The Care of My Redeemer

August 27, 2010

This week the Lord has been reminding  me about His care for his people. He has shown me through freshmen girls (who in obedience have followed His call to Kentucky) how He brought me here for His purpose 3 years ago. I was so unaware of what that purpose would be, and now at the beginning of my senior year, I have begun to see. He brought me here to learn to trust in Him alone. I was so unsure of where to go to find friends and a church that would nourish my spiritual needs during college. He provided friends that first weekend that I still have today. He brought me to Burton where I am now so cared for by the congregation.

Today I saw biblical evidence of this trust in the Lord and His care in return through the story of Ruth. She traveled far away to be with her mother-in-law, even though her husband was dead. This gutsy move taught her about the Lord’s provision. She was given food and work under her kinsman-redeemer, Boaz. He would be her husband and provide for her in a way that Naomi’s son never would. Boaz is such a beautiful picture of the Gospel. (What is also so amazing is that he is in Jesus’ lineage.)

I love these stories- both biblical and present- of the Lord providing for His people. He has taught me that here in Kentucky. He took me so far out of my normal life to show me that He is all that I need. He is the only one to depend on.

I will glory in my Redeemer
Whose priceless blood has ransomed me
Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails
And hung Him on that judgment tree
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who crushed the power of sin and death
My only Savior before the Holy Judge
The Lamb Who is my righteousness
The Lamb Who is my righteousness

I will glory in my Redeemer
My life He bought, my love He owns
I have no longings for another
I’m satisfied in Him alone
I will glory in my Redeemer
His faithfulness my standing place
Though foes are mighty and rush upon me
My feet are firm, held by His grace
My feet are firm, held by His grace

I will glory in my Redeemer
Who carries me on eagle’s wings
He crowns my life with lovingkindness
His triumph song I’ll ever sing
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who waits for me at gates of gold
And when He calls me it will be paradise
His face forever to behold
His face forever to behold
His face forever to behold

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You Are The Best Thing

August 26, 2010

Last Sunday, Ryan and I went to the Ray Laymontagne and David Gray concert in Nashville. He got the tickets for me for my birthday in May so I have been looking forward to it for a long time. The show was so great and it was really fun to be at a concert with my fiance!

This is one of my favorite Ray songs that was so great when he performed it! His voice is just so rich and honest. I realized he is one of those artists that has to sing or his soul won’t let him sleep. That’s just the vibe that I got when he was singing. It was bliss. Go listen to him and check out his new cd.

Baby
It’s been a long day, baby.
Things ain’t going my way
you know I need you here
here by my side
all of the time

And Baby, the way you move me its crazy.
it’s like, you see right through me, you make it easier,
You please me and you don’t even have to try.

oh because,
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
ever happened to me

Baby,
We’ve come a long way, baby.
you know, I hope and I pray that you believe me
When I say this love will never fade away

oh because
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
ever happened to me

Now both of us have known love before,
To come on up promising, like the spring, just walk on out the door.
Our hearts are kind and are hearts are strong.
well, let me tell you what exactly is on my mind.

you are the best thing
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
ever happened to me

you are the best thing
you are the best thing
you are the best thing
ever happened to me

yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah,
now, now, now, now

Ray:

David and his cool accent:


Thanks Ryan for the giving me a birthday present to carry me through the summer with hope and anticipation! It was well worth the wait!

January Wedding

August 17, 2010

Go ahead and turn on the Avett Brothers- January Wedding.

Ryan and I are getting married January 15, 2011 in Memphis. The date is set, the chapel is booked, and there is no turning back!

If you see any pretty winter weddings on any websites, leave me a link in a comment. Thanks!

Proposal Story:

August 17, 2010

Last Thursday, Ryan and I went to Memphis to visit with my family and to celebrate our one year anniversary. He told me at the beginning of the summer that he wanted to celebrate by going on our first date again- {eating at the Blue Fin in downtown Memphis and looking out on the city from the top of the Peabody Hotel. We “officially” started dating while we were on the rooftop last year, even though we had been talking while I lived in Dallas that whole summer}.

I was a little suspicious because he changed dinner plans from the Blue Fin to Folks Folly ( a really nice steak place in Memphis). And if we are driving 4 hours to go on our first date, shouldn’t we really go on our first date? I was all for Folks Folly, but that created issues like what kind of outfit would be appropriate. Friday afternoon, Ryan, my mom, and I went shopping in Saddle Creek and Ryan, so generously, bought my dress and his shirt from J. Crew. That problem was solved.

Saturday, we got ready for the date and then drove down to dinner. We had such a great time and amazing meal- steak, salads, and twice-baked potato. Many of you know Folks Folly is BOMB! (Way to go Ryan!) After that, we drove downtown to the Peabody. Ryan had really had good control of his nerves until we parked… then the “humidity” began to take a toll.

We rode the elevator to the top and looked out on where it all started. He told me how amazing the past year had been (more than once) and then said I was the love of his life and that he wanted to be with me forever. With that, he got down on his knee, told me that he loved me, and asked if I would marry him. My only response was “REALLY, REALLY??”. Then I said yes!!!! I had forgotten all about that ring. It is amazing. A 1940’s antique that he purchased in APRIL.

He had schemed with my parents and they took pictures and videotaped the whole thing. Gray had kept the secret for a week. My brother, Holmes, is currently in Africa and doesn’t even know, but he will as soon as he gets an internet connection in Liberia.

We haven’t set a date in stone yet, but we are really excited about the future together!

Thanks so much for all the congratulations and care. We love you guys so much!

P.S. My last name is going to be Turtle. He is worth it.