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Blogs are a comin’.

Hey folks, sorry about the slackage in my blog posts. I’ve been pretty good about getting a post in every day or two for a while now. But these past few days have been chock full of wonderful family time, spectacular friend time, and…lots of working on a new blog site and Etsy shop! The photo above is a clue for how the new blog is going to look. Stoked! Keep checking back for more updates soon.


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Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 12:9-13

Moment of truth: I don’t read my Bible every day.

Oh great, another little formula saying one must read this and do that and give this every so often to be alright. Indeed not. I think that the days, the hours, the moments one should read the Bible are different for each person in his or her different seasons of life. But I have to admit, there are sometimes days that pass between each reading. Dare I say it, at times weeks. And I never feel good when I do.

I’ve just been thinking, if I claim the truth of this Word as my life source, then how could I go even one day without it lest I feel weak? I want to crave it like I crave food. I want something inside of me to grumble when I am in need of its nourishment. I want its sweet taste to draw me in and make me think about it at random times of the day.

I want that to be the one thing I can look forward to in any given day. My very wise father told me once that during nights that he can’t get a wink of sleep, that he knows, if nothing else, that he can get up in the morning and spend time in the Word before the day starts. What a man.

Lord, I ask for forgiveness for the times I have excused time with you for a rushed morning or a lazy day. Give me a hunger for your Word. I pray that everyday I might wake up and be still before you, humbled and willing to listen. I pray these things for myself and anyone else who feels the same way. Thank you for your relentless grace. Amen.


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Summer Night

Things that I love about nights like last Saturday:

  1. Gazing at the summer night sky.
  2. Not minding the Florida heat.
  3. Laughing at the cows.
  4. Remembering times of past.
  5. The smell of bug spray.
  6. Being called a hippie instead of a hipster.
  7.  “I need to go walk into a Bath & Body Works!”
  8. Talking of crazy old teachers.
  9. Listening to God’s work in friends’ lives.
  10. These girls. Well, at least the two on the outside. Kalicia was greatly missed.

It’s on nights like these that I come home and break out into full-out dancing to whatever music I hear. That night, it was rock. You shoulda been there.

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Appreciate Your Cows Today

Do you all know what today is? It is Chick-fil-A’s official Cow Appreciation Day. So get your head-to-toe cow suit you have stored in the back of your closet (*cough, Jesse) and make your way to Chick-fil-A for a free meal. That’s right, a free meal! Even if you don’t want to go all out, you can still throw on your favorite cow-related shirt and still get an entrée.

Danielle and I got all dressed up, painted our faces, and took our three nieces to get some lunch. Oh, and we told Gabbi if she let us paint a beard and mustache on her face we would buy her a milkshake. After she saw it she wasn’t too happy about the results. But we told her she had to keep it on until after we ordered if she wanted the milkshake. It was awesome.

Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

If you participated, post your pictures in a comment!

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Goodbye, Notebook.

Well, I’ve come to the end of another notebook. I guess you could call it a journal. (Really it’s a composition notebook disguised by pretty papers.) This one took longer to fill than usual. I started it the day after my birthday last fall. And as of right now I have 2 pages left to fill.

Just thinking about all that has happened in the last 8 and a half months to fill this notebook is making me unexpectedly emotional. I open up to the first page and I see that the very first thing I wrote on that day in October, two months into my first year of college, was, “I will glory in Christ. Glory in Christ. I will glory in Christ. I will glory in Christ alone.” Amen.

Reading over the pages. Touching the pages. I am quickly reminded by how easily I forget, for the things that I wrote eight months ago are still teaching me today! Yet he gives me grace. I’m going to take some time now to read over this notebook before I write the final two pages. And I’m expecting to cry, to laugh, to see friendships born, and to thank the Lord as I watch past prayers unfold as I turn the page.

10/24/2010- “I am carrying on a great project and I cannot go down.” -Nehemiah

11/7/2010- The Lord provides what he requires of us.

11/9/2010- He doesn’t have any shoes on…this guy is super swell.

11/2010- Keep moving forward, even if things seem at a standstill.

11/14/2010- Let your light shine- get over yourself.

11/14/2010- “The Beatitudes are so beautiful that I think that’s probably what the birds are singing when you wake up in the morning.”

More to come.


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