the heart of life is good

This month has passed me by in a whirlwind of goodness. The cool winter wardrobes have been smoothly replaced with shorts, tanks, and flip flops here at the good ol A&M. With the first round of tests over, my mind finally has been beaten into submission, accepting that school itself is back for the long haul. Going home this weekend renewed my energy, uplifted my spirituality, and reminded me of the unending goodness of the Lord. He is just so fantastic to me and I am humbling undeserving of each of every blessing He has showered upon my weary self.

Long story short: baby J has reminded me of His steady hand. Each and everything in my life has been mapped out for His glory, checked off for His greatness. Hardships stretch our inner cores, allowing us to become the studs and studlettes that the Lord intended each of us to become. When my physical body grows exhausted and frustrated with the failures of this world, I am forced to rely on Him alone for comfort. The past few weeks, I have been broken for humility purposes. Once D'Ann Elise finally gives in, then the Lord can wreck shop.
 warning : tumblr tends to take over lives

Welp, that's about all I've got here. This week I encourage you to see out beauty wherever you are. Beauty in the tiny things. Little doodles. Stranger's smiles. Forgotten novels. Whatever little goodies you find. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13 :]

I have decided..

that life just sometimes needs a nifty little pause or slow down or rewind or fast forward button. What a quality investment that would be. Lately, everything has seemed different and somewhat distant. After being back at school for almost a month, my mind still has not comprehended the fact that real studious work needs to go down in the near future. This past month has passed me by, often flashing before my eyes as I stand as a bystander. The Lord has been shaking up all sorts of randomness in the good ol cstat. Classes are majorly course intensive, but will be much more interesting than last semester *fingers crossed*. Friends have been fantastic and refreshingly inspirational.

these chocolates just about made my life

Successes of the month include:
1. getting my trusty little laptop back from the insane world of macland
2. made my first website ever using html for my computer class
3. showed boyfriend the wonderful world of college station and all we have to offer
4. made a new best friend and Arkansas road trip buddy!
5. hung out with my awesome flic sisters and familia
6. extra treasured bonding time with current and future roomies

The Lord has been teaching and molding me in all sorts of ways lately. I won't go in to much detail, but I will relay some life lessons that have been on my heart. 1. Don't be afraid to dig in your past and learn from whatever you maybe running from. 2. Expect past exploring to lead to new awarenesses and thoughts and embrace raw emotion. 3. Let people in, often times they will surprise you and be there for you when you least want to reveal yourself to them. 4. Find community wherever you are. People who truly live life with you and know your hidden nooks and crannies. Friends who aren't scared of the worst and craziest sides of you. If you don't have it yet, be patient AND active. True community takes guts and work and proactive patterns. Granted, nothing I have said or learned is new or mindblowing. Oftentimes I have found, that's how life is though. Repeating stories and lessons that apply over and over again.

"Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” - Psalms 97:10