Archive | May, 2012

Eat Seasonally: Sneak Peek

25 May

I’ve been getting more and more aware of what I eat these days. Did you know that it’s actually healthier and cheaper to eat fruits and veggies in their season (and bought locally)? That’s why some fruits will cost you an arm and a leg to buy sometimes and cheap at others. To make it easier to tell and to have a pretty print in the kitchen I’ve start working on an “Eat Seasonally” poster with hand painted gouache fruit and veggie illustrations. Here is a sneak peek:

Total there will probably be somewhere between 20-30 images. Practice makes perfect right? Also I’m debating between “Eat Seaonally” and “Eat Seasonably”. Any preferences?

Have a blessed Memorial weekend!


Circling God’s Promises in Prayer

14 May

I recently began reading Mark Batterson’s book, “The Circle Maker.” In it he talks about believing the promises God set in his word for us and having faith for them to happen in our lives by circling them in prayer.

Here are a few that I’ve begun to pray over myself and my future:

I’ve been dealing with a lot of worry and stress lately. To the point where I’ve had panic attacks. I’ve noticed an increase in anxiety. I’ll be going on about my day when all of a sudden I’ll have an increase heart beat and just the overwhelming feeling of fear. I’m praying Philippians 4 over me.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

A lot of those thoughts are over my health. I’m generally a pretty healthy person but in the world we live in it seems like disease lurks around the corner striking at our friends and family. I guess I’ve always be overly concerned but it’s gotten a bit crazy. I’m praying Ps 91 over me and my family.

For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

I have a handful of dreams I would really like to see come to be. I can’t express how much my heart desires to be married already, to start a family, to start working in ministry. We need God’s provision before we can reach this goal though. Meaning some jobs really need to open up. I’m praying Ps 50 over me and my boyfriend.

For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know ever bird on the mountain, and all the animals of the field are mine.

And as a general all encompassing promise I’m praying Ps 84.

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

I’ve set out the past two weeks with the goal to spend more time in prayer, circling the promises of God in my life and in others. Believing that we serve a God who is more then capable and bigger then any problem we may face. I’ll be honest it’s a daily battle to let this truth overcome fear. But I refuse to let fear cripple the hand of God in my life.

Not Yet, Not Never

7 May

It amazes me how God can reveal simple messages to us everyday in the smallest of ways. I’ve been praying for some things to come to fruit in my life. It’s a good thing. Not entirely selfish. Seems logical. But it hasn’t happened yet. I feel like this is a desire God placed in my heart long ago and it seems so close yet so far away. Sometimes I get doubtful and think well maybe it just isn’t going to happen. Other times the impatience is just so unbearable I think I will pop from anticipation.

The other day at work, my friend’s 5-yr old was at work. I was in my office talking to her when the little dude came in. He had found a ring pop and was wishfully asking his mom if he could have it then. The gleam in his eye was screaming please mommy I really want this but he was pretty quiet on the outside. She simply said, “No, you need to eat your food first.” He ran back into the other room crying and she walked to the door and said the one phrase that shouted out at me. “I didn’t say no, I said not now.”

How often do we take God’s “not now’s” to mean “no’s?” There are times when waiting is good. Even though our desires are for good and for God we must learn to wait upon his timing. The reason the little dude couldn’t have his ring pop then was because he needed to eat his meal first. He needed that nutrition first. There are things you need to learn and gather in your season of waiting. It’s definitely hard to be patient, but God has good in store for you.

“No good thing will He withhold from those who walk upright.” Ps 84:11

 In waiting we learn to trust God for his perfect will. Often we we act on impulse we miss a greater opportunity. We settle for less. God has much better things in his plans then we can even imagine.

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more then we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

God doesn’t exist in our idea of dimensions. He exists out of our knowledge of time and space. Take a minute to think of the wildest, most crazy impossible thing ever. God is more then that. You can’t touch the surface, you can’t even begin to imagine it. That’s pretty deep.