I thought that this was pretty funny…. you make up your own mind!
So I am now 30. WHAT? How did that creep up on me? I mean I KNEW it was coming, and although I am blonde, I know how birthdays works. BUT STILL – 30?!?! Really??
When you look back over your life at all the amazing things that you have learnt, done, and seen – it can be overwhelming!
When I look at the last 30 years of my life – I see a lifetime of blessings, of favor and of amazing adventures. I have been to awesome places, I have experienced amazing things, I have a life that I am so thankful for. I have a wonderful and loving (and gorgeous) husband, two sweet and incredible children, amazing and supportive friends and a Jesus who love me. I can only imagine what the next ten years will hold, and the many years after that! What more I will see, do, hear and learn. I know there is a plan for my life. I know that it is big, and I know that it is only beginning!
My good friend and I had a coffee date this morning. She lives a province away and I am so happy when she comes back home for a visit. Whenever we get together there is one common occurrence… we are usually both 10-15 minutes late!! Anyways – she had heard a very interesting theory about people who are chronically late (like us) “Optimistic people are commonly late because they truly believe that they will make it in time!” Or something to that nature! It made me laugh. I am always thinking I have enough time – even when I have 5 minutes to get somewhere that is 15 minutes away! Like somehow it will happen!
Happy Friday 🙂
“If better is possible, then is good – good enough?”
Mind blown… just a bit.
This was said sunday morning during my awesome pastors message. It was said with a whole lot of other amazing things – but this is what stuck with me. It is so simple. And so true.
If we know that complete healing is possible – why do we settle for halfway.
If we know that financial freedom is possible – why do we justify debt.
If we know that an intense love is waiting to be poured on us – why do we sit content with what we have.
If we know we can have an intimate relationship with God – why do we not say hello.
There are so many things in life that we settle for. Why should good be good enough. Why sit under the rainbow when you know there is a big pot of gold waiting for you at the end. Why settle for a life of contentment and mediocrity when there is a life of abundance with our name on it.
Just a thought.
I am so incredibly blessed to have the amazing friendships that I do. They love me for who I am, not who they want me to be. They care about my feelings, and are there when I need them. They laugh with me (sometimes at me – but that’s ok because I am laughing too!). We share our lives, our fears and hopes. We pray for each other. We correct each other with kindness and grace – not condemning or double-sided comments. We trust.
I have a daughter, and as she grows I pray daily that she develops friendships like these. That she knows what a true friend is and she has the strength to cut ties with those that are not. Friends don’t make you feel badly about yourself. They don’t put you in compromising or unsafe situations. They don’t mock you for your faith or morals. They don’t tell your secrets to make themselves seem superior. I hear myself repeating the saying – if a friend makes you ___________ then they really are not a real friend – and it is true! We need to surround ourselves with people who act in the true nature of friendship. Because friends love you, build you up, support you, and defend you.
On a lighter note – I was googling friendship pics to put on here and came across this comic – It is pretty funny!
I finally read the hunger games trilogy! And I LOVED IT! I don’t know why I waited so long and I don’t know why I was surprised at how HOOKED I became! I read the last two in a couple days! AND I was pacing myself! While I was reading the first book I had this feeling that I was going to be very upset by the ending of this series. The way everyone was dying, I was certain a certain few people would end up too…. and most did BUT it kept me guessing until the very end – which does not usually happen for me! Anyways – I can’t wait to see the movies!!! I have a feeling I have turned into a fangirl! I found this picture someone did of quotes from the book (3 I think?) I hope it makes it into the movies because it was one of my favorite parts. It shows the connection between them beautifully!
Last week the history channel aired the final installment of “The Bible Miniseries” and I caught the last hour of it (my kids were awake and a lot of it was a bit to intense for them). It was from Christs resurrection to the book of revelations. It was… WOW! Anyways, it had an effect on me in a way I did not expect. I felt a connection with these men, with Peter, with John, with Saul/Paul – that I never felt before! It was like I finally realized what they went through, that they were real people. People with love, fear, pride, doubt and passion. They weren’t different from me, yes they lived in a different time – but a lot of the things that they encountered, we still do today. I am so filled with thankfulness that they didn’t give up. That they fought the good fight!
“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight,I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for methe crown of righteousness,which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day— and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:6-8
When I think of Saul/Paul – who this quote was from – I am overly moved by the love and forgiveness and grace that Jesus IS! Saul/Paul passionately opposed anything and anyone to do with Jesus. He made it his mission in life to dispose and discourage the followers of Jesus! And in turn – Jesus showed him mercy and LOVE and a new mission! To rise up, create and encourage believers in Christ! LOVE transformed him into a new creation.
What an amazing thing that is! It is the LOVE of God for us that He gave us HIS SON to take the sin of the world upon himself! It is the LOVE of God for us that changes our lives! It turns sorrow into gladness, hate into love, pain into healing, weakness into strength and most importantly it turns death into life.