Drowning out God’s voice.

I just came home from church and decided I would look at Facebook like I normally do and dun dun dunnn… the deep thinking starts. I look at people’s statuses and the way they conduct themselves and it makes me think a lot about life, mainly God. So without explaining myself too much… this is my updated status that I just posted.

“Who you surround yourself with is a large part of who you’ll become. People influence us more than we realize. Being by yourself is okay believe it or not. I get that people don’t like being ‘troubled by their thoughts’, so they are constantly with friends… but you can’t keep running from your problems. You can drown out your thoughts yes, but you may also be drowning out God’s voice. How can He ever speak to you if you’re never alone? Or if you’re never sitting in silence and not distracted by your phone.

Give God time to speak to you, He can heal any pain that your heart may feel. It won’t be easy, but you never grow unless you learn to humble yourself and accept the weakness in your life for what it is.”

God bless you guys and I hope you have an awesome Sunday!

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Poem for God.

Do you love me right where I am?

Am I doing enough? Lord I know you already have…

My soul is thirsty, yet I’m reaching for something more.

How long can I drink this until I’m empty and poor?

Pour me out O Lord and fill me with you,

help me desire your love like you’ve told me to.

Testing your grace with my careless sin leaves me with grief…

yet I do it again.

If I depended on my works to save me I wouldn’t know what to do,

but Ephesians 2:8 says there’s nothing I can do.

When you came into my life everything was new,

growing complacent is the last thing I thought I would do…

Your love still amazes me till this very day,

but when temptation comes my faith begins to sway.

I try to buy my way back to you with the guilt of my sin,

and when I think I’ve finally had enough… I do it again.

My sin is ever before me and it’s sometimes too hard to bear,

but Lord your grace is sufficient and I know you won’t leave me there.

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

As I was reading my marriage devotion tonight with my fiance I couldn’t help but find this particular passage profound. This is not only for engaged couples or for those who are already married, but also for those who are single as well. It gives you the knowledge you need before entering marriage and seeing the seriousness and selflessness that is involved when you take the vows ’till death do us part’. Timothy Keller is an amazing author by the way and he has a high-vocabulary… some of the words can go over your head a little but you’ll get the gist of it (hopefully). Happy reading! If you need prayers for your relationship, marriage, or any prayers in general please comment below! 

The problem of Self-Centeredness

Self-centeredness is a havoc-wreaking problem in many marriages, and it is the ever-present enemy of every marriage. It is the cancer in the center of a marriage when it begins, and it has to be dealt with. In Paul’s classic description of love, 1 Corinthians 13, he says, “Love is patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (verses 4-5).

Repeatedly Paul shows that love is the very opposite of “self-seeking,” which is literally pursuing one’s own welfare before those of others. Self-centeredness is easily seen in the signs Paul lists: impatience, irritability, a lack of graciousness and kindness in speech, envious brooding on the better situations of others, and holding past injuries and hurts against others. In Dana Adam Shapiro’s interviews of divorced couples, it is clear that this was the heart of what led to marital disintegration. Each spouse’s self-centeredness asserted itself (as it always will), but in response, the other spouse got more impatient, resentful, harsh, and cold. In other words, they responded to the self-centeredness of their partner with their own self-centeredness. Why? Self-centeredness by its very character makes you blind to your own while being hypersensitive, offended, and angered by that of others. The result is always a downward spiral into self-pity, anger, and despair, as the relationship gets eaten away to nothing.

But the Gospel, brought home to your heart by the Spirit, can make you happy enough to be humble, giving you an internal fullness that frees you to be generous with the other even when you are not getting the satisfaction you want out of the relationship. Without the help of the Spirit, without a continual refilling of your soul’s tank with the glory and the love of the Lord, such submission to the interests of the other is virtually impossible to accomplish for any length of time without becoming resentful. I call this the ‘love economics’. You can only afford to be generous if you actually have some money in the bank to give. In the same way, if your only source of love and meaning is your spouse, then anytime he or she fails you, it will not just cause grief but a psychological cataclysm. If, however, you know something of the work of the Spirit in your life, you have enough love “in the bank” to be generous to your spouse even when you are not getting much affection or kindness at the moment.

