Home Sweet Home.

Wednesday

Living room...dining room:
 front door:
 entry way:
 in the dining room:
 in the kitchen:
 our new puzzle table in the dining room:

How to stay positive.


...if you're having trouble finding Joy, maybe she can help :)

more Joy.


As you've already seen, I've been learning about Joy. I didn't understand how you could truly be Joyful/happy through(not necessarily about) all parts of life. I've been constantly praying that God would help me find it. That I would be able to be Joyful even when school makes me want to cry. That I would have a peace and feel happy even when I'm working on mounds of homework. I didn't think it was possible. And while I know I'll continue to fail and have to be retaught this lesson...for now, I've found Joy.

I realized it as I sat on my bed and started writing a paper for my art history class. I wrote 50 words and then got excited and thought "yes! I can do this. Only 950 words to go!" and I was serious. I was excited inside. I felt Joy.

Pray continually. Seek Jesus. He'll bring you Joy.

joy.

Monday

Fighting for Joy.

Friday

I've been fighting this week.
School and I have been fighting for Joy.
I'm not sure who's winning.



At church/community group we've been discussing Joy.
Of course.
These subjects always come up at the worst (best?) times.


James 1:2-3
 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

and in Philippians Paul is in prison but still says
"I will continue to rejoice".

Sometimes I hate learning lessons.

And now my body's fighting a cold. Great.

Haiti.

Sunday

I really miss this place.

sing.

Saturday

"If you want to draw, you must shut your eyes and sing."
Pablo Picasso

It's Almost Friday.

Thursday

I took a "mental health day" today...in other words I skipped one of my classes because I felt (another) emotional breakdown coming on. It's kinda a long story and I would rather post happy stuff. So, here's a

HAPPPY LIST:
-got a wonderfully sweet care package from Jenna and Emilie!
-Liz and I had our first community group on Wednesday...it was amazing :)
-I've gotten 100% on both of the quizzes I've taken in my art history class.
-I'm reading a super fun book: Made from Scratch. I'm very inspired.
-It's cool outside in the mornings!
-Liz and I recently ate at a new (to us) vegetarian place. It was fun...I'm not sure she'll go back though...
-I've met a lot of new people recently and it's been awesome.

I am.

Wednesday

"     When a newspaper posted the question, "What's Wrong with the World?" The Catholic thinker G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response:

"Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely Yours, G. K. Chesterton."
That is the attitude of someone who has grasped the message of Jesus.      "

from: The Prodigal God

Sleepless.

Tuesday

I was about to fall asleep when I started thinking about my printmaking project I'm working on. Then I stated to worry about it because it hasn't been working and I'm low on time. Then the more I thought the more stressed I became...and suddenly, I was wide awake. Annoying. But I will overcome this with some chocolate soy milk and Jesus time.

The Prodigal God.


I just finished the book The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller. It's about the parable of the two sons (previously known as the prodigal son). It's pretty amazing. I checked it out from the library but I think I'm gonna need to buy it sometime. Lots to underline. And lots to take in so I need to re-read.

I highly recommend this book.


p.s.
the definition of prodigal is: 1. recklessly extravagant and 2. having spent everything
Monday


“Our tendency in the midst of suffering is to turn on God. To get angry and bitter and shake our fist at the sky and say, “God, you don’t know what it’s like! You don’t understand! You have no idea what I’m going through. You don’t have a clue how much this hurts.”

The cross is God’s way of taking away all of our accusations, excuses, and arguments.

The cross is God taking on flesh and blood and saying, ”Me too.”

Window time.

Sunday

One of my favorite things about our house is the view from my room. My bed sits up against the window and every night before I go to sleep I pull open the blinds and look out. It's a good place to talk to God. It's quiet and peaceful. No one's around. Just me and God. It's my window time.

I've decided I have an obsession with windows: my favorite, favorite, favorite book is Windows of the Soul, now I have window time, and there's something else about windows...I'll let you know.

oh painting.

Saturday

I'm painting today. It's been a while since I've painted last. It feels good.

psalms.


Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift my soul. Psalms 143:8

article: Isn't Counseling for Crazy People?

Friday

"Maybe you should think about seeing a counselor.


This little phrase can conjure up so many emotions: fear, shame, anxiety, anger, relief, exhaustion, hope, despair, trepidation and failure. For many, counseling is only for crazy people or addicts. These are the people with real problems.

Why is there such a negative stigma connected with counseling? In a society that’s success-driven and where independence is highly praised, there are an awful lot of us who feel lonely, hurt, bewildered and lost. We as Christians should be different and more used to openness and vulnerability ... right? We believe we all fall short of perfection.

But when a good friend, family member, roommate or mentor observes an issue in our life that warrants the help of a therapist, we get irritated and defensive. We shake our heads and angrily affirm, “I’m fine!”

Carl Jung says: “There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”

Here’s the thing that needs to change: the belief that counseling is shameful. It’s OK to admit things aren’t going well. The fact is that we’re all so afraid to reveal we have problems, many of us aren’t getting the help we need in order to live more healthy, happy and fulfilling lives.
...
As Christians we often feel that going to Jesus with our problems should be enough. And He is enough. But He gifted other people with wise minds, open ears and a master’s degree for a reason. Jesus is cool if you talk to both Him and your therapist.


to read the entire article click the link below:
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/features/22796-isnt-counseling-for-crazy-people
 
and yes...I've been seeing a counselor.

updates.

Saturday

oh goodness. A lot's happened in the last two weeks. Let's see...

-the Harty girls came to visit (which was wonderful:)
-I'm approved and ready for 2 amazing internships next semster! I can't wait.
-school is exhausting...so I might not make it to next semester.
-I'm going to be leading a community group with elizabeth soon.
-parking at school has been ridiculous.
-Someone backed into my car in the parking garage. It was annoying but nothing was hurt.
-school, school, school.
-homework, homework, homework.
-I got a 100% on my first quiz in Greek art history.
-I have a very favorite place on campus that I visit twice a week.

That's all I can think of now...well see when I get around to blogging next. I'll try to do better :)