Saturday, March 8, 2014
It's that rainy time of year where I start pulling out my hair and longing for blue skies! It's my hardest time of year and I think that by May or June many around me are plugging their ears and singing, "lalalalala" so that they don't have to listen to my complaining any longer. I long for sun this time of year and start bugging my dear Arizona friends and family to invite me to come for a visit. :) I can even be found searching through the windermere website looking for properties in Scottsdale and wondering what my house could sell for. This is actually a complete waste of my time right now as this would not be the time for us to move!
Earlier this year I started this pinterest board I entitled "my vision" where I just post anything that really tugs at my heart strings. Do you know what I've found? I LOVE the sea! and Sunshine! And family and friends! And summer! I am not a winter mouse. I suppose none of this will surprise any of you, but it did surprise me that I pretty much pin the sunshine and SEA and not the desert which is where I've been house searching when I dream, just makes me think a little. Also, the other day I had a photo shoot at the beach and it was a rare sunny day in February around here. I was wearing my flip flops and my beachy jeans with my straw cowboy hat and the smell of the sea combined with my toes in the sand made me feel so, so very happy!! And then last night it hit 60 degrees and the sun was bright and shining so we popped open a bottle of red wine and grilled tons of filipino meets and ate until I thought I'd pop open, enjoying the sea breeze blowing in through the windows!
As I get older I've figured out what's important to me in a home; things that have meaning to me. I have a large jar of shells that I've been collecting on vacations for years! I MUST have amazing smelling candles that fill my home with fresh scent! I love bringing life in from the garden and at this time of year when there's no flowers I place cut rosemary in vases. One of my favorite things is my big jar of wine corks because each cork represents a slow night chatting with my husband, or a night of fellowship with my girl friends, or some are even brought home from vacation where we've had a bottle open on an outdoor table where we eat in the sea air and watch the sun set together. Another must is strong coffee and great books where I can snuggle on the couch with a cozy throw and read while there's candles flickering on the coffee table. These are all cozy things I can enjoy while I impatiently wait for sunny weather!
I also like to have a kitchen that's ready to be cooked in. I feel better when I've got fresh fruit and ingredients ready and available for cooking! My favorite cookbooks are stacked for meal inspiration and a bowl holds onions, shallots, and garlic. Having a tiny kitchen is great for cooking because everything you need is right at your finger tips!
I keep things super simple around here. We've lived here 10 years and I'm funny about not letting stuff accumulate, it's my weird way of feeling like we could always pack up and move somewhere sunny in a moment's notice. (don't make fun) haha. I have EMPTY closets! It drives my husband nuts but he's learning to put up with his crazy OCD wife.
And my most favorite thing is to look around at special gifts that friends have given me. It makes me think of them and smile! And I catch myself often looking around and feeling so grateful for the gifts and the people who gave them to me. I also have instagram photos taped to the wall above my desk of special memories with friends and family and I love looking at them!
This summer I'm ready to start my herb garden and can't wait to plant a large rosemary bush on the back deck just off the kitchen! Dining al fresco is one of my favorite things in the whole world and I'm counting down the days until summer!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I've just barely walked in the door after the run. God speaks to me when I run. It doesn't matter whether I'm listening to Justin Timberlake or Toby Mac, God breaks through the noise and speaks straight to my heart. (this may have just made some of my friends twerk a little bit, haha!! did I just say twerk?? I mean TWITCH, but you know, whichever you're most comfortable with, twitching, or twerking....) Anyway, I think that it's the only time he can get my attention undistracted. At home there's photos to edit, rooms to clean, laundry to fold, etc. and I'm easily distracted.
Earlier this week I went to coffee with a sweet friend for a chat. God is opening doors for me to share my testimony with women and we were gathering to discuss my first speaking engagement. (PRAY for me!!) I need the Lord to direct my words! Anyway, we started talking about how some of us have chosen a word for the year, for example, my word is thrive and she was hoping for a word of her own. I haven't been able to stop thinking about this and I was only going to send this privately to her in an email but then just really feel like this could be an encouragement to many women. She told me that when she reads blogs, or reads a book, etc. she will become really inspired but then never do anything about it so she looked at me with the sweetest face and said, "basically I'm inspired to do nothing." Do you get it?? Have you felt that way, like you look around and see people doing really inspiring things and you feel like God might have a special thing for you too but you don't know what to do or how to get there so you end up doing nothing? That was me for a very, very long time.
