Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday Thoughts


In a quest to use my last few months of being engaged to its fullest potential I have really been focusing my quiet time on discovering what God wants to teach me about not only being a wife, but about being a Christian women in general.

I started in Proverbs 31, naturally ; )

Prov 31 paints such a beautiful picture of how we as Christian women should be. 
This is actually a letter a mother wrote to her son about the kind of women he should marry. That really hits home with me--am I being the kind of women that Adam's mom has prayed he would marry? I sure hope so. Whether married, engaged, or single we should all strive to be a Proverbs 31 women. 

Since I'm not really following any sort of plan I was sitting and thinking about what I wanted to read next. I flipped open my bible to Job. I know I have read Job before but I have never really studied it. I figured I would read the summary and see if there was anything that jumped out at me. 

As soon as I started reading I knew this was exactly what God wanted me to study next. I have a study bible so it has a lot of commentary and notes. One of my favorite things is that at the beginning of every book there is a section that explains the purpose for that book of the bible. The purpose of the book of Job (summarized) is this: God let's innocent people suffer to demonstrate that in His sovereignty He receives glory even when His people suffer and persevere in faith without understanding why. Christ's death is God's ultimate answer to the problem of evil. This book teaches us to live in submission to what God sends upon His people, even when His purposes are unknown and when suffering and evil apear to fall unfairly. 

So, what does all this have to do with being a good wife? Basically, we need to hold ourselves accountable for how we act when faced with trials. We should respond with grace, not sin, when things aren't going our way. It's known that Job was a man of high integrity who was well-known among the people in his area. He was in constant prayer for his children, who he feared were sinning. He had a lot of possessions that he took great care of. Satan tested Job's commitment to God by destroying all of his property and killing his children. He wanted to prove that if everything was taken from Job that he would curse God. Instead, when Job learned the horrible news he fell to the group and worshiped!! He said "naked I come from my mother's womb, naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of the Lord." And it is said that throughout all of this horrible situation Job did not sin or blame God for anything!

This is how we should approach all situations in life! Is it okay to be upset if something bad happens? YES! But is it okay to blame God and sin against Him? Absolutely not. It is our job as women of Christ to hold our selves to a standard of grace and to have a humble spirit. We should react in love, not sin, when something goes wrong--praising God always. 

xO

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Letters

Dear God thank-you for providing the most bizarre way's for Nicole + I to hang out. We really like that you love our friendship as much as we do ; ) --Nicole and Tyler conveniently had a 4 hour lay over in Atlanta on their way to Memphis from their honeymoon so of course Adam and I drove out to have dinner with them! It was such a sweet time of talking about all things wedding and marriage (duh) and just made me SO thankful for their friendship.




Dear student teaching I wish you would hurry up and be over. I love my kiddos but I do not like writing 5 page lesson plans that will never be used in the real world.

Dear Spring weather you rock. 75 and sunny this weekend? Heck.yes.

Dear graduation you can hurry up.. thanks!

Dear (future) hubby you are so patient and kind and I wish I was as cool as you. I still can't believe you are MINE. I'm very lucky!

Dear readers  y'all have been so so great lately and I just want to thank y'all!! I have received so many encouraging e-mails lately from girls who just want to chat about life and love and relationships and it just makes me so happy!!! [P.S. Have y'all "liked" Southern Simplicity on Facebook?! You totally should.]

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Happy Friday Lovelies!! xO

Thursday, March 14, 2013

100 Days

If there's one thing I've really learned over the last few years it's that there is always purpose to be found in waiting. I feel like most of our lives are spent in the "waiting room". We are always waiting for something. Right now I am waiting to graduate and get married. In the next few years I will be waiting to build our house and have babies. It seems like no matter what stage of life you are in there is constantly something to wait for. Instead of feeling defeated while I wait I have really strived to find meaning and purpose during these specific times of my life. As much as I want to be a wife, I know there is a reason for this long(ish) engagement. I know that God is using this time to prepare me to be the best possible wife I can be to Adam. I have felt really convicted lately that I am not using this time to its fullest potential. Am I missing what God has for me during this time? Am I neglecting to spend the time I need to with Him to fully understand His purpose for me during our engagement?

Right now I am smack dab in the middle of a really hard semester. Honestly, for the most part I am not one to stress about school. But there is always this one point during the semester where I physically feel sick about the amount of work I have to do. I get so overwhelmed and just cry. I am at that point. I am on the top of the mountain. I know I just have to get over this hump and it will be all down hill from here, but I just can't seem to get there. It's just hard. and I feel like I am using all of my energy just to get my lessons completed for the week which leaves me feeling like I have very little time for anything else.



I don't want this time to pass by without me fully living out my time as an engaged girl. I will never be engaged again. I feel like too many girls rush through this time and I don't want to be like those girls. I want to make it count.

I don't really know where I am going with all of this. but I do know that I don't want to miss out on what the Lord has planned for me during this engagement  I am going to focus more on Him and rely on Him for strength to finish school. I want to use these last 100 days to focus on Him and what he wants to teach me about marriage and being a wife.

xO

Monday, March 11, 2013

Wedding Weekend

Long time, no talk, friends!! These past few weeks have been so FULL and so busy that unfortunately this little blog of mine had to take the back burner! Luckily I only have 3 weeks left of full-time student teaching and then things will start to slow down until graduation : )

A few updates before we get into the real post..

Just to fill y'all in, I have been student teaching this semester in a first grade classroom at a school that is about an hour from my house. Definitely not complaining because a) I chose to student teach there and b) my school rocks, BUT the drive is definitely starting to wear on me and I will not be sad to get two hours back in my day that aren't spent driving on the highway! My students are precious and I am so in love with them and so in love with teaching. Some days are easier than others, but for the most part I have really really enjoyed this semester. Some days I leave the school defeated thinking I will never be a good teacher and other days I leave thinking I am really getting the hang out this whole teaching thing. I guess that's just all part of the process.

I have begun the application/resume/cover letter process and boy is it daunting! Who knew it would take hours to fill out one county's application?! Not to mention I am applying in 6 different counties. Needless to say I have spent a lot of time writing the same thing a lot of different ways ; )

In the midst of all this school stuff I have also been hard at work finishing up last minute details for the wedding (only 15 weeks until we say "I do!"). I have been trying so hard to soak in these last few months of being engaged and really really be present. I don't want to look back on my engagement and realize that I rushed through it. I am so excited to marry Adam but I want to fully live out this engagement and really seek what the Lord wants me to learn during this time.

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Most of y'all who follow me on Instagram know that this past weekend I went to Tennessee for my blog BFF, Nicole's wedding! Nicole & I first met in real life about two years ago and have become the BEST of friends ever since. We have had so much fun the past 8 months planning our weddings together and it was amazing to see all of her hard work come together. It also made me even more excited for our big day! ; )


Loved watching the sweet bride get ready : )

I was SO honored to be able to be a part of the ceremony by reading scripture.

The most beautiful venue, the most beautiful bride, the most beautiful vows... EVER

Married babes

Blog BFF's and our boys : )

Such a wonderful weekend with people who are so so special to me! SO thankful for a friendship that was formed in the most bizarre way ; ) 

xO