15 Things I Hope My Godsister Always Remembers

15 Things I Hope My Godsister Always Remembers

I hope you always remember how amazing you are.

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On June 8, 2018, I became a godsister. Shaylee Nicole was born at 7:01 pm, weighing 8 lbs and 7oz. What I didn't know was how much such a small human could change my life. As soon as I laid my eyes on Shaylee, I absolutely fell in love. These are 15 things I hope she always remembers growing up.

1. You're beautiful no matter what 

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I never ever want you to look at yourself in the mirror and think you are anything less than beautiful!

2. Never sell yourself short

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Your value doesn't decrease because of someone's inability to see your worth.

3. Never settle for less than you deserve

You deserve the world. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise

4. Don't let others make your choices for you

Do what you love. Don't let people talk you out of something that a you have a dream to do.

5. Growing up is hard

Growing up is really hard. It can be stressful, sad, and make you so angry sometimes, but always remember that you have so many people there for you through it all.

6. Date to marry

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I know it sounds cliche, but never date just for fun. If you date to marry, you'll learn how you deserve to be treated like a queen.

7. The little things really mean a lot

It's the little things in life that matter the most like being kind. Always be kind.

8. Never stop being you

Please never be afraid to be yourself. If someone doesn't like you for you, then they don't deserve you.

9. Put the phone down

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There is so much more to life than a phone screen.

10. Don't force friendships

If someone doesn't want to be your friend, don't force it. If they don't want you, they don't deserve you.

11. Make sure you're happy in real life and not just for instagram

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Yes Instagram is fun, but if you aren't happy in real life, don't put on a front that you are just for more likes.

12. Not everyone in your life is permanent 

Sometimes people are gonna walk out on you, and that's okay. When it happens, God is just making room for the people who are meant to stay.

13. Focus on yourself

Focus on you and don't worry about what others think, because, in the end, it doesn't matter.

14. Remember that no-one can ever take away what is in your heart

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15. Remember that you'll always have me

I don't care where I am in life, you will always have me. You may never be my child, but I will always treat you like you are.

I love you so much Shaylee. You're gonna be such an amazing young woman.

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You Are NOT Enough

We will never be enough, but God is always more than enough.

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Society and even the church seem to constantly encourage us with the saying "You are enough," and their intentions behind this statement are totally innocent. Something about this phrase has always bothered me, though, but I never understood why. In a sermon I heard one Wednesday night a week or so ago, the verses Proverbs 30:7-9 were used, and these verses stood out to me in a big way.

Proverbs 30:7-9

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

The speaker was specifically focusing on verses 7-8, but the Holy Spirit kept drawing me to verse 9, even days and weeks after. So I decided to dig into it. This verse focuses on Agur (the speaker in the passage) and his tendency to sin. When he asked God to provide "only [his] daily bread," and then when he continued on to speak about the specific sins he was afraid of committing, Agur was completely and wholly surrendering his struggles with temptation and sin to God, because Agur knew he couldn't do it on his own.

Aren't we all like Agur? Because we are human, we mess up all the time and fall into sin more than we would like to admit, and many times because of this, we fall into guilt and shame. This is because, on our own, we aren't enough. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't sin. If we were enough on our own, we would be able to save ourselves. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't need God. But none of those statements are true, are they? In fact, it is the exact opposite because God is enough, he calls us out of sin. Because God is enough, He sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Because God is enough, He is with us in every situation because we call to Him.

How do we know that we aren't enough? Because no one is!

Every human sins, even great heroes of faith. David, one of the most well-known biblical figures: the one who killed Goliath and one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, said in Psalm 51:5--

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

The beauty in realizing that you aren't enough on your own is that you don't have to be! Never in the Bible does God call us to be "enough!" He never expected us to be enough because it is impossible. God does call us to depend on Him, though. This is because God is ultimately more than enough. When we depend on God to help us keep away from sin and put in the work necessary to keep away from sin, it will be much easier. We will never be enough, but if we continuously search for our identity in worldly things and not Christ, we will be upset when we realize that we are not enough. Guess what, though, when we find our identity in what Christ says about us, we will find peace and hope because just like 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

God is the only one who is enough. When we depend on God for everything we will begin to see that HE is enough, and that's all we need.

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Moving Away From Your Hometown Is A Feeling Like No Other

This is all very new.

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I've lived in the same town my entire life. I graduated from a high school I went to since second grade. I've grown up with the same friends that I have now, even though I've lost some along the way.

All of that is about to change. I'm moving within the next month over two hours away from where I grew up and away from my family. For some this may be scary, but I can not tell you how excited I am. I see this as a blessing and a beautiful opportunity to get to know myself outside of the walls I grew up in.

I can not say that I'm not terrified. Understandably, moving to a new place into an apartment can be very scary for someone who has never experienced something like this before. I'm stressing about things that I have never had to worry about before.

I'm worrying about furniture, money, and what rug would match the decor better. Seems a bit silly, but this is all new to me. I need everyone to have a little patience with me or with anyone going through a major life change like this.

Putting all the stress aside I know this is a big change that could benefit me greatly. I can not wait to make memories in a new place outside of the walls I've built around my hometown.

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