We breathe in Your grace and exhale.

Today, at work, there was one of those pocket sized Bibles sitting on the host stand. So, I opened it and turned to Psalms and landed on Psalm 17. Don’t know why I stopped there. I just did. Psalm 17 is a prayer of David. And boyyyyyy did I need it today. So, let me break this down.

Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer—it does not rise from deceitful lips. Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right. Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded. My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled. I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance. They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground. They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover. Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked. By your hand save me from such people, Lord, from those of this world whose reward is in this life. May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies; may their children gorge themselves on it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones. As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Lord, I am not like David. Sometimes, I say things without thinking or even meaning them. I hurt people sometimes without realizing it. Lord, I am not like David. Sometimes, I stumble. But, You hear my prayers anyways. You show me the wonders of Your great love. You save me. You protect me from those trying to hurt me. Through that forgiveness and through Your strength, I see You. I see Your love everywhere I go.

Ephesians 4:29 says: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 

I am the first to say that words are important so, why do I chose my own so carelessly? I am so wrapped up in my own little world sometimes that I forget there are soo many people around me. My words can be misunderstood and misused so easily, so why don’t I protect them? My words can have a much bigger impact than I realize so, I should focus on using them to build instead of vent. Venting does nothing. I don’t feel better. The person who started it doesn’t feel better. The person listening doesn’t feel better. So, why do I participate? I should be breathing in Your grace and exhaling Your grace. I should not only absorb Your love, but share it with everyone I meet.

So, this is my prayer today. I pray that I remember David’s prayer. I pray that I take Ephesians 4:29 with me. I pray that I guard my words more carefully. I pray that I guard my thoughts and my heart too. Thank you for showing me your love and grace. Thank you for the reality check today. Thank you for reminding me that I am not the center of the universe. You are. I pray that I learn to speak only words that build up and not break down. I pray that I learn to take things to you instead of others. I pray that I learn from David and learn to be like you. I pray that I breathe in your grace and exhale. I pray that I breathe in your word and exhale. I pray that I breathe in your love and exhale. I pray that I breathe in your goodness and exhale. I pray that I exhale all that you’ve shown me. I pray that I share you with everyone around me. I pray that you reconcile this heart to yours. I pray that I learn to let go. Thank you for wrapping your love around me. Thank you for holding me close and protecting me. Thank you for welcoming me into your arms. Thank you for letting me surrender and tearing down my walls. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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I wanna seek You first.

Yet again Lysa Terkeurst’s understood what I was going through. On the radio this morning, I heard her speak about being “the hurried woman.” The kind of woman who is running around and making sure everything is done on her to do list. I related to this more than I care to admit. Then she literally talked about going grocery shopping and how the hurried woman runs in with her list and is so busy with her own life that she doesn’t share You with the sales clerk or anyone in the store. I’m a Martha type of woman. I’m the one cleaning the house and preparing everything and making sure everything is perfect. I like my lists. I like having back up plans and I like being prepared.

Life has things I’m not ready for though, no matter how much I plan. My person got me this book for Christmas called The One Year Book Of Bible Promises. Each day is a verse and discussion of that verse. To be honest, I got behind in my reading. Part of being that “hurried woman” is not taking enough time to spend with You. Today, I went to catch up and started with June 13, the day of my person’s wedding. I thought it was cute that the verse was in Matthew since she was marrying Matthew! So, Matthew 6:33 says: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. The discussion then talks about this verse being the principle for overcoming worry. Then towards the end of the discussion it says: “What are you in need of? Food? Clothing? A place to live? A decent job? A drivable car? You can trust God to provide for your needs.” Excuse me? Did that thing just say a drivable car? That’s cute. Ok, God, You have my attention. I have been preparing for this day  and I have an emergency kit packed for just about anything thanks to help from Pinterest. However, I did not plan for my car battery to die last Saturday. Especiallyyy not during my person’s wedding ceremony when I still had to drive to the reception. You wanna talk about worry? I was about five seconds from a panic attack, but I didn’t have one. You had me. You never left me. You surrounded me with Your love. After the reception was over, my phone was as dead as my car battery. Because when something is wrong, what do I do? Call Daddy. That worry started flooding in again. Still You had me. I was ok. Still You never left me.

In Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl, Lysa Terkeurst wrote: “The more we make a habit of applying God’s Word to our lives, the more it becomes a part of our nature, our natural way of acting and reacting. Knowing God’s Word and doing what it says not only saves us from heartbreak and trouble, it also brings more satisfaction to our souls than anything else ever could. Think about that for just a minute. Aren’t security and satisfaction what many people spend their every waking minute pursuing? Yet, the world’s answers are temporary facades that disappoint every time. Not just sometimes, every time.” Then she goes on to say: “I can delight in the fact that the things that make me feel weak only serve to make me a stronger, more capable person.” 

