Beautiful Dallas Morning

Good morning everyone! Today is going to be absolutely beautiful!! I’m having a little cup of coffee before a morning walk with my Mom. Why is spring so perfect? seriously?? It is so gorgeous and my FAVORITE time of the year. Everything is alive and blossoming. When I grow up I need to find a forever spring kind of place to live. Sunshine all the time. This week I have been pretending like I’m done with school which is probably a terrible idea for when I dive back into finals this next week….ew. BUT I can almost taste summer, especially mornings like this one. I am so thankful for my time at home to recharge and just be. My family is the greatest part of my life so I love being with them…missing Whitney though:) It’s going to be a great weekend!

I hope this weekend you get out and enjoy yourself! Head to a park, see a play, go swimming, just do something for YOU! 🙂

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Daily Disciplines

It’s taken me a while to really grasp that it’s ALREADY April? Where has the time gone? April is my favorite month. So much coming up and the promise of summer is finally here. Time to buckle down and get ready for a great summer. I have lots of goals to reach Summer 2012:) From the number of books I want to read to the number of miles I plan on running. It’s going to be a great summer.

I can look back on different times of my life and think, “Wow, I was really disciplined then! What happened?” And then I’ll try to answer the latter. Well, I got injured from running so much, I let my portion size get to big, it was easier to get up early then, I liked my old devotional book more, I had more time, less classes, or I just stopped caring! I see a trend. Excuses.

I recently had a quiet time that really hit home, it said that we often look back on times when God was “really moving”, or he was really present “back then.” Back then??? Where is he now? I know that answer but sometimes it’s so hard to get out from behind this wall we place up between Him and us.My hope for this week is to renew old disciplines and continue to live the life I am called to live. Happiness, goals, joy, passion, friendship, hope, peace and freedom are all available to you! You just need to reach out and grab them.

“If you feel far from God…who moved?”

If you know me or follow my posts often you’ll know how much I LOVE a beautiful spring day, (or better yet a SUMMER day!) How adorable is this guy?? I LOVE spring!!!

*SPECIAL* Guest Post by Lindsay Cash

SO thankful for these sweet words by Lindsay Cash, a dear friend of mine and one of my many rolemodels I have been blessed to watch and attempt to mimic at Baylor:) I am thankful for her taking the time to share with us ALL that is going on with her in New York…Can’t lie, reading this I became so envious of this time in her life! I’m so happy for you Lindsay!

Be sure to check out her blog [HERE] or TWEET HER [HERE] and you can also see [HERE] my guest blog!

HELLOOOOO to the friends and fellow appreciate-rs of Emily! I am so thankful for her giving me space to write on such a sweet site! I’m Lindsay Cash, and a second-semester senior – WHAAAAT – at Baylor with Emily! I’m not actually there though – for my final semester, I’m working and studying in NYC! It’s truly a different world up here – and it’s so easy to become wrapped up in it all!

Here are a few things I’ve learned about NYC and the people in the past two-ish months:

–       The people are NICE! I’m happily shattering the reputation for NYC-ers. I work at Madison Square Garden (http://www.msg.com/) , the craziest sports arena in the world, and my supervisors and fellow interns would stop and do anything for me if I needed it. LOVE the people.

–       So close, but so far. I can stare out my window from Queens into Manhattan and see my destination. A 15-minute walk to the subway/25-minute subway ride/8-minute subway transfer/12-minute walk to destination later… FINALLY there. Loving the exercise!

–       Flats or die. If I see ANYONE in the streets with heels on, I raise my fist in the air. Get it girl, cause I sure can’t. Thankful my friends talked me into getting a solid pair of flats – Shout out to Tory – couldn’t survive without ‘em!

–       Didn’t even flinch… Yeah, it’s pretty much impossible to shock people here. NYC is THE biggest melting pot ON EARTH – everywhere you look, you see the most outrageous person, outfit, store or museum. Then as you’re walking away in amazement, you see something else surpassing that. Truly, there’s never a dull moment!

–       What is personal space? There’s just NOT any! People. Everywhere. Every subway cart is stuffed to the brim; every restaurant packed (at every hour), every street corner, every coffee shop… So many people, with so many stories. Once you choose to embrace it, it’s a beautiful reality.

 (View from my apt!)

