Remember the Promise

I used to think my faith depended on my knowledge of Christianity. The use of words like “salvation” and “intentional” were important for me to understand and if I could just “fill my cup up” and “pour out” I was really doing it right.
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I had this view that God would just tell me what to do. That He was far away. That I was just supposed to obey. That’s it. And the better I was at following rules, the better my Christian self was.
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Well I want to let you in on a little something… this failed miserably. Why? Because it was impossible for me to live up to my own expectations and impossible for me to live up to every single law every minute of the day.
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I was forgetting the entire New Testament. I was forgetting the promise. I didn’t work toward a relationship with Him, I worked toward the unattainable goal of perfection.
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Are you looking for fulfillment in how perfectly you follow commands or are you looking to the perfector?
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Cling to the promise and be honest with God because “faith is about relational loyalty not intellectual certainty” and everything God promises, He performs.
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So, stop looking in the mirror for perfection and look up. He chose you. His promises will be fulfilled. It’s not the perfection of your faith but the perfection of the God you believe in.
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Seek Him with all your heart, develop your relationship with Him. Lay it all down at the cross.
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Hebrews 7:11 | Hebrews 10:14 | Psalm 18:30 | Jeremiah 29:13

Pretending

Our trip was really cold, really windy, and we spent two out of three days at sea.
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Our day in the Bahamas was cloudy. I was cold and I cried (lol). We had margaritas and burgers at margaritaville because I wanted wifi to FaceTime call my mom…. instead of making the most of it I just whined to Jason that it was bad weather and I didn’t feel well.
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If you want a lesson in how to be a “Negative Nancy” just ask me!!!!! _________________________________
Moral of the story: those pictures you see on Instagram aren’t the whole story. No one ever shows the world the dirty parts. No one ever shows the parts that make them (gasp) human.
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Are you feeling down based on the highlight reel of lives you see on Instagram? I’ve been there. Are you feeling lonely or broken? Been there too.
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Friend, you’re not alone. We are all broken. We all need a savior. And social media highlight reels can get us down only if we let the devil’s lies into our heads.
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Crack open your bible and read Romans 15:13, James 4:14-15, 1 John 5:3
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You don’t have to be on a fancy island with perfect weather, have a perfect boyfriend, the fanciest clothes, or the perfect body. Not even the perfect Instagram will bring you joy or help you feel accepted. Nope. Only Jesus can do that. Will you invite him in? You’re invited. You’re loved. You’re a princess. You’re delighted in. You’re chosen. You’re all of these things because you’re you, not because of who you pretend you are.

College

College has changed me, but not in the way I thought.
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Cliché, I know.
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I thought maybe I’d grow out of being a “goodie two shoes,” maybe learn to cook a few meals, manage my time and discover what my future career would be.
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Oh man, college has done so much more than that. I continue to discover what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. I continue to realize that I can call on Him in times of need and in happy moments.
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I’ve met my best friends. Friends who have encouraged me, who point me to Jesus and ALWAYS meet me right where I’m at.
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Maybe you’re struggling, wanting college to change you. Maybe you’re waiting til after college to follow Jesus because you think you need to clean up your act first. Maybe you think you need to change you.
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But friend, I’m here to tell you that Jesus meets us right in our brokenness. He meets us as a friend, as a protector, a peacemaker, a faithful father. He reminds us that “it is finished” and our salvation isn’t something we can earn.
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Grace is so cool y’all, you’re invited into it. It will change your life.
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Shoutout to this awesome bible study- highly recommend checking it out @soulscripts

Spiritual Legacy

I just LOVE watching these sweet girlies run after Jesus. It brings me so much joy.
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Grab some friends, be a disciple, share in community and snuggle up. It’s time we live in community with Jesus and with each other.
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Sharing burdens with one another is important. Sharing our highs and lows are important. Find friends that lift you up, encourage you, and never put you down.
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If you’re in a sorority, a club, or on a team, be bold in your faith and find some friends to worship with.
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Start a bible study, disciple the pledge classes below you, and encourage new leaders.
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Leave a spiritual legacy in your organization. Leave a footprint of the gospel on your campus.
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We can’t do this life alone.
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Thank you @soulscripts for sharing your heart. We love studying Gods word through your “College” study book. I highly recommend checking it out (Amazon or ebook).
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#letstalkaboutjesus #spirituallegacy #communityiseverything #jesusiseverything

He Likes His Oatmeal With Water

He really bugs me sometimes… He likes his oatmeal with water instead of milk and his coffee black. He thinks organic food is silly and is always 10 times more outgoing than I.