So I started praying for my friend and wondering if God might have a special word for her that would fill her with hope and encouragement. As I was running today I felt this little nudge in my heart that said, "tell her that her word is chase." And I thought, "chase?" why??? I don't get it. And then God reminded me of a verse that my sweet friend Tiff sent me the other day and isn't it just like God that this would all fall together just to encourage the people he loves. He's so good. The verse is found in Psalm 23 and this is the message version. You know it right? Heard it a gazillion times... We can probably all recite it; the lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.... right?? But in the message version there's a verse that says, "Your beauty and love CHASE after me every day of my life."
And this is what I've learned as God has Chased me.
That as I understand the depth and breadth and width of God's love for me I'm beyond inspired to do stuff. It's almost as if I can't stop!! I mean look at how much I'm blogging right now! When you realize that in your mess God seeks you out, and literally CHASES you he wants you for his own so much, you can't help but begin to execute those things that you've felt inspired to do. And then knowing that he's chasing you makes your heart long to chase him because it's like you finally get it and now you can't get enough of him.
Right before that verse it says, "You revive my drooping head, my cup brims with blessing." That's the faithfulness of God!
And just a little testimony about me. I've run 5 or 6 half marathons in the last 3 years and finally last June Neal committed to running the Seattle Rock n Roll with me. He would go into work extra early so that he could be home in the afternoon for us to train together. We LOVED running around our city together!! It felt like a testimony, even though we weren't speaking with words. We would smile at each other as we ran and encourage each other with words like, "SEE!! we're still together!! God can redeem anything!!" And now we're seen running all over our city together which to me was a proclamation of the goodness of the lord.
When the race day came we crossed the finish line hand in hand raised in the air as our final declaration to God of gratitude and praise. He chased us and we've never been the same! And now we chase after him wanting to know the depth and breadth of the one who sent His son to take our place on the cross because he longs to be with us so much.
I kinda like that word chase! :)
Saturday, February 15, 2014
You guys!! There's a fire in my belly! You never know where inspiration will come! I think the point is to always be open to it! To live life fully with God and know that at any turn, in the most unexpected moments he will show you something that will spur you on to the next level...
But let me back up just a little bit.
Neal and I were just chatting the other day about who I was earlier in our marriage. Neal had found a passion for work and travel and encouraged me to chase after what stirred my heart but with two little ones at home that basically consumed my entire waking hours I couldn't even let my mind stop to think about what I might be interested in. He'd tell me to try stuff and I'd just say that I didn't even know what I was interested in, so you know what I did?
Fast forward to about five years ago when everything that I thought I knew came crashing down. At the time it seemed so devastating and that I'd never be the same, that my world was over. But here's the interesting point to this story;
I was never the same.
And that's AMAZING!!!
I see now that if I never hit rock bottom, if I never crashed, if the things that I thought I knew didn't turn out to be false, I may still be bored and wondering if anything at all interested me.
I remember watching Oprah one day while caring for the girls and she said find something you're passionate about and you'll never have to work a day in your life. I was so skeptical of this. I honestly thought, "well that's for the crazy talented people, the movie stars, the ones that can afford to do whatever they want, but that can never be for me." Man it bugs me that I believed this lie.
So one day, I discovered blogs and I would find inspiration there. I met people that I really like and admire through them. I started to notice quality of photos and I wondered if I might start a blog. I basically had one of those tiny point and shoot cameras that fit in your pocket and I used a free website for editing. But then I would notice the photos of true photographers and my heart would quicken and my tummy would get tingly.
So one day, 39 years old, I found myself walking down the hall of our local community college towards the visual arts building.
I still can hardly believe it!!
And for awhile I almost gave up so many times because the ultimate goal of living out the rest of my days as an awesome photographer seemed as though it would never come. And I may have just given up and quit except for the fact that my husband pushed me and encouraged me and probably would've drug me there by my hair if he had to. And I'm grateful...
And then out of nowhere I had this business, that's a great story all it's own! And people started hiring me!! Like literally choosing ME for their treasured photos! And I continue to push myself to learn and grow, to strive for greatness. To have a backbone, to be willing to fail, and even to try things that might not work.
