Thursday, March 1, 2018

February '18: A Four-Wheeled Prayer Closet

Oh February, short but sweet you are. This month seemed to fly by so quickly, (I think I say that about every month it seems) as I sit here typing out my thoughts at school with a billion other projects running through my mind, I knew I needed to take a break and "renew my mind", so to speak. ;)   "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2 is actually going to be one of my topics for what seemed to challenge me this February of the year 2018. Something that drives me crazy is how easy it is for me to take my mind off spiritual thoughts and on to worldly thoughts. It really is a constant battle. I find more and more, that how I think will effect how I act. If I am thinking on my Heavenly Father and the precious unconditional love He has and has shown through giving up His most valuable possession, than I feel first undeserving and secondly, like my life should never be about myself but rather, how can I write a thank you note to God in my actions and steps I take each day. For me This is accomplished through a deep relationship with God. That word: Depth, oh how I fail at depth, in studying His Word and depth in talking with Him in prayer. Praise God that His love is so deep and never fails."For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 8:38-39.

When I was 13 years old, I remember reading a book that changed my mind about prayer drastically. It was called, "A Young Woman After God's Own Heart" by Elizabeth George. I actually think I have an old blog post about it. I'll see if I can find it and share it below * Anyway, the book was based off of David in the bible where God called him, a man after His own heart; "And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." -Acts 13:22.  I sadly, sometimes have to remind myself that God's not just a fantasy in my head, He is ALIVE.  One blessing I have is that I live a hour from school. haha! Yes, I said a blessing. ;) At first, I would have not called this a blessing. As a matter of fact, I would have complained about it. Yet that changed, once my car became my new prayer closet. Something in my gut always told me I should make good use of this time. It could be an hour to listen to a sermon, an hour for prayer, an hour for singing praises at the top of my lungs with out anyone becoming annoyed. But nope, I'd usually just pop that power button on the radio and head my merry way, just day dreaming or running through my school to do list in my head. Which there's nothing wrong with that it's just I found out, after I decided to start praying more that now I can't wait to hop in my car and start my day with the Lord. So now, I'm here to tell you PRAY. Pray with out ceasing!! You will be absolutely amazed at the POWER OF GOD. I have found prayer is one of the ways we can renew our minds, along with singing and meditating on scripture. David was said to be a man after God's own heart because He desired to build a deep relationship with God. Not only by communing with God but asking for spiritual guidance in life's circumstances. Of course, by all means, I do not always pray the way I should, thankfully that's where grace and mercy step in but I'm hoping and seeking to do my best. I've heard it put this way "good, better, best, never let it rest, until your good is better and your better best". So my prayer closet is on four wheels, my car! :) Of course, nothing compares to a quiet time in my room, with no distracts and a window's view of our Creator's beautiful sky! That's my #1 choice. However, in my four-wheeled pray closet, I have different options for different problems. If I'm feeling like the world's worst sinner and need to renew my mind in Chirst's joy: I'll play a church singing cd and sometimes I literally have to force myself to sing along, depending on the amount of flesh I've let take over ;) haha! BUT I am telling you, there's a reason God tells us to sing praises, it changes my heart everytime, no joke. God's just amazing like that. "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." -Psalm 100:4.

With this little bit of an introduction to my February Post of the year, I hope and pray that you'll take something from this and if you are already using your four-wheeled prayer closet than good for you!! Get ready and buckle up, ( don't know why I am now stuck on a car themed posted but..) here are some special moments in picture form from this past month. Sorry I am so late posting this one, March post will be here before I know it! :) Hope you enjoy them and oh! Here's my favorite piece of scripture I recently discovered and also a song that inspired me this month. Maybe you can listen to it in your four-wheeled prayer closet. :)

1 Samuel 12:24: Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
Remember, God's Love NEVER fails. :) <3








   







Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your never failing love. 
Help us to trust that this is true and to love just like you do.
 May we live like love never fails.
In Christ love, we are able to pray,
Amen. <3



Guess who came to visit!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 :)!!!!!
It's my lil Kendra! <3


I like to call him grand pappy now, but I don't recommend you do that. ;)


Exactly how I felt during mid-terms, Kendra. ;) 


Something huge that happened this month, I was blessed to attend a Tabata intructor's bootcamp, I am now certified and hopefully after finishing at Shelton State I plan to really put this into use!! Tabata  is very challenging as a workout but I think that's why I like it so much! 
Thanks Michelle!! :)



My Tabata classmate, Shelton classmate and also one of my instructors from Shelton. 
Tyler and Mrs. Green!


Sacred Harp: Something new for this month was learning how to read sacred harp music.
With Mrs. Zilpha Cornett. I think I'm getting it. ;)  



Frutta Bowls in Downtown Tuscaloosa with some friends! Love this place!!




