Monthly Archives: January 2017

Present & Direction

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God has been pressing on my heart a few things since the beginning of the year. I have been asked “What is one word that describes your goal for 2017?” I never really thought about what my word would be before. But the first word that came to mind is “present”. I want to focus on the circumstances God has given me. I feel like I need to slow down and focus on what God is doing in my life now. I know I have a tendency to always focus on the future. I’m very goal driven. I like to see what God is going to do long term.

The second word that pops up into my head very quickly once I was thinking of a word is “direction”. I know this might seem contradictory to what I just said. I know I need to slow down. But I feel like if I slow down and focus on what God wants me to do now, then he will show insight and direction on what I need to do in the future.

Now I know I am only a few weeks into the calendar year, but I can already tell God really showing up and growing me with being present and having direction. I have seen my attitude change. I have found myself more uplifted. I feel like I am not being bogged down with the weight of the world. I don’t need to focus on my plans for the future as much as I thought I do. There is a scripture about God taking care of the birds, and how much more he can take care of us. That he created us in his image.

Another thing I realized since I stopped to slow down is that God has a plan for every gift he places in my life. That he isn’t just doing things by chance or unintentionally. He doing these things for a purpose. That things that might seem like an inconvenience right now could be used for a greater good, and that he has potential for these things to be for my good.

It’s cool to see how God can work in just a short amount of time, but I can’t wait to see what he can do if I focus on this the whole year! I know the God I serve is a great counselor, and he has the potential to do great things in my life and in yours if you allow him to work in your life.

Scripture Reference

  • “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” ~Proverbs 1:7 NLT
  • “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”~Matthew 6:26
  • “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~Matthew 11:28
  • “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” ~James 1:17
  • “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”~ 1 John 2:17

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“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”~Matthew 6_26

First Birthday Not Celebrated

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January 18th is a date that I will never forget. I remembering celebrating this date every year for the past 5 years. In the past I would think about this date for months prior to the actual date. I would plan every detail of a present to be something that I thought would be significant and just the right touch of how much I cared. I would think ahead of time what would be the best thing to say to him on this date.

Though this year this date has a little different memory in my head. I remember the heart break shortly after this date. Even though it’s been over a year it still stings at every thought of this time in my life. I thought we would have a future ahead and things would ultimately be the way I wanted. I had no idea that January 20th would come, and I would be sobbing my eyes out from my first real cut at my heart. That’s the date that everything changed. I knew this day could potentially happen, but at the same time I was optimistic and didn’t expect it. Even when it did happen I didn’t believe the truth. I thought there were still a chance that he didn’t mean what he said. I continued to make the excuses for him even though I shouldn’t have been.

After this date he suddenly disappeared out my life for a good while, which looking back I am thankful for. I know if I was still running into him at the usual places it would have made it even harder for me to move on. During this time it was the longest we had ever went without seeing each other. Though this period in my life was hard I learned to accept the situation and how to move on to other possibilities.

I hope one day I get to the point where these dates just become a date like every other day of the year. That I don’t look back on what could have been different. I can tell I’m getting closer to being able to forgetting these dates. I almost forgot this year, but in my heart something still told me that this date was significant.

 

Scripture Reference

  • “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” ~Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
  • “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit” ~Psalm 34:18 NIV
  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10 NIV
  • “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” ~Matthew 11:28 NIV

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Looking in All the Wrong Places

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**DISCLAIMER: I wrote this post in August, but with the new semester starting I thought it could still be relevant.

I’ll be honest the first week of the school was a hard week for me. It was also the first full week that my fellow college students had returned. I live in the same town as my university, and I was in that town for the most of my summer. I kept looking forward to the return of my friends and I was thinking when they return my social life would take off. Well that didn’t necessarily happen. I was hoping people would be contacting me to hangout or do things with, and when that didn’t happen I started to get real saddened by the situation. I’ve learned a few things from this situation.

First, I realized that friendships are not going to be handed to you. That friendships take work, and if you want to do something don’t assume that they will read your mind and invite you to do things. I’m sure everyone has people in their lives that they wish they could spend more time with. Focus on these relationships, because obviously you value their friendship. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to do something. If you ask someone to do something and they don’t seem interested in spending time with you, then they aren’t the friends you want to have.

Second, take the time to find ways to make friends. If you are feeling lonely then I am pretty sure that there is someone else that is feeling the exact same way. I have noticed that some of my best friendships have come from people that were looking for friends as well. There are also ways that can set you up for making friends. Join activities where you’ll be meeting new people. Or talk to the people in your classes. Really you can find a friend anywhere if you are actively looking for opportunities to make friends.

Third, I realized that your happiness shouldn’t be dependent on other people. I’m extraverted by nature, so I have a hard time being alone for a long time. Instead your happiness should be dependent on God. That when things are going right with him, then everything else will fall into place. Some wise person (AKA my mother) told me, “Who besides yourself can fix your friendship situation? The only one that can bring you friendships is God”. Then she asked me if I have ever thought of praying for friendships. I hadn’t really thought of that before.

I guess sometimes I get so focused on the situations around me that I forget the one who is control of these situations. It’s easy to get bogged down on what is happening in your life that you lose focus on the power of God. If you are struggling with friendship than keep working at it. And really it’s better to have a few close friends than 50 lukewarm friendships. So focus on building these friendships. The things that are worth it are going to take time and effort.

Scripture References:

  • “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” ~Matthew 6:33 ESV
  • “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” ~Colossians 3:2 ESV
  • “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil” ~Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV

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The Good & Bad of Having a Younger Sibling

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To My Younger Brother:

Some people might hate having a younger sibling, but for me it’s one of my greatest blessings. Having you as a brother is great because I always have someone to be there for me. It’s also great because I always have someone to do things with. You are probably one of the few people who knows me and gets why I do the things I do, because you have been there through every part of my life.

Though at times it’s been hard having you as a younger sibling. The day you were the born the world stopped revolving around me in our family. Since then I have had to learn how to share the spotlight. I have also had to learn how to share countless other things with you as well. There have been times we haven’t always agreed on things, and many fights have been started.

Another thing that has been hard about having you as a younger sibling is that I know you are always looking up to me. I have always tried to leave the best impression with teachers growing up so that if or when you had them they would have a good first impression of you. I never really thought how it would be to follow in my footsteps. I just wanted the best for you, and I thought I could make things easier for you. I know that doing this has been equally challenging for you, because you always wanted to compete with me and beat me at whatever it may be.

Though most importantly I want you to know that I love you. I know I might not say this often, but I want you to know that it is true. I wouldn’t want to have anyone else as a younger sibling. In this world there are only a few people I can count on to have my back, and you are one of them. You have been there for me through every circumstance I have struggled with in the past.

I know that whatever you decide to do in the future that God will use you. I have already seen how much you have grown in the past couple years in your walk with God. I know that God is up to something great for your life, and I can’t wait to see how he uses you! I pray that you seek God in everything you do, because ultimately God will help you through it all. If there is ever a day that you are down and feel like no one is in your corner know that you have me as one of your biggest supporters! Love ya Little Bro!!

 

Scripture References:

  • “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters” ~ 1 John 3:16 NIV
  • “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” ~Proverbs 17:17 NIV
  • “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:17-18 NIV

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Some people might hate having a younger sibling, but for me it_s one of my greatest blessings. Having you as a brother is great because I always have someone to be there for me.