Fearfully Wonderfully Me

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God’s Stitches

Do you ever look around and feel inadequate or unsure of your future? Do you compare yourself to others or question God’s plans for your life?

Don’t worry lovely reader, you’re in good company. A few weeks ago these exact feelings were swirling around my brain. I was cleaning out my purse when I found the old crumpled up newsletter from my friend Michelle, who is a school teacher in Senegal. Her words were arrows to my heart, a message from God I wanted to share with you:

We each represent one pixel of the greater purpose of God’s plan–which has always been and will always be about His glory and honor and renown. It is not for me to question, or compare, or look around me. My purpose is to gaze hard at Jesus and as a small pixel to be a part of displaying His glory. –Michelle

As I read Michelle’s letter, I found myself thinking about my hobby of knitting. Every stitch is so small in comparison to the final product, yet without each one, the piece would completely fall apart. If I drop a stitch by mistake, then the whole scarf or blanket will unravel into a large hole.

It’s the same with you and me lovely reader. We are all God’s stitches in this gigantic knit blanket we call earth. It can be easy to compare ourselves to one another or not feel like we’re making a difference, but these are all lies from the enemy.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV)

As followers of Christ, we make up the collective church that is the Bride of Christ. Every single one of us is important, although our roles may be different. Just as every stitch of yarn depends on the ones connected to it, we lean on one another to glorify God.

The world needs Christians of all different skills, backgrounds, and callings in order to reach people for Christ. 

Although you may feel insignificant, just look at the widow in the Bible who gave only two small coins to the treasury.

So He [Jesus] said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” (Luke 21:3-4 NKJV)

Do you know why Jesus was so impressed by this woman’s offering? It’s not the amount that mattered. Jesus was pleased because she gave all that she had. This woman gave her whole heart and held nothing back from her Savior.

We all have something we can give God–whether it be time, money, prayers, talents, kindness, labor, or anything else He’s graced us with.

As a blogger, it’s easy for me to get wrapped up in comparing myself to other successful bloggers who have thousands of followers and posts that go viral. But instead of helping me, comparison only leads to distracting me from everyone I do influence. I can’t possibly see what God is doing in my life when I’m too busy looking at what others are doing. 

It does not matter whether you’re chasing after kids or running a whole church. God places the same value on every heart that is fully devoted to Him. After all, it’s about His glory anyway.

God has a plan for your life lovely one, even if it’s not yet clear to you. More importantly, He wants to lead you in the present moment. Jesus wants to  walk with you and watch you grow, stitch by stitch, into the beautiful piece of art He created you to be. 

 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)


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Blogger Recognition Award!

Hello lovely readers and followers! I’ve been nominated by the lovely Courtney from 1timothy412Girl for the Blogger Recognition Award (thanks girl)! I’m so excited to share this post with you today.

The rules of this challenge are 

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started

I’ve always liked writing, and you can find out more about my writing journey in this post. I didn’t know I wanted to start a blog until after I became a serious Christian at the beginning of college. I started to read blogs by Christian women that helped guide me in my faith. Through these posts I found inspiration, comfort, and the message of who God is. After reading one particular blogger’s posts, I thought that maybe I could do it too!

I used to have a Tumblr in high school, as well as an amateur blog that was more like a diary. These were my creative channels through some of the darkest periods of my eating disorder and depression. I deleted these blogs shortly after starting college because I knew they were only hurting myself and others.

When I created FearfullyWonderfullyMe, I wanted to make a blog that would help heal myself and others. I wanted to give back and help other women grow in their faith (and have a little fun through my fashion posts).

To be honest, I think that I will eventually fade out the fashion posts completely. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to shop and talk about modesty, but my blog’s main theme is helping women find their identity and worth in Christ.

I’ve been  blogging for two years now, and I have grown so much. This blog is my baby, and I am so thankful that God has used me to influence and encourage my readers. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for the future!

