Rock This House with Laura Story (Women’s Conference)

Hello! This past weekend was the greatest! Some ladies at my church invited me to go to Rock This House. RTH is a women’s conference with a special speaker each year. There was about 300 people there ( I’m pretty sure that is what I heard). This year was my first time going but I am already looking forward to next year!

Not only did Laura Story speak (and sing:D) but there an awesome acapella group that sang, a storyteller who brought the Bible to life, and heart cardboard testimonies:)  

If you don’t know Laura’s story (see what I did there;) lol) You should google or YouTube it! It is very inspiring and makes me wonder how she does it! She was very funny and real. What stood out about her was that she seemed so comfortable and at home! Like she was talking to us like she already knew us.

So yeah, you should definetly check her out! Have a great week yall! 

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My Struggle With Being A Hypocrite

When God put it on my heart to start this blog. I doubted Him. Why would He ask me to write about living for Him and being set apart?  It feels so hypocritical sometimes as I post a devotional. When I write about being godly and how its okay to live a Christian lifestyle, I’m reminded how I used to watch wordly tv shows and laugh at things I shouldn’t around my friends. I think about how some of my family members might read my post and think I’m a hypocrite for the words I type. A lot of times Satan will creep inside and remind me of my sin and just how insufficient I am. It can be really depressing! I’m sure if you’re saved that you have felt the same.

Recently I have been studying the book of Hosea. Hosea was a prophet of God in the Old Testament. God told him to go and marry a prostitute named Gomer (That poor girl… what a terrible name!).

God told Hosea to do that to show Israel that they didn’t deserve God’s love. They couldn’t do anything so dirty that He wouldn’t love them. Because He chose to love them. Hosea chose to love Gomer, not because she deserved it. But because he chose to! I can imagine that Gomer felt very hypocritical at times,  especially if she changed from her old way of life. Why would Hosea choose her after everything she had done? Wouldn’t others see her as a hypocrite? I’m sure some did, there’s always going to be those to see only the bad. But Hosea didn’t.

Thankfully,  because of the blood of Christ, God looks at me and see’s the good, the potential. And it’s the same with you.

Even though there will be times that me and you will fail, and slip back into sin; Remember that God sees our hearts, our intentions and our struggles. But the world sees our works, our words, and our actions.

Romans 6:6 “Knowing this,  that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,  that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Romans 6:12-13 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive, from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

Sometimes I do feel hypocritical. Just know that I write for myself to be encouraged and edified, just as much as I do for others. I’m thankful I’m able to see the things I can work on, not only so I can become a better witness, but also because it shows me that even though I mess up, God still chooses to love me.

When My Mouth Won’t Speak

My husband is an extrovert. He loves talking to and meeting new people. Me….. not so much. I work in retail so I’m around people all day and by the time I get home, I’m drained.
I also have a hard time talking to people. I never know what to say, and my mouth just seems to never open.

Recently, a co-worker asked me a question that I wasn’t expecting. She asked me why God allows good people to die, instead of the bad people. Why do bad things happen to good people? I listened to her as she talked but my mouth just wouldn’t open. I couldn’t think of the words to say… that moment could have been where I shared the gospel and told her how Jesus wept when Lazarus died. That there is no one good. Yet how he defeated death so we didn’t have to die and could live forever… but my mouth just wouldn’t open. Of course after the conversation had moved on, I thought of what I could have said. I prayed that if God wanted me to say something else, that the conversation would get brought back up again… but it didn’t. 

I felt like Moses, when God told him to lead the people out of Eygpt and to confront Pharoah.

Exodus 4:10 “And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.”

I feel like me and Moses are in the same boat. Why is God asking me to do this when I’m awkward, and my brain freezes up whenever I’m confronted? 

I left work that day feeling a little bit defeated and like a failure. What if I didn’t say enough? Why didn’t I tell her of Lazarus?  What if she never excepts Christ because of my lack of words?

