Happy morning scenes
10 Things I learned in 2018, from an article I wrote on my blog: __ 1. Ignore anxiety. 2. Don’t give your negative, self-critical thoughts any life by speaking them out loud. 3. Own your actions, not other people’s interpretation of them. __ Read the other seven on my blog, link in bio. __ Happy happy nearly-new year!
Seems only fitting to pay tribute to a very good girl. Lots of love for the dog who played hide-and-seek, politely nudged you if you forgot to share the popcorn, sat with her back to us and sulked when she saw our suitcases packed up for vacation, was afraid of the rain but calmed down when I played a recording of a thunderstorm, got stuck atop a massive pool float one summer day, and was always sure to communicate her love by staring you down and panting in your face. Nessie was a very good dog indeed.
Never happier than when he serenades me with a musical compilation of Van Morrison, The Beatles, Chris Stapleton ... and Rihanna songs 🙈😍☺️
Very happy indeed — as indicated by big smiles and (unintentionally) coordinating outfits
Praiano, Italy, June 2017
“God’s delay is not his denial; it is his kindness and his protection. God will not waste time; he wastes nothing.” (A paraphrase of the words @meremusic spoke today at a conference). / There’s also a new post on my dear ol’ blog (link in bio) that I forgot to share over here the other day, whoops. If you have the second to read it, I hope it blesses you.
Courthouse balcony in Rome / swoony architecture 😍
“What you cultivate dominates.” (A quote from @kvministries) __ I’ve been cultivating a lot of fear lately, which usually happens as a result of exhaustion — my brain defaults to those old habits of anxiety and it becomes very steep downhill spiral. __ When fear takes over, I tend to hide from Jesus because I’m ashamed that I don’t have it all together (not that I ever really did). I forget that the Cross enables me to boldly approach the Throne of Grace and give all my worries over to Jesus. I feel, instead, as though He’s turned his back to me out of disappointment and I can’t figure how to get his attention once again. I have a serious problem with forgetting what the Gospel means, my friends. __ BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT, my friends, look at this. “By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us — set us right with him, make us fit for him — we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand — out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” Romans 5:1-2 (MSG) __ It takes no faith at all to cultivate shame, despair and a sense of unworthiness. It takes faith to remind yourself that everything’s been paid for and rejoice, even when you don’t feel like celebrating. __ So, when the fear begins to overwhelm me, I stand off and literally shake it off. I dance and sing for Jesus until my heart and mind agree with my spirit: that God is good and He never abandons his kids.