Reflect & Rewind

WHOA. What happened to February 2014? I feel like someone just ripped out a whole month from my calendar and threw it out the car window!

As days quickly slip into months past in this brand new year, I’m realizing my need to live intentionally as I set time aside to slow…and be still in His presence. To feel the breeze against my face and Acknowledge. Lysa TerKeurst has challenged me to the core to BE a NOTICER of life and the simple beauty of of God’s hand all around me. Emily Freeman has given me Seven Little Ways to be present, to show up with what I have right now, and make beautiful art out of the everyday.  Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill have Dared me to Be all that God created and intended me to be by stepping out in faith not in sight into the future He wrote for me. Ann Voskamp poetically invited me to believe that this is my time such as this to shine as the star in the sky, amongst the galaxies, my Creator formed me to be.

Powerful Words. Absolute Truth.

Right now as I write the honeyed scent of fresh flowers is lingering in my office. I drift into reflection. February has been extra sweet to my senses this time around and swept me clean off my feet from Coast to Coast in a blur of blessings. For Valentine’s Day I made a surprise visit to see my boyfriend in Portland, Oregon. Our entire relationship has been long distance, mostly from one coast to the other, and this was our first Valentine’s Day together, so it was a much needed and extra special trip.

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The next weekend I traveled south to Tampa, Florida for my very first Dare to Be event with my sister-in-law. Wow…what a gift. Not only was I blessed by the conference and left completely wonderstruck by Natalie’s notes, but I had the opportunity to be a part of it in a small way as a Revolutionary. I walked away with a grateful heart, a stirred soul and completely leveled by God’s grace. I can honestly say I have not been so moved by worship since I responded to an alter call at youth camp when I was 18 and gave my life and heart to Christ forever.

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Tears of joy. Streaming.

I say all that to say this: I have been praying for God to reveal Himself to me in new ways this year and two months in I feel absolutely infused by His presence. I am left in awe of how He moves. And what totally blows me away is that these are just mere glimpses of His glory. Can you even fathom Heaven?

God is so good and my heart is so thankful.

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Playing Catch Up

Y’all the past couple months have been a blur of blessings, confusion, emotions, doubt, fear, wrestling, and over all craziness. And God has been so good and faithful to me through it all, including a new (amazing) job, which I started in October! If you’re reading this and you don’t know me, allow me to play a little catch up with you.

I moved home from South Florida this past May to be with my mom after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. There were a few other influences of my decision to make the move, but in retrospect seem minuscule and irrelevant to my primary motive – my mom. So, from May through October, I was jobless and also in the midst of working through a total QLC (Quarter Life Crisis). I’m still experiencing a few aftershocks of my dear QLC, but my focus is much more Christ-centered now than it was just eight short months ago. And for that I am so grateful.

Fast-forward to October, I start my new job with a renewed heart, soul, and mind. Hopeful. Expectant. The month of November was marked by a much awaited and anticipated visit from my Portland dwelling beau and the rest has taken up permanent residence on my hips. And, whoa, now it’s December. Seriously, what happened to 2013? I feel like I’ve been rode hard and put up wet (if you’re not from the South don’t worry about what that means.  I’m not even sure we really know).

Now for your viewing pleasure, here’s a few snaps of December on Jackson Time:

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and also this…

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