Big Idea

Hello!

The camp season is over, and I’m home!

The biggest thing that I learned this summer was that God is my comfort. He alone is the one who will satisfy my deepest need.

He is my comfort zone. I have his Spirit inside me–he is with me wherever I go.

So I should have this underlying peace inside, this rock. Jesus. My cornerstone, the one I build myself on. The one I rely on and trust.

I don’t think I’m done with this learning process yet, so I might write some more thoughts at another time, when I’ve learned a bit more/processed and thought about it more. 🙂

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Hope In The Struggle

Hey everyone! As I’ve been walking along this summer, people have encouraged me so much I thought I would extend that to you also. Here are some cool verses that people gave me and I’ve discovered:

“He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks lead me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.” (Psalm 23:2 TPT)

“Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.” (Psalm 23:4 TPT)

“You lead me with your secret wisdom. And following you brings me into your brightness and glory!” (Psalm 63:24 TPT)

“Some of us once wandered in the wilderness like desert nomads, with no true direction or dwelling place. Starving, thirsting, staggering, we became desperate and filled with despair.

“Then we cried out, ‘Lord, help us! Rescue us!’ And he did! He led us right into a place of safety and abundance, a suitable city to dwell in.

“So lift your hands and thank God for his marvelous kindness and for all his miracles of mercy for those he loves. How he satisfies the souls of thirsty ones and fills the hungry with all that is good!” (Psalm 107:4-9 TPT)

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” ‭‭(James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

This last one really hit me…probably because I was actually going through hard times and I forgot about it. It is a popular set of verses and it seems like it’s quoted often, but it wasn’t to me. When my friend’s mom said it to me, I was like, “Woah! This so applies!” Anyway, that was a side note 🙂

These are just a small amount of the encouragement from my sisters, coworkers, friends, and my mom. Thank you all for your encouragement that literally helped me make it through this summer at camp. I have one week left!

Which one stood out the most to you? Let me know in the comment section!

“My Favorite Things” tag #2

Hey everyone! Today is a bonus post!

Olivia over at Liv For Him tagged me again for this, so I decided to give it another go! Thanks Olivia!

So I’ll give the rules again:

*Link back to and thank the person who tagged you.

*Link back to and thank the blogger who began the tag.

*List and picture seven of your favorite things.

*Tag at least seven people (or as many as you can).

*Use the picture above (at Beth’s request).

*List the seven rules.

Beth, thank you again for starting this! Well done!

#1: The number 7.

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#2: Big, thick blankets

#3: Llama things

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#4: Reading

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Check out jayelknight.com for some good reading inspiration!

#5: The Passion Translation of the Bible

Yay to YouVersion Bible app!!

#6: Friends

#7: Old pictures

In This Battle

Hey y’all!

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Wow, this week has been long–I forgot what happened at its beginning! I’m appreciative of journaling. 🙂

My dance teacher mentioned something to me last week: Satan attacks us one way and then, if he’s not getting victory, he’ll change tactics. He’ll attack us some other way for a time, but he’ll come back to the first thing–he’s seeing if we really have the victory in that area.

In response to this, I was like, “Okay,” and moved on. I wasn’t thinking it would happen to me.

But…it did.

The enemy came back at me this week with stress! I kept fighting though, and was encouraged by what Miss Judith had said.

A couple things I was taking comfort in:

1. Satan has to get approval from God to persecute me. Because Satan is going at it, I know he has gotten permission and thus that God believes I can do it. Or he has a way out. Mom said he had confidence in me.

2. Satan would not be attacking me unless I’m doing something for the kingdom of God. So thus I am in the right place.

I believe God gave me a way out this week: (A little preface–I take comfort when family is around.) My sister was able to come help where I’m working, and that was a huge blessing.

I know God is my comfort, but he also gave us family too–I am glad for that. Thank you!!


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Priceless

Hello!

Satan has changed his tactics for fighting me: feeding me lies about myself, like that I wasn’t pretty.

I was trying to ward it off but I wasn’t using Scripture, and so I was kinda halfheartedly fighting it.

But then the next morning, my YouVersion plan was talking about beauty! And the woman who wrote it reminded me that my focus should be on the inside–on Jesus living through me, and the character he’s growing in me.

My focus had gotten off of this and was instead on the outside, the temporal things.

I was talking with my dance teacher about this as well, and she said to ask God how he sees me–the knowledge makes you humble, not vain.

So I did! The big thing that He told me, the word that I felt inside, was “Priceless.”

This is something I wrote afterward: “I am priceless because he is priceless! He is beyond comparison. He is so worthy of all my praises. I will lift him high! You are awesome, full of beauty, mighty & powerful! I can hide in your all-encompassing wings.”

Another thing that comes with this is that when I realize I’m priceless, I realize that everyone is priceless…you are loved by God and have an intrinsic value that he placed in you when he made you!

