01.5.2014   08.6.2013 

I’m learning that creativity really does take courage.

I often feel powerless in situations that I find myself in. Whether my circumstances are of my own fruition, or of another’s, learning how to create solutions instead of walking away has been the biggest challenge of mine. I’m so thankful for the people in my life that have not tolerated my small thinking and have urged me on to greatness. I don’t know what I would do without them.

 06.1.2013 

When someone enters your life and completely turns it upside down in all the best ways, cherish them with every given moment, don’t give any opportunity for them to turn away. Love is too pure a thing, and there is no room for fear, shame, doubt or pain.

People have said for centuries that love hurts, it doesn’t, it heals, it builds you up, and if it doesn’t then you’re not doing it right; it is not love that hurts, it is the absence of it which makes the heart ache.

Kody
 05.30.2013   05.25.2013 

I think this would resonate with almost all of the girls I know. It’s sums up what most of woman in history are faced with: the question of our true Identity as beloved daughters.

 05.23.2013   05.21.2013   05.15.2013 

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit and post anything here. I think I still have a special fondness to blogging, documenting, and organizing thoughts all in one forum. I like “wearing” the things that I like, the places I’ve been, and perspectives that I share. Posting quirky/sentimental photos and quotes, “liking” things, seeing what other people spend time on trying to cohere. It’s all interesting. Though, sometimes all of this world can be sort of irrelevant to everything else that’s going on around me, I’m still glad it’s going on. (Probably the same way I’m glad that certain sports exist, though I’m not completely invested in them). Having a giant conversation within the context of social media is a game, a show, and simulation. But I like it for what it is.

 04.9.2013 

Have been here before:

"I feel the misguided need to confess to complete strangers, or to whom ever it concerns, that I’m not sure who I am right now.

I have, however, found some relief in knowing that I’m not going to stay here. That my mess can (and is being) embraced by people who are safe.

How hard it has been for me to admit: I have not taken care of my heart. I have been irrsposible with my actions. My thoughts are uncontrolled. I have been afraid. I have been critical. Analyzing myself into a cloud of self-help books, judging others, feeling a sense of betrayal and offense. Then embelishing my hurt, while calling it my “story”.”

 04.9.2013 
“How dare I be so presumptuous that I raise my experience above His Word when He’s raised His Word above His name.”
Dan Mohler (via favoredgrace)
 04.9.2013   03.15.2013 
“Fences set on a high place will not stand firm against the wind; so a timid mind with a fool’s resolve will not stand firm against any fear.”
The book of Sirach, chapter 22.
 03.6.2013 
Taking note of this home I’m hidden in. I really do love this.

Taking note of this home I’m hidden in. I really do love this.

 02.4.2013 

"People pleasers"

I don’t know if the question is whether the person is a people-pleaser [or not], but it is the why they are.

It is not entirely bad to be pleasing, unless the intent is destructive [for selfish gain/control]. I would highly suggest that most of us pray to see what our own motivations in being kind are.

And I question how easily kindness is waved off as passive and meek, perhaps even weak.

I have found that it takes forward thinking to truly be kind. The sort of kindness that carries seed, the DNA of the Love that Christ spoke into existance. True kindness is incredibly powerful. Potent. Kindness that stems from love does not seeks its personal benefit. It aggresively seeks the benefit for another.

I never thought that a genuine “people pleaser” could exist. But if there is such a person, I think I would find an incredible life-changing and inspirational example of someone who really loved “the least of these.”