Hello Sweet Cheer: January 2013

1.25.2013

Insta Friday

INSTAFRIDAY

Throwback Thursday. Senior night!

Throwback Thursday to when these future roommates
 of mine were mere acquaintances!

I did a few sock buns on my friends the other night!

 This is Babyhill.  She has interesting relationship with food.  
Here she is just buying a few essential items.

 I got to have lunch with my precious friend 
Kathryn at my favorite place ever, McAlister's, the other day!

Abby Graham.  Gotta love her.  This is from her 
unbirthday celebration on Monday! 

Decided to document the fact that I broke out my 
wedges for church on Sunday.  Yay for warm weather!

I was in Chipotle the other day and I saw this lady who looked EXACTLY 
like Korie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) from the side!

Just an every day conversation with my dad.  Lolz.

Have a great weekend! :) :)

Mere

1.24.2013

A Somber Day

Disclaimer:  Today's post is heavy.  I have included one picture toward the end that might be disturbing to you.  If you are not prepared to see a visual representation of the truth behind eating disorders, I would advise you to leave this page.

Hi friends!  Happy Thursday!

     I don't usually post on Thursdays because I try to stick to a MWF blogging schedule.  But today my heart is breaking and I need to write about it.  Sorry to shift the mood from light and uplifting to somewhat sad, but I think this is a subject that deserves a little light shed on it.

     As a lot of you know I am minoring in Addiction, Disorder, Recovery Studies (ADRS).  With my minor I have to take 18 hours of ADRS courses and one of them is a class on Eating Disorders.  I'm taking it this semester and it's already tearing me up inside.  Over the course of the last two class meetings we watched a documentary called, "Thin" by Lauren Greenfield.  It chronicled the recovery process of a few women in the inpatient program at The Renfrew Center in Florida.  They didn't hold back.  This documentary revealed the hard truths about eating disorders.  We saw what was going on behind closed doors.  As I sat there in class watching these women live a train wreck of a life, my heart began to break.  I started to tear up as I watched them struggle.  My heart dropped into my stomach when a 15 year old, 100 pound girl was in tears as she repeated over and over, "I just want to be thin, I want to be thin!"  She later stated that she felt she had 40 pounds to still lose.  When a 25 year old woman named Shelly weighed in at 82.4 pounds, I was in shock.  Half way through treatment when she was beginning to gain weight and felt upset about weighing 90 pounds, I felt so incredibly sad.  I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing or what my ears were hearing.  The sadness that overwhelmed me in that moment was unbelievable.


     I'm not talking about this to make anyone else sad, or just for the sake of discussing these women and their lives.  I say all this to portray in words how my heart has been feeling today.  I'm not really sure how to process all of this.  I know I am in this class for a reason and I'm confident that the Lord is stirring up in me a new kind of compassion for his sons and daughters.  I am thankful that He is giving me eyes to see how His people are hurting.



     I don't know what else there is to say, except I wanted to not only process here, but I wanted to bring light to this deadly disease.  There are men and women struggling to go on day after day because of this addictive behavior and destructive disease.  I hope this post has opened your eyes slightly to the reality of eating disorders.  To be honest, I foresee many more posts on this subject.  Thanks for reading, sorry it wasn't very happy.

Peace & Blessings,

Mere

1.23.2013

Haiti, Haiti, Haiti!

Yes, I know… you guys are probably super tired of hearing about this!  

     First, the mission we work with in Haiti is run by Jose and Jody Castillo.  They are wonderful; I love them and their precious children so much!  They have recently realized they can no longer afford to rent the home they are living in.  Their rent is as much as it would cost them to build a new home closer to the mission campus.  There are a few more details that you can read about at this link http://lifeoffering.org/2013/01/21/our-biggest-need/.  Most importantly, I want to ask for your prayers!  They are trusting that the Lord will provide and He will work as He sees fit.  Lift them up in prayer as they make His name famous in Haiti.  If you can help in any other way, please do!  Whether it's financial or not, please lift up these brothers and sisters!

