Monday, September 15, 2014

the weekend something (wk. 2)

at this moment in time I'm sitting at my desk silently screaming because my computer casually deleted something I spent 2+ hours working goes on.

this past weekend?

something yum - what can I say, I'm a creature of habit, this weekends yum was also a burger and fries...because it is now and will always be my fave


something fun - my sweet friend and I took Roon to the Dungeness Spit for some beach hiking ... two hours after arriving we had made it exactly 15 feet from where we started. So much for the hiking but Roon had a great time splashing and we got all caught up on each others lives.

something done - Sunday I finally caved and picked up this day-planner ... because life is busy and I need paper and lists to make sense of it. 

how was your weekend? how is your monday?

Friday, September 12, 2014

this week.

this week I'm ... 

craving queso + a jalapeno margarita
listening to "Reign In Us" by Starfield 
catching up on "The Following"
falling behind on my Hosea devotions
weighing the pros and cons of this early education program
starting to plan my christmas gift giving
missing strawberries and blackberries
dreaming about pumpkin carving and apple cider
going to make that gelato
enjoying the last of the summer sunshine
looking forward to a saturday well spent

prayers + praises (wk.2)

week two - feeling particularly grateful this week!

-focus for the mountain on my plate
-continued prayers of safety for my friend Rachel
-guidance for my school situation
-smooth transitions into ...

- ... a new job that I'm indescribably excited about!
-carrying me through difficult conversations
-friends that come spend time with me and my tantrum throwing toddler
-weekend plans that include sunshine, pie and one of the best ladies ever


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

You Are Not Baggage

this goes for all of you
but especially you...

you aren't a mistake
a burden
an inconvenience
or a punishment

you aren't the result of a guilty conscience
or a ticket to heaven

you aren't a regret
you aren't a bad decision
you aren't an oops

you are the intricate design
woven in the hands of a master

you were planned
you have purpose
you are adored

you are the best gift
the greatest adventure
the longest laugh
the deepest love

never forget that

Monday, September 8, 2014

the weekend something

Mondays ... right?

As promised, I'm starting another regular blog feature/series today - and it's even more simple than prayers + praises.

allow me to introduce,  "the weekend something"

where I recap my weekend by sharing,

something fun - a fun activity I did
something yum - a tasty food I ate
something done - a "to do" list project I completed

this past weekend,

something fun - two days, two trips to the park

something yum - greasy fast food burgers

something done - upgrading Roon's wardrobe so she doesn't look like a ragamuffin


Friday, September 5, 2014

prayers + praises

I'm a fan of routine and regularity.
I love to expect the expected.
I'm boring, but alas, it is what it is.

In light of that unfortunate truth,
I'm starting two regular blog features.
The first one will be "prayers + praises" on Fridays.

It is exactly what it sounds like -
me sharing what I'm praying for,
and what I'm grateful for.

this week...

I'm praying for
clarity in my confusion
direction for my path
safety for my friend who will be in Kenya all month
salvation for the unsaved
encouragement for some friends that need it
freedom for those I know, and those I don't, who are struggling with shame and insecurity
a tongue that speaks Your Words

I'm praising God for 
His Love and Grace and Forgiveness
the most sunshiny of summers
a short work week
the safe delivery of my sister back to Utah
and my friend to Kenya
a toddler that blew the doctor away at her 18-month check up

Check back Monday for series number two!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

comparison trap

*another in the series of throwback posts*

" My eager desire and hope being that I may never feel ashamed,
but that now as ever I may do honor to Christ in my own person by fearless courage"
- Philippians 1:20

Awhile back I was playing that really fun game where you compare your life to the lives of others and feel depressed. Maybe you're familiar?
I'm as much an internet fan as anyone. I have a Facebook, I frequently Instagram, I've monetized my Pinterest because I pin so much stuff. But I think we can all safely say that while access to so much information can be incredible and inspiring, it can also be downright discouraging. 
Which brings me back to the alleged night when I spent an hour scrolling through the Instagram account of someone I don't know, that I found by falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole. The longer I scrolled, the more discontent I felt with my own life. 
It's embarrassing to admit this. But it brought me so low that I ended up on my knees beside my bed praying for relief from my own thoughts. 
I found this verse in Philippians while reading my daily devotion, and it brought me back home. (gotta love God's timing)

Lord, I pray in this new year that you will use me, as I am, with the talents that you gifted me at birth. That instead of comparing myself, my life, and my skills to those around me, I will see myself as a part of Your great plan. That I will focus on the path You have laid before me and be able to honor You with my own person, rather than honoring the world by being someone I am not. Thank you for all your blessings, in Jesus' holy name - Amen.