These are the hilarious encounters of NYC so far. But beyond walking these streets, working at MSG, spending time with my roommates, and time spent studying, the most important concept I’ve learned is a little three word command: “Abide in Me”.

New York City is: cutting-edge, cosmopolitan, imposing, strong, cold, bustling, daunting, thriving, overwhelming, diverse, crowded, sleepless and indescribable all at the same time. I knew I would be living here almost 9 months in advance to my move.  And up until the day I got on the NYC-bound airplane, I told myself I will remain true to myself. I won’t let the city change me; I won’t let society turn me into stone.

I, I, I, me, me, me! Such a common thread in this city! There are 9 million of us squished into a tiny island!… All of us competing, branding ourselves and putting our best foot forward every second of every day. Sounds like a cakewalk, right? Imagine the most stressful day of your life – then cram it into one hour. That is reality here. So who am I to stand up to NYC – or anywhere for that matter – and fight? What strength do I have on my own? It doesn’t matter that I’m in the college-to-real-life transition: whoever you are, wherever you are, you can’t take on this life alone.

John 15:4 – Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Apart from Jesus, we are fruitless. My time in New York has shown me this truth in the clearest form I’ve ever seen. As a Christian, my (our) job is to abide, despite the world saying our job is to strive. When we realize that abiding in Him is our ultimate and utmost important calling on earth – the blessings and peace of His mercy is painted all over our lives.

P.S. – Currently reading: Radical by David Platt (for the 2nd time)… Definitely encourage you to get your hands on a copy! One of my favorite quotes:

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.”

Back @ Baylor

I am SO HAPPY to be back! God has completely answered my prayers about giving me a love for this place. After an amazing summer in pretty much polar opposite cities to Waco, I was worried I wouldn’t be too thrilled about being back but now that I am here it has been AMAZING! I love catching up with everyone and can already tell this is going to be one of the best semesters EVER! I am praying for great things to happen in my life and that God would guide me this year. I am fulfilled in Him.

One of the greatest things about being back was redoing my room! I didn’t get complete new bedding or furniture I just took out a few pieces and added some as well. New shams on the pillows, new rug and then rearranged my room! It feels so fresh and SO much bigger now! I have gotten into a great habit of keeping my rooms (Dallas, and Waco) really clean and I doubt this semester will be any different. I am strangely quite the neat freak!

This is a picture of the dresser that my Mom and I painted before my sophomore year. The lovely Leah Berlin hooked me up with it since she was getting a new one for Tori, this is the family I nannied for. When I got it, the dresser was white with golden retriever puppy drawer handles! Haha! Needless to say I took those off. Replaced them with glass knobs. It was quite the project but it ended up being the exact color of turquoise I had hoped for. This year I feel like I’ve grown out of it a tad but the pop of color is welcomed in my room since we decided not to paint at Tres Grande. I have necklaces hanging on the walls along with picture frames all filled with memories from this summer. The ones here are all from Malibu. This next picture is my bed! I moved it from being in the middle of the room and head at the wall to more of a day bed style…I LOVE it! I have so much more room to stretch and lay things out if I need to. The rug I am in love with, even though I feel like a little kid for still liking zebra but it is tasteful and not too huge! I love prints so that addition made me smile. You can see Freckles and Mrs. Bear up on the bed…Freckles is the leopard and Mrs. Bear was from my wonderful little, Abby Stainback! My white comforter has stitching detail but nothing over the top to clash with the printed pillow or rug.

We placed the marron mantle over my bed last year and it has stayed in the same place since then. New nicknacks have been added and moved around though. On the left proves one of my more artsy moments, an earring holder made from an old picture frame and lace. My Dad brought back that glassed in butterfly from one of his many trips. It’s a beautiful blue. Then more jewlery along with framed pictures from Jackson Hole and Estes. I like the simplicity of this picture because I feel like my room is anything but!

This semester is going to be one of the busiest of my life. With rush, classes, pigskin, I will have to make time to rest. I believe that God has something great planned for my life and that I don’t have to wait till tomorrow to find Him I can do it today. I’m praying that with all the ups and downs that are to come this year that my room can be a sacred place for to rest, rejuvinate and spend simple quiet moments with God. Pray for me this semester as I grow at Baylor and continue to become the women of God I was meant to be.