Ok, so, maybe my car battery needing to be replaced wasn’t the end of the world. I probably should have remembered that it had been 4 years since I got a new one and been prepared. The car battery is not really the important part. You are. I am learning to seek You first. I am learning to lean on You. I am learning to trust You. Replacing the car battery is a temporary fix. I will have to replace it again in a few years. Knowing Your word, though, that is an eternal fix. That changes me. That moves me. That becomes a part of me. That shapes me.

So, this is my prayer today. I pray that I seek you first. I pray that I find you more. I pray that I keep you first. I pray that I act more like you. I pray that I react with your love. I pray that I get to know your word more. I pray that I make more time to spend with you and in your word. I pray for the hurried woman inside of me and all of the rest of the hurried women. I pray that we slow down. I pray that we see you more and share you more with others. I pray that I remember Matthew 6:33. I pray that I apply that verse to my life. I pray that I take Lauren Daigle’s song with me. Lord, thank you for reminding me that you are always with me. Thank you for providing for me. Thank you for taking care of me. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

When you’re fighting to believe in a love that you can’t see.

I was totes ready to jam out to some 2004 Usher today. “These are my confessions. These are my confessionsss.” Ok, so here are the confessions of this 23 year old, single, Christian girl:

1. Questions like: “why are you single?” should never be asked. What I’m thinking is “I don’t know. I’m fabulous.” The truth is that You have a plan. So, while my plan has me married by 25 and starting a family by 28. I could even throw in starting my career by 24 and fixing up a house by 26, that would be great too. Back to reality and the truth though. Your plan goes way beyond that. I barely see past my 5 year plan and You see eternity. So, why am I single? Because You want me to be. When it is the right time You will send the right man. Until then, I’m going to continue to praise You and build my relationship with You. Yes, I am waiting, but my life is not on hold. I am figuring out what I want in life and preparing for whatever You decide to throw at me. I am working to become the right woman instead of looking for the right man. The right man won’t pass me by.

2. Blind Dates. Ummm well, I’m awkward for starters so, yea. I feel sorry for my friends because they try so hard to set me up! Bless their hearts. No matter how perfect they tell me the guy is, he is never interested. Ever. And when they basically tell me that they had to like warn him or whatever, well that’s just insulting. Warn him of what? I mean, I get it, I’m awkward, but like really? Well, I guess it’s my own fault. My friend tried to set me up one time and I got so tongue-tied that I just didn’t say a word the whole like hour we all hung out. I’ve also been one to blurt out random things that make no sense at all.

3. Strangers. Ok, so I might get a little carried away with that whole stranger-danger thing. One time, I was in Publix with two friends and we are in the check out line and this guy behind us starts talking to me and I’m like smiling and making conversation and trying to be nice back. And not even two seconds later, I am practically running out of the store. Why? I haven’t got a clue. I mean, he was just being nice! Anddd did I say practically? I meant literally. I literally ran out of the store. I could not get to the car fast enough.

4. Parents. They mean well, but they are still like parents and still know how to yank my chain and push my buttons. For example: I went on a cruise with my brother and sister at the beginning of summer and when we get back on land and I can finally use my phone again, I call my dad. His like first question: “did you meet any prospects?” No. What does he mean prospects? Like is this some kind of business transaction? Like go get the cows ready to trade for your daughter? Like are we in the 1800s? Then when I moved back to Mobile, my parents went to church with me and I’m sitting there minding my own business and my mama goes: “Who does he belong to?” Like what kind of question is that? I don’t even know this guy so, I have no idea if he has a girlfriend or not. Besides the fact that he is walking towards the youth group so, he has to be like 16 right? Like no. Just no. There are laws against that.

5. Online dating. I’ve tried it all. POF, Tinder, Match, Eharmony, Christian Mingle, etc. Not all of it was bad. Like I’ve certainly gotten better at ya know, general communication, and some of the guys were really nice! Although, there are a couple of stand outs. There was the guy that sent me a message stating that I would look good in Vans. I, of course, asked for clarification if he meant the shoes or like a mini van before ending that conversation. It was definitely the shoes. Still don’t get it. Then recently there was a guy that wanted me to wear his Army jacket. Like I know I’m awkward and all, but that’s just weird. I’m not wearing your clothes after like 5 minutes of conversation or like ever, for that matter. I have my own wardrobe and it’s pretty fabulous. Besides, aren’t there rules for those uniforms?

