Praying Scripture

Over the last few months with everything going on in the world I’ve been finding myself praying more than usual. One thing that really has been helping me is praying Scripture over my life and over my day. As well as praying it over others too. This is something that I have started doing more of especially with being quarantined at home.

Now maybe this seems like unusual but it really helps me. Let me explain to you some more. I heard on a devotional that Jodi from Love and the Outcome talking about this. I agree with what she said.

Don’t just read the verse of the day but pray the verse over your day.

I’m going to give you an example and walk you through how I put this into practice. For the example today we will be using Colossians 3:15-17 from The Message version.

“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

So good! These are some of my favorite verses. There are several ways that you can break this down into a prayer. I will share with you two examples. One how you can turn it into a prayer for yourself and one on how you can turn it into a prayer for others.

  • PRAYER FOR YOURSELF: 

God, I pray right now that you help me keep in tune and in step with each other. Help me to not go off and on doing my own thing. I pray that you help me cultivate thankfulness. The Message, the Word of Christ I want it to have the run of the house. I want to give it plenty of room in my life. It is my instruction manual. God I pray that it will direct me and help me to have good common sense. When I sing my heart out to you God I want whatever I do, say, or feel be done in your name for you are with me every step of the way. I thank you for always being with me. Amen!!

See how I used the verse as a guide for my prayer. It was really easy to change it into a prayer. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy. It can be simple and to the point.

It’s a game changer and perspective shift when you focus on the Scripture and apply it to your life.

  • PRAYER FOR OTHERS:

Father, right now I pray that you help (insert name here) keep in tune and in step with others. Help (insert name here) to not do their own thing on and off. I pray that you cultivate thankfulness within (insert name here). Let the Message, the Word of Christ have the run of the house. I want (insert name here) to give it plenty of room in life. It’s the  instruction manual for life. God, praying that it will always direct and help (insert name here) to have good common sense. When they sing their heart out to you God, the prayer would be that whatever they do, say, or feel be done in your name for you are with (insert name here) every step of the way. I thank you for always being with them no matter what. Amen!!

These are just a couple ways how you can apply Scripture in your prayer life. I would encourage you to give it a try whether you write it out or just say it out loud. It can really help you get your mind and soul focused on the right things. Remember there is no right or wrong way to do this.

It’s not about perfection it’s about the heart.

If you have any tips or tricks that work for you when it comes to praying Scripture I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment or shoot me a message on any social media. I love hearing how God works in your life and connecting with you.

Authentic Godly Friendships

Friendship is something we all crave. Ever since I can remember I have always craved or desired to find that bosom friend like in Anne of Green Gables. I think it’s safe to say every girl always loved the friendship that Anne and Diana had. Kindred spirits as she would call it.     

Unfortunately for me it wasn’t that easy. You see, in life you will experience friends that come and go and very few that will stick by you forever no matter what. It’s easier for some people to just be your friend when it is convenient for them or when nothing is wrong. But when a trial or struggle comes up and things get rough they just walk away because it is easier then to try and understand.

I’m sad to say that I have experienced this in my life more than I’d like to admit that has left me hurting and scarred. I’ve had friends ditch me or push me aside when they start dating because all of a sudden I wasn’t important to them. You see I wear my heart on my sleeve and would do anything for my friends whether it was convenient for me or not. When I think back to friendships that I used to have my expectations were unrealistic. They were coming from what I wanted and desired not necessarily what God wanted for me. You see, just like you I am human and it’s easy to think we know what’s best. 

But let me tell you, that friendships, the right ones, authentic Godly ones aren’t easy and they are super rare. They take lots of work too. It’s not something that just happens overnight although that would be really nice. It takes both of you to make it work. I read an article once that said you need to be the kind of friend that you want to have. That really has stuck with me and it’s helped me on the way I view friendships now.  

One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 27:17 NLT version says: “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

It’s taken me years and lots of change of perspective to get to the point where I am now. I have been hurt so much by friends or so called friends that the healing process has taken time to get over and I am still healing. My prayer is that through my story, it can encourage you and remind you that you aren’t alone if you find yourself in a similar situation.  

While I have had my share of hurts from past friendships I believe that if it weren’t for them and the pain I wouldn’t be where I am today and wouldn’t have met my best friend Kaitlyn, even though I didn’t think that I could ever open myself up to someone again. The fear of everyone leaving me was real. I still to this day struggle with that fear. Because of the hurt and the pain it was easier for me to hide who I really was when I would meet new people then to be myself for fear that I overshare or open up too quickly and they end up leaving again or not really caring. 

