NAS: Physical Affection









Everyone had different ideas on physical affection and where their personal boundaries lie. What boundaries do you draw or expectations do you have for physical affection in romantic relationships? Have specific experiences led you to draw these lines?






Share your thoughts about physical affection and link-up below!! I will hopefully get to mine later this week! :)



NEXT WEEK!
Blind dates, etc!
Have you seen the show Married at First Sight? Along this thread, what is your opinion on being set up by family, friends, or an "expert"? Would you be open to a blind date? If you'd like, share your thoughts on arranged marriages!



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Pray for Baltimore


I couldn't find the source to this image.

Please, please pray.

For the people.

For the city.

For the police.

For the children.

For Freddie Gray's family.

For the repose of Freddie's soul.


I have no words, really. This is just so tragic. And scary.

And real.

I know Ferguson is real. But, I grew up close to B-more. I have friends who live in or near the city. My FB feed is being flooded with people being directly affected by the riots and violence. Streets are closed. Rocks are being thrown at their cars. Businesses and schools are closing.

This is happening.

Please keep praying.


And for Nepal.


St. Michael, pay for us!
Blessed mother, pray for us!
Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!



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Because I am your everything


I've been feeling a little... lost these days. That's the best way I can describe it. I've been go go go the last few weeks, but not doing much in my own home and keeping up with things in my own life. Does that ever happen to you? You are living your life, yet you're not really sure what's happening?

I also had a rough counseling sesh. Remember when I said it was awesome? It is... except for when it's not. When it stirs up so much doubt and worry and frustration with myself (and the whole process). The likes of which are only from Satan himself. So, peace out buddy. Leave me alone.

I just felt like running away.

I didn't want to talk to anyone.

I wanted to put my wall up and leave everyone out.

Instead... I went to adoration. He and I... we needed to chat about some things. I wasn't in there as long as I hoped (due to a prayer meeting in the chapel- but we have a beautiful prayer garden that I took advantage of!)... yet, it's what I needed.

I brought your intentions with me. It's always such an honor that you entrust me to pray for you. I love starting out praying for others, then getting to the serious stuff with the Big Man himself.

I just poured my heart out to him. Job worries. Discernment. Vocation. Friends. Worries. Doubts. What I should do about this. And about that. How am I going to make this work. Or that.

I was listening to my "Praise and Worship" playlist... and the first three songs happen to be:

Lord, I need You - Matt Maher
Give Me Jesus - Jeremy Camp
Restless - Audrey Assad

There is a part of "Give Me Jesus" where he says "you can have all of this world, just give me Jesus" and then it hit me. I had one of those YESSS! THIS! moments. 

I had this image where I was taking things that were so heavy, so burdensome off of my shoulders and giving them to God.  Here is everything, Lord. Here is my world. I want You

And then I started thinking about how I could best word all of this for a blog post. 

FOR A BLOG POST. During my prayer time. In adoration. Chillin' with Jesus.

I am embarrassed (and hopefully not alone?!?!) but not surprised. Because here I am... blogging about it. <insert appropriate emoji here>

I realized in that moment that I am so caught up in the next thing. I am so worried about knowing and being confident in what my vocation is. I am so preoccupied about possible job changes. I am so caught up in doing God's will that I lost sight of God himself.

Yet, he was telling me He was there. He was telling me to focus on Him... not everything else:

I am here.
I am here.
You are frustrated. You are scared. You are sad.
You are worried. You are doubting.
I know.

But, I am right here.
I'm giving myself to you.

I am your strength. I am your joy.
I am your freedom. I am your now. I am your future.

I love you.
Give me everything. Because I am your everything.

It's so easy to get caught up in trying to figure everything out, ya know? It's in our human nature to want to know, so we can plan, so we can be ready. As a single lady this affects knowing and being confident in my vocation. But, it can affect all aspects of life, too. Jobs. Family planning. Moving. Finances. Everything.

It's when we get so caught up in being ready for the next thing, we run the risk of losing sight of our main goal- communion with Jesus, aka Heaven. And that is a dangerous place to be, when "everything" becomes more important than God. Our trust can waver. Our priorities change. We change. God becomes something on the bottom of our list.

I will need to choose this every day, ya know?! I want to give God everything, every.single.day. because He really is... everything.

