03/ 01/ 19

2019

Before you read this post, do me a favor and listen to Defender by Rita Springer.

Because it’s the new year, everyone is coming up with their resolutions. We use the new year as the starting point of envisioned growth. Figuring out ways in which we can improve ourselves whether that be financially, physically, spiritually etc. We start off with good intentions and high motivation but most often what people lack when it comes to achieving their goals is discipline. Hebrews 12 perfectly outlines discipline and how it should shape our lives. Often when we think of discipline we think of it as punishment or a negative consequence but with God it’s the exact opposite. Through holy discipline, God reveals His overwhelming love for us. We can make a resolution to be healthier but in two weeks our motivation is going to dwindle and our will-power tested. We can strive to spend more time in God’s word but morning will come and the temptation to ignore your alarm and go back to sleep will sneak in. Only through holy discipline will we ever accomplish anything worth accomplishing.

Another thing that makes it easy for us to fall short of reaching our aspirations is a lack of trust in Jesus and confidence in what he is capable of. Understanding that in some situations the simple fact of the matter is that we can’t and will never be able to but that Christ can and not only can He but WILL He; and He will do whatever that we want far greater than we could have ever dreamed. 1 Samuel 17 tells the story of David and Goliath. God placed in David’s heart a mission that would save His people. A mission that was seemingly impossible to the human eye. Yet David had faith that He would conquer this Giant through Christ who strengthened him. He gave God everything that he had, three stones and a sling, and trusted that God would come in His good and perfect timing to fill in the blanks and do the rest. I challenge you when making your new year’s resolutions to dream big. Greater than you ever thought possible of yourself and let God fill in the blanks and do the rest.

I discovered this song this year and it has absolutely wrecked my life. At first it was just another song in my worship playlist until one day I truly heard the words.

“And all I did was praise
And all I did was worship
All I did was bow down
All I did was stay still.

Hallelujah you have saved me
So much better your way
Hallelujah, great Defender
So much better Your way.”

As humans we have this tendency to make plans and not want to stray away from them. If I learned anything this past year, it is that every single plan I make without the surrender of them to God, will surely fail. Every plan I did make that has been placed into His hands may have been tweaked, altered or radically flipped but they lead me to a place far better than I could have imagined. This song reminds me that once we let known all of our desires to God all we have to do is praise. All we have to do is worship. All we have to do is bow down. All we have to do is stay still. God will go before us and fight our every battle. He come back with the head of our enemy. The victory is ours when we learn to fully surrender.

I am praying over 2019 for all of you. That it is a year of success, opportunities, and that we all grow closer to God. I pray that we find the courage we need to expand the kingdom. I pray that we stay diligently disciplined, trustworthy, and that we pursue Him with reckless abandon. Once we do these things, everything else will fall into place. Just remember that He is never early and He is never late. Only ever on time. The best is yet to come.


14/ 07/ 18

Dry Seasons


As Christians we all go through dry seasons with God. I don’t believe that we should view these seasons as weird or abnormal, or as though we are an inferior Christian.
There are times where I am so on fire for God. I wake up every morning, blast Elevation worship and am super pumped to read my Bible. Quite honestly, there are also times where the thought of sitting at the kitchen table for an hour exhausts me and I roll over and go back to sleep. God doesn’t love me any less. He promises that he will pursue me wherever I am.
A quote on another blog post that really stuck to me is this, “One of the wonders of God’s love for us is that it survives our spiritual dry times.” God is an all-in kinda guy. He won’t treasure us more just because we read or Bible that day, and He won’t treasure us less when we don’t.
However, when we go through these periods, we shouldn’t use them as an excuse to become complacent or to lessen our desire for God. When David was isolated in the wilderness of Judah, he cried out to God, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” If we have no desire for God, we have no hope that God will alter our situation. In dry seasons, call out to God. He hears you, and he surely sees you. He won’t allow you to stay stuck. As much as we desire to be close to Him again, He wants to see us flourish in Him more.

