Time To Stop Worrying What Others Think

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I would love to be able to say that I’m one of those people that just let things role off my shoulders. That I don’t listen to people’s opinions when they are just trying to hurt me or judge me. But I would be lying.

I hate those jokes tinted with just enough true emotion that they aren’t really jokes anymore. Those sly comments that don’t come right out and say how you really feel, but reveal just enough to let everyone know what you meant. The moments when people think that they have a better idea of what you should be doing with your life or where you should be in life now. When I originally started this post, I ended up with about a 2 page worthy rant of everything that has been frustrating me lately about things I have been asked or comments that have been made. The more I wrote, the angrier I got all over again, and the more I found I kept bringing back up. Although these things are extremely frustrating, it isn’t about them.It is about how I allow it to affect me. Continue reading

A life of Eucharisteo

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My wrist tattoo

The word I chose to have tattooed on my wrist could not be described any better than when Ann Voskamp defines it. She says eucharisteo—it comes right out of the Gospel of Luke: “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them … ” (Luke 22:19 NIV). In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.” The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.” Charis. Grace. Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving. Chara. Joy.” Continue reading

Even Unto Death by Audrey Assad

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If your faith was put to the ultimate test, how would you react? Where would your faith stand if your life was on the line? Would you be able to praise God and fully trust in him? Would you be begging for your life? Where would your thoughts be?

I heard this song on the Relevant podcast and was just simply taken away. On the podcast, Audrey Assad said this song came from having watched an Islamic state video of an execution on youtube. This song was her attempt at adopting the prayers of the victims in the middle east and all over the world where people are being brutalized for their faith and who they are. Continue reading

The Girl That Showed Me Jesus

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Oh Deanna (Reese’s),

We both know that there are too many things for me to say about you to fit in one post. But I will try to capture how thankful I am for you in it anyways.

You are truly my best friend. From the moment we met we instantly hit it off! In college you taught me so much about myself and the world. We had so much fun together in community college! Staying up way too late, drinking too many energy drinks, and all night “studying” for tests (mostly just goofing off). Then came moving away from our homes and on to college. You made the change seem less scary for me. You helped me to focus on the excitement of everything, rather than the scary and sad side of leaving home.You helped me move on from a comfortable relationship of my past and learn to be okay by myself. You helped pull me out of my comfort zone and explore college more than I would have ever done on my own. But the biggest thing of all is you never gave up on me. Continue reading

One Bright Light!

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When something isn’t going exactly as planned or when something goes wrong in your life, how do you respond? What about when hard things happen back to back to back? Do you let it get you down, do you lose a bit of faith? Or do you find all the things to be thankful for and praise God for?Let me tell you, I am not one who very easily looks at all the positives and all the things that are still going right. I tend to dwell on what is going wrong, but that is why this post is not about me.

This post is about one very strong woman who has a different way of looking at things and has been teaching me a lot about life in a short amount of time. Her name is Becca, she is 19 years old and is so wise beyond her years. She is the little sister of my best friend and has such a strong faith in the Lord!  Continue reading

Plant in me

It’s trust I lack in you oh Lord, I try and change the heart.
I cannot change it on my own, please tear the walls apart.

It’s you I want and that is all, just take all of me there.
I seek your word and wait for you, please come and meet me here.

Thoughts of you overwhelm me, you’re hard to comprehend.
But each and every passing day, with you the heart will mend.

I’ll wait for your own timing, for you to plant your seed.
Just let your love surround me, and grant me patience when I need.

Straight To God’s Voicemail

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Ever find it hard to be in the presence of God in prayer? I know I do. I always describe my prayer time struggle with this as feeling like I am leaving a voice-mail for God. Prayer to me has always been hard. I have always struggled to completely connect in prayer. For me it’s like this, I know God will get my message, I know he cares about the message, I know he will get back to me. But I have struggled to feel like I am talking to him in the moment. To me it is more like that best friend that is just busy at the time of your call, but cares deeply about what you have to say and will get back to you as soon as they get the message.

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