As If Your Life Depended Upon It

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Today I read Hebrews 11 and was struck by how many times it said by faith. By faith, Noah built an ark and it saved his family. By faith, Sarah had Isaac when she was 90 years old. By faith, the Israelites walked through the Red Sea as on dry land. By faith, the army marched around Jericho and after seven days, the walls fell.

Each story was by faith as their life depended upon it. Noah would have drowned, Sarah would have died in childbirth, the Israelites swallowed by the sea, the army overtaken. Notice that it isn’t by effort, by salary, by position, by merit or good deeds, not by-anything but faith.

What areas in your life do you need faith? Maybe you’ve been unhappy with your job (or lack there-of), struggling with finances, wondering how all of the details will come together for your wedding/trip/house, struggling with infertility, pain in your body, losing weight, or fill-in-the-blank!

9ebc2a390ebb315b44272a340186ceac.jpgHaving faith, hope, and trust in God isn’t aimless wishes. It’s staying obedient to God through the waiting.

Did you know Noah built the arc for 120 years? That’s a long time to live by faith! But by faith and obedience, Noah saved his life and his family’s life from a flood. He heard from the Lord, he obeyed, and in the waiting, he had faith.

Today, how are you living by faith as if your life depended upon it? To take that even further, what is God saying to you and where do you need to be obedient? Ask and listen.

We serve a faithful God who always fulfills His promises! Today, I pray that where we are weak, we are made strong by a good and faithful Creator (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)!

 

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Friday Favorites!

Since doing my 30 posts in 30 days, it’s felt a little strange not having a daily blog post to write, though I’m convinced you must have gotten sick of me. It was a fun challenge to actually prove to myself that I could come up with 30 different topics! My plan is to continue to write on Bird’s Nest at least twice a week, perhaps Tuesdays and Fridays. Here we are, Friday! Boy am I glad it’s the weekend. Work has been cray-cray with the end of the school year. There was prom and now I’m gearing up for planning banquets, baccalaureate, and graduation. Since I’m also the yearbook teacher, we are working on the last pages and edits of the yearbook. AND, half of our building is going under a renovation so I got evicted out of my office and moved to a dark, windowless cubical beside the teacher lounge. TGIF.

Here’s my top five for today!

  1. Last weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday, wahoo! My parents came into town and the four of us went downtown D.C. to Jaleo for a birthday dinner. Woah woah waoh those bites were delicious! What a sweet weekend celebrating.Also, for all of my dear loved ones who sent cards, flowers, and wrote Facebook posts, thank you for making a girl feel special!  Jaelo love           Flowers!
  2. Michael and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary on May 9th. I wrote him a letter that day and for dinner, we went to eat at Don Taco, a favorite of ours in Old Town!
  3. Speaking of marriage, I think this article is a great reminder for couples.
  4. Today I’m planning to take my 800th Pure Barre class! I’ve kept a tally of all of my classes that I’ve taken over the past 4 years (and one week) from various studios. There’s something about hitting a milestone that makes that LTB a little more rewarding.
  5. I cannot get enough of this soup. Nona Lim Thai Curry & Lime Broth is a nightly craving. It’s actually just a broth, totally satisfying alone, but you could honestly do so many creations with it. I’m thinking of adding shredding chicken, sliced bell peppers, water chestnuts, and an cilantro to make it hearty! Get it at your local Whole Foods. large_711ae7b9-72d4-463e-bd6d-255396c9aa5d

Those are my top 5! Michael and I are going to see Snatched with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn tonight and tomorrow, I teach a few Pure Barre classes while Michael as to work. The rest of the weekend should be low-key with grilling out and finishing the last season of Mad Men.

What are your plans? Happy Friday, Y’all!

Saying Goodbye to my 20’s!

#30/30

I’m writing this post on May 4th, 2017 at 10:30PM, my 30th post of 30 posts, just right before I turn 30 in an hour and a half. It feels slightly surreal ending a decade and entering into another.

Here’s my top ten of my 20’s:

  1. Moving 8 times within 10 years!
  2. Going to my dream school, Southeastern University.
  3. Backpacking Europe with Amy & Starting Bird’s Nest. From that, discovering a new passion for writing.
  4. Traveling to other countries like Israel, Nicaragua, Mexico, Bali, Thailand, and China!
  5. Pursuing my Master of Divinity at Wake Forest School of Divinity and being so so so happy to finish school!
  6. Eleanor, because that’s my girl.
  7. Moving to Charleston without a job or place to live, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made in my 20’s.
  8. Of my 20’s, I think 26 is still my favorite year.
  9. Working in hospice was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had. Learning as a young person to live an abundant life without regrets, centered around Jesus, has been life changing.
  10. The biggest decision I made as a 20-something: Michael & getting back together, engaged, and married!

What a decade! I am so incredibly blessed. There’s been hard seasons- seasons of depression, a lot of work with school, and growing in everyway possible- but all of it has been a sheer gift from a loving and faithful God. I’m so blessed to have the family and friends I do, the community I have both near and far, and that I get to live this life. It’s humbling.

Cheers to my 20’s!

Am I Too Old for Birthday Lists?

#27/30

To answer the title, yes, probably. So this list is really directed toward my husband.

Dear Michael, I thought I’d help you out here! I know what you’re thinking. “Shea, we just went to Thailand & China…happy birthday/happy anniversary/happy vacation/happy everything!” Sorry not sorry…not going to work for this birthday!

  1. A Golden Retriever. I’ve already found where to get him…so just write a check for the deposit and slip it into my birthday card.
  2. Theo Chocolate Bar (or any dark chocolate 70% or higher) preferably mint or orange. You know, these: 
  3. Moon Dust Sample Pack.
  4. Take me to the closest TCBY. It’s been too long!!!
  5. A massage, duh.

You know…now that I’m really starting to think about what I really want…let me revise.

  1. See number #1 above, that’s not changing.
  2. A once-every-three-weeks maid…you know, for deep cleaning!
  3. To be in bed every week night by 9:00pm, no exceptions.
  4. A sweet birthday card with a very long message telling me how much you love me, in detail :).
  5. Did I  mention a golden and a maid?