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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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It’s A Heart Problem //

I have come to the conclusion that I am done. I give up; I just can’t do this anymore.

I am so tired of trying to earn grace. I know that grace can’t be earned, and yet I find myself trying to work for it. I focus too much on trying to make myself look neat and holy, rather than the One whom actually matters. There is a spirit of religion trying to disguise itself in Christianity and we seem to not always recognize it when it comes to our own lives. We walk around with this self-righteous mind set and call ourselves Christians. We point fingers at others and judge the lives that they live, when in reality, we aren’t even right ourselves. The world can decipher the difference between hypocrisy and a genuine love for The Lord and for others.

I have allowed myself to be constantly let down because I always screw up. No matter how hard I try, I always find a way to make a mess of things. That’s because I try and do it all on my own.

We are called to be like Jesus. And to be honest, that’s all I really want. I don’t want people to look at me and see me, the messy girl who is always slipping up and then hypocritically pointing the finger at others. I want them to see Jesus instead. I want them to see a girl that occasionally slips up and isn’t afraid to admit it, brushes herself off and moves on. A girl that loves on others with a love like Jesus.

I have a desire to lead others to Christ not just with my words, but with my actions. I want everyone to know that no matter how far you have strayed, how unworthy you feel or how big of a hole you’ve dug for yourself…it’s never too late. You don’t have to do anything to work for God’s grace and mercy, He has already given it unto us freely.

So how do we live like this, you ask?

First, we must get down to the heart of the problem and realize it’s a problem of the heart. We need to make our first priority to fall in love with our Creator more than ever before. When you genuinely love someone, you desire to spend as much time with them as possible and to do whatever you can to make sure that it happens. You long to know more about them. The more we make it a priority to spend time with the Lord, the more we will begin to see a real change in ourselves. You simply cannot go against the Holy Spirit when you are continuously and consciously walking in Him. It will be even less of an effort to try and act holy, as it will come more naturally.

Secondly, we need to stop judging. Really. I am so tired of hearing others tear down fellow believers and then try and justify their actions. There is a huge difference between correction in love and tearing down another person. Our words are so powerful and death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). I understand fully that we are all human and that we won’t always like one another and agree with each other’s way of living, but we need to stop using that as an excuse. We are called be set apart, not of this world (John 15:19). Jesus loved unconditionally, which is what drew people to Him. We are doing such a disservice to His name when we speak negatively toward others.

We must work on ourselves and renew our minds daily, rather than try and fix everyone else. If you desire to become more like Jesus, make Him your main focus. We are all growing and constantly learning, but the only way to actually do so is by surrendering every bit of ourselves to Jesus Christ.

This year, I am committing myself to getting to know God more intimately than ever and erasing negativity and judgement toward others from my life. Join me in making a genuine change in our lives and in this world. Let’s show everyone what God’s love is really all about!

xx

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New Beginnings //

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Another year has come and gone. It’s truly amazing how time flies. As 2013 is coming to a close, we all look back and review the events that have occurred throughout the last 365 days. Achievements, passing of loved ones, celebration of new life, personal growth, etc. Personally, I have experienced so many new things this past year and my life is forever changed.

In January of 2013, I stepped up and became a youth pastor for an incredible group of kids. For a year, I wrote sermons and preached every Wednesday night. I never really saw myself before as someone who would be putting messages together and preaching every week, but God stretched me and proved to be faithful as always. He really showed me that He will use whoever He wants to get something done. He used this opportunity to strengthen me and help me move in the direction of my purpose. New doors are opening and I couldn’t be more excited to see what He is going to do next.

May 19th 2013 was our one year wedding anniversary. It came so quickly! We spent an entire week away in the mountains of Tennessee. I spent so much time planning the things we would do and just as much time praying that I would be able to actually do them. July 11th 2012 was the date of my car accident. Up until now, I was still seeing the doctor every week, unable to move and do certain activities that I once was capable of. I enjoyed working out, dancing and being active. After the accident, the enemy had really instilled in me that I would never be able to fully do those things again. And I believed him. I told myself that I had faith and was waiting to receive my healing, but I wasn’t really. I still harbored bitterness and doubt.

The Lord really taught me a lesson during this time. He showed me what true faith is. During our time away, we did everything we had planned! Zip lining, whitewater rafting, skydiving and hiking. We spent an entire day hiking to the top of Mt. Leconte, one of the highest peaks in the Smoky Mountains. I had a serious God encounter during the climb. I was quoting scripture and felt The Lord just wrapping His loving arms around me. He filled me with an overwhelming peace and told me that I was healed- and I received it.

On this day, December 31 2013, I can say that my faith is stronger than ever. My marriage is the best it has ever been and I am even more in love with my husband than the day I married him. My purpose and the dream God has given me is clearer than ever before. I wouldn’t trade anything that has happened this past year; It has molded me into the person I am today.

My prayer is that regardless of the things that took place in your life last year, you would learn from all of it. That you would see the blessings over the hurts and the achievements over the failures. It is all just a part of your journey. Step boldly into this new year. This is Y O U R year, your new beginning, and God has got some pretty amazing things in store.

I am so excited to see what God is going to do in my life and how He is going to use me. New opportunities, new challenges, new blessings and new ways to serve others! I hope that you all join me on this adventure!

Have the most amazing New Years filled with lots of love and food!

xx

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You Are Enough //

Do you know how truly beautiful and precious you are? I mean, all the way through, inside and out. Every single fiber of your being. It has taken me many years to realize my value and the journey was quite a wild one. But because of the transformation in my life, I am passionate about helping you recognize the beauty of who you are.

First of all, you were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). I understand that you’re probably thinking, ‘Okay Alyssa, couldn’t you have thought of something a little less cliche’?’ We hear this so often, most of us become numb to what the scriptures say about our worth. We don’t fully process this in our hearts and in our minds.

So what exactly does it mean to be fearfully and wonderfully made? According to the Hebrew, fearfully means ‘with reverence and respect’ and the word wonderfully means ‘unique and set apart’. You were created out of reverence to be set apart. God didn’t HAVE to create you, but He CHOSE to create you. Why would He want to do such a thing if He didn’t have a meaning for your life? We were all created with a divine plan and purpose.

You have special gifts that no one else has. Nobody else has ever or will ever possess the exact same qualities and gifts as you. The dreams that reside deep within your heart reveal who you are. We do not shape them, they shape us. The dreams that God has placed inside of us are a part of who we were created to be, they are our purpose.

We are promised a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). God wants for you to prosper and cares for your well being with a love so deep, that He chose to be murdered for your transgressions, so that you may be made new. (Isaiah 53:5)

It is so important for us to know the freedom that we have in Christ Jesus. We must understand how valuable we are before we can even begin to fulfill our purpose. You are beautiful. You are valued. You are loved. You are M O R E than enough.

xx

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