• It's Okay to not be Okay

    "Never think there is something wrong with you because you're having a hard time healing through what you're going through."

    It's okay to not be okay.Β 
    There are days, sometimes seasons, when you can't see past the suffering and you'll question your faith, and probably times when you look up to the sky ready to curse His name. Sometimes the weight of this world knocks you down and getting up isn't easy. God isn't going to hate you for hurting. He's not gonna strike you down with lightning for being overwhelmed with grief.Β 
    We serve the God of redemption and second chances, and while I strongly believe He is the ultimate Healer, I know even His healing takes time. Some cuts scab over quickly, some leave bruises, and some leave scars. While a lot of brokenness can be grown through, I believe full restoration won't come this side of heaven.Β 
    Broken hearts never glue back together, but God will find away to rearrange the shards into something even more beautiful. You can still be His masterpiece AND a work in progress.Β 
    Keep fighting the good fight, Christian. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ˜‰

  • I'm a mess

    In case you're wondering why my eyes are closed in 85% of my pictures, it's because I blinked.
    At first it was annoying but eventually I thought it was funny and decided to post them anyway πŸ˜‚.
    I've said it a billion times before, and I'll say it again- I'm a mess.
    Today alone was a testament to that. You guys, I had a panic attack over a piece of mail, bruised my lip, spilled soap all over my shirt, got realllll grumpy over the heat, burned my tongue on some too hot spaghetti, walked into my screen door, broke some chip thingy on my computer, and chased a puppy out of the street before I LOST it (it kept running and I cried) πŸ™ˆ.
    And surprisingly, today was a calm day. πŸ˜…
    I think that leads to one of my favorite things about Jesus.
    He was HERE. He had good days and bad days too! He had times when he got angry, He suffered through moments where He felt alone, He fought temptations and He knew all the emotions. But not only that!! He probably burned his feet on the hot desert floor once or twice, enjoyed watching sunsets, fell asleep while fishing, and didn't always like things He built. I bet he had favorite foods and loved the feeling of the warm sun on His face. He probably played fetch with dogs every now and then, told jokes to littles just to hear their giggles, and spilled flour on himself while baking bread with Mary.
    He experienced life WITH us. He sat in the brokenness with us and He welcomes us through it. He gave us a chance to bond with Him in ways we never would have been able too.
    Jesus knows your mess. He knows your daily struggles and your spiritual battles. He knows your past, your present and your future and He still wants to be with you. How cool is that??!! The King of Kings sees you beyond your mess. He chose you that day on Calvary Hill and He still chooses you. You are so fiercely loved, Christian β™₯️
  • Be Healthy

    You are what you eat from your head down to your feet. Remember learning that in grade school? It's true! If you eat a bunch of junk food, that tastes good going in but takes up residence as unwanted bumps, tucks and rolls in various locations on your body. But you are like "that's not true, I exercise every day and I look great! I can eat anything I want!" Goodness yes! You do look fabulous ON THE OUTSIDE. How is your body doing inside? Running on optimal thrusters? What damage is all that fake food doing to your cells, circulatory system, your liver, yada yada yada? "But I take vitamins! I use special oils! I use this amazing whatever & I am healthy!" You can bandaid your health as much as you want and justify it to yourself however it helps you to sleep at night. The truth still remains that the cleaner you eat the better your temple for God will run. He gave you what you need to keep your body healthy. Real food. It's the same with your soul. It needs to be fed. Don't keep giving it just a taste of goodness and filling it up with drivel. All the "junk" you take in reading, listening to and watching just fills time in your day not in your heart. If you have time to spend watching the Kardashians, you have time for The Word of God. We need to be invested in the study of it! Yes, we can attend church on Sunday and hear The Word taught to us and that is good for our soul!! It fills us up and it's wonderful!! That is a healthy spiritual meal! We can add reading a devotional, listen to worship music and maybe scroll through some IG ministry chick's posts to take in our daily dose of spiritual vitamins. We need to remember though, even with all these great soul snacks available to us we need to spend time with our substance,The Lord most of all. Spend time feeding your soul His Good Word. Read your Bible. Really think deeply about what is being shared with you. Then talk with God. Ask Him questions! Share your hurts! Praise His name! He is listening. He keeps your spirit healthy. He is the bread of life! He is the living water! He is your soul's healthy food!!
  • Its all about Perspective

