Now don't start laughing at me. You know you do it too! There is at least one thing in your closet that you are holding onto for hopes of it fitting or you will find something to wear it with. Uh huh. You know exactly what I am talking about, don't ya?
Well this is where my decluttering becomes news you may actually care about- I am going to be adding a shop to this blog that will include those good clothes from my closet! Oh yes, girl! It will be a yard sale 2.0.
Here is what you need to know until then:
Y'all I am pretty excited about this and cannot wait to declutter my closet.
I really hope this is something you ladies will enjoy!
Have you ever been to a conference and heard so many good words that you are have too much to self reflect on that you get a little overloaded?
Well, that happened to me last month at NLC's Woman Conference. It was amazing and God really spoke to me but there was a sermon I knew I needed to spend more time reflecting on, but there were parts I couldn't remember. Don't get me wrong I am an avid note taker, however this sermon took my attention so much that I missed the opportunity to write everything down.
Thankfully New Life Church has my back and uploaded the sermon on to YouTube! (THANK YOU!)
So watch this sermon and then reflect on it with me!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
That verse alone holds power, but he puts it into perspective when he starts to go over the story of King Saul and David. Now I am not a king and I don't have people that I can control by any means, but there have been plenty of times I have done just as King Saul did- I started watching people.
If I am going to be completely honest, there is a particular instance where this has really applied to me within this year. As some may know, I love worshiping God and have been blessed with a singing voice and to be a part of the worship team. I was on a Jesus high because I was proclaiming His name and getting to use the one thing I felt like I was good at for His glory. Then new people joined the worship team and I slowly became scheduled less often. I began to pick people out that I felt replaced by. Soon I was no longer confident in the talent God gave me because I called myself "not good enough". This changed my focus off of my race towards God to me always looking behind me trying to do what they were doing so I would feel worthy. Y'all, I took on that label of being "not good enough" and made it my new name. It ate at my soul and it was like I could apply my new name into every aspect of my life- I was never good enough for anything.
Basically, I allowed a comparison that I created between myself and a handful of ladies to change who God calls me. I allowed it to take the focus off of God & who He says I am.
Comparison always starts with a "But Me" attitude.
Sometimes I wonder if the screens on our phones, and our computers, and our ipads have now become mirrors by which we constantly check for a reflection just to see if we measure up to somebody else. And like a scene stolen from Snow White, we all silently echo the words of the wicked witch- who, by the way, check the mirror every day- just to see "mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all?" Only today it is "mirror, mirror on Facebook. Tell me how my life should look". "Mirror, Mirror on Instagram. Tell me who I really am".
Let that be the last time tears come down your face because you are playing the comparison game and just rest in the fact that I have given you a grace to run your race.
There is a grace to run your race.
Forgive me for this incredibly late update on the retreat I recently went to this past weekend, but I have been pretty sick since. So, as you can imagine, not much has been happening in my life except for sleeping.
But I wanted to be sure you guys all knew some things that happened on this retreat!
The retreat started early for all the Cabin leaders as we got there at 5 to prepare the cabins and get all of our stuff situated in the process.
You guessed it, we were the orange team... well, a part of the orange team. As a combination between two different NLC Campuses, we got the opportunity to compete together! I got the chance to co-lead alongside the sweetest person ever, Robyn, and she did the greatest job at decorating our cabin!
Friday night we went to the Chapel ready to hear a great word from a fellow leader, Brittany, and had the best cabin time afterwards. Which is when we take our cabin girls into the cabin and just talk about the sermon we just heard so they can get all of their questions answered and better understand what was being said- basically a life group style get-together! Then it was back to the Chapel for our Rave Party!
Our long night came to an end and we were all finally able to get sleep. Of course, Robyn and I were really the only ones in our cabin that were interested in getting any sleep. However, after having the girls all put their glow sticks away, they fell asleep almost immediately. Soooo... YAY FOR SLEEP!
Saturday we woke to a day full of time with Jesus in the Chapel, in our cabin time, and even in our game competitions.
I know this is a retreat for the 412 student's, but God really spoke to me at this retreat.
You see, my favorite time with God is when I am worshiping him in song and in actions. Usually I am so into worshiping Him that I do not pay much attention to anything else, but God challenged me to stand back for one song and just watch. At first I was like, "But God, this song really hits home for me and I really like singing it to you and for you because it reflects my feelings towards you". But knowing this was His response to my cries to hear His voice, I slowly removed myself and just watched.
Have you ever just stood back and watched a group of about 300 middle schoolers worship God?
It is a picture I will never forget... The childlike faith they have to push aside their fears of who sees them worshiping, to set aside all distractions, and to reach for God really hit me hard.
You have persevered and have endured hardship for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
Does that make any of y'all have to self-reflect as well? Because man, I love serving His kingdom and I love Him so much, but is my faith childlike or have I lost that aspect of my faith?
Something to pray about, huh?
This weekend I get the privilege of getting to be a cabin leader for 5&6th grader girls from my church. Thankfully I did so last year as well, so this time I will be better prepared!
Fall Retreat Packing List:
Oh, but I am not done yet. Because I have health issues, I have to grab my medicine and pack all my meals for this trip. However, I am still not entirely sure what I will pack for food. but I know I will need:
I will be posting more updates on this retreat and all the ways I am preparing for it. So be on the lookout and join me in prayer over these girls and this weekend!
I am so glad you stopped by. I cannot wait to hear from you!