Monday, January 20, 2014


The thought "what a gift" has been running through my mind a lot lately.

What a gift it is... see your best friend round the corner at the Denver International Airport... wait... let the laughter seep out of your soul as you fly down the mountain on skis... eat warm chocolate chip cookies and drink Mexican hot chocolate... feel the warmth of the sun hit your face... be vulnerable together... listen to the radio just a tad too loud because you can't get enough of that song... get a little taste of home when it seems so far away... feel the warm embrace of a hug... hold your hands wide open to the Lord... witness a miracle... gather around the table together... let the tears fall from your eyes knowing one day they will be no more... say yes, I will stand by your side on your wedding day and every day after that...

Every single moment is a gift. The moments that we never want to let go of... gifts. The moments we wish didn't happen... gifts.

So often we think of gifts as material things we wrap in pretty paper for birthdays and Christmas. But gifts are far greater than that.
gift (noun): something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation 
Read that slowly and let it settle in your soul. Voluntarily transferred without compensation. Gift. You see, the thing about these gifts is that I don't deserve them. We don't deserve them. But the God of the universe loves us so much that he voluntarily gives them to us. And expects nothing in return. 
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows."                                                   {James 1:17}
As we begin a new week, let the thought "what a gift" rest on your mind. Let it sink into your soul as you become more aware of the moments that fill our days.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

14 goals for 2014.

Beginning a new year is sort of a funny thing. It's the flip of a calendar page that brings a clean slate. It allows for everything to be new or nothing to change. It can bring a sense of hope and expectation for what is to come.

And this new year, 2014, I was encouraged to write a few goals.

Be more aware of little, simplistic blessings.
Have more honest conversations.
Be a woman of prayer.
Work out more.
Pursue a teaching career.
Do things outside of my comfort zone.
Do not take time for granted.
Travel to a new place.
Invest in people.
Take more photos.
Run a 5k for something I'm passionate about.
Read at least 10 books.
Know the Lord more.

But these goals are nothing if I just jot them down in my journal and forget about them. Goals have to guide us. They have to point us in the direction we want to go.

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."                                                                                                                                                   {Philippians 3:13-14}

 I realize that I may not reach all of my goals this year. I will fail at times. And I'm okay with that. These goals will still push me towards the end goal. They will keep my eyes on the one thing that I desire most: to bring God glory in all that I do.