Hi ladies!

This weekend we celebrated Easter, a time to reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ and how that changes our lives. While I was home this weekend, I was out shopping with my sister and I wanted to pick up a new journal. I love to write down my thoughts and prayers and I was looking for a cute journal to start in.

I picked out a journal that says this on the front:

“I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.”

– C.S. Lewis.

This quote spoke to me because it is so true. God has equipped us with his Word so that we can study and know how to live our lives. Hebrews 13;8 says: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” The same Christ who died for our sins 2000 years ago wants to know us. When we get to know Him, we begin to see people the way Christ sees them. We begin to love people the way that Jesus loved his neighbors on Earth. No, we will never be able to come close to caring and loving for people the same way Christ does, but when we believe in Christ, we see the world with this refreshed and meaningful perspective. As Isaiah 60:1 says, Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.”

Hi sisters,

We all love having friends and being a part of a community. But do you ever feel like you have been pulled into a situation that you can’t get out of? Have you ever realized that a conflict arose and you found yourself in the middle of it all? You might be completely uninvolved but both parties want you to pick a side. Or maybe you found out that someone was keeping secrets from you or talking to you behind your back.

When these situations arise, they can be very painful. But we are all human. Instead of lashing out at those who harm us or try to persuade us to stir up drama, we should show them the same love that God shows us.

Matthew 5:43-48 says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tex collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

God is always beside us no matter what we are going through. When we feel like nothing is going the way it should and that things are spinning out of control, we can rest in the fact that God is always in control. Just as God promised Moses that he would see him and the Israelites through with their problems with Pharaoh, God will see us through if we are seeking to know Him.

Exodus 5:22-6:1 and 6-7 says:

“Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.’ Then the Lord said to Moses… ‘Therefore, say to the Israelites: “I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgement. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.””

God is always with us, no matter how others treat us or what situations we face. And He loves us more than we will ever know. Remember these verses as you face trials this week.

Hi sisters,

Something that I think is important for us to remember is to be humble and be a servant to others. When we really love God and love people, we will begin to think of others’ interests before our own. This attitude stands out to others because it is not self-serving. The Bible tells us about how we can focus on others and about Christ’s example of perfect humility.

Philippians 2:1-11 says: “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

I hope you are encouraged by these words and you are reminded of how you can be an encouragement to others every day.

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Hi beautiful sisters,

Something that has amazed me lately is how much God provides for me during my time of need. When I have felt alone, God has provided me with a community. When I have felt discouraged, God has shown me how the trials He has placed in my life are just a small part of His great plan for my life.

This guidance is clearly a part of my life today, but it also has its roots in the Bible. Acts 18 tells the story of Paul and his mission in Corinth and Antioch.

Acts 18:1-4 says: “After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.”

Even when Paul was faced with trials in a city full of sin, he was provided with a supportive community of people who loved the Lord and shared his same job and passions. God has done this for me and he has provided all of us with this encouraging sisterhood. We have been blessed!

Even when Paul felt discouraged and didn’t see tremendous success from his work in Corinth, the Lord reminded Him that this was the plan for his life.

Verses 9-11 say: “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.’ So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.”

We are reminded that God is always in control of our lives and that he has a perfect plan for us if only we follow it. Remember that you are loved and supported as you face trials this week!

Hi sisters!

Today was a very gloomy Monday for me. No one likes to wake up to find out it’s 34 degrees and raining! And to top it off, it was the day of my first, dreaded physics test. But did either of these things ruin my day? They could have, but then I remembered how much I have to be thankful for.

Every one of us is incredibly blessed. We attend the University of Georgia, and we have the opportunity to better ourselves through this education. We are continually blessed by the friendships from the sisterhood and the other friends and family in our lives. At the end of the day, we have so much to thank God for.

I want to share with you three verses on thankfulness that encouraged me to have a positive attitude today:

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -1 Thessalonians 5:18

“The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.” -Nahum 1:7

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” -John 14:1

No matter what we are going through, we should be thankful that we are able to have a personal relationship with our creator. How cool is that? So even on this gloomy Monday, I think we have much to be thankful for.

Hi ladies,

We all have unanswered prayers. Prayers that we have prayed for days, weeks, even years, and yet still we cannot see God come through and answer those prayers. Waiting is torturous and we wish there was something we could do to speed up the process. There are many things that I have prayed for and I admit that at times I have given up on receiving an answer from God. When life gets tough, it can be impossible to see how God has a plan for your life.