Okay, so I'd better wrap this baby up. Yesterday I was standing in American Eagle waiting for Nat to finish shopping and I started noticing the advertising photos around the store! They captured my attention! And then to top it off this video started playing about the photographer!! I basically freaked out and got all excited and once again am pushed to think that the sky's the limit.
I've spent most of my life thinking these lies, "I'm not good enough." or "she's so much better than me" or "that will never happen to me; I'm not talented."; lie. lie. lie.
But this year, 2014, there's been a shift in my spirit that says, "why can't this be me?" Why can't I be this good?" Why can't I go there? See the shift? From negative to positive.
This video is 8 minutes long but MAN! It makes me want to work hard and take chances and BELIEVE in myself and who God created me to be.
If you've believed those same lies about yourself, can I challenge you to watch this video and then decide that whatever your dream or passion is that you're going to run after it like a bull believing with all your heart that you're the next big thing to happen to this world!~
Friday, February 14, 2014
Sweet Readers!!! I have something amazing to share with you this Valentine's Day!!! It's so special and so important that God interrupted my plans for the day so that I would sit down at my computer and share his Valentine with you.
This morning I woke up and, silly me, decided that I wanted to give myself the Valentine's Day gift of going to bed in a clean house. I know, I know... not very romantic but it's something that I would enjoy. I've barely started my cleaning and as I was wiping down the kitchen counters God told me that he has a message for YOU. Like it's specifically for YOU. I don't know who you are but I do know that YOU will know it's you when you read this. I believe that there will be a tugging at your heart that this special delivery from God is for YOU.
This is your Valentine.
GOD CHOOSES YOU.
This Valentine's Day He looked down from heaven at you and declared, "I want HER." And it's YOU.
This is the most special Valentine in the whole world because He's GOD. He's the KING of the universe who can have anything he wants and he wants YOU.
He sees you. He knows. He knows your every pain, your every scar, He's seen your every tear. And he's here. The king is here and he's chosen you as his bride. Man! Can you feel that?? That LOVE that he's lavishing all over you right now? That peace that surpasses all understanding!! He's HERE for YOU. To comfort you, to bind up your heart, to encourage you, and to give you his peace.
He has the most amazing plans for you!!! Do you want to know why I know this??
Because one day 5 years ago someone sent this message to me. I remember it so vividly.
It was a very painful time in my life and the hurt was more than I could bare. One day the weight of it all caused me to hit the wall and slide all the way down to the floor in a clump while I cried out in utter pain and desperation. As I type this tears are streaming down my face because I can remember how real and how raw that moment was. I remember how I thought life may never be great for me. I remember how I even felt so undeserving of the mess I was in. I remember being broken into a gazillion pieces and wondering if there would be any way for me to be put back together again.
I want to tell you something. God chose ME that day!! He fought for me. He loved me!! He LOVES me!! He saw me through to life abundant!!! And he's filled me with JOY and put a song in my heart; a song of love and today it's a song of HOPE for YOU.
I want to tell YOU something! He's fighting for you!! He thinks that you're so worth it that he died for you to prove his love for you!! To give you HOPE and a beautiful FUTURE. To RESTORE your joy and to replace what the locusts have stolen.
My sweet, sweet reader! This should light a fire in your belly today!!! The T-shirt I'm wearing says "this girl is on fire" but as my sweatshirt is covering the T is says, "HIS girl on fire" and that's me! Let me be the hope that whatever you're going through that one day this will be YOU, girl on fire!! I believe that with all that is in me.
HE LOVES YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE.
And he told me to tell you this too:
The Message (MSG)
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
Happy Valentine's day sweet friend.
I'll be praying for YOU all day.
And maybe you should order yourself this tshirt as a declaration of your future. Girl on fire. yup, that's YOU!
Sunday, February 9, 2014
As I photograph more and more people there is a common theme which makes for the very best photos and that is CONFIDENCE. It comes across the screen more beautifully than anything else. It doesn't matter what you wear, or the location, if you're confident in who you are and comfortable in your own skin it will make the very best photos every single time.
