Wednesday, February 29, 2012

That one thing...

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go...
All beautiful you are, my darling there is no flaw in you.
-- Song of Songs 4: 6a, 7

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Far above all we know...

I really don't like people sometimes.

Yesterday I was feeling so blessed by all the love that surrounds me. Many friends were telling me how appreciated I am and how much they cherish and adore me. I also made plans for an exciting trip, I received a tentative concert invite for this weekend and I have a hair appointment. What more could I want?

I was filled with the simple joy of knowing that someone somewhere actually likes me.

Until about half an hour ago when I got bombarded by stupid people bothering me about something extremely frivolous and unnecessary.

Like seriously? I really do not see a point behind antagonizing someone until they finally break and flip out at you. Why would you intentionally cause someone to be mad at you?

Nevertheless I am still fuming.

It is always refreshing to see the people that come to your rescue time and time again. No matter what it is, or what seems to happen between you, you can always count on them to somehow pop up and help set everything right. I apologize if I ever doubted you.

As I take a few breaths here to collect myself I am reminded that the love from yesterday has not passed away, and even if one day it dwindles down to nothing, God's love is constant, never changing, and sufficient for me.

Much love and haters that hate -- Amy

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The winds of this world can push us around....

Well folks today was super swell.

As Mom and I cannot go a weekend without venturing somewhere we decided to go to Victoria... again. But instead of getting our shop on we decided to go down to Dallas road and gallivant along the gorgeous ocean side. Now I have previously mentioned this darling tourist attraction on This is Good but today was different.

When I was a youngin my mother used to drag my sister and I up and down that beach as we cried out in agony that we were so tired, hungry, and in need of a bathroom break. As we grew older the walks got slightly more enjoyable as we took in the scenery for all it was. So it was kind of sad that my sister wasn't there to accompany us today on our adventure but nevertheless we had the time of our lives. I was thoroughly excited when I looked to the ocean and saw 30+ windsurfers givin' er on the massive swells that were colliding with the shore.

The winds were crazy! Mom and I got tossed around like rag dolls as we ran from bench to bench doing our best parkour impressions and just frolicking in the tall grass. We got many a looks from all the dog-walking/ sidewalk yoga enthusiasts but we couldn't care less for we were having fun.

As we neared Ogden Point the winds were at a supreme high and as we stepped out on to the breakwater we were instantly scared for our lives.

In all my years I have never seen that thing empty. There is always at least one Lululemon clad runner out there, but today, no one. So we were a little nervy as we made our way through the fence and out into the wide open.

A giant wave came in and splashed up beside me as Mom got blown from left to right. Obviously this was not a safe excursion and we turned around and left feeling slightly defeated.

We made our way back to the car taking a detour through Beacon Hill Park. As we marched through the fields, the hills were alive as I bent over and picked a few daisies from the grass. Mom asked me if I was going to make a chain and I stated that I was not, I intended to put them in my
ears. She pictured me sticking them inside and gave me a puzzled stare as I shoved them in with my plugs.

"Stinkin hippie!"

A mother's love is one of a kind ;)

We trekked onward and were greeted by a multitude of ducks and geese and one charming peacock whom I named Winston, who, to my delight, followed me all throughout the park.

I bid him adieu and we left to enjoy the rest of the day.

As Mom and I walked arm in arm back to the car I couldn't help but smile and think "This Is Good."

Much love and simple pleasures-- Amy

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point "if this isn't nice, I don't know what is" -- Kurt Vonnegut

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I give it all away...

God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it
-- 1st Corinthians 10:13

Lent starts today.

Now last year I gave up chocolate and I know that sounds kind of fluffy and superfluous but for me it was not an easy task. This year, the goal I have set before me, that race that is to be run is: I, Amy Pickard, will not buy any clothes for forty days.

I know what you are thinking, big woop, how hard could that be? But sit down and let Amy tell you all a story.

I go thrifting. A lot. In Duncan there are a lot of secondhand stores and you can get some quality product for super cheap. Therefore, I tend to accumulate many items in my closet.

Mom and I also like to adventure up and down the Island on the weekends, either to Victoria or Nanaimo. Prime shopping locations. The fact that I also have no major bills to pay tends to hinder me in the fact that I blow my money on whatever I please. Which tends to be pretty dresses and singlet tops.

So here we are folks. Day 1. I have this week pretty easy as I don't get paid until next Thursday but the cheque that is coming shall be mighty fine and Spring lines are starting to appear in the stores. This could be more of a challenge than I thought.

What are you "giving up" to God this year?

Much love and cures to fashion fevers-- Amy

Monday, February 20, 2012

My heart will sing no other name...

I love worship.

I love singing.

And yes, I fully understand that worship is not singularly singing praises to our Lord above but man oh man do I excel in that aspect.

