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Comical Encounters

Written Thursday April 18, 2013 

Have you ever had a comical encounter with God?  I totally believe He has a sense of humor.....I mean we are created in his image, right?!  Well, today I had one of those moments!  To understand it, I'll need to rewind 24 hours.  The hubs and I were laying in bed talking about our day.  I was "happily complaining" about everything I had done this week and what was to come over the next 48 hours.   In the middle of our conversation, Kelly asked me "have you blogged lately"?  OK, TIME OUT.....BIG score for him for paying attention to my rambling AND even bigger brownie points for being involved enough to think about my blog.  I looked over at him and said "NO and I have no clue what I am going to blog about!".  I was almost aggravated that with all I had to do I was going to add 1.) a blog post and just as hard 2.) coming up with something to blog about to the list (my goal is blog every 7-10 days).  I don't want to be too "bragadocious" (but it really drives home the point)....this week we have met with 6 brides and have had 4 new inquiries.  In less than a month, we have gone from praying for business to thinking at what point do you stop taking on new business (hence the happy complaining).  It has brought me to tears on several occasions in the last few weeks just thinking about it what has transpired.  With all this being said, I was driving home today thinking about each and every wedding we have coming up over the next 13 months.....so many emotions....excitement, anticipation, joy, fear, thankfulness, and then BAM it hits me!  It was if God said, "Are you kidding me?  All of this going on, all of these blessings and you don't know what to blog about!  Really?".  I just started laughing.....literally laughing out loud.  It was so true.  To go from "why aren't I booking any weddings" to "I may need to hire someone to help me keep up with all of this".  AND to think I didn't know what to blog about?!  I'm not sure if I was laughing with God or laughing at myself.  This verse immediately came to mind "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." Malachi 3:10 (NIV) 

Some very, wise women asked me recently to name 5 things I am thankful for.....my first response was "His favor".  I think I will add "comical encounters with Him" to that list.  ;)

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I CHOOSE

You might remember me blogging about hiccups a few weeks back.  Well, the Le Rae hiccup I was referring to was an event that was supposed to take place today (ok its now 2am so yesterday).  Long story short, we lost that event.  When you pour your heart and soul into a design and it doesn't happen.....it's tough!  One of the best parts of this "job" is seeing what's in your head come to life!  ANYWHO......when I woke up today, I made the conscious decision to be happy and productive!  Which meant.....do something crazy, do something fun, do something I love, do something meaningful, STAY AWAY from social media, and get stuff done!  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Do something crazy.................check!  I slept til 9 AM!!!!  I know, I know this doesn't go with the "be productive" plan, but it felt GREAT!   Do something fun.....................check!  I spent time with my hunny bun (Hunter my 10 year old son) and we had a short but sweet shopping trip.               

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Do something meaningful.....check!  I took a 4 wheeler ride with my 80 year old Paw Paw on Pisgah Hill!  The original clean up of this property was done by him when he bought it years ago.  This little ride could also count for "do something crazy".  I wanted to look for great ceremony spots and he thought it would be ok to drive us straight down a steep hill!  SCARED me to death....but we made it.

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Get something done.....check!  We (LOL) staked off, squared up, and dug holes for the barn.  I deemed it Breaking Ground Day!

Do something I love.....check!  I spent the evening with my partner in "wedding crime" (Leah).  Over dinner and a glass of wine, we started designing two of our upcoming fall weddings!  Give me a pencil, some graph paper, and someone to bounce off ideas with and I am in heaven!

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I snapped the above picture while I was pulling out of the driveway at Pisgah Hill.  I posted it with this caption.  I meant every word.  I have been quoting Psalms 37:4 like crazy the last couple of days (“take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”).  After "taking delight in HIM" today, He fulfilled His promise and blessed me with a desire!  At midnight I checked my email.  There was a message letting me know one of our photo shoots with Wes Roberts had been featured on Love Wed Bliss Wedding Blog.  AMAZING and once again leaves me completely #inaweofhim!

