Thursday, December 3, 2015

Start Something...

I used to think that I wasn't creative.  I had an understanding of what was "artistic," and I could never quite get it from my brain, through my hands, and out on paper/clay/etc., so I kind of gave up trying for awhile. 
But the thing is, creativity is unique. My brain hoards so many expectations of me... they lurk around, oozing lies and breeding discontent. But here's the truth: My brain, heart, spirit, and hands meld together to express me uniquely. I am made in the image of the most creative Being in the universe! Which means I am creative. :) I can choose to embrace that and explore it, or I can continue to let expectations and fears choke it out. 
It might look different than I expect, but am I going to choose to let it be awesome in its own right, or compare it to some unrealistic, "not-me" standard?
I've gotta start somewhere... let it out and see what happens. 
There are so. many. ways. to be creative, but I decided to start with watercolor painting.
Where will you start? :)

Sunday, November 15, 2015


"...Then I realized there were so many little bricks. And I wanted to count them... There was this beautiful spiral stairway made from those small bricks, and whoever I was with was counting them with me... she was counting millions, then billions, then this number I hadn't ever heard of, and we hadn't reached the bottom... (Bricks: solidity, endurance; something in your life that is meant to last). Counting my bricks = Standing on God's promises..." - Journal Entry, Nov. 5, 2013

""The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory (beauty). Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended." Isaiah 60:19-20... I no longer have to put my trust in the things I can see, the things I've come to trust for guidance (my instincts, what I've learned) because You [God] are above all that and greater than all of that." - Journal Entry, Jan. 6, 2014

I know a lot of people who never remember their dreams, or just have really crazy, I-ate-pizza-too-close-to-bedtime dreams. I am definitely not one of those people. :)

I dream really frequently, and I almost always remember them in detail. And I always know if they're just funny dreams because my brain is full, or if they're more than that. 
Sometimes when I'm really struggling with something and asking God for clarity, that clarity comes in dreams.

In this season, I had started to put my focus on what I saw happening around me in the moment... and I was getting really frustrated. It's uncomfortable.... hoping for something that you absolutely cannot see. Trying to wrestle through what in the heck I am supposed to do with what I feel like God has said to me, this hope that's sprouting in my heart, and my circumstances... which seem to be completely at odds with the former two.

This dream came at the perfect time! Stopping to think about the solidity of Who God is... Realizing that those bricks were all the little (and big) moments in which God had been faithful to me, and maybe I need to stop and count them more often.  :)

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

What are you thinking about?

My heart is so quick to run to worry...
I think I'm protecting myself by having my guard up, keeping my eyes wide open, looking out for the next potential disaster.
If I know it's coming, I can prepare myself and be okay... right?

If I'm always looking for disaster, I'll definitely find it.
Or I'll create more disaster by trying to avoid it.

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things..." (Phil. 4:8)

Not one of those attributes points to fear or worry.

"Here's my heart, Lord...
                 Speak what is true."

Saturday, January 24, 2015


"I know that you [God] are teaching me to have hope in waiting… not to become bitter or cynical or to give up. But to overcome my feelings and insecurities, trust You, and continue to be faith-filled by every word from You. To trust that You’ve gone before and made a way…” – Journal Entry, Oct. 29, 2013

“To You, oh Lord I lift my soul. God in Whom I trust, let me not be ashamed. No one who waits for the Lord will ever be put to shame…” – “You Are My Hope” by Cory Asbury

“Dancing on the enemy’s plans… not a vicious thing or a harsh/fighting thing. But a light, free, graceful thing. Dancing above that which seeks my ill. Unaffected, unhindered… airy, light, delicate. Full of hope, knowing my Victorious Warrior.” – Journal Entry, Nov. 4, 2013

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Hope is such a weird thing. It's the strange tension between knowing something will/could happen and being so excited about it, but not seeing it right now...

I think for most of my life, I've been afraid of hope. It's too messy... too uncertain. I much prefer to work with facts, schedules, plans, certainties...

And I'm sure that all of us have hoped for something with such confidence, and been really disappointed.
So, if I never hope, I'll never be disappointed... right?

