Finding Purpose in the Pain

SO here goes nothing…
Over the past year and a half, my world has drastically changed…pushing me into a whole new life, really. A life that I would have never asked for, or even considered ever wanting…BUT, my plans are not HIS plans; & slowly, I’m learning to accept, adjust, and stand in awe of how our Great Heavenly Father is holding my hand through every step of the way and how he is changing me for the better.

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Through this season in life, I have taken to writing down my thoughts, fears, struggles, and praises though post on social media. My prayer from the beginning was that I could use my pain for a purpose, and at the same time, writing it out was a outlet of therapy for me. & much to my surprise, my wonderful Jesus showed me through people reaching out, that some of the things I was writing, was actually making a difference.

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As the thought of blogging came to my mind, I began to pray and ask God if this was part of My purpose during this season? My purpose for the pain? My purpose for my life perhaps? I wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing it off some whim or crazy thought; I wanted Gods blessing on it! And over the last few days, I feel in my heart like He is showing me that I’ve got the go ahead! In the past few days, he has showed me scriptures, other blog post, and even neat little coincidences: Last night I ordered a new case for my iPad with a keyboard thinking that it would help in my blogging efforts; fast forward to the next morning, I wake up feeling bad so I call out of work and literally around 9am I hear the doorbell ring & come to find my new case is sitting on the doorstep! What??? So here I am, day free and keyboard ready for some typing! Oh, and I ordered a logo for my new blog and it was also ready in my inbox this morning. So in my mind, Jesus was shouting, “girl, go spread the good news” 🙂

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Caring for ourselves & Pursuing our Passions, is part of becoming who GOD created us to be

Through this season, remembering God’s PROMISES, finding PURPOSE in the PAIN, and ENCOURAGING others that there is HELP & HEALING in Jesus, has truly become my passion! & I hope in following HIS call, I am slowly becoming who I was always created to be.

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“God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others” 

2 Corinthians 1:4


{this picture is where my FIRST blog post came to life! New keyboard case, First Watch breakfast, & Bible in hand…it was all the makings of a great day for this new blogger!}

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I have a secret…

“And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” Colossians‬ ‭1:27‬

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What a beautiful secret that needs to be told, y’all! This is a secret that we all need to let sink into our hearts right now too! CHRIST lives in YOU! & ME!

I heard this verse over my radio a few days ago and it was like a light bulb went off in my head!

It was a few days before the podcast was going to air and I was starting to doubt myself….”Was this going to be good? Was it going to help anyone? Did I say too much? Did I not say enough? Does my voice sound like a country bumpkin?”

I was letting worry and fear fill my mind!

BUT, in true Jesus fashion…He swoops in through my radio to say this…

“Hey Cass, let me fill you in on a little secret…I live in you! So why are you so worried? Don’t you think if I am in you, then surly I have given you exactly what you needed to say? And if I am in you, then not only do I want you to share, I expect you to share. If I have called you to it, then I’m going to see you through it! I know you worry and doubt, but listen to me right here, right now…what you are doing, is what I want you to do. Here is your RE-ASSURANCE. Now go GIVE GOD GLORY!”

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In this same car ride, @ChondaPierce {A christian comedian who is so funny and so relatable…go give her a listen}, paraphrases the scriptures in 2 Timothy 2:20-21. She reminds us that we are all containers. See, the world tries to tell us that our container must be {beautiful + and perfectly sized + and placed in the right environment + and made of the most expensive material to have meaning and be worth something}. But thats not what Jesus says! He could care less what the container looks like…He is after what the container CONTAINS!

What I heard Chonda saying was this… It doesn’t matter if my voice sounds like a country bumpkin…it doesn’t matter if I’m sharing Gods word on a stage in front of millions or on the floor in my friends living room…it doesn’t matter if I have 10k followers or if I have 20…it doesn’t matter if I can afford the best clothes so that I have “the look” the world probably wants to see……NO, none of that matters! What matters is that I CONTAIN the most Beautiful, Divine, Glorious, Holy being that EVER has been and EVER will be. I contain JESUS! So I can go in confidence, knowing that sharing the CONTENTS of my CONTAINER, will always be worth it!

