Today’s post is part Sunday Sessions and part Follow Friday, as I’m sharing with you some beautiful prints I discovered on a blog I’ve recently found and fallen in love with. Minna So is a graphic designer, illustrator, student, entrepreneur and of course, blogger. In her own words,
“My design esthetic is modern and sweet, and I love incorporating hand-drawn type and illustrations to give everything a more personal touch. I am always challenging myself to reach newer and higher heights. I feel like design is constantly evolving, which is really exciting to me… there is always something new around the corner, and more opportunities to explore.”
I just adore her simple, clean style in all of its sweet femininity, and look forward to reading her blog regularly! Now, for some bits of inspiration, straight from Minna herself…
Do any of these inspiring sayings speak into your life right now? How so?
This is part of a series called Sunday Sessions, where I dig a little deeper and get vulnerable with you. Catch up on previous posts here.
Recently I’ve been learning and thinking a lot about prayer. I’ve written about it before in the context of learning to just sit with God in simple prayer, but can I just be honest? I’m really bad at praying. I don’t mean to say that there’s a wrong way to pray and that I’m bad at it that way, but rather that I’m bad at making time for and actually praying about anything except my meal or my gratitude.
Some people struggle with putting God in a box, asking him for everything they want with expectation, treating him like a magic genie who grants our wishes. I am on the other end of the prayer spectrum. Submission—a word we all sort of hate, no matter what the context or connotation—is something I’m actually really good at with God. I can very easily go to God in prayer and say, “You know, God, you’re really good at this. You know what needs to happen, so I pray that you just do whatever that is and give us understanding with the outcome.”
If you think that makes me holy or something, think again. It’s actually a really bad habit, and one I think God really isn’t into.
Certainly it’s true God loves when we submit to him and his plans for our lives (because he loves us and has our best interest in mind always), but what he really loves is when we are real with him, being honest about what our hearts really want and giving him the opportunity to answer specific prayers. Realizing that this is a huge area in my life that needs to improve as I continue to seek to know God more, I decided to start keeping a list of things to pray for that I’ll check off whenever they’re answered.
It’s already somewhat awkward, and it will probably be for a little while, but I’m okay with that. Much like any other healthy habit, it takes time for the new actions to become natural, and having a thriving prayer life that brings me closer to God is definitely worth the effort.
Do you pray?
P.S. Want to dig deeper into this? Check out the notes and the sermon from my church a few weeks ago—it was what really got me stewing on this, and I highly recommend it regardless of where you are on your faith journey or what you believe.
I wrote the following post one year ago today, just two days after my friend Jared suddenly passed away, and I thought it fitting to share again today for the Sunday Sessions post. This week has been tough—though certainly nothing compared to what his family has felt. I admit, part of the reason it’s so difficult for me to cope with his death is that I fear losing Brian too soon in life. It’s a silly fear, I know, as life cannot be lived in fear—but it’s an honest one, and it wouldn’t be a Sunday Session without an honest confession, would it?
Jared and I in high school, after a basketball game.
I found out yesterday that my friend Jared unexpectedly passed away in his sleep earlier this week. I cannot fully express in words the depth of sadness that I feel for his wife, daughter, brothers, and parents. Only a year older than I, he had his whole life ahead of him. If you knew Jared, you would know that he had a bright smile kind heart that made anyone feel important and valued.
When I first found out, I felt confused and baffled. It couldn’t be true, could it? As I read Facebook post after Facebook post of condolences to their family, I started sobbing. Right in the middle of Starbucks. I gathered my things and ran out the door, only to sit in my car and sob some more. As I began mourning the sudden loss of his life, I couldn’t help but remember the other young friends I’ve lost. Chad, Amy, Nicole, my cousin Josh. All died in their twenties, unpredictably and all-too-soon.
Life is so fleeting. We feel like we’re going to live forever, but we never know how long we have. Rather than living in fear that we might suddenly lose someone we love, my challenge to all of us is this: live today and every day to the fullest…
Let’s forgive those who have wronged us, whether they deserve it or not.
Let’s tell our family and friends how much they mean to us.
Let’s call our parents, grandparents and mentors to thank them for the impact they’ve made in our lives.
Let’s send a card to someone who needs encouragement.
Let’s take the time to watch the sunset and enjoy God’s simple gifts.
Let’s remember that we’re never too young to love, inspire and empower those around us.
My thoughts and prayers are with Jared’s family this week. Jared, Chad, Amy, Nicole, and Josh: you are all missed terribly, and the world simply isn’t the same without you here.
Have you lost a young friend or family member? How has it impacted the way you live your life today?