Saturday, July 27, 2019

When God Uses Us

My husband just recently returned home from a mission trip to Belize. I know most of the people on the team but one particular person, a young woman I do not know well, was on my heart. I prayed for her more than I did for anyone else on that trip. It was kind of weird since I really have only exchanged a few words with her. I didn't question it, I just prayed. 

When I picked my husband and a few others up from the airport I asked how this particular person did on the trip. They all quieted and my husband inquired about why I was asking. I told him that I had been praying for her. He said something about how God continued to show himself through this trip. 

It turns out this young woman and I have a lot in common. My husband shared a bit of my story with her and the team in response to her opening up, which I love because it just shows me that my husband understands how important I think it is for us to share our stories and share what God has done in our lives. We've got to plant seeds of hope when we can! 

The team encouraged her to talk with me. This hasn't happened yet, and I don't know if it will, but I am praying it does. God's divine hand is obvious in this story. How else would I have known to pray for this young woman I barely know? 

I'm praying this isn't the end of this story, but whether it is or isn't, I'm grateful I was obedient. We never know how God is going to use us and our story but we can always count on the fact that He will!

"For we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28

If you're struggling with parts of your story, if it's heavy and dark and hopeless, know that it won't stay that way. God does work all things together for good. There is light in the freedom of Christ. Our stories will not be wasted if we surrender them to God as a sacrifice, as something that doesn't belong to us but as something that is a tool to bring others to Christ. 
Friday, July 26, 2019

5 Things I Did When I Found Out I Was Pregnant

When that second line turned pink my whole body felt like it was glowing. I was so excited to take that pee stick and show Josh. His face lit up. He's always wanted to be a dad and have a family and he absolutely loves it. This is pregnancy #4 for us, and even though we know the darker side of how things can go, we're really excited about this journey God has us on. This is what I did when we found out baby #3 was on the way...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Family Photos + An Announcement

I felt a real urgency to get family photos taken a couple of weeks ago and it's probably because I wanted to document our family of 4 before we become a family of 5. That's right, we're expecting baby #3 in late February.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Date at The Den // Santa Ana, CA

Josh + I had the opportunity to go on a very long afternoon date the other day. We usually go on night dates but there was something about being out with the sun up. We went to The Den in downtown Santa Ana (formerly The Gypsy Den) to enjoy one of our favorite fancy coffees while having a mini budget meeting.