To have a marriage that sings requires a Spirit-created ability to serve, to take yourself out of the center, to put the needs of others ahead of your own. The Spirit’s work of making the Gospel real to the heart weakens the self-centeredness in the soul. It is impossible for us to make major headway against self-centeredness and move into a stance of service without some kind of super-natural help.

How to store your stud earrings.

Stud earrings are one of those items, like bobby pins, that are easy to misplace. I use to throw mine in a little jewelry box drawer and would spend minutes just to find a matching pair. No matter the ribbon size, get inspired and organize your earrings. I’m going to thumbtack mine to the wall when I’m done.  I hope this gets your creative juices flowing, Lord knows jewelry holders are expensiveee!

Note – if you have a lot of earrings, this may take a while… but it’s SO worth it. Color coordinate or go by diamonds, plastic, shape, or just be random!

Update and Pictures.

So instead of writing about one particular subject, I’m going to list off things I’ve been going through lately and stuff that has been on my mind…. So here’s an update!

What’s up?:

  • Facebook is nothing but a website for liking pictures these days, no real communication. OH and apparently scrolling past a picture and not liking it means you will either: go to hell, kill your grandma, or hate that one kid who only has 1 eye.

  • I’ve been noticing a lot of people my age drinking… a lot, to where it seems like someone should admit them into AA.  – What is the big deal about alcohol any ways? o_o

  • Florida is miserably hot, I can’t wait for summer to be over! I don’t need to wear highlighters for my makeup, I’ll have a natural glisten 2 seconds after walking out the door ahahahaha. Note to self – Buy a makeup setting spray.

  • Bipolar fits of anger and depression = my period started this week lol – Praise God because my thyroid condition = no periods. It’s weird for a woman to like getting that ‘gift’ but it’s good news to me that my medicine is working.

  • Convictions, convictions, convictions…. sanctification, redemption, His grace!

  • My sister is leaving in only a few days for missions school, ugh, the reality of it hasn’t hit me yet (Left: Me ; Right: Nicki my sister).

  • My cat Bruce a.k.a. Batman died this week of a heart attack :[. I’m still struggling with him being gone since it happened so quick. He was only 3 years old :/. Bruce was mainly Eric’s boy… so he’s been taking it hard too. If it wasn’t for Eric’s comfort through this and God’s… ugh, I’d be a mess.

  • I love Pinterest and the humor section, the pictures they post never fail to crack me up. Especially this one, I laughed forever… lol And yeah, I know it’s not ‘nice’. I’ve had people in my family with this condition, so I know it’s a hard thing to go through… but we all need sense of humors :]!
  • My phone went off during women’s Bible study this past week, so while we were in the sanctuary watching a Beth Moore video… the Paul Blart Mall Cop ringtone “Bubblegum” started going off. I wanted to crawl in a hole of embarrassment lol. Eric forgot I was at church while he called me on his break… gotta love dumb ringtones.

One Lovely Blog Award :]!

I have been nominated by Kimberly Ann for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks beautiful girl, this is such a sweet little privilege :]. If you want to check out her blog, then go HERE <3.

So the rules of the awards are to:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

–  I think this makes my 3rd thank you LOL but thank you so much for thinking of me :]! You seem like such a sweet girl.

2. Name 7 things about myself that you don’t already know.

(1) I graduated with my AA in Paralegal Studies in 2010, but I longer desire to be in that career. Makeup and Jesus Christ are my life!

(2) I’m OCD about cleaning.

(3) I have 2 cats that like to fetch bottle caps.

(4) I think about starting a YouTube beauty channel one day.

(5) I can’t bake, for the life of me.

(6) I love candles.

(7) I’m afraid of the dark.

3. Nominate 5 blogs that I love.

Missions Blog (Nicki)

Beauty Blog (Kimberly Ann)

Daily life/baby Blog (Hollie)

 God/Inspirational Blog (Kim)

–  Life Blog (Elizabeth)

4. Let each person know you nominated them for the award!

Doing this right now ;]!