Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Free? And I didn't participate?!

Yesterday was IHOP's National Pancake Day Celebration
if you didn't already know.
Guess who completely forgot and never went?

This girl.

I'm sad.
So today, I'm making pancakes for breakfast.
In my mind, they're free
because they're already in my house,
and because I didn't have to spend money on gas to go to IHOP.
Oh, and because I get to customize them...
into Mickey Mouse heads.

So there.
Chyea, be jealous.
But, you're welcome to join!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What's New.

Oh, hi friends!
Sorry I've been a little absent these last few days.
I just took a few days off.
At church yesterday morning, 
we learned of the importance of taking a Sabbath day.
You know, that day of rest?
Well, my one Sabbath day turned into a few.
It happens sometimes.

Anyways, it's Tuesday.
And here's what's new with me:

I really want to go on a hike...
but it's been raining for 5 days straight.
One of these days.

Tomorrow I will be submitting an application
for a summer staff position at a Younglife camp here in Oregon.
Please be praying!!

I just got my tax return and holy moly...
I think I need to go on a shopping spree.
That is why they give returns, right?
So you can turn right around and spend it all?
Just kidding, but only a little.

I'm currently addicted to The Civil Wars.

I'm breathing easier this week 
after a fat midterm and two huge assignments.

I'm currently on my fifth week of pre-training for my half marathon.
Yeah, I know. I'm training for my training program.
I like to run, okay.

I've been feeling the Lord heal me a lot lately
and warm my heart with security.

I'm really liking my job!
Being a barista again and working 20+ hours a week...
nothing wrong with that!

I bought new running shoes!
You like?
I don't know if you guys are as pissed about it as I am,
but the last episode of Glee ended terribly
and now we have to wait 6 weeks to see what happened!?
Not cool.

On the topic of television shows,
freaking The Bachelor was on last night.
I'm a little irritated that I had to see Courtney again,
but I'm addicted so there was no stopping me there.
I just cannot stand her.

One last thing.
The women in my life this past week have been truly awesome.
I'm so, so grateful for the community that I have.

I hope you have a great Tuesday, everyone!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Doors Are Opening

I loved my time in Haiti. 
I'm so happy to be able to look back on that experience and wish for it again.
There's nothing like your first missions trip.

I think the Lord's been putting missional work on my heart again.
The travel somewhere (near or far) kind of missional work.
There'll be random moments throughout my days where it pops into my head.
I know of the opportunities that await me should I accept.
I know that I have doors that are opening for me.

One thing that I loved so much about Haiti was how consuming it was.
Very, very rarely did I think of home while I was there.
I didn't miss my family, my friends, my life back home. 
That's not to be taken negatively, I just completely embraced Haiti.

I want that again.
I want to work so hard for God and not even realize it.

There's a time for everything.
Timing is everything.
This summer, I'm going to do something out of my element again for my God.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cup Half Full: Self-Worth

I've been thinking a lot about self-worth lately.
When I think of worth, I doubt myself sometimes
and it's an easy thing to do with how the world affects us these days.
We think terrible things, we gossip, we speak in vain,
we give in to the Devil's taunts, we live selfishly, 
we ignore the opportunities to serve others around us,
we deny our Father countless times, we want to experience life to the fullest,
we disobey His callings, we turn away from His Word,
we treat our bodies impurely, we disrespect authority,
we do not practice what we preach,
we blatantly disregard our morals and values.
We all do these things.
Sometimes without even knowing.

Did you know that no matter what evil act we've committed,
our Lord will love us unconditionally?

How amazing is that? 
To know that our Lord will never forsake us, no matter what.
Simply seeking love elsewhere 
is nothing compared to the sense of 
love and peace that the Lord provides.
I want to seek Him more.
I want to lean on Him more.
And I want to be loved by Him.
Only Him.

We are worthy of abstinence.
We are worthy of a great man.
We are worthy of standards.
We are worthy of time.
We are worthy of happiness.
We are worthy of opportunity.
We are worthy of community.
We are worthy of peace.
We are worthy of unconditional love.
We are worthy of God's grace. 
We all deserve these things.
And all these things come from God.

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." 
1 Corinthians 10:13

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Romans 12:2

Today I'm linking up with Heather from Finding Beauty in the Ordinary.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Let's Be Real.

Source: via Amber on Pinterest

I hate the way I have been the past two weeks.
I know that my posts show otherwise, 
but I've been slipping.
And it hasn't gone unnoticed.

