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My God is An AWESOME God!


I don’t think I can even begin to type all the things that I am thankful for in the last year nevermind my entire life.  For the sake of the two of you that might read this, I’ll make it short haha.

A lot of things have changed since Thanksgiving last year.  Last year at this time I was in the middle of a depressing period of searching for a job with none in sight.  I spent most of my days on the couch or cleaning the house over and over just trying to feel useful while I waited for emails/calls that never came from many applications I sent out.  I think a lot of my discouragement was that I didn’t think it would take so long to find a job.  I trusted in God.  I always will, but it was definitely hard to feel defeat and uselessness.  Justin would come home from work all excited about his day and the things he was doing.  It was extremely hard for me to remain positive.  I knew there was a reason…a purpose for me to be in the state I was.  I tried…not always patiently to wait for the Lord’s guidance.

Then one day in January I got a phone call from a friend telling me about The Walking Company job.  I am forever grateful to her and to my coworkers there.  I was able to get out of the house and make friends and earn money and feel useful.  I stayed there full time for 8 months.  Then as many of you have read in a past post…I felt God calling me to “walk on water” and give up my position full time there.  Not long after that I found my current job at Bethel College Bookstore.  I love it, I love the schedule, the atmosphere, the people.  It is truly AWESOME how God works and molds me everyday.  I was also able to stay on at The Walking Company one night a week to help with shipping and damages.  That way I get to see my friends there.  I don’t know how long they will need me but I am thankful to have them as friends no matter what.

Today…I’m happy, we have a newly renovated kitchen that we were able to pay in cash (well check) thanks to Dave Ramsey’s teachings.  Our families are all happy and healthy.   Justin’s parents and sister are here now to enjoy Thanksgiving with us.  I have an amazing husband that shows me his love everyday.  Java and the boys are my sweet babies and I feel their love every time I walk in the door after a long day.  All is well and God is Awesome!

Thank you Lord for an amazing year of downs and now ups.  The view is great from the mountaintops.  I love you Lord.

(I know I said it would be short….but it could be longer right?)

Happy Thanksgiving all!

My Java Bean


Today is my Java Bean’s 5th birthday.  I love her so much.  There’s not one day I come home that she doesn’t greet me with so much excitement, happiness, and love.  She is the best dog ever.  Happy Birthday girl!IMG_1439

Water Walker…That’s Me


Ever been reading the Bible and thought “you stupid people why don’t you just do what God tells you to do?” or “If God says He is gonna do it, why don’t you believe He is gonna do it?” Well how bout…we are those “stupid people.” I know I am.  I’ve thought many times, “why don’t you cross the Jordan already!!!,” when in reality I’m the moron walking around in the desert for 40 years too scared to get my feet wet.

Well, I am now a “water walker.”  Yep, that’s me.  It only took a little pushing, shoving, screeching, crying, toe-dipping and breath-holding.  But once I did it man…I can’t tell you how glorious it felt to be walking across the water with Jesus instead of sinking deep into the water on my own.

I guess I should back up and fill you in on my adventure.  I have been working at The Walking Company for almost 8 months.  I LOVE the people I work with and the company is a great company to work for.  It just isn’t the job for me.  I had never tried sales before so I thought I’d give it a shot.  I guess I’m the kind of person that loves to always have something to do.  I’m more of an administrative person.  I like to organize and I love to help people.  So the helping people part was nice at The Walking Company but I just didn’t feel like it was the right place for me long term.

I began praying and reading.  I started to read “If You Want To Walk On Water, You’ve Got To Get Out Of The Boat” by John Ortberg.  It was a GREAT book.  It also made me think and even confused me a bit more.  Part of it talked about fully trusting in God and in essence “walking on water” and the other part talked about being patient and living in the moment you are in, all while trusting that God had you in the right place.  Imagine my struggle…do I stay or do I go (isn’t that a song?).  So I prayed and read some more (Bible too of course).  Then came a One Prayer service at GCC with Steven Furtick.  I blogged about this recently.  He spoke about how God doesn’t just want good things for you,  He wants bigger and better things for you.

So I struggled and prayed some more.  All while this feeling became stronger and stronger within me saying “walk on water,”  “trust me,” “JUMP already!” So after long deliberation and suffering within myself.  After the thoughts of not wanting to let Adam and Erin down.  I finally made the decision to put in my notice at The Walking Company.

That day was the longest and hardest for me.  But once I finally spit it out, I felt so much better.  I felt like it was the right thing.  I was thinking…wow, why didn’t I do that sooner.  So I pretty much just walked in circles in the desert for weeks when all I had to do was touch the water.  Isn’t it crazy what we humans,  in our human way of thinking, do to ourselves?