                    

     Moving on to the trip I'll be taking in March.  I said in the last post about Haiti that I wasn't going to send out support letters because my sister already sent some out for her mission trip.  I decided to go ahead and send out a few but once I started addressing them I just ended up doing the same amount I normally do.  I don't really know why but there were just some people I was compelled to send one to and before I knew it I had stuffed and sealed fifty envelopes!  So, there are definitely some people I sent a letter to who are also avid readers of my blog.  If you have to read this twice, I'm sorry!  But if you usually receive a letter from me, expect to get it soon!  They went out today.


     Side note, if you do receive a letter, PLEASE please please don't feel obligated to send money.  I know some of you have already given to Camille's trip to the Dominican Republic and I don't want you to feel pressured to also send to me.  Pray and decide for your family what is best!  Thank you all.

Here is a copy of my letter for those of you who I didn't send one to!

*********************************************************************************************************************Friends and Family,

                  I am writing to tell you about an exciting ministry opportunity I have with The Wesley Foundation at Texas Tech.  On March 8-17, over Spring Break, I have the chance to share God’s love with the people of Haiti for the third time.  (If you are friends with me on Facebook or follow my blog you’ve probably heard a lot about this already.)  I am thrilled to go back and see my beloved friends and serve in the town I’ve spent the past two years loving!  I actually wasn’t planning on going this year (which is why this letter is going out so late), but the Lord did His thing and revealed to me in big ways that His plan for spring break was greater that mine could ever be.  You can read more about that process on my blog at http://www.reflectionsofacollegegirl.blogspot.com.
Haiti is a place I have completely fallen in love with.  I am blessed beyond measure to be given the chance to rekindle the relationships that first began almost two years ago.  We will be traveling to “The Mole” which is near St. Louis du Nord, Haiti in the Northwest corner of the country.  Our mission team will be doing hut-to-hut evangelism, VBS with children at villages in the surrounding area, loving on orphans daily, helping out with some construction, and hosting a youth conference for the young people of The Mole.  In Haiti, teens are very much forgotten.   Teams come in all the time willing to play with babies and minister to children, yet so often the teenagers are left feeling like outsiders.  I am so passionate about teens, specifically teenaged girls.  This youth conference is usually the highlight of my trip!  I love getting to know the girls and encouraging their hearts toward the Lord.  If you would like more information about the group we are working with, or are just interested in the details about this specific mission, the web address is http://www.nwhcm.org.
I want to thank you for being a part of my life and for supporting me in the past.  I recognize that receiving a letter asking for thousands of dollars every year can get tiring.  I pray that God’s will be done in you and in me.  I will continue to raise money in every way possible trusting that the Lord will provide and be glorified through that.  I’m excited to see how the Lord works through missions in my life.  Though I have no idea how exactly He’ll work, I know that He has placed a yearning in my heart to go to the nations and I trust that He will do with that which He desires.
I am asking that you pray for this ministry.  Pray for the Lord’s will in our lives and the lives of the Haitian people.  Pray that as humble servants God will use us to bring Glory to His name.  Pray for the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission.  The NWHCM campus in The Mole is run by Jose and Jody Castillo.  They are incredible and I ask that you lift them up in prayer as they make His name famous in the nation of Haiti.  I am also requesting financial support.  I ask that you seek the Lord and His will for your support.  The trip will cost $2,000, with the total amount due by March 1st.  Any amount you are able to donate would be helpful.  I am fully trusting that the Lord will provide my way for this trip.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call Al Martin at The Wesley Foundation (806) 762-8749, or me on my cell (469) 734-8382.  Thank you so much for your love, support, and prayers.

In Christ,

Meredith Moorman
**********************************************************************************************************************

That's it for today bloggie world!  Thanks so much for reading!

