Monday, December 5, 2016

Remember me? Happy December!

Hello my dear friends,

It's been a minute! 

I'm sitting down with a cup of tea...not coffee, and I know that shocks all of you.  You see...I've already had two cups today...Ok, I've had three.... Whether coffee or tea be your poison, I'd love for you to join me.  I'd make it for you myself if I could, but miles between us keeps me from being able to casually invite you in. Please feel my love none the less. I've even put on some smooth jazz...Christmas jazz but of course!  We have so much to catch up on, and I don't even know where to begin! 

How is your day going so far?  It just so happens to be my day off...

So far, I've taken my beloved brother to school in the beautiful sparkling rain....Yes, I am a total optimist that loves rain....

That rain inspired me! I went all "Martha Stewart" and made cinnamon swirl pancakes for breakfast.  They were as perfectly delicious as they sound...

Big time highlight...I spent some time just chilling with my best Friend!  He's pretty cool and had a whole lot to say...Do you ever feel so incredibly flawed, and He just goes, "Yeah, I can help you work on that IF you let me, but you're so beautiful and I LOVE you!"

I even read a book!  Hello!  I never have time to do that was glorious.  And on a Monday of all days.  What a laughable situation.  I feel like the girl that just came back from vacation to another vacation...probably because I just did.  This weekend was glorious! 

Yoga....I did yoga!  I'm so not stretching the truth here... ;) It felt amazing, was just what I needed, and....if you keep reading past that pun and actually got it, you and I just reached a new level in our friendship.  I love you!

I have so much to tell you and I yearn to put a full update on where I am...what my life is like now...but it shall have to what until another day, my dear sweet friends.  I wish my brain was as innovative and creative in front of my computer whilst I'm writing as it is in mid yoga...or at the gym...or dancing...the struggle does exist and you can't pretend not to relate.  Blonde moments are just jokes people use to make themselves feel better...excuses even this blonde uses on the daily. 

Now, I'm off to real life to a mandatory director's meeting that just happens to be today.  I'm excited though!  There are so many opportunities to make a difference no matter where you go, and I want to make the effort to do just that....even just a little one...every single day.  I'm making it my challenge! 

Soon....I'll write again....but until then...

Happy pilgrimming!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Desperation: It's what I want most!

Dear friends, 

What do you think our lives would look like if we lived in complete and total desperation for the Lord? What if the biggest question we had was, "Jesus, how can I serve in every detail of my day today?"  Just imagine it for a moment for me...for living like this is one of the greatest desires of my heart! 

So what is desperation...

Desperation: Is when you can't seem to spend enough time recklessly pursuing a rise from despair.  It's being obsessed with doing anything to get what you want or need.  That's the dictionary definition...but practically it can be as simple as just not getting enough of reading the letter from the Love of your life!  I pray that God may fill me with this desire...that the more I learn about Him the more I hunger to know!...And that the more time I spend with Him, the more I yearn to never leave our time alone together. This is desperation...and that is what I want to have most!

What kind of behavior do I think this kind of desperation may inspire?  Here's what the desire of my heart would look like....When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I want to think about is Jesus!  And the last thing I want to think about before I fall asleep is Jesus! I want to constantly have Him on my mind as I go throughout my day, thinking my prayers to Him, and listening to His still, small voice. I want to serve Him in everything that I do from saying what He would have me say to the people I encounter, to keeping a clean and clutter free home to have guests feel welcomed into. 

My friends, I want to challenge you to  make it goal this year of 2016 to ask this one simple question every morning: "Lord, what do you have for me to do today?"  Ask Him for a mission, ask Him to speak to you and lead you throughout your day.  Step outside of that comfort zone we've grown far too comfortable in and just do it! Even if it seems crazy!

My friends, I am beyond excited to see what God is going to do in my life!  May He move in incredible and miraculous ways in yours too!

Happy pilgrimming!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

My word for 2016: TRUST

Dear friends,

Here are some reflections I've been having...

Lately, I've really been dwelling on Proverbs 3:5-6...ever since one of my superiors at work came and told me he was thinking of it for me.  He vaguely knew I was going through a struggle that I didn't really understand and he felt impressed to tell me he was praying.  You probably know which one it is, but it says, "Trust in the Lord, with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."  I don't know about you, but for me it was always one of those verses that you memorize at a very young age, you see written, posted, painted everywhere, and heard so often that you're starting to wonder if it's being overused, abused, and taken out of context.  Because of all of that, I don't think I've ever sat down and just thought about that verse, as powerful as it is, and what it could mean...especially what it would look like to apply to my life.  I tell you what!  It shook me and was exactly what I had needed to hear!  (Side note:  So thankful to have a boss that really tunes into the leading of the Holy Spirit)

So, ironically, one of the biggest words for me to grow in the year of 2016 is TRUST....Coincidence?  I should like to think that it's providence instead.  Considering this verse had so much to do with that one word, I really delved into it....Since I'd never truly reflected on it, I thought I'd jot down a few of my thoughts...and then I decided to share because I never know who might be going through a similar struggle and could stumble across my little blog and be blessed.... 


