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It’s Been Too Long

Hello everyone!

Forgive the absence from the blog. I’ve been super busy with so many exciting things happening.

Cody and I are working hard on starting a blog together. This will be mostly based around marriage, communication and our lives, with touches of each of our passions and thoughts on things like technology, overcoming insecurity, leadership, political views etc. We’re really excited about it and feel God calling us to start this together. It’s going to be a www.livelaughlight.com Here’s a little taste of our logo done by the beautiful Amy Sharp over at www.amyellacreative.com

Out of this blog I’ve also started a personal training/boot camp business called LiveLaughLight. Starting in January I will offer classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30pm $100 per person for four weeks. Send me an e-mail or DM if you’re interested!

I’ve been working hard on the first draft of a book that’s been stirring inside me for the last three years about overcoming insecurity. I have an end goal of December 15th for the first draft and will send it in to a friend to hopefully get some ideas for publishing! More to come on that one!

We’re wrapping up our semester for SWITCH and I’m just so excited for the Christmas holiday this year! I was just reading in Luke about when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to be dedicated. You can access a great reading plan at www.youverson.com it’s called Rediscovering the Christmas Season.

Today’s reading focused on two people who waited at the temple everyday for the coming of Jesus. Simone and Anna–two prophets who dedicated their lives to seeing the Christ arrive. I was encouraged and challenged when I read about how devout these two people were for the coming of Christ. In the reading plan it encouraged all of us to have that same excitement and expectation for the second coming of Christ–when He returns for us. I know I don’t always think about it, getting too caught up in the life I lead here on the earth, but it really made me think. I want to have the same excitement for the coming of Christ that I do for Christmas. I want to be so in love with Christ that I do what Anna the Prophetess does “She talked about Jesus to everyone.” Luke 2:37 and I want to encourage all of us to foster that same excitement. I think if we truly knew what that day was going to be like, there wouldn’t be anything that could keep us from being as excited as we possibly could.

So today, get excited! There are amazing things to come!

The Right Side of Obedience

There’s a certain confidence that comes when you know your purpose in life. You have guidance, and an invisible arrow pointing you in the direction you know you’re supposed to be going.

However, simply knowing your purpose isn’t enough.

Living your purpose is where life really gets sweet.

When you take that step of obedience there is a greater confidence that comes along, like a companion on the journey of life, keeping you company as you trudge forward. There is something about living on the right side of obedience that gives you the keys to unlock the doors that used to be closed. A new realm opens up. You see things differently. You experience life more vibrantly and carry a new sense of purpose you’ve only ever heard about.

Are you living on the right side of obedience? What will it take for you to take that step of faith and start doing what it is you know God has called you to do?

Living? Or Just Existing?

I came across this video and it made me think: these guys–and girls are living life to the fullest, taking risk, and having a blast doing it! I’m not saying I want to jump on a bike and dive into a pond, but I am saying when I get to the end of my life I don’t want to look back and realize I lived a safe existence. I want to live, really LIVE! Hopefully you feel the same way! Check this out:

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

Cody and I love to do home improvement projects around the house. Since the Light family flood of 2010 where we had a swimming pool in our living room, the house had been in a constant state of improvement. Now that everything is done for the most part, we went on to tackle other projects I’ve been dying to get to.

We decided we wanted to spruce up our bathroom and bedroom mirror. Look at it, it’s just a sheet of glass hanging on the wall. Bor-ing!

So we decided we wanted to frame it out using crown moulding. Here’s what you need to complete a project like this: a few pieces of crown moulding picked up at your local Home Depot or Lowes. This was only $1.72 a foot!

Next, you will need a can of paint in whatever color tickles your fancy. I like flat black since it matches with everything else in the bathroom and bedroom.

And of course you can’t forget your hunk of burning love willing to help you with this project. Ohhh, he’s so cute!

Once you’ve made your measurements you can cut the crown moulding to size. Be sure to cut the ends at a 45 degree angle so they line up at each corner. (It took us a couple tries to get the measurements right, but eventually, with enough patience (Cody’s the patient one, not me!) we cut them to size and started painting.)

Besides taking pictures and holding the boards while Cody made his measurements, this was my only job. I leave the heavy thinking, planning and executing to him, he leaves the “girly” stuff like painting to me.

Once the paint is dry it’s time to hang them up. We had to use stabilizers behind the crown moulding to make it even on all sides, but I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

What do you think?

We also did our bedroom mirror. It really makes it stand out more.

Two “like new” mirrors for less than $50 dollars! Now that’s what I call a good investment!

What home improvement projects have you been meaning to get to?

Any inexpensive ideas, please feel free to share them in the comments!

Top Women’s Ministry Blog

I got this e-mail last night:

Dear Anna,

Congratulations! Jen here, and your blog, Anna Light Ministries, is a
Master Blog of Women in Ministry!

