Monthly Archives: July 2018

Traveling with God: New York City


Last month I had the opportunity to go to New York City with some of the women at my church. We went to New York to go to Hillsong Church’s women conference. There was between 40-45 women from my church on this trip. Some of the women I knew fairly well, but many women were on the trip that I had never met before. While on this trip I saw God in many ways, and He taught me a lot about Him. I learned about gratefulness, the power of prayer, and community.

I learned to appreciate my home. I have been born and raised in the south. I have lived in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina. I learned to appreciate my southern roots when I was in New York. The culture there was very different than what I am used to. I never really considered myself to be very southern, but once going to New York I realized how southern I am. I’m certain when I was in New York City it was obvious I was not from there.

Prayer is an important tool that God has given us, and it’s one tool that I don’t utilize like I should. At one point in the conference one of the ladies at our church asked to pray for me. I thought it was cool for her to pray for me and my future. It was comforting to know I was prayed for. I realized that I need to pray for others more. I tend to have mostly self-focused prayers. I should be praying for others more than just when they ask me to pray for them. It’s not that I don’t believe the power of prayer, but it’s more that it not the first thing that comes to mind in a situation. This is something that I could get better with doing.

Building community with the people in your life is crucial to getting the most out of the life that God has given us. This trip was a good opportunity to meet new people, and I could become closer with people that I normally only briefly talk to. It was good to see people out of a church setting. I got to learn more about their lives that normally wouldn’t have been discussed in the few minutes I would talk to them at church.

I enjoyed this life changing experience that I got while I was in New York City. I definitely want to go back to New York City for another trip, but until then I will continue to learn more about God where I am now.

Scripture Reference

  • “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” ~Psalm 126:3 NIV
  • “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” ~James 5:13 NIV
  • “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” ~Luke 18:1 NIV
  • “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” ~Romans 15:7 ESV

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Roller Coaster Relationships


I used to live near an amusement park. For multiple years I would have a season pass to this park, and I have been to this park countless times.

My favorite thing to do at an amusement park is to ride the roller coasters. I enjoy every part of the roller coaster! The roller coaster experience starts when you enter the line. In the line the adrenaline starts rushing, and you start to imagine what the ride will be like. Then you get harnessed into the seat, and at this point you have to make sure you’ll be safe during the ride.

Once they hit that button you’re moving, and at that point you have no choice but to see it through till the end. During the ride you have the build-up and the suspense. Then the ride starts going full force into the ups and downs, and each bump is needed to have had the full experience when you get off.

I realized that relationships are a lot like roller coasters. Every aspect of a roller coaster is needed for the full experience, and the same is needed in relationships. In relationships you have the build-up, and you start to get excited for what is ahead for you.

Then you have that moment where you have to prepare for the ride ahead of you or you need to decide to get off. In relationships you should prepare for the ride by setting up boundaries. Boundaries are sort of like the seat belt or safety equipment on the roller coaster. They might seem like an unnecessary step at first, but if you skip this step then there could be drastic harm for you during the ride.

The actual ride is the most memorable part of the roller coaster experience. The same can be true with relationships. You have emotional highs and lows during the relationship. But hopefully there are more high moments than lows, but you need the bumps to appreciate the good moments of the ride.

Then eventually the ride must come to an end. This can take multiple forms in a relationship. The ending could look like one of you walking away from the relationship, death, or an unforeseen change in circumstances.

But the beauty of the roller coaster ride is the experience that it leaves you once you get off. Thankfully, each roller coaster is different. There will be similarities to other roller coasters, but each one will leave a different impression on you. I’m learning to be thankful for the roller coaster relationships in my life.

Scripture References:

  • “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” ~ Proverbs 13:20 NIV
  • “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” ~Colossians 1:11-12 NIV
  • “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’” ~ Genesis 2:18 NIV

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You’re Not Alone


On Facebook there is an application called God Wants You to Know. With God Wants You to Know it basically allows me to get a random message daily of what they believe God wants me to know. I read mine maybe a few times a week. Sometimes the message can be totally unrelated for my life, but SOMETIMES I get one that speaks to me perfectly.

A couple months ago was one of these nights. My message was basically about how I am not alone. That God is always with you even when we are or feel alone.

I don’t know about you, but I feel alone a lot. I sometimes feel small and insignificant in this huge world. I tell myself lies about how I am not good or worthy enough for other people. This causes me to worry if I should talk to that stranger across the room.

The same day I got this message I had a moment that made me feel alone. I was at an event for one of my classes, and the group was hiking up the mountain to take photos at the top. At about 3/4 of the walk to the top I realized that I didn’t think I could make it the rest of the way for the photo. So I decided to sit on the grass and just be alone.

This was a bittersweet moment for me. I hated that I couldn’t be with everyone else. I hated that I wasn’t fit enough to make it up the mountain. I honestly cried to God at why I couldn’t do this. I let myself get to a place where I was completely talking negatively about myself. I honestly was partly crying because I didn’t get to the top for a few photos.

Then God clearly spoke to me that He has made me special and unique. That He has given me great gifts, but hiking just isn’t one of them. And I realized that it is ok that I am not good at hiking. I also learned in this moment that I had two choices. I could speak lies to myself and I could play the victim. The other option I had was to make the best of the situation. In this moment that was what I had to do. I chose to read some scripture and talk to God about what I was experiencing.

In this situation I thought I was alone, but I realized that God was still with me even when no one else was.

I want to challenge you to a few things that I have been learning and trying to do.


  1. Talk to a stranger. I’ve always said that a stranger is a friend I haven’t met yet. Some of the closest friends you have now were once strangers to you. If God is calling you to speak to someone, then be obedient and say yes.
  2. Get to know the people in your life. God has the people in your life for a reason. He wants you to know these people. I have learned countless things from just getting to know the people in my life.
  3. Be someone that helps build another person up. If you see someone alone, then you should get to know them and encourage them. Look for an opportunity to share the gospel with them. You never know how getting to know that person will impact you or their life.
  4. Talk to God when you feel alone. If you find yourself feeling alone then talk to God about it. He’s right there waiting to listen and speak to you. Some of the best moments are when you spend time alone with God!

Scripture References

  • “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” ~Psalm 147:3 NIV
  • “For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.” ~ 1 Samuel 12:22 NIV
  • “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

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