Healthy Dessert…

This is one of my favorite dessert snacks!…

Frozen berries (in this case blue berries) with milk poured over them. It starts looking like this.

Then as you eat and move the berries around.. it turns into this amazing yummy goodness!!…

Seriously. Healthy.. AND tastes SOOO good! πŸ™‚

New Every Morning…

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” – Lamentations 3:22&23

Have you ever stopped to think about what this means? A friend I know has had a rough day (or at least I think it ended roughly) and all I could think of was this… God’s compassions (or mercies) never fail me.. and they are NEW every morning… How great is our God?

I mean let’s think about this for a second, if God’s compassion and mercy is new every single day.. and never NOT ONE TIME will they fail me… How awesome is He? How great and wonderful is my Savior for caring enough to… well… CARE! How absolutely crazy that He grants me new mercies and compassion every single morning the sun rises!… Maybe that is why I love sunsets and sunrises so much because with them means today is done, I can lay to rest every horrible mistake and blunder I have made.. and when the sun rises it will be fresh, made new… and I do not have to be bound, held down, or feel guilty because my Savior.. the man who has made me whole and pure again has already taken care of it.

How thankful am I!?.. Oh gosh.. there just are no words to express how much I am grateful to my core for the compassion and mercy I just simply did not earn in the morning when I rise.

Praise the Lord, He is amazing because I am not.

We Never Know…

Have you thought how many people impact your day, either for good or bad… but impact it none the less. I mean today alone I did almost nothing.. but was impacted by hundreds of people..

The drive to work caused me to encounter LOTS of people.. Some rude, others generous etc..

Talked on the phone with a friend while I drove to the gym, and not only did I encounter a ridiculous number of people driving there.. but a 4 car pile-up significantly changed my evening (and theirs dramatically more then my inconvenience).. which caused me to be late to my after work appointment.

Went to the gym, and encountered several more people. One in which made me sweat and work my body hard… but somehow always improves my moods and makes me laugh while my muscles as quivering.

Then I came home and encountered my roomies… our landlords came over to fix some things.. and I “encountered” people online.

Think about it.. I did 3 things today. Went to work. Went to the gym. Came home. And yet, hundreds of people came across my path… some in insignificant ways and others in very significant ways.

How many more times do we impact those around us.. How do you impact people on purpose?.. In a positive way?.. Smile, say thank you, hold a door open for someone, drop them a note, write on their facebook wall, call or text, hug, laugh…. anything. Do you try to do it on purpose?

Would you do it on purpose if you knew it meant something to them?… I try.

I sometimes operate under the understanding that I will go until I am A. exhausted or B. God has told me to chill. Because I never know when some small thing (or big) makes THE difference in someone’s day, week, month… life. What if my minor inconvenience today changes someone’s life… Is it worth it?.. I think so.

Miracles and Promises…

I have been thinking a lot lately about miracles.. and promises.. and amazing little things like that.

Partially due to the fact that my church has had some CRAZY insane things happen lately that really are only acts of God. And, throughout it all, I keep thinking how thankful I am to be a part of this church.. especially right at this time in my life. I mean it has been a crazy couple of years.. and even more so a blow your socks off last 6 months. And yet, through it all I was totally at peace knowing God was right there taking care of every step of the way. I mean, do not get me wrong, I have had my moments of freak outs.. but not really at the same time. I would get stressed and start to panic and I would get this overwhelming small voice inside of me telling me “peace be still..” and it would reel me back down to total confidence that God had it under control.

Then I moved to DC and my focus seemed to follow the pace of the city.. meaning rush hour traffic, crazy hours, fast paced life. I stopped being able to flow with life in the way that apparently has become my flare… In a small way I feel like I have lost elements of myself that make me unique. Not because of any one thing.. just everything all together. I certainly feel WAY less secure here then I have in the past, and I definitely have not been able to connect like I normally do.

So, that leads me to my thoughts as of late..

What do I feel like God has promised me?.. I am not completely sure. I know a few weeks ago while I was sitting in church I knew God told me He would give me a husband. No time set on it, and no specifics other than one day I will find “him.”… I have felt for years now that once I get married THAT is when I can become a missionary full time. I have no idea what that means.. But I really hope and pray that the man I marry is just passionately sold out for Christ, and sweeps me into his adventure. Now, the question that begs to be asked is.. what am I learning and going through now that I will need then?… I have no idea… C) All of the above… I am sure every bit of today will lend itself to tomorrow.

Miracles are the other thing I have been thinking a lot about lately… I keep getting stuck when it comes to thinking of all the miracles God has done in my life.. Not because He has not done any.. but in part because He has done a lot of them… But, I find myself wanting to just sit and bask in the glow and memories of them… Yet every time I do that I find myself wondering if I have avoided a few miracles because of my own lack of faith… and that breaks my heart. What if I missed something glorious because of my own failings?!.. Gah! I know that my God is greater.. and He will always get the glory in the end, but I loath using those as excuses for my own failings. I want God to get the best and bless me.. not get the best because He’s redeeming something I have done. What I have also been thinking about regarding miracles is that I think I avoid thinking of them that way… How many times a day/week/month/year do I have this amazing thing happen in my life and attribute it to.. “life” or “coincidence” .. ew. I would rather see them as these amazing blessings in my life!

Lord… Help my faith. It is gonna be a crazy year!


One of my favorite things..

I love how the DC area has randomness all over the place.. It is one of my favorite things about cities in general. I enjoy going into a bathroom and finding the pop bottle tops as wall paper!.. So fun and different!

DC (as any city) has a lot of things that are obnoxious (traffic) and I miss my best friends.. but little things like this serve as weird reminders that I actually really do like the different things that come with living here right now.. This.. and the amazing food! πŸ˜‰

My Sister..

I watched a video posted on FB of my sister this evening.. and I just have to say.. She is my hero πŸ™‚

She is not only smart and has such a great sense of humor, but just has her act together. She loves the Lord, cares very deeply about those around her.. and she is not afraid of really anything (maybe a fuzzy or two πŸ˜‰ haha… I am so inspired by her all the time πŸ™‚


(Christmas ’09)