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i’ve decided that with this new season in life i’d start this blog thing all over again. so i’ve moved and found a new home. if anyone checks this blog anymore, you can now find me here: http://lindseyzarob.wordpress.com/

happy birthday to one of the coolest people i will ever know and love, my sister brittney! she’s the kind of person that everyone loves. you meet her and you can’t help but just love her. she is absolutely hysterical, such a dry witty humor and she’s also probably one of the smartest people i know. she can talk to you about renaissance art one minute, the decline of the ottoman empire the next and then seamlessly jump into the current conflict in afghanistan. she has this incredible ability to see all sides of an argument and always eager to learn. her capacity to love far exceeds most people’s’ ability to love, although sometimes this gets her burned. yet even after she’s burned she’ll still see the good in that person and love them. i wish everyone could have a sister like her. or at least a friend like her. her very nature and love challenge me to be  a better human being.

happy birthday b, love you very much sis! save some kids today – ha!

it seems so simple. give. just give. give what? time? love? money? home? hugs? friendship? compassion?

Jesus gave. His life was about nothing less than sacrificial giving. He gave His life. for ALL of us.

what will i give? will i give freely? or will i give with expectation of something in return?

matthew 22:37-39

Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Lord, help me to give love just as you commanded.

every friday we have devotions at work and each week someone brings in a snack. it was my turn this week and i wanted to do something easy but yummy. i found this recipe for peanut butter pie on allrecipes.com. super easy and super yummy :-) just thought i’d share, happy friday!

i have a unique working situation compared to the typical PR professional, after all, i work at a Bible institute that is home to a college, a radio network and a publishing company. and because of this unique set-up, there are a lot of pretty incredible opportunities, at least in my eyes, that come my way.

the first year i worked here, i was made aware of a mentoring program here at moody that aims to pair students with employees. at that time i was way to self-absorbed and rather self-righteous to consider being a mentor, not to mention completely intimidated by these bible studying students who i assumed knew so much more than me because they are bible studying students.

the next year, i was way too consumed with my own journey that there was no way i was going to sign-up to be a mentor. which, looking back was a very good thing. God was doing so much in me, a complete gut-rehab, that there is no way i could have been a mentor to anyone. i needed that time alone with the Lord, just He and i. He was ripping out all the junk that i had accumulated for my 27 years of existence, that if i had tried to be anyone’s mentor i’m pretty sure they would have been seriously injured (like a nail in the forehead kind of injured).

but this year is different, praise the Lord! i am still a work in progress and will be for the rest of my life, but let’s just say the new foundation is poured, all the frames are up, the roof is on and now we get to decorate (although the looks of all these rooms are going change – frequently, furniture moved around, walls painted, cleaned out, etc. for the rest of my life – thank God we don’t have to live with same look our entire lives!)

so, today was my first day with meeting my mentee, whom i will call mentee as to not “expose” her to my blog too much. we met for an hour today and discussed what she is really hoping to gain from this relationship. and wouldn’t you know, the EXACT stuff that i have learned in the past few years, the EXACT things that the Lord had to rip out and throw away and “re-teach” me are the things she would like wisdom with. i just couldn’t help but smile when she mentioned to me where she’s come from and where she desires to go but that she just isn’t sure what that looks like. i just smiled at her and told her God knew what He was doing when He paired us together.

i praise God for the trials, for the ups and downs, the times when i didn’t see Him but had to trust He was there, and the times when He turned up the heat and i wanted to run but He wouldn’t let me. i praise Him for the easy lessons, oh how i praise Him for the easy ones, and i revere Him more for the hard lessons, for they are the ones that make me more like Him.

titus 2: 3-  says:

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

there is such a need for the mentor/mentee relationship in our churches, and it is a biblical mandate that as women we pursue those relationships. i am so grateful for this opportunity to serve this younger woman in such a way. and just as grateful for all the women in my life who serve as mentors to me. i can’t imagine making it through this life with grace and dignity without them!

we were able to get the second coat of paint on that walls, woohoo! the purple is completely gone and i love the new color :) check it out:

next step? finish the hallway…

the Lord met me in such a sweet way on sunday, and it was perfect timing as tonight was the first night of our new bible study at church.

it is always so incredible to me how the Lord will direct me to read a certain book in the bible and i might read it for weeks and its good, as the word always is, but i’m not necessarily seeing the personal application. then one day, suddenly it makes sense and i see why He has directed me there. this happened on sunday while reading jeremiah.

jeremiah 17:5-8 says:

This is what the LORD says:
       “Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
       who depends on flesh for his strength
       and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

 He will be like a bush in the wastelands;
       he will not see prosperity when it comes.
       He will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
       in a salt land where no one lives.

 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
       whose confidence is in him.

