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Taking My Own Advice //

Hello, beauties! It’s been a while…

I am going to get a little personal here and lay it all out on the table. After all, that’s what this blog is for, right?

I’ve been pretty miserable lately and haven’t done anything about it other than complain. If you were to ask me how my day was, how work is going or what I’ve been up to, chances are, you’d get a grunt and a frustrated giggle as a response. For the last two years, this has been my immediate response to those questions and it hasn’t really hit me until recently.

Before I go into more detail, I really want to clarify something. I realize that I am absolutely blessed to have the job that I do. I am able to pay my bills, live comfortably, I have a steady schedule, benefits, etc. I know that it is very difficult for people to find jobs these days, especially one that is stable. I was having a difficult time looking for a good full-time job before I got married and felt nearly hopeless after searching for so long. But God provided as He always does and gave me an incredible opportunity. I do not, DO NOT whine and complain while I am at work. I am actually known for my positive and cheerful attitude and I work as hard and as efficiently as I can, because I know that this job is a blessing and I am so thankful for it!

You see, I have known for a very, very long time that I would someday be in full time ministry. Over the last couple of years, The Lord has been revealing to me more what that will look like. It’s such a beautiful thing to know your calling and purpose. Although we do not always know exactly what it entails or how and when we will get there, there is still beauty in the mystery.

There is something so incredible about trusting God completely with your life. We tend to think that just by calling ourselves believers, tithing regularly and going to church, we are fully trusting in The Lord. Our lives are so much more than that. How about trusting Him when He says to pack up and move to another country? Or to quit our high paying jobs and to go into ministry full-time? When He tells you to adopt a child? Or when He says to buy that homeless man dinner and a hotel room for the night?

So often we ignore the things God is calling us to do. We are either afraid of the unknown or are unsure of whether or not we are really hearing The Lord’s voice (it will never contradict the Word of God). The more often we ignore these things, the more numb we become to hearing and recognizing His voice altogether. God is always wanting to give us opportunities to spread His love, if only we are willing. We may have the most amazing dreams and callings, but it’s up to us to make it become our reality.

Lately, I realized that I have not been taking my own advice. I encourage others to pursue their dreams and to take even the smallest steps in that direction so that they don’t remain stagnant. I am a firm believer that God opens doors for us and gives us opportunities. But I also believe that we have free will and that He doesn’t always push us through those open doors. Sometimes we have to do these things ourselves, we have to want it.

For the last several months, I have been hearing The Lord loud and clear, telling me to move forward. It’s up to me to take the next step. Nothing is going to change in my life if I don’t decide to listen and follow His voice. One of my greatest fears is not even moving backward in my walk, but standing still. No longer hearing His voice and even losing the desire to pursue the dream He has given me.

The reason I have been so down isn’t because I am ungrateful, but rather unfulfilled. My heart is literally exploding with love for young women all over the world and I am sitting here in an office. Staring at a computer. Typing in random codes. All. Day. Long. For the last three years. It’s so difficult for me to be in here when I know I am meant to be out there and there are millions of women that need to be reached and God has appointed me as the one to reach them.

I realize that it’s not going to all unfold perfectly over night, but I am willing to take a step. A big one. I am currently seeking any job opportunities in that field. Rap houses, halfway homes, youth programs, delinquent facilities, etc. Even if they are only hiring for something as small as a receptionist position. Anything that could get me moving in that direction is better than nothing.

Please keep me in your prayers during this new season I am entering. It is crazy, stressful, exciting, scary and beautiful all at once.

Don’t sit around unfulfilled, watching others doing God’s work when you were created to join them. Be a vessel! Listen to the voice of The Lord and do what He says! Your life will be so much more exciting and adventurous than you could ever make it on your own. It won’t always be easy, but I promise it will be worth it!

xx,

Alyssa

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Dreaming Global //

I don’t know about you, but too often I’ve thought I had it all figured out. I knew where I was going to go to school, what I was going to do with my life and how it would all come together. Boy, have I been wrong every single time. I am a planner, so knowing and planning out every last detail of my life was crucial. That is, until I finally realized that it is nearly impossible. People walk in and out of your life, unexpected events occur and life just happens.

Ultimately, when you place your life completely in God’s hands and allow Him to navigate your future, it’s up to Him what school you go to, who you marry, where you live and what career path you take. Some may think it sounds absolutely crazy, but I will tell you that this journey is the most terrifying, courageous, exciting, rewarding and adventurous thing you will ever experience. Entrusting your life to the Creator of the universe allows for your dreams and your future to be limitless. There are no boundaries on what you can do and where you can go.

I have always known that my dream was to speak to women of all ages, all over the world. To be their friend, mentor, encourager and confidant. I have been spending much time in prayer, fervently searching for something deeper. I’ve been asking, “What kind of women am I called to speak to? Who am I supposed to reach out to? Why do they need me?” The answer I received was the most obvious, yet profound thing I have ever heard, “Whatever you are most passionate about- whatever stirs up your spirit, is your calling. That is the dream I have given you.” HOLY WOW.

Without having to think or guess, those things that I am most passionate about were immediately revealed to me. I have a heart for those that are broken. The lost daughters that are desperately searching for the meaning of their life. They aren’t necessarily going to come to me via internet or fancy women’s conferences. To be honest, they probably don’t even have access to those resources. Perhaps they have become so inundated by the things of this world that they don’t even realize they are hurting anymore. Maybe these women believe that there is no hope for them and they are destined to live the way they do.

All too often we look at others and their messy situations and think, ‘They got themselves there. They were the ones that allowed it to happen, maybe they should have made a better decision.’ Yet when the situation is flipped and we, or someone we love are the ones in the messy situation, we say, ‘How could this happen? We aren’t like those types of people, we deserve better.’ We believe that we are the exception and actually avoid those types of people because they are, well, messy.

Why doesn’t it occur to us that those people are just as treasured and valued as we are? The same Jesus that came to this earth and died for your sins, died for their sins as well, because He thought they were just as worth it as we are. The same Jesus that we worship, knelt down and washed the feet of His own disciples. That same Jesus healed the leper and spared the prostitute. The Almighty came not to be served, but to serve. (Mark 10:44-45)

The reality is, if my parents were not as proactive in my life as they were, it is likely I could have ended up in the very position that these sisters are in. Those women; the prostitutes, the drug addicts, the abused- they are people too. Created by a loving God who gave them a dream also. Somewhere along the way, they just lost sight of that dream. They simply need someone to reach out to them, risk getting a little bit messy, and to guide them back into the loving arms of the Father who has been longing for them to come home.

I want to rescue the broken from their pit, just as Jesus has rescued me, and to remind them of their dream. To help show them how truly incredible and beautiful they are. I want to see these women all over the world rescuing others and encouraging them as well. My dream may not seem like the most glamorous, but to share the love of God with these women will be the most rewarding and worthwhile way I could ever spend my life.

I’m dreaming global. Taking off all limits and allowing God to use my life however He wills.

What God-sized dreams do you have?

xx

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