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The Gift of Singleness: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Go, and bloom where you are planted.

There's only one problem I have when it comes to being single: the apathy. 

It often seems like the topic of being single is overlooked or bypassed, like we are just supposed to slide right through this season of our lives. And sadly, this is the apathetic response from those around us that seems to make us single people less passionate about our current season.

I get that we (most of us) are called to be married and we are called to do greater things with our helpmate (whoever we marry). So I get why pastors, leaders and older married couples in the church talk about marriage and praying for your future spouse. But, what I have a problem with is when that’s all we (us singles) hear. PSA: We don’t always want to talk about dating “the Christian way”, praying for our future spouse, preparing ourselves while were single" etc.

What I want to know is what else am I supposed to do when I’m single? How do I find the courage and the patience to walk out this season of my life; right here, right now? Is there something I am supposed to be doing in conjunction with preparation for marriage?

I once read somewhere that often times when were still single yet to be married, there is something – a specific assignment – that God has us on. This is an assignment that needs to be and can only be fulfilled in our season of being single. Imagine what blessings we block when we “bypass” this season and never complete that assignment because we were too focused on meeting our future spouse.

Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
— 1 Corinthians 7:20

What I’ve learned in being single is that this is not a place we want to detour from, but to really soak up in this season. Take up space in this journey to find out who you are, live out your identity as a whole, complete person (a part from your future spouse) and complete the task God called you to do. Being single, yes has a lot of challenges and many lonely days, but it also holds so much value, purpose and quite frankly, can be a lot of fun.

Being single has also taught me more about strength and dignity in being a human simply found and loved by God; period. This is the kind of strength I want to bring to my future husband and the kind of strength my future children can learn from. Not in being a woman, waiting to find herself in her future man. Honestly, I don’t think this kind of character can be developed when a woman is unsure of herself. The last thing you want to do is rush yourself into any kind of relationship by thinking that when you finally marry this person you will find the confidence and security you’ve been hoping for.

Imagine a beautiful flower, the most beautiful one you've ever seen. Now imagine YOU are that flower, except you have only half bloomed. Do you know what happens to a flower when they are uprooted from their soil a little too soon? They become damaged and parts can be broken. Yes, an uprooted plant can be replanted, healed and brought to life again. But, what is that process worth if we can just let that flower bloom where it is planted before removing it out of the soil it thrives on. 

My goodness, there have been far too many times that I allowed myself to be uprooted prematurely only to find myself repeatedly broken hearted, praying so desperately for God to bring me back to life all over again. If I can share one solid piece of advice with you, it would be not to rush this time of your life nor take a moment for granted. You are right where you need to be in order to blossom and live a beautiful life. Your helpmate will come in God's perfect timing; I promise. Although I have not met mine yet, I know this is true because we serve a good Father and whatever our heart truly desires He does not withhold.

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
— Psalm 37:4

If being single has been hard for you, I encourage you to pause for a moment, put your gear in park and remap the path you’ve been trying to speed through. Singleness is one of the most beautiful gifts to be had and for the majority of us, it won’t last forever. Ask God to give you direction and purpose during this season so that you are no longer just passing on through. Ask Him to fill you up with His goodness so that you begin to find joy and peace where you once felt lonely and insecure.

Do the things that you dream of doing NOW. Do the things that scare you. Find the beauty in singleness. Don’t skip over it. Embrace every part – the difficulties, the joy, the thrill. Give yourself time to grow and learn in new ways (I mean seriously, imagine the kind of awesome stories you’ll be able to tell your future partner when the singleness is all over). Be adventurous. Be brave. Create the best kind of memories with your friends and be selfish with your just-me-and-Jesus time.

We don't have to forget about our preparation for marriage, but for heaven’s sake dear friend, right here, right now, go and bloom where you are planted!

All my love,

L

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The Gift of Singleness: Give Room For God by Jenae Kaanehe

Give Room for God

Oh, so you're single?!

Congratulations! What an exciting, pivotal time in your life! Despite what the world will try to tell you, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with you. You are loved, valued and well taken care of by our heavenly Father! You are of no lesser value than your best friend or even peers around you that may be in a relationship or married. If you have recently gotten out of a relationship, it may seem like you're at the end of the rope right now, that your life has come to a halt...but let me challenge that thinking by saying it has only just begun! 

Let me be honest for a second, I didn't always have this mindset of being single. Since I was in 8th grade, for about 10 years I was in a relationship. I dated my first boyfriend for about 8 years. We made it through attending 2 separate high schools, being long-distance for a couple years living in 2 different states, and made it through my college years. All very big milestones in life. I thought he was the "one". We lived together for a few years and eventually broke up. Right after that, I immediately found myself in another relationship. This one was not so much rainbows and butterflies, but more like headaches and heartaches. After a few months things ended. I was devastated, crushed and confused. But it was in this time that I had such a powerful encounter with God and began to truly grow into the woman he intended me to be. 

I began digging in scriptures to find healing and honestly, to get rid of the bitterness I had in my heart. I asked the Lord to surround me with women of God who would encourage, love and support me through this process. And that's exactly what He did. I would say this was a big part of my healing. The biggest mistake you can do after a breakup is isolate yourself and/or be around people who will cause you to dwell on the past. I also discovered the importance of self-care, something put on the back burner in the past. Since I was so focused on my boyfriend I didn't get to enjoy things for myself and ensure my needs were met. I had to repent for putting my past relationships above my relationship with God. I idolized them and in turn was where I had put all my hope and trust. As I continued seeking God to fill every void in my life I began to see Him as all sufficient. I realized the importance of putting Jesus firstin my life. As I grew in my personal relationship with Christ I discovered the importance and even how to submit my life to Him. I believe this is a foundational "pre-requisite" before entering a relationship with purpose. The bible clearly states as women, we are to submit to our husband. How could I possibly submit to my husband if I couldn't even submit to God? 

