Monday, August 6, 2012

happy hour, antiquing & evaluating my walk with God {a weekend recap}

Hello Monday!
Hello Friends! How was your weekend? Here we had planned on spending most of the weekend at the beach but with the finicky Florida weather had other plans for us.

Friday we had planned to pack some snacks, a few beers and drive into Pensacola to enjoy the beach since Scott gets done pretty early.

We arrive in Pcola to thunder and dark clouds looming. Scott was convinced they were going to pass and after a slight arguing match we found ourselves sitting in the sand hoping we would eventually be able to jump into the water. {for the record I did not want to sit on the beach}

As we were headed back home I just couldn't bear the thought of sitting in our room at 5pm on a Friday night doing nothing. Since we have set an allowance for each of us in place as well as only a small sum of money for dinners out for the next few weeks I was determined to find a happy hour special. Hello half off drinks! 2 beers for the hubs and  a sangria and 2 mojitos and a 20 bill {including tip!} later we decided to get litte ceasers pizza, a bottle of wine and a movie for dinner.

Our Friday night ended up being pretty fun and pretty affordable {plus we spent allowance money not our going out funds!}

Saturday ended up being an afternoon of antiquing. I did not buying anything, but I am tempted to go back for the chevron dress in the bottom left had corner. It was $15! I think for that price I need to find a way to make it work in my wardrobe, no?

Sunday's message at church really got me thinking. The pastor discussed "How God Guides and Leads His People".

He shared 3 things we must do in order for God to Lead us:

1. Close the DOORS behind you.
We need to keep the past in the past.  We need to look forward, close the doors that lead to things we do not need to be a part of, things we are holding on to that we know are not good for us.

He shared James 1:5-7 and part of the verse says:

"...But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God to direct you, not looking at other options that may be apart from God."

wow! how often do we ask God for help but then we don't really trust him and we put our faith in something else.

2. Get STILL!
We need to anchor down into the faithfulness of God. Trust grows off of the quietness. Stop constantly searching and seeking. Sometimes we spend so much time looking we forget to just be still and let God do his thing. Have faith that he has listened to you and knows what he is doing.

 He then shared a verse with us that I see almost every week in some sort of study or post by someone, Proverbs 3:5-6:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your path clear."

{I think this might need to be my life verse. It really is something I trying to remind myself every day}
IN ALL YOUR WAYS, that means EVERYTHING! Your job, your business, marriage, family, everything. I need to stop trying to figure it out myself and rely on Him, lean on Him to guide me.

3. Step out in FAITH trusting that God is going to move on your behalf.
God looks for a token of our faith before he responds. If we are leaning on him and trusting in him we need to act on it! We need to do what he is showing us, even if it all doesn't make sense to us. Take the leap, trust in him.

This has really got me thinking. What the heck am I doing? How am I supposed to know what God wants me to do when I am not fully trusting him???

I am going to be spending the next few days looking at where I am with my marriage, my desire to start a family, my shop and see if God is leading me in these things. I need to make some big changes, I need to be still and listen.



Lisa @ MMT said...

Looks like you had a great weekend!
I loved reading the 3 things we need to do in order for God to lead us. So true and so inspiring! I needed this reminder. Thank you :)

Beth @ the city said...

Jen, these are great insights, thanks for sharing your sermon notes! and I'm impressed you went thrifting but didn't buy anything...sometimes it's better to think about it for a while :)

two birds said...

what a great weekend. sometimes the best times are those on a budget! cheap wine and pizza sounds great to me!

Alyson @Eisley Rae said...

Are you CRAZY!? You passed up all of those lovelies?! ;) haha. I know, a budget.. blah, blah. It's a good thing really. There will always be old cool stuff to buy. I'm so happy that you turned Friday night into a great one for the two of you. I know how much you wanted to be at the beach that day. Hope Monday was great!

Brooke Arellano said...

Looks like you had a great weekend! Stopping by from the GFC blog hop and am now your newest follower:) Hope you can come check out Crazy Mama Drama !

Dalayna Dillon said...

Hey there lovely! I am a new follower thanks to the blog hop. Super excited to keep up with all that you have going on your blog :D There are so many great link ups today, but I just had to be a part of this one. I am actually hosting one myself today called FOR THE LOVE OF COFFEE. I don't know if you are an addict like myself, but I would love for you to swing by and link up with us. Plus! There is a giveaway too! Hope to see ya there.

Chelsea Lennox said...

following from the blog hop! hope you can check out my blog when you have a chance. I love your instagram photos and your blog header! xo

Cait said...

following from the blog hop! def love your blog and cant wait to read more!

Danielle said...

This is good! I wrote a post yesterday about being still and listening to God! :) Such a great reminder!!

Thanks for linking up today! So glad I found you!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Aw that sucks about the weather :( Hopefully you'll get to go back and enjoy the area soon. I love your hair up with the bow - too cute!

And $20 happy hour? Yes, please!

Thanks for linking up with us :)

Shaina Longstreet said...

Oh point number 1 about closing the doors behind you and leaving the past in the past just hit my heart. Thank you so much for sharing.

Dana @ five30three said...

Going antiquing sounds so much fun! Can I come with you next time?

Thanks for linking up!

MissRockwell said...

Having faith is often the hardest part for most of us but it definitely goes a long way. God is always on time!

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