Tuesday, November 13, 2012


So encouraged tonight. The Lord is so sweet. When I was first engaged the Lord reminded me of this song by Watermark called "Mended" I wrote in my journal how I wanted to play this song at my wedding because it was a beautiful picture of what the Lord had done. Fast forward 9 months and I am having a quiet night drinking wine, listening to pandora, and reading and the Lord reminds me of this song. This time, He pricks my heart with these lyrics, "we will stand grateful for all that has been left behind and for all that goes before us...Lord you are to be praised." 

As the holidays come close it is easy for me to sink into sad mode comparing this time this year to last year. I just can't even do it. I am so excited for what He is doing ahead of me that there is no time for sadness. I am filled with a thankful heart. The year of 2012 I can honestly say has been a year of pain and sorrow, but will end with Joy and Praise. 

Song of the day is "Mended" by Watermark. This song is one the Lord continues to thread through my life. Through the joys, the pain, the tears, and the praise, it is a song I will forever love and be thankful for.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Healed Heart..

I haven't blogged in a long time. I haven't really know what to say to be honest. Just this past week, I was driving windows down music blasted and I realized my heart doesn't hurt anymore like it did. The past 6 months have been some of the most painful months, but I would go through them all over again because of where I am now. I am so blessed! so thankful that the God I serve and follow knows what is best. I am so thankful for the ways that he has and is turning my mourning into joy. I am loving everyday that I live in Nashville. I have always wanted to get into medical sales and the lord provided that as soon as I was obedient and followed him here. He meets me here. He has always met me, but I was too busy trying to help him out. The way I lived my life prior to my engagement ending was as if I thought the lord was too busy to answer my prayers so clearly I needed to help him. As the rug was pulled out from underneath my feet I am seeing he is never too busy for me. He has the best plans. He has written the most beautiful story for me, I just have to surrender my control and open my hands and say "okay, Lord I am here and I will go where you go and I will love where you love."

song of the day: "Carry Your Name" by Christy Nockels 

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Fellows

So the Fellows has begun! We have been waiting for this day for so long and it is finally here. We had our luncheon at the Sim's house last Sunday where all of us and our families joined to kick off the next year. It was such a sweet time to be together and to get to see where each of us came from. The following day, we all, minus a couple of us, started our internships. It's rather wild all the transitions we are experiencing all at once. New home, new friends, new jobs, new routines....shoo its crazy exciting! This past weekend was the high light thus far. We packed up our backpacks and headed off to the mountains for a fun filled weekend of repelling, waterfall/cliff jumping, backpacking, sleeping in hammocks, zorbing, gymnastics, team building games, sleeping in caves with bats, going through the birth canal, and cleaning mud out of our ears and belly buttons. It was by far the most outdoorsy weekend of my life, not to mention so much fun! So, here we are back to reality. All of us are exhausted and sore and sitting in our cubicles. Well, I have a cute office with a couch that teases me because I just want to take a nap, but none the less we are back to our jobs and ready for a fun filled year of growing deeper with Jesus and together! I already feel like I have known my 11 new friends my whole life. It's as if we are just a huge family of brothers and sisters and the Rickster who keeps us laughing. Down below are some GP's of our first week as Fellows!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

This Is My Life...

In the past three days I have spent time with all of these kids. From playing Horse with Mac to playing guitar hero with the five below...it has been crazy!
Clara, Andrew, Caroline, Henry, and Kathryn
Kathryn and Clara singing "I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth!"
Will trying to jump rope in the pouring down rain!!
Veggie Tales anyone??
Red light!!! green light....Bennett, Thatcher, and Campbell...
Bennett wanted to eat a popsicle and jump in the puddles outside!
Jenni, Drew, Will and I rode the train at West Town Mall...it was hilarious!!!
Alec and Jake preparing for war! haha SO cute!!!! They killed me in the jump house!
Mac!!!! He and I played horse outside all morning! He was determined to beat me!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Much Needed Reminder For My Heart..

There’s a passage in 2 Corinthians where Paul describes the hardships he has gone through in order to follow Jesus. It goes like this: ”…In great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”

We need to remember that following our Savior is costly. Not sometimes only for certain people like Paul. But for everyone that desires to be a follower – a disciple – of our Lord Jesus, He said there will be a COST. But it is WELL WORTH giving up the things we cannot keep in order to gain eternal riches in our God, which we CANNOT LOSE.

If we are really following Jesus, we will go to the hard places. Being a Christ follower means being acquainted with sorrow. Because we must know sorrow to be able to fully appreciate Joy. Joy costs pain, but the pain is worth it.

Zac Brown Band

One of my absolute favorite things ever is to go to concerts! I LOVE THEM! Might be #2 on my favorite list actually. Nothing gets better than an out doors concert either! Gosh, the weather was perfect, the friends were great, and the music was INSANELY good. When I lived in Palm Beach last summer, all we listened to was Zac Brown Band, it was so fun to see them live here at home!
Smokies Stadium!!!
Good friends + good music + good beverages = life is real good!
support the cowboys!!
Cookie Monster!!!
awww tender!!
Toes in the water as* in the sand, not a worry in the world a cold beer in my hand!!

Zac Brown Band you killed it!!!