Monday, 20 January 2014

The Daily Choice.

circa: high school days

I feel like as young girls we often buy into this whole thing culture tells us once we get to adolescence. The whole living by our emotions thing. Lets face it, once we are thirteen they are full blown out of control, one minute we feel like falling face down on our beds screaming in frustration and almost sixty seconds later we are bawling like we've experienced the worst experience of our lives. If you were anything like me as a teenager, it took you a little while to get these emotional outbursts under control. I really feel for parents of teenagers right now looking back on those experiences, praise the Lord my mother is an incredibly patient woman. 

But as we get older I think we still someone believe culture which tells us to feel how we feel and do what feels right. The thing is, its so far from scriptural truth. I feel its so entirely unhelpful to be told to follow your heart. Even though it sounds wonderful and is often what I want to hear. 




'The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?'
Jeremiah 17:9


'For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.'
Matthew 15:19


Those truths sound pretty scary to me. They say the total opposite of the media which says go for it, trust your heart. The words in Jeremiah say that my heart will deceive me. That it is capable of evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft and a whole list of things that I certainly wouldn't want in my life. So what's a girl to do? Who do we listen to? 

circa: college days


'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.'
Proverbs 3:5-7


'Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.'
Psalm 37:4



There is hope for us in these words from Proverbs and Psalms. But they do carry an entirely different message for us as young women. In my opinion both of these verses are talking about trusting the Lord, yes even when we don't feel like it. What does that look like? Well, for starters I think trusting Him can mean ignoring our emotions. Yes, I mean that sometimes following our heart can be dangerous for us. We don't have to be slaves to our emotions whenever we get that rush every month and want to scream or feel sorry for ourselves or however they affect us. I'm not saying this is even possible in our own strength. There are often days when I want nothing more than to stay home, sit on the couch and watch Gilmore girls until I'm tired of watching TV. I'm not even saying that is necessarily wrong for us to do. 



I think we just don't do ourselves or younger girls a service by using the phrase trust your emotions or follow your heart. So much of following after Jesus involves denying ourselves. Our emotions included. And that is hard, but so worth it in the end. Our emotions trick us, 
they make us do things we might even regret or treat other poorly. 


There is a daily choice for us. To choice whether we want to follow our heart, our emotions or to follow Jesus. Sometimes the two line up, as the more we know Him and love Him, the more our hearts desires line up with His. But its never safe to just make the assumption that they do. 


Some days we have to make a daily choice to choose joy. Something I have been reminding myself on Instagram for a while now. We have to chose to be joyful with where He has us, even if the day doesn't turn out the way we thought. Even if the list of tasks doesn't even get half completed, even if a doctors appointment ends up taking over the entire day, even if our family members drive us crazy.

We make a choice.....to chose to see the blessings. To chose joy.


And you know what, almost all the time......my emotions follow my decision. 





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Monday, 13 January 2014

Victim of Grace. [Book Review]


Well, I realise I haven't talked about Booksneeze in a while. Apparently so long that I managed to get my account suspended while I slowly, and I mean slowly made my way through this book haha! Guess I wasn't the only one who thought it took too long. I do like books though and am trying to make a habit of sharing some good ones with you. 

At first, I wasn't sure I entirely liked this book. Initially it just didn't hold my attention, then about halfway through I really started to understand where Robin Gunn was coming from. The second half I probably read in the space of a few days. That may have been my own fault in taking so long to read the first half, which made it hard to follow. Or just was my opinion of the content of the book. It felt slow to get going, but then once you got to the meat she had some great things to say. 

Robin shares a lot of her own story in this, we follow her through many different stages of life as she grapples with various struggles and God's purpose for her life. I loved how she deepened my understand of grace and what that looks like in everyday life. I enjoyed following her on this journey and learning things to take away and apply to my own journey. I also really enjoyed her use of scripture as she shared various verses that she clung to while wrestling with her issues. There's some gems in there! 

I would recommend it anyway but also say its worth reading the whole thing, as the first half is really not super impressive. 

What good books have you read lately friends? 



Disclaimer: Thoughts are my own, however I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my review through Booksneeze

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Friday, 10 January 2014

2013 In Pictures. (& some words)

So in true me fashion, I am totally late to the party. But I've been working hard, chasing dreams (I may have just placed an order for $150 worth of equipment on amazon eekk!) and as I'm learning to worry less about what people think, I guess I don't mind what anyone thinks that I'm like more than a week late on this.

I wanted to remember some fun memories from this year. So this is a review of the year in pictures. 


