Why Do Bad Things Happen? It’s Dark Here. Flip on the Switch.

Imagine it: you are sitting in class and start telling someone about what you believe. The person you are talking to isn’t so sure about the whole God thing. They listen but don’t truly listen because they just see the whole Christianity thing as confusing and not practical. It’s not that they are totally dismissing God’s existence, they just can’t understand why such bad things happen or happened in their life…that if God were really loving, those things wouldn’t have happened. It’s like this: The truth is that most people WANT to believe in a divine power but due to the perils of this world, just feel like they can’t. People often hear of this loving God and wonder- if God is so great, powerful, and loving, then why does He allow bad things and so much evil to occur in the world? The answer is so much more simple than you may think. It’s a little something I was reminded of in the movie “God’s Not Dead” (which if you haven’t seen it, its AMAZING!). And that is: FREE WILL If the world were perfect, we would all love God and not know the difference between good and evil. God does not want a bunch of carbon copies that love the same way…He wants to have a relationship with those that CHOOSE to love Him, not because they don’t know any different, but because they honestly SEEK Him. That’s free will- that amidst the evils and natural disasters and pain and suffering in this world, we would personally choose in our hearts to follow HIM. He is our refuge in this broken world. The light of Jesus is made so much brighter in this darkness. Have you ever thought about that? Light would not exist if darkness didn’t. 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”        – John 8:12

See, what’s amazing is that God does not force us to love Him, yet He loves us all so much anyways- even when we don’t feel the same way. In fact, He loves us so much that He gave up His one and only son to be nailed to a cross. All for us. Just think about this for a minute. I know this statement is repeated a lot, even around nonbelievers. Imagine if you had a son of your own. And out of such ridiculous love, you gave that son up to be killed by the same people you are loving. We are too human to comprehend that. Our minds are too small and self absorbed, even when we try not to be, to really get this. Be honest, would you let your family be killed just so a bunch of people who don’t really know you could be saved? We’d like to say we understand it and would do the same…but that’s just not the truth. We are not God. We can’t figure out His love because it is too vast to wrap our minds around. So yeah, things in this world are messed up. Evil exists. But if it didn’t, you wouldn’t ever realize how big His love for you was because there would be no sins to forgive. You wouldn’t see Him carry you though the trials when you need Him most. You wouldn’t feel a need for Him. If life were perfect for you, you might begin to stray away and become independent and self sufficient. And sometimes that’s exactly what happens- the devil might let you live a perfectly great life only to snag you in the end because you felt you didn’t need God’s help. That’s another thing I learned from the movie “God’s Not Dead” (once again, if you haven’t seen it, you should!). If you are still struggling, have you ever considered that when the world wears you down, that God is just showing how He can revive and make you strong regardless? Sometimes when you hit rock bottom in a world filled with evil, you find that God is the rock at the bottom holding you up.

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. -2 Corinthians 12:9

One thing many don’t realize is that when you put your trust in God, these bad things…these heart aches…lies…natural disasters…and diseases…are made less dark. Why? Because He gives you the strength to get through them. This doesn’t mean you won’t crumble from time to time, but it does mean that God is there in your soul whispering hope and peace amidst the trials. A hope and a peace that can’t really be explained…that everything is going to be ok because all of this pain has a purpose- it’s all part of His great plan. And His plan is an infinity times better than what mine would be without Him. Honestly, have you ever thought about what life would be like if you- just a weak human lost on earth- were leading your life alone? I am one of 7 billion. If I didn’t have God, I’d just be another random life floating along to nothingness. Never making an impact. Just existing to exist. Existing to please myself…which kinda stinks because then I would never really find life in life. I would be coerced like cattle to conform to whatever trend hit me. If society told me that the best kind of life was one focused on money and looks, well then I would strive for that. Why? Because that’s all I’d know that there was to the world. What is sad is that many of this world do live like this. Maybe you do too. In fact, we all have at some point. There’s always a point in everyone’s day, including mine, when you want to focus on pleasing the world, and not as much God. Whether it be fantasizing about how an outfit will up your status, or having a fit of self pity for not being part of a social group or event that would make us look better, it is so easy to fall prey to what the world wants us to think and feel. It weighs us down to look at everything with a blurred perspective- as if our value is limited to what we see with our eyes. But when you follow Jesus, everything changes. There is clarity. He takes your existence on this dark planet and turns you into something greater than yourself- He turns you into a LIGHT. There are three types of people in this world- those who blend into the dark and can’t find the switch, those who know of the switch, but can’t understand how it would change anything so refuse to touch it, and those who recognize the power of the switch and turn it on bright for all to see. The switch is Jesus. When you CHOOSE to welcome Jesus in your heart out of pure FREE WILL, He multiplies your influence. He has the power to take one human being out of 7 billion (that’s you) and fuel you so much that it causes a flare up all around you of other switches turning on, including those that used to never know the switch existed. Because of you and the light that Jesus puts inside. So yeah, the world is a mess. It’s quite broken and dark. Just don’t forget to flip on the switch.

