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Where is your mind set?

This morning, I woke up feeling just kind of BLAH… Not for any particular reason, just out of it sort of. My back aches a lot when I wake up (mild scoliosis + addiction to stomach sleeping)… so that didn’t help.

I reached for my Bible and journal **after checking twitter, facebook, instagram, and email– {nobody’s perfect}. After prayer journaling a bit, I wasn’t feeling into that either. I was praying specifically, “I feel sad for some reason, would You lift my head?”

I decided to open the Word and look up a couple verses Rachel sent this morning.

-Ephesians 6:19

&

-Colossians 3:1-4

which says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

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Ok God, I hear You. My funk is due to where my mind is. Class, back aches, my birthday, and the number on the scale are of this earth. They are worthless compared to the things of your Kingdom.

I think Colossians 3:5 needs to be repeated in my mind throughout everyday:

 Put to death what is earthly in you.

Easier said than done, right? But let’s all do it today, with the help of the one who is above all things. He is even above the tragedy in Boston yesterday. We were surprised/saddened/hurt by it. But to our God, it was no surprise at all. Let’s find peace in that.

Completely unrelated but while you’re here, check this out.

“Normal”

A sweet friend of mine shared this with me over a year ago, and I want to also share it with you.

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Have a fabulous day- see you soon!

Memories in a Jar: The Most Precious Kind

My parents joke at the fact that as a kid I was constantly caught mid-mischief.

It was quite typical that I would sit in the bathtub… chin covered in fluffy “Mr. Bubble” bubbles… hands raised about chest height… shampoo bottle in hand.. upside. down. I guess I can blame my love for new beauty products for that one. I learned at a young age that when the bottle empties, Mom runs to Walmart (the grocery spot for 1990s moms and college kids in Starkville with no Target ;)) to replenish it. I guess I learned along the way, after lots of punishment for “wasting” (hey- at least the unused shampoo created more bubbles on its way to the drain) that you could indeed simply push the current bottle of hair care back in the closet with all the towels and other misfit products and buy new… that was until the college budget hit the scene!

Anyways, one shampoo near and dear to my heart, I know… weird right? But it holds so many memories: people, places, smiles, not to mention its undeniably phenomenal smell…
has been reintroduced in Walmart and maybe many more stores…

No kidding. It made my day to discover this. I truly have searched shelves on and off for years to find my all time favorite product. Herbal Essences Smooth & Shiny Collections; even given to us in the old bottles and all their glory. This girl is thrilled.

{It is said that smells are the brains way of etching childhood memories into the brain!}
Goodbye new fangled fru-fru Herbal Essences….
It’s back to the basics. Vintage is in… right?
 
                                                                                             WIth love, 

In the loneliest of places.

Twice while driving to Starkville today, this song drifted to my ears from KLove & the mouth of Jason Gray:

When I lose my way                                    We consistently forget Who we are called to live for.

When I forget my name                              Romans 8:16 “child[ren] of the living God”

In the mirror all I see                                  depend on physical appearance to tell of our worth- Psalm 139

is who I don’t wanna be                              criticizing myself, my body; prevalent in women, esp.college girls
In the loneliest places                                 College campuses- our first time away from home
When I can’t remember what grace is      We allow our mind to slip and focus on other things
Tell me once again who I am                      Show us, Oh Lamb of God. I cry for you to show us all
I belong to You
When my heart is like a stone                    When I refuse to pay attention to Your Voice
and I’m running far from home                 When I try to deny your teaching

When I can’t receive Your love                  Stubborn refusal to listen or accept
Afraid I’ll never be enough                         Will you accept us with broken hearts, lives, and promises?

If I’m Your beloved                                      I know I am. See- Song of Songs 2:13. He calls US beautiful!!
Can You help me believe it                         Will you show me oh God? I long to see the beauty You see in me.
I’m the one You love
That will be enough                                     In the end, nothing else matters.
Remind Me who I am to You
Lyrics are in black; My words/thoughts are in teal

This sweet song called me to think about my life, my motives, my dependence. Am I allowing God to show me who I am or the world?
Am I of God or am I of the world? –So thankful for Romans 8:16. I am the beloved child of a living, working Savior!
This is my prayer, not only for myself but for those of you reading this… and specifically my sisters in Christ who struggle as we all do. 
May we never lose sight of who we are in Him. Unworthy, yet beautiful, sinners who have lives abounding in Mercy and Grace- Thanks be to God forever. Amen