Wednesday, December 31

2014 in Reverse

2014 in Reverse. An awakening of my soul, a stirring of my heart, a spark in my heart, a light in my eyes. What I discovered in 2014...

I discovered the beauty and mystery of a land, once powerful, now dusted by sand and ancient tombs. Pharaohs, once held with such esteem and power, nothing but bones and dust. Ominous and beautiful

Gelato. The cool sweet lightness, a tingling kiss on your lips after an exotic night of tapas under the twinkling lights of ancient cities.

Rain. The beautiful pureness, the quiet stillness, the continual rejuvenation of life even when life seems gray and dreary.

Romance. Beautiful wishful promises made in a fountain. A proposal of grandeur, filled with empty promises but nonetheless a fairytale. A romantic notion filled with language barriers and sweet gestures.

History.  I explored a castle that once brimmed as the center of life. A lighthouse, a beacon. Now a beautiful and quiet retreat in the middle of a bustling city.

I explored the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I dipped my fingers in one side and felt the pulse of the other.

I discovered that sometimes it doesn’t matter how long you’ve known some one, but when two souls are destined to be together time becomes obsolete. Friendship is wonderful and beautiful and it’s the missing piece in your life. Surround yourself with the truest, most honest and beautiful people.

A fun bikini can change a girls attitude completely.

The heat of summer, the damp coolness of a shady palm tree. The aroma of tropical flowers and the sound of exotic birds that entice you deeper into a garden.

I’ve discovered that true love is worth the wait, demonstrated by my sweet friend. I’ve watched many brides walk down the aisle but none as sweet as her. Being by her side, watching her grow and change, seeing her support and love him til the ends of the earth; It’s a beautiful demonstration of how Christ loved the church and how love is a daily commitment to lay down your life for another.

Things are really bigger in Texas.

I discovered the waters of the mountains, again. That rush and adrenaline. The excitement of the fear of the unknown that is just around the next bend.

The unexpected beauty of a drive and coming upon a field of sunflowers. A happy field. A content field. A field of dancing souls, singing to the sun and stretching upward with exuberance and joy. Pure joy.

The sweet kiss of sun. Tanned tummys and sand between my toes. The peace and serenity of the waves continually kissing the shore.

I realized that I can survive a job transition. Leaving one job for another. Taking a step towards a greater future, a bigger plan. Not letting fear hold me back. Taking a leap of faith and trusting God has a bigger plan. And I made it, I am surviving and thriving in exactly where God wants me to be.

The sensation of grapes between your toes. Hello “I Love Lucy”

Passion. A revitalization of a once-dormant part of my soul. The freeness and abandonment of everything but two souls, intertwined on the dance floor.  Feeling with more than your hands and feet, but with your whole body and soul. Letting the music take over your body and for moments of pure abandonment, let nothing matter except the raw feeling of the music twisting around your body.

NASCAR. Now that was random.

Inner strength, raw strength, strength of a fierce woman. My strength doesn't come from a man, it doesn't come from validation- it comes from focus, determination, power from God and most of all my own sweat and tears.

Red lipstick. Give a woman the right shade of lipstick, and she can conquer the world.

Watch out 2015, I’m out to conquer the world, and you’re right in my grasps...

Wednesday, December 3

Twenty-Four Seven

“And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God” (NLT) Ecclesiastes 3:13

Every one of us gets 24 hours in a day, no more, no less. It doesn’t matter if you’re working or in school or in between jobs. It doesn’t matter if you’re struggling to make a living or if you’re living the dream- we each get the exact same amount of time: 24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86400 seconds. We never feel like we have enough time in the day to get XY and Z done, to make a difference, to give back, to donate, to volunteer, to get in shape, to call our parents back, to… the list could continue until I could no longer type. Why is it that some people are more successful than others to get things accomplished in a day, a week, a month, a year? Is it because they sleep more? Maybe they drink green tea. Or maybe it’s because they read more books in 5th grade. Maybe they don’t sleep more than 2-hours a day. 

I don't have the answers but I do know that God grants us each the same amount of time every day, and it is our sole job to do what we do in that day to glorify Him. Whether that's sweeping up cheerios, cleaning toilets, gardening, studying or sitting at a computer all day; we can do what we do with a grateful heart, a sweet spirit and in a way that glorifies God. Recognize the gifts God has given to you and spend your day, your God-given day, to glorify God with those gifts.