Welcome to my blog…

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If life is a journey, then where is your journey taking you?
Mine has taken me down ordinary paths, and given me extraordinary life stories. And the little joys in my life are heavenly- Have you ever gone to a concert and felt so small in the crowd yet so close to God? Welcome to my life… Happy. Blessed. Grateful.
My blog is inspired by lyrics from Shine On, by NEEDTOBREATHE. I hope you’ll join me as I travel through my life’s journey. Somewhere between the end, and the point where we begin- That’s where I am. I hope you’ll follow my blog and come along for the ride.

Larger Than The Moon, My Love For You…

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Sooo, you think you’ve got life figured out, huh? Your crush, Peddie School prep to the tilt. Pink shorts. Polo shirt. Sunglasses hiding those rich boy eyes, and his expensive smile, a bit awkward, but still, he’s managed to capture your attention. You watch him from a distance. You try your best to flirt when he finally comes around. But somehow, it just… doesn’t… work. Does it? You force it at times; shadowing him, even kissing up to his parents just to earn yourself some cool points with the folks. The fact that his father was more delighted by you than his own son should have been a dead giveaway that your crush, indeed, didn’t share the same feelings for you as you do for him.
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Oh, but, don’t cry. Please don’t cry. I know this hurts, and you feel like the chances of you meeting someone else are a million to one… but there’s always that one in a million. Trust me. I know you can’t see it, but I promise you, he’s out there. He really is. And, oh, what little expectations you have of Me. You doubt? Why do you doubt? I’ve always been here to guide you. Don’t you see that? I have so many blessings for you, my dear child. If only you’d close your eyes for once and trust Me. (–Some words God spoke on my heart as I recalled my naive mind, and an old summer crush.)
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Trust God. Trust God? Trust in someone you owe your life to, yet can’t quite fully surrender to. Hmm, seems a bit difficult at times, don’t you think? We aren’t really a generation who puts much faith in the unseen variables of life, much less a God who isn’t always easy to see. He’s not an app, you can’t download miracles, or buy the latest version of forgiveness. He is… well… He just is. He is God, and with a simple heart, we can find peace and answers in Him.
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Doesn’t God have some crazy plans tho?! Of course! But apparently He really does know best. And, hey girls, note to self: Don’t fret if the first guy, or even second, third and forth guy you fall for doesn’t like you back. God has your back! Read on and you’ll see what I mean…
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Since I’ve last blogged, I met a really wonderful guy. His name is Shaun, and we both like classic cars and actually met at a car show. To be honest, I almost didn’t even think about wanting to talk to him, because he seemed so mature, maybe older than me, and just far too good for me. I couldn’t stand a chance, could I? No way. But, after all, we both drive Chevy Novas; that’s a start, something we have in common, right? I finally found some bit of confidence to go talk to this guy. I was wearing denim shorts, a nice navy shirt, and my very newly bought bright and blinding purple Converse. I had on gold-hoop clip earrings, my hair was tied up, and I was unbelievably hott and sweaty on the blacktop. I did manage to freshen up my Pink-a-Boo Clinique lipstick, which was just a desperate attempt to polish off a very flushed face. Desperate, but hopeful. Now, first things first: If you know anything about me, it’s that I don’t wear shorts often, am not into earrings, never ever go out of the house with my hair up, and never, I mean, never ever wear sneakers! But, it was a hott day, and I wasn’t really up to flirting, so, what the heck, out of character I went!
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Sooo, back to the story! I finally found Shaun, and we talked for probably an hour about odd and end random stuff, his car, my car, jobs etc. He’s such the gentleman. I can’t even begin to explain how my heart gets charmed every time he says, “Yes, ma’am.” I think we really hit it off, cause just as I was about to leave, he handed me a business card with his name and number handwritten on the back! It took me a week And one day to finally get the nerve to call him… one thing lead to another, and I ended up inviting him out to Stewart’s for a root beer float and to hang out for the night. I guess he needed a wing-man, cause he wound up bringing his best friend along, which wasn’t so bad anyway because some of my friends and family were also invited, and came along too. We had the most amazing night! Many times I caught myself lost in the stare of his gorgeous eyes and charming country-boy smile. I can hardly even write this post without zoning off thinking about how amazingly handsome he is! He ended up getting two chocolate banana milkshakes, and I, of course got a root beer float and my forever favorite addiction, cheese fries.
