September 17, 2014

I'm Back!

Hi friend! It feels so good to finally have a moment to breathe, sit down at the computer, and share my heart with you. First of all, if you are reading this, thank you. Thank you, for being so loyal to me in this corner of blogland even though posts are few and far between these days. I am still learning to navigate this new season, but sitting down and just sharing my heart with you all is therapy for my soul. I am reminded as I sit here how much I need this blog and the outlet it gives me. My prayer is that as my heart spills out with the words on this page that God would touch your heart as well.

So this post is just a bit of everything. I want to catch y’all up on life in Oz, introduce you to one of my friends, and give you a little commercial of what is to come in a new series I want to try out on the blog.

I am going to stay true to my random character and actually go in reverse order of what I just told you.  First, the commercial…One of the greatest things God is revealing to me here are these beautiful truths about identity. I want to take you all on that journey of identity with me and just unpack what He is showing me. My prayer is that my journey will somehow inspire, touch, or at least cause you to think about your own.

Next up, I need you to meet my friend, and you may not know it yet, but you need to meet her to. This is my friend Linds.


Yea, did I mention she is gorgeous? She totally is. {:Inside and out:} I have known Lindsay since I was a teenager. We were in youth group together at our then church, went our separate ways and then about 10 years later we were reunited at a different church where I started attending and she was interning. {:Crazy God connections huh?:} After reuniting, she has been one of the strongest Christian friendships God has given me. Her wisdom and love for people is unmatched. AND lucky for you she started a blog. She started it as a place for her to just journal her thoughts, but her thoughts are gold and you will be better for reading them. Promise. You may have read my post about her and her adorable hubby here.

Oh, and yea, finally how about some pictures to keep you updated with life here over the past few months?
I serve on a team called Frontline at church. It is the 25-35 year old age group and I love it! We have been playing life-size Jenga the past few weeks and it gets pretty serious. Look how tall that is! This guy is probably about 5'9'' if that gives you any indication.

I am not sure I have ever been to a more beautiful place than Australia. A few weeks ago I went to an outlook point over Sydney and as we were there, there were fireworks. What an awesome surprise. 

This girl is one of the first people I met here and she is pretty much the bomb.com. The end.

This is church! Yup, whoever said Christianity is dead is going to the wrong church. It is alive, well, and spreading.


A huge portion of my time here at college is spent serving. But, when you have the right attitude and serve with awesome people it makes even the most mundane of tasks fun {:like plating food at 6am for a breakfast of 500+ people:}!

We have chapel each day with all the students of the college. If the word "chapel" makes you think stuffy, boring church service then this chapel service would totally shatter that definition for you. LOVE chapel and what God does through it.

And these are the people I have class with every day. Legends.

I hope you are having the best day! *HUGS*


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August 12, 2014

Autograph


There are different types of autographs. There are the autographs of countless friends in the backs of your high school year books. There is the book you have in storage of all the Disney characters autographs you got on your first trip to Disney World. Then there are those autographs that are special. The type where no one else is allowed to touch the item that is in a display case on your bookshelf let alone add their autograph to it! 

I have a couple of these "extra special" autographs in my home. One of them is a football signed by Terry Bradshaw {:for you non-football fan's, he was Matthew McConaughey's dad in Failure to Launch:}. The other is a t-shirt signed by Jerry West {:He is the outline of the NBA symbol:} from when I played on his team at a charity basketball game. 

Here at college, being away from home and the people I love is hard, but I believe it has opened me up to God in a bigger way. Not just through going to school, which I am blessed and thankful for, but through just having an unusual amount of time to just focus on Him and hearing Him. 

Now that I am back in school and in a new season it is almost like trying to find another identity and find my place again. One day I was walking to class and having some quiet time and God just brought this revelation into my heart. I heard God say to me "Sweet girl, your heart is not a yearbook, like you have been treating it. It's a collectible, and I am the only one who gets to write their name on it." 

Wow. I realized that all of my life I have allowed anyone and anything to write their names on my heart. They have autographed it with what they thought I was or should have been. I have let them autograph it with praise and disdain. I have even let past triumphs, failures, and mistakes write their names on my heart. I let others and situations sign my heart as though it is a yearbook, but God sees my heart as a collectible. My heart is meant to have the name of Jesus on it and no one else's. My heart is reserved and cherished for The ONE.

I have constantly been reminded of this in the past few days and I am on this journey of allowing God to erase the autographs of the past I have allowed to define me and tattooing His name on my heart. It is a bit uncomfortable, but how much better will it be, will I be, when the only name autographed on my heart is the name of the one who died to save it. 

Maybe this post was just a venting session or an update of what is going on in my life, but I have a feeling {:and I am praying this is true:} that maybe God is asking you to stop allowing your heart to be a yearbook as well. And maybe He is asking you to allow him to take you on the journey of erasing the names and situations you have allowed to define you and tattooing on it the Name Above All Names.

"See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands."
Isaiah 49:16

He has been "autographed" for you, will you allow Him to autograph your heart?

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