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Little Lovely Things on Thursday

Thursday's are something special. They are a pat on the back and a cheer of "Hooray! You've almost made it!" Thursday's are something I look forward to each week because they mean a few hours of extra sleep, two of my favorite classes, then quality time with friends in the evening. Occasionally, Thursdays can be stressful and busy, because almost everything in the theatre world here at Baylor happens/begins/must be finished by Friday.

Today started with rehearsal at 6:45am {yours truly is NOT a morning person in ANY way...} then I sat in on a friend's rehearsal to photograph her project. I took a short nap when one of my classes was cancelled (hallelujah!) and here I am, one short hour from going back to the theatre for more rehearsal. My Post Modern directing project finishes tomorrow afternoon and there are final touches to put on before our dress rehearsal tonight.

But otherwise, I've found quite a few things this week that have brought me little-but-wonderful moments of joy. Take a gander ;)

Grace is something I am continually learning about. God's grace abounds for His children! And Mumford & Sons is a recent favorite. If you don't know them {don't worry, I was living under a rock for a while too} check them out!

I'm officially getting caught up on my Project Life album this weekend! These are pages from Love, Design, Sunshine that I positively love! I adore the way she uses black&white photos, a simple color palette, and instagram of daily life to still complete beautiful pages. It can be done!

This winter has certainly been a season of dreaming for me. Thinking about the future, beginning to make decisions about what post-grad is going to look like, and asking God where He wants me and what He wants me to do. There are so many things I want to do "when I grow up" and this was an encouraging find!

Aren't these shelves BEAUTIFUL? I love the papering in the background and the crates along the bottom. Storage is something I constantly need more of and this is such a fun option!

Aren't these fabrics lovely? I wish I was handier with a sewing machine because this line called Texas Modern needs to appear in my home somewhere! Fun prints, gorgeous colors, and highlighting the greatest state, you can't go wrong!

Any fun finds this week I need to know about? Have a blessed day!

Anchors Away! {Everything Etsy & More}

{one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight}

Anchored in Love Divine. What a glorious thing! I have been wanting to write about this for quite some time, so be prepared for my heart on this lovely little blog title come next week. But for now, enjoy some anchored-themed goodies I've come across in the past few days. Aren't they fun?! And I know, I know, all of those links are out of order, but I'm far too tired to fix it... Maybe tomorrow...

I hope you all had wonderful Valentine's Days! I spent mine at home then seeing Catch Me If You Can with my mom. Such a fun show! Anywho, have a fantastic day and spoil yourself with that on-sale candy!  ;)

A Standard of Grace, Not Perfection

I will  hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection. Think about it for a second. Then another. And another. Revolutionary, right? At least it was for me. Recently I've discovered the blog and shop of Emily Ley {photo credit to this post}.  Grace is a word I have heard in church and in Lifegroup time and time again, but I never took the time to ask what truly does it mean for me?

It's a question we all should ask.

Charis is the Greek word for "grace," and it is also translated to "favor" and "thanks."  This word appears 156 times in the New Testament most often in reference to God's grace because His is unlike any other. Charis comes from charisma which means gift, and it is so easy to see that God's grace is a great gift that all of us need.

I read once that justice is getting what you deserve, mercy is not getting what you deserve, and grace is getting what you don't deserve. Again, a revolutionary idea that could turn our daily interactions and responses upside down.

Having received grace we are called to live by it, to be gracious to others, and to walk confidently in it. The youth pastor at my home church and his wife are walking through a journey of adoption and in this post share how they showed incredible grace; we are able because He has shown grace to us.

In Philip Yancey's book What's So Amazing About Grace? he writes:
"The many uses of the word in English convince me that grace is indeed amazing-- truly our last best word. It contains the essence of the gospel as a drop of water can contain the image of the sun. The world thirsts for grace in ways it does not even recognize... trace the roots of grace, or charis in Greek, and you will find a verb that means 'I rejoice, I am glad'."

I will  hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection. 

Take a look at your daily life. What added stress and anxiety have you been adding all for the sake of "perfection"? Is perfection even attainable? If not, then why do what you do? And how? Question upon question it can become overwhelming. Believe me, I know.

I wouldn't call myself a perfectionist, but I'm something close to it. I work hard, I say "yes" to too many things, my planner travels with me no matter where I go, and I know all too well what stress feels like. That sentence in itself makes me feel anxious. But this has been life since high school. And during high school. And I'm not entirely sure why.

Somewhere along the way I began to believe the lie that If I don't do something then it either won't get done or won't be done right. So, on that note, I packed my days with commitments and appointments, organizations and various groups, all for what? To gain a title? To be able to show off my list of "duties"? And for who's glory? Mine? Ouch. 

Mine would be correct. Whether or not I was seeking after perfection or something different, it mattered not. The truth was I wasn't seeking after the One person who deserved my attention, my work, my time, and my focus. My Savior, the Author and Perfecter of all things, the only perfect person to walk this earth.

