Things Above

Life is full.  Full of to do’s.  Full of love.  Full of people.  Full of moments.  Full.  Just plain full.  Sometimes it can be hard to keep your head about you.  Here’s the secret – keep your focus on things above. When we are looking above, we don’t notice the flood around us; we keep our head above water and get to take in the sky. 

Things Above
Life is full of to do’s and baby’s who don’t want to leave your side.

This year the Bible Study I attend (BSF – if you’re looking for something in dept I highly suggest it!) is studying the book of John.  The message of John is so singular.  Time and time again Jesus’ teachings and his actions boil down to this truth – keep your focus on God, or you’ll miss His better, bigger picture.

Will likes to quote Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Jesus is all of those things. 

So often I go through my day focused on the flood.  I am thinking about what to make for dinner, trying to remember to put the laundry in the dryer (that struggle is real – not as real as the struggle to fold it is), being mesmerized by Charlie’s smile, and wondering how Izzy Pup can possibly shed any more.  I also work from home, so I juggle that in there as well.

Life is full.

But the message of the Gospel of John has challenged me.  Jesus came so that we might have life more abundantly (John 10:10).  More abundantly does not equal more full. It means truly satisfying and overflowing with joy.   Jesus wants to take my full life and make it abundant.  He wants to take my good life and make it great.  He wants to be at the center, in relationship with me, helping me, and being glorified through my life. This happens by shifting my focus to things above.

Things Above
Charlie loves the view point from up above. God is calling us to that same view point

So I challenge you this week to find something practical that you can do to shift your focus to things above.  For me it was changing the lock screen on my phone to something that would be a quick reminder to refocus. So what will you do?

Things Above
Think on this. It’s the source of the abundant life God wants for us.

February Preview

I really hate being sick.  I hate when my body pushes the pause button.  And I really hate that I had to break down and go to the doctor.  But on the bright side, my cough medicine doesn’t taste bad, AND it gives me the chance to post a blog.

February is going to be a very big month for the PomeroyLife.  We are hot on the trail of some of the goals that we set out to accomplish this year.  I am making strides (literally) in my marathon training.  Will is up in the morning making me delicious eggs and reading through Mark along with our church.

In other news... this happened today!!!!  I was super pumped to pull into Kroger and see this today.
In other news… this happened today!!!!
I was super pumped to pull into Kroger and see this today.

We are also working on the “buy a house” goal!  We didn’t think that we would be getting along so quickly on that goal, but God had other plans.  I am so excited to announce that we are buying a house!!!! More on that to come later. For now we will focus on some minor goal setting for February.

going to miss these neighbors when we move, but I am sure that God has ssome great ones in store for us at the Walsh House.
going to miss these neighbors when we move, but I am sure that God has some great ones in store for us at the Walsh House.

Why goals?  It sort of feels like they could spoil the moment. BUT I set them to make sure that I don’t miss the moment.  February brings with it work, school, race training and fundraising, packing, moving, unpacking, friends, AND investing in each other and celebrating “our valentines day”.

To help me stay on track with my training I want to do 100 minutes of wall sits and 100 minutes of  planks.

As for house buying a house, well we just have some minor goals on that front this month.  

  1. Buy a House
  2. Paint the House

To help balance everything going on I am going to attempt to finish all of my homework on the weekdays so that I can have the weekends to go for long runs, cook delicious food, and work on house projects.

February has a lot in store.  Stay tuned and be a part of the adventures of February and our new home as they unfold.  

and this happened last weekend while I was at a slumber party. it was like 5 inches of snow!  my favorite!
and this happened last weekend while I was at a slumber party. it was like 5 inches of snow! my favorite!

31 Day Prayer Challenge

One of the blogs that I have been following lately, the Wetherills Say I Do, launched a 31 day prayer challenge a week ago.  Our schedules are a little bumpy so goals like building a bedframe are hard to realize, but taking a few moments to pray together before bed – that is something we can realistically implement.

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We talked it over on the way to work this morning and decided that it was something we wanted to go for, a discipline that we want to and need to nurture in our lives.  (We went in to work early this morning, so the fact that either of us remembers the conversation is impressive.)  To help make it real, give it some accountability, we are putting it up on the blog.

 Right now it’s like I have a coffee date with God penciled in every day. Some days I make it; some days I don’t.  Most of the days when I do it’s like I sit there more concerned with my coffee than with God – no meaningful exchanges, nothing but small talk to make it not seem awkward.

