Category Archives: 30 Days

30 Days: Day 8

30 Days of TruthSomeone who has made your life difficult or treated you poorly (I’ve altered the words slightly to remove the profanity)
Honestly, I think the only person who has made my life difficult is me. I’m a firm believer that we make our choice in how to react to situations. The only person we have control over is ourselves. In many circumstances, if we are being treated poorly, we have the option to remove ourselves from the situation and contact with that person (I realize children do not have that option and I’m not referring to that in this answer). If I’ve struggled through a time in my life or thought my life was difficult – I’ve later realized it’s just my attitude toward that situation. Heck, Paul was IN PRISON (for no good reason), and he still praised God and was joyful. He didn’t let his less than ideal circumstances affect his attitude toward life.

30 Days One Thing

A Month of Thanksgiving
It’s only fitting that today I mention how thankful I am for my mom, since it’s her birthday. But, I’m not saying it JUST because it’s her birthday. She’s made so many sacrifices for me over my 28 years and has loved me and been there for me, even when I didn’t want her to be or pushed her away. I’d say we’re very close now (it’s amazing how much your relationship changes when you hit, oh 25 or 26) and I’m so thankful for our relationship!

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30 Days: Day 7

30 Days of TruthSomeone who has made your life worth living for.
This is actually an easy one for me because there’s really only ONE person for whom life should be worth living and that’s Jesus Christ. Because of Him and the sacrifice he made for me, I have a purpose for my life and it’s definitely worth living to the fullest.

30 Days One Thing

A Month of Thanksgiving
I’m thankful today for the freedom of religion we enjoy here in the U.S.  There are so many places in the world where Christians are persecuted because of their beliefs and I’m so grateful for the ability to worship without fear.

30 Days: Day 6

30 Days of TruthSomething you hope you never have to do.
Bury a child…or my husband. Both of those things would be very difficult for me. I know that it’s a real possibility I will outlive my husband, but I definitely can’t imagine losing a child (even during pregnancy).

30 Days One Thing

A Month of Thanksgiving
Southern California. I love it here and I’m so thankful to have been born here and had the chance to live here my entire life. I really can’t imagine living anywhere else. We really do have almost everything within a couple of hours drive and all of my aunts, uncles and cousins (minus 1) live here, so we get to see them at least a couple of times a year. We also have some pretty awesome weather (where else can you live that it’s 100-degrees one day and overcast and cloudy the next?

30 Days: Day 5

30 Days of TruthSomething you hope to do in your life.
Be a mother. For the longest time, I have felt that this is one of my most primary purposes in life – to be a mom. As of right now, that’s not what God has for us, but hopefully soon!

30 Days One Thing

A Month of Thanksgiving
Today I am thankful for friends. Even friends who you haven’t seen in over 10 years who are willing to help you do your hair and then spend 3 hours taking pictures of you and your hubby because you want to wear your wedding dress just one more time.

30 Days: Day 4

30 Days of TruthSomething you have to forgive someone for.
I knew this one was coming. And I’ve been spending the past 24 hours thinking about how to respond. I even had a dream about this person. It’s not the first time either. That person is my best friend from high school. My best friend was a guy…yes, it makes things complicated, though I was convinced back then that it didn’t really. Freshman year in college, I lost this person as not only a best friend but as even a friend. I don’t need to provide all the gory details, but there was an email conversation that happened that just ended it all. To this day, I’m still hurt and upset by the way it ended. I haven’t completely forgiven this person either. I sometimes wonder how my life would have been if we had remained friends. We still see each other on rare occasions. We make awkward small talk. I would guess he has no idea that I was so hurt by this incident and that I’ve held on to these feelings for almost 10 years. Yet, for some reason, I just can’t seem to let it go.

30 Days One ThingThis photo was a total experiment…and an accident, actually. I had the lens on manual focus after forgetting to turn it back to auto, so when I set it down on the ground, lens pointed up at the sky, it wasn’t focused on much of anything. I like it. A lot.

A Month of Thanksgiving
Despite the fact that I have had such a difficult time forgiving someone, today, I am thankful for God’s grace and mercy. He certainly knows how much I don’t deserve either, yet, he offers it to me, even if I’m unwilling to accept it sometimes. This I will never, ever understand, but I’m still so thankful for it, nonetheless.

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30 Days: Day 3

30 Days of TruthSomething you have to forgive yourself for.
Oh gosh. I’m not sure where to start! There’s so many things and I don’t think it’s necessary to go into great detail, but we’ll say that there’s a lot of decisions I made through most of my early and mid 20’s particularly in the relationship department that probably weren’t the healthiest choices for me. I think they still affect me and I haven’t forgiven myself completely and been able to move on. I know I need to, but it’s so difficult because I have such regrets about those decisions.

30 Days One Thing

A Month of Thanksgiving
I’ve been sick for almost a week now, and I am so thankful to have a loving, caring husband who is so willing to take care of me, among the many other things that my wonderful husband does and is.

30 Days: Day 2

30 Days of TruthSomething you love about yourself.
Okay, I think this is harder than yesterday! Probably because I’m always critical, especially of myself. But, if I’m being forced to pick one thing, I guess I’d say that I am giving and have a desire to help others and serve. I like being in the background and doing the “grunt” work to make things a success.

30 Days One Thing

A Month of Thanksgiving
Being that today is election day, it only makes sense to make a note that I am thankful for the opportunity we have in this country to have our voice heard in the people and laws that govern our lives.

30 Days: Day 1

30 Days of TruthSomething you hate about yourself.
Wow, what a way to start! I guess one thing I really don’t like about myself is that I’m not as dedicated as I used to be. I know that sounds kind of weird, but I just don’t feel like I have the energy and enthusiasm for the things I’m doing that I used to. I’m not sure if it’s the things that I am doing or interested in or if I’m just overall blah. I don’t know. I’ve never really explored these feelings/concerns before. In fact, I’ve never really told this to anyone before.

30 Days One Thing
I decided to that my one item will be my sister’s lemon tree that’s still in the pot in the front yard. I think it will be fun because there are so many aspects to the tree plus all the different angles and compositions and everything. I think my biggest struggle is going to be taking just ONE photo so I don’t use up all of my ideas before the end of the month! I think I might create a collage of the images at the end of the month.  We’ll see how it goes!

A Month of Thanksgiving
One thing I am thankful for is having an amazing church family and small group. I’m so thankful for the people God has placed in my life right now and for finding a church that challenges me to grow and live out my faith instead of just being comfortable and relaxed.