{Project 365} Day 11

Day Eleven:| {Family} Shaeffer

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The other day I had the opportunity to take pictures of the Shaeffer family. I had so much fun and I think the pictures look great! I’ve had very good responses so far (:

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{Project 365} Day 10

Okay, I know, I know…it’s been a while since I’ve posted ANYTHING for {Project 365}…but literally nothing has been happening the past couple of days! And it still hasn’t…each day is pretty much the same, but here’s something:

Day Ten:| It’s the EveryDay Life

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This is how I’m spending my day…belaying, climbing a little, then sitting at the front desk until I have to belay again…but hey, at least I have a cute braid in my hair! ūüėČ

You’re || {B r a v e}

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What is courage? What does it mean to be brave or courageous? If I were to guess, you don’t think you’re brave. I can guess that because I feel the same way.

When most people think of being brave, perhaps they think of unwavering strength, always pushing forward without any doubts or fear. Honey, that’s just not realistic and it sure isn’t what it means to be courageous!

There’s a far greater strength and courage out there, and I want to bet that¬†you have it. You strength might not look like anybody else’s.¬†But that’s okay. Instead of being loud and authoritative, your strength might look quiet…to others, it might look like weakness.¬†It’s not.

Courage may simply be stepping out of your comfort zone. It might be a tiny step…one that doesn’t even look like progress to anyone else. People might not understand why that tiny step is so important to you–don’t let them tell you that it’s insignificant. Be excited about it! Even if you were literally shaking because you were so afraid to go into the unknown,¬†you are b r a v e.¬†

I think that the quiet, shaky steps of someone stepping out in faith, even though they are scared to death, is more beautiful and courageous than someone who jumps forward without a second thought. Because it means something to them. They’re terrified, yet¬†they do it anyway! And that, my lovelies, is something to celebrate.

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I am joining Coffee for your heart today.

{Here is || m y h e a r t}

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¬†“He has made everything beautiful in its time…” {Ecclesiastes 3:11}

Everything. That includes¬†your heart. Did you know what your heart is beautiful? That’s right…that exhausted, used, broken, hurting part of yourself that seems to cause you more pain than anything good…especially anything beautiful!

If you’re like me, maybe you’re wondering if letting people see the deepest parts of you is worth it…because every time you decide to take that risk, you get hurt. So you shut them out. You stop talking. You stop connecting with them. You refuse to share your deepest secrets, pains, regrets…as well as your more heartfelt joys and successes in life. The walls that you have so carefully constructed around your heart so that you won’t get hurt as numbed you to feeling¬†anything. You may have stopped the pain. But you have stopped the good feelings, too. And, now that you have shut so many people out, you realize…that maybe it’s¬†not¬†worth it. Maybe running away from the potential pain is the worst thing that you could do right now. Maybe that pain could wake you up.

He has made you¬†so¬†beautiful. Inside and out. He has created you¬†exactly¬†how He wants you to be. And that includes your heart. Maybe you feel like your heart is too torn, broken, and useless to be beautiful. Too many feet have stomped on it. You’ve been hurt one too many times for it to be used for anything good anymore.

Feeling pain is a sign that you care. Don’t cut yourself off from that. Because through your tears and the pain that you think you cannot work through…God is making¬†everything¬†beautiful!

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

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{Just Trust}

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Yesterday in church Pastor said something that really captivated me. It was a short story. I summarized it on my facebook status as:

My doubt and fear screams “Father, I can’t see you!” But His voice is steady and calm as He replies, “But I can see you! Jump, and I will catch you.”

Sometimes maybe He just wants us to trust Him enough to take that step when it looks unstable. YOU have so much courage. Even if your breath is shaky and uneven as you edge your way forward. Even if your footsteps are small and it may seem like you’re not making any progress. Even if you pause at times to catch your breath and remind yourself why you’re here. Even if you have doubts sometimes.¬†You are b r a v e! Sometimes He wants us to jump when we can’t see or feel Him…He wants us to follow Him.