    What consumes your thoughts during the day?
    Who or what is the object of your adoration?
    Quickly, answer the first thing that pops in your mind. Do you have to pause and think? Could it be the kids extra curricular activities? Maybe the house just seems to be perpetually in chaos? Laundry is multiplying like rabbits and is about to bury your Maytag under all its little offspring of single socks with no match. Is it your marriage maybe? Do you spend all day wondering where that heated spark snuck off to because by the end of the day you are just too crazy exhausted to even strike a match in the passion department? Is it work, because you have a boss who does not value all the time and effort you put in to make things run smoothly? Where would this company be without you??? So many thoughts that dominate our minds throughout the day. Are any of them uplifting or do we tend to steer ourselves more toward self pity?
    What about Jesus? Where is He in your life? Do you think about Him often and spend quality time with Him? Do you thank Him for the blessings He has bestowed on you?
    Those little or bigger mini's that run around the house, thank you Jesus for trusting us to raise them & thank you for helping to find an outlet for all their extra energy! The house that seems to always be so full of stuff and people Lord God, we praise You for!! What a blessing to have such abundance in this world!! Thank you for washing machines Jesus!! Gathering all the clothes brings me so much joy because we are blessed with more than one outfit per person in our family! The laundromat or laundry room does all the hard work of cleaning the fabric and I am grateful! The blessing of a spouse Lord, someone to tackle the challenges of life with. Thank you!! I am thankful and I know the lack of energy is just a season. This is a trial but You are here with me and will help me rekindle that fervor in the private time with my spouse. I am so thankful You are here to help strengthen our marital union and be a light for others as we get through this physically exhausting season of life. Praises lifted high for the opportunity of employment Jesus!! The gift of a job!! May my work habits reflect the joy I have found in You. Earthly thanks do not always come, but I know Lord that when I work to the best of my abilities I am shining for You!
    πŸ’›I love You Lord!
    Thank You for bringing me a cheerful perspective today, for I am lavishly blessed. I am thankful for every breath that fills my lungs for it gives me another chance to praise Your holy name. Praising You fills my life with extraordinary joy! May You be my focus in everything!! Jesus, You are my eternal devotion. Consume my thoughts Lord, consume my life.
  • He Can Use You

    Sometimes life is pretty crappy.

    I often feel like I'm on a rollercoaster of trials. It gets better and then it gets crazy, I find peace then Satan knocks on the door, and when I finally get my groove back it starts raining on my parade. It goes on and on. It seems almost unending.

    But hey, if flowers can grow through the crap, so can we!! πŸ˜‚

    God never promised us an easy life, He warns us several times about how difficult it can be. We're gonna have good days and we're gonna have bad days, but (praise the Lord!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ) we can have Jesus EVERYDAY.

    God is good. He will provide. Trust in his promises. Pray for wisdom and lean on his strength. Ask for discernment through this lesson and stay faithful in the midst of the chaos.

    He will sit with us through every storm and he can turn any mess into a message.

    We serve the God of redemption. We serve the God of mercy. We serve a God who loves beyond words.

    He can make beauty out of the ashes.
  • Let it Go

    Leave the past in the past.

    It's so on my heart lately to remember this.

    I'm a sinner through and through. I have daily battles with my flesh and I t r y with all my might to fight the good fight. Yet, sometimes, I still fail.

    My past easily creeps up on me and I can get so very lost in it. I love reflecting on happy moments and fond memories, but they can sometimes branch into temptation. Finding the joy in the past isn't the problem, it becomes a mistake when I find myself wishing I was back in it.

    Don't allow memories or emotions to influence you. These things will only distract you from the present. They will keep you in the cycle of sin and only lead to heartache.

    We recall these moments in time for the same reasons we study history: to learn from them, not to relive them.

    The past is behind us for a reason. Staying in the past, or reverting to how things used to be, demolishes all the growth we've worked so hard for. I'm not the same person I was seven years ago and I'm not the same person I was two weeks ago. We're constantly learning and we're constantly climbing the ladder; keep going forward, not backward.

    The past, good and bad, shaped who we are now, but it does not define us.

    If you also struggle with living in the past, I encourage you to pray. Grab the issue, take it to the Lord, deal with it and move on. It's not always simple, but we need to trust in HIS process. He has GOOD things in store for you. He closed those doors because he knew what was behind them and had a better path for you.

