love me some family time

This weekend was so wonderful.  My mom and sister were complete angels and drove a moving truck 14 HOURS from New Jersey to Michigan full of all our stuff and then helped us move it all in!!!!  They were incredible and I don’t know what I’d do without them.  

When they got here Friday night, we unpacked a few things, then visited for awhile and ate brownies (I made gluten-free ones!)  It had only been 2 weeks since I saw them but it felt like more than that.

Saturday, we rose pretty early and began the process of unloading the truck.  Surprisingly, it only took us about 2 hours.  The real challenge was arranging furniture inside our apartment and finding places for everything! (That’s still a work in progress.)  While this chaos was all taking place, little Optimus Prime spent the day at Petsmart Doggy Day Care – apparently he was the little star of that place, which is not hard to believe.

Saturday night, my mom, sister, and I went to see “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” at the cheap theater (yay for $4 movies!)  It was pretty funny but totally confirmed that it will be many, many, MANY years before my husband and I begin the adventure that is having children! …Sorry to disappoint all of you who thought otherwise 😉

Sunday morning, we played hooky from church and just enjoyed a lazy morning – we were all exhausted from the moving festivities on Saturday!  It was nice to just chill out (on real furniture!) and spend time with my husband and my family.  We finally got out of the house for a late lunch at Wolfgang’s (yum) and did a trip to Meijer (a must when anyone from NJ visits us out here.)

Monday, we visited campus for a while and picked up some of my stuff that was stored in the dorm (and by some, I mean a ton.)  We had lunch at Marie Catrib’s – mom and Kaleigh loved it, as we expected!  Then it was off to Detroit to bring them to the airport 😦  We were sad to see them go, but we had an amazing weekend – even if it was too short!

Today, it’s back to work and normal schedules.  Looking forward to how God reveals Himself to me this week.  Have a great Tuesday!

Kneeling at the Throne of Grace

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may find mercy and grace in time of need” – Hebrews 4:16

I stumbled upon this verse this morning, and boy, did I need it!  I love how God uses His own word to constantly provide encouragement in my daily life, no matter what I’m going through.  There’s appropriate scripture for when I’m having a rough day, or for when life is going great, or for when I question and doubt, or for when I praise and worship.  We are so blessed that God understands our hearts and knows what we need.

So, back to the point… I need the Lord’s mercy and grace. Every. Single. Day.  But especially today.  When life is overwhelming and chaotic and stressful, turning my face to God is rarely my initial response.  My instinct is to hide from Him, as if not having it together won’t cut it.  But that doesn’t line up with who our God is.  Our God wants us to come boldly to the throne of grace when we are in need.  To acknowledge that we need grace is a blessing.  When we acknowledge our need, we are able to come boldly to God’s throne, where we will find His everlasting mercy and grace.  Amen anyone?

When I’m crabby or feeling lazy, God doesn’t want me to hide my imperfection from Him.  Rather, in these tough moments of life, I should be running to His throne to seek His constant mercy and grace.  Because I am in need.

So today, my challenge to myself, and to you, is to kneel at His throne, even when it’s the last thing you want to do…because that’s when we need it most.

Thoughts to Process

I never thought I would be writing a blog… I mean, I’ve followed other blogs for years, and I even blogged for my college’s admissions department last year – but I never thought about putting my own personal, and very real, thoughts and feelings out for the world to see.  I’ve realized, though, that as I’ve transitioned through many changes this past year, writing helps me to process what I’m going through.  Writing about my crazy busy school semester; writing about getting engaged and married 6 months later; writing about being  a full-time student and working part-time, all while still trying to be a good wife, daughter, sister, and friend; writing about my journey of seeking God; writing about my desire to know God more; writing about how the Lord is working in my heart and in my life.  Writing helps me process these things.  When thoughts, feelings, prayers, and memories are written down, I can look back and see how God has worked in my life and in the lives of others.

So I’ve decided to make these writings public because:

1. I know I’m not in this alone.  My prayer is that God would not just use my written words to reveal Himself to me in my life, but that He might use my written words to bless others, whether they be people I know personally, or someone who stumbled upon this blog by chance.

2.  Simply accountability.  You see, when I record my thoughts, feelings, etc. in my own private journal for only my eyes, there is truly no motivation for me to be consistent.  There’s nothing wrong with private prayer journals, in fact, I will still be writing in mine because certainly not everything is meant to be shared.  But I pray that people who read this blog would keep me accountable, so that I might constantly be processing and searching for how God is at work – in my marriage, my friendships, my schooling, my workplace, and my church.  

I know God is constantly at work and moving, and I no longer want to be content with sitting back and just waiting for those occasional neon flashing lights He shows us.  I want to pursue Him and seek His heart.  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13

In the midst of the chaos and transitions of life, I want to seek the Lord and His peace in my life.  I’m choosing peace.

Will you join me in this journey of seeking the Lord and seeking His peace in the chaos of life?