Saturday, September 27, 2014

earlier this month, one of my brothers shared a book with me-- 'radical' by david platt. it was a hard read, as it challenged me in so many ways. yet it was full of so much truth that i couldn't get it off my mind for weeks. this topic of 'taking back your faith from the american dream', of living a life worthy of the calling. there's so much more to it, so i encourage you to read it. for the next year, i will take on the radical experiment: to pray for the entire world, to read through the entire word, to commit our lives to multiplying community, to sacrifice our money for a specific purpose, and to give our time in another context. and i trust that throughout the year, God will be glorified all the more.

around the same time, i also picked up 'strange fire' by john macarthur after a conversation with a friend where we amicably disagreed about how the Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers. though i wish one visit to the healing service at my friend's church would miraculously heal me, i don't believe that God would choose to be glorified through strange mutterings, loud shrieks, and fainting spells. it reminded me of the story in leviticus 10:1-3 where aaron's sons offered strange fire before the Lord. and look at what happened to them-- it's no laughing matter.

Monday, September 22, 2014

this past weekend, we went to the pasadena greek fest on the spur of the moment. a little bit of spontaneity with friends that i don't often see. i was planning to rest, but it looks like that didn't happen. and so, we wandered around, enjoyed the music, and tried some greek food.

there were fresh pastries and desserts for sale like baklava,

and meats straight from the grill! the souvlaki was delicious with a squeeze of lemon.

the feta fries were also quite popular. what a beautiful way to end the summer! ♥

Thursday, September 18, 2014

today was a great day! thank you Jesus for friends who understand and respect the need to rest. sometimes it's hard to tell other people, 'i want to hangout with you, but i just really need to rest.' it's been a struggle to carve out time for rest, true rest, when the world seems to offer such excitement. i'm still trying to find the balance-- so if it seems like i'm too busy to hang out, it might just be because i need some time off. either that or, i'm just not good at keeping in touch. anyway, i took a break tonight and had some fun in the kitchen. ♥

lime-marinated salmon over corn and quinoa; salmon, lime, corn, quinoa, lemon zest, parsley flakes, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oil.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

it's been too long since my last visit to ikea. i really love spending time walking around the showrooms-- there's just so much to look at, so much to enjoy! ♥

Thursday, September 11, 2014

'and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-- and all the more as you see the day approaching.' - hebrews 10:24-25

Monday, September 8, 2014

autumn is fast approaching, and with it a change of seasons. and priorities. as much as i wish i could do it all, the fact is that i can't. and i shouldn't. so over the weekend, i took some time to slow down and relax with art. i pulled out magazines and washi tapes, vintage finds and shiny things. it was a much needed break from the busyness of life and a time for reorientation.

Thursday, September 4, 2014