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Walking on Water

Every girl that has a Pinterest account is bombarded by cute ways of writing Proverbs 31. Most often, scripty letters reading

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”

are painted perfectly on a “DIY” canvas (that I could never actually do). Don’t get me wrong, I think that it is awesome. I think it is a really cool Bible verse and hope that my life reflects that of a Proverbs 31 woman.

However, I think it is also misinterpreted sometimes. Girls are taught to be fearful of charm, and to not rely on beauty for anything. No, we shouldn’t fawn over any guy that tells us we are pretty or put on extra makeup to try to get our way. BUT, to a certain point, not allowing ourselves to be charmed or admitting we feel pretty on a good…

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Be still & listen

Good morning-

So with this week being the first round of tests, we can get very overwhelmed with everything that we have going on. With jobs, Sing practice, internships, grad school applications, and studying, it’s hard to find time for the most important person. God. Without Him, it is very easy to become even more overwhelmed. You think you can handle it all. You think you can solve all of your problems. In reality, you are completely unable to solve your problems by yourself.

I know I feel that way all the time and it’s hard to let go. The saying goes, “Let go & let God.” This is a lot easier said than done. I want to have everything put in my planner and make sure I have an hour-by-hour schedule, weeks in advance. I have a tendency to overcommit and spread myself too thin. It’s at that point I know I can’t do it all and it causes me to take a step back and really rely on God to lift me back up.

This morning, I was supposed to get up and go to my 8 am Tennis class, but since it was raining the courts were too wet to play on. I decided that instead of taking this time to catch up on sleep (which was a very tempting option), I would take advantage of the extra hour I had and spend it refilling my cup with the word of God.

I turned to the February 4th devotion of my Jesus Calling book and it could not have been more perfect for what I was feeling. The first sentence drew me in, Bring me your weakness, and receive My peace.” WOW. Reality check. I have been feeling super weak and exhausted all the time. My emotions and patience have been on the edge and I have felt like I am on the verge of a breakdown at some points. It goes on to say, “Do not wear yourself out with analyzing and planning.” I mean COME ON! Was this written directly towards me or something?! It is crazy how at just the right moment, I can get exactly what I need.

As a college student, I know I am constantly overthinking and planning things way far in advance. I am trying to figure out when I’m graduating, what I’m doing after, if I’ll get my ring by spring, and other important things like that. The most important thing though is my relationship with God and that somehow always gets put on the back burner. It needs to start being front and center. I need to challenge myself with my walk with God and always put Him first.

An encouraging verse from today’s devotional came from Numbers 6:24-26, 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.” I have heard this verse for as long as I can remember. It is the benediction used in many churches. We hear every Monday and Wednesday in Chapel. It has become somewhat repetitive and doesn’t really mean as much to some. However, this verse is such a great reminder that the Lord is always with us and wants to bless us. He will give us peace and comfort when we are struggling with anything.

I can already tell that by taking 20-30 minutes of spending intentional, quality time reading my Bible, that my day has been so much better. I have seen a change in my attitude and just know that I needed the word of God spoken into my life today. I encourage you to take the time to just take a break from the world around you and be still and listen to what God was to say to you. Spend 20-30 minutes with God today. God will provide you with the exact encouragement you need! It will allow you to feel more relaxed and prepared to take on the next few crazy, busy week.