Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ladies of the Lake

I traveled this last week to the Carolinas with 5 other girlfriends.  My Aunt Mary and Uncle Steve opened up the lake house for us to enjoy for a long weekend!!


Was an incredibly relaxing trip as we had NO plans....no agenda.... The only plan we had was to be professional lake chillers. And that's what we did. Thanks so much for a FANTASTIC trip, friends! I'd travel with you again ;-)

Friday, August 19, 2011

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When reading my bible in the morning, there are a few things I love to do. I love to have a cup of coffee with me. I love the apartment to be cold. And I love to have a blanket. Oh. And I love to have fun pens with my journal.


Oftentimes when reading a story that makes me laugh, I will write “HAHAHA” next to that story. For instance, in 1 Kings- 22, King Ahab (a not-so-good- king) wanted someone to speak a word over him- but refused to have a particular (good!) prophet of the Lord come and give him a word. He said “I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad!” That just made me laugh. Because he WAS bad. And was doing bad things! (if you don’t find that funny, I’m sorry for making you read that).

Or. For instance. If there is something else that sticks out to me, I’ll write my thoughts. Again, another instance: In Proverbs 15- next to verse 17- you will see that I have written “I LOVE HELEN” next to it. Why? Well. That verse says “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.” My friend Helen is, basically, a vegetable lovin-yoga stretchin-happyhearted lady that loves Jesus. And she LOVES vegetables. And she loves people well. So that verse just makes me think of Helen every time I read it! :-)

But!

This week! I wrote something in my bible next to a story and the Lord quickly challenged me in what I’d written.

Check it out.

Was reading in Exodus this week. Moses led the people across the Red Sea. I blogged earlier about that. But after they crossed over, they were without water or food. Basically- there was a water source- but the water was bad. The people grumbled and Moses called on the Lord. The Lord gave instructions to Moses in how to make the water better- he did it- and voila! The water was better. Jump over 2 chapters- and the people have moved on and are camping out in a new location. Again. The same thing happens. The people grumbled because there was no water and Moses cries out to the Lord.

Ok. Here is where my pen was quick to write. I wrote “THIS FRUSTRATES ME SO MUCH! The Lord had JUST provided water for them and here they are grumbling again! Don’t they remember what He had JUST DONE?!!?”

Right after I wrote that sentence (in pen, mind you) in my bible, the Lord said to me “Minda…they still needed water. They were in a new place. They may have grumbled and complained- but that doesn’t change the fact that they still needed water.”

Insert silence.

Ugh.

This spoke to me in a couple of ways. First- I’m in a position in which I’m looking to move to South Carolina. And I have felt AWFUL looking for a new job. Seriously. I keep saying “Lord, I love my job- and you provided it in such an AMAZING way for me last year. I feel guilty even ASKING you for anything else.”

To that- He says- “You are going to be in a new place. You STILL need ‘water’….You needed ‘water’ last year- and in the new place you will be- you will STILL need ‘water’. I’ll provide.”

And 2nd. It just reminded me that I NEVER EVER want to be in a place in which I have forgotten what He has done for me in the past. Let me always bring to mind Your faithfulness before starting to worry, stress, or grumble and complain.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

11th Hour Wind

This morning I was reading in Exodus and was at the point in the story in which the Egyptians are chasing after the Israelites and the Israelites are facing the Red Sea.

You need some back history? Ok.

Joseph. Remember him? His dad gave him the coat of many colors. His brothers became envious and sold him into slavery. He sits in prison for a LONG time but then interprets a dream that not only gets him OUT of prison- but places him as one of the top men in the palace. He then brings all his family (and cousins, aunts, uncles, great aunts...etc) to Egypt to be saved from the famine.

Well. Joesph dies- and the new Pharaoh doesn't know about Joesph and how he saved the nation. So he sees all Joseph's people (which has grown exponentially at this point) and says "They are taking over! Let's make them our slaves." 

So now they are oppressed, beaten, and just downright miserable. Enter Moses. He comes in and becomes the famous "Let My People Go" man.

Yeah. You've heard of him. God uses him to bring frogs, locusts, gnats, etc....all to torment the people of Egypt so that they'll abandon their cause and just let the Israelites (those are Joseph's people) go.

Now. They've gotten out. Moses said "Let my people go!" and Pharaoh says "take yo people and go."

So they go. But then the Egyptians are so lazy at this point and need someone to wash their clothes, bring them grapes, and fan them when they start to sweat. Yeah. They needed their slaves back. So they decided to go after them.

NOW. We're back to the original story.

So the Israelites are facing the Red Sea with the Egyptians on their heels.

God tells Moses to stretch forth his hand over the sea and all night long- the Lord drives the sea back with a strong wind and made it dry land.

Point number 1. As Priscilla Shirer said at Pink Impact 2011....If you are facing a Red Sea....then you get to WITNESS a Red Sea being split for you.

How true is this?!?! They got to witness first hand the power of God and his ability to work on their behalf.

Are you facing a "Red Sea?" I am.  But I'm SO excited to see how the Lord is going to send in that wind to part the water.

Point number 2. This morning as I was reading through Exodus 14...I realized another thing. Right after the water is parted, the Israelites begin to cross over to the other side. But guess who else starts to cross over too? 

I'm sure they are thinking..."umm.....You've making a way for us too but these people are STILLLLL following!!!" God wasn't done yet. Verse 24 says "During the LAST WATCH of the night, the Lord looked down at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. Wheels started to come off their chariots." Then. Waters went back to their original place. While the Egyptians were still in the middle. Yeah. He just did that.