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His friend, Jason, was actually a pleasant tag-along and it was cute to see he and Shaun’s “bromance” through the night! Shaun sure knows how to put on the charm! He’d make lots of cute comments, telling me I was more beautiful than Jason, and giving me brownie points and high-fives whenever we had something in common. But something even more special was that there happened to be a Super Moon in the sky that night; big, red, and simply gorgeous. Shaun pointed it out to me, and I could see his mind kind of drift off (in a good way) as he stared at it. That moment, something about it, just felt perfect. If I could’ve expressed my enchantment to him, or simply felt his hand in mine, oh what I wouldn’t give to have done it. The night was flawless. We hugged twice before leaving, and even that felt perfect too. I’m only 5’2, and he’s just the right height for a warm hug.
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He followed me home, down the highway, as far as to my street, then headed home himself. I loved seeing him in the hazy rearview mirror of my 67′ Nova. Watching him drive behind me in his 70′ Nova, yet again, it just felt right. But watching him pass by, the lights of his car fading away with the miles, it was a bittersweet end to my night. If my parent’s weren’t in the equation, and if Jason wasn’t there, I surely would’ve invited Shaun back to my house. We could’ve sat on the steps, looking at the moon, our moon, and maybe, just maybe my first kiss would have happened beneath the crystal stars of a NJ nightsky.
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This is a text from him to me; the first was Saturday morning. He has a very demanding, physical labor kind of job, and reading his text made me feel so special that he was excited to see me, yet also broke my heart to think that all day while he’s busting his butt at work to leave on time to see me, and I was home, not even working, y’know? Just puts life in perspective and makes me really appreciate him and his labor.
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“Good morning beautiful I’ve been at this job site since 7 this morning trying to get everything to see you tonight. Hope you have a great day and I’ll see you tonight.”
July 12, 10:25am
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The second text was Saturday night, but I didn’t get to read it until Sunday morning.
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“Hey just wanted to tell you I’m home safe and sound. I had a really good time tonight and so did Jason. We talked about you the whole ride home lol But I just wanted to say thank you for everything. And I can’t wait to see you Monday! And just so you know I think you looked 1,000,000x better than the moon. You really looked beautiful tonight. Have a good night and good luck tomorrow! Goodnight :)”
July 12 10:40pm
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My goodness! I think his words will forever echo in my heart. I literally went through every possible emotion a girl can have! Laughed in disbelief that I, yes me, could somehow capture the eye of a handsome guy who is far beyond what my dreams could have ever given me. Cried at the fact that I have something good, someone so amazing, and I just pray to God that I don’t ever lose him. And then I did that cliche girly thing where I just sat on my floor, laughing, smiling, ruining my makeup with those bipolar feminine happy tears. Yup. I think I unleashed my inner woman and tapped into some new feelings; ones that hadn’t really existed until Shaun and I connected. It felt fabulous. For that moment in time, sitting on my blue carpet, behind closed doors in my bedroom, I was finally loved. Finally treasured for just being me. Nothing more, nothing less. No high expectations, no let downs. Just… me.
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I always end my posts with some lyrics, and this morning, after reading through my texts, I was reminded of a song. Back in 2005 I went to the Undone Tour, featuring Mercyme as the headliner, and Jeremy Camp, Monk & Neagle, and what would come to be one of my forever favorite bands, The Afters. Prior to the concert, I had never listened to any of The After’s songs, but as soon as they played Beautiful Love, I was immediately captivated. I always knew that one day such a sweet love song would mean something to me. Through the years it sometimes slipped my mind. I’ve always remembered it, and adored it, but until now, I’ve never dated before, and didn’t really have a way to relate to the lyrics of the song:
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“Far away, I feel your beating heart. All alone, beneath the crystal stars. Staring into space, what a lonely face. I’ll try to find my place with you.
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What a beautiful smile. Can I stay for awhile? On this beautiful night. We’ll make everything right. My beautiful love, my beautiful love.
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Larger than the moon, my love for you. Worlds collide as heaven pulls us through. The secret of the world is written in the stars. I’m carrying your heart in mine.” (Beautiful Love, by The Afters, off of their album, I Wish We All Could Win)
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That song, for me, now makes so much sense. It goes to show that as an 11yr old girl, God was ever present, and gave me a song that I’d carry with me for 9 long years. A very long journey from innocence, to brokenness. Curiosity to heartbreak. And somehow, at 19yrs old, life is falling into place, and my new tomorrows, are beginning today. As my friend once told me, “It’s ok ur single bcuz God’s just busy writing the best love story for u”
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Will you trust God to write YOUR love story?

