Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guest Author: Liz Young - One Year Later

I'm so excited to share today's guest author with you!  Some of you might have remembered my posts from a year ago about Liz Young, this is the continuation of her story, her healing and the miraculous work the Lord has done in her life in one short year.  It is an honor to call her friend, I'm so excited for you to read her words below.  Let us marvel at the Lord's love and faithfulness!!!

One Year Ago Today!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since the day that changed my life and the lives of everyone in my family forever. I’ve been writing throughout the week to see if something would naturally come together for Victoria to share (THANK YOU for asking, VC! Love you!) but it wasn’t until this morning that the Lord revealed to me what to share with you all. I got a card in the mail yesterday from my mom & saved it to open first thing this morning. It’s Rifle Paper (my fav. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about) & it says “You Make Everything Beautiful.” I instantly started crying. Yes, Lord, You do. You really, really, always do.

Liz today with our friend Danielle

There is so much I want to share, so much to tell. I will one day. I know it. But today, I’m hoping you all with rejoice with me in celebration that the Lord is incredibly good. He is faithful. He is a God of His word whose promises never, ever fail. When I think back over the year, the one story that keeps popping up makes me both laugh & cry at just how magnificent He is. My entire life, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always thought, “28 is going to be a great year.” 

In my humanness & bird’s eye perspective, as I got closer to that age I thought big, but big in the natural world. I thought maybe 28 would be the year I made a breakthrough in LA, maybe that’d be the year I’d start making headway in film, or maybe that’d be the year I’ll meet Mr. Man, maybe get married, or maybe I’d meet the perfect songwriter & start the duo of my dreams. All of these things were how I ‘thought big’ for 28. My birthday is November 20 (if you get anything from this blurb, please let it be this. I will be accepting presents, cards, flowers, donations, puppies…;)), which was just short of a month after my surgery last year. 

For my 28th, I was living at my mom’s house, my arms were still really bruised from so many needles, I had no hair on the top right half of my head, no hair on the back bottom left of my head, full moon face from the intense amount of steroids I was taking, a 4 inch scar on top of my head that was really scabbed over, a beautiful 14 inch scar on the back of my head (seriously, it’s incredibly beautiful to me), and surrounded by a family I can’t even begin to describe my love for. I remember blowing out the candles on my birthday cake & fighting back pools of tears as it occurred to me: 28 is going to be a great year, indeed. Never in a million, trillion years would I have ever, ever been able to guess this is how I would bring in 28, but I would want it absolutely no other way. None. At. All. 

As another birthday is approaching, I am in tears in AWE of the Lord. He wanted to give me so, so, sooo, SO much MORE than anything I could possibly have dreamed up in the natural. He gave me new life. He miraculously healed me. He pushed the ‘Reset’ button & set me FREE. How in the world can it get better than that??????!!!! I have never, ever, EVER had a better year. It was absolutely nothing in the world I could have ever planned for or imagined, but it was His & all for His glory. And it was perfect. It IS perfect. I tell Him nearly every day should He have chosen differently for me, should all of our prayers have been answered in a way not in our favor & should He have allowed my healing to look differently, that doesn’t change His faithfulness, His love for me, His goodness, His all-knowing, His perfectness. I would still choose to say yes & amen.  He Makes Everything Beautiful.

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

One thing I ask from the Lord,
   this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
 all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
   and to seek him in his temple.
 -     Psalm 27:4

-Liz Young

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dreamer of the Unseen

I've been in a bit of a dream state these last few weeks, perhaps more than normal. There is something about the ushering in of fall that makes the air feel full of unspoken promise.  That's the place I've been hibernating in, that sweet, intoxicating, hope filled place....the place of the unseen. 

I'm a huge fan of watching the unseen become visible.  And by watching I mean (leaning in to it, giving it strength and legs through prayer) then sitting back and watching God do his thing.

I decided to be vulnerable and share some of my dreams with you in hopes that it encourages you to dream BIG, to think outside of the box and to be wildly romantic with your imagination.  After all the sky is the limit!

Note: I actually had a playlist going while writing tonight instead of the hum of my air conditioner.  You can find the list at the bottom of the page. 

1. Travel to Europe again (eat. explore. eat. explore. eat. explore. repeat.)

2. Visit Bob Goff's "Lodge" with my sis and brother in law (become friends w/ Bob Goff)

3. Attend a performance at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

4. Attend a BBQ at President George W. Bush's ranch in Texas (become friends w/ the President)

5. Stay in Giraffe Manor in Kenya (become friends w/ giraffes)

6. Write a song that I love that can support me financially 

7. Have my hand held, by my love, down a tree lined street while simultaneously laughing

8. Find "said" love/husband/laughing partner (become friends)

9. Write a book

10. Collaborate on a fashion line 

11. Have a family with the person in # 8 (cuz kids are cool and stuff)

12. Visit Honduras to love on the She Dances girls

13. Go back to Haiti

14. Never run a marathon

15. Visit the Holy Land

16. Vacation in Greece

17. Learn how to curl the right side of my hair so it keeps it's curl

18. Be less afraid of performing songs

19. Number "8" again

20. Read the bible from start to finish

21. Learn how to knit a sweater 

22. Road trip the south with some of my best girlfriends

23. Go on tour again

24. Watch my friends obtain their wildest dreams

25. Relearn basic math 

 I've now tricked you into continuing to read my blog just to see for yourself if I've become friends with a giraffe or a president or if my hair is keeping it's curl. (all reeeeally important things)

 It's part of my plan actually, to keep you as my friend, to share my life with you. 

What dreams do you have today?
I'd love to read them in the comment section below and be your cheerleader!


Fly Me To The Moon - Tony Bennett
A Sunday Kind of Love - Etta James
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
Two Sleepy People - Seth McFarlane and Norah Jones
Like Someone In Love - Ella Fitzgerald
This is Always - Betty Carter
Embraceable You - Billie Holiday