Confession of a Single Girl

Confessions of a Single Girl: I have been on a reading kick! Its definitely a good thing, I could probably cancel my cable completely and be happy. This summer I have easily read at least 6 books. But I love to read blogs as well as books. Seeing other peoples perspectives. Knowing you are not the only one that feels, thinks, wonders these things. And most of the time, other people can say things way better than you can.

Here are two articles I have stumbled upon as of late that I found helpful, hopeful and true
Create the story you want to be real.

They are the hidden treasures worth a thousand Sparrow’s journey


Flowers on Tuesday

Sometimes when you need some encouragement, you should try encouraging someone else.
I figured out a few years ago; you have to be a friend to have a friend.
I truly believe if you throw a little love and encouragement out there whether you need it yourself or not
It will come back to you tenfold, if you are genuine about your love and encouragement

I love cards
and who doesn't love getting a card in the mail... nobody, unless its bills- those can stay away.

I have found some really cute 'Thinking of you' cards
which I will send out to friends here and there
but I also like to decorate or write my own cards

Target is a great place to find little packages of cards
Just recently I went and found these fun turquoise and coral colored blank cards
and you can actually go to a website and use templates they have to print your own stuff on the cards!
I will be crafting up some encouragement later this week
Keep your eyes open for some love my friends xo

Any other ideas on sending love and encouragement out into the Universe!?


A girls first love will always be her daddy...

In honor of my Papa's Birthday last Saturday
I wanted to make a list of the top 10 things he has taught me.

Because, well I love him, A LOT 
And I love making lists!

Melissa Jill Photography

Top 10 Things My Daddy Taught Me:

10. Laugh at yourself. My dad is the best at this. He lets us make fun of the little things he does, but he can laugh at himself about it all too. My dad's laugh is infectious. Oh and he is probably the most ticklish person you will ever meet, and we have definitely had some fun times trying to corner him to tickle him! Or when he used to end his texts with ' Luv you big daddy'... he really meant 'Love you big, daddy' we had to talk about that one.  Or when I was having a meltdown at work and was crying about how selfless I was being, and dad couldn't keep a straight face so then we just laughed for a good hour together about that one.

9. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.  As a teenager I remember driving with my dad with Zig Zigler playing in his truck. Always some kind of motivation talk, some kind of words of wisdom; which as a kid I remember thinking it was so annoying. But I am so much like my dad, and I love that stuff now. He taught me that there is a bigger picture and you can't get so caught up in the small stuff and lose sight on what's really important.

8. You're never too old or busy for Cartoon movies. Or dad daughter dates. Or spending time with loved ones. I remember going on a dad daughter date to see the movie Robots in theaters. Robin Williams is the voice of the main robot. I remember being so excited to see a movie just Dad and I. We sat down next to this cute, lil toe head 6 year old boy with his buttery popcorn pack on his lap and blue slurpee covering his face. I sat next to the lil guy (His babysitter was next to him) and my dad sat on the other side of me. Literally, every time lil blue sticky face kid laughed at something, my dad was laughing at the same thing. They were like kindred spirits with each other.  I just remember that day so vividly because it was the day I learned you are never too old to be a kid and enjoy the simple things of life!

Marshmellow Guns we got for Christmas one year. We had a war. It was awesome.

7. Love with all your heart. I have never had to question my fathers love for me, or our family. Everything he does, he does with us in mind. He is not afraid to let his emotions show. He is the rock in our family. When things seem to be falling apart, he is there to pick up all the pieces. He loved me when I was going through my awful teenage girl phase (and still continues to when I revert back...) He loves us without condition. He loves all of us in our own way. He always protects. He always loves.

6. The difference is your choice. Anyone who has met my Dad knows he is different. He is a special kind of man, that I am so blessed to call my dad. I have learned that his reputation, his reaction, his happiness... they are all his choice. It isn't always easy to make the right decision. Its not easy to act with patience to someone who is constantly giving you attitude. He doesn't always wake up on the right side of the comfy bed. But he always CHOOSES to be better. He always chooses to have a good attitude. He always choose to put others before him and have a servant heart. This is definitely where my dad and I differ. This is just plain hard for me, but it is something I strive to do and wish I was more like my dad in this area.

