Best 100-Year Birthday Celebration- Ever!

Recently I completed an exercise for my personal development where I had to imagine my 100-year-old birthday party and describe everything about it. While I imagined a house party with all my friends, family, coworkers, children, grand-children and great-grand-children there, I have to admit: jumping out a plane and swimming with sharks just sounds so much cooler! So I change my mind- I want to do something ridiculously awesome for my 100-year birthday (not that hanging at the house with all the people I love isn’t all kinds of awesome)!

Cheers to you, Georgina! You are amazing! When I grow up, I want to be you! ❤

Watch This Guy Propose to His Girlfriend 365 Times Without Her Knowing

TIME

Dean Smith has been prepping for his marriage proposal to his girlfriend Jennifer for 365 days.

Smith videotaped himself holding up a whiteboard asking her to marry him every single day for a whole year, starting with January 8, 2014.

He did this while he was doing everyday things, such as brushing his teeth, eating breakfast or folding laundry.

The big reveal was while they were vacationing in Aruba with her family.

The family, who were in on the creative proposal, escorted her to a beach using similar white boards and then sat her down in a chair and had her watch Smith’s video.

“I just wanted to let you know how much I love you, how incredibly smart, funny, caring and stunningly beautiful you are,” Smith said in the video. “To me, you are perfect.”

He revealed that he made the video the day he decided he wanted to…

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Of Slings, Stones And Uncircumcised Philistines…

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The professor, with her impeccable speech and effortless authority, guided the class through slides of frescoes and countless anecdotes of Michelangelo’s work. She stopped at David, while we took our notes, impressing us with details on the historic work of art. Then she said something about his face that made my entire body come alive.

“Look at his face,” she said, “his brow is tense. His jaw is squared. If you ask me, I’d say he looks a little scared!”

“Scared?” I replied, without raising my hand. “I disagree.”

“David was fearless, if you ask me. He’s got the stone in his hand; if this moment were real, he’d be stroking it with his thumb to get a good feel for his weapon. His sling over his shoulder and his resting pose says he knows exactly how this is going to go. And that look in his eye? That’s not fear. That’s him patiently waiting, saying to himself, ‘Come on, little bit closer, Goliath. Just a little bit closer. I’m about to show you what we’re really made of.”

The professor, with her well pressed clothes, laughed and tossed back her curly hair. “Why, thank you, Asa-Mari. I always appreciate an alternate perspective. That’s the beauty of art.”

I know nothing of art, but I have felt faith.

I’ve experienced what it is to stand before giants possessing little more than a river stone, a sling shot and unwavering faith. The adrenaline, the rush of knowing without evidence nor doubt that this situation is about to resolve itself in ways that will leave the rest of the world dumbfounded.

When life brings giants, to stand in the shoes of the young shepherd boy with sling and stone, to understand his heart, is to be in the embrace of God.

Acts 13:22
22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

We are all love.

One of the things I miss the most from growing up in the 90’s is listening to the “Quiet Storm” music segment on the radio on Sunday evenings. The DJ’s would break out all the love songs and host shout-outs to all the couples- those who wanted to brag about how much they loved each other, and occasionally the ones who wanted (needed?) to apologize and make up.

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I grew up with a very romanticized idea of love and relationships. There are moments where I think life has all but knocked those notions out of me, and then there are days like today when I think of how wonderful it was (and still is) to see life through those eyes…believing that anything is possible, and that love is the most wonderful feeling in the human experience.

But more than wanting another human being to love me, or longing for someone to love, I’ve since learned how important it is that I learn to love myself. It is impossible to love others if I do not love myself. If I cannot see the good in myself then I cannot see the good in anyone else- how, then, can I possibly love them?

Love is all around us, folks. We are all love. We are all iterations of the same divine breath. The same spirit that flows through me flows through you, and so it is with every sentient being on this earth. Loving myself does not mean annihilating (what is perceived as) the negative and embellishing (what is perceived as) the positive. It means acknowledging the negative and focusing on the positive. It means knowing who I am- strengths and weaknesses- and accepting myself for exactly who I am. Only then can I see others for who they are and accept them, flaws and all.

