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Not Part of the Plan- GirlDefined

I was so thankful to again be chosen to be a part of the launch team for GirlDefined’s new book: “Not Part of the Plan: Trusting God with the twists and turns of your story.” I was so excited when they announced this new book. I’ve been so encouraged as I’ve followed the story of Bethany’s long journey of singleness and Kristen’s trial of infertility. Their openness to these struggles have encouraged me so much as I see their love for the Lord grow even in the midst of hard. I remember hearing Kristen share of her third miscarriage at the 2019 GirlDefined conference- months after a big and hard life disappointment for me. I was lost and confused and my only hope was to cling to the Lord as my life didn’t go in the direction I had hoped it would. And hearing the struggle Kristen had gone through and how the Lord comforted and worked in her heart was so helpful.  I was so excited to read this book. I’ve loved every book of theirs. It’s so personable and so very practical. They share thei

Nothing But the Blood

I've been feeling a little dull lately. Not like I hate life, but just feeling it go by so fast and stuck in the same circle of same old, same old.  Hopes and desires-yes. But no real plans or purposes. I haven't been depressed, but just a little empty, wanting more, but having nothing I can truly strive for. Lies, I know. 
I know I need to be content and thankful for what I have and where I am, because I am truly blessed. But today I really struggled with this feeling of being down and/or incomplete. 
I found myself struggling with a sin that I struggle with on and off, but I felt it at its full capacity today and I was heartbroken that I struggled in this way. I was mad and sick to my stomach and I apologized over and over again. I was lost. 
But as I was singing to this little girl I nanny, 'Nothing, But the Blood' came up and I was completely in awe with these words: 

"This is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus. This is all my rightness, nothing but the blood of Jesus!  
And oh precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know. 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!" 

Nothing I can do...Nothing. Not only did this give me hope, knowing that my sins are completely washed clean, but gave me peace knowing that my cup over flows. 
In Sunday school a couple of weeks ago, my teacher mentioned how we can often find ourselves wishing we had better things or was as 'lucky' as the guy next to us. And man do I constantly struggle with this. Always feeling less or wanting more. Wishing I was as pretty as 'her', had as many cool clothes, or had a fun personality with lots of friends. 
We think our cup is half full compared to that guy, but, uh...praise the Lord!!!  Because, as my Sunday School teacher said, our cup should be FULL... with Gods wrath!  But mine is not because of Jesus blood!  My cup overflows... with God's blessings!  

I am in no way saying I am perfect, because I sin, always. And today I will go home to say something unkind to my sister or be jealous and struggle with the same old sin. But I wanted to share with you want gave me such hope and peace today.  


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