January 20, 2011

Then sings my soul...

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

-"How Great Thou Art"
God displays His goodness, greatness, and grace in everything around us.  His glory is obvious in the big things, but sometimes His glory comes unexpectedly through the ordinary.  There have been seemingly simple moments in my life where I simultaneously felt like laughing, crying, and screaming--all out of sheer joy for what God created.    

One of these unfortunately rare moments came just a few days ago.  I was rocking my son to sleep and instead of receiving a baby yawn for my mothering efforts I received a huge smile and a little coo.  He looked up at me with pure contentment and joy.  My soul sang.  I laughed, got teary-eyed, and squealed back in delight.  This overflow of joy still wasn't enough to keep me from feeling like I might explode from the pent-up emotion.  I said a quick prayer out loud, praising God for my son.  Acknowledging the work of God's hand was the only real way to express my utter joy.

God is good and reveals His goodness and awesomeness to us in personal ways.  Whether it's through a dark night glittering with stars, the physical rumbling of a thunderstorm, or just the sweet smile of an innocent baby, God shows us His goodness everyday and conducts our souls into song.

January 3, 2011

More of the same...

As the excitement of a new year and new resolutions float around, I can't help but look back on the previous year in a different way.  Last year, instead of resolutions, I prayed that I could be a better person, in whatever form that embodied.        

It took many forms.  I started several projects that I wanted to quit before finishing because I was too lazy or too afraid to finish.  But with Hubby as my cheerleader, I persevered through these projects and am thankful for finishing.  I had a falling out with some that were very close to me, but through prayer, support from Hubby, and a forgiving and repentant spirit, I am on the path to healing and restoration with these loved ones.  My patience has grown leaps and bounds thanks to the various circumstances that military has handed to us regarding scheduling and timing.  God blessed us with a beautiful baby, and in doing so, allowed me to experience His grace in an entirely new way.  Baby also allowed Hubby and me to bond and deepen our marriage in unexpected ways, and to share in a new kind of love for each other.  I tried to grow new friendships and strengthen old ones.  Hubby, the eternal optimist, constantly challenged me to see many tough circumstances in a positive light.

While I am proud of the changes I made, I am nowhere near finished improving. Are we ever finished? No. This only means that there will always be something greater to work towards. And that, in itself, is encouraging.

With the closing of one year and the dawning of another, my desire is not for a fresh start or to drastically change something in my life.  Instead, I desire more of the same from  last year--more love, more family, more optimism, and more knowing God's goodness.

January 1, 2011


In an effort to hold myself accountable to my self-imposed shopping fast, to be creative, and to re-fall in love with my closet full of fabulous things, I am joining Kendi in the 30 x 30 Remix Challenge!

The premise is simple...30 items from my closet (excluding accessories) styled into 30 different outfits, and VOILA!  Remix!  I will do weekly posts to track my progress, so check back to see what I come up with!

These are the 30 pieces that I will be remixing...

Here we go!!!


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