Hello Sweet Cheer: February 2013

2.27.2013

Wordless Wednesday



My friend Jenna at an ATM…. um what…? 

2.25.2013

A Snow Day in Lubbock

Hi friends!!

     I'm blogging pretty late tonight… which is super unusual with my hectic schedule this semester!  But here I am.  We had a snow day today and we have a delayed start to classes tomorrow!  This really came at such a perfect time!  I watched a movie, made a yummy breakfast, ventured outside for a little winter fun and hung out with my girlfriends for Bachelor night earlier.  It was a wonderful day!


     The reason I say this came at such a perfect time is because I've been dreading, I mean REALLY dreading this week.  On top of all my regularly scheduled weekly happenings, I have a test, a paper due, an interview for a practicum, I'm providing snacks for my small group, a dinner scheduled with a friend, an appointment to view a house with my roommates, and I'm leaving for San Antonio on Friday!!  Not to mention I'm leaving for Haiti in less than two weeks and still have lots of preparing to do!  Phew.  That is a seriously packed week!

     Point being, getting today to relax and recharge was a huge blessing.  God always knows just when we need a little down time, doesn't He?  I do my best not to allow myself to get caught up in the rat race, and really attempt to live day to day in the moment.  But it gets tough.  So today was an incredible reminder for me to just slow down.  A great little break for God to whisper to me, "Don't lose focus, remember what this life is truly about."  I love how God works in such specific ways and knows just how to love me so well.

Here are some quick pictures from my day!





     I attempted to make a snowman, which doesn't really go so well when you're by yourself.  My roommate is from Germany, so snow isn't a big deal to her!  I had to fly solo on my snow fun today.  I decided this little guy is more of a snow minion than a true snowman.  Hey, I tried!


     I had lots of fun inside too!!  I made snow cream!  In honor of my dear family-friend Mrs. Dee!!  She makes it and it is so yummy!



     Like I said earlier, I enjoyed a yummy breakfast of cinnamon and chocolate chip pancakes, watched the movie Catch Me if You Can (one of my favs!), and just relaxed all curled up in my favorite chair!



     At the end of today I felt refreshed and rested!  I'm ready to tackle this week with all that I have! And I get to end it with the most special of events, a wedding!  I'm so excited to witness my precious friends David and Jenna tie the knot this Saturday!  

     Before I end this, I have to make clear that things aren't perfect.  Or just that things are always so peachy.  I never want to seem like I blog only about the greatest days I have or the most happy and exciting things in my life.  I want this to be a place of honesty and I want life to be portrayed in the most realistic way possible!  So in light of being honest and real, as much as I loved today and had a ton of fun, the truth is that I felt a hint of loneliness.  I loved playing in the snow, but I was alone.  I loved the excitement of a day off, but at times was wishing I had someone to spend it with.  Without sounding like some whiny, single, college girl, I recognized today that I might have enjoyed things more if I had that special someone to share it with.  

     Please, please don't get me wrong.  I am so thankful for the WONDERFUL friends and amazing family the Lord has blessed me with.  I love my community and the spiritual leaders in my life.  All of that however, doesn't change the fact that I have a real desire to be married one day.  I have a real desire to have a man in my life who loves me like Christ loved the church and whom I can love and respect and submit to for all my days.  I love that God has put that desire in my heart!  I'm not ashamed or embarrassed about it and I am hopeful that God has a plan for that part of my life.  With this subject, I want to emphasize the following truths (for my sake and the sake of any other singles out there who sometimes feel the void):

          - Life doesn't magically begin once you're married.  Life is here and now, single or not.

          - Marriage will not meet your deepest needs.  That is something only Christ can do.

          - There is nothing wrong with you if you're single.  There isn't some key thing you can change that will all of a sudden have guys fighting over you.  

     I love reminding myself of these things and feeling the peace of knowing that the time will come.  I love using my single days to glorify the Lord and further the Kingdom, just as I will use my married days for the same purposes.  

Happy Monday!!

Thanks for reading :)  

Mere

2.22.2013

Insta Friday

Happy Friday!!!

High school girls at Evolve!

Driving to Austin early Sunday morning!

My cousin's wedding with the fam bam!

More Evolve pics!

