Wednesday, September 12, 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.