1 Thessalonians:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.”

God will ALWAYS find a path we can take to get back to His goodness. Jeremiah 29:13 states, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Zachariah 1:3 says, “Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Hosts.” When we are in the midst of a dry season we have to ask God to re-light a fire inside of our hearts. Then, it is our responsibility to pursue Him by reading our Bibles, worshipping Him, and meditating on His goodness.

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Psalms 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is the in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Everyone goes through dry seasons in their walk with Christ. We just can not allow these seasons to make us dull. When we become dull we become less durable to the ways of the world and a wedge between us and heaven is formed.
Please remember that even the most holy of people face times in their life where they are unmotivated and fail to feel God’s presence. That doesn’t mean that He is not still there, guiding your each and every step. God may be testing your dependence on Him, and I know you will not let him down. Just continue to pursue Him, to adore Him, and to trust Him.

Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”


11/ 03/ 18

Messy is Beautiful!

If you know me at all, you may know that I am a clean freak. My friends and family might say that I am a 70 year old trapped in a 17 year old body. I am a person who is very visually stimulated so when my environment is a mess I get pretty frustrated. In order to be able to focus on my homework at night I have to deep clean my work area first in order to be able to focus at all. If I don’t feel like tidying up I have to either go to my grandma’s house or a coffee shop so that I can be productive and think clearly.

That being said, this morning I woke up and walked into the kitchen and for some VERY weird reason I felt joy and gratitude when I saw the mess that was in front of me. On our island my sewing machine, tons of fabric, cutting pads, rulers, scissors, and pins were splayed everywhere. The table was covered in patterns and half finished quilts. In the living room there was also material laid out in an intricate order because is was about to be sewn into a beautiful blanket.

I was so full of joy because the previous night was a night full of laughter, frustration, and deep talks while my mom, aunt, and grandma were all trying to figure out what project they were going to make next. I felt so blessed and grateful that I have such strong-willed, funny, creative, encouraging, and down to earth women in my life– the list could go on and on.

I think that Jesus sent me this reminder today to help me realize that every once in a while a mess is okay. You just have to find the beauty in it and remember that soon enough it will get cleaned up. If we’re always to consumed in trying to figure out when we can get the mess clean and gone, we won’t be able to enjoy where we are and who we are surrounded with right in this moment.

Every once in while we should even get REALLY crazy and contribute to the mess. We shouldn’t be afraid to make crazy recipes, attempt a DIY project (key word: attempt), or be dabilitated with laughter when it gets so late that you get delirious. Good family and friends are one of God’s biggest blessing to us.

Sometimes the mess and life can be overwhelming. But like that quilt on my living room floor, God has intricately laid out the most amazing people, opportunities, and blessings that he is going to sew up into an exquisite masterpiece that is His plan for your life.

There is always tomorrow. Tomorrow you can clean it up. But for now get messy.


19/ 10/ 17

Love on, my friends.

Loving deeply comes with heartbreak more painful than what the next person will ever experience. It comes with disappointment that feels like the hardest slap in the face. It comes with tears that never end when the person that you love so unconditionally hurts you. It comes with vulnerability and people judging you for being too sensitive. It comes with your heartbreaking from the most minuscule acts against you that normal eyes wouldn’t see an issue with. It gets to a point where you may begin to think that the problem lies within you, and maybe if you loved a little less, you wouldn’t get hurt.

Well, let me tell you, my friend, loving unconditionally is one of the greatest gifts you could ever receive. Being able to feel so much love that your heart explodes with joy is the most wonderful blessing in the world. In today’s world, people seem to lack love at all. God gave you this gift to make up for the love that is lost in the hearts filled with evil. You reflect the exact essence of what Christ’s heart truly is when you love without expectation. That should be a great honor in itself. But listen to me. Loving hard and holy does not mean in any way shape or form that you are weak. Never let anyone take advantage of your heart; sometimes this means loving, and praying for someone from a distance, and that’s okay. Sometimes people need a more potent and heavenly love and not an earthly love. The holy kind of love is what truly changes the hearts of the mislead and hate-filled people.

