Thursday, March 29, 2012

Simplicity

Stop trying to work things out before their time has come. Accept the limitations of living one day at a time. When something comes to your attention, ask Me whether or not it is part of today's agenda. If it isn't , release it into My care and go on about today's duties. when you follow this practice, there will be a beautiful simplicity about your life: a time for everything and everything in it's time. A life lived close to Me is not complicated. When your focus is on My presence, many things that once troubled you lose their power over you. Though the world around you is messy and confusing, remember that I have over come the world. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. 
-Jesus Calling

I am so bad about this. I am super type A. I like plans and I like to stick to those plans. But we don't make the plans for our life so we have to trust the One who does. We have to believe that he has worked everything out and that everything does have it's own time. I'm learning this right now as I wait to be engaged. Waiting sucks. I know were ready. It's the perfect time. In my eyes. But I know that God has the perfect time, place, and way that it will happen. And I trust in that. Sure I want it to happen. BUT I have found peace because I serve a God who has planned all of my days before I was even born. So with that I just want to encourage anyone who is struggling with understanding that God has a perfect plan for your life. It may suck right now and you may not understand why something is or isn't happening but I can promise you there is peace with Jesus. There is peace in knowing that He knows you more than you know yourself. Learn to live simply. Learn to live KNOWING that He will take care of You.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Weeds to Wonderful

The second day that we went to the girl's orphanage was much different than the first. As soon as we walked in the Nuns had a list of things for us to do.
First on the to do list: pulling weeds. (seriously, I didn't even know what a weed looked like...)

We complained the whole way through. We were so confused as to why we were having to pull weeds. The point of our visit was to hang out with the girls but instead we were pulling weeds...
It was far from the relational ministry we were hoping to have.
At this point we were reading to go home!

We took a break and took some pics ; )

Next thing on the Nuns to do list: the girl's laundry
Oh this just breaks my heart thinking about this day. 
Here we are washing clothes for the girls and they started making fun of us because we didn't know how to use the wash boards. I don't know why, but it hurt me SO bad. 
BUT
a great lesson was learned during this.
For the next 24 hours I was literally SO upset about them making fun of us that I cried because of it (could have been caused by the fact that I was kind of getting home sick and the enemy was attacking me HARD...) 
Anyway. As I had time to process the situation (which seems so ridiculous now) I realized that that is EXACTLY how Jesus feels. He is mocked, made fun of, and basically spit on every.single.day by people... yet He still serves us. 
WOW.
Yes, it was not fun getting made fun of.. but we still did their laundry. 
We still served those girls because we were being Jesus to them. 

Another cool story.. After we finally got done with our "chores" we got to hang out with some of the girls. This sweet little girl walked in and one of the girls on our team immediately recognized her from last year. We started making bracelets with them when she realized this little girl still had on the bracelet that the Nica team made for her LAST YEAR!
It was just proof that what we were doing mattered. These people remember. 

Sweet Hannie : )

This is the sweet little girl, Ingrid, from last year..hugging Emily who made the bracelets for her.
Probably one of my favorite pictures from the trip.
Pure joy.

Our group with some of the girls : )

Ingrid!

Even though our day at the Orphanage started out pretty crappy God used it to teach big lessons. I am so thankful we got to hang out with these girls.. they were so wonderful!

WILW

Happy Wednesday Y'all!
I am linking up with Jamie today for WILW

Here are some things I am loving today...

-I am loving that I'm heading to Tybee Island this weekend to celebrate Adam's 25th birthday. This is the second year we have gone for his birthday and I can't wait to be down there!

-I am loving this picture I took of my niece yesterday! I brought her this shirt back from Nicaragua :) Is she not the cutest thing ever?! SO obsessed!

-I am loving that Secret Life of the American Teenager is back on. I have been watching this show since my freshman year of college. Such a pre-teen show but I don't care I love it!
...& for the record, I want her hair and all of her clothes.


-I am loving that our Target upgraded and now has groceries!

-I am loving that I only have a few weeks left of school! (I am not loving that I'll be taking 3 summer classes though!)

-I am loving some of this weeks Pinterest finds...

I love these colors ALOT!

Truth.





When/if I have a little girl this is what she will be dressed like at all times. Too freaking cute!

 & just because I am totally in love with Ryan... ;)

Hope y'all have a great Wednesday !!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wedding Weekend

This past weekend I went to a wedding shower for one of my best friends from high school. She has been with her fiance since we were in 9th grade (7 years) !! They are getting married in May and I am so happy for them!

(the bride is the one on the bottom)

It was so fun getting to hang out with everyone : )


We played a fun game where we used toilet paper to make a wedding dress on someone, then we had a little fashion show and the bride picked her favorite--ours won for most creative ; )


Being at all of these showers I've been to recently is making me SO excited for when it's my turn!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Summer Lovin

With only 5 weeks left in the semester it's safe to say my mind is pretty much in summer mode.. 
here are a few goodies I wouldn't mind having come summer ; )











all photos via pinterest

Friday, March 23, 2012

El segundo día

On the second day in Nicaragua my team went to the nursing home and the girl's orphanage. I was pretty nervous about the nursing home so during my quiet time that morning I really asked God to just ease my nerves and let me trust Him. Then I read Jesus Calling and it said "Waiting for me to work, with your eyes on me, is evidence that you really do trust me." After that I felt so much better. 


