No, I’m not engaged or getting married anytime soon, haha.
But! Today I found this blogger who wrote a few posts on "Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married.", and it sparked my interest and I started to read..
And it was just so good! It was just really encouraging and eye-opening, and even though I’m not getting married in the very near future, it was just really cool to read these articles and think about how I could apply this not just to marriage, but also dating and relationships, and certain things I can be praying about and working on NOW so that when I do get married someday, my husband and I can work together and put these things into practice so we can cultivate and work on making our marriage stronger and happier and one that truly honors God.
Here are some of the articles I read. I would definitely encourage you to check them out, even if you’re not getting married anytime soon. They’re pretty short, but really worth reading and praying about. Just click on the links below and enjoy :)
Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married:
This morning I read this, and I can honestly say I was so encouraged.. SO encouraged. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t read these words of Jesus before. I have. But after last night’s intense prayer time with God, and then this morning having my eyes opened to something God wanted to show me, and then reading this was seriously just what I needed to hear. Isn’t it so incredibly crazy cool when you’re praying about something and then you open up God’s word and it’s like God is showing you EXACTLY what you were asking about? God’s word IS living and active. It’s just amazing how awesome our God is!
I’m going to encourage everyone to go read these words, slowly and intentionally, soaking up and taking in every single bit of what Jesus wants you to hear. And hey! Beforehand I would even ask that God would open up your eyes and speak to you personally, showing you how you can apply this to your life and become more like him. It really is so good. You won’t regret it!
I hope reading this is just as much a blessing to you as it was to me! Have a beautiful day, friends! :)
Anonymous asked: You've been prayed for tonight! "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
Okay this is so wonderful because last night especially I really needed prayer! I was feeling so discouraged, and was up tossing and turning and praying until the early morning, and then waking up to read this was SUCH a blessing! Thank you SO much! :) And next time you don’t have to be “anonymous”.. I would love to know who you are :) Thanks again so much!
I was really blessed by a conversation with a new friend the other day, and its made me realize a few things; or maybe just finally understand what it is that I’ve been realizing for a while:
I feel as though school, and a long list of other things have taken everything out of me lately. In fact, shortly after the conversation I mentioned above, another friend looked at me and said “You look tired.” And when I was home a few weeks ago, my mom even urged me to see someone if I was feeling depressed. And I seriously considered for a day whether or not I was, and I’m quite sure I’m not. I still realize I have a beautiful life, and thank God for that every day. In no way am I consistently upset or even “down.” But I am tired.
I came back to campus this fall with an idea of how rough this semester’s course load and life would be, but I had no clue. I came back with energy, life, excitement, and a passionate seeking of the Lord, and it seems that at some point this fall those things got lost somewhere.
It was when I was sitting, asking God for a topic for a prayer meeting this week that I realized, I don’t think I’m completely alone in this. I sat in Starbucks and listened to people studying around me complain to one another about how rough life seems at the moment. Like me, it was classes for the guy to my right; a relationship for the girl to my left; and slew of interviews for the guy sitting across from me. And what I realized is this: what these people need, and what I have (but fail to realize much of the time), is God.
At that moment a friend I had planned a meeting with sat down across from me, looked me in the eyes and the first words from her mouth were, “I’m in need of some renewing.” We continued to have a long conversation about how we often fail to recognize and draw our strength and spirit from the Lord. We allow college and life to dictate our schedules. We go, go, go. We fill up our days with studying, relationships, and sleeping when we get a chance. But the problem is, we can’t go on by our own energy for long. The world around us will wear us down. It has put out the light of many men who forgot to consistently look for life and energy from the Lord. And that’s the real problem, at least for me. I can schedule God into a time slot I like to call “quiet time.” But I’m not always looking to him for strength in day to day happenings. I fail to turn to him for life in those moments when that paper never seems finished, or scheduling just one more thing feels like it will break me. God doesn’t abide by my “quiet time,” and when I fail to look to Him outside of that, it doesn’t take long for this world to wear me down.
I apologize for the length of this, and I’ll stop boring you now. But, God has shown me that I, and the people around me on this campus, are tired. And I think it’s because we’re not letting God completely into the schedules that this world demands of us; we’re not looking to Him for all of our energy to get through everything. And it’s allowing this world to exhaust us.
1. Don’t allow your schedule to dictate your time with the Lord. He’s not on your schedule. Look to him continuously for strength and life. “Pray without ceasing.”
2. Ask the friends around you how they’re feeling, be an encouragement, and point them toward the Lord for their strength and flowing waters. They’re probably tired too.
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” - John 7:38
This is seriously so relevant to my life right now. I really, really needed to read this. Such a blessing and encouragement.
"Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28
I teach Luke in college class every Sunday morning, while I was reading through Luke 6 and this passage in particular last night something occurred to me. It reads
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
The first thing that stood out to me after reading this passage again is that the reason we are supposed to live this radically is because it separates us from Sinners. Simply saying we are Christians now a days holds no meaning because of all the hypocrisy surrounding it. I read somewhere today that said 76% of Americans identify themselves as some type of Christian. So how do we stand out from the hypocrites then if our words hold no value? How do we identify ourselves as real Christians when everyone is a “Christian?” He explains it here, it’s by our actions and our lifestyle. We are called to live differently from sinners, called to live radically. I mean to literally love your enemies and those who hate you, talk about getting yourself noticed. If Jesus came down simply to tell us how to live and didn’t live it out himself would his words be so powerful? No, the reason Jesus’ life is so remarkable and inspirational to us because he lived out the words he preached, he showed people what it means to live radically.
The second part that stood out to me was “Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Basically this passage can summarize God’s relationship with humans. HE loves us despite those who do not love him. He gives to us and expects nothing in return when all we do is take. He blesses us when we curse him.
So why do we need to live like this then, because God lives this way with us! If we are to truly be God like let’s follow his example. Let’s get attention for our radical lives, let’s show the world we are Christians by how we choose to live!
I love this. Definitely needed to read this.
When most people talk about spiritual growth, they talk about adding something.
-Read the Bible more.
-Serve more in church.
-Spend more time in prayer.
While these are all good things, we should also be aware of when we need to cut something out of our life in order to continue to grow spiritually.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…
Notice how it says “lay aside every weight, and sin…” Most people just think about the sin in their lives that are holding them back. Few people realize that there are morally neutral things that are stealing from them spiritual power. While it may not outright be a sin, it’s a weight that is holding you down.
For me it was Netflix and video games. While they may not necessarily be a sin, they aren’t beneficial and are certainly a “weight” in my life that is hindering me from running the race set before me.
While it is important to add stuff into your life, what can be just as if not more important is taking away the sin and weight in your life that is stopping you from fulfilling the calling God has placed on you.
What is it for you? What is there in your life that may not be a sin in the typical sense, but is taking time and energy that could be better allocated to your spiritual growth? What are you doing to get rid of it?
Lately I’ve been really praying about giving up some specific things in my life (like watching certain tv shows) and honestly.. I’ve been super reluctant to do so. And I’m like, “Oh but I really do love this show and it’s super funny and I really don’t waste THAT much time watching it..” Yeah, excuses excuses. I really don’t want ANY kind of weight holding me down.. and I really could be doing so many better things with my time. It’s time I start praying more for the strength and stronger desire to give up any kind of weight that’s been holding me back from not being able to run full force towards Jesus. Prayers, please? :)
It’s only been one day, and I am completely loving being home and with my family! Last night we all just completely pigged out on brownies and oreos and my mom made her amazing homemade broccoli soup and we just hung around and ate good food and my little brothers attempted to teach me how to “dougie” hahaha. Then today we continued to eat even more good food and lounged around watching movies together. It’s just been so great. My brothers and I have also started making plans for “brother-sister” dates to go on this week, and I’m just so excited. Spring Break is going to be wonderful.
Since I’m planning on thoroughly enjoying relaxing and spending time with the people I love most, I probably won’t be on Tumblr for the rest of this week.. But! If you want to keep up with how I’m doing you can follow me on Twitter here, or for the next week or so I’m going to put some other encouraging posts on Queue that have really encouraged and spoken to me these past couple of weeks. I’ll set it for around 7:30ish each night. Hopefully they encourage and bless you too!
Have a beautiful and blessed week, friends! :)
Today officially begins my Spring Break!
I am just so happy thinking about how I’ll be home for the entire week and enjoying things like watching I Love Lucy while all snuggled up on the couch with a bunch of cozy blankets, and reading times with my younger brother (we’ve currently been reading Inkheart together) and just relaxing and enjoying the comforts of home and family.
Ah, so much excitement. Spring Break, here I come! :)
Today I went with my friend Autumn to her church and helped out with her toddler class. Firstly, she was like, “Okay, I have to warn you.. there are a lot of sweet old ladies at my church and they LOVE new people so they’re pretty much going to swarm you when you come in..” hahaha. And it’s true! They were all so friendly and I love getting welcomed and meeting everyone. Then we went to her toddler class…
And I seriously couldn’t have enjoyed myself more! We taught them the story of David and Goliath, and we made the cutest David and Goliath sock puppets and the kids seriously loved them. Once the little boys learned the David was the “good guy” and Goliath was the “bad guy” they kept making them play fight and this little boy kept saying “David pushed Goliath off a cliff!” hahaha. We tried to remind him about the real story, but it was just too cute.
Overall they loved playing with their puppets and we ate animal crackers and watched Veggie Tales and I seriously just couldn’t stop smiling and laughing and singing along. I loved every second of it. I really do love being around little kids so much. They have such innocent and joyful personalities and really do have so much to teach us adults. Like Jesus said, we all need to become like little children. SO full of trust and joy and not weighed down by the worries of this world. I just had so much fun today and made me re-realize how much I truly love being around little kids. I can’t wait until the next chance I get to spend time with those cute little kiddos :)
Today was seriously so great. I woke up after getting plenty of rest (which was pretty exciting and rare, but much enjoyed) and I just felt excited to start the day. I packed my backpack full of books and such and went down to my favorite study area and I checked the mail to discover I had a handwritten letter! I love getting mail, so that definitely made me smile.
