I had the sweetest coffee date yesterday with a friend after taking some photos in downtown Franklin, and it was one that definitely encouraged me in my current place with Jesus. We talked about dreams and visions and the things that He has and continues to press upon our hearts, and just how awesome it is to see Him work it all out. From an initial vision to watching all of the people and places and pieces come together, there is often no other explanation than God.
That's just the thing: God is both in and working out all of the details. It doesn't matter how big or how small they may seem to us; it's all in His hands. And Scripture tells us that, no matter what we do or or where we go or what He may call us to, He will always be faithful. It's simply who He is. Read more
I am currently sitting in a coffee shop in a sweet town not far from Nashville enveloped in the buzz of espresso machines, southern accents, and the sound of rain each time someone opens the door. It has been about 9 days since I arrived here in Tennessee, and to say that I like this place would be an immense understatement. I have fallen in love with the people and their sweet hospitable spirits, with the lush green landscapes that are slowly but beautifully turning into the most glorious shades of yellow, orange, and red, and with the newness and wonder of discovering a few favorite places to get away. I love what is happening all around me, and yet even in the midst of all of these wonderful things, my heart is restless. Read more
Yikes. God seems to be moving at super speed in my life right now, and I am simply doing my best to keep up with Him and be obedient. I am learning that the Lord plants dreams in our hearts for a reason, and that in them He makes things happen in His way and time. Sometimes that means a slow, drawn-out journey with the Lord. And sometimes, like for myself right now, it means a fast-paced sprint where your legs start to feel like jello and your heart races faster than you thought possible and you feel like you can't go any further without dying... so you begin to slow down, but then Jesus says, "Oh no, girl. Push through this. Keep running this race." And it's not like I am going to say no to Jesus, so I keep going and things look crazy from the outside. I am not surprised when people look at me like I'm nuts, or point out all of the reasons why this is too fast or why it won't work. I take their advice with a grain of salt, because when you're running toward something with the God who laid the groundwork before you and who runs alongside you, urging you to obedience, you have a heavenly confidence that things will work out the way that they are meant to, the way that He designed it to all come together from the very beginning. Read more
The other day, I was having a great discussion with someone close to me, and we came to the topic of God's plans versus our own. I was both enlightened and encouraged by our conversation, and knew I needed to embed it in my heart. Often times, we - being the controlling, self-centered people that we often are (come on, I know I'm not alone!) - make our own strategic plans for how to get what we want, go where we want, and be who/what we want. Yet many times, we are disappointed when our own plans fail. It's never easy, and can even be heartbreaking. Realizing why they fail, however, is simple: because they weren't God's plans. Rather, by creating our owns plans and relying so heavily on them to work out, we cease to allow His Spirit to work in and fully establish His plans for our lives. Read more