Tuesday, January 31, 2012

God's Perfect Timing...

Here is a note I put on Facebook with a lesson from Rick Warren I made in 2009 when I was struggling with leaving NGU and trying to figure out what God wanted me to do. I don't think God is finished teaching me this lesson yet.

Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 2:53pm.

After a conversation with my friend Blair about many different things in our lives that we are wishing would happen or come to pass, someone randomly showed her this and she sent it to me reaffirming that God's plan is worth the wait and we need to be patient and learn the lessons He has for us now. He has perfect timing.

The scripture verse could not be anymore perfect.

How God Builds Your Faith: Delay
by Rick Warren
"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!" (Habakkuk 2:3 LB).

Even as you make a decision to follow the dream God places in your heart, you can expect a delay. God will not fulfill your dream immediately because this is another step toward building your faith.

In Habakkuk 2, God says, "These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled."

In this step of faith-building you will most likely start asking the question, "When, Lord? When are You going to answer my prayer?"

And we hate to wait. We don't like to wait in a doctor's office, or in traffic jams, or at restaurants, or for Christmas presents, or for anything else. But what we hate worst of all is waiting on God.

Have you ever been in a hurry when God wasn't? It's so irritating! You're ready, but God isn't. God wants to work on you before He works on the project. Every believer must go through the University of Learning to Wait (ULW). Some of us are still working on our degrees from ULW!

• Noah waited 120 years from the time he started building the ark until it began to rain.

• Abraham was told he would be the father of a great nation and didn't have a child until he was 99.

• God told Moses he would be the leader to lead his people out of 400 years of slavery, but then made him wait in the desert 40 years.

• Joseph spent years in prison before God raised him up and he became the ruler God wanted him to be.

• God had David anointed as king, but then David waited for years until he actually got to be king.

We all have to go through these waiting periods. Even Jesus waited for 30 years in the carpenter's shop before setting out on his public ministry.

Why do we wait? It teaches us to trust in God. We learn that His timing is perfect. One of the facts we have to learn is this: God's delay never destroys His purpose.

A delay is not a denial. Children must learn the difference between "no" and "not yet," and so must we. Many times we think God is saying, "No," but He is saying, "Not yet."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

be still my heart

Fix your thoughs on what is TRUE, and LOVELY, and ADMIRABLE. Think about things that are EXCELLENT and WORTHY of PRAISE. Phil. 4:8

Friday, January 20, 2012

Meet Norah...

She is a little over 2 months old and has stolen my heart and my socks.


nap time with daddy

She is an Austrailian Cattle dog. We got her from the Greenville Humane Society. It is the cleanest and nicest humane society I have ever been to. Check out their website and see how modern their facility looks.

Friday, January 13, 2012

High five to the weekend!

So, this week has been super busy... obviously since I haven't blogged since Monday.

It's been a stressful week with lots of anxiety, worries, work, trips, meetings, etc. I will be so glad when this week is over and I can breathe.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Monday!

I am in the middle of coordinating/planning a wedding with a new bride. Her sister is marrying one of my husband's best friends. We have only met twice but she saw my wedding photos and her sister was at my wedding and bragged on my skills a little bit so she asked if I would be willing to put her wedding together. I am so excited to help her and use pinterest as a new way to keep all of my ideas together. I'll post more things as I get them but I found this photo today and know they'll love it.

who doesn't love corn hole at a good ole' fashioned country wedding???

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Banksy

do you know about Banksy? he is one of my favorite graffiti artist... not that I have a lot of them, but I always appreciate his work. It's normally thought provoking and creative. Read more about him here!




You can see more here! Enjoy!

Woopie, tomorrow is Friday!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hangry



This completely describes me and Cody around 5...6 p.m. every single day.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Wake Up from Your Sleep

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. Ephesians 5: 1-2

This verse is so challenging. A few weeks ago the world lost an amazing lady named Cyndi Trest and she lived by this verse. She was a teacher and an amazing one at that. She was my Sunday School teacher and she loved me and taught me so much about Jesus and about myself. She was the woman that led me to Christ. Her family also allowed me to live with them for a short time in high school when my family moved away. They showed me Jesus more than anyone I've ever met. They all have a special place in my heart and I love telling people the story of my journey in high school and being able to tell how they lived this verse out in my life. It hurts my heart that we lost such an amazing woman.

I hope you read that verse and re-read it.... over and over. I pray that I can live out my life like that... I pray that I am living my life out like that.

Monday, January 2, 2012

B12 and Oatmeal

A friend of ours suggested we start taking B12 supplements and wow, what a difference I've experienced. I have energy throughout the whole day... and night if I take it after lunch (take it early in the morning if you get the time release kind). Anyway, it's been great. I bought new workout clothes this weekend and went for a run as soon as I got home. Don't you just love new workout gear? I do. My old trainer in Greenville said, if you buy it, you will wear it so I bought some. I'm excited to start a new workout routine with this new energy and gear. ha.

I also just bought Jillian Michaels "30 day shred" to see if I can do it. I don't normally buy videos because I just don't enjoy them but we are really near a gym that I can go to a class or work out so besides running this is my best bet for now. It was only $6.99 on Amazon. You can also buy the digital copies and download instantly. I have read the reviews and hope I can keep up. I've taken my before pictures and hope my after will be drastic. I'm really being hopeful about everything I am trying to acomplish right now. I have to be or I won't succeed. No sense in being negative, right?!


I am on my lunch break right now at work and decided to "work" through lunch to catch up and I just took a break to eat some oatmeal and write this hear bloggy. I really do love oatmeal, too. I get the kind with craisins in it though so it's not plain which is best but it's still good for me.

Brown Eyed Baker has posted 50 healthy recipes for 2012. I really like her food normally so we're going to try a few out. Give it a look!


Hope you have a great day! Love ya'll!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

Oh, hey 2012. Way to sneak up on us!

So since it's a new year, here are my resolutions....er, decisions.

It's going to be a:
1. new me.
2. new body.
3. new post everyday!
4. renewed spirit
5. search for new adventures
6. desire to learn more (grad school)
7. cleaner house! maybe a new house... depending on which way God takes us!
8. year of new healthy and helpful habits
9. the possibility of a new puppy (in search of a resonably priced english bulldog puppy)

That's it for now... lots of just NEW! I'm excited to see what God does in 2012. I am hopeful and excited about so many new possibilities. There are two things I know: God is in control and I have an awesome husband supporting me. I have a great life and I'm tired of limiting myself. I got a tweet yesterday from Justin Pitts that said... " To get what you have never gotten before, you must do what you have never done" so here we go people.

I hope you all had a great New Years celebration! We we spent our night celebrating with the Avett Brothers! Such a great concert and they still seem so humble and personable even with thousands of people there. It was so nice.




Love you all!

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