Tuesday, May 20, 2014

When I write I speak + A Faithful Passion

When I write I speak. 
No I mean literally some of my posts are just me talking (with a few edits). "A" often does this as his hands are busy doing other things and he can't use both of them to text or type. He pushes the microphone button on his iPhone and speaks out his text messages. I tried it about a month ago and it was amazing. (For those of you that have been using it for years, I'm late to the party I know)  Sometimes when I cannot type out my thoughts as I want to say them, I speak them. It's kind of amazing how far technology has come, translating the sound of my voice into a typed paragraph, substance in front of my eyes.

There's quite a few amazing things that are going on in my life right now. To some they may seem miniscule but truly understanding the importance in the little things gives you life.

one. My house is a mess. A pigsty is what my mom would call it back when I was younger and my room looked like a tornado hit it. I am currently in the process of moving while selling furniture and decor (local and interested? send me an e-mail). Downsizing to save and have more in the future. But I am living in the middle of chaos right now. Not organized chaos, well, I guess semi-organized chaos.
On Sunday, I walked down my hallway, bags and boxes on each side of me and in front of me. But I had a smile on my face. I have never felt how happy I am right now. Every other time I have moved, I have dreaded it. Irritable and mad the entire time, throwing thing in boxes, yelling, practically pulling my hair out. But this time it is different. I have peace. I am not my situation. I can do all things. I control my outlook on life. I know that better things are to come and this is the process.

two. Communication. I thank God for helping me to communicate to "A." Although, I am not always convinced he hears me (LOL), I am thankful that we can have open lines of communications and talk to each other about everything. I am also thankful that God helps us deal with each other. I know every once and in a while -HAHA- I am hard to live with or deal with. But we pick up on each other's cues and give space when necessary. I was listening to a talk radio show this morning and a man that had been married 32 years said communication was the best advice he could give newlyweds. I thank God that I can be completely honest with "A" when it hurts and I can be honest with myself when it doesn't feel so good either. Although we have been together almost 6 years, I know this is just the start and I thank Him through it all.

three. Healing. I thank Jesus for healing in all areas of my life. I am on a journey of faith and healing in my body. For those of you who do not know, I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2006. There were times that I had thoughts of depression and pain because of this. I am doing very well, but days when my body does not cooperate with me it was hard to keep going. Christ has truly strengthened me in who He is, what He has for me, and who I am in Him. I am thankful for this.

four. Baby Grace. My first doctor's appt when I was pregnant with baby Grace I was worried. The doctors told me that because of the medication I was on that my baby could be affected and there could be birth defects. My OB and Rheumatologist argued about what the right thing to do was. I was scheduled to see a specialist and genetic counselor for my pregnancy to let me know all risks associated with my health and my baby girl. I remember leaving the doctor's appt and pulling the car over and crying. Me and "A." And I remember God shining a light through "A" in that moment. "A" told me that all we could do was trust in God. I knew He was right. The next week all of the testing came back from the specialist and we were told that I was in such a low risk, and my health looked spectacular that I could go to a normal OB. I was told they would still monitor things and my daughter was born in January as a healthy 7lb 7oz baby. I am sooooo thankful for that.

five. Treasure Tuesdays. A new feature I am going to be doing on my blog, hoping to do this each week starting next week. I am going to taking a journey of health and wellness. I have found that sometimes when I want to exercise there are things that I physically cannot do based on my joint pain or discomfort. I am going to begin a journey in finding out treasures in God's word, as well as what works with my body for exercise and food that I eat and how that translates into good or bad for my body. I have a book my dear friend, Ashley, bought me - Foods that Heal. I will take a dive into this following God's spirit and plan and each week I will share something with you on my journey. I am hoping to build a sense of community for those that can relate and for those that cannot - help to build a bridge of understanding, built with love.

Speaking of treasures.. 
I have a pretty lovely lady I would love to introduce you all to, Ashley.
She is a lovely sponsor this month and her blog, A Faithful Passion, is adorable. I love how honest she is in her posts and that she has great posts that are encouraging and insightful!

Hey, I'm Ashley! 
25, single, Texas girl. Even though I went to school in Arkansas, graduated from University of Arkansas in Little Rock 2012, I still was a Texan at heart. I'm an overall girly girl and lover of flowers. I enjoy reading, writing, thinking, and working out/yoga. My blog is centered around my lifestyle which includes my strong faith in God, my everyday experiences in life, and many newfound things. A Faithful Passion is still considered a baby, she was started April 2014, but I'm loving the direction it's going! I'm blessed to have been able to start this blog to share issues, thoughts, and just everyday laughs with amazing people. 

What made you start writing?
I've found it easier to express myself when I write and God placed on my heart to start a blog. I've always seen them but never gave it any thought until a couple of months ago so I stepped out on faith and it has been one of the best decisions ever!

Give us THREE words that others use to describe you.
 Strong, Considerate, Intelligent

What is your absolute favorite food? 
Guacamole dip w/chips. I can eat that every day! I love to add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, & jalapenos.

Favorite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon?
Catch up on my recorded shows during the week, workout, and lounge around or hang out with friends.

What is one thing your journey with Christ has taught you?
Never to lose faith in Him no matter my circumstances. I constantly remind myself that there is better I just have to believe and be faithful to Him. Living for Him on Earth gives me pleasure to know I will live an eternal life

Now here's a few favorite reads from Ashley's blog arsenal - make sure to check them out!

Have a great day!
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  1. Baby Grace is soooo cute!! Congratulations! It's clearly been TOO long since I've been in blog world, cause this is my first time seeing her!

  2. What a lovely post. So honest. It's nice to see people focusing on the positive things in their life. My husband and I sold our first home, after only living in it for a little over a year, because it didn't feel right, and we knew we were meant to be on a different path. While to some, it may have seemed we were taking a step back, we felt we took a huge leap forward! I wish you luck on your journey!

  3. Lovely post. And thanks for introducing a new blogger to follow :) I will have to try the talk to text option out.


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