Friday, June 13, 2014

let them see You in me.

"Lord Jesus, I pray that they will see You in me, let them hear You when I speak, let them feel You when I sing, let them see You // Lord, please let them see You in me...I am absolutely nothing without your grace, unfailing love, and undeserving forgiveness - - with every fiber of my bones and every breath I breathe, I sing a simple melody, but I pray they’ll hear so much more than a song, in me...I pray that they will see You and run into Your loving arms." 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

His plans are always perfect

I'm being completely raw and real right now, so just hold tight for a few minutes while I explain everything. it's a beautiful story in the end, I promise. 

// I wholeheartedly feel like God is about to do some big and drastic things in my life. I don't know exactly what they are yet, but it's a strong feeling I have and I'm not sure how to process it all. I turned twenty last week this time and the feeling hasn't faded since then, it's only been escalating and is getting more and more powerful.

In all honesty, I've been under great attack for the past three weeks and the enemy almost took over completely and was pouring over me with lies and heartache last night and I had a major breakdown that ended with me on my knees in prayer...I'll be completely honest, I haven't cried that hard in months but those tears were so extremely healing and I haven't felt so free and on fire for God as I have this morning in quite awhile. It's a been breath of fresh air today and I literally can't stop smiling now, but last night was rough.  

"I was seriously about to quit photography last night..."

I prayed and asked God last night to show me a sign or something that He wanted me to continue with my dream of photography and He showed up in a huge way today...I almost don't even have the words to describe what I'm feeling right now. 

My photography mentor, Molly asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to come up to Nashville, TN in August and second shoot a wedding with her and shadow her. It would be an absolute dream come true and and answer to prayer for me to go and do this with her, and over the past few weeks, my hours got majorly cut at work, and I've had to spend a lot this month on some unexpected expenses so it wasn't looking promising for me to be able to get up there after all.......until today. 

As I was on my knees last night, I also prayed that God would just help me come up with the funds and provide for me to go, but only if it was His will. I got an email this afternoon saying that my plane ticket is going to be covered and I now get to go to Nashville this summer and help Molly!!!!!! I am so so SOOOOO excited about this amazing opportunity to second shoot my first wedding!!! I literally can hardly wait to see all the other amazing plans God has in store for this summer!! 

So huge praise from meeeee...I just had to share and also, I just felt like this day should be documented for future reverence.

Monday, February 10, 2014

His unconditional love // straight from my heart

Nothing can ever separate us from the love of Christ //  He has an unconditional love for His children. Nothing keeps Him from loving us :: however, He does hate it when we sin (Proverbs 6: 16-19) In fact, He absolutely despises it. 

Here something to get you thinking on today :: just because we KNOW that He is always going to love us, does NOT give us permission to take full advantage of it and keep on doing wrong and saying "Oh, well I'm a Christian and even if I do such and such, He will ALWAYS love me and never leave or forsake me..." 

Ummm yeah....that may be true that He WILL still love you but if that's what you're thinking all the time and doing, it might be time for a little reality check. "WE, as believers, are supposed to be different than the world! You never know when an unbeliever might be watching how we act and are actions. We shouldn't just go with the rest of the flow of the world, say whatever we want to say; never thinking how it might hurt someone in the process, or even in the simple way of how we dress LADIES. 

Remember, loving God with all our heart and labeling ourselves as Christians, also means that we must also obey His commands (1 John 5:3) Let us not be distracted by our own sin, that we lose focus on the One who loves us so incredibly much and has created us and blessed us with this so called thing named life. 

I'm not saying that if you sin, you are an absolutely terrible Christian because we're human, we're not perfect and we ALL sin every single day.  It's just a part of life.  We all know that.  But I am challenging you today to really focus on how the world sees you.  Are you being a light for Him and do people see fruit in your life daily?  I know I have some major things to work on in that area, but I think that this is the least thing we can do for our Father if He is going to love us no matter what...

Be encouraged friends, let us stay the course, be world changers, & spread His love! // I challenge you this week to really watch how you carry yourself and your choice of words because you never know when God might want you to spread His unfailing love with another and share your story and minster to an unbeliever. Make sure they see a difference in you. 

// I pray this post was of some encouragement to you. This has been on my heart for awhile and thought it best to finally share it and get it out there.  Much love and hugs, dear friends. Be blessed. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I N T E N T I O N A L // my word for 2014

happy new year! so. the month of December was just plain C R A Z Y  for me ;; crazy busy and crazy awesome in so many ways; so many wonderful things happened and so many precious memories were made. {i'm currently composing several posts with pictures of my recent happenings to share with all of you, so stay tuned!!}

// some things i've been learning most recently is patience and acceptance. it's been extremely difficult at times but i've come to the conclusion that i just need to focus on "living" in the present real life moments and cherish the little things of my life more often...

...patience in that i need to T R U S T that He has everything planned out for my life already and i don't need to take control of it myself and rush things and just wait and slow down and see what He has planned ahead for the future....

..and acceptance; He has given me this precious life and i just need to sit back more, relax and not stress about the little things that wont matter in a hundred years, breathe it all in, and A C C E P T that everything isn't and doesn't have to happen when i want it to and i just need to focus on accepting every single thing that is going on in my life and who i am doing life with at the moment. in the end, it's all going to help me prepare for what lies ahead and who else comes into the picture.

hopefully all of that made some sort of sense, but in conclusion to these messy late night thoughts of mine, this evening, God laid it on my heart that my word for this new year is:: I N T E N T I O N A L // i desperately want to work on living intentionally with a vivid imagination this year; i want to be intentional in everything i do, everything i say, in every relationship, every friendship, every moment this year. // i also want to be brave; fearless; laugh more often and just loosen up and enjoy life, i don't want to worry about what people think of me and just live in the moment, i want to love deeper than i ever have, cherish the little things, be challenged, encourage and disciple others, be confident in my own skin and who He has created me to be, and grow more and more in love with my Savior this year.

// i can hardly wait to see what He has planned for this new year! i know it's going to be a good one and i'm SO ready to see all He has ahead for my life personally. i can just feel it. He is going to do some extraordinary things in this new year...and i am so ready for it all to begin. welcome 2014!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"just breathe it all in"

Today we're reminded to breathe it all in. To enjoy the good days like they are our last, to pray through the bad days and trust while God helps us through them. To be thankful for success and humbled by failure and learn from our mistakes. To love people deeply, no matter what they do or how they treat us. To be present in today, to learn from the past, and to be hopeful for the future. Breathing it all in means letting the little things go, holding your loved ones tight, and embracing this beautiful life we've been given.