So I was on Pinterest (yet again) today and I saw a quote that made me think. It says “only grow thoughts in your brain that you wouldn’t mind putting in a vase”. I like the quote to begin with, because I love plants. But thinking about it brought me back to sitting in my 7th grade Bible class and being told to do things as if God were sitting next to me. If He was there, we wouldn’t be doing half the things we do or saying half the things we say. I like this because it’s true. God is always next to us, even though we can’t see Him.
Sometimes, you have to. Sometimes, you have to eat when you’re sick because you know it’ll make you feel worse if you don’t. Sometimes, you have to work even when you feel you’re too tired. Sometimes, you need to end a friendship because it’s more toxic than uplifting. Sometimes, you have to apologize even when you don’t want to.
Sometimes, you have to have faith that things will work out the way God planned, even when it seems impossible.
You have to.
I found a quote some time ago and just now it really made me start to think about why I kept it in my phone. The quote is between two people talking, and it states:
“What’s the most important thing you’ve done this year?”, and the second person replied with the words, “I survived”.
You did your best. If your best is going one day without eating that chocolate you know you shouldn’t be, spending an hour without biting your nails, or being able to say you haven’t cut yourself since Monday, then you should be proud. If your best is being drug-free for a whole year, exercising for an hour everyday, or following your eating limitations every single day, then you should be proud. Whether your best is or isn’t someone else’s best means nothing. Our standards should never be based on another person because no two people are the same. There’s no issue with the situation if you know you’re doing your best, but if you can, always strive to. Don’t overdo yourself, but show your issues who’s the boss and you’ll see just how strong you really are.
ps. I still reaaaaalllyyyy love you.
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.
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?
Today, I was talking to a dear friend who explained who their 3 friends were. There was one flaw in what they said: they didn’t include God. I got the chance to remind them of the friend we have in Jesus and that He is always there for us! 🙂 if you know someone is struggling, give them a little reminder that they have a friend in Jesus too.
Putting trust in someone is one of the hardest things to do, whether we like it or not. You have to make sure that this person won’t tell anyone (this is pertaining to a secret-type thing) about what you know. Although you may “trust” someone, you must always be skeptic. You may tell them something and start to believe that they won’t tell another, but then a year later here you are sitting there thinking why’d you ever tell them if they had a chance to tell someone else. The good thing is that even though you may not have one single person on this Earth that you can trust, the LORD will never fail you. Now, of coarse you don’t have tell Him because He already knows, but there is no way that God will ever tell someone something about you. Now, don’t take this for granted. I’m not saying He won’t convict you to tell someone else if it’s something they need to know, but God can’t spill a secret. Just remember to always put your trust in God, and He will never forsake you. 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
I encourage everyone to search the new trending video called Look Up. This video truly describes what our generation is becoming. We don’t need all this technology, because soon people are not going to go to school and learn to write because we are so technologically advanced that we won’t need it anymore. Well, that’s wrong because no matter what we are always going to need to write. I hope you enjoy the video!
The next time you see someone you think may be feeling sad or alone, just make them a nice note that says chin up. After that, maybe add a few Bible verses and an encouraging note from your heart! Share your expirience doing this in the comments section below.
The phrase “do not be afraid” is written 365 times in the Bible. That is God’s way of showing us that he is always there, no matter the circumstances! Short, but sweet!