Good Good Father

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My freshman winter break, I attended a conference in OKC, dedicated to minister to college students by diving deep into the Word of God. At this conference we had huge break out session filled with worship, lessons, and key-note speakers. During one of our worships the band led us into a new song called, “Good Good Father”, by Chris Tomlin. I began singing these words and I remember tears filling my eyes because, while singing, I felt overjoyed by Jesus’s presence in that auditorium and in my life.

If you’re unfamiliar with this song, here are the lyrics (I bolded my favorite parts).

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
‘Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think
As you call me deeper still
As you call me deeper still
As you call me deeper still
Into love, love, love
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I just find it so comforting that “I’m never alone”. While bumps in our walk with christ do and will happen, it is so uplifting to know that our God will not leave us to be alone… EVER. He is a “Good Good Father” and we are “loved by” HIM. I also find it so comforting to know that when we question ourselves, that God knows the answers to everything even “before we say a word”. Words can’t describe the LOVE that our Good Good father has for each of us, it is so true “I can hardly speak”.  

On this Father’s Day, not only am I beyond thankful for my own daddy (btw who is so ahhhhmazing!!!!!!), I am also thankful for our Heavenly Father. It is so comforting to know that our Good Good Father always welcomes us with open arms and unconditional love.

happy sunday friends + happy father’s day to all the amazing dads out there!

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Real Life Pinterest Board Round 2.

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Happy frid-YAY & hello weekend! After a week of traveling to watch my brother play golf, I am finally nestled back home. While traveling, I found this super cute font from, Creative Market online & I am #obsessed. The font is called, Pendelton, and it is worth the $$$$. If your as obsessed with it as I am here is the link to buy it for yourself! I was way to excited about that I had to share with you all.

Anyways, if you recall around January I posted a blog called Makin’ A Real Life Pinterest Board  + since then (as you can imagine) I have pinned much more and wanted to make an updated one! As I was pinning + printing I noticed something, if you take a real hard look at my Pinterest board you can really get a glimpse of my personality.

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This statement above is SOOOOO true. Let’s look at my board for example.

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  1. I love my God and my Jesus.
  2. I love food. (particularly sweets—note the Halo Top, Donuts, Avocado Toast, and Cake Bowls)
  3.  I am the definition of a girly girl. (note: the vogue, all the pink, and the girls laughing is a spitting image of me.)
  4. How I Met Your Mother and Full House are my two favorite TV shows. (I just finished HIMYM today and wow it was ahhhhmazing.)
  5. Bruno Mars and Beyonce are my two favorite singers.
  6. Okay I know I said five, but I got to throw in one more. I love quotes…obviously.

Making a real life Pinterest board is soooo fun and easy!!! All you need is a cork board (hobby lobby has cute framed ones…that is where I got this one!), pins, paper, and a printer!

If you wanna even learn more about me give me a follow on my real Pinterest account: username: raedavis97

Have a fabulous weekend friends!!!

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finding your “escape”

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It has been sooooo long since I have been bloggin + I feel so out of wack because of it!!! This past week was full of preparation for recital; spray painting, hot glueing, and making dozens of bows for my sweet little baby dancers. Recital time always brings me back sweet memories of the time when I danced & i miss it more and more everyday.

For those who do not know me, from elementary to high school, dance consumed my life. If I was not at school you could find me in the studio dancing my little heart away.  I have to be honest with you, dance was something that took me awhile to pick up. Not every shuffle ball change + turns + and oh dear those toe touches….. came easy for me. However,  there was something about this sport that made me love it. Maybe it was the excitement of competition, the getting ready for a performance, or just being able to challenge myself…dance was my escape. 

I think we all need something to “escape” to. This world is full of chaos that we forget to find the joy that the Lord provides for us. While somedays we are consumed in the chaos, the Lord is thirsty for us to escape to him. Whether that be praying to Jesus, taking out the bible, or just to sit in his everlasting love…our everlasting father will always + forever be our great escape.

I am still sadden by the fact that my dance life has been over for about two years, but it has allowed me to realize that everyone needs something to escape to. Taking your mind off the worries in this world by doing something that brings you JOY is so healthy for the mind + spirit.

