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.

The Perfect Love


Hate and fear are two of the most prominent things in our world today.

Current events will quickly show us that almost everyone is living out of either one or the other.
The media encourages us to hate the bad guys and fear what could happen in the future.

We have programmed our minds to search for things to worry about, whether it’s our jobs, our families, our grades, our paychecks, or our country.

What does God tell us to worry about?

 

Absolutely nothing.

 

We start living out of fear and making choices out of fear. We start coming up with situations that aren’t even logical and worry that they could happen to us.

1 John 4:18 says that “perfect love casts out fear.”

If you live out of fear, you will have anxiety and unrest.

If you live out of love, you will have a sound mind and peace.

Knowing the Father’s heart of love will enable you to live it out in your own life.

Living out of love and not fear will enable you to share the love inside of you without fearing what they could say about you or do to you.

Not everyone is going to accept and appreciate what we have to say. But we are called to share anyway. Jenn Johnson once said, “Even if you’ve only been a Christian for an hour, that’s one more hour than someone else. So you are called to share your faith with them.”

When you have received the perfect Love, you can’t possibly keep it to yourself. When you truly have a relationship with the Lord, there will be a light shining out of you.

The devil wants your life to be driven by fear, the Father wants to lead you with love.

The devil wants to scare you into hiding, the Father wants you to live in His glorious light.

Living out a perfect love isn’t easy, because we as humans aren’t perfect. Even though Christ asks us to display His perfect love, He knows our weakness. Which is why He offers more grace than we ask for.

Most of my life, I’ve lived in fear. I’ve worried about my future and anything and everything that could possibly happen in my life.

If you have walls of fear in your life, darling, tear them down. God has amazing things planned for your life, He’s just waiting for you to say yes. He’s waiting for you to accept and believe in the perfect love that can come only from Him. Ask Him to give you His eyes and heart for the hurting world we are living in. He will use you to make a difference. Don’t shrink back into the shadows and live out your Christian life in secret. A dying world needs to hear about an everlasting Love, and we are the ones that know the secret. We know the Love. The Love that can overcome all fear and hate.

 

If leprosy isn’t your biggest problem.

What if the most embarrassing thing about you was known publicly?

Maybe it’s a bad habit.
Maybe it’s a relationship.
Maybe it’s a health problem.
Maybe it’s your grades.

What ever it is, what if it was written in BOLD letters on a sign around your neck. What if it was so horrible that you knew people didn’t want to be even 100 feet from you. Walking down the street, you would have to announce it so people had time to get out of your way.

That’s how it was for people with leprosy.

They were banned.
Outcasts.
Rejects from society.
All because of something they did not want or choose to get.
One day they were fine, and the next-they were banned from being close to anyone.

In Luke 17, the account is told of a group of 10 men with leprosy. The only reason they were friends was because they all had the same disease. Some came from poor backrounds. Others came from rich families. Some were intellectual. Others were laborers. We don’t know exactly. But we do know that they wanted healed more than anything else in the world. And then one day they heard about a man named Jesus who could heal them. Word was going around that Jesus was in town, so as quickly as they could, they ran to the outskirts of the town hoping that Jesus would see them.

Luke 17:12 says that the lepers saw Jesus & they knew He could heal them, but they still “stood afar off.”

I can see it.

The lepers stay away. They are unsure of whether they should go to Him. One finally convinces the rest.

“It can’t hurt to try. The worst that could happen would be that He rejects us, and we’ve been through that hundreds of times.”

They slowly walk towards Him, trying not to gain attention or get too close. Instead, they “lift up their voices” and cry out to Him. And instead of walking away, Jesus walks closer to them!

Jesus loves on them. He heals them. He tells them to go show themselves to the priests because they are healed!

Their leprosy was not because of sin in their life. They had leprosy so the power of God could be shown through them. They suffered, so Jesus could do amazing things in their life, and they would come to follow Him. They suffered, so that through them, others would hear the story and come to follow Him.