Mere

Wordless Wednesday



1.19.2013

Insta Saturday

     So I missed Wordless Wednesday & Insta Friday this week.  Blogger FAIL.  I guess Syllabus week really did me in.  So I declare today Insta Saturday!  Here are my missed posts.

Wordless Wednesday


Insta Friday

started reading this book the other day!  loving it so far. 

a trip to Sheridan's my freshman year when I 
only knew about 3 people in this picture #throwbackthursday 

dinner at market street last night with two of my favorites!

     That's it for this week.  I know, not fun at all!  I haven't been posting Instagrams as often as usual, but don't worry I won't disappoint next week!

Happy Weekend!!!

Mere

1.15.2013

Spring 2013

Happy Tuesday!!

As promised yesterday I want to talk about this upcoming semester (which starts tomorrow)!

     Spring 2013: I'm a junior, working as a nanny, taking 15 hours of class, hanging out with & leading at a youth group in town, preparing for Haiti in March, staying involved at The Wesley Foundation & attempting to maintain somewhat of a social life.

     I have a few things going on!  I'm super excited about what this semester holds & what plans God has for growing, stretching, & molding me into who He wants me to be.

     My job is wonderful.  The kids are good, their parents are awesome! They are so flexible & super understanding when I have conflicts or need time off.  I was signed up for 18 hours but with a few different factors weighing in, I decided to drop my math class since I can take it while I'm at home this summer!  It will be cheaper that way & will alleviate some of the stress of school.


     Hanging out with youth kids is seriously the best!  They're so much fun & I love to see their zest for life & how much they desire to serve the Lord.  Last semester I was attending a Tuesday morning girls bible study that Taylor (the director of student ministries) was leading.  We meet at United in the morning before the girls have to be at school.  This semester Taylor decided to pass off the leadership portion of the bible study to me!  I'm super excited!  We talked this morning & the girls expressed an interest in learning specifically about people in the Bible.  We decided on studying women in the Bible!  We'll check out Ruth, Sarah, Leah & Rachel, & the likes.  I think it'll be a fun semester & we'll all really learn a lot!


     As I shared yesterday, I'm going to Haiti in March.  Some time will definitely be spent preparing for the trip & lots of time will be dedicated to going out & raising the $2,000 needed for the trip!  The most time though will be spent in prayer, asking God to prepare my heart.  I am excited & expectant in knowing God is going to work!


     I'm still going to The Wesley Foundation & plan to stay involved mainly through morning bible study.  Stephen & Beth Campbell lead an awesome bible study that I got to be a part of last semester & I'm excited about what this semester holds for us!!  We used to meet Mon/Thurs 6am-8am but I believe we are changing that to Mon/Wed 6am-7:30am which will work out nicely because I have class at 8am on those days!  


     Lastly, yes I will attempt to maintain a social life & not allow the busyness to get in the way of fostering new friendships & maintaining current ones.  I'm excited for the slight changes in our friend group from last semester to this semester!



There you have it, friends.  Lots of anticipation going on right here!  But good anticipation & excitement about what the future holds!  Have a great day!

Mere

1.14.2013

Big Exciting News!!

Happy Monday friendlies!

     Today I planned on writing about what this semester might hold for me, & what I'm excited about, nervous about, etc.  Then something more exciting happened that I have to talk about first!

I'M GOING BACK TO HAITI THIS SPRING BREAK!  I. Am. So. Excited!


     For those of you who don't know, I've been to Haiti twice (March 2011 & March 2012) with the Wesley Foundation.  This year I didn't sign up for the trip for a few reasons.  First I wanted to allow freshman to sign up before taking up a spot (as it is designed to be a freshman mission trip).  Another reason I didn't sign up initially is because I just wasn't sure if I should go.  Because it's designed to be a freshman trip, I wanted to be able to take on more leadership responsibility if I decided to go.  Not knowing whether or not that was a possibility I decided to pray about it & take the decision making process slowly.  After prayer & some thought I decided to leave it up in the air & allow God to be the planner of my Spring Break.  I didn't sign up for Haiti or anything else.  An opportunity briefly presented itself for me to go to the Dominican Republic with my dad & sister.  That quickly fell through & I was back to having no plans.  I wasn't too worried about it, trusting that God had a plan for that week & He would see it through as He desired.