We can, however, be the tip of the iceberg that is Jesus’ true love. He is in covenant with us when He says that He is the only person that will never ever ever leave us nor forsake us. Always remember, Love conquers all. Genuine love is a God-given gift that few have received. Love can change the world. Keep lovin’ on others with no expectation because that is exactly what Jesus would do.

Stay fit, fab, and faithful!

xoxo, Abbey


25/ 09/ 17

A Letter to Sixteen-Year-Old Me by Lindsay Dryer

Precious daughter of the King,

Did you know Someone wrote a book about us? An entire book detailing our story? Pretty amazing, right? I see you on the pages. I know you don’t feel like your part of the story is very significant. You don’t think it matters. But can I tell you something? Your part of the story is beautiful.

You’re learning a lot about who you are. I see you striving for their approval, thinking that if you could just have what she has, be as beautiful as that girl, or get his attention, you’ll reach the top. You feel like you’re never enough. The truth is, in Jesus you have all you need. In His eyes, you are beautiful. And you have His full attention every moment of every day. He’s chasing after your heart. And in Him, you are enough. That’s what I’ve learned as I’ve turned the pages of our story.

I know, I know. The heartbreak. It’s real. And it’s so, so hard. To be honest, 10 years later and sometimes it still creeps up on our pages. But between your part and my part of the story, we’ve been healed and made whole. And even though, right now, it seems like the end, like nothing else matters, like you’ll never move past it…you will. This is only one small snapshot of the big picture.

I’m a few chapters ahead of you now, and I can tell you that in between you and me, there are a lot of twists and turns. There’s ups and downs and upside downs. There’s more heartache, more unknown, more hurt, more disappointment. But the best part? (Don’t worry, I won’t give you any spoilers. You have to wait and see for yourself.) There’s more joy, more hope, more surprises, more answered prayers, more of God’s faithfulness on display.

If only I could get you to understand that as the pages turn and the story moves on, none of this silly stuff will matter. Not even that expensive phone that you have to have or the fact that your parents grounded you for a week—none of it. (P.S. They love you. I promise.) I wish I could convince you to take all that energy and effort you’ve spent searching for approval and invest it in your relationship with Jesus. That is what matters all the way to the end. It’s the thread that ties this whole book together. In every chapter, and on every page, He is there.

Sometimes He’s center stage—the main character—and sometimes we accidentally take over and leave Him out of the story. But he never leaves. He’s always there waiting for us to invite Him back to play the lead role again. Want to know a secret? The story is always best when He’s in the lead.

I don’t know how this story ends—here on Earth, at least—but I do know I’m thankful for our story. It’s a beautiful story of us learning to trust fully, to love selflessly, to live humbly, to lean on Jesus, to be willing to obey His call on our life. I haven’t figured it all out, but I’m learning that our progress is so much more important than perfection.

Know this: You are valued. You are treasured. You are cherished. You are loved. And even though everything seems to change as the pages turn and one chapter fades into the start of a new chapter, those truths never change.


20/ 09/ 17

The Beautiful Struggle of Friendship by Sawyer McDaniel

 

 

 

Proverbs‬ ‭17:17‬ ‭(NIV‬‬) says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Before I talk about this verse, I highly suggest that you read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 to read the Bible’s definition of love. Even if you’ve read it a hundred times before, read it again. Let those words soak into your mind before continuing reading here.

“A friend loves at ALL times…” That sounds hard now, doesn’t it? Love is…. Always patient? Always kind? Never envious? I’m sure you and I both could count off the top of our head at least five times we’ve been envious of a friend in the past few weeks. I can guarantee that you and I have been short tempered or unkind to a friend in the past week. I won’t even mention how well we’ve managed to be patient with them either.

Now I’m going to be vulnerable here, I have said things— and even done things—to my friends that I highly regret. In those moments when I thought nothing of their feelings, I was quick to speak instead of quick to listen. The struggle between head and heart is something to deal with even in friendships; because your mind knows what the right thing to say or do is, but your heart may be clouded with pain and decide to do the opposite.

