Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Listening to God: {really paying attention to his words}

July has turned into a month of very significant dates.

Two years ago in July{9th} we started our journey to start a family, which lead to my long time feeling of fertility issues.

It was a year ago sunday that I left my full time job.

It was this time last year we were headed to Washington DC for a pretty amazing award and honor.

{and who could for get the misters birthday}

This past year as been a journey for me.

A journey with the Lord.

I have seen my faith grow back into where it used to be and then far surpass it.

I have seen my emotions, anxiety and fears dwindle as my walk with the Lord has strenghtened.

headband: my shop rellas bellas // necklace: coming next week to the shop! // top: H&M //
skirt: Forever21 // sandals: nine west via  TJMaxx

A year ago I never imagined I would be where I am. I never imagined I would be living in Florida. The fact that I will be taking a day trip to Mobile, Alabama in the coming weeks makes me chuckle. One because you can't really say Mobile, Alabama with out a bit of a southern twang, and two because I just didn't see that being on my list of things to do.

God is funny like that, he has a plan and regardless of what your plan is his plan will always prevail.

I have found so much comfort in his words this last year.

I am understanding the bible in a ways I never did before. I can feel him speaking directly to me. I can feel him watching over me, guiding me and keeping me calm in many not so calm situations.

He places people in your life when you need them most. this blog has become such an outlet for me to share my feelings and experiences. I have seen it be a help and encouragment to others, which is mind blowing to me. It has also brought so many wonderful people into my life. Some just by one comment and some who have been come friends.

she reads truth has been exactly what my heart, mind and soul needed at just the right time. Every morning when I wake up I am excited to jump into the word. To start my day with the Lord. If I didn't see how each day was also moving tons of other women I would swear the daily devotions were done just for me, hehe.

Every day after I finish the study I want to run to my computer and write a post about how much the word touched me.

On day two of the "Linding the Surrendered Life" study, the author talks about disappointment and things not going our way, "When you take your 13th pregnancy test and still don't see that second line..".


That hit me hard, like a ton of bricks. I have no joke taken well beyond 30 pregnancy tests in the last two years and every time there is one stupid blue line.

That day the scripture was one of my favorites: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths" Proverbs 3:5-6.

I love this verse so much, but often times I forget to follow it.

I lean on my own understanding.

I question God.

Two days later the scripture was "Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whateverI have." Philippeans 4:11. The most powerful words in the devotional were "YOUR LACK OF GRATITUDE IS NO SECRET TO HIM."


If I cannot be content and grateful for the blessings the Lord has given me why would I think he would give me more?

every.single.day. I have one of these DUH! or BAM! moments.


Beth @ dot...in the city said...

It's so excited to hear about your journey. I'm encouraged by all you're learning and leaning on. Thanks for being so open about it. #SheReadsTruth has certainly been the kick in the pants I needed :) hugs!!!

Stacey @flickerwhips said...

You are as cute as a button!! No, really, i mean that!! i love your outfits, oh to be young again!!! Are you tired of me yet?
God's timing my dear, God's timing!

~Keep looking up~ Rella

Naptime Review said...

Cute blog. Love your style ;)

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Kacie said...

Hi! I just found your blog through the link up and I'm now following you via gfc :) I would love it if you would check out my blog!


Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm new here. Actually found you on IG through #shereadstruth, which I'm also participating in. Cute blog. I'm a new follower - just wanted to say hi!

Ernestine Edna said...

These words encouraged me so much! I love learning more about our amazing God through my friends!

Desiree Taimanglo Ventura said...

Jenelle, I spent some time catching up with your wonderful blog today and I realized just how big (and beautiful) an adventure your life has been since we've left our little offices and pencil skirts in La Jolla. My heart just went out to you while reading this one and I want you to know that, while our lives seem so different on the surface, there is so much about you, as a woman, that I relate to and feel for. I know the feeling of wanting to see "that line." I'm glad you are writing. It's extremely therapeutic. You're such a beautiful soul (and while we all feed our souls differently), it isn't hard to recognize another well-fed spirit. Wishing you all the best from Guam. Love, Des (I love all your outfits! You look great!!!)

PolkaDottyPlace said...

Great outfit! Love that patterned skirt :)

Alyson @Eisley Rae said...

amazing what a year can do for us right? i know that you've had many struggles and many more happy moments in this past year. and, i'm SO incredibly grateful for each and every tweet & text from you. i'm so thankful to have you as a friend. i know all too well how difficult it is to see that ugly blue line. but, in time you'll have a precious baby in your arms, whether it's via those 2 pink lines or adoption it won't matter because it'll be YOUR baby and you'll be it's MAMA! i'm anxious to follow along with you this next year as well! xoxo

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