Thursday, June 25, 2015

Made new::.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello there! One of my best friends Natalie wrote a post that was very personal and it inspired me to share my feelings as of lately with you. Now I know some of you may be going to click off my blog right now because it seems I do that a lot, but what can I say? I have a huge heart and a strong desire to share with people. 

Have you ever felt stuck? As if your feet are in cement, and it is drying faster than you ever thought possible? I've been feeling like that lately. Actually, I've been feeling like that for the past few months. I'm sure I am not the only who is or has been/felt this way before. The past few months have definitely been packed full of trials, change, pain and heartache like you wouldn't believe. It all left me very hopeless and sad feeling. 
There comes a point, though, where you need to take some time to evaluate the last few days, or however long you've felt like this, and I mean really reaaallllyyyy evaluate it. When I did this, I realized that I acted like a defeated child through it all. Ya know, the ones who yell and scream over someone taking their lego and then after a few minutes they just quit the game all together. Defeat. I was defeated. But by what? My circumstance? My situation(s)? It was a slap in the face kind of moment and I knew that God was the one doing the slapping (in the most loving way of course..).

The summer is a time of new things. New beginnings. Each day is not only a gift, but it's a chance to start new. Even though you don't feel like it, you are not the same person you were when you fell asleep last night. Your thoughts have changed, your heart has changed, your feelings have changed and your goals have changed. John 1:16 talks about how from the fullness of the Lord we receive grace upon grace. During this time of change and transition in my own life, each morning when I wake up I thank God for another day and repeat to myself those words: grace upon grace. And there is peace in those words. There is comfort in that phrase.

Hard times don't need to be seen as the "end of the world". But rather they need to be looked at as blessings. For I know that through every hardship God is growing me and teaching me something through it all. I know that He makes me new each and everyday. Along with knowing that truth, I also know and have come to realize that there are a lot of things in my life that I need to change and even some things that need to be removed. And that sort of stuff can be hard. We're only human.. change is always hard and uncomfortable. But I know that God has something far greater planned for me than the pain and hopelessness I have been feeling. I am alive in him.

I know there is a reason for my feeling prompted to write this post. So I hope that whoever you are out there reading this that may be feeling down in the dumps, that you find hope in my words. But more importantly that you find hope in Gods word. Be made new in Christ today.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Welcome, June.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer is finally here and I could not be happier!

That being said, summer is in full swing. My sisters wedding was this past weekend and it was THE most beautiful, loved filled day I have ever lived. Now that the wedding is over, I am finding I have a lot of extra time on my hands! So, I decided to set some goals for myself for this summer.

1.) Exercise! So cliche, and if you know me I'm sure you're laughing at this one.. but really! I am determined to get into a routine of exercising more and being healthy and fit!
2.) Bake/cook more. I absolutely love finding new recipes for gluten free/dairy free things, but rarely do I ever go through with trying them out.
3.) Try new things. Whether it be restaurants or hobbies, I want to explore new and exciting things that I never have before. (First on my list is yoga!)
4.) Get into a devotion routine. Right now I am just starting the She Reads Truth Women in the Word and I am loving it! I would like to get into more of a daily routine of bible studying/reading and prayer :)
5.) Plant. I have taken a new liking to plants and gardening and would love to do it more this summer.
6.) Blog more! I want more of a routine for my blogging, instead of just doing it whenever something cool happens in my life, haha. If any of you have any good prompts or blogging challenges please feel free to share! I am always looking for new things to do :)
7.) Encourage. God has definitely given me a gift of encouragement, and I love it! I have some new things up my sleeve that will be revealed at a later time ;) Stay tuned!!
8.) Spend more time outside. The weather hasn't been the greatest lately and I am starting to feel like a sack of potatoes! I am realizing more and more that being outside, whether it is sunny or not, is still so refreshing and lovely.
9.) Put the phone down. This one is pretty self explanatory.. I don't want to miss the summer because I was caught up in everyone else's.
10.) Grow in my confidence. This seems pretty personal and deep, haha. But I have been learning lately that I shouldn't be trying to change who I am just because of the latest trends and such. It's okay to go to the mall without make up on :)

I am so excited for this summer and all that it has to offer! What are some of your summer goals?!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Rooted in Design :: the love of plants

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Through Blogging for Books I received this wonderful work of art. As of recently I have taken a new liking to plants. Indoor plants, outdoor plants, big plants, small plants, I just love them all. 
When I discovered this book, Rooted in Design by Tara Heibel and Tassy De Give I loved plants even more. While this book is focused on indoor planting, the techniques and tips they give can easily be used when working with outdoor plants as well. 
That is probably my favorite thing about this book, that it is chalked full of tips followed by beautiful pictures displaying the plant projects. Another aspect of this book that I really liked was that at the end of each chapter they give a little tutorial of how you can make one of the unique plant designs.

This book will not be one that just collects dust on your bookshelf, but will be one that you go back to time and time again.

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