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Wonderfully Made

Isn’t it funny when you hear a song you haven’t heard in years and know every single word to it?

Or what about when you hear a certain song that immediately takes you back to that place with that person?

Isn’t it crazy that just by listening to a single song can put you in the best mood ever or make you feel like the world is ending?

Music has a special place in my heart, it resonates with me, I am constantly listening to it and of course, singing along.

Recently, I have been listening to variety of new music, from new country artists to old school rap, but of all, I have been listening to the soulful Christian artists like a woman named Ellie Holcomb.

Have you ever heard a song for the first time and stopped whatever you were doing to listen to every word? That was me when I first heard her song, “Wonderfully Made”.

The lyrics to the first verse and the chorus are:

“It’s two in the morning and I’m still awake in my bed

And I can’t shake these lies that keep running around in my head

What if I saw me the way that you see me

What if I believed it was true

What if I traded this shame and self-hatred

For a chance at believing you

That you knit me together in my mother’s womb

And you say that I’ve never been hidden from you

And you say that I’m wonderfully, wonderfully made”

The words she sings relates to me so well. For years I have struggled with my self-esteem. I have fears that hold me down daily and have to remind myself often of who holds me in His hands. I have a past I’m not proud of and believe lies about myself every. single. day. I’ve often wondered what life would be like if I could see me the way God sees me.

Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Since hearing this song, I have been asking the Lord to help me believe that and now I listen to that song with a hope filled spirit, a hope that I continue to believe I am wonderfully made.

For all who are reading this, I hope you too believe that you are wonderfully made, because you are. 🙂

You can also check out the full song here: https://youtu.be/jrwSvQx3Xqs

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It’s the Little Things

Well, it’s been a few weeks since my first post so I thought I would keep the trend going before school starts back up.

Did you know on average, the brain has around 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day?

Like most people, I can believe this fact because I think a lot and most of the time I’m overthinking something. For the longest time, I have had the worst thoughts about myself. “Why don’t I look like that?” “I’m not pretty enough, smart enough, athletic enough etc.” “Why haven’t they texted me back?” “Did I say something wrong?” “Oh they didn’t put an exclamation mark in that text, they must be mad at me!” Then I start thinking about everything I could have possibly done or said to upset them. The most ridiculous stuff, people. These thoughts and questions have consumed me each and every day and night.

Until recently, my mom gave me a book called “Looking for Lovely” by Annie Downs (She’s great and wrote another book, “Let’s All Be Brave” that inspired me to write my first blog). This book taught me to see the lovely in the little things in life and to not be so caught up in the big picture of life. It has opened my eyes to loving the little things, like watching a huge thunderstorm roll in on the 11th floor balcony of my hotel on vacation a few weeks ago or sitting on top of a cliff at the gorge taking in all of God’s wonderful creation.

With that being said, those thoughts and questions that race through your head, day in and day out, try to silence them for 10 minutes a day by doing or enjoying something little for yourself or for others around you that will help you see the lovely in life.

Even though I’ve only been doing this for a month now, I see the Lord in these little moments and they motivate me to get through this ever changing season of life. Whatever you are going through, a hill or a valley, remember to enjoy the little things 🙂

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Post Grad Changes

I’ve always wanted to be a blogger. I use to write silly stories when I was younger and I always enjoyed it. I’ve tried to journal and write my feelings down, but I just never felt it was good enough to put out there. Well, there’s a first time for everything, so I’d figure I’d give it a shot.

Are you afraid of change like I am? Have you ever had a plan and it not work out just the way you wanted?

Since May 1st of 2017, a lot of change has happened in my life. I started an internship at Webasto Roof Systems in the human resources department. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Kentucky. I moved back in with my parents. I became single for the first time in a long time. I made many new friends (which is a big deal for me because I have struggled with that since transferring to UK). I decided to cancel my Netflix and pick up reading for a new hobby (the good for the soul kind of reading) and have read 4 books already. I picked up another new hobby of running (if you knew me in high school, you know that I was a sprinter not a distance runner so this is quite an accomplishment). I also started to workout regularly at a gym (Icon Fitness, check it out) that I have grown to love, with the community that has formed there.

I say all of this because if you would have told me everything that would happen in the next 60 days on May 1st, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. You see, I’m a planner. I like to plan adventures for my friends and I to do. The ironic thing is, I didn’t have any of my summer planned out like I have done in years past. Yet, this didn’t occur to me in a single moment, but over time I realized I was just going with the flow (Wow, that’s new).

My point here is that even though I didn’t have a plan for this summer, I had a plan for the year. I was going to live at home and go to graduate school in the fall/spring and then get married next summer and live happily ever after. Boy, was I wrong!

My plans quickly fell through the floor after graduation, then it hit me. That was MY plan, not the Lord’s plan for my life. No matter how much I wanted my plans to work out, God knew all along what was actually going to happen and what was best for me.

Isn’t it funny how just when we think we have it all figured out, God throws us a curveball and leads us down the path He intended for us?

Today, I feel scared for the future. I don’t know what crazy adventure God has in store for my life in the coming months and years, but I do know that as long as I put my faith in Jesus, I will be just fine.

Thanks for reading my first post!

Until Next Time,

Elizabeth 🙂