6. My favorite question: “why don’t you have a boyfriend?” Umm are you trying to figure out what’s wrong with me? Because the answer is nothing. Well, I mean, I’m a sinner and to be honest, I have a long list of mistakes. I am so not about to list them though. You saved me. You forgave me. That is more than enough for me, so I won’t be spending my time focusing on the past. Because You loved me, I am changed. I am working to be better for You, not some guy that wants to know what’s wrong with me.

7. Waiting. Is like hard, I know. I get it. Sometimes it’s like reallyyy hard, but I am waiting because I would so much rather have Your plan than my own. My plan is short-sighted and doesn’t see the whole picture. Plus, You have written better love stories than I could ever even imagine. You are the Creator.

So, this is my prayer today. I pray that I keep my eyes and heart open. I pray that I follow your plan. I pray that I am receptive to your word and your guidance. I pray that you lead me. I pray that you send me where you need me. I pray that I go willingly. I pray that I keep my eyes focused on you. I pray that I grow in my relationship with you. I pray that you are preparing me for whatever comes next. I pray that I keep learning to be content. I also wanna pray that I learn to take a chill pill and relax when people ask me questions. I pray that I learn to let go of the bitterness and sensitivity. I pray that learn to be more like you. I pray that I share more of your love. I pray for courage and strength in the waiting. I pray that I remember there is a purpose for those who wait. I pray that I lean into You now. I pray that I let go of all my fear and doubt. I can’t do this on my own so I’ll give you control. I pray the pressure makes me stronger. I pray the struggle makes me hunger. I pray the hard lessons make the difference and the difference makes it worth it. Thank you for writing my story. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

’Twill be my joy through the ages to sing of His love for me.

One of my worst fears is that I’m not enough. That my friends secretly don’t like me. That I am a burden to my parents. That I won’t ever graduate and even if I do then I won’t find a job. That I will never fall in love. Some of these are completely irrational. I thought they all were, but sometimes that scary feeling of doubt becomes reality. These doubts try to steal my happiness. This morning at church though, they discussed the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is tangible and can be changed. Joy is from You, Lord. Joy is eternal and cannot be taken from me.

They also talked about how You were a just God, a God that disciplines, not just a God of love. I was always taught both. I was taught that You are just because You are love. You are a parent. You teach us right from wrong because You love us. You discipline us, but You do it from a place of love. I don’t think You are one without the other. I focus too much on the storm itself sometimes. The storm isn’t the important part. It’s what we learn from the storm. It’s that You never left us through the storm.

I have always felt the need for approval from others. I’m working on it, but it’s still there. I am a strong, motivated, organized, competent, fully capable person, but I still have a tendency to act like a doormat and let people completely determine my happiness. I still have a tendency to let my fears control me. On Klove this week they said: “When you fear God, you fear nothing else.” I needed this reminder.

You have seen me at my complete worst. You see more than anyone else sees. These people that look down on me and don’t see my potential when haven’t even seen half of me. You saw me in middle school when I didn’t react to things the way I should. You saw me through the terrible teen years where I talked back to my parents. You saw my every negative and bad thought. You saw me go through a half gallon of ice cream in one day because I was upset. You saw me when I was a little kid and I didn’t wanna share with my sister. You’ve seen me break things. You heard every bad word I’ve ever said. You saw me hurt people I loved. You saw me do every single wrong thing I’ve ever done. You have seen allllll of me. The good, the bad, and certainly the ugly, but one thing remains, You love me.

Because You love me, You have taught me quite a few things growing up. You have been my guide and my light. Lynn Cowell said: “Time of change can pull out the worst in us, tempting us to behave in ways we’re not proud of. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see and choose, today, the opportunities we have to do good.” She also said: “Jesus, if I am going to show and do any good today, it is going to have to be by Your Spirit living through me.” Acts 3:19 says: “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” Because You are loving and just, I am changed. Because You are loving and just, I stand amazed.

So, that is my prayer today. I pray that I let go of the insecurities. I pray that I turn my eyes and focus from other things. I pray that I spend more time with you. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for guiding me. Thank you for being the light in the darkness. Thank you for being just. Thank you for showing mercy and grace. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for giving me life. Thank you for giving a joy that cannot be taken. Thank you for your word. Thank you for creating me. Thank you for working on me. I pray that because I am forgiven that I am changed. I pray that I see the opportunities to do good today. I pray that your spirit is living through me. I pray that because I fear you, I fear nothing else. I pray that I learn to react to things better. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

It’s all I ever needed.

