Sunday, March 1, 2015

Siesta Scripture #5

I cannot believe we are on verse #5!!!   During this season of looking for a new house and settling back into living in my hometown, this verse truly reminds me of what my heart's true desire really is:

"For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it." (2 Corinthians 5:7-9 NIV) 

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

2 Week Recap (In Photos)

I can't believe that February is over!  These last two months have gone by so fast, and I am sure Easter will be here before I know it. Over the last couple of weeks I have stayed busy with work, looking for houses, going on a fun weekend getaway, and spending lots of time with our families.  Here are a few pics of the last few weeks.

 Weekend Selfie - Matt and I enjoyed a fun weekend with Jamie, Kristy, Chad, and Ashley in Pigeon Forge celebrating Jamie's B-Day!!  It was an awesome weekend, and very relaxing. 

 Icicle fight anyone??

 This has been my view for nearly two weeks!!!  
All I can think about is how desperately I need an SUV

 Yes, this is Lil Man Davis favorite snapping spot.  
My side of the bed, tucked underneath the covers.  

 Woke up to this beautiful scene in Wytheville, VA this past week.  
Love the view of the southern VA mountains.

Work is going well, and this pic was taken at a press conference in Galax, VA as we announced a new partnership with an awesome event.  Simply love my job and excited for all the fun things ahead.

Here is to an awesome March!!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Worship Wednesday

Its been awhile since I've posted a "Worship Wednesday" song, but since I just heard a new worship song that I am LOVING, I wanted to share.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

100 Ways to be Elegant - Post #1 (1-10)

Often times I wish I had lived in the 1950s and been in my 20s.  There is something so classy and chic about the 50s, when women wore gloves and had impeccable grace and manners. During the 1960s and 1970s, many of the traditional roles of women began to change, and today most women have no clue the basic rules of etiquette and manners.  So, to help me brush up on my southern manners and etiquette, I thought I would embark on series called 100 Ways to be Elegant.  Each week, I will share 10 new ways that I should add a little "grace" and "class" back into my lives.  Enjoy! 

1. Always send thank you notes to everyone. 
Always take time to write a thank you note for even the smallest act of kindness. Thank you notes are perfect to show appreciate for gifts you've receive, kind words someone has said that meant a lot of you, and everything in the between. Investing in a nice set of stationary is key, and a great pen is the perfect way to get motivated to write a kind note to someone. My all time favorite stationary is Crane & Co.  

2. Practice good posture
Stand up and sit up straight. It makes you look so confident and even makes you feel better overall.

3. Speak with purpose, do not babble on and on about nothing

4. Listen without interrupting - I am loving the new book by Karen Ehman called Keep it Shut, it is a perfect guide on how to use your words and when to listen. 

5. Hold doors for everyone, especially older people or people carrying heavy things.

6. Have one signature perfume/cologne

7. Remember birthdays

8. Wear only 2-3 accessories

9. When hosting guests, always have cheese straws and sweet tea to serve.  (Southern Elegance)

10. Read on a variety of topics

What are some of you favorite Etiquette tips?  I would love to hear them!
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Siesta Scripture #4

After yesterday's blog post, I cannot help but have Eph 3:20 (KJV) on my scripture list this year.

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us"

Happy Sunday Friends!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

When God Says Move.........

I've been a Christian since I was eight (maybe a little longer), and over the last 27 years the Lord has done some AMAZING things in my life and truly blessed me in ways I never deserved.  However, over the past year, the Lord has poured out a blessing that has been exceeding abundantly more than I could have asked or imagined. (Eph. 3:20). 

When I think about life a year ago, I remember the following things:

- Being exhausted beyond words
- My body on the brink of a nervous breakdown
- Doubting all my abilities, judgements, and talents
- Feeling like I was failing as a wife, daughter, and friend
- Frustrated for letting my life get so far away from me
- And, finally deciding to make the decision to change everything I could in my life - including my job, walking away from so-called friends, and stepping down from EVERY community and civic responsibility.