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
— Ephesians 5:22

Being single for the past three years I have found so much confidence in who I am in Christ. I continuously pray for God to prune and strengthen me in every area of my life as He does the same for my future husband. Having a completely new perspective on dating and marriage than I did three years ago I truly honor the covenant of marriage. It is no longer something I want to rush into and I encourage you not to either. Yes, be expectant that whoever Jesus has for you is an amazing man that is perfectly fit to help you carry out God's will for you on earth. But give it all up to God. Think about why you want to be married someday. Is it for your own fleshly desires? Or is it so God will get the glory? I pray wherever you're at in your journey that you will continue to seek the Lord like never before. Give God the room He needs to work in your life. It's not up to us to know the how. Trust that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) Stand tall and be of good cheer as God uses this season to prepare, plant and produce some amazing things in your life! 

Jenae Kaanehe

Young Adults Ministry Leader

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The Gift of Singleness: First Love by Allison Frank

First Love

If you are struggling with singleness, I can relate.

I’ve been there… many times, and honestly I’m still there sometimes. I’ve learned that the deep longing desire to be loved and to have intimacy is something that will never go away, for it is an innate desire that God built in us to keep us close with him and always desiring intimacy with him.

Unfortunately the world is really good at taking the things God has given us and perverting them into something outside of their original intention. God’s original intention was for us to have relationship with him first and foremost, yet things like Disney movies and romantic comedies have tainted us to believe that our happily ever after will come once we meet our prince charming. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as attractive as a prince charming might be, they will never be able to perfectly fill the deep intimacy and fulfillment that God offers. 

I believe that if you are struggling with being “single”, that you need to have a mindset shift… daily. The reason for this is because we need to shift our minds from the tainted culture of the world back to the perfect truth of God’s love.

And do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God.
— Romans 12:2

When God is not first in your life, everything else will be out of balance, especially your emotions and your desires. I believe that when you become so consumed in your relationship with him, you will no longer feel single as God’s love is all consuming. 

While many are longing for someone to call or cuddle with late at night, God is always there, longing for us 24 hours a day. The creator of love, intimacy, and romance is already in your life pursuing you, wanting to spend every waking moment with you. He longs for you to call him late at night and tell him about your day. He wants to share intimate moments with you and spend time together. Learning how to be in relationship with God, your first husband, is the best possible way to prepare for any other relationship you have in your life. Marriage is not meant to complete you; it should complement you. Before even considering a romantic relationship, I believe its important to know who you are and know how to have a romantic relationship with God. Let his love fill you. Let him take you on dates. No one can out love God. No one can out give God. Therefore if you are not fully satisfied with love from God alone and from his incredible gifts, no human will ever be able to compete.  

The best lesson I have learned as a single, is that when you are whole with God, you can have joy and be satisfied in ANY season, single or not. I’ve learned that God is literally all you need. If you are not satisfied first and foremost with the creator of romance, no bae and no amount of flowers will ever fill your desires. I would rather be single and in close relationship with God, than have someone in my life who would keep me from my first love. Instead I want someone who will complement the strong relationship I already have, not compete with it. There is no love greater than the love from God, your creator and your first love, so I encourage you reading this to pursue God with all you have and I promise you that singleness will no longer feel like a burden but instead a gift. 

For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
— Isaiah 54:5

Love,

Allison


Allison Frank

Young Adults Ministry Leader

 

 

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The Gift of Singleness: Finding True Satisfaction by Brooke Wilson

Finding True Satisfaction


Currently, I have been married for about a year and a half now, engaged for 8 months before that, and dating for about a year and a half before that. It’s been a little while since I have experienced singleness, but I still remember some of those single aches like it was yesterday.

There were days when all I could think about was having a guy who loved and cherished me and there were days when I told myself I didn’t need a guy and being single was so much fun.

Most of the time though, I thought I was pretty cool with not having a guy in my life. I’m a pretty independent girl and told myself a lot that I didn’t need a guy. I had big plans for myself and if a guy came along, great and if not I’d be fine. But deep down I didn’t really believe that. I think I only said that to myself out of fear. Fear that a guy wouldn’t come along and that my deepest longings wouldn’t be filled. I wanted to find “the guy”, I wanted to be loved & I wanted to live happily ever after. What girl doesn’t?!

My independence and self talk were merely blankets to prepare myself just in case my desire would never be met, but deep down there was a bigger issue that needed more than a blanket’s help.

I know all of this because “the guy” did come along, and he was tall, dark, and handsome. He loved Jesus, had a wonderful family, had dreams & ambition… just about everything I had ever dreamed of. He pursued me the old fashion way, he made me laugh, gave me butterflies, and told me I was beautiful. Straight from a movie– every girl’s dream. This was “the guy”!!! My deepest desires were fulfilled. My dreams were coming true. Eeep.  My life could now be complete! ….right?!

Wrong.

As time went on, I began to feel a little bit disappointed or maybe a better word would be restless. This is the guy of my dreams…everything I could have wanted (Literally. Greatest guy you will know!!!) We are getting married. We’re graduating college. Life is GREAT, exactly what I’ve hoped for…but I’m still not content? What’s the deal?

*cue major conviction and realization from the Holy Spirit*

Let me tell you the deal. I was finding, or at least trying to find, my contentment in everything else but God. Even though I wasn’t aware of it, I had placed my “satisfaction” & hope in finding a husband and getting married. When I was single, I truly think I believed that getting married was like the peak of my life or something? I would have never admitted that, even to myself… but I think I really did believe that. Then, when I got everything I had ever wanted, I was left feeling even more restless than before. It was still not enough. And it will never be enough.

Christ is the only thing that can ever satisfy my heart. Ever. I can search this world high and low and always come up empty. 

This is honestly the first thing I talk about when anyone asks me about singleness. It’s so important. I think that as women, we often look at marriage as the peak of our lives. If we can just get married…then everything will be settled. We can’t think like that. Single or married, Christ is the only thing that will EVER, EVER satisfy. I have gotten my dream guy and experienced first hand the empty ache and restlessness because I thought that marriage would satisfy my deepest longings.

So my few tips for singleness would be this:

1. When I would get the deep aches of singleness, I had a journal, specifically dedicated to prayers for my husband. I would sit down and write out a prayer for him or share with the Lord what was going on in my heart. This helped tremendously with laying the burden down before the Lord and moving on with my day.

2. Pray specific scripture over him. It’s fun to look back and see prayers that I prayed when I never knew my husband and how they have come to fruition years later.

3. Find your satisfaction in Christ alone. Be on your knees and in the word daily asking that you would really believe Christ is all you need.

