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But First, Coffee

Hi world. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a moment to sit down and write a little something on my own blog. I’ve been busy writing for my adorable clients such as Splash of Teal and and Laura Fine Art

So today, I thought I’d start the morning off with a little post about nothing other than the cool, caffeinated beverage that makes the world go round: COFFEE.

As you can see, I’m already almost done with my first cup. 😉

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One of my fave at-home drinks to make is a simple espresso. {I found this adorable espresso maker at a local salvation army for $5.}

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When I visited The Simple Farm in Arizona, I learned the art of slowing down, savoring a cup of morning coffee, and just taking a moment to pause and thank God for a new day.

Things have been crazy lately. I wake up at 6am, rush off to my new office space in Fullerton, and sit down to work. I get stuck in these ruts of “work, work work” ~ and although working is wonderful, it’s important to find balance and infuse each day with a bit of rest too.

So this morning, I’m doing just that! I like to call it a little “beauty break.”

I hope you join me now {even if it’s for five minutes} to meditate on the things you’re thankful for today while sippin’ on a cup of joe. Even though life is messy, there’s still bits of beauty we can take time to focus on. ❤

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Day 5 Devotional: What is a Pinion?

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~ Psalms‬ ‭91:4‬ ‭ESV‬ 

Well tonight I learned that a pinion is the outer part of a bird’s wing, including the flight feathers. Pretty neat huh?

Jesus is all about  making sure we are fully covered, and also entrusts us with the same task – to protect and completely cover  what we’ve been given.

I forget what verse, but in the Bible we are given the commission to be disciples and go out amongst all nations, covering the ends of the earth to share the story of Jesus – Likewise Jesus himself spreads his wings and spills his blood to cover us, until the end of himself.

I may be drawing parallels that were never intended, but nonetheless,  it feels good to ponder about pinions and the protection of God tonight. Much better than scrolling through my Twitter feed.

 

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Friends with Benefits {It’s Not What You Think}

I’ve been thinking lately. Well, I think too much. {All the time.} But lately, the theme of my thoughts has been surrounding the idea of relationships.

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✧ Relationship with myself.

✧ My relationship with nature.

✧ And relationships that I desire, but don’t yet have.

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I’ve been discovering the many benefits of befriending myself. Who knew that solo coffee dates could be so fulfilling? Instead of seeking out the attention from a man {yes, sometimes my daddy issues arise} I’m spending more time with myself. And it feels just about as good as this coffee tastes. Which is really good.

Nature

On the subject of nature ~ the new greenery sprouting from Santa Barbara soil is certainly a “high” point of my weekend. I took a weekend trip to get away from the ordinary and take sometime to look within {and also check out some pretty neat surroundings.}

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Desire

Sometimes I say to myself, “this moment would be so nice shared with someone.” Like when I’m on a hike. When I cook alone. Or cuddle on the couch with a blanket and flip on some Netflix.

Honestly, I never thought I’d be 29 and single.

I look around me, and lately the only thing I see are:

✧ smiling, lip locked couples

✧ cute babies

✧ and ring fingers weighed down by one shiny ass, insensitive rock

But…I realize that my desire for a dream guy is normal. And the desire need not be rushed. If I rush the dream guy, I’ll most likely end up with the guy, without the dreamy factor. Or worse yet, I’ll end up with only a dream and no guy. {Which would be closer to a nightmare.}

I’d rather wait {and wait, and wait} for someone who is my equal. And in the meantime, I’ll be enjoying the benefits of alone time and breathing in the beauty of nature.

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♥ Bethany

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Day 4 Devotional: Light Shines in Darkness

 

Light Shines in Darkness

Day 4 Devotional: Thursday, Sept 22

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Every morning when the sun shines

I know Lord, that you are mine

Even when darkness threatens to take

my sleep-filled night and keep me awake

I approach this day with a holy power

Knowing that you are with me every hour

In you, your light overcomes all fear

You shine bright and make things clear

No matter what lies ahead today

You will go before me and make the grey

Turn to light, bright with beauty

Because my God, you are with me

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Day 3 Devotional: Don’t Quit

Well, I promised to write a devotion a day, no matter how I felt, starting in April 2015. It’s no surprise that my lofty idea quickly lost momentum, and I only posted two daily devotionals. Ah, shucks.

I am notorious for starting projects without ever finishing them. I joke that I have ADD, mostly because I’m serious. It’s really difficult for me to keep focused on anything in life.

So, instead of promising specific dates and times, I wanted to pick up where I left off. I’m not sure how many daily devotionals I’ll write up, but here’s Day 3 for you.

Day 3 Devotional: Don’t Quit

Wednesday, September 21st

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Such a simple phrase, yet holds so much power.

Don’t Quit. 

Whether you’re in a job that is hard to wake up for, you’re in losing a battle to a nasty illness, or you’re knee deep in an addiction, I pray that you don’t give up.

You may take twenty steps forward, just to take one huge, giant leap backwards. But please, don’t quit.

I pray now for encouragement.

Holy Spirit, you are light. You are newness. You are comfort and peace. I pray that our eyes would be opened wide to see MORE of you today, and less of our failure. May your presence and peace engulf us in a warm embrace. May we feel connected to your fruit of peace, patience, kindness and endurance. Help us to know, we are SAFE to endure this day. This season of life. Help us to stand firm in faith, and in the present moment. And give us courage to keep going, to just get through this day. With your power and your holy help.

Amen.

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Random Tangents of a Broken Christ Follower

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Sometimes I feel like redemption stories do more harm than good. Sure the Bible is all about redemption. The gospel is a story of how Jesus redeems his people from the pit and gives them new life and a new hope that is sealed. Yet, the Bible is also laden with stories that are difficult to stomach without that comforting theme of redemption woven in.

There are many stories in my own life that aren’t in a phase of redemption. Some chapters are barren and cold, and still in the dead of winter. I’d like to hear all kinds of stories from believers, not just the warm and fuzzies, much like I’d rather hear about the Bible in its entirety, not just a “verse of the day” to get my quick spiritual fix.

Testimonies might be warm and fuzzy, but likely it’s not that that person found Jesus and now their life is perfect. In fact, their life might be more difficult. But that’s WHY I think Jesus is so cool. He makes every moment worth it. The moments when we sing on hilltops and the scary, dark pits we fall into and wonder how we’ll climb out of.

Life is crazy and messy. It’s hard. And sometimes slapping a bible verse on complex questions just won’t do. I don’t really have a point to this random tangent. Just sharing some thoughts on a platform where I probably shouldn’t.

On a lighter note, I think most people will be excited to know that my new favorite acronym of the week is PTL (praise the Lord) which has quickly replaced my former one,”on fleek.” Thanks to my cute friend Kayleen for keeping me in the Christian acronym loop.

PTL,

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