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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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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There Is No Light Without Love

Dear Readers,

In honor of Hanukkah, I wanted to write about one of the common themes of the holiday, which is light. I see the saying “Be The Light” plastered all over the internet.. Especially around this time of year. But what does it actually mean? How can we effectively be a “light”?

John 13:34-35 says “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

They will know us by our love.

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A Tribute To My Brother on His 20th Birthday

He was there from the very beginning. I have never known a life without my brother.

He taught me so much… Starting with climbing out of my crib when I was an infant, which later led to climbing up ladders and jumping off of them, and then climbing out the window onto the roof, climbing trees.. etc. (yeah, there was a lot of climbing involved in my childhood..lol)

He taught me just how fun (and painful) it is to go down the stairs in a laundry basket. He also hit me in the head with a metal baseball bat, which really really hurt….

You know it’s a miracle I’m still alive and fully functioning… (that last part might be questionable though… lol jk)

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Don’t Trade Authenticity For Approval

Dear Readers,

All my life I have struggled with the need to be accepted. I put too much value in what other people said about me.

Instead of being myself I would try to be someone I thought others would like. I hid the real me because I thought if people knew who I really was they wouldn’t want to be my friend anymore.

Most of the time I felt invisible. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me “You’re so quiet!” I would be driving a freaking Ferrari. Read More

Just a Glimpse

Dear Readers,

I love music. I love how a song can say so much and mean different things to different people depending on how they choose to interpret it.

I listen to LOTS of songs every day, while I do pretty much everything. In fact, I’m listening to music as I write this. It is such a beautiful gift, it inspires me in a way that nothing else can.

That being said, I was listening to Rend Collective’s album “As Family We Go” the other day, when I got to the song “Just a Glimpse.”

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Why I Started a Blog

Dear Readers,

Welcome to my brain.*cough cough* I mean my blog, (But they’re pretty much the same thing)

If you know me, you know that I tend to be a pretty private person. If you don’t ask, I won’t tell (most of the time). It’s very hard for me to open up sometimes. I struggle with letting people in. I love to write. I’ve filled journals with all my crazy thoughts. Read More