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Finding Hope in Hope Center, Costa Rica Mission Trip 2014

The following post is from the very first day I served with an incredible group of people (about 60 of the most loving human beings you can find) in Costa Rica this past summer through North Point Community Church’s GlobalX mission program. I still vividly remember shoving these words quickly into my iPhone notes section at around midnight in our hotel room. The 8 days we spent there were the best of my life. I hope you enjoy this little slice of it. To read other student blog posts from the trip, go to http://www.costaricaio.com/blog/

The day started with a bang as my iPhone blared “Wake” by Hillsong United and buzzed everyone in room 1102 awake. Filled with eagerness and a hefty serving of exhaustion, we threw on clothes for the excitement that was our very first service day. After all, this was the reason we came here…to change the world through the hearts of others in the name of Jesus Christ. After reading a Jesus Calling devotion to get ourselves in the zone, we headed out to breakfast. I can tell you this- the lure of more Costa Rican coffee was definitely a motivation as we ran up the endless flights up stairs to get there. The view of the mountains is always worth it though- and so were the potatoes. During breakfast, we were treated to a devotion by one of the students- Lauren Reamer. She did amazing. We walked out inspired and ready to go. For me personally, I went to The Hope Center. We left at 8:20AM with hope already in our hearts- not just for the children to get something out of it, but that by these small acts of kindness we may further spread the love of Jesus Christ. My team of 15 was so awesome. I remember when we pulled up to the Hope Center, I wasn’t expecting to see such a protective barrier. A giant wall with barbed wire at the top met my eyes immediately. We entered though a gate. In fact, as we were driving there through the heart breaking depressed areas, most houses had bars over them for safety. As an American, we tend to take simply walking our dogs or picking up the mail from the driveway for granted. It’s not like that here. Life is at risk. Peering down the streets, I tried to imagine myself as a scared and lonely child roaming them…it’s unsettling. It made me feel an even greater sensation of anxiousness as we arrived. I wanted to see these children and figure out what I could do to make their lives, if but for a minute or two, a little bit brighter- using the light The Holy Spirit gives. Once safely in the gates, we had a tour through the center. It’s small compared to the other centers. There’s a cafeteria, a temple, and a little outdoor area where lots of soccer and football were to be played later. We split off into teams- one was to work on the wall outside and the other was to paint tiles for the temple. I was to paint tiles first, which I actually really enjoyed. We have about 500 to do and we finished about 100 or more today. Squinting in the sunlight with my paintbrush, I remember watching those who were working on the outer wall. I give some serious props to them because they were working so hard to clean that wall. Eventually they painted it green- making the place look even more “hopeful” on the outside. Meanwhile, once my group got the tiles painted, the real struggle was putting them back up into the ceiling. I was the “tile go-getter” who sought the most suitable tile (actually because of the way the ceiling was, the sizes actually were really different in many spots- by the end I felt like quite the expert in terms of which tile fit where) to give to the brave boy on the shaky latter. Soon, kids started to arrive. Let the Spanish speaking begin. Throughout the day, I believe that we all as a group became much more comfortable with communicating with the kids. I love how the kids were so open in trying to understand our Spanglish, especially at the beginning. Their smiles made me smile. The ones that weren’t made my heart sink. But that’s why we are here- to give them the tender love and care they so desperately need. While we interacted with the kids (duck duck goose in Spanish was fun!) and continued to put up tiles, the other group worked hard in the kitchen with the incredible women who make amazing food for these 200 kids every single day. Their dedication and work ethic is so inspiring. Hoping to give them some relief, the group helped serve the food to the hoards of kids that began pouring in around lunch time. There were children all the way from babies to 9 and 10 year olds. Seeing their faces gave us so much joy and excitement- along with some nerves. It was pretty chaotic with that many swarming the place. After the rush subsided, it was our time to eat lunch. As if they already hadn’t done enough, the ladies served US one of the best lunches I’ve ever had in my life. We feasted on delicious home made chicken enchiladas and rice accompanied by fresh salad and plantains. Some juicy watermelon followed. After lunch, we continued in our work and started to prepare the workshops for the afternoon when the kids got out of school. My workshop was coloring pictures and another one was painting. But despite the chaos of the arts and crafts areas, the epicenter of insanity was definitely outside where the children played sports with the boys. And they did not play easy. I could hear the chorus of shouts, laughter, and pounding feet clearly from inside the cafeteria where we colored. But the best part of the whole experience for me was coloring with a little girl named Abigail. She was an excellent artist in terms of staying in the lines and she and I colored pictures together. I would always ask “¿Que color?” (What color) and point to different sections. She was very particular about them. It was with her that I really started to get the hang of speaking Spanish naturally. I talked to so many children in such a short time span that by the end, Spanish was first in my head in conversation, not English. I had to adjust in the hotel. However, in regards to Abigail again, I met her mother. Her mother worked in the kitchen. I loved talking to her. Seeing the look in her eyes as she watched us color and show her the finished product gave her great joy. Her happiness was contagious and I felt like maybe I was doing the thing she so wanted to do with her daughter but didn’t have time. Speaking in Spanish to her was heart warming. We talked about siblings and her other children and how her other daughter’s Quinceanera was all pink and so was my sweet sixteen. She showed me pictures and I don’t know why, but I treasured that moment so much. It was like the language didn’t matter. I love how God has the power to break down any barrier- especially language ones. I am looking forward to seeing how God uses us to break down even more barriers this week. The Holy Spirit is very much at work within us all. Costa Rica has a lot more in store and we are all hungry for more.

