sunday scriptures

February 17, 2018

“the Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places” habakkuk 3:19

“He makes me sure footed as a deer, enables me to stand on mountain heights” psalm 18:33

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” isaiah 40:31

“God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble” psalm 46:1

twenty five!

February 13, 2018

today i’m twenty five. that feels so weird to say, it’s so cliche but it feels like just yesterday that i was fifteen years old talking with my friend Malerie about how our twenties seemed so far away.. and now here i am half way through them. people always ask if you feel any older on your birthday, and even though i may not feel older than yesterday, i do feel older than i was a year ago at this time. i’ve grown so much since then and every day i am more proud of who i’m becoming. so here’s to twenty five!

it’s my birthday month!

February 1, 2018

january kinda felt like there was 55 days in it, but at the same time flew by! the weather has been so nice here it’s hardly felt like winter, and surprisingly i’m not complaining. last weekend we drove to san clemente and laid out at the beach all day long, it was glorious. when i first moved down here i didn’t think i was that much of a beach person, but it has grown on me so much more than i ever thought it would, and i’m completely okay with it. anyways, since it’s now my birthday month (and i’m going to be 25!!) i thought i’d share twenty five facts about myself:

01| my favorite animal is a goat
02| sometimes the dreams that i have end up happening in real life
03|i once swore i would never drink coffee now i barely go a day without it.. and i drink it black
04| i hate wearing flip-flops
05|i was almost kidnapped as a child
06|i don’t have a favorite color
07|starburst jelly beans are my favorite candy
08|i’ve been a preschool teacher for six years
09|i used to collect key chains and i have some from every state and most countries
10|i’ve never eaten cookie dough
11|one day i want a german short-haired pointer named willie nelson
12|i can quote every episode of psych and gilmore girls
13|i was born six and a half weeks early
14|i start listening to christmas music in july
15|i hate whipped cream
16|i’m allergic to strawberries
17|chloe and i have a youtube channel
18|i have eight-thousand pictures on my phone
19|crickets scare me
20|i could eat breakfast for every single meal and never get bored
21|i want to adopt
22|i’ve been to over thirty country concerts
23| i wish i was an FBI agent
24|i have zero issue peeing in a bush
25|i have two tattoos and want at least four more

starting my morning off right

January 29, 2018

since the new year i’ve been making a point to wake up a little earlier, make myself some tea, and spend a little time resting in God’s word. i can honestly say i’ve seen an improvement in my weeks. i wouldn’t say that i am a negative person, i’m actually always pretty optimistic, but focusing on positive “i am” statements rather than negative ones has also been something i have been working on too.  the first words out of my mouth when i wake up are usually “i’m so tired” even if i’m not that tired. it’s just easier to say negative statements out loud, you typically don’t hear people walking around saying “i’m so awake!”, and if they did, people would look at them a little funny.. which is sad but true. however, i’ve really been trying to rewire my thinking, instead of waking up saying that i’m tired or that i’m not looking forward to the work week, i’ve been saying that today is going to be a good day and i focus on one thing about each day that i’m looking forward to. i read in a magazine recently that you should ask yourself three questions each morning; 01: what will make me feel healthy today? 02: what will make me feel connected today? and 03: what will give me a sense of purpose today? so in my quiet time each morning i’ve spent some time dwelling on each question. it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s really has made a difference, i’ve just learned how important it is to make sure we are starting our days off right. “do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. this will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” proverbs 3:7-8

januarys book

January 25, 2018

so far i’ve stuck to my resolution to read a book a month, the woman in cabin 10 was the one i read in january. if you like mystery/thrillers i totally recommend it. the story line was really good, but wasn’t too scary or anything, just the perfect amount of suspense. and it was an easy read, i finished it within a couple days. i forgot how much i loved to read, life sometimes just gets in the way, but it has been so nice to sit and escape to another place for a little bit.

sunday scriptures

January 7, 2018

we want so bad for God to be our GPS and tell us when to turn and where, and how long it’ll take to get to our destination. but actually it’s more like He dropped you off without even giving you a map and said drive. but God is more concerned about (riding shot-gun on) the car ride than where the car ends up.

“I know now, Lord why you utter no answer. You yourself are the answer” -c.s. lewis

“I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise and watch over you.” psalm 32:8

“seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” proverbs 3:6

“the Lord will fulfill His purpose for me” psalm 138:8 and “He will sustain me” Isaiah 46:4

“faith can move mountains” matthew 17:20

“look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him, everything else” c.s. lewis

 

resolutions

January 4, 2018

my favorite thing about the new year is writing down all the things i want to accomplish, change, and try. i love new beginnings. so cheers to 2018 and all the opportunities it holds!

one of my “resolutions” is to pick a verse for each month and rest in it. here’s january’s
“for i am about to do something new. see i have already begun! do you not see it? i will make a pathway through the wilderness. i will create rivers in a dry wasteland” Isaiah 43:19

read one book a month
focus on the positive
spend more time in the word
get/stay organized
try new recipes
make more things
get another tattoo
be more present

happy new year!

January 1, 2018

2017 was filled with lots of adventures, exciting changes, and so much good. the year also brought along some struggle and sadness, but out of those hard times came so much love and growth that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I learned so much this year about who I am and who I want to be in the years to come. here’s to 2018!