I write this from the perspective of a girl who used to completely lack in confidence. Oh I could've fooled you, I put on a good show with lots of joke telling and crazy dance moves, but anyone that's spent any amount of time with me knows the battle I've faced with insecurity. Do you know what's given me more confidence than anything else? TRUST in God. I know I say this verse over and over again but it's kind of becoming my life verse because God is constantly redirecting my attention back to it. Romans 8:31 If God is for you, who can be against you. I like how it's written in The Message version even better, it says, "with God on our side, how can we lose?" And in that is where I find my confidence. I TRUST the Lord that HIS plan for me is BEST. I TRUST that even when things don't go exactly my way, that HE's still in control. I TRUST that He's got my back. I TRUST that he's my provider, my caregiver, my protector, my strength, and my friend. I TRUST that if things aren't looking up for me today that He's got it handled and I don't have to worry. I TRUST him with my husband, I TRUST him with my girls. When I get my mind off of my circumstances and place my eyes on God that's when my confidence is restored because I trust in Him to be all that I need.
Lately I feel God all over me. It's almost as if I'm walking around in a God bubble and I like it here! And it's happening in Neal too! We are SO FULL of JOY! God has a plan for us, a purpose, an identity. Actually, he has this for every single one of us! And I'm crazy excited about it and ready to sprint ahead! You see, I'm a runner and at the start of every half marathon I've run there's loud rockin music playing and tons of high energy so that when the horn finally blows you're so full of energy that it literally carries you through at least the first four miles before you even realize how far you've gone already. That's how I feel in life right now, like I know God's got me headed down a specific road and I raring to go but he has to practice the mama save all the time. The mama save is that thing we mom's do when we're driving down the road and have to quickly step on our brakes so we throw our right arm straight out to protect whomever happens to be sitting in the passenger seat. There have been times when I've accidentally done this when a friend is sitting in the car! I just smile and say, "dude, I just saved your life!" :)
Anyways, my point is that this is a GREAT place to be because that means I'm tucked closely enough with the Lord that when his arm goes out in the Abba Save, haha get it? (I just came up with that off the cuff.) :) that I'm within arms reach for him to save me when I'm about to crash on ahead. I LOVE it here! This is the best place to be! HERE I'm safe! HERE I'm confident!! HERE I trust! And in that trust I know that when the time is right he'll release me down the road a little further because I will be ready with the tools I need.
Friends, get tucked in!! This is where you want to be!! He has so much for you. I don't care where you are in life right now! The Bible says that He rewards those who diligently seek him. It also promises that you will find him when you seek him with all your heart! He's not hiding, he's waiting with open arms for you to run with him. Remember, he is FOR YOU!! So how can you lose?? And last of all Let's not throw away our confidence, our TRUST, for it will be richly rewarded.
I'm telling you!! This is it! This is the adventure! TRUST in the Lord!
Let's Rock N Roll!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
What a day!!
For those of you that don't know me I am not a natural spontaneous person. I'm the kind of person who plans her spring break 6 months in advance, I live on a schedule; Mondays are for laundry, Tuesdays I do the bathrooms, Wednesdays I pay the bills.... you get the picture. So when our neighbor called and asked us to drop everything in our schedules so that we could attend the Seahawks parade I pretty much panicked. I suppose that if it wasn't for the kids we probably would't have gone down. But we rearranged our schedule, Neal worked from 5am until 10pm at night so that he could have yesterday off, we called the schools, and picked up our train tickets. That night I laid in bed completely stressed out wondering what in the world are we doing? This was not on the schedule, even as I awoke a 4am yesterday to our furnace shutting off AGAIN (ugh!!) because it can't keep up with the cold I was hoping we had made the right decision. It was 20 degrees at that point and we had to be out the door by 6:40am. We got on the train and headed south where we walked to stake our spot. You guys!! It was SO COLD!! I don't know how you midwesterners survive!!! I think I might die, just plop down dead on the street from the cold air. My back literally was in spasm as I was holding myself so tight from the cold. We kept telling ourselves to make it until 11am and then the parade would finally start. At 1:30pm the parade STILL hadn't gotten to us!! (deep sigh) There were so many people downtown (750,000) that the cars holding the players could hardly get through. One of the newsmen ended up setting up right behind us so we were on the news many times. I kept getting texts from friends telling us they were watching us! Kind of crazy to be spotted in that crowd!! While we waited the six long hours for the parade to arrive you wouldn't believe all that we saw. Oh my gosh!!! I have never seen more pot being smoked in my life!! We couldn't find a spot to put the kids where people weren't smoking it!! No cigarettes, mind you, because those aren't healthy, haha, but so much ganja!! haha (like I have a clue what I'm talking about) People were so excited! One poor man got stuck in an intersection because too many people were around so another guy literally walked up on top of his car and stood on it waving the twelfth man flag. It was nuts!! There was a super great miracle in the midst of all of this, my Emma is a tiny little peanut and I was an ill-prepared mom with no food in my purse because I honestly figured we'd be done by noon and then grab the kids some lunch. By 1:30 she looked a bit grey and was begging for something to eat. The hard part was the parade was only 20 minutes away at that point and I was so worried that we'd never find our family again in the crowd, especially since everyone's phones weren't working. So I searched my purse for a stick of gum hoping it would help and the kindest lady walked up to us and said she noticed that my daughter could use some food and gave her 2 snacks, BOTH of which were gluten free! I consider this a miracle from God and that He was watching over her and sent her some manna to eat. There was even enough food that all 4 kids got to have a snack. What a blessing that lady was!
