Tuesday February 10hth, 2015: Full Of Joy

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I wanted to share a short post today. I’m sharing one of my favorite verses because its something I can turn to almost everyday!

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!  Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 4-7 NLT

I love this verse because it’s so comforting! Be joyful, considerate, stop worrying, pray more, thank God, you’ll get some peace, and He’s watching out for you. Wow!

Simply thank God for today. Thank Him that you woke up this morning. Thank Him for your breakfast or car or bed (I’m really thankful for that!). Now stop worrying! Give it to God. Tell Him what you’re worried about and you’ll experience His peace, which is far more than ANYTHING we can understand. Have a great Tuesday! 🙂

Always,

Hannah

Tuesday November 4th, 2014: Why We Need Each Other

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Over the past few weeks my church has been in this series called “Better Together.” I’ve really enjoyed it and I really noticed how applicable it is to my life! The whole idea is that we are better together… Each week has touched on a few different reasons why we’re Better Together. Robert Madu came a few weeks ago and preached fire! The idea of the message is that in order for us to have a team, is we have to identify who we really are. Check out this message.  Happy Tuesday!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-together-youve-got/id270246356?i=320293212&mt=2

Tuesday October 21st, 2014: I Need Some Faith

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Happy Tuesday! I’m sharing something that I have to pray OFTEN. Have a great Tuesday.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Mark 9:23 NLT

Lord… I need some faith. It’s hard to live in such a dark world. There’s disease, pain, and hurting people all around me. I see people everyday claim to love you yet live completely different lifestyles. I don’t know if I can do this anymore. I need you. I need faith in you. You are the only one who can save me from the disease, pain, and hurt…

Lord I pray that you would reach down to me today and give me faith… Faith that you are in control and I am not. Faith that you can do miracles. Faith that helps me love the unlovable.

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Thursday August 21st, 2014: Who Ya Trustin’?

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“You don’t need to know everything when you’re with someone you trust.” – Bob Goff, Love Does

I’m a worrier. I worry about all sorts of stupid stuff. I stress out about the weirdest stuff too. I’m a planner. I like to have all the details mapped out at least two weeks before. I also love schedules. I love consistency. I’m a control freak. I like to know everything that’s going on… Basically I’m a weirdo. Even though some of those personality traits are good traits, it often gets in the way of my relationship with God.

Trusting the Lord with all your heart is no easy feat. See God doesn’t always give us all the info up front. He doesn’t always explain what He’s about to do… BUT He does promise that He’s never leaving or forsaking you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

 Leaning not on my own understanding is my biggest problem. I’m a smart girl. I can figure out just about anything. I could figure out life on my own. Would it ever turn out right? No, but I could attempt to. In fact a lot of times I find this happening. I start leaning on my own understanding and then I wonder why my life’s a mess!

 In all your ways submit to him because He know what He’s doing. He created the heavens and earth… He knows what He’s doing.

 He will make your paths straight because He loves you so much. He sent His only son for you (John 3:16). He cares so much about your future… He even knows your future and wants you to prosper (Jeremiah 29:11)!

So when you start to feel anxious about your future think about whom you trust. Are you trusting God, who will take care of you no matter what, or yourself. Go with the flow and just TRUST GOD!

Tuesday August 5, 2014 Press Pause

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Each Tuesday and Thursday I’ll be sharing a short devotional. Each devotional will look a little different. Some days it may be a short paragraph and some days it may be longer. Some days I may make sense while some days I may seem absolutely crazy (give me some grace, please)… I pray that you won’t stop here. My hope is that you will take it a step further. My goal is to help you grow closer to the Lord and I pray that your relationship with Him will grow stronger.

It’s a quiet morning. I’ve put everything on pause for a few days. Stepping away from the city to just sit… Have no place to be at a certain time. Do absolutely nothing but relax. These are the days my soul needs… Yes needs.

“Let ALL that I am WAIT quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT, emphasis added)

I live in the city so I’m used to everything being fast paced. I’m used to driving five over the speed limit and still being passed. I’m used to doing something every day or else I get “bored.” It’s like I have to be doing something or else I’ll go crazy. What happened to just sitting? Sitting and listening to the Lord? I think that I feel like I don’t hear from the Lord because I’m too busy to listen… Ouch.

 I could come up with all kinds of excuses on why I don’t read my Bible every day or pray but I think it could all be summed up into one reason: I’m too busy for God. Yeah I said it. I have a social life, church stuff, blog stuff, school stuff (and school hasn’t even started yet), and family to spend time with. So you’re telling me that spending time listening to God is supposed to fit in there?

After months of feeling like I could never get my head above water it finally clicked. The reason I was such a mess was because I wasn’t spending time with the Lord… When your relationship with God isn’t your first priority your life WILL be a mess. I’m not trying to sound like I have it all together, because I don’t, but unless you are continually putting time into your relationship with God it’s not going to work. I’m sharing this with you because this is something I struggle with. I struggle with putting God into my schedule instead of planning my schedule around God.

So today there’s no schedule. Nothing but spending time in His presence. I’m surrounded by hundreds of acres of nothing but land. No distractions. Just me and Him.

 Find your quiet place today and make an effort to put your relationship with Him first. I’m not talking putting God’s first in your Instagram bio, but actually putting Him first. Deciding that reading His word is more important than checking Instagram 50+ times a day.

“Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

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My Granny’s porch in Graford, TX.