Thursday, February 16, 2012

revisiting "the list"

Almost six months ago, I wrote a list. This list encompassed some goals and objectives I wanted to accomplish as I try to make the most of the time that the Lord has given me right now. A dare to live fully right where I am, if you will. I have been thinking about that list and where I have made progress and where I still want to grow.

If I am being honest, I am still quite contented where I am. It has been a mental and spiritual struggle to be present where I am as I look forward to being reunited with friends and family back home and think about all of the unknowns. However, I love love love my life here. And the Lord also continues to teach me new things, and He has been molding me and refining me, preparing me for the good works that He has in store.

As I look back at that list, I still want to continue pursuing those goals. Here's a little update of where I've been making some progress:
  • Reading: I have read at least a book a month, and I have been loving it. I especially love reading on the Kindle I got for Christmas. I reread a favorite memoir, Bittersweet, and also finally read Little Women all the way through. Seeing as how it is my favorite movie, it was about time I read the book. I'm really excited to start reading The Hunger Games series tomorrow when I am officially on break from school.
  • Obviously I have not blogged twice a week. But I did a pretty good job with that challenge back in December, right? :)
  • I'm reading the Bible through with the One Year Bible, and while I get behind sometimes, I am enjoying it.
  • I started running again and am insanely pumped to get some new running shoes next month. Did I mention that I am already excited about the Peachtree? I think I have issues...
  • Cooking is therapeutic for me, and I have found some lovely recipes. I love this recipe for corn chowder and this one for quinoa. Delicious.
  • I love having the high school girls over for Bible study at my house when Olivia is out of town. 
  • The Lord is showing me the power and importance of prayer. 
  • I took a trip to Colorado.
So I still have not yet learned to play the guitar well, had an unplugged day, or learned to make a good pot of coffee. But this is a process, right?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

trust


I have been quite MIA in the blog world lately. I apologize. There have been a great many things going on in my mind and heart. Things have been crazy since getting back from break, and I absolutely cannot believe that we are already about halfway through February. Insane how time flies these days.

Lately I have been sitting in Romans 8. The Lord just keeps on showing me more and more of Himself and His great plan for us all. As I think about all of the different things the Lord is teaching me right now through His refining fire- chipping away at places that need to be molded for His purposes- I am so comforted by all of Romans 8. The mind stayed on the Spirit will walk in the Spirit. Hope that is seen is not hope at all. All creation is crying out for Him. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and prays for us with groanings too deep for words. He is the only one who is able to make something out of nothing. I love that about Him. He is enough. For all my weaknesses, fears, and insufficiencies, He is enough. And I am so grateful.

Yesterday I finished rereading one of my favorite memoirs, Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. The last time I read it, I had been in Mexico for only about a month, and everything was bittersweet because I was enjoying my new life but still full of so much uncertainty, unsure of my new place. And as I read it this time, I thought about all the wonderful things that the Lord has done in me while I have been here and how hard it will be to leave this place. And yet at the same time I know He is preparing my heart. I underlined this quote the last time I read the book, and I found that it struck me again yesterday:

This is what I know: God can make something beautiful out of anything, out of darkness and trash and broken bones. He can shine light into even the blackest night, and he leaves glimpses of hope all around us. An oyster, a sliver of moon, one new bud on a black branch, a perfect tender shoot of asparagus, fighting up through the dirt for the spring sun. New life and new beauty are all around us, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be seen. 

The word the Lord gave me for this year is trust. And every single day, He shows me that He is trustworthy. So I'll just keep walking in that truth. He is worthy of my trust.

On a completely random aside, I cannot believe that Whitney Houston is no longer with us. She was seriously one of my favorite singers when I was younger; I used to perform concerts of her songs for my family. Anyways, love this song. Not as well known by her but probably my favorite.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

vlog #4

video

So I have been the worst blogger ever and have only been putting up songs and quotes lately...sorry. Here's a little video update to let you all know what is actually going on with me these days!

Oh! I forgot to mention that my class and I received an envelope in the mail last week that contained two lovely letters and some pictures of the projects we supported with our donation in December. The letter to me was especially encouraging as a teacher, and the kids really felt special upon receiving a letter that commended them for their hard work, too.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Psalm 91:14-16

14Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness--trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
    15He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
    16With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

- Amplified Bible

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