I’ve been missing Turkey a lot lately! And just reflecting today during worship I was overwhelmed that God loves me so much to give me all the adventure and experience just this far in my life! I’m so thankful and I don’t take my time in Turkey for granted! Don’t forget all God has done for you!💛
I’m a thinker. It takes me a long time to process what’s happening in my life and why I am where I am. I stress myself out because I need to think things through so thoroughly all the time. I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed in a lot of areas of life because of this. And of course Jesus has been holding my hand through it all. He’s been teaching me to stop thinking things to death and to stop trying to figure everything out on my own but to trust Him. I trust my God! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 I don’t have to see what God’s up to and I won’t be able to because I’m not God. But I can rest at ease knowing that my God has my best interest at heart and He’ll work all things out for my good. He will make my paths straight and so I choose to trust Him! 🧡
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I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, how I don’t wear makeup. And I’ve been concerned not because I feel insecure of how I look but because women at my age are supposed to(in our culture ) wear makeup at work to look professional and fix their hair to be mature; and let’s be real a guy is going to look at the girl with her makeup and hair done. the thing is though God has brought me so far why would I want to revert back into old ways! I struggled with my appearance for years and still do some days. I wouldn’t leave my house or even go workout without at least mascara on. I realized how unhealthy my insecurity had become and started seeking God and He started to challenge me to go without makeup periodically and post pictures bare-faced and soon I didn’t even want to wear that stuff. Those chains fell off and I walk outside the door with no makeup on just about everyday! Some people may see it as lazy or even ugly but to me it reminds me how far God has brought me and I’m thankful. Yea sure I’ll wear makeup some days I’m not against it but to wear it to please others or make myself feel accepted- that’s where I have to be careful. I needed to be reminded of my past. I don’t want to be insecure for not wearing makeup or looking like a model on instagram. I want to be secure in who I am and how far God has brought me. I’m just me, imperfections and all. my God calls me His masterpiece! thank You Jesus for the reminder that my chains are gone and I don’t live with insecurity ruling over me! I’m free and free to be me!
this last year on returning home I was mad at God and frustrated that this is where He had me! I didn’t want to come home! my heart’s desire is to live abroad! God has done a lot of work in my heart and I’m finally finding love for my city again, love for the people here, and contentment with being home! God is revealing a lot about myself, He’s teaching me who I am and helping me in my weak areas! I’m so grateful for a God who never gives up on me and constantly extends grace even through my distant seasons! He never leaves me and I don’t know where I’d be without Him! my God is so good! thankful for another year with a fresh start and a new perspective!
this is my pal Al... I’ve never had a friend like her before! she doesn’t take anything out of me to hang with 24/7! she pours into me and also takes encouragement and advice from me too! she’s been my translator in Turkey, my sister when I had no family with me, my best friend, my go to prayer partner, my fashion lover twin, and my adventure buddy! she’s the balance that I need in life and she calls me out when I’m being judgmental or choosing wrong things! everyone needs a friend like my Al! I’m really blessed and I don’t take it lightly! she’s one of my greatest blessings from God and I just wanted to rant about her real quick! 🧡
Jess, what a treasure you are! You’re always making everyone around you feel special, loved, and beautiful! Well I feel like today since it’s your day you need to know how special, loved, and beautiful you are! I so appreciate you! I’m constantly encouraged by your kind + giving spirit! You put everyone before yourself! You are selfless and I admire you for it! Love you Jess! Hope your day is so special! Happy Birthday!🥳
Jesus has been teaching me a lot lately! He’s been teaching me that life is never going to be all that I imagine all the time! It’s not always gonna be easy and perfect BUT what He’s showing me is that I can CHOOSE to see it in a positive light and count it all joy! So I choose JOY! 🧡
we are the “non rev” crew! they are all taller than me, but I am the big sis, I promise!😂 I love my sweet siblings! I’m so thankful for a trustworthy family who encourage, and pray for, and speak life over each other! so proud of them and their obedience/surrender to God! can’t wait to see what God has in store for their futures!❤️