Live Like You’re Loved

So go ahead and live like you’re loved
It’s okay to act like you’ve been set free
His love has made you more than enough
So go ahead and be who he made you to be
Earlier today these lyrics rang through the sick stereo system in my mustang. Seriously, thank you to whomever owned this car before me because the sound is awesome.
I didn’t know what to do as emotions ran down my face. Yes, actual tears. I used to be a cryer but not any more. What is going on? Let me tell you what was going on.
God was speaking to me.
He was speaking to the good Christian girl who’d been acting like everything but a good Christian. I’ve been running far from the truth, from everything I’d been taught growing up, everything I’d read, everything I said I believed, everything I pretended to be at church, everything I taught to my students. I’d gotten to the point where I was nothing that I should be. I had become a really good actor.
What had happened to me? Just small steps. Nothing major at first. But soon, I was in a big mess and I didn’t know how to get out. And then this song came on. I wanted to live like I was loved, but what did that even mean?
And live like you know you’re valuable
Like you know the One that holds your soul
Cause mercy has called you by your name
Don’t be afraid to live in that grace
There was the answer. Live like you know you’re valuable. I hadn’t been doing that. I was living like I was worth nothing. I didn’t treat myself like I was a treasure to anyone. I didn’t act like I cared or anyone else cared. Cause mercy has called you by your name. “I love you,” said Jesus. “Come back, my child,” said the Father. Don’t be afraid to live in that grace. God told me it’s okay to mess up. I’m human. I’m going to sin. Be honest with yourself. Ask forgiveness. Get right with God. Move on and live like you’re loved.
It clicked.
Say goodbye to what hurts God’s heart. Say hello to healing love and grace.
Live like you’re loved.

Old Ends…New Beginnings

new-years-blog

This is perhaps my favorite quote of all time, but especially at this time of year. New Years Day. You’ve heard all the cliche quotes. Today is the first day in a 365 day book. Write your story well. This is your year. Out with the old in with the new.

But will you really make a change?

For most people, the answer is probably not. You’ll try. You set New Years resolutions. You want to lose weight, save money, and be nicer. But how can you ever attain these lofty expectations?

Here are just a few ideas to help you as you’re setting and keeping New Years resolutions.

  • Be realistic. Don’t choose goals that you know you can’t attain. Make sure it’s something that is actually possible.
  • Be specific. Don’t say “lose weight.” Don’t even say “lose 10 pounds.” Make practical steps of how to achieve that. Go to the gym 3 times a week. Choose (and do) a new workout plan. Change your diet (Hint: make a lifestyle change, not just a fad diet).
  • Be consistent. Review your resolutions often. Change them if you need to, but keep at it. Realize you’re going to fail in some things, and that’s okay! Get back up and get going when you fall.

So with that said, that’s what I try to keep in mind when I set new goals. I’m kind of obsessed with goal setting so you’ll have to bear with all of the lists you’ll find on the blog.  You can check out my 101 in 1001 here. It’s the latest list before the one you’ll see below.

I hope my New Years resolutions inspire you to go out and conquer your own!

  • Learn something new every day.
  • Save $1000.
  • Do a no spend month.
  • Take a free online class.
  • Listen to 5 podcasts on new topics.
  • Blog/write more (1 post a week).
  • Read one book a month (reading list to come).
  • Organize my closet.
  • Get rid of clothes I don’t wear.
  • No soda for the year
  • Take a chance on love if the opportunity arises.
  • Be kind (kindness challenge also to come).
  • Take a picture a day.
  • Learn a new language on a free app (Check out Duolingo).
  • Keep up my workout routine.
  • Take a mini road trip.