Growth

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It’s officially Summer and I am a happy and blonder girl 🙂

Flowers are in full bloom and temperatures are scorching here in Tennessee yet I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The start of a new season is refreshing and it fills my heart with gratitude. I am thankful for the newness, the way it feels, the joy it brings and I am thankful that just like the seasons I have changed.

However, for a while it felt as though I was stagnant. No new seasons so to speak. No growth, no changes, no newness, nada.

But then, one day was different for me and I realized that there actually has been growth in my heart and in my mind. I’m reminded that we have to go through winter and spring before we can get to summer. It’s a process that takes time. Think how strange it would be if Fall only lasted one day. One day of the bright colorful leaves and one day to enjoy all the Fall festivities. Those of us in Tennessee would feel gypped because many of us look forward to how beautiful and fun Fall is here.

Just like the Seasons we have to endure the process that gets us to where we need to be. What’s in store on the other side of that grueling process is beauty within yourself that you couldn’t get any other way.

Inspiration

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Do you ever need a bit of inspiration to get your day going? I have days where I wake up ready to take on the world and then I have days like today where I need just a little nudge.

I love finding something inspiring that brightens my day. Sometimes it’s simply the sun shining through my window and more times than not it’s a bible verse or a quote from one of my favorite authors.

On my computer I have pages dedicated to my favorite quotes and when I’m feeling the need for encouragement I open it up and quickly get inspired. There’s something about someone else’s take on a topic that gets you thinking a little differently and I LOVE that. So here is a brilliant quote I found and fell in love with. I hope it inspires you like it did me.

“Don’t just drag out of bed every morning. Get alive and awaken your mind and body for the gift of a brand new day gift wrapped with sun light and air. Not just another ordinary day, it is the day of new opportunities.” -Phoebe Kites

I pray that we can all begin to wake up and see the day as a gift wrapped up in so much goodness. That we can see that today isn’t ordinary at all! Today has never happened before it’s new and the possibilities are endless. I certainly haven’t mastered this but you have to start somewhere, right?

Women Making an Impact 

 

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Tonight I’m introducing Blogger Naomi  to you guys and I know that you will be encouraged by her journey of becoming a blogger and how Jesus made it all come about. This lady is a beauty inside and out and her faith is such an inspiration to me!

Hello. Thank you Kendall for featuring me today. It is fun connecting with other like minded ladies through blogging and social media.How I started blogging is really more of a journey. The journey began when I was 15 years old. I knew what I wanted to study in college and I had goals for my future. But I was overwhelmed about how everything was going to work out. I remember a beautiful comment my mom told me one day, “Naomi, We’re finite, God’s infinite. Something inside of me ignited at that moment. I told my mom about how cool it would be to use the name “finite” for something like a website someday. That was a random thought because blogging wasn’t even a thing at that time. I believe that God sees ahead and He places dreams and desires in our heart because it is a part of our destiny.

Flash-forward to my college years, I kept thinking about starting a website. I buried the idea over and over again till I had no dirt left. It wasn’t until last year that I faced reality, that though I had diminished the idea of starting a website in my head, I had been unsuccessful of getting rid of the idea in my heart. So I began with baby steps and often fearful steps. I told myself things like “there are so many bloggers” and “it’s really not going to work”. I spent a thousand moments telling myself that I shouldn’t, but I knew that it would only take one heartfelt comment on a post to tell me it was worth it all.

So January 2016 came and I was writing a post as a guest for my friend’s website. I didn’t even have my website launched but I took up my friends offer. The article was called “The Potter and The Clay”. It was a post for the New Year but really it was a story of my heart’s desire to surrender to the plan of the Potters hand, which is our heavenly father. I wrote the post to encourage others but believe me I was preaching it to myself. Even after I finished writing the post, I still closed my heart one last time on starting my own website. One more for the road right? Wrong.

