NAS: Gratefulness

HIIIIII! I miss you, ladies.

I know I say that all the time... but it's true.

I am sorry I have not been writing these prompts... just giving them to you. It's not what I want. And, it's not who I want to be for you. :(

But. Life. It's cuh-ray-zee sometimes.

Btw... THANK YOU for all of you who watched my silly vlog! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. It truly means a lot. :) :) :) It was fun... it's challenging for me, so I would like to continue. We shall see!


Niki gave us this great suggestion on gratefulness:

How do you encourage gratitude in your life when things aren't going your way? How do you reduce the complaining and self-pity? Does it make a difference in your attitude and overall perspective?

Share with us and link-up below!!!

Good Reads
What books, articles, devotionals, blogs, etc have you been reading, loving and being encouraged by?! Or even, movies, videos, podcasts? Share with us so that we may be inspired, too!

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Coffee with Jen {Vol 1}

I'm trying something new... and I have no idea what I am doing. :)

I am trying out vlogging.

It's been on my heart to try this, so today was the day! If you want to hear my ramble on and on for about 10 minutes, please enjoy this video. If not, I don't blame you.

I wish I could have coffee with you ladies ALL OF THE TIME. So, I thought I'd bring that to you. I will be sharing anything... just like this blog. Things that I would love to chat with you about in person.

Who knows how many of these I will do, or how often I will post. And after today, editing and trying to upload your very (veryveryvery) basic video, I might never do it again.

Technology... you are annoying.

Without further ado, your first installment of Coffee with Jen:

Let me know what you think!!

**Edited in later after watching this over and over...

Note to self for future blogs:

  • Work on NOT saying "um"- it's distracting
  • You over use the word "amazing"
  • Make an outline of things you want to actually say
  • Do your hair next time
  • Realize the mic on the computer pics up quite a bit of noise (like the beeping from the coffee maker)
  • Don't make a video that's 10 minutes... it's too long!
If you have any of suggestions on ways I can improve (without actually saying, EVERYTHING), please let me know. Seriously! I really enjoyed doing this. I want it to be more natural and hope it gets easier to edit and such later. So it doesn't always look like a 5 year old cut and pasted it together! :) :)

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NAS: Physical Affection

Everyone had different ideas on physical affection and where their personal boundaries lie. What boundaries do you draw or expectations do you have for physical affection in romantic relationships? Have specific experiences led you to draw these lines?

Share your thoughts about physical affection and link-up below!! I will hopefully get to mine later this week! :)

Blind dates, etc!
Have you seen the show Married at First Sight? Along this thread, what is your opinion on being set up by family, friends, or an "expert"? Would you be open to a blind date? If you'd like, share your thoughts on arranged marriages!

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Pray for Baltimore

I couldn't find the source to this image.

Please, please pray.

For the people.

For the city.

For the police.

For the children.

For Freddie Gray's family.

For the repose of Freddie's soul.

I have no words, really. This is just so tragic. And scary.

And real.

I know Ferguson is real. But, I grew up close to B-more. I have friends who live in or near the city. My FB feed is being flooded with people being directly affected by the riots and violence. Streets are closed. Rocks are being thrown at their cars. Businesses and schools are closing.

This is happening.

Please keep praying.

And for Nepal.

St. Michael, pay for us!
Blessed mother, pray for us!
Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

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Because I am your everything

I've been feeling a little... lost these days. That's the best way I can describe it. I've been go go go the last few weeks, but not doing much in my own home and keeping up with things in my own life. Does that ever happen to you? You are living your life, yet you're not really sure what's happening?

I also had a rough counseling sesh. Remember when I said it was awesome? It is... except for when it's not. When it stirs up so much doubt and worry and frustration with myself (and the whole process). The likes of which are only from Satan himself. So, peace out buddy. Leave me alone.

I just felt like running away.

I didn't want to talk to anyone.

I wanted to put my wall up and leave everyone out.

Instead... I went to adoration. He and I... we needed to chat about some things. I wasn't in there as long as I hoped (due to a prayer meeting in the chapel- but we have a beautiful prayer garden that I took advantage of!)... yet, it's what I needed.

I brought your intentions with me. It's always such an honor that you entrust me to pray for you. I love starting out praying for others, then getting to the serious stuff with the Big Man himself.

I just poured my heart out to him. Job worries. Discernment. Vocation. Friends. Worries. Doubts. What I should do about this. And about that. How am I going to make this work. Or that.

I was listening to my "Praise and Worship" playlist... and the first three songs happen to be:

Lord, I need You - Matt Maher
Give Me Jesus - Jeremy Camp
Restless - Audrey Assad

There is a part of "Give Me Jesus" where he says "you can have all of this world, just give me Jesus" and then it hit me. I had one of those YESSS! THIS! moments. 

I had this image where I was taking things that were so heavy, so burdensome off of my shoulders and giving them to God.  Here is everything, Lord. Here is my world. I want You

And then I started thinking about how I could best word all of this for a blog post. 

FOR A BLOG POST. During my prayer time. In adoration. Chillin' with Jesus.

I am embarrassed (and hopefully not alone?!?!) but not surprised. Because here I am... blogging about it. <insert appropriate emoji here>

I realized in that moment that I am so caught up in the next thing. I am so worried about knowing and being confident in what my vocation is. I am so preoccupied about possible job changes. I am so caught up in doing God's will that I lost sight of God himself.

Yet, he was telling me He was there. He was telling me to focus on Him... not everything else:

I am here.
I am here.
You are frustrated. You are scared. You are sad.
You are worried. You are doubting.
I know.

But, I am right here.
I'm giving myself to you.

I am your strength. I am your joy.
I am your freedom. I am your now. I am your future.

I love you.
Give me everything. Because I am your everything.

It's so easy to get caught up in trying to figure everything out, ya know? It's in our human nature to want to know, so we can plan, so we can be ready. As a single lady this affects knowing and being confident in my vocation. But, it can affect all aspects of life, too. Jobs. Family planning. Moving. Finances. Everything.

It's when we get so caught up in being ready for the next thing, we run the risk of losing sight of our main goal- communion with Jesus, aka Heaven. And that is a dangerous place to be, when "everything" becomes more important than God. Our trust can waver. Our priorities change. We change. God becomes something on the bottom of our list.

I will need to choose this every day, ya know?! I want to give God everything, because He really is... everything.

Jesus, I trust in you.

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It's Freebie week!! Linkup over at Morgan's!

AND Linking up with the Blessed is She blog... on the Eucharist here!

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