Some of my unrealistic expectations were that I thought one person could fill all my wants and needs. That they would always be there at a moment’s notice and never let me down. I believed that we would be best friends for life and that we would do everything together, share everything and grow old together. What I didn’t realize at the time was that it was totally unrealistic and never going to happen. That is way too much pressure to put on anyone. 

While watching an online conference one day, Annie Downs was speaking on friendship and what she said really struck a chord with me. It really made an impression and I believe it was the turning point for me. She said, “let your friends be your friends, they aren’t God. Anything else is a blessing.” WOW! Just hit me in the head why don’t you. God is the only one that can fulfill all your needs and wants and never let you down. He can however use people in your life to support you, encourage you, pray for you and be there for you. You just have to realize that they are human too and that friendship takes work and works both ways. 

It’s important to find people that speak life and truth over your life but it’s also just equally as important that you do the same for them. 

You see, I was just coming out of a friendship that I stayed in way longer than I should’ve. There was a lot of pain and trust was broken. I was hurt really bad. You see I poured my heart out and shared everything with this friend. We went through a lot together. I was always there for her when she needed it but she was nowhere to be found when I needed it. I was lied to and used and while I don’t feel like going into details let’s just say it’s safe to say I was shattered and heartbroken when we had to end our friendship. Now this doesn’t mean I stopped caring about her, I just knew for my own personal mental health that I needed to take a step back. This whole ordeal left me with trust issues and wondering if I would ever find a friend that I could truly count on. 

The pain was real. It hurt like hell but my emotions were more than valid. Everything I was feeling was valid, at least that’s what my friend Ella would say. She’s really helped me learn how to process and express my feelings instead of keeping it bottled up inside. For a while, I shut down, I very rarely talked to new people at church. I stuck to just making small talk and acting like everything was okay because I didn’t want to open up because I didn’t trust anyone. I didn’t want to get hurt again. I didn’t want to have to go through that pain again. 

God had different plans for me and used the pain, hurt, and these experiences to bring me closer to Him and to bring a friend into my life at just the right time. 

It was the fall of 2019 on a Friday night, our young adult group was having a bonfire. I really didn’t want to go because like I said I was still dealing with the hurt and pain and I felt like going to the bonfire would just stir up old memories. However, I decided to go even if it was just for a little while. I am so glad that I did. It still amazes me to this day how God brings the right person into your life at the exact time you need it. While at the bonfire, I had already made my rounds of small talk with my friends and decided to go sit by myself and just crochet and be alone. You see I am an introvert and so there comes a time where I need a few moments to recharge after hitting my wall. I was sitting there just thinking and honestly was tempted to say my goodbyes and head out since it was getting late. 

Next thing I know there was this girl, Kaitlyn who came over, sat down, and started talking to me. I knew who she was since I saw her at church, friends on social media, and we have occasionally said hello here and there but I didn’t really know her. We started talking and I could tell right away that there was something different about her. Maybe it was the way she listened? Maybe it was she asked me questions and then actually listened for my response? I still don’t know but I had this feeling that I needed to just be myself. I felt comfortable and next thing you know I was telling her my whole life story. Which is probably more than she wanted to know at the time. But the weird thing is I’m not usually that trusting or at least that talkative about my life to people I just met and especially when other people are around. But I guess God was nudging me and prompting me to share. We ended up talking and staying at the bonfire till well after 1am. We decided to meet for lunch after church Sunday to continue talking and getting to know each other. 

Fast forward to now almost 7 months later our friendship has grown so much. A lot has happened in a short amount of time but Kaitlyn has proved to me over and over that she is in this friendship for the long haul. Our friendship is proof of God working through both of us. She is not here just when it’s convenient for her but through the highs and the lows. Come to find out later she told me that when we met at the bonfire God was nudging and prompting her to come over to talk to me. She was so glad she listened and I am so glad she did too. God definitely moved through both of us and continues to move through our friendship. 

The saying “choose your friends wisely because you become who you hangout with” is something I wholeheartedly believe in. 

Proverbs 17:17 in The Message translation says: “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.” Family isn’t always by blood. Some friends become like family. I’m not saying our friendship is perfect. We have to work at it everyday. I have noticed that saying to prove true. I can definitely tell that my personality and perspective is different when I hang out with her. We are very similar and I think that’s why we get along so well. It really does make a difference to your mood when you have the right people in your life. You need people who build you up instead of tear you down. People who cheer for you instead of compete with you.  

I’d like to leave you with three tips or points that I have found helpful when it comes to real, Godly friendships. 

