10.13.2017

BE A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

Sometimes we are always go, go, go that we forget to look around us. We become so consumed with our day to day routine that we don't necessarily let anything else into our schedule. It becomes foreign to go out of our way to help someone else along the path. But why? It should not be a foreign concept. Everyone faces darkness in their life. It's inevitable. But there's certainly nothing more beautiful that someone who steps out of their day to day routine and reaches out to someone who needs a little more light in their day.

Light always wins.
Kindness always wins.

John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

No matter how dark the situation, it cannot overpower the light.


With all the negativity surrounding us daily in this broken world, please don't forget the power of kindness and being a light to others. Whether it's someone you agree with or disagree with, be kind. You just never know what battle someone may be facing. Your words of encouragement may mean more than you could ever imagine.

I have totally been there. You know those days when it seems like nothing is going right. You wake up late, get stopped in traffic on the way to work, spill your coffee in the car, a rude person sets your day off even more, and you end the evening with a headache. It happens, I get it. On the flip side...when you just can't catch a break, then all of a sudden someone reaches out to bring you a fresh (strong) coffee or someone takes the time to listen to you vent. What a difference that makes, right?

Genuine compassion can turn someone's negative into a positive with a simple act of kindness.

Colossians 3:12 You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

For a moment, think about the people who perhaps have a hard time finding any positives in a single day. The people who grumble and complain over small things. The people who just plain aren't nice. And certainly the people who have faced tragedy. Maybe, they simply need someone to show them a smile or say hello in order to get through the day. Perhaps your simple hello will change their outlook so much that they begin to see the light again and find a reason to encourage someone else the next day.

It suddenly becomes a chain reaction.

It makes a difference, people.

I urge you to share a simple act of kindness with one person today. Extend your heart with grace. Make it a genuine act of service. After all, we all need a little encouragement now and then. So why not be that source of light for someone else and be an example of Christ's bright light and love?

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10.04.2017

PATIENCE, TRUST, FEARLESS PURSUIT

I love reading about God moments in peoples’ lives. It’s always amazing to hear the many significant ways God is working. I decided to make today’s blog post about three things God is currently teaching me.

I would love to hear what God is teaching you lately!


PATIENCE
This applies to so many aspects of my life right now. I have moved past looking at “waiting” in a negative way (which took a long time to accept) and I am now starting to embrace each season of waiting. That’s not to say I don’t have days where I struggle with maintaining my patience especially when I so strongly desire the next chapter. However, I know fully well that God is shaping me and preparing me for each and every one of my heart’s desires in more abundant ways than I could even imagine.

Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks first finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

He is teaching me that I am to be still and know that He hears my prayers and knows my heart.

He is teaching me that His timing is best.

He is teaching me that He will provide just what I need in this present moment.


TRUST
Trust that I am right where God wants me to be. It may not be where I would like to be or where I thought I would be. Is that what really matters though? No. Each joy I experience and each struggle I face He is there as my Helper and Encourager. Perhaps the season I don’t want to go through is just another part of His grand plan and maybe I am here in this moment to learn something valuable and encourage those I meet along the way.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

He is teaching me that He has plans better than I could ever dream of.

He is teaching me to keep faith and hold fast in the unknown.

He is teaching me how to truly rely on Him.


FEARLESS PURSUIT
Fearless Pursuit is my mantra for 2017. I want to fearlessly pursue what God lays on my heart, to go after the adventures that may be intimidating or scary, to know that it’s okay if my plans are not fulfilled because God has something even greater in store. I learned at a very young age how short life really can be. With my dad passing away very unexpectedly at thirty four years old, I was sort of thrown into realizing how precious life is and how fearlessly it should be lived. I am eternally grateful that my dad lived his life so abundantly and I was able to witness that even for a short time. My dad was amazing and spread so much light to those around him, what a gift it was to see him live that out first hand.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.

He is teaching me about the importance of living an abundant life.

He is teaching me how precious life is.

He is teaching me that I must pursue what’s laid on my heart.
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