Friday, November 21, 2014

THE GIVEAWAY THAT GIVES BACK

I am way beyond thrilled to back here at bloom today!  Victoria gave this space a radical makeover and I think it fits my vision for this space perfectly.  I’m back with a purpose and it feels good.  I feel like the Lord is really going to refine this space and do new things here and I’m really pumped about that.  I have truly prayed so much that this space would be something that He would use for the spread of the gospel and for the glory of His name.  But, I’ll talk more about that next week!



Almost two weeks ago some friends of ours from our community group and church lost their home to a fire.  Devin and Danielle are two of the sweetest, funniest, most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure to know.  In the spring, Danielle was diagnosed with a very, very rare form of sarcoma.  “Cancer” is a really scary word.  To be honest, I’ve never dealt with it so “closely” before this.  Watching how this couple took this on with such incredible faith is absolutely one of the most encouraging and convicting things I’ve ever witnessed.  To see how their marriage has grown and how their love only increases make ME want to appreciate my marriage more.  The way their faith has increased and their joy has multiplied makes ME want to have a deeper faith.  I’m so thankful for how their story and their testimonies continually push me to seek Jesus and to honor Him with my words and my actions.  As soon as I found out about their house burning down I immediately thought of my blog.  I thought about my platform and how God had given it to me for times exactly like these.  I can use my voice.  I can come to this space He has so graciously given me and I can share a need and come together with other believers to meet the need.  


photo by KH photography

So, I give you the Give Back Giveaway!  

With a donation of $5 or more, you can enter to win a giveaway that includes the following:



A mug and cozie from Oh Simple Joys (she designed our giveaway graphic, too!)


Advent Calendar from Persimmon Prints


Custom hoop from Ten Feet off Beale 


Custom calligraphy Christmas card from Accrewed Design 


Weave from The Weaver Weaves


watercolor print from Love, The Nelsons


Live Life Beautifully journal from Life Lived Beautifully 




So great, right!? These goodies will be PERFECT for the holiday season as either a goodie for yourself or for a gift for a loved one!  These amazing ladies have teamed up with me to give you this amazing giveaway as a “thank you” for helping Devin and Danielle!  Every single cent that you donate will go straight to this sweet couple so that they can begin to make purchases for their future home.  FEEL FREE to give more than $5, but a $5 donation is just as sweet. :)  This giveaway will run through November 30th and I’ll announce on December 1st!  

**If you wish to enter the giveaway without donating, just email me!  I’ll be happy for you to enter.  Send all donations through paypal to bloomtheblog@gmail.com**



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Lord, I want to know You

Here we are, at the very end of our study.  To those of you who committed and stuck with it, I am so proud of you.  This study was different than most and there were days it was difficult to pull something from it. But, I hope that as you wrapped it up the Lord revealed something, even just one thing, that can stick to your heart.  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  This isn’t the appropriate time to spill it all, but I’ll share this one tiny thing.

Not every experience has to be “blog worthy”.  Not every bible study or vacation or chat with a friend is going to adequately wrap in a pretty post with beautifully lit photos.  And if we are rating our experiences in bible study on the ability it has to be spun into a beautiful post we are totally missing the point.  Just because it doesn’t come together in all the right words and with all the right graphics doesn’t mean that the Lord isn’t using it in your life.  Don’t compare your quiet time to what you’re able to produce in a post.  I know this almost sounds silly since this was a blog bible study and we must talk it out to communicate with each other.  But, I don’t want you to think that this study was a fail if you couldn’t put your thoughts or feelings or convictions into words.  That’s okay.  It was your quiet time.  It was your time with the Lord.

