Boldness

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Today I was doing my write the word journal  and a verse that continues to speak to me was included in the today’s verses of Hebrews 10:35-39. After I wrote down the verses for today and moved on to the next page I became flooded with thoughts. I really feel that is the main purpose of the journal, to get you thinking about scripture and how it applies to your life. Right off the bat I wrote BE BOLD!! God wants us to be bold in his name. Who benefits when I retreat into myself and shy away from my faith and purpose? the devil (he does not need any help from me). As Christians we need to be confident in the Lord, His truths, and His promises. He is Holy, He is sovereign, He is Lord. I need to remember I am a daughter of the most high God.

I wilt at the sign of darkness instead of standing tall to catch the light. I need to BE BOLD, STAND TALL. The darkness is not our chance to wilt and die but to stand up in faith and love. God is light. God is love. When the darkness of the world creeps in I must be bold in my faith and my love of Christ. I need to stand tall to let the sun reach my face so that I grow in the love of Jesus.

in grace and love,

amber

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Overwhelmed

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I am typing this bundled up on my couch feeling sicker than I have in awhile, a double ear infection and a gnarly cold will do that to you. The word that has been constantly at the forefront of my mind in the last 8 weeks is OVERWHELMED. I am a person who doesn’t mind to busy and generally prefers to be doing something but lately even I have felt the weight of this kind of schedule and lifestyle. We have been living at a break neck pace for months and I can’t keep up. Typically after I dwell on the thought of being overwhelmed I hear God say, “BE STILL”. I have forgotten what should be at the forefront of my mind HIM. In all the ups and downs, scheduling conflicts, and strain to family time I forgot that, “the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” Exodus 14:14

This verse draws my attention to that the fact that the Lord is with me and he will stand up for me. The biggest struggle for me is being still. I need to be still in all aspects of my life. I keep trying to take on all the hustle and bustle by myself and shelving my time with God because I tell myself that X,Y, & Z are more important, and if I don’t get this done so and so will be disappointed, and if I don’t sell this we can’t pay this off. The list goes on and on. The Lord is present in all these things regardless if I acknowledge it the difference is if and when I acknowledge Him in all aspects of my life then I am inviting Him into a relationship. A relationship where He is for me not against me and I no longer have to shoulder my burdens alone.

 

in grace and love,

amber

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Rise Up

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I just returned from a long weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina where we attended 2 days of Code Orange revival. God used this revival to encourage my spirit and I have tons to unpack from this trip. The first thing that I heard that really stuck with me was something Dharius Daniels said (I took two pages of notes during his sermon), “Could it be that God will allow us to live on whatever level we settle for.” This struck me so deep that I even wrote MIND BLOWN in my notes next to this quote. I struggle a lot with how I see myself. Often beating myself up with how I could’ve done something better or said something differently and this has really impacted how I see myself and how I view what happens to me. Love others is something I often tell my kids and is preached about on Sunday mornings but loving myself needs to happen first. I need to start seeing myself as God sees me. I am a child of God. I have been settling for who I think am versus rising up to the challenge of who God has called me to be. He didn’t call me be self loathing and critical. I need to RISE UP to God’s call not settle for the low opinion I have of myself.  The song Rise Up has been on repeat for me and these lyrics help me remember that I am to serve God regardless of bad days & self loathing:

I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you

I have been living in my doubt and not in God’s delight. Psalm 149:4 says, “For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.” He delights in us and I should focus on His image of me not that image I’ve let the world create of me. I am a daughter of the most High God and today I am rising up to be who has he called me to be for the glory of his kingdom. 

 

in grace and love,

amber

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Mind Your Business

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This morning I was working in my write the word journal this morning and 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. Verse 11 really was trying to tell me a lot this morning. I struggle when I read the words “quiet life” because I immediately equate a quiet life with a boring life. I know that is not what it means but that is always my first reaction to that phrase. Quiet I believe in this sense means without drama. Being a woman I feel that drama is 10x more prevalent than it is with men. Women are often portrayed as busy bodies which to extent is true but I think as Christian women we need to redefine what it looks like to befriend one another. There is a fine line between gossip and discussion and I flirt with that line often. Gossip is defined as “casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true” and discussion is defined as “the action or process of talking about something, typically in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas.” While each definition is distinct they often overlap in my mind. What needs to start happening is talking things out with one another through a Christlike lens. I know I like to get my friends opinions on what is going on in my life and 99% of the time that involves other people. How I discuss these people and the lens in which I filter my conversation and actions is the key difference I believe in gossip versus discussion. I am not great at this by any means, minding my own business is something I fail terribly at daily. There is a fine line between gossip and discussion and I flirt with that line often. What I am taking away from my reading this morning is to have grace filled words and actions so that I may have a quiet life in the eyes of the Lord.

in grace and love,

amber

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Persevere

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Even though this scripture just came into my life it has actually been the scripture that’s in guiding my choices over the last several months and I just didn’t know it. Had I heard this scripture months ago I don’t think it would have meant as much to me as it does now. I realize that as a wife, mother, daughter, and friend I have responsibilities but at some point I decided that God was the first thing to be cut from a long list of things to do. Finally I feel my priorities are starting to be in order. God first, family second. When we are pursuing God I think the devil gets scared and then gets busy. Life has been throwing me some interesting curve balls lately but I have been trying my best to catch them and throw them back. I didn’t realize that all this time that I was persevering because that is what God has called me to do. Not just trying to survive for my own selfish benefit but pursuing God’s will despite the devil’s games. I feel like many of us miss out on what God has promised us because we aren’t willing to stay the course. This scripture also reminded me that you get what God’s promised you when you have done HIS WILL. Today remember to persevere towards His will for your life.

