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User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Nov 1, 2017 3:15 AM (UTC)
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I third wheel you guys all the time and I'm appalled that I wasn't apart of the couples costume.. @beavs10 @asmitty33 not gonna lie, yall looked cute though...😒
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Oct 22, 2017 6:44 PM (UTC)
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Something happened here in Ireland. And I'm not quiet sure what it was. These past few months I've been trying to articulate what I experienced here, yet nothing seems to suffice. All I know is that my heart yearns to be back there. And It's a daily battle to be present and content where the Lord has me right now, if I'm being honest. I've even tried to pray for these feelings of my heart to go away, to keep forcing myself to be present. Yet, I can't get rid of this ache. I can't forcibly control myself to be present.
I think we can find ourselves stuck in that kind of mentality. Always wanting to go back to things that made us feel so alive, or wishing days away so that we can finally get to that one thing that is keeping us afloat. Yet we can't seem to be content in the stillness of the mundane. At least that's what I'm feeling.
But what would it look like for you and for me, to be aware that God is in the past and the future... But not ignore the fact that He is right here w/ us today, in the present-- in our hearts desires, in the mundane. How much more exciting would our days be if we were earnestly seeking Him through out our days, rather then wishing them away?? To ask our Father to show up where He has us, and be open to it, instead of bitter and dreaming we were somewhere else.
That's something I've been struggling w/ this season. It sure isn't easy, but if we can't see the Lord working today, how will we be able to see Him working in the future?? -- invite Him in, exactly where you are at, and stay faithful peeps. 🍀
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Oct 5, 2017 1:34 AM (UTC)
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Wow! Paint War for the first YL Dulaney hangout of the semester, was sweeeet!!! SO incredibly thankful I get to lead along side these amazing women!! They keep me laughing.
Especially Liv, who ended up looking like a smurf😂...she's gonna hate that I posted this-- love you girly💙💙
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Oct 1, 2017 9:13 PM (UTC)
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October 1st called for a gathering of folks, food, and football!
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Sep 11, 2017 12:48 AM (UTC)
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These smiles say it all!! Thankful for this weekend! One for the books! -- Baltimore has got some of the most loving, faithful, God fearing people who are ready to keep running the race together! Let's goo0o0oo!!!!
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Aug 29, 2017 7:38 PM (UTC)
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Rainy days call for cookin' up some yummy banana pancakes, card games, and painting nails. These girls are making me laugh and laugh today! It's a good Tuesday folks.
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Aug 26, 2017 6:40 PM (UTC)
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Psst, peeps! Thanks for all da birthday wishes, gifts, hugs, treats, and laughs!!! Really made me feel super duper loved, and fosho full in my heart and tummy:))) praising the good Lord for a grand 21st and for another year of feeling freeee 💫🌈😝
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Aug 18, 2017 6:33 PM (UTC)
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HAPPY20thBIRTHDAY to one of my favorite people in the whole world! My Aimee loves adventuring, coffee drinking, and sleeping as much as I do!! I've known this Irish girl for almost a year now, and feel like I've known her for a life time! Her laugh is contagious, her free spirited soul is so welcoming, and her love for Jesus is captivating to anyone she meets. This sweet girl is a friend for life and I'm SO thankful the Lord let us cross paths. She has a heart for Jesus in a way that's so refreshing and so real. She encourages me to take risks and pursue any dream I have. This girl is going to freaking SOUTH AFRICA to serve the Lord!! She's a gem and everyone needs to know it! Love you bunches, hope you're feeling so incredibly loved today!! I know we will somehow see each other very soon, friend! 💕😆🎉🌿🌟🌈
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Aug 16, 2017 9:50 PM (UTC)
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While I'm always busy juggling 3 jobs; babysitting is by far my favorite. I'm constantly reminded of my adventurous/ crazy/ weird side when I'm w/ kids. Plus, I'm reminded to not take life so seriously and take a moment to enjoy simple days like today. Getting in the cold water, climbing around, and splashing each other was enough to make these boys laugh and make me a little stressed; but giggle. Idk peeps, today was a good day, and we had some yummy watermelon afterwards! 🍉🍉🍉
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jul 31, 2017 10:33 PM (UTC)
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real conversations w/ some real dimes
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jul 24, 2017 5:45 PM (UTC)
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Hey hey!! Just a quick post to share how much I love this sweet girl! She desires to know Jesus more deeply each day; even if that means facing some hard stuff. Thankful for her vulnerability, realness, and tender heart! Love you Ri💕 gonna miss you bunches next year!
