a pleasant little surprise

  Happy Friday! It's been a long week here, but a... well, an efficient one. There's been a lot of work going on, construction wise, so it's been busy. But somehow I've found moments to write to you, friend. 

  So, today I gound a pleasant little surprise in my inbox. Thank you so much, Esther, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This made me super happy considering that I really do like making people happy and happiness is sunshine and for her to nominate for being a little ray of sunshine, than yes, that means wildflowers to me. Thank you so much, E!

Esther gave me questions to answer, and after I do, I make up new questions for those that I nominate. I'll spare you the bullet list of rules. 

Here are my answers. :)

What song were you listening to last?
I'm actually listening to music right now! I havn't really listened to his music lately, but I'm listening to Talk of The Town, by Jack Johnson. It calms me down when I'm stressed. (Which I'm not currently, but I was, well, before I turned the music on. :) )

Who was the last person you spoke to?
My little sisters. She was about to grab a wet paint roller. Two and four, the four-year-old is very responsible and made sure I knew what the two-year-old was doing. All while the eleven-year-old is konked out of the floor, getting trampled by the two, sleeping. 

What was the last word you spoke, backwards?
It was a mix between "NO!" and "If mom and dad found out--"... so... on and tuo dnuof dad dna mom fi.

Who is the last person you said Thank You to?

My mom and dad. They just left to get gallons of paint for the kitchen and my room. :)

When was the last time a stranger did something nice for you?
Well, when I was walking through the store, looking for pain samples, I told a woman my parent's age (who was in front of me) that she had BEAUTIFUL red hair, and that it looked amazing with her outfit. She started to tear up a little and told me that that made her day, and that of course, made my day. Other than that, Evangeline and RubixCube commented on my last post and that really encouraged me. :)

Who last made you smile?
  With all honesty, I havn't smiled in a long time. Things have been so hectic these peast few days, and I've just been surviving it. So, actually, God was the last one. I was praying this afternoon when everything seemed to be going wrong... and then I just felt better because I knew He would take care of me. So I smiled. Because I KNEW it was going to get better.

What was the last thing you drank?
  A candle-turned-glass-jar-used-for-a-cup full of cold water. :)

  If I want encouragment in the Lord, Leigh Anne and Melani are my favorite.

And here are my questions. ;)

  • What gives you the most joy?
  • What is your favorite type of tea/coffee?
  • Who was the last person you made laugh?
  • Define yourself in ten words or less!
  • Which of the following are you: soft and happy and light in coloring and clothing, OR soft and flowy and relaxed in clothing and coloring, OR sharp and warm-colored and textured in clothing and coloring, OR strictly bold in coloring and very black and white for clothing. 
  • What are your favorite things?
  • What is the most beautiful thing you can imagine?
  • Your perfect (real or not real) place? i.e. a coffee shop, a cool, ventilated room, a fresh hotel room, the kitchen, a magical realm that doesn't exist (in that case, describe it!). Whatever it is, describe it.
And I nominate Melani and Anika Joy. Melani, you're blog is such a blessing to me, and I appreciate it more than anything. And Anika, you're my GIRL! You're so amazing and grown-up. The world needs more of both of you. :) You both are just the best. 

Thank you, again, Esther, for nominating me for this. It made me happy, putting me in that little place of mind that is quiet, relaxed, and real.

I hope you all have an AMAZING weekend, and please pray that we get our Home Projects done, and that God gives my parents peace and keep them relaxed since my mom has to stay away with the kids because, you know, little ones around paint rollers, as I mentioned earlier. ;)

With love, Allie :)


thoughts on passion in a God-pursuing life...

I found assurance of my faith about three weeks ago. A week later, I finished writing my mission statement. This week, after I read over it, I realized something had changed. Hopes and dreams had altered towards (completely, now) homemaking and respecting and honoring my parents and later my husband. Like I said, my dreams and goals were changing. I know why! My dedication to the Lord had expanded rapidly, and now it was everywhere. I didn't have to look for it, it was literally everywhere. In every goal, every dream, every friendship, and every hope. All of it was coming back to God. Because all of it had started with God, and what He calls women be.

After a week, I started to notice how those around me had far different hopes from mine. Here's my analysis on why.

  First of all, what is passion? Passion is a longing, an urge, to do something (and in the context I'm speaking in), something GREAT for the Lord. Here is the calling that God calls (most) women to;
 Creating a peaceful, joyful, loving, and God-pursuing home. Nurturing and loving her children. Loving, respecting, (and nurturing, too) and honoring her husband. And, first and foremost, obeying, loving, and building her relationship with GOD.
  How do you differentiate between God-given passion and worldly passion? The Bible makes it clear what a woman's job is.
1. To obey, love, and build her relationship with GOD.
2. To love, respect, and obey her husband.
3. To nurture, love, and care for her children and home.

What is a God-pursuing life? What does one look like? A woman who is fulfilling a God-pursuing life, she is obeying God in what she does and seeking Him out daily. What does God-pursuing mean? It means, exactly what is says, pursuing Him daily, consistently. Searching out and doing what He commands. And where is a God-pursuing life found? It's found in the Bible, God's Word. It's everywhere, spread throughout the text. But specifically, we can find wisdom on the subject in Proverbs 31. How do you differentiate between a God-pursuing life and a worldly, selfish, self-honoring life? God makes it very clear what he commands of young ladies and women, and He makes it clear what He commands AGAINST. God calls the woman to stay home with her children, to respect and honor her husband (and parents, alike), and to nourish her relationship with the Lord, honoring Him in all she does. But a woman of the World will focus on herself and what she can build up for herself. The difference: God, and His effect on her heart.

So what should daughters of the Lord look for in Life? I think that as a child, it should be obeying and loving and building her relationship with God. Then Honoring, loving, and respecting her parents. Third, being a loving witness and example to the children younger than her. And uninhibitedly training for her future husband by respecting and honoring and obeying her parents.
  As a woman, her God-given commands will be obeying, loving, and building her relationship with GOD. Honoring, loving, and respecting her husband. Loving and caring for her children. And training up her children in the way they should go.

Unfortunatly, the truth of the matter is that [most] daughters aren't hopeing nor trying for any of this.
As a child, she's being taught to want independence and self-righteousness. She's being taught to think that she doesn't need a husband when she becomes a woman and that she can take care of herself. She's being taught that her parents shouldn't control her life. She's learning that she should be who she wants, sinful or not.
  And it only is exaggerated into adulthood. Because nothing changes, the only difference is, if she gets married, old habits are being resurfaced as she is faced with questions concerning and doubting if she should even TRY to respect, love, and honor him.

But why is this? Most likely because she didn't have a mom worthy to look up to, and not being taught correctly how to live for the Lord, and being influenced by the media and their opinions, which often stray from God's Word

So, what truly is REAL passion?

Her hopes and dreams should intersect with what God wants, not what the World teaches. Then, this is a passion that can be realized while obeying Jesus Christ's command for us to live a life after God's own heart, becoming WOMEN after God's own heart.

I hope you guys have a really great week, and please enjoy the remainder of the summer! It's fading fast.

With love, Allie