Oct 26, 2011

When God passes you His glasses..

then you can truly see.

"God opened my eyes to see a whole new world."

                       "My eyes were opened and I could see things from a completely different view."
-lynda's journal

If bad things didn't happen then why would we ever need God? He has already extended His grace by giving us the chance to choose His love. If this world was always happy and unbroken then we would all live more for ourselves [even more than we already do] because we wouldn't think we would need anything else. And that is not the purpose of life. The purpose of life is to live your life for God, because He created you and made you in His image.

He had to break me for me to turn to Him. And when I went seeking, He opened my eyes to a whole new world [Matthew 7:7, Jeremiah 29:13]. I stepped out of Lynda's world and into God's. We are so small and to know that God knows every hair on my head and everything in my heart [Luke 12:7]... I can believe that He makes all things work together for my good [Romans 8:28]. So many bad things happen in this world but don't you think that the God of the Universe who shows His true faithfulness and love in so many ways, has a good hold on the world? Our little tiny minds can't even begin to comprehend what God's reasons are. His mind is completely different. He doesn't even exist in our time. But if we trust in Him, then He can pass us the glasses and we can begin to see things through His eyes instead of our own.

We can see the good that comes from the bad.
We can see the orphans and the homeless who need us.
We can see broken hearts healed.
We can see people never being truly fulfilled by a temporary, worldly satisfaction.
We can see that without God; nothing is good, nothing is everlasting, nothing is created.

Ephesians 3:17-19 says "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
How would we live differently if we could grasp and truly understand how much God loved us? We would never doubt God's plan for us, even if our life was really tough at the moment, because we would understand that God would never do anything with intentionally hurting us, and that would lead us to give Him complete control over us--we could find everlasting joy in how much He loved.

Ask God to give you His glasses. So you can see life through His eyes. Which then it can show you how much He really loves you and why His plan is to never harm you. Bad things happen but with a God written story, there is always a happy ending. Find His glasses so you can read it.

Aug 24, 2011

Cracked, Bruised, and Shattered Hearts

Heartbreak is such a powerful thing. Not only can it lead to tragic times and miserable feelings; it can lead to months or even years of emptiness. Loneliness sinks in, depression takes over. There are so many side effects to a broken heart; some of the side effects never go away. Yes we all go through many different ways of heartbreak but in the end, most of us know the feeling of our hearts getting injured in some form. 

Last week, I had three different people approach me concerning heartbreaks. One girl was broken up with due to the boy not wanting to settle down. One man was dealing with being dumped due to having different values from the girl he dated. And the other was a girl who worried that there would be a heartbreak somewhere in the near future because she sensed the boy was talking to other girls.

These situations all seem very familiar don't they? Breakups occur all around us whether we are experiencing them or we know someone who is. I too went through a rough breakup last year and till this day, I struggle with getting over it. It took some time to realize that just because I was "single"-- it didn't mean I was alone.

There's only one great Healer who can eternally satisfy and mend those shattered pieces to a heart. 

He is our merciful God.

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

We can fully rely on God's resources like His word, His Spirit, and His people.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows." 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

He can mend and repair those hearts. Through the grace of His son, we can start new. He has a major plan for us and when we pick up our crosses daily, our hearts will be filled with the characteristics of God.

His healing hand can pick up those pieces and carefully place them back into the shape of a heart.
Through time, good friendships, and trusting in Him--your heart will be restored.

Jul 9, 2011

"I love to take long walks on the beach."

A few weeks ago the Watsons took a family trip to Edisto Beach in the bottom corner of South Carolina. We have family down there so we packed up the dogs and gathered all the food and headed towards the big blue ocean.

The week was peaceful and relaxing. To give you an idea if you've never been to Edisto; it's covered in trees with hanging moss and if you're not wanting to rock on the front porch and listen to the whippoorwill birds, then all you can do is head down to Whaley's-- the tiny karaoke bar in the middle of the island.

 I love to take long walks on Edisto beach, and I'll tell you why..

When someone is describing things that they like, the saying "I love to take long walks on the beach" has kind of become a humerous cliche. Well I want to dive into something deeper with this saying. Imagine your long lonely walk on the beach is your lifelong walk with God. I did and my eyes were opened to a whole new realization.

At Edisto Beach, every now and then you'll come across a trail of rocks that are placed from the dunes all the way to the water. It's like the rocks section off parts of the beach.

Seeing this image, I compared it to my own life. Having God being my first priority, my walk with Him should be smooth and flat--just like a perfect walk in the sand. Yeah you might step on a seashell every now and then, but it's nothing compared to walking next to the beautiful ocean. Walking at Edisto, God pointed out something different, because nobody's life is perfect and smooth. No one has a life where it's just a simple walk on the beach. There will always be trials-- there will always be rocks.

As I walked down the beach, I was kinda troubled because I wasn't sure how I was going to get over those rocks. They were huge, and the tide was high so there was no way to get around them. I was thinking I could walk over them but it was dangerous and could take awhile. Then I saw a pathway leading up into the tall dunes. I slowly followed it and it led me to a simple path right over to the other side of the rocks.
"Well that was easier than I thought," I said to myself.

Things then began to click in my head. If I truly trust God, the trials that are placed in my life will be easy to overcome. He can lead me over the rocks. And then I can still enjoy my long walk on the beach.

My sister and I loving Edisto.

Jun 3, 2011

a lot of people say they hate sushi; but they've never tried it.

So my parents are very predictable. Every friday night they go to the same sushi restaurant and sit at the same table and speak to the same waitress. Every. Single. Week.

Living with them as I am home from college for the summer, I attend their weekly outings to the sushi restaurant and have fallen into their "routine." Might I add, I'm not ashamed at all. Free meal and good food!

I encourage you to find a good little sushi restaurant! Step out of your comfort zone and let sushi become your new weekly routine!

You say you don't want to go out? Cook it at home. Spice up your life.

Yes sushi might not look appetizing to some of you, but if you've never tried it, don't say you hate it!

Jun 1, 2011

Insecurities; nobody wants them but everybody has them.

So many girls feel unloved and ugly and they feel like they can't ever measure up to par with the models we see in magazines and the actresses we watch on tv. But that is the beauty of God.

He loves and adores each of His children. We are His treasures; we are His diamonds. We hold so much value in God's eyes. When we finally come to truly understand His love then we find joy in ourselves. We are adored by the God of the UNIVERSE; the Creator of this World.

I see so many girls [including myself] spend all of their time craving the attention from boys. Once we receive  that "love" from them, our self esteem increases. And a problem is some of us give parts of ourselves or hearts to that boy to get the attention from him--which then leads to maybe even more insecurities. If we crave the attention from God, which He will give, then insecurities are washed away. We find full satisfaction in our Lord and true joy will come. Our God loves us so much and He is everlasting. We are beautiful to him and that is the highest standard to ever be at.

May 31, 2011

In the beginning.

So here I am. Fresh new blog made.

Let's just say that I am not perfect at this.. So I have no idea how this blog will flow... but we shall see.

I decided to open my own blog when I started writing a lot down about my relationship with God and my boy struggles. I've realized that-- yes us girls are all different and unique, but looking through an outside lens, we all go through very similar things. I was talking with some friends and they brought up the idea to start a blog. I decided to name it "Lynda in the limelight" because this blog will talk about how I found God's grace and how living in the [light] will not always be an easy breeze.

So this first blog is just a "hello" to the blogging world. May we both learn and grow from our experience.