Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are you afraid of the dark?

a shout out to all the 90's kids out there!

I've always been afraid of the dark. Like always (yes, including this very day). My husband teases me about it & my friends think I’m crazy but I am truly, 100% scared of the dark. It’s not that I've actually experienced anything bad in the dark to make me scared, I've just always felt this overwhelming fear that there’s something there. Maybe it’s all the scary movies I watched or maybe I’m just a wimp, but it’s a fear of mine that only ONE thing can cure – LIGHT.

Today on Wednesday’s Words we are discussing surrendering our fears to the Lord but first I want to say that not all Fear is bad. Scripture even commands us to fear our Lord. (Deuteronomy 10:20). But this fear is not the kind we are discussing today. I firmly believe that, like most things that God created perfect, the enemy has twisted & changed this once holy attribute into a sinful, wretched idea that we deal with on the daily.

Lately I've really been struggling with putting into words my goals and aspirations for this space and in life in general. I haven’t wanted to share all the messy details going on with life & it’s really taking a toll on me. I've been saying things like “I don’t feel like it,” I've been making excuses, & I've been putting things off. It would be really easy for me to say that now is the time to stop that & that I will be bringing purposeful living to a new level. I could tell you all about my new schedule & how my goals are going to make this ALL better. But if I’m being real honest here, I’m overwhelmed & stretched way to thin. I took on too much & now I’m paying the price. It’s not that I said yes to things I don’t love; it’s that I've said yes to way too many things. I've done a million things terribly rather than just one thing right & that’s tough. It’s also tough for me to tell you all of this but if we are laying all our fears out there and TRULY surrendering them, this is what it’s going to have to take.

If you really want to get to it, here they are. Here are the fears that keep me up at night far more than when my night light burns out…

…I fear what others think of me…
…I fear letting others down…
…I fear being judged, let down, & talked about…
…I fear not being a good enough wife, daughter, friend…
…I fear that I won’t be able to do it all…
…I fear that one day I won’t be able to have children…
…I fear getting old…
…I fear not being good enough, pretty enough, or rich enough…
…I fear failure…
…I fear regretting things…
…I fear most of all that I’ll gain the things of this world and loose what really matters…

There are many more things that I could add to this list but if there’s one thing that I know about fear, it’s that we ALL experience it. Maybe the things on my list are totally different than yours, but maybe some of them are the same. And that’s where I feel like surrendering our fear comes in. To truly surrender our fears, we've got to own them, admit them, face them, and confess them. Without facing the fears we experience daily, we will never be able to overcome them.

For me, facing fears requires me to admit them to the Lord because I know that there’s a MUCH deeper root to that fear. For example, if I’m truly afraid of what others think of me, it’s because I’m not viewing myself as a daughter of the King. If I’m afraid of failing at something it’s because I’m not trusting in His perfect strength. When we really get down to it, our fears are rooted in lies about who our God really is. We believe that he is not big enough or great enough to cover that aspect of our lives & what a LIE that is y’all! I am in tears as I type this because I KNOW that I have been believing that lie & because of it, I fear SO many things.

Friends, surrendering your fears are not about just getting over them – it’s about finding the root of the lie you are believing & confessing that to God. If we don’t begin looking at those lies & the fears they cause, our fears and excuses WILL become barriers for growth in ourselves & for those around us.

1 John 5:19 says, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the Evil one.”
I know that I am of God & no matter what the Evil one does to sway the world, my worth comes from the Perfect one. No fear is too great or too powerful to overcome our savior. Take heart in THAT friend!

Just like the flip of a light switch can cause my fear of the dark to subside, I know that Jesus can cover every fear of mine AND yours!!!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Welcome to the Week {v.11}

1  |  Moving.  I've been missing for a few weeks but I can feel things changing. Some it I'm excited about & some of it I'm terrified of. I'm excited about out new home (see #3) & being close to friends (#2) and family. But I'm also nervous about this new job, finding new friends, & learning to say no to things. I know that God's blessings & abundance are evident & I deeply want to learn to thrive in this season rather than just survive. That's why I've taken a little break, taken time to focus, to just be with the ones I love in this new place. I'm so excited about what God's teaching & revealing but it's scary too - ya know?

2  |  I introduced you to this dapper dude (my best friend's baby) a few weeks ago & he is still the sweetest ever! On Valentine's Day my college roomies & our fellas got together over a homemade dinner and glass of wine! There was some wedding talk, marriage talk, & certainly some snuggling with this guy too! THIS is what moving home is ALL about!

3  |  The idea of a new home is so exciting. So many possibilities. So many new ideas. Except when you have empty rooms that leave you wanting more that you can afford. I have to keep remaining myself that a house is a home without a formal dining room table or china cabinet. A house is home regardless of boxes strewn about or things neatly put away. A house is a home because the man I adore & I have a beautiful place of our very own & far more than we could ever ask for!

4  | I would be remised to not welcome you to the week without mentioning this beautiful winter weather we've had across the country the past few days. I will admit transportation has been a bit of a issue (as your can see the skating rink of a road I drove on Thursday) BUT I'm so thankful to live in an area that allows me to witness the beautiful seasons created by our God. So rather than wishing about this season - savor it!

·· Info on tonight's #ohsimplechat
·· What to read
·· When Plans Change
·· Spring Decor DIY

·· God's Goodness
·· 2015 Word of the Year
·· Striving 
·· Wednesday's Words Update - This week's topic: Surrendering our Fears

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

God's Goodness

Happy {three days late} February!
I wanted to drop in and catch you up a little! Things are quite hectic but it's chock full of God's goodness!

1  |  Last week I was in New Orleans for a work trip! It was awesome & I shared a little about it here.

2  |  We bought a house. A beautiful country home with property & all. We are so thrilled. And overwhelmed. There are boxes stacked to the ceiling and NOTHING is in its place. But, we bought a house.

3  |  My best friend, sorority sister, & college roommate had her sweet baby boy. He's healthy, she's doing great, & I am an aunt. Yay!

4  | While I am not painting walls and sewing curtains just yet, I LOVE the possibilities!

For now I'll be unpacking boxes & focusing on my new job. There will be plenty of new stuff to come but for now, I'm just taking my time & really prioritizing what matters most! You can still find me on Instagram & religiously live tweeting the Bachelor on Monday nights! 
See you soon!

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