As I was reflecting on these few weeks today,
I began to think of my blog's name. 
Replicating HIS Love.
He is why I began writing.
I began blogging to fill reader's hearts with 
the JOY that the Lord has been giving me in my life.
Yes, my intentions were also to express 
how the Lord challenges me when times get hard.
But have I really been replicating HIS Love?


That would be a fat NO.

I've focused so much on myself 
and my insecurities this week
that I've forgotten His will for me

I've forgotten what I have to be thankful for.
I've let my worries overshadow my blessings.

I have shelter.
I have food.
I have a job.
I have an education.
I have health.
I have a family.
I have friends.
I have money.
I have materials.

And yet, the little obstacles take the limelight.
Days go by where I do not even consider how the Lord has blessed me.
And therefore, I do not consider how I should go out and be a blessing.

I'm done.
I'm done with the pity parties.
I'm ready.
I'm ready to go replicate His love.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Long Road Ahead

Yesterday, I submitted the last of my nursing applications.
I applied to three schools total.
The weight's been lifted from my shoulders.
Yet, the waiting game has just begun.

Last night it hit me.
I really don't know anything.
There is not one area of my life that I am certain of at this current moment.
For this, I had a mini freak out for a few hours.
These were my thoughts:

I cannot see where I will be six months from now.
How long do I have to wait?
I cannot believe I let this happen.
Why hadn't I figured life out earlier?
I wish I could surround myself with my friends right now.
How is God working through me right now?
I am so selfish.
Am I going to be a Barista forever?
 (this is for real, folks.)
What if the Lord doesn't bless me with a husband?
Can I do life alone?
What if the way I'm coping now is a sign?
Will things get better?
Just give me a sign.
Give me something.

Last night it hit me.
I am still on the long road,
with no end in sight.
That is my sign.
My sign to trust in the Lord.
Trust that He will provide for all of those worries listed above.
Only He can heal me.
Only He can grow me.
Only He can bless me.
Only He can grace me.
Only He can plan for me.

No one said it would be easy.
But each new day brings you closer to clarity.

"Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard."
Isaiah 58:8

Monday, February 13, 2012

Focusing On What's Ahead.

Today, I'm linking up with Heather from Finding Beauty in the Ordinary 
as she starts up this new Cup 1/2 Full Link Up Party. 
The purpose is for women to find and focus on the beautiful things 
going on currently in our lives.

Last Wednesday night I went out to happy hour with a great friend of mine.
A friend who poured into me during a time in which the future was so fogged over. 
So often we get caught up in the little things,
that turn into big things,
then bigger things 
simply because we do not properly address them in their early stages.

For me, the concept of being single has been a little overwhelming for me.
I thought I had my whole future planned out (at least the big things figured out).
I thought I knew what to expect.
Little did I know, God works in funny ways
and He surprised me with a blessing in disguise.

You think you have loved before.
But for all those times that have failed,
God has been preparing you for what's ahead all along.
Being in love before, you think there's no way it'll happen again.
Nothing will compare to your first love.
Maybe that's right, but...
If you loved that man and it failed,
imagine how great the man God has been preparing for us will be.

When my friend presented that thought to me, 
I couldn't help but breathe it in.
To really think about that brings me chills.
After this, you can only do better.
The past is in the past 
and now I am focusing on what's ahead.

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Life's All About Moments of Impact.

Yesterday, my sister and I went to see The Vow.
I definitely recommend it.
And I didn't even cry that much!

"I vow to live within the warmth of your heart."
"I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love."

Friday, February 10, 2012

Embrace You.

Happy  Friday, friends!
 Do something that makes you happy today.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I am so blessed. 
We all are.
I mean, look at you beautiful ladies!
You all warmed my heart so much yesterday, reading all of your sweet comments.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.
You all really know how to come forth and lift a girl up.
I wish we all lived within five minutes of one another
because I would have called ya'll up and thrown a celebratory party.
Celebrating the good Lord and his many blessings onto us, of course.

But really, thank you.

From your comments to meeting with my mentor to receiving phone calls and texts of encouragement,
I felt nothing but absolute happiness yesterday.
I realized something yesterday because of the amazing sisters I have.
This new chapter I am embarking on...
is going to be GLORIOUS

I was single for a good year before restarting things again with my high school sweetheart. 
Of course, as you all know, we tried and it just didn't work out.
Against my own will.
But nonetheless, I am a single woman again for a reason.
God wasn't ready to hand me over yet to someone He could trust.
He still wants me all to Himself.
And I am totally fine with that.
He is all I need.

