Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday !!

Happy Birthday to my BFF Jessica !!!


When y'all are reading this we will be in Florida soaking up some rays on the beach & enjoying a weekend full of Georgia football and celebrating the birth of jessie bear!!! :-)


Jessie.. I hope you have the greatest 22nd birthday ever!! thank you for always being there for me. thank you for always being honest with me. thank you for being authentic and real with me. thank you for loving Jesus. thank you for celebrating with me. thank you for crying with me. thank you for being my biggest fan. thank you for being YOU. thank you for leading our 6th grade girls so well, they love you so much. there's no one in this world who gets me like you do & i am so incredibly blessed by our friendship.


Head over to Jessica's blog & wish her a happy birthday!! :-)


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fearless in Him

Today is the day!!
Go check out our first post over at Fearless!
We are so excited to partner with the blog community as we go on this journey.
We are praying that God would do whatever HE wants with this and we hope that you can find some encouragement along the way :)

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Tim 1:7

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

RANDOM

 Just some randoms today...

~Small group was so much fun (as always) Sunday night.
Love these girls and guys so much...



The way it works is that we hang out all together for a while, eat, chat, do whatever, and then we split up and the girls go upstairs while the guys stay downstairs to do their small group.
Sunday night the guys took all of our left over food to a few homeless people in Athens. When they got back they told us all about their experience. It was heart breaking yet inspiring. These guys are legit. Girls, if y'all don't believe that there are real, good, Christian guys out there.. I have about 6 (well, one is engaged, so 5!) that I can introduce you to ;-) Love seeing guys have such big hearts.. so refreshing.

~I saw this on Facebook this week and LOVED it!! 


~I am so excited that UGA has a bye this weekend. WE NEED A BREAK! Adam has been out of town the last 2 weekends in a row for games so it will be nice to have him here.. Friday we are going to our high school's football game. I haven't been to a game since I graduated so I'm excited!! On Saturday we're going to the mountains for the day! North GA is BEAUTIFUL in the fall.. I cannot wait!

~Update on my toe situation: Went to a podiatrist yesterday and he determined I would need to have a procedure done on Wednesday to fix it :) I'm excited because I just want relief from the pain and to be able to wear shoes again!! So if you think about it tomorrow afternoon say a little prayer for me because it's going to be pretty painful.. 

That's about all I've got.. hope y'all are doing awesome!!
xO


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WILW **BIG Announcement!**


I'm linking up with Jamie for WILW :-) 
Even though it's almost Thursday ;-)

I am LOVING that I got to go to the Passion University Tour tonight at Athens Church. It was AMAZING to see 1200+ college students lifting up the name of Jesus together!! Kristian Stanfill and Charlie Hall were there leading worship & Louie Giglio brought an amazing message to us!! 

I am LOVING that I bought my ticket for Passion 2012 on Monday! I am SO excited to be going this year!!! If you've never heard of Passion I would strongly encourage you to check it out ;-) AMAZING stuff. Just imagine tens of thousands of college students from every state and countries all over the world gathering in the Georgia Dome to worship & hear from amazing speakers.. truly breath taking..



I am LOVING that I did really well on my mid-terms!! Ah such a relief, I was stressed beyond belief ((seriously.. I had 2 mid terms in one day, 3 hour classes, 6 essays for each class, that's 12 essays, 6 hours.. it was ROUGH!)) Praise the Lord it's over & now I'm home free until finals.. :-)

AND FINALLY the best news of all...

I am LOVING that I am getting to share with y'all the thing Jessica, Nicole, Savannah, and I have been working so hard on over the last few weeks...

We are starting a new blog, called Fearless! We plan on starting up next week so go on over and follow us so you get the update when we do our first post!! 

& grab our button to put on your blogs & help us spread the word!!! We are so excited to share our hearts with y'all.. we will go deep into the word of God & share His truth & promises. We hope to encourage y'all and just share our lives authentically with other believers. We truly believe God will take our words and do big things..




I hope y'all are having a great week.
~be blessed~



Monday, October 10, 2011

LoveLife 2

If you haven't read my recap of the first session see below. 

The second session was called The Fight.

In marriage sin is like trash, you have to take it out everyday. You have to know how to deal with your sin or it will kill your marriage. Sin can turn your marriage into several different things. The first being contempt, or disgust for your spouse. The second is defensive, this is when you start defending your sin an you are defending it with more sin ("I wouldn't have cheated on you if you would have lost more weight", etc.) The third is stonewall, this is when on person leaves (drives away, leaves the room, tunes out/ignores). If you don't know what to do with the trash you will just create more trash.

So what do you do with sin??

If you are the one who sinned you need to first repent (Romans 12). You need to walk in humility by the grace of God. First you need to confess...talk about it, "I agree with God, I am wrong." When you confess you need to show contrition which is basically emotional brokenness from the heart. (confession without contrition is not true confession). And lastly, you need to change. If you keep sinning in the same way you are not repenting. You have to learn to want to be more like Jesus and less like yourself.

If you are the victim of sin you have to forgive.
Marriage either gets better or it gets bitter, and a lot of that has to do with forgiveness. Refusing to forgive someone only makes you bitter and allows them to have an emotional control over your life. We must forgive because CHRIST FORGAVE US. God didn't get bitter with us, he forgave our sins so we should do the same for those who sin against us. You can't receive forgiveness from God if you can't forgive others. Nothing and no one is beyond the grace of God (this is the difference in Christian and non-Christian marriages). Now all of this to say that it is obviously not easy to just forgive someone when they have hurt you badly, but it is important to remember that forgiveness is not approving, denying, or diminishing that sin happened. Forgiveness is not enabling sin to happen again (even if they never apologize to you you should still forgive. They will have to answer to God for not apologizing and repenting.) Forgiveness is not reconciliation. Forgiveness is not neglecting justice, you can forgive someone and still call the cops on them, take them to court, etc. if they are putting you or your children's lives in danger.

