Oct. 6 / 6 min read
Heyyyo! Welcome to blog post number ✌🏽✌🏽 (4)! I loved our little coffee shop chat last time so grab your cup of coffee or tea (or if you’re like me, your chocolate milk 😋) and let’s get to it! ;)
Today I want to share a little bit about our purpose. The first verse that comes to mind right off the bat is Proverbs 4:23, which says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” You’ve probably heard that verse before – it’s an often-quoted verse when referring to saving your heart for the one you’re going to marry and not giving too much of yourself away. I want to talk about it in a little different of a connotation then maybe you’re used to, though. I think sometimes this verse can be taken out of context. If you look at the surrounding verses, it’s talking about living a righteous life – about living in a way that honors God and not turning to the right or to the left and falling into sin.
** Now, a quick side note before I continue: I think there’s wisdom in not giving your heart away to every guy you meet !! Don’t get me wrong 😊. But I think it’s also important to evaluate where your heart is at – what is your motive behind guarding your heart? Is it out of fear? (God says to fear no evil!) Out of wisdom? Out of faith and obedience to what God is telling you? I’d encourage you to take it to the Lord and ask him to guide you – ask him what guarding your heart in your specific circumstances looks like. Maybe he does want you to guard your heart, because liking that certain person is leading you to stray from following God. Maybe He wants you to keep your heart open. He’s told me that before with a guy, and nothing ended up coming out of it marriage-related, but looking back now I can see how God used that to draw me closer to Him. I honestly don’t have a specific, clear-cut answer for this. But God knows!! And I’m confident that He’ll be faithful to guide you if you ask Him :) And there's no pain out there so deep that He can't heal you from it <3.
March 15 / 4 min read
Heyy friends! Thank you SO much for being patient with me. I can't believe it's been five whole months since I last posted something!!
As I was cutting a mango today, trying to decide how I should spend the extra time I gained from my class being cancelled, the Holy Spirit brought this blog to mind. So here I am, about to try to write a post in twenty minutes...(Lord help me 😅).
When I planned this series last year, I wasn't planning on talking about waiting so soon...but I feel like God is prompting me to share about it today, and so I'm gonna talk to you about some things I've learned that have really helped me. You might not be waiting on relationships - maybe you're waiting on God to change your heart in a particular area you're really wrestling through or help you get through a really difficult season or something else. I think we're all in seasons of waiting, though, and so I pray this encourages you :).
If we were sitting in a coffee shop together (with cute green plants and everything ;) ), this is what I'd tell you:
Sweet friend, waiting is hard. I don't want to invalidate that at ALL. It is so so so so soooo sosososososooo hard. I feel you!! But it's the most refining thing at the same time, and it's in the waiting that I've grown the most. And it's okay that it's hard. God walks in it with you, and He understands and feels your pain...man, think about all the people God is waiting on to turn to Him and be saved! But God is patient our whole lives long, and He's not in a hurry.
People who've met me in the past year & a half are often surprised to hear I was once boy-crazy.
But let me just tell you: oh yes! I most definitely was boy-crazy, idolizing love and looking to guys for fulfillment.
I guess it started when I was little. Growing up, my favorite dress-up costume was a white, fluffy dress I affectionately called my "marry dress" which I wore with frequency. I remember lying in bed and praying really quickly and getting my prayers "over with" so that I could tell myself stories of being in love until I fell asleep.
Hello all! I pray you are doing well and abiding in the Lord :) We're starting a new seriessss 🎉These next few posts are for all of my single friends out there (yayyy!) !! But even if you're not single right now or don't consider yourself in that category of being discontent in this season, I hope you stick around still! God works in ways we could never imagine and who knows how He'll use this in your life :) God has really laid it on my heart recently to start sharing more about the journey He's taken me on in learning to be content in singleness. So here I am, after a lot of prayer for Him to soften my heart 😅.
I've avoided this blog series for a little while now...I guess part of me was afraid that if I talked about being content in my singleness too much, God would keep me single longer. Which, honestly, just shows that this is a journey I'm still trekking through: learning to fully embrace, rejoice in and steward my season of singleness. I've grown SO much - I can't deny that - but I still have SO much to learn and I don't want to pretend to you guys that I'm perfect in this area now, because I'm not!
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."