Estero/Kenansville Photo Journal

There’s nothing like a little off-road adventure to get your heart reflecting on the past year and dreaming about the one ahead all at once.  Long walks in the warm sun, hot tea at hockey games, and ATV rides in the mud were the perfect way to end 2015 and begin 2016.
                  
This year was filled with songs of palm trees and melodies of memories blending together on the Florida breeze.  High-pitch giggles, wide smiles, deep chuckles, and little country towns.
Every moment a memory and every memory marinated in adventure.
// Fishing, basketball, & baby turtle rescue //
// Jr. Panthers tournament at Germain arena //

 

 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
James 4:7-10

It’s a new year.  The time when people make plans.  Diet plans, fitness plans, travel plans, financial plans, journal plans, reading plans, and just about any kind of plan you can imagine.

Recently I eavesdropped on a conversation about plans and resolutions for the new year and I heard an older wiser woman say her new years plan was to not make plans, but to go wherever God leads.

 

Plans for 2016:  Don’t make plans.  Set goals and work toward them  Follow God wherever He leads me.  Trust Him when life doesn’t unravel blueprint perfect, and treasure every moment as it becomes a memory.

1.4.2016

Tree Tops Park Photo Journal

I long for something to write,
something to say,
something to reveal,
something to convey.

Hands ache for words to flow,
to permeate your screen
with one new idea, one new theme.

I wonder how you would receive it,
Would it bring contentment or conviction?
Would it bring laughter or tears?
or will it simply recoil from the rim of your ears?

Eyes circle the blank page,
search for a new angle,
and watch my imagination age.

Heart soaks in beauty,
but mouth struggles to form words,
to reflect what I glean from falling leaves
and timid inquisitive birds.

Still my hands long to write,
to break this silence,
to fill the page,
to convey a beauty timeless.

 

 

 

 

11.13.2015

Lynchburg Photo Journal

10 days. 4 planes. 1 wedding. More sweet memories than I can count.
So here’s just a little recap of the highlights.

I enjoyed a time of rest and refreshment in the colors of fall, cool October air, and sweet talks with family, all back dropped by a mountain view.
I had the honor of standing as a bridesmaid for my gorgeous cousin and role model Lindsay on her wedding day!  Despite rain, her smile shined bright!

I explored Liberty University’s campus, met some professors, and visited classes.  Louie Giglio’s teaching at convocation was encouraging and speaking with my academic advisor was so refreshing.  Yes, I’m switching majors!    #GoFlames

A fantastic fall trip!

 

 

 

From the rain in Roanoke to the peaceful quiet of Forest and from the hustle & bustle of Lynchburg to the quaint pace of Bedford I heard one consistent message from God: “Rely on me.”
My perspective must always focus back to God,
My trust must remain balanced in God,
My prayer must be constant to God,
My work must be done unto God

 

 
“The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is form the Lord.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit,
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.”
Proverbs 16:1-3
I love and give out of my love for God,
I rejoice because my strength is of God,
I’m confident in God,
Everything I do is for the Glory of God.

 

“Let’s sing Frozen songs!” Isabella (2)
I wish I could truly capture Andrew’s deep blue eyes and gentle smile,
Isabella’s gasps for joy,
Eliana’s giggle,
and Josiah’s hugs.
“Ellie can I take your picture?”
“No thanks, maybe tomorrow”
Eliana (4)
“You have to fly home to your family?  Oh.. since you were staying with us, I just thought you were an orphan…” Josiah (5)

 

S’mores
// Melting worries away in the crackling fire with the crunch of graham crackers and the sweetness of chocolate, commemorated by sticky fingerprints of toasted marshmallows. //
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
– Amy Carmichael

“Nothing of eternal significance has ever been accomplished apart from prayer.”
– Dr. Jerry Falwell

In times of trial & times of peace,
Lord abide with me.
In the quiet of my home and & silence of my sleep,
Lord abide with me.
In every spoken word, in everything I see,
Lord abide with me.
When I travel in sky or sea,
Lord abide with me.
When I walk miles aimlessly & when I stand at peace,
Lord abide with me.
Wherever I am,
Lord abide with me.

10.20.2015