Sunday, March 24, 2013

praying for your FUTURE MAN. [the power of prayer]

     Hey friends! I'm so glad to be back in the blogging scene. Finals week for college was a killer, but my exams are over now and I'm thrilled to be back & finally just sit and share my thoughts with each of you today.

     God has been putting on my heart this past week a lot of thoughts about my future husband. Where is he? Who is he? Have I already met him yet? When will I meet him? What if I'm not ready for a relationship when I meet him? What if I don't know how to manage a relationship with Jesus and a boyfriend at the same time when he does come along?

     I don't know about you all, but these are so many questions that run through my head on a daily basis about him. Like, I hope I'm not a crazy person...please tell me this is normal at my age. The more I thought about it though and read some scripture in my Bible, I realized that God has always intended for me to marry someone, and he has put this desire on my heart to be with a man forever for a reason. Genesis 3:18 says: "Then the Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just and right for him."

      As you can see, God wants us to be married. He wants us to find the love of our lives, that special someone he planned for us to be with long ago. God has the perfect match for you and me, but I'm realizing for myself that this godly man won't just come out of nowhere to me unless I PRAY.

      Prayer...what do you think about it? When I first became I Christian, I'm going to be completely honest with you, I doubted prayer. I doubted God was really listening. I believed in God and knew He was real, but I just couldn't imagine The God of the universe really cared enough to listen to me. I had to get to the point in my life where I was completely broken so God could cry out to me, "Are you ready to listen to me now, Jessica? I never intended for you to be put through all of this harm. Confess your sins and come back to me." From here I finally began to listen to Him, I finally began to confess, and it was here in my life where I finally began to see a way out of the darkness. There was finally a light at the end of my dark tunnel. There was no longer any more endless hope for me. Now I can say that with full confidence that God's response to our prayer to Him is: Comforting. Peaceful. BEYOND REAL. Beautiful. Encouraging. Amazing.

     So here it goes, I wanted to share with you ladies some ideas of mine on praying for your future husbands. I hope it encourages you. I hope it helps you to understand even more that God does have a special prince planned out for you. & Before I begin, I just wanted to say that these ideas of mine are not intended only for the single ladies, but also the married ones, the dating ones, the engaged ones, etc.

1) You pray for his heart.
Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
Praying for your mans heart is IMPORTANT. Our man's hearts are so very special and need to be prayed for just as badly as our own. We often walk into situations where we end up getting hurt because we didn't ask God to give us the wisdom for protecting our hearts. Well, it's the same for men. Pray that God would guard their hearts, Pray that they would give their hearts to God EVERY day, Pray that they would always be seeking the Lord's heart until the time comes when God allows for them to pursue yours with tender care.

2) You pray that he would follow the Holy Spirit's leading in his life.
Another big one that I felt like I should share with you is this. From my own personal experience, following the Holy Spirit in my life has lead me to joy and peace, despite the pain it sometimes has taken for me to get there. This is why it's so important to pray for your man to follow the holy spirit's leading in his life as well. God's spirit speaks to each of us and guide us in all that we do, according to John 14:26 which says: "But the Advocate, the Holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind to you everything that I have said to you." Pray that your man would listen to the spirit's leading in EVERY part of his life, not just some parts. Pray that God wouldn't let the enemy lead him astray and get off track. Pray that he wouldn't allow the spirit to condemn him (because that's not from God) but only to CONVICT him. Conviction reveals us the truth we need to understand, condemnation tears us down.

3) You pray that he would love Jesus with all of his heart, mind, and soul, more than he could ever love you.
Sounds cray, right? Nope not at all! Some of you are probably thinking: "But don't I want my man to love ME with his whole heart?" Nope, you sure don't. I say this because if your man truly loves the Lord, his love for you will reflect his love for Jesus, which will be better than you ever imagined. God must be in the center of our relationships in order for them to be everything we have ever wanted them to be. God completely filled my old empty & broken heart with His unconditional love, which allowed for me to understand that NO man can ever love me in the way that He loves me. As much as I want an awesome Jesus-loving husband someday, I'll always want Jesus more. That's why I think it's so important to pray for our future men to love Jesus with all of their heart, mind, and soul. (Luke 10:27) Pray that God will always be first in their day-day-life, Pray that they would be able to understand the importance of quiet time with the Lord EVERY day, Pray that their love for the Lord would be so evident and strong that it would overflow into your own relationship with each other. Ephesians 5:25 says: "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her." In other words, pray that your man's love for you would be similar to how much he loves Jesus.

