my crown and my joy

"Well if this is all just in my mind
Then, honey, would you mind
Getting out of mine…”

"Well if this is all just in my mind
Then, honey, would you mind
Getting out of mine…”

Today is my grandmother’s 85th birthday. I can’t think of anything more beautiful than the legacy she’s built. She loves us fiercely and she cherishes us deeply and she models endurance and strength and grit to each of us. There is no one in her world not touched and changed and challenged by her character. Oh and she plays one mean hand of cards. She is every kind of woman I want to be.

Today is my grandmother’s 85th birthday. I can’t think of anything more beautiful than the legacy she’s built. She loves us fiercely and she cherishes us deeply and she models endurance and strength and grit to each of us. There is no one in her world not touched and changed and challenged by her character. Oh and she plays one mean hand of cards. She is every kind of woman I want to be.

i like myself.
i like my life.
i like my job.
i like my friends.
i like my body.
i like my talents.
i like this photo from a caught-between-photos moment the other day. just chilling hanging out and not trying to be real cool. just scratching my face saying hi. i like that. a lot. 

and more than anything, i can feel the Lord moving in my world, bringing me into the fullest version of myself possible. so… things are good.

wait, things are great.

i like myself.
i like my life.
i like my job.
i like my friends.
i like my body.
i like my talents.
i like this photo from a caught-between-photos moment the other day. just chilling hanging out and not trying to be real cool. just scratching my face saying hi. i like that. a lot.

and more than anything, i can feel the Lord moving in my world, bringing me into the fullest version of myself possible. so… things are good.

wait, things are great.

Nothing like making crazy wind-cheek-flapping faces down the highway at all the cars we pass by. Sometimes you gotta get out there and do something that wakes up the wild inside of you.

Nothing like making crazy wind-cheek-flapping faces down the highway at all the cars we pass by. Sometimes you gotta get out there and do something that wakes up the wild inside of you.

"Genesis 1-2 tells us we were created to live in a world in which all relationships were whole because God was the King. But Genesis 3 tells the next part of our story: that we have each chosen to be our own king. We have gone the way of self-centeredness. And self-centeredness destroys relationships. There’s nothing that makes you more miserable or less interesting than self-absorption: how am I feeling, how am I doing, how are people treating me, am I proving myself, am I succeeding, am I failing, am I being treated justly? Self-absorption leaves us static." Static. There’s no room to dance because there’s no room for the Other to dance with us. At most, we are dancing with ourselves, which is arguably not dancing at all. Not truly, not fully. Not when God Himself intended for the wild freeing movement of forgetting ourselves and taking up the joy of honoring the Other.