23 things about me

1 | Big Family – 9
2 | Graduated Fall 2016 – Associates Degree
3 | Love Reading
4 | Moved to Kansas August 29, 2016
5 | Play the piano
6 | Love Music
7 | Love Musicals
8 | ISFJ
9 | Sewing – Bags and refashioning clothes
10 | Spontaneous Tears
11 | Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – Turkey Hill brand
12 | Love my Bullet Journal
13 | Favorite colors – Gray, Purple, and Navy
14 | Nephews – 4, Nieces – 4
15 | Camp!
16 | Love organizing
17 | 2 blogs
18 | Love my bangs { and now my red hair 🙂 }
19 | Love my sisters
20 | Loving my style now
21 | No debt
And a two bonus things
22 | I love my life here in Kansas. It is the best thing that I could have done and I’m so glad that I followed the Lord’s leading here
23 | Favorite Starbucks drink – Iced coffee with White Mocha and 2% milk

After Pictures of My Apartment

Don’t have time to write much but here are the after pictures of my apartment. Mostly settled in but still have some work to do. I want to hang some more pictures and the like.

Enjoy

 

Hope y’all enjoyed the pictures. Feel free to come for a visit.

 

Cheers,

Hannah

Devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries

​My mom shared this devotional with me. It was interesting to read especially with my recent move.

I’ll have more thoughts after you read the devotional. 

Lynn Cowell

December 2, 2016
I’ll Take It From Here
LYNN COWELL

“Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, ‘God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.’” 1 Samuel 23:7 (NIV)”

Stuck somewhere between numb and exhaustion, I stared out the window. Lord, how did I end up here? Please forgive me.

I had grown up hearing, “Pray for God to open a door.” So when it came to my job, I had done just that. I prayed, I believed and before I knew it, there wasn’t just one, but many open doors. That’s when I quit praying. Somewhere in my mind, I figured I would just do what I had been trained to do and walk through them.

All of them.

In the middle of the success coming my way, I didn’t stop to ask, “Is this You, Lord?” I already knew it was Him. My actions, however, said, “I’ll take it from here.”

It reminds me of King Saul.

Shortly after being crowned king of Israel, Saul took over his life as well. When he no longer humbled himself to ask for God’s wisdom, Saul’s heart became hard. Although he initially experienced a change of heart and the Spirit of God moving in his life (1 Samuel 10:9-10), the sin of jealousy over a young shepherd boy named David and his success took over. His jealous heart blinded him from recognizing the voice of God.

Saul began to confuse God’s voice with his own jealous heart. So in today’s key verse of 1 Samuel 23:7, when Saul discovers the whereabouts of the hidden man David, in a delusional state he believes God provided this opportunity. He actually thinks God gave him the opportunity to kill David, the one whom God had anointed to be the next king of Israel!

How did Saul slip from the place where 1 Samuel 11:6 says, “… the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him …” (NIV) to the point where he is seeking to kill God’s appointed one?

One step at a time.

First, Saul failed to obey God fully in 1 Samuel 15:9, yet he told the prophet Samuel he had obeyed.

Next, in 1 Samuel 15:30, he chose to value how he looked in people’s eyes over how he looked in God’s eyes.

Finally, in 1 Samuel 18:9, he allowed jealousy to overtake his heart toward David. He deceived himself.

One step at a time, he stopped conversing with God. He stopped asking God for wisdom and to forgive him when he failed. In that place of lost intimacy, his heart grew cold and in the end, his feet walked away from God.

That day of my despair was the beginning of new lessons for me. I realized I need to consult God no matter how sure I feel about my decisions. I need to hear from the Holy Spirit on every aspect of my life. The moment I stop humbly asking my Creator for daily direction and to examine my heart is the day I start a journey I don’t want to go on ever again.

Holy Spirit, help me humble myself, seek Your wisdom and submit to Your ways — not what appears to be right to me. Open my eyes to see when I’m too dependent on my own strength. I want to hear You, see You and walk with You every day, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 26:2, “Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.” (NIV)

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
The Holy Spirit wants to transform us into people who reflect God Himself in everything we do. Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants by Lynn Cowell empowers young women to partner with the Holy Spirit to develop the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.

CONNECT:
Lynn invites you to stop by her blog today, where she’ll share more about consulting God and hearing His wisdom for our life directions.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
How do Saul’s actions impact the way you think about the importance of consulting God’s wisdom for our daily life?

As you look at your own life, has there been a time, or are you in a current situation that could be better if you asked God for wisdom beforehand? Like Lynn, what can you learn from this experience to empower you to make better decisions in the future?

(c) 2016 by Lynn Cowell. All rights reserved.

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I prayed about where to move. I prayed when it was time to move. I prayed for help settling in. I prayed for help finding a roommate/apartment. But I know there are times that I haven’t prayed and I should have. This reading was a great reminder that I have to keep praying after I step through the door that God has opened. And honestly, there will almost always be a a door or window we need to pray about.