I went through about a year where my best friend and I were struggling in our relationship. Words were said behind backs and closed doors that should never been said or even felt. Words were spoken that were untrue and hurtful. We fought and we argued and we hurt. But, after months of trial and error, we healed. We’re stronger than we’ve ever been. However, that didn’t come easily. It wasn’t by the snap of our fingers that we were magically best friends again. We had to learn to trust each other again. We had to learn to depend on each other again. Now because of what we went through, I believe it made us stronger and we have a healthier friendship because of it. We learnt things about each other and about life that some may learn the easy way, but we experienced it the hard way.

Let me tell you one thing that could have very easily helped us avoid everything we went through: communication. If we had communicated with each other, talked about how we felt during certain conversations or situations, I strongly believe that we could have avoided many hurtful words. But in order to have good communication skills with somebody, you’d have to think of not only yourself but them as well. You have to be considerate and kind—oh sounds familiar doesn’t it? If you become envious of your friend, you have to talk it out instead of harboring those feelings. Instead of growing irritated with how your friend is acting, you have to be patient and communicate what’s wrong. Love is…. Keep filling in that blank.

“…and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Brother, or sister, friend, neighbor: You insert the word that fits for your circumstance. A friend will stand by you in times of trouble, happiness, or sorrow. If you are a friend to someone, you won’t duck and cover at the first signs of cloudy weather. As Christians who have accepted Jesus and His love into our hearts, we are born for a time of adversity. Relationships don’t grow just with sunshine. Rain will come, storms will come, but will you stand firm beside each other? If my best friend and I didn’t stand firm in wanting to work our issues out, we wouldn’t be together today. We faced adversity and we came out on top because we trusted each other and leaned on God.

I’ve been alive long enough to know true, spiritual friends don’t come around very often. God places certain people in your life to challenge you, comfort you, cry with you, champion for you, and counsel you. Satan will place certain dangers in your life to do those very same things yet in a very harmful way. He will place tricksters in your life who show those same actions, but they will not stay when trials come. They will pretend to be your friend, yet they will abandon you when it benefits them. The facades they wear look an awful lot like sunshine and flowers, but those flowers will wither and the sun will fade to reveal pain and lies.

As Proverbs 16:28 says, “A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.” Yes, you will make friends in life who lie to you, hurt you, betray you, and replace you. Even after reading this, knowing what to look for in a healthy friendship, you will still find these false friends in life. Before entering into a friendship with my current best friend, I was fooled time and time again by a so-called friend. Life may have been easier without this friend in my life, but I believe every person placed in my path is either a blessing or a lesson, sometimes even both. This friend unknowingly bettered me into a stronger person for my future friendships. I learned what not to do, what to do, and how to do it. Sadly, I still made some of the same mistakes and hurtful actions to my best friend that this friend had done to me; however, after personal and spiritual growth, I learned how to be a better friend. I noticed what I valued in a friend and I aimed to become that as well. I didn’t have to get over what my friend did to me, because I had to go through it instead.

Long story short, your spiritual, God-given friends in life won’t give up on you, so you must not give up on them either. Adversity shows the truth in your relationships and facades reveal lies in your friendships.

I pray that none of you have to deal with the external, internal, and spiritual struggle of losing a best friend, but if you do I urge you to turn to God. If I immediately turned to His word and read what He had for me, I would’ve been motivated far sooner to close the wounds and apologize to my best friend. A spiritual friendship is worth far more than your pride.


18/ 05/ 17

Stressed, Depressed, Jesus Obsessed!