We are different. He’s extroverted and I’d rather sit alone with a book. The way we worship Jesus is different. Our past is different, and for both of us it’s filled with hurt. We are broken.
But you know what? You know why we work? We run toward Jesus. We run separately toward him for now, but this ultimately brings us together. We are kinder to each other. We show grace toward each other. And we work to embody Christ.
What’s the secret to a relationship? Working on your relationship with Jesus first. Making Him # 1. Prioritizing Him.

Thank you Jesus for accepting me as I am. Thank you Jason for constantly embodying Jesus and always accepting me, encouraging me, forgiving me, and reminding me who I am in Christ.

Uninvited

One time I was invited to go to Europe over spring break with a group of girls. I was so excited, probably too excited, because for once I actually got included in someone’s plans. I started looking at flights, talking with my parents about finances, looking into my savings, and telling my boyfriend all about how great this would be for my personal growth.

A few days later, two girls from the trip texted me and told me that they just couldn’t have me come anymore because of financial reasons. They said it would be a burden to have another person there. They said it would be uncomfortable for one of the girls if I came because she didn’t know me.

You know what I heard? I heard “you’re a burden.” I heard “no one really wants you there.” I heard “they invited you out of pity.” I heard “you’re not enough.” These were pure lies from the enemy, but this is what I internalized. I was crushed. I was annoyed at the situation, hurt by the community of girls I so longed to be a part of, and broken down by the lie that I was a burden.
I’m sure they didn’t mean to make me feel this way, but because of my past hurt in elementary, middle, and high school, this felt like someone stepping on my, already broken, self worth.

Friend, maybe you’ve been uninvited by someone in your life. Maybe you’ve been dumped by a boy. Maybe you’ve been feeling not enough. I want to encourage you that you’re always invited with Jesus. He takes us right in our broken, messy lives and reminds us that only He can make us whole. You are loved even when the people in your life tell you that you’re not. Seek Jesus. YOU were chosen, hand picked, and you belong. Ask Him to remind you of this truth.

While you’re at it, read this really awesome book that speaks to the core of this hurt. #Uninvited #rejected #liveloved #letstalkaboutjesus camihall.com

Pro life does

I want you to take a second to think about your pro life view. Yes, Christian human, I’m talking to you. It’s no secret that you’re pro life. Right? Me too. You post it on social media. Me too. You may even march in Washington DC. Maybe you ridicule the parents who have aborted a baby, maybe you don’t. But I want to talk about the empty pro life view that you have. Yes you’re pro life. Me too. Yes, God says to you and me (and the babies that haven’t been born yet) in Jeremiah 1:5 that before he formed you in the womb he knew you.

Okay. We agree on that. A child’s life matters.

But, your statement that you are pro life is empty. And it’s not enough. Are you pro child? Are you pro adoption? Are you pro foster care?

Because there is more to pro life than a social media argument.

And there is more to Jesus than a meaningless phrase. YOU are called to serve. Me too. YOU are called to take care of children. Me too. YOU are called to be pro life, but not in an empty way. Me too. YOU are called to be pro life in a big way.

I hope you take action today in your community, I hope today you commit to foster care, I hope today you commit to adoption, I hope today you commit to Christ.

Because I believe there is more to loving than words. I believe love does.

#letstalkaboutjesus #prolife #liveloved @carolinecooperphotography

a persona of perfect Christianity

Can we talk for a sec about this persona of perfect Christianity? Can we just toss that thought into the dumpster behind McDonald’s? Because perfect Christianity is an oxymoron and perfect Christian is even more so… I am not perfect, but I am perfectly loved. I am not perfect, but I’m loved by a perfect savior. I am not perfect, but I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I am not perfect, but I am loved and never alone. YOU my friend, are not invisible. YOU are a beautiful creation, a vessel to share the Perfect One. You face these trials, fight this battle, fall short, and so do I. We are in it together friend, and we are in it with Jesus, the One who upholds us and carries us through the battle. We are on the side of the One who won the war. Can we just rejoice in that? @camihall @carolinecooperphotography

hand sanitizer

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did you know that the “most commonly used hand sanitizers contain chemicals that increases the ability of certain compounds to penetrate deep under the skin?” This means that when you pump gas and then put on your hand sanitizer that you bought at your local store, you are allowing the toxins from the gas pump to penetrate right into your blood! Try this chemical free hand sanitizer instead 🙂  http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2015/06/15/study-warns-hand-sanitizer/