10 Emotions You Have While @ a Penny & Sparrow Show.

Saturday night has come and gone, and dreams were fulfilled. Penny & Sparrow made their way to Lubbock, and headlined for the first time. Big deal since all we get out in West Texas is Garth Brooks and Chris Tomlin.

Cactus Theatre was a cute, quaint venue that made the show so intimate between the band and the audience. It was also a good reunion venue for all of those friends you haven’t seen since Sunday, bible study, or Foundation Camp.

Here are the top ten emotions and “feels” my best friend and I had during one of the best shows of our lives:

  1. Eager: Our eagerness starting settling in about 4:30 when we hopped out of our showers. SO eager that we arrived and hour early (by accident) to the doors opening up, which made for a good photo-op on Buddy Holly Ave.
  2. Happy: Pure happiness, because it’s Penny & Sparrow. Duh.
  3. Optimistic/Open: Lowland Hum open up for P&S, and we were totally open. I mean Penny & Sparrow can’t have bad taste, or low standards for their opening act. They were right. This married coupled blew us away with their perfect harmony, and chemistry on stage.
  4. Impatient: Yes, impatient.
  5. Anxious: They made their way on stage, and all these thoughts flooded my mind about which songs they were, and weren’t going to sing.
  6. Amused: It was an intimate show with a side of stand up comedy. They were genuine human beings, that cared about the well-being of their fans. A good sense of humor was a huge plus for this already perfect show.
  7. Sensitive:  I mean, have you ever heard one of their songs? They cut right to the heart, and are sung with such passion and raw emotions.
  8. Awe: Two grown men with the voices of what I imagine angels to sound like. Awe of their harmony, talent and rawness. In awe of their stage presence. In awe in how they sound 10x better live than on Spotify, as if that was possible.
  9. Vulnerable: The theater was so dark, you could cry, or show any emotion without anybody batting an eye at you. But really, their songs leave you susceptible to the very emotions they felt while writing the lyrics.
  10. Inspired: I am now signing up for a pottery class thanks to Penny & Sparrow. I know I’ll never be able to sing like them, but I am willing to step out and try something new, and spark a new passion.

Utter AMAZEMENT. Over all, the show was incredible, both artists. Still processing all of the emotions that this two hour show left me feeling.

Check out some of my favs-

Penny & Sparrow:

  • Brothers
  • Each to Each
  • Bourbon
  • Rattle
  • Duet
  • Creature

Lowland Hum:

  • Compass
  • Folded Flowers
  • Thin Places
  • Sun Flare


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Fajita Friday.

Happy FriYAY my friends!!

As soon as that clock turns 5:00pm, I am blowing this popsicle stand I like to call work and putting a taco in my hand! Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays here in Texas, but everyday.

These GF, corn free, clean eating tacos will have your body thanking you.

Beef or chicken, I do not discriminate.

Yummy sweet potato (GF & corn free) tortillas, pan seared steak in garlic and coconut oil, avocado, grilled veggies and a garnish of cilantro.

OR

Yummy sweet potato tortillas, crockpot shredded chicken (with green peppers and onions), black beans, avocado, jalapeños, tomatoes and a garnish of cilantro w/ a side of lime.

Which one will you choose?

Tabbouleh w/ quinoa

My love for tabbouleh started only a couple years ago when I visited the Middle East and it is now one of my favorite snacks.

Add a little culture to your life while eating clean.

Prep time: 5 minutes.

Cook time: 10 minutes

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch of Parsley
  • 1 small bunch of mint
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 large tomato or a hand full of cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa cooked in 1/2 chicken broth.
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Pour the broth and quinoa in a small pot. Stir occasionally until the quinoa is tender.
  2. Once cooked, set aside to cool.
  3. Chopp your parsley until desired size for your texture.
  4. Mince tomato, mint, and onion
  5. Mix parsley, mint, onion, tomato, and quinoa.
  6. Finally, stir in olive oil, a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt!

Enjoy!

Arbonne & How it Changed Me.

“It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Yeah, I’ve said that a couple of times this year… and last year… and the year before that.

I pled guilty of trying Herbalife, Whole30, Advocare, and Paleo. But this one was different. I am different this time.

Now, I am not the type of person that does all fad diets, but I just love a good protein shake in the morning, okay?

