Twenty-One!

Twenty-One!

It may come as no surprise to you that I am a HUGE fan of birthdays!

Give me an excuse to celebrate, and I’m there!

I thrive off of happiness, excitement and “good vibes”. I love people. I love happy people. I love laughing with people. I love having fun. and I REALLY love cake!

You may or may not know that today is my birthday. My 21st birthday, to be exact.

I recently received an email from a very dear friend and she was telling me about how she felt that there was something wrong with her when she was 21 because she had yet to go on her first date, while all around her her friends were in happy relationships. The crazy thing is, she had no idea that that is my story as well; 21, never been on a date before and wondering if perhaps it’s either because of something I am or because of something I’m not.

But, I’ve also realized that I want to travel and explore and have fun and just learn who I am and what I want out of life and where I want to go in life and so much more!

There’s a quote that says “Youth is wasted on the young,” and when I first heard it, I thought to myself that it is kind of a strange thing to say, but as I’ve thought about it, I realized that young people really do waste their youth. They party and have fun, but what they aren’t realizing is that they could be using their youth, their ambition, their drive and their motivation to be moving and shaking and making a real difference. But, too often, by the time people realize these things, it’s all gone. They have families they have to worry about, jobs that they pretty much hate but have to stick with because they have a mortgage and new car to pay off and they don’t have the freedom, ambition, opportunity or drive to be able to do any of the things that they would have done.

I grew up around older people. My brothers and I were the only constant children in the church up until I was 8 when we started attending another church, and even then, I was the youngest of all the kids, so when everyone graduated, I was the only youth-and now young adult- in my church, and I have heard so many people say “I wish I would have done  fill in the blank  before I got married/started my career etc.”

Because of hearing things like this so much, I promised myself that I din’t want to get through life and think to myself that I wish I would have done something. When I think of getting to the end of my life, I don’t want to think “I wish I would have done that”. Instead, I want to be able to look back and say that I held nothing back. That I took chances, that I trusted God and did crazy-awesome things that I would never have gotten to do on my own. I want to look back with wide-eyed wonder at all the adventured I took during this awesome time of youth and singleness. I want to be able to say that I got to explore some amazing places and that I met some amazing people. I  want to be able to look back at all the times I stumbled and fell and be able to say that God is so faithful and that throughout all the messes I made, he made a masterpiece and that it’s one epic and unique piece of “modern” art.

I have a good feeling that 21 is going to be a year of exploring. A year of taking chances, making memories and learning a lot more about myself, the world, who God is, who he has called me to be, what he has called me to and hopefully a whole lot more!

I want to say thank you, to all of you who helped make this last year amazing!

You mean the world to me!

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Upcoming Web Maintenance

Upcoming Web Maintenance

Hey everyone! 
Some of you may have noticed that there wasn’t a new blog article this week.

Well, That’s because I am starting to make some changes (Don’t worry, they’re good changes!) to the blog and ministry, and I am going to be taking the month of December and first week (Maybe two) of January to get everything done! 

Now, all this being said, if you watch our social media Pages (Facebook and Instagram) each week, I will be posting some of my favorite articles that I’ve done in the past-some might be older, some might be newer! 

As well, later in the month or the beginning of next if our social media sites seem to be glitching or anything, it is because we are working on them as well!

I am so excited for you all to see the changes God has been directing us to make, and I am sure you won’t be disappointed!

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When Conviction Comes Calling

When Conviction Comes Calling

There he was, standing in front of me. Old and worn-looking. Cold and digging through the garbage.

And there I was, walking into Wal-Mart to get myself a coffee for the drive home.

As I passed him, conviction struck me, telling me to get him something to eat, when I stopped to get my coffee. 

Yet, despite the strong conviction I knew I felt, I sat for what seemed like an eternity trying to reason it away. 

By the time I finally bought the hamburgers for him and got outside, he was nowhere to be seen, and I felt the pit in my stomach grow as I realized I lost the chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus. To show him the unconditional love he probably so desperately wishes for. 

So, I started my drive home. The conviction burning into my mind, and thus, leading me to make myself-and God- a promise; that if ever I felt conviction like that again, I’ll act on it without a moment of hesitation.

As I drove home, I thought to myself how I’ve always said that I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I’ve sang the Casting Crowns song as if it were an anthem, and yet, when presented with the opportunity to be just that, I run the other way. I hide. I try to reason it away with thoughts like “well, maybe he’s not actually homeless…” 

As the night has progressed, God has used this as a learning opportunity-to learn about his grace and to learn how to extend that same grace to myself, because I’ve sure been beating myself up with guilt-which is why I’m still up at 11:43 PM writing…guilt does some pretty intense things to a person and their mind.

As I’ve sat tying to reconcile with my inaction, I tried to put some worship music on to calm my mind and help me get to sleep, but every song that came on was about being the hands and feet of Christ and letting my light shine…which only made my thoughts swirl all the more fierce. 

As the Sunday School song  “This Little Light of Mine” came on, a thought came to my mind; How often do we ask God to use us; to let us be his hands and feet, and then, when presented with the opportunity, we try to reason it away or let fear overrule our convictions?

How many songs do we sing in church asking God to use us with lyrics like;

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”

-Oceans, Hillsong

And,

“Like a rushing wind
Jesus breathe within
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way in me

Like a mighty storm
Stir within my soul
Lord have Your way
Lord have Your way in me”
-I Surrender, Hillsong
We sing the songs as anthems, but when we don’t actually live them out, they become empty and meaningless; just words on a screen that make us feel good inside.

This is my prayer, that I will never let doubt get in the way of taking action upon a conviction as strong as that which I felt today.

And I pray, that after reading this, my story of conviction, that God will convict your heart of the same thing.

This world doesn’t need doubt or people without conviction, this world needs people who will take action upon their conviction and stand up and help the least of these-just as Jesus called us to.

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“The Heart of Modesty” Series Giveaway

The Heart of Modesty Giveaway

Okay, y’all! It’s finally time for the long-awaited giveaway for “The Heart of Modesty Series” GIVEAWAY!!!!

Yay!

Why did I wait so long to do it? 

Well, I wanted to wait until December because I wanted to give it at the perfect Hot Chocolate-drinking time, and if Christmas-time isn’t just that, I don’t know what is!

I want to say a HUGE Thank You to Pure Freedom Ministries for partnering with Unfading Beauty Ministries by donating these books to give away!

Lastly, I would like to mentions that these books were written for young women aged 14 to 20. That being said, if you are a mom, sister, aunt, grandma etc. you are so very welcome to enter this contest to give to that teen girl in your life!

 

Included in the Giveaway are:

  • And The Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh
  • Secrete Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty by Dannah Gresh
  • A Custom Made Notebook designed by Yours Truly
  • An Adorable Heart Mug from one of my Favorite stores
  • Two Packets of Instant Hot Chocolate
  • Two Candy Canes

 

Below are Pictures of Everything!

 

To Enter this giveaway, all you have to do is answer the question below in the comments!

What Does Modesty Mean to You?

That’s all there is to it!

I will do a Facebook LIVE video to announce the winner of December 1st and contact the winner via e-mail!

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