“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus– the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” -Acts 20:24 It … Continue reading
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I finally believe in me…
All my life I’ve felt that I’ve been brainwashed to not believe in me. Only to be fooled into looking at the next person to make me feel good or to make me feel like I’m worth something. That stopped today.
Today a monument was built to represent the past me the me the didn’t believe in me. A monument built on the foundation of hurt, doubt, and shame. This monument was built as a reminder of where my path really began.
A friend once asked me “Do you remember that moment where you found yourself?” I would say to her, “They’re too many moments to remember, because I’m still finding myself.” This happens to be one of those moments.
You see on today 11/27/14 (even though I’m writing this at 1:30 in the morning on the 28th) I released a Christmas project on iTunes and…
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Looking back over the years, I realize how thankful I am to you for my journey. I have come to the realization that birds are born with their wings but not with the understanding of how much power lies within those wings. And just like that bird, I had no idea myself. I thank you for stirring up my nest and no longer allowing me to remain comfortable in old places.
I’m thankful for the journey you have led me on and the rest that we have to go. I am thankful for my portion and the lessons of contentment it taught me. I am thankful for your grace that has rested on my shoulders even in the times I had no idea that it existed. I thank you for pushing me and teaching me that I had more inside of me. I’m thankful that you waited patiently for me to discover it for myself. I’m thankful that you’ve remained faithful to me even when I wasn’t faithful to myself. Your love is showing itself evident in every part of my life. Thank you for not counting me out when I felt like my best wasn’t good enough. Thank you for showing me that even in the midst of my solitude and invisibleness, you were still there and never planned to leave.
Continue to order my steps and allow me to trust that you know what’s best. Thank you for allowing me to walk in your will for my life. Help me to walk in your will for my life. I’ve come too far to begin asking, “what if?” Help me to trust you. Convict any part of me that won’t let me trust you. I’m thankful for “this” that you’ve given me to carry out. Anytime I feel like it’s too much, allow me to see that with you, I’m more than capable. Thank you for knowing my limits, but at the same time stretching my faith. Thank you for showing me that I am enough. That I was worth you leaving your throne for. Thank you for opening my heart to the deepest, darkest parts of me that had yet to be healed. Even when I tried to pretend like it was all fixed, you introduced me to me by healing me. Thank you for helping me be okay with the process. And understanding that the process is what’s going to help me be what you created me to be. Thank you for staying with me through the process. Lord, just thank you for the process. Thank You for closing the door and forcing me to deal with the hard stuff. Thank you for rescuing me and thank you for pushing me to stop playing the victim.
God, thank you for showing me that my broken pieces still had a place in your heart. That no matter how many times I shattered, you still loved me enough to stitch me back together.
I am humbled by your grace and undeserving of your love.
A grateful heart.
People ask me what I’m doing for my 22nd birthday… GOING TO SEE DISNEY’S REMAKE OF CINDERELLA!!! I can’t wait! The movie seems to be perfectly casted with oh so handsome Richard Madden playing Prince Charming. Yes, I’m 21 years old and ecstatic about this movie– your point? March can’t get here soon enough!
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One thing I’ve had to realize is that what you watch and listen to has a very big affect on your spiritual life! This was a very hard concept for me to swallow especially since I am a fan of reality TV shows and social media. But I had to ask myself an important question, is this song or show benefiting my spiritual life? The answer was absolutely not! Watching shows like Love and Hip Hop where adultery,vulgar language,premarital sex and violence are glorified is not exactly what I call spiritually enlightening. Believe it or not, just by watching these types of shows it can cause you to go backwards in your spiritual life. You have to be very careful with what you are feeding yourself especially spiritually. The devil is just looking for a way to change your mindset and to get you off track. By watching these type of…
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“Your worth is not measured in likes, comments, retweets or follower counts. But rather in the number of lives you’ve touched in the amount of breaths you’ve taken.”
Towards the end of February, I went through a soul-seeking stage where I examined myself and evaluated every relationship, habit, motive and hobby. My schedule was completely packed with meetings, events, classes and other things. My prayer to God is to always allow me to have a heart of flesh where I can feel His conviction. During this season, I was specifically asking Him to show me any shortcomings and areas of improvement. And boy, did He show me.