My decision to try Arbonne began when I started seeing friends, whom I knew and trusted, (not just selling for their benefits) start posting their Arbonne testimonies. I have never struggled with being over weight but I did gain that Freshman 15 four years ago. So I came to a conclusion, I am also growing up. Things change, my face and body were those things.

So why Arbonne then? For the last year, or so, I have struggled with adult acne and it was defeating my mind and body. I knew something had to change from the inside out. I’ve also always been active, ate my greens everyday and NEVER drank a soda. How could this be happening to me at 23 years old?! It had to start from the inside, so I can see it on the outside.

I started my Arbonne 30 Day Healthy Living Challenge, on February 16th. For 30 days I would go without: sugar, bread, greek yogurt (all dairy for that matter) and COFFEE!! Um hellloooo!! I drank 3-4 cups a day, there is no way I could stop the coffee madness.

Day 1: Great, except the no coffee part!! But so much motivation. Drinking my berry protein shake for breakfast, a chocolate almond butter shake for lunch and for dinner, yummy Southwest quinoa burrito bowl, hold the tortilla.

Day 13: Even better!! It has been thirteen days and I have had only ONE, yes ONE headache from not having coffee. My body was full of sustaining natural energy and I was not only feeling a difference, but I was seeing it. My face was getting clearer everyday, and my body was looking more toned!

Only two weeks into this challenge and I was sold out. I was going to do Arbonne full time because I want others to feel how I feel!! I try to be in bed by 9:30 and wake up at 5am everyday but most days I am lucky if I actually make it into bed before 10:30. Long work days followed by ministry, hanging out with friends, working out and being a 23 year old can get hard. But my body wasn’t feeling that. It was easy. I slept easier and woke up easier Ready to go! My face clearing up day by day! Super soft and a random breakout here and there. But over all, so smooth and feeling confident. And coffee you ask? I still treat myself to one, or two cups a week, don’t worry.

When I am passionate about something, I have to tell others. Arbonne has changed the way I feel and treat myself. You only have one body and only God knows for how long, so take good care of it. I want to be a good steward of what God has given me, and it starts with my health.

Eating gluten free, dairy free, and (mostly) sugar free, is fun and yummy when you are doing it for the right reasons. Intentions are everything. Once the 30 days were over, I treated myself to some pie… and ice cream. But that’s okay! ‘Treat yo self’ day is so necessary.

Thanks you family, friends and roommate for your support during this challenging, but sweet transition. A special thanks to EliPry for slapping food out of my hands when needed.

Click on the pictures below to see some of the good eats and drinks. Recipes coming soon!

Spontaneity.

spon·ta·ne·i·ty
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noun
  1. 1. the condition of being spontaneous; spontaneous behavior or action.

Happy Spring Break 2017.

Dallas/Austin, TX

I just want to start out by saying, don’t take your week long spring break for granted. Being an “adult” requires you to work while all your friends are posting cute Instas and having the time of their lives.

For the first time in 5 years, I was homesick. I missed my mom, dad, family, best friend, and roommates. Putting into perspective what the next year could look like and the small things I would be missing, I raced home .

I am so thankful for my 3 day weekend that was adventurous and full of sweet life time memories. I am beyond thankful for seeing my momma and dad, best friends and the coolest nobody (soon to be somebody) band, Colony House.

3 days came and went in a blink of an eye but there was never a dull moment. Lack of sleep never felt better. $6 toast, spilling my drink on Caleb, day trip to Austin, yoga in Deep Ellum, and movie night with the folks. Priceless.

 

{You folks, make life fun. Loving you all is easy. So much gratitude. Blissful. }

Can’t wait for the next road trip and where it will take me. In this season, I am embracing the short weekends and taking possession.

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Check out the songs below for a little taste of SXSW and more:

  • ‘Cannot Do This Alone’ & ‘Silhouette’ by Colony House
  • ‘Suicide Saturday’ by Hippo Campus
  • ‘Amerika’ by Young the Giant

Or Follow Love aLatte on Spotify.

 

 

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Dear God, thank you for 2016.

My new favorite tradition is taking time to myself and truly reflecting back on the year You, my God, have graciously given me.

I remember exactly a year ago writing about my year 2015 and praying for what 2016 would hold for me. Little did I know what would happen. It’s funny when I start planning out my year and how I would like it to go and then You humble me with Your plan. A year ago I pictured and prayed that I would be living in Moscow, Russia or anywhere but Lubbock, Texas. Well, here I am a year later and still in Lubbock, Texas (well currently writing this in Orlando, Florida). People have told me that I had a terrible 2016, but I feel the complete opposite. Trials are to come and yes, I had some hard ones, but You my God, are bigger and better than those trials.

