bracing myself

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I’m not sure where you’re coming from, but where I’m at, it’s getting colder. Fall is here and we all know what that means- winter is an oncoming freight train. See the picture? No leaves. So sad. Around here, you hear a lot about getting through the winter.  It seems like it’s all anyone talks about for awhile. It gets so cold that it’s a successful day if I manage to step out the door. The months ahead somehow make me more self-centered. My thoughts turn into an endless circle of “I am so cold.  I don’t want to go to class. I hate winter.”  And if you see me walking outside, I scarcely respond because all I am thinking about is how many steps it’ll take to get to where I’m going.  Anyone with me? No? Maybe I’m unusually grouchy. Well, I want that to change this year. I was catching up with an old friend the other day, and when describing her life, she said she was focused on “kingdom work,” doing her best to choose to spend her time intentionally loving on people. That doesn’t sound so bad to me. In the past couple of years, with all of the books and articles out about changing the way we think, this is being made clear to me. God works through changed perspectives.   When we spend more energy on getting to know God, our perspective naturally changes, and out of that, life changes.  If you’re into Biblical references, … Read More

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peace out, america

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I can’t believe it’s finally here. Unfortunately, I’m going to be absent from this blog for the rest of May. But really, I’m not too sad about it because I’ll be in India!!! I love getting to travel and experience other cultures.  It can be so different sometimes, but it can be so beautiful. I’M SO EXCITED. I can’t wait to share some of what I experience there with you. I’ll share more details about my time there when I get back, so be on the lookout for that. See you in June, friends!! Have any of you been to India?  Any suggestions or tips for me?

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sunflower babies || week two

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There are sunflowers growing in our room! We planted the seeds last week- if I had taken pictures that week, it would have been pictures of dirt. Not so exciting. But this week all of this happened! For years, I’ve wanted to grow sunflowers, but chipmunks always got to them. I would get so frustrated when I would come outside to find that they dug into the ground to steal the seeds. So I’m glad these are safe in our windowsill. There’s something beautiful about watching these little seeds, which seem like almost nothing, turn into plants that keep getting bigger and bigger. I can’t wait until I have my own yard someday so that I can have a garden to tend to.

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