4. Lastly, enjoy this season. I know a lot of people say that. But singleness really has many great blessings that come along with it. Do what you want to do, live where you want to live. Travel. Go see friends. Bloom where you’re planted.

Press on sister. Christ has you right where he wants you.

Brooke Wilson

Author and Owner of Living Unshackled

 

 

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The Gift of Singleness: Unwrapping the Gift by Zaharah McKinney

Unwrapping the Gift

 

The "Gift of Singleness" is one that  I never desired for my life.

God knows that if you would have told me that at 35, it'd be just me and Jesus, I would have intercepted that package in the mail. RETURN TO SENDER, BURN UPON ARRIVAL, leave it at TSA and yell BOMB! But God didn't fill me in on his perfect timing, He still hasn't informed me of when the husband-redeemer assigned to me will arrive. 

In my teens I looked at wedding gowns and chose styles that would accent my curves well. In my early twenties, I did the same and resolved that 24 was D day, then 26, 28 didn't look so bad. Flirty 30, a mature bride. Then the years flew by. In truth, I had never been single, I was always in a relationship, always wed to the "dream life" that I built in my head.

The various players in my fantasies were long-term boyfriends, summer loves, spring hopefuls and so on. There were a couple of men that I loved really deeply. Those relationships cost me the sacrifice of love. They taught me selflessness at times. They taught me how to prioritize another over myself. I grew, I was stretched. I practiced loving, honest and fun communication. I practiced my cooking and cleaning skills. I was betrothed in spirit. Those deep soul-ties controlled my emotion and shaped the thoughts of my future. 

I was stubbornly, "trying to make it work", time, after time, because being single, walking this earth alone, had been one of my greatest fears. I don't know where it began. The pressure to be coupled. I just know it has always been there. In my adulthood it became apparent that there wasn't a place in the church at large for those who didn't come in two's. Pulpit preaching celebrated marriage. There were no victories for those who walked alone. Single's ministry was really about hooking up the singles, or just occupying your time until Mr. Whoever showed up. My grandfather used to say "You don't want to be the last belle at the ball".

Well I waited and tried and flirted, and was kind, I was accommodating, I made room for foolishness. And in the end, God and my conscious stopped me from settling. God really, there are moments even now, when I just want the waiting to be over. Because celibacy is not a walk in the park, because people don't invite you to events, because women clutch their (non-attractive, unambitious, un-spiritual) husbands when I walk by, because people assume that if you are very attractive and single that you must be broken. I used to agree with that lie. It was the kind of lie that you won't even admit to yourself. But in his loving-kindness, one day God sent a preacher to talk about the curse of comparison. I searched my heart and found that I wasn't comparing myself to anyone- so I thought- another lie!

During that service the Holy Spirit whispered to me, "You think there's something wrong with you because you're not married, there's nothing wrong with you, I have purpose for you and you will be married when it's time." The assurance of love and acceptance freed me to know that God had heard me, my years of prayer, it caused me to hold my head higher that day. It made me stop shrinking down, boldly look people in the eye, and take up the space on the earth that God had ordained for me.

If you know me, you would never have imagined that I used to make room for other people's insecurities, in addition to my own. I would go out of my way not to have conversations AT ALL with married men. But that moment with God, the most loving force on earth validated me, in all of my power, with my beauty, intellect and abilities, as able to stand on my own. He showed me that I had purpose, independent of my marital status, that was planned before the foundation of the world. That the measure of the Holy Spirit in me was greater that ten thousand demons, if I just stood in his love; if I walked in my uniqueness. 

That day, that moment, I loosened my grip a bit on Cinderella dreams. I was a belle. I was at the father's ball. We were in intimate relationship and I was NOT ALONE. It has been a journey, ebbs and flows, lonely days, sometimes nights. Yet the last couple of years have taught me so much.

A few months ago the Holy Spirit had me open the bible and read the book of Ruth again. What was illuminated to me was LEGACY. Boaz stepped in as a husband redeemer, but he had to be qualified to do so. He had to have the right DNA. One day, I will become Mrs. X and together we will have children. But Mr. X will have to be able to stand in the place of Jesus in my life. His role will be the kind of sacrificial love that requires sacrifice, to the point of laying down his priorities to see my destiny come to pass. Now there will never be another boo like Jesus. That's #BAE. But There is a man whose legacy is connected to mine. There is a man who has been designed by the father, with the right combination of strengths, weaknesses and idiosyncrasies to help sharpen my own. Whose purpose and destiny is tied to mine, so that together, we can advance the Kingdom of God and have children, who will do the same. 

I am untying a bow, this box has contents whose worth will last through generations, my children will carry this gift. Singleness for me is not so much about the joys of being single. I honestly don't relish in this "status." This pill has been hard to swallow. But I would drink my medicine again to know that I will one day change nations, because I waited for the one who held the right DNA. Together we will be more effective on this earth as WHOLE individualsliving out our identity individually. Purpose doesn't come in pairs. Life and death doesn't come in pairs. 

The gift has been identity, purpose, strength and value that is not connected to anyone outside of the Trinity. I have had to learn how to have my own voice, stand as a business woman, be wise, compassionate, intelligent, witty, beautiful and comfortable in my own skin. I learned that I am valuable, more than the treasuries of this world, because Jesus died so that I could be free to be all that he created me to be.  So instead of simply pining companionship, I have learned to be filled by His presence. I have begun to treat each day as an opportunity to express all that is locked up within. 

Zaharah McKinney

Author at Zaharah Mckinney 

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The Gift of Singleness: Perspective vs. Purpose by Amber Burgos

Perspective versus purpose.

I pray that these words give a new perspective on the purpose in your season of singleness.

I believe perspective in any situation allows us to persevere with grace or it can cause us to struggle through with hardship. If there is anything that I would want you to know as you journey this season of life is: enjoy it! I am recently engaged and will soon be married, but before meeting my soon-to-be husband I went through a season of being single for three years after a four year, extremely unhealthy, relationship.

