Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:14)
For many of us, some of the hardest seasons of life are those in which we have to wait. Now of course I know in one way or another we must “wait” every day. Whether it be in traffic on the way to work, for an order to arrive in the mail, or in line to be checked out at the store. But that’s not the waiting I’m referring to. I’m talking about those seasons of life when you’re waiting for the deep-seated desires of your heart to come to pass. However, for some reason… it… just… hasn’t… happened…yet.
A godly mate.
Your business to kick off.
A relationship to be reconciled.
A new career opportunity.
If you’re anything like me, sometimes waiting can be very difficult. Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” And if I’m honest, even though I know God has a greater plan for my life and His ways are always better than anything I could ever imagine, waiting for the things your heart longs for can at times can make you feel like God has forgotten about you and that your dreams may never happen. Yet in faith- I still must wait.
I thought about something recently that my mentor shared with me a while ago. She mentioned that when we’re in a season of waiting- we shouldn’t just be sitting around doing nothing- rather we should be actively waiting. But what does that practically look like? What things can I do when God is calling me to wait on His direction, His timing and His voice? As I thought about it a little deeper, an acronym came to mind that gave her comment new meaning to me. And I‘m hoping it does the same for you. Continue reading
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
I remember a few years ago, as I started growing in my relationship with Christ, I had this deep conviction that I needed to evaluate some of the things that I was still exposing myself to- more specifically the things that weren’t edifying my soul.
As this lifestyle shift occurred and I begin implementing the changes, I remember feeling a little weird because I wasn’t familiar with the popular reality TV show, know the latest songs, or have the desire to go places that I used to crave for the opportunity to be in. I was concerned about what others might think regarding these changes I was making and didn’t want to be perceived as the “holier than thou” girl. Nevertheless, I was willing to continue taking the necessary steps the Spirit was impressing on my heart and I noticed the difference I was seeing my life –in my speech, my thoughts, and my actions.
It was at this point I started to understand the value of what it meant to guard my heart.
Hey guys! I’m working on some new blog content, but I didn’t want to let the week get away with out sending you a little note of encouragement. ❤
I’ll be the first to admit that life can throw us some pretty hard blows- leaving us feeling confused, upset, and downright defeated. But the issue with our feelings is that they often overshadow the reality of the truth of God’s word.
The next time you’re feeling defeated, remember it’s just that- a feeling. An emotional state or reaction to what you are going through. I think one of the enemy’s schemes when we’re feeling defeated is to try to cause us to keep our eyes fixated on the mess instead of the Message.
Be encouraged love.
Just because you FEEL defeated, it doesn’t mean you are!
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
NO, in all these things WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him who loved us! (Romans 8:35,37)
Until next time!
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. (James 4:13-14)
Hi loves! I know you’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been hiding. My grandmother unexpectedly passed away, so the past couple of weeks have been a doozy for me. She was very special to me-so the news of her death hit me hard. Yet, moment by moment I am experiencing God’s peace and getting back into the swing of things.
While we know that tomorrow is not promised to any of us and death is inevitable for us all, it’s one of those things that most of us don’t think about often. However, when it hits close to home, it has a way of realigning our perspective on life.
Life – a gift from above
Yet a vapor that quickly vanishes.
In honor of my grandma’s life I’ve decided to dedicate this post to her.
As I have been reflecting over the past few days, I am reminded of just how precious our time is here on earth. Every moment we wake up is a gift, another opportunity to leave an impression on the hearts of those we come in contact with, not just to make us feel good, but for the glory of God. Fortunately for me I had the opportunity to witness my grandmother in action. She lived a life that exhibited many characteristics (a few of which I’ll share) that inspired me and I hope do the same for you.
- Share joy with someone each day. My grandma was one of the funniest people in my life. Her vibrant spirit was infectious. Even when she wasn’t trying she had a way of just making me smile or laughing until I cried. Proverbs 15:30 (GNT) tells us that “Smiling faces make you happy.” Just as she had a way of making my heart happy, I want to look for ways each day to do the same for others. Besides, smiles are free!
- Give from a heart that expects nothing in return. Although my grandmother didn’t have a lot monetarily, she never let that stop her from giving to others. And she not only gave, but expected nothing in return. Whether it was a Christmas card, $20 bill for lunch on your birthday, or a ride to the grocery store, she found joy in giving sacrificially to her family. A true servant at heart, she served tirelessly to make sure everyone had what they needed. Not because she wanted applause, but I believe she knew that it truly is “more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
- Love unconditionally. Even if she didn’t know you, once grandma met you she loved you. It was pretty cute and the love was so genuine and pure. It’s something magical about grandmas! Though she is gone, the love she had will always be in my heart. I have to admit it’s easy for me to love others that I like and get along with, but as I mature and grow I recognize I’m called to extend love that goes beyond my comfort zone. Rather as Christians we are called to show a love that reflects the One who first loved us (1 John 4:19). A love that models Jesus’ words “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”(John 13:35)
So as you prepare for this upcoming week, think about this: If this was your last day on earth what would your life say to others? Are you spreading joy and loving unconditionally? Are you giving of your resources and time, expecting nothing in return? What would people have to say about you and the impact you made in their life? We’re all imperfect in many ways, but I pray that each day I have, the Father helps me to focus on the things that truly matter.
Grateful For Another Day and Humbled By His Love,
Me and Grandma 🙂
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9
Hey loves! So the other week wasn’t so good for me. It was quite strange considering I had just come off of celebrating a wonderful birthday weekend with the people I love. Nonetheless, over the next few days the grey cloud definitely started to rear its head.
I felt unmotivated, distracted, and just downright weary!
Has anyone else ever been there?
Reflecting back I realize that part of my weariness was due to this holding pattern that I’ve been in. There are a few areas of my life that I’ve been praying about, but haven’t really seen much movement in. (At least from my viewpoint.) I know that the Lord is faithful to His word and I trust it, but let’s be honest, we’re human and this walk isn’t always easy. We’re bound to grow weary at some point, but of course we don’t want to stay there. So the question is, what do we do when it does creep in? For each of us the Continue reading