Friday, March 25, 2016

::creating a great day::

Hey Friends!

I hope you are all doing amazingly fantastic on this GOOD Friday! 

I just wanted to take a quick minute to keep y'all posted on why the heck I haven't been writing!!!

Well... I actually have... just not on here...!

For those of you who may not know, I've been honored with the opportunity to contribute to a faith-based women's blog called, Creating a Great Day. For the last few months, I have been able to not only write my heart out over there, but grow spiritually while creating relationships full of encouragement and accountability. So, if you haven't checked that out, be sure to head on over there. There are so many different contributors full of wisdom and just life experience that I personally have learned so much from.

It is a bit different to navigate that site, so if you are curious about what I personally have contributed, I've put together a list below. Click on the link and it should take you right there!

Thank you so much for your continued support as I navigate this world of writing, vulnerability, and priorities!

Love you all.



MLK: Leaving a Mark

Enduring the Waves
Never Cease to {Pray}se Him
Crumbs of Life
The Great Unknown: The Land of Obedience

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

ENCOURAGE: #hebrewsthree13



"I don't feel like anyone will support me..."

"To me, it's so hard to pursue and go after your 'dreams' when you feel like you're the only one dreaming..."

"... If I am honest, a lack of confidence..."

"... But lack of support always holds me back"

"I'm scared that I will discover that no one is there to help or encourage me..."

These are just a few statements I received when I asked about twenty women (and my dad) what holds them back from pursuing their dreams... Doesn't that just break your heart? 

I'm not gonna lie... I expected to see that to some degree as I've dealt with those same thoughts or feelings at some point, but I didn't realize how prevalent it was in the lives of others. The hardest part to swallow is that often when we find ourselves not being poured into, we have nothing to pour out. 


So let's do it...  

Let's break the crappy trend and come against the lie that says "self" is more important than those around us... the one that leaves us feeling alone and discourages us from helping others in the pursuit of their dreams and callings.

Let us resolve to love God and love people.
Let us...


Let's make a difference.

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... and here's how...

Pick a person for the day... Spouse. Friend. Kiddo. Bank Teller. Pastor. Co-Worker. Anyone. 

Encourage them for a day in any way you can. Whether a shout-out through social media (#hebrewsthree13), a small gift, several encouraging texts, a phone call... or just showing support by buying what they sell or promoting the book they wrote... let them know how great they are and that they are worth the recognition and being loved on.


Pray. Words can build people up for the moment, but prayers to a loving God can change lives. Commit the entire day to praying for this person. Every time you sit down to eat with your kids or are driving home from work, take a moment and lift them up to the Lord. 



Repeat. Commit to doing this as many days and with as many people as you'd like… two or two hundred. I’d argue that the more often you do it, the more natural it’ll become and soon you’ll find yourself actually being blessed and encouraged just by putting others before yourself. 


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My purpose and prayer behind this #hebrewsthree13 challenge is simple:



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Have a blessed day friends 
by blessing those around you 
with encouraging words!

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P.S.

***Help spread the word by using 
#hebrewsthree13 
when making a post on social media***

Friday, December 18, 2015

blind faith.


In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

I am the Lord’s servant,” 

Mary answered. 

Let it be to me according to your word.” 

Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:26-38

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I’ve read this story countless times as I’m sure many of you have. But what was different for me this time was Mary’s reaction, which put a spotlight right on an area in my life that I’ve struggled with: having a willingness to walk in blind faith.  God and and I have had a few chats and for the most part I like to think I’m willing to do anything He has called me to do, but there are times that that willingness is overtaken by my own mind and all those controlling thoughts that get in the way. “Okay Lord, I’ll do it, but please make sure that this, this, and that all fall into place or it won’t work,” or “If you really want me to do that, please make it easy for me so that I don’t have to walk in faith and that I’ll know for sure that You are leading me.”

I don’t know, maybe you all have a different Bible version than I do, but mine clearly shows that Mary only had one question (which was a pretty valid question if you ask me) and when reminded who was in control, she simply said “let it be.” Good golly, if that had been me (clearly He knew better), I would have had a long list of questions alongside my many “Okay… but” statements.  Not Mary. She recognized that God was not only in control, but that He had a plan and that’s all she needed to know.

What an honorable characteristic to have; that true servant’s heart that is willing to endure hardship, ridicule, and possibly shame all to know that you have lived a life of unwavering faith and loyalty to a plan that is far bigger than you’ll ever understand. It is the epitome of blind faith: possibly never seeing the big picture or even the details, but having faith that that’s the direction you should go and holding your head up high the whole way. It’s relinquishing control, insecurities, pride, and fear and saying, “Let it be to me according to your word.”