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“Once we understand that we’re responsible for doing something with what we’ve been given, whether it’s time, resources, a home, personal or professional talents, we can trust that God allows us to recognize the potential of those things. Romans 8:30 says God has given every necessary resource to those He’s called, equipping them to accomplish whatever He’s asking!”

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YOU have what it takes sister! YOU have JESUS!

Rejection —> New Direction

R E J E C T I O N

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Hmmm… Yeah, not a word I typically like to associate with myself! I mean, it just puts this lump in your throat & pit in your stomach… yeah, NO THANK YOU!

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But what if we could see this word & this feeling through a different lens? This morning, something clicked in my little brain and I couldn’t get to my pin and paper quick enough to write it down!

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See, the enemy wants you to see the word [Rejection] as a place that you are stuck in! A place that defines who you are! A place where you should stuff all your hope back into your pocket and come to the realization that you just really aren’t that good enough!!

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Well sister friend, let me remind you of this little fun fact… the devil is the only one who is forever rejected… YOU, my precious friend, are forever LOVED!!! So don’t let his deceitful tactics phase your beautiful heart for one more minute!

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So, when you start to believe the LIE that “no one will ever like me”, “there must be something wrong with me”, “maybe if I looked more like this”, “If I was smarter”, “If I was just better”…

NO pretty girl, you are JUST FINE the way you are!!

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Let your heart hear this right now…

If we TRUST in God’s {Goodness & Faithfulness}…

Then we have to BELIEVE that He is lavishing His {Goodness and Faithfulness} on us! Yes, even in the rejection!

Because if He is indeed [Trustworthy & Faithful & Good & Pure], then don’t you know, Pretty Girl, that He HAS to be that way with YOU too! & He wants that for you & your future! So, if He has led you away from…

-the spouse who changed their mind

-the job that didn’t come through

-the friendship you thought was forever

-the school acceptance letter that never came

-the cute guy that you were really banking on liking you

Then Girl, you just wait and see what EVEN BETTER plans He actually has for your life!

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We have to realize the TRUTH of rejection —> that it is nothing more than a Redirection or Protection from God! He knows what tomorrow will bring! He knows what your future looks like! So rest easy today, because He is setting you up for something BEAUTIFUL!

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“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭31:19‬ NLT

“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“GOD said, “I will make my Goodness pass right in front of you”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭33:19‬ ‭MSG‬‬

The Wait

W A I T I N G

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Have you been there? Maybe for a while now? Maybe your wait just started?

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Waiting is hard, I know! But let your heart hear this… we can’t let the waiting steal our joy, our gratitude, and our lives right out from under us!

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The other day my Uncle sat me down and asked me a serious question… it went something like this…“What if your life doesn’t play out the way you think it should? Will you be ok with that? Have you truly given your future and your plans over to God? I bet you would feel more at peace if you truly trusted Him!”

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It was in these next few days that my views began to change!

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If we spend our lives waiting for what’s to come, and it never comes, then we have wasted our days! We have spent our lives wishing for what’s next, instead of enjoying what’s right in front of us!

So what if we celebrate RIGHT NOW, become thankful for all that we have RIGHT NOW, because this season won’t last forever, and I bet there is a lot of good right where your at! And then what’s even better, is when whatever it is you are hoping for —> DOES come true…well then, your [happy] life just gets THAT MUCH SWEETER!

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The moment I realized >> if MY PLANS don’t come to fruition, then that means, whatever God does have in store, is EVEN GREATER! & why in the world would I want anything less than His Best?!

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These past few weeks I have began to feel a little more free! Why worry + wonder + wish for what’s next or what if…

I want to LIVE in the moment, LAUGH at the memories being made, LOVE the people who I’m surrounded by today, & LOOK toward the future with a peace and hope knowing that Jesus is ALWAYS BETTER & HIS PLANS are BIGGER than anything I can imagine! ❤️

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“GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.”