I am suffering. You are suffering. We are all suffering. Why? So that Christ can come into our lives and do amazing things so we can come to love Him more, and so our testimony’s can be used to bring other’s to Him.

For multiple reasons, the lepers didn’t want to get too close to Jesus. They thought that leprosy was too big of a problem for Jesus to fix. Instead of turning away, Jesus runs close to them and says, “Come close to me! I will heal you. I will change your life. No problem is too big for Me.”

Your problem is not too big. Whatever would be written on your sign, it’s not too bad that Jesus can’t fix it. I promise.

finding Jesus in the everyday

 

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There are some days when I feel like I have it all figured out. I wake up early, have devotions, eat a healthy breakfast, sit down to do school, go to work, and get things done. Days when I think I can handle it, and yeah, I had devotions that day, but I’ve got it under control, so thanks God, but You’re not really needed today. My outfit is fabulous, I had a good hair day, and the makeup is on point. Sometimes this goes on for a week, and then BAM. Something happens. I got a bad grade on a test. My parents and I disagree on something. A friend disappoints me. But “no thanks God, I can handle this, I can work through it and figure it out by myself.” I rush through devotions every morning….skimming the chapter, writing some notes, and running off to the next thing on my list, without ever stopping to just listen, Be still. Pray. Listen for HIS voice speaking into my life. Jesus is saying,

“I’m waiting to fix your problems and give you the peace you so desperately desire. Just run into my arms. Trust me.”

But no, I’ve got it. I keep running on my own strength until the end, where I end up having a panic attack and crying for an hour because I’m burned out. It doesn’t have to be like this. Yet it often is. I count on my Type A personality to get me through stressful situations. I get easily irritated and annoyed when things don’t go the way that I think they should, and that eventually ends up in me hurting others.

Jesus is waiting for us to surrender our agenda’s and our to-do lists to Him. When we put Him in the center of everything we do, it doesn’t always end up perfectly, but it will work out according to the plan He has for our lives. As we slowly surrender our whole hearts, He gives us the strength and hope to continue and not get burned out. When friends hurt us, we know that Christ is the friend that will never let us down.

When we give Him our lives, He becomes our strength.

He becomes our joy. He becomes our focus. When our minds wander, He becomes our default. We will daily surrender our will’s to Him.

When we live in that state daily, we will find joy&hope, grace&love, and JESUS in the everyday.

10 Unusual Things About Me

Why is that coffee shop so perfect?? 

I love learning things about other people. And I realized I had never done anything like this on here. So here it goes….10 unusual things about me:

1. I could spend hours reading. Fiction, non-fiction. Whichever. 

2. I play three different instruments. I’ve played the piano for almost 10 years, I’ve played the ukulele for 2 years, and I’ve played the guitar for about a year. 

3. My family might start raising angus beef cattle this year. #sostinkinexcited

4. I’m an organization freak, yet my room is almost constantly messy. I know, I know. Judge me if you want. 

5. I love summer and hate winter. (Unless I’m skiing or ice skating obviously. But after that I don’t want winter around)

6. Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to live on a ranch in the Wild West. I think this might have to do with my infatuation with horses. But traveling to Colorado last year did not diminish these dream. At. All.

7. My favorite thing ever is when you meet someone new and you instantly become friends and they give you a hug like they’ve known you for forever. Come on, who doesn’t love this?

8. I own a pair of authentic cowgirl boots that I wear almost daily.

9. Messy, scrawling handwriting is actually appealing to me. Not bad handwriting, just…..passionate. Like when you can tell that the writer was writing so fast she didn’t care about her handwriting because the words were just flowing out onto the paper. THAT kind of handwriting. 

10. Coffee is a essential part of my life.

Yes I know I said it was “10 Unusual Things about Me” but I had to add this last one.

11. I’m obsessed with black and white photos. Basically my whole entire Instagram would be black and white if I didn’t feel that it needs some color every now and again. But to me, black and white is perfection. 

