An Open Letter To Myself, Concerning Faith

An Open Letter To Myself, Concerning Faith

God has a reason for every season of our life even if we cannot see it for ourselves.

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Maybe the empty pages of your journal were meant to be filled in this season of your life. Maybe this is the time where you write everything out, trying to understand the days that are ahead of you. Maybe this is the time when you pour your heart out to God, with the few words that you have, and all the tears that have been bottled up. God knows your heart, and He knows your deepest desires because, after all, He is the one who put them there. Take your fears and your hurts and lay them down. Learn to lay them down at the feet of Jesus. Surrender. Learn to surrender those feelings that you don't want holding you back anymore. God is there to take them from you and help you carry every burden that you have right now. Be thankful for this season that God has you in. Allow yourself to learn from it, and grow from it.

God has a reason for every season of our life even if we cannot see it for ourselves.

God has big things planned, that exceed our realm of understanding. He doesn't do anything on accident. That major change. It was on purpose.

God knows that you are going to be far more successful in a different degree, and even though it is scary right now. He is begging you to trust him. Because He knows that you will be happy with the outcome. Be thankful for the people in your life.

God has them all there for a reason.

The best friend you have? God knew that she was going to be able to help you grow in your relationship with God.

Your God daughters mom? God knows that He is going to use you in big ways in her life, and in the life of her daughter.

Don't give up when things get hard. The people in your ministry? Pour into them. Be a light in the struggles that they may face in college. You have a lot of life under your belt, that God is waiting for you to pour out into other people. Keep going. Keep trusting. Keep surrendering.

"You have definitely had your share of unknowns this past year, and at times you wondered how there could be any hope for this. But your ever-Loving God has kept you and He will continue to keep you, no matter the uncertainties you are faced with this season" — Morgan Harper Nichols

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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How Incorporating Organization In My Daily Routine Single-Handedly Changed My Life

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It would be a complete fabrication of the truth if I pretended that my life in any way has been picture perfect. Things are messy, life is messy, and my life becomes an endless cycle of self provoked destruction.

I've had short bursts of motivation as a last expedient to seize control of the downward spiral I have endured. But mostly they have diminished along with any motivation I have left.

None of these short term solutions have yet to salvage my mental, physical, and academic state. SO, as an attempt to overhaul my life, I decided the best way to strive for control, is to organize every aspect of my life.

Yes, this could become unhealthy if I used this tactic as a way to tear myself down or over analyze my accomplishments, or lack thereof. But I try to view my life as something I have a say in while considering that not everything will be perfect or completely satisfy my goals for myself.

To successfully enact this measure, I try to never go into a day unaware of what I must accomplish, what tasks/work I have to attend to, and stocked with a full calendar and set of alarms that prevent me from missing deadlines. Although mildly time-consuming to detail my life in advance, it is greatly beneficially outweighed through the amount of time this tactic saves me.

Recently, I have noticed how much happier I have been, and feel as if my life is back on track and it's future in my hands. This has allowed me to work an upwards of 50 something hours a week, see and manage friends, read and keep up with hobbies, as well as give me peace of mind and time to relax with loved ones.

I am grateful for the role that organization has played in my life and suggest that everyone incorporate some type of underlying structure in their lives, to realize that anything is achievable with proper organizational preparation.


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