Wednesday, February 22, 2012


So I've been reading a few blogs lately that have been talking about the problems of technology and how we as a society are abusing it. When I look around places in public I tend to see the same thing all of the time.. people lost in their cell phones and not looking at what is around them.

The world is beautiful. It's filled with awesome wonder and I truly believe our cell phones, laptops, and whatever else we have is taking us away from all of the incredible creation.

Put the phone down for a day.

If you can't do it for a day, then put it down for a few hours and just observe. Talk to people. Try talking to them in person if possible. Look at what's around you.

This world is filled with amazing things.

Take a look at Genesis 1: 27-31.

God created mankind in his own image,  in the image of God he created them;  male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. 

God created a beautiful world. A world filled with incredible people, plants, animals, architecture, oceans, etc...

Take the time to enjoy life. Enjoy the quiet moments. Observe your neighborhood.

I recently read this post from one of my favorite writers Jon Acuff, creator of the blog Stuff Christians Like which said...

"If you fill every minute of your life, eventually you’ll get empty.

Instead of getting one amazing thing done, you’ll get 12 things done poorly.

You’ll spread yourself so thin that you’ll eventually break down. Physically, emotionally, spiritually or mentally.

 Pick your poison, one area is going to collapse if you obsessively fill your life with noise and stress and getting “more” done.

Don’t wait for that happen.

Protect the quiet spaces in your day.

Fight for them. They’re elusive. Technology will chip away at them if you let it.

And your email and text messages can wait for 30 minutes while you jog. Or paint or think or walk.

I promise."

Relax. Enjoy life. Take time to embrace the world. It was made to be admired.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The big R.


I don't think anyone enjoys that word.

Whether it's a rejection letter, rejection from a guy or girl we like, or even rejection for a car or home loan...

It sucks.

I haven't had the easiest time dealing with it the past 8 months since I graduated from college.

I also know I'm not the only one going through it.

So what do we do in this waiting/transition period?

Do we get angry and say "well it's their loss...?"

We could. We could also become bitter about it too.

I'm choosing not to go down that road.

 I have my good days and my bad days. I've cried a lot too. But I know deep within me, there's a plan for me..

God isn't going to waste my gifts and not let me be used for His glory.

He's not going to waste yours either.

I think in the jobless/rejection periods of our lives we should focus on God and our loved ones.

Jobs can take up a lot of time.

Time that we aren't always guaranteed.

I'm going to use this time to devote myself to the One who created me.

I was reminded of this verse today as I was browsing the internet...

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalms 139:14.

Read that again.

I  praise you because "I" am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Isn't it amazing to know that the Creator of the Universe fearfully and wonderfully made you?

You who doesn't always believe in yourself.
You who doubts your dreams, hopes, and desires...

He thinks you're beautiful. That you are incredible, special and unique.

It's something I need to remind myself daily as I go through rejection after rejection letter.

I know there's a purpose for me as I know there's a purpose for you.

God doesn't just create mediocre people. He created you and He was thinking of you when He shed his blood on that cross... do you think He'd do that just for anybody?

Even if you have a job now, and you're so busy and you  just wish you were alone with your thoughts...

Or you're hurt because you can't get your dream car or home right now...

He's thinking about you. And he's really proud. Just like I know He's proud of me too.

Don't get discouraged, for we all have a purpose in this life. He has it written out. We just need to live and believe it.

A walk in the park.

No matter what season it is, the outside can be pretty beautiful. I took a walk yesterday with my brother in the park with his dog Sonya near our house. Below, are some pics from this gorgeous day. :)

Isn't she cute?! :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A request.

Life can get kind of chaotic sometimes. With the never-ending need for money, success, fame (for some), the newest technology, college, the list goes on.

I dare you to stop what you're doing and think about the people around you. Your family, friends, neighbors...

How would you define your relationship with them?

Would you say it's good or it needs work?

How can it be better?

My chaos is that I've become consumed with finding a job. I've literally posted to dozens of jobs I never thought I'd apply to a year ago. I'm trying to mold myself and my cover letter into what an employer would want me to be. I have to say, it feels weird. It's also hard to trust that God has my best intentions in mind. I'm all about growing, sharpening my knowledge and skills but I never want my personality to suffer. I know with whatever job I'm blessed with I'll work extremely hard and dedicate myself to it, but I also have to remember it's just a job. Relationships matter more. My relationship with Christ ranks above all.

I challenge you to call your parents, your siblings, your friends, neighbors, the people you attend church with... ask them how their day is going, how life is going...

Think outside of you. Think outside of your box. All of the possessions we buy in life aren't coming with you in the after life.

Do you feel guilty about something you said to someone? Do you just miss talking to a loved one?

Do it today. There's no better time than now. God is always thinking of you. Do you ever just think about Him?

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.

Spread the love. The forgiveness. The grace that God so willingly gives to us. All that other stuff can wait. Now is the time to love one another and just be.