Let this encourage you in your journey today!


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Another Perspective

Dead.
Inside, I’m dying.
Outide, I plaster a smile on
Hope it will cover the death
I’m feeling.

I’m leaving.
I won’t see you in years.
But there’s hope:
I’ll get to see you forever
In heaven
For eternity

We’ll be perfect
Like Jesus
Praising our Maker all the time
All the time
We were meant for this.
Born for it.
Its our destiny.

Spiritual Warfare

Hey y’all!

Wow. This week was long and hard and good.

I underwent some spiritual battling! Yay! Satan was attacking me with uncertainty, stress, and fear. I got the opportunity to resist him, praise God, and speak his truth over myself.

It reminds me of what people have told me before–if you’re doing something good for God then you’ll be attacked by Satan.

One day I learned something that my mom does in the morning: verbally put on the armor of God. I’ve started doing that, just walking through Ephesians 6:13-18 and praying my armor on:

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” (NLT‬‬)

Also, I’m going to try praying for other people, like my persecuted family. (By the way, the website icommittopray.com is a good resource for more specific prayer for the persecuted church)

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7 NIV

Satan has no hold on me. He is defeated already, by Jesus. I KNOW Satan will not win in the end. I am Jesus’ and he will never let me go. I have His almighty Spirit living in me. He has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. Jesus is so much greater than Satan.

I encourage all you who follow Jesus: DON’T LET SATAN TRIUMPH OVER YOU! He really has no power over you. As someone once told me, he only has the power you give him. So, my dear brothers and sisters, let’s press on toward Jesus. I’m saying this as much for you as for me…I’m in this battle too. Jesus is the greatest!!


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“My Favorite Things” Tag

First, let’s start with the rules:

– Link back to and thank the person who tagged you.
– Link back to and thank the blogger who began the tag (Beth, thanks for starting this cool tag!).
– List and picture seven of your favorite things.
– Tag at least seven people (or as many as you can).
– Use the picture above (Beth’s request).
– List the seven rules.
– Have fun!

Annie Cate Anderson, thank you so much for tagging me! I enjoy doing these kinds of things 🙂

Everyone, please check out her blog! Yep, go ahead, pause reading, and go check it out. I’ll wait for you!

Ok, welcome back! Let’s get started:

1. Discovering things about God or myself

This was when I was writing how God speaks my top two love languages–super cool!

2. Dancing

I am part of an amazing dance studio! I had the privilege to be a lead in our past production–a story of redemption. (Side note: so the guy in this picture was another lead and he also wrote the production!!! Super cool as he’s only 17!!!!!!!)

3. Books

Huge shoutout to libraries!!!! It’s such a blessing to be able to read books for free. Comment below if you want some reading suggestions!

4. Gifts

I love presents!! Journals, granola bars, other snacks, pens, Bath and Body Works stuff, books…pretty much anything!

5. Snacks

Frozen bananas with peanut butter, granola bars (Nature Valley chewy are delicious…anybody else try the new Jif bars? Those are good too…), fresh bananas….

6. Cool journals

These are some of my favorite ones…all given to me, actually! The pink one on the left is huge, the “Hello Gorgeous” one is the one I’m in now–the first spiral-bound one I’ve had in a while, the comfort zone one I just finished, and the red one was pretty big and had nice thick pages.

7. Iced coffee

Sugar! Extra cream! Dunkin Donuts! Flavoring? Definitely! Hazelnut…vanilla…no blueberry please 🙂

I nominate:

Thank you all for reading today’s post–it means so much to me! Don’t be afraid to leave me a comment–let me know what you thought, answer the questions above, tell me your favorite things!

I’m Learning

So….I started working at a Christian camp this past week!

It’s a great place. But it’s also a hard one, because I’m stretched there. New stuff happens. I’m in a totally different environment. I’m around new people and have the great opportunity to make more friends. I’m doing a job I’ve never done there before.

It’s a great place!

It’s a great environment to push hard into God. Oh, how I need him.

Going out of my comfort zone. That’s the big thing that happened this week. It’s so incredibly hard but it is SO good! We need stuff like this.

Stagnant water is disgusting, and I should be disgusted when I stay the same and don’t grow. I should be like the tree by the waters, bearing fruit in its season, because I’m feeding on Jesus. Let it be so, Lord!

Soul Hunger

Something I’ve been thinking about lately:

Reading the Holy Bible and praying is our soul’s food. We need it daily for growth, and if we don’t have it, we get hungry.

When I don’t pray, I feel restless. Like inside. I think I feel this way because my soul is hungry.

I need that daily time talking to God.

I also feel better when I read chapters of His Word as opposed to a few verses–I’m more immersed in Him. And God brings peace.

–Just some thoughts that I hope encourage you also to feed your soul. 🙂🔥