Trusting when you don't fully understand can be so hard. Especially, if you're anything like me with a desire for an explanation in everything. I'm realizing, I can't understand all things...I'm not capable. That being said, it doesn't always have to make sense for it to be the right thing to do. I have to choose to TRUST that His way is so much better.  Often times, trust, (at least the kind that He desires for us to have) means giving up our own passions, our own purpose, and our own plan in order for us to experience His passions, His purpose, and His plan for us.  It hurts to kill those desires, but it is necessary to experience Him.  Sometimes, He ends up giving our own wants and agendas right back to us, because He placed them there to begin with.  But He gives them back blessed, for we chose to surrender to Him! 

God's ways can be so confusing to my little human brain, but if I know anything about God, He is good!  So incredibly good...and kind....and patient...and just...(and I could totally turn that into another blog post in the future) The more we trust that His way is better and submit to that, the more blessing there is in our life.  Trust is difficult because it requires us not to lean on our own understanding, to leave the familiar, to give up the comfortable, but it is blessed. 

Another thought I was thinking...what did I think my life would look like if I were to acknowledge him in the way I do every single thing? I know the way I've acted, things I've said, and what I've entertained myself with would all be a little different sometimes. Hard thought...If I couldn't acknowledge God in it, should I be doing it?  To be proactive in this, is constantly evaluating your thoughts, words, and it honest, trustworthy, noble... As difficult as that may be, I so desire the outcome of this verse. So much more than what my flesh wants.... I WANT Him to make my paths straight! So in 2016, I want to make a more active choice than ever to TRUST in Him with all of my heart and choose not to lean on what I understand. And I want to acknowledge Him in all of my ways, for I desire His straight path for my life.

Well, I'm off to learn how to trust....

Happy pilgrimming!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

May 2016 be the year that Loss = Gain

Happy 2016, my dear friends! 

pray God does something new for you this year that completely blows your mind!  Just know that whatever you go through, He'll make a pathway through that wilderness and river through that wasteland.  I want to challenge all of you that already know Jesus (if you don't know him and would like to learn more about my best friend feel free to contact me) with this question...Are you willing to nail to the cross your hopes, dreams, and purposes for the future so that you can experience God's plans and purposes for your life? Are you willing to kill your own desires to experience Him?  Because, I promise you that His plan is way bigger and better than any human mind can comprehend. May 2016 be the year that I lose my life even more completely so that I can find it infinitely more in Him! (John 16:26)

Happy Pilgrimming! 


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Choose Love!

Hi Friends!

I have a story that I'd like to tell you...a true story...and it happened today.

Lately, I have had so much on my mind.  I have a job where a lot of transition is happening at the moment, I'm working a couple of events at the same time on the side, my family just sold our house, I have to choose to follow them to another state or set out on my own, and my health has not been well to top it off.  Needless to say, I've prayed more this week than usual.  But on the other hand, I've ashamedly felt the stress despite praying about it all.

You see...Though I may be praying about it, I'm still trying to control it my way...the way I know how.  I've been working non-stop, sleeping little, and making more lists than I can count.  I know that God's Hand is in it all that I'm involved in and they are God-ordained missions, but I never fully surrendered it all to Him.  You know that whole "taking time to breathe" thing I talked about in my last post?  Yeah....Hasn't been as I say, not as I do, please....

Then today happened...I read an article written by Gloria Copeland this morning called, "4 Habits of Prospering Christians".  It really kick started me and got me to thinking. How worried am I?  How anxious am I?  Did I see God as my source?  And was I in expectance of miracles?  This was only the beginning of my change of mind.  But I didn't think on this long enough, my day got switched up on me again, and I was back to worrying about how I was going to get everything I needed to get done done. 

So I'm driving and I'm translation: I'm worrying...  But while I'm in transit to pick up my brother, my radio turns on randomly playing music that I have on my phone via Bluetooth.  It just happens to select "Martha and Mary"  from the Album "Speak Out" by All of Us.  The very fist line is, "Martha, she might have got a lot done, but,  Mary, she chose love."  And I just broke.  Sometimes, I get so wrapped up into what needs to get done, that I forget to choose love, to choose peace, to choose Him!  I turn into a Martha focused on tasks, and forget to be a Mary and bask in the love He has for us!  I lose focus on why I do what I do and keep my eyes on the what I do. 

