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

Bible Verses to Help Combat Loneliness and Strengthen Friendship

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Friendships are a tricky avenue of life. They ebb and flow, they grow strong, they break, they dissolve. Friends keep you on your toes. They make you think outside the box. Friends entertain, thrill, admonish and encourage.

Recently, I’ve moved to a brand new city for a job. People move time and time again, but I didn’t realize how different and perhaps lonely a new city could be. Now, I am extremely grateful to Jesus for bringing my college roommate and I together again in this new town. The housing hunt, move and day – to – day would be more difficult with someone I didn’t know.

For all of you out there in the same situation as me (a tad lonely, homesick and anxious) I have a few tidbits of hope for you. This isn’t a how – to list or a city guide, but a list of a few Bible verses about loneliness and friendship that can help you put this new stage of life into perspective.

Friendship

1 Corinthians 15:33 –  Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Colossians 3: 12 – 14 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Proverbs 12:26 – The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Loneliness

Deuteronomy 31:6 –  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 25:16-17 – Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.

1 Peter 5:6-7  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

May God bless you my friends in your time of need. May He lift up your spirit and encourage your heart. 

Feel free to comment below with any insights!

In His name,

Rebecca

The INSPIRE Series

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Something new is brewing here at Lovely Dusk! I am very excited to announce a new article series called INSPIRE.

Through this past year I have felt a lack of inspiration. I have been going day – to – day feeling like there should be something more to life. Since then, I have started praying daily (or as often as I remember). During one of my prayer sessions, I felt the need to bring an inspirational and unique view to Lovely Dusk. Thus, the INSPIRE series was born.

The INSPIRE series will include articles from me and featured writers. Posts will range from humorous narratives to how-to columns. The goal is to embolden others to dream bigger, laugh often and life a life of inspiration.

Subscribe now to get the articles hot off the press.

Let’s get INSPIRED people.

xx,

Rebecca

 

Editors Note: If you’d like to be considered as a featured writer, please fill out the contact form

 

13 Christian Songs for Every Worry

“You’re love never fails, it never gives up. It never runs out on me.” 

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Recently, the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has been trending on social media. The show addresses topics such as suicide, anxiety and depression. These are serious topics that need to be discussed, prayed about and acknowledged.

When I’m anxious or feeling like life is slowly suffocating – I put in my headphones. Music is healing. God is healing. So here are my top 13 Christian songs to remind you that God’s love is infinite.

When You’re Feeling Hopeless- In Christ Alone

“In Christ alone, my hope is found; He is my light, my strength, my song.” Christian artist Lauren Daigle offers a beautiful rendition here.

When You Need to Feel God’s Forgiveness – The River

“I know a place where we can go, To lay the troubles down eating your soul. I know a place where mercy flows, Take the stains make you whiter than snow.” The fantastic Jordan Feliz wrote this rejuvenating song.

When You’re Feeling Broken – Hills and Valleys

“When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own. When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone.” Tauren Wells has a God-given talent to make you feel God’s love.

When You Need to Know How Much Jesus Loves You – Drops in the Ocean

“If you wanna see how much you mean to me – Look at my hands, Look at my side.” The acclaimed band Hawk Nelson released this song in 2014.

When You Need to Feel God’s Strength – Giants Fall

“Don’t you be afraid of giants in your way. With God you know that anything’s possible.” The incredibly artistic Francesca Battestelli’s lyric video is here.

When You’re Feeling Trapped – Chain Breaker

“If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior. If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.” Zach Williams inspiring song will sing to your soul.

When You Need to Feel Inspired – God’s Not Dead

“My God’s not dead. He’s surely alive, He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion.” This was the theme song to the 2014 film God’s Not Dead.

When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed – Overcomer

“You’re an overcomer. Stay in the fight ’til the final round. You’re not going under, cause God is holding you right now.” Mandisa’s powerful song can be found here.

When You’re Feeling Frustrated – Now

“I’ll put one foot in front of the other. Take one breath and then take another. Lead the way, God, I’m gonna follow you.” New artist Mallary Hope’s music video just came out here.

When You Need to Feel God’s Salvation – God is on the Move

“Anytime in weakness someone falls upon their knees, or dares to speak the truth that sets men free. Anytime the choice is made to stand upon the Word.” 7eventh Time Down’s powerful song can be found here.

When You’re Feeling Shame – Greater

“Every day I wrestle with the voices that keep telling me I’m not right, But that’s alright.” Popular band MercyMe shows how God loves them no matter what.

When You’re Feeling Confused – Thy Will Be Done

“Distracted by the noise. Just trying to make sense of all your promises.” Hillary Scott, from country band Lady Antebellum, lays out every worry in her new song.

When You’re Feeling Thankful – Through All of It

Life’s been a journey. I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret. Oh and You have been my God through all of it.”  Colton Dixon’s song can be found here.

God Loves You. God Forgives You. God Accepts You.

May God Bless You and Keep You All,

Rebecca

If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts or tendencies please call the National Suicide Hotline Number: 1-800-273-8255.