From a young age I knew I was different, set apart, and made for a greater purpose. Even in the darkest of times, when I was running as fast as I could away from God, this certainty of purpose remained constant. The redemption of the Lord is beautiful and it’s so apparent in my life.
I know God turned the ashes of my life into beauty to help others heal and return to the One who loved them first.
While not all of us are serving in the military or physically protecting those around us, we have all been given a realm of influence - there are places where we have authority. No matter where you are in life, what your profession is, or your background, as a daughter of the King, you carry incredible weight in this world.
God continues to seek me with grace, compassion, gentleness, and love. I may still struggle with insecurity, anxiety, and selfishness, but he is daily molding me into the image I was designed to embody. What a wildly beautiful savior, and storywriter He is!
By the time I graduated college, I was a people pleaser who was living on a grand, gold pedestal that others had placed me on. I didn't know how to live life off of the pedestal until one day I came tumbling down.
I was caught in a deep hole that consumed me the more I tried to find value in materialistic things, but none of them satisfied. I was so worn down by the tragedies in my life. I became hopeless.
I was bitter, rude, and full of loss. I had lost sight of that happy little girl I once was. I’m sure I could’ve kept going down this road of insecurity and depression but God fiercely intervened: He had a different story for me.
Anxiety can fall away when I am creating because creating is a God-given pleasure that mirrors only a small percentage of the unimaginable joy that awaits us in heaven. Little bothers that typically percolate through the folds of my mind evaporate when I experience a divine connection between my heart and God’s heart that only comes through creating. I am in tune with God when I create. I'm like God when I create. He understands what it’s like to make something and want it to be for good.
Rejoicing doesn’t mean ignoring or being fake, and I think that’s a reason why we are afraid to rejoice sometimes. It’s like we aren’t validating ourselves. I am a firm believer in acknowledging what’s going on and being real, but not letting it control you. There’s a balance, and that’s where choosing joy comes into play.
My journey was hard, but I find so much happiness in the fact that God set me apart and trusted me to be able to endure this life. I love people. I love Jesus. And I hope everyone I encounter feels that. As I continue to walk in this freedom, I’ve found rest in obedience to God. I don't have it all together and I won't pretend to; I don’t have to. Because grace doesn’t mean that you’ll always get it right, it means that you’ll never be so wrong that you can’t be used.
We live in a world that’s in a constant state of distress, there is opportunity to worry around every corner, and the future seems more cloudy than ever before! No wonder the anxiety epidemic is on the rise! Are we powerless in our lives and our battle with anxiety and fear? Thankfully, no.
Pain was a pit I often found myself in during this time, but love was the constant that pulled me out. I had set my course and devoted years to discovering what true love looks like.
I believe many of us can find a speck of light in our lives if we look hard enough. This doesn’t make the depression, the anxiety, the fear, or the darkness go away automatically but eventually it causes you to see your battle with an entirely different perspective.
Don't let that negative thinking tell you that you shouldn’t or that you’re incapable. Training your brain to have healthy thinking doesn’t just apply to dreams for your life; it applies to everything. When you believe the BEST about YOU then you will start to view others this way and it will teach you to have more grace and patience for others.
It’s freeing to know that we aren’t the sum total of our bodies, our cliques, our relationship statuses, or our accomplishments. Our identities aren’t based on any item we can acquire or person we can build a relationship with, our identities are rooted and grounded in Christ alone. And when the storms of life come we can whether them well because we know who we are and whose we are.
Do you have a community like this? Do you have a tribe that sticks with you through thick and thin? Do you have a group of people who are always in your corner?
I encourage you to reach out to your tribe, your people, your community today and thank them for just being them.
The Heart of Man is a movie that reminds us of the love of God through the use of story. We see the heart of the Father portrayed on the big screen with breathtaking images. While that beautiful narrative is playing, we also hear from people about their own redemption story. We hear their fall, their dance with sin, and ultimately, God’s redemption.
We often talk about pursuing our purpose, our mission in life, and that thing God has entrusted us to do. But how do we identify our purpose? Or, if you know your dream or your purpose, do you actually walk that out?
God created you and you are beautiful. And I’m not just saying that to make you feel good, I’m saying it because it’s true. You are an exquisite representation of God to the world! He’s placed his love and his joy within you, giving you the opportunity to share with others.
While stewardship applies to anything and everything we’ve been entrusted with, today I want to focus on financial stewardship. Money is an important part of our lives, much of our time hinges around it, and having it is a huge responsibility! How do we steward our money well? And how can we honor God with our money?
Modesty can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but what does the Bible say about it? Today we dive into this somewhat controversial topic to determine if modesty is just about appearance or something deeper.