I Completed My First Devotional And It Opened My Eyes

I Completed My First Devotional And It Opened My Eyes

It's a matter of the heart, because it's an integral part of who we are.

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Let me start off by saying that I was not paid to write about the BeLoved Devotional so what you are about to read is 100% my own opinion.

I have a bad habit of starting a devotional and never finishing it because I either forget about it or I get too lazy to catch up on the days I've missed but for the first time I was able to actually finish a devotional and let me tell you; I was definitely in my feels the entire time. This is honestly one of the first devotions to where not only did it focus on my relationship with God but it also allowed for me to focus on my relationship and it allowed me to focus on my relationship with myself regardless of my relationship status. Jordan Dooley most definitely outdid herself with her 14 days BeLoved Devotional.

Each day it allowed me to focus on myself and journal at the same time which is probably why I enjoyed the devotional so much. I loved being able to have something to reflect on and journal but most of all I loved how raw and honest each day was. I expected to feel unchanged as well as unaffected but at the end of the 14-day devotional, there was an abundance of emotions that were flowing through me. At the end of this 14-day journey, I was able to learn so much about myself and what was truly holding me back in life.

This devotional was all about why I was holding back but also about it is okay to be an independent person but also how to grow within your personal relationship but also your relationship to Christ. Each day I was able to be fully vulnerable and dive deep within myself and you would think that being vulnerable is a scary thing but it honestly wasn't that bad. I learned that I should be perfectly okay with my relationship status but also I should be seeking a relationship with Christ but also seeking a relationship with a better man and I should not be settling. Each day of the devotional was a new day for me to discover a little bit of myself that I did not think I would be able to discover.

"Yes, you are broken and yes, a sinner. But you are loved so much that your brokenness is redeemable" was one of the sayings that stuck with me at the end of this journey. I honestly do recommend that every girl read this devotional especially since it's free. Yes, ladies, it's FREE! It takes no more than 10 minutes of your day but those 10 minutes could possibly change your life and how you feel about your relationship status.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

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

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Faithfulness Is Like The Clouds

God's faithfulness in our lives reaches higher than the clouds - that's pretty far.

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Psalms 36:5 "Your love Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies."

As I look out of the window in the airplane, I see the sun covering everything in its sight. And as I watch the sun cover the earth, I can feel the peace of God being to settle into my heart. We lift off the ground and I know His faithfulness travels with me wherever I go.

Something that I've learned in 2018 is that Gods' plan for my life is never late. He didn't messily throw my life together in 5 minutes, nor was He unwavering in the details of my life. He very cautiously knit together every moment of my life, even when I didn't understand why He chose to do what He did.

Over the past five months, I have been more aware of Gods faithfulness in my life than I have been in a very long time.

To make this story short, I did not grow up surrounded by extended family like most people I know. And while God has still been so good to me in my years growing up, I still had the small void in my heart that yearned for something more. Something that I had prayed to God in secret many times, but never intended to do anything about it.

This past summer I watched as God took that very desire of my heart and beautifully unravel them before my eyes in a plan that has been so intricately put together for years, but He chose to reveal it to me now. I watched as He taught me how to trust Him with everything in me, not just bits and pieces of me. I watched God reintroduce me into what it means to be proud of my culture and ethnicity in new and fresh ways. The dry and barren place of my heart that I felt could never see these promises that God had for me were beginning to come to life.

He gave me joy. Joy in people and in places that I lived 20 years without, but God knew one day He would surround me with. As I sat in the midst of conversations and togetherness, I was reminded that this was the very thing that I had prayed to God for so many years.

Our prayers are not insignificant to God. He holds every single one of them close.

So many times in my life I have asked God to just help me to understand what He's doing in my life. To just tell me why He's doing the things that He's doing. And so many more times after that, I have God remind me that maybe I'm not supposed to understand. Maybe I'm supposed to just let everything in me fall at His feet the same way that Mary did with Jesus. Maybe I'm supposed to constantly trust Him with every second of my life, even when I don't know the next step.

God never stops teaching me about His faithfulness, and I hope he never does stop. I hope in 2019 He brings me to places of growing more in what it means to invest in relationships, to speak into other lives about His goodness in mine. One significant thing that I learned recently is that Gods promises for our lives are never meant to run out. Just like His faithfulness in our lives are never meant to only happen for a few months. It is never ending and always secure. In Hebrews 10:23, It says "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."

..."For He who promised is faithful"

What a beautiful truth to know and to carry with us into this new year.

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