Onward.

“The righteous shall move onward and forward; those with pure hearts shall become stronger and stronger.”-Job 17:9

Letting go.

Why is it so hard to let go of people?

They choose to walk out of our lives. Or do something that requires us to walk out of theirs. Or we realize the relationship is totally toxic so we have to try to get out now before it destroys the both of us.

Letting go may be necessary, but it’s not easy.

I remember hearing a sermon once that had to do with purity. The person explained that having sex with someone was like gluing two pieces of wood together. When it’s not your spouse and you break up, it’s like pulling those two pieces apart. You may be able to separate them, but those two pieces will never be the same again. They may have pieces of one another stuck to each other and they are left forever changed.

That sermon reminds me very much of what it is like to lose a friendship as well.

You get to know each other well and become “stuck together like glue” and when the friendship ends, the two of you are both left scarred. Left with the memories of your time spent together, and the longer the friendship-the greater the damage.

This is why letting go is hard. You’ve got pieces of them stuck in your heart, and that is incredibly painful.

But, God. But, Grace.

He heals all wounds, and as that sermon explained to me, He’s got a sander.

He sands down the extra pieces so that we can live without the constant reminder of the pain. He sands it down so we can let go and heal.

It does not mean that we go back to being the exact same person we were before-we’ve been broken and sanded down, and due to do that we will be forever changed. Though now, it does not hurt as bad.

I thank God for His Grace because trying to let go of certain friendships/relationships has been so hard.

But, thanks to God I think I’m finally ready to let go.

-Kristin

Let’s Talk.

Communicating.

We do it every single day in one way or another. We speak to others in person, call them, text them, email them, contact them through social media or communicate with them through our actions/body language.

We communicate about so many things that we think are important.

But we often find it so much more difficult to talk about the most important thing: Jesus.

Why do we find it so hard to talk about this?

Because we are afraid of the the rejection and judgment that can come from speaking about Him.

It can hurt and even embarrass us when others don’t react the way we wish they would.

But do it anyway!

Speak up. Tell others what you know about Jesus and the love that He gives to all.

He gave all for us, why not give up some of our fears for Him?

Let’s Talk.

-Kristin

Big Time.

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”-Psalm 13:1

I feel it’s necessary to explain where this gorgeous picture was taken. 

I drove 45 minutes, and literally climbed over two fences (and past a few “keep out” signs) to get here.

I did it not go for the view, but in an attempt to get an ex boyfriend I desperately wanted back in my life.

We were going fishing and though I was exhausted and worn, I put in every ounce of effort I had left to make it out there to be with him.

& it didn’t make a difference. I didn’t get that guy back. I left with an even sadder heart and this picture as the only positive part of that evening.

I gave it my all and nothing came of it.

That hurts more than anything doesn’t it?

When we give things our all and feel like nothing comes of it, even worse that God is absent from our struggles.

We cry out in frustration: WHERE ARE YOU? I DID MY BEST, WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

Often, we think the deafening silence we hear in return is a slap in the face.

& on that day specifically, I felt that way. 

I knew that this God everyone spoke of must not exist, or must not have cared about me because how could he? Wasn’t he supposed to come save the day?

At the time, I didn’t understand that God is a God of love. That even though I couldn’t see it, He had to let me struggle through this time so I would not continue to go back to this unhealthy relationship that was not good for me.

I needed it even though it hurt! I didn’t realize it at that time and it took me a very long time to see it.

If you’re struggling today, I get it. 

I get the pain and heartache and feeling that God is not there or that maybe He doesn’t even exist.  But friends, He does. He’s there for you even when He doesn’t seem it. & He will love you through it all.

Take heart today y’all. He loves us big time.

-Kristin