Posted in Devotion, Encouragement, Hope, Jesus, Life, Love

He is in the Waiting…

Sometimes life feels lonely. You have all these people around you, yet you feel like your drowning in work, school, life. Friendship grow apart, and seem harder to keep in touch with. Waking up for an early morning gets greeted by more snooze buttons, and grows even tougher as the week goes on.

Have you had mornings/days/weeks/months like this?

The feeling where you are waiting for God to move, to show you that He is here and working. Meanwhile we are doing nothing but going going going. I have to remind myself of this often, SLOWWWW DOOWWWWNNN. Breathe. Take in this day. You only get one of these. One February 20th of 2018. There will not be another like it. If we are fortunate enough, we will see the sun rise and set tomorrow. But, that is not guaranteed.

Can I just encourage you to slow down today? Stop and smell the roses if you will. Write a list of things you are thankful for. Send a quick message to a friend you haven’t spoken with in a while, remind them that you love them!

Slow down today and realize how good we have it, even in the midst of hardships. God is faithful. So good.

That coffee this morning, so good.

Quiet time with Him, so good.

That morning traffic that we face, is more time to sing to the radio, in the car that we are fortunate enough to have, so so good.

An education (that at the moment seems impossible), SO GOOD.

The new day that you get to start fresh, so good.

Friends and Family, so good.

Are you starting to see where I am going with this? It is a matter of perspective. Even on the worst day, there is something to be thankful for. Finding that spirit of Joy and excitement each day can be tough. The best way though, is to speak life over each day. Even if that means saying it out loud 50 times a day, DO IT.

Today will be a good day.

I am so thankful for another day.

God is faithful and will provide.

It is a beautiful day.

Friend, say it until you mean it. Say it until that spirit leaks from every surface of your being. Say it until you not only believe it, you feel it, and you live it.

And no, it is not easy. Sorry. I’ll be the first one to tell you how much I struggle with being happy happy all the time. Or for being annoyed at the person who is (you feel?). But y’all, when you truly get to a place where you do believe there is good in every day… It gets little easier.

It all starts in your mind, and on your lips. Speak it. Fake it till you make it.

So today, slow down, take a look at the world that is surrounding you. Take a break from that hustle and bustle and…. just be. Reflect on all of the wonderful things in life that we so easily take for granted. Don’t let the little things bog you down, let them just be little things.

Today will be a good day! God is faithful. He put you here on purpose. Rest in that. Hold on to it for dear life. He is life. He will show you.

He will help you live that Good Good Life.

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is you strength.” 

-Nehemiah 8:10b-

XOXO,

Alie

Posted in Encouragement, Hope, Jesus, Life, Love

A Letter to the Kid on the Diving Board

I am undeserving of the person you are. You’re strong-willed, organized, funny, loving, and so faithful. I love watching you work on literally anything, your concentration, your mind at work. Your endurance overwhelms me, I feel like I grow weary watching how hard you press on. For the life you want, for me, for your family. I can’t help but be overjoyed that’s the type of spouse and parent you will be. I love being the one you come to, about life, about anything. I cherish those conversations more than you will know. I wish I could explain the amount of joy it brings me to see your heart at work. You may not see it, but I do always, you have a big heart. The biggest. And like most people are, or will be, you’ve been hurt, and scared too many times. Unfortunately, there will probably be too many more in this lifetime to count. I wish I could protect you from them all, but I’m only human.

Sometimes the world will try to make your heart hard.

But we have a choice, to close ourselves off, or to dive right in.

Sometimes I feel like you’re on the diving board. Like a little kid jumping off for the first time. You want to turn and run back down the diving board, and slip safely back into the pool from the side. All the while, your Father is waiting for you to jump, with arms wide open. He’s been waiting for you the whole time. Treading the water, willing you to jump right in. I will be with you He says. While you stand wavering on the diving board, wondering what it’s like to jump right in. Do it.

When you let go, and let the Father catch you in His arms, it is freeing. In that moment you feel like there is nothing you can’t do. And with Him. It’s true. You can do all things through the Father. Sometimes just a leap of faith is required. Just like on the diving board. It may seem scary, or not worth the risk.

BUT OH MY…

When you jump in, you’ll want to again, and again, and again. And keep coming back to the Father. You can’t stop. You want more of the thrill of life that jumping to Him gives you. The joy you feel when you land in His arms. The safety that is His presence.

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For those of you who are wavering on the diving board, come on in. The water is swell. The presence of the Father is flowing just waiting for you. He wants to catch you, arms wide open. Jump into the pool. You won’t regret it.

XOXO,

Alie

Posted in Devotion, Encouragement, Hope, Jesus, Life, Love, Uncategorized

New Year, New Worries?

Hello 2018,

This is something I have been trying to write in my head for days now. Waiting to have something good, a nugget for this year. A way to better myself in the new year. Well I am not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ll tell you this, everyday is a new day, an opportunity to change yourself for the better. Or some days, the not so better. You feel? However, each day the sun rises because He is faithful. And that gives each of us a brand new day to change, grow, and learn, about God and about ourselves.

