August 26, 2016

Rooted

Its been a pretty chill couple of weeks around here, we're all settling into our new routines and figuring life out a bit, feels good. Its been a weird phase of life for me for a few reasons, although I'm shooting here and there it will take time to re-build my business so while I'm used to editing most of the day I've had some free time....kinda weird. Also, typically we are leading a mi casa so I'm used to college students being in my house or preparing food for them, or meeting with them, etc. and we decided to wait a year to resume mi casa life due to our current lack of space, no dishwasher, 1 sketchy toilet situation, etc. :) And, on that note, we're not in our own space so, half of our stuff is in storage, we're building a house and will soon (please Lord) be busy with all that entails, and I just don't have all my normal tasks that I'd have if I were in my own space. All that to say, its been an interesting season of life for me and I'm trying some new things and reading some new books and trying to enjoy this "break" rather than be bummed by it (if that makes sense?). Adam is adjusting to his commute, poor guy left super early for work a couple days ago, he was going to work out at the gym first and he got all the way to Belton and realized he left his "school" clothes at home!! He had to make the 2 hour drive twice that day!! I have a feeling that will be the last time he makes that oops! B is liking school fine, school has never been her thing per se but she seems to be adjusting well and looks pretty cute in her uniform (if I do say so myself :). Our weekends have been fun and relaxed, its amazing how we'll go into the weekend with little on the agenda but then we'll get a text Friday at 5pm asking us to come over for dinner, and then Saturday some friends will see if we can do dinner that night, and then after church we do our usual post-church lunch with friends and then we've been resuming our drinks with friends Sunday evening before another week starts. Its fun how life organically happens here without a month's notice (which was CA life), it just feels right and good. Cousin Mike is coming into town next week so we're looking forward to seeing him and rooting on the Astros together, always fun. Speaking of root[ed] (see what I did there? ;) I just finished a book by Banning Liebscher called Rooted, the tagline is "the hidden places where God develops you." It seemed like a good read for this stage of my life and I've been reading it here and there the past 2 weeks and just finished it last night. There were some wise words on those pages, I thought I'd share a few of the "nuggets" that seem especially relevant to me at this place in my life (I like to pass on life-giving things, hope someone out there finds some good stuff here).

"I've had seasons in life where I've had nothing and seasons where I've had everything, I've developed the ability to thrive in both seasons by learning to access the resource that never changes, no matter the season, namely, Christ's strength."

"We'll never thrive in the process unless we accept the place where God has put us, because that is the only place He will work with us. Faithfulness and obedience call us to recognize what God is asking us to put our hands to and what He is emphasizing in our lives."

"God always calls us to do the impossible."

"God feels no pressure to rush or force His plan for our growth, He is calm, steady, and collected even when we want things to speed up. Our frustration will not make God speed up, because He knows we won't get the results we've prayed for."

"You have to learn to love the cave. If you love the spotlight more than the secret place, you're in trouble, because it means you care more about pleasing people than pleasing God. Learn to love when you don't get the credit. Learn to love when you get passed over."

"Tested, proven, genuine faith comes when we let God lead us into weakness. That is a reason to rejoice."

"You will never find satisfaction or experience what you were created for outside encountering the presence of God. Everything you will ever need is found in the presence of God, for it is there you find the reason you were created."

"We need an entire generation awake to what God can do and all the possibilities that flow from His ability. We are often more aware of what the Enemy can do than what God can do. We need to stop being impressed with darkness."

"I've found that there's almost nothing in life that we're supposed to figure out on our own."

"So what kind of legacy do you want to leave? You are chosen and appointed to bear fruit that lasts for eternity, just like David. just like Christ. But it's your choice to remain in Christ. Will you let Him teach you to trust Him at all times, even in weakness? Will you let Him plant you where He wants you, and will you embrace His time line for establishing your roots? Will you put your roots down deep in the soils of intimacy, serving, and community? Every day you get to choose between human success and God's success, between the temporal and the eternal...."

I'd recommend this book if you want to be reminded of what needs to take place in your life to be rooted in Christ, its an easy read with lots of good stuff. Have a great weekend, friends. xo


August 9, 2016

always something

We're back from vacation and it was lovely and wonderful and B starts school tomorrow so its come to an abrupt end. But its okay, its been quite a summer and I think we're all (mostly) ready for the fall/real life to resume.

I made mention a bit ago that recently my pastor's father died. On Sunday he preached about his dad and I was on a cruise ship so I missed it but I listened to the podcast this morning, as my friend warned me, it was an "ugly cry" resulting sermon. Josh's dad was also a pastor so as you can imagine, Josh has lots of stories and memories of his dad ministering to others and loving others well. Part of Josh's sermon that is resonating in my mind is when he recalled a conversation in which he asked his dad "why do some people believe in God and some don't?" to which is dad replied "those that have an experience with God, believe in God." Isn't that the truth? Haven't we all heard a story or two (or many) where someone has an encounter with God that is so profound, its life changing? That there literally can be no more room for doubt because of the experience that took place. I love those stories because they remind me of what I know to be true when I'm in a tough spot. I've encountered God...many times, and as I've said here many times, I would be the fool not to believe at this point. But it still begs the question of why God doesn't "show up" sometimes, doesn't it? Today I read a post that a mom wrote to her daughter and the part that struck me said "I am just as proud + in love with you when you fall down because I've learned that is where we find more of God." For me, this was the reminder that so often when we feel like God isn't "showing up" for us, its because in/thru/after that "hard" we will have found more of Him than we otherwise would have. It reminds me of the Jen Hatmaker quote I wrote here months and months ago, that perhaps we would 'squash the lovely vision if we obtained it too soon.' So really, by God "not showing up" He's actually showing up in ways we just can't see yet. As my wise (profoundly wise) aunt has said to me many times over the past 2 years "God is always doing something." I realize this isn't new information for this here blog, just sometimes it hits me in new ways and I write because I feel compelled to do so, maybe someone out there needed to hear it today?

Well, today is Adam's second day of his new job (which really, isn't work yet -just orientation), and B is a 4th grader tomorrow back at her old school, kinda feels like a time warp! And house stuff is still sloooooooooooooooooooooow, sigh. We are super close to the plans for the inside being done, the outside still needs some work but hopefully -we're on the final stretch! All in all, we're doing well and gearing up for another year! Hope everyone is having a lovely August! xo