Friday, April 29, 2016

Preach with Your Life

May we be the kind of people that lives out a life of love, humility, forgiveness, kindness, and all the characteristics that our God has displayed for us. May we have the strength to step into the kind of life that God has called us to. To throw off all that is holding us down and rise up with the heart of a warrior dedicated to the will of God.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Bigger Picture

Jesus had the bigger picture. 

He was one with the mission of God. 

He knows the bigger picture for our lives too. 

He sees how our struggles can make us stronger in faith. 

He sees how our failures can rise up our accomplishments. 

He sees how our doubts and fears can let His power be made known. 

Here's to trusting in the One who has the answers before we even ask the question.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Potential of My Heart

When I think of what I want my heart to be, and my life to look like, I can't help but feel defeated. I know I have a lot of work to do. I'm so thankful I have someone to turn to as an example of grace, mercy, love, faithfulness, gentleness, self control, goodness, and all things beautiful. I'm so thankful that I can choose a life of faith over stress and frustration. I'm so thankful for my God, that He chose me and set me apart. That no matter how many times I screw up, He will never leave nor forsake. 

He sees my heart now and more importantly, the potential of my heart. He's revealing to me day by day the woman He created me to be. And for that, I'm thankful. #purposenotperfection

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Around the Bay 5k!

I thought of a million excuses not to leave my apartment.
I had a final paper to write.
I felt exhausted.
It was snowing and freezing outside.

But - living out the word "Purpose" this year has completely changed my outlook on ALL that I do.

So... what was the purpose of doing this 5k?

Run when I can. Cross the finish line. Get the medal.

Running has become my therapy - I know when I run, it's going to be a good day.

When I reflected on that, the task did not seem as daunting - and off I went!

The first km was freezing but soon enough, the sun was shining in our faces and the joy of the race took over. Along the way there were people holding signs that read "I tried running once but kept spilling my wine" or "You can do it random stranger!". I've said it before and I'll say it again - there is nothing quite like getting together with a bunch of random people to use your God-given body the way it was intended to work.

I am learning to treat my body like a temple as the bible says. I am pushing myself and feeling stronger every week. Running has been one of the very few things that have helped ease my anxiety (overthinking/stress) and put me in a posture of gratitude, joy and closeness with God.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Accepted, Chosen, Redeemed.

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Regardless of our disappointment, our frustration, our lack of trust or obedience - God still loves you and me the same. 

There is no love like His.

How beautiful it is to know you are chosen, accepted, redeemed. I hope to model this same kind of love - the kind that never gives up, that looks past wrong doing and focuses on the heart. 

Focuses on Jesus. 

"Thank you Lord for your great love. You chose me, redeemed me and accept me as a member of your household, as your child! Lord, help me to understand this grace and mercy-filled love so that I can mirror it to others in my life. I fall short every time, but I will not give up trying to extend this same love to others that I feel in you.

In Jesus name I pray,


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hope Defined: a Feeling of Trust.

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H O P E.
1. A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
2. A feeling of trust.

I've experienced hope. I'm actually really good at hoping for that something amazing God has for me. But my hope is not enough. Me expectation is not enough. I need to trust in the One I place my hope in. I can't just wait around and hope. I need to take a step back and leave the bigger picture to God. The One who holds my future. I need to trust that his love is greater than my doubts, fears, insecurities. I need to trust that His timing is perfect.

"God, thank you that I can put my hope in you. But even more so, Lord, you are trustworthy. You are a good, graceful, forgiving God. You have shown me time and time again that You love me and will provide. You have shown me that you know me, you love me, and you know what I am capable of. Lord, as I hold onto hope in the promises before me, I step into trusting you. Trusting that if my desires are not fulfilled, if that promise is not delivered on my timing, that I will praise you still because you are good. You are forever faithful Lord and I desire to trust you in every area of my life.

In Jesus name I pray,