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Hi! We're Lance and Rebekah Gibson. We are newlyweds happily settled in the Lonestar state. We love lots of things including drive-in movies, game nights, anything involving the lake, and our Lord and Savior.

Friday, July 5, 2013

What We've Been Up To Lately

Hi there, friends! Hope you have all enjoyed a happy and safe Fourth of July and will continue to be safe throughout the weekend. :) We had a wonderful time with good friends out on Granbury lake and saw a beautiful fireworks show. I just love fireworks, and seeing them out over a lake is especially magical for some reason. It was a blast! 

We've been running full force around here, as usual. My first summer class is about to finish up (HOLLA) so I've been in crunch mode trying to make sure I've learned everything there is to know about cells, and meiosis and mitosis and other endless concepts. That combined with being a wife has kept me busy, but I sure am happy. Lance has also been in crunch mode lately because it is officially camp time! Intensity 2013 begins this Monday, so he and the rest of the guys involved are busy setting everything up and preparing for an awesome camp where we know God will do great things! I miss him like crazy already, but I am so thankful for a husband who will sacrifice his time and energy to be a part of kingdom work. I sure do love that man. 

Although things are crazy, here's a quick update via Instagram pics of the fun things we've managed to squeeze in during our free time! 

My sweet friend Molly is getting married in less than TWO WEEKS and I am honored to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. Molly has been one of my best friends ever since 5th grade. We've seen one another through a lot of hard times, even more good times, and lots of fun! She has such a beautiful spirit and her hubby-to-be is such a sweet guy. I can't wait for her to experience the blessing of marriage! 

Here we are with part of the bridesmaid group! We all went to high school together (Well, they have all been together for much longer than that! I met them all my junior year of high school when I moved to their school), and it's been fun spending some time together again and being with Molly as she gets ready to be John's wife. 

We finally took our boat out on the lake last week. I could live out there on the water, I love it so much!  Lance has been out behind a boat since he was about two years old and he learned to knee board. As he got older, he transitioned to a wakeboard and now he does all kinds of crazy stuff out there on the water. He taught me to wakeboard the first summer we were together and I've been hooked ever since! I can now jump a wake, but that's about the extent of my crazy wakeboarding tricks! :) 

My best friend. 

Wakeboarding behind the boat with the beautiful sunset! 

We were gifted some tickets to Rangers game last Sunday, and had a great time despite the heat! Seriously, our seats were so hot when we got there that we had to douse them in water before we could sit in them. Needless to say, this white girl came home with quite the sunburn! 

I have some prayer requests to share if you wouldn't mind praying for us whenever the Lord brings us to mind! 

 - My husband and the staff of Intensity 2013, as they spend lots of time out in the sun and staying up late into the night to make this an awesome week for the youth groups attending. Pray that they would given energy to make it through all of the work and excitement for the awesome things that God is going to do this next week!

- Pray for the students that will be attending Intensity! So many people will be coming through with serious hurt and questions about faith and it's amazing to see what the Lord does when you come to Him for healing and realize that it's only through Him that we truly experience freedom. God is so good to us, isn't He? He not only provides hope for us as we live for heaven, but He also wants to experience life to the fullest here while we wait for Him. He doesn't want us to live in bondage to the hurt in our life, but experience freedom from the crappy situations of our past AND the power to love others despite how we've been loved! He is so good. 

Happy weekend to you guys! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Here Is Love, Vast As the Ocean

Today while I was researching the story I'll be teaching to my second graders on Sunday, I stumbled upon the lyrics of this old hymn called "Here Is Love, Vast As the Ocean". I sat at my desk, and just started crying. This old hymn paints such a beautiful picture of what the Lord has done for us, despite the guilt of the world. What love our Savior has for us. What an incredible act of love it was that he sent his Son to be crucified on my behalf, for MY sin. And that he continues to love and pursue us? Wow. This is a love worth celebrating. A love worth sharing! A love worthy of the awe that I feel each time I remember how vast it truly is. 

I encourage you to read this lyrics thoughtfully. Reflect on how this truth has played out in your own life. Do you often think of the act of love and grace that put our Savior on the cross? Do you realize that He did this in your place? He took your sin, your shame and guilt and willingly bore it on the cross. What amazing love. 

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of life, our Ransom, 
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
Throughout Heaven's eternal days

On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God's mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above.
And Heaven's peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer Livin'

My brief, wonderful weeks of Summer have officially come to an end. Are you, like me, thinking "What?! Summer should just be starting!". Well, not for me. Not this summer anyways. After three blissful weeks of no homework, no biology lab, or exams, I am back in the classroom and about to complete week 1 of my summer session. It.Is.Awful. No one should be locked up in classroom from 9am-2pm everyday during summer time. 

However, I did manage to cram some super fun summer activities in during my three weeks off. 

First was our amazing vacation to Tennessee! 

We made it a point to stop at every state's welcome center.

We drove past so many beautiful lakes and rivers. 

The scene outside of our campsite on night one.

And we're off to hike in the Smoky Mountain National Park!

