Saturday, April 30, 2011

a compilation of my fave "relationship" posts.

inspiration: singleness.

so let me be real honest.
i'm single and trying my darnedest to be at peace with this fact.
i was created to be a companion to my "Adam" (whoever and wherever he may be), so naturally i want that.

but i've had a lot of mini-kairos moments where i feel like God is really trying to draw me closer to Him. He's trying to get me to see the value of being single and unattached and able to be used for His Kingdom!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

the untitled book for my daughter project

inspiration: i'm writing a book.

a couple weeks ago, i shared my heart and thoughts about the
"ministry" i've had on my heart and mind for a while - to share my heart with young women about finding their worth and identity in Christ. i haven't done much other than just "thinking" about it.

until today.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

praying boldly.

inspiration: Asking, Seeking, Knocking.

God knows me.
He knows my heart.
He knows my every thought.
and most of all He knows His plans for me.
and that is a great comfort to me. but also a burden.

we were meant to shine not just survive

inspiration: "This Life" by MercyMe + Radical by David Platt

i'm re-reading Radical right now (which is good because it's an awesome book, but also sad because i have a stack of 7 -- literally 7 -- books on my bookshelf that are just screaming "Read ME!). i read it before i went to Costa Rica back in January and it is amazing. it challenged me beyond measure and realllllly pumped me up about going out into the world and being a light for Christ.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

this beautiful so-long-self life.

inspiration: two MercyMe songs that have been stuck in my head the last few days.

lately, i've been struggling with a lot of insecurity.
i'm not where i want to be fitness-wise.
i'm not as healthy as i want to be.
for whatever reason, i haven't been as active as i want and desire to be.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

here's a little secret: runners need encouragement! (we ALL do)

inspiration: my first half marathon!!!!!!!!!

so today was the day i've been waiting for for a LONG time!
i ran/walked my first half-marathon!!
when i began training, i had hoped to be able to train to run the 13.1 mile race, but as i trained more and more, i began experiencing pain that would occur even in short distances. so i stopped my hardcore training and decided i would run what i could and walk when i needed to.

but nevertheless, Christ strengthened me GREATLY today and finishing my first half was the best feeling ever! (Also, the race i ran was the Palmetto Half Marathon and something i REALLY admired about this race was that the race coordinator led us in prayer before we ran! i LOVED that!)

...but let me share a little secret with you.
it doesn't matter how much we train.
it doesn't matter how many races we've run.

we always need encouragement!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

my "ministry".

Sometimes I wish I had a "calling" into ministry. But I really feel like God blessed me with gifts that are to be shared outside of the church realm. Sharing my faith in my sphere of influence at work and with friends and family and through words with blogs, is where I'm most equipped and influential, I believe.

I do, however, feel like there is a certain ministry I'm meant to be a part of...maybe, to one day plant a seed for. I don't particularly feel like "now" is when I'm called to step out and pursue this, but it is something that's been on my heart for a while, so I definitely want to continue to pray about it and prepare for it:

I feel like one day, God will use me to minister to young girls about true beauty and true love - the beauty that God sees and the love that He has shared.

This is for sure something I plan on sharing with my future daughter(s) and perhaps doors will open for me to be a light to other young girls. But it's something I've been thinking about, for sure.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

round two.

inspiration: i need to be more intentional and dedicated to my time with Christ.

i decided last night to do another Facebook fast.
this time, it will probably only be for a couple days. maybe until after theWell on Thursday.

there are certain people that have become "idols" in my heart and having easy access via Facebook makes it harder to fully give up control over them. the time has come once again where i have to truly face the facts and accept that God has blessed me with this season of singleness for a purpose.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

friday vs. sunday.

inspiration: Ernest Smith's sermon.

i love fridays. last day of the work week. the door leading to the glorious room called the weekend! and i also love sundays. worshiping at Seacoast (although, i do miss my Grace family, a lot, too!) and serving in Kidscoast every other week. bringing the truth and stories of Jesus to life for the 2s and 3s classes is always fun :)

but this blog isn't about how much i love those days - it's about a spiritual perspective that i desperately need sometimes...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

no condemnation. none.

inspiration: Peter

in the past week, i've heard several great sermons about letdowns.
about getting letdown.
about being a letdown.

Monday, April 4, 2011

i will wait for you.

inspiration: i looove what this woman has to say! incredible.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

philippians 1:3

inspiration: "I thank my God every time I remember you." -Philippians 1:3

i love reading books that have a foreword from the author listing "thank-yous". sure, we read the simple "thanks, Bob, for your prayers and support" and skip right over it. but for Bob, that line probably means a lot more. Sure, Bob may not have been the chief motivation for the author, but Bob invested in the author and it made a true impact.

"I thank my God every time I remember you." -Philippians 1:3

this is one of the opening lines of Philippians - Paul's letter to the church of Philippi. the church in Philippi supported and invested in Paul in His ministry and he was very thankful for the investment they made in him.

so this is my "thank you" shout-out to those of you who have truly invested in me. know that you are amazing friends and i'm so proud to be able to call you my brothers and sisters in Christ! :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

epic twenty second.

inspiration: it's my birthday, fool ;)

so today marks the day i've been on the planet for twenty two years.
i had to work today, which was pretty much...normal.

i got flowers from my friends Margaret and Sarah and flowers from my parents! :D
i also had cupcakes delivered to me by Kim C. (who i work with...her husband is actually my boss) from Cupcake (one of the local cupcake shops in Charleston) from Kim D. and Katie from back home. I was pretty much in heaven when I saw the box! :D

So blessed to have so many awesome people back home who love and are still investing in me, even though I'm two states away! But I'm also blessed to have so many people here who are investing in me at Seacoast and at work :)