In those three years there was one thing I always held on to “I will never settle," but what did that truly mean? Whose standard was I measuring “settling” to? The world’s view or God’s view? So, I started praying. Asking, “Father what is it that you have for me? Who is it you desire me to be? Who do you desire FOR me?” God showed me that first I needed to find myself in who He says I am. You see, that extremely unhealthy past relationship I was in brought extreme identity issues and emotional turmoil. I knew who people wanted me to be, but I lost sight of who God created me to be.

In singleness allow yourself grace to search not only who you are but WHOSE you are. You are a daughter of the King, an heir to His Kingdom, loved, pursued, and full of purpose and passion. You will never have more time than you do now and trust me, it is okay to be a little selfish with self-care.

Next, be specific. As I journeyed through starting to truly know the Amber Burgos that was created by an eternal King, God started to move me into the next phase, praying for my future husband. I didn’t know where he was, what he would look like, or when I would meet him, but I knew God had him somewhere for me so I got down on my knees on his behalf. God’s word tells us “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.” (Matthew 7:7) and I believe that His word is always true. Have you thought about what you want your husband to be like? What are your non-negotiables in a man? From my experience by setting these standards in place allows you to protect your heart in the process of singleness. There is less time wasted on the men that “could be a good choice.” I prayed my husband would first and foremost have a love for God above his love for me. That he would be a man of good character, respectful, a man that held family close to his heart and a man who is dedicated to his work. I challenge you to think of this. Take out a pen and paper and think of the man you believe will enrich your life and write each characteristic down then, pray! Pray over that list and for that man. When you know in your heart the man you are looking for, it is much easier to spot him when God brings him along.

Finally, savor this season. Singleness is a gift! Yes, marriage is a beautiful thing, the process of preparing for a marriage is heavenly but there is nothing like being a single woman. When you are single you get to completely focus on God. There is not a pull for your heart in other directions. As I get closer to my wedding date I find that my relationship with Christ must be kept even more intentional.In God’s eyes, the day we are brought into union by marriage, husband and wife are seen as one in Christ. There is no "him and her." It is we. My entire single season WE had been God and I, but now, I am biblically called to serve my husband but equally I am still to do this with my God. Selfishly, I miss that season, where WE was God and I.

To the beautiful women reading this I pray you find new perspective on this season you are in. I pray you find the purpose in the patient waiting. Search for yourself in Christ, be specific as you pray for your future husband, and savor this season of being selfish with God and you. 

Amber Burgos

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The Gift of Singleness: Me, Myself, & I by Porsche Kelly

Me, Myself, & I

Being single doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’re strong enough to wait for what you deserve.
— Niall Horan

Waiting. Patience. Timing. Words I once loathed. Once upon a time, settling was better than waiting. What I wanted was real, deep, 1 Corinthians 13 love. But what I settled for was surface, hollow, meaningless love. (Insert sarcasm here, due to the fact that calling love hollow & meaningless is like calling rain dry).

A line from one of my recent poems, “Life”, best explains my old thought pattern:

I will snag potential suitors only suited for me
If insides match every item on checklist
He came along, I altered my checklist
We didn’t get along, he was still on my checklist.
— Porsche Kelly

I had standards in place. There were things I would never compromise, my non-negotiables. But my deep longing for the hand holding, the forehead kisses, the Facebook & Instagram likes, & the relationship status overshadowed my needs.

I sacrificed what I KNEW God wanted me to have in His timing in order to satisfy voids that were only filled temporarily in my timing.

So that checklist I had, filled with things I absolutely needed from my significant other that were set in stone, became a piece of paper with eraser & scribble marks. “It’s ok” & “I’ll just deal with it” &, my favorite, “just pretend it didn’t happen” were teddy bear like phrases I’d hold onto at night to keep it together. Mix that with droplets of pride that helped me maintain the facade to the outside world that I was happy & enjoying life & ta da! You had a broken soul who was willing to let her heart be stabbed over & over if it meant not being single.

5 years of being disrespected, lied to, cheated on, used, & everything my original gold plated checklist wouldn’t allow; yet & still, I’d bought my venue, my wedding dress, my invitations, my decorations, all of it. Two of my closest friends were nearing engagement & I just HAD to beat them. There goes that pride again. Yuck. I just couldn’t face the embarrassment my mind convinced me would arise if I faced the truth.

But why? Why would I allow this? Anyone who knows me knows I don’t stand for injustice. I am THAT person who will stay on hold for 30 minutes while calling corporate for a complaint. (Don’t judge me). I was especially that “uh uh, girl walk away, God has better for you” person. So why couldn’t I take my own advice? Why would someone, as strong & independent as I was, endure such madness? The same reason we all settle: identity crisis.

I didn’t know who I was. People encouragingly told me. I was prophesied over. God spoke to me. But the problem was I didn’t BELIEVE it. I didn’t fully understand who I was & what my value & worth were. A person who sells a 2016 Porsche convertible for $1,000 clearly does not know its worth. THAT was my problem.

I was selling myself short because I didn’t know my worth. I depreciated my value. It wasn’t until I allowed God to move in my life by removing what was suffocating me, 1 month before my wedding, that my eyes were opened to the truth: that I was fearfully & wonderfully made & deserved to be treated as such. Almost 2 years later, I have now found my true identity in Christ & LOVE being single, not only because I see that I don’t NEED a man, but because I can take this time to get closer to God. “Single” is no longer a word that makes me cringe because I realize who I am cannot be found in another person.

You don’t walk away to prove your worth. You walk away because you allowed someone else to dictate your value & you found yourself believing it.
— Shannon L. Adler

Moral of the story, if you are in a season of singleness, understand this: You have to understand & appreciate who you are alone. A relationship should complement, not dictate who you are.

It may seem cliche, but timing is everything. Waiting. Patience. Timing. Words I now adore.

 

Porsche Kelly

Author and Owner of The Poetic Activist

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What Having Faith Actually Means

It’s easy to say we believe in God and call ourselves followers of Christ, but this doesn’t necessarily mean we actually have faith. By definition, faith means having complete trust in someone or something. Therefore, it is actually impossible to obtain complete faith without first having trust. 

So then faith simply means we completely trust God.  

If we don't trust God then we have a lack of faith. And if there is any lack, can we say we have faith at all? 

