Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I'm not one to really call myself an adventurer. I don't have a desire to climb mountains, swim with sharks or even travel the globe, but I do have a desire to explore two-land roads, and take less-traveled paths in the woods. Maybe I don't those are the adventures. To look for the simple opportunities that others may miss..
It may not seem like much of an adventure, but tomorrow I begin a new job. I've begun new jobs before. I've worked since I was 14 and have held 6 jobs during that time - some of the time working two jobs. But tomorrow, is a brand new environment for me! Tomorrow, I start work in a hair salon.
For anyone who knows me, this is possibly humorous. I have two hairstyles - messy bun thing, or down. 4 if you include straight or curled with curling iron. I put my makeup on in the car, when I put it on. I've never understood the point of multiple makeup brushes (but I'm willing to listen!) and I prefer comfy over put together every day.
So to realize that I'm about to start work in a hair salon where my hair must be styled, makeup done, and dressed cute and fashionably (but all black) is quite an adventure for me! It's the first time I won't have my own desk or cubical. But I'm excited! Because it's also a chance for me to help build an already incredible salon into something more awesome! It's a chance to use my organizational, administrative skills so that the stylists can focus on their skills and together we can excel! I'm giddy to start and it's crazy! I'm thrilled that God is not limited to our boxes we create. I love that He thinks bigger and broader. I love that this is my new job - not because I sought it out, but because God ordained it all so perfectly that I can't help but imagine that something cool will come from this!
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sometimes life kicks you in the tail. This has been March. It's been full of traveling (read quick trips that last less than 24 hours in the "final destination"), meetings of all varieties, new opportunities, late nights, baking - you name it, it's probably been on March's to-do list. And I'm tired. April, for now, only has a couple things on the calendar and I hope to keep it that way!
The one thing I keep thinking though is what all this busyness translates into - friendships. For years, Andy and I have longed for friendships! We've longed for drop-in friends, go out to dinner friends, girls night out friends, guys night out friends - you know, good, quality, livin-life-together friends. That's not to say we didn't have some in Florida. We did, and those couple of people we clung to for dear life. But now! Now we see the Lord's faithfulness in providing us sweet friendships and restoring the years the locusts have eaten! (Joel 1 & 2 if you don't understand the reference)
Maybe you're in the desert right now without a person to text randomly in the morning where the entire conversation consists solely of dumb #hashtags. Maybe you don't have someone who texts you out of the blue just to say hey. Maybe you don't have the friends who can commiserate about your financial situation and then remind you that people don't look at your bank account and instead see a couple in love, a family that is God-honoring, and a home full of love and laughter. Maybe, just maybe, you're beginning to give up hope that these friendships could even exist because you've been friend-less for so long.
Don't give up! For years, we have prayed and it's amazing to see God answering with friend after friend that meets our longings! Pray! Cry out to God and tell Him the desires of His heart. He is faithful!! So as I'm busy and tired and juggling my schedule, I'm also thankful. Because my crazy schedule means I have friends. My crazy schedule is a testimony of God's unfailing love.
Posted by Rachel at 10:30 PM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
"What're you waiting for? I dunno! Something amazing I guess!"
Posted by Rachel at 9:25 AM
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Today I'm thankful for...
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Monday, February 3, 2014
Starbucks has been my safe haven since I could drive. It's the place I go to think, to write, to dream, to study, to detox, to calm down, to get to know friends better, to draw close to Jesus, to observe, and more.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Today was a momentous day. Not because of something great, but rather some serious disappointment. The actual situation doesn't matter, but what matters is for the first time I let Reed down. Not myself in my lofty expectations...but I realistically let Reed down.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
When you think of hospitality do you think of women in your church who wear matching shirts or aprons and say hi to people as they enter a women's ministry event?
Perhaps you think of a hospitality table or tent at an event - that place that provides information and assistance on where to go, the things offered, etc.
Or maybe it is simply a word you don't think of. There's a
trend pattern I've been noticing in people - especially us married women. (And before I go here, I realize not everyone is this way. I realize some people excel at the things I'm about to talk on.) We seem to forget how much we need friends. We know our kids need friends so we have play dates, and as a result our friends are the parents of our child's friends. Or we acknowledge our need for friends, but do nothing to engage in purposeful time with them. We say hi to them as we pass in the hallways at church, uttering that all too familiar phrase "lets get together soon!". It comes from a sincere place, but frankly it probably won't happen. Because there's soccer (or volleyball, track, football, cheer, dance, puppetry, invisible swimming or any other possible extracurricular we can have our kids in), homework, work, projects on the house, cleaning the house, etc. Or maybe for us younger moms our lives are dominated by feeding schedules, nap times, bed times, squeezing in a bath and teeth brushing (seriously, no one gets both of those done on the same day right?!?! or am I alone?) and then finally settling in with the hubs to share a few moments of silence before we crash into the pillow and start the day again - when do we have time for girls nights or even lunch?
We're busy. I get it. I am too! However, it's time to do something about it.
- Thomas Disch
Maybe that's the key. To see relationships where none exist. For instance, in a week a friend of mine is coming over on a Saturday and is helping me declutter our guest room/office before my inlaws come in town. It's going to be messy and a true insight into the "clean" house she's seen several times before. But she will be a third party ruthless purger and I need that. So I'm letting down my pride and letting my friend in. It'll be quality time spent with, I'm sure, lots of laughter. Cleaning my clutter and working on a friendship - a relationship where none should exist. But it works!
Another friend and I have run errands around town before, kids in tow - mundane,
Or perhaps we need to get serious about our homes. We have these homes that we stress over keeping clean, that we decorate just so, that we spend time in - why not show it off? Even if the floor is dirty or the dishes aren't clean. Maybe we just need to invite people over - whether we have tons in common or not. What's the harm in having them once?
This is something Andy and I take pretty serious. That sounds silly - having people over and throwing parties really is serious business for us though. That's ultimately why we have a guest book at our entry way. It's two-fold: 1) it's fun! but 2) it keeps us accountable - if it's been a while since we've had people, or if its the same people that book serves a reminder to
Rereading this I wonder if this blog is all over the place...or if it sounds like I'm bragging. I'm not trying to. I fail miserably at friendships and creativity within those. I've let good friends fall by the wayside from time to time. But I am passionate about it!
We must get creative. Read the Bible - look at the lives of the disciples and the early church. The coolest thing that sticks out to me? They lived LIFE together. Not just fun exciting things. They faced hardships together. They went to wedding and parties together. They fished (grocery shopped?) together. They read God's word together. They didn't just get together for an organized Bible Study or fun event. They didn't wave at each other or only talk about their kids. They lived life together.
That's what hospitality looks like I think. That's what discipleship, evangelism, ministry, and at the base of it all Christ looks like. The ability to see relationships where none exist. There is no time like the present. We can do it. We as moms of munchkins or empty nesters. We as women, working or stay at home. Carve out time...whether it's 10 minutes dropping off cookies unexpectedly, an hour of pb & j lunches in your messy house, or 5 hour game nights. Let's get intentional. Let's get creative. Let's revolutionize friendships in our busy lives!