Tuesday, April 14, 2015

it's common // around here lately


i keep praying that this faith we hold in common
keeps showing up in the good things we do,
and that people recognize Christ in all of it.
// philemon 1:6
 
 
 
 
we made resurrection rolls on Easter and guess what? the "tomb" is empty! praise!
 
 
 
 
we went to a church Easter festival where everyone was handed a colored piece of paper and herded into this shape as a drone circled above taking arial photos in an attempt to create "the largest human Easter egg." bless it.
 
 
 
 
it's not Easter until someone gets hit with a cascarone! can you guess who was the cascarone thrower and who was the cascarone victim here?? #confettialldayerrday
 
 
 


these flowers were as big as my daughter's head. i made her stand by them so i could measure. from a distance, it looked like the tree was covered in snowballs. up close, i could see the intricate details of each petal. God is a Master Gardener.




it took me 2 hours to go 37 miles the other day in a massive thunderstorm. parts of the highway were flooded. my knuckles were white and my heart was racing. i grabbed my chalk marker, scribbled a reminder on my windshield, took deep breaths, and prayed... peace.



 
writing a letter to his "brother" in El Salvador. be still my heart.




this dog thinks she's a cat. isn't this totally something a cat would do? it is. i didn't want to burst her bubble so i let her stay up there on top of my keyboard. dear dog, dance like nobody's watching.



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// and that, my dearies, is what's been going on around here lately! peace be with you!  xoxo



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

more beautiful than you think


dove does it again. this video was in my facebook feed recently and i clicked right away because of the title: HOW YOU THINK YOU LOOK IS NOT HOW YOU ACTUALLY LOOK.

i need to know that is true. some days more than others. judging by my unexpected reaction to this video, today was one of the I NEED IT days.

i spent a lot of years battling body dysmorphic disorder, a condition that skews how i see myself, and how i think others see me. like one of those wonky mirrors at a carnival, the filter through which i see myself has been a little distorted for as long as i can remember. in the mirror, in my head, in photographs, in real life, i always hope you don't see what i see.

but God. as my relationship with Jesus deepens, the disorder weakens. the more i know the truths about how God sees me, the more my self-perception slants that direction and the healthier i become. when i think about the way He loves me, i find my worth in Him and that is enough. He created me and i am thankful!

some days, though, the scars from BDD are tender and raw and i am reminded that i am still healing. this video just barely scratches the surface of what BDD is like, but it was awfully familiar. three minutes in and i was full-on crying. healing sometimes hurts. thank God i've come a long way in how i see myself, but i think i have a way to go. from time to time, i need this reminder. maybe you do, too.

you are more beautiful than you think.  

get your tissues, friend.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/litXW91UauE