Archive | January, 2014

lessons from songs: rest easy

14 Jan

I’m convinced I don’t know how to rest. whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual I don’t know how to do it. Even when I plan a day of “rest” I over schedule it so much I end up not resting. I also struggle to rest in my relationship with God. I get so caught up in the “what are we supposed to do as a child of God” I forget that he’s already done it. All we are supposed to do is rest in His presence.

This song came on during my drive to work and it was like the Lord was talking to me through my radio.

Rest easy Ruthanne. You don’t have to work so hard Ruthanne. You can rest easy Ruthanne. You don’t have to prove yourself Ruthanne. You’re already mine Ruthanne. You don’t have to hide your heart Ruthanne. I already love you Ruthanne. So you can rest easy.

Insert your name in that paragraph. Do you hear the Lord speaking to you?

Rest is not easy. But we can rest easy in the arms of our Father.


Rest Easy

by Andrew Peterson

You are not alone I will always be with you
Even to the end

You don’t have to work so hard
You can rest easy
You don’t have to prove yourself
You’re already mine
You don’t have to hide your heart
I already love you
I hold it in mine
So you can rest easy

Do not be afraid
Nothing, nothing in the world
Can come between us now

You don’t have to work so hard
You can rest easy
You don’t have to prove yourself
You’re already mine
You don’t have to hide your heart
I already love you
I hold it in mine
So you can rest easy

You work so hard to wear yourself down
And you’re running like a rodeo clown
You’re smiling like you’re scared to death
You’re out of faith and all out of breath
You’re so afraid you’ve got nowhere left to go

Well, you are not alone
I will always be with you

You don’t have to work so hard
You can rest easy
You don’t have to prove yourself
You’re already mine
You don’t have to hide your heart
I already love you
I hold it in mine
You can rest easy


holiday movie review

8 Jan

my family loves going to the movies. it’s always something we enjoy doing together and this Christmas there were a few movies we were wanting to see…and they all turned out to be good ones.


Frozen is Disney’s latest offering in the princess musical/movie category…and it didn’t disappoint. I think we can all agree that ever since pixar arrived on the scene Disney has struggled to keep up in the animated movie category. But they seemed to get the formula right with Frozen. From the soundtrack to the story, the animation and the hilarious snowman Olaf  this was just a precious movie that keeps you entertained and laughing the whole time. This is a great family movie.


saving mr banksSaving Mr. Banks

I think we can all agree that Mary Poppins is a classic family movie we all loved. I loved watching it growing up and remember singing along with Julie and Dick. But what I’ve never done is actually read the book this movie is based off of. I also knew nothing of P.L. Travers and how Disney came to acquire this beloved story. Enter Saving Mr. Banks. From the moment I saw this preview I knew I wanted to see the movie and would love it. I mean come on…Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, DJ Novak & Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney, how could it be bad! I’m a sucker for “the story behind the story” movies so this was so fun to watch. I had no idea P.L. Travers background or that she grew up in Queensland, Australia!! My home state! She had a hard childhood with an alcoholic father and a mother who had some bonding issues but this movie showed that she had a deep love for her parents and a strong passion for making sure the story she wrote was translated from the page to the screen well. You could also see that through the process of making the movie P.L. Travers learned to open up her own heart and not be afraid to let go of her past hurts so she could show love and kindness to others. Please go see this delightful movie! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to go home and watch Mary Poppins again and you’ll most definitely want to go fly a kite.

walter mittyThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Want a movie that has adventure, romance, humor, amazing scenery and a great story? The Secret Life of Walter Mitty delivers. Ben Stiller does not play his normal, wacky crude humor part in this movie and I really appreciated that. This was a great movie that inspires you to not be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone and embrace the adventures that we can experience in life. This movie has a great sound track…I also now would like to visit Greenland. This was a really great film.

reflecting on 2013

6 Jan
last year I reflected on 2012 here. It was a real good exercise for me so I thought I would do it again…
2013 Reflection
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
Ran a 10K
Travelled to Seattle & Alaska
Went on a zip line!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? 
I honestly can’t remember what my resolution was! I do want to make some this year. 
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Yes – my friends are really good parents. 
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
Mexico, Canada & Spain
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 15 – Kate surprised me for my birthday party
July 4 – ran the peachtree 
October 28 – started at apostles
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably finishing the peachtree….and making some really good gluten free/vegan cinnamon rolls.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I can’t think of one in particular but I prefer to not think of things as failures but more as opportunities to learn and grow.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, it’s better but I have a feeling I will be dealing with side effects from it for a while. 
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Foam massage roller.  
12. Where did most of your money go?
Food – whole clean gluten free vegan eating can be expensive. ;
13. What did you get really excited about? 
visiting the pacific northwest, alaska and canada. 
14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Beautiful Things by Gungor
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? 
thinner or fatter?
for better or worse…the same   
richer or poorer? 
richer…in a lot of ways but poorer in some ways too
16. What do you wish you’d done more of? 
Enjoying the moment
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Trying to please others
18. How did you spend Christmas?
At my parents house, in my jammies, cooking in the kitchen…it was delightful. 
19. What was your favorite TV program?
Sherlock, Call the Midwives, Downton Abbey
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman
21. What was your favorite music from this year? 
Andrew Peterson – Light for the Lost Boy
Ellie Holcomb 
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Saving Mr. Banks
Catching Fire 
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
30!! Boy was this a birthday to remember. 
On my actual birthday I was in spain and spent it on a winery tour then out to dinner with my GYFM team. 
Then a few weeks later I was surprised by my family who flew my best friend from Australia in for my birthday party. It was wonderful! 
24. What’s one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not letting certain things conquer me. sorry to be so vague. 
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Whatever I think is cute/not worrying what other’s think!
26. What kept you sane?
a good friend.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.  
That I’m not in control. And God will give me the grace to handle ANY circumstance/challenge when I’m ready. 

For 2013…
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