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Modern Audrey Hepburn

“Romance, beauty, adventure…The life we’ve all been searching for because it’s the life we all were made for.” John Eldredge.

Photo Credit: Serenity Photography

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The first quarter of my senior year has been full of change. 

At school all my work is being graded much harder than the previous years, seniors are asked to be the leaders of the student body through small groups, in cheer we are performing stunts we have never practiced before and I’m incredibly fearful.

At home we are attempting to minimalize things we do not need and with a family of six people, that is a long and sweaty process.

My relationships with my family, friends, and my elders are constantly changing and growing.

Recently I have been feeling uncertain. Uncertain about how the future is going to unravel before me. I should not be so timid about the future, because God has is under control. Yet, as I am just a human, I let Uncertainty grab me at the wrists and drag me, because I’m too fearful to walk alongside Uncertainty.

ImageSo, as I let Uncertainty drag me behind her I feel reluctant about letting go. I hate to let go of people that mean the world to me. I hate that next Spring I’ll be graduating from a school which has felt like a second home for the past three years. I hate that as next fall comes around my social life will be different, when it has taken awhile for my social life to be built, and that scares me.

Last night my best friend texted me something I needed to hear, and I wanted to share with you what she reminded me about life,

“We could talk all day about possibilities and things that are never going to happen, but there is only one who knows if there’s any truth to what we’re saying and that’s God. Focus on now. Trust God with now. And the rest of everything will play itself out. If we’re trusting God now, and now, and now, then we are trusting him every second and if we’re trusting in God every second, than we are trusting him with our future.”

Deep beneath all my worries and fears, there is a part of me that wants to jump up from being dragged and walk alongside Uncertainty. There is a part of me that wishes to embrace life to the fullest.

Everyone knows the part in Lion King, when Simba is held up to the sky and all the animals rejoice than bow down. That is what I want to do.

I want to rejoice and bow down to God. I want to bow down to Him, because He holds my uncertainty. And the only way I’ll be able to recognize the present and look forward to the future is grasping on to this desire and laying myself before Him.

Jim Elliot once wrote, “Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.”

When I read books I have a bad habit of skipping forward and skimming over the chapters that seem irrelevant. I told my mom and she told me that when I do skim over chapters it is as if I am not respecting the author. An author includes all passages in his/her book for a specific reason which is meaningful to them, and when readers skip over a part they personally do not care for, I wonder how the author would respond? Would the author be shaking his/her head or would they not care?

During the times of strife or when life just seems really boring and monotonous, do not lose hope, and never cease praising God. He is the author of our life and when we look down on a time in life we feel is unnecessary shame on us. He gives us life through Jesus Christ. Why do we long for answers, when answers will come when His timing is best?

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I want to encourage you to seek His wisdom  His guidance, and His peace which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

The heart is sensitive. And when you allow worries to grip it, you miss opportunities to embrace life.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Praise God. Live. Praise God.

To God be glorified.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

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Today was like any normal day at school.

I was about to fall asleep in every class–except English when we were reading Shakespeare dramatically–and I had two tests which I had been dreadfully nervous for.

Like most students, I was magically awake once school ended and proceeded to my dear friend’s house to make a garter for my homecoming date. At Perri’s house, we laughed and chatted about life as Doris Day Pandora played in the background. When I drove back home, the moon was a brilliant orange, high in the sky. (The man in the moon was definitely smiling at me).

When I arrived back to my house, I saw that my mom tweeted me a link to a blog post (http://zenhabits.net/wait/). She wrote in the tweet, “you’ll really like this”. And sure enough, I loved this blog post!

As I read this blog post about embracing the present, my mind kept wandering back to moments with Perri at her house. One thing in particular that I love about my dear friend is that she understands the importance of be-ing. We were just sitting there and she randomly says, “I just love being with you Naomi. I don’t feel like I’m forced to talk about anything.”

I want to be one of those people who anyone can be with, and not worry about being pressured into conversation. I want to express to people life does not always have to be in constant communication in order to be enjoyable.

Today was like any normal day at school, and yet spectacularly wonderful in its own way.

What if that good life is already here, and the only way to
live it is to stop looking forward and notice what we already have?

The above quote specifically caught my eye when reading the blog post my mom tweeted me.

Life is meant to be lived, enjoyed, and embraced. Don’t sit and wait. Embrace life. NOW.

To God be all glory and honor.

“No world a person can conjure from their imagination is more enchanted than the real one we live in every day.”

Thomas Williams 

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