Then it hit me. I’ve told it to my husband a thousand times and then he reminded me…
Do I really think that if I, an imperfect human, messed up God couldn’t receive glory from it? My mind immediately goes to
2 Corinthians 12:9

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Maybe I was suppose to say more that day… maybe God just wanted me to listen and plant a seed. If you struggle with finding words like me and Moses…. just know that God can still use you  and even when you mess up, His is still glorified through our weaknesses.  Don’t give up and pray that when the time comes, God will give you the words to say and that He will move your mouth to speak.

Luke 21:14-15
“Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”

Summer Essentials 2016

Because this is my favorite time of the year, I wanted to share my favorite products that I use in the summer:)

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I am pretty good at drinking water not only in the summer but year round. Cute water bottles like this make it easier to stay consistent:)

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The hot summer days only add to my oily skin:/ These are a must for me in summer. What’s great is that they don’t smudge my make up underneath!

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Even though I have oily skin… I really love a good highlight;) Lunch Money from Colourpop has been my go-to. And its cheap!

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I’m the type of person who changes their perfume based on what season it is. Fresh & Clean from Pink has been my #1 summer body for a couple years.

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Because the days are longer and hotter. I really hate having makeup and dirt on my face at the end of the day. The Garnier Micellar Water is quick, easy, and leaves my face feeling soft:)

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Sunscreen is probably the most important item you can use during summer. I used to never wear it…. but I have gotten better over the years!  I keep this one with me when I travel and I have a face sunscreen at home:)

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Some people like sunglasses, others prefer hats. Im too clumsy for sunglasses (I’ve tried). So I stick with hats to keep the sun and my hair out of my face!  This is my favorite one I own. I got it from Florida (obviously) on my senior trip:)

So what are your summer essentials??? Let me know in the comments!

May Favorites!

Summer is finally here!!! And with it, my May favorites! I have some beauty products and some random stuff that I have used a lot and enjoyed this month. Let me know some of your favorites in the comments!

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So I actually read about 5 books in May but these two were my favorites♡♡ Dee Henderson never disappoints and Taken was one of her best. If I Run was…. I don’t even know. Outstanding. It was sooooo good! Although I didn’t know it was the first in a three part series:/ so I have to wait a year to read the second one:( This book was amazing though. One of the best I have read suspense wise in years.

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This is Lunch Money from Colourpop. I have had this highlighter for about a year but I recently started using it again and fell in love:) It’s a pretty champagne toned cream highlight.

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Another beauty favorite is this Wet n Wild blush in Rose Champagne. I am not a blush person. I just never reach for it and when I do its the same blush I have used for like, 5 years. Lol
But I seen this at Walmart and fell in love with this color! It is so different than what I have seen before. And the quality is as good as my Sephora blush (Wet n Wild never disappoints).

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Considering this is the only eyeshadow palette I have used this month… there’s no need to say how much I love this palette. If I could only have one palette forever it’d be this one:) I did a review with swatches if you wanna check that out:)

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I have been using this concealer on work days and whenever I just need to go somewhere real quick. By no means does it replace my Nars concealer but for every day, its a good option because its cheap and does a decent job:) A little goes a long way with this concealer and I love the coverage:) I got a shade too light for me though so I am going to purchase a darker one soon:)

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My two favorite songs have been these two.  But I have been listening to Bizzle’s album Surrender nonstop. Every song is awesome:) Especially Better With You:)

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Mind Games

I think a lot. When I’m working, I think about work. When I’m with my friends and family, I think about recent events or things I thought was funny. When I’m at church I think about church stuff (and food thats waiting at home for me I’m not gonna lie;). When I’m at home, I think about everything. The cats, books, outside, how to keep my potted plants from dying,  what I’m gonna do the next day, what I should be cleaning but probably won’t, YouTube videos I want to watch, etc….
I’m sure you think alot too. If you’re reading this your probably thinking “What do I think about?” 😉

2 Corinthians 10:5 is possibly one of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Did you catch that? Every thought captive. Not just the bad ones about your co-workers,  the lustful ones, the hateful ones, the ungrateful ones. EVERY thought.

Do you know how many thoughts on average a person has per day??
50,000 to 70,000. In one day?!!

That’s alot of thinking. How many of those thoughts have I brought captive to Christ? I’m gonna say in the low, well… under a hundred probably.  What about you? How many out of your 50,000 thoughts have you taken captive today? What have most of your thoughts consisted of?
We tend to think about the same things that we did the day before.

