Isaiah 58:12 

“Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.” Isaiah 58:12
 

Your destiny or calling in life doesn’t have to be that of becoming a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or the titles we hear most common. There are people at work behind the scenes. In this chunk of text the Bible even says “some.” Some as in “Some of you will do this and some of you will do that.” Some as in we all have different paths. We all have different destinies. I think a lot of this scripture. “Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.” You can be a world changer. Being a world changer doesn’t mean you have to go out into all parts of the world, your world is where you are. My world is a small town with one red light, but I want nothing more for it than success. Your task at hand could be to shift and shape your community, to give back to your community. There’s nothing wrong with having a purpose that doesn’t require you to make this huge jump and leave everything behind. Some of us have the opportunity to rebuild and restore right where we are!

Positive Mind Postive Life

I am a firm believer that having a postive mindest and outlook on life can shift your atmosphere. Even when everything seems that it is down in the dumps, think of something good. There is always a good. If you catch yourself in the gutter and can’t seem to feel anothing good, take a breath. Breathe. Push aside your thoughts. Think of everything you have to be happy about it what you have to look forward to. Having a good attitude is key. Having a good attitude sets you apart from the crowd. Have a good attitude about your school or your job. Have a good attitude when dealing with others. Have a good attitude in general and about life. You will go so much farther in life with a good attitude rather than a bad attitude. Especially when it comes to interveiwing for scholarships or jobs. “So much in life depends on your attitude.” That is so true. How you look and feel about yourself shows in your attitude. The respect you have for yourself and others is displayed in your attitude. Your attitude can determine someone else’s attitude. Whoever your are influencing watches you like a hawk. Whether you have younger siblings or older siblings, your behavior can affect your whole family. You can bring people and their days down with your words and actions. Be the person who can easily make someone’s day with just your presence. Life is so precious. You don’t want to spend whatever time you have being negative, live a happy life! God wants us to be happy. Happiness is inside of you, you just might have to dig a little deep to find it! 

Prayer Tour 2017

 

Through Your Eyes

These words are so powerful. You have something beautiful inside of you. Everyone does, something different and unique. Something one of a kind. No one has the same beauty as you. God has placed something inside of you only you can carry and share with the world, don’t hold it in. “You brought to life the part of me I thought had died” Your life is not over. Your gifts and talents are not dead. Your spirit is very much alive. He restores our hopeless hearts and makes us feel like we can, in a sense, “breath again.” Take a deep breathe and see what God has in store for you. How amazing is he, always around, bringing life back into order. He has saved us from ourselves. I am not dead. My God is not dead. He is alive in me. 

“Get it together That’s what I say to me 
I put on the pressure 

You could do better 

Be who you’re supposed to be
But that’s when You came in 

Right when I needed You 

You said all of the things that I was believing 

Not one of them were true
You lifted my head up 

I was keeping my head down 

I didn’t know love 

But I do now 
You stood right there and then You broke apart the lies 

And You told me 

I had something beautiful inside 

You brought to life the part of me I thought had died

‘Cause You stood right there until I saw me through Your eyes 
So this is living”

Through Your Eyes

Every battle faced

Every battle faced is a new way to form a connection with someone; to advance the kingdom of God. Everything we go through in life has meaning. Sometimes it sucks, there’s not other way to put it. Sometimes we can’t make sense of situations. Why do bad things happen? It all seems to be clear to me now. Everything we go through someone else has already faced or will face. We are able to be by someone’s sad in tragedy or loss because we know of the pain it afflicts upon us. We are able to bond and relate. There’s a sense of peace in that. There’s a sense of “I’m going to be okay” in that. Knowing someone understands. So use that to your advantage. Look at life’s obstacles as ways to make connections. Reach out to people. Be a friend. Someone knows exactly what you’re going through. You know exactly what someone is going through. Be that helping hand. Bond. Connect. Help. Relate. Don’t let obstacles overtake you, turn the tables and use obstacles to save lives. 

Out with the old, in with the new

“But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:20-24‬ ‭MSG‬‬

The past version of you is to be left in the past. Holding on to it will only hold you back from your future. Cut off all chains from your past, release all your baggage. Your future is new. You’re walking into a new you. You’re opening new doors. Don’t try to open new doors with old keys, meaning don’t try to take on life with the same old habits. You have the opportunity to reinvent yourself everyday. My prayer is to be a better version of myself tomorrow than I was today. That’s all you can do, try and be better. Let go of your past. Remove it from your memory. Focus on what’s to come!

Your work matters

“With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:58‬ ‭MSG‬‬

How comforting is it to know that everything we do serves a purpose, nothing goes to waste when it comes to the father. Sometimes we put in loads of hard work and nothing comes from it. Now we shouldn’t necessarily do things for admiration or praise, but it does feel good to be recognized for your efforts. God realizes that. That’s why this scripture says be confident. Don’t hold back. God wants our all he doesn’t want us half way or a third, he wants everything we have. Every day throw yourself into him. Your random acts of kindness, your morning prayers, your praise and worship, every single bit of it God sees. He sees you pushing through the world and getting to him. Everything you do has meaning. You and your life have meaning. You are not unnoticed. You shine like a bright star to God. Each different, but scintillating. He’s a proud father, looking down thinking man look at my sons and daughters, those are my children! Know you are not going unnoticed and shine like star God sees you as!

