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Sunday, March 25, 2012

winter is not forever... & four favorites.

A steady veil of raindrops pours down from the sky this evening. Today was a rainy Sunday, and in the morning when I glanced out my window, I saw this -


My mason jar vase full of the brightest yellow daffodils smiling against a rain-stained window and a dreary sky. To me, it was like a small picture of hope. And in it's small and beautiful way, my simple yellow spring flowers reminded me that even though today it may be dreary and a bit dark, winter is not forever. Spring is coming! And just as the flowers happily and hopefully raise their heads, standing brightly and smilingly regardless of their surroundings, I too want to be one who keeps my head held high, trusting in God's plan unquestioningly. It made me think - do we ever, for a moment, agonize over the thought - "Oh noo, I'm afraid spring won't come ....or summer!! What will we do???" No, the thought will never cross our minds. Because, just as the sun rises and sets in silent and faithful regularity, we are confident in the fact that seasons change. Yet, we question God's timing. I wonder if His plan really is best. I worry, I'm anxious and I (honestly) sometimes doubt Him in my heart when things don't look the way I want them to, when life isn't going just how I planned.

My dear friends, will you join me this week in renewing our hope and trust in the Lord?
In remembering that He who calls the stars by name each night knows our names, our fears, our worries? He who rules the entire Universe is in control of our lives, our stories? He who causes the sun to rise each new morning has ordained our days?


"All the days ordained for me
were written in Your book
before one of them came to be."

-Psalm 139:16

An old song I used to love as a teenager has been on repeat for me lately.
Some of the lyrics state,

"Though I cannot see you, 
I can't explain why -
Such a deep, deep reassurance You've placed in my life.
We cannot separate, 'cause you're part of me.
And though You're invisible, I'll trust the unseen.

I'll hold tight to what I know -
You're here. And I'm never alone."




I choose to put my confidence and my trust in my God this week. Will you too?


"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him."

-Jeremiah 17:7

And as we trust, may we enjoy the little things along the way, even in the midst of hardship.

...happy things, like my 4 favorite things from the past week.


{I love sandals and shorts-wearing, flowery days}

 funny how California weather can change so quickly




{Coffee dates and good conversation with old friends}

I happily shared two in one day this week -

iced coffee in mason jars & laughter with an old friend..


homemade lattes in huge mugs by candelight, & long-overdue heart-to-hearts.


{Found her catching up on some Audrey Hepburn biographies}
 She's a classy cat, that one.



{feeling craftastic}


& finally - my wall of inspiration is complete.
i found my dream desk and it's home is now in the corner of the inspiration wall.
(that is another story in itself - story to come later!)



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Yes, it's raining today. And maybe tomorrow too. But may we be filled with hope - that just as the warmth of springtime will come, just as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow morning - we can confidently trust God to work His plan and purposes in our life - for our good and His glory.


"And we know that all things work together
for the good of those who love God,
who have been called according to His purpose."
-Romans 8:28


Blowing kisses to you, and prayers -
 I'm off to do one of my favorite things: fall asleep to the sound of rain.

G'nite.

XO


Erin

PS - Thanks to you all for the outpouring of encouragement on the post last week that was so close to my heart, "love is not a hamburger". If you are one with strong convictions about purity, and if ever there was the slightest question in your mind that others shared the convictions of purity you and I do - all doubt has been swept away - I can tell you, hundreds of amazing people share strong convictions about purity, hundreds are living their lives for God, and want to change our world. How wonderfully inspiring and sweet to meet kindred spirits of the heart! Love you all. Stay strong!

- also, don't forget to sign up for the Spring Fling Swap :)

 
 
 
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oh...and the photo drop - 2 days late and a dollar short, but here ya go -


Friday iPhone Photo Drop


{from instagram, to follow search: erin_sweetnessitself}



25 comments:

  1. What a lovely post. In Australia we are heading into winter now :( but it's true, winter doesn't last forever!

    I would love to follow you on instagram, I'm skaramouche. I'm obsessed with looking at people's photos and their creativity!