We may or may not have scouted out some real estate while we were there. Just saying, we would not be opposed to living in Tennessee someday! :) 

It was such a fun trip, and I could not be more thankful for the man I got to share it with. We took this trip to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and what an incredible year this has been! Before we got married, everyone warned us about us about "the first year". They told stories of horrible fights, awkwardness while trying to learn how to live with one another, and lots of hostility towards one another in general. I am happy to say that our first year of marriage couldn't have been farther from those testimonies. Lance and I have never fought with each other, not in the two years we spent together dating, the six stressful months of trying to plan a wedding, or even the scary first year of marriage! Does that mean that we are boring and never talk about anything, or that we hold our feelings inside and never share them with each other in fear of conflict? Nope. It means that when the situation arises in which we could potentially argue, one of us has to be the bigger person and lead us into a time of simple conversation. Is it easy? Nope. It's much easier to hurl insults at one another, or storm off in a rage rather than discuss things, or choose stony silence for the next couple of days rather than talking and trying to work things out. But it's so worth it. And, through the power of God's love in our lives and the awesome counseling we had before we got married, we can do this. My husband extends grace to me in those moments that I'm upset and can't make sense of what I'm really hurting over, and I do the same for him. Our testimony is one of grace and acceptance, rather than anger and tension. I praise God for it, and it is possible for anyone else too! 

All of that rambling to say that I couldn't be happier in my marriage. I couldn't be more humbled by the Lord's abundant blessings in my life. He has given abundantly, and I am so so thankful for His love. I couldn't be more in love with the God-fearing, passionate, caring man that I get to wake up next to every morning. Here's to many more anniversaries together, Lord willing. 

Also, a sneak peek of something I just can't WAIT to share! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Second Honeymoon

T-minus 5 DAYS until the hubs and I are off to the Great Smoky Mountains for a week of relaxation and fun to celebrate our one-year anniversary! I know, I know, our real anniversary is June 16th but this girl is going to be living it up in summer classes during that time, so we will be celebrating a little early. 

If you couldn't tell already, I love love love Tennessee and those beautiful mountains. I wouldn't mind it at all if the Lord called us to pack our things and move up there to serve those people. . . not one bit, :) We leave next Monday and will drive to Memphis, where we will stay with some friends overnight. The next day we will be up and at it early and on our way to our first campsite in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wednesday, we will hike 8 miles up to our next campsite, which is said to be next to some beautiful streams and such. Thursday, we hike back down the mountain and head to Gatlinburg where we will stay in a quaint little cabin next to a river for two nights. Friday and Saturday will also be exciting, with white-water-rafting and a mountain side horseback trail ride. Finally, on Sunday, we'll head back to the great state of Texas. Y'all, I seriously can't wait. This past semester of school really took a lot out of me, and I could use a quick little break to say the least. :) 

Here are some pictures of the fun we had last year on our real honeymoon to beautiful Tennessee:

Can't WAIT! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Liebster

One thing I love about the blogging world is the way you can easily meet new people, get a glimpse into their lives, and the way that through these little glimpses we can skip with them through the happy times as well as cry with them/encourage them through the trials. Recently, I "met" a sweet lady named Abbi, who nominated me for a Liebster Award! You can find Abbi's charming blog here. Thank you Abbi! I look forward to getting to know you better through the blogging world. :)

The basic procedure of the Liebster award is to do as follows:

  • Thank your nominator! Include a link back to their blog with your appreciation
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator
  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-11 other up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers for the award--no tag backs!
  • Come up with your own set of 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them so they can pass it on

My 11 answers to Abbi's 11 questions: 

Who are your blogging role models?

My blogging role models . . . Hmm. Well, I really love reading Eric Garland's blog ( you can find him here). He is a children's minister serving in the Houston area, and his heart for kids and the Lord is so encouraging! He has great ideas for his ministry, and I look to his blog for inspiration for my own ministry as well encouragement in my walk with Christ

Your perfect day would be?My perfect day consists of a combination of beautiful weather, that smokin hot man I married, and the great outdoors. I love to be outdoors, even more so when the weather is gorgeous and my Hubs is with me! A day of exploring . . . that would be perfect

Food you would pack for one year?
Peanut butter. And oatmeal. And cheeseburgers. And sweet tea! Random, right

Favorite quote?
"Comparison is the thief of joy." Such a good reminder!

Blog post or posts your proud of?
Hmm . . . I wouldn't say proud, but I enjoyed writing about beauty a while back ("She Is Clothed In Strength and Dignity")

What made you fall in love with your husband?
My husband's love for the Lord and his desire to honor Him with EVERYTHING he does is what drew me to him. I had never known anyone so sold out for their Savior, and he made me want to live for the Lord like that! He loves our God with passion, and that is so attractive. Of course, his green eyes and romantic antics don't hurt either. :) 

Money was no object and you already had the education necessary, what would you do when you grew up?
WEDDING PLANNER! Of course, I would still have to work with kids in some degree. I just love them so much. But oh my goodness, to be a wedding planner would be so stinking awesome.

Guilty pleasure?
Hmm . . . It's a tossup between spoonfuls of peanut butter (but only Peter Pan's Creamy Honey Roasted Peanut Butter) and coffee.

