Jesscbnyc Announcement

Hey guys,

I’ve been keeping a secret since November and now it’s official! I will be contributing content for Horacio Printing !!!

For those of you who might now know, Horacio Printing makes awesome planners that help you organize your life. Sometimes life can deteriorate your plans and dreams and this planner is crucial to make sure that you are cultivating the calling and dreams in your life.

The good news is I will be blogging here and there so nothing is changing. Feel free to subscribe or keep an eye on on the Horacio Blog here.

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Also the planner has been such a huge success that the 2016 version has already sold out!!! But I have some news. There will be a limited re-release of planners for those who missed out on the first run.

Simply go to this link and enter the promo code “preorder” for a 20% off savings!

xoxo,

Jess

Friday Inspiration 1.9.15

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I was inspired after reading “Miracle for Jen”. It’s a great book and I’m trying to put into practice what Linda Barrick does in her own life regarding prayer. She literally gets on her knees in the morning and night each day to pray to God. My personal prayer posture is to talk to God throughout the day. I think that is a good thing, but I want to be more intentional about my prayer time and set aside time to be physically submitted to Him.

Psalm 95: 6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

I think this is a good habit to form and I’m expectant that this will make an impact on my life in 2015.

When I was on Instagram earlier today I saw this post and it made me happy and affirmed what I’m trying to do in my prayer time. This scripture reminds us that the Lord knows if we love Him or not. So this promise is great because it encourages us that the Lord acknowledges that we love Him. I don’t have to wonder if He knows because His word says that He does. Not only that but because of my love, He promises to rescue me and protect me. I like that.

The Bible App’s verse of the day tied in perfectly as well:

Ephesians 6:10-18 MSG

10 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. 11 So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 12 This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. 13 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. 14 Truth, righteousness, 15 peace, 16 faith, 17 and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. 18 In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Prayer is important. I’m glad that I am always talking to God but there is something to be said for having a posture of prayer and being subservient to God. God cares about my prayers and He was always do what’s best to protect me and rescue me. The same applies to you.

Found on: http://instagram.com/she_is_more/

Thursday Inspiration 10.23.14

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I located this image online a while back and I really loved that it challenged me to see things differently. Especially on Instagram there are a lot of trends in photography i.e. the infamous selfie. I like photographing and making memories even though my photos aren’t all that great–they make me happy. However a lot of people use Instagram to prove a point or to showcase their lives. There will be fashion bloggers posting themselves in various outfits, photographers posting lovely landscapes, men and women posting daily selfies, food lovers posting yummy dishes, and the list goes on. What’s cool about this quote is that it causes you to stop and reflect on your motives for posting pictures.

I definitely don’t want to point the finger at anyone but I think it could be a good exercise to look at the things you photograph most and see if that tells you anything.

  • Selfies – Are you worried about what you look like? Are you scared to get older? Are you unhappy with what you see in the mirror and like to get validation from others by posting only your best filtered image?
  • Significant other – Are you genuinely happy? Are you afraid to lose that person and take lots of pictures to hold on to the relationship? Are you posting lots of pictures as a way of showing your relationship off to your ex?
  • Food – Are you showing off how many times you go out to eat? Are you afraid of losing the persona you have online? Do you only go to places where you know it will be a good photo op?

Granted some of those projections as to why you might be doing something is far-fetched. I can’t imagine some people doing that—but I can’t discount that there are some people who might be. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy your life and want to share your passions and interests with people but it could be a good way to self-inspect. I think we should always be fruit-inspecting and making sure we aren’t looking for validation and placing self-worth in the hands of other people–especially fickle people on social media who could approve of you one day and turn on you the next. I always want to make sure that my grasp on temporary things is looser than my grasp on eternal things. I used to value relationships, friendships, a social life way higher than necessary and luckily that was before Instagram or I would be lathering the internet with my obsessions. Most of the time without even thinking I post things about my blog or a good Bible verse or church, or a hang out with my volunteer group or family. I’m not saying you can’t take a selfie because you’re having a great hair day that might never happen again, or you can’t take a picture of you and your S.O. because you’re just so in love…haha. But I think we need to be careful not to make idols of these things. There’s this part in the beginning of Isaiah 65 that says:

 “I’ve made myself available
    to those who haven’t bothered to ask.
I’m here, ready to be found
    by those who haven’t bothered to look.
I kept saying ‘I’m here, I’m right here’
    to a nation that ignored me.
I reached out day after day
    to a people who turned their backs on me,
People who make wrong turns,
    who insist on doing things their own way.