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  2. LOVELY!! (: I do love your braids!! And that first picture!!

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  3. I love all the photos and verses. Coming over from Casey's link up. :)

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  4. Awesome post Erin. Love your wall of inspiration! Gorgeous :)
    XO

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  5. I love how God speaks to us in unexpected way, and how a flower showed you hope!

    And your wall of inspiration looks pretty awesome!

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  6. I SIGNED UP FOR THE SPRING FLING!

    Love this post. you are so not alone. In my heart of hearts, I sometimes doubt Him too.

    Let's renew our trust!

    My life verse is Proverbs 3:5,6.

    Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding...

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  7. Ps: love your wall! Mine looks a bit like it!

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  8. Isn't Spring such a refreshing time of year? I can't help but smile whenever I see trees and flowers budding all around me.

    Just stumbled upon your lovely blog and I'm so glad I did. Looking forward to reading more!

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  9. I always love your words and pretty photos.

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  10. Your post was so sweet and beautiful! =) Yes, I want a renewed hope in Jesus this week! Thank you for the encouragement! =) Maybe someday we'll be able to share a heart to heart over coffee....maybe. For now I love seei your heart through your blog. Thanks
    Alesha <3

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  11. Beautiful words, love :) I enjoyed seeing all of your pictures and things you've been up to lately!

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  12. First of all - our cats look like twins...precious!
    And I am LOVING all of these coffee dates you're talking about. Seriously one of my absolute favorite things is catching up with an old friend over coffee. Just something about it that makes my heart so happy :) The coffee in the ask jars is also making my heart very happy!

    AND obviously YOU make my heart very happy, lovely!
    xo

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  13. I feel like Spring is such a time of renewal in general and we can't forget to renew our trust in the Lord always as well. Beautiful post.

    katelyn-innervision.blogspot.com

    - Katelyn

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  14. I love that Audrey biography, I read it a few years ago, she is so inspiring! Also, I have to keep telling myself winter won't last forever!!

    Allyssa

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  15. I love the way you write and your faith in God. You articulate it all so beautifully <3

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  16. LOVE your kitty reading about Audrey Hepburn. Too cute! I catch mine in front of my laptop sometimes. I am starting to wonder whether she has a secret blog I'm not aware of! o.O

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  17. Excellent my dear friend! I love the spring renews my energy and makes me realize "new beginnings." I love the photo with your flip flops and flowers. :) sooo pretty. And my word... definitely a kitty with good taste. I adore Audrey (of course!) and I'm dying to get a kitty. To be named Mr. Darcy, or in the off-chance that it's a girl, just Darcy. :) haha! Love you friend!

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  18. you are so amazing...

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  19. Beautiful post my dear... I like to reflect and really renew during the Lenten season. x

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  20. Erin! :) I love that you found my blog. Thank you for the sweet compliments about our wedding. I read through your purity & waiting entry.. it's beautifully written. I completely understand and agree with you. Keep your purity as a treasure close to your heart and don't ever be ashamed by it. Trust me. I'm thankful that I was a virgin for my husband, but I definitely wasn't all pure and that still haunts me to this day. You're an amazing woman and I admire you already!
    I look forward to reading more from you :)
    I'm your newest follower!
    xo
    Amanda @ my love for Lyla

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  21. What an encouraging post. Thank you for the reminder of God's unfailing love for us.

    xoxo

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  22. stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed this post!!

    http://infinitelifefitness.com
    http://mscomposure.blogspot.com

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  23. what a beautiful post! and such happy things - flowers, coffee, friends, flowers. and I love that psalm and that fact that we can trust that God has each day planned for us.

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  24. I love your ideas of how God showed you hope. As I reflect on our church service today I'm reminded that the greatest darkness was before the brightest light of the resurrection! Keep your focus on Him because He is hope! Hugs to you.
    Michelle
    LeadingGodsGeneration.wordpress.com

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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