God Chose Me

“We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4 (NLT)

I’ve struggled with self worth for a while as well as depression. It’s taken me a while to even get to this point in my life where I can openly share about it but I believe God has a message that will encourage you from what He is teaching me.

I’ve always wondered if I was good enough, qualified enough, or smart enough to blog or work in ministry. I’m not the most popular person and terrified of being a failure. The last few weeks especially have been rough because the devil has really been hitting me hard. In all honestly the lies he’s been feeding me I started to believe.

I started to believe that maybe I wasn’t suppose to do ministry or do blogging. I was feeling overwhelmed and worn out. These lies were running through my head and I was feeling like a total failure.

I should’ve been praying harder but instead I was sinking deeper and deeper in these lies. 

Most of January my days were going smoothly and everything was getting done. My goals that I set were right on track. Then the flu hit and everything started to fall apart. I got behind on my daily Bible reading, devotions, and other projects. It frustrated me because it felt like I wasn’t making this my priority.

You see that’s how satan works. He feeds us lies and throw life situations into our path to get our attention and focus on them and not on God. 

Recently I watched the livestream of the If Gathering 2018 online. There were so many amazing speakers but one that really stuck out to me was Rebekah Lyons. I heard her speak last year at If Gathering and she quickly became one of my favorites. This year while she was speaking she said a quote that got me really thinking hard about my life and caused me to reevaluate my spiritual heart.

God didn’t pick the wrong girl for ministry. Satan chose the wrong one to mess with. 

Wow! How profound is this quote? It really hit me hard. All these questions started running through my mind. It honestly gave me a headache.

All these lies and questions the devil were throwing at me made me realize something really important. Am I strong enough to defeat the devil? In short no I am not but God is. He chose me for this calling and He will see me through. I want to be the kind of girl that knows she is chosen, knows her worth, and makes the devil not want to mess with her.

I want to be the girl that when I wake up and start my day whether it be through my blog, social media, or ministry that the devil is afraid of me.

When I am pursuing the calling God has laid on my life I can rest assured that I was chosen. God picked me for this exact project and I just have to trust He will see it through.

So I encourage you today that you remember you are chosen by God. It may seem at times that you feel overwhelmed or under qualified but remember these are lies. God has a plan and purpose for your life. If He called you to do this, He will see you through it. No matter what hold tight to the promise that you are a precious daughter of the King. You are chosen.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

5 Reasons Why I Wear a Purity Ring

You know just because you are single doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking about your future husband and life. Every girl myself included dreams about getting married and probably have your pinterest boards filled with ideas. I know for a fact that I have struggled with being single especially the last couple years.

Most of my friends are either in a relationship, engaged or married and I’m over here just trying to figure out what I am going to do this week. I wouldn’t say that I am fake but as I see my friends finding love and happiness I tend to put up a front on how content and happy I am being single while congratulating all my friends. Don’t get me wrong. I really am happy for them. It’s just I’m a little bit jealous that it isn’t me.

For the longest time I would worry and question why it isn’t me. Then it hit me right smack in the face. Even though that special guy hasn’t come into my life yet doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be preparing myself for him.

Today I would just like to talk about my standards of what staying pure means to me. If you know me personally you would probably notice a ring on my left hand. It stands for purity but to me it’s much more than just a purity ring.

It represents my promise not only to God but to my future husband. It was my choice and decision to wear it. I wanted to show other young girls that it’s okay and nothing to be ashamed of to wear a purity ring if you truly believe in it.

Here are a few reasons why I choose to wear a purity ring.

1. It’s a reminder of my promise to God, myself, and my future husband. Commitments are very hard to keep in the eye of temptation because we are only human and have wants and desires. My ring helps remind me everyday of my promise and why I choose to save myself for my future husband. My body is a temple of Christ and with Christ at the center of my life, His strength I can come against temptations. I want to be modest and save m y body for my future husband. It reminds me that my life is not my own but of God and I am here on earth to serve Him and make His name known.

2. I serve a big God and this is a symbol of my faith. God is big and powerful. My ring is a symbol of the BIG God I serve. My faith is probably the most important thing in my life. The ring help signifies what I believe and a constant action of my faith. Without God I wouldn’t be who I am today. God sent His son to die for my sins and raised to life on the third day so that I may have eternal life with Him forever if I ask Him to be the center of my life.

