November 30, 2012

Love and Hobbies.

Time for some honesty here.  Truthfully, for the last few months It has been pretty hard for me to come up with the motivation to blog.. And this has frustrated me.  I still love creativity, so why can't I just write about the things that I love like I always have?  And so I've been thinking...

I think that my recent lack of inspiration comes from the fact that I have been reminded of what is really important to me- loving God and loving others.  I have known this truth for a very long time, but my other hobbies and interests slowly took over... I do believe that God has given me a passion and talent for design and creativity- for things like sewing, crafting, cooking, etc.  However, I think for a long time, I have let the creativity become more of a priority than glorifying God.  Glorifying myself through creativity, rather than Him.  My priorities were skewed.  Since starting my blog, there was time that I was writing/creating everyday yet probably wasn't praying or reading my Bible everyday.  See the problem?

Design and creativity are good things that we can enjoy.  But our love for these things should pale in comparison to the Love that we have for our Father in Heaven.  I pray that the Lord would give me wisdom in all of my hobbies and interests.  That I would love Him and care about my relationship with Him infinitely more than any craft project.  But also that He would give me opportunities to use my gifts and talents to bring glory to Him and to serve others.  

What a blessing it is when God corrects our perspective on things!  Praises!

Happy Friday, friends!

November 25, 2012

Thankfulness Day 1: Time at Home.

Beautiful Glendora's Fall Trees.

Thanksgiving Break this year was pure bliss.  It was literally the first time all quarter that I didn't do any work for more than a day.  Its amazing how just a few days of rest, away from the grind of daily duties and responsibilities, can truly recharge a person.  I found that toward the end of the weekend I was even starting to crave getting back to work, studying, etc.  What a thought!  The Lord knew what he was doing when he created Sabbath rest, friends!  I am so thankful for home.  What a retreat it is?!  I love its nature, the oak trees, the sunshine on the deck in the morning, Oliver and Haley the Labordors and Jazzy the cat, naps... so many naps... reading on the hammock, neighborhood walks, friendly "Glendorians" around town, the sounds of birds chirping and roosters cahh-kadoodle-dooing in the stillness of the morning.  Although I am also thankful for my "second home" in LA, I sure do love going back home.   

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey cookies I made for work!
  
Thanksgiving is such a good reminder of the many blessings we have to be thankful for.  However, It seems like many of my past Thanksgivings have been spent feeling slightly guilty/convicted for taking these blessings for granted, which as a result distracts me from being thankful!  A nasty cycle indeed! And so my "pre-new year's resolution" resolution begins.  = ] To start the habit of being more thankful, each day until Christmas, I will write down one thing that I am thankful for.  I hope to share some of these things with you here on my blog.  Cheers to being more Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

November 4, 2012

Falling for Fall...

Looking forward to spending fall days at the best coffee shops in town...

It sure hasn't felt a whole lot like fall here in LA, but we're getting there- slowly but surely.  The Starbucks red holiday cups are officially out, Trader Joe's is packed full of everything pumpkin flavored, and there is an ever so slight chill in the morning air.  As the holiday season quickly approaches, here is what I am most looking forward to...

  • voting in my first presidential election this week! Eeee! The anticipation is killing me.
  • Veterans Day Off/weekend at home
  • Thanksgiving
  • time spent at my very favorite coffee shops
  • going on an LA thrifting adventure
  • boots, sweaters, scarves. obviously!
  • crocheting a scarf
  • thinking of just the right Christmas gift for loved ones.
  • apple picking

Bring it on holiday season! I'm ready for ya!