I am so glad that the Lord provided me this past year to teach my love of dance to some tiny lil dancers. Not only has this allowed me to hang out with the cutest kids, but it has allowed me to forget about my worries and spread JOY and POSITIVITY.

I encourage you to find “your escape” + in hopes that you would remind yourself to always dwell in the loving arms of our savior, because he wants to be your get-away from all your troubles.

 

much-love-2

a soul thirsty for rest.

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Today marks my 18th day of being out of school for the summer + I have noticed a huge change of pace in my daily life. For example, in the summer, you can find me laying out by the pool + watching How I met Your Mother. During the school year you can find me trying to catch my breath in all the chaos that I dig myself into.

Now, it is clear, that my school schedule and summer schedule are two polar opposites. However, surprisingly, I find myself loving the fact of being “busy”. I enjoy trying to get tasks done + feeling super productive…I like the feeling that I did not waste a day away.

While being on “the go” may feel like its healthy for my life, I am also hungry for rest. Being in a go-go state of mind I feel like I never stop, and my body just wants a day off. Even though on days were I do rest, I always question if I really should be doing something.

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REST IS A GREAT THING + our bodies need it. Whether that be taking a 30 minute nap, watching Netflix, burning a candle, reading a book, etc., rest is a great thing. 

So while I lounge around my first lil month of summer, I constantly remind myself when I am in the state of boredom, that my body and mind appreciate the feeling of doing nothing.

So if you feel tired, go grab ya some magazines, burn a candle, and eat ya some macaroons. Rest is well deserved.

much-love-2

it’s a party it’s a party it’s a party

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This past weekend my funky little city threw the biggest block street party ever! Fayetteville is home of all things hip + this block party for sure showcased our style! Block street, a main street right off the square, was where the event took place. So many vendors were set up selling products. This event sort of reminded me of a farmer’s market…but MUCH bigger. I also am mind blown about how many people were there, I did not even think Fayetteville could have that many people it was that packed!!

While at the block party I discovered a new love…edible cookie dough. Yes, that’s right, cookie dough you CAN LEGIT eat. Apparently this is a new trend that is about to become so popular + I can say that it’s probably true. If you have been hesitant to try edible cookie dough, do not be, literally it’s so good!

I am forever thankful for this funky city of mine. Block Street party was a blast!!

much-love-2

summertime!

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Yay Yay Yay its finally summertime!!!!!!! I am a big fan of summer because it is a great big break from school. Last year however, I was boggled down in summer school classes + I am so glad to have a summer off from being in the books!

My summer has already started + it has consisted of smoothies, naps, and potato soup. I know weird combination right?! Well, this past Monday I had a minor mouth surgery, I had some crown lengthening done. Therefore, you could say my summer has started off by being a couch potato! However, I do not want to get into this trend of laying on the couch all summer, so I have come up with my lil summer bucket list of 2017! I think creating a bucket list for the summer is such a great idea so that when you’re trying to think of something to do you can just go back to your list!

So here we go with my summer bucket list of 2017!!

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  1. Go to the Drive In Movie
  2. Cook Smores + watch outdoor movie
  3. Learn to cook (lol moving into an apartment soon + this is a must!)
  4. Go to the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market
  5. See the sunrise at Artist Point
  6. Visit Sit & Spin Laundry Mat
  7. Go to the Lake House
  8. Cook homemade pizza
  9. bake!
  10. Take a day trip somewhere!
  11. craft! (magazine collages are a must!)
  12. go to the new Fayetteville summer hang out spot JBGB
  13. go to a concert at the AMP
  14. travel to Little Rock
  15. LAYOUT AT THE POOL DUH!
  16. Shop (always a good idea)
  17. learn calligraphy!
  18. learn how to make macaroons
  19. take an art, flower making, or succulent making class (northwest Arkansas has some great craft making classes)
  20. Go to Bentonville for the Day

So there ya have it, my summer bucket list for this year! Now let’s see how much I actually get to do!

much-love-2

popsicle picture credits to studioDIY. Check her out!!