restored redeemed renewed

If you don’t feel like these 3 words describe you today- you aren’t the only one.

I woke up late this morning, rushed to find ski bibs, grabbed Dad’s Ohio State hoodie and my Seahawks toboggan, and ran out the door. I managed to make it to the Coffer Farm in a short 20 minute span of waking up. No breakfast. No makeup. Hair barely fixed. I was definitely not feeling renewed.

It’s my own fault. I stayed up WAY too late reading. It was an awesome book but the last few chapters could have waited. This averages happening to me at least three times a week. I know I need to have more self-discipline but I struggle.

I know some of you must be able to relate. My mornings are so much more productive when I am abiding by a steady, consistent routine. This year, I am committed to start transforming my mornings and I’m excited to share my journey with you. I hope you are inspired to develop a morning routine (if you don’t already have one) and allow a chat with Jesus to be prioritized in that precious time each day. Only through Him can we be restored, redeemed, and renewed.

#intentionalbyimperfplanned

{photo by @jordanfulk_photography}

When God says no..

Disappointment follows me (aka Satan). Not even kidding.

I was so excited to be going indoor skydiving today only to find out that it is not an activity permitted for those with previous shoulder dislocations or surgeries (aka HKY). Many moments of my life have been overshadowed by the looming effects of my injury. I have learned to accept that no one will understand the pain, fear, and disappointments that come as a package deal. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the many things I can do.

I won’t lie, I was frustrated with God for allowing some stupid accident to happen to me that has cost me a lot of fun the past 3 years.

I think life can be a lot like my situation today.

We make plans, dream dreams, and work tirelessly to achieve that one thing we think will fulfill us but never does. Sometimes God says no, and sometimes we are able to persist but nonetheless, things don’t go as planned.

When God says no, maybe instead of using our energy to mope or feel sorry for ourselves, we should embrace the opportunities He has placed in our laps that we CAN do.

{Seeking God’s will can be challenging or uncomfortable but that doesn’t mean we are overlooked by Him.} #divinepurpose #divineplan #imperfectlyplanned #perspective

Is His voice the loudest reality in your life today?

I always dreamed of being a writer.

I wondered how it would feel to finally sit down and start writing a manuscript. I still imagine the day I will see my book on the same shelf as authors I have adored through the years.

God has blessed this crazy writing journey of mine. I never thought I would be in my current situation at this point in my life. I’m a college student working on a manuscript and a blog.

Months ago I would have called you crazy if you thought I would be focusing on writing. It was NOT my priority. (Honestly, neither was my relationship with Christ.)

If He puts a desire in your heart, don’t shy away because you think it’s impossible for someone your age or in your particular circumstances. Don’t worry about what your friends will think. Don’t fear the unknown. Let HIS voice be the loudest reality. He will provide. He will quiet your concerns with His love and peace.

He will give you the ability and resources to carry out His plan for your life if you seek Him first.

#yikes

#istartedamanuscript

What desire has He placed in your heart??

How do you spend the first few moments of your day?

Maybe you rush to social media to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

Maybe you exchange small talk with a friend.

Maybe you speed to the local coffee shop.

Maybe you have no desire to do anything other than hit “snooze.” (Me too 😞)

In these first few minutes of the day we often become distracted by messages from the world.

How much more confidently could we walk through the challenges of our day if we began by meeting with Him?

{Anticipating God’s divine presence in the mundane moments of my day begins by opening my heart to Him before opening my mouth to others.}

The Power of a Kingdom Perspective

Sometimes I forget that I have not been simply thrown into my present circumstances but strategically placed where I am. Even with a high calling to pursue a divine purpose for Christ, we often become sidetracked by our daily obligations, commitments, and relationships. Instead of seeking to serve Christ through those things, we become overwhelmed with the happenings of the world and underwhelmed in our pursuit of God. This week, I found myself running in circles trying to get everything checked off my to-do list. My frantic state of mind eventually began to pour into other sections of my life. I became impatient and ill-tempered. When we let the conflict and chaos around us become bigger in our minds than Christ, we can miss the lessons He wants to teach us through these busy seasons of life.

May we learn to truly embody Hebrews 12:2-3.

Lord, in ALL that overwhelms me, help me to see you working in my life. May these difficult and busy days be an opportunity for me to learn how faithful you are in the midst of my chaos. Give me a greater desire this week to set aside time to study your word and trust that you will reveal to me what you long to teach me through my current challenges. Your perfect plan and provision amaze me. I have great confidence that You are preparing me in every moment for what You have specifically designed me to do for Your Kingdom. Help me to make an extra effort to see You in the work that keeps stacking up, the deadlines that come more quickly than I thought, and the interactions with others that challenge my gentleness and self control. I need you, Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Jesus went away to pray. We should, too.

My favorite part of the day is the time I spend in complete isolation from the world. Sounds awful, I know. It’s not. In fact, it’s biblical.

 

Each day, I look forward to my 60 minutes away from the crowd, computer off, and phone put away as I solely bask in the presence of our Creator.

 

I have found that when I don’t prioritize that hour, I’m not pleasant to be around. I’m not living with grace, gentleness, or self-control. I’m running off of my own strength. I’m wise in my own eyes. I become frustrated with people and circumstances that loom around me. I sometimes take those frustrations out on whoever is the easiest target. Sound familiar?

 

Throughout the Gospels, we read that Jesus WENT AWAY TO PRAY:

Matthew 14:22 -23

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone..

 

Matthew 26:36

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.

 

Mark 1:35

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

 

Luke 5:16

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

 

Luke 6:12

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.

 

If Jesus so passionately longed for times of separation from the world to seek the Father, how much more should we intentionally take time to walk away from the crowd to seek His face in prayer and study?

 

A Call to Pray for the College Student in Your Life { In The Quiver }

Readers,

I was honored to be asked to guest post for In The Quiver last week. I encourage you to check out their website. This awesome ministry was started by 3 great writers who are even greater women of God. Blessed to know them.

A Call to Pray for the College Student in Your Life { by Haley Yow • guest post }