Category: Guest Post

She got it from her Momma! by: Sarah

Wait, actually, she got it from her….Maker, her Father, whether she knows Him or not. 
Maker of heaven and earth, made and designed each one of us. 

Whaaaaat… all your quirky personality traits, your strong ability to scan a room and notice someone who is all alone, your singing talent, love for poetry, sports ability, all of it. Made by God.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth” -Psalm 139:13,15
Now imagine God knitting you together… choosing yarn, what your features would be like (including the ones you don’t always love).  Putting in enough goofiness to make others, but mostly yourself, smile. Creating your mind, knowing how much He desired and still desires for you to focus less on the distractions and fear around you, and more on how much he loves you. 
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” -Psalm 139:16
Picture God as He created you. He was knitting and knitting away as he planned each day of your life before you even began it. He didn’t stop in the middle of my life, or your younger years, and think “not good enough…I should just stop.” He didn’t give up on you. And more than that, He planned an amazing future for you. 
But what happens when the completed work the Father makes isn’t happy? When we hate the life we are given, unhappy each morning? Let me ask you something, does the quilt cry “I hate this pattern!” or the tablecloth complain “why can’t I be a sheet?” Neither should we be so focused on parts of our bodies or lives that seem incomplete compared to the girl down the street. 
God made you this way and guess what? He loves every part of you. How could he not? Remember, He made you?
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” -Psalm 139:14
Do you know that full well? That His works, cough cough YOU, are wonderful. Then let’s praise Him. Let’s think of God the next time someone compliments us on a project that turned successful, on the goal we made to win the game. Let’s thank Him for the moments we are proud of, knowing He made us this way. And let’s thank Him for the parts we are sometimes afraid to let show, for He loves those even more. 
“Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” -Psalm 40:5
God has so precisely knit our lives together. We’ve all experienced moments in our lifetime that we think “wow life is crazy awesome!” I will strive to now think, “wow, how awesome are the plans the Father has for me…” I’m so thankful that He knit me. 
Sarah is a dear friend and fellow blogger.
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Keep Shining, Nat

Sassy And Single?


As I write this post, I am chuckling to myself because I know that I can be a little sassy! Lol! Ok let me keep it real what I really meant to say is that I can be VERY sassy at times😜. I attribute my sassiness to just simply having A LOT of personality and possessing STRONG leadership skills😂.

I’ve often wondered can a woman be sassy and single? Is that a lethal combination or just the right type of spice with everything nice mixed in? It can be a challenge to have a colorful personality and date because there are men out there that might be put off by a strong/sassy lady.

As I’ve grown older I now realize that I can only be who God has created me to be and I can’t tone down the beauty and essence of what constitutes me; the strong, loving, kind, silly…

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To Be Planted & Nourished by: Alyssa

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved trees. When I was a kid I would climb any that I was tall enough to reach (sometimes still do). In a tree you have a totally different vantage point than you do on the ground. When I’m not climbing them, I’m admiring them. Trees are fascinating. I’ve recently learned more about trees than I could have imagined because my older brother, Austin, is majoring in Forestry in college. There are 750 types of trees in North America and over 100,000 types in the world. So when I read a Bible Study that used trees as a metaphor, I was immediately intrigued.  I was reading the study on the She Reads Truth app (which I love! I’ve always liked reading their studies, and now they are at my fingertips) about the book of Psalms and here’s what it said:

The book of Psalms opens by describing a godly person as one who delights in God’s law and meditates on it around the clock.

“{She} is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruits in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” Psalm 1:3

“I want to be that tree.
I want you to be that tree. I
 want our roots to be so saturated in the truth
of God’s word that our lives bear fruit even on the hardest days.”
–She Reads Truth

How we should be like a tree:

1.     Oak. Tough and lasting.
Live Oaks are evergreen and live for a very long time, some about 1,500 years. They have a net-like root system that isn’t as fragile as other oaks and have some of the toughest wood. We might not want to live 1,500 years (I know I don’t) but we do want to last. God has plans for us here; we need to take care of our bodies that He’s given us in order to be tough. Tough is definitely not my number one characteristic, but through Christ and His power, I can be stronger than ever. I’ve been able to do things with Him that I could never do on my own. When I am weak, He is strong. Trees don’t just come out of the ground tough and strong. They are planted, they are fed, and they grow. It takes time. It’s not an easy task to knock a tree down, so like a tree, don’t let it be easy to get knocked down.

2.     Willow. Flexible and not easily broken.
Willow trees are my favorite trees. When you’re underneath a Willow it feels magical, like you’re in your own little world. Willows grow near water so their roots have easy access.  If we’re referring to water as God’s truth, then we need to be planted near water too. Think about it: all trees, plants, and any form of life, lives off of water. We need to be soaked in God’s truth daily in order to survive in this dry world. Willow trees also have light, flexible wood that doesn’t easily break. Let’s face it- sometimes life does not go our way. I can tell you from personal experience, right now, that that statement is true. People don’t plan on car crashes. We don’t plan on our loved ones having cancer. We don’t plan to have hardships. As silly as it seems, I didn’t plan on moving back with my parents and still working a minimum wage job after I graduated with a Bachelor’s. But that’s real life for me and a real struggle I have. One thing I’ve learned is to be flexible. If we are set on certain plans then we will be disappointed. We will break. This is the hardest lesson for me because I’m a planner. Literally I want to be an event planner, so for things to not go as planned really messes with me. But I’ve seen the beauty in being flexible. In letting God control the plans. It’s more incredible than anything I could have ever come up with. So, let’s be like a Willow, flexible and soaked in God’s truth.

3.     Pine. Solid Foundation. 
Pines have a long, tough tap root which extends really far down into the soil with many lateral roots stemming from that. Their many roots give them a solid foundation that helps them live long and fruitful lives. Yes, trees fall. But having deep roots make them stronger and able to withstand more. To be like a Pine we need to have deep roots and a solid foundation. We need to not only know what we believe, but why we believe it. Back it up. The deeper we dig into the Word, the more it will saturate us and the more our life will begin to look like Jesus. Pines produce cones yearly and can live to be well over 5,000 years old. As Children of God, we’re not here to just hang out and have a good time (although we do have a great time). We are to produce fruit. We are to share God’s word, strive to be like Christ, and see changes in lives because of it. We might not ever be able to see an impact we have on someone’s life, but still plant the seed.

We need to have a solid foundation {Luke 6:48}. We need to be flexible {Proverbs 16:9}. We need to be tough {Ephesians 6:10}. I could probably make a million more analogies and metaphors but I’ll save you from that. Next time you look at the trees, I encourage you to see God’s beauty, to see yourself. And rely on God to bring out in you those characteristics we so greatly admire in the trees.

PictureAlyssa & Virginia

I hope you have enjoyed this awesome post by Alyssa as much as I have! You can find more articles written by Alyssa and Virginia at We Are Bloggish. You can also check out to read a special blog I wrote for Shaniqua’s site. I hope you check out some of Shanique’s articles while you’re there, she’s brilliant!

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