5. Exercise is really important. My dad is a stud. I mean, he can do as many pushups as he is old! And lets just say, he can get a discount for an early bird special! He hikes South Mountain everyday, works outside to tear down palm trees- by himself. He has taught me that you have to take care of your body. And that exercise is important because I think it helps him with #6. He lets out the very little steam he has, and can clear his mind. And let just be honest, he looks good!

4. Work Hard. Play Hard. This kind of correlates with the last one. My dad has the most amazing work ethic ever. He works HARD everyday. Whether he is in the office, or outside pulling weeds around the shop. He does. not. stop. when he gets an idea or a task started. But he knows how to have fun. He does what he likes to do. He has a healthy balance of hard work and fun. I think he needs to have a little more fun though!

Proud Papa

3. Compassion, Honesty, Forgiveness. I have been hearing this one for years. If you have a problem with someone you need to a. go to them with compassion b. you need to be as honest as you possible can be c. you need to be willing to forgive. If you can't do all three of these you are not going to be able to get passed what is going on. You have to have all three parts. Once you do, you can talk to the person and be done with it. I have used this more times than I would admit, and it really does work! I think this is one of the reasons so many people respect my dad.

2. I am Beeeeautiful. I work for my dad, and everyday he tells me how pretty I look. Everyday. And I know he isn't just saying it either, well sometimes he might but he doesn't have too, but he always does. Growing up we had this little saying, he told me "Bug, if a guy ever tells you 'You are Beautiful' tell him... 'My daddy tells me that everyday, tell me something I don't already know!'" This kind of confidence is so important to a young girl growing up, especially through the awkward years, I don't think I knew how much it has impacted my life until now. I am so grateful my dad has always made me feel beautiful.  

Honorary mention:I am not spoiled. I am well taken care of. My dad takes care of us.

1. Love the one you are with.  gosh I can't even write this one without tears welling up in my eyes. My dad has always had one piece of advice for newly weds or young families: The best thing you can do for your family and your kids is to love their mother. There is NO question my dad loves my mom more everyday. He chooses to love her, but it is easy for him. The way he looks at her, slow dances with her in the kitchen all. the. time. He is her rock. Her lover. Her best friend. The love they have is rare, beautiful and on fire. I have been given the BEST example of the kind of love I desire and deserve. My dad has always put my mother on a pedestal. It is the most beautiful kind of love I can imagine.

Mother's Day 2008

There are tons of other things my dad has taught me: like how to drive, patience, dancing father daughter dances with me at recitals, etc. But these are just a few of the important lessons that I have taken from him and will always cherish. I love my dad so much.

I know I am extremely blessed to have a father like I do. I don't know how I got so lucky but I thank God every time I think of him!

Happy Birthday Papa! Love you Big, Daddy!

Sensitive Heart

I have always had a very, very, veeeery sensitive heart.
I am the typical, wear your heart on your sleeve, kind of lady
I love to talk about feelings with people
Unless they include my own
I only do that when I want too...

But, I cry.
It just often happens
Happy times
Sad times
while laughing
when I am tired
I see a commercial that tugs at my heart strings (I'm looking at you Nike commercial where the dad comes home to play basketball with his little girl...yea, that easy!)
I see an older person eating dinner alone
Especially when I see someone else crying

It just happens
And I have tried to decide
Is this a weakness?
Does this make me more vulnerable?
Do people take me less seriously because I show my feelings easily?
Will someone love this sensitive and heart wearing sleeve girl?


But, I saw this today and it tugged on me.
My tears don't make me weak
They let me know I am alive
I feel my emotions, all of them and express them
Some people might not like it, or choose it

But its me.
God blessed me with a
And I like it!


Friday, Friday: Linky Love

Hope you all had a fabulous week! I am finally feeling myself again. Had to make the choice to be better, not bitter. Though sometimes it is hard! But I am so blessed. Amazing Family. Incredible Friends. New Adventures ahead of me. How can I not look at my life and say, Thank you God for all you do? even for undeserving me! 

This week I found some different links you might all love as well!

Enjoy your weekend. Stay safe. Shine Bright!

 A man's best friend never leaves his side... so sweet

You all know I love love, but here is just a little reminder

If anyone is currently taking applications for a guy who will swoon you, you should check this guy out!

Sparking some creativity... I definitely have some shoes I could try this with!!

