Don't hold on, move forward

7.19.2009

God has an extremely funny way of testing us. Though God's will is the safest place to be, it is NOT the safest place to be. I promise that makes sense. Who else would you want watching over you, guiding your steps, providing anything and everything? The one and only answer; God. His grace and love for us keeps us safe. But the plans He has, may not always be the ones that make us feel warm and fuzzy, and least of all, comfortable. God has laid something on my heart that was extremely unexpected and completely inexplicable. And the funny thing is, I've never, EVER felt more covered by His hedge of protection than I do right now. Each season comes with a certain level of uncertainty and a massive level of faith. I believe that the next several months in mine and Andrew's life will require a great deal of faith and patience, but I am so excited for what God has in store for us.

For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

Habakkuk 2:3

It's not how you start, it's how you finish

Life is something that goes by way to fast and there is no way to rewind or go in reverse--you just have to live. And God is teaching me each and everyday just how valuable life is and just how important it is to savor the moments and people that He has blessed me with. Today Pastor Livingston brought up more than once that it's not about how well you start the race or how well you run in the middle of it; it's about how you finish. God didn't place you here to do SOMETHING, all He asks is that you OBEY Him. Unfortunately, that can sometimes be the hardest thing in the world. My response to that:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. -- Proverbs 3:5-6

Every decision we make should be made on our knees. We can have no confidence in ourselves, but learn to rely on our Father and Him alone. I consider myself ridiculously blessed that Andrew and I are apart of such an amazing church.

On another aspect of life, Peyton Leigh Lail celebrated her first year of life this past Friday!

the birthday girl with her goodies!
the birthday girl with her goodies!

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All in all, I believe little miss Peyton enjoyed her day and cake! Life is good...especially when there is cake involved!

A year in review!

On June 14, 2008, I married my best friend. And through the course of the past 12 months we have had multiple ups, a few downs, and an incredible journey. God has taught us SO many things and through it all, we've grown closer not only to each other, but also to Him. We've traveled together, cooked together, learned to live together, fought together and made up together. I love him more than I could have ever imagined loving anyone or anything on this earth. I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to have the next 60 years with him by my side.

in baltimore!
in baltimore!
bobcats game!
bobcats game!
Christmas eve
Christmas eve
Panthers game
Panthers game

I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for us this coming year as well as the years to come! Thank you all for your prayers and for being a part of our lives! You are all truly invaluable!


 
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