Powerful Womanhood (A Prelude) | True vs. False

I’m getting pretty excited about the new mini course about Powerful Womanhood that is soon to be published. I personally really enjoy mini courses and have been greatly affected by them.

I want to share some things first. Kind of like an introduction or prelude (hence the title) to the Powerful Womanhood mini course.

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The Worth Game

As a general rule, we women love our obsession of appearance. We love putting on cute clothes and makeup, and pretty hairstyles. We spend way more than our budget on new clothes and try out new diets and workouts to reach the “perfect” weight and body shape goals. That’s me too. Continue reading “Powerful Womanhood (A Prelude) | True vs. False”

Free Phone and Desktop Wallpapers | Living Loved Collection

If you enjoy my occasional Quote Up! posts, you’ll probably love these cute wallpapers. This collection includes six different wallpapers of varying styles compatible for both phones and desktops. They’re completely free and you can switch them up anytime you like! Best of all, they are specifically made to inspire, motivate, and empower you every time you see your screen – a reminder that you live LOVED!

What better way is there to keep a positive reminder close by?

 

Phone and Desktop Wallpapers

 

I personally like changing my desktop wallpaper frequently to flow with my current mood. When words that are inspiring light up in front of your face, it can be so motivating! A nice little punch to your morning (or evening when you’re tired but still have work to do). Continue reading “Free Phone and Desktop Wallpapers | Living Loved Collection”

Devotional Journaling | #Inktober Throwback

It’s been November for exactly one week. I’m currently loving the fall colors, even with all the recent downpours trying to wash them away! October was a great month with a much needed slightly slower pace. I didn’t blog as much as anticipated, but I feel much of the content wasn’t ready yet and I had to learn to be okay with that. As a fact, I’m still working hard to get a few things (including some pretty cool freebies) ready for y’all.  And today is #ThrowbackThursday! How appropriate.

Maybe this month can be your chill month! Don’t over-think things, and spend more time with Jesus. I promise that’s going to make a huge difference.

Devotional journaling is a great way to express what you’re feeling, write down thoughts, prayers, favorite or impact-ful scripture, ideas, and all kinds of other things. I like to use my journal as a space where I can put down anything.

 

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In my previous devotional journals, I  wrote a lot of scripture and little thoughts I had about them. But I rarely pick them back up and read them. Why? Because they’re so bland and boring. Not that the content is particularly bland and boring, but each page looks exactly the same. Nothing stands out. I used the same blank ink, the same handwriting, and wrote everything in the same style paragraphs. Continue reading “Devotional Journaling | #Inktober Throwback”

A Month of Worship Music| Day 20 & 21

I’m excited for fall to officially begin this year. Generally I dread the coming winter and dislike the disappearance of green foliage and pretty flowers. Last year, I didn’t put up fall decorations until just before thanksgiving. And when I finally did, I wasn’t very happy with the style. This year, thanks to my new found love for Pinterest and the Dollar Store, I had my decorations bought by the middle of August and placed around the house by the beginning of September.

My brothers claim that fall has NOT started yet (read: why on earth did I already decorate?). So my question for y’all today is, when does autumn start for you? After Labor Day? Halloween? I’m curious!

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20 Empowering Verses for Your Quiet Time

Being in need of fresh inspiration is no new problem. Quiet time in the word with Jesus can be such an incredible time. Yet, every once in a while (and a few times in between! 😉 ), thoughts and emotions become too overwhelming or simply more appealing than concentrating on what you’re reading. We all know that moment when we suddenly realize we have no idea what we just read (#allthetime).

I’ve pulled together some amazing verses for you to help you refocus your mind, rejuvenate your soul, and empower you for your day. Don’t forget that prayer is also a powerful thing. It’s not just talking; it’s conversing with God! How beautiful is that? 🙂 Continue reading “20 Empowering Verses for Your Quiet Time”

How to Deal With Wanting Acceptance | Vibrant Womanhood

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Welcome back to another Bible study, my lovelies. I’m so delighted to see you! Grab your favorite cup of tea (or coffee), curl up in a cozy chair and join the circle of Vibrant Womanhood. Okay, so now that we’re past that stuff, let’s get to the goodies!

One of the Most Basic Things

I’d say the most sought after thing throughout time and history is the longing to be loved. It is an innate desire that each one of has within us from the day we are born whether or not we have even thought about it! From that most certainly comes the desire to be accepted. It’s perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of. We like to be liked (introverts too! 🙂 ).

There are a lot of times throughout our days when we may feel alone, like no one cares, or don’t think we have any friends. Sometimes in pursuing God, we lose everything when others don’t understand. We all make sacrifices. “Do people think that’s weird?” “What do they think of that?” I’ve asked myself that a thousand times, wondering if those I know really think good of me. You probably have too. It’s a quite natural thing and the dooming fear of not being liked can be a quite annoying little devil.

Does it Really Matter?

Are these desires good, or are they some more of those evil desires that we are born with and can’t seem to conquer? Actually, I’d dare to say that the answer to both would be, “yes”.

God is love. It’s that simple. We long for him which also means longing for his love. We need to love and to be loved. It is so important. Where the “evil little monster” comes into the picture, is when we cause this to consume our thoughts and minds and become self-centered people who think we have to be noticed and deserve to be loved. None of us deserve it, but we desperately need it.

When You Feel That No One Accepts You. When You Think That No One is There For You.