You don’t think you can do it. You doubt your ability. Your strength. You think that there is NO way that you can do what He is asking. But here’s the good part:

You’re not alone! He can give you the strength that you need to fulfill His purposes for You. He WILL catch you!

I can’t lie…I am struggling with this right now, too. That’s why it hit me so hard when I heard this the other day. I kind of feel like a hypocrite writing these words of comfort, because I am not at that place yet. But it’s a process and we’re on this journey together!

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{Project 365} Day 9

Day Nine: | Coloring #likeaboss

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¬†This week is VBS at my church. Yesterday I got to color with the kids! It seriously made my day! It made me soooo happy (: It had been such a LONG time since I’ve colored anything and I had a great time talking and hanging out with the kids, too!

 

Day Nine pt. 2: |Final Day/Bittersweet

Today concluded VBS…I have to say I am happy that it is over, but at the same time, I am a little sad! The drama team has worked SO hard for SO long and I think it really paid off! I loved being apart of the production again this year and I hope that at least something that was said during the drama got through to the kids! It feels kind of weird that it’s over, to be honest…It’s just…DONE! It all happened so quickly! And I think this year’s went even better than previous productions at Calvary…no one really messed up hardly at all and if we did no one suspected a thing because it wasn’t major (:

Anyway….here’s some pictures that I took today to capture some of what happened at VBS today…

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I hung around the crafts area.

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My sister!

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Alex, Hannah, Maria, and Mrs. Niccum helping the kids with their crafts!

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Working on the craft and playing games with the craft!

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Greg showing her a picture that he had taken of her (:

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Along with the cute, smiling faces was also quite a bit of personality and s a s s!!

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This girl was so full of energy and definitely had an overdose of sass, but she was cute and let me take her picture (:

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She, as usual, didn’t want me to take her picture…

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The first thing that this little girl said after Greg told her that I’m his sister was: “Really? She’s prettier than you are!” LOL That made me laugh…

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This girl was my favorite! We became friends. She was so sweet ūüôā She even gave me the craft that she had worked on!

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And that’s it! The week is over…it’s a bittersweet moment.

In the drama I ended the whole play with a paragraph where I talk directly to the children about God. I asked them if they loved God and treasured Him more than anything or anyone else…and, to my surprise, they actually answered me! In unison, almost, most of them answered: “YES!” after I had asked those questions…so I can only hope that they were truly into the drama and that they knew what was going on and they knew the answers to those questions. I can only hope that God used us, used¬†me, to plant some seeds in these kids’ lives and will draw them closer to Himself.

{Project 365} Day 8

Day Eight: | It’s a Beautiful Life

I can’t lie. Summer filled with two jobs, neither of which is particularly exciting, has not contributed to a super fun, exciting summer. ¬†I have to try to work around 2 different work schedules if I want to do anything else, which isn’t always that easy to do…but I can’t ask off very often because I¬†need¬†the money from both jobs to pay for living on Campus next year, mainly. Honestly what I WANT to do is travel…anywhere, it really doesn’t matter! I want to go on crazy adventures and take tons of pictures with a small group of friends and just ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†l i v e ¬†l i f e and have some fun!

But I don’t think very much of that is going to happen this summer. Maybe it will in the future, though! And maybe I can keep working on fitting fun things in around work and church stuff…

This is what I’m up to at work:

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Reading “Insurgent”…which is actually a good book…but I’m not really that into reading right now (I think Theology 2 kind of burned me out on that one…)

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Answering phones (remember I have a phone-phobia??)…washing, drying, folding towels…

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And cleaning and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning machines…all the time LOL.

But last night a friend reminded me that I can still have a fun day, even in the midst of a rather boring routine (I’m not very fond of a set routine in general…). I can have a beautiful life even while washing towels and cleaning machines and sitting at a desk for hours with nothing better to do than read. Because God can still teach me things and show me things through all of this and this really isn’t a bad job…it could be so much worse!