Thanks again, Lauren!
Thank you, Lauren, for putting this on your instagram!
***I wrote this today, after a prayer session that I had yesterday.***
ARE YOU STUBBORN OR DETERMINED?
In our walk through life, there are times when we have to fight hard just to get through the day. Whether we’re dealing with stress, major life changes, or the death of a loved one, a lot of circumstances in our life can cause us to falter; they can knock the wind out of us. In these times, we have to rely on Papa God to comfort us, to give us strength, and to heal our heart.
Quite often, we want to quit; to stay seated in the dirt and muck when we are knocked down or fall down. It’s easier not to fight, but it comes with a cost. When we decide not to stand back up, we risk further injury and attack from the enemy’s deadly arrows. It’s impossible to stay protected when we’re in the same spot. We become a “sitting duck”; a target that’s not moving. We are being stubborn.
When we decide to get back up (to stand strong, to keep fighting), we become a moving target that is harder to hit. We can dodge and jump over the enemy’s darts. We are determined to live and survive.
Stubbornness will keep us down in the dirt. It may cause us to dig the very hole we fall into. Stubbornness makes it easier for us to give up. It helps us accomplish nothing. When we are stubborn, Papa God cannot move in our life. We are essentially fighting against both ourself and Papa God.
On the other hand, determination says, “I am not giving up.” Determination will not let us quit. Determination says that we are getting back up. When we are determined, Papa God can freely in out life. There are no walls to be knocked down.
Are you stubborn or determined? They are essentially the same, but the difference between the two words is drastically diffetent. If we are stubborn, we should give it to Papa God, and let Him show us what areas in our life need to be changed. Living a determined life keeps us in Papa God’s will. We will find many more blessings in being determined than if we are stubborn.
Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.
Emma Watson. (via ewnlofficialita)
Trust whatever He has for you. It will be better than anything you can plan for yourself.
Francis Chan (Crazy Love)
Happy birthday to my sister Megan! Have a great day! I miss you! With love from your Mushy 🎂🎉💗😆💓
When you were a child, did you love to twirl around in a circle with your hands stretched out, until you got dizzy? Did you fall to the ground in laughter? Do you miss those care-free days? As adults, we live lives of chaos and we have full schedules all the time. We tend to try to fit God in where there is room. Quite often, our busy lives push God out of His number one spot in our lives.
This book is done in 26 one-word chapters. They include Pen, Dance, Gratitude, Bravery, Edit, Snap, Poetry, Stars, and Fragrance. Short chapter titles and short chapters make this book an easy, fast read. But that doesn’t mean that this book lacks in any way. Patsy Clairmont’s humor and wit are all over the pages. This book begs us to take time out of our busy lives to be a child again; to twirl.
I found this book to be quite refreshing. I would highly recommend it, whether you’re a busy professional, a college student, or a single person.
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I find beauty in the fact that I can’t grasp everything that God does.
There are days when I can’t wait to go to bed because I know His mercies are new every morning, and I feel like I’ve almost run out.
Matt Chandler, Ecclesiastes 12: Reconciliation (via tehtruthresistssimplicity)
I need to remind myself of this. Thanks, Olivia!
"From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help." Psalm 22:10-11 Be the help these unborn children need!