Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2014~ Writing Down Goals

It has been quite some time since I have written on this little blog, and I have missed it!! It's crazy how, once you get out of the habit of doing something, it's so hard to start back again. There is SO much I didn't write about during the holidays- like Christmas for a Cause and our Christmas Eve gatherings. Basically December was a BUSY month for me, but it was awesome!

Our family's Christmas tree

Kristen & I at our firm's Christmas party.

Hannah, Kristen, and I before Christmas for a Cause

Singing at Christmas for a Cause

And here we are in 2014, and January is almost over! What on earth happened to this month? It has FLOWN.

I know that we all start a new year with goals or, as people usually call them, resolutions. I have come up with some tangible goals for this year, and I am really excited to achieve them!

Before I type out the list, I wanted to let y'all know what I'm up to lately... I am in my 3rd week of WorshipU, Bethel Church's online worship school, and I am LOVING it!! The Lord is teaching me SO much through the videos. I am growing, not only as a worship leader, but as a worshipper and a daughter of God.

I work during the day (at the law firm), and work on my school work during my lunch break or after work. I've also started a new nutrition plan through Tone It Up! I am so thankful for these girls and what they do. I love eating healthy, but I have not been very consistent with it since I started working at the firm this past June... until now!! I have been packing my lunch, snacks, and eating healthy for almost 3 weeks straight now :) AND I joined a gym and have been going 4 days a week. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me since I have never been consistent in exercising before now.

Tone It Up waffles using Perfect Fit protein powder. SO yummy!

A huge salad for lunch yesterday

Okay, so here are my goals... I'm sharing these with you, so you now have the right to hold me accountable to them!

Habakuk 2:2

Books I want to read:
~Hosting the Presence- Bill Johnson
~Dreaming with God- Bill Johnson
~To Know You More: Cultivating the Heart of the Worship Leader- Andy Park
~God Songs- Paul Baloche
~Lady In Waiting- Jackie Kendall
~Rise Up and Sing- Lex Buckley
~Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God
~Greater- Steven Furtick

Ministry Goals:
~Lead worship- grow as a worship leader

Personal Goals:
~Cultivate deeper intimacy with the Lord
~Host the presence of God- learn to discern what the Holy Spirit wants to do in each moment
~Grow as an intercessor
~Strengthen my voice- voice lessons, working on my vocals on my own
~Songwriting- write 5 songs this year, pull them from my journal

Memorizing Scripture:
~1 verse or group of verses a week

Health & Fitness:
~Exercising 4 times a week
~Healthy eating habits- be consistent
~Drinking 1/2 of body weight in ounces of water a day

Well, there you have it! Those are my goals (for the most part) for 2014. I am really expectant for the Lord to do HUGE things in my life this year! And I should add: BLOG MORE to my goals! :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Food Talk Friday

I spent ALL day Wednesday taking pictures of my eats. Because Wednesday is literally my busiest day of the week & I didn't get home until 11, I wasn't able to type up a post.

So let's talk about food... my favorite topic :)

I started this job in June, and I really didn't realize how much the 8-5 schedule would affect my eating schedule. Before, when I was a nanny, I could just cook up whatever healthy meal I was in the mood for at any time of the day. My office has a full kitchen, but who really wants to spend their hour lunch break in the kitchen. By noon, I have serious building fever and practically sprint out of the building to get fresh air. (My office doesn't have a window.) So my best bet is to prep food during the weekend so that I can just grab it and go throughout the week. This takes planning and actually using my Saturdays to do something other than lay on the couch in my pajamas and drink coffee all day. Y'all think I'm kidding.

I am trying to get better with managing my time throughout the week as well so that I have time to make my lunches and pack snacks. I have a few nights of the week that I am free, so I should take advantage of those and be productive. I just find that I have ZERO motivation when I get off work to do anything. And because it's dark when I get off work, I now have zero motivation to work out. But that's a whole other story...

I am going out of town next week, so I'm not going to do very much grocery shopping at all this weekend. And then the next week is Thanksgiving, so I guess I'll start in December. :)

I know this was one big ramble about literally nothing, but I thought it was important to be honest with y'all about where I am.

And I just read this article yesterday that was AMAZING about the problem with cheat days. It really is so good... :)

hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sabbath Saturday: {taking full advantage}

I know I promised a recap of our week at Catalyst and the Worship Advance, but I honestly have not had the time to sit down and write an entire recap. Because of this, I've just been avoiding blogging, which is silly. So I'm back.... but not to talk about Catalyst. :)

Recently, our worship team has decided not to have practice on Saturday nights for a little while. Before we were starting practice at 5 and not getting out until around 9, sometimes even as late as 10. Then getting to the school/church the next morning at 6:30 AM. Because of this schedule, not very many of us were able to take a Sabbath during the week since most of us work full time or go to school or both.

So today I took FULL advantage of my day of rest. I slept in, drank way too much coffee (per usual), stayed in my pajamas ALL day, watched 2 movies, watched episodes of tv shows, listened to our set list, spent time with my family, and that is about it. It was perfect, and I am so thankful to have a Sabbath!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day, but a good kind of busy. :) I'm leading worship at both of our main gatherings in the morning and at our students gathering in the afternoon. Then tomorrow night I have community group.

