I’ll take more days like this one, please!

24 Jan

woke up, made coffee, went to the grocery store, put chili in the crock pot, church, lunch with Jennie Ann, gym, back to the grocery store, made corn bread, girlie friends came over, we ate, we talked, we hung out, we had a good time. Photo evidence you ask? Of, course!
























Updated my chili recipe and I do believe it was the BEST I’ve ever made. I used buffalo instead of beef, added 2 fresh jalapenos, threw in some chopped cilantro, and squeezed a lime into it all. Don’t get me wrong… my chili was great before, but this time it was greatER, and ooooh so pretty too!


scraped knees

22 Jan

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

My daddio at The Jesus Test even

Lately I’ve had prayer on my mind. I’ve thought about prayer, I’ve read about prayer, I’ve asked for prayer, I’ve prayed, I’ve even prayed about prayer. It is such a powerful tool, in so so many ways! First, it allows me to spend time with my Jesus. It’s a conversation, and like all conversations, there are 2 parts. You talk, you listen, so prayer shouldn’t be any different. It’s easy just to spill your guts and go on your way, but you’d be missing the most important part! You have to be still and listen for God’s response. Let him speak to you. I think it’s important to know that God does answer prayer… ALWAYS. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no, and sometimes wait. “If you trust God enough to pray, will you trust Him enough to accept the answers you receive?” (From  day 13 of The Jesus Test, Try Prayer) It’s all about surrender. I find myself all too often praying selfish prayers, asking God for this or that, thinking I know what’s best, but I don’t. Instead I should be praying as though I am Jesus praying for me. That seems confusing, but I simply mean that I should ask God to answer my prayers in ways that would glorify him. As long as we pray this way, prayers will be answered, I promise! Don’t take my word for it, reread that verse at the top of this post. Those red letters are from Jesus, straight from the horse’s mouth! Take his word for it! The contents of this post came from my daddy’s book, The Jesus Test (Just giving credit where it’s due… follow that link. get a copy. great book. do it.)

For a long time I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a website solely dedicated to prayer requests. It’s not always easy to approach someone and ask them to pray for you, and definitely not always easy to be specific about why you need the prayers, so I think a website could be perfect! You could go there, submit prayer requests anonymously, and just know that on the other end somebody will receive it and lift it up to the Lord. Perhaps this is a start. If you have a prayer request feel free to e-mail me @ vlbarge@gmail.com, leave a comment here, anything really!

Alright everyone, have a wonderful Saturday!

blog blog

20 Jan

I must say, today was rather a success… I woke up early (7:30=waaay early for me) and had breakfast in bed! This is nothing out of the ordinary for a person with no dining furniture, the kicker is I have to get out of bed, prepare breakfast, which today only involved cutting a grapefruit in half, and brewing some coffee (komodo dragon blend, of course!) then crawl back in. Maybe, hopefully, one day somebody special will serve me breakfast in bed. Fingers crossed! Pictures, yes?

Anywho, after my yummy yummy ruby red grapefruit, I had a little one-on-one time with my main man, my Lord and Savior. Why don’t I do this more often? How can I truly enjoy a relationship with Him without spending time with Him? Simple answer, I can’t. I feel, in the past 6 months or so I’ve lost focus and some of my lines have been blurred. It happens too easily. I am blessed, though, with a loving God, a forgiving God, a God who wants nothing more than for me (and you) to come back home! Part of my quiet time involved reading day 26 of my daddy’s book, The Jesus Test. This day is called, “Try Going Home.” It was about the story of the prodigal son, pretty famous little story there found in Luke 15:11-32. Basically, a father has 2 sons. The younger son decides to go out on his own, so he asks his father for his share of the estate. He goes off, turns his back on his dad, and finds himself at rock bottom. Thinking to himself that his father’s servants are better off than he, he makes the journey back home. The father sees the son from a distance and runs to meet him. He embraces him and is overcome with joy. In response, the son says in Luke 15:21, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” (I could say the same to my Father in Heaven). His dad doesn’t care. He is only happy to have his son back. In verse 24 he says, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” Such a powerful tale, and it hit me in the heart. That whole saying, “home is where the heart is,” is only true if you have C-H-R-I-S-T in your H-E-A-R-T, because really, home is where He is. I feel so at home.

Next stop, dentist office. Don’t go there. ever. They are bad news! It’s all worst case scenario with them, sooooo they tell me I MIGHT need a root canal. A $2100 root canal! Ridiculousness…. orrrrr maybe I just need a filling. I’m praying for that option. A-work, a-work, a-work, first day of Audio Engineering 2 (yayayayayayay so stoked for this semester), hit the gym, then went to Target. p.s. super successful shopping trip! New boots, a yoga mat, beef jerkey, organic chocolate milk (because it is the BEST thing to drink after a workout. No, really. Google it!), a cloth for my new car and new love, Coal (mainly to dry him off after a trip through the carwash), and the most darling head wrap… all for under $35! look look!

And nowwww, it is midnight and I’m going back to the gym to pump some iron… sheesh-kabobs! (don’t think that I am ANY sort of fitness fanatic… I’ve been slacking for months and months and months. just now starting the process alll.over.again. and I happened to make weight-lifting plans with someone who is just getting off work)

oh i get by with a little help from my friends…

18 Jan

If the past couple of weeks is any indicator, I think that 2011 may be the best friend year to date! I’m blessed with sooo so many people! I’ve learned more and more how important it is to love one another and how all of these faces are making me who I am! There is a song by the Format. It’s called Swans, and in this song is a favorite lyric of mine (one that I plan on getting tattooed sooooonish maybe, hopefully), “we fit into each other we are russian dolls, where somewhere in the center sits a beating heart…” To me, it’s about finding your people and your place in life. These are some of my friends. They are great!

old friends…


Austin JustAMan Hufferman


Jennie Ann

new friends…

Mikayla Jenkins

tommy tommy

brother friends…

brother bear

other friends…

Krista friend

Megan Riccardi

Mister Peters

bok bok!

roomie rooms

“…we are flying higher than our counterparts. we have got each other i’d say that’s enough. so come on, come on, come on” -The Format

feet first…

18 Jan

I’m a rather latecomer to this whole blogging thing, so we’ll see how it goes… Feet first though! 

p.s. do you love my boots!? i love my boots…