An impromptu 30 minute hardcore praying session with The Lord at 1am is not something I’ve experienced in a long while. I’ve prayed for conviction to grow deeper and begin praying more ad more fervently for things on my heart. No better time for God to answer my prayer than when I can’t sleep and have all this time to focus on Him and what he can do for these requests. Praise Him for always answering and providing opportunity and love even when we’ve strayed away from Him and his loving arms. We can always run back. For that I am incredibly thankful. I don’t deserve this love that The Lord has for me and all of us. I deserve to be deserted because I’ve done that to Him more times than I can count. But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair and I am so thankful for Gods grace and mercy. It’s almost 2am now and I am still overflowing with joy and prayer and love for my creator. What a feeling!
So last night I went to see Now You See Me with my boyfriend and some other friends. The movie was awesome and it really made you think, which I like! (that’s the nerd in me) I really recommend it!
But anyways my point of this post is this: I saw a preview of Catching Fire and OH MY I can’t wait until it comes out! I was internally super fangirling the whole time! It’s going to be great! Woo!
That is all :)
So I finally decided to post some pictures from my family’s vacation to Outer Banks, NC from a few weeks ago. I had an absolute glorious time, and these photos don’t do proper justice to the beautiful scenery and how pure and peaceful it made you feel. It was one of those places that you could just feel the Lord’s presence within the absolute beauty of it. The whole experience was amazing. I can officially say that I’ve stepped in every ocean bordering the United States. I can also say that I’ve seen an east coast sunrise (which is seriously so pretty it takes your breath away!) I can declare that I tried oysters and clams for the first time. For the record I hated them and had to spit it out; I swear I felt one of the intestines or something slimy wrap around my tongue and at that point I was 1000% done with it. lol but seriously I about puked in front of everyone in the restaurant. That would have been embarrassing… I also got to see wild horses up close, which was pretty awesome. The people in North Carolina are so very nice as well! I never met a meanie pants the whole time I was there. That’s something you don’t come across very often anymore- so many people are self centered jerks nowadays, but not in OBX. They were so friendly and personable. Plus they make KILLER cornbread. Seriously, I ate the best cornbread ever at a bbq place.
I hope that one day I can look back at all these photographs and remember, vividly remember, just what it was like to be there in the moments. I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world, and I got to spend it with my magnificent family. And that made it all the better.
Contrary to popular belief, I really don’t like Alanis Morissette’s voice. There’s just something weird about her music that annoys me.
Also, I have no clue why I felt the need to let you all know. Ok bye
From my vacation… my parents always capture the best photos of me :P
Also, I’ve been told my faces are quite derptastic. Compliment? I’ll take it as one!
I’ve gained some new followers as of late, so I thought I would introduce myself to you all! So here goes!
1. I love Jesus. He is my Savior, my friend, my all.
2. I love my weird, awesome, nerdy, musical, tight-knit family!
3. My boyfriend is quite the fellow and I love him very much! We’ve been together over a year and I hope that number just keeps climbing as time passes! Luv yewwww bby! :*
4. My favorite animal is either a sloth or a jellyfish. (note: I’ve loved these animals since I was like 5 so I’m not a part of that dumb sloth trend! ick!) Oh, and I touched a jellyfish recently, so that was pretty rad. Ok next one.
5. I’ve played the piano for 12 years or so and I love it more every day! Music is a huge part of my life; singing, playing, listening… I wouldn’t be able to function without it.
6. I love taking photographs. I used to want to go into photography, but I’ve realized that it’s something that is more of a hobby and a good little pastime that I enjoy. I feel like I take some alright photos-you may see some soon from my vacation! :D
7. Contrary to popular belief of my small country town being awful, I absolutely love it. I love living in a small town next to a gorgeous river! I also love living on a farm with all the cows and the creek and the pretty wildflowers. I really just love it all.
8. Speaking of outside, I love the outdoors! I love spring and summer, and during those times I will often be outside more than inside. I’m a lover of the light…I didn’t mean to quote Mumford & Sons just then. I swear!
9. Relient K is and always will be my favorite band of all time. I’ve seen them live twice, and it was a dream! Their music has gotten me through so many things in life, and I love their positive, upbeat outlook on life. Plus Matt Thiessen is a lyrical genius, but I may be a little bias. My favorite song is The Lining is Silver-look it up!
10. I’ll leave you all with my favorite Bible verse. Its absolutely wonderful and uplifting!
The Lord directs the steps of the Godly.
