About the ring… (more proposal pics!!)

As most of you know, on September 2nd, 2017 Isaac asked me for forever… and then I tackled him (that means yes when you’re happy). Even after 2 1/2 years he surprised the heck out of me. It was the happiest moment of our lives.

Ever since then I’ve had this super shiny thing on my left hand. To be honest, I’m not a big jewelry person, at least not to wear every day. Jewelry usually just gets in the way of stuff, especially when I’m with the horses. It was SO weird to me to all of a sudden have this thing on my finger 24/7. I would wake up and immediately pull my hand out of the covers because I thought there was something stuck to it… no joke I did that for like 2 weeks. Every time I tacked the horse up I would look at it ever 5 seconds to make sure it didn’t get messed up or dirty. I was so nervous about it!

Despite my efforts, the poor ring got a full dose of dirt, alfalfa, horse hair and life very quickly. I thought it would be hard for me trying to care for something so precious in the midsts of my crazy life. Then one day as I was driving, staring at my ring propped up on the steering wheel, God made it very clear to me. This ring is not a piece of jewelry. It’s not to be admired because it’s shiny or expensive. It’s to be admired because it’s to be a representation of our relationship. It’s to be cared for because it stands for our commitment to each other. I don’t want to show people my ring and say hey look how fancy. I want to show it to people and say hey look what God has done in our lives. Look at where He has brought us. This ring reminds me every day to consider how the things I do and the decisions I make will affect our relationship. It’s priceless to me the things that God has made our relationship into and I absolutely adore having the proof on my finger every day of all that He has done.

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I love this ring.  I love that Isaac picked it out himself and poured so much love, time and work in to getting it. It’s BEAUTIFUL. Mostly though I love the story behind it. It’s our story in the most real, true and pure form written with all the beauty of the hand of God. In this sweet sweet season of our lives I’m blessed to have this reminder on my finger, this man that I love fervently beside me, family and friends that are family to pour into and support us and a great big God who keeps surprising us.

Here’s to a love story without end <3

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Think it out: Small steps to big dreams

Dreamers are a special kind of people. Their imaginations are often unmatched as they allow themselves the vulnerability to be inspired.

Dreaming, however, is sometimes all they have the chance to do when they discover how much more difficult actions are than thoughts.

So…

Where does one start for such a risky feat as chasing a dream?

Do they sell everything to afford it?

Do they move away to chase it?

Maybe… but unless one feels strongly convicted by the good Lord almighty I would not advise doing so. Dreams are often given the bad rap of being “unrealistic.” I’m here to break that reputation.

The simple start? Here’s what I do.

My dream is to help people realize the possibilities infront of them. So many people settle for what they think they are capable of in their own minds. They often take their first job offer or first opportunity offered simply because they either believe it will be their only offer or that they could not do any better. They need someone to show them how to think bigger and do more with their own God given gifts and abilities.

Small rant. Big idea.

With this being my goal, I start asking myself a hand picked selection of  powerful questions that life coaches love so much.

  • How do I show this to people?
  • What does me achieving this goal look like?
  • What is one way I can advertise how beneficial this method is today?

Then it’s simple. I answer! After working through the logistics of my dream in my own head I now have a realistic way to push myself into making it happen. Thinking through things in this format shows you how to make big dreams attainable in small and simple ways. Ask yourself questions that might help you dig deeper into all of the small aspects of your dream that you might not have thought about. Orrrr call up a certain life coach who believes in you and can hand select questions and routines that will benefit you and provide accountability for motivation 😉

So how does this apply to you as a Christian?

Remember who God created you to be. Remember even if you can’t do something in your own power, He can. In fact I believe that is exactly where He loves to have us, in that place of complete and total dependence on Him. It’s exciting! It’s beautiful.

I fully believe that striving towards our goals and using our gifts to their full ability greatly pleases the Lord. He gave us these abilities and differences to praise Him!

By Him and Him alone can we stretch our dreams, goals and ambitions to their full potential. If we give those things to Him He will bless them.

I could tell you ways to motivate yourself and steps to reach your goals all day long, but that won’t come close to touching what God wants to do with your life.

The best thing you can do is prepare yourself. Getting motivated and setting goals for your life will always help as long as God is the one who holds your trust and your focus. Let Him be the one who moves you to action and tells you exactly where to go.

Think big. Get focused. Get excited! Set goals. Prepare yourself. Let God do the rest.

 

God bless,

riley1

 

 

When God Says Wait.

“Watching and waiting, looking above. Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.”

Blessed Assurance

Beautiful words from a song that paints the most perfect picture of how to wait. Waiting can be a tough topic for people sometimes, yet should not be undervalued. We wait in lines, for appointments, for promotions, for big life events, etc. often mindlessly and uneventfully. Some appreciate the time to rest, regroup and de-stress. Others grow impatient and frustrated with the waste of time and lack of productivity. Regretfully, I’d have to say I am typically more closely related with the second example. I want to feel productive! However, there are those times when you’re in a line where there’s that really funny person in front of you. Or when you don’t mind that wedding being so far away because the people you become surrounded with to prepare for the big day make the waiting an event in itself. It’s always easier to appreciate the wait if we’re not waiting alone.

Waiting is not really waiting if we’re waiting with Christ. I really think He loves this special one on one time with us when we are just looking to Him with a hopeful heart and eyes wide open. God always seems to use the waiting as training for those who love Him. From our impatient minds, we get so easily frustrated with the wait. We think either we simply cannot hear Him telling us where to go, or maybe we missed the call and need to just start going on our own and maybe God will jump in at some point. It’s common. I’ve done it. Never works out. He says, “You’re not quite ready for where I’m about to take you. Let me prepare you.”

I have dealt with my fair share of waiting in my 19 years. It typically wasn’t for any one thing in particular though. Usually it’s in between chapters of my ever crazy, always changing, running backward chicken with my head cut off life. I take His call on me to wait jokingly as Him reminding me that 90mph is not the required speed limit for life. But really, He lovingly loves to say, “Regroup Riley! Refocus here so I can show you something new.” I have been blessed to know that God has a future for me far greater than anything I could accomplish for myself. I know I can’t get there without him, so periodically, I do have to wait. For His voice, for His hand, for His pull, tug, or yank on my stubborn heart to speak or go or do or dream or just to be still. It’s really funny to think about – If I choose not to wait for Him, maybe I can climb a mountain… but if I wait for Him to go with me, I know without a doubt I can move it.

A lot of people associate waiting with having patience. Dictionary.com describes patience as The bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. How about instead of just bearing the wait though, we have FAITH? Sweet sweet faith. I truly believe that without possessing faith, many wait in vain. Faith in that whatever God has called you to wait for, He has also equipped you for. Isaac and my relationship was a leap of faith. Moving to Hatteras was a leap of faith. Buying a horse at the beach, quitting my job, taking an internship across the country by myself, moving into another house alone – all things that I didn’t feel at all qualified enough to do. But my God is greater. I knew He had molded and planned my life so strategically up to each of those points that the things he had let me go through, learn and experience were exactly what I needed to move forward. Anything less than faith would have made me a coward. Strength WILL rise as we wait upon the Lord. Not in physical ability or mental toughness, but in assuredness and peace for perhaps the scariest thing we will ever endure on this earth – life and life in abundance. I encourage you – be ready to wait.

riley1