Pressure to Get Married

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Be ready for this week’s video, our last in this series! Every Monday by 6pm for the next 2 weeks. There are three videos in this series! Can’t wait for you to see.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANNON! (Sari Sunday: November 15, 2015)

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This week’s Sari Sunday features the phenomenal Shannon Mathew. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANNON! I’ve known this beauty for her entire life and I’m so happy to feature her in this week’s Sari Sunday. Thank you to Susan Mathew for taking these pictures! I hope our poses aren’t too offensive….

Sari Sunday- September 13, 2015

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I don’t know if anyone else’s parents do this but my mom has a suitcase where she saves all my extra special salwars. It was inside my mom’s secret suitcase that I found this stunning salwar. It was a gift from a close family friend who goes to my church. My favorite aspect of this salwar is the neckline. To be honest, I dressed up because it felt wrong not to do so in such a beautiful salwar.

The bracelet I’m wearing here is from Baublebar, my friend Anitha and I have the same one. It’s our friendship bracelet! Because we’re forever on vacation. 😉

Save Me From Myself

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Save me from myself

Written by Nina Thomas

There’s a hole in my heart

A hole from which anger and pain spill out

A hole I’ve so desperately tried to fill

I’ve stuffed it to the brim with conversations

“hello” and “how are you”

….good

I’ve filled it by fixing my outward appearance

Flat irons and curlers

Mascara and eyeliner

Nail polish

Lipstick

By trying really hard in classes, sometimes

Scheduling every single moment of my life

But the paper stuffing just sags and the pain just pours out

Because the liquid hate rushes out

And I can’t find enough paper fast enough

The paper that is in limited supply

I’m in danger

Danger of drowning in a pool of my own pain

Danger of this spilling over and kneeling over

But no one seems to notice, no one seems to care

And I wonder, how long will my life stay like that

A constant teetering between complacency and deep drowning sadness

It’s time for me to fix this hole.

—–

But “I” cannot

And the harder “I” try, the deeper “I” delve

Until-

I close my eyes and cry out

Abba Father, hear my tears, listen to my pain!

I scream out and someone hears my gurgled call

Then His love sweeps over my pain

The antidote from a broken soul

His love reaches in and pulls out all the paper

His love reaches across and satisfies the unquenchable hole

His love saves me from myself

What is the Meaning of Christmas?

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The end of my “25 days of Christmas” photo challenge (check posts below) leads me to asking, what is the meaning of Christmas?  I’m tempted to say, “family”.  Heck, I know lots of people who aren’t Christian who have a Christmas tree and exchange gifts.  I’ve even heard that Christmas has pagan roots.  Looking past all of this, what should Christmas mean, or what does it mean to me?

Mathew 1:23 reads, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  It’s funny because it was Christmas Day I remembered that I somehow forgot about the true meaning of it all along.  The meaning of Christmas is honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.

I’ve always had mixed feelings about the holiday.  We can all get so wrapped up in the material things and forget what’s important.  But there’s something very beautiful about Christmas time: it requires you to think of others.  It brings people together.  If done right, it reminds us of what we should truly be grateful for.

My Christmas memory was from when I was a little kid.  I received a Christmas sweater I didn’t like, and I actually told the person who gave it to me what to get me instead the next year.  Yes, I was that kid.

Sometimes when I reflect on the person I used to be, and in some ways the person I am becoming, I feel so grateful.  My memories, good and bad, are not me.

Regardless of what you may have received this Christmas season, there’s is one gift available to all: salvation.  This means that everything that separates and divides you from the love of God is taken away because Jesus Christ died on a cross for your sins. This gift reminds me everyday that my worth is beyond any number.

You are loved and eternally valuable!  Merry “day-after” Christmas!  🙂

P.S- I’ll be renaming this blog and buying a domain name, does anyone have suggestions?  Let me know!

25 Days of Christmas (Day 25)!

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(Day 25) Shannon Mathew

“Secret Santas have always been a generally horrible experience. One time in the second grade, I had a boy for secret Santa and had absolutely no idea what to get him, so I thought a box of chocolates would be nice. Except that the poor kid turned out to be allergic to peanuts, so he was the only one without a present. I guess ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ doesn’t apply to that guy.

Funny story-I saw that kid the other day for the first time since elementary school…he remembers the whole thing”