The Words That Surround Me.

I rarely talk about my full time job, but I spend a lot of time (at least 40 hours a week) in my little office. Most of the day is spent in front of a computer typing +80 page appraisal reports; I often describe myself as a technical writer. Sometimes the monotony gets to me, but I’m usually pretty content to spend my day in my own space surrounded by my choice of music & my own little trinkets & my post-its of quotes I adore.

And today I’m going to share my quotes with you. These words get me through the hours or the weeks or the months.

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What quote(s) do you post around the house or office? Do you have a motto or favorite?

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…I couldn’t resist.

 

God’s Work, Our Hands

This is going to be a crazy week for me (T-minus 9 days until I leave for the beach!), but to kick it off I spent my Sunday volunteering at a local animal shelter. For the third year in a row my church participated in God’s Work, Our Hands- the ELCA’s day of service.

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We had a light lunch on Sunday and then some folks headed to a wilderness preserve while others spent time with residents at a local nursing home. My group of volunteers headed to the local humane society to walk some dogs and spread love to the kitties. *Links to adoptable animals*

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Mom playing tug-o-war with Dale.

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Hunter spending some time with Mitch.

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Sam talking with Falco & cuddling Grazey.

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Mom petting Atticus, Allie following Lindy, & Mom keeping an eye on Beast.

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Kim & Mom giving Cleo some love.

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Ended the day with some pumpkin ice cream from Milk & Honey!

Shelters break my heart and I always come home ready to open my own. (It’s a dream of mine!) I love the excitement that spreads across the face of a dog when he realizes you’ve chosen him to take outside. Or when a cat suddenly melts into the palm of your hand because you spent an extra 5 minutes giving her some love. Say a little prayer that all our furry friends find their forever-homes really soon! (Not pictures but super loveable: Sashie, Grace, Tinsel, & Cheif!)

What did you do this Sunday? Have I ever mentioned that Sunday is my favorite day of the week? I was so exhausted last night (and grateful to have my dogs home and safe) that I curled up with Lylee and passed out in my hoodie and jeans! Oops!

**This week I will posting a link to my donation page for Erica for our JDRF Walk this weekend. Any donation helps (and prayers for a cure are always appreciated, too)! Donate HERE!

-Louise

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Faith & Church & Fellowship

I rarely blog about religion, but it’s been very heavy on my heart lately. I attend a church that is hurting & I feel like I have done everything I can to help heal, but the resistance in my church is very strong and I feel nothing but anger and distance when I walk through the doors on Sunday mornings.

I’ve prayed many time about my predicament- by feeling so distant from my church I know I am suffering in my relationship with God. Monday night, after our monthly church council meeting, I sat in my car and prayed about the conflict in my heart. Afterward I felt the need to ask Siri (on my iPhone) for a random Bible verse. This is what a got:

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21

Well dang. Sometimes God is a subtle man and sometimes He’s not. I’d say He was fairly straight forward with me Monday night.

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To be less vague, our church is comprised of very few millennial. Actually, there’s only a handful of folks under the age of 60. Some people see this as a problem and some do not. To attract a younger crowd there needs to be some change and, again, some people see this as a problem and some people do not.

The real problems lies within my own heart. I grew up in this church… but I am one of two left from my “generation.” I don’t feel fellowship, I don’t feel closer to God, I don’t feel anything. Sundays were once my favorite day but now they’re a bummer.

Over the last 5 years there has been a mass exodus from our church, so leaving wouldn’t be unheard of… but for a long time it was unthinkable for me. (Our family is deeply rooted in my church.) Now I just don’t know.

I’d like to blame someone, but there’s no one to blame. My anger has no target and that makes me even more frustrated. I know that K gets nothing from our church services and we’ve discussed the lack of child/youth opportunities that will one day strongly effect us.

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1 Corinthians 1:10

I feel like I’m not united in mind and thought with anyone right now. I’m craving fellowship and growth and just not finding it. Obviously I will continue to pray about it, but beyond that I am stuck. I’m not looking for resolution with this post; I just needed an outlet.

We all struggle with ourselves and our faith and our community- this is just a struggle that God will led me through. I have faith.

-Louise

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Grateful Heart: link-up

I have been waiting for this link up since Friday. Sometimes I let my heart get dark and jagged, and when I finally realize what’s happened it’s too late- I’ve already pricked someone.

Yesterday we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. He died for our sins. My sins. Sins like my prickly heart. And for that I am so grateful.

I am also trying to change. Laugh more, get angry less. Forgive more, envy less.

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This weekend I have been especially grateful for:

– my brother, who has the most forgiving heart

– my mother-in-law, who always tries to make things a little easier for my husband and me

– my husband, who accepts me on my good days and bad days

– my dogs, who shower me with endless love and adoration

– my God, who is forgiving and merciful and listens to my prayers and pleas

Starting this week with a clean and happy heart, and praying to end the week the same way 🙂

-Louise

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Happy Holy Week!

I will sum up my weekend by listing all for which I am grateful 🙂

– My husband staying safe during his late night travels all weekend
– My mom helping me paint our spare bedroom and it now looks PERFECT
– My parents stopping by the house last night to take care of the dogs
– My time and experiences in the drumline world giving me new friendships and confidence
– We are able to afford our house and groceries
– Helpful family members on K’s side offering to bring dishes to Easter (we’re hosting!)
– Jesus Christ dying for my sins

Starting this week with a grateful heart! What happened this weekend that you’re grateful for?

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 -Louise