I remember plopping down on the couch that same day watching a live stream youth conference. I was watching it for a few minutes. One of the very 1st words I heard from the preacher was “We’re finite, God’s infinite. Wow! I heard it loud and clear and it did not think it was a coincidence. That evening, I casually clicked on my Instagram account. I had been off of it all day. What happened? The very 1st picture that popped up on my feed was a picture of a potter and clay. It was a similar picture to the one I had used for the post I had just written. That may seem like no big deal but to me those were signs and the fuel I needed to launch my website. I officially launched finite1.com on Friday, February 5th. (That has a nice ring to it).

As a new blogger I love blogging thus far. There are so many times I have laughed at myself making rookies mistakes. I keep focused because the goal is to encourage people whether it is by something I write or a fun fashion or beauty post. I want to point them to Jesus. In closing, I want to encourage you to surrender to God’s will. You may have buried your dreams and your ideas for so long that you have forgotten about them. But God hasn’t. Trust God and ask him to show you His will and plan. Give Him your dreams and desires once again. He will show you. Step out in faith despite what you feel. Thank you for reading this post. Stay in touch. We need each other!

 

 

Permission to Feel

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kendall-8713Dress c/o Shop the Mint // Shoes c/o The Meraki Company

Summer is right around the corner and I am SO ready for the longer days and warmer nights. When I found this dress I fell in love with not only the pattern but also the neckline. I tend to gravitate towards mock necks because I just think that style is so feminine and flattering. If you’re a fan of this dress you can find it here!

Lately, I have been dealing with things that have been surfacing in my heart. I have felt some different emotions and alot of them haven’t been happy fun emotions and God is showing me that that is okay. A few days ago I was frustrated at myself for feeling these things and I just wanted them to go away but you know what? That isn’t being true to myself. I don’t have to deny emotions that I’m feeling and I don’t have to be upset with myself for feeling them. One of my favorite quotes is, “Feel the fear and do it anyway” I’m sharing that because even though we feel something that doesn’t mean we have to become it.  When I think about this I think that to feel it means we are alive and it means we are being honest with ourselves. We don’t have to deny feelings,  we can call them what they are and move on.

I learned that instead of just wanting these things to go away or cover them up with something else, I can accept what I’m feeling and not be bummed for feeling things that might be a little foreign to me. I’ve been hard on myself because I’ll spend time in prayer giving things like hurt and unforgiveness to the Lord and then a few days later they come right back up. But now, instead of just giving them to Jesus because I know I shouldn’t hold on to these kinds of things, I’m giving myself permission to feel them and you know what? That feels good. It feels good to be real with myself and say, hey these feelings are pretty crappy but it is what I feel, they don’t define me, I will not be ashamed that I feel them, and I will embrace where I’m at and I will overcome.

Women Making an Impact

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Hey Ya’ll. I am Leigh Ann. I am a Jesus loving, coffee before talky, fitness fanatic, Yoga pant and messy bun circus Ringmaster by day and a Gilmore Girls binge watching, eat your supper right now or the beast will be released, Fairy tale reenactor, stare you down with eyebrows raised until you get in the bath, and in the middle of a conversation snoozer by night.

You guessed it; I am a wife and a stay-at-home mommy to a very energetic three-year-old little girl. And I love every second of it… even when it gets super exhausting and I get the urge to lock myself in our pantry and eat any and all unhealthy foods I can get my hands on!

 

I would love to do a little time travel with you and share my redemption story of God’s perfect love and beautiful grace that got me in to the most beautiful and fulfilling stage in my life! [Read more…]

Necessity of Seasons 

 

I’ve played this video over and over and I tear up a little bit each time I watch it. I’ve been a fan of the Helser’s for years and their music always speaks to my heart and makes me want to go deeper with Jesus because it’s so evident that they have such a sweet intimate relationship with Him. The video above is titled “Necessity of Seasons” it’s not long at all and so worth your time especially if you’ve ever been/feel like you are in a season of barrenness. [Read more…]

God’s Word 

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I love time spent in the word of God and lately I’ve been going deeper spending more and more time meditating on it and breaking it down.

There are times when I feel so distant from God and I realize it’s often because  I’ve gone days without reading my Bible. I have to discipline myself and set time aside to read otherwise it will never happen and next thing I know my hunger and passion for God and His word are barely there anymore. I encourage you today if you’re feeling distant from Jesus open up your Bible and study what it says.