Death: The Only Way To Begin Your Life

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Death. Is it forever? Well, on earth, death is symbolic of the end. An ending of a journey, a completion, a beginning, which is now finished, and silenced.

On December 8th, my grandpop’s journey on earth was made complete by his death. God used his life for 77 years, and finally decided that heaven was now ready to receive my Pop Pop. Today, Christmas Day, I visited the grave where my grandpop now lay, and in this freezing weather, I was inspired by the comfort and peace which came over me in an indescribable way.

Death, tho it is final in the flesh, is truly only the beginning of forever. It is the only way in which we can truly enter into eternity. My hope for you is that your heart will be moved by the presence of Christ Jesus, and that you will seek His peace during this Christmas Holiday Season and always.

After visiting the cold, and quiet cemetery where my grandpop’s body now gently rests, my heart was inspired at the thought of his Faith, and the beauty that he must be enjoying in heaven….
“I felt the warmth of winter,
arise from frozen, hallowed grounds.
I smelled the funeral flowers,
as their fragrance danced around.
A gentle breeze surrounded me,
and echoed like a ghost,
your peaceful, assuring, loving words,
that I always loved the most.
Two simple affections, of “hun” and “babe”,
the words I no longer hear.
For they buried you 6 feet under,
in a world so bleak and drear.
I walked the dirt beneath my feet,
where your footprints, once did lay.
With no words to speak, and a broken soul,
all to simply do was pray.
Arise dear body now buried,
and disown treasures of this earth.
And take with you your spirit,
now ready for new birth.
The arms that once did hold me,
and the eyes so full of love,
they behold now heaven’s Risen King,
with presence sacred as a dove.
With tears you now so humbly cry,
with thanksgiving in your heart,
a cane no more you carry,
for God has healed your broken parts.
So stand now, and behold your King,
and kneel before His throne,
for your journey is complete,
and you’ve finally made it home.
I will not stop to question,
nor will I ponder why,
for your soul has truly not perished,
but instead rejoices in eternal life.
On this Christmas Day and always,
memories of you never shy,
away from my thoughts and broken heart,
Dear Pop Pop, I’ll never say goodbye.”
–Julia Lowell 12/25/13
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
1st Corinthians 15:55

