Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Give love, pour it out

Hey babes!

I hope everyone is having a great week, fall is creeping (not so sneakily) up on us in the beautiful foothills of Virginia.

Lately I have been in a funk, a funk of dealing with work, friendships, and just irritability. This past week I have been hurt by some people in my life and it left me feeling bitter and grumpy. That is so not my personality. I love people (well, my people but I'm working on it) and I was down in the dumps because people I loved were hurting me, how could they do this?

I spent about a day and a half feeling sorry for myself until the Holy Spirit nudged me to quit my ugly behavior. My best friend moved away so we have been doing a Bible study and texting about what we're learning, during our conversation I was made aware of how I let sin creep in and show its ugly face in my life. I saw how I was letting my hurt get in the way of loving others, and how I was letting it bring me down. While I may need to work on forgiving some people in my life, last night I felt rejuvenated and felt prompted to pour out love, not just to my people, but to all people in my life. Christ's love fills my heart, I have that blessing, and it is my responsibility to share that love with others, regardless whether I necessarily want to or not.

Today I have been encouraged by a few things and I wanted to share them with you.

"The whole point of what we're urging is simply love-- love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God" 1 Timothy 5-7 The Message Remix

Friends, I am so impacted by those words, a love uncontaminated by self-interest it is not about me, it's about Jesus, and His love is oh-so perfect.

I was also encouraged by this short lyric from David Crowder's song "I Am"

"Love like this sets our hearts on fire"

When I allow the Holy Spirit to work in my heart and my life, that's how I feel, like my heart is on fire. This feeling definitely isn't constant for me but it's all about seeking His face, allowing His love to change you, and giving His love to others.

Sweet, sweet friends, let me know if I can be praying for you or if I can do anything.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Wagon

Good Afternoon y'all!

Last time I wrote to you, it was about #whole30. Well I didn't fall off the wagon, I jumped off and let the wagon roll off a cliff. To say that I was struggling is an understatement- I know it's super difficult and normal to experience headaches, fatigue, etc. but I was going through much more and I made the decision for my health and sanity to stop whole 30. When I told my husband and some of my friends, they were relieved because I just wasn't myself. With that said, I did learn a lot and I'm looking forward to giving it a shot again in the future.

Though I bailed on whole 30, I am proud to say that I hopped on another "wagon" and completed my first race, running the Virginia 4-miler and finishing under my goal time! I shared on instagram a little bit about my story, but I'll be sharing more about that in the weeks ahead. Y'all to finish this race was huge for me, and I am so happy that I stuck to training and duked it out- running on weekends and after work wasn't always easy but I am officially addicted to running.

I can't wait to share more with you in the weeks ahead! I hope you use the photos below as encouragement!