I remember one particular morning, I woke up (at 7:45 like every other morning) and did something I said I would never do. When my alarm went off, I sat up and scrolled down my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages, and responded to some emails. Realizing that I had been engulfed in the lives of others longer than I was supposed to, I said a quick “Good Morning, God,” and scurried out of bed. Running around my apartment trying to get ready for class, I managed to squeeze in my morning devotional while standing in front of the microwave for my Jimmy Dean biscuit to heat up. Did I take the time to pray over my day and the people I would come in contact with? No. Did I meditate on my devotional? No. I merely ran my eyes across it just so I could scratch it off my morning to-do list. And just like He always does, God made that day an extremely hard one just to get my attention. Towards the end of that day, I sat on the floor completely drained. I asked God why I felt so burnt out yet had gotten nothing accomplished. I asked, “Daddy, why do I feel like I’m missing something?” Thinking nothing of it, I looked at one of my many to-do lists and God revealed to me my problem. Nowhere on my schedule was spending time with Him and resting at His feet.
Once again, I had my priorities all messed up. How did I allow spending time with God to be at the bottom of my list, and on certain days, not even make it on the list? There was the answer to my question. The reason I felt so burnt out was because I wasn’t spending enough time in the Word. After that realization, I cut off my phone, shut down my computer (two things I very rarely do) and went on my face to thank God for revealing to me my shortcomings. As that week continued on, God continued to show me a few things about myself.
First, He addressed the social media obsession I had. While observing my atmosphere at lunch with some friends, I noticed that too many of our conversations started with, “So I saw this post on Instagram.” Very rarely did we say anything about what we learned from our quiet studies that morning. God made this revelation personal to me because He addressed my own habits. Sad thing was, although I was always on Twitter and Instagram, I very rarely posted anything. The entire time I was scrolling, I was very quietly comparing what I saw to every part of my life. To be completely transparent, when I saw people traveling all over the world, or out with their significant others and friends, I would think to myself “I wish my life was like that.” Each time that would come out of my mouth, God would ask me “Are you not content with the portion I have freely given you?” … that was deep. After seeing what social media was doing to me and how it made me covet my neighbor and become ungrateful for seasons God allowed me, I knew I had no other choice. I had to delete everything that took my focus from where it should be.
You see, there comes a time in your Christian walk where God requires certain things from you. Some seasons He may require you to boldly profess His love to lost souls, some seasons He may quiet your spirit and tell you to listen more than you speak– and then there are those seasons where He requests for you to let go of things just to see where your heart is. He wants you to see if you really do honor and trust Him as much as you claim you do. We can say over and over until we are blue in the face “God, I’m all in. I’m living my life for You. Nothing else means more to me than You!” But when He starts to expose your heart, it may be a totally different story. It takes you giving up a few things you really enjoy to see whether or not your heart lines up with your words. Even in the Bible, Jesus tells his disciples to leave their homes and their families and follow Him. He may not require you to leave your family but He will tell you to let go of things– all you really need is HIM!!!
If God sacrificed His ONLY Son for you, what are you willing to sacrifice for Him in return?
After God took me through breaking the habit of obsessive social media checking, He began to totally remove the desire from me. Ironically, social media has become a major part of the industry I want to pursue. When I’m using social media for a job, my goal is to persuade the public to like the business I am representing. I’m displaying all the positive aspects of the company and hiding any mistakes they have made. Never will I exploit or show the shortcomings or defeats because that would leave a false impression on the public. This is the same thing people do with their personal “branding” on social media. You very rarely see someone glorifying their sorrow, depression and loneliness and being completely transparent and vulnerable on social media. If they do, it’s usually with a black and white filter and a “better days are coming” kind of quote to the picture.
So let’s take it a step further. Social media has done a great job with glorifying perfection or at least your followers false perception of your perfection. To be completely honest, I gave up on trying to be perfect a long time ago. It takes too much effort that I’m no longer willing to put forth. And then the amount of time it takes to perfect that perfection with senseless quotes and concealing filters is all to please.. man? Truth is, if we spent half the amount of time we use trying to please people trying to please God, the world would be a whole lot different. If God followed you on Twitter or Instagram, how many of the things you post would he actually “like” and take pleasure in? And I don’t mean unconsciously double-tapping as many of us do. I mean how many would He genuinely receive joy from? Because God sees past the daily morning scriptures we share on Instagram (as if everyone doesn’t have that Bible app on their phones- smh). It’s almost as if it has become something cool to do. He sees the heart and the motive behind it. If you do it just to receive likes, it means nothing to him.
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” - Matthew 6: 1-6
On that great day when you stand before God and He asks you why you deserve entrance into His Heavenly Kingdom, you can’t show him your Instagram and Twitter highlights and say, “God, I posted scriptures on Instagram every week! Look how many likes I got on them. I quoted your Word like you asked. How can I not gain entrance?”