Joseph went through a very difficult situation in which he couldn’t see how God would fulfill his promises. Genesis 37:5-8 says: “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, ‘Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.’ His brothers said to him, ‘Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?’ And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.”

In verses 19-20, the brothers decided to take action against Joseph: “‘Here comes that dreamer!’ they said to each other. ‘Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.'”

Joseph sat in the bottom of the well and watched his brothers carry on and eat and be merry. A lot of times I feel like Joseph, watching those around me enjoy success despite their actions while I sit and seem to wait hopelessly for God to show up and answer my prayers and make my dreams reality. But God is so faithful, and He never makes a promise He does not intend to keep.

In our own lives, we need to 1) Learn to be honest with God, 2) Trust that God is faithful and that He will come through with His promises, and 3) Wait patiently for the Lord’s answer to our prayers.

In Genesis 50, we see that Joseph has been reunited with the brothers that once harmed him after the death of their father. Yet instead of being bitter, Joseph lovingly accepts them and shows them that God has been faithful to him. Verses 19-21 say: “But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children,’ And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.”

Waiting to hear from God can be frustrating, but God’s word tells us that he is faithful and that he is a promise-maker and a promise-keeper. He will not put us through trials we cannot handle, and He uses those trials to help us fulfill His will for our lives. God always answers our prayers in His perfect timing.

Hi everyone! I wanted to share some words that have really encouraged me lately.

1 John 3:1-3 says this:

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”

We are often discouraged by the attitudes of people around us or when we feel like we don’t fit in with others. But God has placed us on the Earth to spread His light, not to simply conform to the ways of the world. The Earth is Satan’s domain, and endless pressures can weigh on us, from society, from classmates, and even from friends. But when we walking with the Lord, we are reminded that we are his children and that he has a perfect plan for our lives. Though we do not see the whole picture now, we can trust that God has a special plan for our life, if only we listen and choose to be different from the world. So when you feel overwhelmed by the world, just remember the truth in John’s words. We are the children of the living God, and we can find comfort in that.

Hi ladies!

I hope everyone has survived Drop/Add week and that you all are enjoying your classes so far. I wanted to share about the power of prayer and challenge you to pray more and worry less. What does this look like, and how is this a practical thing to work into a busy schedule?

The amazing thing about our God is that He meets us where we’re at, and He always accepts us lovingly no matter how far we’ve strayed from Him. Recently, I’ve realized that I am so busy worrying about things or being bitter or irritated with someone or something that it never crosses my mind to pray about it. While God already knows my problems, He still wants me to talk with Him about my lives. Instead of being bitter about my circumstances, I can turn to the Lord, and it is amazing how much peace and comfort He has provided to me recently.

But prayer should not just be the time when we rattle off all of our problems to God. Even more important is the time that we spend in silence awaiting His small voice and answers to prayer. A lot of times our prayers are so vague and shallow that we would never know if God answered our prayers. We throw a quick prayer up to God in a time of need and hope He can rescue us instead of talking with Him all the time. We also spend so much time being concerned and thinking that God has forgotten our prayers, when really, we should be patiently waiting to hear God’s plan in God’s timing. I know that if we were to commit to praying more, we would worry less. And all of us could use less worry in our life!

Yes, I know everybody has a busy schedule. But a little time with God each day lifts my spirits, and I see God working in my life as a result.

To close, here are two verses on prayer that may encourage you:

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” – 1 Chronicles 16:11

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2

I hope you ladies have a lovely week!

Hi everyone!

Have you ever received encouragement when you needed it most? I had this happen for me yesterday evening. I was sitting in my room stressing about my upcoming organic chemistry exam and I received a text message. A friend sent me the words “Zephaniah 3:17”, followed by a few words of encouragement.

Zephaniah 3:17 says: “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Ladies, we have a truly awesome God! These words encouraged me and gave me peace. I know that whatever struggles I face in these last weeks, my God will be by my side and encouraging me every step of the way. I am so thankful to have sweet friends that remind me to turn to the Lord in times of stress. But I am even more grateful to have a relationship with the God of the universe, whose love I do not deserve but He gives to me freely every single day. I hope that you find encouragement and peace in the Lord as you prepare for your final exams.

I once heard someone say when they had the most work to do, they responded with even more time in prayer. The peace and comfort you receive from time with the Lord is indescribable. Take rest in Him, for He is mighty to save!