Tuesday, July 16, 2013


This year I have been on a quest.

I've been searching for thoughts about love.

Jesus said that it was the most important aspect of a Christian's life.

The greatest commandment: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

The second greatest: love your neighbor as yourself.

As yourself.


That's a lot sometimes, isn't it?

Heard a good quote about it today: "It is the very nature of love to forget itself for the sake of others. It takes their needs and makes them its own. It finds real joy in living and dying for others as Christ did."

Sometimes true love requires total denial of what we really want.

That's true in our relationship with Jesus. Because we love him, we have to deny the desires of our flesh.

The beauty of it all is that we can do this, with full confidence that our heavenly reward is waiting and the Father is watching.

May we all have the courage to live out His desires....and begin living what He's already working in us.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Dear Blog Reader,

If you were with me right now we'd be sitting on my roof watching the stars. I saw a shooting star tonight, but I forgot to make a wish because I was too deep in thought. What was I thinking about? I'm glad you asked...

It didn't look quite this awesome
There are two types of people in this world (there are really a lot more, but for the sake of making this statement more dramatic we'll go with it) -the kind that wear their emotions on their sleeves and the kind that don't.

I don''s probably unhealthy the amount I don't.

I feel like the Lord is showing me that I need to be more vulnerable.

...even typing the word "vulnerable" makes me anxious. This could take some serious work.

In other news:
-I'm now officially excited about South Africa.
-time moves too fast
-I need to start thinking about college and buying kitchen supplies...ahhhh

Monday, July 8, 2013

quote for your day

"If we really believed that God meant what He said, just imagine what we would be like! Do I really dare to let God be to me all that He says He will be?"

Sunday, July 7, 2013

a new hobby, jesus thoughts, and time

I haven't blogged in almost two weeks. Therefore, I'm taking this opportunity to go a little crazy and post twice in one day.

I have officially gathered all the necessary equipment to become a hard core climber. My oldest brother is teaching me the ropes (pun intended). I'm excited to see what becomes of this endeavor. Ever since sports have ended, I've been searching for a new way to stay active. I'll let you know how it goes!

So I leave for South Africa in two weeks, and after that I'll be off to college. I'm trying to be excited, but I don't feel anything. I don't know why...

I heard a good devotional thought today.

The more time we spend with Jesus, the larger he becomes in our lives. We begin to sense His presence and sufficiency deeper than before. However, when we allow busyness, distractions, and "life" to take us away from being intentional in prayer and reading the Scripture, He becomes a seemingly small and unimportant part of our lives. Our perception of people begins to seep into our perception of Jesus.

So true.

I've been very distracted lately, and I could hardly tell you why. It feels like a random combination of people, task lists, and agendas.

May the depth of His love, His goodness, and His common grace propel us to set aside some time to listen as He speaks.

Trying to learn to surrender time.


They're the ones you talk to about everything. They're great listeners, and great talkers. They're easy to laugh with, and easy to cry to. They're okay in silence, and join with you in loud obnoxious outbursts.
They're late night coffee runs. They're a movie night with a year's supply of chocolate. They're workout partners and fellow diet procrastinators. They're the listeners of a million things you probably shouldn't have said...your greatest secret holders. They're one of your dearest friends and inevitably your maid of honor. They're your personal cosmetologist, fashion advisor, and dating coach.

I'm thankful for mine!