4) You pray that he would surround himself with godly friends who keep him accountable
I have learned in the past year how important my Christian friendship are more than ever. These are the friends who keep me accountable of my actions, call me out on my sin, pray for me, watch out for me,and love me. Wouldn't you want your man to be surrounding himself with friends like these as well? After all, 1 Corinthians 15:33 says: "Do not be mislead, bad company leads to bad character." Pray that your man would surround himself with godly friends who keep him accountable of his actions. Pray that he would seek God's wisdom above all else when building new relationships. Pray that he would be able to maintain, encourage, the new godly friends that come into his life.

5) Pray that you would both meet when your READY, in God's timing.
Ah yes. I'll be 100% honest with you guys, this is the part that might be the hardest for myself. I often find myself creating fairy tale romances in my head the second I spot a cute Christian boy at church. Yep, I just admitted that. But hey, were only human. Lately God has been really telling me lately just to be patient and WAIT. He's been reminding how important it is that my future husband is brought into my life when both him and I are ready to meet each other. Pray that both you and your man would be completely ready for a relationship together when God brings him into your life. Pray that his heart would be ready to take care of yours when you meet. Pray that he is patient enough when pursuing you so that he treats you respectfully, generously, unselfishly, and lovingly.

Q&A Time!

What if I don't know if a boy I am starting to really like is "the one?" How do I know if it's God's will or I'm moving things too fast?

Gosh. there have been quite a few times in the past where in my relationships I totally jumped into things with a new guy way too fast, without talking about God with it first. Then whuddya know? I got hurt. I wish I could help you understand the importance for you to bring whatever situation you are currently in with a boy to God first and ask for His approval. For me, Talking with God about a new guy in my life is a daily conversation. I have to remind myself each day to tell God that if this new guy isn't in His will for me, then the He should take him out of my life and set me right back on his perfect plan for my life. So yes my lovely ladies, put God first. Not only in all the big things, but even the itsy bitsy things. (God wants to be THAT intimate with you, I promise.) Be prepared for anything to happen, knowing God works in mysterious ways. If you find out a new guy you've been seeing isn't interested in you anymore, don't allow for yourself to get too upset, as hard as that is to do. (Trust me, I KNOW. I've been hurt. It's painful.) But this truly just means that God has a better guy for you. After all, God wants you to be with someone who brings out the absolute BEST in you. You deserve to be treated like a princess.

Love ya'll! Happy Sunday!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Why I love Pslam

Hi friends! happy Monday! I can't even remember what day of the week it is anymore..oh yeah it's finals week. boo.
Psalm. It's a book in the Bible. Some call it mediocre, but I call it AMAZING!!!!!!
Why? Because it's all about REAL emotions. Christian who are talking to a very REAL God about how they REALLY feel.
It's not just: "Dear God, thank you for a good day today. Thank you for a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in."
Instead its: "Dear Lord. Help me. I'm so much in need of you. Guard my mouth and my actions so that everything I do pleases you. Give me some direction in my life. What the heck am I going to do next year?!"
I love Psalm because it reflects my relationship with Lord, as with many other Christians on this planet. It is truth, it demonstrates how a relationship with God should be. It should be us pouring out our hearts to Him on a regular basis. Desperately asking Him for some help and some direction. Because He is all we have to depend on.

"O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge."

Psalm 62:8 

You see, that is what is so wonderful about your relationship with God, it's real. It takes work. It can be emotional. It can be crazy. It can be an adventure. But most of the time, it's a huge blessing with a whole lot of joy.
When give God our whole hearts, He rewards us with his presence. It's the greatest thing. When we are honest with God, He gives us His faithfulness. When we are REAL we God, we are changed. He transforms us. We are a new person.

