Color Crush: Cool Blue and Warm Gold

Posted in creative

A really nice combo, wouldn’t you agree?

I have this slight infatuation with color palettes. Probably a natural result of my creative nature. And the fact I’m a graphic designer for a living.

I realized recently how much I compile color schemes in my mind when I see a particular image. So, since sometimes they are funny, sweet, intriguing, and potentially weird, I thought it’d be fun to share them here.

Anyone who knows me well enough knows I reallyyyyyyy like waffles, so naturally this beautiful image caught my eye. Let it be known that I WILL be making these waffles before the summer is over.

If you’re looking for a new read…

Posted in books

…maybe one of these will spark your interest:

The Lake House, Kate Morton

“A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.” Goodreads

Alive In Him, Gloria Furman

“The Holy Spirit will not allow you to live satisfied on the rubbish heap; he will nurture a longing for the City of God to beat in your heart.”

A Wife’s Secret To Happiness, Jen Weaver

“Through thoughtful exploration of biblical promises, humorous hope-filled stories, and compelling testimonies, Jen shares how God empowers her life as a submissive millennial wife, and inspires readers to experience the same freedom.” Goodreads

The Magnolia Story, Chip and Joanna Gaines

I realized that my determination to make things perfect meant I was chasing an empty obsession all day long. Nothing was ever going to be perfect the way I had envisioned it in the past. Did I want to keep spending my energy on that effort, or did I want to step out of that obsession and to enjoy my kids, maybe allowing myself to get messy right along with them in the process? I chose the latter – and that made all the difference.”

Fight Back With Joy, Margaret Feinberg

“We need people who will reach out and hold our hands whenever we find ourselves walking in the dark. People who are quick to put our hearts at ease and swift to remind us how much we are loved. These are the friends who refresh us deep down when we need it most. These relationships are gifts worth seeking. Developing flourishing friendships takes time and intentionality, but these become the people who ground us and keep us going. They become peepholes through which we glimpse the kingdom of God, inspiration to become the best possible versions of ourselves even in the most difficult circumstances.

Habits of Grace, David Mathis

“Prayer, for the Christian, is not merely talking to God, but responding to the One who has initiated toward us. He has spoken first. This is not a conversation we start, but a relationship into which we’ve been drawn. His voice breaks the silence. Then, in prayer, we speak to the God who has spoken. Our asking and pleading and requesting originate not from our emptiness, but his fullness. Prayer doesn’t begin with our needs, but with his bounty. Its origin is first in adoration, and only later in asking. Prayer is a reflex to the grace he gives to the sinners he saves. It is soliciting his provision in view of the power he has shown.”

younger me, don’t live so afraid.

Posted in faith

Lately, I’ve had reason to look back into my middle and high school years and self. And those are the words that come to mind:

Girl, don’t be so afraid.

This past weekend we celebrated my only niece’s 13th birthday with a blessing brunch, we dubbed it. My encouragements (things I would’ve told my 13-year-old-self today) to her were:

  1. You don’t have to be everyone’s best friend, and not everyone will like or love you, and that’s okay.
  2. You will never regret choosing Jesus and His way of doing things, over the temptations, tendencies, and promotions of the world.

In all honesty, I walked through middle school and early high school years timidly, paralyzed with fear of making a mistake or being thought of as out of the culture-loop. I was insecure about my appearance because I was afraid of being confident and feeling beautiful exactly as I was, believing the lie that comparison was better. I was afraid of letting the weight of who I was – my hopes, dreams, quirks, passions, interests – bear on those around me, for fear that I’d be judged or put on the spot.

I didn’t idolize the ‘popular group,’ or even want to be one of them, but I did want to blend in, and be someone other people wanted to be around. 

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a few favorites of late

Posted in lifestyle

EAT
Eating lots of watermelon and peaches. Summer fruit is the bestttttt.

WATCH
My sister told me about Quantico, so J and I watch a few episodes a week, and it’s suspenseful with a cool, crazy story line.

READ
Discovered a new series about women in the Bible: The Esther Anointing.

“The refining of our characters is very essential to God’s plan for our lives. God cannot use a proud woman (or man). Being taken through a preparation process presses and purges out impurities of the heart and spirit, such as pride, rebellion, selfishness, and bitterness, so that we can be pliable in the hands of the Lord to follow His lead to fulfill our purposes. We can’t be an effective vessel with baggage weighing on us, effecting our ability to hear and obey God.”

LISTEN
Came across a new podcast called Feathers. Fun and refreshing. And The Last Battle for my work commute, of course. Also, with my niece and nephews around, it’s been a lot of jamming to Hillsong Young & Free. :)

MEET
Had dinner with a new couple visiting our church and hit it off super well. Really like it when that happens. 

COOL
Leaning into Father no matter your feelings, circumstances, or clarity. He is present, He is good, and oftentimes I have to preach to myself Truth, so that I don’t believe a lie.

MAKE
I want to go home and make this salad recipe right now. (pictured)

a spiritual challenge I encountered while watching Wonder Woman

Posted in faith, inspiration

This post might seem random, but Holy Spirit has been teaching me about strength. And we recently watched the new Wonder Woman movie. So there’s that.

Besides her tear through “No Man’s Land” in the film (definitely my favorite part), her battles throughout the movie feel extra realistic – her inner wrestle with good and evil, belief in humanity and in herself, confidence and uncertainty.

On the car ride home, God prompted me to take a look at my “stance,” if you will. What I saw was insecurity, fear and shame, shrinking back and letting discouragement rule.

Not a strong battle stance for a child of Almighty God, right?

I read in Romans 13, The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.… put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Do you hear confidence dripping from those phrases? I do.

John Piper’s encouragement on these verses lights a serious fire in my soul,

“Put on Jesus Christ” means put him on as the parachute because you are skydiving behind enemy lines. It means put him on as the high-impact, protective, anti-explosive suit when you disarm the bombs of the devil. It means put him on as the fire-proof suit when you rescue sinners from the flames of hell. It means put him on as a bullet-proof vest when you confront the pistols of sin and unbelief. “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” means put him on as a badge that admits you to all the resources of heaven that you need to do his will. It means put him on as the best intercom system that ever was so that there can be constant communication with the one whom you love above all others and who is himself everything you need.

Then I experienced Wonder Woman in all her sword-yielding, armor-wearing, stick-it-to-them glory.

Her lasso of truth, her powerful sword, armor on her wrist that treat bullets as if they were candy. In the scene I referred to earlier, her storming “No Man’s Land” to save a village from a German stronghold was ignited by kindness for the people, and an attitude of power and confidence in who she was.

Quite inspiring.

Even then, I began preaching to myself, 

You are a child of God! Put on His armor, wear Jesus as your protection and provision, and fight the good fight of faith

And I encourage you with the same message! Let’s fight dishonesty, gossip, negativity, insecurity and shame. Let’s battle unbelief and doubt. Let’s fight for Truth, strong and confident, for holiness and for God’s glory!

When you put on the armor of light—daily (or hourly!) fresh faith in Christ, hope in Christ, love for Christ—it is hard for the works of darkness to cling to you. They are pushed out by the light. If your eye is good (if you see Christ as your treasure) your whole body will be full of light. John Piper

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