When I’m feeling anxious I should probs just go straight to Lysa Terkeurst’s fb wall or read her books because she always says exactly what I need to hear. She sends me straight to You in prayer. She makes me see things differently.

Here was her words of encouragement today:

“When we have ‘I don’t know why’ situations in life, we have to make the hard choice to settle our mind with what we do know. Otherwise, the ‘I don’t know why’s’ will sweep us away into treacherous currents of doubt and disillusionment.

So, I grab hold of what I do know.

I do know God is a God of protection. God’s love for me is so consuming, He can only have my best interest in mind.

I do know God is a God of provision. God’s plans for me are good even if they don’t align with mine. He will provide but probably not in the way I expect.

I do know God is a God of process. God’s process to develop my character to match my calling might include me having to learn to let go of something I treasure.

So that’s where I park my mind, my emotions, and my trust.

It’s not the tidiest parking spot on the lot. It doesn’t make the loss sting less.

But it’s a place I can wad up my run away emotions and hand them over to my perfectly capable and all-knowing God.”

Well, she hit my issues on the head today. (As she always does.) So, let me break this down.

1. You are a God of protection.

This right here is my fave. Sometimes, (although I’m 23), I feel like a little scared girl that needs You to hold my hand. This right here gives me strength.

2. You are a God of provision.

This is one I struggle with on the daily. I shouldn’t though because You have given me more than I could ever even imagine. You have blessed me more than I ever thought possible. I’m a planner, but You are the creator. Even my best laid plans can’t even compare to the glory in Your plans.

3. You are a God of process.

Ok…So, this is the one I need extra help with today. Why do I struggle so much, knowing 1 and 2? Because I have trouble letting go of my plans. You’re plans are so much greater than mine could ever be, so why do I have such a problem trusting? Because I only see my immediate plans and I don’t see the much bigger plans You have for me. I see in terms of the 5 year plan and 10 year plan. (Maybe the 60 year plan if I’m feeling optimistic. That’s the retirement home plans! The one that has me and my best friends sitting in rocking chairs talking about our husbands and our grand kids.) You see the eternity plan though. You are the beginning and the end. The Alpha and Omega.

Basically Lysa’s saying You’re a dad which is totes why you’re called Abba Father. You’re the Creator. You are my Heavenly Father. You knew me before I was even a thought in my parents’ head. Before my daddy ever got that book and taught himself how to braid my hair, You knew how many hairs I would have on my head. Before my mommy ever picked my name, You knew it. You picked me even though You knew all my flaws. You still wanted me when You knew all my weaknesses. You chose me even though You knew how many times I would fail. You knew it all and still loved me before I was ever even born. Your love is all that I needed.” 

Then she says: “So that’s where I park my mind, my emotions, and my trust.” Ok, You have my full attention. (Especially since I am back to the car metaphors! *insert my loud obnoxious rendition of Jesus Take The Wheel again!*)

So, here is my prayer today. I pray that I park my mind. I pray that I let go of the useless anxiety that I give power to. I pray that I let you guide my life. I pray that I park my emotions. First off, because they take my attention away from you. Second, they add unneeded stress and trouble to my life. I pray that I keep my eyes focused on you. I pray that I continue my walk with you. I pray that I park my trust. I pray that I put my faith in you more. Thank you for being a God of protection, provision, and process. Thank you for being a perfectly capable and all-knowing God. Lord, I pray that you settle my mind. I pray that I let go of the unknown. I pray that I let go of the “I don’t know why’s.” Thank you for always showing me your love. Thank you for loving me still. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I’m in awe of You.

Klove’s radio station was on point today. Their verse of the day was Ephesians 1:23 which says: And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself. They also played this song:

Trent Shelton posted this picture a few months ago and it stuck with me. It said: “Protect your peace today. Rise above any ignorance. Don’t allow someone’s misery to steal your joy.” I’m so glad I was reminded of that today. I was also reminded of what I read in Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl and how Lysa Terkeurst wrote about her daily struggles. While her days are filled with children and marriage and other things I don’t have yet. (Probs because I’m not ready. I mean Your plan is wayyy bigger than my own.) I related to her and how she learned to deal with the little random things that come up in a day. It’s not that the past couple of days were bad or anything. All in all they were pretty uneventful. It was just tiny little things trying to add up and trying to steal my peace. It was just normal everyday mess-ups. I was given the choice to let those things add up and consume me and overwhelm me or I could let it go and not let it steal my peace. I remembered Lysa’s story and I chose the latter. (Usuallyyyy I chose the first option. See? I’m learning!) She said that the more time she spends with You, the easier that lesson becomes and I am learning that in my own walk with You.