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 
2 Corinthians 5:7

So don't waste time. God is calling you to a very real relationship with Him, right now! Psalm is my favorite book right now, (hence right now, because Lord knows in a couple months I'll be onto another book in the Bible ;) because it reassures the fact to me that my relationship with God isn't a sentence long prayer before dinner, He is my other half. My relationship with Him means everything to me.
I want you all to know the same as well! Don't let the enemy tell you any different. Don't believe him when He says: "That will never be you. You just aren't Christian enough."
....Please! Anyone who thinks Christianity is a reflection of a bunch of perfect people living in a perfect world your wrong! We still struggle, but God makes us strong. Even though we can never be 100% perfect, we are called to represent God in everything we do, meaning that we must act responsibly. To some people, that may come off as perfection, but it's not. It's just the blessing of living for Him and knowing Him intimately.

Love you guys!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday's and baptisms!!

Hello my lovelies! Happy Sunday :)

Today has been a beautiful today. I am at the library getting ready to whip out my study materials for finals week coming up tomorrow! I would appreciate a few prayers for strength, thanks my friends! :). Anyways,  The first reason that today has been such a beautiful day is because it is God's today, the day to give him glory and rest! (kind of ironic since it's finals week for me in college haha) and also, one of my lovely friends Alexis was baptized today! It was beautiful. She is such a close friend of mine. She is generous, loving, and a total Proverbs 31 lady. (Watch out boysssss ;) Love you Alexis! lex and I recently became close friends this past year, and God has blessed us so much in our friendship! She is so encouraging to me in my walk with Jesus.

Here is a pic from the lovely day! Starting from left: Me, Margo, Alexis, Emily, and Amy. All of my Young Life ladies, they rock!   

 What do you all think about baptism? When I was baptized last year, I did it not because I felt like I had too, but because I felt the holy spirit calling me to do it. Actually, it was a mix of both. I knew that Jesus did it and wanted his followers to do it, so that was a big part of why I did it. At the same time, I also wanted to demonstrate my love for him and show the world how I was finally ready to begin my real journey with Him. Jesus talks about getting baptized not as an option, but as a necessary part in our walk with him! 

"Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Acts 2:38

In this verse Peter emphasizes how getting baptized will give us the beautiful gift of the holy spirit. It's not like God is saying you won't be saved if you don't get baptized, but why wouldn't you? It is such an important part in your walk with Jesus. Please don't think I am condemning you by saying that, I encourage you to walk in whatever way God has called you too. But I also encourage you to get baptized after accepting Jesus into your heart. It will change you.

After I was baptized, Jesus continued to changed me. I'm amazed at how intimate my relationship with Him has become, I'm just like, "dang God, learning about you and growing in you never ends!" I love Him so much, he demonstrates His love to me in so many ways. Today as I was leaving my friend Alexis's house and driving away, I found myself smiling to myself just telling God how good he is.

Anyways, today's post is a tad bit short because I have so much to do but I just wanted to drop by and say hi! I love ya'll! I love hearing from you all too. Let me know in ANY way I can be praying for each of you, seriously! :) Please message about anything you would like! If you want to know more about Jesus, message me! I would love to tell you. He loves you times a million, and more. He changed me, and He will change you if you give Him the keys!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

God knows how to take care of us.

Hello friends!

Today has been a good day so far. I woke up, worked on this blog, and had lunch with my brother. Let me tell you, this whole blog thing is super frustrating sometimes! Whenever I find myself getting upset, I just keep reminding myself that this blog isn't for my glory, it's for God's.

I just wanted to say, I can't WAIT for summer! And I had to share with you all a few goodies I bought while shopping last weekend, which makes me even more excited for summer!

I can't wait to wear this swimsuit in the summer time! It's from Victoria's Secret. I also bought some of their Pink perfume while I was there, which smells AMAZING. It's called "Wild At Heart." Love it! The makeup that I bought is both Sephora's liquid black eyeliner, Sephora's tan sparkly eye pen crayon, and Victoria's secret's eye-brightening pen. I have been using Sephora's liquid eyeliner for awhile now, because it never smears like the old brands I used to use! My mom suggested I get Sephora's tan sparkly eye crayon pen, to put around my eyes for a sparkly effect. Victoria's Secret eye-brightening pen is AMAZING! It makes your face all shiny and bright (In a good way, trust me)...I don't know how to explain it. You should definitely check it out! It was nice to go on a little shopping splurge, since I never get to shop and don't have a lot of extra spending money for it while in school.