#‎Love‬‪#‎SelfLove‬ ‪#‎Eros‬ ‪#‎Agape‬ ‪#‎Philios‬ ‪#‎LetUsSteadfastlyLoveOneAnother‬‪#‎WO2H2O‬


Hope you have a wonderful Sunday night!
Light & Love
Asa-Mari

My Jesus Year

Jesus Year def“The 33rd year of your life. Time to get moving and get things done (maybe).” [courtesy urban dictionary]

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This is my Jesus Year. 

To clear things up, I don’t consider myself particularly religious. In fact, I’m not religious at all. I’m yet to have a set schedule for bed time. But there’s something about being 33 that is quite unlike being 16 or 21 or even 27. Suddenly I’m aware that I have the ability to make a difference, and that I owe it to myself and to the world to reach out and try. From where I stand, I can see that the wold would easily have us believe in our failings and our weaknesses before acknowledging our strengths. Today, I can say without a doubt that I am strong. The world would have us believe that everything around us is going up in flames and that we should remember always to be afraid- be afraid of ourselves, be afraid of our enemies, afraid of what we can see and what we cannot see. Today, I choose to live my life unafraid. Where once I was afraid of the sound of my own voice, and scared at the possibility of making waves, I’m now okay with the idea of poking holes in the status quo. I think if enough of us felt empowered to do the same, the world in which we live would be a much different place.

I’ll warn you now that some of the ideas I’ll post in the future are a bit weird (those of you who know me know already that I have a penchant for “weird”!), but I can assure you I’m not the only one thinking them up. I don’t consider myself a genius- I’m more than certain that if I’ve thought it, someone else has as well. More than anything, I’d love for Wine Out Of Water to become a place where people can feel free to voice their ideologies, so long as the end goal is edifying and elucidating the soul.

And so, in my Jesus year, I am brought back to that very first miracle where Jesus turns water into wine. Imagine that- something as ordinary and plain as water was turned into the featured beverage of the night. Again, I am not religious, but I find the beauty here in the symbolism of this moment. We too possess the power to turn the ordinary places in our lives into places of extraordinary blessing for others. We are all miracle workers.

Let’s make miracles.

Standing Firm On God’s Promises

Psalm 84:11: “No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

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The beauty of being covered by the blood of Christ is that once born of His Spirit, we begin to see the world in a whole new way, we begin to perceive things differently. And with this new set of eyes, our value systems begin to change, and our everyday walk begins to change it’s shape. Suddenly the things that used to be pleasurable and fun, the negative things, just don’t seem to be fun anymore. We value the things that God values. And when we begin to live this way, our lives become truly blessed, for God rewards those who seek after Him.

In the Jewish culture, this weekend marks the beginning of a brand New Year. Let us all put on a brand new attitude, one of faith and confidence in the promises of God! Let us remember that our God is a faithful God, who seeks to reward those who love Him above all things. Let us remember that all things work out for good for those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).

We are all called to fulfill some purpose while here on earth, and every facet of our lives is part of that kingdom building work! Remember that God always finishes what He started, and be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phillipians 1:6). And let us always remember that when we seek after the things that are of God– when we focus on His plans for us instead of our plans for us; when we allow Him to have control over our lives and our destinies, He promises to fulfill the desires of our hearts. (Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.)

My friends, the promises of God are sure and they are true. When we make His Word the foundation of our hope and our happiness, when we are standing securely in His Word, then no downturned economy, criminal background, chemical addiction, bad relationship or any other ghost of our past can take us out of the game! Because God’s promises are sure and strong, and they will sustain you even in the roughest times. When I think back over my life in the past ten years, I am grateful that I finally came to understand who God is and how truly powerful He is, and I see now that had I not been standing on His promises specifically in the past three years of my life, I would surely have given up. But when your source of hope comes from God, then there is always hope. And when God is your source of love, then there is always love. And love never fails. God will never fail you. He will never leave you, nor will He forsake you (Joshua 1:5). Remember that above anything else, He loves you so much , that he sent His Son to die in your place so that you can be free to live the life you have today (John 3:16) Jesus entered this world to take on the burden of our sins and the penalty of our sinfulness so that we could share His perfection.

Today, if our hearts are aligned with God, our walk is considered blameless, for there is no condemnation for us because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. He gave his life so that we might truly live. Go boldly knowing that God rewards those who seek after Him. Declare your faith by speaking positive words over yourself, your loved ones, your situations and circumstances.