by his stripes we are healed isaiah 53:5

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong,
on him, on him.

– Isaiah 53:2-6 The Message (MSG)

14 things for february 14 (2015 edition)



a few weeks ago i started thinking about this post…my annual 14 for 14 post that’s all about love. or things related to love!

here is my list for this year! 

1. heart in pacific ocean rock


this past week i was in san francisco and witnessed the pacific ocean for the first time! look at the heart in the rock! how awesome is that! this is at lands end in california.

here is a video of it that i filmed on my iphone!

click here to view more pictures and videos from my san francisco trip on tumblr.

2. wild hearts can’t be broken 


i had the vhs version of this 1991 disney movie and of course that became obsolete so i bought the dvd version recently. LOVE this movie. forget 50 shades this weekend and rent this instead.

3. a langston hughes poem

Harlem Night Song

Let us roam the night together

I love you.

..continue reading

4. jane austen 

jane austen has provided unrealistic expectations for women everywhere for years, but gotta love her! the world can never seem to get enough jane austen products and spinoffs!

found this at the dollar store.

5. candy hearts by tofer brown

click here to view on youtube

6. alex and sierra 

if you wish to fall in love fall in love with this singing couple!

click here to view on youtube

7. romantic sappy movies might be in jeopardy…

this is heartbreaking! the author of the notebook, nicholas sparks, has recently gotten a divorce. not for sure what this means for the future of his sappy love stories!

8. waffle house 

if you have ever wondered exactly what is ghetto fabulous here is a prime example for you.


waffle house will be offering candle light dinners for valentines. what what!

9. unmade homemade cards


i bought all the supplies to make valentine’s day cards for my friends, but at this point it’s the thought that counts! right?

10. friday the 13th was yesterday 

but who even really notices such a thing when everyone has their sights on the 14th? 

here is a little history on friday the 13th. 

11. because He first loved us!


thank you God!!!

(image via faithwords)

12. my book #love

i have a quote book that’s all about love, but don’t buy this book for someone unless you REALLY are in love with them. otherwise, it will get awkward real fast.


available from amazon.com and b&n.

13. my dear – kina grannis (official music video / my wedding video)

i’ve been following kina grannis since the days of myspace and she made her wedding video into an official music video and it’s just lovely.

click here to view video on youtube

14. and to keep with tradition…

here is the list from last year!

3 things you can learn from taylor swift


my guilty pleasure this month has been rocking out to taylor swift’s 1989 album. it has increased my productivity by at least 50%! ;) taylor swift fan or not, the girl is a genius. you don’t accidentally be the bestselling artist of 2014, some intent goes into it. it got me thinking about some things i can learn from taylor swift.

1. don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself

my love for taylor swift goes back to album 1, a sweet little country teen singing about teardrops on her guitar. back when she had noodle hair. the first time i heard “shake it off” on one of my pandora stations i didn’t know who it was, and when i looked and saw the artist i was like, “oh wow, it’s taylor swift!”

change is risky, and not everyone will like the change, but it could pay off. big time.


2. people will pay for it if they really want it

i love my spotify and was quite disappointed when taylor swift music was pulled from the mix. i got over it and bought the cd. the deluxe edition from target for a whopping $17.99. this is expensive for a cd for someone who is thrifty, but i really wanted it so i bought it.

make stuff people really want, and they will open up their wallets.

3. be extremely nice

is taylor swift a nice person? oh i don’t REALLY know but from what i can tell from social media and the media she is a nice person. i do know she projects niceness. and there was that time when she invited real fans to her real homes and did showcases for them. sounds pretty nice to me!

as the famous saying goes…be nice and good things will happen to you!