Friday, August 29, 2014

High Five for Friday: End of Summer Edition

It's been awhile since I've participated in High Five for Friday. Here are some cool things that happened in my life this week.

1. I finally live close enough to a Jazzercise to rejoin my all-time favorite workout. Yoga people talk about their yoga practice. Watch out or I'll talk your ear off about my Jazzercise practice. I basically pretend I'm on "So You Think You Can Dance" during every workout.

2. Today I read the book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. It was hilarious, timely, and a great kick in the pants. Don't wait around for life to happen to you, create your own success. I've been feeling letdown by the system lately, so I'm trying to figure out how to flip the system on its head in my favor.

3. Adam and I got up with the sun on Sunday and went to watch a field full of hot air balloons inflate and lift-off. It was beautiful, and church for the week.

4. Three words: Summer Reality TV. Mindless summer television is kind of my jam. Don't tell the chief #BOSSGIRL. Big Brother, So You Think You Can Dance, all the spinoffs of the Bachelor franchise, and Master Chef (just to name a few) are my favorites this time of year.

5. The Oregon State Fair was happening this weekend, and we spent a day there with the whole fam. My sister won Best of Show for her table decorations (you can check out her hand-bound vintage book journals here). We had a great day eating fair food, checking out the award-winning piggies, and soaking up the hot days of August in Oregon.

Janey with her fabulous "Summertime Supper" table decor.
How has your summer been? Have your read anything share-worthy? Are you a lover of summertime reality TV or are you sick of it? Have you ever JAZZERCISED? These are important life questions!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Prayer for Today

from my husband's instagram.

I started today with a simple prayer: Give me enough faith to make it through today.

I couldn't find it within myself to ask for a lifetime, year, or month. Just one day.

Help me believe. Help me hope. Help me trust. Just for today.

If I'm not quite at mustard-seed-level, maybe a grain of salt or a fleck of pepper will suffice. A little breath of life might do. Just enough to sustain me right where I'm at.

Then I forgot about that prayer and carried on my normal day, until something wonderful happened in the middle of a lot of regular and mundane.

Lying in the field of grass under trees sounds dreamy up until the grass gets itchy, a root digs into your shoulder, and is that an ant or a spider crawling up the back of my arm?

But once you get past the sensory overload you find yourself gazing at the milky way of daylight: the underside of decades old trees.

The sun splits through the leaves and for a few moments everything is alright again. There I find hope for one more day.

Tomorrow I'll ask again: Give me enough faith to make it through today.

It may be the only prayer I can muster during this season, but it seems enough.

Monday, July 28, 2014

What if My Faithfulness Seems Greater?

“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. 

I don't want to write this to rail on the Christians who seem to talk out of both sides of their mouths. I've heard "the Lord provides" and "how much do you have in reserves?" all in one conversation. 

“Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

We live in an affluent community, where people have spent their lives depending on their own ability to accumulate wealth. But we are young, and we long to learn the lesson of the ages: to live dependent on God like the George Muellers of the past. We want to be in a place where we trust that God will meet our needs, just enough for each day. We daily wait in anticipation for our manna in the wilderness.

"Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Fifteen months into this marriage thing, and we have been utterly blown away by the way the Lord constantly reminds us of his nearness. From the silliest thing like a well-timed free cell phone to a one way ticket to a life we are still dreaming up, he is close and always brings peace. We are grateful for the things we have, but we choose not to depend on things. 

"Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!"

People always say God loves to bless his children. I think it's true, but we have to trust that God knows what blessing we need more than we do. It may be dangerous to pray, "God's will be done," when Lord knows we don't need the American dream. Being dependent, and seeing him come through for us time and time again, may be the greatest blessing of all.

"Great is Thy Faithfulness" © 1923. Ren. 1951 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188 Source
All photos taken by me. Please do not use without permission.