“As 2015 comes to an end, I can’t help but think about all the blessings and uncontainable joy I have. Now, if you would have asked me six months ago, I would not have thought I would be where I am. But You knew. You knew all along about the trials and blessings coming my way this past year.

Thank you for remaining. Thank you for pursuing me this year even when I turned away from you. Thank you for the countless blessings and the tears during trials. Through it all you have remained with me. Thank you for the good and bad times. You turned my tears of pain into smiles of joy.

I pray that in 2016, I will pursue You every minute of every day. I pray that even during the trials, (because they will come) that I will see your goodness, kindness, and faithfulness. I pray that I will surrender to your plan and not run off with my own.  I will fight for this relationship. I pray that I will walk in power and grace while spreading your love and word. You have given me all I need and more, I am forever Yours. So, wherever I am after graduation, I pray to be serving you and giving glory back to You. Your plan is so much bigger and greater than mine. My heart and years to come are yours, God. This is my New Years resolution.”

This is what I wrote and prayed to you my sweet Lord, and a year later it still holds very true. Jesus, thank you for the year 2016 and all that came with it.

January:

  1. My final semester at Texas Tech. Thank you.
  2. A new disciple. Thank you.
  3. Helping me conquer my fear of submitting an application. Thank you.

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February:

  1. Seeing Hillsong United live. Thank you.
  2. Your peace. Thank you.

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March:

  1. A vision trip to Moscow, Russia. Thank you.
  2. Acceptance to STINT in Moscow, Russia. Thank you.

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April:

  1. New friends from Model United Nations.
  2. Supporters partnering with me for your Kingdom. Thank you.
  3. My future teammates. Thank you.

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May:

  1. My time with Texas Tech CRU. Thank you.
  2. Graduating!! Thank you.
  3. Keeping me safe in my car accident. Thank you.
  4. Healing quickly from my wisdom teeth. Thank you.

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June:

  1. Showing me you are always in control. Thank you.
  2. Never forsaking me. Thank you.
  3. Showing me your love, grace and goodness in heartbreak and disappointment. Thank you.
  4. Showing me I don’t have to be in Moscow to serve you. Thank you.

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July:

  1. My little miracle Graham cracker. Thank you.
  2. Continue restoration in my family while in Brazil. Thank you.
  3. Friends that help me move. Thank you.

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August:

  1. Quality time with Lena for countless days. Thank you.
  2. New opportunities to continue spreading your word while in community. Thank you.
  3. My Indian Creek family and Launch Global. Thank you.
  4. Friends that are a reflection of you and your grace. Thank you.
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September:

  1. Exceeding my prayers by providing me with the perfect job at Texas Tech. Thank you.
  2. My Chinese neighbors who are reading the Bible with me. Thank you.
  3. Meeting internationals at work. Thank you.
  4. New disciples and possible teammates. Thank you.

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October:

  1. Paying off $3,000 of student loans. A step closer to the field. Thank you.
  2. Your promises holding true. Thank you.
  3. Three new sisters in Christ! Thank you for letting me be a part of your work!
  4. Dahee and Choyoung, my sweet Korean souls. Thank you.

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November:

  1. Bible study with my exchange students. Thank you.
  2. Potential teams overseas. Thank you.
  3. Freedom in Christ. Thank you.
  4. My loving Aunt Linda joining you in paradise. Thank you.

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December:

  1. My team in Thailand. Thank you.
  2. Spending the holidays in Florida. Thank you.
  3. Your plan and your will. Thank you.
  4. Your son that died on the cross for my rebellion. Thank you.

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Now, 2016 is coming to an end and I am grateful for the year you have given me. Thank you for remaining. Thank you for pursuing me this year even when I rebelled. Thank you for showing me that you really do have better for me. Thank you for using my life as a testimony of your goodness and faithfulness. Thank you for not letting my circumstances change the way you view me or love me. This plan of yours is far better than I could ever imagine.

Although others may see it otherwise, this year was pure bliss. It was blissful solely because of you.

I pray that in 2017 my love and desire to know more of you will grow deeper. I pray that I will continue to lay down my life to you. I pray that my life would be mulitplied. I pray that I would not lose sight of the vision and plan You have called me to. My heart and years to come are yours, God. This is my 2017 New Years resolution.

