Thursday, 28 February 2013

February


There are as many things to trust and have confidence in as there are people...and some of them seem to work- for awhile....but ONLY trusting and having confidence in the Lord brings peace to our life.         Jeremiah 17:7



Do you ever have those weeks where you feel just awful about yourself?
You feel ugly and like you're not good enough.
BLAH.
They are lame weeks and I've had that.

I know this is SOOOO not of the Lord so I have been fighting all of these feelings and thoughts with scripture this week.
Focusing on my confidence in the Lord.

Like every week though, I've been blown away seeing how faithful the Lord is in the midst of my faults and failures. 
I've been blown away seeing Him answer prayers and work deeply in me. 
He is ALWAYS good.

Since I've been having a couple of off weeks I haven't even thought about blogging, but February was  a pretty great month full of fun things, so I wanted to share some of them before it gets too late!

{I changed ages.}


{Some of my sweet friends threw me a little surprise dinner!}



{Happy 23rd BDAY Peach :: Missing the Peach State today!!!}



{So grateful for this girl!!! She left me for a WHOLE week for work meetings and I missed her dearly!}



{We played some Cranium. Josh and I were big time game HATERS before we moved to the Moose, but we've come around!}


{Zacher and Josher}

 {I love this man. He takes care of me so well. The Lord truly blessed me with him}


A couple weeks ago we had 4 men come up from the States, 2 stayed with us at our house! 3 of them will be coming up this Summer, as they do every Summer, for a mission trip, and one of them is praying heavily about moving his family (wife and 3 children) to Moose Factory for Mission work! We had such a great time being together with other believers, encouraging one another and laughing A LOT.


{These guys went behind my back and bought all these decorations for a little party that I hosted for all the February and January birthdays!! They are a bunch of sweethearts!!}


{It was quite entertaining watching grown men blowing balloons and decorating! So thoughtful!}


 {We had about 20 people playing games and hanging out! It was a blast! These are the January/February birthday girls!}


{I made this masterpiece, inspired by the wonderful, Honey Holden, love her!}


{moving on from the Birthday festivities, how CUTE is this?!?! First off, don't even get me started on that HANDSOME man on the right, but look at that precious princess on the left!!! We had the joy of babysitting her for a few hours!}


{We had a pretty low key Valentines Day! We really do act like Valentine's Day is EVERY DAY, we're just KINDA crazy about each other, so it was just as sweet as any other day!}


{I got to bake these for my other Valentines...}


{...My youth group girls! Love them dearly!!!}


{They sneaked away toward the end of Youth Group and made Josh and I the sweetest Valentine cards. they are precious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!}


February was a great month of growth!
Not a day goes by that I don't ask the Lord to change me. Work in me. Mold me. Refine me. to look more like Him.
He continually answers those prayers, and I'm grateful.

Josh and I leave in less than a week for a nice long trip home!
I can't put into words how excited I am.
I need it. and I am grateful to have this opportunity.

I hope y'all have a very blessed Thursday!!!

"Let us hold unswervingly to the HOPE we profess, for he who promised is FAITHFUL."
{Hebrews 10:23}

Saturday, 16 February 2013

growth :: marriage edition

 
 
It has been a battle to blog lately.
The Lord has really been working in me lately causing an emotional roller coaster, but mostly encouragement.
It's AMAZING to see prayer work.
 
I was thanking the Lord this morning for desiring to work in my life.
 
I encourage you today to continually seek the Lord.
He wants to work in you. He wants to make you better. He wants to make your marriage better. He loves you!
 
It has been so refreshing for me to take a step back and to see where in my life I need to redirect my attention on Jesus.
 
 Yesterday I watched a video on relationships.
It wasn't even intended for married couples, but I took so much away.
The thing that spoke the most to me was where I find my worth.
Yes, I am Josh's wife, but ULTIMATELY, I am a DAUGHTER of the KING.
If I live my life with my primary title as Josh's wife, and not as the daughter of the King, I am cheating myself.

Yes, of course it is a blessing and honor and privilege to be married to Josh, and I am grateful for that, but Josh is not necessarily a constant in my life.
The Lord could take him from me anytime. 
The Lord is my constant. He is who I must find my worth in.

I have heard these truths my whole life, and KNOW them well, but I'm afraid I don't always LIVE them.

Something the Lord taught me early in my marriage and that I am SO grateful for is NOT to compare.
I can't compare my marriage to someone else's. 
 I can't compare my husband to someone else's.
I can't compare myself to someone else.

Josh will be the first one to tell you that he's not the most creative person ever, and he's not great with surprises.
Let me just tell you, I LOOVVEEEEE surprises.
 Is my desired surprise quota met, no, it's not.
But that's okay. Maybe I should drop my desired surprise quota.

Why do I think surprises are necessary?
Why do I think if my husband loves me he'll surprise me?
I think I know why.
Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. Hollywood.

Let's not let these places be the standard.
Let's remember that people put their best foot forward on all social networks.
Let's let JESUS be the standard.
Let's let the Bible tell us what's important.

If I could say just one single thing that has positively affected my marriage, it would be remembering that the world is not my standard and I will not let this world tell me what my marriage should look like.
I don't want what the world has.
I want what Jesus has to offer.

