My Own Advice

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to help some people out with different struggles they’re going through. I see the things I read from The Word and learn as I go, so I’ve come to a conclusion I’ve known for a long time but never wanted to admit. It’s easy to tell someone advice on how to look at different aspects of their lives, but when it comes to ourselves, it’s totally different. I specifically talked to a girl struggling with self image. I told her my opinion and as I was writing it, I had the thought in the back of my mind that I REALLY need to listen to my own advice. But why is that so hard? I find it impossible to listen to my own advice no matter how much it may pertain to me. It made me think of what I’m really telling others to apply in their life, because I should say it like I was talking to myself. I also learned that I really need to listen to my own advice. Like, a lot.

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By Your Side

We all have to know by now that Maggie is a Tenth Avenue North fangirl. Seeing them in concert a few months back was such an amazing experience and I can’t even describe how great they are. There’s no need for studio editing their voices (that’s the statement I’m going with because I cannot seem to word very well tonight), because they’re naturally extremely gifted. So anyways enough rambling and onto the actual meaning of this post…

“Why are you striving these days, why are you still trying to earn grace, why are you crying, let me lift up your face, just don’t turn away”. Okay, woah. I’m never sure where to even begin with how I’d explain that because it could mean a million new, different things every time you read it. We’re striving to be the best when, let’s be honest, why does that actually matter? If we are who we are and that’s what we stick with then how can there be a best? Best. Adjective. A word I’d call pointless if it weren’t in our bovine dictionaries. He wants us to give our lives for Him, yet we turn our faces away from the very thing we need.

“Why are you looking for love, why are you still searching, as if I’m not enough, to where will you go child, tell me where will you run, to where will you run”. We look in this world for things that we think can sustain ourselves and we try to thrive off of other people; whether it means we use their attention or we build our thrones out of the people we stepped on to get there. If God isn’t enough what is? We run to the easiest thing that seems to help us like drugs or hurting ourselves, but if you honestly think about it, what good has ever come from them? There’s no Earthly thing we can run to that will sustain us like God, and he’s the easiest thing to hold onto.

“Cause I’ll be by your side whenever you fall, in the dead of night whenever you call, and please don’t fight these hands that are holding you, my hands are holding you”. He will never leave us nor will He turn us away if we’re broken. He wants us because we’re broken so He can show us how He can break our shackles.

Sorry for the long post, I was feeling a little bit of a longer one tonight and I needed to reassure two people who means so much to me that I’m not giving up on God or them.

And for the little lady out there (and you know who you are) that I talked to about hurting yourself tonight, this post was created for you ma petite amour.

People Do Care

Time to share more memories from this past retreat I went on. 🙂

We had times where we were assigned small groups and that’s when we would share our thoughts on the previous lesson and share prayer requests. When it came around to share what I struggled with lately, and I felt the need to really share what’s on my heart. Being the emotional person I was, of course I was crying. As I shared about the times I felt lonely and like nobody cared about me, quite a few of them cried as well. I sat at a table and saw 9 girls hearts breaking for me and I don’t think I will ever be able to get that image out of my head. Moral of the story: People Do Care.

Retreat

This past weekend I went on a retreat. I was quite nervous, whether people could notice or not, about having a reaction from my medical issues. I was surprised to find myself feeling sick but not even caring half of the time. I’m big on comfort, so I’m used to stopping something if it means I feel better in any ways at all. Usually if I’m having horrible stomach pain, I stop singing during worship; But, like I said, this time I didn’t seem to care. I had an amazing time hanging with a great group of friends that I love to death. Lately in my life, I haven’t been able to say this very much, but God was definitely there. I have a long way to go but it’s worth, isn’t it?

Allergies

I’m not sure about you guys, but I definitely get seasonal allergies. So, when you get allergies or any kind of sickness for that matter- what do you do? You take medication. Drink lots of water. Get some rest. Can’t this apply to our walk with God in life? If we are going through a bump or rough time, those are the kind of things you should do. Get your daily dose of God. Take in lots of The Word of God. Spend some quiet time listening for Him. Whether you’re sick or going through a rough time in your personal walk with God, there is one key thing you need- Prayer.       🙂

I Love You

Since I haven’t posted in a long time this post may be a little long; so sit back, grab your coffee, and listen to what I have to say. First off, thank you guys SO much for all the support you’ve given me in the past year! I couldn’t have gone as far as I have without you guys. With this being said, I love you guys and this post is going to be about you.

Love is a strong word. Sometimes it’s overused, sometimes it’s underused, and sometimes its not used at all. But one of the worst scenarios possible is better to use to make someone feel good when it’s not meant truly. We don’t always think about it but love is a very strong word and can make a big difference in somebody’s life. So next time you tell someone you love them think about the meaning of love and if it’s really true to you. This post was about you guys to show that when I say I love you I really do and you all mean so much to me. Once again thank you for all the support you’ve given me throughout this previous year. You have helped me grow in my relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.I am looking forward to many more blog posts, many more followers, and many more like lessons and experiences with Jesus. 💖

Matthew 5:16

This is such an inspiring verse! I love the way it talks about how they don’t need to glorify us for our good works, but that they need to glorify Him through our words. I encourage anyone who hasn’t read this verse to read it and keep it on a little sticky note to remind us to be humble and to let Him and Him only shine through it. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

1 Corinthians 15:10

I’d like to start a new thing where people comment Bible verses on any random post I have and I will create a post about them. I will start us off with one of my personal favorite verses- 1 Corinthians 15:10. This verse states, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” I use this verse as a verse to live by because I feel like it can really give us a lot of self-confidence. No matter what you look like, God looks on the inside. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care about the well-being of your body because the Bible also states that your body is a temple that you need to keep safe and healthy. There is also a popular song called “Words” and it really speaks to me when it says “…words can build you up, words can tear you down; start a fire in our hearts or put it out…” because that is our human nature. We either build each other up or tear each other down; sometimes we even build each other up just so we can tear them down more destructively. Let’s make a choice today to be constructive, not destructive! You’re beautiful!

He’s Calling

If you want to hear the sea in a shell, you have to put it up to your ear. If you don’t put it there, you will never get to hear the sound of the waves rolling onto the shore. This can be related to God in a way. The only way to hear the LORD when He is speaking to you is if you listen. Otherwise, you may be missing out on a great oppurtunity to hear what He has to say to you. So next time you think Jesus might be calling you, pick up the shell of righteousness. Also, go follow a good friend of mine at her blog called: equehearts.wordpress.com!!! 🙂