{Project 365} Day 15

Day Fifteen |LIGHTS|

It’s finally Christmas season! There are only two weeks, including finals left of the semester!!! Then it’s actually Christmas and I couldn’t be more excited! 😀 So, it’s after Thanksgiving now, so I decided to listen to Christmas music, watch Elf (the greatest Christmas movie so far haha), color Christmas pictures (because who doesn’t love to color!?!), and, finally, do a Christmas-y shoot just for fun!

It’s not very pretty outside (no snow) and it’s cold, so I didn’t feel like being cold…soooo, I decided to just play around with some lights! Merry Christmas!!!! 😀

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{Project 365} Day 14

Day Fourteen | Calm & Peace

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Having coffee and lunch across from one of my best friends has become my favorite thing to do in the whole world. I love sharing my heart and listening to my friend’s heart as we chat and smile and laugh and cry together. It’s beautiful. It’s love. It’s learning communication and relationship. It’s learning how to listen, not to reply, but to understand. It’s replying not to be ‘right‘, but to encourage the other person and give them the best advice that you can, ever guiding them towards Christ. There is something truly satisfying in sharing what is going on in your Wandering Heart. Sharing your struggles and greatest fears. Your thoughts and hopes and dreams. Your tears. There is something wonderful [and probably nothing more scary] in being vulnerable. In my experience, I could have had many ‘bad’ days, yet when I finally get to sit down with a cup of coffee in my hand and one of my best friends sitting across the table from me, I feel as though I can finally smile again. Sometimes the other person doesn’t even have to say much. God speaks anyway. The Holy Spirit is present and working in both of our situations. Community is precious and I hope I will never lose these treasured friends of mine.

I had already posted this picture to Instagram a couple days ago, but I wanted to add some of my #WanderingThoughts that I often post to Instagram on {Project 365} because, even though the pictures aren’t perfect and aren’t even of great things, encouragement is always there. Lessons. Beauty through the mess of imperfections. And the encouragements are always accompanied by pictures, so I hope you enjoy the pictures as well as the bits of encouragement or questions or thoughts that I can come up with.

Everyone, have a great night!

{Project 365} Day 13

Day Thirteen | Thankful Through it All

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This morning I spent a little bit of time talking to God as I sat in chapel after setting up my camera and before chapel started. I stumbled through my words, searching for the right words to speak as I often do. I didn’t know what to say. I don’t understand what God is doing right now and I can’t see Him. But I prayed anyway. I told Him that I didn’t understand. The speaker in chapel today talked about prayer. And anxiety. And thankfulness. Through things you don’t understand. He said many of the exact words that I had said to my God this morning. It’s funny how God works sometimes. PRAYER is powerful. Sometimes I doubt. Sometimes all I can do is forget to thank him. I simply cry. But maybe when I miss the step of thankfulness, I am missing part of the blessing of prayer. #Philippians4

I had already posted this to Instagram a couple days ago, but I wanted to add some of my #WanderingThoughts that I often post to Instagram on {Project 365} because, even though the pictures aren’t perfect and aren’t even of great things, encouragement is always there. Lessons. Beauty through the mess of imperfections. And the encouragements are always accompanied by pictures, so I hope you enjoy the pictures as well as the bits of encouragement or questions or thoughts that I can come up with.

Everyone, have a great night! ❤

Desires #WanderingHeart

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How many times have you said no? How many times have you closed this door in my face…yet I keep banging on the door; expecting, begging for it to open. Maybe it’s a ‘not now’ answer. Maybe it’s not meant to be at all. The truth is, I don’t know what the future holds. Maybe my desires are good, or at least they started out that way, but they still need some polishing. Maybe I am simply not as ready to receive my greatest desires yet as I think I am. The truth is, when I am staring down that door that is still firmly shut, I miss the beauty of everything else that I have received that I didn’t even have to ask for, because God is good.

When God says in Psalms that He will give us the desires of our hearts, I do not believe it means that He will give us everything that we want, or desire. Instead, I think it means that He will literally give us the desires to accomplish His will, the desires that He wants us to have.

Desires are a funny thing. We can have so many really good desires….desires that line up with God’s Word and we believe that God really has given to us. However, how easy is it to make a good thing an ultimate thing by placing this ‘good’ desire over God? How tight do we hold onto the things we want? When we finally get what we want, how angry do we get when it seems like God is stripping away everything that we tried so hard to get one-by-one? Some seasons seem to be like that…striving for your desires, whether with good or bad motivations, and God takes them away one-by-one until you basically had what you started with…or less than what you started with.

Sometimes your world seems to be spinning farther and farther out of your control. You don’t even know what’s going on anymore! Perhaps this is ultimately a good thing, but nothing seems certain any longer. Pain from your past can dictate how you choose to interact with people in the future. You’re no longer sure who you can trust with knowing everything about you for fear of being betrayed again. Sometimes it feels like everything is pitch black and you have no idea where you are going, or even where God is.

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

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{Project 365} REVISITED:: Day 12

Day Twelve:| Quote of the Day

I started Project 365 during the summer and I didn’t get very far. And I completely forgot about it. So, I’m am going to attempt to pick this challenge back up and run with it!

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Okay, so…technically the story behind this saying happened a couple of days ago. I guess stuff like this happens when you have Roomie Dates! You cover a lot of different topics, including this 😉