Jesus, I trust in you.

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It's Freebie week!! Linkup over at Morgan's!


AND Linking up with the Blessed is She blog... on the Eucharist here!

No makeup, huh?!

If you've read this blog before, you know I've talked about my struggles with acne, especially after my pill experience. After committing to the Oil Cleansing Method using coconut oil and seeing results... I am so happy. So, so happy that something is working. It's not perfect, but nothing will ever be. I've accepted that, and am just thrilled at where I am right now in regards to my face.

To recap where I was:


And then today, April 2015:

With crazy hair and all, friends.

Ah! I can't even believe that's the same face. :) 
  • I tried different oils at first with the OCM, but found that coconut oil works the best for me.
  • I bought and LOVE my Clarisonic Mia 2
  • I tried an olive oil blend, but went back to my first love- coconut
  • Step by step on how I do OCM is here (with olive oil, but I promise I do the same with the coconut), but will post an update with that soon.

Ok, Jen... so why the "no makeup" title to this post?!

Right.

So, recently as it's gotten to be more humid and gross down in these parts of the US (#floridaliving), I've noticed that I'm really struggling with my makeup and feeling like it's just sitting on my face. My naturally oily skin doesn't always mix well with hot and humid weather. It just makes me feel gross. Blah.

As long as I have been working, being a grown up and such, I've always felt that I need to where makeup to work. Like, it's how I show that I am actually a professional, working hard or something. People who see my makeup and think, "wow, look at her professionalsim! She looks great at work and always does her best!" haha.. soooo silly. Is that just me?

Probs. 

ANYway, I decided to run a little experiment. One day, wear no makeup to work (other than mascara). Another day, just mascara and some powder. And a third day, a "full face." 

Here are the results after a day of work:

No Makeup


Mascara + Powder


 "Full Face"


I don't know about you...  but, I can hardly tell a difference. Between any of them. I am not sure if I just got the lighting good (I was outside/in car with door open for all of them), or I was having a good week... or I need new makeup! haha.

This is both fascinating and exciting to me! The fact that I can walk outside and even go to work without needing makeup and thinking that people are staring at my face is a HUGE thing!! Huge.

In the interest of full disclosure (b/c perhaps some of you are curious), my "full face" for work and going out for the night are slightly different. My going out face does have a bit more coverage and, obviously, eye makeup. But, STILL!

You guys. This is just so great for me. For someone who is thinking about her face practically every second of the day... I can finally let myself relax a little. I can be confident that I don't look as scary as I fear. :) I know this sounds crazy, but for all of you who struggle with acne, you know what I mean.

And with that... your most recent update on my face/OCM experience is done. :)

What things have you tried? What is working for you?


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Life Lately {Photo Dump}

I'm still very much... silent around these parts. I'm trying to figure out how to get my groove back and get to writing again (however I did manage to update my NAS post from Tuesday this morning. Eh, not my best writings!) I can't force it, though... it will happen, whenever it will happen.

Due to the silence, perhaps you have no idea what's going on in my life. Unless, of course, you follow me on the 'gram or the Twitters. I am around there A LOT. So, you have an inkling of what I've been up to. :) But, who doesn't like getting caught up on life through iPhone pics?!

Namely... THIS GUY!!!


David Gregory made his debut on March 30 at 2:15pm with a full head of dark hair!
I was super lucky to meet the little dude less than an hour old!!

Therefore my life has been pretty consumed with baby cuddles and time with my favorite Goddaughter. Gosh, it's rough, I know.

Zuzu and I got to hang out while Mama worked very hard to get baby brother into the world. And, perhaps, one of my proudest moments was getting her to nap. She hasn't slept on me since she was teeeeeeeny tiny, and my heart wanted to explode, of course.



"Da baby is here! My baby budder has arrived!"


First sibling selfie with Auntie Jen! :)

Zuzu and I have gone on lots of adventures to the pool (yay for GG and Grampy's new condo that has a pool!) and the beach and the park and getting treats (Dunkin' Donuts, mostly!)... so that Mama and David can have some quality time together, and sleep. :)






One of my fave photos!!!
Please continue to pray for the Orams as they continue to transition and settle as a family of four!


This face.

Also, HOW IS SHE SO BIG?!

