moves me every time. i come back to it every time i need inspiration. that song! i just love it!
ever since i was a dramatic middle schooler who thought their song "dare you to move" is the only thing that could ever understand me or speak to me.. (: oh loooordie, i thanks Jesus often that i never have to be thirteen years old again.. (no offense to you thirteen-year-olds out there. much respect.. i couldn't do it. i feel for ya. it gets better :))
but i've always had a soft spot for this band. they've always been there! and this song just so pulls me into adventure and motivation to love people today. i hope that's the case for you too! and you all know how i feel about the west coast..(i'm a fan).. and "fading west" is their album name, so... 10 points for gryffindor! haha wut? k, i'm done. happy friday!
let's all just pretend we're on our way to the beach with the windows of the car down and this song is playing loud. instead of, you know, where we are...
well geez, louise! if that smile doesn't just say "wanna be friends and share this cupcake with me? and then i will make you feel loved and valuable all the time because i have a heart of stinkin gold" then i don't know what does.. (:
but seriously, friends. this one's got a heart of gold.
this is my dear friend, syd, and she LOVES Jesus and is always always letting her heart be shaped by Him and she has a passion for people to know Him, especially high school kids, and she reminds me of truth and points me to beauty and she watches documentaries and reads about women's rights and she wheezes when she laughs (: and she loves beyonce and she's a fan of patagonia and french press and just people in general. i wish so badly that everyone could know her! but if it's not possible for everyone to know her, i am honored to be one of the ones that gets to be touched by her life.
getting to know her heart is one of the biggest honors for me. i do, i feel honored to learn more and more pieces of the heart of this incredible human.
i was thinking today: i am thankful that God is God. because there are so many hearts that hurt in the world. so many fragile hearts. and we are just people and people are messy and we get things wrong a lot and hurt each other and we were never meant to be the ones to be responsible to hold human hearts. human hearts are fragile and we were never meant to hold them. there is only one who is... and He's really good at holding them all.
and we're all just little children. we don't know. i don't know. i need God's direction. His guidance. today i felt it especially. i am a little child.
tonight, hearing the intervarsity large group community sing amazing grace so loud that our worship leader quieted his voice because he noticed it too was the most beautiful thing.
i am currently sitting in my peaceful room, with the twinkly lights on, and the window open, and it's night-spring-air-breezy, and i'm listening to this song and this one too, oh and especially this one, and i guess i am just utterly content right now. wish i could pour ya a cup of black coffee and you'd sit here too, dear reader! it's just that enjoyable. i hope you are knowing contentment right now.
for a long time i have felt drained of joy. drained of life, really. not motivated, not caring. not breathing, not embracing. nada. it was really concerning me.
but today i felt joy. slowly but surely, redeemed.
hey, best of all, God is with us! don't forget!
^^i don't know, i just liked it^^
the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
2 it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
the glory of lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of carmel and sharon.
they shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
3 strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 say to those who have an anxious heart,
“be strong; fear not!
behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
5 then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
for waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
7 the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8 and a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the way of holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
it shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
9 no lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 and the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
so much beauty. this song moves me.
hey, you should play it loud! then thank God for your breath!
"wesley died on wednesday march 2, 1791, in his eighty-eighth year. as he lay dying, his friends gathered around him, wesley grasped their hands and said repeatedly, "farewell, farewell." at the end, summoning all his remaining strength, he cried out, "the best of all is, God is with us," lifted his arms and raised his feeble voice again, repeating the words, "the best of all is, God is with us."
-taken from the wesley center online
i found myself with tears in my eyes after reading this, and repeating that phrase over and over on my walk down the hill to class this morning. and how beautiful!
the best of all, God is with us...
the best of all, God is with us...
best of all, God is with us...
God is with us.
sorry to have been gone so long, friends! i'll be back soon. but my gramma's birthday is today and i just couldn't let the day pass without honoring a very special woman. this photo above ^^ with my pretty gramma is probably one of my very favorite pictures in the world. i've always held gramma especially close to my heart. i wish every single person could know her. truly a neat lady.
she's so sassy and makes me laugh all the time! and she calls me lexi and makes me proud to have my quirks compared to hers (like crazy bed-head and our love for milk and learning about world war II). but those days when her and grampa visit our house to have coffee and visit are my favorite times.
at christmas this year, dad worked on a little video project with our family, and took each person aside and asked them to share their highs and lows for the year 2013, as well as where they saw themselves in the next five years. this little clip below is my gramma's response to these questions. it makes me laugh so much and just miss her so darn much! (she's in arizona right now) but if every person can't know my gramma, at least they can see a little bit of her sassiness (: haha, i especially love when she says "and a refridgerator for my dip" and when she sings! oh she's my favorite! so much love in my heart for this person.
xoxo gramma! i love you...
today i will choose Jesus. i will follow Him because He is worthy of my life.
today i will take deep breaths.
today i will remember. i will remember that He loves me. i will remember why i am here. i will remember His faithfulness. i will remember that He is King... that He is God and i'm not.
today i will notice the people around me.
today i will definitely listen to sleeping at last.
today i will live in freedom.
today i will throw off the sin that so easily entangles.
today i will turn my eyes upon Jesus.
today i will see myself and those around me as image-bearers: fearfully and wonderfully made.
today i will look for chances to serve.
today i will enjoy God and thank Him for each blessing. like sunshine and food and learning and femininity and community and my bed and and and..
today i will drink coffee.
today i will welcome discipline.
today i will wear flannel.
today i will look at the sky.
today i will do things i don't want to do.
today i will venture into nature.
today i will be loved by God and today i will love Him.
today is a new day and i am a new creation
p.s. if you've been thinkin i'm a really good photographer, thank you! but... sorry... any cool picture you've seen on this blog comes from... pinterest. i know i know! my secret's out! i'm a user!