I knew I had the love and support from my incredible husband and family, and by the grace of God I knew the ONLY thing that could ever help get me out of this pit was the Lord himself.  Everything about my situation aggravated me.  I felt used, mentally abused, and I knew this was not the life the Lord had intended me to live. 

I can even remember back to an evening last January, when I received a very frustrating call about something at work, and when I got off the phone all I could do was cry.  I was so frustrated and tired, and I couldn't find any words to pray.  All I could do was cry, and I knew things needed to change.  

So, I began asking the Lord to change my heart, change my situation, change my outlook on life, and ultimately change the direction of my life.  I knew I was being a sub-par wife, daughter, and friend, and all the effort to be a rock star employee had blown up in my face like a puff of wind.  I was done doing things "My Way," and decided it was time to begin trusting that the Lord to put me back together again - to be whole, complete, and ready to serve Him. 

That incident in my kitchen stirred something in my soul, and I knew the only way I would get through it was to WAIT (patiently) on the Lord.  So, I soon changed jobs, and began getting balance in life.  I worked normal hours, spent lots of time with my husband, friends, and family and enjoyed some much needed relaxation.  I faced some health issues as my body recovered from the intense stress; however, by summer I was feeling great, and the Lord was blessing me with a season of rest that I had not experienced in a long time. 

In the Fall, I began experiencing a stir in my heart that something was about to change.  I didn't know what it was, but spent a lot of time praying and talking to Matt and beginning to open our hearts to a possible upcoming transition.

Side note: For years, Matt and I talked about how we would NEVER move back home, because we could not find jobs in our hometown.  However, in 2014, the Lord began changing our hearts, and we kept talking about how much we desired to be closer to family and discussing the possibility to moving home.  

As Fall was well underway, I learned about a new work opportunity in my hometown that sounded very interesting.  As I stated above, Matt and I had been talking more and more about moving home, and this opportunity seemed like the perfect fit.  The only kicker - Matt's job was still in Knoxville.  After going through one of the most intense interview processes of my life, I was so excited to land the new job.  And, it didn't take Matt or I very long to agree that this was definitely a path the Lord was leading us, and excitedly took the new job. 

Starting my new job at the BCM! 

We still were not sure when Matt would get a job or if we would have to co-habitat in two cities for a while.  However, in our hearts we had a peace that everything would work out perfectly.  And, God's timing was right on track.  By December, Matt learned of a new opportunity with his company and was awarded a promotion and a transfer to be closer to home. (Oh well for once believing we could not find jobs in our hometown......LOL!!) 

Over Christmas, I spent time packing up our house and moving, and in January we put our house on the market.  Five (5) HOURS later, we sold it and this past Friday we finalized all the paperwork and closed on the house. 

Every step of this process as been perfectly orchestrated by the Lord's timing. Even at our closing, a small gift was given to Matt and I that the Lord used to reaffirmed that He is into even the smallest details of our lives.   

Which leads me back to the beginning of this post - yes, I have been a Christian for 27+ years; however, even today I am blown away about how loving and faithful Jesus truly is to those who place their trust in Him.  The Lord has it ALL under control and all we have to do is TRUST, be patient, and wait on His timing to move. 

I am so honored that the Lord entrusted Matt and I with this big transition so we could give Him all the glory He deserves.  This transition to move closer to home has been such a blessing and a reassurance to my soul.  He has changed me from the person I was a year ago and my soul is better for it. 

So, if you are facing challenges and feeling defeated about where life has you. STOP.  Turn over all those fears and worry to the Lord, and I promise the adventure that is ahead of you is exceedingly, abundantly more than you can think or ask. 

Be blessed my friends!! 

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Checking In...........

Hello Friends!!  Just wanted to check in and say hello!!  Life is going at full speed and not slowing down!!  I will be back next week with a lot of exciting updates to share.

