My Relationship with JESUS is More Important than the World!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s March already! You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been. It’s been two weeks since I last posted but a lot has been going on in those two weeks for sure.

If you’ve learned anything about me from reading this blog, following me on social media, or know me personally you will know I love pouring into others and encouraging them. Well, the truth is if I am completely honest I sorta have been ignoring myself.

It is so much easier to take care of others than yourself. 

The thing is I am in a season where I feel like I am empty or dried up. I keep pouring out and out but in reality, I need to be filled up and poured into myself.

  • Yes, I have a mentor.
  • Yes, I go to church.
  • Yes, I have a prayer life.
  • Yes, I spend time in worship.
  • Yes, I have friends that encourage me.

But even with that, I have been feeling disconnected. I want to really dig into my Bible and grow closer to God.

The key is consistency. I haven’t been very good at being consistent and I’m not ashamed to admit it. 

With Easter coming up next month and Lent starting tomorrow I really thought and prayed long and hard about what I was going to give up and fast from during Lent. I’ve given up social media before, I’ve given up games, and I’ve given up food. But this year I wanted to give up something completely different.

So this year I chose to give up music. Yes, you read that right. Now before you freak out and start yelling at the computer at me and calling me crazy let me explain. I’m not giving up all music, just country, pop, and whatever other music there is except for worship and Christian.

You see while I love my country music I love my relationship with JESUS more. I want to really take the next 40 days to seek Him and let Him speak to me. I want a deeper connection. There’s no better way than to fill my head with worship and praise to Him. Worship and prayer are vital parts of my faith journey. 

The other thing that I will give up is Pinterest. I did this last year and it was super hard but I spend so much time on there scrolling and pinning that I figured I could use that time to read my Bible or pray instead of mindlessly looking every little thing up on Pinterest.


Next, I picked up a book at Lifeway today that is exactly 40 days long. It’s the new book by Jennie Allen called: Made for This – 40 Days to Living Your Purpose. I’m really excited to read it and dig in. She is one of my all-time favorite authors and speakers. She is the founder of the IF GATHERING women’s conference.

The book will help you answer the question: “WHY AM I HERE?” It basically helps you learn how to let God control your life and use you and your story of where you are at now for His purpose.

I will keep you updated as I read. I’ll probably post periodically on Instagram so be sure to follow me over there @onegirlonelifeonegod

So please join me in praying as I take the next 40 days to strengthen my relationship with God and fast from worldly music. I will be praying for you as well. Maybe you give soemthing up for Lent. If so I’d love to hear about it if you want to share. You can leave a comment or reach out on any of my social media accounts.

The bottom line to this post is this.

My relationship with JESUS is more important than the world.

Reality Check, Fasting, and God

 


If God brought you to this, He will bring you through it. 


Wow, I can’t believe it’s already March! Where are the days going? Can you believe we are only one month away from Easter? I feel like the days are getting shorter the older I get. There is so much on my to-do list and not enough time to get everything done.

One thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is prayer. As you have read in previous posts, one of my passions is prayer and I wanted to get more intentional about it this year.

Earlier in January I did a 40 days prayer and fast. During the time I spent away from Pinterest, snapchat and all secular music were one of the best decisions I could’ve made. Instead, I used that time to dig deeper into The Word and prayer. God really spoke to me during those 40 days and I’d like to think it changed my perspective on a lot of things.

One thing that I’ve been praying about lately and I’m going to get really honest with you is I want this blog and my ministry to grow and reach more people. I want to become well known and make a difference in other’s lives and change their lives for the better. My focus has been mostly on making sure everything was “Instagram”, “social media” quality. I wanted things to be like others that I follow. Ultimately, it came down to I want what they have and been trying so hard to compete with them.

This has been my prayer for a while now and while it’s not technically wrong to want to grow my following, make sure the content is that of the utmost highest quality, and being consistent in posting, God really spoke to me and gave me sorta a reality check. Okay, it was more like a slap in the face.

As I was praying and reading my Bible one day God told me this.


Grace, I know you have a heart for me. I know you want to live your life and do this ministry for me. What you need to know is this. You are thinking and focusing on the right things for the wrong reasons. You are so worried about it being the right thing. You are focusing on what others are doing and comparing yourself to them. Grace, you need to slow down and breathe. Stop trying so hard and beating yourself up when things go wrong. Stop and listen to me right now. Just be yourself and everything will be fine. I will help you get everything done you need too. I have chosen and called you to ministry and because of that, I will make sure you are equipped and prepared for this task. Just trust me and my timing.


WOW!!! Can I go crawl under the covers and hide??? Ouch! Thanks, Jesus, you couldn’t have said that nicer?

Here’s the thing my friends, I struggle so hard with comparison and wanting everything to be perfect when in reality everything can’t be perfect. We weren’t created that way. You see I stress out a lot about what others think of me and yes I know, I’m working on not caring but that’s easier said than done.

So what if I don’t have thousands of followers or million views on my blog? So what if I don’t post every single day on Instagram? So what if I miss a week in a blog post? So what if it’s not perfect? So what if I don’t become famous? So what if I don’t change hundreds of lives?

The important lesson that God taught me is if I do all this blogging, social media for his glory and to share with others what he is teaching me instead of doing it to be boastful or prideful everything will work out in his timing.

I just need to slow down and relax. I need to trust him. If even one person was blessed, encouraged, or changed because of my writing or posts then it’s all worth it.

I’m just like you are. Just because I am a blogger or have a ministry doesn’t make me any better or special. I am just one girl, who chose to use this opportunity to share with you my journey of faith and life. One thing for sure is I’m not perfect and sometimes I make mistakes. Some days I’m just a plain hot mess and other days I have it all together.

If you take just one thing from this post today I hope it is just this. Be willing to let God use you right where you are in his timing.

Everything is better when you trust Jesus to lead you.

Since then my perspective has changed and my focus has shifted. When I go to post or write an article I think about this. It’s totally okay to be real sometimes. It’s okay to be vulnerable. People want to relate to you and they can only do that if you are willing to let them in.

To be completely honest, this wasn’t the post I had intended to write this week but God just took over and here we are. Being totally transparent and vulnerable with you is one of the scariest and hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I hope you got something out of this.

I leave you with this question. What is one thing that you compare yourself to others? How can we pray for you overcome that and believe that God will help you?

The quote I started this post out with I want to end with it as well.

If God brought you to this, He will bring you through it.

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 ❤