Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Study

I briefly told you about starting the new study from Good Morning Girls.  I have been going for 3 days now and am loving it. It is so amazing to really dig in and study one book of the Bible.  The last study I did was Beth Moore's study on the book of James, and I felt the same way about it.

We are in the book of Colossians.  My group was started by my very dear friend Jill, and is comprised of women in several different states.  I think overall there are 11,000 women worldwide doing this study at this time.  That is awesome.  We are only through the first few verses, but already I am learning.  The message of the book of Colossians is hope.  Faith and love come from hope.  We as believers have hope that the world doesn't have.  This should produce faith and love in abundance.  Today the Good Morning Girls posted this picture.

And so far, that is what we have learned.  The early church swept through the world because the first believers showed such faith and love the hope was evident.  Convicting and exciting all at the same time.  I'm linking up and loving this study!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Sister

My new sister!
This past weekend our family was blessed to gain a new member.  My brother-in-law got married.  He followed much of his brother's (my husband) path by dating his new wife for 7 years before getting married.  It was a long anticipated event, and it didn't disappoint.  

Hal and Jessica chose to get married at Lake Burton at the Lake Burton Club.  The Higgins have had a cabin on Lake Burton for years, and it is a special place to all of them.  The Lake Burton Club sits high on the hills above Lake Burton with views stretching for miles.  It is breathtaking.  I had never been there, but it was amazing.  Friday night was the rehearsal dinner and it was fun.  Lots of stories from both sides of the family, good food, and much laughter.  

We stayed at the lake house for the weekend so we didn't have to drive back and forth.  Saturday we were able to sleep in (as much as possible for a family with 4 kids between them) and relax on the dock.  The 4 nieces and nephews were in the wedding, so it was so much fun to get them all fancy and ready for the big event.  The boys were so cute in their tuxes.  They loved the shiny patent leather shoes.  And the girls looked like princesses.  The four of them are so close and love each other so much.  Times like these just bring it out even more. 
Relaxing after the ceremony. Thankful for the pool table and movie theater downstairs!
D. was in the wedding too, so I met him at the Club with the kids.  I found a fun orange dress (my favorite color) and some really high heels, which I never, ever, ever wear.  It was a fun change, but since several of my toes are still numb 3 days after the event, I probably won't wear them often.  

The ceremony took place at 6pm on the porch of the Lake Burton Club. It overlooked the lake and the surrounding hills.  It was absolutely beautiful.  The ceremony was a great reminder of the covenant made between us and God when we stand before Him to be married.  With all the talk in this political season of what marriage is and is not, it was a sweet remembrance that it truly is a covenant not to be taken lightly.  God was in the ceremony.  It was so special, and I know that Jessica and Hal felt the same way.  

After the ceremony, the dinner and dancing were fantastic.  We got to sit with Jessica and Hal for the dinner, which was a neat time together hearing their feelings and relief.  The reception was so much fun.  Everyone danced (with a few exceptions including my D.) and laughed a lot.  The newlyweds left under a shower of sparklers and drove away in a vintage Model T car, much like the Ramblin Wreck of Georgia Tech.  Perfect for the pair of Jackets just married.  
check out those heels!  ;)

I have been so blessed in my life with such special sisters, biological and by marriage.  Jessica is a sweet addition to my life, and I'm so thankful for God for the wonderful weekend and the new family addition.  

Monday, September 17, 2012

Music Monday

Today I started a new Bible study on the book of Colossians.  I am doing it online with the Good Morning Girls.  I am so excited about it.  There isn't a local study right now that fit into my schedule, so I am so thankful for the internet and the ability to still study God's Word even though I can't physically go to a study.  

Today my song for Music Monday is Ever Lifting by Christy Nockels.  I have loved Christy's voice and music since her days in Watermark, and am loving the music she is doing by herself now.  This song has become a fun favorite for me, but the words are so good too.  I chose it today because the study I am starting is just one way the Lord lifts me up.  He is so, so good and so faithful to keep us lifted if we let Him.  

I will be back tomorrow (ish) to share pictures of the wedding we were in this weekend.  So special and so much fun!