SPRING IS IN THE AIR.








Thanks for reading. Here's a February sunset for you! :)


Thursday, February 1, 2018

A New Year and New Adventures. Welcome 2018!

So what's your new year's resolution? I was asked this a few times during the last few days of 2017. I'm such a list maker that normally in the past, I would have given some great answers. Haha! This past year though, I've realized I may make a long list of things I want to accomplish or finish this new year but that list is susceptible to change. This year I want to surrender all those plans to God first. I've made a decision, which putting a decision into action can take some work, but anyway, I've decided to take 2018 one day at a time. So cliche you may think but let me tell you, for a girl like me who plans every minute, to every hour, to every day, month, year, 5 years, IT IS SO not easy for me. You know, you think I would learn by now from growing up as a preacher's daughter, having moved about five different times to different states, churches, friends, ect. that I would realize it's just not possible to expect everything to go according as "I" planned and I think God has been trying to teach me that. Regardless though, I still try. I guess I just have these perfect ideas in my head that if things continue to progress in a certain way, than surely because of my planning and timing I've tried to put together things will happen. Forgetting God's the one in control here with the perfect plan, that He puts together. ;) Sooo with all that being said, 
My new years resolutions are, #1 remember God is in control.
This is His life He gave to me. I need to follow His plan, His way and walk beside Him every step of that way. This will ultimately be, for the child of God, the most joyous way to live anyway! #2 Comes from something one of my dear friends from college told me. I was talking with her about what her plans were for after she graduates. She said, she planned to open her own gym and health club. I began to talk with her about her plans of purchasing a building, where will the money come from and so forth (just the typical planner in me coming out). She than said something that for some reason, really shook me up, not in a bad way, just one of those, I'm almost positive God is speaking to me through this conversation, moments.
She said,

"Oh, I'm just trusting God to provide all that. I believe this is what He wants me to do to serve Him and He'll provide me the things I need to get there." After those sentences hit my ears, I almost didn't want this sweet friend of mine to know my background; A girl who has gone to church her whole life, who has heard many times the importance of trusting and having faith in God to provide what we need. Yet still, I began to question this friend's way of thinking. Bam! It was a spiritual punch in the heart, I can tell you that, and one I needed. Oh how I prayed on my way home from school that day and thanked God for first, blessing me with such a friend at school and secondly, for forgiveness on my serious lack of faith in Him. So, #2 is to grow out of my "oh ye of little faith" mind and remember God, my heavenly Father has the best, and out of this world plan!! (ha, literally) <3 
Wow again, okay so this is it! Above is my first post in the new year. Hopefully, I can look back and say yes! I was able to grow in the two areas I listed. If not, I shall try try again. So to close this long crazy post, I will share my "plan" ;) for 2018: PICTURES and lots of them. :D They say, a picture is worth a thousand words, So I've decided with prayer and dedication, I am going to take pictures each month of moments shared with friends or my favorite recipe, or an adventurous outing, just anything that brought joy and I would count as a blessing from God. I am going to take pictures and will make a blog post at the end of each month. I want to better reflect on this year because it's going to be a bitter sweet moment for me in December. I will be finishing up my life as a college student!! I can't believe it, my last year! I feel like I just graduated from high school in 2015!? Where did time go? So crazy to think about. So that's the plan, so wish me luck, I mean prayers please. ;) Thanks for reading this long crazy post and I hope you enjoy the abundance of pictures to follow!!! :) :)
Remember, find the blessings in life and stay joyful!
With love,
~Lydia Rose

This is January:

#1 Picture: "Will you be my Bridesmaid?"
oH GooDnesS. Haha! The first picture you get to see is me on a Saturday morning, wearing my favorite comfy Tim Hawkins t-shirt, no make-up, messy hair, and puffy teary eyes. No regrets here though because this picture means the world. For the month of January, I think this moment is for sure the highlight. Madison McCool, one of the sweetest, most caring people I know asked if I would be one of her bridesmaids. I was so honored and May 19th will be here before we know it!! <3
This is the whole Madison McCool Bridal party crew! Along with the Mother of the bride! After we tried our dresses on. SUCH fun!
 

So a couple of hours after I was asked to be a bridesmaid, I decided to go for a walk. The weather that day was so nice, in the 50s I think, which we hadn't had a warm day in a while. On my way back to the house I spotted this hawk! I've always wanted to get that awesome flying up close pic of a hawk! So with my awesome camera on my phone, well sorta awesome. I was able to snap these pictures! :D "On eagles wings, we shall renew our strength, we shall run, and walk, but never faint."
 -Eagles Wings hymn.
All Fired Up Pottery with my dear friend Ginny Grace. Such a kind, fun, and an honest friend! She painted the cactus and I painted the blog themed mason jar. 
Yes, mine looks like a five year old painted it, which some five year olds probably can paint better than that but hey. It's purple, with a rose and it says love. What could be better.   
Bowling with Samantha <3
Oh bowling! I love the idea of it! It's so exciting to throw a heavy ball down a lane and smash all those pins but one problem is, I only get strikes once in a blue moon. IT'S STILL SO MUCH FUN THOUGH! 

