Monday, January 26, 2015

Soundrack Suppers

As I told you last week I have something really great in store for you. It has actually been a project in the making for months and finally I can share it with you.
Most of you know of my love for gathering people around the table and creating an atmosphere of hospitality and warmth.
That is why I want to start the Soundtrack Suppers.
Soundtrack Suppers will be an evening with good food, old and new friends and community around the table. I am not an expert in cooking nor do I have an education in it, but I have a love for preparing and sharing a meal. The food will be home cooked, seasonal and as much as possible regional. Soundtrack Suppers are not about creating the fanciest dishes but about experiencing an evening where time stands still, candles burn down and conversations are fruitful.
Here are a few things you can count on:
- a beautifully decked table
- the right music for the right time (this is afterall a blog about the Soundtrack of a life)
- several courses
- food prepared with love

Now if you would like to get more information about dates, costs and all the likes or if you would just like to receive regular updates you can email me at soundtracksuppers(at)gmail.com and I'll make sure you are going to get all the info you need.

Looking forward to hearing from many of you.

xoxo

Ramona

Friday, January 23, 2015

Selah

After the holidays and many parties and feasting there comes January. January to me always feels cut off, grey, long. Yet there is a simple beauty to it, the beauty of a whole new year ahead of white blank pages ready to be written with ink telling of risks we took and adventures we sought. The year lies ahead of us.
I love that we do our 21 days of prayer and fasting at church right in the beginning of this year. So for 21 days you cut down on things, slow down and remember what is really important.

I for one took these 21 days to pause, to meditate, to allow God to whisper and speak into my life. As I cut off things which can consume my mind and soul I took time to tune in and focus on what is really important.
And already God has started things in my life, already I am seeing a path to take and changes to come and I cannot wait for this year. For 2015 and all it will bring. I am ready, willing to take risks, willing to endure things if needed and open to any kind of change that needs to come.

Also I have something really great in store for you all which will be revealed next week and really I can't wait.

Until then if you haven't taken time to sit down yet and write down your dreams for this year I highly recommend doing it this weekend.

xoxo

Ramona

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Movie Monday (on Thursday)

I know I know it is not Monday, but I wanted to share my favorite Christmas movies with you and I'm doing it today!
First up: Elf.
As you know I am not usually much into comedies but this movie is one that makes me laugh more than others. It is hilarious, cute, full of good Christmas spirit. My favorite line: "I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who sees it". My favorie scene: When Will Ferrell jumps at the tree to put the star on. Hilarious!

2.  The Holiday.

I mean how could I not love this movie? It is full of love and romance and great actors. And let's just say that I may or may not have danced in my pyjamas to The Killers song before.

3. The Family Stone
This one has quickly become one of my favorites because it shows family life so well. The craziness, the little packages we all carry and the love and forgiveness. One of my favorite scenes: When Luke Wilson tells Sarah J. Parker to just stop, stop trying. Perfect moment.

4. Meet me in St. Louis

I love love love old movies. It is those movies I grew up with watching on Sunday afternoons. I love this movie because I don't think that much has changed when it comes to girls and having crushes on men. Oh well. What can I say.

And lastely: Rocky I-V

Yes you heard me right. I love all the Rocky movies. I grew up watching them and think we should all watch them around Christmas. The most "christmasy" one is probably the 4th one but they are all amazing. Trust me on this. I cry every single time!

So here it is. Enjoy these Christmas days with your family and friends.

xoxo

Ramona

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas



"He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less." (2 Corinthians 5:5)

With this verse I am wishing you a restful, reflective and refreshing Christmas. Remember why we celebrate it: Jesus, Immanuel came here to save us and set us free! Let's celebrate that!
xoxo
Ramona

PS: Tomorrow I'll share my favorite Christmas movies with you





Saturday, December 20, 2014

#partyseason


Today I want to ponder about a few thoughts with you because I am not doing my calendar but really feel the urge to remind us all to take this Christmas season one day, one minute a time and really take it in. Remember each day why we really celebrate Christmas.
December for me is always party season (hence: #partyseason) and today the marathon of gatherings and parties, and eat-outs is coming to a close.
But this week I thought about why I love it so much. It is not because I love to plan parties or because I love to gather people. No. The months before the end of the year are always pretty full work-wise, life-wise and just in general there is a lot going on.
And then the parties and gathering to me personally are like the complete opposite to work so they form a nice balance to the workload. It is like work and play balance each other out in two pretty extreme ways.