Someone Should’ve Told Me- So I’ll Tell You…

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Below is a letter that I wrote to myself. In my past, I made some bad choices, and I wish that I would have know then how much I’d get hurt in the process. So this letter is everything that I wish I would have seen coming, and the redemption that followed.
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“Dear child of only 13,
There’s so much I wish you could have known. I know it’s a bit cliche, but I wish you could have heard all of this 6 years ago, instead, these words almost feel hollow and belated. You really don’t know what’s coming, do you?
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That red-headed boy that you stare at from afar, he’s been trouble all
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Your friends? They’re about to turn on you.
The many secrets that you confided within your circle of friends is about to be revealed.
Your secret crush, will quickly become public gossip.
Your diary? It isn’t so safely kept away now is it. Under the mattress
was never the most clever place to hide your purest most honest secrets.
The lies you told your parents are going to haunt you.
You were never really getting away with anything. You only think that
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All of this, because you thought that it was okay, normal, and typical
of any teenager.
Well, it isn’t. You are digging a deep grave, and I just wish that I could have stopped you, but you just don’t get it, do you?
You thought innocence was impossible, beauty was a scam, and being in love was the only way to be happy.
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In the next few months you will see what I mean.
You’ll be teased, broken, and become an outcast.
You’ll have to work hard to regain the trust of your parents.
You’ll be embarrassed, that’s for sure.
Soon you will see all your secrets come into the light.
Your joyride will come to an abrupt end, but did it ever really begin?
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But of all these misfortunes, one thing has remained true.
God has always been there.
You may have forgotten about Him, but He never forgot about you.
He believed in you, even when you doubted Him.
When all is said and done, He will be your only source of redemption.
He is going to wipe your tears, and erase all those bad memories.
Yesterday will become history, and those things will all drift miles away from your thoughts.
The red-headed boy will be a stupid memory that you will be able to laugh about.
All those lies, they will become the basis for your testimony.
Innocence is possible, beauty is true, and being in love with God is the only way to be happy.
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To all the sweet young girls that are reading this- Please know that I’ve been where you are right now. I too did the silly things- Falling in love with boy bands, writing endlessly in my diary, and sharing secrets with my girlfriends. It’s okay! That’s normal! Just try to keep a hold of yourself and really think about what you are doing. I thought that I could fall in love with a boy, and never tell my parents. Trust me, that doesn’t work.
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So I guess what I want to say is this: You are beautiful, and you don’t need a boy to tell you that. You can have a crush, but just leave it at that. You’re still young, you’ll have so many guys to choose from and later fall in love with.
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You may be head over heels, but keep calm! If you think that your relationship should be occupied with kissing, touching and sex- It really doesn’t have to be! I’m going to admit something huge okay: I’m 18, I haven’t had sex, never had a 1st kiss, and actually, I’ve never had a real boyfriend. There! I said it! So you know what? Be who you want to be in life. Don’t have sex because you think you need to take a relationship to ‘the next level.’ Don’t compromise anything unless it is really what you want. I’ve found that guys actually like girls who have values and aren’t ‘easy.’ That doesn’t give you the right to be a tease, but it does give you the right to express your confidence!
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What do you say? Are you ready to claim your inner beauty? Will you be an honest young woman? Will you value yourself enough to make good life choices?
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In my life, I get all my strength from Jesus. He is my salvation, and I look to Him for guidance. If you too are looking for confidence and strength, look no farther that Christ Jesus. Talk to Him, and ask Him to help you out. He’s there for you 24/7, and He will love you more than any boy could love you! After all, you are His daughter, a daughter of King Jesus!
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Class of 2013 – I Hope You Had The Time Of Your Life…

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So, it’s officially summer. School’s out, and for those of you who graduated, congrats! Let’s hear it for the class of 2013! It’s time for freedom, carefree fun, and playful friendships. Schedules will loosen up a bit, and summer love will grow. Bonfires, s’mores, dancing on the tailgate of your boyfriend’s truck, and backseat memories are sure to be created. For us teens, summer is our time. We are accountable to no one but ourselves, and the future is ours to create!

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For me, this summer is different. I’ve been out of high school for 2 years now, and even though I’m a teen, I am choosing to fill my time with more education. Essays, assignments, and History 101 is how I am spending my ‘summer’ days. Sucks, right? Well yes and no. It’s not how most young people would want to spend these glorious months, but for me, it’s perfect! Well, kinda perfect. I’m beginning to figure out what I should do with my life as a young adult, and more ‘school’ is the first step to creating a stable future. The idea is to cram and educate- hopefully being able to find a good job in the future.
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So, to those of you who are enjoying your summer break- I hope you have a blast. But remember to at least be a little modest, and have some judgement. One night stands and drinking are overrated. Don’t get stuck and screw up because you had a lapse of judgement! When he says that ‘he loves you’ ask him how much. When he puts his arm around your shoulder, look out for a wandering hand. And if you find yourself in the ‘backseat’ of his car, think really hard about whether or not he’s worth it- or better yet- is it really worth you giving up your purity and innocence for a quick and easy night of so called ‘love’? It’s your call- think hard, and try to make good choices.
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To the Class of 2013- Congratulations, and blessings for your future! Have a crazy fun summer!
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“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go. So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why. It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time.
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It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your life.
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So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind. Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial. For what it’s worth it was worth all the while.
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It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your life.”
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Lyrics from Good Riddance, by Green Day
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Send Billie Joe Armstrong some twitter love @bjaofficial
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Don’t forget to use the hash tag #Pray4Billie

