You don't have to feed 5 thousand.

Do you ever get caught in the trap of "It's to little" "I won't do it cause it is not enough" "Someone else is able to give more so I won't" "It doesn't look like enough"

I was reading the story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish the other day and it kinda just hit me.
So often we look at what we have as to little, and just keep it to ourselves. Because in our eyes the 5 loaves and 2 fish seems like nothing in a crowd of over 5 thousand people, so why even bother.

Isn't that amazing how sometimes what we see as so little, God has the most amazing miracle in store if we would just be a willing vessel and allow God to use what little we have.

I love how he says in verse 6 
he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do."

Jesus already knew what he was going to do.

It is so easy to brush it off, or to feel like we never have enough to give. God doesn't see the small amount as limiting, all he sees is your heart. If you are willing to trust in and obey God with what little you may have he has so much more then you could ever imagine in mind! 

How often does God ask us to do something, whether it be to show someone some love, pay for a coffee, help your neighbor out, pray for someone and we brush it of cause it seems so little, it seems like nothing. 

I know I often have a thought pop into my head and brush it off as being to little. 
But maybe that little bit that God is asking you to give will turn into something so much bigger then you could ever imagine! 

Not only was there enough to feed everybody, but there was leftovers. 
Don't ever think that what you have to offer is to little. You never know how God will use that little to turn it into something bigger then you could ever imagine!! 

Maybe he isn't calling you to feed the 5 thousand but give the 5 loaves & 2 Fish.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.


Rise Higher.

Do you ever feel like there is a million pounds on your chest, you can't breathe, there are to many things around you that you can't control, things that are overwhelming you, situations that you never thought you would see yourself in, responsibilities that seem to much to handle. 

This past year has been a learning process, a process of learning how to breathe when the world around me felt like it was crashing down, when things I thought were stable turned out not to be so.

It was a sucky season to be in, I felt like somebody was taking my snow globe where I lived my life, shook it hard and I was left with pieces floating around me trying to figure out where I was, who I was, what I was. 

It was a season of uncertainty, of what felt like hopelessness.
I felt myself just wanting to run away from everything. 
I cried. I screamed. Things didn't make sense.

I started to make it all about me, all my fault. I started to take the blame even when I knew it was not my fault. and it became to much to handle. There was a constant battle in my head.

I still don't understand everything, but I choose to lean on the one who knows everything.
Life throws so many curve balls, it is what we chose to do in those moments, months, years that makes us who we are.

So many times it is easy to throw ourselves into a pit, of pity, self doubt, condemnation, unforgivness and the list goes on and we try to blame our current situation for how we react to everything around us. But we have the choice on how we will let a situation effect us. We have a choice to stay where we are or rise higher.

Today I chose to rise, when things don't make sense around me I chose to fix my eyes on Jesus.

Stop trying to take control, instead trust in the one who has control.
 Jesus got it. 
Take a hold of the peace today.

Don't let your situation steal your JOY!!!

Some of your greatest struggles will bring forth the most growth within you, if you let it.
I have found this truth in my life, Yes this past year was hard and it hurt..but the person I am becoming because of it is totally worth it!! #confidentinchrist

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9


Lincoln's 1st Birthday

It's only been a month since Lincoln turned ONE. 
I am just a little slow on posting these :)

 We invited family over to celebrate our Linky on his birthday.

Lincoln's super talented Auntie Linda was so kind to make him an amazing cake! 

It was so amazing that he didn't want to smash it ;)

We gave him a spoon to help him out a bit..

He still wasn't to into it, but good thing he has a big brother to show him how this whole smashing the cake thing works :)

In the end the cake was smashed...by the wrong kid, but still smashed :)


To Tennessee we went...

 Over last weekend Henry and I headed down to Tennessee for 5 days. The main reason was to photograph a dear dear friend of mine wedding, and then we lumped it together with celebrating our 5th anniversary that is coming up! We didn't really have plans of what we were going to do, all I knew is I wanted to go on a hike and see a waterfall :) 

I have a bunch of photos....its kinda what I do :) 

At the airport ready to start our adventures.

We landed and drove part way to the area of where my friend was getting married, and then drove the rest of the way the next morning. 

The area was beautiful...

These 2 were PERFECT. It was such a beautiful day and I am so thankful it worked for us to be there for there special day! 

My sisters and I got a quick photo with the beautiful bride before she walked down the aisle 

The next day we drove to where we heard was a great place to hike, and we were not disappointed...it was amazing! pictures don't do this place justice! 

and don't worry we saved the day and held this rock from falling.... :)

I love going on adventures with this guy <3

We headed back to Nashville for the night and then explored the city the next day.

We toured the Belmont Mansion 

And then walked the streets of downtown Nashville

This is the Ryman auditorium

After that we walked around in a mall which was right beside the Grand Ole Opry...so we said Hi :)

It was such a refreshing fun trip!