It is always during this season that I see my friends the most and spend the most time with them which makes me so happy.
So this morning as I was looking at our tree and the presents and the parties and gatherings I just thought about my friends and how lucky and thankful I am. And there are already some new ideas and dreams forming for this coming year. Some very exciting things which I can't wait to tell you about.
So having said that I am leaving you with three posts from the calendars of previous years: 1, 2 and 3
Why don't you take today and email, write, text whatever it is your friends and tell them how much they mean to you and how thankful you are for them.


xoxo

Ramona

Friday, December 12, 2014

To Rise. To Stand. To Deliver


When I bike to work these days the world still lays in quiet darkness. These mornings have their own beauty and special feel to it. There is a privacy and intimacy connected to it which I cherish. These moments are for myself and spending them with God every morning is quite amazing.
Today it made me think of the verse in Proverbs 31 where it says: "She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls."
I personally am a big fan of Proverbs 31. It is a constant reminder of the woman I desire to be and an encouragement in daily life. If she can do it, I can do it.

But this morning this verse in particular came to mind. There is so much in rising before dawn and I love how she while it is still dark outside prepares nourishment for her household.

Now, we do live in pretty dark times and it is easy to get frustrated with a lot of things. In these dark times I believe it is important that we rise up to nourish our household. I believe this to be true in the most literal sense as in preparing food for our household because there is power in gathering but I also believe it to be true figuratively to rise up in the darkness and nourish our house, may that be family, friends, church, anything. And with nourishment I mean spiritual nourishment. We need to take stand in the darkness of the world and stand up for the lost and broken, those without a voice, those who can not stand for themselves. We might not be able to do it all, but I believe we can all do something. I believe it is our daily decisions to rise up and do something. May this be by gathering a group of friends and praying or by fundraising money or by actually reaching out a hand to the people around you.

I did a little research on this verse using a concordance and looking into the Hebrew version of the verse and the verb to rise up, to stand up actually stands for the following words: arise, assume, carry, stop, endure, establish, restore strengthen.
Then the word night has the following meanings: night, suffering and weeping, dubious, radical
And the word to give means: abandon, deliver, prevent, roar

Wow, that's all that's left to say. I want to be the kind of woman who restores and strengthens and stops and endures, the kind of woman who delivers and prevents and gives!

So as this year is ending I am starting to think of things ahead and I guess this morning my desire to rise up in darkness and be the light just grew and it is always good to have something to work on. That being said I hope you are enjoying this Advent. It is a special time. May we not forget why we celebrate Christmas.

xoxo

Ramona

PS: Some of you might have noticed that I am not doing my Calendar this year. It is not that I am not inspired every day but it wasn't time and place to do it this year. If you would like to read up on the past years you can do so here, here, here and here. Some of the video links might not work any more. My apologies.



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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday Tunes

I love gathering for praise and worship. I love gathering in a large place with thousands of people or in church or at a conference. It has been those place where God spoke some amazing things in my life or healed things which needed healing.
And at the same time I love gathering in a smaller setting, best friends, a guitar, worship. Those are some of the most anointed worship gatherings because of their intimacy. A couple of weeks ago I had shared music from The United Pursuit and I love how you can tune in to their living room gatherings and be part of it. Their music has influenced me a lot and I have had some pretty awesome worship moments in my car with their music.
Today I am sharing music by Elevation Church which in all truth I only started listening to a week or so ago, but my flatmate sent me this link and something inside of me clicked. I love the music in their big gatherings but I also love this intimate setting.
The following song is from their newest album and it has been on repeat this whole week. I have no words for how it is a blessing but if you've ever experienced something just being right in your spirit, then you know what I'm talking about.
So how could I not share?



xoxo

Ramona

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