Seasons of Change

Change is inevitable. It’s not always bad, nor good. But it always happens.

A friend once told me that my life was like a movie. And now I see what she means. My life has changed crazily and rapidly. In one year, I went from a 4-H homeschool girl with big dreams and plenty of time for adventures to a run-from-class-to-class college student juggling two jobs.

But the dreams are still there.

Dreams of traveling the world with a pen and paper, the wind in your face and sun on your hair. Of early mornings in the garden with coffee, and late nights on the porch rocker watching the starts come out. Of sleeping on the beach and hiking in the mountain. Of getting the last paragraph typed.

I had this dream my life would be.

And so I’ve let go of my lifeguard job so I could have more time to start my little business and more time to write. Time. Every time I’ve let go of something to free myself up, I’ve looked back and wondered how I lived through that season.

And that’s life.

The real and the messy. The mud, blood, and tears.

Well, not too much blood. So far my worst injury was shooting myself with a nail gun and I aim to keep it that way. So let’s hope my aim is better.

Here’s to the raw.

I cried last night. And have lately…a lot. With everything swirling out of your control, sometimes the weight of the world seems upon you. But it’s not. And it’s under His control.

Isn’t it so awesome that our God never changes?

Be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Ruth Cye Jones
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March Highlights

03/25/19

Did someone say spring?

Yes! I did.

Haha, yes I know that was a lame joke.

I’m so thrilled that spring break is here, and I only have 5 weeks left at school! . . . .then 2 free weeks before summer semester starts……

But for now, FREEDOM!

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04/15/19

Then I ended up covering shifts but it’s all good.

So here’s my March highlights now I’m finally above the waters a bit.

It’s finally warming up, so between classes we go out on the beach! My college campus is conveniently located on the shores of lake Coeur d’Alene.

I chaperoned at a youth retreat in Montana where I snapped this pic at an old phone booth of the highway. We climbed up the buttes behind the campus in snow a few feet deep for some fun. 

This YMCA office has been my homework place lately during my breaks. Which I actually should be doing at the moment since I got an assignment due. Until next time, cheers!

February Highlights

I picked my college degree focus!

Well, I picked two actually: Journalism and photography.

And this is the girl who was never going to go to college. Hahahaha

I started out attending school last fall, with the intention of taking only English classes so I could better my writing skills. I ended up taking English and joining a choir. (I thought I was just signing up for voice lessons, haha.)

And then….

I thought college was kinda cool

….and I found out I only needed to take one math class to compete a degree.

Fun Fact: I hate math.

So,

I decided to get an AA.

Originally, I was going to go for English. But then my adviser enrolled me in a journalism class that I ended up loving. And I realized I didn’t like the English program.

After some research, I found out with only 4 more classes, so one semester, I could add an AA in photography, too.

So let’s hope I get through college soon so I have more time for writing.

This wasn’t a regular monthly highlight. But, that’s cause all I’ve done this month is work and school.

But here’s a photo of my latest toy I borrowed from the journalism department. Pretty soon you should start seeing some shots. Let’s hope I’m a natural 🙂

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would like to point out that my Converse are pretty sweet, too

10 Fun (and random) Facts About Me

1. I’m studying in college for a journalism and a photography AA. I’m super crazy about grades and will do all extra credit work. My plan is to go to school over the summer so I can get done faster, but online so I can work more hours (although I’m already pretty much full-time). If you asked me what I looked forward to most each day I’d tell you bedtime. (I know I’ve become so boring.)

2. I’ve become a shoe freak over the last couple years. I just got a pair of checkerboard vans I’m in love with (swoon). I love skateboard shoes and sneakers! But no heels! I actually just bought my first pair of heels today because I needed black shoes for my choir concert and they were the cheapest shoes at the thrift shop. I’m throwing them out directly after the concert. Who invented such painful flimsy contraptions?

3. I waitress at a Mexican restaurant and lifeguard at the YMCA. I love both my jobs and I think they’re pretty cool. One of my bucket list items is to work as many different odd jobs as possible, so I’d like to add the ski resort this winter.

4. Right now my favorite TV shows are When Calls the Heart and Liv & Maddie. My all-time favorite is Bonanza! (Cause Candy is the best!)

5. I LOVE the Canadian Anne of Green Gables! I could do an Anne marathon any night! (Well, any night I wasn’t at work or had homework due…)

6. My style…..I love jeans and a sweatshirt. And if I’m home its sweatpants. In summer I run in T-shirts and swim shorts.

7. I try to be creative but often fail. I was going to buy a cute daily planner to journal and sketch in but I opted out for the cheap $2 one in the end, which was a good decision because all I fill it with is to-do lists.