Recently, I have been going through a rough patch both mentally and emotionally. Getting through these last couple of weeks at school has been completely draining. And it hasn’t even been because of finals or exams! More from the lack thereof. And In the last month, both my laptop AND phone decided to just stop working.  You’re probably thinking, “Really Abbey, you’re stressed about NOT having finals and that you can’t check Instagram?!?! Things could be SO much worse!” And yes, they could be. However, as a teenager in 2017 I completely rely on these two chunks of metal to do pretty much everything from checking my emails, doing my schoolwork, and staying on track with my bible study. Also, I’ve been praying for God to use me to start some kind of organization locally so that I can help others and to share His love, but without my trusty Macbook or iPhone  there is no way for me to research the need in my community or to get in contact with the people that I need to get into contact with that could help me! When I am doing nothing, I feel like I am not pursuing my purpose. I start to fear complacency. I let it linger in my mind and the longer this fear builds up in my mind, the more irritable and impatient I become towards others and towards myself. So on my way home from dinner, out of complete frustration I just began to pray. And what I love most about having this blog is that whenever I cry out to God in times of anguish, I feel Him telling me to write a post about what I am going through so that it might help someone else who is feeling the same things as I am. So if you are feeling underwhelmed and at the cost of such, completely overwhelmed, this post is for you!!

Whenever we are going through times when we feel unproductive, we have to be patient. As Christians, the hardest seasons that we will ever go through are seasons of waiting. Nobody, likes to wait. (Let’s be real for a second: has anybody ever been completely in a state of joy and patience waiting for their random Amazon find or huge Forever21 haul, to come in the mail… NO!!!) But by waiting, we are forced to completely rely on God, and by doing so, our sense of both trust and faith in Him will be made stronger. Proverbs 3:5-6 states that we should not lean on our own understanding but we should rely on Him and our paths will become straight. There is nothing in this world that we can get done effectively without the help of God. So we might as well, sit back and get comfortable while we wait for Jesus to help us along in this journey called life.

We also have to be persistent in our vacant time. Just because we feel like God isn’t using us in the moment doesn’t mean that we stop reading our Bible, worshipping, and praying. I shouldn’t be one to talk, I haven’t been to church on a Wednesday night for the past three weeks! I’ve been too caught up in feeling sorry for myself that I’ve refused to build up the energy to go. When in reality, that is where I should’ve been in order to seek the help and productivity I desired in growing closer to the Lord, instead of in my bed watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians (even if it was part two of the Costa Rica vacation episode). Pull out your Bible or Bible app and read Psalm 120:1-7. In this scripture, David writes about an Israelite who is completely miserable with where he’s at in life. He’s surrounded by evil people. However, he has his mind set on getting to Jerusalem, the Holy land, in hopes of living a life in which his relationship with Christ can flourish. We too must be like this Israelite. In that we must refuse to conform to the negative world around us and have the motivation to relentlessly pursue a relationship with God. We can not give up!. We must persevere.

Lastly, when we feel completely useless in where we’re at in life, we must allow ourselves to be blanketed in God’s never ending grace. Besides love, grace is my second favorite term that is used and displayed in the Bible. Just thinking about the Lord’s crazy admiration for each and every one of us never fails to put a smile on my face. Corinthians 12:9 says, “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.” Did you get that? His power is made PERFECT in our weakness! When we are sitting around feeling absolutely worthless, God is sitting in heaven making the next season of our lives worthwhile! The dictionary definition of ‘grace’ in Christian belief is, ‘The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessing’. God favors us and is not going to let us live a life without purpose. By going through this period of “boredom” He is bestowing upon us rest for the endeavors that are coming ahead. He is showering us with unconditional grace, we need only to receive it!

I want whoever is reading this to know that I am praying for you. I am praying for a radical transformation in your situation and that you have the motivation and perseverance to get through this season.

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Stay Fit, Fab and Faithful!

xoxo, Abbey

 


20/ 04/ 17

Live Life to the Fullest

This post is dedicated to Jaya Rucker. Last Thursday, April 13th, 2017, she and her loving boyfriend Marvin passed away in a tragic car accident. Her sister Analijah is a good friend of mine. This afternoon I attended her celebration of life and her story left a great impact on my heart. The three major things that I walked out of the service with were to always forgive, to love unconditionally, and to live fearlessly. Tonight I felt God speaking into my heart that I needed to speak on both His and Jaya’s behalf. To speak of the importance of these traits and how it is essential to obtain them in order to be able to live life to the fullest.

