Friday, June 27, 2014

commonalities


Let me tell you some great things.

It's great that you can hear someone playing worship music in a square in San Diego on a Saturday, ask him where he goes to church, and visit that church on Sunday.  And with nothing in common but Jesus, have a great conversation, swap instagram follows, and be prayed over by someone who was a complete stranger the day before.

It's great that you can sit in a Seattle coffeeshop that you didn't even plan on going into, eating waffles and coconut milk mint chocolate chip ice cream, offer some ice cream to the group beside you, and meet several people from a church small group.  And with nothing in common but Jesus, talk about church and the importance of community and fellowship, eat ice cream, and gather in a circle to pray for the church.

It's great that you can meet someone and find yourself a mere twenty-four hours later laying on her floor in the dark with only the sheen of some purple lights around the bed.  And with nothing in common but Jesus, discuss the power of prayer, hold hands, and talk about your favorite movies and greatest strengths.

It's great that you can lose things like a memory card or a phone charger or a favorite cardigan or that lucky penny or maybe your temper, and somehow God sees into the little things and restores it, sometimes before you even think to ask.

It's amazing that you can go on a trip for over a month on the other side of the country and only stay in a hostel in one place because of the hospitality of people you barely know, and somehow God always provides.

It's incredible that you can find yourself on the other side of a month long trip that you've been planning for months before, and look back and see through the ups and downs how God was present and active and nothing could have happened apart from him.  And it's comforting to know, in coming back home, that there's a purpose here too, in the regular schedule as well as the new and adventurous.

You know those outrageously big, slightly goofy, ridiculously happy smiles that you couldn't suppress if you tried?  Does Jesus make you smile like that?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

live love


It's rare to meet a kind of person who exudes not only a joy for being alive, but a love for the people in their life, whether they play a great role in it or not.  Rarer still to meet two such people--but then again, I am a firm believer that this rare instance would only occur in Oklahoma.  (hiIloveOklahoma)

Y'all haven't even heard about the rest of the few fun and full days I had with Petie back in April, but we had a grand old time.  Petie is darling.  She is excited and ready and anticipatory when it comes to what life has in store for her.  She is innocent, not in an inexperienced way, but in a way that makes her sweet and caring.  She's ready to crack a joke (or turn your own jokes back on you) at any minute, ready with a laugh or that beautiful smile of hers.  And perhaps the best and biggest thing, and one that Petie will tell you herself, is that she loves people.  Is fascinated by them.  Could probably people-watch for hours.  Wants to be your friend, to know you, to learn what you're about.  She lives that kind of love to those around her.

After much accidental miscommunication, Petie and I were able to spend an afternoon with Ellie in Guthrie.  Guthrie is adorable, but let's talk about how Ellie is adorable.  Ellie is vivacious and confident and ambitious and precious.  She will go to great lengths to do what she knows she is called to do, and she seeks out adventure and living life to the fullest.  She draws people to her with her outgoing personality, but she is caring and deep and wise as well.  She's easy-going.  Spontaneous.  Sarcastic but also kind.  Is good at bringing people together, and at just being a friend.  She lives that kind of love to those around her.

So much of life is centered around our call to love the people placed in our lives, and spending that one quick but sweet afternoon with these two ladies was refreshing and just plain fun.  It's amazing the conversations you can have with people you've known in person for a few hours when living love is the focus--not even consciously--of the way you want to live your life.  And I love these two girls dearly for it.

Friday, June 6, 2014

parenthetical


good people of america! (and other places. because america is overrated.) (jk I love america. but I love other places too.) (I just don't believe in favoritism?) (this got off to an awkward start.)

GOOD PEOPLE OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. (extraterrestrials too if you're out there don't want to exclude y'all hi.) (also bad people should I be saying hi to you too or...?)

ahem. one of those weeks...

as many of you may or may not know, one of the excuses reasons for my deplorable lack of presence on this here blog is that I've actually not been home since the 3rd of May. in all fairness, I haven't legitimately been home--for sure, for good home--since the 30th of March (but there was an awkward rushed week somewhere at the end of April if you wanna count that, fine). where have I been all that ridiculously long amount of time? hm, wish I could remember...

the short answer is: a lot of places. the long answer you'll probably get over the course of a few blog posts, depending on how responsible of a blogger I decide to be. you see, I've been on a month-plus long roadtrip with my brother and sister up the pacific coast since the beginning of May. yeah. yeah. it's been crazy and fun and weird and great and fantastic. we've seen so many things and met so many people and been so many places that my mind is swimming just to keep track of it all. seriously a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

probably the strangest thing is that it's coming to an end. I get back home--for sure, for good home--Sunday and I'm a bit apprehensive to slip back into "normal" life. (what is normal?) it's hard when some of your best friends are now scattered across the country. but at the same time, I am so excited to dive back into my city, my work, my community there. it's been so long. I'm excited to invest in my connections, my events, my people. I'm excited not to live out of a suitcase... yeah. it'll be good to be home.

so yes. there are much and many things to be told, stories and adventures and such craziness. until then, have some pictures (from CO and NM and a wee bit of AZ, the first leg of our trip). can't wait.