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.
Wow, I can't believe summer is over! Where has the time gone? This summer has been insane and without going into too much detail I will say that I spent a lot of time in prayer and reading the Bible. Even though I have only blogged a few times this summer it's not because I didn't want to or that I forgot about you. In fact, it was quite the opposite. You see I have openly admitted to how I struggle with comparison. Every day it is so easy to look at other bloggers and writers sites and feeds wishing you could do the same thing. I always have been worried about making this blog "picture perfect" that I started stressing out over my posts. The passion was there but the energy and will to post became almost non-existent. I started worrying more about how it looked than the actual content itself.
The battle is not yours but God!!!! The enemy will try to sneak up on the blind side. Spiritual warfare is real my friends! I’m living in the middle of it right now. You see when you are trying to do GOD’S work you are inevitably going to be attacked by the enemy. When I chose to live my life for Jesus and be in ministry I knew all the risks I would face. I knew that the enemy would be after me. ⠀ I knew people would hate me.⠀ I knew this life would be hard.⠀ I knew I needed to be on guard. You see following Jesus is hard but totally worth it. You just need to press into Him and stay grounded in the WORD so that you are ready to stand up to this battle.
Wow! I can't believe that the last time I posted was on Memorial Day. This summer is flying by. I really hadn't intended to take this long of a break. I just wanted you to know that I hadn't forgotten about you. Truth is life has been crazy and rough. I know, you are probably thinking "here we go again". Yes, I admit that it has been my go-to phrase lately, but I'm not looking for attention or wanting you to feel sorry for me. If I am honest, sharing this part of my journey and story with you makes me feel very vulnerable. It’s scary sharing personal parts of yourself with others. Truth is God has been working and speaking into my life and I just had to share it with you. Many of you know that I struggle with chronic health issues. It’s a part of my life that I share about from time to time. Living with these health issues has taught me a lot. There are so many stages that I’ve gone through. There are so many questions that I have asked God over and over again. I’ve been sad, depressed, hurt, and angry. Questions I’ve demanded an answer that never came left me even more confused.