Friday, December 30, 2011

Quiet

One semester of college done!
I was super excited about this break, but it really has surprised me.









It has been quiet, simple, and still.  Not what I expected, but good in its own way.  A period of resting before harder circumstances come.

Listening to music (and buying way too much)
Allowing myself to be broken, but in the good way that shows God is preparing you for so much more.
Cinnamon candles...a new addiction.
Expressing myself in new ways.
Reconnecting with friends, and letting go of others.



Content, Happy, and Joyful.....and ready for what God has prepared.























I miss summer :(

Monday, December 5, 2011

Shalom

Living with a weary heart right now.  Just tired and wanting to do everything but what I need to do.

"Shalom" ~ peace; when everything in life simply fits together in a God-inspired, peaceful, beautiful way.
Life is just spinning and everything is flying in every direction.  I don't know which way I am going, or why things are happening.  I have too much going on and not enough energy to deal with it all.  My world seems to be slowly crashing in front of me, and I am not able to put it back together fast enough.  But in that chaos somehow everything works out.  All the jumbled pieces fit together.  Life is beautiful because God is holding me close.  He is picking up the pieces of my life and molding them together they way he wants them.  He is giving me peace in my messy life.  This perfect peace (shalom) is what I want and need right now.  Living in peace.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

GOATS!

Learning that God is completely reliable!


Organized a bake sale with my radical girls to send goats to families in other countries who can use them for food and income.












 Spent the day baking, braiding hair, dancin like we're dumb.



 I had no clue when we would have this sale, but some people from church were able to get me permission to have it sooner than I ever expected.  I had a week and a half to get things organized, and ready.  Praise the Lord it all got done and was a huge success.  We were able to purchase two goats, and could apply the extra money to buy baby chickens for the same cause.  I am so excited that this was all pulled together.  My God is amazing!  He is working through us and radically changing our hearts.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Drifting

Completely unsure of things.  Making some difficult decisions.  Not ready for what's coming.  Feeling like I am drifting.

Seek the Lord and his strength:
seek his presence continually.
Psalm 105:4

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Untitled

Hearing
                 Seeing
                                Understanding

You make beautiful things out of dust......
*Playlist*
Secrets ~ OneRepublic
Beautiful Things ~ Gungor
Winter Winds ~ Mumford & Sons
Beautiful Day ~ U2
All I Ever Wanted ~ Basshunter
Go Easy On Me ~ Stephen Gordon
Drifting ~ Plumb
Battle ~ Chris August
Stereo Hearts ~ Gym Class Heroes
.....You are making me New.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Beginning a Radical Journey

I want to know Him. I want to experience Him. I want to be a part of a people who delight in Him...who have nothing but Him, and I want to be a part of a people who are risking it all for Him.
~Radical

James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.



I am starting out this journey with four amazing girls. I have no idea where we will go or what we will do, but I know something will happen.



We met for coffee the first night and began reading the book Radical by David Platt. There seemed to be so many more people around than usual and more loud cars driving past. A woman sitting near us kept glaring and rolling her eyes as we read about serving Christ. I had a horrible feeling that I or the others would get distracted and that the message of the book would not be effective. I knew some kind of spiritual battle was going on and something was trying to prevent us from understanding and absorbing the words being read.



But our God has won the war, and won this battle.

I can't believe how well we responded and understood what we talked about. I felt like everyone allowed their walls to come down and were just raw about what they were feeling.

Serving Christ is difficult.
It's not always fun.
We have to give up things
that we don't want to.
But if we radically abandon ourselves,
we will radically be able to serve Jesus!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

...

Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away


Walked through the trees in the rain!


Friday, September 23, 2011

New Beginnings

Silly Faces


Random Dancin


Coffee


Sunny Walks


Shorts


Spontaneous Singing


Crazy Friends
                                     Laughing Til it Hurts                                     
                                                                                    Barefeet
                                                                                                Real Tears
                                                                                                             Sweet Secrets


Cute Kiddies

Special Sunrises


Sundresses


Jesus <3


I hate that summer is over, I love the feel of it.  It slowly goes by but ends too quickly. 
 Summer is beautiful,
but this past summer really was. 

 I feel as if this summer was an ending for me; like apart of my life was locking me out and I didn't have any where else to go.  I slowly watched as my life began to change and watched as it slipped away. I became so focused on what I was losing I didn't realize what I was gaining. I finally saw God was closing the door to the life I knew, but pulling back the curtains to reveal the place he was taking me. I am always surprised by God. Even when I am not expecting it he shows me something new and amazing. Following Him is hard, its difficult, and its messy. Although new experiences are intimidating this is going to be an exciting journey with a beautiful ending!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Beautiful Tears

Its so awsome knowing that God knows exactly what you need, and when you need it.  Coming from a private Christian high school, and begining college at a public university is a crazy change.  It makes it so much harder to see Christ everyday.  Its hard not seeing Christ's love flowing through people, and is a real struggle.
                            
                 
But!

    While waiting to go to class I was sitting in one of the buildings on campus, and heard a guy nearby talking REALLY loud.  It was really frustrating being distracted by his talking until I realized he was talking about Christ!  And not just talking about Him but being genuinely excited about Him. The guy was so passionate about his love for God, he didnt care about anything around him. 

It was BEAUTIFUL seeing God come
alive inside someone, and flow through them. 
It brought beautiful tears knowing God intended
for me to be there at that time and see He is on my campus
and I can find Him. 



You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. ~Jeremiah 29:13 


When I think about God flowing through people, I feel like when we get excited about Him and talk about Him He starts poking through us making cracks in ourselves until we shatter and all that is seen is Him.  He is amazing and beautiful and I want and should constantly show the world
How Great My God Is!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jesus Rays

I love driving down the road when its cloudy outside, and there are thin streams of sunlight poking through the clouds.  These Jesus Rays look like little bits of God's glory peeking down on us.




I love knowing that even when everything seems dark and uncertain, God still cares and "peeks" at us through the clouds.