Favorite charity to donate to? Why?
Well, I honestly haven't ever contributed money to a charity, per se, but my husband and I sponsor two little boys through World Vision, and I love the work they are doing! 

What is the BEST thing about you? 
The ONLY good things that are found in me come from Jesus Christ! He is every good thing about me. 

Then, my lovely and dear friend Lacy nominated me for this award as well! Lacy is such a blessing to me. Her heart for the Lord and her desire to honor Him in all situations challenges me to be more like Him and I am so thankful for the example she is! Love you girl! 

Here are my answers to Lacy's questions:

Why do you blog?
I love blogging because I am one of those people who typically don't what they think until they try to write it out! Haha. I also love blogging because it is a fun way for me to capture memories and make them available for other people to enjoy or maybe even learn from. 

Is your main job blogging or do you have a "real job"?
Blogging is just something I do for fun. My "real job" is in children's ministry at my home church. 

If you could only eat one thing forever it would be____
A big ole unhealthy cheeseburger. No shame. 

Describe yourself in 6 words.
Oh gosh . . . Silly, easy going, quirky (according to my Hubs. . . ), happy, loyal, redeemed.

What is your cure for "bloggers block"?
Haha, I haven't found one yet. Which is why my blog posts are typically a month apart! 

What is the best book you have ever read?
This is so sad, I don't even remember the last book I read for fun. . . School textbooks consume my free time. I do remember reading Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love, and bawling my eyes out like a baby. My good friend Ryan Dalgliesh also wrote a book called Love Notes that will really enhance your walk with Christ and your relationship with your husband/wife! You should totally go buy it here

Weird question: If you were something in nature ( tree, flower, cloud, star) what would you be and why?
I think I would be a flower. . . Hopefully I would grow somewhere beautiful and make people smile. 

What is your favorite kind of music and why?
I love ALL sorts of music. My favorite albums range from the Dixie Chicks circa 1990's to Justin Timberlake's newest music. 

What has been your favorite trip to ever take?
Our Honeymoon was a BLAST! Obviously, I knew it was going to be fun, but I didn't think I would think back on it every single day and wish that I was there right now. It was seriously so much fun. 

Do you have a favorite lifetime memory? What is it?
Marrying my best friend before all of our wonderful friends and family! 

If you had one day to do whatever you wanted, money is no object, what would you do? Why?
Roadtrip it to The Smoky Mountains and never come back. :) I would love love love to live up there! It is so beautiful, everyone spends their time doing out door activities, and the people are so nice! 

Now, my nominees are.  . . 

Lacy at Chosen
Libby at opinionated.
Olivia at Simply Livy

My 11 questions are . . . 

1. What is your favorite place to shop and why?
2. What is your favorite place to go for a bite? 
3. What is one thing the Lord has taught you lately?
4. Would you rather drink only water for the rest of your life or eat only salad? 
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
6. What do you like to do in your free time?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. Favorite album lately? 
9. How would you describe yourself in 6 words?
10. What are two of your favorite memories? 
11. How did you get in to blogging? 

Have fun! 

Monday, April 8, 2013

"A Lover's Quarrel"

I've been studying the book of Jeremiah for a while now. My husband and I began reading it together every night before bed about a month and a half ago, and I decided to take a little bit of a slower approach to reading it as well during my daily reading. Wow. What a awesome, heart-wrenching portrait of God's incomparable love for His people. Not just His people in that story, but His people for all of time! 
If you are like me at all, then you're probably familiar with certain passages from this book, like the popular "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord..." verse from chapter 29, but also like me, you may not be familiar with the whole story. The story of a people who forget their first love, the gracious and passionate Lord who has blessed them and pursued them relentlessly, even in their adultery. The story of a reluctant messenger given a bleak and terrifying message to share from a mighty God. A messenger who is quite honest about his less than glorifying feelings regarding this message and even the God who gave it to him. You might not have ever seen the love of God portrayed the way it is in this book. We see Him as a scorned lover, a husband whose bride had forsaken him for prostitution -  for cheap, false satisfaction rather than the life-giving freedom from bondage type of love that He loves to lavish on us. He chose this nation, He tenderly offered her his protection and care. And she turned on Him. His words bleed pain. But His love is faithful, and He offers her a way back to Him more than once. 


My understanding of the Lord and His vast love for us has been blown away so far. I don't know if it's just because I better understand the concept of God's love like a husband now that I am married, or if it is simply that I never truly tried to grasp this concept. But my heart breaks for Him. My faith in Him is strengthened. I am reminded that he is FOR me, He CARES for my well-being. He desires my deepest affections and He reciprocates that love better than I ever will or I will ever find elsewhere. His word is living and active; it DEMADS to be spoken.  As Jeremiah states in chapter 20,  verse 5 

"But if I say, 'I will not mention Him or speak anymore in His name,' His word is in my heart like a FIRE, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; Indeed, I CANNOT."

READ THIS BOOK. Learn about His passion for YOU. His concern for YOU. His mighty power and His tender love... For YOU. Rest in Him today.  

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when the heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit."

Jeremiah 17:7-8