This March was so full of adventure and soul-searching. Here’s my review!
Things worth remembering…
- a tramp through the woods with my brother and a couple of sisters
- listening to Flight of Valor live. It was written to honor the heroes on United Flight 93…I still can’t listen to it without getting goosebumps.
- a weekend trip to Nebraska with my brother and grandparents
- a crisp morning walk through a cemetery I was delighted to find lay across the road from the motel on said trip
- star-gazing on the side of the road with my grandma while everyone else was in the vehicle skunk-gazing the smelly little family crossing the road in front of us
- making Shamrock shakes without a blender
- setting up my Etsy shop! Currently I don’t have any listings (Preorders for This Will Not Last have closed), but I am hoping to have some poetry-themed products out soon.:) What would you like to see? Greeting cards? Post cards? Notebooks? Anything else? Let me know in the comments!
- trying a new method of curling my hair and accidently making it look like I just stepped out of the eighties
- giving dried seaweed a hearty 0/10 rating
- reading and discussing Crazy Love (by Francis Chan) with friends
- a family shopping trip and supper out
“I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’ve been reading…
Reflection – Laurel Burgess
Technically I read this short story in February…but, man. It’s too good not to share. I definitely recommend it!
Also…definitely check out Laurel’s website. Her short story, Attack of the Gummy Worms, had me laughing so hard!
The Best Yes – Lysa Terkeurst
How you live your life determines how you spend your soul.
Man, has this book been a wake-up call. Or rather, a megaphone for the wake-up call that has been trying to grab my attention for a while now. Time is a precious gift. It is limited, and once we spend it, it’s gone. Forever. Making wise decisions is key to stewarding our time in the best way possible…and I’m preaching to myself here.
This Will Not Last – Laurel Jean
when my shell of defense crashes down all around and the world as I know it is gone // You’re still here… You are mine… I am Yours.
Hehehe, watch me shamelessly plug my writing. XD
Seriously, though…I have so been enjoying reading through this again…and again. I think you might like it, too.:) You can order your very own copy here!
Crazy Love – Francis Chan
Could it be your arrogance that makes you think God owes you an explanation? …to put it bluntly, when you get your own universe, you can make your own standards.
I’ve been reading and talking through this book with some sweet friends…another megaphone for God’s wake-up call. Wow. It’s been amazing.
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; for surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.”
I’ve been listening to…
Lots of Alan Gogoll’s music! I love to listen to it when I’m working in the kitchen, drawing, or painting. So relaxing!
for KING & COUNTRY’s newest album, What Are We Waiting For? Over. And over. And over again. I think my sisters might like it. XD
Instrumental with Dave and JJ Heller. This podcast is absolutely incredible! I love hearing about how God uses the tiniest twists and turns in a person’s life to direct it in a beautiful and redeeming way.
“Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill the love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies too. Or, we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel. Whenever we cannot love in the old human way, God can give us the perfect way.”
Casper ten Boom
From the journal…
Always, choosing God’s way in a broken world has made His people different from the world. I will stick out. I will walk a road less traveled…and that is beautiful. Oh, steel my heart with courage, Lord!
The way is raw and broken and painful even now…I don’t want it to be this way. But You will make this beautiful. You will heal us. I pray that happens on earth, but even if it doesn’t…Your way is best. I will rest in this even while I ache.
Lord, I want to desire You. Not just the hope of brighter days, but You…for Yourself. For Your justice. For Your mercy. For Your goodness. For Your love. For Your wisdom.
We urge people to “accept Jesus as Savior” (a phrase never found in the Bible), but do we urge them to confess Him as Lord? He is just as much a Lord as He is a Savior, but we’re so attached to our liberty that we don’t want to see Him as anything more than gentle. Oh, Lord, may I treat You as Lord!
Never revert to the safety of the known when God has snatched you from it for the unknown. (Numbers 14)
Yes, I may pray that You show me the way in which I should walk, but I must actively seek…put in the grunt work. Oh, give me courage and determination!
What memories/lessons are you carrying away from this month?