But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
— Matthew 8:26

Our faith in God cannot be based on a life that is easy, comfortable, or absent of any difficulties and saying we trust Him. Having complete faith is not comfortable. It demands people to live a life of risk. It requires people to experience real challenges. This is the only way to really develop the level of trust that God actually wants us to have; a level of trust that says we are people of true faith. We have faith because we first have trust. 

Currently, I’m in a season of shift where God is making some radical changes. And I mean RADICAL. Out of fear, I thought about how hard these changes might be. So, I tried to strategize against these hardships and make my own plans to help God’s plans. Because I had a lack of trust and little faith, I let fear drive me to a place of striving instead of surrendering. Out of fear, I attempted to help God.

One morning, in the midst of my fear, God stopped me and He spoke,  “Daughter, I don’t need your help. Just trust me.”

Wait what. [Someone hit the brakes!]

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
— Jeremiah 29:11

God doesn’t need my help. 

In fact, God doesn’t need anything from me. Seriously, God is God. He is loving, faithful, and good. All He wants is for me to trust in Him. Immediately I felt the weight of my fear lifted and a sense of peace over me.

I realized then that faith doesn’t come from striving, but from surrendering. 

So having faith actually means we surrender and trust God. But, how do we get there?

Friends, if you are struggling to trust God with any area of your life right now, remember that God knows exactly what He is doing. He will never call you into something that He hasn’t already prepared you for. He knows what is the absolute best for you (which is truly beyond what you could imagine for yourself). All you need to do is surrender and trust Him. 

Before you go to bed tonight, pray for a greater level of faith to rise up in you. Here is a sample prayer:

Lord, I thank you that you are the God of the heavens and the earth. I thank You that I can trust You with my whole life because you are the one who created me. You know every hair on my head and You fashioned me for a special purpose. Please forgive me for any doubt that prevented me from trusting You completely. I know that I have trusted you with very little faith, but I want to trust you so much more. I repent of my ways and invite You into my heart to change me from the inside out. I ask in Your name that You would rid me of of my fears, expand my faith and deepen my trust in You. In Jeremiah 29:11 Your promise is that You have great plans to prosper me, to give me a hope and a future. So Lord I pray that You would prove Your word to me and cause me to believe all that You are. In Jesus name, Amen


And my prayer for you, dear brothers and sisters, is that you would step out boldly into the life God has called you into with a tender heart that trusts Him. I pray that God will awaken a greater level of faith in you that causes you to be blessed beyond measure and that others would be blessed because of it. Let a level of faith rise in you that exalts God so that others would declare His glory. In Jesus name.

Love, L

Turning 27, The Most Humbling Celebration

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As March comes to an end, I am reflecting on all the things I am grateful for that have made this month so wonderful. 

One of the most wonderful things this month was turning 27. I have to say I had the most humbling celebration this year.

Just a few weeks prior to my birthday, I took a personal day to relax and reflect (something I strive to do yearly before I turn another year old). This is something I fully believe in doing every year before your next birthday. You can read more on why I believe in this here.

While I was reflecting, something different happened this time. Every year, I’ve always made a big deal about my birthday and it being about me and all the people who made a huge impact on my life that year. I don’t think this is wrong at all on your birthday. Birthdays can be a wonderful time for us to receive. We can receive in love, gifts, hugs, balloons, cake, dinner reservations, birthday text messages, shout outs on social media etc. Again, I don’t think there is anything wrong with this at all.

But, this time for my birthday I felt a something different swell up in my heart.

What if just for one year, you could give up some of that, or all of that, and make a difference for those who aren’t as privileged to experience their birthday in the same way? What if just for one year, you used the one day you had every reason to be selfish and was all the more selfless instead?

I heard these words knocking on my heart and was compelled to make an unfamiliar choice. Instead of accepting gifts, I chose to give.

There are so many organizations around the world to dedicate time, love and resources to. Out of the millions, I chose to partner with Red Rock Ministries. Because one of my best friends is a part of their board, I’ve been able to see a more in-depth view of what they do, who they are and what issues they are addressing. It has rocked the walls of my heart and even changed the way I see life. 

There is a major orphans crisis in India where over 31 million children are being given up by their own families. While I know that there are other issues in India and there are many to address worldwide, even in our own nation, I think ultimately it comes down to making choices. We can make one simple choice at a time to love more, give more and do more. This is me making my one simple choice.

Thank you to everyone who donated and made Project 27 so successful.

I am truly humbled and blown away by the love you have shown. Together, by your generosity and kindness, we are helping to make a difference in the lives of many children all the way on the other side of the world. 

To see how Project 27 did or make a donation, click here.


Also, I am so thankful that I have friends and family who still wanted to surround me with love on my actual birthday. So thank you to everyone who came to hang out with me in my favorite city, sent me messages or called me. I love you so much.

Below is a recap of March 18th in photographs: 

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Love,

L

Women Are Still Making History

I've never been so involved in Women's History Month before, but I'm really enjoying it. I love remembering the empowering women who made history before me. These women of different races, cultures and talents fought for unity, peace and love. Because they stood, I stand today. What moves me most is to think how these famous women were intentionally selfless. They saw inequality and division and decided to become brave and brilliant in the midst of opposition. All for a common purpose: to change the future for all women; me and you. 

You know what else? Women are still making history today. Recently, God placed it on my heart to show off some of the amazing women of my generation. While I am honoring those women who were among the first entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, artists, teachers, leaders and world changers in America, I am also honoring the women today of my generation who are the modern day Susan B Anthony's and Harriet Tubman's; the Eleanor Roosevelt's and the Rosa Park's.

In remembering all of these courageous women, I am compelled to remember that we, the women of today, are following the marks of our sisters before us who first followed the marks of our Lord, Jesus. The Mary's, Ruth's and Ester's. The Rahab's, Sarah's and alike. These women are the ones who followed the example of Christ. As we depend on Him to guide our steps as women today, let us be faithful to obey His plan for each of us and as we go deeper, let us cause others around us to do the same - to be courageous women who make history just by living out our God-given purpose in fullness. Then, let this be the ripple effect for the change that we so desperately pray for in our world today.


To the women of my generation, thank you. Thank you for continuing to make history. Thank you for being bold and bright. You are amazing just by choosing to be women with intention and purpose. May we never forget our dreams and may we always take a stand knowing we are never alone. Your efforts, small and large, are making a difference for a better tomorrow; for me and you and for the generations to come. 


