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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

the girl behind the blog - vlog! {what i'm learning}

Hi my beautiful friends!

Today I have something special to share - I am so excited to be linking up with The Girl Behind the Blog!

5ohwifey

So excited to share my 2nd Vlog ever :)
Thanks to Andi & Ashley for hosting!

Enjoy, & God bless!

(be sure to press pause on the music player below...)

(sorry the quality is a little blurry!)

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!)



***
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


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

{spring fling swap}

Surprise!!!
Introducing.....

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About the Swap:

Spring Fling Swap has been created to celebrate the arrival of
Spring (finally!) by making a new friend in the blogging world & sending
them some encouragement.
 Don’t you guys love meeting new people and sending them some love?
Your package should include a pair of flip flops and other items you think they might like! We want encouragement to be the main goal here, so please make sure you are able to
meet all the requirements before you sign up.

We are closing this at 100 participants, so sign up now!



Swap Partners:

Erin & L will pair you up
randomly with one partner who you will send and receive a package from.

Hopefully you guys will become friends through this! 

Dates:

·        Sign-up remains open until April 6th (sooner if all 100
spaces are filled).
·        We will email you guys your partner info by April 9th.
·        IMPORTANT: Your package should be mailed by April 30th.
·        May 11th We want you
guys to link up on Erin’s Blog and show us what you guys got in your wonderful
packages.

Overseas:

Erin & L made the tough decision to close this swap to US residents only.
We are extremely sorry if you live overseas.
We are both pretty busy at this season in life and felt it
wouldn’t be fair to include this option as we feel unable to give the extra
time commitment this would require.


Requirements:

1.     Active Blog in 2012 to participate
2.     Must be a US resident.
3. Please spend between $25-30 on
the goodies in your package. You may include handmade items (i.e. from your own
store) but keep the value within the guideline.
4. Please do not participate if you don’t feel you will be able to stick to the timeline.
We want everyone who sends a package of love to receive one back.
5. We are limiting this swap to 100 people. So sign up now!


How to Sign-Up:


Please click HERE and fill out the form.
All the info will be emailed to us
and we can start pairing you guys up!


Spread the Love:
If you decide to participate, grab our button & stick it on your blog
 letting people know you are taking part!


 

AllGloriousWithin





Questions:

Anything we didn’t cover?
Email us at springflingswap@gmail. com


Be sure to
stop by L's blog today at All Glorious Within =)
We would love to meet you guys through all this fun =)


We are so excited! We have been giggling and squealing! =)
 Leave us a comment below and let us know if
you are participating.

much  love,

Erin & L

Saturday, March 17, 2012

love is not a hamburger

"I got a fevahh..."

I hear it playing in the next room. When I walk into the living room and look at the TV, I wonder to myself, "Um, what channel did I accidentally stumble upon?" Oh, just channel 9 local news? (Okaaaaaay. And don't think this is midnight television. It's before 9am.) You've seen it, the cutesy vintage-style commercial featuring a pretty girl wearing a stylish outfit, sitting in an old-fashioned convertible at a drive-in movie. It's the latest racy Carl's Jr./Hardee's hamburger ad. And as the seconds roll on and most of the model's clothes come off, my jaw is on the floor.


"Was that intended to make me hungry?" I wonder to myself as the commercial fades and the news begins to air. Because, honestly - it didn't make me want to eat a hamburger at all. In fact, it kinda made me want to gag.
In a way, this is nothing new. It's not a news flash to anyone that the media is becoming progressively more sexualized, Carl's Jr. is now known for it's racy commercials, and we all see that the adage "sex sells" is, sadly, true. Yet, my heart broke when I saw this commercial and I began thinking about it. People can view whatever they want to and that is not my concern, yet this commercial (even though it was banned from the Superbowl due to being too racy) is being aired on national television, on family-oriented channels - thrust into the faces of little children and adults (like myself) who don't want to see pornographic images on their family television when they're simply watching the nightly news. The airing of this commercial is crossing a line, and I believe it needs to be talked about. And while anyone who knows me will tell you I'm the ultimate peacemaker who steers clear of confrontation, they will also tell you that my convictions are strong and I am a deep thinker. One of my biggest passions is sexual purity, and so I want to share with you, my sweet and precious readers, some thoughts on my heart regarding this subject, this commercial, and most of all - the value of women, sex, and purity which are being treated like trash in our media.