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

 

 

5 Favorites // January Edition

  1. THIS American Eagle Bag. I picked it up on sale during Black Friday shopping, and asked my grandma to give it to me for Christmas. It is basically perfection as far as bags go. It’s a little too big for me to just carry around shopping, but it is perfect for work and school. I can fit most of my books in it, and sometimes when I know I’ll need it, I can fit a change of clothing in as well.

  1. The song “Completely” by Among the Thirsty. It hits me every time.

                           

  1. Basically the whole winter fashion color scheme. The maroon and dark green and gray and black and navy and stripes and burgundy and…I’m done now.
  1. I have recently discovered a love for Bible Journaling. I am working my way through the Daniel plan from She Reads Truth. (if you have never heard of it there is a link in the sidebar. Please check it out, it has changed the way I use Bible study plans.) Basically every page of Daniel and most of the shorter books in the New Testament have quotes written in every blank space. Looking back through just makes me so happy. I also highlight….a lot…..and when I turn the page, immediately my eyes are drawn to specific verses that have impacted my life. It’s grand.

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  1. Late Christmas gifts. They just warm my heart [and hands ;)….you know who you are]

love,

Miss C

 

 

Follow God’s Heart

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We’ve all heard it many times. “Follow your heart.” “Let your heart be your compass.” And yes, that sounds good. But I know that my heart is frail, and easily falls for things I shouldn’t fall for. My heart is easily convinced. I don’t want my heart to be the center leading factor of my life. I want GOD’s heart. I want to follow HIS will for my life, not my own heart’s will. I want the voices in my head to be His voice. I want the decisions I make to reflect Him.

My mind will tell me that I’m not good enough, that I don’t have what it takes to “make it” in life. Looking into my Father’s eyes, we find beauty and worth. I want Him to remind me who I am…..His beloved child. When life gets tough and I start looking to other people or my job or my grades to find my worth, I want Him to drag me back to Him.

Lord, make us guilty of loving You so much that the world has no appeal to us. When we stray from You, bring us back and focus our eyes fully on You. We want to be sold out for You. We love You. 

My Ideal Day

This prompt comes from the Blogtember Challenge. I had good intentions of blogging my way through September, but life got in the way. So I randomly chose one today!

What does my ideal day look like?

-Waking up early and going for a run before breakfast
-Eating a good (semi-healthy) breakfast 🙂
-Spending time in God’s Word, preferably with coffee or a latte.
-My ideal day would be extremely productive, so lot’s of school homework would be completed.
-A hot lunch. The way to my heart is honestly food…..
-Creating something new
-Having dinner and then spending time with friends. Complete with lots of laughter and new memories.

What does your ideal day look like?

Currently…..

Hello Monday!!

I know that I haven’t been around for a while. I spent most of my summer either working or away on vacation or a mission trip. I had the opportunity to visit Colorado, and I fell in LOVE. Ya’ll, that place is beautiful. Anyway, I though I would do a currently post to let you all know what I’ve been doing recently!

Reading……My biology book. And American History book. Yeah, school has started again full force.
Trying……To get into a routine again. I struggle with this every year. It’s hard.
Cooking…..Nothing at the moment. But I’ve found many fall recipes that I’ve been wanting to try!!
Eating….my mother’s delicious, home-cooked meals. Love you mom!
Drinking…..water, water, water. Plus the occasional Starbucks drink or smoothie from the cafe close to work.
Pinning….fall everyyyythingggg.
Going….out to see my friends next weekend. They live about an hour away, so I cannot wait to see them again!
Loving…..my new college class and my fellow classmates.
Learning…..the in’s and out’s of Understanding Business 102.
Feeling…..relieved. I was able to finish up a few big projects for school, and I am so happy to have them behind me!
Hoping (for)….a rejuvenating fall season filled with joy, friends, and inspiration.
Listening (to)….the song You’re Beautiful by Phil Wickham. They played it at the wedding I was in on Saturday, and it quickly went on my Spotify playlist.
Smelling….my Flannel Bath and Body Works Candle.
Thanking…..God for how much He loves us and sustains us.