Enjoy these images of some of my favorite and inspiring women in my life. Attached to their photos are their own websites, blogs and profiles. 

I am so thankful to know them and celebrate them a little extra this month. 

Celebrate and support our women along with me and let's continue to make history together, shall we?

Love,

L

I believe that God has created us all uniquely beautiful and gifted in our own special ways and only we can fulfill what he has created us for, which is why it is so important not to try to be anyone else but to embrace the uniquely beautiful and talented person God created you to be. A perfect creator created you in his image and you are exactly who he wants you to be. I think as women we need to embrace and support each other's differences because we all need each other. I can't do what you were created to do and you can't do what I was created to do.. it's a beautiful puzzle and we all fit perfectly together. "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

I believe that God has created us all uniquely beautiful and gifted in our own special ways and only we can fulfill what he has created us for, which is why it is so important not to try to be anyone else but to embrace the uniquely beautiful and talented person God created you to be. A perfect creator created you in his image and you are exactly who he wants you to be. I think as women we need to embrace and support each other's differences because we all need each other. I can't do what you were created to do and you can't do what I was created to do.. it's a beautiful puzzle and we all fit perfectly together.

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Life is a journey, not meant to be confined by limited thinking and the fear of leaving our comfort zones. Appreciate everything about where you are in your journey right now but be determined not to stay there. There's beauty and divine purpose in everything, but there is always, always more.

Life is a journey, not meant to be confined by limited thinking and the fear of leaving our comfort zones. Appreciate everything about where you are in your journey right now but be determined not to stay there. There's beauty and divine purpose in everything, but there is always, always more.

"To know and be fully known, to love and be fully loved, for true beauty and worth far above jewels - this is the mark of a woman who's hope is in Christ."

"To know and be fully known, to love and be fully loved, for true beauty and worth far above jewels - this is the mark of a woman who's hope is in Christ."

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. - Prov. 3:5 & 6 [MSG] If you were your own role model, would your 8 year old self be proud of who you are right now? Be consistent and remember that if it was easy, it wouldn't be worth it.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. - Prov. 3:5 & 6 [MSG]

If you were your own role model, would your 8 year old self be proud of who you are right now? Be consistent and remember that if it was easy, it wouldn't be worth it.

"Live life in color. Dive head first, feet last off the cliff and don't be afraid of the fall."

"Live life in color. Dive head first, feet last off the cliff and don't be afraid of the fall."

"Where I create there I am true." I think that goes along with "if you don't have it, make it" which is what my mom always told me. If I didn't have a princess crown growing up, she told me to make one. If I didn't have a necklace, she told me to make one. It's funny how that applied to me back then and how it STILL applies to me right now. It taught me to never give up, to push myself and to realize that I'm truly capable.

"Where I create there I am true." I think that goes along with "if you don't have it, make it" which is what my mom always told me. If I didn't have a princess crown growing up, she told me to make one. If I didn't have a necklace, she told me to make one. It's funny how that applied to me back then and how it STILL applies to me right now. It taught me to never give up, to push myself and to realize that I'm truly capable.

In learning how to embrace who I am, I had to grasp the fact that His body was not beaten & bruised with scars on His back so that I could be someone else. He died for me to be me. To see me the way He sees me. "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

In learning how to embrace who I am, I had to grasp the fact that His body was not beaten & bruised with scars on His back so that I could be someone else. He died for me to be me. To see me the way He sees me.

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Own who you are. You are enough. How you choose to show up magnetizes what shows up for you. The more you love yourself and your decisions, the less you need others to love them. Be unapologetically yourself and use your strengths to uplift those around you.

Own who you are. You are enough. How you choose to show up magnetizes what shows up for you. The more you love yourself and your decisions, the less you need others to love them. Be unapologetically yourself and use your strengths to uplift those around you.

"I can do all things through Christ..." Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through Christ..." Philippians 4:13

Your uniqueness is your gift to the world. Whatever you do, be true to you.  "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven." MATTHEW 5:16 AMP

Your uniqueness is your gift to the world. Whatever you do, be true to you. 

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven." MATTHEW 5:16 AMP

Focus on your goal and fearlessly be yourself, there is only one you.

Focus on your goal and fearlessly be yourself, there is only one you.

Get occupied by the presence of God, get into the inner courts of His presence.

Get occupied by the presence of God, get into the inner courts of His presence.

stay true to yourself. it's easy to get caught in a world where you listen to what other people think you should be but majority of the people that have seen success did it by being different & themselves.

stay true to yourself. it's easy to get caught in a world where you listen to what other people think you should be but majority of the people that have seen success did it by being different & themselves.

You are stronger than you know, and life, and the hard moments, the moments that knock the air out of you don't last forever, because we have a good God, who loves us, whether we know him or not, the sun will eventually shine on us if we hold on. "The darkest hour is just before the dawn" -Thomas Fuller

You are stronger than you know, and life, and the hard moments, the moments that knock the air out of you don't last forever, because we have a good God, who loves us, whether we know him or not, the sun will eventually shine on us if we hold on.

"The darkest hour is just before the dawn" -Thomas Fuller

The secret to self-care: mindfulness. Stop whatever you are doing, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and observe the sensations of being alive. Feel the ground beneath your feet, and listen to the sounds of your surroundings. Feel the tension in your body, and listen to the thoughts in your mind. Breathe deeply. Release the tension. Do not resist the thoughts. Love yourself exactly as you are in this moment. If you long for who you used to be or who you might become, that is okay. Let go of self-judgment. You are not your thoughts, impulses, diseases, disorders, or insecurities. Those are your experiences. And if you need help, ask for it. We are all in this together.

The secret to self-care: mindfulness. Stop whatever you are doing, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and observe the sensations of being alive. Feel the ground beneath your feet, and listen to the sounds of your surroundings. Feel the tension in your body, and listen to the thoughts in your mind. Breathe deeply. Release the tension. Do not resist the thoughts. Love yourself exactly as you are in this moment. If you long for who you used to be or who you might become, that is okay. Let go of self-judgment. You are not your thoughts, impulses, diseases, disorders, or insecurities. Those are your experiences. And if you need help, ask for it. We are all in this together.