How are you guys today? I hope your all doing well and focusing your eyes on God. He is always good! Today there is a special verse on my mind:

"Though you have made me seen troubles, many and bitter, You will restore my life again...You will increase my honor and comfort me once again." 
Psalms 71:20-21

I LOVE this verse, because it is so true for me and my walk with Christ. In the past year and a half, there have been some hard times. It was hard for me to truly trust and seek Jesus with my whole heart. Finally, I feel like I am too the point where I am able to trust him whole-heartedly. But it wasn't pretty getting here, a lot of it was painful, because the Lord had to teach me His way of living.  To go along with this, I have a quote by Francis Chan:

Guys, If you've just entered head on into a relationship with God and your wondering why the heck everything seems so confusing, why you feel so much pain and discomfort, it's because your moving on into a NEW life. God's plan for you. My life without God was dark, I was wrapped in a lot of sin. When I became a Christian, it wasn't all roses and daises right away as I expected. God had a lot of work to do inside of me. He had a alot of truth to reveal to me. And in order for that to be done effectively, he had to show me sorrow. He had to break me and mold me into the daughter he always wanted me to be. The way I like to think of it as is like a child and her dad. When she comes running back to her dad when she knows she is in serious trouble, in order for her to not make the same mistake again, he has to lay down the law. Whatever he needs to do to get her to shape up, he will do it. God is the same way, he loves us so much that he takes care of us like a father does to his children. He wants us so badly to live the life he has called us to live so he gives us pain and mourning so that we will understand why that path was so wrong for us and why we should never go back. There are a lot of verses in Psalms that talk about God's discipline, and they are very relateable to me.

This is Psalm 119:66-67.

Verrrrry good stuff right here. My prayer today me and all of you is that God would continue to teach us good knowledge and judgment in everything that we do, so that we would 100% be on the path He has called us to be on. Also. I pray that he would give us true wisdom and that we wouldn't be tempted in any way to waver in our faith. (I know that I am guilty of that a lot lately, and I need help!) So help us God, we so desperately need you in everything that we do today. We love you Lord! and i love you guys!

finals and resting in Him.

Heeeeeyyy my friends! I hope you had an amazing, Christ-filled, loving day today.

It's currently 12:06 am and I can't really sleep. I was at the library for about 6 hours today, working on papers and math homework! Finals is right around the corner, I'm praying that everything goes smoothly and the Lord would put his hand of blessing over my finals weeks and all of the tests I have coming up! Before I made it to the library today, things were pretty hectic. I woke up at 8:00 this morning to finish a press release for my internship (oh by the way, I am a public relations intern, click HERE to read about where it all began..huge blessing :)) Anyways, I woke up early to write some brief summaries on a Press Release I'm working on. This assignment ended up taking me way longer than expected, so by 10:00 am when my boss called I had to let her know I was a tad bit behind, but she ended up being totally understanding, as always! I love working with Campbell Consulting, they are amazing and such an inspiring group of women to work with! Plus, I love Public Relations and it is my dream to have a job in that field one day. I am so blessed! Thank you Lord.

Yesterday, I had dinner with one of my Young Life girl's, Cece. We had a blast! We went to dinner at this delicious restaurant that makes pretty much only healthy food. I had a "paleo bowl" and Cece had a caesar salad. The picture I took of the paleo bowl wasn't as good as a different one I have of the same dinner, so I'm using this photo to explain it's deliciousness to you all. And super healthy. Nommm! (Forgot to take a pic of Cece's salad, darn. It looked amazing too!)

 After dinner, we went shopping! woohoo. Girl time. gotta love it.

Cece tried on the cutest outfit. This gray shirt + mint pants (not pictured) was a killer outfit. The lady working there said that everybody who had tried on those pants so far had bought them instantly after. Super cute, but super spendy.

Pretty much fell in love with this shirt, it's so cute! I love everything lace, seriously. Score! 

