Saturday, February 20, 2016

Because prayer is always the answer!

Hey y'all (Now, I'm not Southern but sometimes I like to pretend that I am)! This has been a hectic week, so I apologize that I am late with this week's blog post. I've still been pretty sick (but slowly getting better) and busy with schoolwork and I am also super indecisive so I was having trouble figuring out what I wanted to make a post of!

This week I want to do a post that is a prayer. It always hits me so hard that this world is filled with so much hatred. Every time the news comes on the TV, my mom and I end up looking at each other in disbelief. I know everyone is dealing with their own stresses and daily hardships and it's on my heart this week to do some prayer for myself, my loved ones, and the whole community around me.

          Dear Heavenly Father,

    Lord I thank you for another day today. We are never guaranteed tomorrow, so I just want to start off by thanking you that I woke up this morning, that my family woke up this morning, and that whoever else is reading this woke up this morning.

  Everyday you give us the opportunity to learn and grow and to be a better person than we were yesterday. I thank you for that and I pray that we can use today and every day to step out of our comfort zone's and to make a difference in our lives and other people's lives.

 The reason we tend to hold back is because of fear. We'll seek new opportunities to pursue our goals, but then all of these "What if's?" come into our minds and we tend to overthink. When we overthink, nothing gets done. God, help us not to think too much, but to just DO. Help us to know that we are human and that it is perfectly okay to make mistakes. We can always get back up when we fall down because of your grace.

God, you know that we are all dealing with different obstacles but you are still faithful through the hardships we deal with. You are faithful no matter what goes on in our lives. God, help us to look up and to you, instead of listening to the negative thoughts that come from the devil.

 When we listen to the devil telling us all of these lies, we tend to lash out and take it out on others. Please help us to not handle our pain that way. It is not our place to judge or hurt others because we are hurting. You give us many ways to deal with our pain, and hurting people is definitely not one of them.

 I thank you for hardships, because I know I have grown so much. Just looking over this past year, I had no idea I would where I am right now, typing out this prayer and thankful that I have gone through the battles that I have faced. 

 Help us to smile, be brave, to persevere and to know that we can do all things through you.
(Phil 4:13!)


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My very first blog post...EVER!!'s me. I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to read..


Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages, I'm finally getting around to creating a blog!
It's simply one of those things that we always say that we're going to do but we end up saying, "I'll do it later. I'm too busy right now." But look, here I am and I am so proud of myself that I AM FINALLY DOING IT. Seriously. I'm sitting on a bed right now typing away (using my time being sick with bronchitis well) and I could literally jump up and down and scream like a 5 year old because I am so proud of myself. I'm kinda sorta a lot taller now and would probably hit my head on the ceiling. I'm also not physically feeling so hot so I think I'll pass, but trust me; I am so happy. 

For those of you who don't know, I LOVE TO WRITE. Stories, songs, journal entries, and almost anything you can imagine writing. I love to share my writing with others and inspiring people through my writing. In fact, my absolute favorite thing about writing is when somebody tells me - "Wow, Anna. That essay you wrote really touched me. I could tell that you were really passionate about what you were saying and I could strongly relate to the experiences you were sharing." I love connecting with people. One of the most beautiful things about writing is how it truly helps people connect with one another which forms strong, trusting relationships. It warms my heart so much when people tell me that they can relate to me because I spent a good amount of my life feeling like "nobody understands," or "nobody is on my side through this."

After feeling that way for quite some time, I slowly began to realize something. No one other than God is going to understand EVERY single aspect of your life and how you are feeling 24/7 (Seriously trust me, I learned this the hard way). You may have those people in your life that seem to know you better than you know yourself, or you seem like you are the only one who knows yourself.  But, everyone's different and the journey you are on is YOURS and nobody else's. It's your story. God knows what's going to happen in the book. God knows exactly what you're dealing with, and He gives us trails because He knows we're strong enough to handle anything. We always need to look to Him, because how are others going to understand absolutely everything other than the One who created you? Sure, we tend to go through similar hardships. However, when you really think about it, it's impossible for it to be the same exact situation as yours.

Does that mean we're alone? Of course not. First and foremost, God is always here on our side. He always has been, and He always will be. That promise comes from above. He created you, He provided you with beautiful people and incredible opportunities. We will never be alone. Think about everything God has created. He created you and me; he created animals, the oceans, the sky, the beautiful sunrise that we wake up to every morning. How could we ever be alone when God is there and when He created so much for us? This brings me back to the example of WRITING! Writing is a God given talent and like I said earlier, it's one of my favorite ways of connecting with Him and my loved ones. 

Those are my words of wisdom for my first blog post ever in my entire life. :D I am really super excited about sharing more of my personal life with you all. I'm definitely going to try and be consistent and post every week. The topics will be super random, it could be on my day/week, a lesson I've learned, why I'm obsessed with goats, whatever I feel like writing! If anyone wants to hear about something specific, let me know!

Thanks so much for reading this and I hope you're doing great!

~Anna :)