Sobriety: Temptation, Prayer, Faith, and YOU…

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Sober. What does that really mean? According to Dictionary.com, the definition of the adjective “Sober” is:

1. not intoxicated or drunk.
2. habitually temperate, especially in the use of liquor.
3. quiet or sedate in demeanor, as persons.
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If you follow my blog, then you probably saw my last post titled, “My 19 Years of Life, Your 9 Months of Sobriety.” My inspiration for writing that came from the events of this past September when Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab after a public incident. Out of respect to Billie, I won’t rehash the details; I know how much I hate it when people remind me of my past regretful experiences. So after this ‘incident’ Billie entered rehab, and took the next few months off from touring to straighten up his life, and ultimately direct his efforts to becoming sober.
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Me, being the Green Day fan, and devoted Christian that I am, decided to immediately lift up prayers for Billie’s recovery. Each night since September of 2012, I have always remembered to lift up a prayer of strength for Billie. I’ve also made it a point to pray for his wife Adrienne, and their 2 sons Joey and Jakob, seeing as they too are taking this journey with their husband and dad.
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So basically, my point to saying all of this is to, first, give an explanation for my earlier post that was written more like a fan letter- and secondly, I want to encourage you to always feel important. If there is someone out there who you feel could use a little prayer, don’t hesitate to remember them. Don’t ever feel like you are too small to be heard. I haven’t even met Billie, let alone been to one of his concerts; but I know that even the prayers of the most humble and small hearts are heard by God. You know, sometimes God works through the hearts of the humble to reach deep into the souls of the lost and restless. You can be that 1 person, that 1 simple prayer that makes a difference in the life of another human being.
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On the topic of sobriety, I want to give you an idea, and encourage you to give something up in an effort to really commit to your cause. In this case, the cause is prayer. According to the definition of ‘sober,’ as mentioned earlier; it primarily references the act of being sober from alcohol. The second example of the word also mentions being ‘temperate’ which means: “Showing moderation or self restraint.” So out of respect for Billie, and his efforts to stay sober, I have decided to ‘show self restraint’ and give up grapefruit juice for 1 week. If you know me, then you know that grapefruit juice is my favorite, and I drink it endlessly. Giving it up doesn’t mean that it was bad for me, so I can no longer have it; rather, it is my way of humbling myself in an attempt to experience a similar sense of self control that alcoholics must work to gain as they are going through withdrawal.
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If you are praying for someone, and it is weighing heavy on your heart, I encourage you to make your own commitment to show self restraint. Set for yourself a timespan, and give something up during those days. At the end of it, you will feel accomplished, and you’ll also find that there are things that you can actually live without. On different occasions I have given up soda, chocolate, and silly as it may be, I’ve even given up mints. When someone asked my why I had quit those things, it gave me the perfect opportunity to share with them about my faith and prayer journey.
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So are you in? Can we make a commitment together to pray hard, and be faithful? Feel free to drop a comment below and share your prayers and anything else on your heart. You can also also find me on Twitter @The_Florida_Sun
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(And just to be clear: I don’t approve any of the inappropriate content that may be mentioned in the lyrics of a Green Day song. I am well aware that their music does not reflect that of my Christian walk, but we all have our guilty pleasure in life, mine just happens to be a rock band. That is why Billie is in my prayers, hopefully he too may come to know Jesus.)

 

