Thursday, October 27, 2016

Just Around the Riverbend

I love Disney music, and lately I've been listening to a lot of Pocahontas. 
"Just Around the Riverbend" is one of my favorite Disney songs (lol). Pocahontas is just cruising down the river in her canoe with her little raccoon and the air is filled with hope and she has so many dreams for her life  and she's singing about how she doesn't want to live within the limits that her family has set for her, but go beyond those limits and see what her full potential is. She could play it safe by doing what's easiest and expected of her and not be as happy or she could do her own thing and although it would be harder, she would probably be happier. 
Might be a stretch, but I think you can get a couple good lessons out of this song (and many Disney songs!). 

1. In order to live life to the fullest, you HAVE to step out of your comfort zone. The easiest path isn't usually the best path. As Christians, we are not promised that life will be easy or comfortable all the time. If you're in a spot that feels a little uncomfy, THAT'S AWESOME! You're probably growing and bound to reach more of your potential vs. playing it safe and staying stagnant. 

2. Don't get too caught up in the small picture of what's happening now, and get frustrated with current stresses, but live life with the bigger picture in mind, always expectant that God is about to do something amazing in your life 
(assuming you are staying in His will and seeking His guidance). 
He has plans that are far beyond what we could imagine, and the ability to exceed our expectations. We have to trust that!

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 
to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Ephesians 3:20 & 21

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

...But if Not, He is Still Good

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This is a popular "quote" that people refer to when things don't necessarily go their way but they trust God that His plan is greater and He is still good, sovereign, and will work everything out for the best.

I looked up where the quote came from and it comes from the book of Daniel, chapter three. Daniel and his friends are refusing to worship the king, and the king tells them he is going to throw them in the furnace to burn. The men say that God can save them - He definitely has the ability to. 
BUT if for some reason He chooses not to, they will still worship Him because He is still good, and the only one worthy of their worship.
Obviously, they want the Lord to save them, but even if things do not go their way, they will still praise Him in Heaven, for His plan is greater.

This reminded me of so many things that have happened in my life where I've had to REALLY work hard at trusting God and seeing that He is good and trusting that His plan is greater.

I want to be able to transfer from HPU because I'm miserable
...but if not, He is still good.

I want my dad to find a job because he's been unemployed for three years
...but if not, He is still good.

I desperately pray for God to heal my grandmother because she's my best friend
...but if He doesn't, He is still good.

I want to find a job in Boone so I can stay in this place I love
...but if not, He is still good.

If I have to move back to High Point, I want to work at Southwest
...but if not, He is still good.

I want to be married by the time I'm 25
...but if not, He is still good.

I want my uncle to be healed of his cancer because I need more time with him
...but if not, He is still good.

Sometimes there's no answer. I don't know why God chose not to heal my uncle. I'm still sad. But I had to find reasons to choose to praise God in the midst of that storm. It was either that or become resentful towards God.

Often times, you can look back and see how God orchestrated everything perfectly, although it didn't seem like it at the time. In most of the cases listed above, God's plan worked out ten times better than my original plan would have. That's when it's easy to look back and say "He's still good." 
I can sing God's praises for bringing me back to High Point after graduate school and closing doors in Boone. I can praise Him that I didn't work at Southwest my first year because I met so many precious people at my first school - I'm a better person for that experience (and for knowing Ashland Pingue, the best friend I made there, who I wouldn't have otherwise met.)

I'm really trying to say "He is still good" in every situation, whether there's an answer or not. Even when we are down to absolutely nothing, we have the Lord's goodness to sustain us, and that's absolutely all we really need in life. 
When everything was taken from Job, he still refused to deny the Lord. He still praised God, although God allowed Satan to strip him down to literally nothing. 
Today I'm asking myself, "Do I have that kind of love and faith in God? If I'm ever down to literally nothing but God's goodness and grace, will that be enough?"

Just something to think about.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Reading, Smelling, and Loving Every Day (lolol)

Wearing: During October, I really enjoy wearing lots of black, orange, purple, brown, green, and some pink. Every Friday at work we wear pink shirts for breast cancer awareness. I don't really take outfit pictures like I used to (LOL), but here are some of my favorite October staple pieces:

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Mud Pie| Whitney Ruffle Tunic Green/Navy Geo DotImage result for black riding boots Image result for womens levis

Reading: THE GREAT GATSBY with my first block class! LOVE THIS BOOK and will read it over and over again. The passion, the tragedy, the themes...

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Listening: Favorite songs right now:
"Forever Country" - collaboration of like every single country artist doing "Country Roads, Take Me Home," "On the Road Again," and "I Will Always Love You." SO SO OBSESSED!!! It's the most beautiful thing...

"Starboy" - The Weeknd / Daft Punk

"Desert Song" - Hillsong United

"Hey Brother / Wake Me Up" - Anthem Lights (fall favorite three years strong now)

"Renegades" - X Ambassadors (fall favorite from last year)

"You are More" - Hillsong (fall favorite from two years ago)


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Quoting: Favorite quotes this week:

"Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong; it is knowing the difference between right and almost right." - Charles Spurgeon

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
- Corrie Ten Boom