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Animals, Sabbath, and Prayer

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What a weekend!

We had friends come stay Friday night with us. We ate pizza and caught up on life and it was marvelous. We also indulged in delicious homemade cookies made by another friend of ours. (We’re spoiled, we know.)

Saturday J and I spent the day at the zoo! I probably haven’t visited one since I was in elementary school, and even as an adult it was fun. (Part of me thinks it was because I was with my husband, not just because I wanted to see the lions.)

We had some fun adventures on Saturday, and it was much-needed quality time for us. (Thank you to my sister-in-law for gifting us with the tickets.)

Sunday was full of good conversation, family, food, and rest. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of a Sabbath day.

I went for a run down a familiar road, stopped multiple times outside my parent’s house to smell the flowers, and finished a book sitting next to the fire.

Everyone has heard of the attacks on Paris by now, and I couldn’t help but stay glued to my Bible the morning I heard. Reading about the peace God gives, His Sovereignty. Asking His help to trust that He is in control, that He isn’t surprised about the day’s happenings, that He knows each and every heart. Asking Him to help me not live fearful, to intentionally pray for the people affected, the families who lost loved ones, and the government itself.

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I read a quote recently,

“What gives moments meaning is not the moments themselves but the presence of Christ with us in the midst of them.” Emily P. Freeman

I looked down this morning overcome with gratitude over a simple thing like socks and boots. Thankful for a home to welcome people into, for family to laugh and eat with, for a husband to talk and pray with, for the mercy in a new day, and for a loving Father who is never far.

The presence of Christ. With us always. That truth changes everything.

I ask Him to continue to root truth deep inside me, so I am not shaken, so I do not doubt or fear, so I freely extend love and compassion.

— How was your weekend?

My Weekend According To My iPhone

Amelia Island Adventure | heartnaturedMy best friend is getting married next Spring. My best girl since 2nd grade. The one who has been with me through every awkward, fabulous, difficult, sweet season. The only one I made a secret handshake with. The one who stood beside me as I got married. She’s the best.

She’s getting married where she spent many a summer, many a weekend — Amelia Island. This weekend we ate delicious food, shopped, laughed and learned, and made a couple wedding decisions.

It’s going to be a beautiful day, a beautiful life for the two of them together. I love being her MOH.

A weekend away can be so energizing.  I even got to stop in Statesboro and see some of my favorite friends-turned-family. (And a day off from work doesn’t hurt.)

Thank you, God, for fun weekends.

How was your weekend?

My Weekend According To My iPhone

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A weekend at the beach is always good for the soul. Combine that with family, delicious food, a couple good books, great conversation, and walks with my man? I come back to work today thankful and content.

We treated ourselves to ice cream, we ate seafood, we played in the ocean, we dug in the sand. J and I took walks on the beach, sat in chairs, and played in the ocean, talking about whatever came to mind.

I’m thankful for the good relationship I have with my new family. It was great to catch up with my new siblings, to love on their kids, to talk about what life currently looks like.

I’m thankful for a love that laughs and plays. For a love that listens and cares.

And I’m thankful to a God for the grace of a restful, fun, memorable weekend.

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P.S. a book about friendship and why I try to keep our house clean.

A Week of Life and of Sadness

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My Week According To My iPhone

This week was a full one.

Aside from enjoying dinner outside, making waffles, hosting bible study at our house…. I supported two sweet friends of mine for their high school AP Art Show, got a speeding ticket that was then changed to a warning (thank you, Lord), went shopping for a new mailbox (the old one pictured above), and rejoiced at being another month married.

This week was also one of a lot of prayer. There was a horrible multiple-car accident that killed five Georgia Southern nursing students. I only know two of them by name, but I have many dear friends who were close to one, if not all, of the girls. Events like this don’t make any sense. My heart hurts for the families of these five women. I cry out to God to surround any heart who is struggling, any heart that’s breaking, any heart that is reaching out for hope. Georgia Southern has come together like a family, praying and comforting. God is in their midst, God is with us always. (The image below was taken from Georgia Southern’s Facebook page).

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I pray that people come to truly know Him through this tragedy. I pray that believers in the area will speak life and hope and comfort with confidence. I pray that in the midst of all the sorrow, God will be near.

God, please be near. God, breathe hope. God, heal hearts. God, hold together.

The church I was involved in while in college posted this a day or two ago, How To Respond To The Worst News Ever.

Friends and family are weighed down by sadness and confusion, and God is present to hold them just as they are. But there is also joy in knowing they are with Jesus now. While it may seem absurd to us right now, we have to try, with every ounce of our human strength, to remember that He has a plan. He is a good, loving God, and He is not surprised by this.

One of my best friends is a nursing student at Georgia Southern, and she shared her heart here.

Thank you, God, for your Presence in every second of our day.

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8