All that waiting was COMPLETELY forgotten the second Lynch came around the corner with the sea gals shooting skittles into the air! The fun had come!! It was super cool to see all the players and the massive support from the crowd! As the defensive line came by everyone was shouting L.O.B!! L.O.B!! (Legion of BOOM) and absolutely went NUTS when Sherman put on a great show for the fans! Many of our players are believes and were handing out their testimonies on DVDs to the fans which to me indicates that although being a Super Bowl champion is super fun, NOTHING compares to a life of knowing Jesus. This time will come and go but there relationship with the Lord is eternal. This blesses me. I have the UPMOST respect for Russell Wilson (our quarterback) and the way he has handled himself through this whole thing! This morning he posted a photo which is being passed around Facebook of the Seahawks back in 2012. They were rated an "F" at that time and only about a year later have become world champions! Wilson gives all the glory to God in every interview I've seen so far. He's constantly stating "God is so good" while he shares. That is a man that you can respect and get behind! I really admire his leadership always telling his players, "why not us?" "why can't this be our year?" He learned this positive way of thinking from his parents and it challenges me to lead my own kids in this same way! Natalie wants to be a marine biologist and work with dolphins, a HARD career to break into, but why not her?? I'm challenged to stand behind her as her number one cheerleader yelling, "go Natalie GOOOOOO!" And I'll stand behind Emma's choices as strongly when she chooses what she wants!~
You know, I'm so full of thoughts this morning and I'm sorry if this is getting a bit long but I'm truly challenged by this whole "why not me" philosophy. There's so many times when lack of patience has caused me to give up on dreams. When looking at the wrong things instead of my Lord and Savior has caused me to give up on the prize. I wonder how many times in life I've quit right before the answer was about to be handed to me. I wonder how many times I've gotten in the way of God's plan for my future. You know, I've been watching God move in amazing and UNEXPECTED ways in my friends' lives and it's inspired and challenged me!!! My friend Sibi wrote a blog post titled, "The new church lady" and out of nowhere it's gone viral!!! My friends Tiffini and Becky have THRIVING businesses through etsy and both have stated that they feel like their heads could pop off from the blessing of it all!! All three of these ladies are beautiful, godly women who had no idea that God was ready to promote them in such amazing ways before it happened!! But when God says, "it's your time, then IT'S YOUR TIME!"
This may be the longest post I've ever written so I better wrap up. I just want to conclude by saying that this is blowing my mind right now!! It just challenges me and encourages me to keep my eyes on Jesus! If God has deposited something in your heart and it hasn't happened yet, DON'T GIVE UP!!! DON'T THROW IN THE TOWEL, even if they've rated you and "F". Just wait on God!!! Maybe it's not quite your time yet but that doesn't mean it's not coming!!~!! NOTHING can stand in the way of God's purposes for your life if you just have faith that HIS ways are HIGHER than your ways, and HIS thoughts are HIGHER than your thoughts. Do you trust Him today??? Do you trust that his plan is to prosper you and not to harm you?? Do you trust if GOD IS FOR YOU then who can be against you!! Well if you're shouting, "YES!" to all of this then I challenge you to LET GO and TRUST! Set your mind on HIM (things above) and NOT on what you SEE (earthly things) and you never know, maybe just like my friend Sibi, one day out of the blue you'll hear God say, "I have something to show you." and He will blow your mind.
