Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Not Alone Series: Goals & Lent

Linking up with Morgan from Follow and Believe and Jen from Jumping in Puddles.

Remember the first NAS post this year? How are the goals that you set going? Regardless of how those goals are going, how are you utilizing Lent to continue to strive for those goals?

In short, my goals at the beginning of this series were to grow in friendships, seek new dreams, increase my love capacity, and keep on writing. Now let's get down to business and evaluate!

I think that my friendships have definitely grown. My friend Rebecca and I keep each other entertained {seriously, I'm pretty sure God lets us hang out together just so He gets a good laugh}. I've gotten to know Cami better, which is fantastic because she's fantastic. Some Notions friends and I have started hanging out more regularly outside of Notions. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful people with whom the Lord has connected me. 

Dreams...the song from "Tangled" comes to mind...

I don't know about anything specific, but I do think the Lord has renewed my vision. In late January, I talked with my parents about some goals and dreams, and then in February, Samara and I went on a retreat with Jesus. The conversations from these times have encouraged me to keep going in life, and while I can't see the end of the road, I can see the next step, and that's becoming enough.

For the love capacity goal, I think that the first two answer the third. Always, always, always there can be more love, and the Lord can keep on increasing my capacity. Has He already? Absolutely.

Last but not least, there's the writing goal. I've not written any more about Edna Walters yet, but I've been participating in several link-ups and overall have been writing a bit more. One of my goals coming out of my Jesus retreat was to both blog and journal more frequently, and that's been good. Some of my writing has come up at Notions, and some of it is just going to stay in my journal, and it's all good. 

My Lenton goals {shared in these 7QT} are going well. It's so challenging for me not to read at night {especially since I'm in the midst of three excellent books}, but I know that this is a good exercise for my self-control muscle. And it's been quite wonderful, actually, to write encouraging notes to people. It's fun to ask Jesus who needs some encouragement, and then trust Him for the right words to write. If you'd like a note, send me your mailing address and I will add you to my list! I've got some pretty awesome stationary, if I do say so myself :)

Thank you, Morgan and Jen, for hosting this wonderful link-up each week! It's so encouraging to hear from other women in similar processes, and I really love reviewing what God has done in our lives so far this year. 


  1. Hey Bek! What great resolutions! Growing in capacity for love ...that's one that I'm continuously working on and praying about. Ooh, getting a note in the mail - I'm in! What's your email and I will send you my address - there is nothing quite like getting a letter via "snail mail"!

    1. Hey Rachel! Thanks for stopping by. Isn't it great that God can keep growing us?
      My email is bekthebest.yeah@gmail.com
      Do you have a blog?

  2. I love reading about your growth and how you've made it after college. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you in Seattle.

    1. Thank you, Catherine, that's so sweet. I'm thrilled for you to come! :)

  3. "while I can't see the end of the road, I can see the next step, and that's becoming enough." Love this

    I find myself journalling more myself this year and it has been really good for me.
    I'm going to email you my address.

    1. Thanks, Niki! Thanks for stopping by. Isn't journaling wonderful? Even when I don't think I need to, I always find that it helps clear my head.
      Please do send me your address! I'd love to send you a note :)

  4. Hi Bek! Beautiful post!! :) I commend you for sticking to your Lenten resolutions, and that is so awesome that you've been able to read and journal more (not reading before bed would be so hard for me!!). Hope you have a wonderful Friday!!