If it’s day one and you already feel like quitting

January 1st.
Almost everyone in the world becomes an dreamer with huge ideas for the new year.
goals they want to achieve.
& aspirations of being a better person.

But by January 5th, we’re reminded of how bad we are failing. How we forget things so easily.
Especially our goals of eating healthy when your best friend offers you a bowl of ice cream.

We set goals.
& fail.
time and time again.

We either see January as a clean slate, or we see it looming ahead of us, waiting for that fateful day when we fail at reaching our goals.

But I think we all love the idea of a new year.
Where we can start over, make things better.

Maybe, if you’re like me, you messed up on January 2nd. But the good news is, each day is a clean slate. Each minute you can promise to make better than the last.
This isn’t a 10 step process where if you mess up the 2nd step you’ll never make it to the end.

I am certain that it will take longer than a few months to become as fit, or healthy, or kind, or patient, or talented as I would like to be.

But I do know that my ultimate goal for 2017 is MORE of Jesus. less of me.

My goal is to become more in love, a more devoted follower, a more passionate pursuer, a daughter more aware of her status, in Jesus Christ.

This is a life-long journey. not a goal for just this year.

I don’t want my life to be filled with strict rules of having devotions in the morning and praying in the evening. I want my life to be constant worship.
Constant thankfulness for all of His goodness.
I want my life to be set to the tune of grace. Not routine or tradition.

So there. There’s my goal for 2017 and the rest of my life.

& tomorrow, I will undoubtedly fail at being the person I want to be. But there is grace.
Every day is a clean start with fresh mercies.

so yes. I’ll fail.
but yes, I’m extended more grace than I can imagine from my Father.
whether it’s on day 1, or on day 365.

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The Waiting

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I spend a lot of time looking towards the future. Sometimes I even have a running tab in my head of how many days until _______ (fill in the blank). I look forward to plans and getting to see people and friends that I don’t take in what is going on right here, right now. Life seems to fly by in itself, and I do not want to wish these years away looking forward to the weekend. My purpose is HERE. My purpose is NOW.

I often think about the future when I am finally old enough to ……date, get a better paying job, travel by myself, pursue my dream of going into missions, possibly go to college. But I’ve realized that this is wrong. I don’t want to miss out on opportunities to be obedient, do amazing things for God, and serve God and other people because I’m so focused on what MIGHT happen in the future. I want these years to be filled with contentment and purpose. I want to use these years to pursue God.

I’m disappointed with myself when I think of all the opportunities that I’ve already missed. Opportunities to love on a friend, to minister or witness to someone. I want my eyes to be fixed on Jesus, as He leads me through these years, and as He shows me opportunities. Because I know that once I get to the end of a “fulfilling” weekend, full of the things that I wanted to do, I’ll just look forward to the next one. The next friend’s outing, the next job, the next whatever.

But in the end, Life is one big waiting game.

We as Christians are all living our lives while we are waiting for Christ to make His glorious return. I want my heart’s desire to be Jesus, and I want my eyes to be fixed on Heaven. When we are focused on Christ, the waiting doesn’t seem as long, and contentment will reign.

“Stop waiting for Friday. For summer. For someone to fall in love with you. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in right now. “

 

Staying Healthy During a Crazy Season

 

 

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A few years ago, my mom started our family on the track to eating right. None of us were severely overweight, but we could all lose a few pounds. 2 years in, and we are still going strong. Stronger than we were at first actually. My dear mother is very passionate about living a healthy life, and she has done a lot of research on what is the best food to eat for our family’s lifestyle.

 

Recently, I have been gone from home almost every day either over or right after mealtimes. I often have to pack lunches or have about 5 minutes to eat something before heading off to work or class, and it’s often really hard to eat something healthy instead of grabbing whatever is closest. Another thing that I struggle with is eating healthy breakfasts. I am a total weirdo…. I do not like eggs….scrambled, egg casserole, etc. etc. I also do not like oatmeal, and we used to eat a healthy version of oatmeal called steel cut oats every morning. Let’s just say….I dreaded breakfast. We now only have it about once a month, which is a-okay with me. I also don’t like bacon. (I know, I know, my family tells me I’m weird.)

 

Anyway, here are some of the tips that I have found are helpful for staying healthy while living a crazy schedule:

 

  1. BE INTENTIONAL. Stay on track. Don’t just grab a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because it’s quick and you can eat it while on the way. If I know that I’m going to be in a rush the next morning, I will often pack a lunch and just stick it in the fridge the night before so the next morning I just have to put it in my lunch bag. This also works for breakfast. It’s really nice to not have to prepare something at 6:15 in the morning while you are stumbling around the house half blind trying to wake up so you can get ready for the day.

 

  1. MAKE TIME. This one is actually pretty hard for me. If I have extra time (and even if I don’t) I am usually on the computer or on my phone. Instead of filling it up with social media, put some running shoes on and go for a run or jump on the treadmill or elliptical. Maybe you can even be on your phone while on the elliptical. Maybe. I probably would be.

Making time could also mean getting up half an hour earlier. I hate this tip to be honest. Most evenings I don’t get to bed much before 10 or 10:30, and I usually have to be up by 6:15. & 5:45 just seems far too early to be functioning. But I promise—I’ve done it before and it’s so worth it. I have never heard anyone say that they really regretted getting up early to work out.

