Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.

This verse has truly been my anchor this week.

The last few days have been filled with exhaustion, frustrations, set-backs in my workouts, a diagnosis of patellofemoral arthritis in both knees, and a roller coaster of emotion and anxiety surrounding all of the above.

But...as consumed as I have been with my circumstances this week, through a last minute invitation to a worship night and  very last minute decision to attend, God was so faithful to meet me and refocus my gaze.

It's so easy to skim over this passage and not think anything about it...but no matter what you're dealing with...please hold the truth contained in these verses near and dear to your heart. God's mercies ARE new every morning...his grace IS sufficient for every moment...and he IS faithful in every circumstance. It doesn't mean life will be easy or everything will magically get better in an instant...but He will be there through every high and every low and he will provide for you in every situation.

I am so grateful for dear friends who believe in the power of prayer and so grateful for a God who speaks to us, who heals, and who is patient despite our constant failures.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Closing the chapter...


Where do I even begin? I've been looking back through some of my old posts here...from my high school days to my first job, from M28 to C4, from dozens of posts to hardly any...this blog has been with me for a long time. Since it's been a while, I figured I'd post some pictures and catch you all up on what life has been like lately.





Our family said goodbye to both of our beloved pets in the last few months...Shadow and Penny. We miss them like crazy and yet somehow, I still cannot convince my parents that we need another pet. (I'll never give up though...)


M28 has wrapped up for the year...and I have said an official farewell to being a part of and serving this campus ministry. It's been a wonderful 6 years with M28 but alas it is time for me to move on. I have gained so many memories and so many friendships that I will treasure for ages!
(Justin, Tyler & I)
(Wesley & Jon)
(Christelle, Turner, Muja, Kendall, Reggie, Becky, Scott, Hannah, & Andrew)
(Kelly & I)
(Becky, Scott, Andrew, Christelle, & Hannah)
(Muja, Christelle, Andrew, Emily, Hannah, Kendall, Turner, Becky, Scott, & Grace)
(Chandler & Becky)

I got my first "real" injury. Still not sure exactly what happened...one doctor told me that it was a fracture but the radiologist who looked at my x-ray said it wasn't fractured. So I'm going to guess that I just tore a ligament or something like that. But it put me in this wonderful boot thing for 6 weeks. 

But once I got the boot off...(actually before I was supposed to take the boot off)...I got back on the dance floor! I've been having a blast learning more and more salsa and bachata as well as getting to dance with masters such as Christian Sola, Jay Stylz, and Jeremey Rey. 
(Jeremey Rey & I)
(Me at the Charlotte Salsa Invitational)

My nephews have grown a TON!!! Carter(right) will be 8 in July, Landen(left) will be 6 in August, and Blake(center) just turned 4 a few weeks ago. (Photo courtesy of my lovely sister who never seems to look any older)


My sweet Granny had a mild stroke right before the huge snowstorm this year. Thankfully she's been doing well and is still up to her feisty ways even though she moves a bit slower than she did before.

I chopped off over a foot of my hair...

...and I've finally had time to start reading again!!! (I've read two books already this week)
(The Fault In Our Stars is a FANTASTIC book by the way)

As you can tell, it's been busy the last few months. Friendships, challenges, worship, heartbreak, late nights, laughter, hard work, deep discussions, growth (sometimes painful), fruit, trips, roommate issues, community groups, meetings, interns, planning events, bible studies, book studies, coffee, movie nights, snow days, discipleship, events, prayer, quiet times, tears, loss, blessings, dance, music, books, nannying, children's ministry, and so much more...this last chapter or season of life has been so full. I am super excited to see what God has for me next.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Anthem 2k14

Well, last week we got back from our annual spring break retreat to Florida...our awesome cinematographer  Vince Freeman captured this footage from our week. Photos will come soon I promise!!!! God did so much while we were down there and it has been so amazing to be a part of this crazy group of college kids who are completely sold out for the Gospel. Enjoy this glimpse!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Slavery Still Exists...

