Monday, January 31, 2011

..His mercies are new every morning…

21. Lamentations 3:22-23, I know I started my list with this last week, but it is just a constant reminder to me of Gods sweet grace and mercy that is brand new every day.

22. Audrey Assad’s music- she’s awesome…check her out on itunes.

23. Resting in the promise that my sweet Savior knows me completely and fully and knows every desire of my heart.

24. Coming home to a great dinner cooked by John after a hard day at work

25. John- for cooking and then cleaning up so I could go to sleep.

26. A hard day at work- because it reminds me that I’m capable and I’m put there for a reason despite how frustrating the day may become.

27. Coworkers that work as a team to get through such a difficult day on the unit.

28. Doctors who are amazingly cooperative no matter how many times I have to page them for a certain patient.

29. Calling my mom on the way home from work- and knowing I’m always her little girl no matter how old I get.

30. three precious days off.

31. a yummy cup of coffee

32. beautiful weather in NC in January (almost 70 degrees yesterday!)

33. encouraging blogs

34. knowing that God is constantly molding and creating me- and that its not always easy but it is something so beautiful.

35. Adrienne- for being such a constant faithful friend even across the state.

36. the still of the morning- I love this time each day.

37. sleeping in past 5:15

38. watching my puppy play outside- I wish that people (namely myself) could have such simple happiness in life.

39. coming home to a clean house.

40. for my husband who finishes that things I started for me.

41. seeing how excited my dad is that I’ve taken an interest in his hobbies.

42. for how beautiful this earth is- and how privileged I’ve been to see some of it.

43. for North Carolina

44. a cozy blanket

45. 9 pictures on our living room wall of some of the great memories and moments in our nearly 2 years of marriage.

46. for what this year may bring

47. for february- because that means we’re one month closer to warmer weather!

48. naps

49. for parents that love me so so much

When I consider your heavens

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

what is man that you are mindful of him,

the son of man that you care for him?

-Psalm 8: 3-4

Friday, January 28, 2011

resting in the shelter

I hate change, I hate life changing situations where I feel so out of control and can’t figure out what I’m doing or where God is leading me. Yesterday, I had the chance to talk with a sweet friend of mine for just a little while, and today I found a great reminder from her in a message… I’m resting. Resting in the shelter of my Heavenly Father.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Phil 4:6

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I am...

I am nervous...because I am going to have a difficult phone conversation, turning down a job offer that I've been after for since the beginning of December.
I am thankful....for a sweet friendship that I can always count on to keep me in line and to help me walk with God.
I am hopeful...that I am following with Christ where my heavenly Father is leading me.
I am confident...that He is taking care of me, and He is working out the details of every situation i am struggling with.
I am anxious....because I have no idea whats next.
I am peaceful....finally. And yes you can be anxious and peaceful at the same time. :)
I am trusting...that I am exactly where I need to be, right in the palm of His hand.
I am loving...that I have a husband that deals with me and all these crazy girl emotions.
I am resting...knowing that He cares for me and knowing that through Him, I can move mountains.

"Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good."

Romans 8:26-28

Monday, January 24, 2011

Multitude Mondays

So for a while I had been doing gratitude lists- or things that I was unbelievably grateful for in my life from big to small- and I had been doing pretty well until recently, when I just became slack with it.. Today I sat down to have some quiet time, cup of coffee in hand and Josie snuggling by my side, like most mornings, and for some reason I got caught in the trap of blog reading instead- I know, I know....worldly distractions at their best. But then I ran across this video a post on… (go here to read the full post)

The book mentioned is One Thousand Gifts, from the author on, so of course that was my next stop was to figure out more about this book and where in the world I could get it, and let me just tell you- God caught me right in my blog-browsing steps and let me know what I should be spending my Monday morning on. And this is now Multitude Mondays- on a day that is so dreaded in the world, because it is the start of the long work week, the end of the great weekend, I’m going to find the goodness on Monday.

Today I am so thankful for…..

1. Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

2. My sweet friends Adam and Mary, and their journey to China. They remind me daily what it means to follow the Lord recklessly, trusting Him with everything.

