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A Soap Box Moment

"You're not being healed because you're not doing something right."

It pains me to hear someone say this. I have to fight back my human nature to keep from punching them in the face (especially when it's directed toward someone I love).
I really do believe that sometimes this statement does come from a place of love. Humans are fallible, and we don't always say things exactly how we mean them. When it comes to helping our brothers and sisters, a lot of times we find it our job to point out errors in their walk. We want to hold them accountable and help them stay on the narrow path. The Bible tells us to do this.
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12, 13 ESV)
The Bible also says, 
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but…

Be Still.

"You seem more like yourself, than I have ever seen you."
A dear friend of mine said this to me recently. It really got me thinking. I began to ask myself why...
I have recently gone through a trying time. I've been in the fire so to speak. I've had more relatives pass away since October than I have had the 23 years previous. I've had more difficult conversations with close friends than I care to count. I gave my testimony in a church service and opened myself up to judgment. I've had several weeks where I had no idea how I was going to buy groceries.
Among other things.
Why have I been able to face all of these things over the past six months and not react the way I had before?
In my previous experiences, having months like this would have led me into depression or worse. Why was this time so different? Why am I so different?
I gave up the fight.


I don't mean that I gave up. I just gave up fighting a battle that wasn't mine to fight. I finally understood wh…

Snow Much Fun Day...

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"  -J.B. Priestley
This is how I used to view snow.
"A lot of people like snow.  I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."  -Carl Reiner
This is how I view snow now.
I used to love winter. I loved the cold. I even thought about moving to Colorado at one point. 
Not anymore.
Now, I am looking forward to the days I will be in India and never have to deal with snow again.
That being said, being stuck in the house and not having to work was a nice break yesterday. It was nice to be able to relax and not have to stress about getting everything done
I began my day with a little crochet.
I started by finishing a dinosaur hat for my friend Laura B's baby Ayden that's due in June. The hat pattern is one I made up based off of several I've read in the past. The …

Faking It or Making It...

Fake it 'til you make it.

We've all heard this thousands of times. The idea is that you act the way you want to be perceived or the way you want to feel until you achieve it. 
I don't believe it. Let me tell you why.
For a long time I struggled with a big issue. My mask. You know, the mask I put on when I was in front of people, but really I was completely different underneath. 
I thought that if I could convince the world that I was ok, then I could convince myself. 
I was wrong.
His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. (Psalm 55:21 ESV)
This was me. I had war in my heart. I fought against everything inside of me. The things I said were sweet, but they came from a hurting place.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. (Matthe…

The Start of Another Journey

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau
I love pictures. I love taking them. I love looking at them. They're another thing on my list of obsessions.
Pictures throughout a pregnancy are a great way to document the journey from announcement to birth. They are also some of the most fun to capture.
Back in December, I was invited to be a part of the journey of my best friend, Laura B, and her husband, Ken. It was especially exciting to take these announcement pictures because it was Christmas. We took them in their apartment in front of their Christmas tree. These personal touches added a degree of uniqueness that studio portraits just can't portray.


Today, I was privileged to be a part of their gender reveal! It is so fun to work with friends. It's amazing  that we got any pictures with all the goofing off, sarcasm, and laughter that occurred.




Laura and Ken are expecting a little boy in June of this year. I can hardly wa…