My 18 Years of Life, Your 9 Months of Sobriety…

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Thoughts. Below are lots of my thoughts, a fan letter if you will. It’s everything that I’d love to say to Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. If anybody has a way of getting this to him, I’d really appreciate it! If you’re on Twitter, please tweet my link to him @bjaofficial
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Dear Billie Joe,
I wanted to let you know how much Green Day has been apart of my life, while growing up, and even now.
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I was born in 1994, and from my childhood, at even 3-4 years old, I can remember hearing Good Riddance on the radio all the time. So as I’ve gotten older, I have expanded my Green Day playlist and love rocking out to all of your tunes. I’m a Christian, but I absolutely love to let loose and rock, and you guys were and still are my outlet! It’s been a hard balance, and sometimes a controversial discussion to love Jesus, but also listen to your music. What I’ve learned through the years is that nobody is perfect. And even Christians face recovery and struggles in their own lives everyday. Green Day has always been my guilty pleasure, my way of feeling normal. I’ve been known to blow out the speakers and dance around the house to the tune of, Let Yourself Go. In a way its been my anthem. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in your music, that I loose sight of my Faith; but God is always there to remind me to focus on my beliefs. I hope to be an example to others that Christians aren’t stuffy ‘perfect’ people, but rather I’m a normal girl living the same unpredictable, fun life as anyone else! And yes- I love Green Day!
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Billie, I have been following your band for all of my 18 years of life, and it pained me to hear about the events of this past September. I wasn’t even disappointed in you. Rather, I felt like I was seeing the heart of someone who has pushed and pushed for so many years, and finally had enough, broke down, and let it all out.
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I hope you can be open minded to what I am saying here: I’ve been praying for your recovery every single night since September, when you entered rehab. When I’m going through a crazy circumstance in my life, I pray and draw strength from Jesus. So that’s what I did for you. I prayed.
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Like I said, being a Christian, to me, doesn’t mean living life on a short leash, but rather choosing to live a practical and respectful  life that God would be proud of. If anything, I think that we can appreciate God even more when we are so low that the only thing to do is to reach up to Him. There is something awesome about surrender.
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I’ve grown up with your music, but I’ve also grown in my Christian Faith too. Praying for you, the singer from my childhood, has been a tremendous blessing for me as well. I just wanted to share this with you, so that you know that God has been with you on your journey. Life does often suck. That’s a reality. But I believe that, at least in my own personal life, God makes it suck a little less. I’ve come to discover thar God wants us to ask for His mercy- and He will be faithful to see us through. I hope that you can appreciate my last 11 months of prayer for you. In my life, Billie, you are such an awesome person, and I’m rooting for you! Sometimes in life we are attacked at our weakest point, and there is nothing saying that you won’t again be faced with temptation- but I hope that you will always remember that God is there, and He’s waiting to rescue you. And just know that no matter what- I will always keep you in my prayers :)
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Thanks for so many years of great music, and I can’t wait to see and
hear what blessings are yet to come that maybe even you aren’t expecting.  Somebody once wisely said, “So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why. It’s not a  question, but a lesson learned in time.” There is so much more that God is waiting to reveal to you. I know that the odds of you ever reading this are a million to one, but I just pray that somehow, someday you will finally see these words and maybe they will be a piece to the puzzle that is life.
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—Julia

He’ll Find You In A Hurricane…

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Hurricane. If you live anywhere on the East Coast, then you probably know a lot about hurricanes. And with that comes, wind, rain, tornadoes, and of course, fear.

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Today as I was listening to the radio, I heard a song, appropriately named, Hurricane. It is sung by Natalie Grant. She wrote the song about daily struggles, and how sometimes our life can feel just like a storm.
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Everyday we are going through some kind of storm. Maybe it is like a passing rain cloud, or maybe it truly feels like a hurricane. Either way, God is there to bring you through it. He walked on water, gave Moses the strength to part a sea; Surely, God can calm your storm.
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“You’re spinning out of control, again
Your life feels like a sinking ship,
You’re wondering how it came to this
Is it too late?
Is it too far?
For him to reach you
And come to where you are
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Step out the edge
Don’t be afraid of it
And when you feel the rain
Call his name
He’ll find you in the hurricane
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You’re in the wreckage underneath
You’re hope is buried
Somewhere deep
You’re wondering
How long it will keep?
It’s never too late
Never too far
For you to reach out
And take a hold of love
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Step out on the edge
Don’t be afraid of it
And when you feel the rain
Call his name
He’ll find you in a hurricane
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Don’t back down from the light
He’ll shelter you tonight
Just hold on for the change
Call his name
He’ll find you in the hurricane
There’s a place
You can run
When you fall
And it’s all come undone
You’ll be safe in the raging storm
So just let go
Cause you are held in his arms
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Step out on the edge
Don’t be afraid of it
And when you feel the rain
Call his name
He’ll find you in a hurricane
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And when you feel the rain
Call his name
He’ll find you in a hurricane.”
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Lyrics from Hurricane, by Natalie Grant
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God’s Faithfulness- A Beautiful Wedding…

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Trevor and Ashton Bayne

Marriage. One week ago , today, a wedding was taking place. A union, ordained by God. A commitment between to people to love each other forever and always.

