You were made for More.

You were made for More. More joy, more energy, more love, more grace, more forgiveness, more abundance, more freedom, more sleep, more happiness, more community, more belonging, more church, more Christ.

You were made for Less. Less stress, less anxiety, less busyness, less anger, less loud, less stuff, less loneliness, less grudges, less bitter, less shame, less guilt.

The amazing story of Christ is embodied with grace. Grace for others and grace for yourself. God doesn’t call us to get it all together before we come to Him. He doesn’t require us to figure life out, or quit our sinful addictions before approaching Him. He calls us to Him… just as I am. just as you are. Come.

grace   /ɡrās/   noun   the free and unmerited favor of God

Come in the quiet space. Sometimes that means creating just a small area of quiet. Just a few minutes to come to him. Come with our bruises, our cracks, our sin, and just lay ourselves at His feet. He promises rest. Rest, one of my very favorite promises.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

God’s goodness is far beyond our comprehension. His grace unending and His mercy always fresh and new. I’m praying for you today. You are wanted and loved just as you are. God is patiently waiting to give you More. Take a few minutes today and look. What can you do less of? What can you ask God to give more of? He is a giving God and He has THE very best in mind for you. I hope you have the most amazing day ever.

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Matthew 8:30-31

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Hey, Whole30

With the New Year around the corner most of us have change on our mind. We all want the best — to choose well, do well, think well and live well. Its hard. Plain old hard sometimes but discipline has its rewards right? Not always immediate but long term fulfillment is sweet.

Dillon and I have had digestive issues, sluggishness from processed food and other issues from a few too many poor food choices. I know for the majority we eat well but when we tend to treat ourselves (mostly chocolate chip cookies) we have ALOT of chocolate chip cookies… ending in regret and us saying “yeah let’s not do that again”. And we just do it again.

We’ve decided to find some of the problems through Whole30 and slowly reintroducing foods to learn what we need to eliminate. (Yes, I fully understand our self-discipline is one of the problems.)

We are starting Whole30 January 2nd. It will be our second Whole30 — a quick google search will give you all the details.

We would love for you to join us if its something you’ve been wanting to do or think it might help you! Accountability is a miracle worker. God gave us each other for a beautiful reason. We’ve done this before and it is a bit of an adjustment at first. I’ve added a picture of a typical meal: Tuna lettuce wraps and fruit.

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Basically any fruits, veggies and meats — and yes, you can still have coffee. I will be enjoying a cup of black coffee daily.. morningly.

Here’s to the New Year, not a resolution but a decision to try and live with a touch of more discipline and in turn getting to do the things we want, living the abundant life, enjoying each moment. Choosing well, doing well, thinking well and ultimately living well. Know whatever you choose, on any scale, we’re cheering you on and we’d love to enjoy the journey with you. What are your thoughts and plans for the New Year? Talk to you soon.

Hey, I’m Back

I know.. I know. I’m inconsistent, lacking content and presence but I’ve decided to really try this again. A weekly post. That is my goal. Lofty I’m sure but I know that having my online journey of life will be rewarding. Especially to look back and laugh at my perspective, see my growth and enjoy living the journey. So here it is..

Tonight D and I sit on our couch listening to Christmas music, relaxing.. Our day of rest. Of course D doesn’t know much of rest. He has been working 6-7 days a week since he and I decided it would be best if I didn’t work and just focus on school and tutor on the side. He’s amazing. His love is bold, selfless, unconditional and comfortable.

We still live in Jacksonville, in our tiny rented MIL suite. I love it. I love how old it is, the wood floors, the windows on every exterior wall. The door handles, antique, perfect. The two car garage turned laundry room and workshop — place of creativity and birthplace of most of our furniture — D is so handy, great with woodworking and carpentry.

Today was in the 80s with a 5 minute Florida rain shower. It’s also December 18th. Yes, there is something wrong with this picture. Sun dress kind of day.

Given-ness is something I worked on today. No mighty task or something to be praised but I have the chronic disease of selfishness so I am trying to be more intentional on giving — giving love, joy, a smile — and today that was in the form of mason jars of white chocolate covered pretzels to our church family. Its small but I know I need to start somewhere, paying for the person in front of me at the grocery store, offering to take a picture for the couple struggling with a selfie both opportunities I missed. Yes, I missed. But I pray the Holy Spirit keeps prodding my heart. Keeps showing me where I can give love and that with each day I actually do give it. After all that’s my purpose right? To be the light of Jesus. To be love. With each gift small or large I hope to chip away at my grave disease of selfishness, of pride.

