Showing posts with label sunshine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sunshine. Show all posts

Sunday, April 9, 2017

remember to feel the sun

There is something healing about the sunshine.
It peaks out, chasing away the clouds.
It shines bright and warm, illuminating through the grey blanket that has blurred reality for so long.

The sun comes and reminds me that bones do thaw.
It paints to sky blue and lures people outside,
our lungs craving to be filled with oxygen.



I've been sad lately.
The sad that seemingly comes from nowhere, yet looms and cripples me.
I miss my dear friend who died six months ago.
My heart aches from the pain and loss and trauma that is all so very fresh.

It's seemed impossible to leave my house, much less plan the next five years of my life.

But the sun pokes out,
and shines high and bright.
It evaporates rain,
burns out darkness,
reminding me that
flowers can still bloom.
the sun still rises
and God doesn't keep us in the rain forever. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

summer reading list

Welp, lets get down to business.
Reading business.

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
     I'm excited to dig into this highly recommend novel. I tried to start it a few months ago, but I had trouble getting into it with all the other things on my mind. Vacation is the perfect time though! 

Encountering God Through Dance
by Saara Taina 
      This book was just given to me, and it's one of the first of its kind. Books written from a Christian perspective are nearly impossible to find so I'm interested to hear what it contains.

Salt to Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
      I adored Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys, and I'm so excited to get my hands on Salt to Sea. She does a brilliant job of bringing light to horrific events and topics without being too graphic. Her characters are rounded and the writing is beautiful. 

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
       Personally, I feel it is imperative to reed teen-y-booper books in the summer. I've already read this book, but I rushed through it at 3:30am....

I am the Messenger 
by Markus Zusak
       This was recommended to me by a librarian, and I don't really know much about it other then the author is amazing and the summary invites me in. So I'll keep ya updated.

Thanks for dropping by! So now I'm curious- what are you reading this summer? Let me know in the comments below!  

Friday, April 1, 2016

in sickness and sunshine


I have been seriously sick with what I am confident was the black plague. My Easter was not spent wearing a cute little sundress, immaculately decorating eggs with so much detail they could easily be swapped with those on Pinterest. I didn't eat the Hungarian Dobos Torte that my aunt made and posted all over Facebook so I could look at it while I was sitting by the toilet. I was a heathen and didn't go to church. However, that might have been for the better because our church had a bunch of baptisms and I cry uncontrollably at baptisms.  

the dobos torte

Instead I've been consuming cough drops and adivil, every vitamin under the sun, and so much water that I pee every hour. It's exhausting peeing this much. 

But, on a less tmi topic, the yellow thing in the sky came out?!?! 
'what?' you gasp!
It took us Washingtonians a moment to remember what it was because...well...it's been a while. However, I quickly remembered and grabbed my tank-top and sunglasses before heading to my favorite local smoothie shop with the windows down. It may or may not have been 59 degrees. I explained I had been sick and needed something with lots of good vitamins pronto, and the lady gave me a cucumber grapefruit smoothie. Sound weird, but it was so yummy and lite. 

Now you want to try a cucumber and grapefruit smoothie. Your welcome.

Spending the past days (almost week) suffering with the black plague, I've contemplated life. 
You know. 
Laying in bed at 4:17am wondering why you never appreciated being able to breathe through your nostrils.  
Getting in a nice hot bath with a fever and then getting the chills. 
Asking what you did to deserve this near death experience.
 (okay, maybe it was just the flu but that is beside the point...)  

Over and over the past week, the phrase 
it was my sin that held Him there 
has been running, running, running through my head.

The miracle, the good news, the reason for my hope and life, was accomplished. 
                              His dying breath has brought me life. 
I live in the new life I have been given
                              I know that it is finished. 

Friends, let's choose to live together in the confidence knowing that it is finished. 
The work has been done.
Our ransom has been paid. 
There is nothing we can do be loved more then we are right now.

In sickness and sunshine, it is finished. 


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