01 January 2016

Mary's "Yes"


Happy 2016, friends! I hope you were able to ring in the new year with great friends and family. I've enjoyed reading through all the resolutions and goals you've set for the year. 

So what do I want to work on changing? Saying yes. So many times in 2015 Ive caught myself lacking trust and saying no to things that God was asking of me. Was it lack of faith? Fear? Laziness? I know it was a little bit of each yet when we give up, He is always persistent. 

In Luke, Mary had just been given probably some of the scariest news she would hear: she was going to give birth to baby Jesus who "will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High" (Luke 1:31). Instead of running in fear she stood in faith. Not knowing what she would endure but knowing she had a God who would bring her through it. 

Luke 1:38 ESV
And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. 

Mary's "yes" is a pure example of her humble obedience throughout her life. She simply said "let it be." So now it begins, on the first day of a brand new year, say "yes" in 2016. Say "yes" to new challenges He brings your way. Say "yes" to what you postponed last year. Say "yes" when you feel that persistent tugging on your heart. Say "yes" to Jesus. 

What are some of your other resolutions for the year?

16 December 2015

Traditions + Tours

Can you believe Christmas is already here? I feel like just last week I was visiting family for Thanksgiving. Even so, this is my absolute favorite time of the year so I was very excited when I got the opportunity to collaborate with Kiki over at In Its Time. When thinking of ideas for what to write about we decided on Traditions + Home Tours because this is such a great way to share all of your holiday ideas in one place and maybe even create some new traditions by reading of others.

Before I got married, I lived at home with my parents while attending college. Christmas was always (and still is!) the best at mom and dad's house. Every year we'd get out all the Christmas decorations on one night and set it all up together, from the Christmas tree to the lights to the little snowman set-up in the kitchen. Oh, and dad would never forget to have the Christmas music blaring. With this link-up I get to share bits and pieces of my decorations with you...as well as a few pictures of our adorable new French Bulldog, Gus (that's the best photo I could get out of him before he came running for me.) And as a quick sidenote, now that I have my own home I'm crazy about candles. My favorite scent I wanted to share with you this Christmas is Salted Caramel from Bath & Body Works. Even though as newlyweds we dont have much, we've made it our own.
One of our traditions every year was to take a trip to Hallmark and pick out one new ornament to add to the tree. I always looked forward to it! Now that I'm married we plan on carrying that tradition over into our Christmases together. It's something so simple but makes for special memories. So on my tree you'll find old memories and new memories.  It feels like home to me and that's what I love about it.
My main goal for this Christmas is to just take it all in. I'm going to do my best to not think on tomorrow because in Proverbs 27:1 it says, "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring." My goal is to keep my mind on today and share it with those special to me. Maybe for you it's something as simple as slowing down and looking at those Christmas lights around your city a little bit longer. Or maybe even try something different and learn a new recipe for the holiday. Or even volunteer somewhere this season. Do something new, do something fun, but don't let another year fly by without taking in every moment.

Now it's your turn! I can't wait to read about your traditions and why they mean so much to you! And I'm so excited to see your decorated homes filled with lights and stockings and ornaments. Add your link below so we can share our traditions + tours!