Monday, November 25, 2013

True

“My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes - many times - my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens - and it happens every day in some measure - I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.”

-John Piper, Finally Alive



Reminded today of His truth...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

God Bless Texas

A few months ago Andrew let me know that we weren't going to be able to visit our families over Thanksgiving or Christmas this year (the life of a first year resident who gets to work on Holidays)...but being the sweet & smart hubby he is, he quickly followed up that statement with "so you should pick a weekend sometime in November or December and fly to Texas to see your family, otherwise, you'll be a complete disaster." And he knows me so well! :) So last weekend I jumped on a plane to Cowtown and spent much needed time with family and friends.

A day with the Lees...
How lucky am I to be Aunt Gigi to these two? 
Never a dull moment. 
My sweet sister-in-law who has always been a sister, a best friend and a role model to me.
My bro gets the best dad of the year award. 
Doing a little house hunting with Jen...she needed to make sure the bath was cozy enough.
That's right we have matching overalls! 
Swag. He let his Gigi put together an outfit for him at the Gap.
8th grader playing on a team with seniors. I'd say she's a baller. 

More family time...
Silly Sawyer 

Lunch with Mom & Mar 

Reunited with childhood friends...
Got to see one of my oldest and dearest friends, Lincoln, marry
the girl of his dreams. 
Old friends reunited. 

God bless Texas and everyone there who is dear to me. 

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Change

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
-William Cullen Bryant

Over the past 4 ½ years I have grown to love the midwest for many reasons but one of my favorite things about living in the midwest is Fall. I could write a book about my love for Texas but the one thing that wouldn't be in that book is the dramatic transition from Summer to Fall that you experience here in the midwest. This is our first Fall in Dayton and I have been anxiously anticipating the change of colors in the leaves and I must say that my expectations have been greatly exceeded. The vibrant colors of the leaves up and down the streets of our little neighborhood are truly breathtaking & miraculous. 

                                                                                                                      
With the change of the season, comes alot of reflection and re-evaluation for me. It's crazy to think how much change we have experienced in just the past 6 months...the change from med school to residency, moving to a new city, new home, new friends, new church, new job etc...all of this change has not come without challenges but as I have learned before, change & transition can be a good thing if you allow it to be. With all of this earthly change in our lives I have also been thinking about how much I desire spiritual change and growth in my own heart. I'm already thinking back to the New Years Resolutions I made in January. Did I live up to these resolutions?...Does my life look different now than it did last year? Has there been change and growth in my own heart and life since I wrote that post almost a year ago? In some ways yes but in so many ways no...I'm reminded of Paul's conflict in his own heart in Romans 7 and how much I can relate to the battle he experiences as a Christian desiring to follow and serve God with everything he is but so often failing to accomplish that. 
 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Thankfully, I serve a God who is "slow to anger and abounding in love"... I have family and friends who consistently love, support and encourage me...and it's never too late in the year to re-evaluate your new years resolutions and re-comit your heart to Him...if fact, why not re-comit our hearts to Him every day...our lives would look so differently if we did. 

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Britters in Dayton

It's November, the month of thankfulness and I am so thankful to have spent last weekend with one of my dearest friends Britters. I'm really thankful she actually made it to Dayton from Chicago considering she encountered many obstacles along the way such as flat tires, tow trucks, motor homes on the highway, police men with guns, no coffee filters at the tow truck place, detours etc...but don't let the blonde hair and sweet smile fool you, this girl can hold her own, and if I were ever to be stranded on the highway somewhere in Indiana, I would want to be stranded with Britters because she's guaranteed to have a homemade mixed berry pie on hand :) 

Here are a few pics from our lovely weekend together.


Photo Opp at Press 
Sloan Boutique in Cincy 
Hula hooping at Rhinegesit 
Exploring the Oregon District

Come back soon Britters!!

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