ONE Hundred Days!!!

I made it.

I finally made it to 100 days of reading the Bible. Every. Single. Day.

Okay okay. I started January 6th and I caught up by the 10th. So technically in 6 days I will be 100 days in. But regardless- a milestone to remember! A milestone to celebrate.

And what a beautiful day it is, to do it on.

Holy Thursday!

Yes it is just that- Holy Week. And today is Thursday, for all of you who are WFH, and are unsure of what day it is. Or for those of us who are still working everyday in this chaos. Yes it is Thursday.

For those of you who missed my previous blog post. This year 2020, I decided I wanted to invest and indulge myself in the Lord and into my religion more that I ever have before. The easiest way I found to start and do that- is to focus on his word. The Bible.

So everyday on my Bible app. I get a Notification at 6:30am. I wake up. I open the app and I read or listen to that days chapters, in the book we are reading and then I go to Spotify and I listen to the podcast set for those chapters. It explains it in a simpler way and summarizes what I just read. I love getting a “recap” just to make sure I understand a little bit more of what just happened. Because trust me the Bible can be confusing sometimes.

So far I have not been overwhelmed with reading the Bible. Probably because it’s only a few chapters a day and it’s all laid out for me. That way I just listen along and the chapters are already planned out for me. Super easy.

I also love how understanding the whole experience is. They always throw in there “don’t worry if you are behind… you are still reading the Bible. Probably more that you would have been anyway” like good job for sticking with it and still being here.

They help make “feeling human”and missing a day or two seem realistic or not such a huge mistake. They give you room to breathe and not take it as a big mishap for missing one day of reading.

After all, God is grateful that I am reading his word. God is grateful that I am connecting with him daily and building my relationship with him.

This is a milestone for me. Committing to more time with God and actually following through. Finally deciding it is time to put God first and then everything else will find its own time.

I hope you all are staying home. And staying safe. I also am praying for you all. I am praying that this all ends soon. But I am also praying that everyone slows down a bit.

God is searching, reaching out his hand. Wanting you…. yes, You to slow down and call out to him. The battle is His, not yours. * 2 Chronicles 20:15 *

During this time of uncertainty and chaos, I hope you all are finding time to slow down. I also hope you all are taking time to find “the normal” escpecially during Holy Week.

Today being Holly Thursday- normally I would be getting ready and blocking out a time to go to mass. To sit in the pews and be at the church with God to relive what he experienced during these next three days. For me finding normal meant still getting ready for mass even though I’d be watching it in my own home. It meant still preparing and praying prior to the mass time. Still showing up and watching the mass as if I am at the church and in the pew.

Creating normal is hard, especially when nothing is normal right now. But if you change a few things around and switch your mindset. Things are still the same. God is still the same. * Hebrews 13:8 *

God is still the same.”

Hebrews 13:8

May God Bless you all, may he protect you during this time and may he show you the love and peace you are searching for.

I hope to write another blog tomorrow for Good Friday and hopefully one Saturday in ways you can still keep Easter “the same” while staying at home instead of being at the church.

God Bless

XOXO.

Advent

Even though Advent ended over 3 weeks ago, and Lent is going to start in a couple weeks. I still wanted to share how my Advent went.

If you’re not familiar with the term “advent” don’t worry. Advent is pretty much the month of December. It is a part of the liturgical year, for many Christians it is meant to be a time for expected waiting and preparing for the arrival of baby Jesus.

Advent and Lent are two of the main seasons in the church. One leads up to the birth of Jesus (Christmas) and one leads up to the death of Jesus (Easter). The times or seasons in between these main events are called ordinary time. Are you still tracking with me? It can be a lot.

Advent and Lent are both important seasons obviously for two separate reasons, but both are a time for reflecting and preparing. Advent is also important because it begins the beginning of a new liturgical year.

So now that I gave you slight, shorten version to the liturgical year. Sorry about that- Let’s dive into this Advent.

Advent, 2019- was exceptional. The amount of growth I felt with the Lord was outstanding. I grew up in the Catholic Church, went to Sunday mass every week and attended weekly Wednesday classes too. God’s presence in my life has always been there.

However once you move out of your parents house and you are the one getting yourself to church every week, it’s a completely different devotion to the Lord. It is now YOUR commitment not just “a ride along, because it’s convenient” and your family is already going. It’s actually up to you, to get to church every week.

At the end of November I was watching Brighton Keller IG stories, (she also has a blog- BrightonTheDay) and she mentioned reading the book of Luke this Advent season. One chapter of Luke everyday til Christmas. So December 25 is Christmas, that means 24 days til Christmas, hence the idea of the “Advent calendar.” Throwing that out there. But turns out Luke has 24 chapters.

I do read the Bible, but I’m not exactly fully devoted as I should be, with the Bible. I don’t know all the books of the Bible or by that means how many chapters are in each book. Shocking, I know.

Anyway, I’ve read some chapters, even books of the Bible. Not all the way through or anything like that but here and there. When I would come across a verse, I would usually read the chapter it was in, just to get context of the verse itself. Does the verse have more meaning that is initially missed by just reading the one verse? Reading the whole chapter always gives me more understanding.

When I came across the idea to read the whole book of Luke, I loved the idea. Reading God’s word daily as we lead up to the arrival of his son’s birth, Jesus.

I was all in.

Also the idea of actually starting and finishing one whole book in the Bible has always seemed so long and extensive but a chapter a day seemed do-able.

So I began. I wasn’t expecting a huge movement in my life, or anything life changing. But I wanted to pull closer to the Lord during this Advent season and I felt this was a great start to doing that.

