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.