5 Things I Learned in March

1. I’m a cold-weather lover. Well, within reason. I’ve always lived in the south, so this probably affects my perception of “cold”. But still, the creative part of me thrives on and loves the short days and coziness of winter. But apparently even I have my limit. Enough with the cold. Enough with the snow and ice and freezing rain. It’s the end of March, and I am SO beyond ready for spring this year!

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2. I have been reminded this month of the goodness and graciousness of God in providing me and surrounding me with good friends that I connect with on a deep soul level. He knows He created me to need that. I do not take friendships lightly, and the Lord has blessed me beyond what I could ask or imagine. And this week has been packed with meals and movies and car rides and Bible Studies and coffee dates and phone conversations with my people. My cup is full to overflowing! Such a precious gift.

3. I am actually capable of trimming my own hair and not messing it up royally. Win!

4. The new Vanilla Macchiato at Starbucks didn’t impress me. At all. I’ll stick with my usual Caramel Macchiato, thank you very much.

5. And finally, this. Because y’all, I barely have words to explain how powerful it is that in John 17, in His priestly prayer, Jesus Christ says His desire is that WE may be with HIM, so that we would see His glory and know His love. This is HUGE and continues to blow my mind a full week after recognizing the sheer beauty of this truth:

“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me,
be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me,
for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
John 17:24 (NASB)

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*linking up today with Emily P. Freeman at Chatting at the Sky as we all share different things we learned in March*

5 Things I Learned in February

1. I’m totally in love with this gold nail polish. It’s an Essie color. But I have no idea which one it is because it’s not even mine. It’s my roommate’s. And she offered to paint my nails. Score! She’s just good like that.

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2. I’m featured over on my friend and favorite photographer’s blog today. {Thanks for the new photos, Kendra!! I loved the weekend with you, too!!} You should head over and check out her amazing work. Seriously. And if you’re in the Houston area, you should pretty much just hire her. You will not be sorry!

3. Speaking of photography, I’ve decided that my dream job (as in the one that’s likely to never ever actually happen, but I still think would be ridiculously awesome, even if it were just on the side) is to be a States-based, world-traveling humanitarian photographer. How amazing would it be to travel around for the purpose of capturing people’s stories?! Observing, listening, seeing. Giving others the opportunity to be known and seen and heard. I would need significantly more skill in the photography realm to make this a reality. But yep. Dream job.

4. One of the Bible Study groups I’m a part of this semester is studying the book of Jonah. We’re only through the first chapter, and I’m already amazed by all that’s happening in this story that I’ve never really paid attention to before now. There’s just so much truth there! (I mean, duh.) And we’ve already learned (or been reminded of) so much about the character of God. Such as how in all His greatness, He is perfectly holy and just and therefore holds us accountable for our disobedience. But He’s also endlessly compassionate, and in His sovereignty, His purposes prevail. Yes and amen.

5. I was beyond pleased with the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy last night. {side note: Grey’s is one of the few shows that I actually make time to watch on a regular basis. and I know it’s not the greatest. but I get sucked into the story and can’t stop watching. so there it is. guilty pleasure.} Let’s just say that I didn’t see the ending coming, but I liked it. A lot.

6. (Bonus!) I think I used the term “learned” rather loosely this month. But I’m okay with that.

What did you learn in February?

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*linking up today with Emily P. Freeman at Chatting at the Sky as we all share different things we learned in February*

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1. It’s officially Girl Scout cookie season. Can we just not talk about how many of these I’ve eaten this week?

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2. I’ve said before that I have a heart for orphan care and that I absolutely love following the Compassion Blogger trips (every. single. time.). But during this month’s trip to Uganda, I finally sponsored a child along with my roommate. If you want to hear more and you haven’t already read my post about why I don’t live in Africa, you probably should go read that. But only if you want to. I don’t want to be bossy about it. Grin.

3. I’m headed to IF: Gathering in Austin, TX next week and I am SO excited about it. And a little nervous. But mostly excited. I have almost no idea what to expect. But maybe that’s for the best. All I really know is I am so looking forward to gathering together and focusing on the unity we as women (bloggers or otherwise) have in Christ and letting some of the divisive distractions fall aside as we seek to glorify Him together. Anyone else headed to Austin (or participating in IF: Local), too?

4. I started contributing over at believe.com this month. Such an honor. So far, I’ve had two articles published. Here and here. Would love for you to check them out!

5. And finally. Just, yes, this:

“Come to me with your ears wide open.
Listen, and you will find life.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you.
I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.”
Isaiah 55:3 (NLT)

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1. The movie Saving Mr. Banks (about the author of the Mary Poppins book series and how the first book was made into a Disney move) was amazing! By far the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. Seriously. Great story, great script, great acting, and well worth your time. You know it’s a good movie when a crowded theater spontaneously breaks out into applause at the end. Good times.

2. I’ve been reflecting on 2013 a bit over the last couple of days. It’s been a rich and wonderful and hard and growth-filled and grace-filled year. And God is so good and so faithful through it all. I am beyond grateful for the unshakable and secure foundation I have in Christ.

3. I went to a performance of Handel’s Messiah a week before Christmas with my roommate/sister-friend, B, this year. I was ridiculously excited to have the evening free for the event. I’ve probably mentioned it here before, but the entire oratorio is my favorite music of all time. It’s such a beautiful and moving unfolding of the Gospel. And the Charlotte Symphony did not disappoint. Definitely a highlight of this Christmas season.

4. Speaking of Handel’s Messiah, each time I hear it, a different Scripture seems to stand out to me. And this year, it was this one:

“His yoke is easy, and his burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)

5. And because I have no intentions of blogging next week … Happy New Year!

5 Things I Learned In November

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1. I actually really like wearing scarves. I found one from fashionABLE (if you’re not already familiar with them, you should definitely check them out!) this year that I love and have been wearing constantly. And I have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

2. I started reading the Mary Poppins book series and they are crazy fun! It’s one of my all-time favorite movies, so I have no idea why I haven’t ever read the books before. AND, did you know that there’s a new movie coming out (Saving Mr. Banks) about the author of Mary Poppins and how the story got turned into a movie? I’m a little excited about it!

3. My theology is less than perfect. Sometimes I fear it may be more than just a little out of whack. But God is still sovereign. And there’s sweet grace in the correction.

4. The afternoon at the barn with Emily P. Freeman and her sister, the Nester, and their families was so worth it. If you haven’t read my post about it yet, you should. And now I’m trying to figure out how to make available a few hours of more intentional soul space on a regular basis. Because it’s important. And necessary.

5. One of the things I am most thankful for (all the time really, but especially in this current season) is the constancy of Christ.

What did you learn in November?

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*linking up today with Emily P. Freeman at Chatting at the Sky as we all share different things we learned in November*