So, in seeking to show more love, I will seek to show more grace. And to more openly receive the Grace He continually gives. Please feel free to hold me to that :) And please, what does grace mean to you? I'd love to hear!

Beautiful Things {Life Lately via Instagram}

1. Beautiful things can be made out of dust. I found this on Pinterest and it now sits as my iPhone background and lock screen. (On the hunt for the source... I promise). It reminds me of a song I love by Gungor and it reminds me that even from the darkest times, from the ashes of sin and failure, my God makes things, and us, new. We were created from dust and will return to dust, so why not live the life He gave us to His full purpose?

2. After church on Wednesday night, me and these lovely ladies took a spontaneous trip to West, Texas for their famous kolaches (even though I got a cinnamon roll...). Every Baylor student needs to do this at some point and when they found out I was mere months away from graduating and had never done so, they declared that it was time for a road trip! Courtney, Alyssa, and Kristen bring me so much joy and the night was full of laughter. We spent the car-ride listening to Les Mis and giving speed encouragements, and my heart and stomach were full by the end of the evening :)

3. If you haven't read Undaunted by Christine Caine, you need to. It is stellar. And convicting. And heart-wrenching. And powerful. Just do it.

4. My third project for the advanced directing class begins this week. We are each given a word or idea to explore using post modern directing techniques, and we select a cast of 5-8 people to collaborate with us and help create what we call our PoMos. I am thrilled for my cast and to adventure with them learning the ins and outs of our word: PLAY. You are sure to hear more about this later..

5. My mom calls me a bag lady. And I have to agree that it's true. On a daily basis I will rotate between 2-4 bags depending on the class, if I'm going to work, rehearsal, church, etc, and it is always packed to the brim with more than I need for the day. I'm a huge fan of Vera Bradley so she is usually my weapon of choice.

6. "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~Anton Chekhov. In past years, the name Chekhov would have put a bad taste in my mouth. I claimed not to be a fan of his work because I had seen two too many terrible high school productions and had only skimmed over the last required reading in my theatre history class (...sorry, TotieB, it's true...). But in my Playwright Study class we are re-reading his plays, as well as the love letters between Chekhov and his wife Olga Knipper, and I am slowly becoming obsessed. Never thought I'd say those words. Someone check my temperature.

7. I am not a morning person, but my parents have recently given me gifts that inspire me to try harder. Jesus Calling is a daily devotional which I love, and the micron pens Santa left in my stocking are a new favorite. My tiny pocket ESV Bible has been upgraded for a larger size which helps these tired eyes read with greater ease in the early morning hours. And lastly, Courageous Leadership is one of my current reads (I'll be sharing the full list later this week). Excellent thus far.

8. I lean not on my own understanding. My life is in the hands of the Maker of Heaven! Isn't that a beautiful thought? If you haven't heard anything by Will Reagan & United Pursuit, you need to add it to your iTunes shopping list. They have written some of my favorite worship songs and this one has been hitting home lately. Their most recent album, Endless Years, is on repeat almost constantly.

What've you been up to lately?

Above & Beyond {Upgraded to The Big Girl Bed}

At 21-years-old I have finally upgraded to a big girl bed. Yes, that's right, yours truly is no longer counting sheep atop a tiny twin bed but getting her beauty rest in the middle of a big, beautiful QUEEN-SIZED BED. It's the little joys in life, y'all. I'm not even kidding.

Somehow over the years, my younger sister has always had the bigger bed. Always. My trusty-twin has been with me since at least sixth grade and while it has been a faithful friend it was time to go. Over the summer my PBTeen bedding (yes, from sixth grade...) was hidden in my closet tossed for a beautiful queen comforter from Anthropologie. Swoon. In one of those once-in-a-blue-moon sales the floral beauty came back to Baylor with me and has brightened my room ever since. But this queen needed its match and six months later it came!

Have I mentioned that I have the best dad in the world? No, really, I do. He is one of the most generous, congenial, honoring men I have ever met and he spoils me endlessly. For the past year he has stepped out of his comfort zone and into a new job working nights to continue to provide for us and make our dreams reality. He has two off nights a week and last week he spend his time off loading up the trailer and hauling the queen bed down to my apartment at Baylor. I don't think he understands how much this means to me. A simple gesture but so far above and beyond.

Above and beyond. That is what my parents have consistently done for me. That is what my Heavenly Father does for me. Daily. I have been blessed in so many ways and I take that for granted all too often. I have so much to be thankful for yet I find myself wanting more, asking for more, spending more.

In all reality I have more than some people in this world even dream of.

And so, this month things are changing. February is a month coated in pink and red, and LOVE can be found written on anything and everything. So that's what I want to do. I want to love and be content with the things I have and use that to love other people. I want to show love to my parents by being responsible with what they've gifted me and by telling them more of what they mean to me. I want to love my roommates by being more intentional about spending time with them and putting away my things. I want to love my God by loving His Word and His people.

He goes above and beyond for me every day and deserves every ounce of my love. That means my time, money, thanks, and days must belong to Him. It's time to upgrade the way I love people. Will you join me?