Friday, July 31, 2015

#letsgetpraisy...again!

Let's travel back to Jami's post here,  and see what I wrote in my post here...If you refuse to go back and read (boo!), you can also check out the hashtag on Instagram to see more examples of #letsgetpraisy!





Basically, I think Jami Nato is so smart and so witty and all around awesome, so when she started these posts, I felt like, "YES! Someone else feels it, too!" The gospel is everywhere. It can be found in books or in seeing the ocean. It can be in a flower or a hug. It can even be found in songs that may have initially been written about earthly love. 

So, I was singing Katy Perry at the tops of my lungs (naturally), and it struck me! The song Unconditionally is about so. much. more. than a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship! At least it is for me when I listen and sing. 


(lyrics from azlyrics.com)


I realized in the middle of the song how much truth I was hearing. Listening to the chorus, I heard the words, "There is no fear now, let go and just be free." The verse that came to my mind was 1 John 4:18.



I went back and listened to the song over and over again from the beginning. There's just so much absolute truth. 
He loves me and accepts me. 
He can handle all my insecurities and all my dirty laundry. 
He wants me to come just as I am. (He does prefer repentance to the alternative, which is one place the song didn't quite fit!) 
He definitely takes my bad days and my good ones and gets me through the storms of life - all because of love.

Just had to share that God is working all around us - even when we don't know where to look. Thankful.

You are SO loved,
Jessica
@jesstinybird 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#BeBlessedLovelies

Leslie Sisti, blogger of Blonde Ambition Blog, went home to be with Jesus this week. It's so hard to wrap my mind around. A 30 year old wife and mom of two girls under the age of two is gone. I feel a bit silly for crying since I only knew her online, but the sphere of blogging/social media that we have allows us to connect so closely with people that it feels justified. Leslie was my friend. 

I traced our relationship on Twitter hoping I would find the beginning, and I did. 

I often linked up on her Confessional Friday link-up. It feels tragic that she won't post any more witty, bright fashion posts or any more grateful, full-of-love posts about Stephen and their girls. I know in the grand scheme of life, our online posts are pointless to people who don't post as well, but it builds a bond and forms relationships that are true and real and vulnerable. 

I am thankful to have gotten to see her smiling face on social media and to read her heart on her blog. I'm mostly thankful for the faith she had and the peace that her salvation provides. 

Please keep Leslie's family and friends in your prayers as they try and get through this hard time. Her love for her family was so apparent, and I'm so glad she shared that with all of us. 

One of Leslie's friends is collecting letters for Caroline and Ainsley so that when they get bigger and are missing their mama, they can read about the lives she touched and be reminded how much she loved them. Read her post here about how to contribute.

As Leslie would say, "Be blessed lovelies." We can say we were and we are - because we knew you. 


You are so loved,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Monday, July 27, 2015

Leslie? Knope, I'm Jessica.

I'm going to start this out by saying my typical "I can't believe how fast the year is flying by!"...because really? July is done in mere days. Holy mackerel. Seriously, y'all. 

Let's play a little catch up. As you can tell by the title of this post, Jordan and I have been watching Parks and Recreation for the first time. We're into Season 4, and I don't want it to end. Obsessed isn't even the word. It is one of the funniest shows we've watched together. Plus, Jordan giggling is one of my favorite things on the planet! (I see a lot of myself in Leslie Knope. And some of myself in Tom Haverford!)

I've also been reading a lot (for me) this summer! I always love being a bookworm, but I definitely go through spells of not reading. Are you reading anything good? I'll try and post a list soon of what I've been reading and what I'm aiming to read for the rest of the year. You can also check out #tinybirdreads on Instagram!

What else? Well since I last blogged (OVER TWO MONTHS AGO!), Jor and I attended a WWE event where I got the craziest-odd sunburn and met one of the Bella Twins, went swimming several times, celebrated both Jordan's and Paige's birthdays, dogsat another doxie, made a new work bestie, celebrated Jordan starting his new job, caught up with our friends after they got home from Europe, worked at a couple of weddings, and saw a movie or two! It's been an eventful couple of months, to say the least!









Really hoping to get back in the swing of blog-things, as it is good for me. I want to compare less and share more. Starting fresh again. Thankful for new mercies for sure. 

Also, fight club started for the 4th summer. We're reading Anything by Jennie Allen, and it's transforming our hearts. 

Hope your summer is spectacular. Life is short, so love hard. 

Xoxo,
Jessica

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Power Anthem Playlist

Music is such a universal joy. I talked about my obsession with Spotify in this post last year, and now I'm back on that topic again!

I have so.many.playlists. I have one each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. I have them for all sorts of feelings and relationships (besties, sisters, etc.). I recently started one called anthems.

So many songs have struck a chord (literally!) with me lately that I knew I needed a playlist of songs that get me inspired and totally pumped up to live my life to the full. I wanted to share some of those songs here with you! (Plus, for whatever reason, it can be uber difficult to find friends/playlists on Spotify. My anthems playlist has the heart-with-stars emoji on either side of the word. Try searching that way if you're desperate to jam!)

Never Gonna Let You Down - Colbie Caillat
Fight Song - Rachel Platten
Life of the Party - Shawn Mendes
Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine
The Night is Still Young - Nicki Minaj
Brave - Sara Bareilles
Cannonball - Lea Michele
Skyscraper - Demi Lovato
 

What songs should I add to it? What songs get you jazzed? Let me know!


You are SO incredible!
Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Life at 29.

I'm one day in to 29. So far, it's not too different from 28. Hahah. I left work for my four-day weekend all caught up on my work and returned to a stack of to-be-done papers! It's ok. The four days off were totally worth it. Plus, as a more mature adult ;) now, I should probably up my work game anyway!

Picture below is from my Snapchat. We should be friends, for sure. Leave your username in the comments!!



I want to write more and read more and watch more and blog more. Basically, every year I want the same things. To see and do and feel and experience more. Here's me saying that 29 is the same in that regard.

I hope to see a lot more of you around these parts.

Also, if we aren't friends everywhere yet, you can find me @jesstinybird on just about any and every social media platform.

Remember, you are loved.
Jessica



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Good morning, 29!

As you've seen in previous birthday posts, I use my birthday as a new chance. I love a brand new day, week, month, year, start!

Here's hoping 29 includes ALL the love and friends and snuggles and laughs and dances and songs and movies and food and memories. 

High hopes for this year!

Love, 
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Goodnight, 28!

What a year 28 has been! It started with a grand celebration and ended with one!

I am thankful for what I've learned this year, but I'm eager for what lies ahead. Except the whole aging thing! ;)

Goodnight, 28. I'll never forget you!


Love, 
Jessica
@jesstinybird