Visiting (in)courage Today!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"I want to be that woman who is completely satisfied in Christ even if my biggest dreams fall to the wayside. I want to let Jesus fill every inch of my soul and heal the broken pieces that reside there." 

It's always a privilege to be a guest writer over at (in)courage's website and today I'm sharing my second guest post with them. I'm writing about the woman I want to be, but knowing I have a long way to go to get there.

The ladies that make up the team at (in)courage are amazing and I am so glad to be a small part of it today. Hop over here to check out my post!

Pinterest Wednesday

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I'm definitely one of those girls who loves Pinterest, so I've decided to spotlight my five favorite pins from the week. I'm going to try and do this every Wednesday so it becomes a regular thing---we'll see how that goes. If you want to follow my pins, click here.

1. Love this quote!

2. I wish I owned this outfit along with the rest of the clothes I pin.

3. Pretty water bottles always grab my attention. Plus, I adore the font on the labels.

4. Cute shoes!

5. I love the show Nashville and I'm not ashamed to admit that Deacon is my current television boyfriend.

Searching for Hidden Treasure

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sometimes I feel like a really bad student ... like I must be doing something wrong because I just can't seem to grasp the lessons God is trying to teach me. I analyze, I over think, I struggle with the "what if's" and the "if only's."

The past 14 months have been a roller coaster of difficult emotions more so than any other time in my life. Pain, rejection, grief, loss and jealousy have been my landscape the past year. My soul feels like it's in a constant tug of war learning to surrender to God what's His and trusting Him with the outcome regardless if it's what my heart longs for or not.

I've spent the past several weeks searching for answers like they're hidden treasure, mining for them like they're gold. How do you truly surrender everything you've ever wanted? What does that look like in my daily life? I can say it all day long, but to feel it in my soul is a different story. So, I've read ... a lot, I've discussed and asked questions (questions that no one has the answers to), listened to worship music and talked to God craving to hear His voice in a way I never have before.

I yearn to hear something big from Him---an answer, a calling, a glimpse into His plan for me. But He remains silent ... or maybe I'm just not a good listener right now.

I am trusting that He will do something---He will move in my life. I tell myself repeatedly, "He is working, He is working, He is working."

I know that's true, so I continue to hold onto Him in my storm knowing He won't ever let me go.

When You Thought God was Going to Redeem

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

It's been very quiet here lately on this blog. In fact, I shut it down for a few weeks. I'm sharing a bit of my life lately at ibelieve today and decided it was time to re-open the blog and share it here, too.

Photo from here

”Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” –Psalm 126: 5-6 (NIV)

Last summer during the pain and heartbreak stemming from my broken engagement earlier in the year, I clung to that verse. I wept as I read Scripture day after day, as I prayed to Jesus asking for His help. Knowing His promises are true, I believed that He would redeem my heartache and that by grasping His hand the tears I was sowing would be rewarded with a heart of joy.

Last fall, I thought He was beginning to redeem that broken relationship. After it felt like no man would ever want to be with me, I met a guy who by all accounts seemed perfect for me. I hesitated at first afraid of getting hurt again, but little by little I began to believe that this relationship might work out. I began to believe that my dreams of being a wife and a mom might come true.

Less than three weeks ago, the relationship ended with not much of an explanation of why.

A mess of feelings and questions swirl in my head that I am still trying to process.

Yet …

God is asking me to hope.

God is asking me to truly believe that He is the God of impossibilities.

God is asking me to walk by faith and not by what I see and feel.

So while I don’t understand why I find myself heartbroken yet again less than a year later, while I don’t understand why the relationship ended when it appeared to be going so well, while I don’t understand why I never seem to be the girl worth choosing …

I will still love my Father,

I will still say God is good,

I will still cling to my Lord’s hand,

and I will still believe that with God, anything is possible. 

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Linking up again with Erin and Amy's Thankful Thursdays!

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Thankful this week for ...

1) The Christmas season: I love this time of year and am planning to put up my tree this weekend.
2) My car: It's had some issues this year and I'm just glad it still gets me where I need to go ... at least for the time being.
3) A warm house: We've already had some cold days in the Midwest and I'm grateful every time I step into my house and it feels warm and cozy.
4) Laughter: Fun times with friends are good for the soul.
5) Writing: I've taken a little break from writing and am grateful to have a post up at iBelieve today.

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My sweet friend Erin, along with Amy at Sweet Home, are hosting a weekly link-up this month focusing on all of the things we each have to be thankful for. I know sometimes I get so focused on what I don't have that I don't appreciate the blessings I have been given. I wanted to join in this month so that I would be purposely reminded each week to look and be grateful for the blessings God has put in my life.

This week, I'm thankful for ...

1) A mom and dad that I can call at any moment, any time of day, and know they'll be there
2) Friends who truly care
3) Forgiveness
4) Emily P. Freeman's book A Million Little Ways
5) The Civil Wars music, especially the song From This Valley

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Book Review: True Love Dates

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Honestly, I was a little skeptical when I saw the subtitle of True Love Dates by Debra K. Fileta. It reads “Your Indispensable Guide to Finding The Love of Your Life.” I sarcastically thought well if this book will actually help singles find the loves of our lives, then it will sure to be a best-seller. I know that there is no method or guidelines that you can follow to ensure you’ll fall in love. However, I was curious enough to read the book.

While this book makes no promises on guaranteeing you’ll find your mate after reading it (I still haven’t.), it does outline some important essentials to keep in mind while single. The book is divided into four chapters: Dating Inward, Dating Outward, Dating Upward and Ask the Counselor. Dating Inward is all about taking time to figure out who you are as an individual such as where do you come from, who are you now and where are you are going.

Dating Outward focuses on dating relationships with other people. In this section, Fileta discusses healthy relationships, protecting your heart, physical boundaries and the importance of timing. The third section, Dating Upward, details the importance of having Christ not only in your life, but in your dating relationship. Fileta rounds out the book with a section devoted to some of the most-asked questions from singles such as “Does God want me to be single forever?,” “Do you believe in love at first sight?” and “What does the Bible have to say about dating?”.

At 34 years old, I feel like I was already aware of a lot of the elements discussed in this book as to what makes up a healthy relationship, who I am and the importance of focusing on Christ. However, it’s always encouraging to me to read words from a Christian perspective that acknowledges the difficulties of living single when it feels like your heart and soul are longing for companionship and family. 

I often feel like a weak Christian because I continue to long so badly for marriage and motherhood. I fall into the trap of thinking if only I was more devoted to Christ, I wouldn’t struggle so much. So Fileta’s words in the last chapter of Dating Upward encouraged my heart: “Your longing for an intimate relationship with another person is something you were created to feel. It doesn’t mean that you are unholy or that you haven’t let Jesus fill your heart the way He should. It means you’re human, created in the image of God, a God who loves, who connects, and who longs for relationship Himself.”

Sometimes singles just need to hear encouraging words from someone who’s been through the waiting journey themselves. 

Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of BookSneeze's Book Review program.

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