Secret about me: Something on my bucket list before I die is to slide down a bowling alley. HUMAN BOWLING BALL!! Yeah, it will never happen. but you can dream right?

 
Meet the cool awesome ladies.
 I am not included in the above profiles because I googled, how to bowl. Which was actually very helpful. Did you know the arrows down the lane actually mean something?! I got a strike. 

4sisphotography shoot
Spent an afternoon with 4sisphotographer Madison! Such great pictures. Highly recommend you check out their website if you're interested: https://4sisphotography.wixsite.com/mysite/bio

This is my super fun, friendly, sassy when we need to be friend, my diabetic buddy Ashleigh. :D We had a wonderful time being goofy.

THE PRACTICUM 



Spring Semester began and I am in my practicum!! Time to put book work into action! Ah crazy.


This is a picture I sent to my best friend Katie, not sure why I decided to include this but I do remember being super excited for color coordinated notebooks and school supplies. Not so much excited for overly priced books though, that's a college thing I will not miss.



A rough draft warm-up I wrote to teach in weight training but than the teacher decided to switch on me and I had to teach the cool-down! Haha! Had to come up with everything on the spot, let's just say I panicked but it went smoothly.


BALLET
YES. I am taking ballet this semester and people are not joking when they say it is hard. I agree it's a sport. Learning the language of this art is interesting too! Praying I'll make it to the recital in April!!

HEALTHY COOKING 199



Another course at Shelton I am taking is Healthy Cooking. At first, I thought this class would not be worth the time but I was wrong! I always look forward to this class! The food it always so delicious and I enjoy getting to just spend time with everyone.

THE FINAL DECISION 
 
The day you feel at absolute peace about your final decision in a college/career path. Believe me, I was all over the place on trying to decide on one. Should I attend the University of Alabama with a transfer scholarship to pursue Public Health? Or should I go to PT school away from home? It was a stressful time and took lots of research and prayer. Till I came to the conclusion that, I should just stick with what I started; an associates in wellness/fitness management and a certificate for wellness instructing. Bless my mom's heart for all she counseled me through. I was flip-flopping my decisions so much! Praise God that's over with! :)
Can't leave the month of January without a picture of one of the many beautiful winter sunsets! :)
"Take this girl to see a sunset or sunrise and you have my heart."
LASTLY, SNOW.
Oh and lastly, this beautiful stuff right here got me out of school for a week!! :D
Thanks for scrolling all the way through these pictures that probably don't excite you as much as they do me. I hope you enjoyed looking at them and reading through my grammatically incorrect paragraphs. It's just who I am. Have a wonderful February! God bless! <3

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nothing Shall Take What Lives Within

My heart was really torn after what happened to the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas this past week. I just can not imagine going through something like that. Last Wednesday night, I was blessed to hear a comforting message from the pastor of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Elder Tim McCool. Speaking from Revelation 6:10-11, he reminded us that Our God is a Just God, Holy and True and even though man may take this outward body NOTHING can take away what's living within it. Praise God! In relation to all of this, I was led to write a short poem. May it be, I hope and pray, a comfort to others.


Fear, doubt, and trouble, come in as a warring thunder. Where is that silver lining, beyond these dark, thick, clouds asunder? We look to what surrounds us, what is amongst, finding no line of silver, a question unconquered. Is this a hidden treasure, we must seek to find?

With a sigh, we find a hidden place and a book of Holy, by our side. In past, this book had served, to guard our hearts and minds; what is this? We question, where is that silver line? Touching it’s pages and pondering each word we find, It speaks, “let My peace, rule this place, one more time.

Our eyes grow heavy, unable to stay, We leave this book of Holy, hoping to return some day. Once again, walking about through this world’s passing time; We find disruptions and distractions that we grieve and despise. Our hearts brake within us, running back to that secret place we cry, “How long, oh Lord, holy and true, doth thou not judge and avenge our blood?"