 

  1. This past summer I ran almost every day. Sitting here with my feet propped up, not having run for about 2 months except for the four laps around the gym before volleyball practice, I have no idea how I did it. 3 miles was my short run. Then again, I was training to run a quarter-marathon. (which was so worth it by the way #bestrunofmylife) Motivation is so important. “Your body can do almost anything, it’s your mind you have to convince.”

 

If you have any tips I would love to hear them!!

with love,
Miss C

 

 

The Word

 I first heard this poem on a song by Kari Jobe and it is so beautiful and inspiring! It is long, but so worth it.

The Word
Written by Isaac Wimberley

If there are words for Him then I don’t have them

You see my brain has not yet reached a point
Where it could form a thought
That could adequately describe the greatness of my God

And my lungs have not yet developed the ability
To release a breath with enough agility
To breathe out the greatness of His love

And my voice, my voice is so inhibited
Restrained by human limits
That it’s hard to even send a praise up

If there are words for Him then I don’t have them

My God

His grace is remarkable
Mercies are innumerable
Strength is impenetrable

He is honorable, accountable, and favorable
Unsearchable yet knowable
Indefinable yet approachable
Indescribable yet personal

He is beyond comprehension
Further than imagination
Constant through generations
King of every nation

But
If there are words for Him then I don’t have them

You see my words are few
And to try and capture the one TRUE God
Using my vocabulary will never do

But I use my words as an expression
An expression of worship to a Savior
A Savior who is both worthy and deserving of my praise

So I use words

My heart extols the Lord
Blesses His name forever
He has won my heart, captured my mind
And has bound them both together

He has defeated me in my rebellion
Conquered me in my sin
He has welcomed me into His presence
Completely invited me in

He has made Himself the object of my sight
Flooding me with mercies in the morning
Drowning me with grace in the night

But
If there are words for Him then I don’t have them

But what I do have…Is Good News
For my God knew that man-made words would never do
For words are just tools that we use
To point to the Truth
So He sent his son Jesus Christ as THE WORD
Living proof

He is the image of the invisible God
The firstborn of all creation
For by Him all things were created
Giving nothingness formation

And by His word He sustains, in the power of His name
For He is before all things and over all things He reigns
HOLY IS HIS NAME!!

Praise Him for His life
The way He persevered in strife
The humble Son of God becoming the perfect sacrifice

Praise Him for His death
That He willingly stood in our place
That He lovingly endured the grave
That He battled our enemy
And on the third day rose in victory

Praise Him because He rose!!
Hallelujah He rose!!
He is everything that was promised

Praise Him as the risen King
Lift your voice and sing
For one day He will return for us and we will finally be
United with our Savior for eternity

So it’s not just words that I proclaim
For my words point to the WORD
And the WORD has a name
Hope has a name
Joy as a name
Peace has a name
Love has a name
And that name is Jesus Christ
Praise His name FOREVER!

.authentic.

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The Christmas season has come and gone. The New Year’s resolutions have been made-and some have probably been broken. Goals have been made to lose weight, eat healthier, and be more organized. Those things are all fantastic. But is that all I want to do this year? Sure, I would love to be healthier, more toned, and definitely more organized, but I want to make this year count for something more.
We had a New Year’s Eve party with our youth group and our youth leader was talking about resolutions and goals and how easy they are to break. It is so true! People break their resolutions within weeks of just making them.
Last year, a blogger that I follow challenged her followers to choose a word for their year, and live it. This year, I chose authentic. I have worn so many masks these past few years. I do things because I feel like it is expected of me. I want to be a person who smiles more than frowns, who doesn’t feel like she needs to be like someone else. I need to let go of who I think I need to be and embrace who I really am. I need to make the choice to be real. I need to live originally and be authentic.

Luke 12:34

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A few nights ago, a friend and I were driving home and somehow we got on the topic of money. His words hit me so hard when he said, “The way I see it, it’s not my money. It’s God’s. I have so much and I really don’t need it as much as some people do. I try to give as much as I believe God is leading me to.” I needed to hear that so much. I can get so focused on earning money so I can spend it some day. What am I spending my money on? Clothes? I already have plenty. Random things? Do I even use them later? I agree that sometimes there are things that you need to buy, but I think most everyone has to admit that they buy more than they need. We can get so proud of ourselves for earning all of our money. But whose money is it really when God was the one that gave us the job? It’s essentially God’s money.

God calls us to be good stewards of our money. I don’t think that means to hoard it away in a little box in our closet, or to just give money away to the first person you see. If you pray, God will give you the guidance and discernment you need to decide whether or not to buy something or if you should give money to someone.

Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Where is our treasure here on earth? Are we saving up our money and hiding it away for a day that may never come? If I would die tonight, I would not be able to take my money with me. It doesn’t matter how much money you have once you get to Heaven. Reaching a certain level of worldly riches does not gain you a better seat in eternity. We need to be focusing on giving and helping others and telling them about the joy we have found in Jesus.

Dear God, Help us to learn to give to others for Your glory. I pray that we will learn to be good stewards of the money that You have given us.We give it back to You.