 He will be like a tree planted by the water
       that sends out its roots by the stream.
       It does not fear when heat comes;
       its leaves are always green.
       It has no worries in a year of drought
       and never fails to bear fruit.”

let’s back up a second… that was the 11th morning in a row, waking up on my living room couch, or should i say trying to sleep on my living room couch. i was pretty crabby and annoyed right when i got up. but instead of laying there and trying to think of all the things that needed to get done that day i decided to get up and be productive. so, at 6:15 in the morning i balanced my budget, started laundry, made my grocery list and was out the door by 7 am to the grocery store (which was perfect timing as then shelly could spend time with the Lord without me there and by the time i got back she would be out the door since she is in the worship band at church). anyway, i am sure no one at the grocery store could tell i would be heading to church that day. let’s just say i didn’t exactly have the look of joy on my face.

so, jumping back to the bible verses. i sat down to do my quiet time and there it was. exactly what God has been trying to show me and help me to “get” through this whole trial with the basement and insurance, etc.

do you want to be blessed lindsey? or do you want to be cursed? will you put ALL your trust in me? or are you going to put it in the insurance company? are you going to put it in the carpet guy? i want to make you like the tree planted by the water. will you let me?

all i thought was, wow, how i’ve missed the mark on this one. and YES LORD! i want to trust You and You alone, nothing else will be sufficient!

it was the perfect message for me at the perfect time and i am so thankful that the Lord knows what i need before i ever do! i had no idea when i started to read jeremiah that this is where i would end up. i had no idea i would read just that passage at just the perfect time on the perfect day.

He is so good!

it also turned out to be the biggest blessing, as the title of the women’s bible study this time is walking by faith: lessons i learned in the dark. 

and i as i thought more about this study and what it means to walk by faith, i came to the obvious conclusion, we can’t walk by faith if we don’t first trust God. with EVERYTHING. so not only did He reveal what He wants me to do, trust Him in all of this, but He also gave me an encouraging word for the women.

again, He is so good!

clearly i don’t know all that the Lord is doing right now. i know i’m feeling turned upside down with our current living arrangements and the state of the condo (sleeping, eating and hanging out in the same room is not all that great) but i also know the Lord wants me to trust Him, to rely on Him, to consider it pure joy as i face this trial and to trust Him with all my heart, not leaning on my own understanding, but in all my ways acknowledging Him so that He can make my path straight. praises to the King of Kings who NEVER abandons me :)

we finished the ceiling in the hallway and the first coat of paint in the bedroom today… getting closer. but ugh, this takes so long!

no more purple!

shelly being a doll and washing all the brushes, man it was a long weekend!

we cleaned and sanded the walls, then started priming! here we go :)shelly sanding the walls in the hallway

shelly stirring the primer, she’s so excited!

that’s me priming the purple, see ya!

the primed purple walls :)

tonight the cleaning and painting of the walls in the basement began. here are the before pics… i can’t wait ’till this purple is GONE! yippee!

so i thought i would share how shelly and i are living right now while the basement, where the bedrooms are, is being fixed from the minor flood. we’re pretty much having a week long slumber party in the living room. however, something like this really is a lot more fun as a kid. when you’re a child, sleeping in close proximity of your friends for a week sounds exciting. you don’t care about sharing a bathroom ’cause you have no idea what it’s like not to share a bathroom, and sleeping, eating and hanging out all in one room just sounds sooo cool at 10 years old. not quite the same in your late twenties.

the upside to all this, we’re knocking things off the to-do list left and right! we finally emptied the storage closet and found a home for shelly’s futon and moved all three bikes into said emptied storage closet. hallelujah! it was driving me INSANE having them in the house. i finally changed the dead light bulbs out of the kitchen light and the flood lights in the living room. bought a rod to secure the dome for the light fixture over the dining table and we are finally going to paint shelly’s room and the downstairs hallway. this seems like a great idea right now since we’ve had to move all her furniture out of her bedroom anayway. not to mention, this has been on the to-do list for a LONG TIME. bless my old roommate’s heart, but i’m really tired of the violet color that has been in that room. i’m ready to see it go and i know shelly is too :)

so here are a few pics of our dwelling place at the moment.

yep, that’s shelly’s bed in the middle of the living room and i’ve opted to sleep on the couch for now. so far it’s not so bad…

this is the dining table area, in between the kitchen and the living room. see the bikes under the breakfast bar? now they are in the storage closet!! and all the stuff on the table as well :)

and there is poor shelly using the kitchen stool as her table. this was seriously hilarious!

in all seriousness though, i’ve realized in this particular situation how ungrateful i can be. yeah, this situation seriously stinks. no two ways about it. BUT when i pull back and look at this from a larger perspective, i have to recognize, i own a home. that’s why i have to deal with this issue and can’t just call a landlord. let’s pull back even farther, i have a solid roof over my head with indoor plumbing. i might want to give the developer of this condo a HUGE piece of my mind, BUT, i have a home. i have an awesome group of friends who have been praying me through this whole situation and most importantly, i have a God who sees my need and doesn’t turn away, no matter how small or big it may be.

