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Monday, January 26, 2015

Living Life More Abundantly

I'll admit it, I'm a slave to the funk. You know, the funk that this time of year tends to bring out in us. The winter blues, if you will. Blame it on the weather, blame it on the nightshift, blame it on whatever you want, but I'm a slave to it. Everything is cold, gray, and gloomy, including my mood. January hasn't been the best month so far, so I naturally cling to my yoga pants and my couch, choosing to spend my free time behind closed doors rather than enjoying His sunlight, His people, and His plans for me.


The Lord has really been convicting me on how I'm holding myself back from His joys, the goodness that He wants to pour out over us. I'm my own worst enemy, through my sinfulness, through my laziness, through my indifference.
"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Christ wants to give us a life full of happiness, full of laughter, full of goodness! This verse holds so much happy truth that it just makes my heart burst. But at the same time, I know this funk that I'm in is what John warns us of first--that the thief, that Satan, wants to steal and destroy. Steal my joy, destroy my relationships, steal the goodness that fills our lives. That's my choice--that's UP TO ME whether or not I let Satan control my mood or my outlook.

I've decided to make a more conscious effort to savor His goodness and His little joys in my life--things that brighten my mood, photos that inspire me, songs that stir my heart, and so forth. Living life more abundantly starts with me, and it starts today. 

He's been pouring out His goodness on me lately and I want to share a few little tidbits with you today. 

I've never been a morning person, but the Lord has been waking me up a little earlier lately and I can't say that I hate it. I like having a slow start, sweet time with Jesus and coffee without the rush of the morning hustle. There's something wonderful about morning time. 


This past Saturday morning brought a calligraphy workshop that I've been looking forward to for so long! God has a sense of humor and coincidentally arranged it--Rachel texted me and encouraged me to come, but days after I had already signed up for it. She recruited Lauren and Jenni to come too, and it became an impromptu blogger meet up! 


I've prayed for a long time that the Lord would surround me with godly women, friends who uplift and encourage as a normal part of the day, women who are filled with joy and gladness because of what the Lord is doing in our lives. Walking into the calligraphy workshop solidified these prayers--I've "known" these girls for a while through our blogs, but to truly get to know them in person was such a blessing. It was as if we'd been friends for years; our day was filled with laughter and life talks and so much joy. Just what my heart needed!


There's something about handlettering that thrills my creative heart. I can't wait to see where this little hobby takes me. I've prayed for God to help me cultivate my creativity, and I'm already enjoying the fruits of my practice. His glorious grace!


Even through this "funk" that I've been in, I'm choosing to live life more abundantly, through the little moments and the big. I hope you'll do the same, sweet friend. Here's to a wonderful week ahead of us! Xoxo

22 comments:

  1. beautiful post! becoming a morning person is one of my goals for this year-- great job and so glad you are liking it. your calligraphy is amazing- i signed up for a modern calligraphy class and am excited to explore!! you did awesome. hope the funk ends soon!!! xo

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  2. I have been in that funk recently too. I've been praying for a godly women in my life too. I feel like I have been surrounded by people who want to bring me down and left them up. I have recently come to realization that it is my choice on what I want. I choose to be happy. I have been wanting to do calligraphy for so long. How was it?

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  3. Wait. This writing melts me to bits and you met EVERYONE and holy. Girl. Shake that funk and get on with your gloriousness.

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  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU Rachel!! Saturday was a day where my heart was so fulfilled. I have also prayed for friends just like you all. Blogging has been such a blessing :) Enjoy your day today and go outside for some sunshine! That always makes things better :)

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  5. Now we have to plan a meetup with you lady!!

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  6. Stop It! That lettering is gorgeous!!
    LOVED this weekend & I can't wait to come see YOU in MISSISSIPPI!! OR another meet-up will do! :)
    xoxo

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  7. Love this!! So happy y'all got to have such a special day!! YAY!

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  8. I love how you share you're heart. Even though you are (so much) younger than me, I feel like we are alike in a lot of ways. My funk always comes either right before or after Christmas. I'm not sure why - maybe it's all the excitement leading up to Christmas. At any rate, I was thinking about it before the holidays and I just determined that even if I felt that way, I wasn't going to "hole up" in the house. My sweet husband even unknowingly helped in this process. He is typically a homebody but several times he suggested we go do something, even if it was riding around downtown on a pretty day. I did things "differently". My weekend usually consists of grocery shopping on Friday night, house cleaning on Saturday and laundry on Sunday after church. I didn't necessarily do things as usual during the holidays. My daughter is leaving soon for college and we are being especially intentional about our time with her.


    I say all this to say that I can only think of two days over the past three months that I really felt the "funk" pressing in on me. I realize that it is a spirit of oppression from Satan and we have to pray it away and be intentional not to fall prey to it.

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  9. God is so good! I'm so glad for you that he's brought other women with similar hearts to you. The older I get, the more important I realize it is to have godly women in my life.

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  10. HELLO! Please teach me and get out of your FUNK! Let's have a coffee date next week! :)

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  11. I would love that--we have to stop saying that and actually DO it! I work Tues-Thurs though, so it'll have to be Monday, maybe?

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  12. It makes ALL the difference, don't you think? My parents always talked about the "company we keep" and how it affects us, and of course, as a teenager, I didn't believe them. But oh how true it is...I see that now in my mood and emotions and reactions when I surround myself with people who uplift and encourage, who bring out the good in me. We are blessed!

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  13. Not SO much younger than you, silly :) We are so much alike and that's why I always love reading your comments. I think Christmas is wonderful but then the days and weeks after are just blah and somewhat of a letdown...I totally understand that. It makes all the difference in the world to just say yes to getting out of the house. I totally believe that Satan preys on us who deal with this "funk" and I am just thankful that the Lord promises us life more abundant...I keep repeating it to myself, reminding myself of His goodness!

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  14. We had SUCH A BLAST! I hope you'll do another one, maybe one with colors or metallics or helping us find our "style"...it was just the best morning. It was so fun to get to meet you too! Thanks for hosting us, friend!

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  15. YES YES come to Mississippi now! I would just LOVE that. I still can't believe you're SO CLOSE to us! AH! Had such a fun time and cannot wait to do it all over again :)

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  16. Blogging really IS such a blessing. It can definitely have its downside every now and then, but my goodness, the Lord has just blessed this space and created such a community that I never realized was possible! I still just can't get over how comfortable we all were together. You never would've guessed that we just met in real life for the first time. God is so good. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU soon!

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  17. You. are. my. favorite. Have I told you that lately? I don't think I have. Shaking off the "funk" and getting on with life...there's too much joy to miss out on. COME TO THE SOUTH now, please and thank you.

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  18. I totally agree, girl. It really is OUR choice and the Lord opens those doors for us constantly, we just don't even realize it. Choose joy and choose His goodness today, sister! Calligraphy class was SO fun...I've always been a doodler and drawer, so it was right up my alley. I can't wait to keep practicing!

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  19. Modern calligraphy is SO gorgeous to me and such a fun way to express ourselves. Becoming a morning person is on my list too, let's see if I can accomplish it :)

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  20. Bless your heart...you are THE SWEETEST! Have a great day!

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  21. You girls all look so cute, and I love that you are able to get through this "funk" and enjoy life with other sweet friends! It's so hard to do in such a gloomy time of year.

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