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NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne and his fiancé Ashton Clapp, were married in Nashville just one week ago.
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I do not personally know Trevor or Ashton, but I do know that they are both Christians who are so proud of their faith in Jesus. In December when they formally announced their engagement, I couldn’t help but be so happy for the two of them.
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Seeing them in such a pure, Christian relationship is so beautiful. It reassures me that there really are good people in the world; people with morales and values, who actually care about building a steady relationship and keeping Jesus at the center of it all.
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I just want to take this opportunity to say that relationships can indeed be taken slow. After all, it is about growing together, and that takes time, and maturity.  And really, if you love each other, and know that you are going to be together forever, then why rush things? Don’t rush! Instead,  just get to know each other, and create a relationship that doesn’t pride itself on the physical aspects of being a couple- That should all come with marriage. That’s how God intended it to be.
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So to Trevor and Ashton Bayne:
I wish you all the best blessings in your marriage, and for your future. May you always keep God first, and may you always remain faithful. I pray that God will give you a lifetime of memories, and a heart full of joy. Be blessed today and always!
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#TrevAndAshWeddingBash

I Don’t Have To Be, Strong Enough…

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I’m going to be taking a few days off from blogging. I need to do some self evaluation, prioritize, and get my head back to reality.

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But before I take my break, I wanted to be sure to leave you with some encouragement. No matter what you’re facing in you life right now- always know that God gives us what HE knows we can handle. Surrender your burdens to HIM, and together you will be strong enough to get through your battle…

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“You must

You must think I’m strong

To give me what I’m going through

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Well, forgive me

Forgive me if I’m wrong

But this looks like more than I can do

On my own

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I know I’m not strong enough to be

everything that I’m supposed to be

I give up

I’m not stong enough

Hands of mercy won’t you cover me

Lord right now I’m asking you to be

Strong enough

Strong enough

For the both of us

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Well, maybe

Maybe that’s the point

To reach the point of giving up

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Cause when I’m finally

Finally at rock bottom

Well, that’s when I start looking up

And reaching out

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I know I’m not strong enough to be

Everything that I’m supposed to be

I give up

I’m not stong enough

Hands of mercy won’t you cover me

Lord right now I’m asking you to be

Strong enough

Strong enough

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Cause I’m broken

Down to nothing

But I’m still holding on to the one thing

You are God

and you are strong

When I am weak

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I can do all things

Through Christ who gives me strength

And I don’t have to be

Strong enough

Strong enough

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I can do all things

Through Christ who gives me strength

And I don’t have to be

Strong enough

Strong enough

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Oh, yeah

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I know I’m not strong enough to be

Everything that I’m supposed to be

I give up

I’m not stong enough

Hands of mercy won’t you cover me

Lord right now I’m asking you to be

Strong enough

Strong enough

Strong enough”

 

I’m Going Home- Where Your Love Has Always Been Eough For Me…

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Home. For most of us, home represents a place of comfort, childhood memories, and undying love.
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I hope that in yours and in my  life too- that no matter how many bad choices we make, we can always come home to the love of our family. Even though they may not agree with the life path we’ve chosen, our parents always love us unconditionally. After all, they really do want the best for our lives.
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I pray dear friend, that you will treasure the values your family has instilled in you, and may you always come back home. May the door to comfort be open and easy to enter.
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“I’m staring out into the night,
Trying to hide the pain.
I’m going to the place where love
And feeling good don’t ever cost a thing.
And the pain you feel’s a different kind of pain.
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Well I’m going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I’m not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don’t regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old,
So I’m going home.
Well I’m going home.
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The miles are getting longer, it seems,
The closer I get to you.
I’ve not always been the best man or friend for you.
But your love remains true.
And I don’t know why.
You always seem to give me another try.
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Be careful what you wish for,
‘Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don’t want.
Be careful what you wish for,
‘Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all, yeah.
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Oh, well I’m going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I’m not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don’t regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old.
I said these places and these faces are getting old,
So I’m going home.
I’m going home.”
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Lyrics from Home, by Daughtry