3. It represents my respect for my future husband. Guys need to hear that they are respected and when I meet my future husband I want to tell him that I respect him. I want him to know that I kept myself pure for him. I want my future husband to know that I didn’t give my body away before I met him. I want him to know that I overcame temptation. This ring is a reminder that I chose to love and honor him. I want him to know that I thought of him, our future, and life together when I made my decision when faced with temptations.

4. My purity ring will attract the right kind of guys. Most guy that see my ring think I’m married or engaged but the right kind of guys will know that many young Christian women wear a purity ring. I want the kind of guy that will look beyond the initial attraction to get to know me as a person and my heart. My prayer is that the right kind of guy will respect my decision to remain pure until marriage. I want to get to know my future husband as a friend not just as an attraction. I want the guy to see my heart and soul. I want him to get to know me for me not just because of how I look.

5. It’s a conversation starter. Many people think it’s a promise ring or that I am engaged or married. I get to tell them about why I believe what I believe and shows people that I’m not afraid to be scoffed at. Some people when I tell them my story applauds me for my choice while other think it’s too extreme or that I’m crazy. Some disagree with me saying people don’t do that anymore or that it doesn’t matter. I have had people tell me just wait until you fall in love. All your standards and values will go out the window. You’ll change your mind. Well you know what? Truth is it’s my commitment, my life, my choice and that’s really all that matters.

So I challenge you today if you are single to examine your heart and think about what I just wrote about. If you wear a purity ring and would like to share your story I’d love to hear from you. You can either message me, email me, or just leave a comment on this post.

Blessings and Shalom,

Grace Mae ❤ ❤ ❤

Fasting and Writing Prayers for Future Husband Devotional

Wow I can’t believe we are already into February! Can I just take a few minutes and be completely honest with you all? I am finding that being real, honest, and vulnerable is the best thing to do. The past month has been a whirlwind of crazy life.

I started the year off with putting Jesus first in the mornings and I have to say it was the best decision I have made. Meeting with Him before the world has really been making my days go better.

One of my goals for 2018 is to get more intentional about prayer and in order to do that I started fasting on January 8th for forty days. I still have two weeks to go but it has been changing my life. When I first started to think about fasting honestly I was kinda terrified and nervous. Usually fasting is from food and I knew that would be hard for me but it wasn’t what God was calling me to fast from.

I chose to fast from Snap Chat, Pinterest, and all music that wasn’t Christian. Has it been hard? Yes! Is it worth it? Totally! You see these things were something I spent most of my time on and I felt that they were the right things to fast from to help me spend my focus and time on Jesus.

As much as I love spending time on Pinterest, constantly snap chatting my bestie, or listening to country and pop music. I love Jesus more!

My relationship with Him means more to me then anything else in this world. If I’m not willing to give things up for Jesus then what is it worth?

Through out my praying and fasting God laid on my heart to start writing 14 day devotionals and the first one is complete.

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I’d like to introduce you all to Prayers for my Future Husband. It’s designed to help you write out prayers as you are in this season of waiting and singleness. You can purchase it on ETSY as a digital download and print it out at home.

I pray that this study/prayer journal you will find that God has your love story in His timing and hands. All we have to do is wait.

So I encourage you to share this with all your single friends. Let’s start praying now for the future and for the husband that God has picked out for you. You may not have met him yet but during this time of singleness it’s not too early to be praying for him.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

Healing from The Pain of Loosing Someone

Two years ago I wrote this post but when I relaunched the blog it was lost in the transfer. I’d like to take a moment to share it with you again with some slight changes.

Everyone has lost a loved one sometime in their life. The pain never really goes away but does get easier as time goes on. I lost a very special person in my life. My grandma who I always called Nanna went to be with Jesus on January 17th 2016. Its been two years since she passed away but the fact of the matter is how did I accept this? How did I go back to normal days? When I will I stop crying? I’m sure if you are like me you have asked these same questions.

I would like to write today about how God and Jesus plays a big part in my healing process. It is so easy to turn away from God, place blame on yourself when something like this happens. You may think, why did they have to die? Why didn’t God answer my prayers? Where was He when I needed him? Trust me, everyone probably at one time or another have thought these questions I mentioned. I for one have thought it but thank God I know the truth. Don’t get me wrong, the pain was real, the anger was real, the hurt was real but so is God.