so for that i am forever grateful. and thankful in a weird sense that i even have this as a problem. God has blessed me more than i could have ever asked for. i’ve just got to keep it in perspective.

this has been a super rough day. turns out the pump in my basement, where the bedrooms are and the master bath, broke yet again :-( this happened less than six months ago as well. this time it seems drilling holes into walls as well as replacing carpet, etc. is needed. ugh!! the devloper that made these units did such a poor job (complete understatement) and every issue i have had with this place is a result of him cutting corners. guess i learned my lesson re: buying new…

but i am so thankful for incredible friends i have been blessed with, especially my stellar roommate! i could not ask for a better friend to be by my side in this kind of chaos. just to give you a glimpse of how incredible she is, i cut and pasted her version of a hallmark card that she sent me today into this post. hence the “shellymark card” title. God is so stinkin’ good!

A SHELLYMARK CARD

<—-When this happens in our basement

 

 

 

<—-And we find ourselves struggling towards the summit

 

 

 

 

<—-And feel like most of our time is spent like this…

 

<—-And we sure could use A LOT of this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

~We do have the assurance the He will break through, no matter how dark and difficult it gets

 

 

 

Linds–this absolutely SUCKS! I am so sorry friend and I wish I could fix it all–bippity boppity boo–actually, even quicker than that. I know it’s not the “answer”, but I’m here and I’m praying. I’m so sorry =(  ….whoever said lightning doesn’t strike twice is stupid or we seem to attract it all ;)

love you friend~

for those of you who have been reading and following the tiny life of catherine marie, please check out her parent’s blog again. God is so stinkin’ good and there just aren’t words to explain just how incredible He is. donnie’s most recent post about today’s surgery is such a picture of the Father’s love for us. please read it and join the hundreds that are battling in prayer for little catherine’s life.

i’m playing with some new layouts, i think this is the one i like most… we’ll see in the next few days if it sticks!

it’s been a while since i posted but i promise it won’t be much longer. i’m trying to pick my new look : )

on a much more important note, catherine marie is in surgery today. PLEASE PRAY! we have seen the Lord move in such a mighty way and His Word says that He is faithful to complete the work that He has started. please pray with me that He would finish that work here on earth and that catherine would grow up in her parent’s loving home.

God bless all you prayer warriors!!

i mentioned in a previous blog post that i wasn’t sure what to do with this blog now that the rainier adventure is over. and i’ve been going back and forth on what to do… i’ve realized over the past week (today is the one week b-day of little catherine marie) that this whole blog thing really can be a useful tool for calling down heaven!

 

i’ve also realized that although the journey to rainier ended, life as a whole is an adventure (duh linds). it’s a matter of letting God show you the adventure He has for you and choosing to see it. why not document the adventure He has written for me and the adventures of the people He has surrounded me with? so here goes, this blog will move into the next season as i move into the next season, serving as the tool to document this adventurous life with Jesus! (i’m pretty sure that will include more mountains!) 

 

i leave you with the most appropriate bible passage (i think) for such a transition:

 

ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

there is a time for everything,
       and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
       a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
       a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
       a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
       a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
       a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
       a time for war and a time for peace.

please check out donnie and katie’s blog about dear little catherine marie. this whole situation is a miracle and everyone is so thankful to our Lord! but also keenly aware of the very long journey ahead. please continue to pray for healing and strength for little catherine and provision and endurance for her parents. our God is an AWESOME God and His hand is clearly sustaining this little one’s life. such a miracle!

below is an email i sent to friends this afternoon regarding catherine marie:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

hi friends,
 
i heard from shelly. here’s the status as of now:
 
catherine marie has made it through the night and is on a ventilator. her lungs are super small and all her organs have tried to make their way into her chest cavity BUT she is able to slightly breathe on her own. THAT is a HUGE answer to prayer as if she can keep doing that, while on the ventilator, if she is strong enough by monday, the doctors will begin to operate on her one organ at a time.
 
shelly left me a voicemail and did not mention how katie is doing, but since she didn’t say anything i am going to believe God that katie is doing well.
 
here are the main prayer requests:
 
1. pray for strength for little catherine so that the doctors can begin operating on her
2. pray that her lungs would miraculously grow and be at full-capacity to sustain life
3. pray as the spirit leads for katie and donnie, and shelly
 
thanks friends! this is my prayer (much like the last one): show-off in this situation Lord, baffle the hundreds and thousands that have already been touched by this little baby’s life. show-off today, wonderful and merciful Savior! make your glory known to all who believe and to all who don’t!
 
love you friends!

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