Morning Routine: Praying Over Your Planner

Part of my morning routine includes praying over my plans for the day. I have found myself filling the pages of my planner with snippets from my meeting with God from that morning. A few words. A few minutes of my time. A major impact on my day. I am reminded what is most important: serving He who put me here.

As you walk through your morning, you should introduce your plans to your Savior. It makes all the difference in the world. My attitude towards what I must complete that day shifts. Ask God to make it clear to you what is most deserving of your time today. You may not get everything accomplished. That is ok. You may need to say no to both people and things. That is ok. Saying yes to serving God means saying no to things that are not necessary in my day or lacking to build me up in Him.

My day is more than lesson planning, writing demonstrations, or meetings. I have aligned my heart with Christ and seek to honor Him in each block of time. This is only effective when in a close walk with the Prince of Peace. I recommend a daily morning one on one conference with Him and be sure to take notes that will remind you of His plan and purpose for your life.

#intentionalbyimperfplanned

2 easy steps to encouraging your people

Flashback to when I was convinced I would fail Spanish and have to take it AGAIN and I found this sweet note of encouragement on my desk along with some m&ms a few hours before my midterm. Y’all. This is what I’m talking about when I say take time to encourage your people. It probably took Mbug less than 5 minutes to do this but it made a big impact on my day.

Here’s two steps to successfully encouraging a friend and building them up in JESUS:

1) Make it personal. Write a note, buy their favorite candy bar, take 3 minutes to call them, ect.

2) Lead them to the ROCK that is HIGHER than you or me. Lead them to Jesus!! Share your favorite bible verse or a simple, short quote like Miranda did that will force them to remember how big our God is even in the tough, messy situations.

Y’all, it’s so easy! I’m making it a personal goal to do something similar to what Miranda did for me at least once a week for my peeps. Who’s joining me???

#intentionalbyimperfplanned

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}

on the road again

It was really cold that day but none of us seemed to care. This wasn’t the first time I got to go on a super fun adventure thanks to my dear friend, Bailey. Bailey has sung all over NC. I jump at the chance to support her each and every time. Why? Why would I give up my day to go wherever she is performing & lose my “me time” I would have had at home that day?

In today’s society, it is very common to see self-centeredness. So often, we don’t even recognize it. We easily overlook those that love us because it’s easier for us to stay home or not return the phone call. Don’t get me wrong, it is impossible to go to every single event, accept every dinner invitation, and return phone calls everyday. However- it is not impossible to love well even when we are hard-pressed for time.

When is the last time you sent a text or email to a close friend to remind them you care about them?

When is the last time you made an effort to put supporting someone else over your “me time”?

When is the last time you sat down and exchanged meaningful conversation with a close friend?

I am so bad at these things it’s not even funny. I’m a work in progress. I encourage you to be one with me. What small way can you show your love & support for a friend this week??

{perks of having talented friends: @durhambulls took great care of us. We had awesome seats & I’ll take another hot dog anytime.}

#intentionalbyimperfplanned #imperfectlyplanned #durhambulls #springtraining

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.}