Lamentations‬ ‭3:25-27‬‬ [MSG]

Compassion > Comparison

Comparison. It’s a word that I know, all too well! So well, that most days, I like to make sure I’m starting my morning off just right with it!! As soon as my eyes open, they are directed towards several notifications from Facebook that let me know that my friends had a super fun night last night! (I mean, mine was pretty good too, considering I was snuggled in bed by 6:30pm, munching on my favorite Jersey Mikes sub, and watching Christmas Vacation on tv…should I have snapped about that?) Then, when my feet hit the floor, I see the bottle of hair vitamins I can’t forget to take because my hair isn’t nearly as long and beautiful as it should be. As my day goes on, instagram fills me in on the girl who just got engaged, the blogger who posted another perfectly worded article, the newest makeup pallet that I really want but considering I’m no makeup artist I may not know what to do with it, the friend who just got back from Disney (again), and then, all the boutique sites like to top it off with the cutest new clothes that are perfectly modeled on girls a size 2…is that going to fit me like it fits her?? And pretty much, this same cycle starts over again, every. single. day!!

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If comparison was a person, she would probably call us best friends!! I just wish she knew, I’m not that fond of her! We have all heard the quote a thousand times “Comparison is the thief of joy”, but it is one of the most true statements. In a book I’m reading right now about this very topic, the author’s daughter is talking about her dance class and the girls in it, who are much more flexible than her. She talks about wondering what it would be like to be more like them. She then takes a pause and finishes with this, “it takes a lot of the joy away from what I love. I don’t know why I do it.” Can’t we all relate to that? I know I can!

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So why do we do it? Why have we forgotten that being who God made us to be, is exactly who we are supposed to be! No one else! But dont feel bad…I could venture to say 100% of girls do it! In fact, I can also bet, other girls are even comparing themselves to you!! {Hey, that doesn’t sound too bad when you say it like that!} But here in lies the problem…comparing ourselves to others either diminishes our self worth or drowns us in self absorption. Whether we extra measure up over here or super fall short over there, we have made life all about us!! And the more we compare ourselves, the less compassion we have for others! And I can promise you this, both of these options, are equally hurtful to a God who made us in His image, who bought us at a price, and who loves others compassionately!

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I think Steven Furtick said it best here, “This is one of the main reasons we struggle with insecurity; we’re comparing our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” Y’all, isn’t this so true! In a social media consumed world, we are forced to see only the Happy, the Fun, and the Glamorous side of others. And that’s hard! Because all though we know thats just one piece of someone’s life, we assume everyday in her shoes MUST be that great! But yall, we know this isn’t true! Another one of my favorite authors Lysa TerKeurst touched on this subject in a little more dramatic situation, but important lesson, none the less. In middle school she was jealous of a little girl who had the longest prettiest legs that seemed to glide across the stage in their drama class. She said she would lay in bed at night and dream about what it would be like to look more like her. In an unexpected turn of events, this same little girl, who looked perfect on the outside, found out that cancer was eating her away on the inside. Lysa’s point was this…We are not equipped to handle someone’s else’s life, the good or the bad. God however, has fully equipped us to handle what we have been given. The more time we spend focused on the good in our lives, the less time we will have to spend envying hers.

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So lets be secure in what we do have, in who we are, and in whose we are! Let’s also be happy for the size two girl with long perfect hair and the adorable family to go along with it! Because we have no idea what she struggles with on the inside! Let compassion overrun comparrison…and I bet you will begin to feel a little more free! & maybe even, a little more confident in yourself!

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” Psalms 139:17

“But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard for measurement. How ignorant!” 2 Corinthians 10:12

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

P.S.- To figure out more on how to “find contentment in a culture of comparrison” read Kay Wills Wyma’s Book – I’m Happy for You {SORT OF…not really} 🙂 It’s a great read!!!

Mountain Top Experinces 

“What if you are only one climb away from the most beautiful mountain top you have ever seen?”
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Over this past weekend, I had the privilege of going on a ladies retreat, and while I was there, I was challenged with this question. It immediately gave me a quick glimpse of hope and what my future could look like. But when I look at that sentence, there is a word that unfortunately sticks out pretty clearly…C L I M B! I don’t know about you, but climbing anything, much less a mountain, doesn’t sound like something I’m jumping for joy over! But that’s just the thing, and the coolness of how Jesus works; See, in this backwards way of living that Jesus calls us to, it’s in our deepest sorrows, our darkest valleys, and our hardest climbs, that then comes our greatest joy!! So lets take that climb, and see what lies just at the top!

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Our key verse for the weekend, Proverbs 3:5-8 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I love this verse for so many reasons, but this weekend we really broke it down and were challenged to pay close attention to the words. The last line states that He will make ‘your’ paths ‘straight’. He is talking to YOU & to ME here! He is working RIGHT NOW, on your very path!! But what we must also realize is although he says straight, he never says its gunna be all down hill. Trust me, I know, down hill would be so much easier!