I am headed to sleep.. early early wake up call! Excited to have an extra hour of sleep, though. :)

Have a blessed Sunday!

Monday, September 30, 2013

mimm: {getting ready}

Happy Happy monday!!! I usually wake up with a little bit of a rain cloud over my head on Mondays, but today was different. Probably because I only had TWO days until Catalyst.

It's been such a long time since I've done a Marvelous in my Monday post, so I thought today would be a good time to pick it back up...

(Thanks Katie for hosting!)

1. {An AMAZING God moment!!}

I have a coworker who isn't a believer, and I have been given the incredible opportunity to minister to him. It has been so challenging and has gotten me WAY out of my comfort zone, but in order to be Jesus with skin on, I HAVE to do and say things that may make things a little uncomfortable. And his salvation is SO worth the awkwardness..

Well today I pulled out my copy of God Calling that my precious grandfather gave me. My coworker asked what it was, and when I explained it to him, I felt like I was supposed to ask, "Do you want me to read it to you?" His response was, "sure." So I read it to him, and it was all about releasing control and trusting God to fulfill His promises. How awesome is that??

2. {New Music}

I have literally spent the last 2 hours scrolling through spotify and itunes looking for new music. Overwhelming, let me tell you. However, I think I've been pretty successful in my search. My friends have some good taste in music :) I also have new headphones to listen to my new music with. I'm obsessed with them.

3. {Making Progress in Packing}

I knew that if I put it all off until tomorrow that I would be completely overwhelmed. I'm the girl who makes a packing list two weeks in advance and checks it off as things are being put in the suitcase. I have this irrational fear that I'm going to forget something of vital importance, but that rarely EVER happens. And while I was packing I realized that I have about 4 of the same shirt but in different colors. I use the term "colors" loosely, because basically they're just different neutrals. Black, off white, grey... I promise I'm not as depressing as my wardrobe sounds.

I also got a new suitcase!! I have loaned my other one to my dad while he travels, so I decided now would be a good time to just suck it up and buy a new one. I also saved $85 on it, which made it SO worth it.

And it's cute, which is all that matters, right?

I know this post is super short, but I thought I'd give you a quick update before I head to ATL Wednesday. :)

Hope you all had an awesome Monday! 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Fun Week Ahead!!

hello hello!! I am blogging on my week old new macbook pro. :) Part of the reason I haven't been blogging very often is because my old laptop was literally used by dinosaurs. You think I'm kidding... It was a trip.

So I have a VERY fun week ahead of me!

Tonight I have community group, which I look forward to every week. We're on the second chapter of Captivating, and I am loving it so far! I tried to read it a few months ago on my own but ended up putting it down halfway through and picking up a new book. I've found that by reading it slowly (a chapter a week) I get SO much more out of it than when I read it on my own. Hannah, my precious friend and community group leader, has done an awesome job leading it so far. :)

Monday and Tuesday will look like most days do, except I will be packing and that sort of thing.

Then Wednesday- Friday I'm going to be at Catalyst!!! Catalyst is a leadership conference, and Momentum is taking 31 people. I am so excited to learn from all of the speakers and worship with other leaders. :)

Friday night- Sunday we are having a Worship & Production Advance. I love that our pastors and staff call it an Advance instead of a retreat. Yes, it is so important to rest, but they really felt like the Lord wanted us to advance and to grow and learn during our time together. I am ECSTATIC to spend this time with the members of our worship team. :)

{photo credit: Matt Arnold}

If you would pray for us, that would be awesome! Pray for safe travels, and pray that we would come back as better leaders.

I'm going to try to remember to take lots of pictures so I can update y'all when I get back. :)

I'm about to go music searching for some new stuff to put on my iPod for the road trip. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share!

Hope you have an awesome week FILLED with God moments!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Process to the Promise

I spent some time today watching Steffany Gretzinger preach about receiving words from God and what to do while you wait for those words to come to pass.

This is something I have struggled with and am currently struggling with. I have heard God speak so clearly about something recently, and I can't live or act like I haven't heard it. Have you ever been there? If you have, you know how difficult it is to live in the right now. Steffany said it so profoundly when she said, "We want so badly to get to the Promised Land that we miss the promise in the land that we're already in." Uhm, woah. Convicted. I don't want to miss the promise right now! I don't want to miss God's hand on my life right now.

Here's another quote that, when she said it, had me in tears-

"You have to live in the moment so you can sow into that word, knowing that every step and every yes to God is what gets us there. God doesn't measure success by the outcome. He measures it in the steps & in the things you say 'yes' to in the dark. & then later He turns on the light & you find out what you said 'yes' to."

So right now, I can't see the promise. I don't have the promise in my hand right now, but I'm choosing to say "yes" to Him. I'm choosing to move forward in whatever direction God is leading me, because I know that the promise is coming. I know that He is faithful, and I know that I can take Him at His word. So I'm gonna say "yes" in faith and live in today. I'm going to fix my eyes on HIM, the Promise Maker, and trust that He is going to fulfill His promise. I don't have to try to work it all out to obtain the promise. The promise has already been promised. I just have to wait and trust that it will come to pass.

