Sunday, March 18, 2018

Day 18

I love the church that God has us in right now.

It's not perfect (after all they let me in the door) but the people and the way we are fed and challenged spiritually keeps us coming back.

The music draws me closer to God and the messages challenge me in my faith. The people encourage me to be who God made me to be.

After being out of the church for a while, I am thankful for God providing us with a place we can grow and be challenged.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Day 17

I love how God works even in the middle of our tears.

Today I kinda had a rough start to the morning, but God still was lovingly calling to me. I was struggling with feeling down, but God kept sending me reminders of His love and that I don't have to live there. I open up Facebook and see something that brought up tough memories, but God cares for me.

In the middle of the tears God comes to me. He holds my shaking shoulders. He whispers kind words to me. He reminds me of His love. He tells me that He will work all this for good. He reminds me I'm not alone in the fight. He reminds me that He is still in control.

No matter how I'm feeling, no matter the tears that are stinging my eyes, no matter the pain that I'm carrying, it doesn't change the fact that He is still working. He is still making me all that I was created to be. He is still good.

Oh my soul. Trust in the God who works in the middle of your tears.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Day 16

I love my Bible collection.

So I have always enjoyed Bibles, but recently I became fancinated with Bibles and the stories they could tell. So I have started a little collection. My hope is to one day write a whole series of novellas about people and their Bibles. 

For now though, I just enjoy them. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Day 15

I love the music I have in my life.
At work I get to hear Christian music all day.
On walks I can take my favorite tunes.
While working out I can have music to pump me up.
When I need reminders of His love and grace I can stick in my headphones.
While relaxing I can play something soothing.
It's great that I have so many choices for music. I love it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Day 14

I love all the technology I have access to. 

Everything from my phone, to my kindle, to the Internet, to my IPad, to social media. 
It's amazing that I can instantly connect with anyone I want to around the world. I can get in touch with friends to know how I can be praying for them. I can see how friends are doing. I can listen to any kind of music I want. I can call friends. I can do video chats. I can blog. 

All of this is a great gift. It can be abused and taken too far, but I choose to believe that it's like a hammer. A powerful tool to be wheedled wisely. I'm far from perfect, but God is helping me to rightly use technology for His glory. Wheeled aright, technology is one of my greatest allies. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Day 13

I love the friends that God has placed in my life.

There are so many of you. As I start to think the list just keeps growing. 

Sarah - My bestie since I was little. My confidant. My sister. You are so special and mean so much to me. I can't even sum up here how much we have gone through and how much God has grown us over the years. 

Mom - You have always made yourself a safe place to share. I thank God that I have you. 

Lea - You have been there to pray for and support me and our family. 

Debra - I'm so thankful for how we have stayed friends for over 9 years. How the time does fly. But it has been so great to see how God has grown you. Thanks for letting me come along. And you have encouraged me in some of the hardest times in my life. I'm so grateful for that. 

Hannah - You are so special. We have been through so much guy stuff together and shared our hearts. You encourage me when I'm down and brighten my day. You have a flare for life and a tell it like it is attitude that makes me smile. 

Christina - You have been a great mentor to me this past year. When I was at my darkest place you were encouraging me and praying for me. That is a great gift. 

Michelle and Josh - Thank you for opening up your home and encouraging me when I needed it most.

Kim & Vangie - When I first started volunteering in the Neuonatel Intesive Care Unit in Austin, I had no idea that I would meet two believers who would encourage and help me as much as you two. You have encouraged and blessed me so much with your perspective and caring. 

My Ultimate Frisbee group - we have been coming and playing with you all since last summer. It's been so fun to play with all of you and hang out with such a cool group of Christian young adults. 

Pastor Perry & Mrs. Perry - Who walked with me through last summer and proved to be good counselors. Thank you.  

Mama Liz- you have been  there to support and care for me at work. I love you so much.

My ADRN Friends- you have celebrated and prayed for me through so much and I appreciate all that you have done. Your support and your care have made a huge difference in my life. 

My Filmmaking friends - You have challenged me and encouraged me. I miss seeing you, but I'm so grateful I got to know you.

My Albuquerque Friends - Thanks for welcoming me and for helping me take the next step toward healing. You have a special place in my heart. Thank you for challenging me to come before God in all things and live the adventure that He has laid out.

There are so many more I could name. There are so many people who have taken time to have lunch, text me that they were praying, start a conversation when I was scared, called me when I was having a rough day, and encouraged me when I needed it the most. You have touched and blessed me more than you will ever know.

As I'm writing this my heart is so full. You have all meant so much to me. As your faces came to mind or the memories came up I am remembering how blessed I am to have as many friends as I do. You are such a treasure and joy to me. Thank you for being there and all that you have done. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Day 12

I love the place I get to live in. 

It's so calming and wonderful to come home to an orderly house decorated with pictures of my favorite people. 

It's quiet (unless the neighbors decided to have a mega base party :P) a peaceful place to rest at the end of a workday. 

I've spent so many hours walking in the woods behind our house. Whether it's crying, dreaming, worshiping God, or searching my heart they have provided a place of refuge for me to get away from the distractions. It's beautiful. 

And this is my favorite time of year. Soon the leaves will return and our land will be covered in green grass and flowers.