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

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!

 

 

 

 

INSPIRE: Life’s a Lake

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This metaphorical piece relates a lake to life. I hope you enjoy this article by the artistic Jen as she takes you on an inspirational journey. 

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Growing up, most of my favorite summer memories were on the lake. I was one with nature and I was in my own paradise. I would just float in an inner tube for hours. Rain or shine, I was on the water. The lake would just set my soul on fire.  This is where I would be the most relaxed, where I was my true self. Being surrounded by gentle waves and warm rays of sunshine, adventure was endless.

“You can make your corner as clean and colorful as you want.”  

Think of life like the lake. You are surrounded by all things good and natural. Every day is a new story, a new adventure, a new start.  You control the vibes the water send you. You are in control of letting the bad vibes drip down the pier and sink to the bottom of the lake. You will receive the vibes you give out. The lake is just a canvas, in which everyone has a piece. You can make your corner as clean and colorful as you want. Why make it dark and gloomy?

Sometimes things get in the way of our happiness in life. The water will carry toxic relationships, depression, or accidents. We let this pollute our lake. We forget how amazing our lives are and how fortunate we are to live in a world of adventure and love. The dark clouds of anger and hatred may cover the warm rays of sunshine, but we have options. Wait for the clouds to pass, or look past them to the horizon. Life is our lake, and we only have so many days to make the most of it! Don’t spend your days inside, hiding from the rest of the world.

“Take some time to focus on you.”

What does your lake look like? Do you need to clean up a little? Take some time to focus on you; it’s okay to take some time to clean up your lake. Come out and enjoy the sunshine. Life may get you down, but you can either stay at the bottom of your lake or swim up to surface. Surround your lake with only the best people for you. The water carries vibes both ways. This is just some inspiration for a lovely life.

 

Jen Wunder is a junior at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. She is an Interactive Media and Web Design major with a passion for branding. Jen also writes for the Odyssey Online, and is currently interning with the River City Rascals. In her free time, Jen is usually found at hockey games screaming her heart out. She loves Disney vacations, Gingham’s pancakes at 3am, and heart-to-heart talks with her Tri Sigma sisters.

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.