Everyone has something amazing to offer, yourself included. Don’t ever forget that.
Too often we focus on what we aren’t. Today I want to remind you of who you are.
(Click on the underlined words below to be directed to the passage where each one is found)
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”
If you are like me, you see the photo above and see beautiful little lavender flowers. What you may not know, is that these little flowers are actually weeds. Perspective is key. You will find exactly what you look for in life. If you want to see the beauty- you will. If you want to see the weeds- you will. It is your choice. You get to choose your perspective.
We are officially in wedding season! Anyone else feel as though every weekend another friend is getting married? I love this time of the year. The flowers, the dresses, the dancing… There are so many beautiful things about a wedding. While I do love ever part of a wedding, the ceremony is easily my favorite part. There are few things more beautiful then watching a man and a woman stand before their family, friends, and Heavenly Father and commit their lives to one another. As my Husband and I began preparing for our big day he picked a Bible verse that he believed represented us. He chose Philippians 1:9.
If you read this chapter you learn that the verse is not talking about a husband & a wife, but rather the verse is talking about falling more in love with Christ and His teachings. By falling more in love with our Heavenly Father one naturally yearns to do His good and perfect Will.
My Husband explained to me that he chose this verse for us because he believed that if we continue falling more in love with God, we will better fulfill our roles as husband & wife, and ultimately will fall more in love with one another. (Let’s be honest, what is more attractive then a spouse who is zealously pursuing the Lord?). The verse is also a great standard to live our lives by. When making decisions my Husband and I ask one another if our choice is going to help our love abound or if our choice is going to hinder the opportunity for love to grow. We even got “Philippians 1:9” engraved on our wedding bands which allows us to have the constant reminder of both the promise we made to one another and our prayer for one another.
So now part of our daily prayer together is that our love for the Lord, our love for others, and our love for each other may abound more and more.
Do you have a life verse or a verse that represents your relationship?
I would love to hear it!
You know the saying ‘March winds lead to April showers which bring May flowers?’ Well it seems the April showers have decided to return, which I am pleasantly enjoying. A few months ago I downloaded the audiobook version of Quitter by Jon Acuff and these soft rain showers have given me the chance to stay inside and listen to it while working around the home. Don’t you just love it when you can do two things at once? My entrepreneurial spirit sure does! Another thing I would love is to find a business idea that I am passionate about and start it. So Acuff’s chapter “Remove the ‘I’m’ from Your ‘But’” really spoke to me and I hope it speaks to you too! I would love to hear some of your answers to his questions below!
1.) What do I love enough to do for free?
- That’s a cliché you here in guidance counselors offices in high school- but it’s no less true. What would you do even if no one paid you for it? I blogged for 2 years and didn’t make a dime- but it didn’t matter, I loved doing it.
2.) What do I do that causes time to feel different?
- When you really get engaged in your ‘something’ space & time seem to shift a little. You’ll sit down to do a little writing before dinner and the next time you look up it’s 10 you never ate. Time shifts when you are doing what you love. Has that ever happened? And if so, what were you doing?
3.) What do I enjoy doing regardless of the opinions of other people?
- Your dream can’t be powered by opinion or affirmation. It has to be bigger then the feedback of a peer or a coworker. What would you do even if no one told you they loved it.
4.) If only your life changed, would that be enough?
- If you killed yourself for years and at the end of the experience the only life that had changed was your own, would that be rewarding enough? If the experience was the lesson and the journey itself was the reward, would that be okay with you? Is there something that holds that sway for you?
5.) Are there any patterns in the things you like doing?
- If you’ve got a dream, chances are there is not just one isolated hinge moment in your past. More than likely you have a list of moments that are similar and related. What patterns can you see in the decisions you have made and the experiences you have loved?
Ask yourself those questions. Love yourself enough to actually write down your answers. And when you do, show them to someone you trust. Sometimes we are so close to the painting, we can’t tell what it is and we need someone else to point out the truth.
Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there! It is a beautiful day & I am so glad today we get to shower each of you with love.
Today I want to specifically thank my Mother for being such an inspiration & encouragement. She has always been supportive of my dreams, loved me regardless of wether I deserved it or not, given me words of wisdom, taught me how to start/run/own a business through example, & most of all, she has been a wonderful example of what it looks like to be a godly woman. I could not be more thankful for her. Thank you Mom- I love you!!
I also want to say Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful Mother in Law! I could not be more thankful that the Lord blessed me with such great in-laws. Thank you Teresa for being such a wonderful mother to Caleb & for raising such an incredible young man. Over the past 3 years you have been such a wonderful example of what it looks like to be a wife, mother, & woman for the Lord. I love you!
Anyone else have a sweet tooth? I think my sweet tooth grew in about 3 years ago (and with it came my love of many other unhealthy foods). And being a newlywed has not helped kick these newer eating habits. It wasn’t until about a month ago that I decided that it is time to bite the bullet and get serious. My sweet friend Becky began doing the Whole30 a month ago and has been raving about how it changed her life and how great she has felt ever since. So, on May 5th I started day 1 of my challenge. While I would love to be able to do the full 30 days, my husband and I leave for California later this month. And if I am being honest, I don’t want to restrict my diet on vacation. So I will only be doing 20 days- but hey, you have to start somewhere right? So far I have been going strong and am already loving how I feel!
Previous to starting the Whole30 my allergies did not have the same love for Spring that I do (who doesn’t love all of the brightly colored flowers & the sound of birds chirping?). Now that I have cut out dairy and glutton my body is feeling great! My allergies are clear, my body feels energized, and I am sleeping soundly. Has anyone else done the Whole30 challenge? Any tips or favorite meals?
Read more about the Whole30 here.