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Inspiration is such a powerful thing. I am inspired every day, some days more than others. I am inspired the moment I wake up by God’s words that fill my heart and my day. I am inspired by my husband’s unconditional love. It always amazes me that he will wake up and iron my pants or run to the store and get me a diet mountain dew at 7 in the morning if I am running late, no questions asked. I am inspired by patients that come in who are in pain but smile and make me smile. I am inspired by my boss who has a vision to make things better for everyone and never stops trying. I am inspired by coworkers who come to work to make a difference. I am inspired by small acts of kindness that I accidentally catch. I am inspired by my mother who never stops giving and never complains. I am inspired by my brother who has come so far so fast. I am inspired by couples of all ages who treat each other with love and respect. I am inspired by selfless love. I am inspired by expressions of creativity. I am inspired by friends who are loyal and true. I am inspired by people who are better Christians than I and help me grow.
Do you ever think about what inspires you?

Even though I try to live each day as best I can, I would like to try to think that every encounter has a purpose. I have the opportunity to inspire their life in some way just as they do in mine. Galatians 6:9 tells us Let us not lose heart in doing good. Let us not!!! Who knows what you can do with such a small gesture. Who knows who is watching you and being inspired by your actions. Who knows if your kindness,loyalty,love,forgiveness is exactly what someone needed to inspire someone else.

This is something that has been on my mind and heart and after reading a devotional today, I know I was meant to be inspired.

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It’s strange to think another year has come to an end and I am already embarking on a journey of another. I do like to reflect back on the year, if not just briefly, to see just how far I have grown. 2011,I feel was a transition year for me. Ten years ago I was entering into “adulthood” but I feel it wasn’t until this year that I truly did.
My husband and I struggled a little with conflicting work schedules and spending time apart. I think that was a really hard lesson for me in the beginning when I had certain ideals of marriage and what it would be like. It was such a bittersweet and beautiful lesson that in the end taught me that love conquers all. I also went through a rough time personally where I think I felt out of place. I no longer felt I belonged with a certain “group” or friends. I had changed from wanting to go out all the time but not knowing what it was I DID want to do. This was also a wonderful journey of rediscovery of who I am and who I have become. My family has become such a big part of my life. My husband and I even chose to take a family vacation for our one year anniversary instead of taking one by ourselves. That meant the world to me that he would do that for me. That is what love is. I had some hard lessons as well this year. I believe God has been teaching me contentment and patience all year long. I have still not come to full term on this lesson. I have learned to look at the world and be thankful for what I have instead of sad for what I don’t. Of course I still struggle with this at times. My most recent lesson this past year was to understand patience. I finally understood after reading a book one day about God’s will. He DOES listen to all of our prayers, and if we have not received what we have asked for, it is because He knows we do not need what we have asked for. We might WANT it, but at this time, for some reason or another, we do not need it. When I absorbed that information,I thought of the few things I have been praying for and have been waiting so patiently for. It is true. I can survive without them. I know God knows best and maybe he is waiting to give them to me at the perfect time in my life.

I have many dreams and goals for this new year. I feel lucky to have acquired everything I have and to be starting this year with a happier heart. My husband and I are able to spend more time together. We are working towards our future but I am able to see the good in today.

I am excited to see what life and God has in store for me this year.

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10 Ways To Love

LISTEN: without interrupting.

But there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother Prov.18:24

SPEAK: without accusing.

Everyone should be quick to listen,slow to speak, and slow to become angry. John 1:19

GIVE: without sparing.

All day long he craves for more, but the righteous gives without sparing. Prov. 21:26

PRAY: without ceasing.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying about you. Col.1:9

ANSWER: without arguing.

Better a day filled with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. Prov. 17:1

SHARE: without pretending.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. Eph. 4:15

ENJOY: without complaint.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Phil.2:14

TRUST: without wavering.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1Cor.13:7

FORGIVE: without punishing.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Col. 3:13

PROMISE: without forgetting.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Prov.13:12

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Yesterday was my 28th birthday. It feels very surreal turning 28. I think in my mind in some ways, I still feel as though I am 18. I feel young at heart and hungry for life. I am thankful my heart is filled with such feelings. I also can not deny the wisdom I have acquired over the years. When I was younger every moment was so fleeting and that was never given a second thought. I feel now with 27 years passed, I am more aware. I notice the small gestures, I observe the little details, and I acknowledge each wonderful fleeting moment. I know that I have much to learn in my years ahead, but I am grateful for what I have now, and I am looking forward to another year of life.

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Thank My Lucky Stars

I’m so lucky. 🙂

Wherever you are. You are here ❤

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Bosom Friend

In case you are unfamiliar with the book (or movie) Anne of Green Gables (one of my ultimate favorites!), let me share a little background information and the definition of indeed a bosom friend.

I can remember first watching Anne of Green Gables on television on the Disney channel one evening with my mom. I instantly fell in love and asked if we could tape it! These ragged VHS tapes became a staple of my childhood, which I still own today. I loved Anne because she had fire-red hair (even if she hated it) and a wild imagination. She loved reading books and had a budding romance with Gilbert Blithe from the moment she met him in grade school. She was smart, she was funny, she was witty, and she was imaginative. She also had a very best friend throughout her life. One that she dreamed of having before she even met her. Since watching Miss Shirley the very first time, I longed to have my very own best friend as well, a very special kind. The kind you laugh until you cry, cry until you laugh, and no matter how far apart you are; there isn’t a distance too far.

Anne tipped the vase of apple blossoms near enough to bestow a soft kiss on a pink-cupped bud, and then studied diligently for some moments longer.

“Marilla,” she demanded presently “do you think that I shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?”

” A…what kind of friend?”

“A bosom friend…an intimate friend, a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life”

 

Meet my bosom friend, Sarah.  We met in the 6th grade. A bit of a dramatic introduction by mutual friends. We were at an all girls swim party and forced to play a game where we were supposed to say whatever “mean” things we might have said behind each other’s backs to each other, face to face. Sarah and I both thought this was a ridiculous idea. This did not stop other girls from playing. Another girl decided to proceed with the game and tell Sarah (whom I had just met that day) that I had told her that I thought her do-rag was “weird”. How embarrassing! Sarah went upstairs upset. I of course went upstairs, mortified, to apologize. I let her know that I had just never heard of a do-rag and that actually I thought it was really cool! We were friends since.

Sarah and I have many things in common. We love to watch movies together. We love dreaming together. Some of our dreams growing up were realistic, regarding what we wanted to accomplish and some were outrages dreams that we would concoct for fun. We each had a celebrity crush that we were convinced we would marry one day. Mine was the one and only Taylor Hanson and hers was the infamous Prince William. She had a rough day this past April. 😉 Through the years we have walked through life together. She has been there to see me through heart breaks, depression, confusion, clarity, joy, and true love. We’ve been through it all. Laughing until we cry and crying until we laugh.

Sarah has been in Geneva for an internship for the past few months. She is going to law school. I could not be more proud. Since highschool we’ve been separated by distance, so this isn’t anything new. It is sometimes hard knowing that I have a friend with such a connection but am not able to spend time with her. But truly, our friendship is quality over quantity. She came into town this past week to renew her Visa. The second we were back together, it was almost as if a puzzle piece was placed within my heart. I felt complete.

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