3. Quiet mornings on the couch with Josie and a cup of coffee.

4. Books- I’ve recently taken a new interest in reading. I used to just be the summer beach reader.

5. Sweet reminders of the faithfulness of my Father.

6. Love.

7. Learning to Love better- and being tested in everyway shape and form.

8. A great afternoon with my dad, learning photography from him.

9. Having friends join us at church.

10. The friendship from Jennifer, and the joy of her pregnancy.

11. Being constantly taught something about how weak I am, and how strong the Lord is in my life.

12. Uncertainties- because they make me learn to patiently wait on God’s timing for everything.

13. Seeing my sister happy- and in love. Its about dang time!

14. Roses from John on my birthday, that are wilting, but smell so good still so I’m leaving them wilted, on the coffee table a few more days!

15. John- and knowing that he loves me, and that no matter what, we can make it through the hard situations and experience true grace on the mountain tops.

16. and the fact that the most recent post brought tears to my eyes…I love stuff like that.

17. The strength of my patients- I WISH I was as strong as them. I have so much to learn.

18. Macy, my sweet niece, singing Happy Birthday Aunt Katie…makes my heart melt.

19. Knowing that the Lord is working through me even if I don’t feel it or see it.

20. the story of the Prodigal son- and the portrait of my Father’s love for me.

Happy Monday! What are you thankful for?


Sunday, January 23, 2011

NC Transportation Depot- Photography Lesson with my dad….

Recently I’ve taken interest in photography. My dad, took up photography a while back after some injuries inhibited his golf game- and lemme tell ya, he’s great at what he does. So today he and I took a trip over to the NC Transportation Depot in Spencer, NC to get some one on one training and help with me learning how to take some pretty cool shots. And for day one, lesson one, I won’t lie- I’m pretty proud of myself! These were all shot with my dad’s Nikon D80, he lets me steal his every once in a while until I can buy one for myself. So here’s some from the day- enjoy!

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It was a great day- and I’m glad to have a dad that can teach so much!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

a different kind of birthday....

On this glorious wintery day, on January 12, 1987, I was brought into this world by two sweet sweet parents. Thats right, its my birthday, the big 2.4. I know, so old right? Not really. But in all honesty, I do feel a little more adult this year and a little less straight out of college-no clue what i'm doing-ish. I would like to say that today I can wholeheartedly enjoy my day- but to be honest, I'm not sure I will ever have a birthday like that. Because my birthday also happens to be the day that the earthquake hit Haiti last year, and today I most certainly think we should remember and update ourselves on the current situation there. Its known that I have a heart for missions- and one day, I will go to Haiti, but for now, I live thru websites such as world vision, compassion international, and doctors without borders, to hear the stories and see the situation and devestation that still engulfs the people of Haiti.

So take a minute today and remember Haiti in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the aftermath and the year anniversary of the worst day of their lives.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

busy little snowday

So yesterday, I decided that I was going to accomplish two things on my snowday that I so desperately wanted to be a day at the beach...anywho...

1. organize my laundry closet
2. organzie/create my crafty space in the upstairs bedroom that up until this point has just been storage-ish room where things that don' thave a home can go.

So the hubs graciously drove me to wally world and marshalls where I found some great great things to do my quick projects. The roads weren't bad yesterday, however today they are just an ice skating rink.

Here's the pretty little laundry closet- I know its not lifechanging, but up until today we've just had things stuffed on shelves. So today at wallyworld I bought all those little white organizer bins and now everybody's got a home in them. The puppy dog has her own bin, the laundry supplies have their own bin, and so forth. I think its suffice to say everybody in the closet feels more loved now that they have a little home. :) And my mind feels more at ease knowing a)where to find said stuff, and b)being able to open the closet and look at its prettyness.

And I had to share beautiful find at Marshalls...I'm not going to share pictures of the room yet because its not officially finished, I can't get out of the driveway today to go get the rest of the things I'd like to have in the room. BUT- this pretty little thing was just sitting there waiting for me. I needed a chair for my desk and this originally $80 friend was on clearance or $25!!! HELLOOOOO my new bff. So here she is at her new home...she looks excited, don't you think?