We all have our preferences. Some people are really good at prayer and delight in spending time in it. Others worship God by their actions and how they love others. I must say that although all of these things are extremely important in your walk with God I tend to slack off slightly in certain areas.

But boy when it comes to singing I am all over it. Last night is a great example.

I entered the bible study room only to have my ears bombarded with fantastic music. Our extremely talented male populous had got together beforehand to jam a bit and I loved it. Seriously. Just hanging out with your pals and their guitars. Swoon. I immediately thought "This is good."

We always open with a few songs and I find it extremely awkward being one of the only girl voices in the crowd. But I just picture me and my pal Jesus on a road trip somewhere jamming to our favorite songs and the awkwardness dissipates.

As the night progressed my anticipations were met and the evening was lovely. After our study time I sat beside my good pal Dyl and he and I started to sing some songs. His brother joined in and eventually we were all going at it again. "Wagon wheel" was on the set list as it always is along with some local favourites and a few oldies that we all knew by heart.

Best. Ever.

Much love and sing-alongs-- Amy

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Never say "never say never" again...

You know those mornings when you wake up and things just feel great. Not that there is any major thing to be stoked upon, no crazy adventure awaiting you, just another day that somehow feels so much better than the past few.

I awoke to one of these this morning. I just finished a math midterm (got an 'A'!) and now I don't have any plans until tonight, where I will be having a major worship team jam sesh. Now I do enjoy a good sing-along, but really there's nothing monumental ahead of me

It's like things have finally clicked in my head and I have suddenly realized how blessed I am. The dust has been "shook" and there is a refreshing calm that surrounds. Life is good friends, and, this is good.

"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." -- Psalm 118:24

Thursday, February 16, 2012

You should know me by now...

This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken."
And the doctor says, "Well why don't you turn him in?"
The guy says, "I would but I need the eggs."

I guess that's pretty much how I feel about relationships.
They're totally irrational, crazy, and absurd and....
I guess we keep goin' through it because.
uh, most of us...
need the eggs.
-- Woody Allen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Come awake...

But as for me,
I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my savior;
my God will hear me.
-- Micah 7:7

I am so excited dear friends!

I happen to be part of a new young adult bible study starting up in my town. We had our first gathering on Sunday evening and I can feel that this is going to be good.

First off it is led by a good pal of mine's father and frankly that is rather cool. I feel like I have a special "in" or something. But boy oh boy! We already have a scheduled event, we intend to attend Passion 2012 in Vancouver and I am so excited! The group of ladies and gents that came together is filled with some of my most cherished mates along with some people I cannot wait to get to know better. Let's just say, between you and me, there are a few lookers that have appeared out of the woodwork as of late and frankly, I don't hate it one bit ;)

I find it so inspiring to be in a room with people my own age and being able to see how amped up they are to impact our community touches my soul. This is the first group where I feel like we are all in it 100%. I feel like each and every one of us needs this group in one way or another. For some it is the last resort. For me, I think it is a new beginning, a fresh start, a future "This is Good" epicenter.

I wish you could be a part of it.

But for now I am super excited to see all that the good Lord is going to do in us and through us.

Much love and new happenings-- Amy

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

And it seems all hope is gone, yet I will praise you Lord.

All of my life
in every season
You are still God!
I have a reason to sing,
I have a reason to worship.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Keep me on my toes, keep me in the know...

Hey friends, I know it's been a while and I apologize for leaving you all alone for so long. But what a fine life we are living.

I started graveyard shifts at work last week and it has been extremely overwhelming trying to juggle the crazy sleep patterns, copious amounts of schoolwork, and a social life. Nevertheless I am enjoying the ride thus far.

At the end of January, Tor and I attended Adore. It was nice to worship with some people that I don't get to see often but the best part occurred whilst we waited for the gang to clean things up.

Now I will talk to pretty much anyone. The catch is they usually have in to initiate the conversation. I feel extremely awkward going up to people and being like "Hey, I'm Amy, let's be friends k?" My good pal Cassia is extremely good at this sort of thing and therefore I channeled her confidence and decided it was time I made a move.

A guy that I have randomly been talking to for the past few months happened to be at Adore that evening and I decided to introduce myself in person. People kept talking to him and I had to wait for the perfect moment to sneak in and chat him up, the time came and I walked my way over.

"Hi, it's Amy, Amy Pickard."
I awaited his response and was delighted when a big grin came across his face and he shouted "NO WAY! How are you!?"

Conversation flowed from there and we all ended up going for dinner afterwards.

Fast forward to this past Friday where Tor and I got to attend a super rad going away party for a guy I barely knew and someone she had yet to meet. Random I know, but our good pal invited us and I could not say no. We had a rad strobe light dance party, made some new friends and were legitimately sad when we realized that we wouldn't see our new pal for quite some time.

Australia is stealing everyone.

That pretty much sums up life for now. I could go on about some other things but now is not the time.

Much love and days filled to the brim-- Amy