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May Round Up

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May Round Up

I thought it would be fun to share a monthly recap of a few of my favorite things. Some are worth sharing but aren't big enough for a full post! Let me know if there is anything you would want me to add to the list!

Good Food:

Korean Beef with Jasmine Rice - substituted stew meat instead of ground beef. Absolutely delicious!

Herb crusted lamb chops with asparagus & skillet sweet potatoes.

Crawfish Boil at a local favorite - Max's Gil & Grill

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Milestones:

Surge graduation & celebration: We completed our year long discipleship program with Surge, where we read through 4 books, tons of scripture, and various articles. We also had 4 intensives, where speakers were flown in to speak to us about the topic of each quarter. Surge changed so much about our perspective of our place in God's unfolding story, what it means to be an everyday disciple of Jesus, and improved our study habits! I am sad this is over, but our love of Jesus and desire to more about Him has only strengthened and we continue to read various books and material about how to proclaim Christ in all that we do, say, think, and believe.

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Fun stuff:

Weekend getaway at the cabin: We spent some much needed R&R at the cabin and rode ATVs at Four Mile outside of Buena Vista. The views are breathtaking and just affirm over and over again that we have a creative Creator.

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House Projects:

Installed house numbers (FINALLY!) Now our friends and family can finally spot our house!

Continued work on our backyard. See post here.

Kitchen Demo!

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What have you been up to?

Chelsea
 

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A Rwandan Missionary's Letter

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A Rwandan Missionary's Letter

 
 

i'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed. i have the Holy Spirit's power. the die has been cast.

i have stepped over the line. the decision has been made. i am a disciple of His.

and i won't look back, 

let up,

slow down,

back away,

or be still.

my past is redeemed. my present makes sense. my future is secure.

i'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

i no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.

i don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.

i now live by faith, lean in his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and i labor with power.

My face is set,

my gait is fast,

my goal is heaven,

my road is narrow,

my way is rough,

my companions are few,

my Guide is reliable,

my mission is clear.

i won't give up, shut up, let up until i have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ.

i must go til He comes, give til i drop, preach til everyone knows, work til He stops me,

and when He comes for His own, He will have no trouble recognizing me because --- my banner will have been clear.

The first time I heard this letter read, I had chills running up and down my arms and tears welling up in my eyes. I was completely moved and enveloped in this very clear picture of what it means to be a disciple and missionary of Jesus Christ. Not much is known about the author of this beautiful, articulate letter. What is thought is that a young man from Rwanda that was a missionary with the Africa Evangelical Fellowship was forced by his tribe in 1980 to renounce Jesus Christ or face death. Needless to say, he chose Jesus. The consequences of that choice seem devastating to those of us living in this world but in light of the future he was promised with the anointed One, the sent One, the perfect One, it is actually joyous."For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it." Luke 9:24 What a picture of being faithful. I can't imagine what persecution he was enduring but I am in awe of his heart.

 Take heart -

Chelsea
 

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Unbelief

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Unbelief

 
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I have been thinking about the heart issue of unbelief and what that means for my own heart. A few weeks ago, Andy, our pastor, discussed how the root of all of heart issues and sin is the sin of unbelief. Unbelief that God’s word is TRUTH, unbelief of His promises for us, unbelief of how God views us, and unbelief that there is truly a God that loves us, deeply. He loves us so much that he would do anything for us. Since this time I have read Atlas Girl, Love Does, and Crazy Love. All of which have a core message of, if we really believe what God says to be true then why isn't their proof and evidence of that in our lives? Why are we not loving people radically, living for Christ radically, & loving with our actions and in truth? I mean really. We (me specifically) sits at home griping about being so busy, feeling worn out from travelling {both professionally & personally} too much, not feeling worthy enough, striving to be everyone’s best friend, dreaming about living a radical life for Jesus Christ that involves loving people like crazy, and imagining Ben and I serving somewhere on the other side of the world using our God endowed talents to further his kingdom and loving the least of these. But what does griping, complaining, & self-loathing actually accomplish? Nothing. That's what it does -- nothing. There is such a sense of negativity that enters when we dwell on everything we wish we could change or don't like about this world, our situation, or circumstances. Somehow - it tends to become a bigger issue or a bigger problem, when in reality - it comes down to  not spending time in God's word to discover what he says about the situation or praying to God for guidance and for Him to be the center of our life.

