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Madly In Love

Philippines

Lucky in love has never been an occurring theme for me. From a young age I had the tendency to believe that I was unlovable or that something was wrong with me, yet I hoped that maybe…just maybe…one day someone would come along who thought I was worth loving.

Through several seasons of life and more odd circumstances than I know what to do with, it’s hit me little by little, then all at once:

If I define myself by my job, I’m only worth a handful of eyelashes and a few tubes of lipstick. If I define myself by my looks, I’m only worth a pair of green eyes, hundreds of freckles, and a couple of beaver teeth. If I define myself by my family and friends, then I’m not worth being an individual. If I define myself by what I’m good at, well, then I’m only worth a good laugh. And if I define myself by my relationships, I never seem to be worth a simple explanation.

But I take a deeper look into the area of life that matters most and realize if I define myself by my Savior, then my life suddenly becomes worth dying for. Whoa. Something so hard to fathom it gives me chills.

My heart thought it needed a love that only this earth could carry. In reality it was looking for the truest and most pure form of love in existence. A love far beyond anything this world has to offer. I could have wasted my whole life searching for the most precious gift that had already been given to me since the moment I was created.

Absolute peace and contentment encapsulate me knowing I have the privilege of being madly in love with my Savior every single day. His love for me was worth dying, which makes my love for Him worth living. A love that can never be broken. To wake up alone every morning and still feel completely whole, is one of the greatest blessings.

Lucky in love or not, I’d be lying if I said I got gypped when it comes to love. My life is happily full. Whether or not God wants to bless me with a love beyond what He’s already given is completely up to him.

Happy Valentine’s Day 💕

#madlyinlove #canyallstoptryingtosetmeupnow #thanks

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Falling For Haiti

This past weekend I returned from a trip to an orphanage in Haiti. As always, God had His hand working in every aspect of it. Another absolutely breathtaking experience.

Meet Baby Daniel. This beautiful soul was found in a dumpster shortly after being born. I have to fight back the tears every time I see his precious face. My heart is torn to shreds over the fact that these amazing kids don’t have the love of at least one parent in their lives. But what’s been so amazing is to see Gods love flow throughout this orphanage in so many different ways. Despite age, color, size, or any other life circumstances we get to share in the love of our Heavenly Father together. ‪#‎family‬

Baby Daniel

If you ever have the chance, don’t think twice. Just go.

“Religion that God, our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

❤ Hayley Elise

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Rise, Smile, and Shine!

Live intentionally

Time to rise, smile, and shine….it’s going to be a beautiful new year! No silly New Years resolutions for me this time, those never worked anyway. The only thing that has ever encouraged healthy change in my life is to live one with intention and purpose.

To think of others more and myself less. To pursue wisdom and practice the fruits of the spirit. To rejoice in my trials as much as my blessings. To make goals and and remain diligent. To set boundaries and stay consistent. To love without limits. To not wear socks with sandals. To be generous with what I’ve been given. To proceed with caution and have faith like a child. To push my mind and my body out of the box. To stay positive and never say never. To remaining committed in doing what I say I will do. To remember my life was bought with a price and my worth is far beyond what I could possibly fathom. To walk in truth and be a difference. To stumble seven times and get up eight. To live a life that has nothing to hide. And to always glorify my Maker.

That being said, I can already tell 2015 is going to be an incredible year! 💚

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Courage, Dear Heart

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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Last night I got in bed completely depleted. Not necessarily filled with worry, anxiety or fear. Just one of those days where a tiny discouragement builds on top of another, creating scenarios in your mind that contain absolutely no truth. Moving away from my entire life, I was fully aware days like this would hit; it would be inevitable. How perfect of a situation am I in for the enemy to pounce?

No way could I ever blame God for this emotion within me.What I have chosen to do with my life was done in complete faith for Him and I will never doubt that decision.

“Commit your works to The Lord and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for it’s own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.” Proverbs 16:3-4

As I lay staring at the ceiling, these verses were running wild through my brain. My flesh may have a moment of despair, but what a great opportunity to trust. Every now and then it’s good to have days like this. Such a great reminder that even when uncertain of what lies ahead, always commit your works to The Lord; there will be greater purpose behind it than you can possibly imagine. If He has overcome the entire world, then why would I possibly need to question if He can handle the little obstacles on my simple path?

How lovely to have a moment of discouragement yesterday, because in it I was again made aware of how little I am in comparison to how incredibly big He is. An opportunity to be well informed of His grace, love, and mercy in my life; to be humbled by knowing the greatest ability I have is to faithfully depend on Him in all circumstances. Even when completely unsure of where He is leading me. What a blessing to have peace in tribulation, full knowing that He carries my life in His hands full of purpose!

courage

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

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