Here I am, Lord.

send

Being a servant has been on my heart the last couple of days.

One of my dear friends, Marley, is leaving today to go to Kenya on a mission trip. Marley has a servant’s heart for the Lord and willingly said YES to Him and His direction. This is something that I find encouraging to see in a young college student.

I, myself, have been on 5 mission trips and have served as an adult leader on a few youth trips with my church. I also serve in the nursery and children’s church services. I love to serve in my church, but it’s been on my heart to serve outside of my home church, outside of my comfort zone.

I don’t know when or how it will happen, but I ask that you all pray for me. Pray that when God starts to guide me in the direction He wants me to go, that I will listen and have an open heart and mind.

In life, when you hear that little voice telling you to GO and do good, listen. It may be scary, it may be out of your comfort zone, or it may be across the world, but still: listen. God has plans for our lives that are unimaginable and that are far better than any of our dreams.

I am so excited to see where God leads me, whether it be just with school, life, or to serve somewhere in someway. God has something good up His sleeve for all of us. I know it.

So princesses, stop and listen to Him. Have faith. It could change your life.

Advertisements

Step back and trust God to lead.

 

Hello Princesses

LOTS of things have happened since I wrote last, and I look forward to sharing with you what and all has happened in my life. I’m not the best at posting, I get so caught up with everyday life that as soon as I think about blogging, I’m laying in bed and it’s past midnight. But, let’s play catch up:

First– I had a birthday. I am now 21. Woohoo.

Over the course of last week, I was showered with love by family and friends for my birthday. After a hard couple of months of trying to get over a breakup, trying to figure out what in the world I’m doing in life, and what’s going to happen, being showed just how much I was loved and blessed was renewing.

Second– I’ve learned that when we step back, and stop trying to force things to happen ourselves, God steps in does BIG things.

My whole life, I’ve tried to be a couple steps ahead of God: trying to figure out what His will was and make it happen before it was supposed to. I tried to be an adult when I was in high school, I tried to make things happen that weren’t supposed to, and I have planned futures with boys who had no part in my future. God grabbed ahold of me this summer and I know He was just shaking His head at me and laughing, saying to me “Sydney, let me lead you. My plans for you are far better than your own, and I promise that if you let me lead you, everything in your life will happen when and how it is supposed to.”

And you know what? I let Him lead me from that point on and He has kept His promise. My life has been filled with such wonderful things and people. Has it been hard? Yes. But Jesus never said it wouldn’t be easy, but He said that He’d be there with us through it all.

Princesses, listen to your Father. He knows everything that is best for you. Step back and let Him lead your life, and when it’s the right time, He’ll let the right people in, at the right time. Trust me.

xoxo. 

We are blessed

My boss was recently diagnosed with Stage 1-C breast cancer. This past weekend was the first time that I had seen her since her diagnosis. After my shift was over, I was able to talk to her about everything she is going through.

In pageants and as Miss Liberty, my platform/philanthropy is “Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention through Education.” My Grandma Renae passed away due to breast cancer when my Dad was 19 years old, and she is whom I’m named after (my middle name is Renae). So, this subject is dear to my heart.

During our conversation, my boss, Debbie, told me something that stuck out in my mind. She was telling me about when she had her first chemo treatment (she has only had the one so far). She told me, “I looked around, and as I was feeling sorry for myself and sad that I was going through this, I saw people who had no one there with them and people who had it far worse than I did. In that moment, I realized how lucky I was that my case wasn’t bad and that I had people there for me.”

We get like that sometimes though, don’t we? We focus too much on what is going wrong in our lives than what is going good. We forget how blessed we are and that there is always someone out there who has it worse than us and are still more thankful than we are.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 tell us “Always be joyful, never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

God tells us to always be joyful, always pray, and always be thankful because everything we do is in God’s will, everything has a reason.

So princesses, if something bad happens in life, be joyful and thankful anyways because it’s all a part of God’s will. He’s on your side, always, so don’t ever doubt His plan. We may feel like He’s not there sometimes, and like life just sucks, but I promise, it doesn’t. Life is a beautiful ride.

Stay gorgeous princesses. xoxo

Keep Calm and Carry On.

Hello Princesses.

If any of you are like me, then you’re probably starting to feel overwhelmed with school, family, and life in general. It’s the middle of the semester and all you want to do is just go home, watch Lifetime movies all day, and eat ice cream. Well don’t worry, it’ll be okay.

I’m at that point in life where I have to begin making “big girl” decisions, but all I really want is for my Mom to tell me what to do because I don’t really know what I’m doing. But she can’t do that anymore, I’m almost 21 years old.

So, what do I do?

Proverbs 3:5 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” This is what I do. I put my trust in God, knowing that He will guide and lead me in life. Growing up is scary, really scary. All your life you’ve had someone telling you what to do and soon you’ll be the one deciding everything. But we don’t have to do it alone, God’s love for us tells us that we never go through anything alone. If we don’t think we can stand, He carries us through.

Princesses, do not fear the future; do not fear growing up. God is with you always, even unto the ends of the world (Matthew 28:20), and as long as you put your faith in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart and guide your path.

So breathe. Laugh without fear of the future. Have fun. Enjoy life. And always look to God for guidance, He’ll never steer you wrong.

Stay beautiful, and keep calm and carry on.

xoxo.

Ring by Spring

Most college students are very familiar with the term “ring by spring.” If you aren’t, well here’s what it means: You get engaged by the time spring comes and goes. If you go to a Christian college (like me) it’s basically a rule.

Society tells us that we’re supposed to go to college, get engaged, graduate college, and then get married after graduation. If you’re a female, 23, and single, the world tells you that you’re going to end up as an old cat lady. Well ladies, I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to not have met the “one” yet. It’s okay to not be planning a wedding your senior year of college.

It’s hard, I know. I have several friends who are engaged and planning a wedding. And yes, it makes me pin everything “wedding” on Pinterest and want to plan my own wedding. It makes you feel like you’re not doing something right and no one will ever want to marry you. But in reality, that is far from the truth.

Ladies, God has a man specially picked for you. He has set aside a man to be your soul mate, the one you go through life with, and the one you serve God with, you just need to be patient. God will bring your future husband to you according to His timing.

In the meantime, pray for your future husband, pray for your future marriage. Grow with God, grow in your relationship with Him, because even though your husband will be the spiritual leader, you need to be grounded in your own walk as well, be confident in who you are and in your faith. Become the Proverbs 31 woman your husband deserves and needs.

I saw this article on Facebook, which was really what inspired this blog post. You can check it out for more insight on the topic of being engaged.

Stay beautiful, Princesses.

Check these cool people out.

Here are some blogs ran by my classmates. Check them out, they rock.