Monday, March 31, 2014

Let's Go On An Adventure

"4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass."
(Psalm 37: 4-5)

To worry is human. Our thoughts are filled with questions about our past, present, and future. Unable to foresee what the future holds, we often stress about details we will be better of not holding on to. This worry, this fear, can be restricting and limit us from living a beautiful, adventurous life.
A few weeks ago, I was on YouTube procrastinating (eh-hem I mean browsing) when I came across an interview with the girls from Cimorelli. One of the sisters was giving advice for the new year when she shared her experience about being bold in seeking out and exploring new experiences. She talked about her fear of cooking and how being bold enough one day to try it out one day led her to discover a new hobby!
 From her advice, I found inspiration to nurture adventure in my own life. Each day, I make it my goal to do something I was once was too afraid to do. Whether it be sharing my opinion during a discussion, going to a professor's office hours, or  attending an indie-rock concert for a band I had never heard of, I've found so much freedom and joy in charting new waters I previously dared not to explore.
The Psalmist of Psalm 37 writes in verse 8: "fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing." In the past weeks, I've been appreciating the truth of this verse. One definition for fret according to the Merriam- Webster dictionary is:to become vexed or worried. Worrying leads to fear, insecurity, doubt and sin. When we worry about failure, we become fearful. When we worry that we're not good enough, we become insecure. When we worry about God's faithfulness, we start to lose faith. Fear, insecurity and doubt can all lead to sin.
There's a beautiful world out there full of many adventures to be taken. In your community, state, and country, there are many things you can do to enrich your well being and that of those around you. So, what's holding you back? Turn that negative worry and stress into positive stress and inspiration! "You're never too old (or too young) to dream another dream"!!! (C.S Lewis)

Here's a link to the YouTube video of the interview:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Second Day of Spring!!!

There's just something so beautiful about welcoming the season of Spring. Everything from the brightly colored clothing that begins to occupy store front windows, to the rain and sprouting flowers just screams happiness. It's a season that promises growth; and I think that's what I'm loving about it right now. And in my little moments of gushing over the loveliness of this season, I can't help but compare it to aspects of life in general.

Each new day is sort of like a day of spring. When we awake from our beds, we rise to the opportunity for growth . We have 24 hours, ( minus 8 for sleep, of course :)), to pursue our dreams, strengthen bonds with loved ones, read about a topic we are interested in, go on a journey, inspire others, help others, create,  ... be who we were created to be!!! 

So dear reader, I'll like to inspire you today to think about the blessing of each new day as we welcome in this beautiful new season. Just as spring promises growth and newness, each new day is an opportunity to grow! 

Happy Spring!!!

"When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established,O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth!, " ~ (Psalm 8: 3, 9)