Sustainer Soiree

Poor Daynes.  She called me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I had lunch plans for a Sunday afternoon.  In return, I used the opportunity for free therapy.

I had a huge event for Junior League that week.  An event with 200 people.  The same week I had projects due for school, had taken on a new role at work while still juggling my old role, and had to spend that Saturday folding 1,000 letters (during the UGA game but luckily we finished early).  Plus, I hadn’t figured out what I was going to wear to this event.

I was stressed and Daynes was the poor soul on the other end of the line listening to me vent and vent and have a mini break-down.

But then, two days later, I received this card in the mail from her.

I knew complaining about my problems (that I signed up for on my own will) wasn’t going to make them go away or for Thursday to get there any faster, but sometimes, it’s just nice to talk to a friend and tell her how you really feel when you overloaded your plate.

That’s the thing about God.  He provides these wonderful people in your life who help you right when you need them.  I received numerous calls, texts, cards, and post-celebration drinks.  My mom helped stuff over 100 gift bags.  The Leaugue women worked so well together and made the night a success.

Sometimes I want to cry (ok fine, I do) at how blessed I am.  Thank you to everyone who had to deal with me that week (ok, all weeks).  Thank you friends for being encouraging and supportive.  I am lucky to have y’all in my life.

Here is a picture from the night and more from the event!

And y’all, never underestimate the power of a funny card.

What I’m loving right now: Fall 2013

1. These booties

2. This list of 100 places to eat at right now in the South by Southern Living.  So many in Atlanta to try!

3. I recently discovered that I have a dairy allergy.  No milk, no sour cream, no cream cheese, no cheddar cheese, no mozzarella cheese, none of it.  Well, at least not much.  It’s pretty horrible.

Luckily, Kacina introduced me to dairy free ice cream, and I am forever grateful.  It lacks the creamy taste (obviously) of ice cream and kind of tastes like cold chocolate, but it gets the job done.  Available at Target and Kroger.

4. This post by Whitney of Sometimes Always Never.  I can’t stop thinking about her words here:

When we let people see everything we call a flaw is really when we are letting them see our vulnerabilities. It’s when they see us as a person, not an act. It’s when we make room for them to give us grace.
Amen.
5. That we beat Tennessee this past weekend!  It was close, in fact too close going into overtime.  Plus, we had so many players get injured, but it sure was fun watching Chris Conley’s one handed catch and Murray’s run.  Go Dawgs.
6. The fact that it is in the 70s all this week and sunny!  Fall, I welcome you with open arms and a light jacket.
Happy Tuesday, y’all!

The Life of a Chipmunk

Sometimes it takes something silly like getting your wisdom teeth out
to make you realize how thoughtful the people are in your life.

Whether it’s a friend coming to visit and bringing a new book
or a text making sure I’m ok
or flowers to brighten my day (notice the rhyme?!)
to my mom sending me back to work with ice cream (and Blue Bell at that) (after both my parents took care of me all weekend)
and a co-worker getting me a solar corgi to match my waving queen!  (He shakes his head as she waves.  It hurts to laugh but it is really hard not to!)
I am blessed to have such thoughtful and loving people in my life.  Thank you friends and family.  I hope to be as kind to you as you are to me.

Good vs. Evil

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Matthew 13

This was the lesson from church today.  When I first read it, I thought it was about removing our sin, but then I learned according to my handy dandy study Bible that it is about the final judgement.

God will remove all evil in the world then.  What?  Why can’t He remove cancer now?  Why did the Aurora shooting happen?  Why is my aunt sick?

These are questions that I’ve never been able to answer with satisfaction.

However, my preacher explained it today and I was blown away.  Since these are not my own revelations (pun, intended) or to hear a better articulated version, you can listen to the original podcast here.

First off, we know in Matthew 26:53 that Jesus could call upon the Lord at any time to end all evil.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

So He has the power to do it now but doesn’t?

Evil in the world is the result of the enemy; God is not to blame.

However, back to the wheat, Jesus knows that by removing weeds now we may remove usable wheat in the process.  Thus, if you wait until harvest, you can appropriately separate them.

If God were to come in and remove evil now, then how far would He need to go?  A lie to a teacher?  An adulterer?

When we pray for him to heal us or fix a certain situation, we are acting in our way.  While I don’t consider that a bad use of prayer, we are expecting our results and not His. The ways of God are not our ways.

We do not understand the mysteries of evil in this world, but we do proclaim that God is at work in us and through us to bring light to the darkness.

Thus, I will take comfort in the fact that evil will be eradicated when Jesus comes back and for now, we have grace.

Love wins

Daynes retweeted this the other day from Bob Goff.

It really stuck with me not just because I love a good use of the semicolon but because I needed to hear it.

 

We try to hold people accountable; Jesus just held people close because it worked better.