Something I love that my Pastor always says is “Stop waiting for a word from God and start searching for a verse.” It’s so true! Why wait when we can open up the Bible?! It is full of Jesus, full of truth, full of peace, and full of hope and I need that in my life every single day. It is so easy to get busy and forget how comforting and how good His word is so today, open up your Bible and look for a verse or verses that will speak life to your soul. Here is mine:

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

Lets break this down a little bit…

HE *forgives* ALL MY -sin-

HE *heals* ALL MY -diseases-

HE *redeems* MY LIFE -from the pit-

HE *crowns* ME -with love & compassion-

HE *satisfies* MY DESIRES -with good things-

HE *renews* MY YOUTH -like the eagle’s-

Take some time to meditate on and proclaim these truths. Then move into a time of praise: Remember what HE has done in your life, in the lives of those around you, and what HE promises to keep doing. HE is good and HE worthy to be praised.

Have a great day, friends!

6 Life Changing Devotionals for Women

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Most people have heard of Jesus Calling ( also by Sarah Young ) which I love but Jesus Lives has been a long time favorite of mine. This devotional reminds you that even in the midst of your daily life Jesus is alive and His presence is with you! One of my favorite things about this devotional is that Sarah usually gives you about 3 verses that go along with the devotional and instead of just giving you the verses to look up they are already written out for you which is a plus in my book!  This devotional is the perfect size to keep in your purse and to share with others as a  midday pick me up! Click here to check it out.

This devotional is so powerful and it’s what I’m currently diving into myself. Whispers of Hope helps get you into the routine of P.R.A.I.S.E which is a prayer time that includes: Praise, Repentance, Acknowledge, Intercession, Supplication for self,  and Equip. If you are looking for a devotional that will transform your prayer time this is it.  Beth Moore guides you through 10 weeks of prayer where each day begins with getting into the Word, a devotional, then your own personal prayer time. This devotional is ideal for someone that can devote 20-30 minutes each day in prayer. It truly has impacted my time with Jesus. Click here to check out this devo.

I read this devotional every day for a year while I was a part of the World Race ( an AMAZING 11 month mission trip ). That was such a special time in my life of being single and understanding my worth as His Princess. I highly recommend this for every woman to read at some point but especially for any woman who has ever felt unworthy or devalued. It’s written as a love letter from Jesus packed full of truth about how unique and special you truly are. I love the tenderness of this devotional and I’m so grateful I found it when I did. Check it out here.

Some of you have already heard me go on and on about this prayer devotional and I’m not going to stop any time soon because I seriously believe every wife needs it. I often find myself getting stuck during my prayer time and just praying the same prayers for my husband but this devotional helps me to cover so many different aspects of our marriage and his walk with Jesus. If you ever struggle during your prayer time for your hubby or maybe you don’t even know where to start then this devotional is a wonderful guide to help you pray some powerful prayers for your husband. Check it out here.

  • Savor – Shauna Niequist

If you haven’t heard of Shauna Niequist do yourself a favor and read some of her quotes – You will not be disappointed. I love everything she has ever put out and this devotional will always be a go to of mine because Shauna is so easy to relate to. She starts every page with a Bible verse and then shares a story or testimony of her life then challenges you with a question at the end. She covers a wide range of topics from friendship, marriage, babies, miscarriage,  forgiveness, and much more.  This devotional is a favorite of mine because it feels like I am having coffee with a friend. Check out this devo here.

A devotional about thanksgiving is such a day changer. I loved the book One Thousand Gifts and when I found the devotional I had to snatch it up! One of my weaknesses is being negative and ungrateful so this devotional truly helps get me out of that mindset.  Ann writes so beautifully that it not only helps you to see the beauty that’s around you but it will also inspire you to write and to give thanks to Jesus for all of the gifts He has given you. This is the perfect devotional to help you fix your eyes on the goodness of Jesus. Check it out here.

**This post contains affiliate links, with that said every devotional that I’ve recommended in this post I have read and they have personally impacted my life.