the only thing that will ever remain

A shot I took of my dear friend’s hands after serving a summer in Haiti

I’ve been studying Beth Moore’s David A Heart Like His study. Following David’s journey through all the turmoil that pre-existed his reign, how God chose him, and His actual reign is BEYOND challenging. It’s funny how God shows up as I’m studying. I don’t know if any of you have felt this way, but sometimes I’m curious if I’m doing what God wants for me at every moment. Specifically, what to study in my quiet times. I have not had that question at all while studying this. For example, today I was reading 1 Samuel 19:9-18, which is all about Saul’s jealousy and anger toward David. Basically David was in God’s will completely. He was victorious in his battles and well..the dude had joy! Saul’s son Jonathan was right there with David, guarding him from Saul and keeping David safe. Saul’s anger boiled over to him trying to kill David. Jonathan loved David so much and was so in tune with him he constantly attempted to save David from his father, Saul. I like to think that Jonathan was an angel figure. Not literally…but the Spirit of the Lord was so strong in him he was constantly protecting David from harm.

Jonathan had the love of the Father in him. He constantly risked his life by telling David the secrets of Saul. Jon didn’t care at all, David was his soul  brother.

1 Samuel 18:1 “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”

I mean soul brother, literally. The love of the Father was in Him so fully, he risked his life. At the end of the insert written by Beth Moore she shared John 15:13. I looked up the full passage and the words I read blew me away.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. John 15:12-18

Let’s see how Christ loved..for starters, he bore the slurs and profanity that the people yelled at him while on the cross. He gave up his rights for the world’s freedom’s sake. He held back any harsh and cutting words as the very ones he was dying for tortured him. He saved the sinner that was next to him on the cross. He obeyed his Father. Challenging right? As I was thinking on all of these things, the song “One Thing Remains” begins to play on my iTunes. I love when God does that. It’s a little piece of assurance that this is reading this very passage learning about His very love.

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains

Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me
On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains

In death and in life I’m confident and covered by the power of your great love
My debt is paid there’s nothing that can separate my heart from your great love

Praise you, Father.

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I’m a bit biased..

 

..but I’m a mamma’s girl. Don’t misunderstand me, I adore my dad beyond explanation, but my mom..she is a part of my soul. Looking in past posts, the love for my mom is quite evident. When it comes to Mother’s Day I try to give her a gift or affection she deserves. The older I get the harder it gets to get her the perfect gift because when she needs something..she buys it. As I was thinking what to get her this past May, I KNEW it had to be something that would last longer than money. Photos. I contacted my good friend in the industry and in life, Kaylynn Marie, to schedule a mini-shoot. Prior to the shoot, I wanted her to feel completely spoiled so we both got our makeup done at Sephora. They did a phenomenal job! After being dolled up, we headed to downtown Baton Rouge for our photo-shoot and sushi date. The shoot was more fun than I could have even imagined. Kaylynn just captured us being us and did it perfectly.

Kaylynn always capture my best side, haha

um hello hot mamma!

off to eat sushi

Dear Brother;

Where to begin. I cannot believe you are 30 today. Heck, I cannot even believe that I’m already 20. Next thing we know we’ll be bunking in a nursing home somewhere reflecting on all we have put ourselves through.

When I look back on my childhood my greatest memories have you in them. I look back on the time you would put dad’s clothes on me and stuff me with every pillow in the house, then push me down and watch me helplessly try to get back up. I recall the times you would antagonize me until I ran after you, then you would ankle chop me with a pillow and knock me straight off my feet. I laugh when I think about many times the tickle monster would win so many battles.

 

I cherish the times you played backyard baseball with me or the times you would share teenage secrets to me even though I had no clue what any of them meant. You always included me and loved no matter our ten-year age difference. I was your biggest fan. You are my big brother and I would never replace you, not even if someone paid me:). We don’t alway see eye to eye, but at the end of the day I know I can count on a hug and a kiss from you.

 

I remember days that you would let me ride around with you jamming the latest rap songs. At 12, that meant the world to me. You included me in your life. Our wrestling matches were like none other. I give you all the credit for my strength and vigor while wrestling. I have so many scars from our countless matches..and I carry each one with pride.


 

You are the sole reason I have a phobia of spit. I thank you for that. I won’t elaborate on the time you dropped a spit bomb on me and I vomited everywhere (kinda just did), but hey you got what you deserved!

I love you with so much of my heart. You are and always have been such a great big brother. I look forward to growing old with you and watching our kids beat each other up just like we used to. Here’s to the past 30 years (I only remember 20 of those though)

love,

Sis

The Moseley gang {Family}

Meet my second family, the Moseley’s. This is just a small part of such a grand family. I love each one of them as if I had the same last name. Emily has been my best friend since freshmen year. With her i’ve experienced some of the fondest and exciting memories. We have shared so many hearty, straight-from-the-gut laugh and cry sessions. Her siblings and parents are very dear to my heart. I am so excited so give them these memories.

gotta have faith

instagram of the day!

What a beautiful day it was today. I started it out with a morning browsing and sampling at the Farmer’s Market with a dear friend. We ate crepes that were to..drool..for. If you know me, you probably already know that I chose the peanut butter, nutella, and banana crepe. You guys it was amazing. That breakfast should have been illegal it was so good. I wanted to stay outside all day so I opted to run the lake, plus those crepes were sitting quite heavily on these hips. I haven’t run the lake in several weeks. I get in workout fads then get bored with them easily. I’ve been doing to elliptical machine for 40 minutes while reading a book. Yeah, I said reading a book; it helps me concentrate!

To switch things up I chose to run today. It’s funny because I always pray before I run..during I run..and usually end the run in me walking in circles and expressing a charismatic thanks to Him (it’s actually quite comical). I dislike running and I’m surprised every time I actually finish running. It hurts my hips and thighs and makes all kinds of things transfer from my nose to my mouth..then to the ground. There is one thing I love though, crisp cold LA air. Weather like today doesn’t come around very often so I took advantage of it. I ran the 4 mile lake in about 35 minutes. Towards the last stretch of pavement, I started freaking out in my head and I wanted to stop. I began rapping whatever Lecrae song I was listening to but I still felt slow. I said a quick “Come on God push me” prayer. Immediately, my volume somehow jumped to full blast. It scared the mess out of me I jerked my arms forward and skipped a few steps. I looked totally spastic. Especially because nobody knew what had just happened. To the outsider I had just experienced the worst twitch of my life. I began laughing hysterically out of embarrassment and the irony of the situation. The jolt of adrenaline sent by that little prank God played on me allowed me to finish my run. When I finally reached my finish mark, I realized a runner and her three-legged dog were following me. Let me just say, If I would have stopped and a three-legged dog would have passed me up, I would totally veto the lake from my life. I would have felt like a total tool! If a three-legged dog can run 4 miles so can this two-legged human!

It’s funny because the lesson I learned today went right along with a passage I read for my quiet time. It comes out of James 1:2-4.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Endurance is key in almost anything in life. I would have stopped running because I felt slow or tired I would be jipping myself. I would have allowed myself to be a slave to my body. I don’t know what your view on running is but this girls counts it as trouble coming my way. It takes so much out of me just to walk out the door and get myself going. I know the pain and sweat, mentally and physically, that I have to go through, but I also remember how refreshing it is in the end. I feel like I’ve conquered the world. It shows my how faithful He is in the small things. He shows me such a powerful truth through such an everyday thing. I love it.

I hope you give yourself the chance to endure life’s troubles.