My heart.

Best date.... ever.

Lest you think that's all I've done... nope. :)

My sweet friend, Sarah from Cherishing Everyday Beauty has begun a beautiful ministry of making cord rosaries. She absolutely LOVES making them, and even better, making them for YOU! If you are in need of a new rosary, or as a gift for someone, please contact Sarah. She does it for free, but does ask for a small donation if it's possible. Her Deacon Dad even gives them a blessing before they are shipped to you. :)

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Sunsets with friends :)
 My beautiful friend, Nadine, came into the Church at Easter Vigil. It was absolutely beautiful. One day, if I get my writing groove back, maybe I will talk about my experience being her sponsor. It was a wonderful and humbling experience. One that I would do again in a heart beat!

Welcome home, Nadine!! And congratulations!!

#floridaliving

Just beautiful.

Continuing to reflect on the word and journal every morning.
Continued Lenten habit FTW!!

GAH!!!!
Cannot wait to dive into this Blessed is She journal tomorrow!!!!

Sometimes, taking the same selfie and belly laughing with a good friend makes for a perfect moment.

And well, those are some snapshots of my life lately.

Lots on my mind.

Discerning life.

While trying to get my life back in some sort of order after these last few weeks.

Praying.

Hoping.


Annnnywayyy... hope you are doing well! :) Prayers and love to you!

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On Christian Friendship {NAS}

Oh hey... it's been two weeks since I've poked my head around these parts. These two weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least. It's been a joy (a busy joy) to hang out with Mart and the new babe, and of course Zuzu all of the time.

I have so much on my mind and heart that I want to share.

I miss this space.

I miss you.

I want to write. But, it's just not coming naturally right now.

So... there is silence. I just have to be ok with that.

Thank you for your patience. Thank you for hanging in there. Keep praying for me!! And I for you, of course.


Annnnnnd to the NAS topic at hand- friendship. Namely ones rooted in Christ.

What does it mean to be a friend based in Christ? Do Christian friends hold each other higher? Do we hold each other accountable? How do these friendships differ from non-Christian based friendships? Do they differ? Is one better than the other?

{Finally updated Saturday, April 18}

I have been so blessed with some amazing friends. Friends that I couldn't imagine my life without.

My friendships that have Christ in the center are my most genuine and awesome, but also most difficult. Not difficult because we don't see each other as much as we want or even talk, though that is very hard. But, difficult because we are entrusting each other to bring us closer to Jesus.

And that can be one of the hardest things... ever.

Yes, of course... it's super easy when we agree on everything. Spend so much time with one another, that we know each other's lives like our own. Worship in the same way. Have the same taste in music or movies. Or enjoy the same food when going out!

God calls us to love... to bring others Christ's light... to give of ourselves for the sake of the other person. He calls us to do this with every person in our lives- family, friends, spouses, children, coworkers, etc.

To love another person, another imperfect human, is a difficult thing to do. Yet, we are asked to do it anyway. And it seems to be harder when you realize you don't agree with someone. You have an argument. You raise your voice.  You judge. You say hurtful things.

You are faced with the choice: to love your friend through this moment, or to give up?

Sometimes love is painful. Especially when we are talking about the things that, perhaps, no one wants to talk about. You are being honest and bringing Truth, but it's not perceived that way. You hold someone accountable. You are calling someone out.

When you have made the choice to have your friendship centered on Christ, you have made the choice to be able to talk about the hard things, right? No one wants to just be complacent in their friendships or walk with Christ. We need these relationships to help us grow, to learn and to be more holy.

And to get to know Jesus better. I have grown in understanding of Jesus's love for me throughout my friendships. I am not the easiest person to love, I know... but, my friends do, somehow. They pray for me. They encourage me. They want what is best for me, not what they think is best for me. They encourage me to pray and listen to God before all else.

And I try to do this with them. Even if it's annoying. Or not taken that way.

They have entrusted me, as I have entrusted them, to bring them closer to Christ.

What are your thoughts?! I would love to know if you feel this same way? What have your experiences been like?!



We don't have a topic for next week, so it's a FREEBIE!! Woot!

Morgan and I will gather some more ideas and get back to you. But, in the mean time, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT!

Annnnnd link-up below!

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