Archive for March, 2008

Cherry Blossoms

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Yesterday, some of us from Grace Church went to check out the Cherry Blossoms in DC. Here are some pictures.

Counting Down

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

There are only 35 more days until graduation!!

There are only 140 days until our wedding!!

A Prayer for Regeneration

Friday, March 28th, 2008

From The Valley of Vision

A Prayer for Regeneration

O God of the highest heaven,
Occupy the throne of my heart,
take full possession and reign supreme,
lay low every rebel lust,
let no vile passion resist thy holy war;
manifest thy mighty power,
and make me thine for ever.
Thou art worthy to be
praised with my every breath,
loved with my every faculty of soul,
served with my every act of life.
Thou hast loved me, espoused me, received me,
purchased, washed, favoured, clothed, adorned me,
when I was worthless, vile, soiled, polluted.
I was dead in iniquities,
having no eyes to see thee,
no ears to hear thee,
no taste to relish thy joys,
no intelligence to know thee;
But thy Spirit has quickened me,
has brought me into a new world as a new creature,
has given me spiritual perception,
has opened to me thy Word as light, guide, solace, joy.
Thy presence is to me a treasure of unending peace;
No provocation can part me from thy sympathy,
for thou hast drawn me with cords of love,
and dost forgive me daily, hourly.
O help me then to walk worthy of thy love,
of my hopes, and my vocation.
Keep me, for I cannot keep myself;
Protect me that no evil befall me;
Let me lay aside every sin admired of many;
Help me to walk by thy side, lean on thy arm,
hold converse with thee,
That henceforth I may be salt of the earth and a blessing to all.

The beautiful song O Great God by Bob Kauflin on the Valley of Vision album was written based on this great Puritan Prayer.

May Christ Be Glorified

Monday, March 24th, 2008

“If Christ is followed only because his gifts are great and his threats are terrible, he is not glorified by his followers. A defective lord can offer great gifts and terrible threats. And a person may want the gifts, fear the terrible threats, and follow a lord whom they despise or pity or find boring or embarrassing, in order to have the gifts and avoid the threats. If Christ is to be glorified in his people, their following must be rooted not mainly in his personal gifts or threatened punishments, but in his glorious Person.”
-John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God:How to Fight for Joy, page 36.

Happy Easter

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

These VIBRANT Easter eggs were dyed by my parents.


A Song for Easter

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008


Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us.
Took the blame, bore the wrath –
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees,
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
‘Finished!’ the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God – slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

5 months!

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Five months from today I will become Mrs. Peter Beninate! That makes me happy!


Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Last week I went home to NJ for a few days. I surprised my mom for her birthday. At 9:30 PM last Wednesday I crept into the house to find my mom knitting in the living room. She was so startled and very excitedly said, “What are you doing here?!” She didn’t believe me when I told her I got kicked out of school. We enjoyed some mother- daughter time and celebrated her birthday all weekend long. It was sad to go, but it was nice to have some time at home. This is a picture of my mom with her birthday dessert at Tarantellas Restaurant. Mom, dad, me, Peter, Kyle, and Joe went out on Friday night to celebrate. We had great food and a good time!img_6162.jpg