Tuesday, July 30, 2013

{who wants a $100 target gift card?}



I have once again teamed up with A Night Owl blog and her other lovely sponsors to bring you another amazing giveaway.


This gift card would be perfect for those last minute school supply purchases. 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

{rest}


 
These last two weeks I've been sidelined.
 
First, I threw my back out and then last week I got sick...neither of which is very fun when nearly 7 months pregnant.
 
I have so much to do...so many big plans for how I wanted the summer to go. And yet every week that passed things do not seem to go according to plan. Instead of embracing the moment and soaking up these last few months as a momma of two, I sat there complained and threw a pity party for myself.
 
In the midst of my pity party the husband asked why I was so upset. Rather annoyed, I explained that I had so much to do and instead of getting things done, I was stuck on the couch sick and useless. And that's when he said something rather profound and yet something I definitely did not want to hear. "Maybe God just wants you to rest and enjoy this time before the baby comes."
 
I sat there in silence, trying to swallow the words I had been running from the last few weeks.
 
Rest.
 
Something I had dreamed about these last few months. The very thing I could not wait to do once I finished school and yet here I was doing everything, but the one thing I had longed for for so long.
 
So, that night I rested. And the next day I rested some more.
 
 Once I began to let go of some of my plans and just rest in the Lord I began to feel better.
 
While I still have a mile long list of things that I need to do, I know that unless I take some time to rest in the Lord anything I plan will not be as successful unless I set and rest in Him.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

{we're seeing blue}


 
 
 
 

We're having a boy!
 
While having a girl would have been easier because we already have everything girl and everything is pink, we are beyond blessed to be adding another little boy to our family.
 
I cannot believe that about three months our little guy will be here...it's exciting and scary all at the same time. We have absolutely nothing boy, and i'm doing my best not to freak out, just doing my best to give it God and letting Him handle all that stuff. In the meantime I am enjoying my pregnancy and savoring up these last few months of being a mommy of two.
 
Isn't that outfit the cutest?!?!? It is the only thing we have for him as of now.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

{I don't want to be a Jonah}



I have been trying to write this post for a long time, longer than I would like to admit, but something keeps holding me back...I make excuses for why I cannot write it...it's not the right time...I don't have the right the words...I don't have the time...what if you think I'm failure.
 
As I take a closer look at the excuses that have piled up before me I see one common thread among them all--fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of what happen, fear of change.
 
I like to think that I embrace change with open arms, but who I am kidding? Apparently myself. Let's be honest, change can be scary. And with most change comes the unknown and the unknown is the scariest of all.
 
You see, I am a planner. I like to have an idea of what's going to happen tomorrow. Nothing concrete per say, but an overall general idea--a loosely laid out plan like going to the park, or hanging at the library--I don't do well with out a plan. But lately God's has been taking my plans and throwing them out the window. And not, just out the window, but clear into oblivion. I think He's trying to tell me something and apparently He's tried to before, but I've been a stubborn mule and ignored it.
 
 Part of my little Princess' nap ritual is to read the Bible, the same little toddler Bible I read to Einstein. Last week, during a particular trying day when I felt like a failure and had stubbornly pushed God away for the upteenth time, the last thing I wanted to do was read the Bible and be convicted. So, I reached for a different book, my little Princess, with an air stubborness (hmmm, wonder where she got that from) said, "No! I want to read Jesus!" I put the book back and picked up the Bible instead. I opened up to our bookmark and there was a big fish staring me in the face. As I read the story of Jonah attempting to hide only to be swallowed by whale, I began to think. Am I turning into a Jonah? Has God been telling me to do something, but I've just been ignoring Him and maybe hiding out in the corner hoping He doesn't notice? Has my stubborness forced His hand to take things away from me so I have no choice but to sit, listen and obey?
 
All I know is....
 
I don't want to be a Jonah
 
I don't want fear to control me to the point that I run and hide from my Creator--the One who loves me the most, despite my failures and all my ugliness.
 
I don't want to fear change, I want too embrace it wholeheartedly because I am sick and tired of fighting it. I think Shauna Niequist says it best in her book Bittersweet:  
 
"If you dig in and fight the change you're facing, it will indeed smash you to bits. It will hold you under, drag you across the rough sand, scare and confuse you."
 
I don't know about you, but I've got burns from being dragged across the sand. I tired of getting a mouth full of sand; instead, I want to walk across it with my Lord. And if I gets too hard and I get tired, I know if I ask for His help He will be there to help me out.
  

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