My heart in sharing this is not to tear anyone down, bash people, or sound "holier than thou", but I must admit - as a woman and a Christian - I am insulted and shocked by this commercial because not only is it offensive and degrading to women, but it's inappropriate for children, and devalues something very sacred: sex.

And I'm not alone.

Addiction counselor and expert Steve Arteburn is calling for the ad to be pulled from the air (article here) And Women's Rights advocates began a petition to stop the airing of the ad, calling it "...distasteful and inappropriate for the viewing of children" and stating that the ad's "explicit nature...is just one example of their inappropriate use of sex to sell their product with complete disregard for a large portion of their viewers, children." Find the petition here and please take a few moments to add your name.

They're just trying to make money, right? I get it - it's a rough economy. But hey, do us a favor, Carl's Jr. - and quit using sex to sell fast food. My heart aches over the impact this commercial is currently having. It goes deeper than 60 seconds of images the ad promotes. When you actually think of it and say it straight out, it is pathetic and very sad. Disrespecting women. Cheapening the value of precious things. Sending a message of: it's all about my fun, my pleasure, self-centered gratification - throwing the value of true love and meaningful relationships out the window. Treating a piece of meat between two stale buns like a man you go on a date with to a drive-in movie. Turning women against women, as one quick scene in the ad shows a woman turning her boyfriend's eyes away from the model's little "show".


This ad made me think. About more than a 60-second commercial that will someday be off the air. It made me think about the influence media has on our minds. Caused me to wonder what the future of our culture looks like for our children, our grandchildren. Made me question my own heart and my values - reminding me of precious truths I hold dear, ones I don't want to ever be careless with or fail to protect.

The truth is, we must be on our guard. And the reason I'm sharing this with you is because I want to remind you and me of truths my mom and dad taught me as I was growing up: that purity is a gem. A woman is not a piece of meat. Sex is precious. And that we must fight to guard what comes into our homes, our family's eyes, and our own minds.

I'm reminding myself that the things we listen to, read, see and watch ...one ad here, a billboard there, a radio single, a racy commercial we're "ok" with - they all slowly erode and shift the way we think... like a hillside in the rainy season. And if we are not careful, vigilant... the "hillside" of our heart and mind will oh so helplessly come crumbling down.

"I'm doing the very best I can, and I'm doing it at home, where it counts.
I refuse to take a second look at corrupting people and degrading things."
-Psalm 101:2-3
The Message

So, please, do not be careless with your mind. Don't let your soul be influenced by someone else's agenda. Be on your guard, aware, alert. Don't fall into monotony. Don't be shifted like a house built on sand. Don't let a tolerance be built up in your heart, unawares, that cannot discern what is good and what is evil. Your heart is precious. Your mind is like a canvas, who are you letting paint it? Are we filling our minds with God's word and truth or sleazy commercials, billboards, radio singles?
Please, my friends - don't let Satan rip you off. Don't let him steal, kill, and destroy in the lives of your loved ones, your children.


"The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.
But I (Jesus) came that they may have life,
 and have it abundantly."
-John 10:10
{emphasis mine}

I think about the impact that media like this has on precious ones we love. Our future. Moms, you're with me on this right? Just think of your little, impressionable children. The men you love who are fighting to stay faithful to their wives. The women looking for value. Ads like this one are not to be taken lightly. They're not cute, fun, or harmless. They are damaging to our minds, our families, our children. This ad (and many other forms of media in our culture) are dangerously teetering on the edge of full-on pornography. Let's not play with fire.
You just don't mess around with airing ads like this when current statistics state:

-The largest consumer of Internet pornography is the 12-17 age group.
-The average age of first exposure to pornography is 11 years old.
- 70% of 18 to 24 year old men visit pornographic sites every month. 66% of men in their   20's & 30's report being regular users of pornography.
-1 out of every 6 women grapples with addiction to pornography.
-For every 10 men in church, 5 are struggling with pornography.
-30% of adults surveyed said their partner's use of pornography made them feel like a sexual object.
-51% of adults surveyed believe that pornography raises men's expectation of how women should look and changes men's expectations of how women should behave.

I gathered all statistics via http://www.purehope.net/stat.asp


Tonight, my heart is breaking. And I pray you take a few minutes along with me to think about the value of purity, the slippery slope our culture is taking us on through media, and the things you can do in your own life to change your world.

