Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lots Happening!



I guess I'm just at that stage in life where things don't slow down! I think this will be one of those "streams of consciousness" posts and I'll just type what comes to mind and let it roll off my fingers here.

Yesterday I had a fabulous time praying with four other amazing women that I know. We've been meeting weekly and it has been SO GOOD. We spent some time praying for each other and then had an intense time of intercession for our city. God led us to pray for specific things and we are really expecting the strategies He gave us to pray into to bring breakthrough and blessing for our area! 

I've been a bit on the emotional side lately. I know a big chunk of it is facing all the changes that are rapidly approaching me (3 months from this weekend I get hitched!) and part of it is probably just hormonal. The downside is it makes me more melancholy and moody, and so I want to discuss things really in depth... to the point where it probably feels like, to Peter, that I'm just imagining half the problems I feel I need to talk about. Thankfully he is extremely patient and loving and he cares for me even when we both don't understand what the heck is going on with my mood. To be honest, I think most of it is God working on things in my heart--things I can't even identify completely yet, so I'm just a bit disoriented. (Hopefully that makes at least a little sense?)

After prayer yesterday I was able to spend some time really looking into ideas for the wedding reception decorations and I think I've found just what we need! It really helped get me more excited about the wedding decorations and daisy theme! I've also been working on designing the invitations and I'm hoping to have it done by the beginning of this upcoming week. So many things are starting to fall into place--and so many thing have yet to be done! But I know overall its going to be great and I can't wait for the adventure of marriage that is before Peter and I!



Well, I hope you feel a little bit more up-to-date on my doings! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!




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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Seedtime & Harvest

My church has been doing this really interesting and great series on Seedtime & Harvest (you can listen if you're interested), and as I was browsing flickr.com today I came across some pictures that really struck me. I've had a bit of an interesting week spiritually, like the enemy is trying to intimidate me. But I feel like the harvest is going to be so great! These pictures, especially the first, really convey what I've been feeling. 








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Monday, March 22, 2010

Disney Movie Magic

There is just something great about spending an evening watching a good old Disney movie or two and relaxing with your family. My sister and I caught the end of Snow White and then freaked out when we found out Mulan was up next, a few nights ago.



I have to say, when we both got up and started dancing to "Be A Man" I was smiling like I was in a Disney park. Good times! (And we may or may not have spend the whole night quoting the movie through our facebooks with other friends watching the movie too...)

Spending time with family connecting over a good movie is always so great. What movies do you and your siblings or family share fond memories about?





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Sunday, March 21, 2010

And The Days Keep Going...

Well, "Gentle Reader," I crossed a milestone a few days ago! 

The countdown to my wedding has officially gone to double digits!! In fact...there are only 97 days left to go! It's crazy to think how rapidly it has shrunk! Days truly do fly when you are busy. 


 I thought this image was pretty appropriate...it definitely feels like a highway now! So much to think about and think through! And the most important thing of all, yet so easily lost in all the busyness...

ENJOY IT! 

I'm taking a moment right now to take a deep breath, smile, and just delight in the blessings God has given me.  I am marrying the perfect man for me and I love him deeper everyday. It is fantastic!

Ok, your turn! Deep breath, smile, and thank God for your blessings. It can really brighten your day. =)




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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Daisy Time!


I've got a thing for dasies. There is something so cheerful about them, so lighthearted, simple, even pure. If you don't know already, they are the flower I'm going to have at my wedding. And then generally make me smile. 

Hence the new layout! (Here at mybreathingheart.blogspot.com, for those from facebook.)


I LOVE the color! I love how clean it feels. I feel like this is the season I'm entering into--color, life, new, different, a bit bold (which makes me think of taking risks and going for change--and change is going to be the theme of my life for a while now, as you'll see!) and totally fun!!

What do you think? 





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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

6:40 AM to 12:18 PM

Do people like to read posts about what happens in the day of the writer? It seems that I read a lot of blogs like that and I enjoy it, so I guess I'll share what happened with me to you today. Besides, I think I'll appreciate looking back at a day in my life at college sometime down the road.





After a late night of studying until 12:40ish, I woke up at about 6:45 to study some more.



(Procrastination at it's finest, I will admit. However, it wasn't like I was wasting other time, I just filled it with family, trips, friends, and work, not homework.) Tried to squeeze in a little more sleep at 8:30 and slightly panicked when I realized I didn't start getting ready until 9 and class starts at 9:30. Grabbed my trusty Bolthouse and headed out the door at 9:17 and made it to class about 9:35. Not too bad--thanks to God's favor that keeps finding me a parking spot when I don't deserve it. 

