bravery //

So heres my story.

I’ve grown up going to church ever since I was born and that’s all I’ve ever known. Church was and is my home. Which is the greatest thing that has ever happened. I love the church so much because it’s all of God’s children coming together as brothers and sisters, worshipping His wonderful name. I dedicated my life to Christ as a young girl when I was in elementary school. I remember being in Sunday school, and they asked all of us kids if we wanted to pray and ask God into our hearts. I was a shy little gal and decided to do it on my own. To this day I remember where I was, and where my feet were planted because that moment is life changing, even as a young girl. Eventually I made it to middle school and then high school where I was heavily involved in youth group. I had made the best of friends. In high school my school best friends had found their way in to different friend groups and I felt alone, but God had some amazing friendships in store for me in youth group. In tenth grade, I realized that I had all of these amazing friends but my relationship with God had faded. I wanted that relationship so badly because I have had it before. I prayed about it and God directed my family and I to a new church which had relit my passion for God. Now I am not saying that to be a Christian means you go to church, but this new church had spoken a message of worship that hit me. They reminded me to open up my heart and trust Him to take control. To this day I still go to that church and I am still in love with it. This church is on fire for God and I could not be more excited to be a part of it.

In a few weeks my church is having another baptism service. I use the word ‘another’ because I have yet to be baptized. I want to be baptized oh so badly, but it seems as though fear is holding me back. Fear of standing in front of a huge crowd of people, fear that I will be judged because I’ve waited so long, and fear because I haven’t gone underwater in years. I have holes in my eardrums and have had way too many surgeries on them. My ears used to hurt really bad after going underwater so I just stopped.

Talk about a list of fears, but does God want us to fear? To go through life worrying about every little thing? So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Today at church we talked about bravery and oh boy did God nudge me. It’s time. It’s time to let go of fear. It’s time to proclaim my love for Him. It’s time to GO where He is calling me to go.

With that being said, today I’ve decided to go for it and get baptized in a few weeks. I couldn’t be more nervous (lots of people-HA) and excited. But putting our faith in God can only mean greater things are ahead!

But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12

Be brave today friends!

You are loved!

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A song for the week//

This week I bought Rend Collectives album The Art of Celebration, and oh my goodness is it good. Every morning when I drive to school that CD is on repeat. Over the past year or so I have challenged myself to only listen to Christian music, and it has lead to worship filled car rides. 

Fun fact: I bought my car from my grandparents and my grandma said to me, “Amber you’re recieving a car filled with worship and prayers.” How great is that. She has such a sweet heart and I adore her!

Anyways, to worship as I am going to school, or work, has brought so much joy to my life. To rise up in the morning praising, and spending time with the One who has given me this day is so powerful. 

The song that I have been loving from the Rend Collective CD is “Joy.” It’s got such a great beat, but most importantly the words speak right to you! As the name of the song states, it’s about the joy that God gives us and speaks such truth. I tend to find myself complaining, or stressed and worried, but this song always reminds me to find joy is the rough times. This song is always playing in my head and brings a smile to my face. It’s a reminder to keep our eyes focused on all He is doing in us and through us. To smile because He is making all things new! Today I choose JOY! 

Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious! Psalm 66:1-2

You are loved!

•Comment below what you are joyful for today & go check out Rend Collectives CD (you won’t regret it)•

be still, He brings peace//

As I sit here on my bed, I reflect on my day, going through all that happened in that 24 hours. I frequently found myself stressing over a test that is on Monday, and over an acceptance letter to a program that determines my future career. I opened my devotion for the night and it ended with two verses:

The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

God gave me such a peace in the situation knowing that He is taking care of me and is in control. Gods presence brings peace to chaos.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of this life, and we forget to look toward the One we are living this life for. Think about this: God loves YOU so much that He DIED for you. Let that sink in. He died for you. His love for us is indescribable and uncomprehendable making it so beautiful. He cares for you deeply.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Lift your worries, fears, and anxiety up to him. He cares for you and brings peace to your storm. Know that HIS hand is on you this week. Lift your burdens up to him and surrender yourself to trust Him. There is no greater love for us then Christ our savior!

You are loved!

Inspirational thoughts//

“Instead of approaching the day as a blank page that you need to fill up, try living it in a responsive mode, being on the lookout for all that [God] is doing.” -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

I had this post-it noted in my daily devotional book because I love it SO much. Be blessed today, and on the lookout for all that God is doing.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

You are loved!

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Hello 2015//

Well, I guess I can say this is my FIRST post ever! I feel like I had made this site ages ago, but I was way to scared to even go forward with it. SO HERE GOES.

Before I go on, theres a little you should know about me:

1. I love God and theres no denying it! His unfailing grace and love picks me up everyday when I fall. I don’t know where I would be without Him.

2. I love love love photography. Now, I may not be a professional, but its become a big hobby of mine.

3. I’m a shopper. A lot of girls can agree, but I mean, I love clothes & shoes.

4. I’m really big on family. They are my biggest supporters and being with them brings me such joy.

5. Flowers, pastel colors, and antiques are beautiful things.

I mean the list could go on and on, but it’s gotta end at some point!

Anyways, this morning when I woke up and got out of bed, it finally hit me that it’s 2015. I decided to look back on 2014 and I couldn’t help but feel so overwhelmingly blessed. Now everyone has their ups and downs (which I did too) but God brought me through it all, and He will continue to for You & I.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for His own ends-Proverbs 16:3-4

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Sometimes the things that you want don’t work out, but it’s God reminding you that His plan for you is perfect. It’s such a great reminder to be patient and listen for all that God is calling you to. This world offers many distractions that lead us astray of God, but if we take ahold of His hand He can guide us to places we never thought we could ever go.

With that being said… I felt God nudging me to make a list of goals for 2015. In 2015 I want a fresh fulfillment of the holy spirit in full dependence that He has me and will guide me. I pray that everything I do will be for the glory of God.

My 2015 Goals:

1. Read my bible everyday. To soak in his presence. Because of Him, I am here. I want to make His name known!

2. Be fully committed in prayer. Talk to God daily. He cares for you.

3. Be BRAVE. Courageous. GO where God calls you to go!

I challenge you to sit in His presence today. To listen to His voice directing you to His perfect plan for you. Now we all make mistakes. I’m nowhere near perfect, and neither are you. But if we extend our hands and hearts out to God He can guide us through this life. He loves you. Cares for you. AND is there for you. Surrender yourself to Him and He can guide you in his truth today and throughout the 2015 year.

You are loved!