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When Will I Learn?

When Will I Learn?

…that life is all about the “little moments?” Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.” I have written about it countless times. And I think about it all the time. But sometimes, in the heat of a moment, it doesn’t […]

A Prayer for Unchanging Desire

A Prayer for Unchanging Desire

Today was the grand opening of the cafe/kitchen I work at’s second location ever. And it was so exciting to be a part of. While my job there was relatively the same as it is at our first location, there was something– I would say […]

UPDATE: Most Patriotic Weekend Ever, Healing, Blog Burnout?

UPDATE: Most Patriotic Weekend Ever, Healing, Blog Burnout?

My uncle takes the most amazing photos of wildlife I’ve ever seen.
He has travelled to remote places just to capture rare birds from behind his lens. They could certainly be sold for hundreds of dollars with the sort of quality they possess. When I asked him, though, if he planned on selling them, his response was that selling them would take the fun out of it. It wouldn’t simply be art, but business. He’d give them away, sure, but didn’t need to sell them.
It made me think about “work,” and why we see our passions as less “fun” when we get paid for them.
Busier now than I’ve ever been before, I’ve recently thought about ceasing to blog, at least for a time. Convincing myself that focusing on work, which currently includes freelance writing for a software startup, and focusing on growing more clients, is more important.
While I want to focus on work and really enjoy what I do, I have realized the benefit that blogging is, not only, I hope and pray, for my readers, but for my own soul. Writing is, and has been since I can remember, one of my main passions, and this space is one that I created with calling and ambition, and also simply to create without any barrier. To write while listening to God. And when I sit to blog, maybe, like right now, with a good cup of tea, the whole world stops, and I could write forever.
So, in prayer and thought, since I am NOT burnt out from blogging, it is NOT something I plan to stop doing.
I also wanted to write today about the beautiful weekend that I saw Jesus work through and in as my boyfriend Johnny’s friend and his girlfriend, Jay and Jamie, came to visit us from Winnipeg for Canada Day.
We took Jay and Jamie to Toronto for one day, venturing to Ripley’s Aquarium and a TFC game, and Niagara Falls the next, for shopping, sightseeing, and sunsetting.
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Our time together was full of gratefulness. We were so overwhelmed with amazement in our God’s creation (the thousands upon thousands of fish in the aquarium), the smooth and unproblematic run of our weekend, despite some sicknesses amongst us, and just soaking in the opportunity to be together. Jamie is a woman whose friendship I am so blessed by, her relationship with God shining through in her love for all people, and her compassion and true joy. I was also so grateful to get to know Jay better, whose sense of humour and unwavering kindness and faith make him someone I feel as though I’ve known a long time.
These are the sweet weekends, days, moments that are so remembered and that so glorify God. They remind me of the importance of my work week, the importance of living each day for the glory of God, and the importance of being together in REST with friends.
As the work week continues, and today I spend some time with family and friends, as well as getting back into the work grind, I am refreshed and smacked “Gently” in the face by my God with the reality that life is so much better– only meaningful– when it’s lived with Him as my purpose, in His rightful, central position, in conversation with Him.

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We who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng.

Day in the Life: Working from Home, Reunited with My Best Friend, Exhausted?

Day in the Life: Working from Home, Reunited with My Best Friend, Exhausted?

Wakin up next to my best friend this morning was like livin the dream again, finally! [wpvideo AuGFYqqH] Maddie, my roomie who is moved back home for the summer, slept over last night at our student house that we, during the school year, live in […]

A Simple Prayer (Cuz Lord Knows I'm Not Perfect)

A Simple Prayer (Cuz Lord Knows I'm Not Perfect)

Use your own words. Let it flow from you and just talk to the God who created you, who knows your innermost desires, who knows all the ugly and selfish parts of you and still loves you. More than anyone else. But pray something like […]

God, The Constant in the Chaos

God, The Constant in the Chaos

If you want to make my day and make me so excited, all you gotta do is ask me to go for breakfast and spend time in the sun. Basically the best thing to wake up to.
So, when my dear friend from Starbucks Ashlie asked me to go for a breakfast catch up and take photos in the sun for her portfolio, I was like HECK YES!
Starting the day with some time in God’s Word, then heading out with a kind, selfless friend for a hearty breakfast and a sunshine photo shoot made for a blessed Wednesday. All throughout the day, God put people on my heart and brought me near to Him in prayer, reminding me of His #1 position in my life, and so prayer made up a big portion of the beginning of my work day after time with Ashlie.
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Work today consisted of WRITING! And more writing! I spent four hours on different projects, and am excited to share and announce some new ones soon. I know that writing is a gift that I’m meant to utilize and grow in, and I am blessed that it NEVER feels like work, but joy just overflows.
Homework came next. I’m in one online class for the summer called Comedy and Romance in Shakespeare, and I’m loving it! I worked on that class before taking a break to watch Masterchef, make dinner, and prep for Youth in the evening.
The opportunities God has blessed me with and used me for at youth at the church I’m serving I am so thankful for. Tonight, with the high school youth, I had the opportunity to to give the message tonight, which was all about the influence God calls each of us to have on those around us, and hopefully empowering students in that! It was such a wonderful night, and I can’t explain the special relationships I’ve been able to engage in with so many girls, and leaders alike. I so highly recommend working with students and mentoring.

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I feel so blessed by so many people surrounding me– but I often feed off people and large groups. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is putting God first and having contentment with no people and just Him. 

That’s all from me! I’ll post the notes from the sermon next week, and be sure to check back tomorrow for a new smoothie recipe from me that’s been percolating ;).
God, YOU are the ONLY THING constant in the chaos. Equip me with Your joy, strengthen me with Your Word, may I love others through Your Spirit. Amen.
 
 

What Precedents Professionalism?

What Precedents Professionalism?

In many circumstances, I often feel the need to facade professionalism, or to “put it on.” At work as a barista and server; in meetings marketing my freelance writing services; even with my kids at youth, sometimes I believe a lie that professionalism is a […]

Avoiding Procrastination: How I've Learned to Use my Free Time Wisely

Avoiding Procrastination: How I've Learned to Use my Free Time Wisely

One of the biggest things I have struggled with recently is feeling like I am better, more righteous, and more worthy when I am busy and moving. In many ways, I have fallen for the trap of productivity being a god, and productivity itself being […]

My Story

My Story

I wrote this poem on my break at work today when the Holy Spirit prompted awakening in me. My soul has been a little sleepy, but He never fails to alert me.
When we turn to His face, we understand.
When we look to His grace, we have a plan.
When I’m afraid I’m alone, I know He’s on the throne.
In the midst of my worry, I know He’s not in a hurry.
When I fall into routine, He always shakes up the scene.
He’s the beginning and the end; my maker and best Friend.
He knows me inside and out; He cleanses all my doubt.
He laughs when I try to hide; by His master plan my soul abides.
His Spirit is never going to fade, my daily life does He evade.
Oh Lord, in times of change, you keep me steady,
You are my purpose, with you I’m ready
to take on each day, from dusk to dawn,
to see each face as a child of God,
to live with drive, excitement, and anticipation,
knowing life is short for a reason; it’s only the beginning.
Only scratching the surface of His greater glory;
A glory He calls me to the fullness of now; He is my story.
 

Why I Believe the Butterflies Never End: Love that Grows

Why I Believe the Butterflies Never End: Love that Grows

This weekend, I had the honour of being a bridesmaid to such a beautiful and inspiring woman in my life, Emily. Here is the speech I gave at the reception: I first met Emily when I was this awkward grade nine and she was in […]