(I took this picture in Nicaragua. This was also my phase of "over editing pretty pictures to make them extra pretty" but honestly God's masterpiece doesn't need a filter so sorry Lord for trying to upgrade something un-upgradable).
Welcome back blurry-eyed friends!! Let’s just jump in, sound good? So I left off with sharing my first journal writing and I want to go back to that.
1/11/15 (Yes I accidently wrote down the wrong year)
First day of Class, X-ray on my thumb, Mom says I should do a blog
John 4:14 But Whoever drinks the water I give him will never know thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
I pray Lord for self-respect, value, and confidence. I pray for Joy. I pray for Hannah (one of my best friends who had a big decision to make) and Jordan (my big brother). I pray for my Husband. I pray Lord for peace with myself.
So clarity, that’s what we are all looking for right? Last time I compared clarity to putting on glasses after a long day of blurry contacts. However, one thing I do not want to do is mislead you so I wanna make something clear. Life will not always be clear…not matter what you do or who you are. Your life will NOT ALWAYS be clear. I think this is a super important concept to grasp because if we believe that life is supposed to be clear all the time then we will be some very frustrated people.
Alright that was a little side note. Now let me walk you through how amazing this first journal post was and how God was already beginning my “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” year.
First things first… MOTHERS ARE 99.9999999% always right. The lady told me to do a blog and look at me a year later, YO MAMA I DID IT!!! So thanks Boss Lady (my nickname for her), love you!
Secondly, the verse. Do y’all understand how powerful this verse is? Because I know at the time I didn’t realize it’s power and now I am like “Dang God you were so on point!”
Let’s work through it: But whoever drinks the water I give him will never know thirst.
This is what I get from that. I believe the Lord is saying “hey you (any and everyone of you) I am giving you the most vital piece of life, water. (Y’all you literally can’t live without water... I know he isn’t talking about literal water, but still, woah). I think the fact that he uses water displays just how much we really do NEED him.
The first part of the verse I feel like I had. I was drinking the water but I wasn’t fully hydrated…just drinking enough to get by. I was doing the minimum and was wondering why I was still thirsty. I was seeking the Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
I wanted this but I was only putting half a glass of water into it, as if it was just supposed to come to me. Nahhh y’all the Lord wants us to WANT Him, to SEEK Him, to PURSUE Him. During the year 2016 I started to date the Lord… it started with simple conversations and journal writings and then eventually we really couldn’t get enough of each other. Definitely the most successful relationship I’ve ever had.
I was drinking the water he was giving me. By this I mean: I was in His word, I was listening to His voice, I surrounded myself with people who sought out Jesus just as much as I was, and I was praising Him. Throughout the day I would pray and just listen to praise songs. (Side note: listening to some good ole praise Jesus music will get you so hype for the day its insane. Sure Thomas Rhett, Ariana Grande, and Drake are fantastic but just give it a shot and listen to Crowder or Hill Song!) Okay, sorry I got side tracked… HIS WATER has turned into a spring of water welling up to eternal life. It wasn’t over night, it didn’t happen in a couple of months but slowly it formed. The words of the bible were coming to life, verses that I had read countless times before were making me shed tears in amazement of how remarkable our Father is. I was learning to be silent… and am still learning. I struggle with Being Still and listening to him so that’s something I am working at to this day.
Overall though, I think the biggest piece of my “Clear Eyes” in 2016 came from the people I was around, 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” I’ve always stood pretty firm in my morals no matter what “company” I kept BUT having friendships rooted in the Lord just takes off so much pressure of worldly desires and temptations. The University of Georgia coaching staffs and God must have made a really good deal because let me tell ya people… there are some amazing people who I have found as a brother or sister in Christ. I really could not be more grateful for the people God has blessed me with in my life.
Thirdly, my letter to the Lord. Hmm I was going to talk to y’all about that but I have a lot to say about it so I wanna save that for next time.
Friends, if you get anything from this blog post get this: Drink His water, drink every drop of scripture, hand a glass to your neighbor, be so hydrated in the Lord that you sweating out His praise.
As always, thank y’all for taking time out of your day to listen to what goes on in my brain. I am stoked about telling y’all about my letter to the Lord so make sure you read next week!!