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25 Oct

I know it has been a while since I have written a blog, but sometimes you need to take a break from writing and enjoy life.

Since it has been so long, I have done many great things. I went home to America, I ran my first, and second, 5k, I hung out with my best friends, I laughed a whole lot and I fell in love.

Everyone told me that falling in love was one of the best things that you could ever do. Well, it is. Falling in love with your best friend is so wonderful.

Today is our 2 month anniversary. Many people might think that it is too early to fall in love. But, when you are best friends for a year prior, it is kind of easy to fall in love with that person. It is scary to go from being friends to being boyfriend and girlfriend. We were both kind of nervous about what would happen. But, it is so natural and we know that only with God’s help, is this relationship going to work.

I’ll write more later. But for now I will quote one of my favorite movies…

I’m in love! I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it! 

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Hong to the Kong Ya’ll!

25 May

At the end of March… I know so long ago… I went to Hong Kong and Macau with my friend Christina for Spring Break.

BEST VACATION EVER.

I fell in LOVE with Hong Kong.

There were so many great things about Hong Kong that I don’t know if I will be able to list them all.

Hong Kong has… great food, people that make this loud American girl feel quiet, EVERYONE SPEAKS ENGLISH, Disney Land, cheep shops, transportation everywhere, the feel of a city but also an island and of course… more amazing food.

I wasn’t sure if I would be bored while I was in Hong Kong because I thought maybe there wouldn’t be enough to do… man was I wrong. I feel like Christina and I left our hotel at 10 or 11 and didn’t get back until 10 or so every night. We were busy all day long.

One day we decided to hop on over to Macau. It is another island that has its own government separate from mainland China. The main reason why I wanted to go to Macau is because I wanted to jump off of Macau tower.

So after touring around the city, I DID jump off of that tower… oh man was it the scariest thing I have ever done. 764 feet.

JUMPING!!!!

I’m gald that I was able to go to Hong Kong and do/ eat lots of crazy things. I really hope that sometime soon, I will be able to go back.

Hiatus

22 Apr

The past month of my life has been quite a whirl wind. One of exposing my heart, locking my heart back up, learning to trust and learning to be quiet.

It has also been one of healing. Healing of past hurts that I have carried around with me for 3 years. Hurts that I haven’t told many people. Hurts that I didn’t know affected me as much as they did. Hurts that I had to learn to trust that the Lord would heal me of. And, He has. He is always faithful.

I wrote this person an email and told them how much they hurt me and how much it has affected my life. I didn’t want to write this email, but I knew that I had to and I had to forgive this person. Colossians 3:13 says this: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

If Christ can forgive me of all of the sins that I commit daily, then I can surely forgive that person of what they did to me. I was holding on to it for so long and I felt like a black cloud was looming over my head. One of my friends challenged me to get rid of it and to just let go.

Ever since I wrote that email, I have felt free. Free from that hurt. Free from the burden of sin. Free. Free. FREE.

I want to challenge you, if you have anyone to forgive, I ask that you do that. Don’t hold on to it. Let it go. It isn’t yours to have anymore.

Christ calls us to be free.

 

 

In His timing

13 Mar

In my life, many people have told me to trust in the Lord’s timing.

Over the past year, I have really learned this. I am learning it even still to this day. It will be something that I will think about all the time.

Trust that the Lord is preparing me for my husband. Trust that the Lord is preparing my husband for me. Trust that His timing will be perfect.

His timing will be perfect.

Not mine. If anything, I am learning to have patience. Being patient in situations that I wish I could control but I have to give it daily to the Lord. He is the one who controls time. He is the one that pushes me in the right direction. He is the one that will give me peace. He is the one that will show me that His timing is perfect.

In His timing…

Encouragement

7 Mar

I have taken a slight break from my blog. I think at times, it is good. We need to invest in peoples lives around us and love them for who they are no matter what they are going through.

I have had some really great conversations with some people that I deeply care about. Conversations about faith, fears, and memories.

My best friend, Hannah, is one of the most amazing people that I have ever known. She encourages me in ways that I didn’t think I needed to be encouraged in. She loves to send letters. I get one almost every month from her. She is amazing.

Today in the mail, I received a letter from her. I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing but I just wanted to show you how amazing her heart is.

Dearest Friend,
By the time you get this, it will have been one year since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I wish I could be there with you to remember and mourn, and to celebrate your life. I am so thankful that the Lord protected you on that day and also thankful that he renewed your love and passion for Him. Your love for the Lord has increase so much this year. it is so sweet for me to watch His desires become your desires. it is beautiful. I think about you every day and though life moves on, here and in Japan, I think about March 11, 2011 very often too. I think about how earthquakes are still a common part of your life and how much your life changed. I remember how you trusted in the Lord and how you continue to trust the Lord with all of your heart. I don’t know what the earthquake had to happen, but I know the Lord uses everything for his good– and I have seen that in your life.
You are in Japan for a specific purpose. On the days when that’s hard to remember or when you’re homesick, remember the goodness of the Lord, despite the disaster, that prompted you to stay.
This year I have seen you Delight in the Lord, and I am confident that as you continue to delight in him, he will continue to be faithful and show you the desires of His heart.
I love you so much, dear friend, and I am so very thankful for our friendship. Continue to seek the Lord with all of your heart.
Love always,
Hannah Ruthie

She is my heart sister.

Sneak Peek

11 Jan

Today is one of those days that I want a sneak peek into the future. A glimpse of what my life looks like down the road.

Over the past year I learned a lot about being patient. I feel like I have become a more patient person. But today… I am not.

I want to look into the future 5 years from now when I am less than 2 months away from turning 30. (holy smokes)

I want to see what my life looks like.

Will I be married? If I am… what does that wonderful man’s face look like? Does he have dimples? Does he have blue or green eyes? Does his smile make me melt?

Will I have children? If I do… what do their precious faces look like? Do they look like me? Do they have crazy curly hair when they wake up in the morning? Did they inherit my crazy, loud, scream laugh? Or, do they look nothing like me and look like their wonderful father? Are they adopted? Are they learning to love Jesus?

Where will I be? Will I be in Japan? Will I have moved back to America? Will I have moved back to Missouri or some other state? Will I have moved to another country?

Or…

Will I be in heaven worshiping my wonderful Savior?

Today is one of those days that I just want a small glimpse into my future.

How about you? Would you want a sneak peek?

Wrap Up

2 Jan

2011 was a year I will never forget.

So much change, unexpectedness and growth in the Lord happened.

At the end of 2010, I decided that I would choose a word to live the year by. I chose the word, delight.

I picked this word from one of my favorite bible verses, Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

I didn’t know that when I picked that word that I would have my world literally rocked on March 11 when my life changed. Experiencing a 9.0 earthquake and seeing the damage from the tsunami had me in awe of the Lord. How the Lord spared my life and then used me to help with relief efforts and then take up a job at my school that I had previously quit from.

I didn’t know that I would have to choose to be delightful in those situations. Bring peace and speak with a calm voice when talking to my family.

Because I chose to delight myself in the Lord, he gave me one of the best jobs that I never could have imagined having. He gave me some of the best friends as well. Friends that know my heart and allow me to share my heart with them. Friends that make me scream laugh all day long. Friends that encourage me in my faith. Friends that will be friends for a lifetime.

I am so very thankful for 2011. I am sad to see it go because it was such a great yet very difficult year. It will be one that I will never forget.

 

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