My heart is breaking for...


the woman... comparing herself to a model's painted-on, airbrushed "beauty", her value diminished as every second rolls on, every time the commercial airs. Effecting the way she acts, thinks, eats, relates with men. The way she is treated. Her worth, her intrinsic God-given beauty, her inner soul - cheapened, compared with a nasty $3 burger in a stinky paper bag. The young wife, cringing every time she must endure those awful 60 seconds it's on, as she sits with the love her life just watching the evening news, secretly longing for her new husband's eyes to be saved just for her alone. Images of lust threaten precious vows, a sacred covenant, luring her husband's loving eyes, threatening to rock the foundation of a new marriage. Unnecessary insecurity surfaces in her heart, shakes her.

the man... he's desperately fighting for purity in his mind... failing, falling short with every screen shot. It shapes how he views the women he dates, the girls he interacts with at church, the ladies he works with, the female classmates he studies with in the college library. It reminds him of past failures, images he saw in teenagehood, triggering thoughts of things he forgave himself for long ago, luring him back to what he's fought hard to overcome. A hurdle thrown in his already rocky path, tripping him up on the road to becoming a man of integrity, strength and honor. The young husband...committed to be faithful to his precious new love, his new family. Desiring to be a man of purity, to be faithful in his actions, heart and mind. Yet, as he sits watching a typical news program, he's confronted with images. Distracting his focus, damaging the resolve in his heart. Another hit on the battlefield of his mind as he strives to love a real life woman with feelings and emotions, while messages in the commercial scream "women are things to play with" rather than cherished treasures to guard and love. (Remember strong men - what Job in the Bible told the Lord- "I made a solemn pact with myself never to undress a girl with my eyes." -Job 31:1)

the little girl...impressionable and sweet - learning what womanhood looks like, understanding the definition of beauty, worth, value. Learning how to act, how to dress, how to relate to men in this world. Her wide eyes taking in every shot as the commercial rolls on, gazing at images that won't soon be forgotten. She's like a little sponge, the beauty and sacredness of true womanhood demeaned in her eyes.

the little boy...innocent and curious, learning how to view the women in his future. Images cast into his little mind that shape his thinking forever, somewhere down the road effecting how he treats females...his future wife, his daughters, his co-workers. Shaping his mind, causing far-reaching consequences. Planting seeds of addiction, watered well by a sex-saturated culture and media. Addiction that could torture his entire adult life.

and for the model in the ad, Kate Upton... I know you're like 19 and don't really get it yet - being famous and rich is fun right now I'm sure, but pleeease I beg of you - have respect for yourself and the rest of us women. Not only is making out with food just plain gross but you're making every woman in the world feel like they have no value. And hun, that's just not worth it. Trust me. You're a pretty girl and so am I - please stop making us look and feel like pieces of meat. I don't know about you, but I choose respect from men over money and fame - and you'll see when you grow up a little how meaningless the attention you're getting is. My heart breaks for you, girl.

My dear friends,

pray.
sign the petition.
think about your heart and mind...don't let filth in.
talk about it with your hubby, your kids, your friends.
and don't be a pushover - take a stand.
it's our world, our life:
your future daughter's worth, the media your son will grow up to face.

and it is so very important....so very sacred.

And ya know what?
it deserves to be fought for.

Can I just remind you?
Intimacy will not be discovered on a TV screen or true relationship in a drive-thru.
Sex is not to be equated with cheap fast food.

And love is not a hamburger.

***

Praying for you and me -
may our minds be kept pure, may our hearts value true sacredness, may we protect our eyes, and may we discern truth and lies in this ever darkening world.

"Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to Your word."
-Psalm 119:37

I dedicate this post to the good guys and good girls who are fighting for purity
(sometimes failing and falling)
but always getting back up, and looking to God for strength, second chances, and sweet grace.

Together - we are can change the world.
I know it.

Stay strong.


XO

{love & prayers for every one who reads this}

Erin.



