Sunday, April 10, 2011

tea and chapstick.

in case you were wondering...tea and chapstick is going to be the name of joel and i's folk band duo...whenever we finally get around to making some music. :) he promises it will be soon though. i am going to learn how to play the ukulele, while he plays guitar and/or harmonica, jimbay, or keys...whatever he is feeling that day i suppose. we will both sing...maybe play some coffee shop shows? perhaps.

mmm...life has been really sweet lately. i feel so blessed to have such a wonderful community of friends and people i love and cherish (that also love me as well i hope :).

i do love hot and humid AR (yes i am totally serious), but there is nothing quite like living by the ocean...

1940's inspired bridal photo shoot with a contemporary twist on saturday. i am calling it "sous les d├ęcombres" which is french for "beneath the rubble." (aka: taking an old dated era, bringing it back and making it something beautiful and fresh)

i am very excited to be working with the lovely photographer, Krista Guenin http://www.kristaphoto.com/ to achieve the vision i have in mind! it will be a wonderful day (as long as we don't get rained on).

had a chinese food picnic in a greek festival park today with a dear friend, filled with laughter and joy. her friendship is such a treasure.

hmm...what else...many brides these days. so many lovely ladies going to be walking down the aisle soon.

spring is in the air..

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. -Psalm 11:7

i read this verse this morning when my head was swarming with all the things i have been anxious about, things i need to get done, things that have been on my heart...what a simple and beautiful verse to remind us to just chill out! we are blessed to even be here! we are children of God...so comforting.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

equilibrium.

it's a new year. 2011...you came way too quickly.

my first blog post this year..watch out!

i haven't made any new years resolutions really...because i always find i break them instantly. so i guess you could said i've made a new years resolution to not have any new years resolutions...

however, i have set a few mental goals...

1. read more (just in general)
2. begin learning how to speak french (which was my new years resolution last year..ha!)
3. eat more veggies
4. dance a heck of a lot more
5. finish this the journal i started last month sometime this year
6. visit the ocean more
7. build a website and make business cards
8. love more
9. pray more intentionally and continually
10. make somewhat of a routine in my day to day schedule (i hate routines, but it might be beneficial...we shall see)

i find myself missing my family a lot these days. it would be so great to spend the day thrift shopping with my mom and getting o'charlies. :) i miss her and my sisters so much...and of course my precious nephews and niece.

i need to start planning a trip home to visit...

finding a balance in life is rather hard these days for me. back home..it seemed to be much easier. i feel like it's one extreme or the other for me lately. i need some equilibrium.

these next couple of months are going to be rather life altering...but then again, when is life not altering? i am not guaranteed an outcome, however, the Lord is faithful. this i know to be true.

in other news...there is at least 3 ft of snow outside of my window...and it is growing by the day. i am ready for sunshine and sandy beaches. come back summerrrrr, you are missed in new england.

i had a ridiculous craving for popeyes chicken today that wasn't fulfilled...sadness.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

cambiamento.

crying: the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)

Crying is a rather strange thing when you think about it...it's almost uncontrollable. You can cry tears of joy, tears of pain, or tears can fall from your face when you stare at a bright computer screen too long...(which is the kind i am experiencing right now)

In the past few weeks...I have shed all 3 kinds of tears. (for me...that is quite an accomplishment, I don't tend to cry very often) I guess you could say I have been in touch with my emotions these days.

Today I reflected on who I was before I moved to Boston...and just how much God has taught me upon leaving Arkansas and beginning my endeavors in New England. It's kind of overwhelming how God creeps into your life. I was this vulnerable broken girl...who was so stubborn and selfish. I thought I had it all figured out...I was going to move to Boston and kill it! (can you say prideful?) I was going to be this fabulous hair stylist, when in reality, God had another agenda for me...who knew that he could use swing dancing to introduce me to people who led worship for a God-centered church? I sure didn't.

What an impact this church has made on my life...I have NEVER felt more loved by a church (a body of people who love each other and serve Christ). I can honestly say that this church has a genuine heart for the Lord..they truly love God and love people, because He first loved us.

I am tearing up just thinking about how much God has done in my life in the past couple years...it is truly wonderful to think about, and I know this is only the beginning.

It's funny how life changes so unexpectedly. It comes out of no where.

As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
Psalm 103:15-16

My life may be short, but I want it spent honoring Him.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

perspective.

pretty sure Boston in the season of autumn (right now) is the most perfect time of year...if only it didn't fly by so quickly.

i am already cold....it's gonna be a rough winter for me. i can feel it already.

my mom used to read to me Psalm 23 every night before i went to bed growing up...even after i memorized it forwards and backwards haha. still...it never gets old...it's like comfort food. :)

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff shall comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

i feel like i've been around the world and back...

in the past month...i have taken a road trip from Boston, MA to Conway, AR in a vehicle that broke down once in Cleveland, OH...then while i was driving (without a license, or so i thought) the vehicle started jolting back and forth till it hit 40 mph (the minimal speed limit on the interstate)...where i then proceeded to sweat and pray a lot. we made it there finally...after a pit stop in TN and MS for a couple days. (p.s. found my license once i got to Conway) from there...my sister and friend picked me up, then had a 3 hr drive home...spent some time in NWA with the fam, then had a 6 hour flight back to NYC to visit the man for a couple days :), then took a 4 hour bus ride back to Boston...then a 20 min subway ride and a transfer to a 20 min bus ride home. basically i have taken every form of transportation in the past few weeks...minus a few uncommon ones...submarine, hovercraft, teleportation...you get the idea.

it's been awesome to just slow down the past week or so and unwind spending genuine time with God.

He never fails to reveal...and His timing is always perfect.

God will always give what is right to His people who cry to him night and day, and He will not be slow to answer them.
Luke 18:7

this is such a cool verse for many reasons...the Lord is faithful. He knows our every need and He will provide. so many times in my life when i have taken life into my own hands being hasty, i have crashed and burned...but when He is in control, He has my best in mind and He answers every prayer. patience is the key.


"the difference between a calling from God and a good idea is that a calling will stick"

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

majesty.

So these past few weeks have been rather revealing...and I thought they might be encouraging to others as well. So here goes nothing..

Majesty Majesty
Your beauty ASTOUNDS me
Your faithfulness is unending
Your mercies are new every single day
Thank you.

-excerpt from a journal entry from a couple days ago

He poured water into a bowl and began to wash the followers feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. -John 13:5

It is truly amazing to me how MANY different ways God shows his love for us throughout scripture/my own life. It can even be as simple as a smile from a stranger. God calls us to DESIRE his heart to love others just like he has loved me and you. This means...we love all, serve Him, and there shouldn't be any hesitation whatsoever with this.

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.-Proverbs 11:25

something else God has laid on my heart lately...

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. -Hebrews 4:7

God is beautiful and SINLESS. He shared every single trial we have faced when he was a man on earth (take a moment just to digest that). He knows our every thought, our hearts, and far beyond what we can see in this moment.

I am reminded daily of how small and insignificant my life is how how big and marvelous He is. It just blows me away that despite all my sin and faults, he still loves me just as much as he did yesterday, and the day before that.

"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need to do is love without getting tired." -Mother Theresa