The Love Blogs: Valentine’s Day

Wow! What a different kind of month February has been for me this year! I started 2014 with a deeper depression than I had ever experienced. I was in a dark place, choosing not to lean on Christ or the special people he’s placed in my life. This month everything changed!
This year I am blessed to have 15 Valentines! I got a letter everyday from them and every single letter pointed to Christ as our ultimate LOVE! The letters reminded me of the never ending, never failing, perfect love of Jesus. Not only did the letters brighten my days, but I realized how wrong my idea of love is.
Love is not a chore list of things I have to get done. Christ already took care of that when he died for me! All the good things in my life I can attribute to the love that God has shown me.
It took a bunch of people reminding me that I was loved before it really kicked in. How awesome was it that they took a few moments to stop thinking about what was going on with them to think of me? People are faulty and we can easily become focused on ourselves and forget to love on others. Let’s remember 1 John 4:7-8 today:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
So, above everything let love be your ministry. Having the love of Christ is like having a never ending box of chocolates. There is no reason not to share it with everyone.
I encourage you to do something today to show someone love. Write a letter, make a phone call, buy a cup of coffee… I promise it’ll bring you both joy!

Abiding in His love,

Susie Q

P.S. Check out my “Love” tree. We haven’t gotten around to taking it down so I hung all my letters on it for February. ❤️

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The Love Blogs: I’ll Never Speak of Love Again…

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This morning I was reminded that I am infinitely loved. ..that I have experienced a love that is matchless. I don’t just have access to the one that loves. ..I am in relationship with the One who is Love. I am loved by the Alpha and the Omega…the One who created the Heavens and the Earth. This perfect and Holy God loves me…little insignificant me.

I’m in awe this morning.

I wish I could depict exactly how it feels to be loved this way…but my vocabulary would never do it justice. If I were to try to describe this love for just a moment, I’d say that this love is unbelievable..it’s the type of love that doesn’t start to feel stale after awhile. Every moment in this relationship feels safe…because it is. It’s a relationship where I don’t have to wonder if I love Him more than He loves me because it’s evident that He loves me more…so much so that He initiated a relationship with me long before I was born…He knew I’d be awful and sinful and He sent His Son to die for me anyway… It’s a love that fills to capacity…meaning that there’s no longer room for artificial love now that I’ve experienced the real thing. It’s also the type of Love that, once I experienced it, exposed everything that wasn’t like it in my life. The Love of Christ…yea..it’s matchless.

Peace.

Written by U.Diana Anosike
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The Love Blogs: Love Your Body

One of the worst things you can do when you first wake up is check your social networks. Today that is exactly what I did. As I read posts about engagements, new babies, and relationships I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of loneliness. What really set me off was a tweet from a local fragrance shop suggesting what to get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.
As I got ready for my day I allowed a feeling of inadequacy seep in. I made a mental list of things wrong with me that would add up to why I’m single for this particular V Day:

-As I washed my hair,” It must be my hair, it’s not long enough or thick enough.”
-Brushing my teeth, “They aren’t white enough.”
-Getting dressed, “I’m not stylish enough. Not to mention these pants need to be about 10 sizes smaller.”

Instead of destroying my self esteem with this list I should’ve started my day reflecting on Christ and spending time in prayer. Was I not made in the image of God? This morning I clearly had forgotten that.
Someone (or several someones) knew that I had forgotten that I was the daughter of a king, because they left a reminder in my living room. As I opened my bedroom doors (like the ones from Save the Last Dance) I see posters hanging on the opposite wall of my living room. They said this: “Susie Q, you are beautiful and loved!” Attached was a note from my roommate explaining how she knew I had been having a hard time, but there are a lot of people who are committed to reminding me how loved I am. So, my friends are getting together and giving me fourteen days of love. I definitely cried a little.
With the note was a bag of goodies (perfume, chocolate, soap, and homemade lotion!) with a letter from my friend Emily. It was such a blessing to be loved on and the new homemade spray lotion was a great way I can show my body a little love! It’s chock full of yummy natural oils and it’ll be especially nice to use during this winter when the weather drys out my skin.
In light of today’s gift I want to share a recipe for a great homemade body scrub. I gave this scrub out for Christmas and everyone has said that they love it. One friend even asked for the recipe, which is one of the best compliments you can get! It’s really easy to make, safe for your skin, and you can pronounce all the ingredients!

Here it is: 1 Cup Brown Sugar, 1/2 C coconut oil (melted and cooled slightly), 1 tsp vanilla extract, and
1 tbls vitamin E (you can buy this by the bottle in the vitamin section)
Just combine everything and store in a sealed container. Use it when you wash your hands or in the shower. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and smelling great!

I’m so blessed to be reminded that I am loved not only by great family and friends, but by our Heavenly Father!

Be encouraged and reminded by 1st Corinthians 6:19-20:

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

With love, Susie Q

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The Love Blogs

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Every winter I seem to fall into some type of depression. Usually I keep myself so busy with working multiple jobs, spending time with friends, and spending time with Jesus that I don’t have time to get depressed. This year, though,  I made some bad decisions to isolate myself not only from the ugly gray winter, but from people who really love me and care about me. Now, don’t get me wrong, a day or two of Netflix and napping can be the best thing ever, especially during the winter. Unfortunately I chose to make Netflix and napping with me, myself, and I my second priority. My first being work, because how else am I gonna pay for internet and junk food?

I think the biggest issue with the way I’ve been spending my time is that I am energized by spending time with people and building relationships. I started believing that I wasn’t wanted, needed, or loved. I finally opened up to some friends and they quickly corrected me. Not only do I have supportive friends and family that love me dearly, but I belong to a God that loves me more than I could imagine. It’s a great thing to be loved!