Forgiveness

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

As a human, forgiveness is one of life’s greatest obstacles. Why on Earth should we let the people who speak harsh words to us, lie to us, and manipulate us off the hook? The answer to this complex question is ambiguous and hard to grasp onto. They don’t deserve forgiveness. Truthfully, no one deserves forgiveness, but as Christians it is our duty to show other Christ’s love. Because Jesus adored us so much, he made the choice to die on the cross in order to cleanse us of the sins that we all have done. We must also reflect his unconditional love to others by forgiving them without judgement; apology or no apology. Often times it is those who wrong us that are desperate for the most compassion. Not until we learn to forgive others will we be able to live life to the fullest.

Unconditional Love

We crave love and attention. In fact, it is necessary for people to survive here on Earth. However, as humans, we are also stupid. We do things we don’t intend to do, say things that we don’t mean, and think horrible thoughts. We are imperfect beings. That being said, God is so passionate about us. There is nothing on this Earth that we could do to stop His extraordinary infatuation with us. He hold us to absolutely no standards.

Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

This is also how we should treat our neighbor. Unconditionally and with no judgement at all. Our lives would be absolutely miserable if we just stopped fighting for someone because of a silly mistake. In order to fully embrace life, we have to embrace others. Flaws and all. Love others like God loves us.

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Fearless

We are all scared of something. Whether it is a fear of speaking in front of crowds, having a conversation over the phone, or genuinely expressing ourselves, there is at least one thing that it holding us back from reaching our fullest potential. Why? Why do we refuse to fulfill our purpose, because of lies that come straight from the devil? The same God that created the stars, moon, sun, mountains, and oceans, that turned water into wine and multiplied five loaves of bread and a pair of fish so much so that from the small portion, thousands of hungry people were fed lives inside of each and every one of us! If that doesn’t motivate you to unapologetically be the best you can be, I don’t know what will. We will NOT fail, for HE is within us!!!

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is the light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?”

I hope that through this post, you have been encouraged to live life to the fullest, it is so so so short.

Jaya, thank you for displaying these characteristics so fiercely. You are so loved and will never be forgotten. This is your legacy.

Stay fit, fab, and faithful!

xoxo, Abbey


19/ 03/ 17

#Blessed

As an active participant in all things pop-culture, being grateful for the things that I have can really be a struggle for me. Especially when it comes to comparing myself to other people. A lot of times I find myself having to step back and realized just how blessed I really am and that I can’t bring even the most prized of my materialistic possessions with me to Heaven when my time here on Earth runs out, whether that be tomorrow or eighty years from now. Thank God (No pun intended 😉 ) that I have a relationship with Christ that allows me to gain a genuine perspective on my life and the things in it.

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galations 1:10

One way in which Satan constantly tries to attack me is by tempting me to compare myself to other people. Whether it’s because they have a newer car than me, a better body than me, a bigger home than me, or a better sense of fashion than me; I fall for this allurement all the time! It’s so hard in a society that is ruled by social media to not fall into this evil trap. It can warp our minds to make us believe that we are less than what platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat tells us we must be. We need to be sure of our worth in the things that we are lucky enough to have. As Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous line goes, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” There are many aspects of our lives that we simply cannot alter; things such as our family situation, the house that we reside in, or certain health situations. We need to be able to accept these things. Only then will we be able to move past them and recognize the most beautiful blessings in which God has put in our lives. However, this idea of constant contrast is a two-way street. When we see someone walking to school while we are comfortably in our car, our egos mustn’t grow because we assume that we are richer than them. When we see a woman with scraggly hair at the grocery store twenty minutes after we just left a high-end salon, we mustn’t believe that we are more beautiful than them, and when we pass rundown trailer parks on our way to our large abodes, we mustn’t believe that we are more polished than the people that live in them. Looking down on others can be just as detrimental to us as looking down on ourselves. Comparison makes a gap in our relationship with God that is just wide enough for the devil to creep into and make himself comfortable. It tarnishes any amount of self-assurance that is in us and makes us feel less than enough to pursue God’s plan for our lives.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