    Rewind buttons should only be for movies

  • feeling insecure

    We all have days, sometimes whole seasons of feelings of insecurity, worthlessness and self doubt. The enemy is really good at filling our head with those negative thoughts. I can attest to that personally. I swear he is yelling when he bombards me with them. So not nice! You know what? After a moment, I listen for the whisper of The Holy Spirit, the voice of truth, the reason behind the chaos, reminding me that I am more than what the enemy is trying to convince me to believe! I am the daughter of the King! πŸ‘‘ I have been adopted by God! He chose me to love and bless! He has a purpose for me! He finds me of great value! πŸ’› I am chosen & wanted by the maker of the stars!! He has a place for me at His table in eternity! Who could ask for anything more? πŸ’› He has that great affinity for you as well friend!! You are so precious to Him! The moment you chose to accept Jesus as your Savior, your place was set at His table too!! Let's rejoice in that great Love our God has for us today! Close our ears to the unseen negative and open our eyes and hearts to the beauty that surrounds us!! God is so good!! To Him all glory & praise forever and ever!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’›πŸ˜Š .
  • How is your relationship with Jesus?

    How is your relationship with Jesus? Do you hang out on the weekends? Maybe give Him a call when your having a bad day? Is He just part of your daily chit chat so others know you are saved? Or do you actually crave a deep connection more than anything? That is what I want!! πŸ’›Deep connections take work. They demand commitment, honesty, vulnerability & listening. A relationship with Jesus is more than any relationship you will ever have here on earth. You must be completely lost in Him. Can't be found any other way, than IN Him. Meaning, don’t care about being defined in any way the world or others say you should be. Our only care, is about who He says we are. We must let Christ increase in us! Make your life all about Jesus!! Every little detail ask yourself, if you’re choosing yourself or Him? If it’s not Jesus, then you answered your own question pure and simple, it’s about you. Ouch. Conviction right there. 😬I have to lay down my wants everyday. Often I fail, but Jesus gives me grace! Thank you Lord for your extravagant love, Your will & desires for all of those who love You!! πŸ’› So how do you feel about your relationship with Jesus? No matter where you are on your walk with Him...Love HIM! He will do the rest. His best is beyond anything we could ever imagination.
    You will be blessed!!πŸ’›
  • God is NEAT!

    I just love this.

    Bible makes me so giddy.

    What an absolute blessing for the opportunity to get to know our creator! We get to learn how he operates, how he loves, we get to study his patience and his kindness, how he prepares us for the Kingdom and earthly battles, we are shown the other side-of his anger and his sadness, we learn of his just and of his willingness, we get to experience his grace and forgiveness, and that he wants US bask in the glory of it all!

    He's the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven's armies, the Maker of the stars, the most powerful being in the universe AND he still humbled himself to be with us. I just can't wrap my head around it.

    God is too neat.
  • Talking to the Woman at the Well

    Jesus talking to the woman at the well always gets me all giddy and excited.

    Jesus is just chilling by the water, resting up, waiting for his disciples to come back, when this lady comes by hoping to draw some water from the well.

    You have Jesus who is all polite, he's like: "Hey. How ya doing? Could you give me a drink too?" And the first thing the girl says is basically along the lines of: "Oh my goodness, why are you even talking to me?" The way she says it in my head always makes me giggle, but in reality she had a fair question. Respectable Jews in that time wouldn't have spoken to her. She was a Samaritan (which was a frowned upon race), she was known to be living in sin, and here we had Jesus just openly talking with her in public.

    Jesus gets kind of sassy with her in the next half of the parable (which I LOVE πŸ˜‚) but my favorite part about this whole story is in those first few verses.

    "She said to Jesus, 'You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?'"

    So why did He?


    He isn't supposed to talk to her, but He does. How awesomely beautiful is it to serve a God who operates 100% fully in grace?!! Jesus knows exactly who this woman is and what she's done and He. Doesn't. Care.
    Jesus is about to give her the Word and He's about to fill her cup in a way she never expected.

    He's reaching out because His love knows no bounds. The Gospel is meant for EVERYONE. It doesn't matter who you are, what you've done, what you look like... Jesus wants you. What He accomplished on that cross wasn't just for the do-gooders, or the seemingly-perfect, but for e v e r y o n e.

    He says with open arms, "Come as you are." And if you're ready to accept Him, He has some water to share with you πŸ˜œπŸ’›.

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