November 04, 2013

like wildfire




These flowers bring me great joy. Not just because they are gorgeous (or that I've managed to keep them alive!), but because they were a gift. Not a birthday gift or a Christmas gift, but just a hang in there, God has a plan gift. My sister brought them for me when I lost my job, and they've been so encouraging as I spend my days searching (and searching and searching) for a job. Every time they catch my eye, I remember to stop worrying, relax, and trust.

Every time I see them, I'm also reminded how little thoughtful things can make a huge difference. Going out of your way to do something, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant, can make a world of difference to someone!

I've been trying to be a better person...be a brighter, more contagious person. It's an endless process, being molded in His image, full of bruises and mess ups and bad days. But the more I intentionally live my life with joy and trying to spread that joy to others, the better my days go---the better everyone's days go. When I take my eyes off myself and my job hunt and me me me, and the more I focus on God and His love for me (and everyone around me), there's peace and contentment life nothing else.

I guess what I'm getting at is this, if you feel a tug to get up and go buy someone flowers or let them have the closer parking spot or to smile a little brighter and start up a conversation even if you're not feeling it---DO IT. You don't know what kind of blessing you will be, or what you may start. Joy is contagious. It only takes a spark to start a wildfire.

p.s. kyle and i watched ender's game this weekend. real, real good. has anyone read the book? also real good! we also watched deathly hallows pt I...i still tear up in that movie.


-join the discussion-
how was your weekend? what are some little ways people blessed you this weekend?

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19 comments on "like wildfire"

  1. Beautiful photos and great attitude!
    There's nothing like the peace of leaning into His sovereignty. Thanks so much for this.

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    1. Peace which passes all understand. It's a wonderful, wonderful thing.

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  2. we have not seen Enders game yet but LOVE the books - i heard it is a bit different but not unbearable! we are planning a date to get away this week!!

    and what a sweet sister gift. those little things really mean so much and i want to live observant enough to share those little moments and give those small but meaningful gifts.

    love this post! glad to stumble on you blog! i am your newest follower!

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    1. I didn't think it was too terribly different than the book. Nothing that ruined it anyways! I think they could have shown more of the zero gravity games, but that might be just me. :) I hope you enjoy the movie!!

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  3. This is so beautiful! Gotta adore a sister's love. <3 I remember when I lost my mother, my siblings and I were all struggling.. so I spent many weeks making my sister a scrapbook of our mother and gave it to her for Christmas. She tells me that even today, ten years later, she still looks at that book and how much joy it brings her. It warms my heart! She created me a huge, and extremely unique, ice cream cake in return. And I love those sweet gestures!

    Your sister loves you. <3 And I do hope you find the perfect job. It's out there. ;)

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    1. Sister's are the best. :) They seem to know exactly what to do/say to cheer you up. That scrapbook is the sweetest thing. What a thoughtful and kind gift! I'm sure she'll cherish that forever!

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  4. What a joy it must be to have a sister :) This reminds me that I really have to send flowers to my best friend very, very soon!

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    1. Do it! There's nothing better than receiving flowers I'm sure your friend will love it. :)

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  5. gorgeous flowers!

    lifeisashoe.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm quite fond of them. :)

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  6. I love this - and the "just hand in there - God has a plan" gift.
    I've had a few of those in my lifetime - and they mean so much, its amazing how the simplest things can carry such a weight.
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    I have yet to read enders game yet, but I WANT to, and I've heard such great things about the movies.
    ps. the hp movie makes me tear up all the time as well. it doesn't matter how many times I've seen it, tears.

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    1. Oh you totally should! It's really good. *Confession* I've only read the first book, Ender's Game. I've yet to read the others. BUT it is kind of a stand alone book...it doesn't leave you hanging.

      Haha I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that still cries in that movie. My siblings were all making fun of me. :P

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  7. What beautiful "hang in there" gifts! Hope good things come your way :)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  8. This is such a great, thoughtful post. I'm right there with you in the job hunting process and it really makes you appreciate small acts of kindness.

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    1. I'm not sure why job hunting is so miserable! I guess it's just hard (for me at least) to put myself out there and deal with the rejection of not getting every job I apply for.

      Bleh.

      I hope your hunt ends soon and you find the *perfect* job for you!

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  9. Wow, they are absolutely gorgeous!
    I can hardly keep such fragile beauties alive for long, so I think they are that more beautiful for that. And of course, because you're a great photographer! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! You are so sweet. :)

      I can barely keep plants alive either. It's a miracle these have made it this long!

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  10. Okay. Beautiful flowers and photos. So sorry you lost your job. I've been jobless on the job hunt before and it can be so disheartening. But I totally agree with what you said about spreading joy! Realizing that God is in control and our self worth does not come from a job, a relationship, possessions, etc, is when true joy takes root. Rejection sucks but I hope you can find the job that makes you grateful for all the previous job opportunities that didn't work out.

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