Having some coffee with sweet Erin.

Senior year winter formal with Smashley #tbt

Baby Robbie! #tbt

Late night Wal-Mart trips. 
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." 
We love Hill.

How's the Prayer Challenge going?  It's been powerful in my life so far.

Have a great weekend!!

Mere

2.20.2013

Wordless Wednesday: Throwback Edition


Robert Potts
Fall 2008

Carson Full
Spring 2009

Tanner Allen
Fall 2007

     Okay I can't get away with no words today, sorry!  These are some of my favorite friends!  They are guys who have loved and cared for me since our baby days!  They are wonderful men and I'm so thankful for their role in my life.

Peace and Happy Wednesday!

Mere

2.19.2013

My Weekend + a Huge Challenge

Happy Tuesday friends!

     I had a crazy cool and super fun weekend so getting back to the daily schedule and routine of a school week is proving to be even more difficult than normal!  Friday and Saturday I was a small group leader for a Disciple Now.  We call it Evolve weekend and I was with the middle school girls that I hang out with every Sunday night at youth, so that was awesome!  Then I drove to Austin on Sunday for my cousin Eric's wedding, it was beautiful!

     Our speaker for the weekend was Rick Mitchell who is the college pastor at a church in town called Church on the Rock.  I've known him for a little while now and he's great.  He is full of energy and speaks lots of truth!  Our good friends David's Plea led us in worship and it was spectacular as usual!  I want to briefly touch on something Rick talked about this weekend.


     On Friday he talked about the stages in which we turn away from the Lord.  Starting as a drifter we begin to have our attention focused elsewhere.  Maybe it's playing basketball or cheering on a squad, a piece of technology or a great book series you want to finish, maybe it's a person, like a significant other or family member.  The point is that we allow our attention to be drawn away from the Lord and placed on something else.  He said, "We drift when we get comfortable."  I think that's so true.  When life becomes simple or easy or no longer challenging to our relationship with Christ, we get lazy and start drifting!

     The next point he made was that one step further we sometimes begin to doze.  He illustrated this point by the common occurrence that I like to call "bobbing for apples".  Your head moves down until the second you realize you need to stay awake and you jerk your head back up.  This phase has to do with the time you begin to not only let your attention be distracted or caught by something else, but when your actions begin to change because of it.

     Lastly, he talked about when people find themselves spiritually dead.  This is when they've lost all aspiration and are in complete rebellion.  It's not possible to fake it anymore, it's clear you've check out of the relationship you once had with Jesus.


     I've really been reflecting on this over the past few days.  At face value it seems like a pretty elementary concept.  Growing up in the church we hear about drifting away from God constantly, and how not to do it.  Needless to say, these things weren't at all new or difficult concepts for me to understand.  But the more that I've allowed it to sink in and really make sense in my heart, the more I'm blown away by the fact that we drift and doze.  I've been warned about it all my life, and I've been a part of it all my life, being in a roller coaster type relationship with Jesus.  But now that I'm really sitting on this stuff I'm almost shocked when I think about the way we reject Jesus.  How IN THE WORLD do we deny and continue to sin against the only One in our lives who is ALWAYS there?  How do we say no to the God of the universe who created everything and breathed very LIFE into our souls?  How do we rebel against and turn away from this gracious and merciful God who sent His Son as a LIVING SACRIFICE to be beaten unrecognizable to save our wretched souls from eternal damnation?!  HOW?!

     Obviously, I fail Him everyday but that's not the point.  How did we get to the point where we've heard the Gospel so many times that it no longer brings us to our knees?  I would say that familiarity breeds stagnation.  We are so incredibly familiar with the incarnation of God through a virgin mother, the miracles and life of Jesus Christ, His death and eventual RESURRECTION from the dead, the very Gospel of our Lord, that it has become less moving of our hearts.  Not because it isn't moving, BECAUSE IT IS, but because we have allowed ourselves to become way too comfortable with it.  And when we become comfortable we become lazy.

     My heart breaks DAILY for those people I know, whether it be close in friendship or just an acquaintance, who KNOW and have heard the Gospel but are choosing to reject it by living their lives in rebellion to the Lord.  I was in physical tears (and by physical I mean big, droopy, boo-hooing, body writhing tears) because of the brokenness that is in this world and that is invading the hearts of my believing friends and family members.

