Wednesday, December 7, 2016

When God Says "Wait"

Wait.  I despise that word.  It goes against my very nature to "wait."  I've always been on the go, pursuing dreams, busy, busy, busy.  I've always been the one to make things happen, push forward against the odds, and work hard for results.

And that is where God finds me in my weakness and says, "wait."

What? No!  I don't want to wait.  I want results.  I want to see the future.  I want to plan.  I NEED to plan, Lord.

"Wait"

I think the one thing that I struggle most with in my relationship with God is the concept of waiting.  I can have faith that He will move mountains, work miracles in my family and friends' lives, that He can do ANYTHING.  But somehow, when it comes to waiting on His timing in my own life, it becomes my weak point.  All the old hurts and fears and disappointments come welling to the surface, and the doubt starts to surface in my oh-so-practical, let's make a plan-kind of brain.  And it's in those moments when all those feelings surface, when the fear wells up inside of me, that God tells me once again to stop.  Wait.  And in that silence, that moment of stopping- when I just listen for a moment, with my hurt and wounds and fear all exposed- that something beautiful happens.  Like one of my favorite songs by Plumb goes,  I "exhale, breathe in His grace, and exhale."  

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?  I want to encourage myself and all of you who find this a difficult concept to grasp, to just be still.  Take a moment of silence.  Let your fears become raw and exposed.  Wait.  And watch Him work.  You know what I'm learning?  He may not work in the way you're praying about.  He may not work in the way you thought.  He may actually be working on YOU.  I pray for Him to change my circumstances, but what if He's actually changing ME in those circumstances?


"Just let go, let His love wrap around you, hold you close, get lose in the surrender, breathe it in until your heart breaks, and exhale! -Plumb (from the song Exhale)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter











Dress: LOFT// Boots: Steve Madden// Hat: TJ Maxx// Pearls and Watch: Kate Spade New York

A few weeks ago, my sometime resident photographer brother-in-law acquiesced to do an impromptu fall photoshoot.  And it just so happened to be perfect timing for the new blog release too!  ;)  The surroundings were dreamy, picturesque, and full of the last hints of Autumn.  I felt a bit like Anne of Green Gables strolling through the dried leaves and sun shadows poking through the trees.

I love the simple things in life.  The little moments where you can't escape the beauty that God surrounds us with.  They are reminders to me to just stop.  Savor the beauty, and soak it in.  When I seem to be down and struggling and just can't seem to find a purpose in any of the muddle going on around me, it's stepping out into the simplicity of nature that gives me a new perspective.  And I'm thankful for that!



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Welcome!


Hello Friends!

Welcome to the the new surroundings of Girl With A Latte - newly named Grace and A Latte!  As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been thinking and praying for some time about the direction of my blog.  I miss the community that I once had with blogging, and with God's grace, I would like to establish that again in this little space.  

For those of you who have followed along my blog journey, intermittent as it has been, you know that I first started a blog that chronicled my journey of pursuing the medical world, interspersed with craft projects and fashion.  I then started a whole new blog which, up until this point, has been known as Girl With A Latte, which was a scattered mix of fashion, lifestyle, and grad school/fellowship life.  In the last several years, my life has changed dramatically.  I have worked incredibly hard, pursuing my dreams, and finding out a lot about myself in the process.  I have found my God in a new and oh-so-personal way, and am still pursuing this relationship daily.  As I mentioned in my last few posts, for a time, I had to step away from social media.  In the process of pursuing my dreams and working hard for the calling that God gave me, I also went through some of the most emotionally and physically draining experiences I could have ever imagined.  I saw things I will never be able to describe to anyone else.  I have felt things: joy, sadness, and triumph.  I have been witness to and been involved in some of the worst days of my patient's lives (and my own).  I have watched the terror and decay that sin has inflicted on this world.  And deep inside my heart are the scars from these experiences.  But I have also been filled with a renewed sense of hope that God is working in a mighty way.  He is using people to bring hope to this world, to bring together people in community.  

And so my friends, welcome to Grace and A Latte!  Grab a cup and stay awhile.  Tell me about yourself, and let's get to know each other!  Let's create a space of encouragement and community.  For those in school, those in the work-force, those pursuing their dreams, those at home.  As we all experience life: waiting for and watching and experiencing God's plan for our lives, let's encourage one another.  Let's keep it real.  Let's keep it authentic.  And let's get to know each other!

So for those of you who are new here, let me introduce myself:  My name is Kerri.  I'm a mix of overt practicality and profound idealism.  I love all things vintage.  I'm an old-soul at heart.  I love to create and design:  it is the opposite part of me from the very analytical part that allows me to do medicine.  I love fashion and all girly things.  I believe in good manners, knowing your history, and respecting your country.  I am very much an Anne of Green Gables kind of girl- idealistic, stubborn at times, and sensitive.  I absolutely love coffee, tea, and lattes.  I collect teacups.  Flowers are the way to my heart.  Sometimes I can't figure out if I'm an extrovert or an introvert.  I believe that seasons come and go, and sometimes you just have to hang on or let go.  I cherish family.  I value good friends: the kind that can just be there even when they don't understand what you're going through, the ones who keep their word, and the ones who put effort into maintaining an authentic relationship.   I am a daughter of the King, a fact that is becoming more amazing to me by the day.  In the last ten years, God has brought me to my knees so many times.  He has brought me out of bitterness to know Him better.  I am still learning daily to trust.  I am still learning to leave it all at the cross.  And above all, I am learning to embrace the concept of "Set Apart," not "Set Aside."

So what is going to happen in this little space in the future?
True to being me, you can count on some fashion, some lifestyle, some spiritual, and some medical.  Count on a good mix of posts- all with the mission to create a community of women set apart by God.  A community of kindred spirits.

So tell me about yourself!  Drop me a line, and tell me about you!  And if you have any suggestions, any blogpost ideas, or anything else you'd like to read about, please do share below!  And be on the look-out to a special giveaway to kick off the new blog launch!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's Coming Soon!

Hello Friends!

Hang in there, the new blog is coming soon!  Keep checking back!  I'm working on a new design, content, and general blog purpose.  It should be done soon!