  1. Be the real you- don’t be afraid to be real and authentic. You don’t need to hide who you are. There will be days when you have it all together and days when everything is falling apart and that’s ok. Real Godly friends will not care. They want you to be yourself with them. They get that life throws curve balls and seasons change. If you feel like you have to pretend with them then they probably aren’t the right kind of person you need in your life. 
  2. Open communication/honesty- it’s important to be honest with each other. If something is bothering you then talk about it. Don’t just hold it in because you are afraid of conflict. Bring it out in the open so you can both resolve it. Even if it’s uncomfortable it’s better to talk about it with each other than to just let it make you miserable so you can both work on together. It’s better to be honest then to keep quiet. If you don’t talk about it how does the other know there is a problem. It’s not fair to either of you.  
  3. Respect boundaries- as much as you want to talk, text, facetime, or hangout all the time you have to remember that they have a life outside of being friends with you. Learn when to give them space and respect them when they are busy. If it’s an emergency then send them a message saying so. Also don’t just show up unannounced make sure you check in first before showing up. Also respect the fact that they have other friendships and it’s okay for them to do things without you. Again talk about it and communicate with each other and set boundaries. 

Authentic, Godly friendships are important and I pray that you can find people in your life who will allow you to be the real you. People who will support you no matter what. Encourage and pray for you and speak truth and life over you. The kind of friends who laugh with you and cry with you and let you vent. Those are the people who you need in your life. However you also need to be that kind of friend for them as well. I’m by no means perfect. Like you have read I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I am by no means the perfect friend. However I strive to be with God’s help the best I can. It starts with just being the real you. 

I know it’s hard and if you have been hurt in past friendships and still healing just remember that your emotions and feelings are valid. If you haven’t found that kindred spirit friend yet I encourage you to keep praying. It wasn’t until I realized that I needed God more than I needed a best friend that He brought Kaitlyn into my life. So I encourage you to press into God and cry out to Him. He wants to be your friend. In fact He is the ultimate friend and the best friend you could ever have. 

Top 10 Favorite Resources

Today I thought it would fun to list my top 10 favorite resources for encouragement and Bible study. Here are some shops, blogs, Instagram accounts that I hope you will find helpful and encouraging.


  1. Living By Designs Ministries  This ministry is a great resource for encouragement, free Bible Studies and much more. Sarah Koontz and her team are amazing. I’ve gotten so much encouragement and inspiration from them and I’m happy to be part of their team. You can find Sarah on Instagram as @sarahekoontz

  2. Courtney Kirkland  Courtney is a personal friend of mine. Her blog is always so encouraging and down to earth. I love how she manages to stay real and true to herself through her site. She posts about prayer, faith, family, marriage, parenting, and life. Occasionally she does a book club. Currently, she is going through the book Fervent each week. You can also find her on Instagram as @courtneykirklnd

  3. Gel Highlighters  These are my favorite highlighters for marking in my Bible. They don’t bleed through or smear. I really love that they come in six different colors, pink, blue, orange, yellow, green, and purple.

  4. Well Watered Women Gretchen Saffles and her team post inspiring and thought-provoking articles. She started the Word before the World campaign. Gretchen is the designer of the Give Me Jesus Journals. Their whole mission is to inspire and encourage women to stay rooted in the Word of God. You can find Gretchen on Instagram as @wellwateredwomen

  5. Soul Scripts  Jordan Lee Dooley is one of my favorite blogs. If you are looking for encouragement or advice on dating, relationship, friends, and life. She started The Sisterhood with the mission of “your brokenness is welcome here”. You can find Jordan on Instagram as @jordanleedooley

  6. Tending Your Faith Journals These journals I designed to help you Tend your Faith by Rooting your life in Jesus. The heart of the journal is to help you spend 15 to 20 minutes in the Word every single day.

  7. Amy Hale  Amy is such a blessing and encouragement to me as well as a personal friend. Her Instagram feed is always full of encouraging quotes, verses, bible study, and prayers. She always brightens up my day.

  8. Tonya Andrews Tonya is all about teaching the Bible and Bible Journaling. She inspired me to start journaling and doodling in my Bible and has become a personal friend of mine over the last year. She does regular live Bible studies on her Instagram account on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

  9. Post It Notes  I love using post-it notes in my Bible all the time. It gives me extra space to write out my thoughts or just a quote or verse that sticks out to me. You can find that they come in all sizes and colors.

  10. Micron Pen Set  These pens are the best ones I have found for writing in my Bible. I personally don’t own this set I linked to but I know that they will work. They don’t bleed through the Bible pages and leave little to almost no ghosting on the back side. However be aware that there is a semi imprint on the back side if you press too hard. Otherwise, I love these pens so much. That doesn’t bother me so I use them anyways.

These are my go-to websites, Instagram accounts, and shops. If you would like me to post more on this topic please feel free to let me know and I can put together an expanded list. If you have some favorite resources you’d like to share feel free to let us know.

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 ❤ ❤ ❤

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 ❤