Forgot to mention: right before picking up Cece for dinner, I snuck into the Christian book store and bought a new devotional. Sarah Young. Big shocker. She is amazing! This one is called "Jesus Today."  It was on sale for 8 dollars, normally 17, so I had too. Her devotionals are NEVER on sale. I was so stoked. She writes such encouraging messages! Check out my collection..I clearly am a devotional fanatic :)

    I feel like I am in such a unique place in my relationship with the Lord lately. I don't know how to explain it. I'm definitely growing in so many ways. So many things are changing way sooner than I expected in my relationship with Him. You know that saying, "God doesn't call the qualified, he calls the called."? Yeah, that's been on my heart lately. It's honestly mind-blowing to look back on the past year and a half of my life and see the woman God has changed me into. I still have a long long journey ahead of me and so many changes ahead, but I am in such a better place, its unreal. The Lord is a faithful God, my friends, and I'm here to tell you why as much as I possibly can. I made this blog for his glory!
Next week I get to go home for spring break, I cannot wait. Although, I'll admit to you, this is an area of my life where I really need to open myself up more with the Lord. I feel as if when I go home, I focus on the past too much and who I used to be. The enemy tries to get into my mindset and bring back some of those memories. But as a Christian, I am called to take every single thought and voice that speaks to me inside of my head and make it captive to Christ.  
       It says in 2 Corinthians 2:5: "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ."I just wanted to ask the each of you something, because I know I struggle with positive thinking a lot of the time. Is it hard for you keep your eyes only on the Lord all throughout the day? Sometimes, it's so easy for me to instantly just go from bad to worse in terms of thinking. "Oh no, here it comes, this is going to be bad..." "Really God? C'mon?" Once I catch myself saying either of these things, I know it is the enemy speaking to me, not God. How selfish of me too to even blame God for a second for any of my problems! We are in a continuous battle between good and evil, my friends. God has already won, but the enemy seeks to take control.  We HAVE to stand firm in our beliefs.

1 Peter 5:8: "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."

The truth is, we need to be more aware of the devil's schemes in our lives and not allow for him to steal our joy. After all, Jesus came to give us a full, complete life! (John 10:10) And I know that life can be hard. As Christians, our lives are so far from perfect. I have a list of daily problems that I could tell you about, but I choose not too. I choose to focus on Jesus and his perfection. He is the only one who is able to give me joy despite all of the craziness going on around me. No human being can do that. Sure, that hot guy in your math class may for like 30 seconds when you stare at him, but I'm talking about real joy my friends. Endless, everlasting, perfect joy! We have this type of joy 24/7 in our relationships with Christ! We just have to remain in his word to correct any lies we may be believing. I assure you that whatever trails you are going through now are not meant to overwhelm you, they are meant to make you stronger.

Random thought: God has been so good to me.Blogging is SO therapeutic. Who would have thought? ha! I pray that God would use this blog to bring about his glory in RADICAL ways. I'm here to make you famous, Jesus! Tonight, I also prayed for my future husband. Totally random, but I was reading this amazing blog and felt called to do it. It felt good. God's listening.

Anyway. I'm beyond stressed right now, I have finals coming up and SO much going on in these next couple of weeks. If I didn't have a relationship with Christ, I would be DUNZO! (reminds me of a show called Laguna Beach I used to watch, HA!) I'm relying so much on the Lord in these upcoming days to give me complete and total peace and strength to get through. I just want to live, Lord. Help me to not focus on all of my problems. Help me just to focus on you.

I <3 you guys! Happy Friday! Hope your all out doing something fun and not being a lame-o and staying in and studying for finals like me:)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

what God thinks..ONLY!

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how I worry way too much about what other people think of me. Ever since I brought this problem to God, it has been the most freeing feeling. I still struggle with at often, but I am improving, and God loves and recognizes that. I found a couple quotes and verses from the Bible related to this topic that I wanted to share with you.

"Oh don't worry; we wouldn't dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!"
2 Corinthians 10:12

"Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant."Galatians 1:10

So you see, these verses make it very clear that it is only God's opinion that matters. He is the one who holds us accountable for everything we do.

      Let me give you a few good reasons why caring about what others think leads to disaster...and don't for a second think this is me saying "because I'm perfect, let me show you how to be better!" This is advice I'm giving you is what I have learned from my past mistakes on caring what others think of me.