So how exactly do you captivate thoughts?  It’s not like you can trap them with rope and food like wild animals.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us of our thought-trapping device.

“For the word of God is quick,  and powerful,  and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The Word of God can discern our thoughts for us. It can pierce through our flesh to our spirit.

We are suppose to meditate on scripture. Day and night.

Joshua 1:8a
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night…”

Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

We are here to glorify God. Every thought we have should be to His glory!

Can you imagine how letting Satan get into your head 50,000 times a day will do to your relationship with God?

Can you imagine how bringing every thought captive to Christ 50,000 times a day will do to your relationship with Him?

It’s definitely a game changer.
I’m not saying that you and I will ever get to that point. We are human and will mess up every day, hour,  possibly minute. But isn’t it a humbling perspective to see how we much we fail in one day, and yet God’s grace still covers us?
Isn’t is awesome that Jesus took every thought captive while He was on Earth?

If you think your thinking doesn’t affect you, well you’re wrong. You are what you think. What you desire and long for stems from what you think about. How you view life’s circumstances is through the lens of what you think on.

Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

As christians we should strive for our thinking to be like Christs. We are to be Christ-like. Try to align your thoughts up with the Bible, see how it effects your relationship with God.

Meet Catsy Cline

So our little family consisted of 2 cats Audrey Hairball and Chibi Bear, and a turtle named Noah. Until last week when we found a kitten under our house!

It’s kinda a funny story… Last Tuesday me and Tj (my husband) decided to go to the local animal shelter to look for a dog to adopt! We have really been wanting a puppy recently. We looked around and even though I wished I could take every dog there home with me… we left empty handed to think about which ones we seen and who would fit best for us.
That night, it rained hard for about 3 hours straight. But through the sound of the rain we kept hearing a meowing sound from under our house! I crawled under there and found a kitten I had seen the momma carry across our yard earlier that day. We wanted a dog but I guess God decided we needed another cat;)

We named her Catsy Cline and she is spoilt rotten!

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As you can see…  she loves sleeping! ;P

What You’re Worth To Me

Lord I try to write
And make the perfect rhymes.
I think of what life is
And all I do is come up empty handed.
Im tired of writing empty words
I’m tired of wanting my own thoughts to
Be whats heard

Because what are they worth? A penny at best.
What are my words worth on the bestselling list?
A hint of fortune, a flicker of fame.
What else can I write
Its all been written
What else can I say?
It will just be forgotten.

Sometimes I feel like you put something on my heart
Then ill put it to ink,
But it doesn’t leave a mark.

I have waited years
To hear from your voice
I have hungerd for words
But then hunger became a curse
When my words became more
Than you who spoke
When did i begin to think
That it was me who wrote?

The things that are beautiful,  that pierces one’s heart.
Every line written, every work of art.
Each flower that bloomed from Creation till now, every creature that breathes, from the birds to the cows.
It all points to you.  It all gives You praise
What gives me right to think I shouldn’t do the same?
My words are meaningless. They’ll burn up like grass.
Each letter is a memory. Soon it will all pass.
My thoughts will become nothing, Articfacts of old. My tales of splendor now, will never be retold.
The only thing thats left, This one thing remains. The only thing worth saving, (if we are capable to save).
The only thing that stands in my ever moving mind, is the words you have spoken Lord, they have stood through time.
My life is nothing special,  but special you are to me.
I hope my simple words praise you. I hope they show you as my King.
I hope they give a glimpse, of what I have down inside.
I hope they show my struggle, how sometimes I want to hide.
I want them to be convicting, mainly to my heart. I want you to speak between the lines. I want you to place each mark.
In the end I know, this one thing I have seen,
All that my life is worth, is only what you’re worth to me.

