Sunday, July 27, 2014

110 Gifts

"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Philippians 1:6

110 Gifts.

1. Blueberry Bagels
2. Dolphin Tale
(this movie is amazing)
3. Challenge to become Brave
(be on the lookout for a book review)
4. Friendships made at work
5. First time swimmers
6. Mocha Coolata
7. Ninja Juice
8. Organized T-shirts
9. Canvas Gifting
10. Goodbyes in Bible Class

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Voice in the Backseat

I had a pity-party for myself.

It was grand.

Games included sitting in silence, moping and wishing I was anywhere but here.

No guests came, just my self-pity thoughts.

Like I said, it was grand.

I am smiling now while I type this, because I probably looked so pathetic. 

Why I thought this "party" would help me, I have not a clue. 

I nanny, work at a daycare, babysit…oh and help teach 2nd grade at church. 

I am surrounded by children. 

Don't get me wrong, I love kids.

But, they really do get tiring exhausting. 

My past summers have consisted of traveling to some really cool places, either on mission trips or family vacations.  

I haven't really been able to do that this summer, so naturally I have a pity-party for myself. 

Thinking back on it, I really thought I wasn't making a difference. 
I love mission trips, because you get that spiritual high and you feel like you are doing SOMETHING. 

I wasn't feeling like I was making a difference being stuck at home.

It wasn't till that one day when that voice in the backseat asked me, "who is God?"

Like a ton of bricks, it hit me. 

This is my mission field.

Today, at this moment.
This summer.
This was where I needed to shine my light. 
Not across the ocean to some foreign country where I could love on some orphan children.


 Right here, right now, in the backseat of my old Honda sat a child with a sweet soul who needed to hear about God's love.

Sure, there are days when I don't want to get up.
I get impatient or frustrated. 
Praying constantly that they would just listen to me….

I wouldn't have it any other way. 

I am here for a purpose, and that purpose was given to me by God. 

That's a pretty important purpose if you ask me. 

So, if you are feeling frustrated that maybe you aren't making a difference--look around.

There are people in this world that need YOU. 

More importantly, they need Jesus.

I  don't think we truly realize how much our actions count in our everyday lives.
People are constantly watching, questioning and some are just plain curious.

Make them curious about this deep joy you have about life. 

Who knows?

Maybe your mission field is somewhere you least expect it to be. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

100 Gifts

"Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving."
Colossians 2:7
100 Gifts.

1. Smell of a new book.
2. Sherlock obsession.
3. Week with just Mom and Dad. 
4. Ideas at Lowe's. 
5. Giggling babies. 
6. Hula Hoop Joy. 
7. Lunch date with old friends. 
8. Family together once again. 
9. 60 degree weather. 
10. Willow trees swaying. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kitchen Bliss: For the Table

The kitchen is the heart of a home.

For a girl who loves food, I could not agree more.

A kitchen is to be spacious, ready to be filled with memories.

A kitchen is also to be functional yet welcoming.

Welcoming, yet simple.

Here are a few things that I have come up with so far.


I haven't made this yet, but it is on my to do list. 
Will definitely blog about this after I create it!
Aren't these precious? A friend of mine makes  these, and I 
knew I just had to have a set.
Here is her shop
I love that pop of color. You can buy 
these at Walmart or Target. 

Mugs are probably some of my most favorite things. 
One can never have too many. 
I bought mine at Target, but you really can find them anywhere. 
I want to buy a few more. 

I bought the green stripe one at Target for 74 cents and the other two plates at Walmart.
Sales are my best friend, so definitely keep your eyes out for those.
I love how these plates are different sizes too. Keeps it unique.
Painted Mason Jar and some flowers to add a bit of color. 

In the next couple of weeks, I hope to add a little more to my collection of kitchen items so stay tuned. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

90 Gifts

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10

90 Gifts.

1. Final words of inspiration.
2. Jaws with Mom. 
3. Flash of lightning.
4. Soft cookies.
5. Scrapbook challenge. 
6. Safe travels from Peru. 
7. Handmade Bowls.  
8. Blue Shoes. 
9. Multiply.
10. Child's voice praying.  

Sunday, July 06, 2014

80 Gifts

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
Philippians 4:6

Western Style VBS. 
ENO Book Reading. 
Scrapbook Beginnings. 
Ice Cream Party for my Second Grade Winners..
Poolside Studying. 
Sunset over Church Barbecue. 
Happy Fourth :)
Weekend Class Pizza Party
(Best professor ever)
Lone Survivor: Hero's Courage. 
Friend Knowing Me Oh so well.
(gotta buy soon)