scripture about pain

I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed. I remember it all-oh, how well I remember-the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. The "worst" is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won't ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.

Lamentations 3:19-33 MSG


my beach essentials

I'm going to Destin tomorrow! Woohoo! I'm so ready for some relaxing beach time. In honor of my trip, this week's Trendy Tuesday with be stuff I plan on bringing with me.


sweet father-daughter tradition

I thought this story was so sweet! A UK dad and his daughter share a birthday, and this year he turns 32 and she turns 7. So they combined the ages and decided to do 39 random acts of kindness! They even want to start a tradition and do these acts of kindness every year. What a great example of a dad!

To read the full story, click here.


my interesting conversation with a wrong number

One thing I love about texting is you can save funny or memorable conversations with people. Here are three of my recent text exchanges with friends and family:


women in sports

I saw this clip online and thought it was spot one! Weird seeing Amy Poehler with brown hair, but I have to say, she pulls it off well.