hiding the Word.

I remember when i was little, say 5 or 6, going to school and/or church and learning about hiding God’s Word in my heart. I continued to hear this throughout my life. But until about a month ago, did it really sink in what that meant. At a moment when life came rushing at me, and the very Scripture that I needed to be reminded of (that I hadn’t read in sooo very long) came to the forefront of my mind, did I understand the true meaning of it.

I have never been more grateful for the private, Christian education and church I grew up in that reiterated this concept over and over. It made me even more grateful for my third graders at church, and it made me value all of the times that i probably didn’t want to be at church as a teenager.

On a different note, i’m especially thankful for all the notes, texts and calls from so many that i love this week. i’m abundantly blessed.

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peace.

in the midst of ensuing chaos in every facet of my life, i find peace.
this just goes to show how awesome God truly is and how faithful He has been to show me grace.

this week’s song is extra special to me because the first time i heard it i was traveling through South Africa. South Africa is and will always be special to me. Even now, I cry at how wonderful my trip there was, and how i’m still reaping the benefits of those (awesome, loves abundantly, my cup runneth over) children.

Enjoy.

You’re Beautiful.

I see Your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say
You’re beautiful

I see Your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
It’s all proclaiming who You are
You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful

I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You’re beautiful, you’re beautiful

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful

I see Your face, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
I see Your face, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
I see Your face, I see Your face
I see Your face, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful

where I belong.

this song has been part of my morning devotion the past week.
I just love it…so i thought i would share.

Sometimes it feels like I’m watching from the outside
Sometimes it feels like I’m breathing but am I alive
I won’t keep searching for answers that aren’t here to find

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

So when the walls come falling down on me
And when I’m lost in the current of a raging sea
I have this blessed assurance holding me.

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

When the earth shakes I wanna be found in You
When the lights fade I wanna be found in You

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

A trip does the heart well.

Some things just can’t be articulated. Take my trip to Colorado as an example.

Im so thankful that I could spend 8 short days with two of my best friends. Laughing until my sides hurt. Honest conversation. Cooking and baking. The ability to speak and act without judgment. Seeing them as parents and praying I’m as relaxed as they are. Getting to feel so proud of my friend when I saw his face as the operator of a Chick-fil-A. The best sangria. Spending the beginnings of the new year by having a family devotion. Talking out Gods wants for our life, praying over the year and each picking a goal we would like to meet.

These are just some of the things that I can write out, but can only truly be felt deep within the soul. I’m so thankful for these friendships.

I think when you find people who understand you and manage to always remind you of how important, loved and proud they are of you and you of them, you have to hold on to those friendships. Even when they move thousands of miles away. (and for those not thousands of miles away) :)

My heart is so grateful. Full. Overwhelmed with goodness. Just what I needed to begin this next semester (because it’s going to be a doozy).