praying for James every day

March 1, 2014 § 2 Comments

I read a blog post about praying for your husband daily for a year, and realized that I need to be communicating with God more then I do about James.  If I am perfectly honest with you, it can be hard to read my Bible and pray daily.  I make all kinds of excuses such as: I don’t have time because I am gone from our apartment over 10 hours a day.  I am just plain tired when I come home.  I don’t want to wake up earlier then my 6am alarm to read. Sometimes I just don’t remember. Or, I have a huge to-do list that I need to get done first.

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But I know that what I give my time to currently shows what my top priority in my life is – ME.  And that is not where I want to be.  I want my time to be pointing to God.  So I wrote out 31 prayers in a tiny moleskin for the 31 days in a month.  Every page holds a different specific prayer that I will pray for James, and already I am loving spending time talking about James to God.  I have been doing it for about a month now, and I believe that my dedicated purpose of praying for James is deepening James’ and my relationship, as well as God’s and my relationship and James’ and God’s relationship.

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I’m also going through the book “Whispers of Hope” by Beth Moore, and it is WONDERFUL!  I absolutely love it.  James heard me talking about how I wanted to pray more often and pray for him, so for Valentine’s Day he bought me this book.  It touched my heart that he was listening to me, and that he wanted to help me grow spiritually!  The book is helping me effectively pray, and is showing me how prayer will strengthen my relationship with God.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

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two thousand thirteen

January 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

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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!   IMG_4654 IMG_4887 IMG_5226 IMG_5477 IMG_6361 IMG_0614 IMG_0713 IMG_0954 IMG_6864 IMG_7284 IMG_7597

Making the Small Choices

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.

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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.

Lettting Go

May 30, 2013 § 3 Comments

Today’s topic of Blog Every Day in May is letting go.
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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.

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Following His Footsteps

May 20, 2013 § 3 Comments

Day 20 of Blog Every Day in May. Get real. Share something you’re struggling with right now.

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Getting real and honest can be a hard thing, as it makes me vulnerable.  It shows others what I am struggling with, but isn’t that how we encourage and challenge one another?  It’s vulnerabilities, recognizing that we aren’t perfect, that brings people together.  Those who appear to have everything together seem intimidating, because we all know that no one is perfect; we all have our flaws and wrongdoings.

If you have been with me for a little, you know that my husband and I recently moved out to Colorado, leaving my job in Pennsylvania behind.  I thought I would have no problem finding another job.  I mean living near a large city provides ample opportunities for jobs, right?  I never thought that trying to find a job out here would take so long, or that I would be under-qualified for positions that I could do back in Pennsylvania.

In reality, it only has been about two months, but that feels like a long time.  During this time I have been trying to figure out what I want in life, where I see myself, what I want to do.  And I don’t feel like I necessarily have clarity besides that I do want to have a family and I want to be a mother.  Job wise at this moment…I’m not sure.  I’m praying for clarity and direction.

So back to the question…what am I struggling with?  Relying on God and walking in faith, completely trusting Him without holding back, even though I do not know what my future will hold or what it will look like.  I am learning to let go of the reigns and take a back seat.  I know that He has a richer future planned out for me if only I follow Him completely without telling Him where I think I should be.  While this lesson is hard for me as I am a planner, this struggle is not one that I would do without.  It is growing me into a better person.

I know that my future will be even better than I could have ever imagined if I let go of my self-restraint.



Difficulties Do Not Prevail

May 16, 2013 § 3 Comments

Day 16’s topic is something difficult about your “lot in life” and how you’re working to overcome it.

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I have been thinking about this one for a few days now, and had trouble coming up with something that is difficult about my life that would be significant.  But I realized that everyone has pain and heartache in their lives.

People struggle with family problems, are reeling from the pain of loosing someone, are struggling financially, are suffering from an illness, are unemployed, or are lost in knowing who they are or where they should be in life.  Yes, I have gone through some “hard times”, but I have always been loved and cared for.  I have a wonderful family who supports me no matter what, and I have God loves me unconditionally, who provides for me.

Sometimes I can be a bit of a worry wart; I sometimes feel enslaved to my concerns and fears.  But today I was reminded of how I don’t need to worry about anything, as God will take care of me.  If I worry about things in my life such as where we should live…if we should stay where we are or move closer to family…or being unemployed, I am showing that I have little faith that God will provide.  I am putting my faith and trust in myself instead of in Him, which is not smart as I have little control over my future.  I need to trust and seek God and He will take care of me.  And the best part of completely trusting Him..I can live a worry-free, stress-free life.



Saturday Mornings

May 6, 2013 § 2 Comments

IMG_5176Saturday 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.

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