Hello Sweet Cheer: October 2013


A New Name?

It's Monday!  It's also been 13 days since I've posted...what is with me?!

     Today I want to do a bit of an Instagram Recap and see if I can brainstorm some new blog names as I will no longer be a college girl in six short months!

Google chat with the fam!

It was a red pants Monday.

 Throwback to senior year Powderpuff!


 I got cap and gown pictures taken! :O

Gameday! Wreck 'em!

I've been getting better and better at chalkboard creations!

Throwback to the first picture my roomies and I 
took together! Before we were even roomies :)


This is my friend Macy. She's great!

The best pie I've EVER had.  It was basically 
chocolate mousse, with a peanut butter crust 
and butterfingers sprinkled on top.  Yum!

This guy has been my best friend since I was a tiny baby! 
 I love him so much and am thankful for his friendship!

     I'm so excited because I get to go home this weekend!  I haven't seen my parents or little sister in about two months so it should be fun.  This weekend is actually Homecoming at my high school, so that should be a lot of fun, too!  I'm planning to go to the pep rally and hopefully cheer my Bulldogs on to a victory at the football game Friday night!

     I was chatting with my roommate the other day and realized that when I graduate in May I'm going to have to make a name change!  I'll be sad to leave my "college girl" title, but I'm excited about the prospect of picking a new name that will last for years to come!  With that requirement though, it becomes a bit of a hefty task.  I have to think of something that will apply to my young single life, to my married life, to my momma life, and hopefully (crossing my fingers) to my adoptive momma life!  I love to blog and I want this blog to grow as I grow and mature and life changes.  I still have plently of time to make a decision but I've just been trying to get the brainstorming started!  At this point I think I'm going to scrap "Reflections of a __________" since anything I put in that blank could change as my life progresses.  I'd like to go towards something more descriptive of me as a person and what I write about here!  I don't necessarily have any ideas just yet, but if you have any suggestions or ideas, comment below!

Have a great week, friends!

P.S. Today is my sister and brother-in-law's two year wedding anniversary!  Oh, happy day!!

Aren't they the sweetest?

My sister Callie is so special to me!  I love her to death 
and am so thankful I've found such close friendship with her!

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My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

Happy Tuesday, friends!

     I love Tuesday mornings because I get to spend them with some high school girls who I love a whole lot!  This morning we started reading Hosea and I loved it.  The first time I read Hosea was about three and a half years ago and I still remember clearly the moment I fell in love with the Lord.  There are two verses that really struck me that day.
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her." Hosea 2:14 
"And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord." Hosea 2:19-20
     Something I'd like to point out is that it the Lord brought me to relationship with Him through scripture, His word, given to us.  It wasn't some mountain top experience or a tingling feeling I got in worship...but the very Word of God.  I believe He did that purposely, to reveal to me the great worth and importance of studying scripture to no end.

     While this blog touches on many different topics, I wanted to post today about Jesus exclusively.  I know I have readers who aren't Christians and I know I have readers who are Christians, so I just wanted to make today about what I put my hope in.  We all put our hope in something, whether we recognize it or not.  I put my hope in what Jesus Christ did on the cross.  I put my hope in the fact that while I was still DEAD in my sin, He endured the wrath of God so I might be saved from the pits of hell.  (Colossians 2:13)

"My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus' blood and righteousness.  I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus' name!"

Have a great week, friends!  Happy Tuesday.  What do you put your hope in?

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A Morning Off

Happy Thursday, friends!

     Luckily, my 11am class got cancelled today so I got to sleep in a little bit! I got up around 10am, made some eggs and coffee and have been relaxing on the couch.  Having a morning off almost always calls for a blog post!

     This week I started a month long break from eating out!  Yikes.  It's been tough so far, but I'm getting used to it!  It's something I have on my 25 Before 25 list so I decided I should go ahead and tackle it since my 21st birthday is coming up sooooon!  :)  I'll be sure and keep you all updated on the highs and lows of this challenge!  So far the worst part is the fact that it eliminates coffee runs, Sonic happy hour, a quick tea from McAlisters...etc.  But it's going to be so sweet for my bank account and by the end of the month I'm sure I'll just feel better!

     Lately the Lord has been showing me specifc places where I struggle the most.  He's been revealing to me how toxic my sin is.  The biggest thing I've learned is how much pride I have and how damaging that can really be.  I grew up in the church, lived a basically goody-two-shoes life, and felt pretty darn good about myself for it.  I loved making people aware that I didn't party or have sex or do drugs.  I loved showing how "good" I was and how "perfect" my family was.  It wasn't until the Lord brought me to the end of myself that I recognized how dirty my heart really was.  I'm a sinner saved by Grace I don't deserve.  There is nothing I could ever do to be good enough.  There is nothing I can do to improve upon my broken life to be suitable for the Lord.  The good news is that Christ died for sins he didn't commit, so that I could know the Father and make Him known.

     I wish I had more things to say, maybe something really profound or something that might change your life.  The reality is that I don't, I'm just a college student following Jesus and sharing about it.

And because I can't stand a post with no pictures... Throwback Thursday!