As we wrap up this study, I’ll share the one thing that sticks with me from all of this.  We have a personal, loving, invested God who loves and cares for us in personal ways.  I just think of all the ways that He ministers to us in our times of need.  He meets physical need, spiritual needs, emotional needs.  He’s El Roi when I need to be reminded that He sees me and He’s Jehovah- rapha when I’m praying for the cancer to go away in my friend’s body.  He’s Jehovah-shalom when my mind is tempted to fear and He’s El Elyon when I’m humbly on my face recognizing His might and power in my life.  There is no need that He cannot meet.  There is no place in my heart that He cannot go.  There is no thing that He does not know.  He is sovereign and He is great and He is Lord.  I am weak and I am small and I am dependent.  I pray that knowing these names of God will encourage me to call out to Him in those intimate and personal ways.  That I would cling to Him instead of my own failing strength.  Even as we end this study, my heart cries out Lord, I want to know You.  I still have so much longing in my heart for God to move and do radical things in and through my life.  I leave this study longing for more and ready for more.  I leave knowing He is Jehovah-shammah, the Lord is there.

He’s there.  He’s right where I am, right where you are.  All I have to do sit in His presence.

As we close, I don’t have any pin-able graphics or photos that make my post “more interesting” or show that I’m a blogger who “knows the rules”.  This is my heart, this is where I am.  Blogging has been a sweet thing in my life.  But now... the Lord is showing me it doesn’t quite have a place.  Maybe next month or next year or never again.  That’s to be determined.  But, I leave this space knowing that Jehovah-mekoddishkem is sanctifying me all the way.
Lord, may we look more like you.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

#namesofgod2014 vol. 5 + AN ANNOUNCEMENT

“It is one thing to know about God and another to live in the light of that knowledge.”


That statement is one I highlighted the minute I read it.  The Lord has been convicting my heart of so much lately and He’s been reminding me of the difference between routine and devotion.  My routine says open my bible, but does my devotion come with it?  Or do I know about God without actually living like I do?  I do not want to finish this study and it be one that I just shove on a shelf and forget the content.  I want to remember these names of God and use them in my walk with Him.  I pray that you do, too. 

This week has been my very favorite.  The timing of it all is so perfect for some things the Lord is bringing to light in my life.  All the talk about the flesh being our “first and constant enemy” was a lot for me to think and meditate on.  Kay says, “The flesh must constantly be put to death. It can’t be tolerated, catered to, or spared in any way.  If it is, it will devastate you.”  My flesh competes with the Spirit.  I cannot have both.  I cannot have both what I want, and what God wants.  It cannot happen.  There is a constant struggle there.  Wanting what I want while also wanting to obey the Lord and be filled with the Spirit.  I think my problem is forgetting grace.  Forgetting that salvation had nothing to do with me.  Forgetting that it isn’t my goodness that gets me closer to God, but the blood of Jesus.  I did absolutely nothing to deserve salvation.  I did, however, do everything to deserve Hell.  God extends grace and mercy to us and that is such a beautiful thing.  So, if God extends grace and mercy, why do I try to “fix” things by myself?  I cannot battle the flesh on my own.  I MUST see that God is the one who can have power of my sins and strongholds.  I MUST see that it is by His power, not mine, that am set free.  Kay says, “Apart from Him you can do nothing.  Only by abiding under the power, the standard, the banner, the ensign of your Jehovah-nissi can you have victory over the flesh, the world, and the devil, your enemies of God."  Oh, there is just so much goodness there.  I pray that it soaks into my spirit. 

And then we hop into the chapter about sanctification and my name is written all over it.  Y’all, did anyone else just loooovvveeeee this chapter!?  I felt the Lord speaking so much to my heart.  I feel like you can’t stop the conversation about overcoming the flesh without talking about sanctification.  An idea that God brought up to me was that sanctification requires sacrifice.  I have to sacrifice my flesh in order for the Lord to sanctify me.  That’s a big thing. 

The Lord is getting ready to work this out in my life big time and I’m so excited to see what He does.  How did this week’s study work in your heart?  Do you feel God calling you to make changes in your life?  Do share. :)

ALSO DON’T MISS THIS!!!!!!!

We are moving our final post date to August 15th instead of the 8th.  We did this because if we post on the 8th, we still have a few days of bible study left.  This way, we can finish it, reflect on it, and post some overall thoughts on what we’ve learned.  I hope you’re doing it with us.  

See you on the 15th!