And yes- looking back now…after experiencing it all…God broke down so many barriers that week. I had never felt so free and alive before. Many heart warming and heart shattering things were witnessed throughout the week. But one thing that I won’t forget is the look in all of their eyes. The kids would meet your attempts to help with such love. In fact, everyone we met was so incredibly loving. Despite difficulties in their lives, they were all just so happy (the people of Costa Rica). I remember something from small group one night when a close friend of mine said “there’s happy, and then there’s Costa Rica happy.” The reason people in America are so unhappy when they literally have EVERYTHING and more is because we try to satisfy our hearts with things, not people. Or we have people, but then we try to get everything we can out of them until we realize that they are just as broken as us. They let us down. But God doesn’t. The empty void that is ever-present in our hearts can only be filled by The One who harbors a perfect love. Jesus. Sure, technology or picture likes can be satisfying temporarily. But if these things really were “enough” to satisfy our souls, then why are there so many suicides in this country….so many insecurities…and depression…if social media and clean water and shelter and food were ENOUGH, then why are these things still happening…just think about it. Those with nothing smile because they still have something (God). Those with everything frown because in reality they have nothing. Everything here on earth one day will cease to exist. But God will ALWAYS be here. Always there for you. In your deepest despair and in the best day of your life. So what’s the moral here? Try your best to live “Costa Rica happy” (happy despite the battles you are facing), not just happy in the times that are good. You’ll find that love is easier to expend, smiles are easier to put on, and that hope in Jesus Christ is the only hope worth holding onto.

Person or Pixels…6 Tips on Keeping Social Media Healthy

Sometimes it’s difficult to let go. It’s so easy to fall into this pit of life that is entitled “the world”. There are so many things that are competing for your attention. There are sports, hobbies, sweets (yes, I did say that), boys, and of course: social media. Social media pretty much takes all of those things and amplifies them to a whole new level of obsession. It’s a never ending cycle I am quite guilty of. Sometimes you feel threatened that if you don’t go on Instagram or Twitter, you are going to miss out on a slice of life. But here’s what is funny, pretty much everything on social media has absolutely NOTHING to do with us. As we scroll and scroll and scroll, what are we actually doing to ourselves? Infatuations turn into visual obsessions. Obsessions turn into idols. Now I am not saying I don’t support social media, because I fall prey to scrolling all the time. Of course it’s interesting. I am not going to lie to you and say that it isn’t fun. I can easily get lost in everybody else’s business like it’s my job to stalk. I seriously envy the days when people found it easier to talk face-to-face instead of through edited images supplemented by short and choppy sentences. Why is it that we infatuate ourselves with meaningless pictures? When you are done scrolling (which usually accidently turns into thirty minutes of hard core stalking), what did you seriously gain from the experience? I’ll tell you:

An empty void of nothingness accompanied by an air of jealously and comparison.

