green pastures

randomness in a world and a "city" where i'm striving for a shepherd to be my solid rock and foundation...

Jamie the Very Worst Missionary: The Perfect Shade of Greige

My friend Meredith once told me that maybe God was calling me to the suburbs, which, of course, made me horrified since I was living in Chicago at the time and had dreams of moving to the Middle East, Istanbul or some other part of the world. (Don’t get offended if you love the suburbs; I just have always felt home in the city).

But then God called me to a life with my husband. In the suburbs. Well, not really the suburbs because that would mean I would have access to a city 30 minutes away and maybe a mall with an Anthropologie. :)

And you know what? I like it here. I really do. But this blog post from another believer in California kinda explains how I feel about life sometimes. Comfortable and bored. And the encouraging thing about that is it just shows I’m not crazy and reminds me that God is present…even in the suburbs (or the mountains).  I need to look for Him, depend on Him and see “what is vibrant and good and right in front of my face.”

God's Will For Your Wait (part 2)

I have often felt like I’m in a “waiting” period of my life. This post was good for my soul.

omgnashville:

LaFawnduh is sporting a classic University of Tennessee hat from back in the day when the Vols were actually good at football. I didn’t say it, she did. #vintage #vols #ut #tennessee

I like the trash talk on UT. May we never face your fate. #Gators View high resolution

omgnashville:

LaFawnduh is sporting a classic University of Tennessee hat from back in the day when the Vols were actually good at football. I didn’t say it, she did. #vintage #vols #ut #tennessee

I like the trash talk on UT. May we never face your fate. #Gators

(Source: omgnashville)

song: I will rise, artist: Chris Tomlin

The best Chris Tomlin song out there. Amen.

No Choice.

As part of Lent, our church has been doing daily “Overflow” devotionals from NT Wright. Today’s really struck me. It was on Mark 10:46-52. The blind man to whom Jesus restores sight.

The “oh that’s so good; help me remember that Jesus” moment was in the exposition of what the man asked was the “big” thing - the thing we shy away from sometimes in my prayers. The thing that I’m not sure if God can really do. 

The end of the devotional says this, “Bartimaeus follows Jesus, Mark says, on the way: well, of course he would. ‘The way’ is one of the slogans the early Christians used for their new movement. Bartimaeus was already on it; once you really tell Jesus what you really want, and he really does it for you, you don’t have a choice.”

Amen.

JJ Heller, Who You Are

Where have you been all my life JJ Heller? Beautiful, beautiful song.

The surest way to find out if you can trust God? Is just trust Him. The freefall of faith is what makes you free.
— Ann V., A Holy Experience
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