Daughter

Hey Darling Daughter.

You are beautiful.

Crafted wonderfully and with care.

The formation of your nose was handpicked.

Your eye color and shape was predetermined by the Divine Creator.

He did not make a mistake when He fashioned the design of your mouth.

He developed you thoroughly when He imagined you.

Those aspects of your frame that you claim are a mistake… that is His signature work.

He autographs your heart with His nature.

Constructing you in His perfect image.

Don’t you know He’s waited all of eternity for you?

His love for you is boundless.

Don’t insult The Potter by bashing His creation.

For His most creative work was you.

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This poem was inspired by the picture above. When my eyes first saw this picture of myself,… my heart was judging certain aspects of it. The Lord had me look back at this picture and made me see everything He sees about it. I am a Daughter. I am loved. My Identity is in Christ…. and I choose to walk in that. I hope you do too! ❤

 

Love y’all.

-T

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Echoes // In The Waiting

In the waiting,

I will fix my eyes upon you.

Gazing steadily into your eyes.

Feeling your winds of refreshing blow against my skin.

Your truth brings a rattling to my bones.

An awakening to my Spirit.

In the waiting,

I will posture my heart before you.

Confidently hoping that your timing is perfectly timed.

I’m not ahead. I’m not behind.

I’m right where you want me.

You see me and you know me.

My desires you have placed within me.

So I will wait.

I will wait upon The One who put my very breath into my lungs.

I will cling to you as my heart encounters disappointment.

I will dance with you to the sounds of life.

I will listen closely to the echoing of your promises.

You are as Faithful as the sunrise.

As constant as the ocean’s waves.

As breathtaking as the largest mountains.

I will trust you. In the waiting… I will trust.

Love y’all a lot.

– T

Heart’s Longing // Satisfaction

When I long for a Father to cradle me in His arms, 

You are there. 

As I yearn for a mother to spend time with me and encourage me, 

You satisfy. 

On the days I look for a brother or sister to have fun with, 

You welcome me with adventure.

As I desire to bond with a friend with heart-to-heart conversations,

You commune with me. 

Have you ever longed for or desired any of the things I listed above? I’m sure you have. You’re human. We all have these deep inner longings that are ever so hard to silence. Lately, I’ve been recognizing these legit longings more than usual. At first, I began to despise it. Then, I realized that it was okay….. Me becoming more aware of these natural longings mean my heart is coming ever so more alive in this season. & I love that. I want my heart to be FULLY ALIVE. That being said – the other side of this is that sometimes we can place way too high of expectations on people. I want to encourage and remind you that these yearnings can be satisfied. By Jesus, and Jesus alone. Don’t get me wrong! Fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, and relationships are wonderful and apart of God’s design! However, at the end of the day… all these needs that you have can be met by One Man. Jesus. No one has ever been able to satisfy these deep longing that humans have, and no one ever will. That void you feel deep within yourself was created by God for only Him to fill. Lean into Him. Let Him be The One who satisfies your heart. I promise He will.

Results from allowing Jesus to satisfy these longings:

  1. The relationships in your life take on their proper dynamic and therefore become healthier.
  2. You are more able to control your reactions to what people do to you, or don’t do to you.
  3. You will become more emotionally stable and balanced.

These are just a few things I’ve personally experienced in my walk with Jesus as I allow Him to fully satisfy the needs of my heart. Hope this encourages you!

Love y’all a lot.

-T

 

Psalm 107:9 – For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. 

Isaiah 58:11 – The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden like an ever-flowing spring.

Psalm 91:16 – I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John 21:4-14 // Fish & Glory

Reading the Word renews our minds. The Word is Alive. Here’s some take away points I wanted to share this week from John 21.

John 21: 4-6  At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who He was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied. Then He said, “Throw out your net on the right hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. 

  1. Sometimes, we can be doing exactly what Jesus wants, just not the right way (ex: with the right motives).
  2. Jesus gives the breakthrough strategy.
  3. Jesus brings provision.

John 21:7  Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s The Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was The Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore.” 

  1. When Peter found out/realized it was The Lord,  he jumped into the water and swam to the shore to Jesus.
  2. Peter was unashamed and eager to be in Jesus’ presence.
  3. Peter literally left the blessing of all that fish with his friends and went quickly to Jesus.
  4. THEN Jesus gives them rest/makes them breakfast. Jesus is intricately apart of the  mundane. (Something as simple as eating breakfast)

John 21:13-14  Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to His disciples since He had been raised from the dead. 

  1. Jesus served even after He had finished/fulfilled the Father’s Will.
  2. He served unto death & He served in His Glory.

 

Love y’all a lot.

-T

Fear of Failure

Have you ever been so scared to make a mistake, that you didn’t try at all? 

This was me for the majority of my life. Being free from the fear of failure is so fresh and new to me. It wasn’t until just a few months ago that I finally understood the reality of the presence of the fear of failure in my life. It has previously prevented me from doing so many things. Things I enjoy. Things that I want to learn. It prevented me from even discovering new things about myself & about God. Fear of failure will stop you from growing.

The Lord has so patiently been helping me along through this. It’s so refreshing to see things from HIS perspective and to be free… free to fail even. I purposed in my heart that I would no longer be afraid to make a mistake. Since then… I’ve started blogging just about every week, along with several other things I wanted to do but never did. Being free from the fear of failure also helps you in the mundane routine of life. I have had the courage (thank you Jesus) to do things I normally wouldn’t do in my day to day life. It’s so liberating. Today, I’m very thankful to be free from the fear of failure. & with that being said – I want to encourage anyone that is paralyzed by this type of fear. You don’t have to be afraid to make a mistake. I promise that it’s not the end of the world when you do. These last few months of doing things that I haven’t done before… I’ve failed. Just because I’m free from the FEAR of failure, doesn’t mean I haven’t made any mistakes. However, attempting new things and failing feels a whole lot better than not attempting anything at all.

