Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cool Story of God's Work in My Life

I do not believe in fate.  I do not believe in coincidence.  I do not believe in luck.

I believe in providence.  I believe in sovereignty.  I believe in divine orchestration.

Don't stop reading!  This isn't a post about doctrine.  I'm not picking a fight.  I have a cool story to tell.  Press on good friends!

About a month ago I was invited to the table of a discussion about marketing, social media, web design, and online presence.  I was invited because I had shown initiative, skill and passion.  I was asked my opinion, my impressions, my vision and my ideas.  

It was an invigorating conversation that made my mental and creative energy soar.  

I immediately felt God's hand in bringing me to that place, and I prayed that he would continue to bring something out of the conversation.

Well, that one invite brought about two more, and then came a conversation, and now a new opportunity is before me.  It is so exciting.  God spoke a word into my heart in March about trusting in His provision and not manipulating situations to try and achieve blessing.  He told me to trust in Him and to wait for Him to provide.  At the time I figured it would be in the next few weeks but nothing ever came of it.  So I continued to trust and wait.

I believed in the word He spoke to me, and now I can see His plan coming together.

It is so awesome to experience how awesome Jesus is!  I'll share more details later when all the final pieces are in place, but the short story is that I will be using my passion for social media and blogging in order to help grow a business in a way that will require very little tweaking of my current responsibilities.  I believe God has been preparing this convergence of ability, passion, and need for a long time and that he is going to use it to bring a great blessing to our family.  So cool!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Updated Pictures of My Garden

This is the first year I have had a vegetable garden at my house.  I didn't get it planted and growing until early in June so everything is still kind of small.  I also vastly underestimated the amount of space the garden would take up.  Despite those two things I am having a really fun time learning and enjoying some home grown food.

Some of the first things we've been able to eat out of the garden have been lettuce and cucumbers. How good is lettuce in your salad and on your BLT when it comes straight from garden to plate!  

The cucumber plant has gotten so huge it is taking over everything.

The green beans and the peas are growing well but they are far from being ready to harvest.

We are really looking forward to enjoying some jalapeƱos, tomatoes, green peppers, and carrots!

I'm not sure what will happen with the corn but it just seems right to have at least a few stalks growing near the garden.

I am already making plans for next year's garden.  There are so many things I want to try and different foods I want to grow!

Friday, August 01, 2014

11 Things You Should Know About Introverts (and Me!)

My neighbor and pal Megan Kraby shared this blog post with me on Facebook.  She read it and said many of things written reminded her of me.  I clicked through to the post, read it myself, and felt like I could have personally written all 11 points.  If you're interested in learning more about introverts and how they function you should read the complete post

Here's a few highlight of some things that resonated with me the most. 

- I try to avoid situations where I feel that way, so I may decline your open invitation to some random event. It doesn’t mean I don’t like to be around you, it just means I like to have more control over my surroundings.

- I can turn it on to dazzle a crowd, but if you take me out for lunch afterwards, I’ll probably just listen to you talk.

-Did I get quiet? Do I have a mean look on my face? I’m not judging you; I’m just wrapped up in my thoughts with my [crabby]-resting-face on.

- When you have a strong monologue constantly running in the background, it is pretty easy to settle-in and listen for a while. I have to work through things in my head before I proceed, so I usually need a few minutes.

And my favorite....

- That time after an event or meeting ends and stragglers hang around to talk – yeah, I know this is the perfect time to make more plans, connect with new people, and get involved with future projects, but I really really really hate this. I’m probably already checking my phone in my car before you have even picked up your purse.