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All through out scripture Jesus is {Performing Miracles & Making Promises}. And guess what…He is still doing that today!! It’s super hard when we are face to face with these big treacherous mountains to see anything but what’s right in front of our eyes. And often what little we can see, looks like something we would rather shut our eyes too, pray we are dreaming, and ask God to wake us up when we are on the other side!! But thankfully we have a GOD who is way bigger than any mountain, and who can see way beyond what our little eyes can see! “Our God is above, behind, and before any problems we are facing! We may be blind to the plan, but we can believe in His promise.”

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Matthew 17:20 reminds us that if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed, we can tell our mountains to move and they will move. Nothing will be impossible! I hope this verse brings you comfort like it does me, because I can tell you, sometimes my faith is that mustard seed. But I hope you also take note, that that’s all God says we have to have! He doesn’t expect us to be warriors all on our own, and to live this life trying to work out everything with our own strength…there is no way we could do it! And he doesn’t want us to! He wants to do this life with us! Not only with us, he wants to carry us!! I cant think of many other people who would offer to carry me 24/7!

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My sweet friend, I dont know what mountain you are facing today or have been facing for a while now, but I believe whatever it is, there is beauty just up ahead. Jesus tells us not to try and understand our path because our poor perspectives couldn’t possibly reveal His perfect provision that is assured to come; and if we understood, then getting to the top wouldn’t be as sweet. I also know that while you are courageously climbing and fighting harder than you ever have, to reach the top, you are most certainly going to get scars and bruises along the way, and at times you will feel as if you can’t make even one more step, you will feel weak and maybe even think that falling back to the bottom would be so much easier…but let’s remember back several years ago…a man named Jesus, humbly and selflessly, climbed a mountain, carried a cross, and was beaten to his death so that YOU & ME can have many mountain top experiences here on earth and then forever in Heaven with Him!

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Let me say this, some days I feel like I am still aimlessly walking around the bottom of my mountain, and some days I feel like 30 other mountains magically appeared and my whole body wants to shut down at the thought of another step; But I think James said it best, “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.” So lets all press on, together, lets persevere, together…and when we reach our mountain tops, lets believe that the blessings will be bountiful & know that nothing can compare to the unimaginable joy that Jesus has waiting for us!

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P.S.- Go follow Jill Dasher & Theminivantales Blog, you will be so happy you did! Thank you Jill for sharing your heart this weekend, and for teaching me so much of what I was able to share here!!

“Nevertheless, She Persisted”

Today as I sit in Starbucks writing on my blog, I’m wearing a T-shirt that reads, “she is strong”. Yet, the reason I am actually writing this, is because I feel everything but that. When I wear this shirt, I often remind myself “Cassidy, look how far you have come” or sometimes I say “Cassidy, whatever comes your way, you are strong”…. But today, as sad thoughts have began to creep into my mind, my heart starts to say “but what if I’m TIRED of being strong..what if I’m just really NOT THAT STRONG”? And as tears start to fall down my face, I am reminded, I don’t have to be! Because He is!

