Circumstances Don’t Define You

Can I be honest with you for a minute? ⠀

It’s so easy to get caught up in your emotions. I’ve been struggling with doubt lately.

You see if you know me, my relationship with JESUS means everything to me. Lately, my circumstances have been testing my faith big time.

I feel like I’m less of a Christian because I struggle with doubting what I believe.⠀

52A20F32-E56A-4236-8562-617465948E9EGod, when is it my turn? ⠀
When will I see you answer my prayers? ⠀
When will I see you move in my life? ⠀
When will my circumstances change? ⠀
Are my prayers really making a difference? ⠀

The truth is I try to live the life that is pleasing to God yet I feel like I’m stuck. Health issues, singleness, watching others get answers to their prayers, and still nothing for me. ⠀

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all of these thoughts that I start to doubt and wonder if they define who I am. ⠀

My circumstances suck and are hard right now but I just gotta keep trusting even if I don’t want to. I can’t give up. I know there’s purpose and a reason for all this pain but it’s so hard to see the reason right now. ⠀

I do believe God knows what He is doing. I met with my amazing mentor Casey yesterday for lunch and she reminded me that though it’s hard God does hear our prayers even when we don’t see the results right away. I’m so blessed to have her in my life to speak truth and love over me. ⠀

God’s timing last night at anthem was so needed. During worship, I lost it and was crying and felt moved to walk to the side of the room. There was Deanna who I just hugged while I let it go and cried. She prayed with me, encouraged me, and reminded me that I don’t have to go through this alone. I love her so much and thankful that God used her in my life. ⠀

Life may throw you curve balls at times, but when you go through the hard times surround yourself with people who will speak life into you, pray for you, encourage you, but most of all walk alongside you. ⠀


Don’t give up and even when you doubt keep trusting God. ⠀

I don’t know what the outcome of my circumstances may be. ⠀
I may never get the answer I want. ⠀
I may never get my turn. ⠀

I do know that even when it hurts and even when the pain is overwhelming God is good.

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.

Hope Planner Review

img_2087.jpgIf 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.

I chose to start mine in November. It comes with a Bible bookmark, gold foil monthly tab stickers, monthly goal planning and tracking, month and day view, Sunday view with praise, prayer and weekly “scribble” page for grocery lists team meeting notes, and more.

You can find the planner for sale for $34 on Heather’s website.

 

You Don’t Get It until You Live It

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.

What I don’t understand is this? Does that make what I am going through any less important? Does that mean my struggles, pain, hurt, and life shouldn’t matter?

Maybe it comes from dealing and living with a chronic health issue for over half my life. Maybe it comes from having to constantly watch others live the life I want. Maybe it’s just because I am a hot mess.

Whatever it is I want to open up and become a little more honest and vulnerable with you. If you have been following me here or over on Instagram you may have noticed that my heart has been changing lately. God has been showing and revealing to me that it’s okay to show the real me to you guys. It’s okay to not be strong all the time.

God has been speaking to me. He has been telling me that it’s totally normal and okay to show my struggles and pain to you all.

If I’m completely honest this summer has been super hard. I’ve been a complete trainwreck. Emotions have been all over the place. Health issues have been in full swing flare up mood. Life has been crazy. I’m just a hot mess express like my bestie Elyse calls me.

Why am I telling you this? Why am I opening up? Yes I know that I could get backlash and could even get criticized for this. But I feel like I need to speak the truth.

You don’t get it until you live it!

There, I said it. Now you can go ahead and think what you want but it’s the truth. Until you have to go through it and live it you don’t fully understand or get it. Sure you can think you know all about it and act like you have all the answers but the hard truth is that you don’t.

I want to share with you a couple things that you can do when you are faced with this kind of situation.

  1. Don’t accuse someone’s struggle isn’t important. We all go through things. One person’s struggle is just as important as someone elses. For example, one friend is dealing with someone having cancer, while another friend is dealing with constant migrane headaches. Both of these are valid struggles. Both of these affect that person. Don’t belittle or think one is worse than the other. They both are hard to deal with.
  2. Don’t go telling them that if they want to change their circumstances to just do it. You don’t know everything that is going on and it can do more damage then good sometimes. Changing your circumstances isn’t as easy as some may think. There might be complications that prevent that person from changing even if they want to.
  3. Don’t believe everything you see on social media. This one here my friend has casued me the most problems. People see that I post mostly good, uplifting, and encouraging posts. I may complain or share my struggle once in a while but everything isn’t alwasy what it appears to be. Social media sometimes gets a bad rap. People don’t post every single struggle or bad, messy parts of life. Most of the time it’s the fun, good times and there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t assume that everything is good or that their lives are perfect.

I leave you with this my friends. Show some empathy and compassion. Instead of judging or saying hurtful words try being more understanding. Sometimes just listening and saying, I know that must be hard, you’ll get through this, I’m sorry you are struggle is all they need to hear. Of course you can always pray for them too.

I pray that this encourages you and gives you a little glimpse into my life. Although this summer was rough and hard I can say that God never left my side. He is good! He is faithful! He is always there for me and He brought me through.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

National Day of Prayer Reflection

2018 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER! 🙏🏻

This past Thursday was the day to observed with others a time to pray. Even though it’s a recognized day that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be praying every day.

• I believe that prayer is an important part of life.

• I believe that we should pray no matter what.

• I believe that no prayers are too much for God.

• I believe God wants to hear from you.

As I reflected and thought about National Day of Prayer this year, it means more to me than before. From the beginning of the year, I’ve said that I want to have a more intentional prayer life.

It’s important to me to have meaningful and deep conversations with God. 

God laid on my heart that He wants to hear from me.

– He wants to have a heart to heart talk with me.

– He wants to know my struggles.

– He wants to cry with me.

– He wants to laugh with me.

– He wants to help me.

Basically, He just wants all of me.

As I spent the day praying and today praying as well. 🙏🏻 I want to pray for you.

I wholeheartedly believe that it’s an honor and privilege to pray for my followers, friends, family, church, government, law enforcement officers and every single person I can. 

I encourage you to pray today as well. No matter what your political views are put them aside. Everyone needs prayer no matter what. Even if you disagree with someone’s opinions or beliefs that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pray for them.

🙏🏻 • Pray for President Trump. 🙏🏻 • Pray for the nation.

🙏🏻 • Pray for all those in authority. 🙏🏻 • Pray for the leaders.

🙏🏻 • Pray for this broken world. 🙏🏻 • Pray for unity and peace.

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” ♥️ Ephesians‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)

So here’s my question for you today.  How may I pray for you today?

Feel free to comment, send me an email, or reach out on any of my social media accounts. Let me come alongside you and pray for you.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