I know I’m not the only lady (or fella) who sometimes forgets their worth and gets down in the dumps. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day I want to write a series of blogs reminding you how you are loved, how much God loves you, and little ways you can love yourself more. I’m so excited to share The Love Blogs with y’all! Until next time, check out http://thenicestplaceontheinter.net.

Love, Susie Q

The Lexington Life

A couple months ago I was blessed to be able to visit my hometown for the weekend. If I’m there on a Sunday I also make it a priority to go to the service at the church where I grew up with my family.

Being there surrounded by so many people who love me and where part of “the village” that raised me always makes me miss it more. There are moments where I wonder if I should’ve lived with mom and dad, went to EKU, got a job in Richmond, and just stayed around living a cute little small town life. I love ever minute of living in Eastern Ky: bonfires in the summer, hay rides in the fall, knowing just about everybody, the people..etc… You get the picture.

Never had I felt more sure about whether Lexington was right until that weekend at home. A family friend simply said, “Lexington looks good on you.” That was all I needed to feel like where I am right now is the right place.

Cupcake Snobs

Two summers ago I met this crazy girl Columbia. We worked together in a camp kitchen and were roommates for the summer. It didn’t take me long to figure out that this girl was the Cupcake Queen! I’m so glad I can say that this girl is one of my best friends!

Whenever we’re together we have to have cupcakes. Some girls get dressed up and go out for drinks, Bia and I get dressed up and go out for cupcakes. We’re both pretty talented in the kitchen and probably the hardest cupcake critics around. I’d like to share our last couple of cupcake adventures here with y’all.

First, I want to share a local Lexington cupcake joint. The first thing that caught my eye about this place was their logo. This girl is tough and edgy, but with just enough feminine touch for this cute little cakes. Bia and I headed down to the store on Liberty Rd. to see what kind of sugary adventure we were going to get into. The space was nice and just the right size for an up and coming cupcakery. A kitchen space to our left and the cupcake and sales counter to the right. It could definitely use some sprucing up, but those things can come together in time. The strangest thing about this place was probably how the cupcakes were displayed. They were up on the wall on a slanted shelf with glass doors. Not exactly what I would choose, but it did the job. That day there were plenty of flavors to choose from.

Now the first rule of cupcakes is you can’t go home empty handed. You have to take some home for friends and family! Cupcakes=love, of course. So, we chose our cupcakes, paid (a very reasonable $2 per cupcake), and headed to the car to try one. I had a key lime and I think Bia had vanilla (she likes to keep it classy). We were excited to have cupcakes that weren’t overwhelmed with icing! A few bites in we were ready to make our judgements. Our Thoughts on Baby Cakes: The perfect amount of frosting on top of a not so perfect cake. We loved the frosting and the numerous flavors to choose from, but we likened the cake to cornbread. So dense! And with cupcakes, the fluffy factor is a big deal. Not the perfect cupcake we’re searching for, but not too bad.

So, to the baker at Baby Cakes: Girl, you keep on keepin’ on with your baking and running a local business! Some things just come with time and I am excited to see your cupcakes become ever better!

Pictured below are the awesome logo and The Natural Beauty, a classic vanilla cupcake. Both pictures borrowed from http://www.bb-cakes.com/. Click on the pictures to visit the Baby Cakes website!ImageImage

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Where Have I Been Since April?

When I decided to start a new blog I was all gung ho! I wanted this to be an outlet for the season of healing I’m in as well as a possible stepping stone to writing my own book. Obviously I’m not the best writer, but I think I have an interesting story and I hope I can make a difference by sharing it. And if my story in itself isn’t interesting enough I hope you enjoy my occasional recipes, crafts, and day to day anecdotes!

So let’s get to where I’ve been the last few months. Counseling has kind of been put on pause. I’m hoping to get back to it in July or August. It’s just been a little crazy here in Lexington!

In April and May I spent my free time applying to be on The Biggest Loser!! How exciting, right? My weight has been an issue my whole life. I know how to eat right and I even know how to exercise. I just know it’s not something I can do on my own. I figured what the heck might as well try out. My good friend Maggie helped make my interview video, which counts as one entry. I also attended an open casting call for the show in Cincinnati. (I’m so thankful for my forever friend Columbia and her family for making my weekend in Cincy such a success!) All in all it was a good experience and I put it all in God’s hands. He knows my future so much better than even I could plan for! I didn’t get on the show, but the experience of trying out and meeting people with the same struggle was amazing. I have a wonderful support group of friends and family ready to help me with getting healthy. What a blessing!

The next thing to happen was a swift kick in my behind. I’ve worked at a little coffee kiosk for over a year. A lot has gone on with our little kiosk in the past year, a few good thing, a few not so good, but I really enjoyed the job! When it comes down to it, though, the current manager and I just didn’t get along. I made a mistake and was demoted to one of our other stores. My responsibilities and my hours were drastically cut. This left me broke and looking for something bigger and better. More on that in a later post!

Now on to the most exciting thing I have to tell y’all! I’m leaving for Haiti this Saturday!! A group from my church, Mosaic, will be going on a mission trip to Jolivert, Haiti for a week. This is my first international mission and I am so excited to see what God has planned for us! The majority of our group will be working in the local clinic. We will also be doing dental treatments, VBS, and a revival. I’m so thankful for the overwhelming support of prayers and donations from friends and family. God is such a great provider! I cannot wait to share all the pictures and experiences with everyone when we get back. Be praying that God moves through our team to bless our Haitian brothers and sisters!

So, that’s the recap. Here’s hoping I keep up with the writing for a while longer this time around! Happy Tuesday!

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Click the picture to visit the website of the mission I will be serving with!

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