Saturday, September 7, 2013


Life is messy. It isn't neat and it is FAR from perfect. We laugh, we cry. We love, we loose love.

Life can be a beautiful thing, but it's also full of hurts and pain. It's easy to pull within ourselves and to shelter our hearts and minds from experiencing pain.

I sometimes wonder why God allows certain people to be called home and then allows others to live. Why call home a sweet little boy who was celebrating with his family his dad's accomplishment of completing the Boston Marathon? Why call home a vibrant, dedicated, 30 year old husband with a family at home...Yet leave the murderers, rapists, terrorist, and other vile human beings?

Life is messy. It's painful. It's confusing.

It's so easy to look at all of life's hurts, pains, and frustrations and say, "Why, God?" It's also easy to turn your back on God and to withdraw inside yourself and to cut off loving others because loosing a loved one hurts. But we have to live. We have to love, laugh, dance, sing, run, and play. We have to make the choice to wake up the next day and say, "Thank you God for another wonderfully glorious day!"

We have to choose to live, and to live life abundantly.

  1. Existing or available in large quantities; plentiful.
  2. Having plenty of something.
plentiful - copious - profuse - ample - affluent - rich

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." -John 10:10

So I ask myself this question- "Am I living life abundantly? Or am I choosing to dwell in the things that the thief comes to kill and destroy?" 

Update on Life

Sorry everyone that I haven't posted in almost over a year!! If I were to say that life has been crazy, that would be an understatement. Let me get everyone up to speed with what's happening in my little world. 

Last fall after returning home from Russia, I was still having a hard time finding a job in the "real world", even with my college degree, finding a job was not easy in my small home town. So, while I was working for my family's business, I also started volunteering at a local crisis pregnancy center. For several years now, I have felt the need to volunteer there, but because of my transient lifestyle, I wasn't able to make that commitment. Last fall it was finally the right season of life for me to volunteer. I went to the center, filled out an application, had my interview, and started volunteering. A few months after volunteering, I was offered a job with the center! How amazing is our God?! I am now the Client Services Director and I work with our clients and manage our volunteers. I love my job and it is great experience for me. 

After thinking about what I want to do in life, I decided that I needed to start pursuing my graduate degree. Then came the overwhelming task of answering the following questions: where I would obtain this degree, what type of grad degree do I want/need, and how am I going to pay for it? Thankfully, I found Liberty University based out of Virginia and they have an amazing online program. They have 8 week semesters, so I am able to get this degree knocked out in a little more than a year. Getting this degree was not always that I wanted, but after searching for a job for more than 6 months, I realized that I needed one. Again, God provided me with the perfect job and the perfect degree. I am so excited to eventually use the degree I'm currently pursing. When all is said and done, I'll have a Master's in Human Services with concentration on Military Resilience. 

Hopefully, by the middle/end of next summer, I'll be able to work with our military and their families, helping them adjust and handle problems within their families. 

So this is just a little summary of life over the past year. Sorry for not posting regularly, I'll try to do better! 

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