I spent the day working and reading and listening to good music and then I went with a friend for dinner and a movie.. and we went to THEE cutest and most wonderful Irish pub! I was seriously so giddy and absolutely fell in love with it. If you know me, you know one of my dreams is to go to Ireland. I just love everything about it. The Irish pub was actually really authentic and the vibe was wonderful and I loved my food and the atmosphere and I can’t wait to go back! New favorite place? I think so. So we ate and went to the movies and it was just a really fantastic time. And tomorrow I’m going with my friend Autumn to her church and helping her with her Toddler class! I love little kids and we’re going to make crafts and ah, I’m just so excited.
Basically today was great. And I’ve been learning more and more how even if nothing “big and exciting” happens, there really are so many blessings and wonderful little things in everyday life to be thankful for and make you smile. Like getting a warm and delicious chocolate chip cookie for dessert today or wearing one of my favorite cardigans. Just enjoying the really small things can have such a huge impact on your perspective and cultivating a thankful and joyful heart. Ah, I just love it.
Well so that’s a bit about my day! It really was such a blessing. I hope you all had a beautiful day too, friends! And have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow :)
- Math (25 problems).
- Read “Diary of a Madman” (11 pages).
- Read “Les Mis” (50 pages).
- Write 2 papers.
- Study for my Environmental Conservation quiz on Monday.
- Study for math (Read the textbook, do practice exams and work review problems).
Oh, college life. But! At least I get off easy this weekend :) So exciting not to have any Political Science articles to read or any other exams to study for :)
One of my favorite passages in the bible is in Luke 10:38-42. It’s where Jesus goes to visit Martha and Mary. Martha is super busy rushing around the house trying to fix dinner and make everything all perfect, and Mary is sitting at Jesus’s feet just listening and being with him. And Martha is upset and pretty much just tells Jesus, “Lord! I’m doing all the work and Mary is just sitting there. Tell her to help me!” And Jesus lovingly tells her, “Martha.. you’re worried about so many things! But Mary has chosen what is better, and it won’t be taken away from her.”
One reason I love this so much is because it reminds me to check my priorities. I feel so often that I’m like Martha; so focused on DOING things that I forget to be still and just enjoy being with Jesus. But she missed out, and I really want to be like Mary; who chose what was better, and it wouldn’t be taken away from her. I will never forget a few years ago when I was a senior in High School, and I had been super involved in youth group and a few different bible studies.. and yet I had been feeling as if I hadn’t felt God in awhile. And I remember just praying and asking God what was up.. and I will never forget hearing him say, “Mandy.. I miss you.” And I was like, “What are you talking about? I’ve been super invovled and doing so much for you..” and then it hit me. Yeah, I was DOING so much.. but I had been letting my “Christian Activities” take the place of spending real time with Jesus.
After God had spoken, I realized how much I missed him too, and my priorities completely shifted. I didn’t quit being invovled in youth group and bible study, but I realized that quality time with just me and Jesus was more important. I spent more time just quieting my heart and being with Jesus; being taught by him and learning how to become more like him, and I found myself falling more and more in love with him. I honestly couldn’t wait to wake up early in the morning and read my bible and hear from Jesus. And then I would take my bible to school and read whenever I had down time, and then I would come home from school and just continue to pray and spent time with God. And I’m not saying that to make myself sound all “good” or anything. But when I chose to pursue Jesus above all else, it was just so amazing how God gave me such a hunger and love for being with him, and he never ceased to fulfill me and bring me complete joy in him.
Lately I’ve just been re-learning again how everything is so completely worthless to truly knowing God. Even if I get my dream job, or I get married and have the most beautiful family and all my dreams come true and I get to travel the world and lead bible studies and everything else.. It will all be completely lost if I do not have a deep and intimate relationship with my Savior. When we choose to stop rushing around and still our hearts and lives and come meet with Jesus we will never regret it, and what we learn and the relationship we develop from being with Jesus will not be taken away from us.
Honestly, I really needed to re-read this in Luke today. It was much needed and such a blessing. I hope this encourages you as well to put aside everything that hinders, and spend some time being still in resting in Jesus today. He would seriously love to spend time with you, and I promise you that you won’t regret it! Have a beautiful day, friends!
You know what I love? I’m talking like absolutely love “best feeling in the world” kinda thing? The feeling of knowing you’ve been productive. Today I have been up since 6:45 am and have worked on homework non-stop all morning, and then today I had a lot of phone calls to make and college related papers to fill out and stuff I had to get organized and I just finished every single thing on my list. I am seriously so proud of myself right now. Three cheers for getting things accomplished! :)