“Many will say to me on that day. Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and drive out demons and perform many miracles?” -Matthew 7:22
For He will surely deny you and say He does not know you. You spoke my Word solely to impress men but you did not live or apply one part of it to your own life. The words in that book are for life application!
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
-Matthew 7: 24-27
Your relationship with me died way before it was cool to senselessly blast my Word online. Away from me. I never knew you.
“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ -Matthew 7:23
In actuality, how much of that kingdom living and word giving are you doing beyond the 140 characters? Discern your motives before posting God’s Word. #motivescheck
If you know your motives behind posting God’s Word are pure, by all means, GO FOR IT!! God instructs us to spread His Word in this wretched world we are in. But don’t use it as a way to increase your popularity and Instagram likes. God’s Word is the secret place He created for us with the Holy Spirit. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on those sacred, intimate moments with God where he whispers things to just your heart. Those moments are beautiful. Don’t take advantage of them by feeling the need to exploit them online.
Social media, and all that comes along with it, has truly done something crazy in this already crazy world. It has the power to self-destruct, self-empower and enhance brand image all in one. Everyone does not struggle with placing too much importance on image and perfection. Some can control how often they use it. But for those who can’t, be careful how you allow the enemy persuade to use it. Don’t allow it to take up too much of your time where you are no longer giving attention to the things that are most important– like God! He is jealous for us and He wants to spend time repairing, renewing, and refreshing us. Give Him the time He deserves. Ask God today what it is He requires of you to give up.
I pray that while reading this you have heard God tell you something about your own walk.
I pray that His grace continues to you keep you while His love continues to convict you. Jesus loves you like crazy!!
btw, Heather Lindsey came out with a new book- Dusty Crowns. It is amazing!!
Also, listen to her sermon “The Runaway Bride”
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Have you ever bought something that you just must have and been completely disappointed in how little you actually wear that bright green lipstick? Well gone are the days of letting unwanted items gather dust, it seems the saying one persons trash is another’s treasure really is true.
Whilst looking online a few months ago I came across Depop, an app where users can sell any unwanted items to other people on the Depop community. Think Instagram mixed with eBay and add a personal touch. With whole communities and groups of women selling and buying its incredibly easy to either make a few bucks or to pick up something you’ve been dying to try for cheap.
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Whether you want to dress up a casual, Friday night outfit or dress the part in an important meeting, throwing on a stunning watch is the best way to take your outfit to the next level! If you’re like me, you can’t tell time on an analog clock, this is the perfect way to pretend like you know exactly what time it is during anytime of the day. Watches, just like everything else in life, come in all shapes and sizes and are great to use as a conversation piece. They can be as simple or extravagant as you like; some are shiny, sparkly, and even simple!
Some of my favorite watch designers are Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Betsey Johnson and there are examples of their work at the top of this post- aren’t they cute?! Of course, I don’t own a watch from any of these places but I’ve found some pretty similar ones a lot cheaper! Surprisingly, Target has a lot of really cute watches and they usually range between $12.99-$24.99. Belk, Dillards and Sears has cute ones too.
Here are some links for you to go and find some watches for yourself. Watch out!
“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
It’s Wednesday and this week we’re talking about all white ensembles! Whether or not you think it’s okay to wear it after Labor Day, you can’t ignore the simplicity and elegance of an all white outfit. As displayed in the pictures above, the absence of color is just as fabulous as they come. It’s also easy to accessorize or go overboard with some other part of the outfit. All white outfits are also great to do a pop of color for a shoe, bag or even your jewelry! White also looks good in both a casual and formal setting. Going out to a formal ball or party? Look for an all white gown and color block your bag and shoes. Going out to the mall with the girls? Try white denim or shorts with a sheer white top and find a big colored statement necklace to offset your clothes. You can even do the all white trend during the colder months. Take those white denim you wear in the summer and pair it with an oversized-sweater and then add a printed scarf. There’s plenty of options for you to rock this look during any season or occasion. Go look in your closet and see what you have to try this trend!
OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot begin to explain to you the amount of excitement that shot through my body as I saw this simple, yet perfect Disney teaser of their next movie-remake of Cinderella. This past weekend, I went to see Disney’s Maleficient and while it was an amazing reproduction of the original cartoon story we all remember, I believe this will be even better! Watch the video and tell me what you think.. are you as excited as I am? …probs not.