"When a woman has a kingdom heart, she has an active understanding of what matters most to the heart of God. She lives in the balance of passion and contentment. She learns to love well, give without regard to self, and forgive without hesitation. The woman with a kingdom heart may have a duffel bag full of possessions or enough treasures to fill a mansion, but she has learned to hold them with an open hand. Hold everything with open hands. I don’t think we are ever allowed to grab hold of anything or anyone as though they matter more than the kingdom of heaven. When you hold relationships with open hands, then people come in and out of your life as gifts of grace to be cherished and enjoyed, not objects to be owned and manipulated. And then when you hold your dreams with open hands, you get to watch God resurrect what seemed dead and multiply what seemed small.”
The great thing with unhappy times is to take them bit by bit, hour by hour, like an illness. It is seldom the present, the exact present, that is unbearable.
I had to copy Janice here… SO much has been happening in our lives lately it seems
graduated university with a double major in biology & psychology
spent 8 weeks at my summer camp home and learned so much
spent christmas eve with Janice!
drove my longest solo road trip
worked retail jobs that I disliked but tried to learn to see the best in
started working at a job I actually like
cancer took my dad’s life on March 26th
planned a funeral
got into my first choice for teacher’s college - outdoor ed!
so excited for several canoe trips coming up this summer
and even more excited to move out on my own for the first time ever!
getting ready for my first mission trip to Madagascar
saying goodbye to my workplace of 9 months
wrote my last exam for my first Masters classes
unexpected “vision” trip to LA
two weeks touring Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon with my family
went from being an iPhone lover to a die hard Note 2 fan
ontario for christmas
came back to Calgary and got my first full time professional job
went to be a server in Fort McMurray for the summer with a friend I had recently met
quit my job at Club Monaco after deciding fashion was not the route I would take
first road trip with friends to Vancouver and Seattle where I decided Vancouver was not a place I wanted to go to school
started working at Club Monaco to see if I wanted to pursue a career in fashion
June convocation - received my degree
wrote my final exams of undergrad and saying goodbye to the place where I spent five impressionable years
The past twelve months since graduating have been the most eventful, life changing months I can pinpoint. Maybe I’m just more aware of my own change than I have been in the past, but I am amazed at how different things are year to year, month to month, and moment to moment. All of those events (while of varying importance) have been significant turning points. It’s true that the twenties are a really crazy time where so many things change. I used to be afraid of change, but I now embrace it because of one
little BIG thing: I trust in God fully. Hindsight is a beautiful thing.. it confirms things that I was ever unsure of and helps me understand that God is leading every step of my life, if I just let him. In a mere month and a half from now, I’ll be turning yet another chapter in the book of my life to a fresh, blank page. 20 year old me might have been freaked out but 23 year old me is excited to see what the contents of this next chapter will hold.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
If you ever catch yourself feeling blue, as we all sometimes do from time to time, here are ten things that if you do three days in a row (I promise) will make you feel better.
1. In the morning write down five things you are grateful for.
3. Eat well (you know what that means); drink well (no coffee, soft drinks or alcohol).
4. Exercise hard for 20 minutes.
5. Write an old friend an email or better yet a letter.
6. Actively relax, meditate or pray for 10 minutes.
7. Take a walk in the sun.
8. Watch a John Hughes’ movie like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” or “The Breakfast Club”.
9. Sleep deep and long.
10. Remember that you are loved (I promise).
- Frank Warren