January 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
As I look over the past year, I am so thankful for everything. After embracing change and moving out West, enjoying a year of marriage to my best friend, starting a new job, and traveling all over the country, I cannot help but feel blessed. I can see how God directed us and is continually shaping us into who he created us to be. I am growing – gaining patience with trying people, seeing others through loving and forgiving eyes, deepening my desire to spend time with God – and will continue to grow this next year. I am not much of a resolution maker, but I do want to make this resolution – to truly seek to follow Christ and bring him glory in all that I do – even when I’m cleaning our apartment (yuck) – and to love others unconditionally. I hope you all have a wonderful 2014, and remember to enjoy the little things in life!
August 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
My days are full of doing things. Shorter days are starting to kick in, so I will soon be getting up with the sun. I am out and about from our apartment from 7am to 5:30pm, and when I get home I help finish making dinner, we clean up, sit down to have some tea, and before I know it is time for me to go to bed! But there is one time I truly cherish in the morning that gives me energy and starts my day out right.
I used to listen to a random radio station when I traveled to work, bobbing my head to the music, singing along to the current songs. But when we moved to Colorado I decided to do something different. I changed the station to WAY-FM, Denver’s Christian radio station. And it truly has made a difference in what I think about and how I look at life.
Now I find myself singing songs to God anywhere and everywhere, glorifying Him, instead of singing those degrading songs with lyrics that would cause hair to curl. I start my day focused on God, praying to Him asking for direction, guidance, a positive attitude that impacts my co-workers, and praise Him in all His power, glory, and majesty.
I look forward to listening to the radio now. I get excited to be encouraged to truly live my life in a way that shows the love of Christ. It is one part of my day that I would hate to miss out on. It’s my time with God that doesn’t get interrupted. It’s a time where I can be recharged so that I can love others. This one little choice to turn the dial to a new station has affected my life. It shows how powerful one small decision can truly make a difference. You know what? I want to make many more small choices.
May 30, 2013 § 3 Comments
Today’s topic of Blog Every Day in May is letting go.
There are so many things that I need to let go…anger, the feeling of entitlement, self-doubt, bitterness, needing to be right…but above all else I need to let go my need to be in control. I like to be in control of everything, including what I think my future should hold. I want to know what will happen next in my life, what next step I should take. I want to be one of those people who knows exactly how they fit in life and know how they want their life to pan out.
But I have been learning over the years to give everything up to God, to let Him be in control. Because if He is in control, I don’t have to worry about anything. But that is easier said then done. I sometimes find myself holding onto something very tightly, wishing that I would have answers. That only brings stress into my life, instead of freedom and joy.
For me, every day will be a constant choice: Do I grip tightly to what I think I need and want or do I let go of what I think is best and fully trust God? I am forever learning to trust.
May 6, 2013 § 2 Comments
Saturday mornings are one of our favorite days during the week. We can stay in bed as long as we want and then lazily move towards the kitchen where we make coffee in our handmade mugs. Usually husband gets up before I do…the bed always entices me to stay longer and I will call out in a sad voice, “James…(no answer)…James…(no answer)…” until he comes back. Then I will try to get him to climb back in bed, but to no avail. He loves his mornings. I’ll come out and find him in his favorite place: on the soft sheep rug with his Bible and coffee. It’s refreshing and restoring to start out our weekend on the right foot by spending time with God. I find that I am then more patient, more understanding, more kind, more loving and more aware of God. We drown out our busy schedules, our worries and fears, and take in the stillness and peace. I am so thankful for our home and our life.