Sunday, January 26, 2014

celebrating on a hard day

inspiration: mom's 55th birthday.

i was looking at my mom's facebook page last night and came across this picture. it's almost two years old, but was probably one of the last pictures anyone took of my mom. today she would've been 55.

my mom is in the blue shirt, sitting on the couch next to my grandmother (my dad's mother). my dad is on the right and my aunt (dad's sister) is in the front.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

for better or worse, in sickness and in health: the pre-wedding perspective

inspiration: what i'm learning from my parents

My parents were married in 1979. I wish I had access to a picture/scanner so I could scan a picture from their wedding. June First will be their 35 year wedding anniversary. In all my (almost) twenty-five years of life, I've never seen the vows "For better or for worse, in sickness and in health" lived out more clearly than in my parents' marriage.

As I prepare for marriage, I read posts, talk to, and observe couples who are married to try and glean wisdom about what married life will be like. But something that i've learned over the last two months and especially over the last week or so is that love is a choice, but to choose to love is always the right choice.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

reflections of the year.

inspiration: goodbye 2013, hello 2014. hello opportunities. hello new adventures.

I love to be able to give each year a "theme". but in looking back, i have no idea what 2013 was for me.
it was a year of a lot of things.

stretching.
growth.
adventures.
engagement.

it started off with the Daniel Fast where i prayed and fasted through some work goals.
ran my fastest half marathon right before my 24th birthday.
i went on a mission trip to Kenya - amazing.
i got engaged!

but when i think about where i want to be in 2014, there are a lot of areas where i feel like i want and need to improve. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

a stronghold in times of trouble

inspiration: an incredibly tough season

a few months ago, the Lord put the words "fortress" and "stronghold" on my heart. i began pouring through Scriptures and i wrote down about 18 different verses. and i'm glad i did. in this very moment, i'm reading over these words and these are truly words of life.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble. -Psalm 9:9
 

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;    the righteous man runs into it and is safe. -Proverbs 18:10 

The Lord is my light and my salvation;    whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;    of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1 


Monday, November 4, 2013

just a few thoughts.

inspiration: just some random thoughts floating about...

This has no real order or purpose, but wanted to give a few updates and praises.

  1. The most common thing I'm asked is how wedding planning is going: It's ... going.
  2. The second most common thing I'm asked is am I excited: DUH!
  3. Holden and I just finished pre-marital counseling and it went really well. He and I had some good conversations during the counseling sessions and we've had good conversations as a result of pre-marital counseling. 
  4. I've realized how important reading and running are to my sanity. Currently re-reading The Circle Maker and also reading Ender's Game.
  5. Weddings are expensive, even when planning on a budget.
  6. Holden and I are leading a small group for Seacoast's "NEXT" series. I'm excited about this and praying that the Lord will use this time to prepare us to lead another small group after we're married.
  7. I bought bowling shoes a few weeks ago and I'm hoping to buy a bowling ball in the next couple paychecks (It will smell like birthday cake. True story).

Also, in honor of November being the month of thanks:

November 1: I am so thankful for grace; thankful that God loves me too much to let me stay where I am; thankful that He has a plan for me.

November 2: I am thankful for Holden; thankful that the Lord blessed me with a man who will lead me, fight for me, encourage me, and push me to be all that I am created to be.

November 3: I am thankful for my family and the family I'm gaining in a few months; thankful for their support, encouragement, and love.

November 4: I am thankful for my job; thankful that even though it's hard at times that I can work for a company that's innovative and forward-thinking; thankful for awesome co-workers and a fun environment that's pioneering education.