I would have loved to play games with God when I was younger, He has the best imagination #ultimatescifigeek

This is childhood in a bottle! Love it!

I love watching the Foodnetwork Channel and Bobby Flay always has great meals but drinks to go along! Look at the color of it! Would love a dress that color!

I think this salad will be a nice, refreshing treat after this week of 'Excessive Heat Warnings'...boooo!

Happy Friday Friends! Love just because!


Things I love: Thursday

The sniffing game Lily and I play. She won't remember it when she gets older, but I can't wait to tell her it was 'our thing'. Getting fresh flowers on Tuesday. Very sweet <3. God's grace is pretty remarkable. Spending hours reading about someone's passion that inspires my own. Meeting up with old friends and talking til the place kicks us out. Finishing a good book. Starting another one. I am on a serious book kick right now. Celebrating my Dad's birthday. Happy Birthday Papa!  Realizing, I am gonna be ok! More than ok! How to be a love-letter to the Universe. And the O.G. of Things I love:Thursday.  Garlic dip from Pita Jungle. Ben Rector- The Beat. and when a heart breaks. Sending out some love. My new red dress. it really is red, and on sale for 18$ in stores! With a new yellow necklace. Laying by the pool. Sweet Home Alabama. Swooooon... I want to have pick at any Tiffany's ring I want... wait, thats just in the movies? Crap. and of course, I love love.

love...twue, love...


eeeep! this has to be acceptable stealing... right?


Cereal Dater


I hope I get to know you* over our favorite box of cereal.
Breakfast for dinner style.

*whoever you are

Flowers on a Tuesday

Well, this is pretty simple.

I got flowers, on tuesday! <3

Everyone deserves to feel special. be loved. know they are thought of.

This week, let's all spread a little love to a friend
do something thoughtful.
Send a card.
Go out for Froyo and pay.
Leave a fun basket of goodies on a door step.
Call them instead of text.
Just something sweet to pour out some love.

Doesn't have to be flowers, but they sure are nice and smell yummy!

Thanks momma! ;)


Thankful Heart

Thanking God during a stormy season of life is not the first thing that comes to our minds.
Most of the time, when things go wrong, we run from God
Or blame Him for the troubles in our lives

It's not easy to be thankful
When you lost a loved one
When there is a new diagnosis of cancer in your family
When your heart is broken into pieces
When your dream job doesn't work out

I am not the best at being thankful during hard times
Actually its probably one of the last things I have done, if I did it at all.

Something really spoke to my heart in the book I have been reading lately, Classic Christianity.
So I wanted to share it with you or anyone who is struggling with faith, life, God's will for them...

"The essence of a life of faith is a thankful heart... 1 Thessalonians 5:18 'Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.' Why would God tell us to give thanks in all circumstances, even in bad ones? because giving thanks is a concrete expression of our faith in God- that our lives are in His hands, and that we are trusting Him to fulfill His promise in Romans 8:28 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.' The result of trusting God with our lives and expressing that faith through giving thanks is a freedom and peace that is supernatural:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7."  - Classic Christianity, p 164 

It doesn't always make sense
Why God's plans for us
hurt our hearts 
cause fear in us
make us turn our backs
but maybe if we truly try to be thankful for all circumstances
we will feel the comfort of the Lord around us.

This part of the book revealed to me,
even though I am hurting, struggling, disappointed or happy, grateful, content
I need to be thankful because God is protecting my heart
He is working all circumstances to the best plan for me.

Good and Bad.

Red, Blonde, Bronde??

39. Redheads have more fun...

This really is subjective
I had fun as a blonde

I even had fun as a bronde... (Brown/blonde)

But I have really enjoyed life as a redhead... and I just think we have a lot more fun!

Can't wait for more memory making this year!


Love is...

Everyone knows 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8...
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always preserves. Love never fails."

You've hear it a thousand times
in church, at weddings, its the go to verse about love.
It is something that people write in wedding cards,
use as a measure or reminder on how to love.

While reading, Classic Christianity, I saw it in a whole new light.

Have you ever thought about that verse as how God loves us?
I mean, God is Love!

" God is always patient with you. God is always kind to you. God does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. God is not rude to you, He is not self-seeking. He is never easily angered with you. God keeps no record of your wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects you, always trusts you, always hopes the best for you, always preserves with you. God's love for you never fails."

