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My Dream Job~Day 6 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge

Hello lovely readers and followers! Welcome back to Day 6 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge. 

Today’s Topic: If You Could Have Any Job in The World, What Would it Be?

My Dream Job

I really want my dream job to become a reality, as I believe it is my calling. First off, I want to be a writer. I’m already on my way with running this blog and working on my first novel. I also want to start writing freelance articles for websites. Most of all, I want to keep growing in my writing and glorifying God. I want my blog to lead people to Jesus and strengthen the faith of young women.

I also want to be a Christian counselor. My goal is to get a Master’s of Social Work, so I can have my own practice. I love listening to others and helping people. I know just how valuable good  therapists are, and I want to show people God’s love and grace. I think I want to work with young adults and adolescents, as I am already a youth leader at church and really love it. I also have a passion for gerontology though, so I am not completely sure.

Most importantly, I know that these plans are not set in stone. God has a way of shaking things up and leading us to unexpected places, but I know that He is faithful. I am excited to see what He has planned for my life–especially when it comes to writing!

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a  future (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

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Make sure to check out Courtney at 1Timothy4:12Girl as she partners with me in this challenge! I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 7 of the challenge 🙂

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The Only New Year’s Resolution You Need (With Free Printable!)

New Year’s resolutions–we make them and break them, feeling the pressure of all the goals we may or may not ever achieve. I’m terrible at New Year’s resolutions. Most of mine are the same each year–get good grades, write a book, and get closer to God. These are all good goals, but it never seems to be enough (and that book is always a work in progress).

I remember last year I made a resolution to start running. I have no clue as to why. All I know is that two minutes into jogging around the basement and I was dizzy and exhausted (POTS problems). I decided that yoga was my happy place.

What’s the point of me telling you about my New Year’s resolutions? Because lovely reader, I’m asking you to join me in ditching traditional resolutions altogether. Having goals and plans isn’t a  bad thing, but they seem kind of unrealistic in the grand scheme of a whole new year.

So what do we do instead? Eat cookies and celebrate! Just kidding (but not really). Here’s what we should be doing this New Year: We need to trade our resolutions for reflection.

We need to trade our resolutions for reflection.

We don’t know what this year will bring, but we already know what we have experienced last year…or do we? Perhaps life hit us head on like a truck, and we may not even recognize who we’ve become or where we’ve ended up. This is why reflecting over the past year is so important. You don’t have to dwell on the past for days, but consider devoting an hour to reflect on the changes and experiences of this year.

Not sure where to begin your reflections? Here’s a free checklist you can download or print to help you ponder (and even journal about) your year.

New Year’s Reflection Checklist (With Free Printable!)

  • How was I feeling or what were my thoughts last New Year’s?
  • What were some great joys/successes over this past year?
  • What were some painful times/hardships over this past year?
  • How have I grown from these hardships? Have I become a more positive or negative person?
  • Over the last year, have I grown closer to God, or has my faith lost priority?


(Click Here to Download Your Printable!)

This may seem like a daunting checklist, but don’t feel pressured to come up with a certain number of ideas for each bullet point. Start off slow and be prayerful about it–reviewing a whole year takes time.

Now that you’ve reflected on this last year, it’s time to set the only New Year’s resolution you need this year–in the form of a question.

How does God want me to grow this year, and how can I deepen my walk with Him?

This is where you should really start praying and perhaps fasting. When you devote your year–and your life–to Jesus, it doesn’t matter what you accomplish or fail at, where you go, or what goals you manage to check off. When you give Jesus your future, He will help you live the most incredible life you could ever dream of. 

I hardly doubt the twelve disciples had a clue about all of the incredible events that would happen upon following Jesus. They probably couldn’t even imagine half of the miracles they would witness with God.

The same is still true for us. When we give God control, He shows up in miraculous ways. This year, lovely reader, let Jesus be your guiding light into the future.

Let Jesus be your resolution. 

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV).

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Our One Thing


What am I supposed to do with my life?

Like every other young person or college student, this question keeps rolling around in my mind. The future is difficult because we can’t see what it looks like from here. We often paint a picture of what we want or hope for our future to be like, but God has a way of grabbing a bigger brush to create His own work of art.

Although not knowing the future can be half the fun (and anxiety), we still need to plan and make decisions. We must work, go to school, or pursue a dream/goal. Everyone is different, and God designed us all with unique talents and gifts. 

But what does this mean for our lives? How are we supposed to make the most of our gifts? What if we don’t even know what those gifts are?

Everyone is searching for their purpose. The one thing that will make life worth living. If you are a Christian, then you don’t need to look for your purpose–your purpose is God. Jesus is your one thing.  The Gospel is your purpose.

In fact, the Bible gives us clear instructions on the one call to all of our lives.

 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV). 

This is our calling–the Great Commission. Yes, you’ve probably already read this verse several times, and maybe you think it only applies to some full-time missionary in a third world country.However, this command from our Lord and Savior is for all of us! No matter where we go, whether it be abroad or in our own community, we are called to spread the love of Jesus and make His name famous. 

The rest of our lives is all secondary to this commandment. There are many ways and places to take the Gospel. God can take any life plan or current situation and use it for His glory. 

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps (Psalm 16:9 NKJV). 

So if you’re like me and aren’t 100% sure of your goals or decisions–don’t let fear trap you. Pray and ask God, but also trust that no matter what you do in life, God can shine through it. He can use your life as an opportunity to spread the Gospel.

Now this doesn’t mean to just ignore God if he’s calling you to do something, and you’re just scared or hesitant. If you know He is calling you to do something, be obedient! 

What I want you to remember is that you matter. Everyone has a purpose. Even if you feel insignificant, believe me you’re not. God loves you and created you for a bright future overflowing with purpose, hope, and love.  Let this be the one thing that drives you as you proclaim His name.

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV).

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment and share. I love hearing from you 🙂





The Jesus Resolution


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The New Year–that time of year when we make so many resolutions. Some of which will come to pass, and others that will get lost in the raging sea of life.

We make all sorts of resolutions. Whether it’s eating healthier, getting promoted, or entering the dating world–most of us have goals for ourselves. And even though these goals are smart and healthy to have, perhaps we are missing something. 

Let me ask you, where is Jesus fitting in your New Year’s resolutions? We focus so much on the worldly and material goals, that we often neglect the spiritual. Are you reading the Bible everyday, praying regularly, or are actively involved at church?

I’m not asking these questions to make you feel bad, as we all “fail” in being spiritually perfect (which is why we have Jesus thankfully!). The reason I’m pointing these things out is because whenever our lives lack spiritually, we will lack even more physically. 

Think about it. Whenever you have great worship time at church or home, or take time out to pray, don’t you feel so much more fulfilled? It’s not that being more in tune with Jesus will make our lives instantly perfect or cause our every dream to come true, but it will help us in our lives here on earth.

When we put God first in our lives, everything else will happen the way it’s supposed to. When we align our will with God’s, then He can reveal His perfect plan for us. In order to hear from God and experience the blessings and promises of the Holy Spirit, we must put Him first and spend intimate time with Him. 

So when you compile your list of resolutions for 2016, remember to put God first. Think of one or two ways you can improve your relationship and walk with God, and make those your top priorities for the year. Let this be the year that you become intimately close to God. Let this be the year that He uses you for His glory! 

Thanks for reading! What are your New Year’s resolutions? Please feel free to comment and share 🙂



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