Until then...........enjoy one of my new favorite songs!!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Scooter Man Davis Loves Jesus

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I was getting back into the habit of getting up early each morning for bible study before starting the day.  What I failed to mention is that I am not alone.  As I get out of bed around 5:30 a.m. each morning, Scooter Man Davis is ready to go.  I've always teased that he LOVES Jesus about as much as I do, because every time I sit down for Bible Study he is right there with me.  He listens patiently as I work on memory verses, read the word, and pray.  However, I totally laughed out loud, when I opened my eyes from praying and saw him turned upside down with his eyes closed.  I tried to catch a pic, but he opened his eyes when I reached for my phone.  LOL! 

I love that Scooter Man Davis loves Jesus, and I hope one day I have the honor to raising my own children to love the Lord with all their heart and lives. 

Happy Tuesday!!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Siesta Scripture #3

Whew this weekend was crazy busy, but very productive and lots of fun!!  I headed to Knoxville this weekend, and between moving and seeing a lot of amazing friends, it was an awesome weekend. 

More details on the move to come, but since its the 1st of the month, I wanted to share my scripture I am memorizing for the next 15 days.   

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 

This weekend, I listened to the Passion conference in Houston.  I loved the reminder from Christine Caine, who said - "We are called to be a generation that is on mission for the Kingdom of God. We are called to do the work that God as set before us."   What an incredible reminder!

Be Blessed My Friends!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tips on Thursday & Fun Life Hacks

I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting good advice.  Unfortunately, in our busy, non-stop world, its not often that we take time to listen, mush less give good advice.  Here are a few good tips that I wanted to pass along.  Enjoy! 

Also, I wanted to share some fun "life hack" advice too.........

Happy Thursday!
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Inside My Phone..........

This weekend was awesome!  Lots of rest, lots of things accomplished, and most of all it really felt almost normal.  Since we are transitioning and moving to our hometown, life has seemed chaotic and a crazy.

Friday evening, I ate dinner with my in-laws and then relaxed and chilled before hitting the bed early.

Saturday, I woke up and headed to town to run a few errands, stopped by the office to get prepared for the week ahead, and then home in time to change clothes before heading to check out a new church.  I was blessed to see a good friend, who invited me to sit with their family.  After church, I headed home and had a great time talking with my family and just enjoying catching up on life.

Sunday we slept in, enjoyed a family lunch, and then spent the afternoon driving to different neighborhoods and areas of town to see where we may want to look at buying a new house this spring.  We ended the weekend spending time with my bro and sis-in-law and enjoyed hearing about their fun weekend in Asheville.  

All in all, it was a great weekend and it was so good for my soul.  In other fun life updates, I thought I would share several pics from my phone I took this week.
Loving this new song by the Zac Brown Band.  Its on REPEAT on my iPhone and it is  so fitting for this new transition in our life. 

Made it to 2 Thessalonians in my Bible Study, and enjoyed catching up with this awesome video teaching from one of my favorite bible teachers, Beth Moore. 

We gave this B-Day card to a guy in our office, but does it not look like Butterman Davis!!

Taking some selfies at the BCMM museum on #MuseumSelfie Day 
This is one of my FAVORITE videos in the museum.

More selfies!!  LOL! 

BCM Marketing Team - Yes, Hannah's hallo-gram  is in the museum.  

More Selfies!!  So thankful music was part of our heritage and love sharing this history with the world!

Yes, we are launching a radio station at BCM!!  
And, yes I am SOOOO excited to this project and excel!

We headed to Knoxville to work on a little CD project called Orthophonic Joy!  
This project is going to be simply AMAZING!

The minds around this table AMAZE me!!

Experienced my first Bristol Chamber event on Friday! 

What happens when your sis in law is a nurse - you have a 15+ nurses plus Matt, Jamie, and I come together to celebrate her B-Day!!!  LOL!!  Fun dinner indeed.

Happy Monday!!

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