Thank you my sweet Heavenly Father,

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Finding Contentment.

Contentment is not settling for less of what you think you deserve, nor is it thinking you aren’t worthy of better. Contentment reflects your attitude, not your circumstances.

Contentment is finding true joy, peace, and gratitude in Jesus, no matter the  circumstances.

So, in a world where we desire the next best thing even before it’s announced up for sale, how do we learn to be truly truly happy with what we have and where we are in life? Maybe you are desiring the iPhone 8, or expecting to be married in 13 months, no matter whats at end of the spectrum, there is  always one area of your life, if not more, where you are not content and trusting in God’s best for you. Are you content in your job or relationship status?

You think God is withholding better, and you continue to be in this cycle of doubt that He is truly for you in all things. Struggling with contentment isn’t anything new as technology gets better, or “couple goals” get more unattainable. It has been around since the beginning.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:1-13

Even Eve thought God was withholding from her. She was deceived by the snake, and thought God didn’t have the best for her. She wanted more, she wanted to be like God.

“Our own complaints are not caused by our outward circumstances; rather, they reveal the inward condition of our hearts.  A complaining spirit indicates a problem in our relationship with God.”

Eve confused her need with her want, which so many of us do everyday.

31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Roman 8:31-32

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:25-26

How much more does God care for you than the birds in the sky or the ants on the ground? You can have a personal relationship with the one who will never leave or FORSAKE you.

How you view God is how you will go on with your days. He is far greater and bigger than anything the world can offer us. God loves to provide for His children and to show His power. So, go on and ask Him to reveal to you how great He is above all else, and see if your view of your circumstances change.

Surrender your all to Him. Is He worth the cost? The cost of singleness? The cost of going over seas and being a full time missionary? The cost of whatever you are struggling to give Him? Surrender everything to Him and you will find contentment and joy in Him. When you ask yourself these questions, just remember YOU were worth the cost. The cost of God giving His only son. If you trust in Jesus to save you from Hell, then it should be easier than we make it to trust Him in all other areas.

Worship and be still.

 Let His peace surpass all else and respond in gratitude whatever your circumstance.

Click the link below to listen to some worship jamz on Spotify!

Worship Jamz

Grace & blessings,

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Perspectives for “Christians”

Meghan Natasha Miskin

1993-2016.

That’s what my headstone would read if I were to die today. Maybe my parents would put Loving Daughter and Sister and then some bible verse that talks about being in Heaven. But what I do know, is that I will have two dates and one dash line. A line that represents my entire 22 years and 303 days of life.

A couple days ago another death happened due to police. Three days before that my friends witnessed a drunk driver at 6:00pm hit a motorcyclist and kill him. Death is real. Death is all around us and it can be scary.

Now, let me back up…

Two nights ago, friends and I went to the Lubbock City Cemetery and no we were not being weird. The friends I was with are also known as my team, my family and my church. I do life with these people everyday and just yesterday our team leader wanted to take us on a field trip. Where to? The Lubbock City Cemetery. I was expecting some weird ritual or something extreme. But instead I got the opposite.

He told us to go out with a partner and just observe the headstones. Look at these people’s names, what can you tell about them? Can you see what their job was? Were they rich or poor? Were they a Tech fan or Texas? Do these things really matter? Can you tell the life this person lived just by their headstone?

  • Ecclesiastes 1 & 2. All is Vanity

1: 8″All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.  What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. 11 There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after.”

If you decided to bypass reading the two chapters here’s a quick summary: All is Vanity. The Vanity of Wisdom, the Vanity of Self-Indulgence, the Vanity of Living Wisely, and The Vanity of Toil. Why do these things matter? Does our money, house, name brand purses, or even iPhone matter once we have died and no longer here? None of it matters. None.

  • Ezekiel 37

37 “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley;  it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

Ezekiel 37 Summary: God made the dry dead bones living again.

I am writing this because God spoke to me in the grave yard that evening. He asked me, “What are you living for? What do you want to be remembered for? Do you feel the weight of Hell for those who do not know me?”

As the famous rapper NF says,

“When I die, put my ashes in the trash bag
I don’t care where they go
Don’t waste your money on my gravestone
I’m more concerned about my soul
Everybody’s gon’ die
Don’t everybody live though
Sometimes I look up to the sky
And wonder do You see us down here?”

