Monthly Archives: October 2015

Embrace Fun

 

the pale little pumpkin grew up to be the nerdy bookworm!

 
Happy Halloween, y’all!

I hope you have enjoyed your October as much as I have. It’s hard to believe it is coming to a close, and that we are diving head-first into the holiday season. 

I want to leave you with this- Embrace Fun! 

Sometimes it’s good to see life through the eyes of a three year old, reminding us that life is about so much more than bills and deadlines and appointments and to-do lists. 

The whole world is open to us. But sometimes we get locked in our heads and bound by the opinions of others, and we no longer see the sparkles and glitter of life, the paths we can pursue, the dreams we can dream, the fun we can embrace!

  
I think that’s why I have come to enjoy Halloween so much. It’s about more than abundant candy and frappula and black cats. (but who am I kidding? All of those are awesome!)

It’s so much fun. And for one night, we all become like children, seeing the world as it really is: wide and open to us. We can be or do anything. 

 

captain jack sparrow has never looked better

 

I hope you never forget that life is beautiful, but most of all, I hope you take time to embrace fun. Maybe your fun looks different than mine, and that’s ok. Just find what makes your heart sing, and make time for it. 

Now go eat some candy!

My song of the day- Monster Mash 

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Embrace your Quirks 

 
We all have quirks, little things that make us weird and different. But we have the choice to disguise our quirks, or own them. 

Embrace them, my friends! They are part of you, and are part of what makes you unique. 

Some will tell you it’s best to strive to be normal (who determines what that is, anyway?), to follow the crowd. But imagine a monochromatic world, where everyone is the same. Sounds like a dystopian novel, right?

Thankfully, God created a world filled with color and diversity, and that means we are free to embrace our unique passions, and blaze our own trails. 

Even Ed Sheeran says it: Embrace your Quirks. Or as Taylor Swift puts it- “If you’’re lucky enough to be different, don’’t ever change.”

Our only requirement is that wherever we are, we be all there, doing all to the glory of God!

My song of the day- Fight Song by Rachel Platten

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Embrace your Tribe 

  
I remember the first time I read Jeff Goins’ post on finding your tribe. It gave me an itch to find my tribe, my people. 

I think, in a sense, that is why I love researching my ancestry. I love finding out about where I came from, and it is so amazing to hear stories and feel a connection to someone you’ve never met!

In the past year I have begun to find and embrace my tribe, the group of people who get me, and and are willing to venture down the path of life with me, despite my idiosyncrasies and quirks and flaws. 

My tribe is spread out over the globe, and none of us are exactly alike- we have a diverse range of beliefs and opinions, but we see the Sparks of similarity, and enjoy the camaraderie we share.

The thing I’ve discovered about finding your tribe is this: don’t take yourself too seriously, and don’t try to be someone you aren’t. Your tribe, the people who matter, won’t mind if you’re weird, they will love you for it, and have your back. 

Your tribe will be there to laugh with you, go to concerts with you, share your pain, recommend good books and booze, and a million other crazy wonderful things. So here’s to finding the ragtag band of perfectly imperfect folks who will do life with you!

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Embrace Grace 

 
 Grace has become a theme in my life the past few years. I have not only come to grasp it, but also to delight in it. 

There is great joy in embracing Grace, a freeing sense of joy! There is such peace in realizing that I don’t have to spend my life striving to be good enough, or fit in a box, I can just be myself and focus on bringing glory to God right here, right now. 

I have fond memories of a friend belting out Grace Greater than Our Sin: 

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;

What can we do to wash it away?

Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,

Brighter than snow you may be today.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

Grace, grace, God’s grace,

Grace that is greater than all our sin!

Isn’t that a beautiful thought? Nothing that we can do could ever overwhelm, or overshadow, God’s Grace towards us. None of us are beyond His reach. 

Yet so often we go through life like Lady Macbeth, viewing our sin with frustration and crying, “Out, damned spot , out!” But all the water and scrubbing in the world won’t remove the impact of our transgressions. 

Only the blood of Christ, by His marvelous Grace can make us clean, and embracing that relieves so much pressure. 

We don’t have to mask our shortcomings, but rather use them to point others to Christ. We don’t have to be cookie cutter Christians, but rather we are free to use our own unique gifts and abilities to serve Christ and His Church. 

So stop striving, stop the restless pacing, stop the search for perfection, and let your soul rest in the Savior and His Grace. 

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Embrace Hello 

 

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Everyone knows saying goodbye is hard. 

But have you ever thought about how difficult it can be to say hello? Especially after a painful goodbye?

When all you want to do is crawl in bed and hide from all the heartbreak and soul-ache and betrayal, embracing hello is scary. 

It means opening yourself up to someone new, putting yourself in a vulnerable place- knowing that you could get hurt, but reaching out, taking someone by the hand, and sharing a smile, a little glimmer of yourself. 

But it’s worth it. 

Because saying hello is a step towards healing. Embracing hello as part of life means that you recognize that there’s always the possibility of goodbye, but life is too short not to love people now. 

And you never know, sometimes all it takes to launch a beautiful friendship is hello! So open your heart, and let people in. It’s amazing how hello can make the world a better place. 

My song of the day- Hello by Adele

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Embrace Goodbye 

  
Saying goodbye is one of the most difficult parts of life. 

And the hardest goodbyes are the ones that take us by surprise. 

Death, breakups, divorce, shattered relationships. God did not design us to say goodbye, y’all. 

But that doesn’t change the fact that each and everyone of us experiences it. The good news is that we never have to experience these painful, messy goodbyes alone- our Savior walks with us through every moment. 

And sometimes goodbye is actually the best thing that could happen to us. 

Sometimes it takes a dark night of the soul for us to see the light. Sometimes it takes a rainy season for us to appreciate the sun. Sometimes it takes what we hold dear turning to dust for us to recognize what is truly worthwhile. 

As you say goodbye, remember that you’re freeing yourself to say hello. Don’t let others drag you down, just shake it off and move forward- there is a glorious dawn awaiting. 

My song of the day- Clean by Taylor Swift 

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Review of “Against the Tide”

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This year, I discovered Elizabeth Camden, and quickly became captivated by her incredible novels.

First it was With Every Breaththen The Lady of Bolton Hillnow Against the Tide. 

A sequel to The Lady of Bolton Hill, Against the Tide is set in the 1890’s and introduces us to Lydia Pallas, an immigrant, orphan, and translator for the U.S. Navy. But when Lydia begins working for the mysterious Alexander Banebridge, her perfectly ordered life begins to fall apart.

Well-written, filled with information, and centered around an intelligent, brave, and vibrant female character, readers are sure to enjoy Against the Tide. It is a book I look forward to reading again many times!

I would give Against the Tide an “A”, and highly recommend it.

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