8. I think it would be super fun to run an old-fashioned 1940s ice cream parlor.

9. I plan to work on a cruise ship when I finish up college, so I can “see the world.”

10. When I get enough funds, I plan to build the “Ponderosa.” (That super cool ranch in Bonanza.) I realllllly want a bunkhouse. Then I can host retreats.

November-January Highlights

Hi friends! Sorry it took me so long to get this post out. Life has been super busy lately and I had to fly out of state for some family business. Here’s a recap of my last couple of months.

YMCA

I got a 2nd job life-guarding at the YMCA. I really enjoyed the course because I’ve always thought First Aid was interesting. It’ll also help me when I write about my character who lifeguards in an upcoming book :).

Ski Resort

I had a blast skiing at the local ski resort. I plan to try snowboarding next, so we’ll see how that goes. 🙂

I also had another choir concert, started back up with school, bleached my hair a little lighter, and got braces. It’s been a busy past few months. 🙂

October/November Highlights

Well, look at the time fly!

Here’s my October/November Highlights!

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This ride ran backward for the Scarywood theme

My girls and I went to Scarywood Theme Park for an awesome night of screaming and rides.

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I performed at my first college choir concert.

choir concert
NIC Chamber Choir

I wrote my first article, Counting it All Joy for Refresh! Women’s Leadership Newsletter from Partners International. 

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I was so thrilled to have a reason to put my hair in a Roman lady updo. And the braid is real 🙂

I dressed up as a Roman lady for the church Harvest Carnival where I helped out with face painting.

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Squad at the church Harvest Carnival

I sent my article off to theRebelution.com  to have it published. (Link and info to follow.)

and then……..

WE GOT SNOW!!!

Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!


"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!"
                                                                               1 Chronicles 16:34
                                     

Counting it All Joy

  Counting it All Joy – By Hannah Loviisa

Tears. I flittered around a bit while considering what I should write about until one topic brought tears to my eyes. And that topic is tears. We look all around us and observe and experience sorrow. Why do we have trials when we pray for blessings? Is God is looking out for our best interests? When will all this suffering end?

We all ask these questions when our lives seem to be covered with shadows. We all look for answers to our hearts’ cries. We don’t always have them. God doesn’t reveal all the answers to us. But there are some truths he does reveal.

Christians suffer

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12                                         

Suffering will come to the Christ-follower. Christians don’t get to escape the consequences of the fall. From the moment we enter the world we are firmly in its grip.

Suffering is purposeful 

“…but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Rom 5:3b-4

If suffering isn’t meaningless, then what is its purpose? We tend to focus on ourselves, so let’s do that. How does suffering benefit me?

Suffering strengthens our faith. I find that the times where we grow most spiritually are the times when we suffer most. Perhaps it is because our faith is being tested.

Suffering also grows our relationship with God.

“…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…” Philippians 3:10                                                               

When I look back at times in my life when I have experienced suffering, I can see how it has enhanced my relationship with God. Because during those times I most strongly and actively sought a relationship with Him, especially through my prayer life. Do we not pray most when we are the most desperate? When things go wrong, the worldly things seem to fade away and we look to our Savior for our comfort in this life. How much greater would our relationship be with our Father if we always reached out to Him with that same longing and desire?

Suffering also encourages other Christians. If we have experienced suffering, we can be of better encouragement to other Christians to be faithful throughout their own trials. We can be a witness to the world when they see that we suffer differently. We suffer with hope. That suffering reminds us that this world is not our home. Trust in your Creator because He is faithful to bring the good work He has begun in you to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Christian suffering can glorify God

“…you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith… may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 1:6b-7

Suffering wasn’t what God intended for us but it is part of His plan for our life, and His plan is not meaningless. We were created for a purpose, and that purpose was to glorify God. So what about in the midst of our suffering?

“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” 1 Peter 4:16

This is how we glorify God through trials; we show that He is more precious to us than anything in this world, even our own lives. And that means that while all else may get taken from us, we still rejoice because our greatest treasure, our source of joy, our glorious Author and Finisher of our salvation, will never forsake us.

The Good News

Jesus has conquered death. He suffered what we could not. He took our sins upon Himself when He died on the cross in our place and rose again victorious. Christ was the ultimate Sacrifice, the triumphant Sufferer, so that through Him we can overcome death. And the suffering will end when Jesus comes back.

Until then, we fight the good fight! We press on. The Christian can endure anything because Christ has accomplished everything. (Philippians 4:13) We have a unique opportunity to glorify God in the midst of our pain, and look forward to the day where we may, without the limitations of sin, enjoy Him forever in the place He has prepared for us.

So finally, rejoice because JESUS is ENOUGH!

Previously published on Refresh! Women’s Leadership Newsletter from Partners International.