WOW. This summer has been unexpectedly busier than I have expected. SO, heres what I’ve been up to!
FAMILY VACATION. AKA my favorite time of the year!
This summer my family of 6 and my grandparents rented a cabin on a lake and was it ever so fun. We fished, we boated, we hiked, we shot airsoft guns, and much more fun. The best part of this cabin was that it had no phone service or internet. At first I was really intimidated because I’d be gone for a week, and I love to keep in touch with my boyfriend, but it turned out so wonderfully. I think it was a blessing in disguise because I have never had so much fun with my family. Every night we played games and during the day we spent time together without the distractions of phones.
My sister’s boyfriend and mine got to spend a few days at the cabin with us and that was such a joy to see them! They were stuck sharing beds with my 2 brothers, so lucky them!
So here is a picture of our little adventures of hanging outside. It was drizzling so I slapped on my rain boots and made him take pictures with me before he went home. The cabin was situated in the middle of the woods with not a cabin in sight. It was so secluded and serene. Another thing about this cabin that I LOVED was that there were wildflowers EVERYWHERE. I am a flower child so naturally I picked them.
These ones were my favorites. Funny story. So i picked a bunch of these and put them in a vase. A few days later I was admiring them when I noticed that there were hundreds of tiny green bugs ALL OVER the stems of them. I no longer loved them as much…
Not only were the flowers cute, but so were the turtles! Here is a picture I snapped of us feeding a turtle cantaloupe:
And my last adventure I’ll share with you include one of my favorite activities…hiking! There’s just something about the adventure of exploring God’s beautiful creations!
Take time to breathe in the beauty of God’s creation friends. Beauty, Joy and Serenity. Take a step back from technology and a step forward with your relationships. Be interested in those you connect with, and not interested with those on social media sites.
You are loved!
I finished my last final for the semester today and I am JUMPING FOR JOY. Lets all just pause and do a quick happy dance! If you’re not done with school yet, YOU CAN DO IT. Your happy dance can be a motivating one. It’s funny that the moment I walked out of class today I felt like I could breathe again. With summer approaching I’ve got my eyes on adventure and I’m sure you do too! I am going to try to be blogging weekly so stay tuned friends. As for this post, since it’s a happy day, here are some happy things that make me want to dance today. (I’m not a good dancer. I’m the kind that dances like a total weirdo!)
My neighbor shared his lilacs with me, but he doesn’t know it. (He’s so nice, he won’t mind)
Target has a REALLY cute dollar section right now. Seriously so many cute stationary items. (Stamp pads, Mod Podge, stamps, pens and chalkboard paper.)
Flowers are blooming! Yes, another flower picture but I am in awe of God’s creation! Beautiful. Sorry, I did buy these, but they did bloom!
So I get excited over the littlest things, but most importantly I want to happy dance because God is so good. I honestly couldn’t have gone through the school year without Him leading the way. He opened doors for me to walk through, and closed tough doors, but it was all in His plan.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
What made you do a little happy dance today? Comment below!!
You are loved!
A few weeks ago I shared A little about my story of coming to Christ, (check out my last post!) and this last Sunday I was baptized. It was the most joyful day of my life. My younger brother and I had made the decision to get baptized a few weeks prior. Upon approaching the day, we were both so excited and nervous that we just couldn’t wait for the day to come!
We got to church that Sunday morning and the presence of the room was full of joy and peace. Bright and smiling faces all came together to take the next step in their faith. We got together in groups with pastors and prayed together. Prayer is so powerful and joy flooded the room.
We then lined up for the big moment. My feet hit the water, and I felt so overwhelmed by God’s presence that I couldn’t help but smile ear to ear. The pastor then said, “I baptize you in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit,” and it happened. The old is gone the new has come. I am MADE NEW. This was hands down the best moment of my life. The moment where I proclaimed to the world that it’s Christ I am living for. After I was baptized I walked off and turned around to watch my nine year old brother get baptized. It was such an emotional experience for me, and I could not be more proud of him. To experience this with him was so amazing. He came out of the water, lifted His hands to heaven and jumped for joy. God is good! Kids are the best.
Here’s a couple of verses I’ll leave you with:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Bless you all! You are loved!
This week I bought Rend Collectives album The Art of Celebration, and oh my goodness is it good. Every morning when I drive to school that CD is on repeat. Over the past year or so I have challenged myself to only listen to Christian music, and it has lead to worship filled car rides.
Fun fact: I bought my car from my grandparents and my grandma said to me, “Amber you’re recieving a car filled with worship and prayers.” How great is that. She has such a sweet heart and I adore her!
Anyways, to worship as I am going to school, or work, has brought so much joy to my life. To rise up in the morning praising, and spending time with the One who has given me this day is so powerful.
The song that I have been loving from the Rend Collective CD is “Joy.” It’s got such a great beat, but most importantly the words speak right to you! As the name of the song states, it’s about the joy that God gives us and speaks such truth. I tend to find myself complaining, or stressed and worried, but this song always reminds me to find joy is the rough times. This song is always playing in my head and brings a smile to my face. It’s a reminder to keep our eyes focused on all He is doing in us and through us. To smile because He is making all things new! Today I choose JOY!
Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious! Psalm 66:1-2
You are loved!
•Comment below what you are joyful for today & go check out Rend Collectives CD (you won’t regret it)•