Abundance.

“How abundant are the good things You have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in sight of all, on those who take refuge in You.”

– PSALM 31:19

This is such an incredible reminder of how The Lord has great things stored up for His Children that love, respect, and lean on Him in troubled times. He will shower you with blessings, not only for your benefit but that others can see His Glory through you.

 

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How to study the Bible

I’ve seen this picture many times on Pinterest, but never the link that it went too. Finally found it! Some great tips on how to study the Bible!

Yelena Bosovik

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In the United States we’ve become experts at simplifying the Bible – we pride ourselves on 20 minute sermons, we prefer the message Bible to “better understand” it, and our Christian stores have shelves upon shelves of books to guide our spiritual life and walk us through reading the Scriptures. And, there is nothing wrong with this, necessarily. It’s just that too often we become to dependent on these crutches to lead us through life.

When a lovely reader, Belle, asked me to share how I do my daily Bible study, I agreed, but inside I had my doubts – I’m not a pastor, missionary, or even a youth leader. Neither am I a best-selling Christian author or Christian college trained. Nor do I have a lifetime of experience and wisdom to guide me in answering these questions.

I’m a twenty-something Christian trying to figure out how to live a…

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DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?

Hello internet! Long time, no see…or read…. Whichever one fits best.

I know, I’ve been away for a few weeks. I have definitely missed writing, but the end of summer has gotten crazy for me! I am now settling into my fall routine and am VERY excited about what’s to come in the next two months.

With that being said, I have some news I want to share with y’all! My local community college theatre department has started rehearsals for their fall show.. It’s an incredible show that I’m sure everyone has heard of….

LES MISERABLES

This production of this fabulous show is actually the first authorized amateur performance in the DFW metroplex. I know many of the people who have been cast in this show and I can tell you it is going to be incredible! If you live ANYWHERE in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, PLEASE mark your calendars because you are NOT going to want to miss this show.

Les Miserables opens and runs October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26.

All the information (dates, ticket prices, directions, etc.) can be found here: Cedar Valley Community College- Upcoming Production.

If you are a lover of arts, PLEASE feel free to spread the word about this magnificent show!

 

Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you

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Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.

Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.

If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn’t hang out like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis – after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public.

Why would I do that? Because…

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Why it’s Okay for Girls to Post Pictures of Shirtless Guys

Ladies, listen up! You need to read this.

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First of all, I would like to say thank you for taking time to read this blog, especially if you are someone reading with intent to bite my head off for my title.

Second, I want to explain that I am not here to endorse the epidemic of shirtless men on social media thanks to plagues like “mancrushmonday”. I am actually here to identify a double standard in our culture, and it pains me to see how oblivious my Christian sisters are to it.

Half Dressed Girls vs Shirtless Boys

If you are a girl, I know that you have either directly or indirectly voiced your annoyance and disgust of guys who post pictures of half dressed girls in skimpy bikinis to talk about how “hot” they are. It’s degrading to women, portraying us as sex objects, and gives guys a chance to look at girls in a lustful way…

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Considering Pure Joy

Life has been crazy lately. There have been SO many days when all I have wanted to do was sit and write. So many things I’ve wanted and needed to say and get off my heart. I have never been big on writing. In fact, when I was younger I hated it. Only in the past few months have I really gotten into it.

There is so much going on in my life right now. I’m starting a new chapter in my life. Now that I’m out of high school, it’s time to start grown up life! It’s a bit intimidating, but exciting to be in charge of my own life now. With this new chapter starting, I have had to leave a few people from the last chapter behind. Or rather, they chose to leave. It hasn’t been easy to say goodbye and let go. AT ALL. But I know that God has a plan for all of us. While it is extremely sad, I know that God has me in the palm of His hand. He will never let me down.

I’ve been reluctant on what I want to share with the world, or how much I should share.  There’s actually several posts sitting in my drafts unfinished because I didn’t know if I wanted to share what I had started to write.

But today, I want to share a verse. A verse that is extremely hard for me to comprehend, let alone put into action!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you man be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” ~ James 1:2-4

I don’t want to say that I hate this verse….but it’s one of those passages that sometimes make me say “Really, God? As if I don’t have enough to get through in my life, you want me to be happy that I feel like roadkill?!”. It has never been easy for me to see the good in a bad situation, or the blessings that I’ve received through a rough season of life.  But slowly… It’s something that God is starting to grow in me. I fully believe that I would not be growing in this area of my faith if it were not for the women of my youth group. God has given me WONDERFUL small group leaders that teach, challenge, and encourage me daily through their prayers and texts to me.

This verse was brought to my attention in a different light by my one of my small group leaders. She suggested that we memorize this passage to remind ourselves that even though we feel like roadkill, we can rejoice knowing that we will be great, strong women of God after our trials.

In just the few short days that I have put in the effort of memorizing these verses, I can already see the work that God has done in my heart. A few days ago after a long hard day of feeling beaten up, I began to cry out to God about my circumstances. The more I thought about what was going on around me and my feelings toward my situation, the more upset I became and the more I started to cry. Suddenly, I remembered the verse that was written on the back of my hand.  Through the tears I whispered the verse over and over… Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters… After a few minutes, my heart calmed down and the tears stopped. I felt God’s calming peace over my heart. Even though I was still upset about my circumstances, in that moment I didn’t feel so hopeless.