Friday, January 7, 2011

the bottom of my joy....

This morning I listened to John Piper talking at Passion 2011, his talk was called "Getting to the Bottom of Your Joy." And I think that it was great to hear at the beginning of this new year. What brings me joy in life...what is the root and foundation of my happiness? Is it myself, or is it the greatness of my God working through me? It is truly something to think about....and if you haven't heard Piper talk about this, here's the link to go hear it for yourself....

Its a good hour long, so make sure you've got the time to sit there and really hear what he's saying. Its good stuff.
What is my happiness? What is the bottom of my joy? Here is the question Piper poses at the beginning of the talk "Do I feel loved by God because I believe He makes much of me, or because I believe He frees me and empowers me to enjoy making life about Him?
Do I worship the things I do, or the things God does through me? When I chose to be born again in Him, I chose to keep Him as my core, my foundation, and lose myself. In losing self, I gained everything- but do I truly live that way or are my desires still the same of my old worldly self? I am a child of God and am set to gain the inheritance of this world through I no longer NEED the things of this world- but does my heart truly live that and reflect that? Who am I to think that I can do better than Him or that I deserve any recognition. Even Jesus Christ's birth was to bring Glory to the Lord (Luke 2:10-14) Tells the story of His birth, and that yes, a savior was born...but even in that the angels sang Glory to God in the Highest. The birth of my savior was soley to bring glory and honor to God!
All acts of love that God does for me, are just the same...soley to show the profound grace and power of Him.
Self, or worldly self centered living...can NEVER satisfy a heart that was made for God.
I hope that makes sense, and I hope that at the beginning of this year we can remember what our true core is supposed to be and reflect.
Other quotes from John Piper:

"If you don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great."

"Fight for us, O God, that we not drift numb and blind and foolish into vain and empty excitements. Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst. Heaven is too great, hell is too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter around on the porch of eternity."

"If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full."

God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God."
"Its about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Good Morning...

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us - who was raised to life for us! - is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Romans 8: 31-34 The Message

Monday, January 3, 2011

Remembering 2010, Looking Forward to 2011

I mean 2010 really over? Where has it gone? I know I'm a little behind on everyone else doing their year end finale posts where you look back on all you've been through and look forward to all that may come- but here we go for a look back on 2010.

In 2010....
-I turned 23.

-I celebrated my 1st wedding anniversary with sweet husband of mine.

-We survived unemployement and finally became blessed to have a two income household. What a relief.

-We moved pretty much over night so that John could start his new job (we each commute an hour now, and live halfway inbetween the two workplaces.

-I became a dayshift girl, no more night shifts at the hospital whoohoo! (and can I tell you I feel like a different person??? I had no idea how TIRED I was!)

-We traveled to the Memphis and Nashville, TN, the Bahamas, Florida, Bald Head Island, Oak Island, The Outerbanks, and New York City. And loved it all (I love to travel, and husband is nice enough to go along, and then he figures out that he too likes to travel).

- We partnered with our sweet friends the McCulloughs as they take the biggest leap of faith I've ever seen and move their family to China to spread the love of our Savior.

-I grew- as a child of Christ, a woman, and wife, and daughter. And hopefully, have led a life reflective of that.

-I found a new love for decorating my home, and making it well...homey. I think my life had been so busy with sports (high school), nursing school/studying (college), and then working night shift the first year of marriage...I finally found time to find something new to enjoy.

- I found a new interest in photography, and hope to persue it more this year. And luckily its something I can share with my dad, who is an incredible photographer.

-Nationally, we witnessed the miracle of the chilean miner rescue- THAT I will never forget watching.

-We wept with Haiti when the earthquake hit, and heard the stories of the survivors.

-I was reminded of my heart for missions, and that I am called to something so much larger than I can imagine.

-I held the hand of dying patients, and hopefully made their last breaths peaceful, and supported their family. I know they changed my life, and I am honored that I was a part of those last moments.

-Through everything, I realized that the Lord is so incredibly faithful and has not forgotten me. And there is such peace in that.

So theres 2010 in a nutshell, 2011 resolution? thats another post..another day :)

So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
1 Peter 5:6-7


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