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.
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.
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.
Last weeks blog post I was very transparent with you all. I must say it was way out of my comfort zone. I'm always afraid of what people think and fear is something I struggle with. I've always been one who struggled a lot with all kinds of different fears. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the past. Fear of what people would think, etc. There's so much that is happening in the world right now that the news is full of tragic events. From stories of school shootings to police officers killed and all this violence, it makes one fearful for their lives.