First Day of Spring

When I am out in nature, I am constantly reminded of God’s hand in all of creation.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” -Job 12:7-10
I can learn so much from the animals and the land. I am a constant worrier, unfortunately. Even if there isn’t something to worry about, I somehow am able to find something to be anxious over. These verses are a great reminder to me that God’s hand is in all of it. I’m thankful that I can be out adventuring with my family and find peace and hope by just experiencing God’s creation! Last week, for the first day of spring, I was able to do just that!

Missouri’s weather is always so variable in the months of January through March. We can expect anything from 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit and snowing to spring-like conditions at 65 to 75 degrees! Luckily, this year, we had perfect weather on the first day of Spring! It was in the upper 70s so Zach and I took advantage of taking the dogs on a walk! We absolutely enjoy exploring all of the wonderful Conservation Areas that Missouri has to offer. One of our favorites is Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. It is so close to Columbia and is just absolutely gorgeous! The dogs love being able to swim and run in the wide open spaces and we always enjoy the view. Here are a few pictures of our little adventure earlier this week!fullsizeoutput_f41

There’s nothing like a man and his dogs.

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I love seeing the joy on Cooper’s face when we take him swimming!

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We have been watching my in-law’s Dachshund, Sassy. She enjoyed the adventure!

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I sure love this man and all the adventures we go on together!

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I just love this picture of Sassy! She is older, so it’s nice to take her on these little adventures while she is still able.

 

 

Why Start a Blog?

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Creating a blog has been a thought in the back of my mind for several years now. I’ve always had the desire to start one but have convinced myself otherwise. Between self-doubt and lack of a “vision” for a blog, it has never seemed to come to fruition…until now.

One reason for starting this blog has been mostly in part due to my faith journey. I have grown in my faith and my spiritual journey more in the last three years then in my entire life. The multiple moves Zach and I have done in a span of 5 years have been both exciting and challenging all at the same time. We’ve moved from Columbia, Missouri to Stockton, Missouri to Kansas City, Missouri and finally back to Columbia, Missouri. In each of these cities my faith has grown a little bit more, especially since I’ve moved back to Columbia. Zach and I got connected and committed to the planting of Anthem Church. I can’t even begin to describe the love I have for this church and the people that are a part of it! The people of Anthem Church are some of the Godliest people I’ve ever known; each of them deeply committed to sharing the Gospel and discipling other Christians. Being a part of this body of believers has challenged and grown me in my faith more in the last nine months then ever in my life. I sure have a long way to go in my faith journey but the passion I have for Christ has led me to wanting to share the joy I’ve found in Him through this blog!

Another reason for starting this blog is to share some of my favorite moments in life with you! My husband, Zach, is one of the biggest hunters and outdoor enthusiasts you’ll ever meet. Besides his faith in God, I don’t think something makes up Zach more than the outdoors. Since we’ve been together, we’ve had some fun and exciting adventures in the great outdoors! I’ve always enjoyed being out in nature but Zach has definitely brought out some hidden interests in me: hunting, fishing and archery. I’d love to share with you these new-found passions and adventures that have brought me such joy over the last eight years!

The last reason for starting this blog is to share some of my clothing styles with you! I’ve always been passionate about clothes, shoes, purses and accessories and I’d love to share some of my favorite looks with you all!

I’m excited to see this vision of starting a blog become a reality. I’ve named this blog, Clothed in Strength, based on Proverbs 31 because a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. I want to be that woman. I hope that I can be a light in this dark, dark world through the hope of Jesus! Thanks for stopping by and joining me in my journey in this so-called LIFE!