And this is a fight. 
Not a day goes by that we aren't affected by movies, tv shows, music, social networks.
For me, the Lord leads me in taking a break from those things sometimes.
I will fight and fight and fight for my marriage.
I will fight to have JESUS as the standard.

I have in a husband what so many people would do anything for, a man who loves the Lord more than he loves me.
A man who desperately seeks the Lord each and every morning.
A man who CONSTANTLY points me to Jesus.

Why get caught up in the things that really don't matter?

When we are too focused on that person, we start to notice more of the "he's not surprising me with anything" things and less of the "he seeks Jesus more than anyone I know." things.

 So living in Moose Factory, with a far LESS busy schedule than either of us have ever known, I have been guilty of putting too much emphasis on Joshua, and with that have looked at his flaws with a magnifying glass.

It has been so refreshing to step back and say, Jesus, I need YOU first and foremost.
I am YOUR daughter.
What an HONOR.

And when I do this, and stop putting Joshua in the limelight, our marriage becomes instantly sweeter.
As He seeks Jesus, and as I seek Jesus, we become closer and closer.
It's a beautiful thing.

I am grateful for this reminder this week.

I want Jesus as the front and center of my life.

Sometimes it's hard to share the intimate places the Lord brings you through, but I know I am always blessed when others put down their walls.
I pray that the Lord can use this to encourage, challenge or move you.



 
{"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become on flesh." This is a profound mystery- but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife my respect her husband."}
Ephesians 5:31-33

Monday, 4 February 2013

Sweet times

Friday was the best day I've had in a while!
It all started with an awesome workout I had on Thursday. Endorphins are sweet.
I had a workout partner, my new friend, Bianca, so that made it SO much better.
I woke up feeling invigorated and excited for the day on Friday.

I had been anticipating Friday all week because on Friday I completed the greatest book every written!!!



I started it February 5, 2012 and finished February 1, 2013.
It is the best, most challenging, encouraging, full of life, inexhaustible, transforming, life changing book there ever has been and ever will be. I look forward to reading it again and again and again until I meet my Savior face to face.

Friday also happened to be Josh's 5th Spiritual Birthday!!! 5 years ago, Friday, Josh dedicated his life to the Lord for the last and final time and he's never looked back! I'm very grateful for that truth and to be married to a man who is head over heels in love with Jesus.



Though we were perfectly dressed to rob a bank, we chose to go for a walk instead! 

 
 it was BREATHTAKING!!! Absolutely FREEZING, but breathtaking! We found out later that day that there was a warning in Moose Factory to not be outside for a long period of time because of how frigidly cold it was...whoops.

Our walk just got more and more beautiful, but unfortunately it was SO cold that both our phones and my camera stopped working. 


I look dead. But this was my attempt at a snow angel. It was deep and cold and I had so many layers on that I felt like a roly poly.


Look at that sweet and beautiful eye.MMM. I LOVE HIM! His eye lashes slowly but surely turned into icicles. 



By the end it was seriously big chunks of ice on every eye lash!! haha! & I literally had to run inside and grab my lap top to bring on the porch to take this picture because all other technology was frozen. Oh the arctic!

We ended Friday night with Joshy going to the gym, me cleaning the whole house with blasted music (anyone else enjoy that?). We made homemade pizza, had a celebratory cupcake to celebrate his 5th Spiritual Birthday and my completion of the bible, and we watched a show! It was the perfect day!


{ 1 for him. 1 for me. 22 for the hockey team :) }

In other news,
Thank you for your prayers for Pathways to Healing, Joshua spoke and it went VERY well! It's a lot scarier to preach to people who don't believe in what you're saying, but Joshua faithfully brought the Word of God to the conference, and many people left with bibles and a glimpse into the Heart of Jesus. We pray that seeds were planted and that the Word would be read. 


My precious friend Brittany turned 23 last week! So her husband ordered a cake for her from a woman on the island, it cost $25 so we were expecting a pretty good size cake that would feed lots of people, we went to pick it up, and the lady hands us the cake in the middle. We DIED laughing when we got back to the car. I was waiting for her to hand us something else, another cake, ANYTHING. Thankfully, Brittany is very loved so someone else made her the cakes on either side. We all went out to dinner, and had an awesome night playing Apples to Apples and laughing a lot! 

 {Baked Potato Broccoli Cheddar Soup}

 I tried this recipe last week using the awesome Christmas present my husband got me! It was so delicious. I look forward to making it again along with other soups using my immersion blender!!!




My chocolate chip cookies have kinda gained me a nickname in Moose Factory. People always say, "aren't you the lady that bakes chocolate chip cookies." why yes, I am. I love Jesus, and my names Kristen, and I'm married to Josh, but most importantly, I am the lady who bakes chocolate chip cookies. Hey, they told us to minister in Moose Factory, they didn't tell us how! :)

It was a sweet Friday, a sweet weekend, and tomorrow I will change the latter 2 in 22 to a 3 and I'm sure that will be sweet too. 22 was good to me. I'm grateful Jesus got a hold of my heart at a young age and I'm grateful to be serving Him. 

Have a great day friends!!!

"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Micah 6:8

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