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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

like a bottle of chanel no 5

My sweet friend L from All Glorious Within wrote the sweetest birthday post today - if you want to read it see here :)

Tomorrow I will put the first half of my twenties in a box, seal them with a kiss and say goodbye. Isn't that cray? (Yes, I've started saying "cray". Don't judge.) In moments like these - times in my life when you come to a crossroads, no matter how big or small, when I walk through those "rites of passage", or hit a benchmark - I become reflective. No matter how big or small the event. When I finish a good thick book I loved, I always savor the last few pages, and without fail I shed a tear or two when I close the back cover. 

The other day, as I dusted and rearranged my overflowing bookcase, I found one of my old Bibles. One I used in high school. The leather's all faded and a little torn, the pages crumpled. And as I opened it up and leafed thorough it's old pages, I found a bookmark. Wrinkled and ripped at the top, I got it about 10 years ago when a old family friend and mentor of mine led a women's conference. And I've cherished it since, because the few words on the bookmark remind me of something I told the Lord at that time, and a commitment I made for my life.

It reads, "She did all she could." -Mark 14:8. 

You see, she is someone I want to be like. 

She knew Jesus. And her story is in the Bible. It's one of my very favorites. When Jesus was in a place called Bethany, as He sat the table in the home of his friend, she came in. She held in her hands an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. 
She broke the jar. 
And she poured the perfume out of the jar ... onto Jesus' head.

People began whispering. Indignantly, they said to one another, "Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year's wages and the money given to the poor." 

They judged her. They looked down on her. They rebuked her. Harshly.

But Jesus looked up at them, and he said, "Leave her alone." 

He defended her.

And He said, "She has done a beautiful thing to me." 

"The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them anytime you want. But you will not always have me. 

She did all she could." 

He continued to explain. He told them she poured perfume on His body, preparing Him for his coming death and burial... something only He knew would soon occur. He said that wherever the Gospel would be preached, her story would be told.. through all the world, through all the years to come. 

(Emphasis mine. Based upon Mark 14:1-9) 

Friend, she was a woman who knew Jesus. And I want to be like her. Her story moves me. It makes me cry. 
She understood something no one else in that room did. What she did was sacred, special, and precious. And Jesus knew that. But the people in the room? They didn't "get it." 
But she didn't care. As an act of worship, she anointed Jesus with something precious. 

I love her faith. Her bravery. Her passion for Jesus. And how she didn't care what anyone said or thought. Just Him.

We don't know much about her. We don't know where she got that perfume, where she lived or how she possessed the expensive oil. But we do know she possessed something valuable, costly, precious. The perfume was worth much, to her and even to an onlooker. 
I love this story, because I can relate with it. No, I don't own bottles of costly perfume (let's face it - the perfume bottle I used in these pictures is certainly not alabaster... nor is it Chanel no.7. It's actually Juicy Couture... hey all I had to choose from was that and a half empty bottle of Taylor Swift's last fragrance) But because my life - my heart, and your life and your heart, are worth much. And we alone choose and decide how to spend our lives and where to give our hearts. 

Like the woman in this story, I chose long ago to give my life, my whole heart, my time, my love, my worship - to Him. No matter the cost. And I want to continue to do that. It is costly. By giving my life to Him 100%, I am saying "no" to all else. I am pouring it out like a costly perfume, on His head, in worship. I am trusting Him, and I am giving my all. But it is oh so worth it. Because it belongs to Him anyway. And because He is the love of my life. 
I choose to give Him this year. And the rest of my 20's. And my thirties someday. And every decade after, every year He may give me.  I don't wanna keep it bottled up. I choose to pour it out on Him. In reckless, passionate worship.

Like a bottle of Chanel no. 5, poured out. Wasted, to some it seems. Like this woman, who poured it out - despite haters, despite what anyone thought. All she saw was Him. 

Think about it tonight, my sweet friend. What are you doing with your costly perfume?
 Your life? Your heart? 