The idea of this 31 day prayer challenge for Will and I is to have it mapped out, already know at least one thing to be praying for that day.  That way we will be more likely to stick with it, and on days when our minds are blank or overwhelmed, the list will provide guidance for a deeper, more meaningful prayer time.  It’s like brainstorming topics to talk about with someone before a first date.

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Please, join in with your own prayer challenge!  Our list is down below, and you can find the original inspiration in this post on the Wetherills Say I Do here. Some of the items on our list are ones she suggested in her post, others are specific to an event we have that day, or personal concerns/passions that we added to the list.

July 8th: Discipline for the next 31 days resulting in a deeper/more 
          constant prayer life
July 9th: Our Moms
July 10th: Our Friends’ new Babies
July 11th: Siblings
July 12th: the Homeless in Lexington
July 13th: Our Community of Friends
July 14th: Will’s Thesis
July 15th: Generosity
July 16th: Random Reminders of God throughout the Day
July 17th: Extended Family
July 18th: Serve the City
July 19th: A Random Person from Your Day
July 20th: Courage/Desire to share the Gospel
July 21st: Your President/Country's Leader
July 22nd: China
July 23rd: Work/Work Ethic
July 24th: A lost friend (spiritually)
July 25th: Grandparents
July 26th: My Dad
July 27th: Future Kiddos
July 28th: Our Marriage
July 29th: A Better View of People who Rub You the Wrong Way
July 30th: Yourself presently
July 31st: Your future self + family
August 1st: Spouse
August 2nd: Jared & Ruthann
August 3rd: Neighbors
August 4th: Courage to Take Risks
August 5th: Co-worker (specific person)
August 6th: Boss
August 7th: School

We are joining in this challenge with Madison and her blog; would you join in with us?  Near or far you are our friends, and we would love to have some extra accountability and encouragement in this effort.

Leave a comment down below on our blog and/or Madison’s blog.

Or Tweet, Instagram, or Facebook about your own prayer challenge with#thirtyonedaysofprayer.

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Lastly, share any tips you have for developing a better prayer life.  It’s definitely something that I need help with.  The place I always have to start is with creating a time and space for it (generally the morning before Will’s up).  For the next 31 days the time and place is with Will right before bed, so I have the starting block covered, but I would loves some tips and hints to help carry me through these 31 appointments.

That was a Rookie Move

*This was supposed to be posted 2 Fridays ago*

This time last year, Will and I would have been swimming with sting rays in Grand Cayman!  Now that was a super happy Friday! For Happy Hour we had DQ =)

there we are getting slapped in the face by a sting ray!  I think that we are still that happy! for more awesome stingray pics check facebook: https://www.facebook.com/devra.redford/media_set?set=a.10152045669115858.896844.512795857&type=3 Fun fact: we did the sting ray excursion because sting rays are my favorite animal.
there we are getting slapped in the face by a sting ray!
I think that we are still that happy!
for more awesome stingray pics check facebook
Fun fact: we did the sting ray excursion because sting rays are my favorite animal.

SEEN as we still would have been on our honeymoon a year ago, I think it is still appropriate to write about our first year of marriage. We wanted to do something we haven’t ever done before and write a collaborative post about what we learned our first year.

We have the perfect marriage and obviously know everything since we have a whole year under our belts…. Not a chance.  That was complete sarcasm.  What we do know is: A) No one and therefore no marriage is perfect.  B) There’s ALWAYS more to learn, which is good because it keeps things interesting.  C) Even if we thought we knew everything, no two relationships are alike; therefore, we wouldn’t have all the answers for every other marriage out there.   In other words, it’s a good thing we have our whole lives to work on this. =)

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Be that as it may, we had a wonderful first year.  You can call it beginner’s luck or the honeymoon stage, but judging by all the encouraging cards we received during our anniversary week, we think we must be doing pretty good for a couple of rookies.   As rookies we think it is important to look back and process.  Football teams often red shirt players for their first year.  It’s a chance for the players to learn the playbook, learn their roles, get stronger and smarter, and figure out how they function as a part of the team.  We think year 1 of marriage is pretty similar.  Learning how marriage works, developing our strengths as a couple, figuring out what our roles are.  So here is a glance back at some of our struggles and success so we can move on into this next year smarter and stronger.

