monday mixable

favorite things to mix in a blizzard?

do you like to mix by hand or with a mixer?

do you like to mix food or keep them separate?

coordinated outfits or a random mix and match?

favorite things to mix in a blender?

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oreos and mint or sprinkles and cookie dough or cake batter.

mix by hand.

i don’t mind food mixed together, but if it’s like separate things on a plate then i want them separate and not touching.

probably random mix and match, but i do usually find some common colors and it somehow works for me.

oreos, chocolate soy milk, bananas, ice cream, vanilla protein powder. mmmm, pretend it’s healthy because of the protein ūüėČ

growing… {5mf}

5 minute friday on growing…

lately i’ve been thinking about thick skin and soft hearts. and when i asked how you develop thick skin here’s the response i got back:¬†just like a callous…by being rubbed the wrong way a lot…there’s no easy way.

that’s the thing about growing. shortcuts don’t work. you’ve to go through the process. the hard work has to be put in and the waiting. a crop doesn’t show up overnight. the rains, winds, sun all come day after day.

often it’s not fun. it hurts. yet there’s an end result that’s beautiful.

in this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. these have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. though you have not seen him, you love him. and though you do not see him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:6-8

i read that over and over on my run yesterday. because while it clearly says that you will suffer grief and we all know that grief unfortunately isn’t a clean cut linear process…the faith that will be refined and that is growing…is worth it. even though in the process you may have to be rubbed in the wrong way a lot. so rejoice. trust. love. keep on keeping on.

worship wednesday

when i am afraid, i will trust in you.

ever faithful. ever true. oh my soul. {lord, teach me. show me. get it deep in my heart that while i am so used to the ever revolving door of missions/ministry…that you. that you never let go.}

there is beauty in our tears. you’re working in our waiting. sanctifying us.

when beyond our understanding, you’re teaching us to trust.

your plans are still to prosper. you’ve not forgotten us.

you’re with us in the fire and the flood.

faithful forever. perfect in love.

and oh how my heart sings “be high and lifted up.”

what are you listening to?

habits

“…consider my son, who is a high-school football player. ¬†He used to be a quiet and studious child. Then something happened. ¬†In his mind, he became a jock. Unfortunately, his body strength didn’t match his mental image, so he began lifting weights to build muscle mass. Weightlifting strained his muscles, leading the muscles to produce protein transmitters that told muscle receptors that he was breaking down muscle. ¬† The receptors conveyed this message to the DNA, which initially ignored it. ¬†The DNA thought that this would be a phase that would pass and not require adjustment. ¬†So after two weeks of lifting, my son looked the same. ¬†After two months, however, the DNA became convinced that he had lost his mind and determined that more muscle had to be made. ¬†Thus the e-mail went out, and now he looks like a linebacker.”

-Competent Christian Counseling by Clinton and Ohschlager

*can i just say the brain is an amazing creation!?

*healthy habits take time…stick with it!

*i have SO much to learn…

lovelies

Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.

what voices are you listening to?

waiting for the slow miracle.

i so often need reminding god sees.

i so need to trade my plan in for the party.

insecurity. ugh. constant battle.

i so can’t do it…but God!

keeping this in mind and looking forward to better days

“of course mommy, but that’s the fun of it. Who cares if I am scared…I love the ride!” // oh that i may learn to love this roller coaster life.

amen

dream big. ask big. god is BIG.

always. eyes forward.

i so love her

 

joy

mmmm the lovely prompt for 5 minutes on friday….

joy

i spent all last year with joy as my oneword2010 and i remember coming to the end of the year realizing that all of my counting it all joy and all of my lists and all of my thoughts came back to remember that true, honest, good, raw, beautiful joy all is just from His loving hand.  like god is love. god is joy. when you go searching for joy, you really find god.   and while this year of trust (oneword2011) is leading me back to the same place of finding god at the center.

my words are short today as my mind is full and there’s so much i’d love to say and to write and well mostly i’m just thinking of gitz and all that she’s taught me and how she’s been one of those people who really “sees” people and so yes. i don’t have much else to say and it’s definitely one of those just write weeks =)

psst: there’s joy in the journey. there’s joy in breaking. if i let it seep into all the cracks and shine right through to me.

your thoughts on joy?

control vs freedom

are you afraid of anything that has the power and the strength to sweep you off your feet and go over your head? #controlvsfreedom

ISAIAH 52:1-2 Awake, Awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. 2Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit [erect in a dignified place], O Jerusalem; loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion.

The very thought of being swept away by a current far more powerful than I, terrifies me.  The ocean tides wait to drag me under deep.  The swirling water pooling at my feet hauntingly whisper of the way they can pull me out to sea.

Yet, in all that glorious power, when coupled with goodness, I find freedom.  When I let go of my fear and mostly of my control, I find peace.  I find the peace that surpasses understanding.  The Lord, Mighty to Save, sweeps me off my feet.  He drowns me in His love.  His love is fierce.

And if I’m honest. I want that same kind of love. ¬†Love like a lion. ¬†Love to sweep me off my feet and surprise me like crazy. ¬†A love worth waiting for…

God’s there…

Why do you say, O jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”?

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

-Isaiah 40:27-31

Next time you start thinking that God isn’t seeing or regarding your cause…remember this. He’s there. He doesn’t sleep or slumber. He sees you. He’s working it all out. He is so very faithful.

for He {God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.  [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

-Hebrews 13:5