The biggest lesson I learned this year has to be to dig deep and study the bible for myself and to not rely on others to teach me. I’ve encountered plenty of bad teachings which seem good at face value. At first I felt a little defeated and didn’t understand why God would allow me to learn wrong messages when I was so eager to study His word. Then I was able to see how this was a way for me to grow and learn how important it is to individually seek God, to grow a PERSONAL relationship with Him.
First off let me say this is not easy. I said it. Understanding the bible is hard, and could be overwhelming not knowing where to start. That said I can also say once you start, it is the most rewarding feeling in the world. The more you learn the more you crave to know more. The more you seek Him, the more you’ll understand Him.
So where do you start? Anywhere really, you’ll start seeing how the bible ties together as you go. For me the easiest was to start by topics or questions I have. I started one day with a dear friend as we tackled the topic “Speaking in Tongues”. It was something that we came across in our lives and didn’t know what the bible said about it so we researched every verse we could on the topic. After reading these verses it was very clear. We didn’t need someone to tell us what they thought it meant, the bible was very clear on the subject. From there on I started looking at other topics.
The Will of God
This topic started as I read Matthew 7:21;
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
I read this and first thought was fear, I am scared to be in that place, and second was what isss the will of the Father? I’m sure many can give their opinion, and I’m sure alot of it sounds great and could be true but I wanted to see what the bible says on the topic. I tried reading everywhere it talked about it and these are the verses I found;
Matthew 6: 9-10
“Our Father in Heaven hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”
From this I noticed “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” So is God’s will the same on earth as His will is in Heaven?
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
That seems pretty straight forward.
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified”
I really wanted to understand what sanctified meant so I looked it up; “to be made holy”, aka to be like Him.
(read it all but let me point out a few verses) “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (meaning we have to learn it and understand it). “Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (#2 Pray Continually) “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (#1 Be joyful always). “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God (#3 Give Thanks to God) the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
These are verses I found that helped me understand the will of God a little more, I hope it helped you as well or at least encouraged you to start researching for yourself these topics. I am by no means a pastor or scholar of this so I recommend you double check everything I say with the bible. This is a scary thing for me to write about since it’s somewhat of a controversial topic but I realized this is on my heart and I don’t want to keep that from this blog. This blog is part of who I am and I want to connect with other Christians and to encourage on another which is what I hope to achieve through this.
A last note; God will continue to teach us and help us grow. He’s the only one who can reveal His word to us and help us understand it. I pray to grow closer to Him and hopefully inspire others & myself to dig deep in His word.
“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God, may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10
I’ve been wanting to dye my hair for almost a year now! I am so happy I finally got to do it and am more than impressed with how it came out, props to Raven!
I searched and searched for great reivews on yelp for a salon nearby and finally settled on Salon Gisele in Villa Park. I highly recommend them, amazing customer service and the most talented group of people. I loved every single makeover I saw them do.
My hair before was a mess. A mess. I tried dyeing it on my own, and cutting it haha. Let’s just say she had alot of work to do.
Super pretty right?!! :D
Thank you Raven! You are a miracle worker ;)
I’m not entirely sure what this style is called, perhaps something along the lines of Formal English, but I absolutely love it. It’s so clean, elegant, simple. I’ve been collecting these photos for inspirations for my future shop, which I can’t wait to start working on. Anyone have any idea what this style of architecture is called and where it originated?
photos all from my pinterest board
Time for real talk, from the heart.
Lately I’ve been craving simplicity, that feeling of contentment and satisfaction in what I have. So many times I wanted to pack up, get in my car and go on a road trip along the coast. I’ve been craving to pause this chaos of fastforward speed of life and simply reflect. I’ve been craving to be surrounded by God’s creation, giant mountains and sky filled stars that help put my world in perspective. Life in fast speed tends to overtake important things such as quiet moments to reflect and connect with God.
I caught myself, with my new job, making long wishlists of items I could easily live without. See making more money is good but it can overtake who we are. I had to catch myself on this reality and I’m slowly learning the beauty of simplicity. Let’s be honest, most fashion blogs thrive on sharing their favorite must buy items and I’m not saying that it’s bad but it can consume us greatly. We then feel like if we don’t have those items, we are missing something when the truth is we are getting caught up in something that will never fully satisfy us. I tried thinking back on items I really wanted and saw that now I don’t care to much for these items and moved on to new ones. See there’s always a new version or something else that grabs our attention but if we lose sight to what really completes us, and makes us truly satisfied, we become numb and fall in a meaningless routine. Let this be a small reminder to pause and invest in the one thing that will last past this life; a relationship with your Creator.
<3 from the heart