My Struggle With Diligence

Lately I have felt so unmotivated to read, study, write, even pray. I don’t feel inspired or close to God.  Sometimes, I will feel like this for months, of just being numb. I know how hard hard it is to read and pray everyday.  It shouldn’t be…. but for me it is the most difficult thing to do sometimes. Either I’m too tired or just lazy. I don’t feel like reading the Bible because I don’t want to put the effort into it. I would rather relax by doing my own thing like watching YouTube videos, reading books, listening to music, or watching tv. I know that Christians in other countries have died trying to get Bibles and that many people and have died for God’s Word. I have been told that and guilt tripped my whole life into reading my Bible. Either by teachers at school, elders at church, even my friends. Yeah I feel guilty for not reading it… but I won’t feel convicted. God’s conviction will do alot more to my heart than someone making me feel guilty ever will.

So reading the Bible and praying is the most basic thing in the Christian walk. Yet also the most crucial…. and difficult. Sometimes, I will read my Bible consistently and I will feel so close to God. Other times, I won’t read for a month and I will just feel… numb. I know this isn’t how the Christian walk is suppose to be. Whenever I feel detached from God, that is when it’s crucial that I read and pray! Not give it a break and try again later because God apparently isn’t in a talkative mood at the moment. No, when He remains silent it is then that I should remain diligent!

Proverbs 13:4 “The soul of the luggars desireth, and hath nothing: but the sould of the diligent shall be made fat.”

No, it doesn’t feel good. A lot of times reading and praying seems worse than doing dishes or folding laundry (gag!!).

Last Sunday, my husband preached over Matthew 15:21-28. A woman goes to Jesus crying after him to save her daughter who was possessed. What did Jesus do? He ignored her…. So she went back home and and gave up trying to talk with Him and instead was a bland, numb woman who felt empty inside for forever…

Just kidding that’s probably what I would do.. (I do it now). This Canaanite woman went a step further.. she worshipped him! And asked again! But what did Jesus say to her? “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to the dogs.” Um.. I don’t nknow about you but if someone has just told me I wasn’t good enough for them and compared me to a dog… I would probably cry;P But.. she answered him, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from the master’s table.” She showed diligence. She didn’t give up when Jesus remained silent. She didn’t get angry.  She kept at it.

Next time God is silent when I seek Him, or He answers in a way I don’t like… maybe I should keep at it. (By the way, her daughter was healed. Don’t you think because she had to seek him diligently and press a little harder that when her daughter was healed, it was that much more satisfying?).

Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask,  and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

Keep in mind… the promise God makes us in Luke 11:9 doesn’t say how many times we have to knock or how long we will have to seek.. But it does promise that we will find.

“Breathe” by Priscilla Shirer Week 1 Insights

So lately I have been doing the Breathe study by Priscilla Shirer. It is a 5 week long study that you can do by yourself,  or with a group of people. Since I’m doing this study by myself, I decided to just buy the book. But audio lessons and video lessons are available too(My next study I do from her I will be buying the audio lessons to go with it).

So even though I just finished Week 2,  today I’ll be writing a couple key points I learned from Week 1. Since this was two weeks ago… this post probably won’t be very long.

Week 1 taught me that I had my view of the Sabbath all wrong. It’s not just a day you go to church and worship God. The Sabbath or, and Sabbath Margin, is a lifestyle. It should free us from our life taking control over us. To keep blessings from becoming bondages.
Another point I learned was that Creation wasn’t complete until the Sabbath. God didn’t rest because He was tired? He’s God!!!! He rested because He created rest on the 7th day! Genesis 2:2 says that on the seventh day, God completed His work! Week 1 of this study made me realize the things I was putting above the Sabbath. That I have chains I don’t want to let go of because it would mean I would have to trust God. I’m just like the Israelites who when gathering manna, tried to gather extra for the next day because they didn’t trust God.  I have become a slave to work!  It also made me realize that in our culture, we have turned a day of rest into a burden. Since when has anyone felt rested on a Sunday? I haven’t in yeeeaaarrss. Because there’s choir practice, buses, making food, sticking to the church schedule so it all runs smoothly…. Sunday’s are no longer a blessing ( which God intended them to be) but a burden.

This week helped me set boundaries in my life so I don’t become taken over by things, people, church, work, etc….

For the past year I have struggled with juggling life and finding time for everything and everyone… My life really has become a master over me and I never knew it. I can’t begin to tell you how much of a blessing this study has been so far! If you are interested in thia study,  I bought mine at Lifeway.com for around 9$!

Stay tuned for my insights from Week 2:)

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