When I think of all the negative thoughts and questions I realize it was satan trying to destroy me and push me deeper into being depressed. In fact I went into a very deep depression.

I made it through the funeral and memorial service as best as I could but the next few weeks were the hardest. I couldn’t face the thought of jumping right back into reality. There were things that needed to get done and places I needed to go but I was having a really hard time doing them. Most days I just cried and wanted to stay in bed. My stomach was upset and I didn’t want to eat. All I wanted was for the pain to go away and have my grandma back.

One thing I struggled with was the fact that I didn’t want to be social at all. It just hurt too much. People asking me how I was and telling me they are sorry for my loss and that they were praying for me. I felt so fake. I would just tell them that I was fine or hanging in there. I even faked it at church. One Sunday I told a friend that I felt like a fake Christian. I acted like I was fine when inside I was torn apart. Sometimes I just wanted to scream at people saying “how do you think I am? my grandma just died.” I know they only meant well but that didn’t make me feel any better.

There were times that I was angry and overwhelmed. Times where I cried out to God saying how much more of this do I have to take. Why did she have to die? I never got to say to goodbye. I felt like my life was shattered and broken in a million tiny pieces. I felt weak and realized that I wasn’t strong.

Usually I am the strong one and there for everyone else and now I needed them to be there for me. I was blessed by having very close friends that I could tell how I really felt. They listened to me and helped me a lot.

Then I remembered that God never lets me go. Even though tough times come He will never leave me and I am not alone.

Even though the first few months have been especially hard for me. I am so thankful I had a great support team of friends and family. Without them and Jesus I would be a hot mess. Even though this hurts and I feel part of me died with her I know she is in Heaven happy with Jesus and in no more pain. One thing is because of Jesus I know I will see Nanna again someday.

One song that I held on to the most during that difficult dark time in my life was “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” by Danny Gokey. It has a great message for times like this when you lose a loved one. I encourage you to go take a listen. You can find the song on YouTube or Spotify.

The part of the lyrics that really stuck out to me were…

”Let every heartbreak and every scar, be a picture that reminds you who has carried you this far. ‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could. In this moment Heaven’s working everything for your good.”

Then of course I love the chorus of the song as well.

So fast forward two years later and I am happy to say that I am in a place where I got back to my life. It doesn’t mean the paint and hurt isn’t there because that will never go away. What it does mean is that God has been healing my broken heart and reminding me that He is faithful and He will never let me go.

I encourage whoever is reading this that no matter what storm you have to go through never loose sight of Jesus. Without Him you can never feel whole again.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

Devotional – Write Your Story

Today’s post is going to be something a little different than normal. I thought it would be a nice change to post a devotional I wrote last year. Music plays a big part in my life as well as studying scripture so why not combine both? That’s how the idea came about for this devotional. I hope you like it. If you do be sure to leave me a comment letting me know if you’d like to see more.

So without further ado let’s dive into today’s devo. 🙂

Scripture: 

“I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world. This woman’s deed will be remembered.” Matthew 26:13 (NLT)

Reading:

Write Your Story was written by Francesca Battistelli and also inspired today’s devotion. Throughout your devotion today I will be sharing some lyrics from the song that have to do with what I am writing about. You know the saying when you are a writer you have the job of writing the story anyway you want. It’s your story because your the author. It’s the same way with God. He is the author of your life. He already wrote your story. You see when you live life and choose to put Him first it is the best decision you will ever make.

Author of my hope, maker of the stars

Let me be Your work of art 

Won’t You write Your story on my heart

I love the verse in Matthew that you previously read. It reminds us that when we tell others about God and Jesus and what He has done for us we will be remembered. One day we are all going to die. Death is just a part of life but if we know Jesus and asked Him to come into our hearts we will live forever with Him.

I want my history, to be Your legacy, go ahead and show this world, 

What You’ve done in me, and when the music fades, I want my life to say, 

G Notes – I’ve thought about my life a lot lately especially during some really hard times. Am I living a life that let’s others know who He is? When I die how will I be remembered? Do I have a legacy to leave? Every one of these questions flood my mind. I want to let God write my story. I want God to use me so that when I die my life would be remembered as someone whose story was written by the author of the universe. 

