July 3, 2013

A Change of Pace.

This summer.  Going into this summer, I pretty much has no idea what I would be doing with my time.  Starting in December I eagerly sought out opportunities to fill these three months of break.  Internships.  Jobs.  Study abroad programs.  I applied, interviewed, and furiously researched all of these possibilities.  It's not that I didn't trust what the Lord had for my summer, I just wanted to make sure that I was doing my part and not just waiting around for something to drop in my lap out of nowhere.  At least that is what I kept telling myself...  Month by month, as summer approached, doors began closing one by one.  God had a something else in mind.  It became super clear the things that God didn't want me to be doing with my summer, but that didn't give me any assurance of what I should be doing with my summer.  

And here we are.  Virtually non of my big plans solidified.  I am living in my same LA apartment working a mere 10 hours a week at my campus job.  In my free time I go on hikes with my friends, go to bible study, I read, have extended quiet times, craft, cook, I swim, I take naps on occasion, watch the occasional TV show (in moderation, of course!).  I am savoring this time of rest.  After a long year of hard work at school and work, this is exactly what I needed in this season.  Had you told me that this is what I would be doing this summer, I would have probably cringed thinking that it was a wasted summer, not getting me any farther in my career.  What I am actually finding, however, is something far more valuable.  I am falling deeper in love with my Savior.  I am learning who He has created me to be.  Learning to rely on him to direct my paths.  What a majestic and powerful God that we serve?!

I am so very thankful that he closed all those doors.  That he has blessed me with this time of rest.  I don't deserve it but I am thankful for it.  As I go into a year of unknowns, I am more excited than ever to cling to my Savior who provides and loves me abundantly.  

Did I mention I got to go on a family vacation to Alberta, Canada? It was so incredibly beautiful there in the Rocky Mountains!  This picture is from Lake Louise.  Absolutely Stunning.  I will be back for sure!

July 2, 2013

Lemonade Stand.

Today when I was driving home from the grocery store I noticed some kids, who had set up a little lemonade stand down the street from my apt.  I wanted to stop but there were cars behind me so I just kept going.  When I got to my parking spot, I got out, grabbed my groceries (only one bag... shopping as a single person is easy hehe), and meandered down the street to buy me a nice cold cup of lemon juice and support these budding entrepreneurs.  Asked these young gentlemen, "so how's business today?"  The little one on the right looks up at me and says, "it's go'in alright."  I payed for my cup and was on my way.  It's the little things in life....

Stopping to smell the roses (or to buy lemonade)...