I will be the first to admit, I want to be a part of a great love story
I am just starting to truly understand, that I have been a part of one.
And I will continue to be in one.

Its a really wonderful thing to realize and believe.

Snapshot of life

40. The bigger picture is a lot better than you can imagine

Sometimes it is hard to remember the bigger picture
Life is a series of snapshots
It doesn't all come together at the same time
A situation which is really awful, hard, disappointing during one snapshot
Adds to the beauty that is life.

God has a plan
And I am realizing, it is not always easy
It is not going to be perfect
But I want to give him thanks, even for the hard times of life
Because, they are going to make me better, and stronger.

I have learned so much about myself this last year.
I have made bad decisions, I left my heart unguarded, I got fooled at times.
But I am better for all of the snapshots which are adding up to be my beautiful story!

It is hard to remember sometimes
but I hope I always can look at my current snapshot
and know its going to be part of my unique created story

The bigger pictures is better than we can imagine...


Things I love:Thursday.

Things I love: Thursday

Little Lily blowing kisses. could possibly be the sweetest thing I have ever seen. and I haven't even seen it in person yet! Long talks with my sister. Happy Hour with my girlfriends. Everybody likes a secret. I just hate having to keep fun ones! "Let your past make you better, not bitter." love a good quote. Making a 25 things to do when I am 25 list. inspiration. Little love notes. Having a friend call when they need to tell someone something really important. made me feel really special.  Making other friends feel special. My dad. he is the best! My momma. she is wonderful. Getting a shellac attack. think I will go with the Hot Pop Pink next. Trying new restaurants. Seeing old faces. getting new meaning from an old verse. check my next post for this explanation! Getting woken up by my niece dog for cuddles. Being in San Diego.  ohhh... and I love, love.



is it better to fake it til you make it
or feel your feelings out?

I don't know, but neither seem to be working.


Flowers on Tuesday

This weekend I was able to take a trip to San Diego.
Everytime I am there, I feel more and more certain God is leading me there
My mind has been consumed with concerns, thoughts, dreams, uncertainties lately
And when I was there, those things seemed to dissipate.
My mind was less consumed
I was able to relax, and let things be as they are.

While I was there, I had a really wonderful time with my brother and my sister in law.
Life goes normally over there. Don't have to entertain, or always be doing something.
We went to Stone Brewery, its beautiful you must go.
We shared lots of appetizers and had yummy dessert, it tasted of melted fruit roll up and was delish!
I saw old friends while at karaoke night, and had some an amazing time people watching
Met new friends, and had possibly the best worship at Mosaic: San Diego. ever.

Overall, I have been in a funk as of late.
But this trip was a great relief in my week.
I have so much to look forward too
I just need to be patient during this time.

What unexpected goodness happened this week for you? Was it like, getting flowers on tuesday?


Faith is risking what is
for what is yet to be.
It is taking small steps
knowing they lead to bigger ones.
Faith is holding on when you want to let go.
It is letting go when you want to hold on.
Faith is hearing God’s yes
when everything else says no.
It is believing all things are possible
in the midst of impossibilities.
Faith is looking beyond what is
for what is yet to be.
It is seeing the Light in darkness,
the presence of God in all.

~ Ellen M. Cuomo © 1997©2007©2011



41. There isn't a redo button in life


41. You only get one chance to live this life, it's too long to be stuck or do things you don't want too...

This lesson is one I am continually learning and realizing.
As simple as it is, I think sometimes we forget we only get this one chance
Why do we put ourselves through misery, thinking this is the best it will get?

Are you stuck in a job you hate? It makes you less than excited to wake up every morning?
Quit! Yes, its risky! Yes it is hard, but you only live this life once!
Stop living a life you don't want.

Have you lived in the same place all your life? Do you want to challenge yourself or make a change?
Move! Yes, its scary. Yes, it is hard but you only live this life once!
Start living a life you want.

Are you in a relationship that doesn't make you happy? Do you know its wrong, but it's easier to stay?
Leave! Yes, it hurts, really really bad, even when you know its the right decisions! Yes, its hard but you only live this life once!
Trust the Lord's plans for your life.

Are you unhappy with your body? Do you feel uncomfortable in your skin?
Change! Yes its easier to complain. Yes its hard to take those steps but you only live this life once!
Start exercising, eating right and take some control of your life.

