To Love 

To love like Jesus,
not color blindly, but in all colors.

Seeing each as unique and wonderfully made,

 with different shades of God’s beautiful creation.

To look into eyes and see compassion, not differences.

To have a heart to serve, and not be served.

To allow people to be their true selves, instead of holding expectations that they must rise too.

To have the humility to remain calm and true to your nature, instead of reacting in anger that will soon be regretted. 

To meet someone where they are at, and do what you can in action to be there for them.

To grieve for others that are self destructing, while having a heart to move to bring them to truth in the most gentle way. 

To show kindness beyond measure, through persecution and hate, having a love that will never change or falter. 

Beautifully Purposed

Life gets messy,

like the chips of nail polish on my fingers. 

We get beat up and burned up, 

and often times we are left wondering why. 

But maybe just maybe, 

we get a glimpse of heaven in the midst of it, 

if we only look up to the light for just a moment. 

We can see color and beauty in the chaos by seeing His glory.

What once was something messy, is now something beautifully purposed.

Revelation 11/28/16

Meditate on this:

I am loving. In order for you to walk in more obedience, you must live. Live completely loved by Me. You seek me even when you feel so far away and when your mind is in dark places. You still search for me. You are never, ever too far gone. I am always a word a way.

I am God, remember?

I am kind.

I am gentle.

I am forgiving.

I am merciful.

I am strong.

I am wise.

I am powerful.

I am Your provider.

I am slow to anger.

I am patient.

I am a teacher.

I am a protector.

I am within you.

I am all around you.

I am love.

Love…the Being and Maker of love itself in person, in action, and in mystery

Daily Aspiration 

Lord, help me to be patient.

Help me to be kind.

Help me to be slow to anger.

Help me to keep no record of wrongs. 

Help me to love others and myself the way you do.

Help me to be merciful and graceful. 

Help me to hate the bad, and cling to everything that’s good.

And not just the good that this world claims, but Your good.

I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

Love Letter 1

Dear love,

Thank you for wanting nothing but happiness to live in my spirit.

Genuineness is hard to come by. 

Thank you for putting yourself always before me. Teaching me. Guiding me. Protecting me. Always wanting the best for me. 

Selflessness is something rare, and is of purest intention. I’m thankful that you give it off and teach me more about it daily. 

Thank you for your patience, though sometimes I don’t acknowledge it. We both know how stubborn and hard-headed I can be, but you still wait. You still love. You still pursue. 

Your love has no limits, and I’ll always be grateful for that. Or at least I’ll try to remember to be…

When things get challenging, it’s hard to stay focused. It’s hard to remember that your there, near, and able to love me through it. But you are witty like that. You put people, and places, and memories right back in my train of thought or days, at the most perfect times, to get me back on track. To remember the purpose. To help me see things differently. 

This life is not even life without you… 

I just want you to know that.

I’ll always want you right here by my side, even when it doesn’t seem like it. 

I love you, and I want to learn how to love you more each day. 

With all my heart,

Lauren ♡

Who I Am

no excuses 

no lies

because this is who I am.

no hiding

no games

because this is who I am.

no fear 

no shame 

because this is who I am.

laughter 

& joy

because this is who I am.

overcomer

& dreamer

because this is who I am. 

daughter 

& lover 

because this is who I am.

unique 

& brave

because this is who I am. 

I am not a product of what I’ve done, 

but of who You say I am. 

You say I’m loved,

so that is who I am.

The Battlefield 

When your mind is in the battlefield, and your not sure why or how it got there, take a moment to take authority. Rid yourself of the lies that are telling you that you are everything you are not. Remove yourself from the place or conversation, close your eyes and seek His word; His face; His truth. Cast all worry, insecurity, doubt, fear, lust, profanity, anger, lack of patience, anxiety, or anything holding you back from joy, onto Him. When you are feeling like any of these things are consuming you, and you are questioning who you are, allow God to come in and remind you Who’s you are. You are His. You are loved. 
“The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.”
-Psalm 37: 39-40