9.13.2015

This Moment + Savor Your Season

Saturday's topic : What are you up to currently?


It's around noon and I am on my second coffee for the day. This does not usually happen, typically one coffee per day or even every other day is sufficient enough. For some reason, it was just a caffeine-boost kind of morning. The painters are here at the house I am staying, or "housesitting". They probably think I am hooked on technology because I have been working on redesigning my blog all morning. I read a few pages of When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy. I am only on the first chapter and absolutely LOVE it. It actually ties in nicely with today's post as well as Sunday's.

The temperature outside has fallen into the beauty of fall. It was just cold enough to wear a scarf and sweater, but warm enough for capri jeggings. This is why I love fall. :)

Also, I am really enjoying the Galatians bible study hosted by Love God Greatly. I am in the same group as some of the other girls I was with in the previous study plus a lot more new faces and loving it!


Sunday's topic : Create a collage or inspiration/mood board for this season in your life.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 || There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the Heavens.

[Sufficiency] 
I struggle with being content. I am constantly torn between wanting to go and wanting to stay. This applies to all areas of my life. Somehow, I tend to find situaitons that have the potential to take me outside of my comfort zone. Now, I am a HUGE advocate for this. Going outside of your comfort zone will guarantee growth in your faith, in your heart, and in your life. However, sometimes God calls us to just stay and find sufficiency in the moment.

Currently, this directly applies to the whole 'to move far from home or not to move far from home' situation. I have talked to multiple family members about both options, the pros and cons, their thoughts and opinions. There is still no final decision but I am leaning toward one of the options. 

I act as if moving two hours away is as big of a feat as moving to another continent. But, let me explain. I was raised around my immediate and extended family. That is what I remember as a little girl. Playing with all of my cousins, hanging out with aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, cousins, second cousins, family friends, etc. I am from a small town in which I run into someone I know no matter where I go. I truly do love this. It certainly would be different to move to a new town with new people and go to the local coffee shop without seeing my small town friends and family.

[Faith>Fear]
This one is pretty self-explanatory. My fears right now: what is the "right" decision, what will happen if I take this path or that path, will or when will I meet the one whom God has called to be my husband.

Be still my soul.
I have God and He has me.

Seasons of fear have a way of unsettling our heart. My church has been focusing on Romans 8:28 and today was the last sermon of this series. These particular phrases really resonated with me this morning and I thought it might help you if you are going through a similar season. "Because we know Romans 8:28, we don't have to be afraid. We need to take captive our thoughts and submit them to the authority of God's truth. (2 Corinthians 10:5)"

 We are not alone in our fearful moments. We are surrounded by God's love, it is up to us to open our hearts and accept His truth.

[Promises]
With the study of Romans 8:28, is the beautiful promise that we know is true. That God's promise is to work ALL things for good. His promise is hopeful encouragement for my heart. We all experience some sort of heartbreaking circumstance or two or multiple. I vow to let the promise in Romans 8:28 ring out loud. My trust is in Him and even though I may never know all of the answers to life's adversities, God will work all things for good.
  
[Love]
Slowly I am learning to happily trust God throughout each and every season. No matter what it may be. Finding satisfaction in God's gift of singleness has surprisingly been positively eye-opening. Up until about a few months ago I felt stuck in my love life. About a year ago, I wrote a list of qualities that I have prayed for my future husband in the back of my Bible. Since then, I have felt more and more comfortable with being single. Each day I feel that I am growing stronger for my future husband and now realize that this is what God intended all along. It's in this season when I can focus on me and my relationship with Christ. To build me to be a strong woman of God, to transform my heart, to prepare me to be the best wife I can be, to learn the value of love. Basically, I think God has orchestrated this season of my life  for me to ultimately be one third of a future power couple, husband/wife/God. Personally, I would rather wait to be a power couple than be just a common couple. ;)
  
[Vulnerability]
For the most part, I am an introvert. It can take me a while to become comfortable with large groups of people. I am not always open to sharing my personal stories. Why would I want to put my thoughts and feelings out there? What if someone reads my blog or thinks what I have to say in a group of people is irrelevant or dumb? 

This blog has been a true testament of me attempting to become more vulnerable. I am slowly working on my vulnerability in all situations. In a short  period of time, I have noticed that when I choose to reveal my heart to others, they are accepting. And beyond that, they even begin to open up to me. 

We do not have to portray a life of perfection. 
We do not have to conform to what the world tells us is right or acceptable.

We are called to live an abundant life.
We are called to savor each moment.
  We are called to reveal our hearts to God and others.
We are called to be vulnerable not to be rejected by others but to create a wholeness within our hearts through faith and humility.

I know this is something I will continue to struggle with because I will always have weaknesses. After all, we are not perfect. But, I also know that God will continue to call me to states of vulnerability. Providing many opportunities to solely rely on Him.



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  1. Visiting from Blogtember! I loved reading your post, you have some great insight. This: "We are called to live an abundant life.
    We are called to savor each moment. We are called to reveal our hearts to God and others. We are called to be vulnerable not to be rejected by others but to create a wholeness within our hearts through faith and humility." is so beautiful. I did a GMG Study a while back and was disappointed that I ended up in a group of women who I couldn't really relate to as much as I would have liked but I still enjoyed doing the study. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Donna! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it. I have a very hard time sharing parts of my life with others as I can be somewhat shy. But I'm thankful to have the opportunity to express myself and share my experience. I'm sorry you had a hard time relating to the girls in your study...something that helped me when I felt like I was "alone" in my study or felt as if no one else was going through something similar was continuing to reach out to them and share my thoughts regardless. Or simply relating on the fact that you all pursued the study with similar intentions. Maybe those might help you next time! I hope you had a wonderful Sunday!

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  2. So glad to find your blog! =)

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    1. Aww thank you Bess. :) That means a lot!

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  3. How great is this! I loved reading your thoughts. Sometimes some caffeine in the afternoon is needed. Let's be real. Looks like it fueled some amazing words!

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    1. Haha oh yes girl, I completely agree that caffeine is a necessity. Apparently twice a day now? :)

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