This was taken the afternoon we came back from London, and spent the last two nights we had in Ireland. I remember the exact feeling when we saw our sweet Irish ladies holding a sign and balloons, jumping up and down with excitement. We ran into their arms, with huge smiles on our faces; not wanting to spend another minute apart. Aimee and Leah made Ireland feel like home to us. This sweet little Island holds such a special place in our hearts.
Afternoon treats were probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was when we could always sip on some tea or coffee, treat ourselves to some yummy sweetness, and just talk about life. Share laughs, tears, dreams, and struggles. You can't find too many people that you can share all of that w/. So I'm very thankful.
I miss those girls oh so much, and am certain these are friendships that will last a life time. I know Gods got a plan for us. Praying we can reunite sooner then later. 💕
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jul 17, 2017 5:15 PM (UTC)
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Thankful for a week filled w/ laughs, good food, and peaheads!
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jul 9, 2017 6:32 PM (UTC)
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Baltimore County girls are ready for the best week of our lives!! Let's go crazy!! @ylbaltimore @towsonhighyounglife @yldulaney @ylhereford @sharptopcove
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jul 2, 2017 1:30 PM (UTC)
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Happy Birthday to my best friend! She makes me laugh like no one else can, she loves without measure, and she pursues the Lord in the good and in the bad. My Rach is the bravest girl I know, and her friendship means the world to me. Go shoot her a text and/or phone call telling her how great of a person she is, because she simply is. I love you with all my heart Rach, I hope you feel special to day, sweet girl💕💕
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jun 27, 2017 5:45 PM (UTC)
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This past season I've felt the Lord tugging on my heart in a way I haven't felt in a long time. He's been slowly reminding me that I've forgotten about the little curious Barb He intended me to be.
Growing up my family would get SO annoyed w/ me asking an absurd amount of questions about anything and everything. You name it, I asked it... and kept asking until I found a reasonable enough answer. I was told I was too nosey for my own good. But I've realized now that I was just a curious kid.
I wanted to always know more, find more, and be in awe of this life with all its complexities. Yet, along the way, I've seemed to lose that wonder and curiosity. I've held on too tightly on the heartache of this world and have lost sight of Gods intended creation that still beautifully remains.
So this morning, with this sweet curious girl, I was yet again reminded of the curiosity my Abba so desperately wants me to delve into again. That in order for me to find more intimacy w/ Him, I need to be okay w/ asking questions. I need to be okay with just being; while still knowing that I am His beloved, His precious daughter. It's okay to doubt, it doesn't mean you're less of a Christian, if anything He is delighted we want to know Him more. So keep being curious, keep asking those hard questions through your walk w/ the Lord. Keep pursuing the why's and how's of life. He calls us to have child like faith, peeps. It's a hard, crazy, joyful, but adventures life when you're living a life w/ Him💕
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jun 25, 2017 9:05 PM (UTC)
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I don't like birds... oh well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ this is a pretty pic.
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jun 20, 2017 2:43 PM (UTC)
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Official first day of summer means loads of trips to the snowball stand!! These three may be crazy but I love em' for it! 🌈☀️🌊
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jun 18, 2017 6:22 PM (UTC)
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Father's Day is hard.
My heart feels a little heavier when this day rolls around. I try not to admit it, but I guess as I get older and grasp more of my emotions, its hard not to.
Not being able to give my earthly father a kiss and hug, let alone even knowing how he's doing, sucks. It's a confusing mix of emotions-- angry but thankful. Yes I can sit here and dwell in the heartache and my bitterness towards the Lord. Or I can rest in His truth, His peace, and His immeasurable love for me. The reality is, my earthly father isn't here w/ me, and even if he was, he wouldn't be able to fill this deep longing I have for my Heavenly Father; my Abba. My creator has and always will give me more then I could ever imagine, and that's something I can be thankful for. No human being can fill my soul like my God can. I'm thankful for a less than perfect life. Because even in the hardest of days, I am certain I have a Father who knows me, wants me, and adores me more then I can ever imagine, and that's pretty freakin' sweet!! So what's better? To be hopeful and rest in the assurance that my Abba has only goodness for me-- or to be stuck in the cycle of bitterness? If you're like me, and this day is hard... be aware of your emotions, but don't dwell in the ones that will bring you more pain then joy. Look for the good. 💕
User Image barb_martinezdiaz Posted: Jun 15, 2017 11:16 PM (UTC)
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Really missing the beautiful sights seen, the loads of hot tea consumed, the hard belly laughs, and sweet genuine conversations. Each one of these girls has such a special place in my heart. This trip will forever be cherished! ❤️🇮🇪