in grace and love,

amber

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Building Our House on God’s Word

We are currently building a new home which has been a stressful yet fun process. When we finally decided to build I started looking all over pinterest about new home decor and ideas. I can come across writing scripture on the frame of the house which I knew immediately we would do. I have not so patiently waiting for the framing to be done so we could do this as a family. A few weeks ago we were able to drive over to house and write some of our favorite scriptures on the house. It is so special to me to know that underneath the walls and paint is God’s word surrounding our house. Another thing I love is that one day when we move from the house those words will still be there. We made sure to discuss with the kids that all blessings come from God including our new house. The kids each picked a favorite part of the bible and then I chose a verse from it. Presley chose Noah so the verse I picked was Genesis 9:13: “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Carter picked David and Goliath, the verse I chose was 1 Samuel 17:47: “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lordsaves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” Here are a few pictures of some of the verses we chose:

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5 things Friday

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Happy Friday! I want to share 5 things that I have been loving this week (and some for a few weeks)

  1. Stranger Things – Dave and I just started watching this on Netflix. It’s so good but I almost pee my pants at least once an episode.
  2. Sephora Contour Eye Pencil – I got this in my latest Sephora Play! Box in the shade plum. It goes on smooth and doesn’t fade or smudge off. For only $10 it’s a great makeup find.
  3. PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pens – These pens are awesome, no smearing and no bleeding. I’ve been using them with 4 and 5.
  4.  Write the Word  – This journal is by Lara Casey. There is a spot for the day, what you are grateful, and a scripture to read and write on one page and on the other page is a space to write out a prayer or whatever the scripture put on your heart.
  5. Powersheets –  This is another product by Lara Casey. These have been rocking my world. These are purposeful goal setting sheets. It helps you pinpoint what your passionate about, brings you life, and joy. I have gotten so much from these pages and they have helped me start to live more intentionally.
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Authentic

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Authentic: genuine/real/true

What does it mean to be authentic? What does it mean to live as your genuine/real/true self? When I hear the word authentic I define it as being the same you regardless of who you are with or where you are. The same character, the same values, the same beliefs. The back and forth between put together self and ugly cry face self is exhausting. I’m not rock solid on this by any means but most of the time I don’t hide who I am. God made one me, one person who is  uniquely gifted to fulfill His plan for MY life. Along with being uniquely gifted i’m also humanly flawed and that is the piece that is often the cause of me not being my authentic self. I’m learning that being authentic means that you trust that God made me intentionally and on purpose. You were not a mistake, I was not a mistake. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” Psalm 139:13-14

I believe the number one thing that holds people back from being authentic is the fear of what others will say. The fear of being gossiped about or ostracized from the “popular” moms or the “in crowd” at church. We think if we can act the proper way, say the right things, and dress nicely we can fool everyone even ourselves into thinking this is who I really am. Luke 8:17 says, “There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light” God already knows what you are hiding. What freedom we could all have to live in God’s grace and be our true selves. I am giving myself grace in my journey to be authentic in my relationships, it’s not always easy to show someone your true self and I am constantly telling myself that. Be who God created you to be: your personality, spiritual gifts, character, and everything in between are such a individualize blend He just made one of you.

 

in grace and love,

amber

 

 

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The Beauty in Trying

doitafraidI’ve been thinking a ton about failure lately and what that looks like and means. What I’ve come to realize is that the problem with failure is that we miss the beauty in trying. We often criticize ourselves for failing but we should be praising our ability to be brave enough to try. As a parent I am always telling my children just to “Try your best” because that’s all we can ask for, but as an adult I tell myself trying isn’t enough. There’s a huge disconnect from what we teach our kids versus what we say to ourselves. I am 110% guilty of this. When it comes to failure I need to practice what I preach.  Failure comes in all shapes and sizes. From not being able to get that Pinterest craft to turn out just right to not being able to conquer that self doubt. I’m starting to learn that failure is one of the ways the Lord refines my spirit. The Lord shows me his grace when he’s picking me back up. I got some advice a few weeks ago, “Do it afraid”.  Whatever the Lord may be calling you to do or say may be scary but DO IT AFRAID.  Trying requires boldness and a sense of fearlessness. Trying my best means giving it my all regardless of what the outcome will be. I need to become comfortable with the effort despite the ending. God tells us in Isaiah 41: 10, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” While God tells us not to be afraid he also tells us he is with is. For me I understand I shouldn’t be afraid but I know that they are things in life that I will be afraid to do or say but God says, “I AM WITH YOU”. The next time you are worried about failure, remember to be bold and beautiful in the trying and DO IT AFRAID because the Lord your God is right there along with you. 

in grace and love

amber

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Hello

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet. After finishing grad school I’ve had some time to think about goals and what I want for my life and legacy. Spirited Grace is the name I chose because it is something I want to have. The word spirited means full of energy, enthusiasm, and determination. I want to have grace that way. I want to lavish grace on others with enthusiasm. I want to have grace for myself that is determined to affect me in a deep soul change way.While I am not very eloquent or necessarily be an expert on any given subject I do feel I have things I want to say. This blog provides me a space to write and share my heart and passions. I hope that posts give you some food for thought, leave you encouraged, or let you know you aren’t the only one.

in grace and love,

amber

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