This year I’ve been trying to think about who I want to be, more specifically what kind of person, friend, girlfriend, daughter, student, and sister. I’ve been trying to think about what needs evaluated in my life to get better. I’ve been praying some big things for 2018. Most of which are going to play themselves out in God’s perfect timing. My boyfriend is job hunting, and that’s tough. My parents are working really hard for my mom’s business to flourish. My sister is in high school, and we all know how many trials there are there. My brother is becoming a young preteen and growing to become the person he will be. For myself, it’s my first full year attending OT school (I survived 1 term, what’s seven more?)

God is good. God is good. God is good.

All of those things will work out for HIS timing. Maybe not in the way we’d expect, but none the less. They bring worry. Worry of not fitting in, not making the money you need, not being able to find a job, not passing. All of this is just to say thinking about all of these things, and the uncertainty of life is just so prevalent right now. I am in the process of reading a devotional called Flourish: Live Loved. Live Fearless. Live Free. By Margaret Feinberg. After a long prayer about how I wanted this year to go, I open the devo only to read something that slapped me so spiritually hard across the face, I smiled. He is good.

I challenge you if you’ve read this before ask God to show you something new. He sure showed me…

“So do not worry, saying ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all of these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6: 31-34

Did you catch it? Mostly people focus on the do not worry about tomorrow… but here read it again.

“So do not worry, saying ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all of these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6: 31-34-

HE KNOWS!

Friend he sees you, and your concerns, worry, and doubt. He hears you and he will provide. He is faithful. That stuck out so much this morning! I hope it can encourage you too. He knows what is to come, for tomorrow, for this week, for 2018, and forever. That is freeing. It gives us so much more time to feel joy, and enjoy this good good life. And if you’re like me and don’t know what you want out of this year yet. Shoot for one thing first. His plan. And then Joy. You won’t regret it.

Happy 2018, may it be the best year yet! Full of growth, new beginnings, challenges, and joy! Always Joy.

XOXO,

Alie

Posted in Encouragement, Food, Uncategorized

Smoothie Bowls and Sundays

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For the Smoothie: Blend all ingredients together, pour into a bowl.

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Small handful of baby spinach

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (enough to blend to whatever consistency you prefer)

Toppings:

1 kiwi sliced

A Few chunks of frozen pineapple

Chia seeds

Flax seeds – whole

A sprinkle of frozen raspberries

ENJOY!

It is really that easy!

 

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

-Psalm 37:4-

XOXO,

Alie

Posted in Encouragement, Hope, Love

Love is Easy. True Love is Not.

It is so easy to say you love things, people, places, books, food, etc. But, how hard is it to love that random stranger that just cut you off in traffic, in the rain, on Monday morning?

This morning during my quiet I’ve been thinking about a couple things:

  • Saying you are praying via meme on Facebook, and actually allowing yourself five minutes to pray are two different things. We need more time alone with God, and less time on social media.
  • Truly allowing God to break your heart for what breaks His, is a really big thing to pray for, but there is such beauty in it.
  • Above all I’m thinking about Love this morning, the perfect kind of Love. Not like the I ❤ Pizza kind. The Love that is overwhelming, gracious, unwavering, deep, faithful, and true. The kind of love we can only learn to feel when we accept to Love the father has for us.

With that being said this verse has hit me hard this week, so much so, it might be in my wedding vows someday. Over the last year, God has been shaping the way that I love, so drastically! Showing me what true love for family, friends, people, and life is. Showing me, that without him, there is no true love, and that the love of this world won’t last without him at the center.

Friends, I encourage you not to just read this verse, and even if you’ve read it a thousand times before, let this time be more, let it sink in. Read the words, and feel what Peter is saying here:

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

-1 Peter 4:8-

This isn’t the romantic kind of love, the movie perfect love, or even the easy kind of love. No, this is the walking in, when everyone else has walked out love. The catching up even when you don’t feel like you have time. The helping someone with groceries because they are struggling. The love that tells someone you’ll pray for them, and doing so. The love that involves putting someone else’s needs before your own. The love that tells it like it is, not out of spite, but out of care.

I’ve heard people say, or share on social media that they believe love should be spread, and that love conquers all. And they are right. True love does win. However, if the person who so avidly shares this opinion, is one of the most bitter and cranky people you know…friends, my heart breaks for these people.

This by no means makes me perfect, or say that I know all, or have it all together. I’m just saying, if we could be that person. Go the extra mile, smile a little more, hold the Joy of the Lord in our hearts, and pour out His love…

OH….what a great world this would be.

If people could stop with the “I’m too busy” or the “well they don’t -fill in the blank- for me, so why should I”? If we don’t get off our high horses, and down into the trenches, with the people we love that are hurting. Can we actually say you love them? And I know, loving someone from a distance is easier, but loving someone through the mess, and DESPITE the mess…is so much more rewarding.

Something that spoke to me is something I’ve heard my pastor’s wife say often. “There are two types of people: One that walks in the room, and says “Here I am!” and one that walks in a room and says, “There you are!”

Friends this week I challenge you to love on people, encourage them, write them a letter, shoot them an email/text, remind them that you love them, and are praying for them. Tell them how thankful you are for them. It takes a few seconds to do, and could make their day so much better! Loving stuff can be easy, but truly loving takes time and effort. It might not be easy, but it’ll be worth it!

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XOXO,

Alie