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Short, Sweet, and Simple Truth

Does anyone like to cry?  If you know me well, you know I HATE it!  I won't even watch movies where I know the main character dies because I HATE to cry!  Maybe it's a control thing?!  Who knows?  All I know is I loathe it!  But ever so often, something touches my heart and there is no holding it back.  If I know it's coming, I can fight it off.  But it's those times in life when something sweet, meaningful, or impactful just blindsides you and there's no controlling it!  Last weekend was one of those times.  After an emotional week and my last blog post Hiccups and a Cure, I got a sweet little text from my partner in "wedding crime" (Leah).  Needless to say after reading her message, it happened.......TEARS!  There was no stopping them!  I just had to share it with y'all.  And yes, I got permission.

"Your blog has forced me to find God's word and try to think positive and trust in HIM." 

"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this:  He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun."  Psalm 37: 5-6

"God has a reason for allowing things to happen that we may never understand.  But we simply have to trust His will" 

Short, sweet, and simple truth!  Thanks Leah! 

 

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Posted on March 17, 2013 and filed under Life Lessons.

Hiccups and a Cure

When I graduated high school 8 years ago (HAHA just kidding 18 years ago), I was Salutatorian of my class and had to write a speech.  I don't remember much about the speech except one thing....the scripture I used.  It was Jeremiah 29:11.  "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)  To this day, it is my favorite scripture.  And how fitting for a graduation speech, right?!  Back then I used it in my speech for basically one reason - it sounded good.  Seems kind of bad to say but it's the truth.  At that age, I liked the idea of loving Jesus and deep down I did but truth be told I wanted the speech to "sound good".  Fast forward 13 years and my sweet cousin Sarah Deese was graduating high school.  By this time I had graduated college, had a hubby, 2 kids, and a lot more life experience than the 18 year old kid that wrote that speech in 1995.  My aunt Felicia asked family members to write a letter to Sarah for her graduation and send to her for a scrapbook or something (if I find a copy, I will post it later).  So, what did I do?  I went to that good ole' favorite scripture of mine.  BUT, this time I read MORE and God showed MORE!  I LOVE the way the Message puts it "I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home.  I know what I'm doing.  I have it all planned out - plans to care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen.  When you come looking for me, you'll find me.  Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed.  God's Decree.  I'll turn things around for you." (Jer. 29:11-14a)  In my letter to my cousin Sarah, I challenged her to continue to call on Him, keep looking for Him, and constantly seek Him.  

You are probably wondering what in the world this has to do with hiccups and a cure.  A few months ago, my family had what I like to call a "hiccup".  Something that was aggravating, troublesome, hurtful, but not a total devastation....just like a hiccup.  Hiccups can be annoying and painful BUT you aren't going to die from them....you will survive.  After our family hiccup, I was aggravated and very hurt.  I went to that trusty scripture.  God showed up with the same scripture BUT different emphasis (a whole other blog post)!

Today, Le Rae Events + Design had a hiccup.   It's a little troublesome and I started out with a lil' Rae Rae pity party.  I explained the hiccup to my mom and she said "how's your prayer life" and I responded "fair".  I explained the hiccup to a friend and they said "are you reading the book I gave you" and I responded "no".  These 2 questions led me once again to that trusty scripture!  And of course, HE showed up with the same scripture BUT different emphasis.  This time in the form of more questions for the day!  Look back at verses 13 and 14a "When you come looking for me, you'll find me.  Yes, when you get SERIOUS about FINDING me and WANT IT more than ANYTHING else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed.  God's Decree.  I'll turn things around for you."  WOW!  AM I serious about seeking him?  Do I want "it" more than anything else.  The "it" in that sentence is finding him.  Have I replaced the "it" with my business.  Have I replaced the "finding Him" with "growing my business".  The answer is right there.....when you want "it" (to find Him) more than ANYTHING else, HE'LL make sure I won't be disappointed.  It's like He is saying "Rae, seek Me FIRST and FOREMOST and I'll handle the rest"!  Needless to say, PITY PARTY OVER!  

So, from now on if someone wants to know how to cure the hiccups I will respond with "Jeremiah 29:11-14"!  

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