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.we're all sinking.

this past weekend, my core group studied grace and mercy.
how they are different yet work together.

receiving something you don't deserve.
unmerited favor.
a gift that can't be repaid.
we can't pay God back.
he already owns all we have to give him.
he doesn't like to have his grace nullified,
but glorified.
it can all be overwhelming.
i'm thankful but don't feel deserving of this gift.
why would God have grace on me?

i'm sinful.
i'm broken.
i'm dirty.
but Jesus has forgiven my sin.
he has made me whole.
he is clean enough for all of us.
[to my girls]...
he has called you by name.
and he says that you are
precious, honored, and loved.
believe it.
let him love you.
receive the gift that he holds out to you.
let it wash over you.
an ocean of grace.


.before & after.

i'm a huge fan of before & after projects.
of making old things new.
i love to be inspired.
i love to create.
i like to reuse and renew.
maybe that's why i'm obsessed with pinterest.
someone help make me this table. okay? thanks.

so when i found this treasure the other day, i was delighted.
i may or may not have spent half an hour drooling over the remodels.
this is my dream job.
taking old, seemingly hopeless spaces and making them beautiful.
you should probably drop everything you're doing and check this out.
[the design sponge]
don't tell, but i found it while facebook stalking my bff beth.
yes. we're actually friends in real life, so this was not creepy.
p.s. you should check out her blog! she's doing a giveaway.
free stuff, y'all!
it doesn't get much better than that.
don't miss it.


.previously on 24.

there are some days when i really miss jack bauer.
ridiculous, right?
i miss monday nights in college when the bff and two other friends would come over to my house to eat chocolate chip cookies and watch 24.
those were the days.
but good news!
jack bauer is back on tv!
except his name is martin.
and he gets beat up. [no one messes with jack bauer]
and he doesn't carry a firearm with him at all times.
and he actually sleeps. [weird]
and he doesn't carry a satchel. [man purse]
and he's not calling chloe every 5 minutes.
but he is saving the world.
thank goodness some things never change.
also, i'm not sure about this [martin] thing.
i can't stop calling him jack.
nevertheless, check it out.
ladies and gentlemen,
jack bauer's new show [touch]


.words mean things.

i like lyric videos.
maybe because i have an obsessive need to read what's in front of me.
i blame my dad.
we took a trip to [d.c.] when i was in middle school.
made a stop by the smithsonian.
let's just say my dad probably needed 2+ years to get through one building.
he had to read everything.
then, i felt like he was slowing us down.
but as i've gotten older,
i think i'm learning to appreciate the words.
to slow down and take them in.
to learn.
so i read.
but don't take me to a movie where there are subtitles.
i will be incapable of actually watching the movie because i'll be reading along.
trust me, it's not a fun experience.
i feel torn between seeing what's going on and reading word for word.
it's quite stressful.
so back to the video.
i like this one because i like stars.
and letters.
and jason mraz.
and typography.
and old stamps.
and airmail envelopes.


.let down the walls.

rend collective experiment.
one of the newly found artists that were on the soundtrack of my summer.
thanks to some pretty neat friends for the introduction.
the music.
the lyrics.
the people.
i just want to move to ireland and follow them around.
in a non-creeper way, of course.
3 faves from this video:
one] the beach
two] the campfire
three] the paper lanterns. tangled, anyone?
oh. good news.
their new album was just recently released.
check it out on itunes.
buy it.


.awake, my soul.

good morning!
forgive me for being absent for so long.
it has been a week since Passion ended and i've spent the past 7 days trying to process and re-process everything i heard and learned. 
i keep going back to the first talk louie giglio gave to our little group of 45,000.
it blew me away.
like louie's talks usually do. [remember this?]
he spoke from [luke seven: eleven - seventeen]
 11 Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
louie described Jesus as an interrupter of funerals.
i mean seriously, can you imagine being there, in a funeral procession, and a man walks up and tells your dead son to [arise]??  
i'm not sure if i would laugh or cry.
just like the dead man, we were all dead before Jesus saved us.
we were all on our own stretchers being carried out to our graves.
sin put us in an eternal grave, but Jesus gave us eternal life.
Jesus enters our lives and says [wake up, oh sleeper. rise up from the dead!]
he brought us back from the dead to live lives filled with hope.
that his name and renown would be the desire of our souls.
one more thing.
the name of this town Jesus was in means [beauty]
and in this town Jesus created beauty from the ashes of the dead man's life.
we have an incredibly purposeful maker.
think about this.
you are dead. 
about to be buried in the ground.
you're a goner.
then someone touches you, says [arise!], you open your eyes, and the first thing you see if the face of Jesus. your savior. i can't think of anything more beautiful.
awake, my soul. you were made to meet your maker.


.goodbye 2011.

last night i started reflecting on this past year.
what had happened.
where i'd been.
what i'd learned.
i've been through my first full year of being a college graduate.
and let me tell you,
there have been some ups and downs.
this year there has been a lot of hurt.
a lot of pain.
a lot of questioning.
but through all of that, there has been a lot of healing.
there has been a lot of love.
unconditional love.
one year ago i was applying to work at [elc].
something i never thought i would actually get to do.
i will forever be grateful for my time there this summer.
for the people i met.
for what Jesus taught me.
i was looking back through my journal
[because i became a lover of journaling this year]
it's amazing to see what i struggled with at the beginning of the year
and how i have grown throughout the past several months.
he taught me how to love.
he taught me how to trust.
not perfectly.
i don't always love like i should.
i still have my doubts.
my insecurities.
but i know Jesus is there.
i know he's made me a promise.
so i will trust him.
this year i was given new friends.
and new relationships with old friends
who are now best friends.
there is nothing better i could ask for.
i have been blessed.
today is a new day.
a new year.
and i'm starting 2012 off at [passion]
3 days worshipping Jesus with some of my best friends.
ones i know will be with me through this next year.
 i couldn't ask for a better way to start 2012.
a new chapter.
with Jesus in my heart
and friends by my side.