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 ❤

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 ❤

Holding Nothing Back

Welcome Back Friends~

You might have noticed I haven’t posted since September but to be completely honest life has really gotten me down. I have struggled with depression before and the last several weeks it’s taken me for a ride. I am however happy to say that over these weeks God has been speaking to me and wants me to share my life with you. This is going to get personal and real with you. It’s scary sharing these things with the world. I’m being very vulnerable right now. I’m absolutely terrified of how this is going to be read but through this struggle I pray it will encourage and tough the life of just one person.

This post is going to be a little different from my other ones but I hope you stick around and get some encouragement out of it. Most of you know that music is a huge part of my life and often times God uses a song to speak to me. The song I am about to share with you is one He used to help change my life. I encourage you to take a listen to it before continuing to read. It will help you understand better where I am coming from.

The song is called Holding Nothing Back by: Ryan Stevenson.

So without further adieu here it goes.

The beginning of this song talks about a hurting heart. Sometimes we put up barriers, but behind those barriers we are hurting inside. Our heart has been thrown around and beaten up. We feel like we’re falling apart. There’s times when everything that could go wrong does or at least we think so. We tend to play victim and feel targeted. We feel like we have to dodge so many things that it just wears us out both emotionally and physically. Every minute of the day feels so hard and sometimes we don’t understand why. We keep asking the question “WHY is this so hard?”

I’m holding nothing back from you.

Doesn’t really matter what I lose.

Got a heart that’s open. I’m broken and I want you to know.

Jesus, I don’t want anything coming in between you and me.

Jesus, it doesn’t matter what I have to go through.

I’m holding nothing back, nothing back from you.

Over time and especially the last several weeks, I found that I don’t want to hold back from God. I don’t care what I have to loose whether it be friends, family, money, a job, etc… my heart is open. We are all broken! We all make mistakes. Our lives are far from perfect. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone is going through something. It doesn’t matter that we are broken. We can show the world that we want them to know this. No matter what we don’t want anything to get between Jesus and us. No matter what life throws our way we won’t hold back. Holding back isn’t an option. We want Jesus to know He is our priority.

I’ve got a list that goes on and on.

It’s overflowing with memories of everything that I’ve been doing wrong

And I’ll be the first to say, I’ve chased after so many foolish things looking for a

way to kill the pain.

We as humans tend to keep lists of every single thing that has gone wrong in our life. We tend to go over and over in our minds the memories. No it’s not wrong. You are completely normal if you think these thoughts. I would be worried if you didn’t have these thoughts. This is what makes us need to rely more on God. I’m not ashamed to admit this. There have been so many things that I thought would help with the pain and the hurt. Things I would watch or listen to even though I knew deep down inside that Jesus was the only thing that would help me with my hurt and pain. Right now I want to encourage you that if you have been searching for someone or something to “kill” the pain and haven’t found it yet then you haven’t found Jesus. He’s the only one that can take your hurt, pain, and grief and heal you.

I try to do the right things.

Why am I struggling day to day with these same old things?

Whatever’s taking your place, I’m getting out of the way.

I’m getting out of the way.

It’s time for us to take control. Let’s step out of the His way and let Him take over. Whatever we are struggling with, whatever we are using to take His place, let’s stand up and say enough. We are done letting the enemy take control. I know I am. I want Jesus and nothing will hold me back.

Today I challenge you and remind you that no pain, hurt, lies, insecurities, or whatever else will hold you back from God.