     Through some soul searching and like I said, some big droopy tears, I've decided to make a promise to pray fervently for the believer who is in rebellion.  I've decided for the next 30 days to pray specifically by name twice a day for the ones I know, and more generally for those in the same situation whom I may not know about, once a day in my quiet time with Jesus.  As readers of my blog I would challenge you to take on this commitment as well.  While it's tough to understand how to navigate evangelizing to close friends who are already aware of the Gospel, it's much less complicated but SO INCREDIBLY POWERFUL to commit to lifting them up in prayer on a daily basis.  Please think and pray about committing to this challenge with me.  Let's intercede for our brothers and sisters by taking on this 30 Day Prayer Challenge!

     And on that note, here are a few more pictures from my weekend!  Some from Evolve and some from my cousins wedding on Sunday!!








Peace and blessings, bloggie readers!  See you tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

Mere


2.15.2013

Insta Friday + A Chocolate Hangover

Happy Friday friendlies!!!

     So it's the day after Valentine's day, which means we've all eaten way too much chocolate and probably have buckets of candy left over!  Personally, I still have tons of chocolate around my house.  Last night I went to Underground (Thursday night worship service) and stayed for the dance after!  My friends and I had a blast!  We danced the night away and closed the place down, like we always do!  My week was so full of love and I hope yours was too!!

Here are a few pics from my night!





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And now it's time for Insta Friday.
     

A fun card I sent to my baby sister!


A few pictures from Wednesday!


My valentine gift!

     So I guess I didn't instagram too much this week, sorry!!  I'm sure I'll have more to post next week!  Have a great weekend, friends!

Love + hearts, Mere

2.14.2013

Today is the day!

Happy Valentine's Day my friends!!!

     Today I'm wearing my valentine socks from sweet sweet Lynne (my friend Erin's momma), my friend Abby and I did a lil campus lovin' and this afternoon I did some baking with Aden!  Most excitingly though, I received a card in the mail from my valentine!  My daddy sent it with a Starbucks gift card inside, SCORE!  It has been a sweet day full of love!  I feel like I've overloaded y'all with my words this week so I'll leave with some pictures that sum up the day!!




Valentine love experiment: we left notes all around the library!  
Some with bible verses and some that just said "Happy Valentine's Day! You are loved."


Gift from my valentine.


Valentine sockies!!  Thanks so much Lynne! :)


Cookie decorating!

Oh happy day!  I hope yours was as filled with joy as mine!  

Love and hearts, Mere


2.13.2013

Heart Shaped Everything

Hi friends!

     Today I'm gonna skip out on my Wordless Wednesday segment since I have hearts and love to talk about!!

     I wanted to try out some valentine-themed snacks today, so we went with strawberries and bananas, and tortillas with butter (Aden's favorite) all shaped like hearts!  Morgan is allergic to gluten so he couldn't have the flour tortillas, and he was pretty sad.  But I made it up to him with a yummy orange!



This was so much fun for me!


Here they are enjoying their treat!! (with Ellen on in the background of course :D)


And Aden loved her heart shaped tortillas!

     After they had a snack and when The Ellen Show was over, (we watch it every day and belly laugh!) things got really exciting.  I had promised them a Valentine surprise because they are ALL about surprises!  I went out to my car and brought back a Valentine card and two wrapped gifts.  They closed their eyes until the moment I handed it over!  I took some clips of video while they were opening but only got still shots of afterward!  

                       


     They were so excited about their Valentine monkeys!!  These kiddos are crazy for stuffed animals so I knew it'd be a big hit.  Then they asked if they could do surprised face… Needless to say, I happily obliged.  



They were so pumped about naming them!  
L-R Chocolate (Morgan's), Caramel (Aden's)

     Lastly, I thought I'd include the video clips I took of them for all my non-vine readers!  If you don't know what that means, no worries, it's just the latest trendy app for smart phones.  Here it is!


Happy ALMOST Valentine's Day!!  Love and hearts.

Mere

P.S. I would have saved their gifts for tomorrow since it's actually Valentine's day, but I only have Aden on Thursdays, so I wanted them to open them together!!  See ya tomorrow.