paul trippwar of words



josh + nicole johnson (aka elenown) rocked their first audition on the new show, “the voice.” from knoxville, now living in nashville. love ’em!

today’s storm

i was running at the beautiful trails of cherokee blvd when the storm hit. i heard it coming, but the rain started quite suddenly.

it was not a measly little shower… it was almost a hurricane. i’m exaggerating. the winds were whipping around. (so was my hair.) the rain was pelting down. my mind wouldn’t think in more than 3 or 4 steps ahead of myself. dark sky ahead that was only one shade of grey. the heat that had been building in my body was immediately washed away by the water dripping down my face. lightening came down. thunder roared. it was intense and i’m not doing it justice, but you get the picture…

i began to think as i got in my car how refreshed i felt.

i wan’t upset that my run was a grand total of 7 minutes. my clothes were drenched, yet somehow my heart felt wiped clean. what a feeling to have the day after easter. i might be taking this too far, but it was a reminder of how i am cleansed by the blood of christ every day not just on easter.

i like noticing christ in the little every-day-things of our lives. because he is always there.

mawnday thursdee

on this maundy thursday, i will share a post from ann voskamp — when you’re soul starved

her words are eloquent. her heart is in line with the appetite i long to have for christ, but never quite reach. she speaks scripture and truth.

read, meditate, and be changed through the Word of God today

come home annie

one of mal and i’s favorite movies ever is the parent trap.

the one with lindsey lohan.

when we got out first “new” car, mals named her hallelujah the honda, hallie for short. we didn’t know that when i got my car, it’d be the same thing, just a different color. at some point, someone much more clever than i, named my car annie.

so now the hondas are:  hallie and annie. twins forever, like mal and i.

annie got in a bit of a wreck the other week and she has been in the shop for over a week now – – at first it was fun to drive a rental car, but now i just want my honda back. it’s like it is a part of me, but not in a idolizing or possessive way, more like it’s familiar to me.. the brown. the programmed radio stations. the way my car reads the tracks on my cds. you know it’s just like my car. when i think of going to get something out of my car, i think of my honda, not the space car (as mal calls it). when i walk to my car after class, i forget what car to look for.

it’s like something in my mind is outta-whack. my feng shui is off. i’m going to act like that last sentence works.

ultimately, i think this whole thing shows my desire of familiarity and comfort. i know that the Lord is at work in my upcoming summer by placing me out of my comfort zone and at a young life camp that is no familiar to me… well.. because i’ve never been there. and so, christ is in all things – even my desire to have my beloved annie back with my hands on her steering wheel and my feet on her pedals. i will choose to walk in faith and trust in times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity.

here is the wreckage that will be gone when i pick it up from the shop:

doesn’t look too bad, but it’s $3,000 worth of damage. the lord always provides all we need, not just what we want. grateful the other person had insurance to cover it!


1 week til easter.

2 weeks left of class.

21 days until buena vista for five days.

29 days until southwind for three months.

1 year left of college.

where has the time gone? it feels like i just started my junior year and now it is on the brink of being completed. i thank the lord tonight that being present where i am is a valuable lesson i have learned while i’ve been in college. so many times it is easy for me to wish i was “just in colorado,” or “just at a young life camp,” or “just out of school.” i would have missed all the growth i’ve had through the past three years and the year that is to come.

thank you, lord, for revealing your perfect timing and your sovereignty.

1 thessalonians 5:18

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of god in christ jesus for you.”

i am thankful for:

  • the beautiful reminder given today on “kingdom business”
  • the spring weather that breathes life into my soul
  • the reynolds’ hospitality that abundantly nourishes me (spiritually and physically) on sunday nights
  • friends who listen to my heart patiently
  • my family of faith all over the country
  • this sabbath day
  • telephones to hear peoples’ voices from afar
  • christ speaking to us continually through his Living Word
  • this Holy Week
i want to choose thankfulness. our god is gracious and faithful.
this is where i start this holy week – – – – still, quiet, and thankful.

katie + jeff

if you are invited to their wedding, then i guess you are getting a sneak peak! if you live with me, then you’ve seen me work on it for so long (sorry i’ve taken over the kitchen table for 2 weeks). here is a picture of the happy couple during their engagement pictures (more here: John Shim Photography):

used my typewriter for the wording.

cut their names out of a brown paper bag.

used colored and textured craft/scrapbook paper for the tree and birds.

picked the leaves off of a bush from the front yard.