I was blessed to be able to attend Passion Conference 2019 with my church at the beginning of the month. It was not only my first time going to Passion but it was also my first church trip ever. There's so much that happened over the three days that I am still trying to process. God was definitely moving in my life as well as others there. It was a sold out venue. It was amazing to see so many others my age worshipping and praising God. It was so refreshing. If I had to summarize the three-day conference in one word the word I would choose is: POWERFUL! Between the worship and the speakers, I can personally say my life was changed. My perspective on faith was challenged and strengthened all at once. I'm not quite sure how to explain all the emotions that were running through my mind.
Can you believe that another year has begun? Wasn't it just the beginning of 2018 and here we are January 1st, 2019. I swear the year went by fast. Whether you like it or not, the truth is we have a brand new year right in front of us. Every year for the past two years I choose a word of what I want to focus on throughout the year. In 2017 I chose DEEPER In 2018 I chose THRIVE So this year, 2019, I chose INTENTIONAL Intentional? Now you are probably wondering what that means but I want to be intentional in so many areas of my life and how I live. This year I am declaring that it will be the year of being intentional.
As I reflect back on 2018 one thing that comes to mind is this quote. ⠀ NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME OF MY CIRCUMSTANCES ARE... GOD IS GOOD. HE IS ALWAYS GOOD!!! ⠀ This is what I clung to over the past year. It wasn’t easy and at time painful, emotional, and exhausting but through it all God is faithful. He is good. God was with me every step of the way. ⠀ At the beginning of 2018, I chose a word for the year. My word was "THRIVE". The idea came from a line in a song by Casting Crowns. I want to do more than just survive I want to thrive. That was my goal for this year. Did I thrive? or Did I just survive? I'd like to think that I did a little bit of both. There were definitely areas in my life that I thrived in more than others over the last year. As I looked back through my goals I feel like I accomplished some of them.
If you know anything about me you will know that I love a good planner. Lately, I have been looking for a new one and think I found my new favorite. I'd like to introduce you to the Hope Planner that was created by Heather Vreeland. It is a planner and prayer journal with room for scripture all in one. The layout is nice and clean and easy to use. It is a 6-month undated planner so you can start at any time.
Everyone is going through something. Just because they look fine and put together on the outside doesn't mean they have it all together. Most of the time it just means they don't let it show because people just don't understand and pass judgment on them. I've gotten a lot of opinions and advice over the years. People have told me time after time that I should trust God or press into Him. One of the most common phrases is well if you aren't happy with your circumstance then do something about it to change them. Don't keep focusing on what you don't have. Focus on what you do have. Everyone else doesn't have it all together. Everyone is going through something. Stop comparing yourself to them. There are people worse off than you. You should be thankful you aren't them. You know what? That is like a stab in the heart right there. Of course, I know that others are worse off than me. Of course, I know that everyone is going through something. I should know this better than anyone.