I’m a daughter of The King, and He doesn’t forget about His Princesses. He was given me this trial to develop my faith and make me stronger. Every tear I cry is part of my story, and He is the one who has written it into my life.

There will be days when I feel like I can’t go on, but my Father in heaven is always there to carry me through to the next day.

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’. So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” ~ Hebrews 13: 5b-6

Writing the first letter of every word of a verse is a GREAT way to memorize. Thanks Stephanie for the great tip!

Writing the first letter of every word of a verse is a GREAT way to memorize. Thanks Stephanie for the great tip!

All Too Well..

It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well.

A lyric from All Too Well by Taylor Swift on her album Red.

This song really hits home for me right now. Just wanted to take a moment and share.

I really do remember all too well..

Humble Pie

God handed me a piece of humble pie last night. It felt more like a little kick in the pants than a piece of pie, but it sure did humble me to my knees.

The book I am currently using for my devotionals is “The One Year Book of Hope” by Nancy Guthrie. I highly recommend this book! It is incredibly encouraging and uplifting. If you have experienced great loss in your life or just need a little bit of God’s truth in your every day life, I would pick this book up! Nancy Guthrie offers great daily reflections based on the Word of God to comfort and encourage for any season of life you may be in.

Anyway, the title of my devotional last night was Clay In The Potter’s Hands.  Every devotion has a main verse that corresponds with the title, a message, and then a digging deeper portion with even more of God’s Word to really feed your soul. Yesterday’s main verse was: 

“Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are formed by your hand.” ~ Isaiah 64:8

Nancy Guthrie goes on to say that throughout Scripture God uses the metaphor of a potter to show us his sovereignty. She explains that The Lord sent the prophet Jeremiah to a potter’s house  who was shaping clay into beautiful pieces of pottery. When one of the pots he was making was messed up, the potter put it to the side and started to work on a new pot. It’s such a great picture of how God shapes and forms us to become more like Him. The trials we face bring us against God’s wheel, and we are held there by His hand. We often forget that although God’s love for us is everlasting; it is ultimately Him who allows struggles and hard times into our lives. Nancy also brings to light that we can resist his shaping through rebellion or resentment, become offended with God, and try to shape your life into the image you think is right. Or we can welcome the work of the Potter and allow him to shape your life.

This was definitely a humbling message for me. I would say that I am going through a pretty difficult season of life right now. I graduated high school earlier this year and am still unclear on the direction of my life for the next year. Some of my relationships with people who I love have not turned out how I planned and had hoped they would. Sometimes it can feel like God is raining down nothing but hardship on my life. And yes, sometimes I do feel a bit upset with God and wonder why He would put such difficult things in front of me at this present moment.

My kick in the pants moment came when I read the verses below from Romans.

“Therefore, God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: ‘Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?’ But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed to say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? ” – Romans 9:18-21

WOW. My first reaction? Okay, God. I get it. You have definitely put me in my place. Who am I, A HUMAN BEING, to talk back to God? And ask (more like complain) why my life isn’t the way I planned. While it is still difficult to understand God’s plan and direction for my life, I realized that it’s not always about me understanding.  He gives mercy to whoever he wants. He hardens the hearts of whoever he wants. My life may feel miserable right now, but He is shaping this lump of clay for a special purpose. The Lord humbled me to realize that I am not in control and that I don’t need to understand ANYTHING He does. My job is to trust. To trust in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I’ll close with a prayer that Nancy gives for us to pray over our hearts.

“Potter, I give you this lump of clay called my life. Use whatever pressure is needed to shape me into something of great worth in your sight, something of beauty in your estimation, something fit for displaying your glory!”

Baggage

This is such a great blog all around, but this post is especially profound. Every woman should read this, single or taken.

Simply Solo: Single girl starting over - follow the journey

At an event the other night, a couple of friends and I were talking about baggage. There are so many different kinds of baggage that you could have, but most everyone has some. Maybe you have a rolling carry-on bag worth of baggage, or maybe a knapsack. Perhaps you just have a little fanny pack that ties around your waist, or maybe you have a matching five-piece set of luggage that you have to check before you get on the plane (and pay an overage fee). If you are particularly well-adjusted, you may just have a little bag at the end of a stick you carry around, like what you’d pack if you were a kid running away from home (thanks to Lindsay and Trevor for the references).

 

Upon Googling baggage, I came across this article on the Marie Claire website. The author identifies the types of baggage women have as…

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Welcome to Neverland!

Well I finally went through with it. I made a blog! I’m not so sure what I’m doing here, or what I’ll be writing about.
I recently graduated high school and have entered a new phase in my life. I’m not too sure what I’m doing with my life either. I thought it would be great idea to have a space to share all my new adventures.

I’ll be writing a post with more about myself soon. So look out for that.

Here’s to finding out what being a grown up is all about….and figuring out a way to never grow up at all

Second star to the right and straight on till morning,
Camille