He delights in every step of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
For the Lord holds them by the hand.
Just some of my iphone photos from vacation thus far! I’ll post more once I get home and upload the ones from my camera but I just wanted to show you all a small piece of heaven! It’s gorgeous!
Today is a great day. Nothing extraordinary has happened or anything. In fact, it’s raining and I’ve been doing next to nothing outside of church. It’s just the simple fact that my mind has been reeling through memories and people that I love, and I’ve realized yet again how intensely blessed I am in my life. I have oh so much to thank the Lord for that I can’t even begin to list all of them and ever finish. My heart just overflows with gratitude and awe for my Savior that has provided me with all these people and all these opportunities and all these things that have been put in my path to make me who I am today. An incredible amount of people don’t have near the positivity, closeness, and spiritual depth within a family that I have, and that breaks my heart, but at the same time it encourages me to be the one to show them that love and encouragement, even if I’m not part of their family or even a close friend. It’s the small gestures and intangible things that can make someone’s day better or life a little more comfortable. We are called to use our blessings and gifts to honor Christ and help others who are less fortunate or who are hurting. We show Christ through our actions and our conduct. We have all these blessings from Him, and if people see us misusing them or not appreciating them, why do we have them in the first place? God has given us these things to better his Kingdom and bring glory to Him, simply in the fact that he answered a prayer or gave a blessing when we least expect it. And if we don’t use them properly, do we even deserve to keep them?
This whole post is kind of all over the place I realize that, but it’s kind of been my thought process. I’m so extremely thankful for what I have, yet at the same time I know that I haven’t used what I have in the best way possible to bring glory to God. Through this day of reflection and rest the Lord has opened my heart and shown me that in my great life situation, I can do more to help those who do not know what it’s like to be shown love, or even a smile. I have a heart to help people and to be a light. It’s who I was raised to be and it’s who I love to be. I’m so glad that God chose to give me that conviction to help people, because it’s so important. He has given me all the supportive people and tools I need to go out and help people. Now I just have to go and do his will for my life. I am so excited, and for that I have a happy heart. :)
Tomorrow will be one year since my incredible grandmother took the Lord’s hand to heaven. I miss her every single day.
So I realize that I haven’t posted anything very meaningful in quite some time. I wish I had more time to do so! But as I do have a small amount of time in the present I figured I would just tune you all in to what’s been going on in my life right now.
Let’s just start at my one year anniversary with my dear, sweet boyfriend Brett. I’m pretty sure I posted something about it but I can’t remember. That day was kind of a blissful blur to be honest! I loved every minute of our celebration, even when at the end of the day he ended up getting sick. I’m just glad he felt good most of the day. We went antiquing and bought matching keys, beginning a tradition for each year we are together. I’m excited to see how many keys we’ll end up with! He is such a big part of my life and I couldn’t imagine him not being an integral part of it.
Aside from that I’ve mainly been preparing for Choir/Piano districts that was last Friday. I’m very excited to say that I’m triple entered for state contest with 2 ensembles and my piano solo! I’ve been working on my piano solo since about October. I just really felt it this year, and I’m so glad my hard work has paid off! I get to go play a Steinway piano too at state! I am incredibly stoked for that, let me tell you! My ensembles have worked hard too and I’m so glad to have a good group of girls and guys to sing with (my boyfriend and sister included!)
Another thing that is exciting is my church’s revival week this week. Our guest speaker is so awesome and I’m glad he could come to share with us what God has been revealing to him! I’ve heard him speak before and he is so insightful and so full of God. I’m so ready for God to work in my heart through the messages he brings; I know I need it. It’s always nice to hear other people speak sometimes. I always get great things out of their sermons and I’m so thankful that God gives me the opportunity to listen and learn more about Him and His word! God is good!
So that about wraps it up I guess…school is getting closer to being done for summer break and I am READY. Until then, my life is busy! I just hope and pray I can stay in step with time!
It is spring and I am surrounded by snow! What is this madness?!
Also, I have district performance for my piano solo, so prayers for accurate fingers and calm nerves are appreciated!
I feel like I haven’t posted something personal on here in quite some time. I need to write a life update. Watch for it this weekend perhaps. I’m so busyyyy
Lol and people ask me why I love this boy! He always makes me laugh! :)
I can’t let myself get discouraged by this though. It’s so hard not to. But I can do this. I will succeed.