Here we are at the Tree farm looking for our first tree =) the first real tree I've ever had!
Here we are about half way through our first year, at the Tree farm looking for our first tree =) the first real tree I’ve ever had!

Struggles

  1. It was easy to get used to each other.  When we were dating and were long distance we would have never thought that would be possible, but it is.  Just like life with a roommate, it was easy to get used to having each other around and settle into drifting through life together instead of savoring and making the most of every day.
  2. Loneliness.  Yes, you can get lonely even when sharing a house with your best friend.  This is a struggle that both of us have gone through at different times.  Neither of us wanted to admit it, but the truth is your spouse probably isn’t all you need in the social category.  I need girl friends and people to talk to when my introverted husband needs a break from my chatty, hyper self.  Likewise Will needs men and people who can carry on real conversations about baseball, the stock market… you know man stuff. (we partially solved this with Pupster)
  3. Conversing about the deep stuff.  We had no problem with this when we were dating, but once the barrier of the phone or computer was removed, and we were able to see each other every day it was/is natural to put off bringing up intimate conversation.  This is something that we are still working on, but so far the key seems to be creating the right environment like a walk, or sitting on the front porch, or a long car ride when you can’t avoid something any longer.
Celebratory Sno Cones!  1 year at my big kid job!
Celebratory Sno Cones! 1 year at my big kid job!

Successes

  1. We haven’t had a fight.  Several people warned us that the first year of marriage is rough, a difficult adjustment, but that was not our story this last year.  I am not sure if we don’t fight because we have the foresight to know that our personalities would be very volatile in an argument so we allow ourselves time to cool off.  But my fingers are crossed that we will be like my parents, who in 38 years of marriage have only had approximately 5 arguments, maybe.
  2. We’ve learned to plan menus, grocery shop, and cook together.  Cooking together is one of our favorite ways to spend an evening… until it’s time to do the dishes.  lol.  It’s a way for us to spend time together every day, we don’t have to carve out extra time to spend with each other.  It’s a natural part of every day that creates an opportunity for conversation to happen organically.
  3. We serve together.  Serving (serve the city) provides an opportunity for us to pursue God and pursue each other, but more importantly it creates an outlet for our love and joy to spill over on to others.  That spill over has strengthened and deepened our roots, and blessed us with so many other great relationships and memories.
  4. Financially.  Although it’s a miracle that we came through tax season with hair on our heads and no ulcers in our stomachs, on the whole, we managed to blend our finances pretty seamlessly.  Beyond that, we have managed to maintain a pretty steady budget, buy a tv, take trips, and save a nice chunk of cash moneys.  Props to Will on this.  He loves deal hunting and crunching the numbers.  He’s  the brains behind our financial unity and stability.
  5. Silly Successes: Will uses the same cup all day long to drink from, I have become a Reds fan – I actually enjoy listening to the games now, I can fold sheets really well, Will grew a killer backyard garden,I learned to cut both of our hair,  we are successful puppy parents, and we have become better nurses due to the amount of times we have gotten each other sick.

Here’s to seeing what year two holds!

A little advice: Take lots of pictures!  Here are some mostly from our date nights! =)

Will looking like a Walrus... not a big deal, but a detail I don't want to forget.
Will looking like a Walrus… not a big deal, but a detail I don’t want to forget.
Putting our Wedding presents to good use =)  Roasting Marshmallows over the grill after dinner!!!!
Putting our Wedding presents to good use =)
Roasting Marshmallows over the grill after dinner!!!!
Logan's Steakhouse and The Dark Knight Rises after a late work day =)
Logan’s Steakhouse and The Dark Knight Rises after a late work day =)
Our tickets and popcorn vouchers. Thank you Groupon!
Our tickets and popcorn vouchers. Thank you Groupon!
This is us after gorging ourselves at PF Changs =)  on our 1 month
This is us after gorging ourselves at PF Changs =)
on our 1 month
Dinner Time! sometimes Date night happens at home.
Dinner Time! sometimes Date night happens at home.
A "Camp-in" for my birthday, because it was too cold for a camp out.
A “Camp-in” for my birthday, because it was too cold for a camp out.
Training the Hubster well ;-)
Training the Hubster well 😉
Izzy Pup!  She was about 10 weeks old in this picture.
Izzy Pup! She was about 10 weeks old in this picture.
The day I learned never to bet again.... Thanks for the birthday present hubster!
The day I learned never to bet again…. Thanks for the birthday present hubster!

 

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