Friday, July 31, 2015

Tout Suite, HTX

Those of you that know me know that I'm a lover of all things coffee. Therefore, I spend a lot of time in coffee shops and exploring new ones. I've decided to do some posts in the upcoming weeks/months however long I decide to post some coffee shop adventures and by that I mostly mean bomb you with photos! This place called Tout Suite has some of the BEST macarons in town. Seriously legit. I'm hooked on the salted caramel ones because in the very center there is a perfect surprise of salt that mixes so smoothly with the caramel. Please try them!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Better Is One Day in Your Courts

I can't read Psalm 84 without singing the popular Christian worship song that was based off of this Psalm "Better is one day in Your courts, better is one day in Your house, better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere." Last night Matt and I joined the high school ministry for their bible study and as they were studying Psalm 84, a question was asked that stuck with me... When you sing that song do you mean it? When you say those words "better is one day in your house than thousands elsewhere" do you truly mean it? Of course, I want to say yes, I mean it! But when I really checked my heart I realized how many times over and over again I choose those "thousands elsewhere" places. There will be days when I wake up and look at my stack of books including my bible, journal, and devotional and say to myself "not today, I have to do too many other things." I'll choose to start my day off without my greatest counselor. Why I can't remember that I'm setting myself up for failure each time is beyond me.

I once read that Christians must have amnesia because we are so forgetful of the things we learn and know in our hearts. Even when God shows us over and over again we still forget. For me, I've been shown again and again by God that I need to put Him first in everything I do because everything else I do after that is by His Grace and flows from Him. How can I accomplish any other task in my day without him? I can tell you that I don't accomplish anything very effectively when I choose those "thousands elsewhere places."

Time and time again I'll engage myself in the things I NEED/WANT to do and continuously put my will above His Will. So my encouragement to myself and to you is to check your heart and see where you stand when you answer this question then ask God to change you. My prayer for the past few days has continuously been "Your will before mine, God"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Albania English Camp

We spent a week in Vlora, southern Albania, with college students teaching them English, building relationships and sharing the Gospel. It was amazing to meet so many sweet people and I'm so glad to say I have a whole group of new friends. I look forward to what God has in store for each and every one of my new friends and I can't wait to see them all again next year! I am beyond blessed to have had this experience with these wonderful people! God is so great! 

Renis and Alba celebrated one year of marriage!

These guys here are journalism majors and it was so fun to get to know them!

My beautiful Inesa! 

Elton was always late, but has such a sweet spirit :)