Feelings aside…. how can I walk by faith, if I’m not willing to trust God, even in the mess of mistakes?

If you have been living (or not living much at all) in a place of the fear of failure, I encourage you to take it to The Lord today. Ask Him to forgive you for agreeing with the fear of failure and ask Him to set you free from this fear. He will bring freedom. That’s His heart.

Now, what are some new things you can do that you haven’t attempted in the past?

Embrace the mistake & let God embrace you in your mistakes. 

 

Love y’all a lot.

– T

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

Isaiah 41:10 NLT – Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. 

Isaiah 35:5 NLT – Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”

Psalm 94:9 NLT – When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

Please Don’t Kill Me // Can you hear me?

When the day falls asleep,

Will you remember me?

I was taken away to be with my Creator.

Never even given a full chance to live.

Aborted just because I was labeled an inconvenience.

All in the name of convenience.

As you ended my life in the womb,

I was screaming.

In deep pain, but you couldn’t hear me.

You weren’t even listening.

Mommy, you don’t know it, but I was going to be a pro-football player.

Daddy, you don’t know it, but I would have gone on to create the cure for a deadly disease.

You are passing laws – laws that allowed you and the doctor to murder me.

I am with my Creator now. He’s a Good Daddy. I just wished you would’ve given me a chance to live to my fullest potential.

The effects that aborting me can have on you and your nation is exponential.

Please don’t kill me.

When the day falls asleep,

Will you remember me?

Comparison // Identity

Freed from the shackles of comparison.

No longer striving to run another’s race.

Desires of being prettier, skinnier, richer, or more well known –

Dismantled as soon as I felt Your embrace.

His eyes of fire and jealous love consumed the wish to be someone else.

Joyfully accepting that He created me to just be myself. 

His songs of love liberated me to walk in true freedom.

The enemy’s lies exposed – comparison defeated.

Don’t you know, child of God that there’s never been another you before?

You were not created to be another him or her.

You were crafted and sewn together to reflect an attribute of The Father.

Do not waste time trying to be another one of God’s designs.

You are beautiful. You are strong. You are loved. You are seen.

Look to the One who created you and let Him reveal to you your true identity.

 

Heavenly Lullaby // Sacred Blood

Saved by grace,

oh what Love is Thee.

My King who hung on a tree for all to see.

He was beaten and bruised,

face unrecognizable.

Oh, how real the Love to lay down one’s life is quite indescribable.

I wonder about the excitement in the air

when His friends went to the tomb and discovered He wasn’t there.

And this King who poured His sacred blood out for me

revealed His heart and His face so that I could see.

Love so deep, so wide, so high

You sing to my soul a soothing heavenly lullaby.

I was wrapped in darkness and headed to the grave,

and here you came and called me by my name.

a BIG yes // 2019

What happens when you give God a full yes? What happens when you totally surrender? What can God do with a completely yielded heart?

This year – 2019 – I am going to find out the answer to these questions. My life this year will be a living answer to what God will and can do with a vessel fully yielded to Him. I’m so desperate for His ways and I don’t want to miss out on all He wants to do by saying no to His gentle whispers. I’ve been walking with Jesus since 2013, but sometimes, I forget my life is not my own. There are moments I can be possessive over my time, my plans & forget that even the very breath I take is from God. He gives and takes away. My heart’s posture this year is fully open – whatever He wants to do – He can do. With me, through me, around me.

Psalms 18:30 – God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection.

Luke 1:38 – Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about come true.” And then the angel left her. 

Mark 10:27 – Jesus look at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 

 

“When God calls you to something, He is not always calling you
to succeed, He’s calling you to obey! The success of the calling is up to Him; the obedience is up to you.”

– David Wilkerson

Transition

Hey everyone! Of course as soon as I set out to obey the Lord in blogging regularly, so many things happen and I get weary. (Just being honest). I’d like to share about my recent transition with those who read this. It’s been painful,  yet so very exciting.

The Painful Parts… 

These last several weeks have been leading up to a major transition that took place in my life less than two weeks ago. I recently moved to Mesquite and have been blessed with the opportunity to go to school full time as I pursue my Bachelor’s in Teaching. Sounds awesome, right? It sure is. However, as I’ve stepped into this new season.. there’s been some pain. Here comes the raw part of this blog post. As I have entered into this new season, I’ve had to fully release someone in my life to the Lord that I care about very much. I have repented to the Lord for not trusting Him enough to do what only He can do with and through this person. Releasing them to the Lord is very freeing, its just painful at the same time. There’s been a few other painful losses as well – including one of my dogs passing away the day before I moved.

However, with that being said… I want to share this.

 

Even though certain events leading up to my move didn’t go as planned and there has been pain… The Lord has been so very faithful in this transition. Here are some things He has shared with me (& I believe He wants others to know in their transition):

  1. The new season is better than the last.
  2. He is with me (& you) every step of the way.
  3. Be thankful for this long-awaited transition.
  4. Isaiah 41:10 NLT – Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I Am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. 
  5. All His promises will be fulfilled. He cannot lie.

This is a time of transition for many. There’s been a lot of shifting and rearranging. I want to encourage anyone experiencing transition to just cling to the Lord and trust in Him. He knows where you are going and He has all the details covered. If He shows ya that there is something in your heart to deal with, just do it. It’s for your benefit anyways. The Lord is preparing you for more. He always has more.

Isaiah 43:19 NLT – For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.