I’m back, and a whole year older! These past few weeks have had their ups and downs, but I wanted to celebrate today with a few of the lighthearted (and some not so lighthearted) things that have been bringing me joy lately.
Once a month, the women in my church group lead a bible study in a halfway house for women in prison re-entry ministry. I am not exaggerating when I say that this two hours is the highlight of my month- these women are absolutely incredible. I look up to them so much. They love the Lord, they want nothing more than to learn more about Him, and they are so grateful for the gift of Jesus. I always walk away from our time encouraged, knowing that the Lord is working all things together for the good for his people, that he can use any person in any situation for his glory, and that can and will redeem all things, even drug addiction, even crime, even abuse, even poverty.
This week, we were talking about the life of Abraham, and how God made a promise to him that his descendants would number the stars. The girl leading asked the group to share what promises from the bible they had been clinging to recently, and one woman shared a particular favorite of mine:
She said, “As an addict, I know I’m very selfish. So the plans I have for myself? They’re pretty good. But if the Lord has plans for me that are better even than that? That sounds real good.”
Preach it, sister! I realize we aren’t in captivity in Babylon, but I think that this verse shows the character of the Lord- that He cares about His people, that He has a plan to bring light from darkness. Image via.
I have been trying to go as natural as possible with all my products, and I’ve finally found a bug spray I feel comfortable spraying on myself (thank you Holly, for recommending this one!). My neurological issues started a few months after going on a trip to Guatemala, where I spent seven days covered in DEET and swaddled in Permethrin soaked clothing. I purged what was left of these products about a year ago, and as I was tossing them in a box to be taken to the city chemical disposal, I noticed my Permethrin bottle bears a warning that should the product come in contact with your skin, you should wash it off immediately. How comforting for a product that is meant to be sprayed on clothes. That touch your skin.
Hurray for summer, when my taste in books goes straight trashy!! My library haul this week:
The Selection Series. I can’t… I can’t even. I devoured The Selection in about three sittings a few weeks ago, and could not wait to get the next
one two. These books totally and completely sucked me in. Within the first three pages I thought ‘no way, this is dumb, I should just return this… oh wait that’s interesting.’ It’s the Bachelor meets Hunger Games meets the story of Esther meets every romantic feeling you’ve ever had.
What I clicked on this week:
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the trailer for La La Land.
Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘The Baby Bachelorette.’
Holly’s wedding pictures! Can you believe this gorgeous bride?
Captured by the very talented Bailey Lane Photography. Don’t my mind the mirror booty shot.
On repeat lately:
The Girl You Think I Am, Carrie Underwood (I love Daddy songs)
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery, Matt Boswell
Sweet Comfort, Sandra McCracken
Cleopatra, The Lumineers
Happy Friday, everyone. May the God of all peace comfort you and give you hope as you watch the news, talk to your neighbors, and pray for the many hard and tragic things that our world is going through right now. This world is not all there is, and for that, I am grateful.