Recharged

I just spent a week in Florida with my entire family.  I am rested, I am relaxed and I am so thankful for the time we got to spend together.  It is absolutely gorgeous there but I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Here’s to hoping my vacation has recharged me enough to write a real blog post soon. ;)

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Trust

Every step, every breath You are there, every tear, every cry, every prayer. In my hurt, at my worst, when my world falls down not for a moment will You forsake me.

If I’m keeping it real, I’ll let you know it’s been extremely hard for me to write a post lately.  My parents moving 1400 miles away has really hit me to the core.  It’s a type of grief that’s hard to explain.  Just when I think I am doing ok another wave comes and I am once again reminded that the plans I thought I had for our life are not what’s going to happen.

Another blogger reminded me recently of the story in Daniel that I have sort of taken to heart.  The story talks about King Nebuchadnezzar who built a statue of himself and demanded that all of the people bow down and worship it.  Three men of God, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego defied the king and were threatened with death.  Their response?  “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not… we want you to know, O king that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” – Daniel 3:17

“But even if He does not” I keep replaying this phrase over and over.  Even if God does not direct my life in the way that I think it should go, He is good and He is faithful! I can have hope and faith in the knowledge that no matter what happens it will be for my best interest. Even if He does not come through for me in the way that I think He should, that doesn’t mean that He’s forgotten about me.  Even if he does not…

Right now I am 100% obsessed with this song.

“Not for a Moment” – Meredith Andrews

You were reaching through the storm, walking on the water
Even when I could not see
In the middle of it all when I thought You were a thousand miles away
Not for a moment did You forsake me
Not for a moment did You forsake me

After all You are constant
After all You are only good
After all You are Sovereign
Not for a moment will You forsake me

You were singing in the dark, whispering Your promise
Even when I could not hear
I was held in Your arms carried for a thousand miles to show
Not for a moment did You forsake me

After all You are constant
After all You are only good
After all You are Sovereign
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Not for a moment will You forsake me

Every step, every breath You are there
Every tear, every cry, every prayer
In my hurt, at my worst, when my world falls down
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Even in the dark, even when it’s hard You will never leave

After all
After all You are constant
After all You are only good
After all You are Sovereign
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Not for a moment will You forsake me

 

No matter what you’re going through, have hope friends!  God always comes through.

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I don’t do resolutions…

I don’t do New Years resolutions.  To be honest I think they’re stupid.  Why do we have to wait until a new year to try to be nicer to people or lose weight or make positive changes in our lives? Shouldn’t this be something we’re interested in all year long? Not only that, but most people make their resolutions and then forget about them within a week.  The one thing that won’t be forgotten though are God’s promises. God’s promises will be fulfilled regardless of what resolution I write down.

2013 was an interesting year for us.  My grandpa passed away, my dad and Brock were laid off from the mill, and my parents made the decision to leave the town they both (and Brock and I) grew up in and move across the country. None of this is what I had planned for our life, but I know it’s all just part of a bigger picture that we can’t yet see. If 2013 wasn’t your best year, I am praying that 2014 brings you new beginnings.

Happy new year friends. May this be your best year yet!

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Obedience

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice?  Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT)

Obedience – this seems to be a common theme throughout my life lately.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am extremely stubborn and don’t like doing anything outside of my comfort zone. I like to be in control and get extremely anxious when I don’t know what’s going to happen.  Let’s just say the day-to-day is quite interesting because my life is currently one big question mark. On the verge of sounding crazy, I feel like God has been asking me to do a lot of “little” things lately as a sign of obedience. I have been asked to do things way outside of my comfort zone and things that I would normally never do or even think of doing.  I have argued with God and cried at the kitchen table because I don’t want to look stupid but again and again I am reminded that it’s not about me. It is a very humbling experience when God uses you to bless someone else.  Even more so humbling is it when God uses someone else to bless you.

Lately I have been obsessed with the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United.

“Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me, You’ve never failed and You won’t start now.”
Amen!

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

 Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine.

I think it will always amaze me how God works in our lives, sometimes despite our best efforts. Has anyone else felt challenged like this lately?

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Music Monday (Night)

Here’s a quick Music Monday post of a song I’ve been loving lately.

I was first introduced to Imagine Dragons on an episode of Gossip Girl a couple years ago. Yes I know, very classy. Hah!  Now they’re blowing up every radio station I turn on.

The chorus of this song is so catchy I can’t help but love it!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with your loved ones! :)

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