Saturday, March 31, 2012

marching on

Wasn't March a gloriously full month? It was for me.

God has graciously allowed me to see many of the ways He has been at work in my life and my heart is eagerly expectant as I look ahead. What will God do with tomorrow? this week? this month? this year?! What will He do in my life and the lives of those around me? (In the lives that I don't even know about!) Whatever happens, I pray that I will rejoice through easy and difficult circumstances alike because my God is good and reigns as King. He is my faithful Shepherd. 

It looks like I will be doing staff in training with The Navigators at ASU in the fall. Honestly, I am stoked.

March consisted of:

-Being asked to consider going back on staff with The Navs.
-Spring Break - 
  • Time in Long Beach: I was blown away by the power of the Holy Spirit and blessed to enjoy time with some sweet LB Navs. Also, got to meet Mikey and Jo's babies! I cried (ugly cried) leaving LB. The tears never hit last year, but as I left this time I knew the next time I visited it would be completely different...lots of people will be moving on to different things next year!
  • Finding out my dad didn't have colon cancer :) Hence, this post from January 30 .
  • Time in Blythe: Canoeing with Lauran and enjoying my dear friend before her departure to Chile. Time with the parents was fun/sweet, per usual. 
-Worst Stomach Flu...since I was 8 years old or something. Luke had it too. But I had friends bring me Gatorade, so sweet of them to enter the germ war zone our apartment must have been.
-Deciding to go back on staff with The Navs. (I cannot tell you how sweet the Lord was to me in affirming this decision.)
-Family time in Blythe - What a joy it was to see Michael, Sara, and Owen (13 mos.) for the weekend. What a joy it was to celebrate Luke's 22nd birthday and bake him cake! What hope fills my heart with what God is working in Blythe!
-Today, I went boating and swimming in a March. God bless, AZ!

And this doesn't include the every day things that God is doing. This month I got some good time with the ladies in the discipleship group and had some really encouraging conversations with my little brother and my sweet cousins. 

"We're marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion,
We're marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God!"

Lord, thank You for this full month and this full heart. How beautiful are Your ways, they are beyond tracing out. You surely do more than I ask and could ever imagine. Lord, may I ever live in light of Your faithfulness and goodness. Lord, may I walk in the fullness of Your Spirit and proclaim You to those around me. Lord, we truly are marching to Zion. Lord, we are blessed to find our strength in You and to have our hearts set on pilgrimage. May I go from strength to strength, til I appear before You. My heart and my flesh cry out for You, o living God! My soul yearns and even faints for Your courts. For how lovely is Your dwelling place, o Lord Almighty?! 

Friday, March 30, 2012

today was a great day

In my opinion, any day that you get to share "The Hand-Word" tool with someone and they reply with a genuine, "Wow!" is a great day.

O Lord, give these sweet friends of mine a hunger for Your Word. May we grow in our love for You as we meditate on Your law day and night. May we bear fruit in season! Thank you for giving us Your Word, may we treasure it and live in light of it. Thanks for today!  

Saturday, March 3, 2012

beneath the shelter of Your wings

You are my God and my King,
Beneath the shelter of Your wings, I sing.
In the stormy gale I will not fear
For You are near, You are near.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
O the angel of the Lord encamps around me,
Bringer of my deliverance. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

whatever i do

Ideal Jobs:

- My dad I would start a wildly popular folk band, so wildly popular that my brothers would want in on the fun. (Currently listening to my dad's CD circa 1995 and you know what?! It is awesome!)
- I would open Bliss Bakery near a college, daily serving my newest and best baked good, orange marmalade bread! (OH MY GOODNESS, it is so good!)
- S.I.T. / EDGE Round 2 --> iEDGE, or something like it
- Sara Grove's nanny (I don't think she needs a nanny. She probably really likes being a mom.)
- Personal Assistant and travel buddy to Lauran Quist
- Etsy shop
- Communication professor (more school)
- Free-hand sign painter, which is what a career test told me my freshmen year of college. (How apt, but would it pay the bills?)
-OR something else?!?

Your ways are higher, Your thoughts are too! 
Lord, I rest before You. I'm so very tired. 
May Your peace rule in my heart and may I have a heart of thankfulness. O that Your Word would dwell in me and that I would teach others with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with a grateful heart to You. And whatever I do, whether in word or deed, may I do it all in Your name, Jesus, giving thanks to God, the Father, through You!