Sunday, December 30, 2012

arrivederci 2012

I am guilty of being a negligent blog writer.

Before, I had plenty of words but not enough time. Lately, I have found myself at a little bit of a loss for words.

Christmas was amazing. I got more gifts than I deserved but my favorite gift was having my sister and brother home for Christmas. Isn't time truly the most priceless gift of all?

Right before Christmas I went up to NYC with my best friend, my aunt, and my aunt's best friend. We stopped into Times Square to sneak a peek at the 2013 new years ball, where we scribbled down wishes on scrapes of paper in hopes that they will come true when they fall from the sky at midnight on the 1st. It might seem taboo to share my wish, but this year I wrote...

"more time with my friends and family"

I honestly couldn't think of a better wish. Having my best friends (and now my sister and brother) scattered across the US has made time the most coveted thing I can think of. I have been truly blessed this year to be able to travel and spend as much time as I did with friends and family and I hope to make that even more of a priority next year.

I am excited and hopeful for great things in 2013. I saw a quote (on Pinterest, of all places) the other day that said, "Please hold onto your hope. It is in such limited supply around the world these days. Hold onto it and be proud that you are one of the ones that does."

It certainly has been a year of ups and downs, but I feel very loved when I think of all the heartache that the Lord has spared me of. I will never know a day without love and I'm praying the same for everyone  close to my heart.

Happy New Year friends.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

fear

It's election day and I'm quite convinced that today has been scarier than Halloween this year. I'm not crazy about either candidate and yet I find myself so passionately taking a side and so personally offended at the ignorance (on both sides) and lack of care about such an important election. Living in a swing state has just heightened the tension for the past few weeks. I have genuinely feared the outcome of this election. I have feared for the safety of this country, the security of jobs for my family (my parents work and own small businesses and my brother and sister work in healthcare), my future...

And I was reminded this morning of the verse in 2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind."

I take great comfort in knowing that He will take care of us regardless of who wins tonight and that even though my immediate future here in the US may seem a little cloudy, that my eternity in heaven is still secure.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

autumn bucket list

MY 2012 AUTUMN BUCKET LIST:

1. go apple picking & bake up something delicious!
2. have a bonfire with s'mores
3. pick out a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch & carve it
4. drink fancy fall-flavored drinks
5. have a photoshoot in a leaf pile
6. go to a football game
7. go on a hay ride & through a corn maze
8. drive to see leaves 
9. run a race
10. make my own halloween costume
11. attend a festival/fair
12. have a halloween movie marathon

Monday, September 3, 2012

prayer & praise

Sorry for abandoning you all summer blog. It certainly wasn't for a lack of words... but I got a little distracted with twitter and tumblr and instagram and PINTEREST!!! So much has happened this summer it would take me all night to write about it so I'll try to keep it short...

First, I'd like to celebrate making it through a summer without a single broken bone. It is just a little past the one year mark and I'm happy to report that my foot is back to normal for the most part. I still have aches right before it rains (perhaps I should pursue a job at the weather channel?) and when I run for a long time (I ran my first half marathon in Nashville this April!). Pray for me during the rest of hurricane season.

On a sad note, I had to say goodbye to my sister when we dropped her off in Chicago this past weekend. We've been far away from each other before, but never for this long. I'm really happy for her and Matt, but I already miss her so much. This has been a summer of goodbyes. It is hard to have your best friends live so far away. And now my sister is 864 miles away...

In the midst of everything, I have to praise God for His sovereignty. I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions trying to seek out God's will for my life. Even when I doubt His love or His goodness, He chooses to shower me with blessings. I still sometimes have a hard time wrapping my mind around a love like that.

Not too long ago I was blog stalking a friend of a friend (this isn't as creepy as it sounds) and she wrote about the Bible story of Paul and Silas' imprisonment. You can find the entire story in Acts 16, but basically Paul and Silas were in prison simply praying and singing hymns to God. The other prisoners were sitting around listening when the prison doors flew open and their chains came loose. Faithfulness.

Paul and Silas didn't sit around questioning why they were in jail. They didn't doubt God's love because of their circumstance. They prayed and praised God!

It took over a year for me to finally start piecing together the bigger picture of God's plan for what I originally felt like was "wasted time". I know God hears my prayers and knows the desires of my heart, but I don't want my desires to get in the way of what He is doing through me right now. Sometimes it is the simplest things - like daily living out a Christian walk - to accomplish God's work. I am making a conscious effort to be more faithful, especially during the trying times.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

you're gonna be

you're gonna fly with every dream you chase
you're gonna cry, but know that that's okay
sometimes life's not fair, but if you just hang in there
you're gonna see that sometimes bad is good
we just have to believe things work out like they should
life has no guarantees, but always loved by me
you're gonna be

Thursday, March 22, 2012

dirty dog

Yesterday's rainy day shenanigans...




Thursday, February 9, 2012

i was wrong (take 2)

When I was in college my roommate Kelly and I would often joke about her desire to write a book entitled "I Was Wrong" that recollected all of those moments when she was, in fact, wrong. I remember lying in our beds late at night laughing hard at how many contributions we could easily make to a book with that title. For example...