"If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known."

"If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known."

30 Days Until My Birthday

It's February 18th - exactly one month from my birthday! I’ll be turning 27 this year and a lot of things run through my mind when I think about this. Like, it’s three years until I’m 30. This absolutely does not make sense to me. It’s not that 30 is old; it’s actually not! But, I always imagined my life at this point would be different. I assume that most of us feel this way at different points in our life. We imagine our own life years down the road and when we get to that point it seems like we failed to live what our younger selves believed we would be. But, you know what? I don't think that is the case at all and as my birthday is approaching, I want to remind us all that we are still on purpose even if it seems like we aren’t on time. 

Personally, I love birthdays, I love yours and I love mine. It’s so special and no matter what age you are turning or how you feel your life has been, your birthday is always reason to celebrate and here’s why.

You are a beautiful, precious soul. (Have I said that enough on here yet?) Really, you are so uniquely you. No matter how much you may think you have in common with the next guy or girl, did you know that quite actually, there is no one else like you?!

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.
— Dr. Seuss

You have been handpicked and designed in a one-of-kind way. There truly is no other beautiful you. Whether you know it or not, believe you are living it or not, you have been designed for a purpose. This purpose can only be fulfilled by none other than y-o-u. So what if your life unfolded a little or a lot differently than you imagined. Maybe this is exactly where you were supposed to end up at this point. You still have a purpose which means you still hold incredible value. So, divine, unique, beautiful soul, because you are so highly valuable you deserve to celebrate the day you were born. 

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
— Psalm 139:13-14

Now, celebrations don’t always have to mean big fancy dinner parties followed by triple layered red velvet cake and rainbow confetti (but, by all means if this is how you like to do it, I’m right there with you!) Celebrating can mean a simple recognition. And as much as I love extravagance sometimes, I also love to enjoy life in the simplest way possible. Before your birthday this year, I encourage you to spend a little time recognizing more of who you are; how special, unique and valuable you are.

Here’s one way I like to do this and highly recommend. One month prior to your birthday (or any day prior), spend part of the day doing something for yourself. To be most effective, I suggest doing this by yourself (and for some of you this may be a good challenge). Below are a list of ideas to help you create your own day of self-celebration. Of course, there are many other ideas and creative ways to celebrate so just find what inspires you and fits who you are.

Go for a beach hike. (Leave your phone behind and just be present with God and His marvelous creation of the earth. This time can be so refreshing and eye-opening.)

Drink coffee in a busy cafe you've never been to before

Journal what you’ve learned in the past year

Write what you appreciate about who you are and who you have

List all the things you feel like God is calling you to fulfill in this new year of life. Then hang it up somewhere you will see often.

Set a certain amount of days leading up to your birthday during which you will give more of yourself to serve others. You can be really creative with this one so don’t hold back here. This is also a really great way to expand your love tank - give more and you’ll receive more (and who doesn’t love to have extra love on their birthday?)

Get a massage

Do that one thing you love but don’t get to do often (like dancing!)

Go for a drive to somewhere new

Just rest, relax, reflect and pray

Also, this one is really important friends, DO NOT spend any time in the negative. Just don't allow yourself to go there. No negative thoughts of comparison, regrets or lack. In this time, pray for God to protect your mind and keep you focused on all the goodness He has provided in you, through you and for you. Then, be diligent not to over-engage on social media, converse with any negative Nancy's, or let anything distract you from focusing on celebrating YOU. And it doesn’t have to be the whole day or even for that long. It’s even okay just to spend 30 minutes locking yourself in your room just to celebrate in prayer, recognition and thanksgiving. You can even record a video or voice memo if you’re not that into writing. But, some documentation around your birthday is another way to keep track of your life that you can look back on or pass on to someone else who could learn from your years.

I have made an effort to celebrate in recognition for the last few years. What I find when I do this is an increase in the joy I have in knowing who I am and who I am becoming. Having more joy in who you are increases your capacity to love more of yourself. The more you love yourself, the more you are able to love others. The more you are able to love others, the more you serve a higher purpose. The more you serve a higher purpose, the greater fulfillment you have. (#winning)!

Last year, before I celebrated my 26th birthday by spending 26 days doing at least one random act of kindness. And indeed, on February 18th, I locked myself in my room to reflect, pray and journal. I also spent time with all my close friends and family. There was lots of cake, a little confetti and tons of shopping and photography. All of my favs.

This year, I am going to celebrate a little differently. As usual, I did spend a day celebrating in recognition. But, for my full celebration, I going to politely and gladly decline the gifts and dinner reservations. This year, I am giving up a traditional celebration and I’ll actually need YOUR help to do so. Although it's not a party, you are all invited so please stay tuned for the invitation!

In the mean time, what are some your favorite and simple ways to celebrate your birthday? Do you have any traditions you do to honor your special day? Comment below!

Love always,

L

God-confidence

It’s for you. It’s for you. It’s for you.

If you were looking for reassurance that what you’re working towards is still worth it, I hope these words do just that. 

All too often, we play the comparison game, don’t we? We mindlessly scroll through Instagram and catch someone else living out what we thought was supposed to be our dream. You’ve been praying for a husband (ladies) or wife (guys) then you see multiple photos of friends who have recently gotten engaged or married. You’ve been working for years on developing your own brand and someone announces they’ve just launched their own website. You’ve been chasing after your moment of breakthrough and it just seems like everyone else is walking through theirs.

So you cry out, what about me God?

Dear precious soul, your dream still has room for you

There’s been a scripture that God spoke to my heart and has been spoken to many of us this week. I love when we, as a body, can hear His corporate word together.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

What does this mean? This means that if it’s for YOU then it’s for YOU. No one else has rights, claims or ownership of any kind to it. Except God. Ephesians 2:10 says that we have been created for good works that God already prepared. This means that we don’t have to worry. This means we don’t have to scoot ourselves aside into a corner of pity and self-doubt. This means, sweet one, that your dreams still have room for you. 

We can have confidence in knowing that our dreams are not limited by someone else's success.

It’s for you. It’s for you. It’s for you.