But if I never hope, I'll never really live.
Hope is what keeps our hearts alive...

So in this season of my life, I realized this hope (completely unbidden) was fighting its way into my heart... And I was thinking, "God! I don't want to hope for that. If you want to give that to me, fine. But I'm not going to hope for it."

"....why not? Do you trust me?"

God had been speaking to me about this specific thing for years before this, and I had been disappointed, confused, frustrated, and tired with the whole thing at that point...
Feeling like maybe I missed it, or maybe I was wrong.
And I thought that maybe I could keep myself safe from further disappointment if I just pushed hope out of my heart. 

And one day I realized I was completely cynical and still struggling with trusting God or other people. And it's all intertwined.... When I decided to choke hope out in yet another area, I was deadening and callousing the part of my heart that knows I can have hope because of Who God is. The part that can be childlike, trusting, full of wonder... because hope is seeing beyond current circumstances.

It requires bursting imagination and pliable trust.
It's the part that opens to see other people for what they could be: children of God, walking in wholeness and loving God.
And if I didn't choose to nurture this stubborn hope, did I really trust God?

And I was really struggling, feeling burdened at the thought of carrying around this hope, knowing I was opening my heart for possible disappointment. But as I was praying, this picture came into my mind... I was dancing. Under my feet were these nasty creatures, trying to pull at me and grab my feet, but there was an invisible shield under me. And I was dancing like I had no idea they were there... not a worry in the world. The whole time, my gaze was fixed upward. I had this rush of emotion at that point. I just felt so safe and warm, completely cared for and secure.
I knew that God was fighting on my behalf, and I had no reason to worry or be burdened.

I was free to hope, because I knew Who was keeping my feet from harm.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


I love love love the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one. Feels like an accomplishment somehow... Closure, with new possibilities and opportunities coming soon. 
I usually try to spend some time toward the end of the year digging thru my journal and remembering (in thorough detail...) what the year encompassed, what I've learned, and marveling at how my perspective has changed. 
This past year (well, 18 months...) God and I talked a lot about fear and hope. I felt like God had already done a lot in my heart to remove cynicism, fear, and deep hurts I held... and then He started to show me that there are still so many areas in my life that I feel hopeless, and I've allowed fear to rule my decisions, thoughts, and motives. 
It's almost like in a garden... There are certain plants that just take over. My mom had tiger lilies that just went crazy one summer and started choking out the rest of the plants in her gardens. I remember seeing her trim them back, even to the point of leaving just a few plants, but they always grew back with ferocity. It wasn't until she took out all of the plants and uprooted the bulbs that the rest of the garden was able to grow in, healthy and full. 
Fear works a lot like those tiger lilies. When God and I took a good hard look at my life and my heart, I began to realize there was this whole underground mess of tangled "Fear roots"... I had only ever noticed it when something would poke thru to the surface in different areas, but the truth was that I had allowed fear to sneak in and stealthily influence so much of my life!! 
It's actually kind of funny how shocked I was, realizing that. I don't generally think of myself as a fearful person... I speak my mind most of the time, I don't shy away from public speaking, I enjoy people (most of the time)... 
But the thing about deception is that it's sneaky. If it was obvious, it wouldn't be a problem. (Duh! right? haha...). 
And so began (and still continues) some serious gardening... :)

So! To begin this year, I will be reviewing snippets from the past 18 months or so. Combing thru my journal has been such a powerful time of remembering for me, and I'm hoping that it'll be somewhat of a window into my life (for friends/family/etc. who are far away). I've also been learning the beauty, freedom, and strength to be found in being transparent. We're all living life trying to figure out how to love and be loved, and, while I'm not even close to having everything figured out, I am learning so much along the way that I'm excited to share! :)

And who knows!? Maybe this will be the beginning of consistent blogging from yours truly... :) It's worth a shot! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

September Newsletter

Sorry, for the delay! Technical difficulties... :)
Here's my most recent newsletter! Enjoy :)
I'm currently working on a letter about my newest endeavor, so stay tuned! :)