Open Book

We each have a story. A testimony. I look at my story and don’t see a whole lot. It’s a pretty common, basic story. But the Lord can still use it.

Listening is a skill that has not come easy for me. It’s something I’m still mastering….probably always will be lol. I’m someone who loves talking…..a lot. I usually have a ton going on in my mind and I process verbally.

How do these two connect? Let me finish ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love telling people my story. I’m sure those of you who have read through my blog have realized….I love stories. But not everyone needs to hear my whole story. It can’t help and encourage everyone. Not its entirety. But maybe bits and parts can.

That’s where listening comes in.

I used to be a pretty open book. I’d tell my whole story to almost everyone I came in contact with. But is that really what our story is for? The Lord writes us a beautiful story and it becomes our testimony. A way to glorify Him.

He started to reveal to me that telling my entire story to everyone wasn’t using the most of the testimony He has given me. Instead, I need to learn to listen to people and read situations. One person may be encouraged by one part, while another may be encouraged by another part.

I’ve been learning to listen deeply to people and be sensitive to what the Spirit leads me to say.

I’m still a fairly open book. If someone asks, I’ll generally answer. But not everyone needs that. They just need someone to listen to relate and to be encouraged.

Until next time,

CourtneyRae

 

 

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Life as it is

After my old laptop very rudely and inconveniently decided to shut down without even so much as a goodbye, I spent about 4 very mournful months pining over my loss. As quickly as my budget would allow though, I spitefully decided to enforce my revenge by getting a Mac. Take that, nasty old laptop!!

Allow me a few lines to brag upon my newest love. It’s glorious features daily astound me. The wonderfully snowy white keyboard sends my lips into an immediate proud smile. The way I can glide my cursor to the corner and suddenly witness all my open screens on one page beautifully organized gives me chills of excitement. So here’s to my old love—I’m better off without you, you old sorry soul. My life is better and more organized and easier without you.

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Anywho!! Now on to more important business. I’m back!!! Oh glory of glories!

What’s happened during my 4 month absence, you may ask? (Or you may not ask. In which case, I will still enlighten you ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I moved out of my home on May 15th…..which…..if we’re going to be completely honest here…..was a day completely filled with crying. Thanks to my sweet boyfriend (ah yes, I am no longer single. Not sure if I’ve mentioned that. But I’ll save all that for another post ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), I made the five hour drive without crashing from blindness due to so many tears. He drove the last half so I could sit in the passengers seat and just cry.

Let me just say, driving away from your family after having never lived away from them and watching them slowly ย get smaller and smaller in your rearview mirror is not fun. People don’t warn you about the leaving. You get pumped about new places, ย new faces, new spaces, but you aren’t prepared for that goodbye. Gets me teary eyed just thinking about it. I do hate goodbyes. They’re nasty little things.

So I got to my maroon carpeted, two bedroom, one bathroom apartment feeling dismal and forlorn.

About a week or two after moving in I found myself with a nanny job, which only lasted the summer. My summer isn’t truly worth even going into much detail about. It was mostly uneventful, except for being blessed with no longer being in a long distance relationship and getting to spend lots of time with Austin. Other than that though, I moved here with no friends and barely a job. God has proved His faithfulness on a daily basis though and I am in awe of how He has worked everything out.

I am now in a better place in my life. My depression has diminished considerably, I am making new friends on a daily basis, I have two absolutely amazing jobs, and the town I live in is wonderful and small and quaint and quiet. Exactly what I needed.

I quit my nanny job about a month ago and started working at a local coffee shop/soon to also be vinyl store. I have also been working at a children’s shelter (which will also be saved for another post.).

Here I am, sitting at said coffee shop, overwhelmed with the Lord’s work in my life. He’s brought me to a place I never thought I’d be. I’m living with 3 wonderful girls, dating an amazing man, learning different perspectives of the world through the shelter, making as much coffee as my heart desires and playing my own vinyls as I work, and meeting new beautiful people.

So this all for now dear readers. Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚ (which will NOT be 4 months away!)

 

~CourtneyRae