I have recently began reading a book titled Nothing To Prove, and through the letters on the pages, I am reminded and even encouraged to stop trying so hard! I would say most of us strive to be the best we can be, we want to come across as we have this thing called life all figured out, and that we are always happy, and that somehow we measure up! But the author Jennie Allen says, “I am not enough. And I am done trying to be.” For me, those words bring a peace and freedom from that feeling of thinking I have to ‘have it all together’ and that I ‘have to be strong and brave and “doing good” all the time!’ Because the reality of it all, is I’m NOT all of those things and I can be perfectly fine with that; and YOU can too!
Over this last year and a half of struggling and trying to keep my self from falling apart, I truly believe God has given me the gift of ‘self counseling’ <— I like to call it that. Basically, when sadness starts to spill into my mind, or maybe I see a picture that my heart wasn’t ready to see, or maybe its a new hard situation that has come my way… I have come really good at immediately talking myself through whatever it is im facing. I quote scriptures to myself, I dig back into a christian blog or book that I read and remember the words that once calmed me, or I remind myself of how much God loves me and His promises He has for me and for my life! And to tell you the truth, a lot of times, this ‘self counceling’ actually works…for a little while anyways. But It wasn’t until the other day when my actual liscenced-professional counselor was listening to me talk that she said “so what you do, is you dismiss and then replace”. What she was saying what that whenever these hard thoughts/problems come into my life, I quickly dismiss them and then replace them with a better/happier/positive thought. And while I still believe this is a blessing that I can do this, it also makes me wonder if its me striving so hard to be strong on my own; and as I am reminded today, as tears continue to fill my eyes…I don’t have to be strong all the time! It’s really ok if im not! 
Right here in this very second, I have just gotten some more devastating news. News that I knew for months now would be coming, but just kept hoping somehow it wouldn’t. But even in this, GOD IS FAITHFUL! My Jesus calling this morning read about coming face to face with impossible situations, situations that are totally out of my control. He says that my awareness of my inadequacy is the exact place that He wants me; because its in these moments, that He is fighting for me. Its where I can experience His glory and power; that I can sit back and watch as He works on my behalf and I only need to rest in His presence. 
So today, I have come to the realization…I AM NOT STRONG! But HE IS!! Thank you Jesus for being everything I cant. 

Tears are {temporary}

As time continues to pass, days turn to weeks, and months into a year, the ebs and flo of life are ever changing. On my strong days, I try to thank God as many times as I can remember, for the joys and happy times that I experience; but on my weaker days, sometimes it takes all I can muster up through my tears and difficulty to breath, to just whisper for Gods help and peace. Though I often wish for my sadness to leave; its in my tears, that I many times hear God speaking the loudest, His strength becomes so evident, and its in my tears, that I begin to realize that my story is far from over….

I would say, that when the painful sting of hurt starts to fill up all the crevices of your mind and the tears begin to swell up, again, in your tired eyes, your first thoughts are often helplessness and feeling as if moving on is an impossible feat for someone as heartbroken as you. My prayer for you and for me, is that we can allow those thoughts to leave as quickly as they came in. This morning in church, the preacher said that the biggest enemy of our faith, is our feelings. He reminded us that our feelings are broken; they are not reliable. You probably know as well as I do, that as a girl, our emotions and feelings can tend so be all over the place some days; and that’s why it’s so important to remember…STOP depending on your feelings, START depending on your GOD!

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A few months back I visited a new church and the lesson that morning couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I remember writing down quickly everything the preacher was saying because it resonated so much in my life and I didn’t want to forget a second of what he said; because I knew I would need it again one day. And that day, is today! 

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I want to make this clear to your beautiful heart right now…Weeping is not the end; Jesus will wipe away all of our tears. (Rev 21:4) The preacher that day also said two other things that I have experienced to be true, “There are some things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried” & “sometimes we have to be broken, to be put back together; reassembled”. As easy as it sounds to think having no sadness would be great; in that kind of world, it would be just as easy to forget how much we need God. I can say without a doubt, that its been through my many tears that I was able to see God in a way I never did prior. I have seen His love, His strength, His grace, His protection, His good works, and His ability to sustain me in a whole new light. It took the tears, for me to see what all I was really missing out on! In the same way, it is often in the breaking of us, that God can begin the new making of us. I think if we will choose to see our brokenness as a chance to be made whole by God, we will realize what a true blessing our tears actually are. 

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The last thing I want to leave you with, was my favorite thing the preacher said that Sunday morning, “Tears are Temporary, but Transformation is Eternal”. If that isn’t one of the best reminders of HOPE, then I don’t know what is! Sweet Sister, I want you to remind your pretty self tonight; this pain, this hurt, these tears…they wont last forever; they just wont! But the amazing story that your life will bring about from choosing to seek God above all else, to pressing in>over giving in, from choosing to use your pain for a bigger purpose, to accepting the healing in Him, and for allowing the Love of God to transform your life to bring glory to His name…now that is ETERNAL!!

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I don’t want to sound like I have it all together; that couldn’t be further from the truth….BUT, what I do have, is the assurance that God loves us and that all His promises to me and to YOU, are secure! He isn’t going anywhere! So try your hardest, to dry those tears from your pretty face and look forward to the beauty that is still to come!