Do you lack inspiration, motivation, zeal? Do you wonder why everyone else's life is more glamorous, adventurous, wonderful?
Explore! Yes it takes time! Yes, its hard but you only live this life once!
Get out there, and discover your passion and dreams to inspire others to live their life, fully.

Its a cycle.
Repeat (but hopefully, in another area of your life you'd like to perk up, don't repeat the same area or you need to go back to the Action step and see how it can evoke the change you need!)

You just have to become aware of the things that are causing you not to fully enjoy this life we have here and now. It is not always an easy decision. Even when you are aware, its hard to change some things. But for me, its really important to follow this cycle, so I can get out of the funk I am in. It takes time, it doesn't always come over night.

But I know for me, it was really important for me to remember, I only live this life once. Its too long to settle, Its too important to not be happy.

And that easy button doesn't always work. But there is not redo button in this game of life.

What changes do you want to make, and how are you going to start living life now?


want to get on my friend...ship

42. Friendships change... and that's ok! 

This could be one of the most important lessons I have learned as an adult. 
Its hard when things change, but especially when friendships change. 

I am a fixer. 
Always have been. 
I would rather work on something, than give up
Especially when its a friend I have had for years 

This kind of goes with my last lesson, 
God places people in our lives when we need them most 
That best friend you had in high school might not play the same role in your twenties 
The childhood friend you didn't talk to through high school and college may come back and be even more important than they were the first time 

Some of the best and easiest friendships are ones that don't have expectations 
The one's that create their own rules as they go 

I have learned that friendships are always changing 
just like most other relationships 
and sometimes its hard to let them go, but you don't have too 
You just have to accept that they are different now than they were before 

Don't put unrealistic expectations on someone or yourself
Don't try to recreate what was already there 
Just be who you are, and see how that person now fits into your life 

Change is hard, but its ok


awwwh yes...


Things I love: Thursdays

 These are just a few of the things I have loved this week.

Little Lily hiccups. cutest. noise. ever. Quotes. New books. Hanging out with your two best friends, eating cupcakes, drinking adult beverages and just catching up. Oklahoma State goodies for the whole family. Reading these funny conversations. Dreaming about traveling here, or here or going back here. Watermelon season. Organizing life (yes, please!) and making lists. Impromptu trips to San Diego, for Karaoke night with good friends. Passion Inspiration Living.  Positive, encouraging K.Love. been good to have on the background this week. Editing dissertations. Wandering Target. Want to make something fun like this.  and of course, I love love.

Stolen Post

A good friend just put this on her blog
Which neither of us can take credit for.

It is just so beautiful. I wanted to re-post it
so I would always have it to go back too.

This was written by Megan Burton.  Thank you for writing this.

There I looked upon the hill and saw the skeleton of a tree. It was dead, barren, lifeless. Full only of sorrow and shame. Where leaves were meant to rustle, silence swallowed hard. In place of fruit, scars ran deep along its hollowed bones. Alive as merely a shadow, it stood abandoned. It had no gardener, no one to tend these scars. No one to speak life into the echoing silence of shame. Its roots searched for life, but found none. Strained and ruined, they too withered and dried. Upon the hill stood a carcass, a remnant of life once tasted, an empty reminder of what was once upon a time.

And so I turned and asked the LORD, “Lord, what good is this tree? Long has it been dead – even longer has its leaves covered the ground rather than its branches. Lord, it stands worthless. It stands without fruit. It stands, forsaken of beauty and withering in shame. It provides no shade, Lord. Its branches shrink with the coming sun. Lord, it has no life. What good are its roots? What good is its seed? It does not satisfy the weary with respite nor fruit.” And again I turned to the LORD and said, “Lord, it has no life.”

And the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, the SAVIOR AND REDEEMER OF ALL THE WORLD, answered me. “Do not be deceived. You behold no leaves, yet. You see no fruit, yet. It satisfies not now, but too eager are you to call my creation worthless. Oh, how long will you look on with eyes of flesh? How long will you look and still fail to see? How long will you strain to listen and continue not to hear? How long will you call out questions and refuse in your heart to understand? Forget what you have seen, Beloved, and hear the truth. All of creation is rooted in me. From my breath, life is restored. It is not dead, O Loved One. Its roots run deep into Living Water. For I have chosen to bring life into this tree, not for the work or effort it has put forth. No, not for any effort on its own, but because I am GOD. I am the LIVING AND BREATHING GOD. And so this tree shall be living and breathing according to My Name. It shall shade the weary. It shall satisfy the hungry with sweet fruit. It shall satisfy for I satisfy – and not only so, but also shall it bring glory to My Name. Beloved, turn your gaze toward the hilltop and see. It is no longer without life, but sustained with life to full.”