I let You write Your story, write Your story

Write Your story, write Your story, I’m an empty page, I’m an open book

Write Your story on my heart, come on and make Your mark

As you grow and continue to let God use your story I pray that others with be impacted by your commitment and love for God. Don’t forget to share His love with others. Let Him tell your story like He intended to all along.

Word for the Day:

Legacy – something that is a result of events in the past. As described by Merriam-Webster dictionary. I think this is the word that should be the main focus for today. I encourage you to write the word and meaning on an index card. Remember a legacy is important. We all want to be remembered for something. Let’s be remembered for sharing Christ with others.

Reflect: 

How will people remember you?

What do you want your legacy to be?

Will people know God through you?

Are you letting God write your story?

Prayer:

Father, I pray right now for each and every one that’s reading this. I pray that they live their lives for you. Everyone that they come in contact with I pray they will see you. We want to be remembered for loving you and living our life for you. May our legacy be history of us serving and loving you. In Jesus name, Amen!

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

In the Morning, Give Me Jesus

One of my goals for 2018 is to spend more time in prayer and in spending time with Jesus. Last week I talked about what My Jesus Time looked like and this week I want to talk about something near and dear to my heart. Last week I decided to fast. Now I’m not talking about fasting from food.

God has laid on my heart that I need to be more intentional about prayer and spending time with Him this year. 

So for 40 days I will be fasting and praying. I gave up snapchat, Pinterest, and all music that isn’t Christian. As much as I love my country music and some pop I love Jesus more. I’m one week into it and I’ve already been seeing God work and speak to me. There are some big decisions that I need to make and some projects that I am looking for guidance and direction on. I’ve been using the time that I would usually spend on social media or listening to music now in prayer.

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” Psalms 143:8 (NLT) 

Another major change I made is a challenge I saw on Instagram by The Well Watered Woman blog called Word before World. The concept behind it is to spend time in the Bible before you check social media. It’s been interesting getting use to this.

In a world that thrives on social media because it is the first thing we tend to gravitate towards in the morning. We wake up, grab our phones and start looking through all those notifications when we should be spending time with Jesus. I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to this. Checking my phone to see how many likes and comments I have on Instagram and Facebook that I need to respond to or worrying about how many followers I got overnight. These things are great but they distract me from spending time with Jesus.

My relationship with Jesus is something that I take very seriously. It’s something that means everything to me and I am willing to give up things to make sure it happens. 

Since I made this change, my mornings have been different. First thing I do when I grab my phone is read my devotionals on You Version app before I check my social media accounts. I will say that there were times when I accidentally opened Facebook or Instagram before I realized what I was doing. Making the You Version App the first thing I open and read in the morning has helped me get my day off to the right start.

One thing though that I have learned from this over the last week is that I am craving Him more. I crave my Jesus time! It’s something I don’t want to miss. It’s something that I need and want.

I encourage you to try it. I promise you that it will change your life. Putting Jesus first in the morning will help you go about your day feeling refreshed and filled with joy.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

January Write the Word

January Scripture Writing PlanWriting out God’s Word is a great way for us to really memorize and learn all God is wanting to teach us.

I’m happy to announce that I will be posting monthly Scripture writing plans here on the blog and social media for us to go through together.

January we will be focusing on the New year as the theme for the Scriptures each day.

This is how it’s going to work each month. Monday through Saturday there will be a Scripture to write out and then on Sunday there will be a reflect and rest day.

I set this up like this for a couple different reason. One is I know how busy life is and that is why I left Sunday to be a rest and reflect catch up day. I encourage you to really have fun writing out these scriptures. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you want.  It can be just writing out the verse or verses to doodling and making it into a pretty word art picture.

Whatever you decide to do I pray God will reveal truths that you can apply to your life. If you would like a direct printable pdf of the scripture writing plan just click the link and you can download and print it out.  January Scripture Writing Plan

Feel free to post your scriptures on social media using the hashtag #writetheword #onegirlonelifeonegod so we can all see and encourage each other.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

Word of the Year

As we are closing out the year it’s come to the time where I reflect on my word of the year and choose my new word. This year was my first to do it and I have to admit that throughout this year my word became more and more relevant.

This year I chose the word Deeper! I wanted to go deeper in my relationship with Jesus and grow deeper in my faith. All of that came true. Meredith Andrews has a song called “Deeper”. These are my favorite lyrics in the whole song.

