You are Loved

Friday, June 27, 2014

 Tonight is the last of VBS. I'm totally pooped, but it's been worth it. See all those little girls in the picture above? They're making memories. Precious memories. We've had such a good time this week. Yesterday we shared the gospel with the kids in our classroom, and for whatever reason, the kids payed more attention to that than they did any game we've ever played. We talked about the creation of the world, the fall of man, Jesus' death on the cross for our sin and the Resurrection. Rory and I had planned a game to play afterwards for the last class ( the older kids), but we didn't make it to games. The kids were asking so many questions. 

"But how did sin come to be?"

"What does the bread mean when we take communion?" 

" How come God just doesn't take sin away?" 

" Where did the devil come from"?

I was flabbergasted by how interested they were, and how intently they listened to Rory as he explained it all to them with the biggest smile on his face.  My heart was completely overflowing. We ended up having to tell them it was time to go, because they would have kept asking questions all night. 

I kept finding myself wondering where these kids would be in 10 years, praying that they remember all of this and continue having a desire for God and His word. The world is a tough place to be in, and I want more than anything for them to realize how much Jesus loves them. I want them to turn to Him when they're hurt, and to know that Jesus is the ultimate comforter. When something doesn't go the way they plan it to go, I want them to trust that god will take care of them and that He has a plan that is greater than theirs. 

Needless to say, this week has been a huge encouragement to me. The lack of sleep and complete exhaustion has been more than worth it.  It's also pretty great that I get to do all of this with Rory; it's really special to be able to be by his side while we're teaching little ones about Jesus. I'm feeling really blessed. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vacation Bible School is this week, which is always so much fun for me. It does my heart good to teach little one's about Jesus. I have very fond memories of going to vbs when I was a little girl. Unfortunately one of my biggest memories is having a giant crush on this boy ( I say boy, because I was in like 3rd grade), and I looked forward to going because he was going to be there. It's really sad to me that the most distinct memory I have of vbs is that boy--not that I learned about Jesus or the gospel, just that there was a boy there that I had a crush on. ha! It's actually not funny; it makes me frustrated with my little third grade self! 

Rory and I are the teachers again this year. It's such a joy to be able to be with these kids every evening for 5 days straight to teach them about Christ and what He did for us. You're totally exhausted by the end of the week, but it's so worth it.

 This year's theme is " International Spy Academy" and we're teaching the kids how to be detectives to find truth (distinguishing between false religions, and recognizing that there is only one true God). It's really stinkin' cool if you ask me, and a great way to keep them interested. 

When these kids get to be my age, I want them to have precious memories of vbs. My prayer is that their little hearts will be touched, and that even at this young age they'll recognize just how much Jesus loves them. I want them to have a heart that desires to follow him ( not boys--ha!)

I'm keeping this sweet and simple today. 

Love you all

....and yes, my code name is twinkle toes! 

Looking Inward.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


  Happy Thursday! I don't know how you feel, but I feel like Thursdays are total teasers! It's like we've had a long week behind us, but we're not quite to Friday. See! Total teaser. 

On a completely different note, I've been thinking a lot lately about physical appearance and what role it should play in a Christian's life. Most, if not all of us, have a desire to look good. "Good" might look different for everyone, but regardless, everyone wants to be physically appealing. Right?

I've grown up always being incredibly self conscious. I remember being in 8th grade graduation, and wearing a cardigan with my graduation dress, because for whatever reason I hated my arms and didn't want them to show. There were days when I wouldn't go to school because I had pimples on my face, and moments in high school where I would go home "sick," because I felt like my outfit made me look fat. I even dropped  out of a dance the day of a recital, because the costume "made me look fat" ( this was probably Jr high-ish age as well). Needless to say, my pre-teen/teenage years were really rough for me.

I'm happy to say that now, even though I'm still not exactly where I want to be physically, I'm so much happier being me. Sure, I still have days where I change my outfit 6 times before I leave the house, or days when I feel like my hair just won't do what I want it to, but that's just part of being a woman. I believe it's also a part of putting my life into perspective and recognizing how much more important it is to get my heart in shape, because that's what Jesus is ultimately concerned with. That's not to say that we should just let ourselves go, eat lots of junk and not care if we're healthy. I truly believe if we focus on our hearts, usually the desire to take care of this body that Christ gave us becomes easier, as we set our focus on Him and less on outward things.

I really wanted to focus on God in all of this. I want to take care of this body, because it's His, not because I want other people's approval.  We've grown up in this world where physical image has become extremely important, and in a lot of ways has turned into woman feeling this overwhelming need to be perfect.

 I've got news for you: 

Having the " perfect" body isn't going to make you happy, and it won't make all your problems go away.  It just won't. 

