To be Grateful

Ya’ll,

It’s been a hard month. A hard month of figuring out what it really means to be content in the madness. I just wrote an assignment for seminary about resting in the Lord, and what it means for all of life. I should take it to heart.

This world, ya’ll. We are all crazy busy. We are rushed, hurried, and worried. We forget to look up and realize all there is to be thankful for. We may not have all we desire, but the Lord gives us all we need. I have parents who let us come home after a disaster in the Caribbean Sea. I have a husband who loves me in a way I never could have imagined, the way the Lord commands us to love. I have friends who love me, who protect me, who care for me and check on me. I live in AMERICA, ya’ll. We have freedom to do as we please, unless of course we’re being hateful and harmful. We have so much.

Thanksgiving last year was quite different than it is this year. This time last year, I was preparing to leave the man I love, endlessly, to surprise my family whom I’d not seen in three months. For those of you who know me, I don’t go a day without seeing my family or talking to them. Especially my brother. He’s my partner in crime, forever. This year, we’re here. I’m at the COFFEE SHOP, completing homework assignments drinking apple chaider (apple cider and chai tea put TOGETHER). Ya’ll. It’ll change your life, that drink. It’s fall in a cup. Truly. And that’s coming from a basic pumpkin girl.

I think it is high time that we all pause for a bit to rest in the Lord. To rest in His arms that hold us all up daily. That rest will seep into every aspect of our lives, teaching us and reminding us that life is not all that difficult. There are two rules, as my Uncle Sean would say; to love the Lord and love each other. Everything else just falls into place. For that, I will be grateful. I love the Lord, and I try my hardest to love every person.

The holidays always seem to make folks either super grouchy or super excited and full of all of the goodness of life. I am the latter. The holidays brings so many people together, but it also emphasis those who would rather be apart. That’s hard. But the Lord will mend the brokenness. He will provide all that we need to get through this life on earth. The holidays are a time to be thankful, to lift each other up, to laugh and smile and breathe in the cool air. Have I mentioned it was FORTY degrees this morning?!?! Praise the good Lord for not hot weather!

My heart aches for us all, to be content and joyful in this life. To be thankful for every season of life. To be thankful through the hard times, the good times, and the in-between times. To be thankful in the middle of somewhere.

Till next time!

First Blog Post Ever

Ya’ll,

This blog has been a thought of mine for quite some time now. A dear friend of mine, who’s my God-sent sister, inspires me daily. We pray over each other daily; we walk this life together, even though we are now oceans apart. Our thoughts, aches, and worries over the world’s heaviness inspired me to write this blog.

Life is hard. Especially in this day. Relationships are hard; this society doesn’t think too kindly of strong, God-centered relationships. Even if God isn’t in your life, relationships of all sorts are still hard with all of the craziness bombarding everyone, always. This blog, I hope, will help you see and to know that relationships don’t need to be as complicated as we make them. There’s adventure, and a freedom in a relationship that is intentional, fought for, and prayed over.

Moving to the Caribbean; leaving home, friends, family, and our familiar surroundings of stability was probably the MOST difficult thing I have ever done in my whole life. But I really would not trade the decision to jump into a new life for all of the coffee in the world. I’ve learned so much about marriage, friendships, courage, and contentment in a life of chaos, loneliness, darkness, and wonder. Will and I are so thankful for each other, and for each person the Lord has put in our paths. HOWEVER, if my dog brings in one more tick from the glorious island surroundings, I may run to the airport.

Ya’ll. Let me just tell you. I am not going to force my faith in God down your throats, but He is my Rock, my Guide, and my Source of Everything. He is intertwined in every thought, decision, and action. So, my love for Him, and His for us, will be intertwined in most posts, if not all.

I also really have no idea what I am doing. Blogging is a whole new world for me, for sure. I’ve researched a LOT, and I still wonder if this was too much of a crazy undertaking for this Southern girl who loves simplicity! So, we’ll walk this journey of learning to blog, of remembering God’s promises for relationships and life, and of learning that a life filled with adventure and love and goodness isn’t all that difficult to obtain… all we must do is jump and have confidence that we’ll land on our feet!