That’s not always the case, but it certainly happens a lot.

Alright, now before you shake your fist at me for not recognizing its good uses, I totally support social media when it is used to spread good messages and encouragement. Just read my tips below and you’ll see what I mean. Social media in the appropriate daily dosages CAN be healthy. It helps you keep up with relationships and keep in touch with long distance friends. However, when the inevitable comparison game comes into play, that’s when things get hectic. See, social media tries to trick us into thinking that life is found within the expanse of our phone and computer screens. But hey- here’s a fact: life is ONLY found in the life God planned specifically for YOU. It most likely isn’t confined to your phone alone. Social media may play a role, but the plot in the production entitled “YOUR LIFE” comes from Jesus Christ and the freedom and love He lavishes upon you everyday are a part of the script! That is not a script I would want to edit.

Look, friends are amazing. I’m not saying that following what your friends are up to is bad. I’m talking about the gazillion other posts around your friends that tend to be people you barely know but wish you did. You know who I am talking about. The people you follow because you wish you were them. Or had their boyfriend. Or clothes. Or beach house. Or life in general. This only facilitates the growth of other idols. So how do we keep from going off the deep end? You don’t have to eliminate it from your life, I promise. Here are a few tips that might help you keep both your sanity and social media savvy self in tact- but in the right ways.

  1. Follow for friendship- not envy. That only gets you down. How many times have you been scrolling and gotten tangled up in a mental battle of comparing yourself to some other girl who seems to have it all. What is comical is that she probably is doing the exact same thing- maybe even to you! Everyone has things that they secretly want- regardless of whether or not it looks as if they have it all. Trust me, there is a lot going on beneath that picture filter.
  1. Find alternatives to consuming yourself with it. Stay busy. People use social media to post about their lives and how great they are. What if you lived an amazing life full of fun and joy without feeling enslaved to post about it? Isn’t THAT freedom? Live your life! Try adopting a new hobby like art, cooking, or writing. You may just discover another God given gift. Spend time with your friends- doing FUN stuff. DO check Pinterest for fun ideas! That is one of my favorite social networking sites because it isn’t about bragging- it’s about dreaming. Dreaming with God by your side is a fun thing to do. Also, don’t forget about volunteering! Volunteering is a great way to spend your time face to face (for a change) helping those in your community who need it. It is also a super self empowering activity. If you ever feel down about some post that lowers your self esteem, look to God to find your worth- then put that worth in action!
  1. Don’t be afraid to post about your faith or use a Bible verse as a caption. If you are afraid of being judged by others, then they aren’t truly your friends. Friends are there to support you, not take you down based on your beliefs. Another cool way to incorporate your love for Jesus with social media is to follow Bible Verse accounts that give you daily encouragement. Also, it’s really fun to start one. I made one (@spiritualstrength) on Instagram and it has served as a great way to enhance my faith through inspiring others. When you find purpose in worldly things, that’s when you can start taking them and whipping them around for Jesus’s favor. Be a light in a world that insists on being dark. It’s pretty cool and not to mention fun to make edits of verses!
  1. Monitor the time. Try not to make a habit out of checking social media every time you pick up your phone. For most of us, it may be too late- including myself. I have to constantly tell myself to just let whatever is happening happen. In terms of managing your time on social media, letting go of this habit can give you a lot more free time during the day. According to a study done by a marketing company, the average American spends over three hours A DAY on social networking sites. What if those three hours were spent on being PRESENT in the moment? What if we committed ourselves to dedicating more time to face-to-face relationships? Most of the time we are on social media is ironically in a place filled with other people. Try talking to your siblings or parents instead of tuning them out. In class, when you sit down at your desk, turn to the person next to you and talk instead of burying your face in your phone. You may meet a new friend- the right way. There is something so special these days about the rare eye contact harboring conversations. I am guilty of all of the previous scenarios, but I am trying my best to pay attention to other people and not just be a bump in the log. The other day I noticed in class before the bell rang that the entire room was filled with students. No one was saying a word to one another. Apparently the fantasyland of the Internet was more interesting. I literally had to poke my friend to start a real conversation. It’s a process- let’s accelerate it.
  1. Use it for causes you care about! Since everyone looks at it so much anyway, why not promote a cause you care about? You may just spark interest in your friends too. And sometimes, even if you don’t ever know it, you may just inspire someone you barely even know (we all have followers we half know, don’t even try to pretend that’s not true). Who cares what that girl did on Spring Break? It is a lot more fun raising awareness for something you care about.
  1. Recognize the power you have in this world through your posts. Social media, aside from being typically seen as a curse on this generation, is a huge blessing! Did you know that due to the power of the Internet and social media, the world connectivity is so great that the majority of the entire world can find a way to discover Jesus? You could start that relationship! All it takes is one post. And one person. Do not underestimate your potential power on social media. You may, without even knowing it, be the one who encourages a depressed girl somewhere far away on the planet that she has worth and a valid purpose. That’s right- you can live out your life like Christ in a way that transcends international boundaries. Take a chance and change a life.

