May 21, 2011

Treated as Gold

Posted in God Music tagged , , , , , at 9:48 am by askandimagine

It’s awesome to know that God purifies us just as gold is purified: through fire. Ouch! The mind boggling thing is that we can actually find joy in this process. The joy comes from knowing that there is purpose in the experiences and hardships we go through. It is not always easy to see any meaning during the time, but God in His goodness often shows you that even in difficult times, His hand is at work.

I’ve come to realize that no matter what hardships you are facing, the real issue is trusting God. God, are you really doing something? Have you forgotten me? Do you really care? Will this situation ever change? The anwsers are yes, no, yes, and yes! He DOES have our back and promises not to leave us. Not trusting in God to be able to create opportunities or redeem circumstances is the root cause of stress in the believer’s life. Yet seeing His faithfulness (in the lives of others or looking back on your own life) will encourage you and give you a rightful perspective in a heart beat! Let’s keep our eyes fixed on the one that is bringing us through fire and into a place of great beauty and abundance.

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December 6, 2010

10 Reasons I love Winter…

Posted in Fun Times, Random tagged , , , , at 8:26 pm by askandimagine

Decorated Snowflake

Lil' sis decorated this snowflake w/ paint and lots of glitter

10. It makes me appreciate the North East that much more. Suddenly the hustle and bustle is understood and power walkers like myself don’t get as many strange looks.

9.  Hot drinks. Not a big hot chocolate fan or chocolate period for that matter (sorry ladies), BUT there’s nothing like good apple cider and of course you can’t go wrong with hot tea, especially chamomile.

8. The movies are awesome! The Wish List is my favorite ABC family movie to catch. I really need to track down the dvd. Of course, it’s not Christmas without A Christmas Story. This winter I think I will branch out…I’ve yet to see A Wonderful Christmas :/

7. White elephant gift exchanges. Aww man getting excited just thinking about it. The bad experiences have been wiped out of my memory, but I do know that last year I received a Snugglie! My new best friend during this time of year.

6. The sight of snowmen. I don’t really actually making a successful snowman, but they are always fun to spot in front of homes. Some families really are creative.

5. I feel like a warrior when going out to face the cold. It’s really a battle sometimes. Starting from the moment I wake up and have to get out of bed, continuing to deciding the best way to layer in order to maintain my heat levels, all the way to walking in the cold and enduring the sensations of frostbite. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..haha

4.Christmas –duh. Aside from the gifts and such, Christmas and winter are almost synonymous and family time, although sometimes difficult, is always treasured and much needed.

3.  Christmas –duh. Yes I said it again. Jesus is the reason for the season, you know. Its great to reflect on the Saviour of the world, specifically the humility displayed in the story of how he came to earth.

2. Heat is appreciated. Only a select few will complain about a room being too hot when coming in from the cold. Sitting at the fireplace is my hobbie. There is nothing like it in the wintertime. Another reason to love going to Grandma’s (or Nanny’s as we call her.)

1. The snow is so pretty! I don’t think I need to say much more about that.

*I felt the need for this post as it was FREEZING cold out this morning. It kind of sneaked up on me, did not see it coming. Winter is on the way!

December 4, 2010

On that musical note ♫

Posted in God Music tagged , , at 8:31 am by askandimagine

Check this out:

 

#God is Good.

My Musical Mayhem Explained

Posted in God Music at 8:16 am by askandimagine

SO to most people it is no surprise that I LOVE MUSIC! Like really love it. I can listen to music like I’m getting paid for it 🙂 I grew up in a musical household, which probably has a lot to do with this. There usually was never a silent moment in the house; I woke up to loud hip-hop and went to sleep to smooth R&B.

Once I became a Christian, though, my musical world shifted. I’ll spare you the details, but I eventually didn’t have a desire for the music I grew up with. It wasn’t a “I can’t listen to that” type of thing, but the desire was just not there anymore. So my Christian music journey began…

I was content with this for a couple of years, but in the past year of so, I have had this hunger to find great – unique – excellent – God inspired – AWESOME music. I refuse to settle for what is on continuous play on Christian radio. DO NOT get me wrong — I love a lot of these songs but there is SOO much more.

[I really do believe that God’s people should excel in the arts. I long for that day when we have no. 1 hits. I’m talking about not only worship music, but encouraging music, and music about life. Religion says “it has to be this way and this way only”. We know that this mindset has caused a lot more damage that good. In the same we should not put the music of God’s people in a box.]

Off that rabbit trail — anyhow, knowing that there’s got to be some fresh sounds out there put me on this search that probably will never end – “discovering” new or underground artist who love God and love expressing their thoughts and feelings through music.

Now that I have said all of this I think that you will understand why I was so pleased to find this website. This will be a nice tool for me and it put a alleluia smile on my face the other night! Must I mention the beauty of their website — very cutting edge – but that’s another post for another day 😉

November 11, 2010

Twitter?!