Part of my hesitation in handing over my trust in God's truth & plan is fear. Fear of people rejecting me, fear of not having financial security, fear of failure, fear of not being equipped, just plain fear. I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as someone who is crippled with fear but I manage risk for a living. All my moves are very calculated, well thought out {haha or so I think}, and analyzed to ensure that my decision is safe & the outcome is certain. I am content being in this safe and happy place, but also not content. How is that even possible? What joy is there in being safe, reserved, & risk-adverse? So I guess I have been in denial. I am someone who lives in fear. I want to serve more at church, I want to be a bright light to my coworkers, friends, and most importantly my family, I want to love people really well and really authentically, and I want to know God’s word so intimately that it is written in my heart. I know God has laid these deep desires in my heart and given me a certain set of skills to bless his church body which have translated into a lot of dreams & ideas for our life. I know his truths yet my actions don't always follow. I would call that unbelief. Unbelief that His word is THE truth, unbelief of His promises for my life, unbelief of what I am called to do, just a pure heart issue of unbelief. 

So then what is holding me back? How do I reconcile this? How is my heart going to be transformed? The answer came yesterday by the way of Andy, yet again. Jesus is better. He is just plain better than all of it. I am going to hold steadfast to this truth & repeat it over and over again until it fully & completely transforms my heart.

You fellow work in progress -

Chelsea
 

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Somewhat Misleading....

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Somewhat Misleading....

Hello friends -

You may have stumbled upon this website thinking that you will find a couple who is living out on a farm or a ranch truly living the rustic lifestyle with amazing pictures of horses, cows, pigs, goats, chickens, and all other cutesy farm animals. Well I am sorry to disappoint because that is not us, not yet anyways. You may be expecting to see pictures of a cozy house or beautiful views out in Colorado. Well you will find pictures of our cozy apartment in Denver, cozy cabin in the Rocky Mountains, & other cozy things. But we are not truly "rustic" although I must admit, I love all things rustic!

 
This is our family's cabin in Fairplay, Colorado just a short 25 minutes from the ski resort town of Breckenridge.

This is our family's cabin in Fairplay, Colorado just a short 25 minutes from the ski resort town of Breckenridge.

 

One of my biggest desires has always been to own a farmhouse or ranch out in the country, remodel it in a rustic, exposed hardwood, metal accent, and all things vintage & Texas-y style and raise our family in the presence of farm animals, four wheelin', home cooked food, shootin' guns, Jesus lovin' small town folks, and all other idyllic things you imagine that accompany this sort of lifestyle. Well... there are a few things standing in our way right now: 1) Ben (my wonderful husband) and I have NO idea how to farm or take care of these types of animals, 2) This would be a large financial undertaking which we have no real idea of cost of upkeep up a ranch or farmhouse, 3) We are both CPAs so we pretty much have jobs working in the corporate world and do not want to commute long distances to work, and 4) We have NO idea how to farm, ranch, or take care of these types of animals. :) So as it is obvious this dream will just have to wait, it does not stop me from loving all of these things. So in the mean time - I am going to practice my rustic decorating skills, sharpen my cooking skills, participate in any animal adventures that I can, watch Fixer Upper on HGTV over and over, be content and fulfilled right where God has me, and share our adventures along the way.

 
Our rather large pot of Homemade Texas Tortilla Soup - Stay tuned, I may just share the family recipe!

Our rather large pot of Homemade Texas Tortilla Soup - Stay tuned, I may just share the family recipe!

 

This blog is just the beginning of what I hope God uses to fulfill the plans He has for me. I am not sure exactly what this journey is going to look like but I look forward to the ride! I hope that you will join us.

I hope that this Thursday morning finds everyone cozy & snug inside and dreamin' about their plans for the weekend!

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27
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