So what is your choice? Let go. Just let it go. Despite my Frozen reference, remember that social media is NOT God. Your life is about Him and Him alone. He loves you so much! More than you could ever comprehend! Don’t make the mistake of putting worldly things on a pedestal above Him. You might not even realize that you are doing it. That’s the scary part. Just take a step back and re-evaluate your priorities at least once a week. Make sure Jesus, your Lord and Savior is always way above every tweet, status, or post. This is so that when you do use social media, you can find the strength to keep everything in perspective- by focusing on its good uses. Aside from that, just hold this verse close:

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

-2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Model or ROLE Model?

The following post is an article I submitted and got published on the both wonderful websites http://www.projectinspired.com and http://www.mysundaydress.com. It was written right around when the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came on:

Still feeling down from that Victoria’s Secret fashion show a little while ago? Many models (not all, there are many models that have invested their life in Christ in addition to having a passion to model) spend their entire life focused on something that just doesn’t last: outward appearance. Is that what you want to invest your life in? Sure, if we all had trainers, dietitians, and makeup artists, I’m sure we would all be “gorgeous” by the world’s standards. But give it a few years. What happens when there’s nothing left to do to yourself physically and your age and heart is all that’s left? Then what? You see, when you spend your entire life working on something to just please the world, it gives you nothing real in the end. It is not eternal. But God is. Put your focus on God, not your looks. Trends and faces come and go- but God doesn’t. He is with us at ALL times. When you take your last breath one day, will your looks and material items really matter? No. But if you dedicate your life to carrying out God’s will, your last breath will be a sigh and a smile- because you can “rest” with the assurance that you are about to meet Jesus. And then stay with Him. Unlike this world, your eternal life in Heaven will last. Forever.

 

Now let’s put this into perspective in your own life.

In your hallways at school.

Gorgeous girls are a dime a dozen. There are drop dead “perfect” girls at every school. We all can think of them. They just seem to have everything going for them. Their hair is never out of place and their smile can lure anyone in like a fishing reel. But if there’s one of these girls at EVERY school (which there is) then what makes them better than anyone else? Beauty doesn’t mean you are a bad person, don’t get me wrong. We all are beautiful on the outside, I promise. We are God’s creation and He made you perfect whether you refuse to believe it or not. But there are two types of beauty. Anyone can be beautiful by society’s standards if they really want to be. Like I mentioned earlier, that only takes a bit of makeup, some surgery if necessary, and maybe even a little hair dye.

But what is the hardest, rarest type of girl to find? A girl whose truly beautiful. They aren’t beautiful by what the world depicts as beautiful (we are all pretty on the outside too, but the point is that looks don’t matter in the big scheme of things). They are beautiful because of their kindness, their willingness to help, their service, and their HEART. But most importantly, what makes them beautiful is that God made them, and they acknowledge that they are His creation and not the world’s- and that they cannot change, nor do they want to change what God gave them. It turns out that most girls attract healthy friends not by how much eye makeup they wear or how seemingly perfect their skin is- but by their character. Here’s another little fact: God does not make ugly creation. Everything has beauty in some way. A fire can be both burning AND beautiful. In the same way, God’s people that he creates in a perfect way are all beautiful. But the only way to make that beauty count is through the inside. That’s lasting beauty: an undeniable devotion to the great Creator God. Everything else is only temporary.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

