Tuesday, February 26, 2013

folksy stuff

So my sister makes fun of me and gets upset because I am very selective about my folk music. Basically I like the mainstream stuff. These couple songs are my faves. The syncopation, the lyrics, the ease with which they make themselves a part of your repertoire that you cannot get out of your head...these are it for me.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

slowing down

Dear friends, there are so many things to be said.

These past few days I've been sick. Again. For the past few years, I've entertained a vicious cycle. Sign up for a zillion things that I don't have time for (but just can't pass up or not be involved in!), get overwhelmed, decide that nothing can be cut, figure out how to "do it all" while spreading myself too thin, get sick, get better, keep pushing through, make it to the summer. Rinse, repeat.

And y'all, I'm tired of living that way. It's not healthy. I make excuses, but what it comes down to is that I am afraid of disappointing people. Of not having enough to do. Of not having a life. All silliness but all true. But this is the second time I have been sick in the last eight weeks. And that is not okay. My body is a temple of the Lord. And if God Himself rested after making the heavens and earth and all He had to do was speak them into being, then I most likely need to get myself some rest, too.

I'll be sharing more details about what that looks like for me soon...right now I am so excited to announce a true honor the Lord blessed me with a couple weeks ago. Shauna Niequist is by far one of my favorite authors. Actually, she is probably my favorite. I'll just go ahead and say it, she's my favorite author. I've mentioned her here  and here and in other hidden spots on this little blog. Her writing is so honest; when you read her words you feel like you are talking with an old friend. It's like she climbs into my brain, takes my feelings and thoughts and struggles, and pours them on paper. Beautifully. I laugh, I cry, and I am challenged. It's magical.

Well, friends, Shauna's new book, Bread and Wine: My Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes is coming out on April 9, and I am an early reader! I will be reviewing the book and telling you about how much I adore it. :) And I was already prepared to pre-order it on Amazon. Ha! So that means that in the next few weeks, I'll be posting about what spoke to me through the book and telling you about why you need to get it as soon. as. possible! All I can tell you right now is that I have only read the introduction but was already crying at those few pages. This blessing couldn't come at a more perfect time; her words are so in sync with what the Lord has speaking over me. He's so good like that.

Monday, February 18, 2013

much needed

Here's another devotional that my dad forwarded to me that I just had to share:


Let faith rule and reign in every circumstance. Refuse to allow fear to have any
place of control. Hold on to what you know, and I will hear your prayer and answer
when you call. I will give divine direction that leads to spiritual perfection.
You will see My glory and be amazed, says the Lord. I am your stronghold, your
fortress, your high tower and safe harbor. I am your Rock!

Psalms 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name's sake,
lead me and guide me.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

24 days

I cannot believe that I get to go back to Chihuahua in 24 days. I'm so excited. The Lord is so good.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

whom shall I fear?

Have y'all seen this video? It is seriously adorable. Not only is it adorable, but it also has over eight million views. There's no coincidence in that. This precious little child is giving people a pep talk- telling them to get up and do something. We could all stand to listen. Last night at Bible study, Beth Moore said in the video session that every man wants a chance to be courageous. I believe that if you are a man or woman, you want to be the best person you can be. You want to live a life well lived. You want your life to count. And I am so glad that this little one is challenging and encouraging people to do just that.

Well, friends, it's been about a month since Passion 2013. God moved, and He continues to move. However, there is still so much to be done. Because of the stunning generosity of 60,000 college age students and twenty-somethings, over $3,000,000 was given (not pledged) in three days to put an end to modern day slavery. Part of that money went to fund enditmovement.com. Please head over there and educate yourself. See how you can be a part of ending modern slavery for good.

And last but not least, I leave you with my current anthem. Because it's good to know that the God of angel armies is always by your side.

And oh yeah, I'm going to Chihuahua for spring break. In 32 days. I'm beyond excited. 


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