My Advice to New Bloggers

1. Have a Passion and a Plan. 

Make sure you have something you are passionate enough to write about–whether it be faith, fashion, travel, health, crafts, etc. Of course you can write about more than one topic, but overdoing it can also be pretty stressful.

It’s important to have quality posts over quantity. Take your time with your drafts and make sure to practice your writing! Pinterest has tons of ideas for new bloggers on how to set up a new blog and write successful posts. Blogging takes time, energy, and patience. The more you put into it, the more you will see the results.

2. Embrace Community

I had no idea how supportive the blogging community could be until my Grandma died and some amazing bloggers posted for me while I grieved. In fact, the only reason I got this award is because of a blogging friend who nominated me.

We are all in this together, and can help each other grow. The best thing you can do as a new blogger is to read other blogs you are interested in (and that are similar to yours) and leave thoughtful comments. Share other blogger’s work and join Facebook groups. This will help you build a loyal following.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” –African Proverb

I Nominate:

Beauty Beyond Bones

Seeker of Truth

SuperMom Mentality

No Facilities

Karina’s Thought 

Spotlight

Me Set Free


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Finding God in Our Problems

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! Unfortunately I don’t have a fashion post for you today, but I am still rolling with the 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Today is Day 14: A problem you have or have had in the past.

If you read Wednesday’s post, then you know that I have recently opened up about my struggle with an eating disorder. I have been in recovery for a year now, and to be honest, I’m pretty sure it will be a lifelong thing. Although God has delivered me, I know that I need Him to keep me on the right path in my life.

A current problem that I’m facing would be fearing the unknown of my future. I have blogged about this before, and I know that it is something so many young adults struggle with. I still have doubts over my career choice as a counselor and whether I will be good enough at it. And I still don’t have a clue how to approach grad school. I’m trying to take things one day at a time right now, which is the way God wants me to think.

I believe everyone can relate to this in some way. How on earth do we solve all of these problems we face? How do we face all of the things in life that weigh us down? How on earth do we even approach God when all we have are issues?

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV)

Jesus is a present God. He is in the thick of our lives, however messy they may be. He is aware of all our needs, our struggles, and our fears. A lot of people view God as a relationship they can only attain once they become “perfect” or fix what is broken in their lives. But I’m telling you, that’s never going to happen.

But seek first his kingdom.

 I don’t think we realize just how powerful this is! You don’t need to have it all together to find God. He wants you for who you are right at this moment.

Are you depressed or anxious? God wants you. Do you struggle with body image issues or an eating disorder? God wants you. Are you facing an addiction or habitual sin? God wants you. Nothing can change the love God has for you. Nothing can get in the way of His beautiful grace.

Once we realize this, we can finally be set free from whatever it is that holds us back or causes us pain. Only when we realize God’s extravagant love for us can we be free from our sins. That’s why a relationship with Jesus is so important. If we don’t have that, then all we have is empty religion that tells us we need to be perfect without giving us a way.

Knowing how much Jesus loves me makes me feel beautiful. It makes me feel protected and safe–even when the world is scary and uncertain.  Knowing the love of my Savior makes me feel like no matter what problem I face, I will be okay.

Because I am God’s and He is mine.

Do you want this love, dear reader? I know that you do deep down. You know that you can’t solve your problems in your own strength. If you could, then you wouldn’t be reading this right now. It’s okay–God can make you whole. He can restore your life and future. And this is coming from a woman who knows what it’s like to be broken!

Surrender your life to Jesus. Tell Him that you believe He died for your sins on the cross. Believe in His loving sacrifice and you will be saved. You will be freed.

You will know your worth. And that, my friend, is the key to having peace in any situation.

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NIV)


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Spotlight: Calligraphy Artist Rachel Hill

Happy Friday lovely readers and followers! I’m on Day 13 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge, and the topic for this post is “someone who fascinates you and why.”

I know a lot of fascinating people. As cliché as it may sound, I think everyone is fascinating in their own way. When you really think about it, everyone has unique knowledge and life skills.  Everyone  is gifted with their own special talents by God. That sounds pretty fascinating to me.