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:06 pm by askandimagine

So I normally consider myself an early adaptor [see here] but this time, I feel more towards the later end of the curve :/

What I’m saying is that I finally gave in a joined twitter?! It was a fun experience, getting help from my friends, of whom I am the one to normally give technical advice..My when the tables turn…. The feeling of coming across something new is always fun. I enjoyed it while it lasted!

Its seems like I have everything down – for some reason I thought this would be a very complicated experience.. But when I think of twitter for what it is, micro-blogging, it seems like the next logical step in life and should be quite fun

As I said in one of my tweets, I think I might actually enjoy this. We will see how it goes…

Find me @tisha_te

September 13, 2010

The Need of our Generation

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:09 pm by askandimagine

During a 1954 interview A.W. Tozer, a great pastor and editor of the Alliance Witness, was asked what he thought would awaken the church from its complacency. This was his response: “In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people.”

Taken from:
http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/worship.html

August 26, 2010

Remixed!

Posted in God Music tagged , at 6:50 pm by askandimagine

July 16, 2010

His Love is Everything!

Posted in God Music tagged , , at 7:31 am by askandimagine

When I am dry and thirsty Lord,
And I’m crying out for more,
I know I can trust in your love.
In the darkness in the night
When I’m starving for the light
I know I can trust in Your love

You keep no records of my sin,
and you don’t remember all my shame.

Your love heals every disease
Your love fulfills my every need
Your love is everything to me
Your love is everything

I will not forget
I wont forget your promises
I will not forget
I wont forget your love.

I will not forget
I wont forget nothing is impossible
I will not forget
I wont forget your love.

July 6, 2010

I Made Bread!

Posted in Random, That's life tagged , , at 4:55 pm by askandimagine

It’s funny how some things in life you will never do unless you absolutely have to. Making bread is definitely one of those things for me. Especially living 2 minutes away from a grocery store; it is SOO much faster to buy rather than labor for a fresh loaf.

Nevertheless, I was blessed a couple of months ago with a bread machine. I had been told that I could save some money by just making my own bread. This is understandably so, as we (the two of us) go through about a loaf and a half each week.

So after having this bread machine stare at me for about a month (at times while I was even eating store bough bread), I finally decided to go ahead and try it.

First let me explain that it was a unique situation that led me to do this with such urgency and determination. While everyone loves a three day weekend, it not as fun when your waiting for a check to come in. Low and behold the usual happened: we ran out of bread…

“Nobody panic! We have flour, yeast, so all is not lost,” I thought. Long story short, after 3 hours and 40 minutes, some weird sounds, and uncertainty as to whether or not the bread would rise, a small loaf of fresh baked bread emerged! It definitely tasted different than usual, but it was fresh  and free of preservatives and God knows what else.

After tasting success, I’m thinking I might just have to keep the trend going. I bought some unbleached whole wheat flour – unbleached, since I’m planning on making this as healthy and as tasty as possible – and a 3 pack of QuickRise yeast. Who knows maybe one day I’ll be able to really make bread. After all, I did make chipates 2 days later, which do require kneading and using a rolling pin…My Kenyan friends would be proud 🙂

June 29, 2010

The Communication Model Revisited

Posted in Revelations tagged , at 9:32 pm by askandimagine

So if you have studied communication at any point you will have heard of the Communication Model. The main components being the sender, receiver, noise,  the message, and the channel the message is sent through (oh yes I passed my exam on this). Here is a visual for you visual learners:

Here is the thought. Although we intuitively understand that in order to communicate there must be someone who is sending it and someone who is receiving it. What we fail to grasp is the idea of noise. Yes it is the obnoxiously loud tv, endless chatter or laughter, the relentless fire truck siren and I could think of so many more, but we fail to grasp the spiritual ramifications.

I have to be entirely honest and admit that this thought initially came from Will Hart. I heard him speaking through a webcast at a conference some time ago. I don’t remember entirely what he was speaking on, but I do recall him saying something that could be taken in a good way or bad way – to build up or tear down. He made it clear that he was speaking in love and if you are feeling condemmed those are not the word coming out of his mouth. Over and over he said this as he shared a message filled with conviction. It stuck with me for some time. Recently I connected this idea with the Communication Model. Often when we are communicating in many ways we forget on a deeper level to block out the noise around us and focus on the actual message.

Just think about the last time you were offended at what you thought someone was saying that they really weren’t. This most definitely includes nonverbal communication. The cashier at the grocery store. Surely she doesn’t like you. She didn’t say hi and is not even looking at you. We have to give people the benefit of doubt. Maybe she is having a bad day and her mind is preoccupied right now. Yes she should be exerting excitement, smiling and being super friendly to her customers, but we have to be people of mercy.

The next time it seems like someone is dishing out hate toward you, don’t receive it. It is just NOISE! It’s the enemy trying to mess you up and get you to fall into a trap. Try your best to look deeper and see what the real message is that they are conveying. This is especially true when you are actually having a conversation with someone. Ask some questions.  Don’t take in any condemnation that is coming at you. Most likely it is not from the person. Even in the case where someone is not acting in love, we don’t have to take that in. BLOCK IT OUT!

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