January


We moved. Into a house with gorgeous floors. Only temporary but was super fun!
I also wrote about sharing our stories & choosing to be happy for others


February



I learned how to ski last winter, so did my sister. So we have some epic friends who are willing to chase each other down slopes together. What a blast! 
The Superbowl also made me angry & shared about the loves in my life for Valentines Day.


March


I changed jobs in March which is probably when my posting decreased oops. Sorry life has been full of learning important skills and chasing two little people. I wouldn't change it for anything. 
I also jumped right in and started to share our love story


April



This hottie and I tackled an item on our bucket list this year, in April we went to Niagara Falls for the first time. It has to be one of the prettiest things I've seen. 
I started my Purpose Project and blogging mainly revolved around that for the month of April. 



May


I celebrated my birthday with him this year (no small feat in the past I tell ya!) & it was super fun! We explored, had a blast and then ran a 5k together the following day to raise money for the Mocha Club. (Post on those events here)


June



I spent most of the summer listening to crickets on this space, being present with those around me & took some unexpected time out from blogging. Trying to slow down in the middle of our busy season. Oh yeah.....we moved again sometime at the beginning of the summer. Hopefully the last one in our 3+ moves in the space of a year. 


July





My whole immediate family was together in July this year which was really fun and hopefully will happen again in 2014. We were able to celebrate my dad's birthday & celebrate the 4th of July (nevermind that we are british haha!) 


I also celebrated 3 years of being married to this amazing man.  


August


In August we started developing deep friendships with some amazing people at our church. I am so thankful for them. I had been praying for deep connections there for a while. So I stepped out of the internet community and stopped apologizing for choosing to be where the Lord had placed me physically
I also did my 2nd Stitch Fix & spontaneous date with my hubby. I love those boxes for that reason! (Want a referral click here!


September




I went to Africa with Brooke. Well it wasn't Africa for real, but it was definitely so fun!! =) We also went on a marriage retreat, and as you can tell from the picture, it was gorgeous! That was the backyard to the house we stayed in. I also talked about choosing to be content again. We also celebrated my hubby's birthday & went apple picking together. I tried to let go of the busy, and shared some deep thoughts of what being a nanny has taught my heart.  
I also made the decision to choose not to attend Influence as the Lord opened a door for me to go to Hope Spoken instead. Coming soon in March friends!!! 


October





October got messy as friendships got deeper and my heart was wrecked by reading Emily Freeman's book A Million Little Ways. Followed by Beth Moore's study So Long, Insecurity
I blogged a lot and went pretty deep on figuring out the messy interested and passions trying to figure out what the Lord wanted me to chase. That can be best explained by reading these. 


November


We celebrated Thanksgiving with my brother-in-law's family. The Lord continued to wreck me as He taught me how much insecurity had been playing a part in how I was living life. I wrote this towards the end of the study


December



We celebrated Christmas and started the Winter season off with an amazing ski trip already. I also picked the word Hope for the coming year. It was also an unexpected month, but with hearts in the right place. And I got all the finances in place for Hope Spoken. Praise God! 


Looking back with pictures of all the events, I guess you weren't all bad 2013. 
You certainly held a lot of growth, ideas, fun moments and things I would not want to change. 

Much Love! 





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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

{Guest Post} $50 Amazon Giftcard & MercyInk Shop Credit!

Sweet Carrie From Waiting With Joy is celebrating her One Year Blog Anniversary! Woop! So She is here today on the first day of the year to give you guys a chance to win some prizes! =) Isn't she just super sweet?
I'm totally bummed I can win this but privileged to be a part of her celebration! 
Head over and say hi & thanks: 


Enjoy!

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Ya'll...2013 has been SO good to me in many ways. One of the biggest (unforeseen) blessings has been blogging. I started my blog on January 1, 2013 as an outlet to speak life online. I felt frustrated and annoyed by the constant barrage of negativity and wanted to use social media to encourage and bless others.
What I didn't count on was how God would use blogging & social media to bless, encourage and challenge me. I have met friends I would've never known had I not started blogging. Some of these ladies have become accountability partners and collaborators in ministry. Many others have prayed for me and empathized with me.
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So, as a thank you to all of the wonderful people who read my blog and who have befriended me along the way or supported me, myself and several of my wonderful friends are hosting a fun giveaway to say THANK YOU for your support.
You can win a $50 gift card to Amazon (seriously, they are having amazing deals right now!) and a $15 shop credit to MercyInk shop!
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Lauren at MercyInk creates beautiful prints, cards and jewelry. She is also an amazing momma, writer and supporter of adoption. The shop credit will allow you to choose from some gorgeous prints for your home or jewelry for you to wear. I myself plan on ordering some for a new photo/print display wall we are creating!
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Friends who are supporting the giveaway
Enter the giveaway below. Thank you again so much for your support!
Happy New Year!
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