July 29, 2013

My checkbook cover makes me smile.

I know Chevron is so popular right now, (seriously, Charlie Brown was ahead of his time) but allow me to introduce you to my wallet and checkbook. Aren't they the perfect pair? 

One of my favorite bloggers owns an adorable etsy shop that is currently selling checkbook covers. She also is donating 20% of all profits to Africa Renewal Ministries. Paige did a super, awesome job sewing this little number. I have a slight obsession with Navy blue, and the vintage bird fabric is great.

With these little beauties in hand, I can shop till I drop. Juuust kidding! I have the hardest time actually spending my money, but that's another blog post for another day. I hope you are all having a good Monday!

Yellow Wallet // Kohls
Checkbook Cover // The Spotted Fawn

July 25, 2013

Purity in A Spent World

This subject that has been on my mind for the last couple of weeks, and not just because I entered a relationship. From the start I haven't taken the idea of dating lightly. I wasn't going to date a guy if I couldn't see a future with him. And that's where purity comes into play. Someday, when I walk down the aisle, I want to be worthy of wearing that white dress.

To me it just makes sense. 
Purity is God loving you, and you loving Him back.

It originates from a wholehearted love for the Lord, and that's where needs to start. God desires your heart and obedience right now. Whether you are engaged, dating, or wearing the single status proudly. 

There are people that might see abstinence as leaving no room for pleasure. In reality, it is God saying, "Trust me. I love you more than anyone could. Follow my original design for sex, you won't be disappointed."

“When God calls on you to pursue purity, you are not being asked to do what will deprive you of joy. In fact, you are being called to do what will bring you the greatest joy! To choose purity is to put yourself under God’s blessing.” -Randy Alcorn 

Our souls were made for Christ - Nothing else is big enough to satisfy us as God intended. (Psalm 16:11) Remaining pure becomes increasingly easier as your focus on God. He should always come first. Yeah, my boyfriend and I love each other, but our love for God will always be greater. 

That's not to say that temptation won't be there if you love God "enough". I'm a big believer in not making provision for the flesh as Paul mentions in Romans 13:14. Flee fornication and protect your thoughts! Lust is a sneaky and consuming thing. However, it is important to note that God is bigger!

Wait for that person that will protect both of your hearts. A desire for purity is an awesome quality to have. Together you will be encouraging each other's spiritual best, not tempting each other into moral failure. After all, it's about more than feelings and emotions. The ultimate purpose of any relationship is to honor and glorify God.

July 12, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Present

Five Minute Friday

I'm linking up with Lisa-Jo. Don't be afraid to leave a comment if you're new! Today's word prompt is Present


I'm starting this post with a quote that I just love! In today's day and age everyone seems to be half way there. In our attempt to be connected, but are often tuned out. Pssst! It's okay to disconnect for a while. Don't be afraid to be fully where you are. Who might see a opportunity that you might have otherwise missed.  *end of rant*

"Wherever you are, be all there." -Jim Elliot

Last week was great. I had the love of my life right next to me. Laptops were turned off, and we enjoyed being together. It was nice to be all there. Instead of constantly wondering what Kev was up to. I was fully present and cherished each moment. Saying goodbye was the hardest things I've ever had to do.

We're back in two different states now, struggling as we figure out how we ever lived apart. It's hard not having him right next to me. We were shown a glimpse of the future, and now we have to be patient. I was just reading screenies from a couple years ago. It's funny how some things never change. 

We need to be fully present where the Lord has us, even if that isn't with each other. It is a test of faith for sure! 


July 2, 2013

He's coming!!

Four years is a long time. We having been praying about meeting, and tomorrow is the big day! I'm kind of freaking out right now. He's actually in the same state as me. We're talking miles away people! 

I love the 4th of July, and it is going to be even better with him by my side. Eeeek! Who knows if I'll be able to sleep tonight. I'm so thankful for the doors God has opened. Our friends and family have been so supportive. We did it, Kev! All in good time, All in God's time.

Life has felt like a dream as I have been counting down the days. The crazy thing it, it's not! :D What am I looking forward to most? That first hug! I'm so excited.

Here's to fireworks, laughter, and a week with my best friend!

July 1, 2013

Abide in Me

Happy July! After spending some time in God's Word this morning, I thought I would share what I have been doing for my devotions. Kait introduced me to the She Reads Truth community recently, and I have been loving it!

My personal quiet time had been lacking after graduating. I used to always read a devotional geared towards teens. Unfortunately, our church stops handing them out once you are 18. Anyway, SRT is what's working for me now!

This morning we were in John 15:1-11. I love this book of the Bible. Two years ago, I attended a Bible study that covered the whole book of John. I'm still reaping the benefits of that. This is why it's realllly important to take notes. You'll be surprised how much more you remember!

I read the words "Abide in Me" and a certain song started playing in my head. Look up Abide With Me by Page CXVI. You'll be glad you did!

So, how are you abiding in Christ today? Let's make an effort to bear fruit. (v. 1-8) The nature of this fruit includes your character, conduct, and witnessing to the lost. Our fruit is a reflection of who we really are.

Galatians 5:22-24 is a great passage that walks about the fruit of a Christian.

But how do we produce fruit? 
1) By being cleansed daily with the Word (v. 2-3)
2) By abiding in Christ (v. 4-9)

Christ ends in our text by reminding us to love the brethren - Continue in His love!

He also encourages the disciples in verse 11. "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."

As Christians we can have true joy when we are obeying Christ, and taking our responsibility seriously.