Obviously, the most fascinating person to walk the earth would be Jesus Christ, but He’s also God so that makes Him totally out of our league.

Today I want to focus on a new friend of mine who does fabulous calligraphy work. As you may know from this earlier post, my handwriting skills are pretty basic. I like to do calligraphy sometimes, but I find it really challenging. I may be able to string words together to form a blog post or story, but drawing them with intricacy is a whole different story.

Spotlight: Rachel Hill (Instagram: @pensandpleasures_)

Isn’t her work beautiful? These are just a few of my favorite designs by Rachel. I find simple yet elegant designs like these to be so inspiring.

Since Rachel is a Christian, she does a lot of scripture-based calligraphy as well.  She is also taking drawing requests, so please hop on over to her Instagram (link above) and check her out!

He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers (Exodus 35:35 NIV).


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3 Ways You Can Help Change The World

On a cold Friday morning, I opened my Bible, sitting cross-legged on my bedroom carpet. As I prayed, I felt a sudden urge to pray for airlines and their pilots, asking God to bless and protect them. Why did I do this? Despite my new found love of flying, I truly believe that the Holy Spirit led me to pray.

Later that afternoon when I checked the news, I saw the terrifying report of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.  My heart broke. So many lives were lost, hurt, and traumatized. I felt chills run down my spine as I realized why God had led me to pray.

When I looked back at my Bible reading for that day, my jaw dropped as I realized what God was telling me.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt. So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived (Exodus 10:21-23 NIV). 

This world is no stranger to darkness. Like Egypt during the Old Testament, our world is stained with sin and disobedience. A lot of times the hatred, violence, and evil in this world can overwhelm us. But before you get too depressed, please know that there is hope!

If we keep reading in verse 23, we can see how God’s people were a source of light in such oppressive darkness. Do you want to be a light in this fallen world? Do you want to radiate peace, love, and hope in times of hatred and contention?

These 3 steps will help you change the world for God’s glory.

Realize Your Identity

You can’t be a light for God if you don’t even know what you’re worth in His eyes.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).

This might be one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Trust me, knowing your identity in Christ is essential for living a transformed and influential life. Knowing your worth changes everything.

So who are you?

When you choose Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are chosen, royal, holy, God’s, and called.

What are you called to do? To bring light into this dark world. This all starts by realizing that Jesus has brought you out from darkness and bondage into new life.

For more on identity, check out this post here.

Share Your Story

Now that you’ve come back from the breathtaking revelation of who you are as a child of God, it’s time for you to share your story.

You’ve probably heard other Christians talk about how important it is to share your testimony. All that really means is to share what God has done for you. It’s your spiritual before and after.

If you’re like me, the idea of sharing your story can be nerve-racking. Who would even want to listen? If you want people to truly listen to you and be affected by your testimony, you need to build relationships with them.

Do what Jesus did–eat a meal together or meet for coffee. Hang out together and share life. Once people get to know you authentically, your testimony will begin to flow naturally.

Walk in Love

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. —Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew exactly what it meant to be a light for God. He chose to walk in peace in a land full of violence. He chose to love in a world full of hate.

What will we choose? Will we choose to love our neighbors, even when we disagree with them? Will we choose to forgive our enemies, even when it hurts? Will we choose to do the right thing, even when it’s inconvenient?

I’m not perfect. I mess up in this walk of love more times than I care to admit. But life is a journey that God takes His children on to watch them grow.

Jesus’ commandments were simple, yet so profound: love God and love people–including ourselves. Love has been washed down in our culture by the media and consumer driven markets. Do we even know what it means to truly walk in love?

Jesus is love (1 John 4:8), and He died willingly for us even when we were at our lowest. Are we willing to lay down our pride, our hurts, and our wants for others in this dark age? Are we willing to love the broken who are crying out for hope and healing?

If your answer is yes, then you are ready to shine a light for God. You are ready to change the world, one life at a time.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12 NIV). 


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