Created For a Purpose

Making Me In Your Image

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A brand is defined as, “a unique sign, design, symbol, words or a combination of these used to create a certain image.” Every company, product, and even most blogs have a brand.

In order to brand, a person must pick a specific age group, logo, and cause they want to target. If a company or person tries to create a product for everyone, they won’t be able to sell it because not all of their “audience” can use it.

When a company defines their brand it defines their mission. After they create their brand, then they create products to fit their cause.

God has branded us with specific gifts and talents too.

There are so many times I compare myself to others because they have gifts I feel I don’t. It’s so important for us to remember that we were created for a purpose and it won’t look very different than our sister, friend, or co- worker. If we don’t have a certain gift, that’s okay because God has given us gifts that fit the work He has for us.

God defined our mission and cause before we were born. When he thought us into being he picked our gifts based on what audience he wants us to reach.

He understood that hospitality or thinking to give a teacher a gift on the first day of school was last on our priority list. He knows that it’s okay to lack in certain areas, because in the areas He has gifted us in- we will excel.

Here’s my brand (or what I am good at): Hanging out with teenagers, mentoring, helping the broken, encouraging people through tough times, planting seeds deep into a persons soul by encouraging them in order to help them stand strong when trials come.

By defining my brand (or what God has created me to do) I have the ability to combat the adversaries lies. When I feel my friend seems to pray better than I do or that I talk too much (and trust me, i’ve beat myself up for that a lot) I simply remember, it’s okay because, God is using me with the gifts he has given.

Friend, we weren’t created on accident. God put a lot of thought into us. Don’t you think for a second that He left something out…  Have you defined your “Brand” I would love to hear it! Feel free to tell me on the comments below.🙂

~ Lovelle❤

A Faith Better Than Our Circumstance

Who You Are

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For the past 5 years I have had an air freshener on my rear view mirror. It’s a cross with big blue letters that read, “Be still and know that I am God.” The smell is long gone and age has definitely set in but every time I think about taking it down I just can’t bring myself to do it.

You see, my high school librarian gave me that air freshener as a graduation gift and it was with me in some of the toughest situations I have ever endured. I would look at it when I was homeless or driving to one of my many jobs.

I would glimpse at that cross when I was in pain wondering why I had to go through life alone. It was my reminder that He was with me through it all.

This air freshener would tell me that God was in control and I need not worry. I still look at it daily and it means more to me now than it ever has. I have walked through the wilderness and God has brought me to my promised land.

I am writing this story because I want you to know a very important truth: You never know who you impact.

It took me years to truly understand how much my librarian helped me and it took me even longer to voice it to her. My librarian and quite a few high school teachers walked along side me in some pretty tough mud that I’m sure they weren’t certain I would get out of.

But guess what??? They also walked with me through my promised land too. One of my favorite memories is when three of my teachers crowded around me for a picture on my wedding day.

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They believed in me and that is the faith that God has called us to live. Being still and knowing who God is doesn’t mean that everything is perfect and it certainly doesn’t mean we are in control.

It means that we trust in a God that knows the end result even if it takes years to fully develop. My job is a hard one. I see kids in some of the worst situations. Some leave to a happy place while others leave in handcuffs.

No matter what, I don’t know what the end will look like for any of them. When I drive home I look at that cross and remember that I serve a God that knows every one of my kids’ situations.

What situation are you dealing with today? What uncertainty do you see? Trust in God and know that He has everything taken care of.

~ Lovelle❤

 

 

 

Our Differences Make Us Stronger

Differences

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well…”
~ Romans 12:6 NLT

I had just started leading a small group for a group of teens. This particular group had another leader who had been investing for 3 years. Going in, I was determined to be the best that I could be. I had all these plans and ideas that I was ready to put into place (notice the amount of “I’s” in that sentence?).

I’m hanging out with my God Sized Dreams friends today! Click here to read how I learned why our differences can make us stronger.

~ Lovelle❤

Prayer Works

PRAYER WORKS

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The Lord is good but we live in a world that isn’t. As a mental health paraprofessional who works with teenagers abused or struggling with addiction I guess you can say, I have seen it all.

I’ve seen young kids taste a little bit of sin and end up deep in an addiction before they even realize what hit them. I’ve seek kids with abuse stores that are mind boggling and hard to even begin to try to wrap your head around.

Sometimes, as I leave work my head doesn’t even feel like it’s mine anymore. It’s full of stories and visuals of those who need the healing hand of Jesus. My clients fill my mind and my heart starts to ache for those affected.