That I was a bit deeper than I planned to go but hey there aren’t any rules on that here. Have the most blessed Sunday. Know you are loved. We’re off to see the neighbourhood luminary. See you soon.

Keeping Joy

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37
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I can get really caught up in the comparison game and then I begin to crumble. But Paul reminds me that we are more than conquerors through Christ. We are saved by God’s grace and there is nothing that can separate us from that. I can have unbreakable joy knowing that Christ has {already} won and I can have peace knowing I am His {eternally}.
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Things can escalade quickly when I take my focus of Him. {Peter walking on water. Hey that story sounds like me!} I need to be immersed in His word. For Scripture is a gracious gift from God that constantly points us toward Him and who He is. We can hold on to His promises. His word stands forever. He is truth and I need to hold on to that. Psalm 119 has taught me more about His word and given me a greater love for Scripture. I encourage you to read it and follow Kristin Schmucker’s A Study on Psalm 119. I know she is blessing many through her study as she has greatly enriched my quiet time with the Lord.
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In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

August Update

As August comes to a close I am reflecting on my goals. Wow this month flew by!

I made three goals and feel accomplished knowing this month was guided and lived out with intention. With that being said there are still things out of our control. An injury kept me from staying on track with my running but I am almost back to where I need to be for my marathon training.

My eating this month was much better. Not perfect but better. Imperfect progress is still progress! I have been making homemade granola for breakfast with almond milk and have been snacking on homemade hummus and veggies. I feel that implementing these smaller changes overtime with help give me a lifestyle change.

My final goal was to be more intentional in seeking God and spending more time with Him. Little did I know He would bring me to Him, on my knees. God gave me more than I could handle on my own this month. School was very challenging and brought me to 2 Corinthians 12. God proved so strong in my great weakness. Maybe a blogpost will come about that journey in the near future!

Here’s to the last day of August! May it be filled with exercise, good food and a whole lot of Jesus.

August in the Making

I know it is the end of the first day but I have finally taken time and written my August goals. I am really excited about the opportunity for growth this month! A new, fresh start always helps me to be motivated even when things around aren’t so motivating. Here are August’s goals:

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Intentionally grow in my relationship with God, seeking Him daily & pursuing ways to serve Him.

As I eat, ask if it will be good for God’s temple, my body, not eating out of impulse but eating and choosing deliberately.

My HUSBAND (still in awe I am married!!), my sister and I are running a marathon in February 2016 and August starts our training! My goal is to follow closely our training regimen.

Mangroves & Jellyfish

This past weekend I got to travel to Daytona Beach to visit my grandparents and see my sister, Emily, perform at her cheer leading competition.

She is amazing!

I have four sisters and one brother and on this particular trip I was able to spend the weekend with three of my sisters, my mom and Dillon. My sister and her team did an outstanding job and placed 2nd overall. In between cheering we were able to go kayaking on St. Johns River. It was beautiful and an amazing breath of fresh air.

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Many of us have gotten back into our routine, our craziness of school, work and trying to keep up with the glorification of business. I saw this saying this past week:

Stop the glorification of busy.

How true is this? Our society has created this sense of needing to be going and doing. I understand certain things need to be taken care of and commitments need to be kept but what if we changed our priorities and took time to enjoy and to see God’s beauty. Often times we are so busy and thinking about the next thing we miss seeing God in the moment we are in. God is present which means He is here now. Have you looked for Him?

Kayaking this weekend reminded me of His roaring beauty. Dillon loves the outdoors and teaches me so much. This trip I was introduced to Mangroves – interesting trees with many branches growing to the ground.

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And we got to see jellyfish!

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God has individually designed each and every part of creation, that means us too! His beauty and glory shine brightly through everything. We just have to open our eyes and see. It seems we have to adjust our perspective. Something we will have to work on every day. A habit we have to create, to see His beauty and to experience His joy.

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Can you see it?

The blessing of time with Him, time with family, being able to enjoy kayaking, seeing new trees and fish. Its all in front of us. Each situation unique.

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My handsome gondolier!

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Two of my four sisters, Boo and Tori, enjoying the beautiful day with us! They are silly and have beautiful laughs.

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My blessed moment: D paddles the whole time! He lets me soak it all up, no paddling, I take pictures and enjoy every moment to the fullest!

Ask God to help you see Him in every situation. Take time, take a break, to enjoy what He has blessed you with. Family, friends, creation and everything in between.

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Where do you see His beauty?