So, I'm here today to tell you...
embrace whatever chapter you are in right here and now.
Live it up.
Love on it.
Let God in.
He has you there for a reason.

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
Hebrews 11:1

p.s. I got a job yesterday! 
I'm taking up my Barista skills again at a local Starbucks!
Praise Jesus!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I Can't Believe It's Really Over

Sunday night was one of the longest nights of my life.
I haven't cried that hard and that long in awhile.
I felt every sad emotion in the dictionary.
I felt hopeless,
I gave it my all. 
I put it all out there.
For the very last time.

And the towel was thrown in before I had a chance to prepare myself.

About a month ago I was given two oranges.
Two oranges that looked exactly alike on the outside,
but contained totally different tastes.
I had no way of telling which would taste better.
The one I chose wasn't ripe yet. 
I know that is one terribly awful metaphor,
but it's all I've got. 

Sometimes life comes to a fork in the road
and there's no way of telling the outcome of either path.
As long as you follow your heart 
and are honest with yourself and all involved,
things will work out.
I followed my heart.
I was honest with myself and those involved.
Things will work out.
They just aren't right now.

I said goodbye,
not only to _____,
but also to that chapter.

People and things make it to your past for a reason.
There's no reason for you or I to dwell on those previous memories.
Reopening this chapter would only ruin the present.
And I've always been one to live in the present.

It's over. Face it. And move on.

"One reason God created time was so that there would be a place to bury the failures of the past."

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Girl Behind the Blog

I did it! I ended my little pity party and joined in on the fun.
I'm so excited to be on this little band wagon of Erin and Ashley's
I think it's an awesome idea.
We read so many people's blogs and never hear the voices! 
So I love this idea and am so happy to be a part of it.

Thanks Erin and Ashley!

I'm sorry for all the "um's"!


Last night...

...was a long night.
I'm feeling extremely discouraged today.
My heart hurts.
But I'm going to do my best to stay 
busy and preoccupied.
Sorry for the shortness.

P.S. I'm sorry Erin for not participating in the Vlog link-up!
Everyone should check it out and take part in it.
I'll be sure to add on eventually :)

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
   and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34:18

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Just spending the day with my nephew. 
Have a blessed weekend, everyone! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

When My Heart Misses, I Write

Dear My Love,

I don't have all the answers, but I do have all the questions. When will we be together? How long will the years take? Will you still love me once it's all over? Will the wait be worth it? Do you think of me as often as I think of you? When will our eyes get to meet again, our hands hold our fingers, our arms embrace? How will we make it? Will we make it? 

Our love's not like the rest. We have history. We have memories. We have pictures. We have that love that I believe will last until the end of time. Our God is with us now, more so than ever. He gives me that hope I hope you have. The hope that keeps me focused on the good. The hope that makes me smile at the mere thought of you. The hope that gets me through the long periods of not being with you. The hope that warms my heart. I know you're the one for me. I know we're meant to be. We have history. History that has a long life ahead of it. 

I worry just as much as you do. I stress over how to make this work. I think of all the girls that have the blessing of seeing you on campus, in class, or in town. They may look at you and see a handsome man before them. But they don't know you as I do. They don't know how wonderful you are. They don't know how smart you are. They don't know how big your heart is. They don't know how much of a strong leader you are. They don't know how much I wish I were in their shoes.

My heart misses you today. Today, I'm letting the pain in. I'm letting it take over just for a little bit. After I can't take it any longer, I'll let my Lord give me that hope I hope you have. I don't know when we'll be together next, but I do know that my heart is yours to have. Today, my favorite picture of ours will be with me. In my sight, in my hands, and in my heart, that picture will be with me. 

With all my heart,
Your Love

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Let Him Shine

Don't you just love when you know God is gracing you?
He shines His light on you and you just know it's Him up there.
These last two days, I've been feeling the blessings.
The peace of mind.
The contentment.
The security.

His light is enough to put a smile on my face. 

"You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light."
2 Samuel 22:29

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oh, you know... [WIWW]

...just on my way to Starbucks to study my life away for this fat midterm tomorrow.
No big deal.
Slouchy hat: Mt. Hood Store, Black Shirt: JC Penney's, Grey Zip-Up: Old Navy, Green Jacket: American Eagle
Jeans: American Eagle, Boots: Nordstroms

p.s. my sister hates the slouchy hats, but I do not care. They are the comfiest things ever.


pleated poppy
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