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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Trusted with Much

This verse has been popping up in my mind lately, 
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much." [Luke 16:10] 

God has been rewarding my faithfulness in the little things ever since I made the move over 9 months ago [what?] to Texas. In that very short period of time my faithfulness in the little has showered blessings upon my life. Understand though, that my Texas life has not always been gluten/dairy free cupcakes with extra sprinkles just because I am faithful. God will send you something new and exciting but there is a lesson to be learned within that blessing. God has given me lessons in the areas of confidence, self-esteem, patience, prayer, worship, communication, responsibility, grace, and even my personal finances. He's broken me down in order to make me a vulnerable and a willing vessel.

One giant area that I had been praying for but didn't honestly expect God to bless me in was the area of dating. For those in my life you may have heard the story and/or are currently seeing the story that is F&B. Our story is one that has been written by God from the very beginning. Even me being forward and giving Fabian my phone number... that had to have been a nudge from God right? Each moment of our relationship has been and will continue to be Christ centered. We're learning to navigate this road together as a couple rather than individuals. Very soon we will be navigating this journey into marriage!
I am stopped often by God, it's almost like He is pressing the pause button on my life. It's a real life selah moment, for God to show me the bits and pieces of each blessing and for me to see all those pieces as one giant picture. A giant picture that I prayed and believed God for! There is so much rejoicing in my life, in our lives right now that I want the world to know, "God's blessings are on the other side of commitment."
Commit to His plans for your life and not your own.
Commit to being faithful in the little without knowing what the 'much' will be.
Commit to serving Him with excellence wherever He places you.
Commit to an attitude that is willing and able.
Commit to a relentless pursuit of Him.

[engagement photos captured by: Lisa Fotu Photography]

Friday, November 6, 2015

| Life Lately: [phone photos] |

A little over four months in Texas and I cannot believe everything that God has sent my way. So many prayers have been answered and little by little God is shaping my character and molding me into the person He wants me to be. I have amazing new friends, a place in ministry, a full time job downtown where I don't have to work weekends or wear a business suit [yes, I prayed for that], I am also about to move into my first place! God even sent an incredible man my way too. [didn't see that one coming at all but it sure is a nice surprise.]
Ever since I made the leap of faith to move to Fort Worth, God has been showing me that having Him guide my steps is totally the way to go. What He has brought my way has blown my mind. As much as I enjoy planning and organizing, I could've never planned my life out this well.
God sure has outdone himself.
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, July 13, 2015

18 Things About Texas Learned In 18 Days

I've lived in Texas for 18 days and I've learned a lot. Adjusting to life down here has not been easy by any means. Finding ways to get connected and slowly making a routine for myself has helped tremendously. God still keeps confirming in little ways that this was the right leap of faith! I love that! I made a bold move by moving from Grand Rapids to Fort Worth and a move like that could easily be second guessed. 
No second guessing here, this place is home.
18. Chik-Fil-A is good. But once you have access to it, you really don't want it anymore. Sorry Dad.
17. Put a towel on your drivers seat, especially if you have black leather like me. Ouch, it burns!
16. Whoever designed the highways is either a genius or a little bit psychotic. Additionally...
15. Take the wrong exit and you automatically add an additional 15 minutes to your drive. [I've learned this multiple times.]
14. No matter how hard you try, a little southern drawl will make its way into your accent and you will find yourself saying y'all when appropriate.
13. I manage my time better in Texas. I arrive on time to places rather than running a few minutes late.
12. There is no such thing as an afternoon jog, either go early in the morning or at dusk. Hello heat exhaustion.
11. Everyone doesn't wear cowboy hats, giant belt buckles, and ride horses. However, I did see someone riding a horse on the street the other day. And belt buckles and cowboy hats are a thing but it's not a requirement from a Texas Citizen.
10. Texans are so darn friendly. The accents, the vocabulary, and the overuse of "sir" and "ma'am." I love it!
9. Texas Pride! It's a thing y'all. I love the level of pride and respect that Texans have for their State.
8. The pace in Texas is much slower than back home. I am still adjusting to it and I am not sure if I will ever fully adjust but I am learning to slow down and enjoy life rather than getting from place A to place B as fast as I can.
7. The food here is amazing!
6. It's hot but that doesn't slow anyone down here or keep them inside. That being said...
5. HYDRATE YOURSELF!
4. Downtown Fort Worth is breathtaking at night.
3. Chipotle taste better in Texas. Seriously, it's true!
2. Beards are better in Texas.
1. Just go with the flow B, you live in Texas now!