my new life

just stopping for a minute to take a break from the craziness of my life. it's been so great ever since i've moved. however, my schedule has definitely changed in so many ways.

wake up at 4:50am
out the door by 5:00am to go on a run
spend time with God
get dressed very quickly
out the door by 7:15am for work
work until 6:00pm
home by 6:30/7:00pm

and then the second part of my life begins:

having neighbors over for dinner, or
hanging out with friends, or
life group, or

and then before I know it it's 10:00pm and I'm wondering where the day went. so I have to learn my boundaries. what can be cut out and what can't. and while I feel like I'm going hard all day long, I am loving every minute of it. i love my new house. i love my new roommate. i love my job and the people i get to spend all day with. i love figuring out how to navigate my life with God while trying to live in the supernatural. to be honest, i really have nothing figured out and lots to learn, but I'm grateful. and I'm committed to seeking God through it all . . . loving Him and loving others.

i know it's just a season. and the next season is going to look very different from this season. so… for now, I'll probably blog less and read more, spend less time on facebook and twitter and more time working, spend the time i'm not working with people... in discipleship and discipling others, going to concerts, exercising, eating delicious food, and enjoy being single for as long as it lasts.

what does your season look like?


my book list

So at the beginning of the year I set a goal for myself. I told myself i would read 1 book every 2 months, to read a total of 6 books in a year. I know that doesn't sound like a lot to most people out there, but for me, this was a very practical goal to set for myself.

Well, so far so good. Here's what I've read: Forgotten God, So Long Insecurity, Secrets of the Secret Place, Chasing the Dragons, and The Shack. Recommend all of them to you. All fantastic books!

I've been trying to get into Captivating, Stasi Eldredge, but I just can't do it. For some reason I'm just not digging it. So I ordered myself two new books today: Come to Papa, by Gary Wiens and then Radical by David Platt. I cannot wait read these and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to have any trouble getting into them.

I'm actually quite proud of myself of being ahead of my goal. I figured I'd give myself some space this year, and then next year I can try and read a book a month or every 1.5 months. We'll see. But for now, I've got two more books to read before December. I think I can make that happen.

What should I add to my reading list?!


I moved!

Well, I'm finally living in Dallas. I moved this past Tuesday and have been spending every extra minute I have unpacking and trying to decorate. We will have a long way to go, but everything is really coming together.

I am so happy in my new place. I feel like I have more structure to my life and am honestly able to accomplish more at work now. I'm so excited for what God wants to do on our little street and in our community.

pictures to come soon. In the meantime, get excited for all the new music coming out tomorrow, specifically David Gray and Ray Lamontagne's new albums!



I cannot believe that tonight is my last night at 612 Bent Creek Drive. So many things have happened in my life since I've moved here.

A new job - one that I still can't believe that I have
New depth and intimacy with Jesus
Being part of a church that really is the church - people who love God desperately and really live by faith
I've traveled all over the US
Gained two nieces
Was baptized at this house
My whole family has stayed here at one time and have had so many visitors
The list could go on forever

It's always interesting to look back on things. I've been here for 1.5 yrs. I really feel like I can say I'm not the same person I was when I moved here. I have a long way to go, but God is so faithful to bring me into a deeper relationship with Him. I could never, nor would I ever want to, go backwards…. go back to how things used to be. Yes, I miss some people dearly, but thankfully those relationships don't change

So tonight is my last time to sleep here. To sleep where I work. To sleep alone (without a roommate), to be able to walk downstairs in the morning to go to work, to wake up and spend time with the Lord however I want without anyone hearing or seeing me, to live 10 minutes away from Jerry and Priscilla..

But I'm gaining such an amazing roommate, and amazing place to live, a place that is within 5 miles of my friends and church, not to mention half a mile to my favorite coffee shop.

I'm gaining deeper community, a more balanced schedule, and whatever else the Lord has planned.

So here's to a new season… a shift in my life… it's yours, Lord. have Your way!


The Shreve

This past weekend I went to visit Margie and Aaron and let me tell you, it was an amazing weekend. Margie could not have wrapped up the weekend any more perfectly, so I will just send you over to her blog to take a ganter.

It was just what my soul needed. Can I also add that 4 times I was told that we look like sisters. I cannot tell you how many times we got that comment in college. Huge compliment for me if I look like a beautiful, petite girl with the prettiest blue eyes you've ever seen.

Marg, I love you like crazy!