Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

When I was little I was often asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had many aspirations, a teacher, a doctor, a ballerina, a musician perhaps, but what I wanted more than anything, was to be you. I still do.

You’re the kind of mom who got jealous when our school teachers told you something about us that you didn’t know. You pulled us out of school because you missed us, and we’ve been homeschooled ever since. Remembering that always makes me smile.

You’re the kind of mom I can call my best friend, I’ll never forget our coffee dates, chick-flick movie nights, cookie baking and laundry folding parties, inside jokes, and long conversations about anything and everything. You know me better than I know myself.

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I’ve learned so much from you.

You taught me what it means to be selfless, always giving your time, thinking of others before yourself, and giving without expecting anything in return.

You taught me what it means to be patient, enduring all things without complaining.

You taught me what it means to be compassionate, gentle and kind.

Most importantly you taught me how to serve Yahweh.

Because of you, I have passions and ambitions, a spirit of adventure, a love for music and books, a love for children, a servant’s heart, and an appreciation for the little things in life.

Because of the example you set, I can call myself a strong woman.

Thank you for working so hard for our family! Every decision you’ve made over the years has had our best interests at heart. I can’t imagine a single day without you. I hope to bring you honor today and every day, and I hope someday, I can be as cool as you are.

I love you, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

Sincerely, Bri

Cover Photo by Giuseppe Murabito on Unsplash

Reckless LOVE

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me

oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

-Reckless Love, Cory Asbury

Dear Readers,

Let me just start by saying I love this song. From the first time I heard it, it impacted me in such a powerful way. Perhaps it doesn’t make sense to some. Why would we describe God’s love as reckless? Isn’t that a bad thing?

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The Importance of Being Genuine

“Authenticity is not something we have or don’t have. It’s a practice — a concious choice of how we want to live. Authenitcity is a collection of choices we have to make everyday. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” –Brene Brown

Dear Readers,

Today I want to explain why I think being genuine is so important.

Sometimes when you’re going about life you just feel like a failure. You begin to think that everyone else has it all together, but they don’t. If you say that everything is perfect and you have your life completely figured out and there’s never any complications, well, you’re lying. The truth is, none of us really know what the heck we’re doing.

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I’ve Been Worried All My Life

I’m pinned under the weight
Of what I believed would keep me safe.
So show me where my armor ends,
Show me where my skin begins.
Like a final puzzle piece
It all makes perfect sense to me…
The heaviness that I hold in my heart belongs to gravity.
The heaviness that I hold in my heart’s been crushing me.

I’ve been worried all my life,
A nervous wreck most of the time.
I’ve always been afraid of heights,
Of falling backwards, falling backwards.
I’ve been worried all my life…

-Pluto, Sleeping at Last

Dear Readers,

I’ve written a little bit about this and probably mentioned it in a few of my other posts. First of all, I would like to say that this post is not attention seeking. It is simply another struggle of mine. Not everyone wants to talk about these kinds of things, especially online, where most of what we see is everyone’s highlight reel. But, that’s not what I’m about, this is raw honesty. I’m not looking for pity, my goal is to just be real because that’s what this blog is all about.

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Home Is Where My Heart Is

Dear Readers,

There’s the story I have heard quite a bit from the majority of people I know. It goes something like this: “I was born in this state, in this town, and I grew up in the house. I took my first steps in this house, and on the wall, there are markings of my height that kept track of how I grew throughout the years. I celebrated all of my birthdays here. My best friend lives down the street and we’ve known each other since we were three years old. This is my home, I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”

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L O V E L Y

“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” -Maya Angelou

Dear Readers,

Today’s post is about positive body image and self-love. I know it’s talked about a lot, sometimes over-talked about, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Some people make fun of it, but that’s because they don’t understand it. Things like eating disorders are a legitimate problem, and should never be taken lightly. All the talk about “loving yourself” might sound kinda silly, and it can get to a point where it’s just self-absorption. But, coming from someone who has struggled with self-hate, this is my take on it.

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Adventures in Road-Tripping

|| “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” -John Muir ||

Dear Readers,

Oh hey, it’s February! I know I haven’t been posting much, and I promise there’s a good reason for it. I’ve been…. busy… Oh, ya know just, moving halfway across the country with my family. I wish I could blame all my lack of writing on that, but I admit, part of it is just procrastination, (too many episodes of Psych tbh) It’s not because I don’t enjoy writing this blog, I really do! But sometimes I even procrastinate things I love doing.  I haven’t even written in any of my journals in several weeks… *gasp*

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Soar

 

Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

-Isaiah 40:27-31

Sometimes in life, things happen that I don’t understand. My automatic response is to worry and overthink things until I’m so stressed out I can’t even function properly. I know You don’t want that for me. You always have Your hands extended to me, but sometimes I’m too stubborn and prideful to take them. I want to think I can do things on my own, but clearly, I can’t. Without You, I can’t take a single breath, let alone try to sort out my problems. You have told me so many times to cast my burdens on You, why have I not listened? Abba help me to trust You, even when I can not see. Even when I don’t know what will happen or where I’ll end up, I’ll trust You. Even though people have let me down and broken my trust so many times, I’ll trust You. For You Abba, are trustworthy, You have never let me down. You have never given me a reason not to put my faith in You……

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What I Learned In 2017

Dear Readers,

I don’t even know where to start. 2017 was quite a year for me…

There has been a lot of loss and heartache, but also a lot of joy. I made some of the most beautiful memories of my life this year.

However, it did not start well.. A couple of friends passed away over the span of the first few weeks… That was really hard and sad for everyone.

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