Sunday, October 31, 2010

Adventures With Ms. Green

This week was painful and emotionally draining, for reasons that I'm not actually allowed to speak of publicly. So, I think you get the idea that a lot happened.  And don't worry, I am in no way in any kind of trouble. Anyway, God showed me His undeniable faithfulness this week and got me through so much. He even added a little something that was the perfect touch to heal my aching heart. He allowed for a spur of the moment visit from my dear friend Stephanie Green, who I haven't seen since last December (we think), it has been so long we can't even remember.

Steph and I grew up together, our families go to the same church, we were in youth group and choir together, and our older sisters Beth and Jessica are best friends.  She lives up near San Fransisco so we rarely get to see each other, though we keep in touch over the phone. She is beautiful, someone I consider my sister. She knows me so well and we have been through so much together. From celebrations, to broken hearts she has seen me through it all! Whenever we are together we have the greatest adventures!

We walked the Bob Jones Bike Trail,
caught up on each others lives, and of course I
had to stop to show(and describe in great detail) all the cool plants we passed. I can't help myself.

The storm that passed through left the coast beautiful!

We tried to befriend seagulls, with no success.

We made a Stop At Avila Valley Barn

Went shopping in Downtown SLO.

Enjoyed a Halloween(Dance)Party at my House. We got pretty creative with our costumes.

Ran into a couple of Giants.

It was such a wonderful weekend and I couldn't not have asked for anything more encouraging then time with someone I adore. Love you Ms. Green!

Tonight will make for a wonderful night. Laying low, cozying up and watching a movie, sipping some hot apple cider and passing out candy to all of the adorable little trick or treaters.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Learning (and Enjoying) to be Crafty

I have to be honest, I didn't quiet inherit the extremely crafty/artsy genes that my mom has (she is beyond talented), one of my older sister's got them.  When it comes to being crafty I have a lot tons of ideas stuck in my head, but when it comes to executing them they never really come out the way I envision them to. I'm so lucky that I have people in my life who can assist me and help to make what I see in my head actually happen!

 I love the idea of handmade pennants, I think they are so fun and I have always wanted to make one. A little over a week ago I got to throw a baby shower for my niece (who will be here shortly). This was it, I had to make a pennant for Baby Brady. I wanted it to be nice. Something not just for party decoration, but something she can keep, maybe in the nursery? With the idea in my head, my beautiful roommate Stephanie helped me make it a reality. Stephanie is unbelievably talented, this girl can rock crafting! After a little excursion to Wal Mart for some fabric and supplies we were ready to get down and crafty!

Measuring and cutting the fabric into triangles

Cutting and stitching the felt letters

Just about finished...just need to sew the ribbon!
The Finished Product

Enjoy Baby Girl Brady!

And thank you so much Steph for being amazing!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Weight of Worry.

Last night at bible study I was convicted of something big.

We went through Luke 12:22-34, a passage solely devoted to worry.  While looking into the scripture we were labeling our worries, fears and anxieties as superficial, greedy and selfish and how when we worry we are clearly not seeking and trusting the Lord. It was this morning while I was sitting alone in the library that it hit me like a ton of bricks just how much I let worry and fear dictate my life. One by one, worries started to roll through my head and I was sick to my stomach of all the things I'm not trusting the Lord in.  As quickly as I could, I started to write them down just so I could visually see how bad it really was. As I finished (though I'm sure I could have kept going if I wanted to) I started looking over them. I was embarrassed to say the least of the thoughts that consume me, but I know I am not alone in this:

Things I Fear...

  • Failure.
  • Not being able to graduate.
  • Disappointing the most important people in my life.
  • Finances.
  • That I will never know where God wants me interning with Crusade next year.
  • Rejection.
  • Heartbreak.
  • Not being good enough.
  • Being alone.
  • Never experiencing love, companionship, or a Christ centered marriage.
It wasn't until this morning that I realized how much I have been weighed down by my worry not only in my day to day life, but in my relationship with the Lord. These are fears that I have every single day, without fail, and quite honestly they have taken over my life. I sat and asked myself the only question I could, WHY?  I have absolutely no reason to fear anything, God makes that perfectly clear in His Word and in His promises to us. These fears I have are completely irrational and unnecessary and I don't want any part of them! God has never left me hung out to dry, he ALWAYS provides even more than I need and his timing is nothing but perfect. 

All of these silly fears that I have are all going to have an outcome. God has already taken care of each of them and whatever he has chosen for me, He has intricately designed and created specifically for me and will come into play when I am equipped for them.  

Now, there is NO room in my life for unnecessary fear. A weight has been lifted. My trust belongs to the Lord.

Do not be anxious 
about anything, but in everything by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Things I Dug Today

1. Today, I realized I have a Blog and I'm posting for the first time in well over a year!

2. God gave me patience, something I prayed for specifically for today.

3. I made it through my 12 to 3 lab with minimal complaining. I'm really trying to work on keeping a good attitude though I have a rough relationship with my professor.

4. Today has been absolutely beautiful. I'm a warm weather type of girl, but today I couldn't get enough of the fog covered hill tops, cool air, and mist covered streets. I think I am finally ready for fall!

5. My house smells of pumpkin spice thanks to my sister. Wallflowers are so great!

5. God continually shows me His faithfulness, though I don't deserve it.

6. I have been incredibly blessed with amazing roommates, who I absolutely adore.

I must now go and make some dinner. My lovely fifth year bible study will be over here shortly for some good old Bible time. I'm really hoping to discipline my self and try and update this regularly, try being the key word. I really do want to make it happen!