First class of the day: Electronic Communication & Document Management. Wow--let me just say I was expecting a bit more when I signed up for this class. Turns out it's about how to use web browsers and the internet so far. Thankfully most of that is intuitive for me, I have learned a little about internet history, and she lets us take the assessments open book so I get to learn it all in class once lecture ends. I'll be honest, sometimes the lectures feel long and uncessisary, but hey, I'm sure it helps some people in the class.

Next up: study for take home test for my  Web Page Coding class. Took about an hour and a half, but it was on Moodle so I got my grade right away-- 90%, and it was open book, so that says something about the difficulty level. It's like learning a new language that you can't speak, only type, and that doesn't make much sense--how to talk to a computer. Interesting, but a bit stretching for me, who hasn't done much with HTML.

After taking the test I worked on making a sweet logo for Peter's program, WorshipArts. I'm really excited with how it turned out--and I did it all in picnik!! Check it out:



Mr. Fantastic Peter came out to see me and for a break drove me over to Biggby's for their birthday celebration--free tall specialty drink for everyone today!! Pretty awesome! We rocked out to Gungor in his car and had a blast. Pretty much loving the opening melody in this song. Ran into Corey and got the prices for the many Tuxes we will need in 3 months, 1 week, and 4 days from now(!!!).

Then I studied for my eBusiness class test...which I really didn't feel ready for at all. Thankfully we are allowed to bring study guides with our notes to class AND the test is a group test...but the content is sooo hard to follow! The real problem is that he basically told us he grades very subjectively and that he grades off his lectures not the textbook...which basically means I don't know how to study for it... BUT it was a group test, and I think we scrapped up enough answers...even though they acted like they didn't care at all... *sigh*

Shout out to the lovely girls who prayed for me today for that test--Emily, Caitlin, Abby, Anna, Hannah, Lindsay and Anne--thanks for being my prayer warriors who are just a text away! Love you!!

Thankfully it being a test night meant that I got out at 7:40--and it was still light out!! That is so encouraging! I got to see the dusk light and it lifted my spirits.

I spent the evening hanging out with my family--it was wonderful! Emily and I played around on the piano while Dad taught mom and the boys how to use some weights and then mom, dad, Emily and I laughed about things on Facebook and compared music tastes, which among many things lead to Emily's status sharing my music memory about "a lonely boy, in a city" (sigh) and a story about dad's friend meeting John Denver.

And now I'm writing this blog post. Overall, even though I'm exhausted, and have hours and hours of homework to do in the next few days, I am blessed and I had a good day. God is good through all circumstances and writing this out really helped me focus on the good instead of the monotonous.

What do you think? Would you read a post similar to this about me again or would that get boring after a while?





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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Honesty

You know that saying, "Honesty is the best policy"? I definitely think whoever started that had the right idea. Being honest and telling the truth is so essential to having trust and being trustworthy, and a relationship can only go so far without trust and honesty. I want to be known as someone who tells the truth and I want to live my life according to that standard.



I think this is one of the key reasons that my relationship with my fiancĂ©, Peter, was able to grow and flourish. Due to a little mix-up when we were about 13, Peter thought I told him something (through a message online) that wasn't true at the time and that would change how we related to each other. When the misunderstanding came to the surface, we made a pact then and there that whenever we asked the other person a question with "honestly" in the sentence that the truth had to be spoken or to say "I can't tell you that now." (We used this keyword, instead of saying "always," because we both have a sarcastic streak and didn't want to limit that humor.) This established trust in our relationship before any romance bloomed, and I am forever thankful that this happened and strengthened our foundation. Valuing honesty will bless every relationship you may find yourself in.

At first, this trait actually resulted in me offending a lot of people, because I made sure to be as honest as I could. I took this value too far and let every one of my opinions be made known as clearly as possible--read that as: I lacked tact. However, as I grow, I continue to learn how to express the truth and opinions I have in a way that is uplifting and encouraging, or to just keep my mouth shut at times. And let me tell you--I'm by no means perfect...but I will keep working on it!

I kind of think of this policy that I've applied to my life in a similar way to Thumper's dad from Bambi--my version is, "If you aren't going to be honest, don't say nothin' at all." 


(The original, "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all" isn't all that bad either...in relation to tact, for example!)

Honesty is also something core to my faith and something I know God values and even blesses. Here are some verses I found:

Proverbs 19:1         "It is better to be poor and honest than to be a fool and dishonest."

Proverbs 24:26       "It is an honor to receive an honest reply."

Proverbs 28:10b       "...the honest will inherit good things."

Proverbs 28:18a       "The honest will be rescued from harm..."


Honesty is core to who I am. It is a value I am to ever increase in my life, and one I try to recognize and honor is those around me. Be encouraged to take whatever steps you need to increase honesty in your life, and I promise you the rewards will be great.





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