Every valley made me lift my eyes up
Every burden only made me stronger
Every sorrow only made Your joy go
Deeper and deeper, deeper, and deeper

Over the last year I have had more then my share of being broken and spent some time in the valleys. Even though I had trials and heartache it definitely made me go deeper and deeper.

Thrown down but not defeated
I’m worn out but not giving up
I’ve hit ground but even at rock bottom
I’m just getting started, yea, I’m just getting started

This song was pretty much my theme for this year. Even though I have been thrown down and hit rock bottom I’m not giving up. I’m just getting started. There is so much more I want to do. Which brings me to my word for 2018.

As I have been praying a lot about what I wanted 2018 to be God revealed to me that I was made for more then to just survive. I was made to thrive. “Thrive” is my word for the new year. My prayer for the new year is to make a difference and share what God has taught me and continues to teach me with others. This year I have been doing a lot of just surviving, keeping my head just above water so I don’t down. The new year I want to thrive. I know that I was made for so much more and that anything is possible with God on my side.

We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Thrive by Casting Crowns will be my new theme song. It has such a great message and really sums up what I see for the future.

Have you chosen a word for the new year yet? If not it’s not too late to join in. I want to leave you with a little encouragement as you choose a word. Remember when choosing to think about all the areas in your life. Think about what you want to work on, your weaknesses and strengths. Pray asking God for guidance, ask Him to open your eyes, ears, and heart to what He is leading you toward.

I would love to hear what word you have chosen and why. Leave it in the comments below or feel free to reach out to me on all social media platforms.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!!! 

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I pray you all had a very blessed day filled with family, friends and much love as we all celebrated the birth of the Messiah Jesus Christ. This season is my favorite for many reasons but I’d like to share with you what’s been on my heart throughout advent and Christmas this year.

Christmas is a time to gather with family and friends and exchange gifts. Traditions are always fun and nice but the real reason for Christmas is Jesus. One song that I have been listening to a lot this season was Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) by Chris Tomlin. The song sums up my feeling for why I celebrate Christmas.

A baby came and changed the world. God left heaven to come to this broken world in human form as a baby. He was born in a manger to Mary and Joseph. He didn’t stay a baby forever. That baby grew up and become a man. The man died on the cross for our sins.

One of my favorite quotes that I don’t know who said it was this:
“Without a manger there would be no cross.”
How true is that? If Jesus wouldn’t have been born in the manger He never would have grown up to die on the cross for our sins. Think about that! Jesus is the best gift of all time. This Christmas season let’s not get so caught up in the traditions and fun that we forget Jesus.
Take a few minutes to listen to this song. I pray you all had a very Merry Christmas!
Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

The Heart of Christmas

Every year since the movie came out it has been a tradition to watch The Heart Of Christmas movie. I cannot recommend it enough. If you have never seen it I encourage you to watch it. Right now it is currently streaming on Netflix. It’s one of the best heartfelt ones I have ever seen and every time I watch it I’m usually crying by the time it’s over.

As I watch the movie the whole message is about cherishing the ones you love before it’s too late. Tell them you love them. Don’t live in the past or the future but live in the present and enjoy every moment.

What a beautiful reminder for us as Christmas is approaching? The heart of Christmas is something we don’t want to miss. Holidays are the times when we see family and friends the most. There’s the big gatherings and gift exchanges. It’s a time for love and memories being made.

Christmas for me is always hard. This year will be the second one without my grandma here. Celebrating the holidays are different when you loose a loved one. There will always be a piece of you missing. The pain never goes aways but with time it does get easier. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the emotions and little things. The first year was super hard for me. Traditions of things my Grandma and I would do each year didn’t happen. There would be no more making cookies together or listening to Christmas music and singing together. Nothing I wouldn’t give to tell my grandma one more time just how much I loved her. I would give her a great big hug and share her just how much she meant to me.

This Christmas I encourage you to stop what you are doing. Take a minute out of the busyness of the season and make time for those that you love. Tell them you love them. Cherish each moment you have with them. Focus on today, not yesterday and not tomorrow.

Don’t miss this moment! The heart of Christmas is about Jesus. Take a few minutes and listen to this song by Matthew West. Let’s not miss the opportunity the heart of Christmas.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