I can dance outside during a hurricane without breaking a bone.
I was wrong.

My teacher won't notice me googling jokes during class.
I was wrong.

I know how to get there.
I was wrong.

This list could go on. My most recent "I was wrong" moment happened
yesterday. For a while now I have been begging my coworkers and managers to spend a day together volunteering, so when my manager found an open spot with Habitat for Humanity I was ecstatic...

I thought volunteering for Habitat for Humanity would be fun.
I was wrong.

Now don't get me wrong here, I'm not a habitat hater. And I should probably give it another chance b/c we volunteered for the Restore project in this huge abandoned building vs. the usual rebuilding of houses. It was fun..for the first two hours. Then Tara and I got stuck on power washing and squeegeeing the floor duty. Now I am all about some girl power (who run the world?), but I think this job would have been more effectively done by men. I say that only because we started out with power washers and ended with squeegees. About the time our socks and shoes were soaking wet (5 minutes into it) in 40 degree weather we had had enough. Our desire to leave was confirmed when our manager got hit in the head with a drill and we officially called it quits. Even though it wasn't the BEST time, I think we all still managed to have a good time. I couldn't stop laughing after we left and I still burst into fits of laughter when I look at pictures and video from the day. I love that my co-workers can make light of any situation. Check out pics of the crazies I spent my day with...



All smiles in the beginning! Upon first entering the building Tara looks at the huge truck we had to unload in disgusts and says, "IS THAT DUST?!?!" We knew right then it was going to be a long day hahahaha...

Looking the part. Keyword: looking.

Taylor & I building a teepee nbd.

The point in which I questioned if I was a prisoner or a volunteer...

The crew after a long day. This picture most accurately represents what we were all thinking.






Monday, January 9, 2012

be good miranda


I haven't abandoned my blog, but right now I really do love my tumblr!

Check out my tumblr, Be Good Miranda, for my makeshift 365 (366 this year!) project. A photo every day!

Friday, January 6, 2012

epiphany

Yesterday after/during my meltdown in the car I was feeling a little bummed because I was dead set on making 2012 different from last year. I knew I wanted to make some resolutions, adopt some new motto, and participate in the 365 project. But then I blinked and it was the 6th and I was about to say "to hell with it" when I was listening to K-Love and they started talking about the Epiphany Holiday.

Today, January 6th (the 12th night of the 12 days of Christmas), actually marks the last day of Christmas. Some people even celebrate today because today is the day that the wise men arrived and presented their gifts to baby Jesus (this is also debatable). Either way, I'm sure it was just the Lord's way of reminding me that it's never too late.

So in true magi fashion I present to you my 3 resolutions & my 3 new mottos...

RESOLUTIONS:
2. Learn to sew.
3. Keep a daily quiet time & pray more. A lot more.

MOTTOS:
Sidenote: Brie & I both adopted these this year after seeing We Bought A Zoo, which is where they all came from...

1. "You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it."
2. "Find the light."
3. "Why not?"

...

& look for my makeshift 365 project by following me on Instagram or on my tumblr!

fabulous & flawed

Tonight I opened up a Dove chocolate promise that read "It's OK to be fabulous AND flawed" and I just thought it couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. I had a mini meltdown in the car today (please tell me I'm not the only one that does this). I just felt so defeated. I'm trying. I'm trying hard. I'm trying my best, but sometimes it doesn't feel like its enough. I'm not competitive but I'm also not a quitter...I keep trying until I get it right. But lately I haven't quite been getting it right. I think maybe sometimes I am too hard on myself because to strive for perfection is really a setup for disappointment. Every once in a while I need a reminder that I'm human and therefore flawed. It's ok to be flawed. If we weren't flawed, there wouldn't be a need for a Savior.

I also remember a sermon from Water's Edge Church (get it on itunes - WEC Podcast "Five Lies of the Devil" from October 30, 2011) where they did a series on the "Five Lies of the Devil." This particular week was the lie "You are not good enough." Rob Shepherd talked about the verse Romans 3:23, reminding everyone listening that no one is perfect, but God is. He also talked about Paul and his thorn in the flesh. But his next point blew me away. It's a little paraphrased, but you'll get the gist...

"Even if you worked really hard to be smart, someone would still tell you you're dumb.
Even if you went years without making a mistake, someone would point back to the one mistake that you made.
Even if you were perfect, somebody would crucify you."

Not feeling good enough is Satan's way of making you feel defeated. It's his way of preventing you from what God has for you. No matter what you do, how hard you try, how careful you are - you will never reach perfection. And even if you did (like Christ), somebody would still crucify you. I thought it was such a good point because it made everything click for me. It's not about being perfect, its about being strong enough in your weakness to reach out to God who is good enough.

I can't live my whole life wasting
All the grace that I know You've given
'Cause you've made me for so much more than
Sitting on the sidelines

I don't wanna look back and wonder
If good enough could've been better
Every day's a day that's borrowed
So why am I waiting for tomorrow?

Oh, I'm making this my moment now
To grab the hand that's reaching down to save me
Oh, You save me.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5:17

I am ESPECIALLY thankful for this promise today.

Thank you Lord for a second chance.
A new year.
& a fresh start.