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.

Monday, December 16, 2013

life is a funny thing sometimes.

Life. It's a funny thing really. Sometimes it feels like everything is up and down and it's extremely challenging, sometimes it's so crazy busy that you feel like you can't catch your breath, and sometimes it's so unbelievably wonderful that you feel like you don't deserve any of it at all.

I guess you could say that's how it's been for me these past few weeks...okay, months. I did attempt to write a few posts in the past month or so, but they never seemed "good enough" or didn't display exactly what I had on my heart and I ended up deleting every single one of them. I guess that's the wannabe writer inside of me.   Alas, I am back to writing again and I am going to try my hardest to actually continue writing regularly this time around. I've missed putting my random thoughts down on paper and really truly looking at all God is doing in my life.

I'm not going to say that everything is rainbows and chocolate, because it's definitely not.  It's been incredibly difficult at times lately and He is teaching me so much right now that's it's almost too much to even try and write about it all.  I will say that He is especially teaching me a lot on patience and self control right now.  Oh, goodness, yes. It's hard, but I'm trusting Him that in the situations He has me going through right now, that He will bring me through to the other side and hopefully, I will have learned and grown in all the areas that He wants me to...that's my prayer. I would rather go through trials and be challenged than sit around with nothing at all to keep me thinking and drawing closer to my Heavenly Father more and more each day.  He is the reason that I live today and I wouldn't have my life any other way right now.

I'm waiting, patiently waiting, for His timing and direction for the next step of my life, but right now, I am perfectly content. I am where He has me right now and I don't want to rush things to make it go my way and fit into this puzzle piece life that the world makes you think you have to be.  I don't want to be another cookie cutter person who tries to control things and make them go their way. I want to put my trust in my God and wait for His absolute perfect timing.

This is what's on my heart this morning. I promise, I will write more sooner than later.  I have many pictures to share from what's been going on in my life these past few months.  Stay encouraged my friends.  Keep looking up, pressing on, and seeking His will for you life.  He has a way of keeping it interesting sometimes.

Happy monday, sweet friends.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

"keep pressing on dear one" {encouragement for you}

We're all dealing with different things today.  We're always changing and God is always working in our lives // It seems like there is a lot of tough stuff going on at the moment in the lives of people that I love so deeply and my heart is heavy as I pray for each of you (you know who you are).  There is so much change and challenges that we might be facing today; some hard, some good, some that just feels unbearable at times // God is using all of these situations for various reasons, whether you see it now, He is working behind the scenes to work everything out and is painting the big picture for you to see one day.

When life feels like it's the worse that it's ever been before, He can use us in the biggest ways and each day that it seems it's getting harder and more challenging to face the day, He IS molding each of us to be stronger and be more mature in CAN get through these trials and I promise you, you WILL walk away from them being closer to our Heavenly Father than you ever have before. Each of you are such a blessing to me, and even more precious to your Father; He is using you in such amazing and precious ways...Do not lose hope, do not be broken down, do not quit, and do not draw away from the One who loves you most; when you feel you can't move on, seek Him and cry out to Him with all that you have left. He isn't going to leave you or forsake you and He WILL help you through whatever you find yourself walking in today.

Just some encouraging thoughts I felt led to share with all of you...HUGS to you.