God won’t ever take anything away without giving you something better in return.
the joy in my heart is proof of that.
my life and everything i’ve been through in the last year is proof of that
proof of His faithfulness to bringing better people and opportunities in my life as I let Him take away something that He asked me to walk away from.
24 was a gut wrenching year
it was full of sleepless nights, meals skipped, and mascara stained pillowcases from all the tears I cried.
24 started out in the worst, most heart breaking way ever.
one year later and 25 started out in the best, most wonderful way I could have asked for.
What a difference 365 days make.
What a difference Jesus can make, when you truly hand over the pen.
I’ve learned so much and I know He’s just beginning.
The main thing I just feel like I want to share with you is that you can’t keep looking back at what He asked you to leave behind if you want what He has ahead for you.
You’ll miss out on the more if you keep looking back at what was.
I know it hurts, trust me.
I know it’s more comfortable to go back to him.
I know you loved him.
I know it wasn’t fair.
But what if, what if God had something so much better for you than what you settled for with him?
What if you could wake up everyday with a smile on your face and a peace in your heart and a joy in your soul that no one could take away? What if you could live out your days, taking every breath with a thankfulness that out weighs any hurt that ever hit your heart? What if you really truly could be happy without trying to make him love you?
It’s a risk.
One I took. and I encourage you to do it too because there’s nothing but freedom waiting on the other side. I promise.
because if 25 turns out anything like how it began, just as 24 turned out how it began for me – it’s going to be so good and so much more than I could ever dream up. Speaking of – I have some exciting/big news that I cannot wait to share with you guys about something He did on my birthday that attests to His faithfulness and the tattoo I got – like it all just makes sense, or at least it’s starting to.
Let’s be honest, I still don’t have most things figured out. I’m 25 and I’m just like you. Wingin’ it and loving people so they know this guy named Jesus who can change their lives. That’s all. I don’t know the details of the next 365 days – but I do know His faithfulness is full proof and I do know the promises that He’s made me are going to come to pass so I’m not sure where you’re at today, whenever you’re reading this – but I hope you know that it’s never too late to walk away from a toxic place and into a safe one. I hope you know that you’ve always been good enough. I hope you realize you’ve always been beautiful. I hope you know that you’ve always been smart and enough. I hope you know that your voice matters and the things that make you, you – don’t ever minimize those things to make someone else feel better. I hope you know that you’ve got a God who loves you so much. That He just wants to be with you and spend time with you and that He has good plans for you- if you’d just give Him two seconds to actually be able to tell you what they are. I hope you know that you’re capable of so much more than you think. I hope you know that you don’t have to stay there, that place that makes you feel small and insecure. I hope you know that walking away doesn’t mean you stopped loving him – it just means you started loving yourself again. I hope you know that it’s never too late to step out of the dark and start walking in the Light.