I'm not saying that forgetting tasks is what needed to happen, but my focus needed to change.  Instead of feeling stress and anxiety, I needed to choose to surrender to Love!  Well, guess what!  God is LOVE!  And He is infinitely wise, so He knows exactly how I can get everything done and is willing to guide me if I let Him!  Just reading Psalms 32:8 tells me this:
"I will instruct you in the way you shall go:  I will guide you with my eye."

He is incredibly strong, and I don't have to rely on my own energy or abilities either!  All I have to do is actively choose Love each and every day, and He will give me all the assistance I need! 

So tonight, I am going to sleep in peace, not worrying, but choosing love.  The encouragement in doing this all in itself brings me energy for tomorrow.   

Happy pilgrimming, Friends!


P.S. Speak Out by All of Us is an amazing album by the way! It ministers to my soul every time I turn it on.  It was recorded by a group of insanely talented students from Morningstar University just this year!  You can find it on iTunes!  If you don't buy the album, at least download "Martha and Mary" 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Taking Time to Breathe

Dear Friends,

I've been learning a lesson over the past couple months.... I am so extremely far from having it mastered but I'm doing better...well at least I'm trying to do better.  And I thought I would share with you just a little bit, because, honestly I'd love your feedback of suggestions. 

So one of the things I've realized lately is there are moments in life where you just know that your schedule is slam packed.  However, you don't always feel the impact because it's what you are used to!  Being busy is just what you's who you are!  In fact if you take time off you might not even know what to do with yourself. 

There's a beauty in being busy.  Time feels it has a higher value!  Literally every second is seen as a resource to invest in the mission of your choice. It makes your life feel purposeful and important.'re probably NEVER ever.  But, you know, one little detail that I leave out is...

Taking time to breathe...This is literally one of my biggest struggles.  Fitting in pleasure is just hard when you're constantly thinking of all of the things that need to be done!  Plus, you probably really enjoy most of the work you fill your life with.  But stepping back and allowing yourself to unwind is actually one of the most important tasks you can give yourself.  And I mean's that vital! 

If you aren't taking a step back, you're eventually going to run out of steam, crash, lose your focus, and impede forward momentum in general.  Then where are you left?  Losing productivity is never the plan, but if you don't give yourself time to rest, your body will naturally do it for you...through shutting down.  Because none of us can keep up full throttle 24/7.  You need to time to refresh yourself  in order to continue doing what you love!  So take a break occasionally to renew you physically, refresh your prospective, and to let your mind rest. 

If you are like me, actually write it down on your to do list.  Otherwise...It won't happen
You know... 
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Email goals report
  • Write meeting agenda
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry
  • Clean Bathroom
  • Write a blog post
  • COFFEE BREAK (or go for a walk, call a friend.  Just do whatever helps you to UNWIND)

And, again if you're at all like me, go as far as to write into your schedule to take a day off. 
  • Take a hike
  • Climb a mountain
  • Have a picnic
Taking time to breathe is a task I am going to be giving myself.  I want to achieve this balance in life, because I want to be the most effective person I can be. 
So hears to productivity, guys!
Happy Pilgrimming!

P.S.  If anyone has any tips on what has helped you or any comments in general, I'd love to hear from you!  Just  shoot me a comment below!  

Monday, April 6, 2015

NEWS FLASH: Creighton Hill Cover Reveal

Dear friends,

I post entirely too seldom, but when I do it's because I have something super special to share with all of you.  Today, that is the cover reveal of my dear friend, Morgan Elizabeth Huneke's third novel, Creighton Hill!!! 


About the Book
“No one can mysteriously disappear leaving no trace. It isn’t realistic.”
“You’re right, Emily,” her grandfather said thoughtfully. “It isn’t realistic. However, a good many things happen in this world that are not realistic, things supernatural.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna have grown up on their grandfather’s tales of ancestors who mysteriously disappeared from Creighton Hill, the plantation home that has been in their family for centuries. When Grampa’s death forces them to move into Creighton Hill, the truth about the supposed disappearances is the first thing on their minds. Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna’s, that is. As for Emily, why must they keep at their supernatural hogwash?

Could it be that their family really does just have an unusual history of early deaths? Most people seem to think so. But Grampa’s research has uncovered something different.

When mysterious writing matching descriptions found in ancient accounts begins appearing to the children, they know something’s up. They must find out what really happened to their ancestors, and work together to discover the reason behind the mysterious writings.

Creighton Hill is the first book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

Release Date
Creighton Hill, Time Captives book 1, will release on June 8th, 2015. Stay tuned on Morgan’s blog and Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks.

About the Author:

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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That's all for now, friends!
Happy Pilgrimming!