My prayer as the clock strikes midnight and I open a new chapter of life, thankful for a new year, is this: 

That I may, in reckless and passionate abandon, pour out every last drop of my costly perfume as worship to Him. And that someday, just maybe, He will say of me - 

"She did all she could." 

That would make me a happy girl.
What are you doing with your costly jar?
May we, through His grace, pour it all out for Him.

Love to you and you and you.
Happy almost-Thanksgiving.



PS -  Check back tomorrow after you've eaten yummy turkey and all your favorite sides ...
 I have a big birthday/Thanksgiving celebration giveaway. You don't wanna miss this one :)

//outfit stats//

Dress: Target
Earrings: Forever 21
Jeans: Q Boutique

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  1. Oh I lovee your outfit!!

  2. I hope you have the sweetest birthday filled with love and an amazing year with Him by your side!

  3. You are BEAUTIFUL inside and out! I want the same... to do all I can for Christ! Thank you for telling that verse with explantation

  4. Wow, Erin you always know what I need to hear and post it accordingly. Thank you for such a lovely post! And happy birthday!!

  5. How amazing you are my sweet friend:) I love your heart!!! Happy birthday may the Lord bless you abundantly:)

  6. love the outfit! and happy early birthday! hope you have a great day tomorrow for it!

  7. Here's to the next chapter.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,

    The ladies and I are starting to gather a bit early this week so that we can take our turkey loving time mingling and growing together over the next few days.

    Thank you for linking up with us last week, thank you for sharing your sweet energy with all of us... thank you for being beautiful you.

    Come join us if you please.

  8. Erin this post made me cry!..tears of joy! This story has always touched my heart in such a deep way. Jesus love note to us showing us how valuable our pursuit of him and all we can offer him is. Thank you so much for sharing this post Erin exactly what my heart needed to hear tonight:)
    Love your sister in christ

  9. You've got such a great blog!!

    Beautiful pictures :)
    And, have a happy birthday filled with lots of laughs and love!

  10. I love your passion and the way you want to live your life! Happy birthday! You share a birthday with my baby sister--she's turning 6.

  11. Happy birthday sweetness!! You are completely and honestly amazing!!

  12. Beautiful, Erin, just beautiful!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Do you mind emailing me your address, pretty please? I know. I know. I need to respond to your last email too. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving, friend.


  13. Your words always reflect Christ beauty. I am always inspired by what you write. Thank you for sharing. Happy Birthday!

  14. You are such a great writer! This post literally made me have goosebumps. Youre love for Christ is so addicting I want that deep bond as well.. Thank you, truly for this post, I know I was meant to read it.

  15. This really spoke to me, Erin. Made me think about what I'm doing with my costly perfume. Thank you!!

    Happiest of birthday's to you sweet Erin! May this year be the best yet, and may you just meet and experience God in such amazing ways. God bless you, girl!! You are sooo precious! If I lived closer, I'd definitely shower you with Starbucks. haha. Have an amazing day!

    Love you.

  16. Happy birthday Erin!!! I love you so much and am blessed by you beyond measure... God is SHINING through you in ways that you will never know.

    'I don't wanna keep it bottled up. I choose to pour it out on Him. In reckless, passionate worship.' I LOVE that statement, Erin.

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us on a daily basis. You BLESS my socks off!!!

  17. Oh, this is so moving. I long to be that way, pouring it all out for Him and His glory. That story is also one of my favorites– the pastor at my church recently did a sermon on it and it was amazing! You are such a blessing Erin, happy birthday to you! Love you girl!

  18. What a beautiful post, and your sweet scriptures EVERYwhere on your blog.
    Glad to call myself a follower.

  19. happy happy birthday sweet friend. (even if I am a little late commenting ;) i am so encouraged by your post. Love!

    p.s. wrote a post for you on my blog :)


  20. I absolutely love this verse---doing all we can do. That's really all any of us can strive for, isn't it?


  21. Happy Birthday sweet girl. I absolutely loved this post and it is exactly what I needed to read. <3


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