Our body is a temple. What does this mean?  We need to honor God with our bodies! God's spirit dwells within us; therefore, we need to treat it that way. For this reason, yes, I believe that God wants us to take care of our bodies. I totally believe we can honor God when we're eating healthy and watching what we put into our bodies; it's all a part of being disciplined. Just as we're supposed to be disciplined in our actions and thoughts, we need to be disciplined with our body.

Friends, we're made in the image of God. Isn't that amazing? We were made to resemble God. That's a big statement, I know.  It makes me want to go sit in a corner for awhile, and just think about the ways that I'm resembling God. Am I resembling God? Can people see Christ in me?

Which leads me to this....
I could have just stopped at " Therefore be imitators of God..," but I just couldn't leave out the part about walking in love, because I feel like that's very important to a believers life.

 Jesus is love, and since we're called to be like Jesus, we need to walk in love. I'm not going to turn this into a "you need to love yourself" pep talk, because that just brings the focus back to ourselves, and not on Him. We need to be love, because He is love. Not for ourselves, but for the purpose to bring glory to our creator.

On this earth, we're never going to sinless as Christ was, but he tells us that "...he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus" Philippians 1:6  Isn't that exciting news? God will faithfully, and consistantly be working on our hearts, sanctifying us until we're with Him. I don't know about you, but this brings me extreme comfort and joy.

The main point of all of this was for me to just refocus myself. I get caught up in eating this and not that, making sure I work out enough, and I spend way too much time thinking about how I wish I could fit in a size 5 pants again for once in my life.

You readers are so awesome. Thanks for letting me share my life with you.

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21 Day's of Clean Eating!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I have a confession to make: I've been eating horrible this past week. Horrible as in pizza, taco bell, ice cream, chips, chocolate--the works! Obviously not all at one sitting, but you get the jist. The result of this has made me feel pretty stinkin' crappy. I was eating Paleo for so long that once I started eating crappy foods again, I could instantly tell, because I felt horrible; I couldn't sleep, my face has been breaking out, and my intestines feel like they've doubled in size. 

 I think my skin takes the biggest hit when I eat unhealthy foods. My skin has always been very sensitive, but since eating Paleo my skin has been looking very healthy and clear; it really has done wonders for my skin. However, after last week, my skin looks dry, unhealthy and I'm pretty broken out. yuck. Bottom line: what I eat directly effects the way my skin looks.

With all that said, I just feel like right now is the perfect time for me to refocus and get back to eating really healthy and staying that way. And to let you in on a little secret, I'm really terrible at sticking to these things, which is why I'm posting about it on here. I need accountability. 

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge
Learn more at Mark’s Daily Apple.

I am determined to finish these 21-days! 

Have any of you done a challenge like this before?  Do tell!

I'm alive!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I just wanted to post something on here quickly, so that you all know that I'm alive. I'm so sorry that I haven't posted the past week in a half. I've been house sitting up at my sisters house ( pictured above. Yes, be jealous) and somehow I just haven't gotten around to blogging. I know, I'm terrible. I promise that I have been thinking about all you guys, though! I miss you.

Honestly, I've just been really scatter-brained lately. I feel like my brain is on overload, even though there isn't like a ton of stuff going on in my life right now. Seriously, though, yesterday I actually couldn't remember how old I was, and then when I realized I was 26, I couldn't believe it. Please tell me I'm not the only one who has done this.

Just for giggles, here's a couple things going on in my life right now:

+ I'm in the process of finishing up my Holistic Nutrition class. There was some good information in this coarse, but overall I've been disappointed with it. Maybe my expectations were too high? I got bored with it very quickly.

+ I've been very much against getting gel nails for quite some time now. Not because I don't like them, but because everyone and their mother [quite literally!] has been getting them, and so I refused to get them--that is, until I painted my nails one day, and then they chipped and looked terrible the very next day! I finally caved in and jumped on the gel nail wagon. I love them and I can't imagine ever using regular nail polish again.

+  I was looking through my sisters books last night, and found a book called Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick, and instantly fell in love with it. It has totally changed my perspective of dieting and body image. Our focus should be Jesus, not fitting in a size 6 pair of jeans ( which I'll admit, I spend way too much time thinking about).

+ I watched Maleficent the other day with Rory and his family. It was okay. A good one time watcher. I probably won't see it again. Did you see it?

+ I discovered that I really hate burpee's ( it's an exercise). Look it up if you don't know what they are. You would hate them, too. Boy do they work you out, though!

+ Speaking of exercise, I've been lifting weights like a crazy person lately. Between kettlebell swings, bench presses, goblet squats, sprints, etc..I feel like my workouts have been pretty dialed in lately.

+ Please keep my nephew, Jacob in your prayers. He's my sisters little boy, and he broke his arm a couple days ago (they're still on vacation). He's been having to see a physician in Arkansas, because they can't wait until they come back to California. Poor little guy. He's a trooper, though!

How are you, my dear friends?

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