                                    -Proverbs 31:30

This whole article came from me sitting quietly in the lobby of my dance studio. I was just waiting on my ride to come and I heard a group of younger girls talking about some gorgeous girl…some popular girl with a bunch of makeup on all the time. It got me thinking how if their school has one, and so does mine, then every school has one. If every school has the so-called perfect girl, then prettiness is easy to find. I think girls struggle with seeing themselves as pretty because practically from birth we have all been shown at one time or another images of what “pretty” is. Society has always dictated pretty. You buy this and put it on and bam- now you are perfect. Over the years, this has been amplified through computers to create images that are nearly unattainable to humans. It’s ridiculous. We are all pretty in our own way. It doesn’t matter if that boy likes you are not. If you are only trying to be pretty simply to attract a boy’s eyes, it’s NOT WORTH IT. You may think it is now, but let me tell you- you are seriously missing out. God did not make you so that you would be measured by men. He did not make you to be measured in pounds or inches. Or by the quality of your skin. Or the size of your eyes. Or by the width of your thighs. Or by size of your head. Or by the amount of freckles you have. God made you to be measured in LOVE. All these little imperfections that you see everyday- God sees them as perfections. God’s view of perfect is not the world’s view of perfect. Who defined pretty? Magazines and Barbies from youth. Here’s what we all forget as we look in the mirror in the morning: Who truly defines beauty? God. And is that based on looks? No.

Say this in the mirror when you are feeling dejected, rejected, or downright insecure:

I am the Lord’s.

I was reading in the Bible that the people of Israel at one point were so passionate for God that they wrote this on their hands as a profession of faith and a reminder of God’s love for them. They don’t belong to anyone else and neither do you. You don’t belong to that boy- you belong to God.

So what are you living out right now? Are you attempting to be a daily model? Or are you striving to be the best ROLE model that you can be? It’s not always easy. But by inspiring others through your actions of love, faith, and purity daily, you may just discover a part of yourself that you never knew existed.

A Foundation to Stand On

The following post is an article I submitted and got published on the awesome website http://www.projectinspired.com:

Every day it happens. You get flustered. Upset. Mad at something or someone. We all can relate, right? The world can be pretty tough, and it doesn’t take much to let it throw us off our game. Personally, I know that even the smallest things can sometimes cause me to get agitated with my whole day. This is only natural.

But just because life can leave us physically or mentally weak doesn’t mean that we can’t still be STRONG. God can take our fatigue and our exhaustion and use it to make us stronger people. He gives us a firm foundation to stand on even at our very worst times! The other amazing thing is that Jesus has already overcome this troubled world for us. There is nothing to fear. He has saved us. We are free, and whenever problems come, we can have faith in the Lord to get us through. Need some reassurance?

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:29)

What do you stand on when the going gets tough? Your past achievements? Your social status? The amount of likes you get on a Facebook picture? Your money? These are some of the things that we, as humans, desire intensely. There’s no denying that we want these things…we happen to all have one thing in common: we are sinners. Earthly and human-made things such as our material desires can only fight other earthly things. When the world gets you down, you can’t combat earth with more earth.

For example, if you’re upset that a guy broke up with you, don’t try to fight it by mentally abusing yourself, replaying the scenarios over and over again. It accomplishes nothing. It doesn’t make you feel any better, either. Life is going to have bumps in the road, and a breakup is definitely one of them. But don’t try to think that there’s something you can do to make it all better. Sabotage and revenge—these are earthly things (and just not a good idea in general).

The only real things that can ever fight earthly things and WIN are Heavenly things. If you trust in The Lord to hold you together and keep fighting through, you’re combating earth with Heaven. And Heaven will ALWAYS WIN. Plus, God has a plan for you! That guy who broke up with you just might not be in it. And since God knows the future and what’s best for you, then I’d say that losing that boy is good riddance! God has someone a million times better (though sometimes this is hard to accept) waiting for you. Be patient.

While you’re waiting, here are two simple equations I figured out:

earth + earth = more earthly drama

earth + Heaven = peace

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)

Let God be your foundation in this world! We ultimately have no control. So let go and let GOD. You may get pushed down sometimes, but He is ALWAYS there to catch you and bring peace back to your heart.

Welcome! Let’s take a journey with God.

Welcome to Blush Girl Blog! Need a place for faith, life, and how the two to fit together? Well, then you’ve arrived at the right blog. This world is nuts. My goal is to break down the barrier between the life that the world wants for you and the life GOD wants for you. We are all broken and beaten up inside…God wants to take the rags in your heart and sew them together so that you can live out the beautiful purpose He has for you. Ready to take this journey? I am a Jesus follower, writer, and a dancer. Let’s travel this world together. God’s got you wrapped around His finger- so don’t be afraid to live the life you were called to.