     When I got back to Lubbock a week ago, I got a text from Al Martin, the director of the Wesley Foundation.  He's going on the trip & asked me if I would want to go because they needed to fill some spots.  Being the Type A personality that I am, I was immediately concerned about money.  With the trip being less than two months away & needing to raise $2,000 my mind was spinning.  I took a few days to pray & think on it.  I talked to my parents & still had concerns.  I decided I should schedule a time to sit down with Al & talk through my worries.



     Today we met & I made it pretty simple.  I'm concerned about being able to make the money in time.  Since my dad & sister are going to the DR, they've already sent out letters to our friends & family so I don't feel like I should send more.  Of course I've always heard, "Don't let the money keep you from going."  And it's not that I don't trust or believe that God will provide, I totally do.  But I'm one of those has-to-know-the-future-likes-to-control-everything kind of gals.  It's a problem, I know.  The first thing Al said to me was this, "In all the time you've been here, how many times has someone signed up for a mission trip & not made the money?"  Ziiiiiinnnnngggg.  Okay, I get it.  Money really shouldn't be the problem.



So that's kind of it!  I'm going & I'm ECSTATIC!!

     Also… Al asked me to lead a small group on the trip!  It's crazy how God provided an answer for each concern I was having!  I wanted to lead more, but didn't even ask about it because I wasn't sure what I could do & booooom, Al asks me to lead!  Thank you, Jesus!!!  I am super stoked, if you can't tell already!

     Lastly, if you feel so inclined to help financially I would be SO APPRECIATIVE!  You can send me a message on Facebook (facebook.com/meredith.moorman) or leave a comment below!  Thank you so much for reading!!

     Since this is a little longer than I anticipated, I'll post what I was going to post today, tomorrow!  See you then, lovelies!  Have a great day!!

Mere


Update: I've already had some people wanting to help contribute to my trip!  I am so incredibly grateful!!  I wanted to go ahead & add the information for anyone who wants to help out in case you'd rather stay anonymous or just don't want to have to contact me first!

You can send a check made out to "The Wesley Foundation" with the memo line as "Meredith Moorman - Haiti" to the following address:

The Wesley Foundation
attn: Penny Wilson
2420 15th St.
Lubbock, TX 79401

Thank you!!!

1.11.2013

Insta Friday

Happy Friday bloggie friends!!!!

Welcome to my newest & most favorite weekly post, Insta Friday.  I can't take credit for it though, I follow a lot of blogs faithfully & got the idea from a couple of them.  Without further adieu…

Last week my mom & I went down to The Woodlands to visit my Aunt Anne & cousin Lizzy!  My aunt had foot surgery a few days before we got there, so my mom wanted to help her around the house, cook some meals to freeze, etc.  I just wanted to tag along to see my Lizzy!

After The Woodlands we drove over to Beaumont to see my Granny & Gramps!

I drove back to Lubbock on Monday & right when I got home I started cleaning & taking down all my Christmas decorations!  This was the finished product.

On Tuesday I went back to work & was reunited with my little Aden.

I brought a few after-Christmas goodies for the babes.  All art work is now displayed in style!

I love to talk about how "domestic" I am.  Surely I have a long way to go to catch up to my momma but my friends seem to think I've got it down :)

Got a little Emoji crazy the other night.

Mattie & I at his wedding this summer #throwbackthursday

#throwbackthursday

Last night I saw Gangster Squad with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & Sean Penn.  It was great!


Well that's it for today!  Have a fabulous weekend!!