First of all, let me kindly remind you that you are never alone. No matter how alone you are physically, Jesus is always there for you. He is still there even when He is silent. He loves each of us even before we love Him and when we love Him back! That’s amazing.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”  (John 15:9)

When there truly is no one around you that cares, that may be a strong sign that it is time to move on. Time to let go of what you know and surround yourself with people that will uplift you, encourage you, and be there for you. This may be moving to a different part of the planet, but it also may mean just opening your eyes to the opportunities that are right around you. Jesus doesn’t want you to feel depressed. He wants you to be free as a bird. And that’s exactly what he’s fixing to do.

You don’t always feel that God is right there in the room, and that’s okay. Just know that He is anyway whether he’s talking or moving or sitting silent while you prepare to go answer the door. 😉

Let’s Sum This Up

I’ve struggled with the fear of what “others think” for years. It has kept me up at night as my mind replays slightly embarrassing incidents (why do those moments plague me forever? 😉 ). I would lay there and pray that that person (or persons) wasn’t weirded out. I hated this and wished I could just change myself to be like everyone else. (They didn’t do anything embarrassing – ahem- cough- they probably thought they did!). In the end, God is good and looking back I know for a fact that those things actually pushed me to achieve greater heights in my passions and I’m better off for it. Nonetheless, I would love not to have to struggle to get there. 😉

When we’re not accepted for doing a certain thing or believing certain things, or just being, that hurts. Let’s be real. I can’t change the next person (annoyingly enough! ) and it’s a good thing or it’d mean they had the power to change me.

I’m not going to tell you to ignore the pain and I’m definitely not going to tell you to “just get over it”. That’s nearly impossible and doesn’t help a thing. You can pray for that person, give them a smile or a hug, or whatever you know you can do. Be Jesus to them in whatever way you can. If they don’t seem to notice the effort, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean that it was useless. If nothing else, it can help us heal to do something sweet for a person who is sour.

And if you ever need a listening ear to rant, cry, or just talk random heart things to, shoot me an e-mail. I’m here, and I know many other women of the faith that would always accept you no matter what you’re like. That’s the beauty of what Jesus does. It’s not just you and me – it’s all of us! We’re here together in spirit, connected by the unity of God, family always and forever!

Have a beautiful rest of your week!

xoxo

Melody

 

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Finding the Strength to Endure Anything| Vibrant Womanhood

All right, let’s get on with today’s study, shall we?


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I’m still figuring out the life God has called me to. Not because I don’t have vision or focus, but because each day has it’s own little twists and turns. Opportunities appear out of nowhere and others disappear just as fast. So in other words, it’s important to take each step one at a time and not try to bite onto more than God is giving us. Yeah, I’m one of those guilty parties!

I just love having everything figured out. Literally months and years all planned out exactly what I’m going to do and where I’m going to be. And while some of it certainly works out, more often than not, a curve ball comes my way and I’m left standing there wandering what on earth is going to happen next. It keeps life interesting! 😉 Continue reading “Finding the Strength to Endure Anything| Vibrant Womanhood”

Cultivating Truth into Everyday Existence | Vibrant Womanhood

Vibrant Womanhood Bible StudyOften times the hardest thing to do is what we don’t want to do (duh!). It’s especially hard when what we need to do is sure to affect normal routine, make waves, or even put a strain on close relationships. Perhaps none of those are your case and you’re even excited about doing whatever it is, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it or find the time. Whatever the “problem”, you’re not alone – let’s figure it out together!

Today we’ll focus on the root problem, prioritizing, and taking action.  Grab your prayer or devotional journal and bible, curl up and let’s get into this! If you happened to miss the first Bible study on Confidence, you can check it out here! Continue reading “Cultivating Truth into Everyday Existence | Vibrant Womanhood”

The Confidence of Christ | Vibrant Womanhood

Vibrant Womanhood #1Hello, ladies! I’m incredibly excited to bring you the first installment of the Vibrant Womanhood Bible study series. The first of hopefully many more to come! I will be sharing my heart, lots of scripture, prayers, and inspiration to help you live in Vibrant Womanhood! It’s also a sisterhood here, not just me talking. Let’s all join in and share our thoughts, prayers, and encouragement with one another in the comment section. Let it be a circle of Vibrant Womanhood!

Though this is specifically for ladies, guys are welcome to read along as well. Grab your your prayer or devotional journal and Bible (I will be sharing references so that you can look them up for yourself!), curl up and dig in! Continue reading “The Confidence of Christ | Vibrant Womanhood”

21 Ways to Stay Positive

Staying positive and feeling happy from the inside out is something that is hard to come by when we feel bored, lifeless, rejected, passionless, and the list goes on and on. You get the idea. Every day brings it’s craziness and trials and troubles. That’s a taste of life. But we don’t have to live in this zombie-like state. It is totally possible  to live a powerful and meaningful life. The greatest joy you can ever have in life, is when Jesus is living in you and his love just wells up within and comes out in the most beautiful ways. Jesus is beautiful and makes you beautiful. He brings healing to the most intimate parts of your soul. That’s why it’s possible to be happy even in the worst circumstances (Believe me, I’ve almost tried it. 😉 ).

With Jesus living within us, we still have “those moments”. We’re human and completely capable of feeling grumpy and sad all over again. Circumstances can be overwhelming and it’s okay to cry. The best way to overcome pain, sadness, boredom or whatever have you, is to remind ourselves of what is the most important thing in life:

We live in  freedom from the bondage of sin and death; free to live in the deepest and clearest love imaginable – Jesus’ love. Continue reading “21 Ways to Stay Positive”