[ Why Worrying Is No Bueno ]

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Worrying is a complete waste of time and ultimately reveals a lack of trust in God. It's a sinful area in my life that I've dealt with a lot in the past couple of years. 

Some definitions of worry are "to subject to persistent or nagging attention or effort" and "to afflict with mental distress or agitation; to make anxious."

Some of the things that I've learned on this journey of "letting go" of worry...

 Worrying and clinging onto anxiety in any form is ultimately a form of pride. If God resists the proud, then God is opposed to me in my moments of sinful worry. Worry actually keeps me from Him. 

It says to God, "This dilemma of mine is so complicated, it's probably beyond You-- I'll go figure it out on my own." Worry really is just a lust for control.

I'm a control freak. I admit that I do not give my fears of my husband's safety at work, or what church we should visit this Sunday, or what car we should purchase, or WHATEVER-- over to God nearly enough. I think I can handle it.

All He wants is for me to come to Him with all of my cares and worries so that He can bear them for me

Tips for curing anxiety, that I've heard over the past couple of years, are...
  • Ask God to remove feelings of worry, insecurity & anxiety 
  • Thank God for His blessings -- no matter how you "feel" or what your current circumstances are
  • Get a healthy grip on your thought life; identify the truth of the situation over how you feel about the situation of the moment
A mind stuck on Jesus brings peace. 

Luke 12:25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his  span of life?

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Worrying less is still a major area in my life that I constantly have to work on... Do you struggle with it? 

[ A Day at the Park With Hartley ]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

 Someone is getting big

In the past 2 weeks... Hartley has learned to shake hands, he got his first set of shots (and everyone oohed and ahhed over him at Petsmart), he's been sleeping longer through the night (the dark circles under my eyes are finally starting to disappear) and he tried his first bite of shaved ice (daddy wanted to disapprove but couldn't resist giving it to him, either, ha!)

In other Harley news, he enjoyed his first trip to the park today. We've walked around the lake quite a bit, but we have never gone to a park. When we got his first round of shots, the veterinarian advised us not to take him anywhere for another couple of weeks. Sorry, lady. We refuse to not get out some of that puppy energy.

Together, Hartley and I ran all over the park... We chased his new bouncy tennis balls, and we lounged in the sun and drank a lot of water. And we chased those balls again. 

He is giving me a workout. 

[ Blessed ]

I feel really blessed. During this season of transition and new beginnings, I could have very easily been alone (with the exception of Joshua, of course) all the time through this process. 
Thanks to social media, I met some really great girls before I moved out-of-state. They now live up the street, and down the street, and down on the corner. I've never had friendships where everyone lived close.

Now I'm not saying that these people have by any means replaced those back home... they have simply added to my friendship bucket and have helped add some laughs to this otherwise transitional season. And I'm thankful to have them. And to grow with them. And for company during those last minute trips to Target at 10 PM.

[ Summerhaven ]

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summerhaven is exactly that-- a safe haven for those who want to escape the hot, summer heat (but can someone tell me... is this weather normal for AZ?! In the 70's and raining every day with crazy thunder and lightning!? Is THIS what people are freaking out about?!). At the top of Mt. Lemmon is this quaint, mountain town. We stopped for a big, homemade cookie and enjoyed some people watching. Bliss.

[ Mt. Lemmon Road Trip ]

We got away for a little day trip up on Mt. Lemmon and Summerhaven yesterday. Fresh mountain air, carne asada on the BBQ, and time with good, new(er) friends-- what a great day.

[ Oh, How I Love Them ]

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My husband... I love him more each and every day. I can't believe we are celebrating 5 years of married bliss this November! 

And this dog. I didn't know that my heart had the capacity to expand in love like it has for this little guy. I love them both to the moon & back. 

Song of Solomon 8:6-7  "Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised."

[ Our Newest Addition ]

Such. A. Busy. Past. 2. Weeks. 

My family has been in town from San Diego and we had SO much fun! I can't wait to blog about all of the adventures we had while they were here in town. 

Before they arrived, however, we added a new member to our family. Meet Hartley! This little guy has completely captured our hearts and has brought so much joy to our family.