Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Living your life

Levi and I have been having some big discussions lately about how our lives are going, and what we want our lives to be like in the future. We have been SO blessed, filled to overflow from our Lord and know that none of the blessing in these past 3-4ish years would have been possible without him. We recognize that it is God blessing us, but at the same time...we are very passionate about the fact that God made us extremely money-wise, and we are obedient to him with our money.

It doesn't consume our lives, and because we give to him first and have centered our budget around being able to bless others. Then we get to use it for fun afterwards...we live VERY full lives. One thing that has been interesting is how these blessing affect other people. Those close to us that understand our way of thinking are generally very excited for us about trips and want to hear every detail and love to talk about their trips too (because they have the "travel bug" as well). This can be an extremely touchy, awkward subject but it's something that has been on my heart lately.

I have been helping families at work who are having to deal with family member's that have strokes, alzheimers and other awful things that they are dealing with after their retirement. It makes us think hard about how we want to live life now. Levi and I have been discussing this and thinking...why wait till we're old to do the things we want to do, help the people we want to help. Why not do them now?

Found this quote today by Shauna Niequist and loved it.

“The life you’ve been waiting for is happening all around you. This is it. This is life in all its glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events. But pull off the mask, and you will find your life, waiting to be made, chosen, woven, crafted.
Your life, right now, is exploding with energy and power and detail and dimension, better than the best movie you have ever seen. You and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage have all the makings of a life of epic proportions, a story for the ages, because they all are. Every life is.
You have stories worth telling, memories worth remembering, dreams worth working toward, a body worth feeding, a soul worth tending, and beyond that, as though that was not enough, the God of the Universe dwells within you, the true culmination of super and natural.
You are more than dust and bones. You are spirit and power and image of God. And you have been given today.”

Everyone has different ideas of what they want to do with their lives. Some people don't like traveling and love collecting specially made dishes (I insure tons of those at work). And that is awesome. Some people have amazing servants hearts and give most of their money away towards great causes. Levi and I are trying to figure out a balance of how to do that. But the thing I keep thinking is, that's awesome! Do what you like! Just understand you are making your own choices.

You don't have to go to Nicaragua to live an interesting life. You just have to listen to God. He'll provide the suspense and the dreams and the opportunity to be heroic and content with where you are in life and how your life is going.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Stress happens automatically- not delight.

And so that’s my mission. For the month of November I’m on a ‘gift hunt’. Intentionally making the decision to live and love out of a cup that is brimming with rich, steaming ‘enough. Laura gave me a little album of recycled paper clips and I'm going back to recording things that I love throughout the day that make me feel God's love. I had a little journal like that all throughout highschool that I called my happy book...but I lost it. Try two!

It's going to be an amazing month. We are in the middle of planning for Austin, Asia, new houses, new phone plans, new jobs, new EVERYTHING! (mostly anyways). I LOOOVE change. love it so much! Can't wait!