Picking More Daisies

If I had my life to live over again,
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax.
I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances,
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones.
you see, I’m one of those people who was sensible and sane,
hour after hour,
day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments.
If I had to do it over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else- just moments,
one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute.
If I could do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had to live my life over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances,
I would ride more merry-go-rounds,
I would pick more daisies.

– Nadine Stair

Hi y’all! My name is Nadine Krill and I’m a 22 year old Christ-follower from Northern Virginia! I want to welcome you to the Picking More Daisies blog! This has been on my heart for a few years now, and what better time to sit my butt down and write than during a time where there is not much else to do?

This blog is going to contain a little bit of everything, but first and foremost, I want to make it about faith, my journey with Jesus, and hopefully help others who may be in similar positions. There are a million other blogs like this, but I am a firm believer that when God calls you to do something, He qualifies you and gives you the tools to live out His will. So here goes nothing…

I am calling this blog Picking More Daisies because the poem from which I was named ends with “I would pick more daisies.” I have always been adamant that we have one life to live, so we should take advantage of each day, as it is a gift. However, I haven’t always lived this way, and so in part, this blog is a little bit of accountability for myself. Ok so back to the name… When my mom was in college, she came across a poem by Nadine Stair, who was writing about how she would have lived her life if she had the opportunity for a redo after living 85 years. After reading this poem, my mom knew that she wanted to name her first daughter Nadine. Which is super cool because she was around the age that I am now. We both believe that it was definitely a “God thing” that she came across this poem and the name so many years before I was conceived. It’s for sure a Jeremiah 1:5 moment (if you don’t know it, I encourage you to open Google), and for that I am forever grateful. However, I have not always loved my name, especially growing up because it is so different from the majority of my friends. I often thought it was weird and would complain to my mom asking why I couldn’t have a “normal” name. But that’s the thing isn’t it? Even now we are learning that there is no such thing as “normal.” Well, I guess in society, but as Christians, we are called to be the Salt and the Light (Matthew 5: 13-16) and to not conform to this world (Romans 12:2). So it is kind of fitting that from the moment I was born, I was already slightly different than those around me. But I digress…

Like I said before, I want this blog to be a place where I am held accountable for my faith and to grow in it. I hope that I can take advantage of my platform and life as much as I can with God at my side. Obviously I am human and I have my faults, so I’ll be discussing those as well, and how Jesus has showed up and showed out for me in my darkest times. I do not want to reach the point of being 85 or however old I am when I near death and realize that I did not fulfill His purpose(s) for me. I know I will have regrets, how could I not? But, it is so important that I share the love of God in everything I do so that others may find their way back home to Him.

So, what qualifies me to write this blog? Nothing and no one but God, Himself. I am in the midst of reading a book by Mark Batterson called The Circle Maker, and it has truly been life changing. In a nutshell, it is about the power of prayer and praying in circles around your biggest dreams and fears with the confidence that God WILL show up and show out if you TRULY believe! I have been wrestling with the idea of starting a blog for around 3 years now, and there is a section that speaks on being qualified versus being called. The big take away from this section is that “God doesn’t call the qualified; God qualifies the called.” There was also a part that resonated with me, because I wasn’t sure if I was being called, or if it was just my boredom with being stuck at home in quarantine gnawing at me. But then Mark goes further in saying that you need to do anything you feel called to because it is an act of obedience to God.

I have been a Christian my entire life, but I have definitely been lukewarm, so this is my jump off the boat and into the raging sea. This is my act of obedience to Him. For the past two months, my prayer has been that I learn to fully trust God’s voice and that I would be a light that leads others to know His UNFAILING, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE! One of my favorite pastors, Mike Todd, recently finished a series called “Who’s the Minister Here?” and it’s INCREDIBLE! We, as Christians, are called to be ministers of the faith. And this, for now, is one of the ways in which God is calling me to minister.

Whoever you are, I hope you enjoy what this blog will have to offer, if anything. And if not, my prayer is that something or someone else will lead you into His arms. There’s honestly nothing else like the peace I have found in Jesus, and with everything going on right now, my hope is that others will find peace in Him, too. I hope that you soak up the little moments, and learn to Pick More Daisies now, because we are only promised today.

Until next time, keep picking those daisies!

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