Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Recent Joys...

I've gotten lots of joy out of many different things lately. Anyone who reads this blog knows what a high-school and college football fan I am. The first joy I will share is this...

...I got to experience the joy of watching Texas beat OU in the Red River Rivalry. I am not the biggest Texas fan, but I route for them when they are playing an out-of-state team. That is not to say that I couldn't be pursuaded to become a Texas fan though :) It's just that my Daddy went to A&M for three years. But let's face it, A&M just cannot produce a winning football team. We'll see how they do against Texas, I'm already prepping myself for a complete domination by Texas. I've also gotten behind Tech. First because Taylor Potts is an Abilene High graduate, like me and secondly Grant attends Tech, so I pay my allegiance to the school. Let me just say, Stephen Sheffield has done great. OK, moving on...

...I've gotten to see Grant twice recently and that ALWAYS makes me happy. Since he and Laura have moved to Lubbock the family and I have missed them so much and it has been a blessing and a treat to see him. He came in for the A-High game against Weatherford and rode with us along with his best friend Cole. In case you haven't figured it out, I absolutely adore my family. I think family is to be cherished, treasured, and highly esteemed. I don't know what I'd do without them. They just make life so much fun :)...

...I've gotten to do one of my absolute favorite things - - celebate. In our family, October is a busy month and it is chalk-full of opportunities to have fun. We have my mom's birthday, my birthday, my uncle's birthday, and Halloween. Plus we usually try to fit in a trip to Fredericksburg, and that is always cause for celebration if you ask me. I love to travel.

I'll leave you with a picture of my favorite Eagle-in-training, my cousin, Emma Beth

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cozy Days...

There is something about Fall that makes me enjoy days like today more than usual. I didn't have anything I HAD to get accomplished today so I just took it easy. I have done some of my favorite things. Things like watching my favorite cooking shows on Food Network, and catching up on what I've missed on Little House on the Prairie. Keeping to myself sometimes is just so comforting and restful. I've truly enjoyed going at a slower pace today. Days like this remind me of what things are really important. Thank you Lord for slow, cozy days!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Birthday Celebration 2009...

Celebrating with our best family friends at Cracker Barrel
Daddy celebrating his two birthday girls: Mom first and then his Little
My precious Grandma and Papa joined us
I am always blessed to share my birthday celebrations with my precious and wonderful Mom! I had a wonderful family-filled birthday. I love sharing my birthday with my best friend, my Mom, one day apart :) My Mom's birthday is on October 5th and mine is on the 6th. I've always secretly thanked the Lord for that because I think it is so special. I think He knew we would be so close as mother-and-daughter friends and I am thankful for that little life detail we share with one another. I fully expect and believe that my 27th year will be blessed and full of the activity and Presence of the Lord, and for that I am unspeakably grateful. I desire to grow and become more of the young woman He desires me to be to fully embrace and celebrate the destiny and calling He has specifically ordained for me. Thanks to everyone who made me feel cherished, loved, encouraged, and blessed. The Lord is so good.
(I'm sorry the spacing is so wierd on this. Blogger is so wierd and unpredictable :)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

27 Wishes...

Here is a list of 27 wishes as well as things I would like to accomplish during this new year. I am borrowing this idea from my friend Katie.

1. Go to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City for a weekend (this has been a fervent desire of mine for a long long time!)
2. Grow an intense and ever-more fervent love for my Father God
3. Be more intentional about setting aside time to practice focused intercession
4. Grow deeper friendships
5. To be on the lookout every day and every moment I'm alive for the Presence of the Spirit
6. To stay in better contact with precious friends
7. To soak in the Lord's Presence every day
8. To love my family with a fierce and intentional grace
9. To watch my reactions and the words of my mouth
10. To take more pictures :)
11. To learn to not be so tied to material possessions
12. To listen before I speak (God gave me two ears and one mouth :)
13. To celebrate something every day
14. To heed the callings of the Lord
15. To be more organized :) This one is hard for me!
16. To allow the Lord to continue to show me how to manage my home in a godly manner
17. To be still
18. To read 1 new book a quarter (I'm a slow-let-it-sink-in kind of reader)
19. To encourage 5 people a day
20. To enjoy every day even on the days where I can't find anything to be happy about
21. To engage in meaningful work
22. To try to flesh out the Lord's Prayer with the grace of Jesus helping me
23. improve my writing
24. To take time and be thankful :)
25. To listen to music everyday (This one is NOT hard for me because I am a music lover, but I find that listening to good-for-the-soul, Christ-focused music drives away darkness and I'm all about that!!)
26. To love on the elderly in my sphere of influence
27. To have a pliable teachable and ever humble and pure spirit so that the Lord can have His way!

27 Things...