PS - A few Scriptures to encourage you in purity:

 "For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished.
It is a devastating fire that destroys to hell. It would wipe out everything I own."
-Job 31:11-12

"So, then, each of us will give an account of himself to God."
-Romans 14:12

"Do not lust in your heart after her beauty of let her captivate you with her eyes,
for the prostitute reduces you to a load of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?"
-Proverbs 6:25-27

"I will set my eyes before no vile thing."
-Psalm 101:3

"But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires."
-Romans 13:14

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gauge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right eye causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."
-Matthew 5:27-30

"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Because of these things, the wrath of God is coming."
-Colossians 3:5-6

"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people."
-Ephesians 5:3

"Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."
-Hebrews 13:4

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

the art of life.


Sometimes, I get this insatiable desire to be an accomplished watercolor painter. Like this morning, while I absentmindedly leafed through my new Anthropologie catalog and stumbled upon this -


I sat for a minute, eyeing it - thinking about what it would be like to be a fabulous, talented painter...a mini Monet, if you will. (In my mind's eye, by the way, I was totally sitting at a sidewalk cafe somewhere in Paris wearing one of those French hats.) On these artsy days, I wish I could just whip out my watercolors, line up my paint brushes just so, dip them in pastel pinks, deep reds, and bright yellows and go at it on a blank canvas. Painting to my heart's content, until I complete a beautiful piece of satisfyingly wonderful art - dreamy hues all blended together to create a masterpiece... all thanks to my brush.

In reality, I'm just sitting holding a catalog of overpriced fashion statements, wishing I was Rembrandt. But then, as the Lord would have it, I stumbled upon a quote on Pinterest that got me thinking.... about how life is art. How even if you aren't an "artist" per se, life itself is art. And throughout my day, I saw how very true that is. Our lives, created by the ultimate Creator of all, are beautiful, difficult, and messy most of the time. But in all the messiness, the little and simple things we do all the time without thinking are a form of art. And the big and beautiful milestones of life really are art.


Your everyday routine. The way we write our grocery lists every week. The way we laugh. The way you feel. The pictures you take and post on Instagram. The things we believe. The way we love. 
Art, I tell you - beautiful art.


Art is the way you drink your tea.


it's the way you decorate your home.

the way your voice sounds when you talk.

art is how you put on your makeup every morning, how you curl your hair.


it's my cup of colorful pens, fresh folded vintage fabric. the way you fold together old scraps of ripped material, rolling it into a flower...burning your fingers as you hot glue it to an elastic headband, making something beautiful out of a scrap.

art is a smile.


it's the afternoon sky we don't take time to stop and notice.


it is a new pair of shoes that remind you - spring is coming, winter is not forever.


it's the way you know just how to mix together that row of spices on your counter, creating delicious meals. (and i mean you, mom!)

it's the bedside table where you sit and read, think, and pray every night.


art is our biggest, craziest, most wonderful dreams. 

it is the color of nail polish you choose to wear.


it's the way you dress.


the way you love someone like crazy.

it's in forgiveness.

it is moving forward even when you're scared.

it is the warm morning sunlight streaming in my window.


the sink where you stand every day. that hot, sudsy water. the dishes you wash.


it's a little box of mismatched buttons, sitting on a desk.


the way line-dried sheets smell, freshly made beds. your clean house, before it's all messed up again ever too quickly.


it's the way you sit at your old piano and pluck out a tune.

it's the "wall of inspiration" in my room, where i hang whatever inspires me, just because.


and it's even taking a $2 can of spray paint and an old rusty picture frame, and covering it over, making it look like new....as I did late this afternoon.



and, the finished product....waahlaah!


Life. It's art. And hey, it may not look just like a Van Gogh masterpiece, but I am of the firm belief that with a little imagination, some hope, a positive outlook....and a little white spray paint, we can all be artists in our own rite. (and, I may not be a water color painter yet, but today I realized that I can work a can of spray paint like nobody's biz.)

And that my friend, is beautiful.

It may not be watercolors on canvas. It may not even be all that lovely at first glance. But it is there. And I want you to look for it today.

Life is art.
And it really is beautiful.

Go paint something...even it's just painting your nails red.


blowing kisses!!

XO

Erin


ps -

smile....because, the God who created all things beautiful loves you


***

 this is laaaaate:


Friday iPhone Photo Drop

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

little things like mini pies, back roads, and sunshine.

