To Jordan Lee, For Showing Us Treatment For Our Brokenness

To Jordan Lee, For Showing Us Treatment For Our Brokenness

A takeaway from Jordan Lee.
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It was October 12, 2017. My friend, Olivia, and I got all dressed up and were outside the doors of Lee Hall an hour before they were even supposed to open. We were incredibly excited and kind of nervous.

After almost 2 years of following the cutest, most inspirational Christian blogger on Instagram, she was there, right behind those auditorium doors, about to speak for us. Jordan Lee is the writer for a blog called SoulScripts, which promotes the slogan “your brokenness is welcome here”. She is one of my favorite people.


She gave the most amazing speech about how we should not fear the stains that we have on our hearts because Jesus loves us no matter what and that we must stop trying to cover those stains with boys, or partying, or grades. We must surrender our sins, our fears, our troubles to The One who wants us in His Kingdom no matter what.

After purchasing a college devotional book and a t-shirt with Jordan’s cute slogan on it and taking a picture with her, Olivia and I walked out of Lee Hall changed girls. We were not only shaking from meeting one of our idols but stunned as to how her message affected us.

I am not going to lie; my life is not peaking right now. I am not thriving. I do not have the grades I want. I focus way too much on boys. I party a little too much. I am not the healthiest I have been. I am broken. Jordan’s message could not have come at a better time. She showed me that with all my stains, all my fears, all my troubles, I could still depend on Jesus to love the heck out of me. I am fully able to come to Him with all my baggage, not be embarrassed, have no fear that He will turn me away. He is the cure to my brokenness, and it is welcome here.

Jordan said something awesome that stuck with me: Pretend that sin is cancer and that a doctor tells you he has a treatment that will cure it, but the treatment is hard and scary and requires your full attention and for you to let go of some things. Would you take the treatment? Of course, you would, its cancer. But what about sin? The treatment is Jesus and His unconditional love for us, yet it does require some healing and some let go. But the end result will be so worth it.

Tomorrow will be a great day because it will be the day that I begin my treatment, my healing, my fresh start. I am going to do better, be better, and feel better. I cannot wait.

Thank you, Jordan for your encouraging words and your beautiful insight. I am forever grateful for you!

See more of Jordan and more of SoulScripts at https://thesoulscripts.com/

Cover Image Credit: Ryann Lipcon

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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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To The Momma Who Lost The Baby She Never Knew

“A moment in my tummy, forever in our hearts."

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By no means do I understand or even begin to comprehend the pain mommas endure when they have a miscarriage of the baby they longed to have. But, I do have a little insight of miscarriage due to it happening to someone I hold close to my heart.

In October of 2016, my aunt Val became pregnant with her first child. So much excitement was brought to family and friends and most importantly to my Aunt and Uncle.

In December of 2016, my aunt endured the loss of her first child through miscarriage.

Strength. Strength was her word. Strength was who she and her husband were during this time and still to this day are. Countless days of wondering why God would take something so precious from them away reoccurred.

Val stated, "Though we look at this day with sadness, we also have an inner peace that our sweet baby girl is in heaven with her Father, perfect and untouched by the harshness of this world, and we cling to God's promise and are thankful for the strength that he has provided for us in our marriage this past year."

People would often say, “You can just get pregnant again and have another baby" but, the thing about that statement is that what momma wanted that pregnancy and they want that baby. They were never able to hold, see, or touch that baby girl that she carried for a short amount of time but they were able to feel the baby bump and look at the pictures from their appointments which to them is everything they can dream of.

Many mommas and dad's blame themselves for the loss of their child but there was nothing that they could do to stop God from taking away the life that he gave. Being the baby's parent for the amount of time that you had with the baby is what that baby needed.

My aunt and uncle didn't give up on trying to have another kid. A year later in December of 2017, they were blessed to find out they would be having a baby boy. Excitement but worry filled their hearts because of the fear of the unknown but that didn't stop them from praying.

They prayed for God to fulfill his promise to them:

"I will not cause pain without something new to be born, says the Lord." — Isaiah 66:7-9

Their healthy baby boy was born in July of 2018, the overwhelming excitement and joy of a new life being brought into the world was something else.

Through all the pain and struggle of losing their first baby, they never gave up even when it seemed like all else failed.

Their baby boy, Joshua Paul, is the promise that God fulfilled in their life. The baby girl they lost at 10 weeks will always be in their hearts along with the amount of love they have for both of them.

Val and Joe share their story, not for sympathy but so others who are like them know they aren't alone and are able to share their story, as every life is a precious gift and these precious little gifts deserve a voice.

Every life, no matter how brief, change the world.

#shatterthesilence #alwaysinourheart



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