Every Tear

I wrote this as a text message to some of my family members on November 9, 2016. This doesn’t come from a place of partisan preference, but rather a place of trusting my Heavenly Father. This is short and sweet, but take the time to listen to the words in the video at the end.  Matthew West wrote this song, Every Tear, on July 7th after all the events happened with the Dallas ambush police attacks, and the first time I heard it my breath was literally taken away. I just found myself crying. I think this song is applicable today as our country is about to embark on this new chapter, and I think this song is applicable in any situation in life we are going through. BUT I think the hope of this song and the hope of our world is that one day we won’t have to suffer, one day we won’t have pain and one day we won’t have the sting of death because the Great hope is Heaven! And this song absolutely clings to that truth. I  wanted to share this song with you and wish that today you can find some hope despite the chaos in our worlds- nationally and personally.

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The Waiting Game

A lot of times I often question my purpose. I can get really low feeling like I’m not exactly where I’m supposed to be in any given moment. Last Sunday night, for example, was one of those ‘given moments’. I realized I had forgotten about a homework assignment (in a class that I’ve already forgotten multiple homework assignments) and am not educationally performing to the best of my ability. That feeling of failure – the feeling of not being enough that I know all too well– encompassed my being, and my breaking point arrived. I’m not […]

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Birds

This morning I had a moment of clarity. My cat sat in the window, making his usual growl at the birds chirping away in the trees. I paused what I was doing for a minute to really listen to their song. They spoke in melodic prose, and you couldn’t help but smile. These little birds just sang their heart out in the tree outside my window. While they were singing, that was their present. They lived in their song, not in the worries of the world or the fears that awaited them. Then, a passage came to mind that I’ve always loved from Matthew. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27; NIV) Jesus goes on to speak about the flowers in the fields and how God so intricately cares for them, so why wouldn’t he care so much more for us? He tells us not to ask about what we will eat, drink or wear. He says to seek His kingdom above all, and all our needs will be bestowed […]

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8 Things That Happen As Soon As You Get Engaged

Fresh manicure – check. Phone call to all of the family members- check. Thoughtfully crafted Facebook update- check. Handsome man to spend my life with- check! These were the things that went through my mind as I scrolled through my mental list of “engagement to-do’s.” It was a whirlwind of a day, but it was blissful, and magical, and wonderful. As the first few weeks of being engaged passed by, I noticed a pattern in the things that kept happening to me. With engagement season in full swing, here are a few things that you can expect to experience right after you get engaged. 1. You will find your gaze randomly shifting to your left hand at any given time.  During your nana’s Christmas play. (10 times, to be exact. My fiance counted.) Driving down the highway. Updating spreadsheets at work. All of the sudden, your left hand becomes the most interesting thing you’ve ever seen. The ring on your finger just looks. so. good. And everyone wants to see it, too. Better keep that mani fresh. 2. You will constantly think your ring has fallen off.  Once you get past the “OMG, I can’t stop staring at my left hand” phase, in comes the, “OMG, has my ring fallen off? I don’t feel it. Okay, it’s still there, phew!” phase. Six weeks later and I think I’m finally starting to get used to it. (Don’t worry, I still find […]

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Embracing Your Inner Lion

Magestic. Fierce. Courageous. Brave. Mighty. Beautiful. Intimidating. Leader. Loyal. These are words I think about when I think about a lion. These are not words I think about when I think about myself. If you know me, (or if you are reading this), you know how much I love my cat. They are such funny creatures. My cat often acts big and tough- all 14.5 pounds of him. There is a picture on the internet of a cat looking in the mirror and seeing a lion, and I can’t help but […]

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