the little things //

Hello lovelies!

Last week was crazy busy but I am back!

This week at church my pastor talked about noticing those who go unnoticed and being aware of what is happening in our communities.

Heres something to think about:

How many times have you passed someone who is eating lunch alone? Whether it be at school or in general.

How many times have you walked passed a homeless person without even giving the slightest smile?

Have you ever just stopped and picked up the trash right in front of you at the park to make someone else’s job a bit easier? Or done something not for praise or personal reasons, but just to help someone else out?

Or even just purchased a random persons meal for them to brighten their day.

It’s the little things that count! It really spoke to me because often times I am a girl with a plan and my eyes are focused on where I am going, and not whats happening around me. My prayer for today is that God would help us to open our eyes, and ears to see all that He wants us to see and hear. That we would have a burden for those in our community and hearts after God that give us the courage to take the leap of faith. I pray that God would help us to have courageous hearts and that those in our communities be touched by Him. I don’t know about you guys, but I want to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. As well as to be okay with the inconvenient.

My pastor pointed out the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52. It talks about a blind man Bartimaeus who heard that Jesus was coming and he kept shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (verse 47). There was a huge crowd of people leaving the city and Bartimaeus wanted to be heard so he was yelling for Jesus. Many people told him to be quiet, but Jesus noticed him and asked him what He could do for him. Bartimaeus said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” And Jesus healed him. It’s a short story and I encourage you to read it. It goes to show that Jesus noticed Bartimaeus, the guy who was broken and just needed help. Jesus went directly to him even though there was a huge crowd of people and it was inconvenient to find him, but He did. He asked Baritmaeus what He could do for him. I want to be like that. No matter the circumstance, to approach those who need help or are going unnoticed. To ask what I could do for them. What do you say friends, lets open our eyes in our communities and ask them what we can do for them.

Lord help us to see what you see.

You are loved!

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Made New //

A few weeks ago I shared A little about my story of coming to Christ, (check out my last post!) and this last Sunday I was baptized. It was the most joyful day of my life. My younger brother and I had made the decision to get baptized a few weeks prior. Upon approaching the day, we were both so excited and nervous that we just couldn’t wait for the day to come! 

We got to church that Sunday morning and the presence of the room was full of joy and peace. Bright and smiling faces all came together to take the next step in their faith. We got together in groups with pastors and prayed together. Prayer is so powerful and joy flooded the room.  

We then lined up for the big moment. My feet hit the water, and I felt so overwhelmed by God’s presence that I couldn’t help but smile ear to ear. The pastor then said, “I baptize you in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit,” and it happened. The old is gone the new has come. I am MADE NEW. This was hands down the best moment of my life. The moment where I proclaimed to the world that it’s Christ I am living for.  After I was baptized I walked off and turned around to watch my nine year old brother get baptized. It was such an emotional experience for me, and I could not be more proud of him. To experience this with him was so amazing. He came out of the water, lifted His hands to heaven and jumped for joy. God is good! Kids are the best.  

Here’s a couple of verses I’ll leave you with: 

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 

Bless you all! You are loved!

God is so good //

Hey hey friends!

Something absolutely crazy happened this week! In my last post I wrote about my future, and how I didn’t get in to the dental assisting program at my college. It was devastating. (Scroll down and read the post before this one to hear about it). So, this last Saturday I was in the kitchen doing the dishes (yay). My parents had just gotten back from going out to breakfast, and my mom hands me the mail. Guys, I had mail!

Side note: I don’t know about you guys but getting mail just makes my day. It’s so spontaneous; I love it!

Anyways, the letter was from my college and I assumed it was another letter describing my leftover loan money. But, it was not! I opened up the letter, read the word congratulations, and immediately tears flooded my eyes. I found myself so happy that I was jumping up and down crying. If you haven’t guessed it, I got accepted! When I first got rejected I was third on the alternate list, and I never would have thought that three people wouldn’t want it.

My parents embraced me, my sister did a happy dance at work (I wasn’t even there-love her), and my aunt and uncle sent me the sweetest card with some yummy popcorn. I love my family, their hearts are so big it fills me with joy.

In that moment of rejection God told me to trust Him with my future. A week later and God illustrates just how much He is taking care of me and my future. Sometimes I am so blind to what God is doing in me, and I focus on all that I can do to take care of things on my own, which never works out. Today I am choosing to trust in Him holding my future.

I challenge you to trust that He is in control and to lift your worries up to Him knowing He will guide you!

Bless all of your weeks!

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!