And just a funny, when Sibi told me that 800,000 people had read her post so far my first response was, "girl! get your roots done cuz you're going on Good Morning America!" haha So IF that happens then I called it!!! tee hee.
Go be a blessing for Jesus today!!!!!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Keep it simple.
John 6:28-29 esv
Then they said to him, "what must we do to be doing the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you BELIEVE in him whom he has sent."
This morning Neal and I headed out to the living room, as we do every day, to spend time in God's word together before we start the day. We have no exact method really, we just read about a chapter and then pray together. Sometimes we're super tired and our prayers are short and sweet, other times we feel the need to pray for a loved one and we spend a bit more time.
Recently we joined a study group through our church of young couples. When we were approached and asked if we'd like to join their study group we said yes knowing that by the age of the children in the group we would probably be the oldest by quite a bit. On the first night we met together this proved to be true and our host thanked us for making the group intergenerational. I'm SERIOUS!!! It's happening!!! I'm bringing the intergenerational to the group! Ugh!! As the words came off of her tongue and held in the air I literally threw my hands up into the air and cried out, "oh no!!! it's happened!!! we're the intergenerational?!?" which really made the young kids (early twenties) belly laugh.
As we sat in the group my husband innocently commented that we get up together early every morning to read the Bible together. He really was just stating this in passing but it seemed to have hit a nerve with the youngins and they wanted to know more. Neal just explained that five years ago we had hit a rough patch and he was just looking for one thing that he could do. A simple thing that he could commit to so that he was doing SOMETHING.
So, back to this morning.
When we turned to our study John 6:28-29 was the only verses on the page, that's it! TWO short verses and I remember saying, "this is it?" and thinking that we probably weren't going to get much out of today.
I couldn't have been more wrong! God's word is a LIVING word and it doesn't matter if its two verses or thirty. If God has something he wants to show you then he's going to show you, no matter how much or how little you read.
I prayed and asked God what he wanted to show me through this short text and in this SIMPLE verse he taught me something PROFOUND.
Read the verses up above one more time and see if you notice what I did.
First, as I read it I circled, "what must I do?" because I've been asking that my WHOLE life!! I've always been looking for the boxes that I could check off to ensure my salvation. If that meant attending Thursday morning Bible study, then I attended, box checked! If it meant sending my kids to Thursday night classes about Jesus, then they were there, box checked. If I felt like they needed help teaching Sunday school, then I signed up, box checked. I checked every box I could think of. Mind you, I was making up the boxes, NOT God. And then I'd ask Him what else I could do, always trying to protect myself with all of these checked boxes.
So this morning when I read, "what must I do?" I thought, "THIS IS IT! This is the answer I've been waiting for!" and I read on for the answer, "believe in him." What?? It's that simple?? Just believe?? That's it??
This is AMAZING NEWS! It's almost as if in the simplicity of this message I was stepping right over the answer and looking for something harder, something earned.
THIS IS THE GOOD NEWS!!
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.
That's awesome sauce friend.
There's only one box to check and it's "believe in Him whom He has sent"
THIS IS FREEDOM because it makes me want to live my BEST LIFE for Him. NOT because of requirements but out of LOVE and GRATITUDE.
Here all this time I thought I had to prove myself over and over through works. WHAT A RELIEF. Doesn't that make you just breathe in deep? I KNOW!!! I'm doing it too!
FAITH not WORKS
Whom the son sets free is FREE INDEED.
It's so simple.
Lord, help me to walk in this freedom and to experience the joy it brings. The joy that comes through knowing you.
And call me crazy, but I moved my hutch out of the dining room! In this theme of simplicity I needed to simplify my chores a little bit because my schedule seems to be getting more and more full. I needed to simplify the amount of dusting and stuff around the house so that I can maintain a tidy home, not a perfect home, a tidy one. I just don't have the time I used to have to put into my house and something had to give. Plus, I find this new, free Lissa thrives (there's that word) on change so I just went for it!
LOVING every minute of it!
ps Have you started noticing how many exclamation marks I use?? It's a lot!!!!!! I'm just super excited! :)