Monday, 28 August 2017

He Says, I Will.

In my life as of late, I've seen character traits in myself that sadden my heart.  Traits that if I do not work on now, will affect my future.  There was one day (many actually, but this one in particular) where I couldn't lift my eyes up to see past the present, and what beauty would come out of the trials that I am currently experiencing.  
My wonderful Mother saw the way I was fighting, struggling to stay on top and in control of the situation.  She gave me this analogy.  
"Shayla, look at your life as a garden.  There are lots of beautiful flowers and fruits in your garden.  But along with the beauty, there are some weeds.  Right now, together we are working on pulling out some weeds.  But we're not going to just chop them off at the soil, we're going to pull out the roots too.  Because when you're old enough and ready, when Dad and I send you off, we want to send you as weed free as possible."  That clicked for me.
 I still, however, felt overwhelmed at these problems that I needed to deal with.  At a place where I questioned if I would make it through the valley to see the light of another day.

I've heard this song before, but never really listened to the lyrics before.  When I stopped to really listen to catch what the song was saying, it seemed as if God was saying, "Shayla. I'm here, I love you, and you're not alone.  I have always been here with you, and I will always be."

God used the song, I Will by Citizen Way, to tell me, that He's got me.  He will carry me.  No matter how I feel about the situation.

When the shadow won't leave
When the battle won't stop
And every breath that you breathe
Takes all that you got
When you wonder if you're always
Gonna feel this way
Hear the Lord of Heaven say

I will hold you when you're breaking
Like a Father and a Friend
And I will carry you through the darkness
'Til we see the sun again
So rest your head and cry your tears
Know that I am with you here
When you can't lift that weight
Believe me when I say, I will.

I know you're feeling overwhelmed
Before the day even begins
But I can see beyond the now
This is not how your story ends
And when you're at your weakest
Oh I've never been more strong
So let me be the one you're leaning on

I will dry your tears
I will calm your fears
I will show you how you're beautiful, beautiful
I will walk with you
On the raging sea
And I will never leave

When there's a door that you can't open
When there's a war you can't win
I will.  I will.  I will.

I'm not perfect.  I still stumble.  But I know that when I do, He says "I will."

Friday, 30 June 2017

Goodbye June!

 So yeah, I did miss some days.  I apologize. :)  This challenge has been fun, and yes, quite challenging for me!  But I have enjoyed it.  Big thanks to Jen for inviting me to do this with her, Mrs. Pauls, and Becca!

Here at home, my sisters and I have been busy preparing for music camp that starts next week. Besides that life in general has been keeping me busy!  As of this past week, this is what happened at the Thiessen home. :)

We had a deck poured at the back of our house!

We are in the process of turning our former garage into a Family Room!!  
I'm really excited about this! :)

This past June, I have learnt and been through a lot.  Some of my highlights would be my sixteenth birthday, getting my learners, preparing for music camp, the girls weekend, and being able to enjoy the summer that 2017 has brought.  

So ya!  God's good, we made it through June, and I am so blessed!
Peace out!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Press On

In the latest chapter of my life, I've been going through many situations that make me ask why. A lot.  "God why is this happening to me?  What am I supposed to learn through these trials?"

Often I have felt like giving up.  Throwing my hands up in the air and scream to the sky that I am done!  I don't have the endurance to stand such circumstances.  But something I have been realizing is, though I may not know what God is doing, and I do not understand the reasons why there are such valleys are in my life, I am still called to press on.  I am still called to trust and praise him through the storm.

The devil has 3 purposes.  To steal, kill and destroy.  The enemy wants me to give up, believe I am not enough, and to be ashamed of what I can or can't do.  But Jesus came to give life.

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."          Romans 8:28  (NLT)

Therefore I will fix my eyes on him, and praise him. Though the storm threatens to take me down, I will Press On.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Girls Party day 2!

It's day 2 of our girls weekend!  And we're having a blast! :)  

Today for brunch, we had crepes with whipped cream, chocolate, and fruit.

After we went and helped Jen milk.

 Brooke and Chalise caught "Matilda". :)

After all that, we decided, let's do all the girls, hair, makeup, and nails!  I didn't get a lot of pictures of it, but Jen did!

Sweet Kerri. <3 


Makayla and I. <3


Friday, 23 June 2017

Annual Girls Party!!

So every year, all the guys go on a camping trip!  (The Pauls' family's guys, and my family's.  And usually some other guys). So during this time my mom, sisters and I come to the Pauls house for 2 nights.  It is ALWAYS a blast!!!

Jenny and I.  <3. This lady, my big sister.  I love her so incredibly much.  She has always been there for me.  I loves you Jenny!!! <3 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Yard Work

Josiah and I are partners in crime when it comes to mowing!   I have the responsibility of making sure all the yard work is done, and is done well.  It's my summer job so to speak. :)  I have always had a thing for outdoor work.  When it comes to trimming trees, mowing, weed eating, basically anything yard work related, I'm usually the first person at it.  That's why Dad made me the "yard manager" this summer. :)  Its great!  And just to make it easier, I have 6 siblings I can make use of!  :)  (its the advantage of being a part of a larger than normal family:)  So ya, that's what I did today.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

It's National Selfie Day!

My dear friend Jen, did this for her post today.  So I decided to copy her, since I couldn't think of anything else. :)   (thanks for the idea Jenny!)   So here it goes!

National Selfie Day...

There you have it. :)  Oh and it's also the first day of summer today!  Woohoo for Summer!!!  :)