However reading a chapter a day, really did give me a big push. To do more, be more present, actually spend the time with God daily and things changed.

You don’t see the change daily just like when your losing weight. You don’t see the small things happening but then a month down the road, boom. You see it.

Reading Luke opened my eyes to things I already knew about the Bible but at the same time I really didn’t. Or maybe I had just skimmed over it and didn’t take the time to actually acknowledge the meaning.

Mostly what I got out of reading Luke was that in the Book of Luke “your faith has saved you” was said a ton of times. Maybe not a “ton” like four times. Haha regardless……Each time, it stood out to me, I would stop and be like there it is again.

The word faith is said 12 times in Luke. The phrase “… your faith has saved you,” in different ways -was said four times. He said your faith has healed you, or your faith has made you well. That’s not that many, but in all of Jesus healings he left each person saying just that.

“Your faith has saved you.”

The season of change I am currently experiencing in my life, is tough. It’s a transition I’ve been wanting and waiting for something but always feels like it’s never coming.

I think God pushed me to read the book of Luke. To see these words said over and over again.

And to remind me that, it is my faith that will do just that. Save me. God is here to guide me through if I allow him to.

God was telling me I need to lean on him, put him first and my faith will provide. It will save me.

Advent finally came to a close January 5th, just after the new year. As the Baptism of Jesus is two weeks from his birth or Christmas.

And I feel renewed. I feel like I have fresh start.

But mostly I am reminded that with God, every new day is a fresh start. A new week, a new month, or a new year. It doesn’t matter because with God you have a clean slate every single day.

Everyday he wakes up and loves you and loves me. He wants you to seek him always and that- that is why I am so thankful for coming across reading the Book of Luke.

Because it gave me a reminder, when I needed it the most, that it truly is “my faith that has saved me”

Thanks for reading- stay tuned for more. January 9th I started reading a couple chapters of the Bible a day. Following along with the “Bible Recap” on podcasts or Spotify and on the BIBLE App, there is a plan called the Bible Recap by Tara Leigh Cobble.

It’s super easy to follow along- and it keeps pulling me closer to God every day.

I’ll update you all with how it’s going after a few more months! 🙂

XOXO.

41 days in.

Well…. I feel like every year it seriously feels like January is the longest month ever. Like how does 31 days seem to last four months? But now we are 10 days into February and it finally actually feels like 2019 is beginning. Alot has happened in the month of January and honestly, I think my change in habits has alot to do with it.

For the start of 2019 I wanted to really start focusing more on God’s plans for me, rather than creating my own plan. Because trust me when you start planning your own life, it gets pretty frustrating when things are not going the direction you want them to. Turns out, if you would just hand over everything to God, things will magically fall into place. Seems pretty easy to do, but it has taken me a long time to give all my worry to God and let him handle things.
My plans for 2019 I wanted to really grow in God, get back to my faith, stand firm in the roots I was raised, and also give my time to God and not “find time for God”

January 1st, I began looking up bible verses and posting one every day.I usually go to Pinterest, search and scroll through the “bible verses” and the one that pops out to me, look up the verse maybe read a couple verses before and after and then I post, I usually post it to my Facebook and Instagram story. Now I know that seems silly and I know what some of you are thinking, why do I take time to scroll through Pinterest to “find one that grabs my attention” instead of just using the daily verse I get from my bible app? Well personally, I really believe God provides what you need for each day. I also firmly believe that God leads me to certain people, signs, jobs, etc. so that I may get to where I am going. So I choose to search for the verse that “finds me” because this is a way for me to come closer with God, by allowing him to show me verses daily.

For some with little to no knowledge of faith, this may be hard to understand or seem confusing. But pretty much every day, one verse sticks out more than another. I will click on the first one that stands out and then I usually will scroll through a few more But I always end up going back to the one I found first, it never fails. For others, I know this is really not that hard, to “look up” a bible verse and read it, and then post for the whole world to see, some may thinks its a way of “flaunting” my religion. I really am doing it for my own benefit and growth with the Lord and in hopes of maybe the verse he shows me that day, will reach someone in need of some uplifting. Overall all I would say it has really helped me take time out of my day to read a verse from the bible, and to intentionally set aside time to focus on the Lord.

“My growth and relationship with God over the last month has flourished.”

Which leads me to my progress… My growth and relationship with God over the last month has flourished. Not only am I becoming more trusting with the Lord but my life is showing it in so many ways. Taking time every day to read a verse from the bible, to pray, to be present in waking up each day allows me to find the joys in life. I have always been committed to going to church on Sunday, but not until not have I committed to giving time to God every day. And if I am being honest, he should have been getting my undivided attention a long time ago. The reality is without him, I would not wake up every day, so who am I to not give my time back to him. These last 41 days have been overflowing with new opportunities, finding happiness again, and connecting with my purpose.

I have since gotten back into my career by starting a new job. I have a boyfriend who makes me a better me, helps me stay focused on my dreams and goals. Things really do feel like they are just falling into place, and this may seem weird but waking up every day is just so much easier, when you aren’t “fighting with life.” I honestly feel like I am so surround by love these days, God is just showing me more and more that the people in my life are truly amazing. And God never seizes to amaze me with his timing.

So yes I am 41 days into 2019, with a positive mindset, life seems to be going really well and my relationship with God is amazing. I plan to keep giving time to God daily and hopefully by taking time to give him time, my posts will reach others who need that influence from God as well.

Thanks for reading and sorry for being MIA, more to come!

XOXO

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