So Much More Than Words 

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A few moments ago, I was reminded by God to be still. I had been feeling scatterbrained all day, trying my best to focus on the next thing. If it wasn't schoolwork, then it was my personal writing. On top of that, I had been ruminating over my future, wondering if the things that I had been praying to God for would ever come to pass. It was a complete mess. Have you ever had days like this? Days when you just feel completely in over your head and it's a challenge to deal with everything? Well, that was my reality today. When I finally allowed myself some time to stop, I decided to go outside for a walk in my father's garden. As I walked the familiar concrete path, I began to think more about my life and how not much about it made sense in this season.

As I walked outside, I spoke to God about the burdens on my heart, until I arrived at a large clearing at the back of the yard. I especially enjoy sitting in this area because I can look out at the ocean. As I stood in the warm evening sun, desperately trying to sort through all of the thoughts in my head, I heard the Holy Spirit remind me of two simple words, "Be still". As soon as I heard them, I felt a mixture of peace in my heart and a deep knowing. I knew that it was God reminding me to just be still and stop trying to figure everything out on my own. I knew that it was Him reminding me that it wasn't my job to figure my life out, nor was it my job to know every single detail of my life. What I needed to do was let it all go, and trust that He has it in His hands. He reminded me that instead of trying to strive and fix things in my life on my own, what I needed to do was to be still and trust Him enough to take care of it. At that moment of realization, I looked out at the water and felt assured that God is in complete control, so much that when He says "Be Still" to the wind and waves, they obey Him. If the wind and waves answer to His command to be still, how much more should we? His beloved children.

I don't know what you're facing right now. Like me, you may be trying to figure your life out, and failing miserably. Or, you may be walking through some other challenging situation and little by little, you find yourself losing your ability to endure. If that is you, I encourage you to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). I love that verse because it reminds me that He is God and I am not. Oftentimes, I try to take the place of God, attempting to fix my life and figure things out on my own. But, I’ve realized that this is why I often find myself overwhelmed and weary. God doesn't want this for His children; He wants us to be still, realizing that He is in control and we can trust Him, completely.

Go for a walk, log off of social media, place your phone on silent. Find time today to be still in His presence and allow Him to speak peace into your weary soul. Be still and know that He is God.

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If we’re honest, we’d admit that we’re all waiting for something. Some of you may be waiting to accomplish a goal that you’ve been working towards for years. Others may be waiting on the right life partner, or direction from God in their lives. The point is that we all know what it’s like to wait, and if we’re honest again, we’d admit that waiting isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be extremely difficult.

For the past three years, I’ve been on a journey with God to become a better version of myself. I asked God to make me “whole”- not in a sense that I wanted to be perfect, but I needed Him to heal me of the emotional wounds that I had been nurturing for years. I asked Him to bring healing to the areas of inadequacy, self-doubt, discouragement, and so many more that were constantly attacking my peace of mind and happiness. At the time, I had been reading the Word, and I knew that the way I had been thinking about myself and my life up to that point was not what God had called me to, so I prayed an intentional prayer and began my journey with the Lord. I told God that as He took me on this journey, I wanted to be healed from these things. Honestly, when I began to walk the path to healing, I didn’t believe that the healing process would happen overnight, but I did believe that it would happen sooner than later.

Fast forward to three years. I’m still on my journey to healing. During this time, there has been tremendous growth. There are areas in my life where I can see the maturity and the healing that God has brought, but there is still a lot of growing that I have to do. There are still areas in my life that I struggle with, and although I wish they’d just magically go away overnight, the Holy Spirit always reminds me that the healing that I desire will come, once I continue to remain in Him (John 15:4).

What are you waiting for in your life right now? What are you relying on the Lord for? Is it to become a better version of yourself like me, and find wholeness and healing? Is it to accomplish that goal you’ve desperately been working towards? I encourage you to wait on the Lord, and trust that He is with you on the journey. Most importantly, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to welcome Him into the journey. He will not only lead you on the right path (Psalm 23:3), but He gives you the strength to finish strong (Philippians 1:6). One thing my own journey has taught me is that God’s ways are not like ours, nor are His thoughts like ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). We may not always understand why He doesn’t allow certain things to happen overnight in our lives, but we do know that He is a good Father and He will not withhold anything good from His children (Matthew 7:11).

So, I encourage you to wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He will surely strengthen your heart as you continue on your journey (Psalm 27:14). Don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up because it seems as though what you’re believing for is taking too long. Continue to trust God; continue to hold fast to His word and His promises. Continue to wait on the Lord.


This is a piece that I wrote for Becoming Magazine's latest issue. It encouraged my heart after reading it again, and I wanted to share it with you and remind you to wait on the Lord. Check out for free access to all of their magazine issues.

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As I spent time reading my Bible this morning, I wrote down a list of questions that I had for Jesus. They were mainly about this season of my life and what He expects of me. At the end of that list, I wrote, “Please, help me Jesus”. I became increasingly aware of how much I needed Him to live the sort of life that He wants me to live. As I wrote that simple prayer, it dawned on me just how many times a day I ask the Lord to help me. In the moment, I began to condemn myself. I felt that it was somehow wrong that my constant prayer is asking Jesus for help. However, just as fast as I began to condemn myself, the Holy Spirit reminded me that this is what God wants us to do. He wants us to ask Him for His help. He wants us to come to Him (Matthew 11:28), because, truthfully, we can’t do much of anything without Him.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been praying that simple prayer. To tell you the truth, it’s the only prayer that I can muster up some days. I would wake up and be confronted with the reality of everything that’s on my plate, and I would whisper those four words, “Please, help me Jesus”. The amazing thing is that, in the moment, it really feels like nothing has changed. Sometimes, I pray that prayer, and I still feel weary, discouraged, and without help; however, as I continue on in my day, I feel God strengthening me. I feel Him assuring me that He is with me and He is for me. I feel Him reminding me that He hears my prayers and He will help me, because I asked Him to. I’ve realized that help is always available to us, it’s just that oftentimes, we are afraid to ask for it. We feel afraid to ask God for help because we fool ourselves into thinking that He will somehow be disappointed in us for struggling in an area. This was the case for me. But, God reminded me that if I don’t ask for His help, how can I expect to overcome what I’m facing? He reminded me that I don’t have to be ashamed to come to Him with my issues and the areas that I desperately need His help in. He welcomes it; He takes great delight in helping His children.

I encourage you today to ask Jesus for help. I think that sometimes we forget how kind Jesus is. He’s not waiting for us to come to Him so that He can condemn us for struggling; He wants to help us. He wants to help us do better and live our lives in a manner worthy of Him. Instead of condemning yourself for struggling in certain areas, go to Jesus for the help that you need. The Bible says that God is an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). This means that He is always ready and able to help us. What are you struggling with today? Is it idolatry, prayerlessness, unforgiveness, fear, or even self-condemnation? I encourage you to ask Jesus for help. Take those things to Him. Write down a list if you have to. Sometimes, we make things more difficult than they have to be. We worry and stress over areas in our lives that we struggle in, when it really is as simple as asking God for help. It really is that simple. We all have areas of our lives that we need help in. Instead of trying to figure things out on our own, let’s turn to Jesus, our ever-present help in times of trouble.

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