And so I looked. Upon that hill, bathed in the warmth and grace of the LORD MY GOD, once dead, broken, without life, full of shame and guilt, choking on rage and withering with bitterness, now stands a tree with life. Sweet and satisfying fruit hangs from its branches. Syrup like honey drips from its bark. What all scorned, considered wasted, dead, without value, hopeless and weak and forgotten, GOD THE FATHER looked upon with love. By grace, the tree stands lacking no good thing. By grace, what once was dead, now is alive. By grace, what was nothing now becomes new. By grace, the broken are redeemed. By grace, the orphaned are made heirs. By grace, we know GOD.

Praise the LORD, the LORD GOD WHO REIGNS forever and ever, Amen


43. Where'd you come from?

43. God places people in your life when you need them most

Some people it is more obvious than others
Some I am still trying to understand why they were brought into my life
or why they chose to leave...

But I truly believe God places people in our life when we need them most
and here is one specific reason why...

You know when you meet someone, and you just click
and you feel like you have been sisters all your life
That's how I felt with my best friend

We met at the gym, in line for yoga
Actually, someone asked me to introduce them to my sister
This girl I had just met was not my sister, then.
Little did we know, we were going through a similar life situation

Had God not placed her in my life when he did
My perspective and life would be much different
I didn't know it at the time, but God blessed me that day!

There have been a lot of people in my life
Whom I know were placed in my life for a reason
But this one is the best and most obvious example!

It reminds me that God is constantly blessing our lives
In little ways, throughout our days, hard times, and good times
Special times and special people.


Flowers on Tuesday

Flowers on Tuesday, is a new segment I have been thinking about incorporating.
Awhile ago, I was really excited to start blogging more
but of course, I got caught up in my own life and traveling this summer
oh and applying for jobs!

But, who doesn't love flowers on a tuesday?
This segment is going to be unexpected things that I am thankful for.
Unexpected things that bring a smile to my face
Doing unexpected things for others.

I am not as prepared this week as I would have hoped but there was definitely something unexpected that happened this week, which was like getting flowers on a tuesday.

My brother and his wife came in town for the weekend
We got to swim with the doggies, spend time with our niece, and just laugh together.
It was really nice

and I am going to San Diego this weekend!
Another unexpected treat to my hellacious week.
Going to spend time with my brother and sister in law, spend time with friends and do some karaoking!
Get to know the city I am going to call home in just a couple short months!


What was something unexpected that happened to you this week?

44. If you're Happy and you know it.

44. You don't always have to be happy, but alway be thankful

We don't always have good days
Somedays are worst than others
Some are better than we could imagine

I just think sometimes, its too hard to pretend to be happy when you aren't
and why pretend to be something you aren't!?
even if its a positive thing.

be what you are.
be you.
if you are sad, be sad.
but always be thankful.

even for the things that make you sad
because things could be worse
and then you can look back at this time, and see the wonderful thing God had in store for you.
you don't always have to be happy.
but always choose to be thankful.


45. Cheesy Motivational Quotes

45. Those cheesy motivational, encouraging quotes- really do help

As silly, common sense, mundane, obvious some quotes can be
Sometimes they are just what you need to hear

They can provide some laughter, perspective, courage, support
during anytime in someone's life.

A few of my favorite quotes are (as repeated on this blog often):

You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own. - d.m. dellinger

Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. - Christopher Robin

Always Remember Your Brilliance.

46. Get mad, real mad

Lesson 46. Its ok to be mad at God, let him know when you are- He already knows anyways...

Sometimes we want to live in a bunnies and rainbows kind of world
Where nothing goes wrong,
Everything works out always.
I mean, shoot, we always want to live in that kind of world

but, that doesn't exist.
Life happens
It happens everyday
Somedays it goes in a manner which we can be really excited and want this day continue
Somedays, you want to spend the whole day in fetal position under the covers

You don't have to pretend with God
You don't have to act like everything is going fabulously, when its not
You don't have to smile at Him, when all you want to do is cry

He wants you to be real with Him
He wants you to be honest with Him
He wants you to know that it won't always go your way
He has a bigger plan than you can even imagine waiting for you.