Another aspect to the fight session was the idea that you should set ground rules for how you will handle things if (when) a fight should arise. These rules can include things such as no parents, no people around, not in front of the kids, not in public, etc.


Sin is going to happen. Fights are going to happen. But if you build your marriage biblically and on a friendship and equip yourselves with the knowledge of how to handle such situations you will be able to make it through anything!

LoveLife


On Saturday Jessica and I attended Mark Driscoll's LoveLife Confrence! If you are not familiar with Mark Driscoll you can find out more about him here.  
This was my first time to hear him speak in person & let's just say he did not disappoint in the slightest!!

I am going to highlight a different session each day throughout this week. I will start with the first session which was on friendship. 

Mark started by explaining that 70% of men and 70% of women say they want friendship with their spouses. 
He described marriage three ways: back to back, shoulder to shoulder, and face to face.
A back to back marriage is one in which both spouses have turned their backs on each other. They may have separate bank accounts, separate beds, essentially they are living separate lives. 
A shoulder to shoulder marriage is one in which spouses are doing things together. This could include a business venture, raising kids, planning a home improvement project, etc. It was explained that in shoulder to shoulder marriages once whatever it is that they're doing together is over they are left with nothing because they have invested all of their time in the project and not in each other.
A face to face marriage is the most biblical kind of marriage. This marriage includes things such as communication, love, friendship, and intimacy (1 Cor 13).

*build your potential marriage on friendship and not on intimacy.

Mark then went on to use the word FRIENDS to explain how a marriage should be.

F: Fruitful (Genisus 1:28)
Marriage should be fruitful. You should want each other to grow and mature. You should marry someone who is like-minded and wants to be fruitful in the same way you want to be fruitful.

R: Reciprocal (Galatians 5:25)
You have to choose to love your spouse with God's love and they need to choose the same. Friendships have to be reciprocal. If one person gives and the other doesn't that's an abusive relationship. If both people give that's a friendship. Often times it's little compromises. For example one night she gets to choose where you eat dinner and another night he gets to choose, or the same with t.v. shows, movies, activities, etc.) Being reciprocal means doing something you don't like for someone you like. This is truest way to serve your spouse. 

I: Intimacy (Proverbs 18:24)
This is knowing someone better than anyone. Men and women build their friendships differently: women build their friendships on conversations, men build their friendships on activities. Men need to learn to talk and listen to women face to face and women need to learn to get involved in men's activities.

E: Enjoyable (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
It's okay for marriage to be FUN!! Have JOY with your spouse. Make memories, laugh, grow old together. Life goes too fast so you have to make memories when you can. Take pictures!! There are hard, dark days, but if you have a friendship that includes memories you will be okay. BE PRESENT!! Make your activities and traditions rituals and not routine. Routines are something that you come to expect, whereas rituals are a sacred moment.

N: Needed 
Men need women and women need men! It is not okay to be too dependent on one another, but it is also not okay to be too independent from one another. 
Women want to marry a man who can make babies, not one who IS a baby ;-)

D: Devoted (Proverbs 17:17)
A friend loves at all times. A truly devoted friend is one who is devoted through all seasons of life. When they weep, you weep, when they have joy, you have joy!
You must be able to walk with each other through all seasons of life, not just the happy times!

S: Sanctified
You must be truthful with your spouse. This is only going to help them grow and mature through the grace of God. It's important for you to ask yourself is you're being a good friend: a good friend to God? A good friend to others? A good friend to your (future) spouse? Ask your (future) spouse how you can be a good friend to them. 

Bottom line:
Life is better if you are first friends with your spouse. 


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Randomness

I have been super busy this week so this is just a bunch of random thoughts i have going on right now...

When i was a kid the last thing i ever wanted to do was go to church. I thought it was SO boring and could have cared less about being there. The story in Athens is much different. The kids of Athens LOVE going to church. I often think about how i wish i would have had a church like this when i was a kid. I am thankful now though to have it as a college student. I pour into my 6th graders every week hoping to help them in some way. My life would have been drastically different if i would have had someone like me when I was in 6th grade. Its so important to invest in these girls right now. there at such a crucial age. I am so happy that my girls LOVE to be at church. It's a place where they feel safe, loved, and can have fun.
This past Sunday they shared a funny story with us about a little boy who goes to our church & I really wanted y'all to see the video ;-)

One Boy's Story from Athens Church on Vimeo.


I am really excited that the Passion University Tour is coming to Athens Church next week!!

Passion University Tour Stop - October 12th from Athens Church on Vimeo.


Adam is going out of town to knoxville this weekend for the UGA/Tenn game. I am sad that i will not be joining but i am SO excited to have a relaxing weekend! Not too much on my agenda other than seeing courageous with my roomie & attending one of my small group girls birthday parties!

This may be a little TMI but i have developed some crazy infection on my left big toe. i have always had issues with ingrown toenails because of wearing cheerleading shoes so much (my toes do not like to be confined) but lately they have gotten really bad because i can only wear close toed shoes when i'm student teaching. so yesterday i was driving home and my foot started hurting so bad so i took my shoe off and my entire toe was swollen. i figured it would go away since i took my shoes off but as the day went on it just got worse and worse. so then in the middle of the night last night i woke up at like 2 am with excruciating pain in my toe!! it is still swollen and extremely tender. this is very typical for me. i always have some sort of weird issue going on. ugh anyway i hope it gets better soon. i spent about $30 today on first aid supplies so hopefully it helps!!

hope everyone is having a great week!