"Sometimes God lets us go through a process so that a woman can be built that wouldn't be built any other way."

If I say that I trust God, I have to trust His timing. If I believe that God is perfect, then I have to believe that His timing is perfect, as well. And waiting is the hardest part, isn't it? We can know exactly what He's speaking to us about, but we won't ever know when He's going to give us the things He's promised. Because He's outside of time.

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Steffany talked about Mary, and how she immediately ran to Elizabeth when she found out she was going to be carrying Jesus. "She surrounded herself with testimony when she couldn't see her promise yet." Woah. Isn't that SO good? Instead of focusing on what we can't see, we should be spending time with & celebrating with those who are holding their promise. "Celebrate their promise coming to pass & you'll feel that thing begin to jump in you." I find that to be SO true. I can't see or hold what I know God has promised me yet, but I can learn from and listen to the stories of those who are walking in their promise right now.
As I watched this today, the Lord kept speaking to my heart over and over again. "Read Psalm 27:14. I know you know it, but I want you to read it to yourself."
"Wait on the Lord;
be of good courage,
& He shall strengthen your heart."
~Psalm 27:14 NKJV

And over and over again I'm reminded of Luke 1:45....
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I Love Tuesday: {Worship Leading, Labor Day & Healthy Talk}

Hi! How was your Labor Day weekend?? Mine was incredibly relaxing, almost embarrassingly relaxing.
y'all, this is SO me!!

Friday night I went shopping by myself and spent some birthday money. I got a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte and took my time browsing the stores. The perfect way to unwind after a week of work. :)

Saturday I slept in, drank coffee, ate breakfast in bed, watched Netflix.  Then around 4:30 I left my house, drove through Starbucks (it's a problem, I know) and went to worship practice. We got done around 9, and I drove straight home and immediately went to sleep.

Sunday morning came super early (as always). I woke up around 5:15, got ready, spent some time with Jesus, and then headed to the church (or school). I drove through Starbucks (oh my word that's 3 times in one weekend) and got to the church (school) at 6:30. We have a really precious prayer time before we have cue-to-cue, which is basically a run through from start to finish of what our gatherings are going to be like.

Our gatherings were both awesome. We saw a lot of people connect with the Lord during worship. I can't even begin to describe how privileged I feel to get to do this.

Here's a video of us leading "The Lord Our God" by Passion...

{video credit: Amber Fletcher}

Monday (Labor Day), I met my friend Kristen downtown for breakfast. We were going to go to our favorite coffee shop, Bodacious Brew, but they were closed, so we ended up going to the Leisure Club. I have passed by there a million times but have just never been in. It was the cutest place. I loved that there was low lighting, and the people who work there are SO nice. And I literally said to Kristen, "I'm ready for fall so I can get a leaf on my coffee..." and what do ya know? Mine had a leaf on it. :)

Skinny Vanilla latte & oatmeal for me. :)

Okay so let's talk about healthy eating...

Because I was MIA on here for so long, I feel like I need to update y'all on how all of that is going. For the longest time it took so much effort for me to eat healthy. I felt like I was always resisting and always saying "no." I honestly don't know when it switched for me, but now I ENJOY eating healthy. Of course there are times, like this past week, when the last thing I want is a salad or anything good for me.

Here is how I know it's become a lifestyle for me... because I don't eat healthy with weight loss in mind. Sure I have fitness/health goals that I would like to achieve, but that's not my main goal anymore. When I first started eating healthy, I NEEDED to lose weight. I'm only 5 feet tall, and the weight I was at before I changed my lifestyle was so unhealthy. Now I really feel like I'm at a healthy place, and I don't feel so much pressure to eat healthy because I'm not looking for a result. I eat healthy now because I know I FEEL better when I drink a smoothie vs. when I eat pizza. And I really feel like part of walking in the fullness of my calling is taking care of my physical body, too. I can't jump around and move around while I lead worship if I'm unhealthy and sluggish.

I will say that I have been slacking in the exercise department since I started my new job. Honestly, when I get off work at 5, ALL I want to do is go home and put my pajamas on. So I think I am going to start working out in the mornings. It is a proven fact that people who work out in the morning are more likely to stick with it than people who work out in the afternoon/evening. I'll let y'all know how it goes though!

I have also found that the secret to making healthy choices during your week, whether in school or at work, is to bring your own food or plan ahead what you're going to eat. Our office has bagel day on Tuesdays, and today was the first time I didn't eat one. Yes, they always sound yummy, but after I eat it, I wish I had eaten something more substantial and better for me. So today I brought a luna protein bar, some almonds, and some wheat crackers to work for breakfast and snacks, and I planned this morning to get a smoothie for lunch. Crisis averted. I was still a little hungry after my smoothie so I grabbed some cashews from our little snack drawers in our kitchen. It's all about making the choices you know will make you feel better later, not giving in to cravings that you have right this second. Think big picture. :)

Well that's enough of my ranting for today... :)

much love!