  • Revelation 21

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

So, from looking at the beginning to the end I now ask myself, “what am I living for? Where is my hope when death comes, because it will come?”

“I’m more concerned about my soul
Everybody’s gon’ die
Don’t everybody live though” NF

Those words give me the feels every time I hear them. Are you concerned about your soul as a Christian or a non Christian? What does he mean by everybody’s going to die but not everybody is going to live? As a christian, am I concerned for my friends and families souls?

You will either experience two births and one death or one birth and two deaths. Everybody will have either a spiritual birth in Christ or a spiritual death and separation from God. I do not want to sound harsh, but this is the reality for all of us. It’s one or the other.

I want to be remembered for the way I care and talk to people. That I didn’t waste any time in telling those around me about Jesus, my only hope. That I had compassion for those near and far from me. That when I talk to a person who does not know Jesus, I feel the weight of Hell being a reality for them. That it is life or death right here in the moment. I want to display Jesus like I wear my make up. (Now, stay with me on this analogy. I wear my make up everyday. Everybody sees it and it’s the first thing people see and they notice when I am not wearing any. I put it on with care and intentionality because I want people to notice. Now, I know that may seem shallow so good thing I know my true identity in Christ.) But yes, I want to be remembered for how I wear Christ for all to see. I want it to be the first thing people notice about me when speaking or watching my actions. Not what I own, the job I had, the money I made, or the brands I wore because when I leave this world nobody will remember these things. But what they will remember is my love and passion towards people and making Jesus known. Allowing everybody I come in contact with the chance to hear the Good News of Jesus. That Jesus is the only way to the Father in Heaven.

So I challenge  you to put this into perspective of your own life. How much do you have to hate someone for you not to share with them the Good News that has given you hope and eternal life. Do you feel a sense of urgency when reading those verses or when you’re talking to those who are far from God? How often do you share with those closest to you how to experience eternal life, because the reality is that they are perishing right before your eyes. At the end of the day, nothing else matters but where we are spending our eternity and how we lived our lives represented by that dashed line.

Grace & blessings,

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Finding hope in a broken world.

My heart breaks for this broken world we live in.

On Thursday July 7, 2016, 5 police officers were killed in Dallas, Texas. As a reaction to two shootings that previously took place earlier in the week, now five more lives were taken from this earth and from their families.

It’s almost nearly impossible to log into Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram without seeing somebody’s opinion about recent events. You see hate towards one another and desperate cries for help. You see a new headline every morning about either a shooting in your neighborhood or a bombing half way around the world.

Hate is so real and so prevalent in our world today. People have hard hearts towards one another and therefore results in a lack of compassion.

We see people that are overcome by evil because of somebody’s skin color, religion or sexuality. These issues are all very real and touch every person in someway. But no matter the issue, we have hope. Hope for restoration, redemption, grace, forgiveness, love and peace no matter the accusations against us.

I grieve with my city, nation and the families of those who were effected by all of the recent events all around the world.

“9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12

In these desperate times, I realized how desperately we all need a Savior. Christ came for each and every person and to have a personal relationship with them. He came to restore the broken, to give hope to the hopeless, and to forgive the sins that are far to great in our own eyes. He came and set the example of how to treat one another. He is the Prince of Peace.

As the news stories continue to come flooding in on my BBC app, I can’t help but to rejoice in knowing how all this will end. No matter the shootings, bombings, or discriminations, Jesus will be back. He is coming soon.

 

People are crying out for justice and the truth is, justice began at the cross. When Christ was hanging on the cross, justice and mercy met. Christ made all things that were red, run white.

“It’s where Adam’s sinful curse is met with the New Adam’s sinless sacrifice, and the severe wrath and sovereign mercy of God brings the world to right, once and for all. It is the place where we throw “deserve” and “fair” out the window because we realize what true justice would mean for any one of us.”- Raechel Myers

Looking to the cross is the only place you can start when thinking about justice for this broken world. This is where my sins along with yours are wiped clean and are white as snow.

So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:18-21

Ladies and gents, Jesus is our only hope in this world. This world we live in is full of brokenness, but through the eyes and love of Christ, it is saved.

Christ is the light in the darkness. He is the one that can break through when we can’t do anymore. So let Him shine through you in all that you do. He has to be the focal point in our lives if we want peace, healing and strength.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

“And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. ” John 12:44-47

Fix your eyes on the One who came to save, heal, redeem and restore.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4: 9-11

In the good times, look to Jesus. In the hard times, cling to Jesus.