We open the book of Holy, to hear a still small voice inside; Rest, He says, for I AM THE GREAT I AM, and nothing shall take this Word of Holy, that's living here within.
-Lydia A.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kendra Lynne




October 3rd 2017, is a very special date to my family.
My sister had her sweet little baby girl. :) Oh if this doesn't make your heart all warm and cozy, I don't know what will, haha! Than again I'm the aunt so what can I say. Kendra is her name, and I know my oldest sister, Sara and her husband Kenneth are so very thankful for this blessing in their life. The responsibility of raising a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord is a high calling and I pray for my sister and her husband as they endeavor on this new journey in life. I love them both so much and admire their faith in God, they are going to be great parents. Okay!! Now time for a picture!!! :D I hope you're anticipating to scroll down as much as I am for you!! :D Anyway, here's something to add a smile to that joyful jar of yours!! ;)
With Love,
~Aunt Liddy









My favorite picture of sweet Kendra ready for game day. ROLL TIDE! <3


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Twenty-One. An Official Adult.


    September 3rd, I turned 21! Ah! How crazy time flies. I am super excited to do a blog entry. Each month, I like to look back on journal entries and read my devotional notes and see God's working hand in my life. For this past month of August, I've decided to count the blessings along with it. Asking myself, where in my notes can I read and say, "thank you Lord, for guiding me." One of my favorite quotes is this, "It's not joy that makes us grateful, it's gratitude that makes us joyful." I love the truth behind this; A heart of gratitude and praise for all the Lord has done and does for us, I am finding more and more brings such joy and contentment in this life, even through hard situations that we may not understand. So as a way to reflect and a place for me to look back on, I am going to share a few bits and pieces of my daily devotional entries here with you. Along with a few pictures from my adventurous birthday outing with my mom, sister, and cousin.

Photo Credits to my beautiful cousin, Aiden and sweet sister, Chloe :)

 Before I list a few entries, I want to say that my studies are never in one spot it seems. No matter how many times I try to start a reading plan through the bible, I always end up jumping around to different scriptures or reading about the life of an individual in the bible. Not to say there is a right or wrong way, because I need to finish my reading plan! Haha! However, I think it is important to follow the leading of the Lord's Spirit. That is why praying before reading your bible is very helpful. I like to think of it this way, I'm asking God for help with something in my life, and in my hand's is His spoken answers. The bible is His love letter to us and truly a "How To Manual" for a Christian's life.


8/11/17
Don't lose sight of the big picture:
I AM HERE TO GLORIFY GOD.
"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." -1 Peter 4:11

8/13/17
"The sword of the Lord and Gideon!" -Judges 7
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways."-Isaiah 55:8
The bible constantly shows us circumstances that seem impossible to fix in man's eyes but the Lord always delivers in a "impossible in man's eyes" way! Giving Him all the more glory and honor that He desires!

8/18/17
Give to the needy and poor, don't become lazy and idle with the gifts and knowledge of grace the Lord has given you;
"Behold, this was the inequity of thy sister Sodom: pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the needy and poor."
-Ezekiel 16:49 

8/20/17
"Memory fails, but Christ doesn't."
"And there sins and inequities will I remember no more."- Hebrews 10:17

8/21/17
LOVE MUST DO SOMETHING. 
Love, if we keep it active on purpose as we do things for others, we can keep from being selfish, idle, and unfruitful.
 "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
-1 John 3:16-18

8/26/17
"God calls us to be faithful not successful."
You will never regret any time spent on your relationship with the Lord, and His ministry. 
"Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?"
-Proverbs 20:6

8/27/17
Look for the blessings in life and think on eternity. Be the cheerful source of medicine for someone else. Talk of your hope in Christ.

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." -Proverbs 17:22
"Pleasant words are as sweet as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24



My 21st birthday was such a fun celebration, with NO alcohol involved. ;)
We decided to take a trip to one of my favorite parks in Columbus, MS. I first discovered this park in 2013, while my family and I were in transition of moving from Florida to Alabama. My dad was working a job in Alabama and renting a home in Columbus, MS (it was only about a 30 minute drive apart) while the rest of the family was packing and look for a home in Alabama. During the time of looking for houses my mom, Chloe, Abel, and I stayed a month with dad in Columbus. This time of my life was very exciting and "unknowing" I guess you could say. However, this being my fourth move, I've learned to just buckle up and enjoy the ride! God has always surprised us with what we never thought could be and I love that! It's the being patient part that usually gets us and still does sometimes. ;)
















Aiden and Chloe
Love these girls! <3






The Crew!



Coffee House On 5th! 
 

Now some brunch @ Cracker Barrel of course! 
 
I'm in heaven. Oh how I love you, candles.

   










Our brunch friend.
 My excitement for mommy taking me to cracker barrel! :D


My brunch:
  BACON. enough said.



Since my birthday fell on a Sunday this year, we decided to have this adventurous outing the day before. Truly was a birthday weekend of joyful blessings and I am thanking God for it. 
Below, is a picture of the sunset at my church on my actual birthday. Since turning 18, I've decided to take a picture of the sunset every year on my birthday. Just a weird tradition of my own. ;) I almost missed this one! 

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
 -Colossians 3:2
Hope you enjoyed reading!
May God bless you and guide you. <3