I love starting off a week in a celebratory way. Last weekend was full of celebrating alongside a friend smitten with the new excitement of being a bride. I happily enjoyed several days of wedding planning, setting up, dancing, and tearing down - sentimental smiles and tearful goodbyes, and finally collapsing onto my bed for an early night to end it all. But the happiness quotient was taken down a few notches when I woke up the next morning with an awful cold that left me shivering under down blankets and took my voice, leaving me with laryngitis and the ability to speak no louder than a whisper.  

And it lasted all week looooong. I've just been a hot mess of tissues, I Love Lucy re-runs, hot tea and honey, hot soup, and Gilmore Girls episodes.


Sick days can be kinda relaxing (besides the sick part). But 4 days into it the "fun" really wears off, and when I felt as though I actually began living in Star's Hollow, running the Dragon Fly Inn and on-and-off dating Luke Danes, I knew it was time to get out and get some sunshine, regardless of how sick I still feel.

So I got in the car with my mom and took off with a GPS down a country road.


My mission for the day? Find an antique store.

But not without some road-trip worthy snacks from the old Papa's Country Market, of course. 'Cause we know how to do up a dirt road day right.

 By drinking in some much-needed warm sunshine along the way...

And drinking in the sight of other happy things. Like bright red picket fences.


Taking a moment to stop by the lake we've driven by for years and never take time to appreciate....


After miles of driving down winding back roads of broken pavement, my scratchy voice directing my ever so patient mom at the wheel - "Drive 0.2 miles then veer to the right... no the left...okay, actually make a u-turn" that led to a final announcement of: "Destination will be on right". All the while, my mind conjuring up glorious images of dark wood siding and old rocking chairs non-chalantly sitting on the wrap around porch of the aged establishment. Inside, oh the treasures we would find! The vintage postcards, the perfect milk glass, charming faded quilts. And then, I would stumble ever so happily on the desk I've been searching for and dreaming of refinishing.

The dreamy picture of the long-awaited antique mansion was alive and well in my wild imagination when we turned into a dirt lot to see this -


 "Dude. Seriously?!" we laughed. I leaned out the car window and squinted to read a note on their door in chicken-scratch handwriting scribbled on lined paper that read,

"Closed due to sickness, will probably open tomorrow, sorry."

Oh, I get that, friend - right there with ya.
It's really goin' around.
We drove away laughing at the anticipation that fell flat - those boarded up doors and windows? May have been best we didn't venture into that one...may not have gotten out.

Our slight disappointment soon melted into sheer happiness when this little gem was discovered, purchased, photographed and eaten. A mini cherry pie along with my latte? Why yes, don't mind if I do. 'Cause right there along with all vintage old-fashinedy things that make me happy? Mini things. Especially mini food. Pure deliciousness, I tell you.


Go to Starbucks and ask for a mini cherry pie. Seriously, go tomorrow. You won't regret it!

And finally - it was found and it was conquered.



The vintage chef  is at it again!

'Scuse me while i do some ironin'.


And, I even got my pretty old-fashioned quilt and vintage postcard fix. Booyah.


And the afternoon was capped off perfectly by seeing this little windmill on our way home.


Oh, the simple things.

My grandma recently told me something one of her oldest girl friends shared with her.

"When you're going through a hard time, stay positive. Keep up faith. Keep saying 'it's going to work out in the end, it's going to be okay' Even when it doesn't feel like it and it doesn't make any sense. Keep having faith."

I don't know what you, my dear friends are going through tonight.
Maybe your week is stuck in a slump. Maybe a relationship gone sour. A bank account too-often overdrawn. A job you despise. A love life on the decline. Or perhaps health challenges far greater than my little cold. Whatever you are walking through tonight - keep your faith, love. Keep it strong.

And don't forget to enjoy the small, sometimes tiny, simple little things in life. Like a mini pie or a mini roadtrip. A new lip gloss, your baby's smile. A vintage quilt you don't even buy but are satisfied to just stop and admire. Or that lake you pass every day on the road but never stop to look at.

Keep your faith. Keep your chin up. It's going to be okay in the end. Yeah it may be all Niquil and TV show re-runs right now... or much, much worse perhaps. But stay strong, keep your chin up - it's going to be okay in the end.

And until then - stop and eat a mini pie. And look for any and all those little happies you can find.


mwaaaauhh.
happy friday with a cherry on top!

Erin

"May the God of hope fill you
with all joy
and peace
as you trust in Him
so that you may overflow
with hope
by the power
 of the Holy Spirit."

-Romans 15:13

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