We’ve scoured the web looking for amazing blogs that not only are great in
content, but informative and helpful when needed.  And we’ve determined your
blog to be such!  We like to call it a Master of its category!

You can see your blog and others right here

Click on the link and see who’s number 4! Pretty cool.  Thanks for making my little corner of the world a place others feel is worth knowing about.

Go With the Flow

I started to write a blog this morning and I just wasn’t feeling it. Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow and the flow just wasn’t there.

Which is a great question. Do you find yourself often going with the flow? Sometimes it can be a good thing and sometimes it can be a bad thing.

Going with the flow shows a sense of trust. Like when you’re out with a group of friends and no one really knows what’s going on, going with the flow can depend on whether you have a good time or not.

Someone who can’t go with the flow is like a rock in a creek bed. The water flows right past it, but it sure takes a lot of pressure because it just sits there. It’s not willing to go with the flow, but the flow keeps on going.

It’s an interesting thought when you apply it to your life. In some cases going with the flow might not be a good idea, but in most cases going with the flow is the best way to go.

That is my blog for today. Don’t hate. Go with the flow.

“Lights”

Our good friend, and amazing artist Abi Ruth Martin wanted to shoot Cody and I for our one year anniversary. In her genius she wanted to play off our last name “Light” and do some fun shots using sunLIGHT, streetLIGHT, and lanternLIGHT. See what you think and tell me which one is your favorite!

Please Excuse My Brain Dump

Oh may word! What a month! I’ll be glad when the craziness of September is over and we fall into a new normal in October. You’ll have to just excuse my brain dump for today’s post. I’m tired, and I need a place to put all my thoughts.

After today, our carpet will be laid in our bedroom. Finally after having a swimming pool in our living room, a month and few days later we’ll actually be able to move back into our bedroom and carry on with life as normal… whatever normal is! It has been a long month of living out of our spare bedroom, while the rest of the house looked like a construction zone. I’ll be glad to get rid of all the dust, and put my house back in order.

Big SWITCH continues this month, with one more week next Wednesday. I love Big SWITCH, but it will be nice to get back to normal, with small groups, and a little less chaos.  On an another note, I’m continually blown away by the quality of leaders we have at Northwest campus. It makes it that much more fun when you’re ministering with people you actually love to be around.

Shape Project’s Fall Bootcamp is going great! We have 7-8 girls every week, and they are kicking some major booty. I really enjoy helping Melissa train. It’s definitely made my schedule busier, but it’s something I love to do.

Cody and I are going down to Ft. Worth on Saturday to spend a little time together before our Run the Jail Break obstacle race on Sunday. I’m so excited to break out of the norm and get away for a couple days… even if it is just Texas :)

Those are the highlights, amongst other drama with students, getting over my cold, and trying to find some time to spend with family, I have a very full and exciting life that I absolutely love. However, sometimes I just wish I could put it all on hold for about 24 hours and get my house clean, get the laundry done, take the dog to the vet, go grocery shopping… all the important things.

Thanks for letting me brain dump!

Have You Ever Stopped to Think…

…there are a lot of interesting people in the world?

The sad truth is we often don’t take the time to stop and think about the other 6 billion people on this planet. Too many times we are caught up in our own world to notice the beauty, uniqueness and differences of the individuals around us. We can get so pigeon-holed and narrow-minded on our own problems, our own worries and never give a second thought to anyone else. Often times we are so focused on our own lives that we forget the lives and stories of people sitting right around us.

Want to try an experiment? Go to some place that has lots of people. Examples could include: the mall, a coffee shop, the State Fair… anywhere where you can sit down and just observe. A little eavesdropping is okay too, as long as it doesn’t look like you’re eavesdropping. :)

I’m sitting at a coffee shop right now, and the people beside me are talking about how to help their friend get a citizenship in another country. He wants to move to Nicaragua!

I just heard another girl just share that her dream is to live in a cabin in the snowy mountains… with her partner… (interesting)

Another woman is meeting a client to talk advertising…

Doing this exercise reminds me to step out of my own world for just a moment and realize every person matters, and not everyone shares my same views, ideals and beliefs. Every person has a story, every person lives their life right along with me and I don’t need to forget it.

What do you need to do to step out of your own world and notice others around you?

What is Your Favorite Thing About Fall?

For me, when September hits, it’s no longer summer. Even if it’s still stifling outside, when it’s September, I will the hot air away and hope for cooler temperatures. I love fall. There’s a certain feeling in the air, when football season starts, Star Bucks brings back their beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the temperature turns bi-polar trying to make up it’s mind between hot or cool…

Here are some of my favorite things about fall. What are yours?

It starts to get darker sooner

It’s perfect weather to sit outside next to the fire pit.

Football is back!

The leaves start to change…

Cute hats and scarves come back into the wardrobe!

Hot drinks warm the soul.

What is your favorite thing about fall?

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