 We must realize that our Earthly belongings are just that. Earthly. What a lot of us have a difficult time realizing is that what we own, we can not take with us to Heaven. The girl that owns a 2017 Bentley Continental GT has no better chance of spending an eternity with God, than the guy who drives a 1998 Honda Civic. What determines the value of a person is their character, their love for others, and their relationship with God. How could we ever feel ungrateful knowing that we belong to the One True King? We are royalty in God’s eyes! Knowing this, how is it even possible to become jealous of someone else’s possessions? God loves us and wants us to know that we are enough!

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

God has our a plan for our lives that is so great! We can only begin to pursue this plan when we realize that we are utterly and completely BLESSED. Jesus has already placed in our lives, exactly the things that he wants in it. What he has given us, he uses to prepare us for the next season of our lives. Whether these possessions teach us how to be grateful in a bad situation, or teach us to be humble in an extravagant situation, every single thing in our lives serves a purpose. Christ has us exactly where he wants us. He is aware of our dreams and desires and plans on enabling them to thrive! That being said, we must always step back, take a deep breath, and remind ourselves that we are worthy. We are able. We are more than enough. Our situations and our belongings do not define us. What defines us is our contribution to expanding the kingdom of God.

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

Remember that in whatever circumstance you may be in, you are always #blessed. 

Stay fit, fab, and faithful!
xoxo, Abbey

 


14/ 02/ 17

Onto Bigger and Better Things

Jesus has an incredibly unique and well thought out blueprint for each and every one of our lives. In 1 Corinthians 2:9 it is written that, “‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’– the things God has prepared for those who love him.” Isn’t crazy that our future that Christ has planned for us is so extraordinary, no human has the ability to fathom it? The problem is, us stubborn girls (JK!), have a tendency to want to do things our own way. In our head we dream, fantasize, and imagine the way we believe our lives are supposed to be laid out. We want to be rich, have a cute husband, and a million little babies, all without having to lift a finger. But when we begin to start devising our future without God in sight, things start to go downhill. We’re ceasing to pursue His intention for our lives, which is 100% guaranteed, better than any plan we could dream up. Our greatest potential can not be reached without the help of God.

In order to achieve all that God has in store for us, we must be genuinely and unapologetically ourselves. In a world of Gigis, Bellas, Kendalls, and Kylies, it is so essential that we stay true to ourselves! Our society can do without one more wannabe. What we urgently long for are women who aren’t afraid to step outside of the status quo in order to stand up for what they believe in.  Romans 12:2 encourages us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” What the Lord is trying to express to us is to not just ‘fit in’. We should be motivated by the amazing things he has in store for our lives and not get caught up in what everybody else, celebrity or not, is doing, especially if those actions are not pleasing to God. (Don’t get me wrong, I struggle the most out of everyone I know with comparing myself to other girls. I want God to speak through me, even if it means writing about whatever trial I’m currently facing, as hard as it is to confess to you guys!)

At times it can be so difficult to grasp on to the idea that God has a bigger plan for us than we could ever imagine. It can be even harder to have the faith that God will follow through in his promises that he has given us. But at the end of the day, his intent for our life is SO much more greater than ours. I know this statement is repetitive throughout this blog post  but I can’t stress it enough. Many times we think to ourselves, “How in the world can His plan be better than mine? I have my whole life planned out for myself. I am set up for success!” This may be true, but you wouldn’t succeed to the level that God sees fit. Psalms 147:5 says, “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” It may be hard for us to understand, but he has the master plan for our entire lives sprawled out in front of him. He sees the end result. We don’t. Why wouldn’t we trust the God who created the heaven and the Earth and everything in it? We’d be silly not to! All in all, we need to let go, and let God.

 



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