January 30, 2011

Worship, Blessings, and Praise

Posted in Spirituality tagged , , , , , at 11:37 pm by Katie

It’s 11:30.  I should most definitely be sleeping.  Instead, I’ve got my worship Pandora station playing on my phone.  I just reread and journaled over things from Amy’s lesson and Dr. Lincoln’s sermon this morning.  I challenged myself to memorize two verses this week.  I committed to praying for specific people this week.  I smiled and praised God for the little things He’s blessed me with.  Things like:

  • 70 degree weather in January.
  • A roommate who will spend 15-30 minutes every Sunday afternoon swapping Sunday School and church stories and messages.
  • Opening my Bible to Philippians during Dr. Lincoln’s sermon this morning and seeing 1:3-11 underlined with “CBSP 2010” next to it.
  • Being challenged to be more intentional in my relationship with the Lord.
  • Answered prayers in being more confident of my future direction.
  • Remembering that this is just a season, and that this world is not my home.
  • My fabulous Pandora worship station.
  • Knowing that God is more interested in my heart than my history.

What are the little things that you’ve been blessed with?

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January 11, 2011

Snow Days = Organization Projects

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:07 pm by Katie

Well, here in South Carolina, Mother Nature decided we should have a blast of winter.  The hype had been coming all weekend, with everything essentially shutting down Sunday night before the snow even started.  However, I woke up Monday morning around 4:30 to legit “thundersnow” – yes, my friends, it was thundering and snowing all at once, haha.  All in all, there were about four inches of snow with another quarter inch of ice on top.

Monday’s snow day found my roommate and I doing homework and reading for class.  With another snow day today, I decided to tackle an organizational project that had been brewing since before the break – my desk in my bedroom.

The desk before…eek.

I’m one of those people who cleans the entire apartment and moves stuff to my room, so by the time I get there, I’m more prone to just throw stuff down in the general area where it’s supposed to be, i.e., my desk.  So, what better way to spend my snow day than making some sense of that mess, haha.

After…much better!

End result?  Much more organized, calm desk…and a picture of the bubble screensaver I love so much, haha.

Back to work tomorrow, albeit on a 2.5 hour delay, haha.  Stay warm, everyone!

 

January 5, 2011

The Unintended Consequences of Waking Up Early…

Posted in CBSP, Spirituality at 7:16 am by Katie

It’s 7:04 am, and I’m blogging.

Yes, I have to go to work today.  Yes, I did sleep (take that, insomnia!).  Yes, I am already showered, dressed, and ready to go.

Yes, I already spent time in the Word this morning.

So…what gives?  Haha.

Well, I’ve discovered the unintended consequence of waking up early and having my quiet time…at 5 am.

Yes…5 am.

Let me just throw a few things out there:

1.  I am by no means a morning person.  Please ask the majority of my friends.  I sincerely dislike waking up early.  I enjoy my sleep.  I am only at work early every morning because I also sincerely dislike being late AND I tend to overestimate how much time I need to battle Cola traffic, find a parking place, and take the shuttle to my office.  Plus, if I leave early, I get a better parking spot.  It’s a win-win.

2.  I also hate having a time limit on my quiet time.  Before the break, I tried waking up at 5:30, having my coffee, and then doing my quiet time.  By the time I settled in, it was 5:40, and then I was constantly looking at the clock because I knew I had to be in the shower by 6.  Because of this, I was more focused on the time limit of my time with God instead of my time with Him.

3.  The morning is the only uninterrupted time I have to spend with the Lord.  If I schedule it for later in the day, it never gets done.  Trust me, I’ve tried (please refer back to #1…I like my sleep!)

So, this year, in the spirit of New Year’s, I decided that I would hop on the early morning bandwagon.  By waking up at 5, I’m settled with my coffee (clearly a necessity at 5 am), my Bible, and my journal by 5:15 at the latest.  That gives me a full 45 minutes with God.

I love it.  Not only can I accomplish what I want to in my quiet time, but I can also read encouraging emails and devotions I receive each day instead of waiting until later.  I can check on blogs that encourage me and inspire me while I’m already in the correct mindset.  I can journal my prayers and put the time and thought into them that they deserve.

So, the unintended consequence of waking up at 5 am (since, you know, that’s where this post started…)

Well, I don’t hit snooze.  So I’m actually out of bed at 5 am.

Which means I’m done with my quiet time by 6.

Which means that this morning, by the time I was showered and dressed and headed into the kitchen to fix lunch, etc…it was 6:35.

But you know what?  I probably won’t wake up any later.  Because having all that time is pretty nice.

 

Side note to this whole conversation about waking up early – I got to talk to several of my project loves last night on Skype.  I went to bed with my heart so happy I could hardly stand it.

January 2, 2011

Way overdue update…

Posted in Spirituality at 8:13 pm by Katie

Oh, you know, just a slightly overdue blog post…

Seriously, this blog has been neglected like crazy.  I’m hoping that changes with the new year.  If the past two days are any indication, I’ll probably have a lot to blog about.  I’ve had some pretty intense quiet times with God over the past two days, more intense than in a long time.  I love it, especially right now when I’m still on break and can just spend crazy amounts of uninterrupted time soaking up what He has to teach me.  I always feel a little pressed for time during the week when it’s early in the morning, I’m still not awake, and I’m usually checking out the microwave clock to see just how much more time Jesus and I can spend together before I really have to go shower and get ready for work.  So these long stretches of me, my Bible, a new journal (!!), and God are pretty precious to me.

I’m pretty pumped about starting a new journal.  First off, I’m pretty sure I’ve never completely finished a journal in my life.  I’ve always had a hard time being disciplined enough to consistently write in a journal, so I’d get about halfway through and then quit.  But I started with a journal right after I accepted Christ in October 2009, and I finished it, appropriately enough, on New Year’s Eve.  What’s even crazier about finishing it was that it began and ended with the exact same verse, Hebrews 4:12.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

The first time I wrote in that journal, it was from a Proverbs 31 devotion with that verse…and I ended it with a different P31 devotion, which also used that verse.  I love those little things that God puts in the life of a Type A like myself =)

Of course, this Type A made some New Year’s Resolutions…or goals, as I like to call them.  I’m going to try to get to the gym more, cook more and eat out less, be smarter with my money, the typical stuff.  I’m also hoping to be much more disciplined in my quiet time and get through the Bible in a year for real this year, instead of fizzling out about a quarter of the way through.

But more importantly, this year I’m just praying for God to stretch my faith.  Every time I say it (or type it or think it), it’s kind of scary.  But I don’t want to get stuck in a rut, and I really feel like He’s calling me to do a little bit more than I am right now.  So, we’ll see where that goes.

I feel like there’s a lot more I want to blog about, but it’s all kind of left me right now, haha.  Hopefully, though, I’ll do a better job of keeping this thing updated in 2011…somebody hold me accountable for that one!