(Plus my little stopped by with ice cream which totes made my day better too!)

So, this is my prayer today. Thank you for Lysa’s stories and Trent’s words. Thank you for Klove verse of the day. Thank you for Chris Tomlin’s song. Thank you for my little and her kindness. Thank you for all the beautiful reminders today to not let anything steal my peace and my joy. Thank you for giving me that peace and joy. For as many things I had today trying to steal my joy and peace, you were there with reminders to hold on. Thank you for that. I pray that I continue to see your work in me. I pray that I continue to surrender my life to you. I pray that I keep bringing everything to you and laying everything at the cross. I pray that you keep surrounding me with your love. I pray that your love consumes my every thought and action. I pray that you fill my life. I pray that you keep making me whole. I pray that you keep guiding me and leading me. I pray that you keep making my life full and complete. I pray that I keep studying your word. I pray that I continue my walk with you more and more. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Every child has a dream to belong and be loved.

We as, humans are flawed and broken. We try desperately to fill the God shaped hole in our lives with everything but You, Lord. Then when we are struggling, others come along and poke holes in our weakest spots, making us even more vulnerable and broken. C.S. Lewis said: “The fact that our hearts yearn for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.” We are so deeply searching for You in all the wrong places. We try to find peace and love and forgiveness and happiness in all the wrong things. We are simply begging to be made whole, searching for anything to make us feel whole. That search is different for every single one of us, but one thing remains true. You never left us through our search. You were right there with us, no matter how far we try to run from You. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. The more we run from You, the more we need You. C.S. Lewis said: “He loved us not because we were lovable, but because he is love.”

If You love us so much, then why do we hate others and use Your name to do it? Ernest Hemingway said: “Being against evil doesn’t make you good.” Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Romans 9:25 says: As He also says in Hosea: “I will call those who were not my people, ‘My people,’ and I will call her who was unloved, My beloved.'” Let me repeat that. “I will call those who were not my people, ‘My people,’ and I will call her who was unloved, My beloved.'” So when no one else claims me and no one else loves me, You still do? When I have done all the running I can and have gotten as far from You as I possibly can, I am still Yours and You still love me?

Now, since I’m forgiven and have been shown grace and love, what am I supposed to do? Am I called to live differently? Yes! Am I called to worship You? Yes! Am I called to forgive others? Yes! Am I called to love others? Yes! Am I called to bring others to You? Yes! Then why do we do the complete opposite? Tony A. Gaskins Jr. said: “Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger, or insecurity. Evaluate your words before you let them leave your lips. Sometimes it’s best to be quiet.” I think a big part of the reason we use hate instead of love is because we are those very things. We are scared, insecure, angry, confused, jealous, misguided, misunderstood. I think sometimes we simply don’t understand each other. We go around hating actions we don’t understand instead of trying to understand the reason behind their actions. My daddy used to make me go weed the garden as a kid. I thought it was like the worst thing ever! I mean, I had to sit in the dirt and there were bugs and junk! But I learned real quick, when you pull weeds out of the garden, you have to pull them by the root. Otherwise the weeds will keep growing and then they will multiply until there’s nothing left but weeds. And believe me, my daddy was a big believer in: “If you don’t have time to do something right, then you have time to do it again.” On Pinterest, there is a picture that says: “Do not pass by a man in need, for you may be the hand of God to him.” Then it lists Proverbs 3:27 which says: Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help. 

“When we love, when we love the least of these
Then they will be brave and free shout your name in victory”

In the new Avengers movie, there is a set of twins and in the beginning of the movie, they are totally the villains. It’s only when we see their story that we begin to see that there is more to it and things aren’t simply black and white. In the twins’ eyes the heroes were the villains. The entire movie was spent with everyone trying to figure out if they were really the heroes they were supposed to be or if the other one was right. By the end of the movie, through a little love, forgiveness, and understanding the twins become heroes and together they are all working to be the heroes they were always meant to be. (And yes, I cried like a little baby.) I’m with the Avengers. That’s how exactly how villains become heroes. With love. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” I couldn’t agree more.

So, that is my prayer today. I pray that I evaluate my own life like the Avengers did. I pray that I become the person I was meant to become. I pray that I love the least of these. I pray that I do not withhold good from anyone. I pray that I always evaluate my words before I speak. I pray that I learn to understand those around me. I pray that my heart keeps yearning for you and for Heaven. I pray that I only use your love and your light to drive out the darkness and hate. Thank you for your grace and power and strength in my weakness. Thank you for calling me yours. Thank you for your love. I pray that I stick with your love. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.