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“You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lords coming is near” – James 5:8

Set apart > Set aside 

“There is something wonderfully sacred that happens when a girl chooses to realize that being set aside is actually God’s call for her to be set apart.” -Lysa TerKeurst #uninvitedbook

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As a girl, being set aside, is probably not high on your wish list for your life. We want to feel noticed, thought about, cared for, and loved. But when all of a sudden those things aren’t directed towards you anymore, you are left feeling unwanted, unhappy, and unloved. And its in those moments, that the enemy has you right were he wants you.

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But here is the beauty of it all….we are God’s Girls, and with Him, we can know & believe His TRUTHS….that we are completely, wholly, and forever LOVED. And when you choose to proclaim this certainty over your hurt, you can begin to see that there is undoubtedly a plan for your life!

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Rejection and Refusal from man, are the exact same grounds that Jesus can use to Restore and Redeem your heart and your life for good! I am Thankful everyday, that Jesus has given me the strength to realize that my being set aside, ended up being the very avenue that led me to realize, I am actually being set apart for something much greater than I could have planned for my life.

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My hope is that all of you sweet sisters can begin to see that your brokenness can be turned into a blessing for others. Your story may be the saving of someone else. So don’t live your life as if its just a loss one more day….because YOU my friend, have been set apart; and that is nothing short of a VICTORY!

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Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
P.S.- go read Lysa TerKeurst’s book Uninvited! You will be so glad you did!

 

God is BIGGER

God is B I G G E R.

A friend of mine recently told me a story about a lady who wasn’t being very kind. This lady was trying to stir things up, being hateful, even threatening to go on social media about what she viewed as a problem with my friend.

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What my friend said next, is something that I don’t think I will ever forget and what I now tell myself daily…

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She said “well _______________, you are free to do whatever you feel you need to do, but my GOD is BIGGER than you!”

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She may have said a few more things that I have now forgotten, but I LOVED that one line! GOD IS BIGGER!

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This is something that we can tell ourselves everyday & we can know it to be TRUE!

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God is BIGGER than the mean people in the world 

God is BIGGER than the sickness that you have been diagnosed with 

God is BIGGER than your financial struggles 

God is BIGGER than every worry, fear, & problem that we have

God always has been & always will be BIGGER

As humans, it is so very easy to forget that when we are caught in the middle of a difficult season or moment…we so easily can talk, talk, and more talk about the issue, that we forget to PRAY about it, hand it over to God, & then proclaim that He is indeed BIGGER!

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Whatever or whoever you are facing today that has you down in the dumps, worried, or sad… remind your tired self that GOD IS BIGGER!!

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“The one who is in you, is greater than the one who is in the world” 1 John 4:4

Still She Laughs

On June 17th I opened up my Jesus Calling book and the first words I read, in big bold letters, were “LEARN TO LAUGH“. If you know anything about me, one of my favorite things to do, is laugh! Whether its with my best friends, watching a funny movie, laughing at myself, or trying to make others laugh! But, as I was reading this page in my book, I was reminded that the months and days before, there hadn’t been much laughing going on. Something that brings so much joy into our lives, was essentially being robbed from my very days….

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BUT, that’s where our loving Jesus comes in to save the day!! He knew I needed that reminder; that reminder that if I’m not laughing, then maybe im not trusting Him enough…and we KNOW that we can most definitely trust Him!

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Fast forward to the last few months and I have come to a point where laughing is happening a lot more often! And with every laugh, every sweet moment of peace, every moment where my mind is at ease, I THANK my God! And it has been in these last few months that when I started thinking about what to call my blog, I kept coming back to what is one of my favorite verses right now, Provers 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” I love this verse so much; I think because I want to possess all of these characteristics, and I truly believe that with Jesus, all of this is possible for Me….and for YOU!

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See, it’s through Jesus that we find our strength; the strength that we didn’t know we could have, the strength to hold on one more day, the strength to say I trust you Lord! And then it’s through that same strength, that you grow in your relationship with Him; and it’s in your relationship with Him, that you realize being more like Christ and choosing dignity over discomposure is what God truly desires. And lastly, when we realize that God can truly and totally be trusted, we can begin to live life lightheartedly; and know that no matter what life has thrown our way, with Jesus on our side, people will be able to look at us, smile, and say….Still she laughs!

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“Laughter lightens your load and lifts your heart into heavenly places”

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“A cheerful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22