I’ve got a few posts in the works so keep an eye out. I’ll talk about my Thanksgiving trip, moving into my apartment, and a few other things.

Cheers,

Hannah

Thrift Store Haul

I get to decorate my new place!! I have held off going to get anything for my place until I had found a place. It makes sense because I didn’t have any place to store things but it was hard because I really wanted to decorate and organize my own place. One of Jessie’s friends came this weekend for a visit and we ended up going to the thrift store so I could get some stuff for my place.

The Little Things

Every other Sunday I go to Youth Group from 6-8:30. I’m not technically the right age to attend and I’m not really helping but I’ve been going so I can get to know the youth from the chapel. In the last two months, I’ve gone to two retreats and had a chance to get to know those that went as well. When I got the house where youth group would be tonight, I went downstairs to put my bag down and found some of the there. I went to sit by [C]. Now getting to the point of this post, one of the first things that [C] told me is that she was really glad that I came to youth group. It might not seem like much but when you’re new to town and having to make new friends, it’s these little things that count. All evening, [C] hung out with me and, even though I’m not her age, it was really nice to feel wanted there. The funny thing with [C] hanging out with me tonight, is that she’s been laid on my heart and it has sort of pushed me toward wanting to take the steps to hang out with her. I would appreciate prayer in figuring out to go about it.

Midterm Trip

I’m just now getting a chance to write a post since this past week and a half have been so crazy. I had midterms this past Monday that I had to go to Georgia for so I spent all of the last week studying. I missed BSF on Thursday which was the second week in a row for me to miss. Friday I got finished at work and headed home to finish packing and try and go to bed early. I had decided to check a bag so I could take some stuff I didn’t need to Georgia any bring some stuff that I’d left there back to Kansas. I left the house at 3am on Saturday for my flight leaving at 5:30. Everything was going fine until the line to check my bag to a long time. I managed to late check my bag by six minutes. The lady at the desk was like we might not get it on your flight and if it doesn’t it will be on the next flight there. That flight wasn’t until 1pm. I tried not to worry about it and let it be since I couldn’t change it anyway. The flight in was smooth and I arrived in Atlanta around 8:30. I got to the baggage claim and waited about 15 minutes before I got my bag. I got on MARTA and settled in for my 1-hour train ride to North Springs. I knew that dad was coming to pick me up but I was surprised when I saw mom in the car as well. We headed back north and decided to stop at CFA to grab me a quick breakfast and use the bathroom. Dad, mom and I chatted in the car getting caught up as we drove home. Naomi was super excited to see me and chased me around the car a couple of times before I made it into the house. We ate lunch and then I napped for a couple of hours because I was starting to crash. Saturday was Katelyn’s birthday so their family came over for supper to celebrate her and say hi to me. Sunday we went to church. It was really nice to see everyone again even though it was a quick visit. Leah took some pictures of me for my Christmas cards that I decided to make. I got an announcement on Sunday from my art teacher that testing time had been extended from what used to be 12-8 and was now 8-8. That was great because I already felt pushed for time for leaving the house on Monday afternoon. I was excited because if I got to take all my tests before noon I wouldn’t feel so rushed. I left around 8:45 and got to the college by 9:30. I then found out that only my art midterm could be taken before 12. Once I got to the room for the test it took me 5 minutes to complete which was a blessing because I thought that would be my hardest test. I really wanted to be first in line for the tests at 12 so I could get them done and get back home quickly. I went and sat at the door at 10:45 and read a book till it was time for the tests. Once I got signed in and was given my paper I picked a computer to start the first test. But wait, as if I wasn’t feeling stressed enough, the password they gave me wasn’t working. It took maybe 8 minutes to get it worked out but it felt like forever because I was watching the clock for leaving. I took both tests in 5 minutes each. Needless to say, I was ahead of my scheduled 1 hour for each test. I got home and visited for a while before Dad and I left to eat supper and to drop me off at MARTA. I didn’t want there to be any chance of being late for checking my bag or getting to my gate which in turn meant that I arrived at my gate 2 hours early. I talked with Elizabeth for pretty much the two hours until it was time to board. It wasn’t a full flight so we were loaded up rather quickly and just waited at the gate. One of the pilots came out of the cockpit and said that we had been fueled incorrectly. They never told us exactly how the plane was fueled incorrectly. We didn’t end up leaving the gate till an hour after we were supposed to have taken off. Once we landed and I got my checked bag, I got on the shuttle to go get my car. I made it home by 1am and was super tired. I changed out of my jeans, took my jacket off and crawled into bed because I had to get up for work in about 5 hours.

I’m still getting caught up on school which I’ve almost done. I’m reminded why I keep ahead in school because I hate doing stuff right before the due date. I am so excited that I’ve got approximately 8 weeks of school left! I’m ready to be done and graduate.

I’m got the title to my car this week and I’ll be going to finish getting everything in my name next week.

I’ll write more later. I’ve got an art folder to complete :/

Cheers