4/29/13

The Weekend

Run along the river. Coffee dates. Tutoring. Mini dinner party. Frisbee night. Bubble tea. Sister time. Sleeping in. Park picnic hangout. Prayer and Worship. Family in town. Food, food, and more food. Sunshine. Church. House hunting and dreaming. Movie night.

Full weekend. God is good.

4/24/13

El Jardín + New Habits

This morning, I spent a good chunk of time out on my porch in the morning sun. Birds chirping away, squirrels jumping from tree to tree, bees flitting about (and potentially building a nest in my storage closet)...I'll probably be spending more time out here than I will inside for the next few months. Everything is in bloom and the big pollen attack has (hopefully) passed. I spent over an hour rinsing a yellow layer of pollen off of the porch earlier this week and can finally sit out at my little table without becoming part of the cloud myself.
Eddie and I will be moving out of the apartment at the end of the summer, so I'm going to take advantage of having this space while I have it. We're not sure where we'll be moving yet and are praying for direction in that. I've loved our first apartment but I'm ready to move on to something else, to a new chapter more than a new space. I'm excited and hopeful for the move and all that will come with it!
This week, I'm working on smashing some bad habits and replacing them with good ones. Most of these have to do with being more intentional with my time. Sleep less, spend more time with Jesus. Less random online crap, more time running, gardening, learning new things, networking, reading, event planning, awareness raising...the list goes on and on. It's hard to be organized and productive if you throw hours upon hours away each week on pointless things. It's even harder to know which way the Wind is blowing if you're not knee deep in the Word.
I'm off to go running and to find something to fill these sad, empty pots with. Here's to new habits and intentional living!

Steph

4/23/13

Life Lately

Lately, I feel like the Lord has been reawakening things in my heart and making me more aware of His presence. Along with that has come a higher level of attack from the enemy...looming frustrations, discouragement, bad dreams, and bitterness. Maybe it's less of a higher level of attack and more of a higher awareness on my part of the distractions the enemy is trying to use.

Last week during small group, one of our friends got a word for me during prayer. He told me that the Lord wanted to reclaim my dreams and my time at night. Unbeknownst to him, I'd been having heavy, nasty dreams for about a week and was going to ask the group to pray over it before we left. It was such an encouragement to my heart that the Lord called that out before I even mentioned it.

When I rededicated my life in 2009, I started having dreams that I knew were from the Lord. Trusted friends would interpret them for me and they impacted the way that I lived and the things that I focused on.

I had a very specific dream before Eddie and I got married about his job and our life together. The dream pretty much told of Eddie's future struggles with his job for the next two years and about a specific struggle that he and I would face. In the midst of the frustration that these situations created, it blows my mind to see that God knew it was going to happen and warned us about it. He knew that it wouldn't be easy and made sure that we were prepared for the road ahead. He knew that the group Eddie worked in would crumble and that a specific number of people would leave before Eddie did. The dream ended with Eddie and I fighting against an enemy together and I got the sense that it was up to us how this situation was resolved; that our choices, habits, and focus would determine the outcome.

And this is where I feel like we are now. In this place where we're being attacked by the enemy, who doesn't want us to succeed or move forward. He wants us to harden our hearts, to numb ourselves in the midst of the frustrations rather than face them head on. To seek relief and rest in other places than at the feet of God. He definitely doesn't want either of us operating in the Spirit or the gifts that we've been given or for us to see even a glimpse of the potential in our lives.

To that I say, heck no, man. The One who is in us is stronger than the one who is in the world. Standing on this truth as we press through this season.

Steph

4/22/13

New Life

This past week, the eggs in the nest on my parents' porch hatched! These five fuzzy babies spend the day sleeping, eating, and growing ridiculously quickly. I love peeking in to see them every couple of days. It's such a sweet thing to watch them!

Did I mention that I love Spring?

Steph

4/11/13

Dreams + Visions

"In the last days, God says, I will pour our my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy." Acts 2:17-18

4/9/13

{Vegan} Breakfast Date

This morning, my sister Courtney and I had breakfast with Sarah, a sweet friend that's visiting from L.A.! We all grew up together in the Northwest before both of our families relocated to the South, so our time together is familiar and we tend to bypass surface level conversation pretty quickly. I'm a fan of non-surface level convos!
Because Courtney and Sarah are both vegan/vegetarian for different health reasons, we drove to East Atlanta to check out Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe. It's a little bit off of the beaten path but has a good selection of vegan options. They also have a good selection of loose leaf tea, so I was happy, too! While I do want to find ways for Eddie and I to eat healthier...I really just like meat, ha.
After breakfast, we walked around a park and talked about health, healing, and spiritual warfare. The conversation can pretty much be summed up in this:

"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus is Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God..." 1 John 4:1-3
Bonus photo: Sarah, Lauren, me, and Court back in the day. Thankful for friendships that stand the test of time!
So glad that we got to hang out with this lovely lady while she's visiting!

Steph

4/8/13

Piedmont Green Market

Last weekend, some friends, family, and I went to check out the farmer's market at Piedmont Park. The park is gorgeous right now! I hope we get to spend a good chunk of time there this season!
The market had plenty of booths and food trucks to peruse and it was pretty busy. We ate samples and bought coffee and some veggies. The booth owners that we spoke with were friendly and funny. One dude got us to come to his booth by asking, "Want a carrot?" with a carrot in his outstretched hand. Quirky guy, for sure, but we did end up buying some carrots, so...
Sister love xo
Maddie + Kaitlyn being goofy, as usual!
We all munched on pizza for lunch and sat around talking for a bit. These women are some of the funniest that I know and I'm so thankful that we got to hang out for the morning!
This is one of my new fav photos of us!
I'll definitely be visiting the farmers market again soon! Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

Steph