The phrase 'last watch' stood out to me like a sore thumb. 

Anyone else think that God always moves at the 'last minute' possible?

No. It's in His perfect timing.

To the Israelites- they were in an '11th hour' situation. And in the last watch...God wiped out their enemy with one swoop.

You may feel as though you're in a last minute situation.  I know I do right now.

But during the last watch, He'll seal the deal and leave you standing in awe.


Friday, August 12, 2011

A big update. KING Sized big. Which reminds me...how you sleepin??

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know a couple of things about me:


• My roommates always seem to get married

• I am often finding new roommates & warning them marriage will quickly ensue by living with me.

• I love South Carolina

• I go to South Carolina once or twice a year

• I love my job

• I’m a safe person.

• I don’t like to make big decisions if it involves much risk.

Well. My roommate gets married in October- which means I’m looking to move again.

But here’s the kicker.

I’m looking to make a big move.

South Carolina, to be exact.

Why South Carolina? Well. Here are a few things.

My grandparents live there as well as my aunt/uncle/cousins

Ever since I was in High School- I wanted to move to South Carolina.

Every time I actually THOUGHT about it and started to put feet to that plan- fear overwhelmed me.

Definitely felt unsettled about it.

For the past 10 years, I have revisited that same thought… “Could I move there?”

Every time…Loved the idea- but never felt peace about it.

So when my roommate from 2010 got engaged and prepared to marry- I started thinking about SC again.

Didn’t feel the normal uneasy feeling.

Ended up moving in with a friend, Rachel (who, by the way, has been a GREAT roommate) who I knew was seriously dating someone and that marriage would soon follow.

When I made the move to this apartment with her- rather than signing a year lease at a different place- I just knew that the Lord would be doing something big in October.

Again. Revisited the SC thoughts. Still felt peace.

So. For the past month- I’ve been hitting the pavement in a BIG way looking for a job in South Carolina.

Which brings me to my other point.



I love my job. In a BIG way I love it.

The Lord totally provided this job for me in May of 2010 in the most incredible way.

My first thoughts regarding moving were “How could I leave a job that I LOVE and one that the Lord so incredibly provided for me?”

But as quickly as the question was posed- it was answered with “I’d do it all again for you.”

In the middle of even typing this out- I just got an email from a friend saying “Are you dead set on moving to SC?”

I’m not dead set on anything if the Lord decides to close doors.

But I do know- that in the meantime- I’m looking for Jobs in Greenville, SC.

So. If you know anyone out in that area that might be able to help set me up with a job- Let me know!

Questions? Comments? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In addition- I’d love your prayers! This is a BIG deal for me.

My parents and sister live in Texas.

I’ve never NOT lived in Texas.

I have THE most amazing friends a girl could ask for in Texas.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my church and church family.

But I feel as though it’s time to step out.

Pray for me? It would be appreciated.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's that time.

Welcome back to my TV screen Cowboys. I've missed your blue and silver.

Let's have a good season, ok?

mmkk.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Empty Pages

I am a journaler. First off, is that a word? It should be. But yeah. Did you know that?  Yeah, I am a journaler. I'm pretty particular about what kind of journal I will write in, too.  But aside from that- my most current journal I started on February 1, 2011.

I was prompted to go back and re-read the first page in this journal.

Here's what it says:

February 1, 2011

For some reason my chest aches with the opening of this journal. So many pages to be filled. So many life experiences. So many heart issues will be written in here. But one thing remains. When this journal is filled- I am SO sure that it will, once again, be filled with story after story of His faithfulness. I will be able to come back and read- and my faith will be increased because I will be reminded of how good my Jesus is.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary." Isaiah 40:28
Needed to be reminded of this. As I am filling out the last of the pages in this journal, I needed to be reminded that whatever it is that will be written in those pages....It will be a story of His faithfulness.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lunch Time Ramblings

(ps....Brandon- I wrote this on my lunch break) :-)

From that time on, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.


Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

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I read this passage from Matthew this morning and my first thought was “geeez. A bit harsh huh, Jesus? Calling Peter by the name of Satan?”

And I know where I’m about to go might be a stretch for some of you but it’s what came to mind when I read this.

Girls. When it comes to crushes on guys we like, do you have the friends that tell you “Ohhhh! Girl he’s SOOOO into you!?!” or “oooooh he glanced at you while eating his dinner! It MUST mean he likes you!” or “What?!?! He waved at you from across the parking lot?!?!? Aggggh! He’s in LOVE with you!”

Or you explain something that happened that you have overanalyzed and tell your girlfriend about it and they immediately begin to overanalyze with you? They begin to tell you “Ooooh when he said this…he means this….and therefore- that means he likes you too!” When in reality- the guy couldn’t be farther from having a crush on you.

Is anyone following me?

Or you try on a dress- you ask if it is flattering- and your friends so “heck yes it is! Buy the dress!”

When in reality- the dress couldn't be more unflattering if you put the same dress on a donkey.
Do you have friends in your life keeping you in reality…speaking Truth….and giving you the real story?

Or do your friends give ‘advice’ as described above?

Sometimes when I hear conversations like the ones listed above- I want to shout out at them “Get behind me Satan!”

Would that be a bit harsh?

This passage from the bible might not mean ANYTHING in regards to the situation I just typed out- but hey. It’s what came to mind. So there you have it.

SPEAK TRUTH. Don’t give bad advice. It might not hurt YOU- but it will for SURE hurt the people you’re lying to.