Just another post about 2016

Waking up this morning it’s just now hitting me that 2016 ends in a few days. I may not be ready for this upcoming year, but in a way I feel like it’s the year I’ve been waiting for ever since I was a little girl counting up on my fingers to the year I graduate. There’s no slowing down time. So as I realize that I graduate high school in five short months I choose to be filled with “hope.” I powerful word that was spoken over me this past weekend. And why not be hopeful? There’s so many exciting things yet to come in life. I know looking back I might feel silly at how much I let the thought of life itself consume me, but I can’t help it. I love thinking about my future. Now college, not so much. I constantly have to remind myself or be reminded that everything does in fact work out according to God’s plan. As humans we try so hard to not waver from that. To know and to stand firm in that fact. I know for me it can be a bit hard sometimes. Looking back over the past year I feel as most people do. Not accomplished. I’m not where I want to be, but I will be. I’m choosing to be a better me this upcoming year. I’m choosing to put God first this year. I’m choosing to not let my mind and thoughts have power over me this year. I’m choosing to just “throw it up” as Mrs. Sykes would say. I’m choosing to let everything work out like God has planned. And I’m saying these things so that I can look back and hold my self to them. I’ve slacked, but God hasn’t on me. I’m forever thankful for the many things that He has done for me over my eighteen years. As for 2016 a few moments I’m most certainly thankful for and never want to forget are

 The sleepovers where we really didn’t have the room but couch cushions made reasonable beds

 

 Endless trips to Lin Garden because everyone loved the smell of it when I brought it to school

 

My very first trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras where I realized you really don’t want to step in the mysterious “Bourbon Juice” and that the penguins from Madagascar had it right all along “Smile and wave boys just smile and wave.”

 

 I was blessed with my beautiful E, Eliana, who I really do need to clean.

 

My last cheer tryout in high school

 

I chopped my hair off (there’s no turning back after that last inch)

 

The scavenger hunt where our team kicked massive butt

 

I ran track…. never again

 

I was apart of Walker County Youth Leadership “Blue Team baby”

 

Kickball champs, as always.

 

 Upward Bound!!!!!

 

 I ventured to Orange Beach for the very first time.

 

I met my life long friends and bridesmaids at Girls State

 

I had the time of my life at Identity Awaken camp because you can’t go or do anything with Worship Life and not have a a crazy incredible time.

 

 I went to the Windy City!

 

 I’m officially 18 and my opinion does matter now mom.

 

We won our last homecoming and it was one of the best nights of my life.

 

I took on Six Flags for the first time where I fell in love with rollercoasters.

 

 I had my senior night and cheered my last high school football game, crazy.

 

I voted!!!!!

 

We took back County!

 

 Not to end on a sappy note but I ended up with the boy I’ve been crushing on ever since I met him. 

So if you made it through all those I’m proud of you. Maybe at first I didn’t feel accomplished about this past year as I began to write. But now I feel very happy. I’m still a kid or so I choose to be. 2016 was great. I still have room to grow, but who doesn’t. As for now I’m getting to enjoy life being young and this year I feel like I did just that. Not perfect, but it felt like it most times. I’m so thankful for my family. My friends. Everything. So here’s to 2017 the year that changes my life. I’ll finish high school, start college, and who knows what I may get myself into. As always Yolo. I challenge you, including myself, to yolo also. No like really. Do the things you normally wouldn’t, no not drugs. Maybe go for the 12 count nuggets or go parasailing. Same thing. Don’t hold anything in. Tell your crush how you feel because they could feel the exact same way. Tell your friends how much they mean to you because if you’re a senior like me, you may not see them again after this year. Honor your parents, I know mom I’m preaching to the choir. Show your pets lots of love, you’re their whole world. But most importantly be yourself. Truly. Don’t let the world define you. Figuring out who you are, who you want to be, is so exhilarating. Follow your crazy dreams, buy that pair of jeans, the eyeshadow palette you’ve been debating on, the pair of boots, or if you’re like me buy that dress you can’t sit down in if you would like all seams to remain in tacked. Beauty is pain. So happy 2016 and to be cheesy, not Eric McGinnis “Cheesy,” just corny… 2017 you are my year. Or actually be like Eric. If you don’t know who Eric or the infamous Cheesy is, be the guy who walks up the escalator on the side that’s going down. To finish and summarize 2016 as a whole *dab* (I’ll regret putting that in later) yolo.

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Chicago, Illinois

🏙🌃💗🌬 This past week I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Chicago. I can’t even begin to describe what an amazing experience it was. I’m learning quickly that traveling is something that I am so passionate towards. I’ve never gotten chills just seeing buildings, but Chicago’s beautiful skyscrapers and skyline quickly changed that. I am left with a huge desire to return back to the Windy City one day. I encourage you if you ever have the chance to see Chicago definitely take it! It left me with an amazing feeling of happiness and awe of just how amazing every inch and crevasse of it is. Again I’m so thankful to have been able to go, thank you to everyone who made it possible. I will never forget it. Until next time, Xoxo Macey 💋 Chicago Trip 2016