For the Thankful Heart

Happy Thanksgiving week my friends! Today I am sharing some scripture with you and giving thanks to the Lord for the blessings in my life. God is so good and it’s my prayer that you know that and Him. I am thankful for each of you who read these posts and support my blog. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

I am thankful for my parents–their love for each other, their love for God, and how they love their children. I am thankful for my sisters and my brother–they truly are my best friends and we love each other so much. I am thankful for my brothers-in-law–they are each different but they hold very special/specific places in our family and have been supportive in so many ways. I am thankful for my nephews and nieces–they have completely changed my life and have taught me so much about love. I am thankful for my extended family and opportunities to re-connect with cousins–they are some of the most special people in my life and I am so glad they are family.

Psalm 30: 4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name.

I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for the ones who live far away and how wonderful it is to pick up right where we left off. It’s really hard to be so far from some friends–but I am thankful for times to be together. I am thankful for my local friends and how they are a part of every day life. I am thankful for friends to laugh with, cry with, pray with, celebrate with, travel with, and simply go through life with.

Psalm 1:9 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

I am thankful for the small moments when I feel God’s presence. I am thankful for the big moments when God reminds me that He’s in control. I am thankful for the ways this year that God worked in my life and my family’s life. I am thankful that God never leaves me alone. I am thankful that God is so much more powerful and loving than I can ever fathom. I am thankful that God wants to know me.

Psalm 86:12 I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your name forever.

I am thankful for technology and the abilities we have to work, create, and communicate through the internet and devices. I am thankful that technology connects us to people who live far away. I am thankful for work and the skills God has given me. I am thankful that God has called me to my specific field and that He sustains and directs me through my career.

Psalm 118:28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to You; You are my God; I will extol You.

I am thankful for food. I am thankful for the ability to travel. I am thankful for Celiac Disease research. I am thankful for days that I can sleep in. I am thankful for safety. I am thankful for design and art. I am thankful for memories.

Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.

What are you thankful for?

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For the Unseen Heart

Do you ever go through seasons of feeling alone or like no one understands what’s going on in your life? Do you ever feel like you’re living a double life–happy on the outside but inside you’re just aching and struggling? I have definitely been there and I know that there will probably be times like that off and on throughout life. But I also have encouragement to share about those particular times–and it’s SO good and it has helped me through so many different seasons of struggles! If you are having a day, month, or even year like this–I hope you can be comforted and know that you are seen!

First of all, Jesus understands. Jesus understands everything about you. Jesus understands everything about whatever is going on in your life. Jesus understands what it’s like to hurt and feel anguish.

John 11:35 Jesus wept.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Jesus knows you. Jesus knows you like no one else. Jesus knows your heart like no one else.

1 Samuel 16:7b For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

Psalm 139:1 (but the whole Psalm is a song about how God knows you) O, Lord, you have searched me and known me!

Psalm 44:21 For he knows the secrets of the heart.

Jesus sees you. You are not hidden from God. He is with you and will always see you.

Psalm 38:9 O Lord, all my longing is before you, my sighing is not hidden from you.

Jesus can be trusted. Jesus can be trusted to hear your cries, anger, hurt, frustration, etc. Jesus can be trusted to carry your burdens. Jesus can be trusted to be the ONLY person you need to rely on during a tough time. Jesus is the only one you should be concerned about how He sees you.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sigh, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 26:2-3 Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test me heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.

Secondly, you need people. You can’t get through an unseen time alone. We weren’t created to be like that.

It is OK to talk to people about what you’re going through. Be brave. Be vulnerable. Be transparent. I’m not saying that you have to tell anyone and everyone about everything in your life, but talk to those you trust the most. Talk to those who are going to lead you wisely. Don’t be afraid to share your heart with someone, if they are in your inner circle–they will understand and love you.

Your story might be able to help someone else. You never know what someone else might be going through and your experience might even be able to help someone else get through something unseen that they are dealing with.

But also, give others grace if they don’t know what’s going on in your life. Sometimes you can’t expect someone to understand what you’re going through. Do not feel anger or bitterness towards someone if they’re just not “getting” what you’re dealing with.

And lastly, rest well. You are not a robot and are not expected to deal with life without having some kind of response. Do not feel guilty in those moments when you know that you just need rest. Even Jesus was weary and needed to be alone and find rest. Jesus created rest and He will give us rest. Jesus commands us to rest.

John 4:6 Jesus therefore , being wearied with His journey, sat at the well and it was about the sixth hour.

Mark 6:32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Exodus 33:14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Mark 2:27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”

Exodus 23:12 Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that you may be refreshed.

You are seen and you are deeply loved!