I never want to go back to how I was…overly needy for good friends, or a relationship, or a job, or whatever it might be. I can be grateful for those things but I never want to replace God with those things. I want to spend more time talking about Him or to Him than what I’m wearing or who I’m doing life with. Everything in moderation—but I never want to be moderate with God.

Photo Credit:http://www.boho-weddings.com/2013/07/02/365-happiness-project-quote-157/  image had a spelling error that I corrected in MS Paint. (Yes I’m crazy)

“But I love it God”

Isaiah 30:18 MSG

But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you.
    He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything.
    Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.

When I first saw this picture on Instagram I thought wow–this is so true. People have since then re-posted it and I tried to find it’s origin online and couldn’t.

I think it’s the perfect picture of trusting God because so often we aren’t ready to let go of what is in our hands thinking it’s the best that’s out there. But God always has better. It’s not our faults though and this lack of trust originated in the garden when Eve was so easily talked out of God’s kindness and best intention for her.

Even if our gut tells us–this is the best there is we need to magnify the voice in our soul and spirit that says THE BEST IS YET TO COME. God’s not finished..He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. Good things take time.

Found on Instagram and Pinterest – No specific source defined.

Tuesday Inspiration 10.14.14

As awful as life can be and things that happened in our past — it’s important to remember ALWAYS that nothing is wasted. From personal experience I know that statement can make you feel cynical depending on the severity of your pain or horror of your experiences but it doesn’t make it any less true. I was thinking about my ex the other day. I’ve had some dreams the past few weeks and he was there. And at first I chalked it completely up to Satan trying to pick at wounds to see if they still hurt. I haven’t cried. I haven’t thought about it long after I’ve woken up. These are all good things. Signs of recovery even. Signs that pain has healed. I might not be 100% immune to that past sadness but I’m close.

Anyway I was thinking about it again just this morning after another dream, and it made me remember that I let go. There were moments where I questioned letting go even though it was a toxic situation. There were moments where I was grateful to have let go. There were moments of loneliness where I felt like having that relationship, no matter how bad, was better than nothing. There were moments where I’ve allowed the Enemy to whisper lies like no one will ever love me like he did, and really the list goes on and on. And this doesn’t have to be a relationship. I’ve learned over the past few years to let go of a lot of my expectations of what I thought my life should be. Where I should be. Who should be there with me. What I should be doing. And really you begin to realize that all of that stuff is amazing to you, but actually garbage. Sounds harsh right? But it’s true. The things I valued had a shelf life. Meaning they either ended quicker than I thought or were good and just not capable of lasting forever.

As I’m typing this the phrase “every good and perfect thing comes from above”. And it’s true. Do I still wish sometimes I would meet my husband already? Yes. Do I wish I made more money? Yes. Do I still wonder if/when my dad will ever get saved? Yes. Do I have all sorts of hopes and dreams and desires? Yes. But every day needs to be a sacrifice of what you think and want because you know God has better.

In Luke 9 (MSG) Jesus says:

23-27 Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?

In Matthew 4 (MSG) Jesus says:

18-20 Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.

21-22 A short distance down the beach they came upon another pair of brothers, James and John, Zebedee’s sons. These two were sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their fishnets. Jesus made the same offer to them, and they were just as quick to follow, abandoning boat and father.

I love the simple fact that these men dropped what they were doing. In one story they dropped their nets in the middle of fishing, and in the other, they left their boat and father behind to follow Jesus. Granted today we are not fishermen but this applies. What if your net/what you’ve been trying to catch needs to be dropped. You don’t need to keep going on dates to find the “One”, you don’t need to send out 100 more applications for a job, you don’t need to keep seeking validation from your group of friends, or posting selfies on Instagram hoping to catch attention or praise. You need to drop those nets. You need to step out of the boat you think is going to take you somewhere–maybe it’s a job, maybe it’s a move out of state away from your church, whatever it may be. You need to get out of that boat to follow God on foot even if it seems like that’s the long way to the final destination.

I think we have a tendency to plan our lives and ultimately we risk settling for what we think is a good idea when God has a bigger picture that we can’t see.

What can you do today to leave behind the life you have planned for the one that God has waiting for you?

Photo Credit: http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2011/05/because-im-planner.html