Wait…it gets better!  So I am at home a few days later, checking the usual job sites and nothing pops up.  Then that evening I pulled up Bethel College’s Human Resource site to show Justin that yet again nothing is available.  Then to my surprise,  there was a position posted for Assistant Manager of Bookstore at Bethel.  Now remember I checked this site earlier in the day.  I was shocked.  I leaned closer to the computer and began reading more.  This was the job I left in NC at Gardner-Webb.  This was my old job!  I immediately got Justin helping me adjust my resume and sent it in a little after midnight…on a weekend…knowing no one would check it until Monday but just couldn’t wait.

A few days later.  I received an email from the Manager at Bethel College.  He wanted to meet me for an interview.  I couldn’t believe it.  I went and had the interview and actually today, got back from a second interview for the position.  Now the job isn’t officially mine yet.  It seems like it will be from what I have heard but it’s not official.  It doesn’t have to be official for me to know that God had bigger and better things planned for me all along.  All I had to do was “walk on water” with Him.  Even if something happens and doesn’t work out with this job opportunity, I now know that I did the right thing and am SO excited to see what God has planned for lil ole me.

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Happy Birthday To My Best Friend


Today marks Justin’s 27th birthday so I want to wish him at the top of my typing lungs a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I am sad because I will have to work until close today but I still hope you have a great day honey.  I love you so much and I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for us…hopefully a finished kitchen 😉



Actually…I’m not sure why I titled this “Amazed” because I’m not amazed at all about what I’m going to say… My husband is awesome.  I had to go to a training yesterday at 6pm but knew that when I got home I had so much to do around the house.  I was a tad bit grumpy all day yesterday too.  When I returned home 2 hours later I found that he had been working hard the whole time I was gone to get all the house work done so I wouldn’t have to do it. He did the dishes, vacuumed, did the laundry, dusted, lit candles to make it smell good, and cleaned the guest bathroom after he gave Java a bath…he did it all.  When I asked him why he did it, he said because I saw that it needed to be done.  Isn’t that great?  I am not amazed that he did it at all because he is just that kind of loving and caring husband.  He made my night and he makes my world.  Thank you Justin for being the best husband I could ever ask for! I struggled with whether to blog about this or not in fear that others might try to steal him away.  But I’m not worried…he’s mine 🙂

Seven Years


My husband has beaten me to the punch, but this day seven years ago God declared to be the day Justin and I met. I will always be in amazement that we didn’t ever meet until then seeing as we were at a small University and both had many of the same friends. It just goes to show how awesome God is and His timing and His plan. I also believe that it was around this time that I told God that I didn’t think I would ever find someone at GWU for me. Well you know what happens when you try to tell God something that just isn’t in His plan. I’m enormously happy that I was wrong. It was the one and only time I was wrong (right honey?) but I’ll gladly admit it 😉

So as Justin was saying, we met in Nikki and Heather’s dorm room on January 20, 2002 to celebrate Nikki’s birthday (her birthday was the 19th). I went and I’m pretty sure I was bummin it with some sweat pants and pony tail. I wasn’t really expecting to see anyone I didn’t already know. I walked in and was immediately embarrassed about my choice of attire. There was this totally hot guy in there and I looked “rough”. Luckily he didn’t let that distract him haha. Again the following week I returned to celebrate Heather’s birthday also hoping that this guy would be back. To my delight he was.

We started hanging out more and more at basketball games and talking online until the wee hours of the morning (my roommate didn’t appreciate the key clacking I’m sure). It all seems like just a year or two ago that it began and I’m sure that the time will just go by faster and faster but there is no one else I would rather do life with. I love you Justin!

My Jesus


Often when I think of Christmas time I also think about Easter time.  The thought popped in my head today of a youtube video I saw awhile back.  The song “New Again” which Brad Paisley and Sara Evans sing is so precious…and with the video to go with it, it ALWAYS brings tears to my eyes no matter how many times I’ve seen it.  If you have about 6 minutes to spare please consider watching this video.  You won’t be sorry.  I can’t even imagine how Mary would have felt watching her son on the cross.  I know how much it hurts me to see Jesus there because of my sins, but I’m overjoyed that God sent Jesus for me and for you so that I can be forgiven of all of my sins over and over because I know that He is my Savior and my King.  Happy Advent Season and Merry Christmas!

We made it…


Today is our (mine and Justin’s) four year wedding anniversary. I know people say stuff like this all the time but I really can’t see where all the time went.  And to think we have known each other for almost 7 years is amazing to me too.  I couldn’t pick a better husband or friend.  We have been through a lot together, especially recently with the giant move to Indiana and we have stayed side by side all the way.  I love this guy!  He is willing to do anything for me even if it means sacrificing something that he wants or has.  I thank God everyday for him.  I just hope I get to celebrate many more anniversaries with him.  I love you @wantmoore! (don’t want to get too mushy and make my viewers gag hehe)

And a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jason Powell today.  Hope it’s a good one!