     1) It destroys our self-confidence that God meant for us to have in Him and only Him.
When you are constantly seeking the approval of others and worrying what they may think about you, you are leaving no room for God to work in you. God wants our confidence to come from Him and Him alone. With God as your confidence, you have this amazing, unexplainable new light shining within you. There's something so freeing knowing that the God of the universe has our lives in complete and total control, we just have to give him the keys.

     2) We are trapped in chains from continuously seeking the approval of others.
I remember in the past in high school when I was all about gaining popularity and enhancing my self-image in the way others saw me. There wasn't nothing I desired more than to maintain an awesome social life, based on popularity alone. Popularity/self image became my God. And because I allowed myself to live my life in this way, when others didn't approve of me, it broke me. I became depressed. I wanted them to give me attention, but they weren't. I wanted others to look at me with admiration. I was in a deep pit, and I couldn't get out.

3) It disables us from depending on God.
When we are seeking the approval of others, they become what we depend on. We depend on them for attention, for them to include us, for them to like us, for them to bring us more social gain, etc. This leads to destruction, especially when they dump you as a friend. There is nothing that God desires more than for his children to depend on him with their entire hearts. When God is your solid foundation, you can do things beyond your imagination. He promises to give us the strength to keep us going, we just have to ask. I don't know about you, but I'm asking God maybe 15 times a day for strength? And when I ask, he never fails to provide. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside just writing this. (hahaha...but seriously.) Anyways, when we are seeking the approval of others, they become what we depend on. We depend on them for attention, for them to include us, for them to like us, for them to bring us more social gain, etc. This leads to destruction, especially when they dump you as a friend.

So my friends, I encourage you to pray on a daily basis that God will help you to keep His focus on Him and Him alone. When this happens, God will direct your thoughts, minds, actions to what is most important for Him. And we all know that his plan for us is better than anything we can come up with. That is my prayer for all of you today! I'm off to bed, tomorrow is going to be a fun day full of math homework and preparing for finals. God, help me to focus on spring break! Love you all! Message me with any questions or anything you want to talk about!

<3 Jess

its happening! MY FIRST BLOG.

Hello friends!

My names Jessica. I have a huge passion for Jesus, the lover of my soul. I'm a college student (communication major to be specific ;D) and I love to read and write. I originally wanted to create a blog about my own healthy eating tips, because I lost 50 pounds a couple years ago and have kept it off since! However as exciting as that has been in my life, I felt the Lord calling me to create a blog to talk mainly about His beautiful presence in my life.....and I loved the idea!

I consider myself a newer Christian. I accepted Christ as my savior when I was 20 years old. Although raised Christian by my parents, I didn't give my heart to God until that age. And boy did things change, I can honestly tell you I'm a new person...but if you'd like to know that whole story then you can just click the "My Story" link on the right. :) 

Soooo lately God has put a lot of things on my heart that I feel like I should share with each of you lovely people! But before I begin...
1) If you don't have the devotional Jesus Calling, buy it now! It is full of daily amazing, encouraging, beautifully written words of Jesus's love for you. So inspiring! I found out about it last year and I'm hooked my friends!

Today as I was reading Jesus Calling, the words spoke to me so perfectly as to what I am struggling with in my life right now: FEAR. (False Evidence Appearing Real)

     My favorite part of today's reading from Jesus Calling is the line where it says: "If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing me work through you." I felt God speaking to me so vividly through that line. There are a lot of things coming up in my future here pretty soon that I am down-right SCARED about. (I'm applying for grad school, my family is moving, overcoming my fears/negative emotions) But I realized to myself after reading today's devotional, that my relationship with God requires courage, but that doesn't mean I have to be afraid. God has promised to be with me. He loves me unconditionally, and the last thing He wants for me is to live a life that is predictable, boring, and without a challenge. Without challenges in my life, where would I be able to see the growth?

     So my friends, I encourage you to live your lives today FEARLESSLY. Live today the way God intended for you to live it: Joyfully, courageously, confidently, and purposefully. Your identity, purpose, and hope all lie within the hands of our amazing God. My prayer for both myself and each of you today is that we would give all of our fears, doubts, and worries into God's hands and stare ahead confidently at all that is ahead.

Live fearless. Live for Him.

xoxo, I love you all!