Friday, October 30, 2015

day 30 [there is always a positive]

Pike's on an Angle

Today started off way too early for someone who got 4 hours of sleep. (Yawn.)

I dropped my friend off at the airport at 8 am, after 90 minutes of rush-hour traffic. Yeah for a chance to catch up on life!

It was a slow crawl back through the rainy streets of Portland for my 9 am appointment with...to continue reading this post, please visit my new website by clicking here.

Thank you for following my blog during this 31 days of blogging in October! I pray you have a wonderful weekend, Friend!

Keep looking for the positive and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

Ever grateful,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

day 29 ["doing the best they can"]

King Street Station Clock Tower

love this photo. It reminds me of my last birthday. The big Four-Five.

It also reminds me of my 'amazing' ability to feel two opposing emotions at one time.

I was full of joy because I had just spent the day with my family in one of my favorite cities—Seattle, Washington. We took the train up that morning and were able to squeeze all kinds of fun in a short amount of time. (Gum Wall, anyone?)

It was a perfect day...to continue reading this post, please visit by new website by clicking here.

Thank you for stopping by to read my 31 days of blogging. I pray you are having a wonderful day!

Keep pressing into GRACE and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

With love and peace,

day 28 [back to the quiet]

Along the Railway


Five days of stomach pain, with no sign of it letting up. (Blah.) To make matters worse, I've been sitting in front of my keyboard for the past hour trying to think up something brilliant and/or inspiring for my 28th day of blogging.

Truthfully? I've got nothing! Not really. I think I'm pretty worn out from feeling so ill for the past too many days.

So, media fasts. I shared a couple of weeks ago that I chose to fast from media.

I wasn't quite sure...to continue reading this post, please visit my new website by clicking here.

Thank you for stopping by! Praying your day is abundantly blessed!

Keep pressing into the LORD and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

With grace,

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

day 27 [college, seth's book, sanity night]

Sunset at Sea

"It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night"
Psalm 92:1-2 (ESV)

It's been another incredibly full day. Full of blessings with some challenges mixed in. I've been fighting off some sort of stomach bug and migraine since Saturday. I thought I kicked it, but it's hanging on strong. (Sigh.)

But, thankfully, I've been able to press through the pain and have fairly normal days. I'm definitely looking forward to feeling healthy again, though. (Praying!)

So, today was a big day in the Ivey Fam...to continue reading this blog post, please visit my new website by clicking here.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my 31 days of blogging!

I pray your week is full of blessings and peace.

Keep pressing into GRATITUDE and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

All my love,

Monday, October 26, 2015

day 26 [God answers prayers]

Look Up

"Savior please, pilot me
When I have no more strength left to follow
Fall on my knees, pilot me
May your sun rise and lead me on
Over the seas, Savior pilot me
Oh, Lord."
~ Josh Garrels ~


Thursday evening, a close friend called me to share an urgent prayer request involving a struggling family.

Having walked through a similar trial, she knew I would understand. And, that I would pray for God to work a miracle.

My hurt was heavily burdened. The situation was tough, to say the least...to continue reading this post, please visit my new website by clicking here.

Keep pressing into the LORD, keep praying, and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

Learning to trust,



Photo Credit: Amy Jo Ivey / Look Up / Main Street, Franklin, Tennessee / March 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

day 25 [life lessons in the Canadian Rockies]

Quarry Lake

While we were staying in Alberta this past July, Geoff, Liam, Sara, and I went for a hike up to Ha Ling Peak. (Chels wasn't feeling well that day, so she opted to stay back at the condo.)

When we started the hike, we were already up almost a mile high. Altitude sickness/adjustment is definitely an issue at that height. (Translation: It takes more of a physical toll on your body and breathing is often more labored.)

Funny enough, the locals told us this would be an "easy" and fairly short hike...to continue reading this post, please visit my new website by clicking here.

I encourage you, Friend, to keep looking for those lessons in your life and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

Enamored by His love,

day 24 [look for the lessons]

Look for the Promise


As the 24th day of October draws to an end, I find myself more and more grateful for the 31 days of blogging challenge. The process of writing daily has changed me.

I am learning:
  • How to be present in my writing.
  • How to hit 'publish' without the stress and anxiety I once felt.
  • To appreciate (and employ) all of the advice my writing teachers and mentors have instilled within me. (Especially the mantra to "write now, edit later." Thanks, Ally!)
  • ...to continue reading this blog post, please visit my new website by clicking here.
I pray your weekend is full of health and relaxation!

Keep looking for the lessons God brings your way, and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE! 

Thankful for His love,