I’ll be the first to say,  I have no idea how to fix the problem. In fact, I can’t fix it. Only God can. Sin and sorrow is Jesus’ specialty. That’s the whole reason He came down to earth and sacrificed Himself for us. It was because He knew we were never too far gone.

It doesn’t matter what we do. It doesn’t matter how unrealistic or bad our situation is. It doesn’t matter what happened to us.

From the outside looking in, it may look like someone we know or truly care about won’t change or even get better but friend, never ever put a period on a sentence that isn’t finished yet.

Always remember; in a world full of hurt prayer works. It may take years or even decades but God is working in the background. I hold close to that promise as I am interceding for every single on of my kiddos through prayer on my way home from work.

I call each of them out by name and cry out for their situation because I know that my eyes can’t see the whole picture. God has got their situation worked out already. I pray for God to show them who He is because I know from the bottom of my heart that if they realize that, He can start changing their circumstance.

In this world full of pain not only in my job, but in the recent events we have gone through as a country I will continue to hold this truth close to my heart. Will you join me? Prayer works folks.

~ Lovelle❤

Christ Is Freedom

Freedom

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She told me her sin, and the look on her eyes told me that the mistakes she had made cut her pretty deep. What hurt my heart wasn’t her sin, it’s the way she let it define her. She let her sin make her feel unworthy which started a cycle of settling on the dreams God had for her.

The adversary loves to make us feel unworthy because of our mistakes. He loves to make us feel like we are dirty and the lies he whispers into our ear makes us feel like we are too far gone but friend, I’m here to remind you that it’s not true. 

You are never too far gone.

Jesus didn’t lay down His life for us on that cross for us to settle because of our past mistakes. After all, He took tax collectors, sinners, and people considered dirty in the world’s eyes and made them disciples. 

Every trial is a testimony. Every single mistake gives us an opportunity to relate to others in a unique way. What if our trials can help others truly comprehend the grace of our Lord?

Mind blowing, isn’t it? There is worth to your dirtiness. That was God’s plan all along. Those who have found Christ are a new creation. The old is gone {2nd Cor. 5:17}. Don’t you ever forget that. 

God loves you where you are right now. In this very moment. In His eyes you are pure. My prayer today is that you not only remember it, but feel it deep in your precious soul.

~ Lovelle❤

Wherever I Am God Is Enough

He Is Enough

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I had just graduated college. I worked so hard to get to that place and I was finally done. I thought to myself, “surely I will get hired quickly. I will figure out what to do with my life. I love speaking so God will open up doors for me to speak again right?”

I had these dreams and goals that I wanted to achieve immediately but God doesn’t work in our timing and life happens so I found myself in-between jobs. It seemed like God was completely silent. I had no offers to speak, and doors to potential jobs closed in every direction.

To make some money and occupy my time I began working at a thrift store where I had previously been employed. As  I sat there cleaning the dusty area filled with trinkets and vintage items I couldn’t help but cry out to God.

“Surely I am called for more than this God?”

I asked that question a lot. Every time I cleaned the bathrooms and sorted through clothes I would ask Him again. As time went on God started refining my heart. He whispered into my heart. “Lovelle, I am enough.

It doesn’t matter where I am. If I am a garbage person, a cashier, the CEO of a prestigious company, a stay at home momma, or a speaker. I can do anything and everything my heart desires but if God isn’t my contentment then nothing I do will ever be good enough. My life will be completely worthless.

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ”
~ Philippians 3:8

HE IS ENOUGH

As time went on I did in fact get a job offer. It’s not my ending point but it is going to give me tools I will need in the future and I get to make a difference. Where God has placed me now is enough.

When I get discouraged and lose contentment I will hold on to those words. Will you join me? Friend, He has you right where He wants you. A God that knows every hair on your head is surely putting you where you are for a reason.

~ Lovelle❤

Bringing Life To Our Thoughts

Words

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“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!”
~ Psalms 139:17-18

We all know that words hurt, and that includes words we say about ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I am my biggest critic. The word says to give grace, love, and mercy, and I do it to everyone but myself.

It’s hard to speak life into what we do and who we are and it’s awfully easy to talk bad about our weight, body image, mistakes, and sins.

How amazing is it to serve a God that thinks precious thoughts about us? He is crazy about us. Once we ask forgiveness we are as white as snow.

Oh how easy it is to forget…

He never leaves us and even in our darkest moments He walks beside us. Today, let’s take a step back and remember what God thinks about us. Remember friends… His thoughts for us are only good.

~ Lovelle❤