Monday, February 16, 2015

// be present

Monday, February 16, 2015
Recently I have really been noticing how fast time goes by. How much can change in the span of a day, or a week, or a year. It's real crazy to me.
In thinking about this, I've also been being reminded of how important time is.
We live in a generation where our time is spent on the internet. On our phones, on Facebook and twitter, etc. And there is no problem with that. I'm not pointing any fingers because I waste just as many hours, if not more, on the internet as the next guy.

I've just been thinking. How much do we miss because we are TOO plugged in.
One of my new years resolutions/goals was to unplug a bit from the online world. I want to spend my time with friends and actually enjoy it, and remember it. Just because you didn't post about it didn't mean it didn't happen or wasn't a good time.

I know often times I will be laying in my bed looking at someones awesome pictures from their most recent vacation and feeling like a sack of potatoes because here I am in bed.. doing nothing. But I don't have to be doing nothing!
Get out of bed and off the internet, and go live. Time isn't going to slow down and wait for you to catch up.

I want to challenge myself, and you, to put the phone, tablet, laptop whatever..down and enjoy life! Go live your own life. Don't be so consumed by what everyone else is doing :)

Be Blessed!

And Happy Presidents Day!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

.| Irrevocable |.

Sunday, February 8, 2015
A good 4 to 5 years I started a blog called Digging Deeper. Little 11th grade me would take verses and 'dig deeper' into them and just talk about the truth within the verse and how I felt about it. A post showed up on my TimeHop app today and I decided to go revisit that old blog. It's funny, because my own words were speaking directly to me. It's funny how God does things like that :)

On this day last year I wrote a post on that blog about Matthew 6:31-33. I talked about how we get messed up and off track when our hearts are crazy desiring things that are ultimately of the world. Whether it be a significant other, a new job, a better job, a new car, etc. We're human. I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I say everyday the words "I want ____" come out of my mouth. We want things. We crave things. We desire things. But how often can we honestly say that the things we are longing for are the things that God desires for us? 

My best friend and I have been going through very similar difficulties in life recently and we just had a conversation about how we've lost our vision. We've lost sight of the things God has called us to do.  I think everyone experiences this at one time or another in life. Sometimes there is no real reason for it either, life just happens. Sometimes situations and circumstances leave us feeling hopeless and the devil will easily take hold of us at those moments and try to tell us that we are nothing. We aren't nothing. If we had no purpose we wouldn't be here. I wouldn't be writing this post right now, and you wouldn't be reading it. We were made for a reason. We are here for a reason. Romans 11:29 says "for Gods gifts and his call are irrevocable." If you look up a definition of the word 'irrevocable' it says 'unable to be changed'

If you're feeling hopeless today or just a little lost, or maybe your vision is a little blurry due to life's circumstances and hard situations... be encouraged. First, know that you aren't alone. I can openly admit that I have been feeling this way recently. Secondly, believe the truth that is in his word. His call can't be changed. He has called us to greater things. That's a promise. Thirdly, you aren't doing anything wrong. Like I said, sometimes life can cause our vision to become blurry and we lose sight of things. Take hold of his hand and ask him to guide you in the right direction. And most importantly.. be willing. Be willing and be brave to hear what he has for you to do and what he has planned out for your one precious life. 

As I mentioned before, I think it's funny how hard my own words hit home for me today, so I want to leave you with this quote.. from 11th grade Amy.
"But I don’t want to waste my heart beats. I was given a beating heart and I want that heart to desire what God wants for it. I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep that heart on the right path. Sure, it might get bumped bruised and broken along the way, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. It’ll all be worth it in the end."

Be blessed.

(Here is a link to the other blog post I was referring to: )

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