Monday, January 30, 2012

A few of my favorite things

We all have them. Favorite things that is. I enjoy discovering new things that I find fit in with my routine...and passing on the love. So, here are a few of the things that I am obsessing over at the moment. Enjoy!

1.) Yogi Detox Tea. This stuff uses 100% natural ingredients and tastes amazing. Plus, it helps clean out those important organs that you want to keep around for awhile. I am particularly partial to the berry (liver and intestinal) and peach (kidney). I discovered them at Earth Fare....another obsession.

2.) I love coffee. I love coffee mugs. And I was tickled to find these little guys at Anthropologie. Makes my coffee in the morning that much more enjoyable. They even make me want to drink water.

3.) I have dry, sensitive skin. So when I tried this Shea butter by L'Occitane....the world stood still. Alright, that might be a stretch, but it is organic and fair trade attested. Not to mention, it holds amazing nourishment power not only for your body but your face, lips, hair....everywhere. Ya, my skin pretty much loves me right now.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Gourmet Shop

Today, I must admit, reminded me a lot of spring. The sun was shining, there was a cool breeze, the birds were chirping....it's still January.

Needless to say, my touchdown in Michigan in 16 short days may be met with some temperature shock.

I got to spend some time with a lovely friend at the quaintest downtown restaurant: The Gourmet Shop. I wanted to take home the linens on the table, sip sweet tea by their little window all day long, and pray that my flaky croissant would never end.....

I definitely had a "You've Got Mail" moment. And those are precious indeed. So, thanks to my friend for introducing me to the best tuna sandwich I have ever had. I am much obliged.

Commit everything you do...

Remember how I said I was going to share bits and pieces of what we have learned through our journey to SC?

Welcome to the first "bit".

I find it ironic that my life verse (since I was 14) has been Proverbs 16:3: "Commit to the Lord everything you do and your plans will succeed."
I find that this verse never ever loses it's meaning in my life. Mostly because I am constantly trying to grab my life out of the hands of God and steer the course. And I need to be checked.

When we were planning to come to SC I was planning to attain my Master's degree down here as well. And a very wise woman spoke into my life, even before we left, and basically told me that God had a different plan for me here.

May I take this moment, a mini soapbox moment, to point out that God places people in our lives for a reason. Specific people. Wise people. People that are there to speak wisdom and truth and encouragement into our lives. People that are there to rebuke us when we get a little too zealous. I just want to point out ( from personal experience) that it is so easy to ignore these God people when they are saying something you may not want to hear. But, news flash, God can speak to us through spiritual leaders in our lives. So, open your ears and listen.

Back to the basic point. I didn't get it. I didn't understand what she was trying to communicate to me. My plans, in my mind, were set.

I won't go into the whole "emotional discovery" I had when I began to pursue this degree....but I will say that I knew on the very first day that God had something different for me to do here. And I believe that the purpose God had for me, my role, was far more beneficial to my character than my plan to pursue another degree could be.

I say all this, in a rambling sort of way, to convey the idea to you that our plans (my plans) are not always what God has intended. Good intentions aside, God knows what is best for me. He knows. He knew the things that would be set before me here.

I am still learning to commit everything I do to my Savior. I have a feeling that this will always be the case. But, I can say with much confidence, that committing your plans to God does not mean they will turn out exactly the way you envisioned them to. Rather,they will turn into something that follows after God's will. And that is infinitely better. That is success.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Delays...

Many people know now that Erick and I are planning on moving back to our cherished state of Michigan in just a few short weeks. Yes, our journey in SC had come to a close.

Some may be wondering what went wrong, assuming we didn't like the school or the people or whatever other reason one thinks of when people move. But, the truth is, it really has nothing to do with any of those things.

I hope to be able to share some of our stories and lessons and growth through this blog the next couple of weeks. I feel as if it is fitting to say, for now, that God has done good things here. And I will probably not do justice in my explanations of those exact things.

The faithfulness of God has been demonstrated time and time again to me here. And yet, I have caught myself wavering in my faith these last few days as I wait for a new place to live. As I wait for Erick to be provided with a new job. As I wait for stability. As I wait for home. As I wait to see family and dear friends. As I wait to get involved in serving. As I wait.

Obedience is a funny thing. In the sense that you have to keep choosing to do whatever it is that God has called you to be faithful in. In my case, it's laying down anxiety and fear and control and trusting in His faithfulness. Choosing to remember and act on what God had already done.

I was reminded of a verse that some dear mentors sent to us on a sticky note as our journey just began here.It confronted my doubt today: "I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."- Psalm 27:13-14.

Over the verse, these words were written: "God's delays are not necessarily His denials".

Thursday, January 12, 2012

On my Birthday....

1)...I woke up early to a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the husband.

2) Ate a delicious breakfast consisting of a lot of French toast.

3) Went shopping around Columbia which required coffee (a perfectly logical excuse).

4.) Bought cupcakes!! Consumed cupcakes.

5) Seeing as my Birthday seemed to center around various food products...pizza was the logical Birthday dinner choice.

Minus the fact that I missed my family terribly throughout the day, turning a year older wasn't so bad. Thanks to all the friends (& family) that sent good wishes my way! It made the day.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Some pics of Friday

It was another sunny day here in SC! We spent some time driving around taking in the sunshine and enjoying our first Five Guys burger experience. Needless to say, we are ready to ring in the weekend. We hope yours is relaxing as well!
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