The nursing home ended up being one of the highlights of my trip!

We talked to this sweet lady for a while. She was so cute.. she had her nails painted silver & loved telling us about her necklaces. It was obvious that she doesn't get to talk to people much because she told us her whole life story over the course of an hour and a half! 




We went and got drinks afterwards ;)


That afternoon some of the girls went to the orphanage. It didn't exactly go as planned and we ended up just sitting around watching the girls do their homework but it was fun to hang out with my team!



We went to a grocery store afterwards and bought some more Coca Cola Lights!



After dinner a few of us went with the interns to salsa lessons.. let me just tell you it was a sight! We were all horrible but it was so much fun! The first half of the lesson was all individual and the second part was partner dancing. I was partners with a girl on my team until the instructor came and got me and told me he needed a partner.. so there I went up in front of the whole entire class and did all of the dances with the instructor. It was SO much fun!

This was after salsa lessons--Probably my favorite picture from the trip ; )



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Entering the Unknown

last saturday morning i got up early and prepared for my flight. i picked jess up and we met adam at chickfila for one last american breakfast. our flight from atlanta was at 1:50, we had a two hour lay over in miami and then landed in managua, nicaragua around 7pm. several of our team members had to take an earlier flight because we couldnt all fit on one flight so they were all there to greet us!


as we drove to granada (about a 30 min drive) it was super dark and we couldnt really see anything about this new city we were in.

we got to el puente (the place we stayed at all week) got settled in and had pizza for dinner. that was great news for this picky eater. we were all exhausted from traveling so we pretty much went straight to bed after dinner.

we woke up the next morning to the most beautiful place i have ever seen.










every morning we had quiet time after breakfast. i took this time to read jesus calling and journal. for day 1 i wrote:


slept pretty good--got really cold in the middle of the night surprisingly. breakfast was at 6:45 but me, jess, elise, and emily were up by 6-probably because of the time change and day lights savings (which they dont do down here) we had eggs, fruit, rice and beans for breakfast. i only ate the fruit. my team was in charge of clean up so we washed dishes. now we are having quiet time before we walk around the town. today's jesus calling is so perfect. "walk by faith, not by sight. as you take steps of faith, depending on me, i will show you how much i can do for you. if you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing me work through you. when i gave you my spirit, i empowered you to live beyond your natural ability and strength. that is why its so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. the issue is not your strength but mine, which is limitless. by walking close to me, you can accomplish my purposes in my strength." i know i am going to get tired, my energy will seem low, but with your limitless strength, god, i will be able to do anything. i pray as we go out into the town that you will be present and you will reveal yourself to our team. i am excited to see what the rest of this day and the rest of this week hold. i want to feel your presence more than ever. i want you to prepare my heart, lord, for what is to come. thank you god for this amazing opportunity. i have always wanted to do this. i really feel like you are molding me into the person i was meant to be. it amazes me sometimes how powerful your love is and how i always had a desire for you in my heart. i can remember being younger and always being curious about you but never really having the opportunity to know you like i wanted. you are amazing god. so faithful. i love seeing how you make all things work together for my good. "quietness and trust enhance your awareness of my presence with you."

after quiet time we went on a prayer walk through the barrios. it felt like we were in a movie. i had never seen anything like it in my life. the poverty was really overwhelming. even through all the mess though, i saw beauty. after walking for a while we stopped at an area where people were gathered. our translator told us that 2 boys had been stabbed there the night before so we prayed over the community. we stayed there for a little while and began talking to an older man who told us that he tries to watch over the people there. a bunch of kids started coming over and we played. for a long time. it was so cool. even though the language barrier was tough we were still able to communicate. they loved taking pictures. we stayed there for about an hour.





after we left we went around and prayed for two families at their houses. it was really awesome how receptive the people were to us. after lunch we went up to the square. we exchanged our dollars for cordobas. 23 cords=$1 I found a diet coke too! after we shopped around we did an atl (as the lord) i had never really done anything like that before but it ended with us talking to two older men, one who had been shining shoes in the square for 30 years. wow.

cool story/learning moment: an atl is basically where you ask the lord to lead you to people. i was praying and asking god to tell me who i was supposed to talk to. all i kept getting was something about a guy with one leg. i was kind of like 'idk if this is god or me or what' so i just kind of ignored it and didnt say anything to my team about it. as we left the square to go back home i saw not one, but TWO men with one leg. i instantly felt god saying 'see, i told you. TRUST ME' the rest of the week was nothing but trusting god. he is so cool.



take away from day 1: our god is a global god. i saw him all around me and felt his presence. i realized that god knows no language barrier or country lines. it is crazy.