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Renewed.

"Though our outer selfis wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen."  ~2 Corinthians 4:16b-18a 
When I read this specific passage out of 2 Corinthians 4earlier this week, it struck me in a whole new way. What an incredible thought to think that even though our bodies continue to grow older as time goes by, we are just on the verge of a beautiful adventure and growing experience with Christ. While we are able to notice our bodies aging through such signs as wrinkles and gaining gray hairs, we are most likely not able to physically see our daily spiritual renewal in such a tangible way. Yet, still we invest our faith and trust in God, who promises that He is renewing us each day. We do not need to fear His leaving our side, for even in this moment as we have the heart's desire to s…

"Laura, Will You Do the Dishes?"

This is a loving command I hear most days from my parents, to which I more or less answer, "Yeah! I'll do them soon." (Notice how I don't include a specific time frame in my answer). ;)

Today, I unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher. Usually, I complete this chore during the daytime. I try to rush through the formalities of stacking the bowls a certain way and putting all the mugs in the same vicinity so I can move onto my next task of the day. However, tonight I waited until nighttime to do the dishes. As I trudged up the stairs to begin my not-so-favorite activity, I made sure to put my prized Tony Bennett tape "Perfectly Frank" into the music player to set the mood.

Then, I began to put the clean dishes in the cabinet. Each fork I picked up weighed heavy with dread, but somewhere in the midst of putting the dirty bowls into the dishwasher, I started to slow down and reflect upon the day. Instead of allowing the dishes to be mildly dirty as they went into …

Summer Time & Friendships.

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I am over a month into my summer vacation as of now, and it has been a time of adjustment, rest, and beauty. It took me close to forever to start unpacking my belongings from college--and I'd say that now I'm 98% unpacked. I'm thinking I might as well keep some things packed so that traveling back to school in August will be a more streamlined process... :)

On these summer days, I've been able to reflect upon the school year that's just passed as well as the lessons I've learned throughout the months. I've spent time studying God's word, journaling, and listening to His voice. I've been increasingly recognizing my need for fellowship, and I've been trying to seek out ways to grow with other believers during this time I'm home. I've realized to the highest degree how purpose-less I feel when I am not employing my passions the way I think I should be using them. This has led me on a journey of a new kind of surrender--trusting that God wil…

Victory.

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"Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away.But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ.Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image."
~2 Corinthians 3:12-18

I am celebrating freedom in Christ with all my heart. I am no longer …

A Fragrance.

If you're aware of some of my quirks, you'd recognize that I'm a little bit obsessed about scents. 
When I buy a new book or a new dress, I have to sniff it to take in what I have come in contact with. When I step into a Hallmark store filled with new items, I have to inhale the distinct scent of the place that surrounds me. Scents give me comfort, reminding me of where I've been. One of my favorite scents is that of the Minnie Mouse blanket I've slept with for the past...well...fourteen years. I love when it's freshly washed and hung to dry and I can smell the summer breeze upon its fabric. I have an affinity for pretty perfumes, but after I buy a certain perfume and wear it for a specific time in my life, I can't wear the perfume in a new chapter of life. I suppose this is because when I smell Hilary Duff's "With Love" or "Vera Wang Princess," my mind is transferred to memories of going to the National Spelling Bee in 8th grade o…