused on how my Father sees me. If he sees me as a timid flicker or a lighthouse. If he sees me being bold in my love for Him and the world.

Let’s be brave in our walks. Let’s be brave for Him.

Easy Oven Fajitas

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OVEN FAJITAS

1 bag frozen pepper strips (I used trader joes – you know, the bag with the weird name)

5 chicken tenderloins cut into chunks

1 red onion (sliced)

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp olive oil

FOR THIS SUPER EASY DINNER, I TOOK THE BAG OF PEPPERS AND DUMPED THEM IN A BAKING DISH. I SLICED UP THE ONION AND ADDED IT TO THE DISH. CHOP UP YOUR CHICKEN, ADD TO DISH. SEASON EVERYTHING, POUR ON OIL AND TOSS TO COMBINE EVERYTHING. BAKE AT 400 FOR 40 MINUTES. DONE AND DONE. I ATE MINE STRAIGHT OFF THE PLATE. CALEB ATE HIS IN A TORTILLA. YOU CAN THROW ON SOME SOUR CREAM, OR ANYTHING YOU LIKE. ENJOY!

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If you’re looking for an album that will move your heart and open your mind, please go buy John Mark McMillan’s new album Borderland. It’s beautiful. It’s moving. It’s full of love. It’s full of Jesus.

(click the photo to take you directly to the album on iTunes)