Saturday, November 25, 2017

counting stars

count them.
little things.
big things.

number your blessings.
watch them grow.
observe last months struggle,
join the list.

the blessing
of gratitude
out numbers
the stars

Monday, November 6, 2017

stop settling + rise

stop settling.
stop letting the options of others become your own.
stop being content when your heart of hearts is telling you to fly.

so stop it.
take a breath in-
seriously, do it.

Be brave.
Be kind.
 but don't settle for less than the life you were created for.

you were created to amazing things-
things more complex and wonderful than you can imagine!

but dear friend, it's gonna take courage to get there.
it's gonna take every last breath.
you're gonna have to look fear in the face.
and it's going to be hard.

but you will rise.
you will fight.
you overcome.

and it's going to be worth it.
it's going to exceed your wildest dreams.
it's going to be bigger than you think.

so friend, stop settling and rise.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

a prayer for autumn days

God of the seasons, there is a time for everything;
there is a time for dying and a time for rising.
We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye
to their green, letting go of what has been.
We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk.
Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on
the ground, our lives have their own patterns.
As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always
the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives.
We always need to recognize your power-filled presence.
May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts
of growth lie within the season of our surrender.
We must wait for harvest in faith and hope.
Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables
us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future.
We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs,
may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us,
you entrust us with the freedom to choose life.
For all this, we are grateful.

This prayer is written by Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM. She is amazing amazing amazing. 
I would highly encourage you to look up her writings and books! 
This has spoken to me in the past week, and I thought I would share it with you guys <3 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

18 Lists to Make When Life is Overwhelming

I'm a big list maker.
In fact, I have a notebook just for lists.
not at all weird

anyways, here's some ideas for lists to make.
cause I know life gets overwhelming.
and sometimes all you can control is a list.
  1. your pet peeves 
  2. things making you stressed 
  3. reasons you love your family
  4. people who love you
  5. people you love
  6. favorite baby names
  7. weekend adventures to take
  8. funny moments 
  9. skills you would like to learn
  10. favorite places in your town/city
  11. compliments you've received
  12.  people who inspire you 
  13. a extreme to-do list 
  14. small things that make you happy
  15. things you would have in your dream house
  16. meaningful songs to you 
  17. a list of your favorite holidays (in order)
  18. a mean plan for the week

are you a list maker?
what kinds of lists to make when you're overwhelmed? 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

i know but i don't

I breathe in.
open my eyes.
and i don't understand. 

there are so many things I don't understand. 
so many questions I have. 
a future that is so uncertain. 

why is life so hard for some,
yet so seemingly easy for others.

why are the highs so high,
but the lows can be so darn low?

why is the future so fogy.

why is the missing so hard.

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I know the right 'answers'.
I know the right theology.
but it's still confusing.
and I will always have questions.

I realize-
I don't know it all.
because God is a God of mystery.
He is a big God.
and He would be a lot less powerful if I did know why. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

32 thoughts

  1. I love sweatpants
  2. why cant we wear sweatpants with nice shirts everyday
  3. fashion 
  4. so stupid
  5. and now I'm breaking out
  6. wow
  7. there is actually a mountain on my forehead
  8. more like a range
  9. oh look, there's two on my cheek too
  10. wow
  11. am I stressed or pms-ing? 
  12. both
  13. definitely both
  14. did I mention I love sweatpants?
  15. mmmm coffee
  16. gotta love coffee
  17. I wonder about the tea drinkers of the world 
  18. interesting people
  19. I wonder what that's like
  20. well at least Im not addicted 
  21. I don't even drink it every day
  22. good job me
  23. wait, I have school to do
  24. school
  25. math
  26. MATH
  27. whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
  28. I'm so confused 
  30. ohmygoodness I need to find a collage 
  31. why is looking for a collage so hard
  32. ahhh, love my sweatpants though

Saturday, September 23, 2017

thank you

Last week blew me out of the water.

Julia, Elizabeth, Vanessa and Grace Anne wrote some amazing words.

KaraJoannyMikayla, and Jessica joined in on Suicide Prevention Week, publishing thoughts on their blogs.

And it was wonderful.

It was wonderful seeing something so taboo and tricky, yet so relevant and personal, sprinkled across the blogisphere.

So I just want to take a moment to say thank you-
thank you for standing up.
thank you for getting involved.
thank you for being supportive.
thank you for the posts, comments, and prayers.

Thank you. 
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