In last week's post I wrote about how 2017 will be the year of victory (check it out here). If this is true, then we are to grab a hold of this claim and not allow ourselves to start the year with defeat. When we begin to coward because of comparison we have let thoughts of defeat win our mind. Not only is this a self-degrading thing to do; it’s a selfish thing to do. Don't our brothers and sisters who are doing amazing things, walking in their destiny and living out their God-given dreams deserve more love and honor than that? 

While we are too busy staring at their lives through our smartphone screens and comparing ourselves, we leave little to no room to actually have genuine gladness for them. They need our support more than we need to wallow in our own self-pity, jealousy or bitterness. In fact, we need not to wallow at all. 

If we allow our level of confidence to rise higher than that, then we have begun the first step to stay focused on our own dreams and stop hating on theirs. 

So how do we raise up our confidence?

I believe the first thing to do is to recognize where your source of confidence arises from. If your confidence comes from you and you alone, chances are there are negative characteristics linked to that source - pride, boastfulness, arrogance etc. But, if your confidence comes from God, His spirits of love, peace, humility become the truth of your identity. 

This is the difference between self-confidence and God-confidence. 

Just because someone else seems to have reached a mountain top, doesn’t mean there aren’t other mountains to be climbed or that there isn't room for you at the top period. We have to remain in God-confidence, stay focused on our own dream and stay in our own lane until we get there. Reaching our own mountain top isn’t a right either. Our dreams are gifts that, by the grace of God, were given to us before we were born. And frankly, if this is our God-given dream, then we have a duty to fulfill it before our time on earth is done. 

See, precious one, you have your very own place and purpose here on this earth. God has fashioned you for a specific thing. In His timing (not Instagram’s) you will walk into that very thing.

It’s for you. It’s for you. It’s for you.

Dear brothers and sisters, I pray that when you get there, that the mountain top will be so beautiful, extravagant and impossible to exist without Him. I pray that your mountain top brings you to tears of joy for every tear of hardship and brings you to a profound level of awe and wonder for how glorious and gracious our God is. I pray that until you get there and even when you do, that you will walk in love, peace, humility all while carrying God-confidence always. When you endure a hard day, I pray that you hear the still small voice that will whisper to your heart "it's for you, it's for you, it's for you” and even when the odds seem against you that you will keep running up to your mountain top. All the glory be to God. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen. 

With love, L

Turning the Down Pour into a Pour Over

Is it possible to have pure joy in the midst of a storm?

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

I have a thing for analogies. They help me understand things better. Lately, my life has revolved around coffee. Pour overs to be specific. In the coffee world, ordering a pour over simply means requesting a cup of coffee that is custom brewed (just for you). This brewing method takes more time, but releases more distinction in flavor; usually on the sweet side. Recently, it has become my preferred way to have coffee. (Will all my true coffee-connoisseurs please rise).

Anyway, considering pour overs has me thinking about what else has been pouring in my life right now. (That’s one thing you’ll learn about me - I can get deep about the simplest things). 

Today, it was pouring rain. Like, legitimate storm. And of course, I went out on an adventure in the storm with one of my best friends. I guess you could say I like the kind of excitement that comes with adventures in the pouring rain. 

Lately, that’s the kind of joy I’ve found; pure joy in the midst of a storm. (And yes, it’s been quite a storm in my world.)

But, how can that be? If joy is a feeling of great pleasure, how can I have this in a season of seemingly unending trials?

It's been a little over three years since I've entered into a coveted relationship with my first love, Jesus. Every year and every season I fall just a little deeper in love. What has kept me in a joyful place in the midst of my storms, is simple. Jesus.

Every morning I seek Him and He gives me a scripture to meditate on throughout the day. As you read above, today's scripture is Romans 15:13. In our current world, it can be easy to lose sight of our dreams and let go of hope. Even as a follower of Christ, I don't get it any easier. But what I do get, is Jesus who strengthens me to do all things. In this season, His spirit of joy has strengthened me every single day (Nehemiah 8:10). 

Because of His love, something quite fascinating has happened. I have learned the true meaning of dancing in the rain. His love has brought me joy. This kind of love brings laughter in the midst of heartbreak and smiles in the pouring rain. This kind of love is pure joy

No wonder I have fallen so deep in love this season. (With Jesus.)

As our adventurous day comes to an end, we find ourselves in a coffee shop. Two pour overs, of course. Drawing in the first sip, my dear friend asks, ”how can I pray for you?" 

Coincidently, or not, we are enduring similar seasons of waiting for God's direction in our lives (vocationally, mainly). If you have never experienced this before, it can be one of the most frustrating seasons ever. The longer the wait, the higher the frustration levels rise. As we exchanged prayer requests, we found ourselves in an interesting discussion of turning our prayers from "God, show me the direction I should I go" to "God, what are you showing me while I'm here waiting for you?" 

It's the simple, yet surprisingly profound understanding of praying from a place of joy. Sometimes when God isn't doing something we are asking for, He may want us to just be, right where we are. Just be. This doesn't mean be frustrated or unhappy. But, what I hear God say in this place is "right now, just live in my joy.” Wow. My Jesus has taken me to a new level of understanding what joy means.

As we head back to the car, it’s currently still a downpour. But I don't care. I just consumed a fresh pour over of joy; brewed directly from heaven.


What does joy mean to you and how have you experienced it? Comment and enjoy the rest of today's adventures in these lovely images below.

- L

Today's Lunch: Kale Salad, Maitake Mushroom Pizza, side of coffee and sparkling water, hold the dessert. Eat at Gather next time you're in Berkeley.

Today's Lunch: Kale Salad, Maitake Mushroom Pizza, side of coffee and sparkling water, hold the dessert. Eat at Gather next time you're in Berkeley.

Kale salad was so full of flavor. Hidden gems: partially cooked carrots and raw pumpkin seeds.

Kale salad was so full of flavor. Hidden gems: partially cooked carrots and raw pumpkin seeds.

Post lunch - featuring my floating hand polished with a laquer - a thicker longer lasting form of nail polish. Color is complimenting to the current season and drink of choice. Check out Bicycle Coffee Co in Oakland.

Post lunch - featuring my floating hand polished with a laquer - a thicker longer lasting form of nail polish. Color is complimenting to the current season and drink of choice. Check out Bicycle Coffee Co in Oakland.