He is our only hope in this broken world. Rejoice in knowing that Jesus is good and that He cares. God’s truths and promises are constant and never changing. Loved ones, I want you to know that in the midst of all the chaos going on around you, Jesus is right next to you. He is grieving with you and He is rejoicing with you. Go before Him now and seek His love, grace and peace.

Abba,

I am praying that You will meet everyone in the place where they are seeking you most. I pray for healing for the families of the victims this past week and that they will experience your comfort. I pray for the doctors and nurses that continue to take care of the wounded and the ones that fought for the lives of the victims. I pray for our nation and that our eyes will be open. I pray that we start seeing people for who You called them to be. Lord, I pray that through all of the chaos You will be glorified. I pray that people’s hearts will be open and ready to make Christ their Savior. You are our only hope and I praise you for never changing. I pray that many will come to know Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Grace & blessings,

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_Hey San Fran_

Hello San Fransisco! You are b-e-a-uuutiful!

Now, I have been blessed immensely and have traveled to many places in and outside of the United States. But, San Fransisco is at the very top of my list. It has earned the number one spot in my heart for cities within United States. The food, the culture and things to do make it an ideal girls weekend getaway location.

  1. Golden Gate Bridge: It is as beautiful and magnificat in 12998693_10204380145382584_1498437718920310171_nperson as it is in pictures. I recommend Baker’s Beach to get the best view of the bridge and the shore line. Now word of caution, it can be a nudest beach (We got lucky and didn’t see any unwanted sites.) 13043567_10204406730647199_2164792626650614138_n
  2. Ghirardelli Square: You may not have known this but, on that little delicious chocolate square it says “San Fransisco.” I have always demolished the chocolate before I could get a close look at the cute masterpiece and did not know this little piece of heaven was made in San Fran. So of course you need to make it here. And they give away FREE yes I said FREE chocolate! Right below the chocolatier is the Ghirardelli Pub. After you have had your sweets you can now dig into the best macaroni and cheese you will ever eat. The TRUFFLE macaroni and cheese is a must have along with the view of the bay. IMG_8013

3: Chinatown: Now I am not big into small, cheap plastic gifts but if you are then this place is for you! Of course, everybody needs to at least walk around Chinatown and see all of the bright lights. What made this place worth it all was the little hole in a wall, family owned, cash only, bakery. I recommend the lotus mooncake. The owner recommended this coconut bread pastry and she was right. Warm, sweet, soft bread with a coconut filling, filled me with joy. Lastly you have to get a fortune cookie seeing this is where they were invited! Chinatown shuts down about 9pm, but some shops remain open until about 10:30.13015589_10204406734967307_4754164450747200617_n

4. Fisherman’s Wharf: Take a stroll down Fisherman’s Wharf about 5pm and grab a bite to eat at the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar. I was about the only one who did not get Clam Chowder but the Crab Cakes did not disappoint. A little bit pricy but the sauce on the cakes make it worth it in every bite. This place is a little bit further down the street but is next to a small cove perfect for watching the sunset behind the Golden Sate Bridge after dinner. IMG_8284

 

 

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5. Alcatraz Island: This is a must do and must cross it off your bucket list. The island is filled with plants and amazing views along with goosebump history. The tour is self guided and comes with a free audio tour. I recommend having a meeting spot and a ferry time just incase your group gets spilt up. My favorite part was the skyline view. I sat on the same bench for about 30 minutes soaking up the sun while people watching. We planned to be on the island for two and a half hours which was plenty of time. Lastly, grab a quick snack at Baker’s House. This 4×4 bakery is loaded with pastries and homemade pop tarts. You have to get the pink puff pasty with the purple filling. The cashier suggested it as her favorite and now i am suggesting it as mine.13000336_10204384152682764_6106022980045108782_n

IMG_8062All of these sites are do-able in two days time. We first went to Baker’s Beach for about and hour and then headed to Ghirardelli Square for a late lunch and dessert. From there we made our way up Russian Hill (the largest hill btw) then to Lombard Street to catch a cab to the Painted Ladies and then to Chinatown. The following morning we got on the second ferry out to Alcatraz Island. Later that night we celebrated with dinner in Fisherman’s Wharf and a Giants game. There is so much to see, do and taste and these are just my top recommendations.

Peace & so much love San Fran.

Grace & Blessings,

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