There’s Freedom Here

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Hi All!

After taking a *very* long sabbatical from writing on LovelyDusk, I’m bringing back weekly inspirational posts. I hope y’all are as excited as I am!

I have trouble taking God’s nudges and turning them into actions. When I feel like He is calling me in a new direction, I often ignore the quiet whisper and turn instead towards the loud calling of the world. It’s easy. To turn away from Him to appease my own self-interest. It’s too easy to deny Him.

Throughout the past 6 months, God has placed upon my heart an insatiable desire to love Him thoroughly. He has blessed me with an audacious grace and I’ve come to learn that in the past weeks.

“Our hope lies in Him.” This can be a trite and rather cliché comment that is found throughout Christian culture, but I’ve never heard something so true. As fearing Christians, we have no choice but to have hope. Christ has claimed us. Christ has adopted us.

Without Jesus, this world can seem bleak and full of political, social and economic turmoil.

With Jesus, this world seems like a speck of sinful dust ready to see the radiant light of the Lord.

Without Jesus, self-desire rules.

With Jesus, His desire overrules.

With this undeniable Hope comes freedom. For we know where we are going after our life on this planet ends. We know that our Father waits for us with joy. We know that salvation is no longer an idea, but a truth.

I urge you brothers and sisters to press forward on your journey with God. He is Hope. He is Freedom.

 

xx,

Rebecca

2018: God Searching

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Welcome to 2018!

I’ve been journaling a bit more lately. Some would call it soul searching. I’d prefer to call it God searching. While I’ve been a Christian for sometime, my words and my actions didn’t always portray that fact. During college, I usually skipped church more than I went. Drank a bit more than I should. Lost touch of friends when I should’ve stood by their side. My priorities were off.

I’m starting to see that without God as the focal point of my life, my actions turn selfish, my words turn angry and my heart turns colder.

Now, I don’t want this to be just a realization. With thought needs to come action, thus I’ve been spending more time in the Bible, more time in prayer and less time trying to “get ahead” in life for my own purposes.

You might have noticed that my Instagram bio has changed, that I’ve been posting longer captions and more quotes. With a soul change comes a presence change. Partnering with my presence in real life, I’m changing my presence online as well. My goal is to inspire others to place God in the center of everything.

I’ve created a hashtag #DaughterInGrace. Feel free to use it when posting Bible verses, inspiring quotes or when reposting from this page. Christianity is a community. Let’s feed each other.

Below are a few quote graphics that I have made. Please repost if you feel that God is calling you to do so.

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x,

Rebecca

Find Your Personal Passion Project

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The phrase “Passion Project” is trending among inspirational speakers. With a new generation, it gains new relevance to everyday life. Passion projects are those that you work on outside of work, school or chosen path. They give joy, take focus and feed your soul. At one point or another, everyone needs a creative outlet that excites, encourages and envelops. Here are a few ways to find your personal passion project:

  1. What are your strengths? Make a list of hobbies or activities you enjoy doing on a regular basis. Find out what excites you and go from there.
  2. What are your goals? Write our five solid goals you have for the future. Take on one of those goals today. Make completing it your project.
  3. What is on your bucket list? A bucket list is a little different from goals. This consists of anything slightly out-of-the-box that you have ever dreamed of doing. Skydiving? Make learning the proper form your project.

A passion project doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to consume all of your free time. Let is inspire you. Feed your soul with something that makes your smile brighter.

What is your passion project?

Good Books + Cozy Things

My favorite fall weekends are spent curled up in a heavy blanket, sweater and fuzzy socks with a good novel that warms the soul. Processed with VSCO with a6 presetWhile boarding an airplane weeks ago, I ordered a few books on Amazon and have been itching to crack them open and explore the stories within. I’m on a holiday reprieve from traveling so I spent this past weekend diving into different worlds. Two paperbacks ended up being fantastic reads, both for contrasting reasons.

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Sisters First 

by Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush

This non-fiction piece details the lives of the Bush twins, first daughters of President George Bush. Heartwarming, each page is filled with stories of youth, life lessons and family traditions. It gives an inside look into the world of the First Family – a privilege and responsibility not given to many.

Recommended for those who need a sweet, true story or for those interested in White House behind-the-scene anecdotes.

Love Her Wild

by Atticus

Short-form poetry at its best, this book is filled with sayings that awake the adventure in every spirit. Atticus, an Instagram poet, keeps his readers inspired with fanciful language and well thought out ideas. Full page pictures co-exist with paragraphs of rhymes.

Recommended for those who enjoy inspiration from few words, coffee table reads and Atticus’s Instagram.

This months reads are inspiring, calming and create a lust for adventure. Perfect for cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa on a brisk fall day. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Let Him Be

Untamed Grace

He showed up to take me on a date in a shirt I’m not fond of. I talked during the entire drive to the pub. I answered all of the questions the other couple asked us. On our walk back to the car, I talked about how much fun that was for me and waited for him to open my car door; and in the 10 seconds it took him to walk from my door to his, reality slapped me in the face so hard, I swear I could taste the pumpkin spice latte I made him bring me earlier that day. “Holy freaking crap, felish. you are incredibly selfish.”

It’s not like I intended to be. I’m completely obsessed with this red-headed future husband of mine. But somehow, I got myself to this place of complete comfort. Of conforming this beautiful creature that God created into something perfect for…

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