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!
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
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.
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
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
try new recipes
make more things
get another tattoo
be more present
i spent time this weekend counting my blessings. life isn’t always perfect, but even in the messy & harder times, it’s important to always find something to be thankful for. cause when you really sit down and think about it, there is so much good to rejoice in.
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you” 1 thessalonians 5:18
“i will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart, i will tell of all your wonderful deeds” psalm 9:1
“let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. for the Lord is the great God, the great King above all” psalm 95:2-3
“give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” 1 chronicles 16:34
“let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” psalm 107:8-9
the school i work at is closed on halloween, so we took the little girl Chloe babysits to disneyland, and let me tell you that was the best decision of our lives because there was NOBODY there! we walked right on to haunted mansion, and were able to ride a handful of others in the few hours we were there. best place to spend halloween if you ask me. ALSO we spotted some places they have already started to decorate for Christmas!!!!! super excited about that if you can’t tell. unfortunately next time we visit, i don’t think we’ll be as lucky and will have to fight the crowds again.
okay, when i first heard about weddings being on fridays, i thought it was kinda weird.. but after attending one, i think it was the best idea anyone ever had! the weddings themselves are cheaper, they don’t really take time out of your weekend, and it’s just a great excuse to leave work early! i went to the cutest little ceremony up in carlsbad a couple weekends ago and it was hands down one of the prettiest weddings i’ve ever been to. super relaxed and fun celebration!
as a teacher, especially one at a Christian school, i want to always make sure that my students and their parents see Jesus in me. i’m not always perfect, but i want to make sure that even on bad days, people still know i am a believer. some days i am better at this than others, it’s something i am constantly trying to improve. here are some verses that have encouraged me this week.
“God is within her, she will not fail” Psalm 46:5
“so whatever you eat or drink, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“her mouth speaks from which fills her heart” Luke 6:45
“cling to what is good” Romans 12:9
“those who look to Him are radiant” Psalm 34:4
rodeo with my girls. also i apologize that i take SO many photos of my feet.. after a long week at worka coworker and i are forcing everyone to bring in pictures of themselves as preschoolers planting carrots, pumpkins, and broccoli chopped my hair, dyed it darker, & got a new phone case. basically i’m a whole new person got sent the cutest cutting board from cooks cutting boards what’s a road trip without snacks? had to try each flavor of course our favorite coffee shop. there i go with the feet shots again, i’m sorry..ish