Saturday, May 16, 2009

Terebinth Spa/Brother, Sister Press

my good friend Allie recently started her own business, Terebinth Spa, in which she offers a night of homemade, organic spa treatments for office, home, and church parties. doesn't this sound amazing? just talking about it makes me feel relaxed and peaceful. i went to a party she threw at her home and it was so much fun to munch on snacks and do some self-pampering with other ladies. if you know Allie at all, you already know what a peaceful, loving, nurting person she is- just being around her is a peaceful, sweet experience, so "allie + spa business" makes perfect sense to me. it's inspiring to see her act on her dreams and i'm excited to see what God has planned with her and her projects!

i too am hoping to get more involved with some dreams of mine, namely the little shop i opened on i love making all different kinds of things and i hope the summer break will help me to invest more time in those projects. i've also opened an etsy store with the intent of using it as a collective for the people in our church body who also enjoy making things but maybe dont have enough time/product to open a store of their own. it's actually a dream eric and i have shared since we started dating, to have a little collective/collaboration within the church body and to reach others in different, creative ways. i truly hope it will allow us to reach people and to grow both artistically and in terms of community. keep your eyes open for Brother, Sister Press!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

a desire fulfilled is a tree of life

i promise not to get too mushy, but... i cant resist posting this:

i love this boy a lot. he is the most beautiful, patient, sweet person i've ever met. we compliment each other in so many awesome ways. even though we've hurt each other a lot, we love each other a lot and i'm thankful that God has put us together as only He can-- to learn how to love another well and to show others God's love. Godly love doesnt give up or call it quits when things get rough, and that's a lesson i've needed to learn for a while. i'm thankful i got to learn it alongside the most beautiful person i know...


Thursday, May 7, 2009

provision, perception, presence.

lately i have been very comforted by the Fullness of God. He is in control always, ordering all things for good. How silly it is of me to worry about anything...

"God provides for our needs and everything beyond that is a blessing."

i have been very busy with finals and unfortunately that has made it difficult for me to respond to amazing, amazing letters/emails/packages from friends. it's also been difficult to make time for God, whether that be time spent in the word or time just being mindful/connected. i've noticed that the less frequently i engage with the Spirit, the less frequently i perceive things correctly. while i'm not happy about this, it's definitely a cool lesson to learn. i am very thankful that my emotions do not always accurately reflect reality, and that that which i am feeling is not necessarily truth. i will be very relieved when i am done with school for the semester and can focus more energy on being part of the community and growing closer in my relationship with God.

as for my previous bloggery... God really is kicking some ass, blowing my mind, showing me some amazing, amazing things... i'm so thankful for the ways God loves me and wants to bless me. i'm thankful that He knows the true, deep desires of my heart and brings them to life in ways i never expected. i have such a burden to see others come to know God as i have and to reside in His truth-- it has been absolutely life-changing for me and i desire so much to see others experience this kind of joy, peace, and love in their own lives...