Thursday, December 4, 2014

You're Probably Wondering

 It's been a LONG while since my last post, which was a HUGE announcement to what is to come...  but I left you hanging.  So, let's wrap all this up so we can continue with our normal programming.  Here's what's gone on in our lives and all that we're hoping to happen.

As part of our learning to live simple, we've wrestled with whether or not we wanted internet at home.  We discovered that I'm far more productive at home and far more intentional when I don't have access to internet to distract me, or even more so, to make me feel like whenever a job assignment comes in I have to do it right there, right then.  So we chose to go without internet.  Without internet though, my blogging life has been a little tricky- hence the silence!

So, now that I've explained a little- what have we been up to?

I've been busy juggling quite a bit of things.  My most favorite is my progress as a domesticated house wife.  Since we've moved to our little home, Jon and I committed to a more simpler lifestyle and are working towards learning new ways to simplify & self produce.  Do I secretly wish I was in the pioneer days- you betcha!

And lets not forget the newest venture- Sweet Tea & Co- that I announced and left ya'll hanging.  So what is Sweet Tea & Co?  Sweet Tea & Co is first and foremost a ministry.  It's my heart for all things tea, women, & discipleship.  It's will be an online community with all things tea time, from recipes to how to's and what's what, to discipleship devotionals & Bible Studies.  My hope is that women gather together, whether a small intimate gathering or a large group, and experience the beauty of tea & community.  I've been hard at work getting all the pieces together for it's launch!

But probably the greatest reason for my silence on this blog has been just choosing to live intentionally with people face to face.  The more I've dived into my family, my friends, and my neighborhood, the less time I've found available to actually sit and write out all that I wanted to write out.  I've tried to go deeper.  Deeper with relationships.  Deeper with intentions.  Deeper with my own heart into all things so that my moments count.  It's important to me that whether I write a blog post, post on instagram, make dinner, or hand out food to the homeless, that my moments are investments into something bigger than myself.

So what does that all mean for this blog... well it means I've got to take it as it goes.  If I get a moment, or free wifi, then I'll get to blog- and I do have posts in the works set to come out soon (and a whole 'lotta drafts that have never been published that may go live), so here's what I'm aiming for in December and maybe if I write them here, I'll actually be accountable to post them.

 How to take your own family photos
 Simplifying before the Holidays
 and of course, plenty of personal posts & lots of photos!


Friday, October 3, 2014

A Peak Into What's to Come

Friends....

Oh Sweet Friends....

There's been something in the works for quite some time that I was SO GOSH DARN afraid to share.  I was afraid if I put it out there and it didn't work out, well, then that's just another thing I claimed I would do but didn't follow through on.

I've had this dream for a little while now, one that I've been fine tuning, pruning, and then handing back over to God so He could redo all the mess I tangled it up in.  But anyhoooo... it's almost ready, but I really felt the urgency to get it out there; to make it known, and to fight the doubt and have faith in myself and in my God for what's in store.

Welcome my newest adventure...


So what is Sweet Tea & Company?

Well, you're going to have to wait and find out a little more, but basically Sweet Tea & Company stems from the times I was discipled over tea time with my friend & mentor Linda.

Sweet Tea & Company is kind of made up of many things, many of which will be announced so wonderfully soon (giveaways included), but for starters, Sweet Tea & Company is a piece of my heart that cries out for discipleship with other women over my absolute favorite thing... TEA.

So stay tuned.  I promise I'll spill all the details.  I'm so excited to share this wild new adventure my family is going on and where Sweet Tea & Company will take us, until then, enjoy a cup of tea on me, or if you're in Sunny So Cal, an ice cold glass of Sweet Tea!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

People


My room is messy, there are 51 bajillion other things I am supposed to be doing right now, and yet all I can do right now is write out what's been on my heart these past weeks.

Today I sat in a Bible Study with a group of women.  It's been a while since I allowed myself to do that.

I've been mad for a while at the idea of community.  I craved it so much that I forced it into the image I thought it should be, leaving me hurt, angry, and used for others gain and glory.  I became judgmental and wishing I could run away and start all over.

In the Bible Study, I had to answer the question....

"What is the driving force of your life?"  I prayed about that for a while.  I sat with my head in my hands and sang the words, "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe..." and the answer popped into my head to the question....

People.

People are the driving force in my life.  Both in a good way, and both in a negative way.

People have driven the way I looked at life and choices I've made.  I do most of my life for people.  I know I was meant to serve.  I feel most alive when I'm put to work for the betterment of people.  I also feel most dead when I've allowed people to affect me so much that when they fail me, I give up.

And so, today I realized something.  Although God has so gifted me with the strengths to serve people, to thrive on the uncomfortability of helping others, He has not called me to be driven by them.  He has called me to be driven by Him; to love him with an abandonment that then flows my ability to serve people.

Community is messy.  Community is made up of a group of people who will mess up, drop the ball, or down right hurt, but Community is founded on the sacrifice grounded in love.  A love that is patient.  A love that is kind.  A love that does not envy.  A love that does not boast, and is not proud.  A love that is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  A love that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  A love that always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  (I Corinthians 13:4-7)

I'm on this adventure.  One that has me getting a good dose of conviction and reality.  One that has me so wildly chasing after Christ that I can sometimes get running so fast I leave people behind.  In this race of life set before me, I know that community, and running alongside people is what we're made to do, and that means laying myself down, letting my gifts be used for people but driven by the desire to make known the Greatness of a God who so graciously runs with me, even when I act like the very pharisee's I judge.

So here I am.  Vulnerably working towards setting aside my judgments and my safety nets.  I'm letting go of the protocols and systems meant to put up walls that keep me from doing the very thing I love to do and pursuing people again, because when I pursue them, I pursue Christ.


For more on community and that joys, challenge, and God's heart on women living well with each other, check out The Tapestry Blog for 31 Days of Exploring Community.