It exists right now...in your country, in your state, in your city, and if you're like us...even on your street. Slavery is not a thing of the past...unfortunately, it is worse than ever. Today, 27 million men, women, and children are sold into slavery.

Many people don't know about it. They think it was abolished by Wilberforce or Lincoln...but it's still happening.

We can put a stop to it. Em and I fully believe that if we work together, we will see slavery completely eradicated in our generation. We are in it to end it. Will you join the fight for freedom? Will you take a stand with us and tell the world that you won't stand for slavery to continue?

Help us raise awareness...join the End It Movement. Go to enditmovement.com to find out different ways you can help spread the word. Start by drawing a RED X on your hands...let the world know that you are in it to end it.

Awareness is the first step to putting an end to slavery. We can't end it if no one knows. Spread the word starting now...February 27th is Shine a Light on Slavery Day...Raise your voice for those who have lost theirs.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Faces from the Bible

Happy New Year! I hope you can forgive us for failing miserably at posting last year...hopefully this year will be a bit better! To kind of give you a quick update before I get to my post, I'm still interning with M28 and it's still awesome...keeps me busy about 60 hours a week which is why my posting life kind of died...but my internship is over in May so hopefully that'll free up a bit more time for blogging. *crosses fingers*. Em has been busy with school...she made it into the culinary program which is a HUGE accomplishment. We're super excited for her! 

Anyway...this post doesn't really have a point to it I don't think(maybe it will by the end)...I just kind of wanted to share something that's been going through my head for about a month now. I don't know if any of you have ever thought of the Bible as your personal history book. It's hard for me to think of it that way at times. We know the stuff in there really happened and that it's part of history...but have you ever really made the personal connection? Even with American history I have trouble relating to it unless I know for a fact that I have an ancestor who lived during a time period or fought during a war. Have you ever thought about the people in the Bible as your ancestors? The thought had crossed my mind a few times over the years but it never became real to me until about a month ago.

Pharaoh Ramses II of Egypt.
Image Library of Christian
Theological Seminary.
It was about 3am on a Monday morning...I had accidentally fallen asleep Sunday afternoon so of course I was up all night. Thankfully Netflix is awesome for those moments and I found this really cool documentary on Ancient Egyptian mummies. (A little background for you...I studied Ancient Egypt for an entire year when I was in grade school...I've always been interested in mummies specifically but Egyptology as a whole has always peaked my interest.) Anyway...after that came 2 more documentaries...I just couldn't stop watching. But the moment that kinda kicked me in the face was when the Islamic guide in the 3rd documentary stood by the sarcophagus of Ramses II (aka Ramses the Great...aka Moses' brother) and as they removed the lid and Ramses' mummy was revealed, he stopped everyone in the room and said in the most breathless voice I've heard: "Guys, this may be the only face we ever see from the Bible." I had to stop the movie and just stare for a moment. I was looking into a face of a man who grew up with Moses...who had seen the plagues first hand...who built Egypt...who saw God at work. This man was so powerful he kept God's people in slavery for years and then only let them go once his own son was ripped away from him through the Passover. I was sitting there in tears as the Bible became even more real to me. 

That moment has really changed the way I think about the Bible and the people in it. These people we read about were real...they were more than words on a page...they really lived...there's enough proof that even the non-Christian guide was awed by being in the presence of Ramses II. The Bible and the people in it are part of my heritage...how they lived and what they did paved the way to where we are today. I'd like to challenge you to read the Bible with a new perspective this year...if you've already done this then you're way ahead of me, but that's okay! Get to know the people in the Bible...who they were, where they lived, how they lived, and most importantly...how God worked in them and through them and around them. God gave us these people to learn from...just as Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, we too can sit at His feet and the feet of those who walked with Him...the feet of those who have been part of God's plan all along. Dig a little deeper this year...take the time to sit at their feet and reflect on God's work in their lives. The more we learn from our past(the Bible), the better equipped we are to share it with others. I hope you guys have a wonderful 2014 and hopefully this will be the beginning of many more posts this year!