Mere

1.02.2013

2013


A New Year, A New Beginning

     It’s hard to believe 2012 has come & gone, and we’re on to the year 2013!  This is the year I become a senior in college, the year I’ll turn 21, the year my parents have been married 29 years, the year my sisters will celebrate their 1st & 2nd anniversaries with their husbands, & the year my little sister becomes a senior in high school.  This is crazy talk!

     I’m excited about what will come in this year.  My heart is prepared to see change.  This Spring Break will be the first in 6 years that I won’t be on some sort of mission trip.  My plans are up in the air at this point.  This May I’ll move out of my rental house & live at home in McKinney for the summer.  In August I’ll move into a new rental house with new roommates (and I’ll be a senior)!  This fall will be my last football season as a student.  In December I’ll experience my last Christmas break as a college student (having 5 weeks off has been nice).  I love change in small doses but sometimes drastic change is hard to swallow.  I’ve been learning about change & how to deal with it all semester & it seems I’ll be applying all that I’ve learned for the next year!

     Enough about me, let’s talk about Jesus.  While we are all in a mindset of reflection on the past year & preparation for the year to come, I find it imperative to think about what the Lord would have to say.  As I was reading over the past few days of Jesus Calling this morning (I’ll admit, I haven’t been good about keeping up with it lately), a few things stuck out to me.  Side note: Jesus Calling is a daily devotional book with quick tidbits written from the perspective of God, followed by scriptures to support them.  I highly recommend it, & you can find it any Christian bookstore!

From January 1st: “Come to me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed.  A close walk with me is a life of continual newness.”  Romans 12:2

     On the first day of the year we’re often in the mindset that since it’s a new year we get to start over, or begin anew.  But I love the contrary that this teaches.  When I read this today, I was immediately reminded of my sweet friend Heather Huante.  She also writes a blog, you can check it out here.  Anyway, I came across her Facebook status yesterday & really loved what she had to say.  She’s always celebrating Jesus, oozing with Joy, & pointing everyone back to the cross.  I love her dearly for that.  Here’s what it said: “I think it's really cool that the "Oh yay, a new year! Today is the day I start over" feeling everyone is experiencing today is the same feeling that is offered to us every time we ask for forgiveness.  This feeling of a clean slate is a gift that is offered to us anytime we want it.   The Lord's grace y'all, [it’s] pretty mind blowing stuff!”  Isn’t she wonderful!?  Really, check out her blog, follow her on twitter (@HeatherHuante), do whatever you can because I promise you’ll want to hear what she has to say!

     Back to the topic at hand… It’s incredible to think about & understand the fact that we get to start new at any moment when we have Christ in our lives.  I feel like I start over daily, almost!  I’m always asking for forgiveness, strength to repent & attempting to move towards a life that looks more like Jesus.  If Christ didn’t offer a clean slate with forgiveness, sanctification wouldn’t be possible!  What a wonderful feeling it is to know that you are forgiven, to know your debt is paid, to know that even in your failures, the Lord loves you & wants you reconciled back to Him, every. day.  That’s our God, people!!! 

Here are a few more things I read today that jumped out at me, & I thought necessary to share!

From January 2nd: “Relax in my Healing Presence.  Bring your mind back to Me for refreshment & renewal.”  Psalm 105:4, Luke 10:39-42

From December 31st: “I, your Prince of Peace, long to pour Myself into Your neediness.  My abundance & Your emptiness are a perfect match.  I designed you to have no sufficiency of your own.”  Isaiah 9:6, 2 Cor. 4:7, John 14:26-27

Here are some pictures of the past few days at the Moorman house!  Happy New Year to you & yours!









Creepin' on my sisters while they played Just Dance :)



     As always, thanks for reading my friendlies!  Your support doesn’t go unnoticed & I am eternally grateful for it!!

What are you looking forward to in 2013?  How is God revealing Himself to you?