So get mad when you need to get mad
Let it out
because He is listening
He is there with open arms
So once you stop kicking and hitting, He can embrace you.

be quiet dear

with thoughtless and impatient hands
we tangle up the plans the Lord hath wrought
and when we cry in pain, He saith,
"be quite dear, while I untie the knot."



I am going to try to be a little more vigilant in posting
Not for you, but for me.
I love writing. I love expressing myself. I love communicating, in all forms.

This is one of my favorite blogs.
I mean, I check it everyday first thing in the morning.
I love all the different quotes
but also, the advice.
There is always a theme, and it always seems on target with what is going on in your own personal life.
It is definitely a fave of mine!

You should check it out so you can be
smarter, prettier and (less) awkwarder! 


I always fall for ideas
I get sucked up into what it could be
instead of what is right in front of me
instead of what it truly is.

Have you ever come up with an idea of a dress you want?
You build it in your mind, and you go looking for it and can't find it anywhere..
I am pretty sure that happens to me every birthday.

Or have an idea of what your dream job is?
Then you search and search for it, and it is nothing like you imagined.

Worst yet, have you ever had an idea of what your life would be like at a certain time of your life?
And then you get to that time, and life is nothing like what you had hoped for or dreamed of.
You created this idea, that can't really be reached.

Maybe this is all because we think we have more control than we do
Its because its so hard to Trust God's plan since you don't know what it is
These ideas are better than what you are living right now
They seem more fulfilling

I wish the idea of something was harder to fall for
and easier to let go of. 

How He Loves

This song has been on my heart for the last week or so.
I just think it is a beautiful way to see God.

David Crowder Band- How He Loves

Heart Matters

Sometimes, it is so hard to follow your heart
especially when it feels like its hurting,
or going against what your heart really wants 
But this is when you have to trust the Lord

Lord, I am trusting in your plan. 
Your plan is bigger than I can imagine. 
I trust that You want only good for me. 

His plans are better, more beautiful, stronger, more fulfilling
than any plan I could ever try to pull together. ever ever.

Sometimes that great love story you were trying to create
is really one of those straight to DVD stories
because you were trying to produce it, direct it, edit it, do the costuming and picking the actors in your story.

It doesn't work that way.
I am not in control of this part of my story.
I am learning to truly Trust the Lord's plan for my heart matters...

I have been reading a new book, Classic Christianity by Bob George,
and to be honest, at first my heart was not open to it
it felt too preachy, boastful and a little too macho...
but that is probably how I was reading it.
Earlier this week, I needed some place to feel God
I picked up the book...

I needed the Lord to speak to my heart. I needed my heart to be open to the message.

And the words on the pages began to pop out to me. 
Grace. Beloved. Alive. Mercy. Love. Trust Forgiven. 
over. and over. and over again. 

I am the Lord's beloved. 
He chooses me, everytime.
Trust the Lord. really, really trust Him.
He is jealous for me. for ME- even with my sinful nature, being spiritually dead, the mistakes I make on the daily.  
He, Creator of all things, is jealous for me...
His mercy and grace are an ocean.
He loves me, always.
He wants to be my main squeeze.

He has forgiven me for the mistakes I can't forgive myself for. and tells me I need to forgive myself, that is no way to live.
He loves me even the parts that I don't think anyone else could love. And if a person can't love those things about me, then they don't deserve to try to love me.
He has made me alive. and He wants me to live a life through Him. which is more satisfying than I can imagine.

Its hard to even try to comprehend, in the smallest amount, how vast God's love is for me, you, us.
Let alone accept his unfaltering, undeserving, unconditional love
Its hard to believe His consistent desire for me to be near Him
His incredibly warm embrace.

But, I am here.
I know I can be loved, because I am His Beloved.

i am my beloved's 
and his desire is for 
song of solomon 7:10 *

Prayer for the day: Creator of all things beautiful and complicated. I pray I can trust in Your master plan. I will let go of my need to control and my thinking I can do it better. I pray I can always accept Your love, without question because You never question Your love for me.

*Thanks Carley.


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