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Getting Ready for Declare 2017

In a couple of weeks, I will be going to a conference called Declare in Dallas, TX. I’m really excited about going to this conference because it is all about how to be a Christian, female communicator whether that be via blog, book, podcast, etc. I learned about Declare last year as the event was happening and knew that I had to try to go the next year. If you are going to Declare, I can’t wait to meet you!

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Here are just a few facts about me:

  1. I had the desire to begin blogging at the end of 2015 but began blogging seriously in February of 2016. Since then, my blog has been a fun space to write about things I am passionate about, as well as discuss some serious, real-life issues.
  2. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:1, which says–
    “But now says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel’ Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
    And another scripture that always gives me purpose and direction, in any season of life, is Jeremiah 29:11-14 which says–
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.”
  3. My passions are my family and friends, traveling, working full-time as a social worker, creating my own content for my blog, reading, and coffee–always.
  4. My favorite candy is Sour Patch Kids (I know, I’m a 12-year-old) and my favorite kind of food is Asian and/or Mexican.
  5. My happy place happens when I have the opportunity to take life at a slower pace, when I am with people I love, savoring and capturing memories, or just being anywhere on a beach.
  6. I am not currently working on any major projects, but I am always coming up with future ideas for blog posts and I hope to make some of them happen soon.
  7. My prayer for Declare is that my heart will be open to whatever God has planned for that week, that I would learn, that I would meet like-minded women, and that it will encourage my walk with the Lord.

See you at Declare 2017!! Learn more about the conference by following this link—Declare Conference.

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For the Waiting Heart

As I have become older I have realized that there is always going to be a season of life when you are waiting for something. Waiting for a goal to be accomplished, a major life change, a relationship, a child, good health, a job or promotion, an answer to prayer, difficulties to be over, good things to happen, etc., the list goes on and on of things we are waiting for. During these times of waiting, it can become very easy to think that you are alone, that life is out-of-order, or that God has left you alone. Be encouraged that God has not left you–He will never leave you. I know I have written similar encouragement in similar blog posts but I think that this is some of the most helpful encouragement that I have received from others. God always has a plan for things and for them to happen in His, PERFECT, timing. He has not forgotten you and He is not punishing you. I used to think those things if God didn’t answer a prayer in the way that I wanted Him to, but those thoughts are lies and they are not true. So if you are waiting for something, I hope these verses can give you some peace and settle your heart.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

John 13:7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

Psalm 27: 13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.

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5 Tips to Make Yourself Feel Better

Life is a constant ebb and flow of highs and lows, victories and losses, good days and bad days. Sometimes you just go through a difficult season of life or a series of difficult times. I’ve dealt with some rough days off and on for the last couple of weeks but, thankfully, I know myself and I know what I need to help myself cope. Today I’m going to share with you my 5 tips for how to make yourself feel better when you’ve had a bad day. If you have had a rough time, I hope you have much better days ahead! Let me know if I can pray for you, I would love to do that.

1. Take a step back from the situation. Sometimes you just need to physically remove yourself from whatever you are dealing with. I’m not saying that you should just run away or leave, but take a step back for a short time. Maybe go outside, go for a walk, go get a coffee, go some place that makes you happy. Take a breather and then come back to deal with the situation. As much as I would love to just run away, from something that’s stressful, in the real world you just can’t do that.

2. Talk to someone you trust. This is SO important. I’m so thankful that I have the parents, siblings, friends, and coworkers that I do because I know I can talk to them about anything and everything. Even though your person may not know exactly how to relate to your situation, or not completely understand what you’re going through, they might be able to offer valuable advice from their life experience or just offer much-needed support. Talk to someone, don’t keep it all bottled up.

3. Get your rest. Sometimes the body needs relaxation and sleep and you may feel so much better after a rest period. When you’re tired, everything can seem so much worse in your head and your perspective can be altered from seeing what’s going on and what’s really important. Nighttime can also make everything seem WAY worse than it actually is and so don’t dwell on your day or situation while you’re trying to go to bed. Get your rest and start over the next day.

4. Make some comfort food. While food isn’t something that should be abused as a coping mechanism, sometimes there’s just nothing better than mac & cheese and/or chicken noodle soup. I tried a new recipe for “Chicken Zoodle Soup” the other day and it was really yummy. I’ll link the recipe here. I find cooking to also be very therapeutic.


5. Meditate on scripture. I know that I can always turn to the Bible and the Lord for my peace and strength during hard times. I love to read the Psalms when I need peace because God says so many times that He is a refuge, He gives strength, He wants His children to come to Him at anytime, and He is praised for all He has done and will do.

What are some things that make you feel better after a bad day?

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