AN OPEN LETTER TO THE GIRL WHO’S STILL SINGLE

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Before we get into this, I did a corresponding Youtube video to this blog post on my channel so you should check that out!

Dear girl who’s still single…I know your pain, I’m right there with you. I know how it feels like to watch all your friends be in relationships and still be single. To be the one with no one or nothing to talk about in certain conversations. But keep on going.

This sounds really cliche but the right guy is out there. It’s not worth it just giving your heart out for the sake of being in a relationship. Just be patient. It’s already hard and it won’t get hectically easier but keep at it.

Trust the God who made the universe, who holds the stars in His hands with your heart. Jesus sees your heart and He sees your desires. All He asks is for you to take them to Him, to trust Him because He is absolutely in love with you and only wants the best for you.

As much as this is an open letter to every girl who’s still single, it is also a reminder to myself because I’m also still single. A reminder to trust Jesus and embrace the single season that I am in right now. A reminder to trust that He has my best interests at heart and to give Him my heart.

One last thing be present. Embrace every moment that comes and enjoy this single season. Do things that are out of your comfort zone, spend more time with Jesus, family and friends. Live your life girl! Don’t wait for your prince charming when the King of the universe is calling your name!

 

 

STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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Over the past couple of months I have come to realize that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to step out of your comfort zone. However it is so easy to be the one to stop yourself. Something as simple as saying “I’m not good at this so I won’t try it”. We often subconsciously put restraints on ourselves and underestimate ourselves.

You see by stepping out of your comfort zone you embrace the unknown and dive into a whole new world you probably didn’t know exist. You are given the opportunity to trust Christ like you have never before. Like Abraham Maslow said, “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”
And all it takes is a yes. Saying yes to both the big things and the simple ordinary things that you would normally say no to.

2 Timothy 1:7 says For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but one of power, of love and of self discipline.

Timidity is the lack of courage and confidence. If God did not give you a spirit of timidity then He is calling you to be brave and courageous. To step out of your comfort zone even though all you want to do is stay in it.

“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come true.” -Francis Chan

So I have a challenge for you. This week do one thing out of your comfort zone, whether that be big or small. Then share it with someone, or even in the comments below.

 

SHANNON’S STORY

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Firstly I would like to apologize for disappearing. I wasn’t feeling motivated to blog and I thought a break would really be helpful.

This is a close friend of mine, Shannon’s testimony. I thought her testimony was absolutely beautiful. Don’t forget every scar is a bridge to someone else’s broken heart. You have a story but it’s up to you to share it.


Throughout my life I’d been stuck in the middle of this huge storm. My father is a difficult man who has committed countless sins that hurt my family and I deeply, and in the end he abandoned us all together. We lost our car and nearly lost our home. I was bullied all through my school career because I was your classic nerd hiding behind the pages of some character’s life. I had few friends who actually weren’t really friends at all.

Even though I was struggling I chose to rather be strong for my family and locked every emotion and painful experience into the filing cabinet at the back of my mind and threw away the key. I stopped living, only trying to survive each day as it came. I was sure that if God existed, He must’ve hated me. I started doubting and like Peter, I started drowning.

In February this year my sister had a really bad allergic reaction during one of the youth evenings. When she’d left to get some Allergex from the office, I turned around and started crying. The filing cabinet exploded and I started crying about everything. When I finally talked to someone a week later everything came to the surface. I became, quite literally, a puddle of tears and that was when my relationship with God started to change.

I called out to Him, asking Him to save me from drowning and I realized that God didn’t cause the storm around me. I also realized that I couldn’t do everything on my own and that it was okay to ask for help, which I did many times after opening up.

My relationship with God didn’t change in a flash; it took time, a lot of deep talks and a lot of self-work. The real turning point was when I had my God-moment. It happened during the song Oceans during one of the youth evenings. My feet had failed and fear had surrounded me. I called out to God and then I started apologizing. Apologizing for all my mistakes and for not trusting God in the first place.

Now I’m in a space where I’ve never been happier and my relationship with God has never been stronger. I’ve got better friends at school and have gained a family with the people at my church. While I’ve pushed through most of the storm, I still have a long way to go before I’m completely out of it. But I know God is with me, helping me through and He will be there for me if my feet fail again.


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GETTING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE

Recently I had to do an unprepared English speech at school. I don’t do public speaking and so having to do this unprepared speech really put me out of my comfort zone. Suprisingly it was exhilirating and the feeling I got afterwards was one of great satisfaction. The only way to describe it is using the word numinous.

numinous (adj.)- describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted- the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired.

It is so satisfying to be able to look back and say: ” Wow! I honestly don’t know how I did that but I did.” It’s like what Albert Einstein once said:

“A ship at harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are made of” -Albert Einstein

As you go out into the week I encourage you to do one thing that takes you out of your comfort zone. It could be as simple as saying yes to something that you would usually say no to. Whatever it is take the risk because trust me it will be worth it. You might not necessarily win but you’ll definitely learn something new.

What are you doing to get out of your comfort zone?

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BROKEN VESSELS- HILLSONG

All these pieces
Broken and scattered
In mercy gathered
Mended and whole
Empty handed
But not forsaken
I’ve been set free
I’ve been set freeAmazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I’m found
Was blind but now I seeOh I can see you now
Oh I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying yourself down
Raising up the broken to lifeYou take our failure
You take our weakness
You set Your treasure
In jars of clay
So take this heart, Lord
I’ll be Your vessel
The world to see
Your love in meAmazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I’m found
Was blind but now I seeOh I can see you now
Oh I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying yourself down
Raising up the broken to life

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I’m found
Was blind but now I see
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Oh I can see you now
Oh I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying yourself down
Raising up the broken to life

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I’m found
Was blind but now I see
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Oh I can see you now
Oh I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying yourself down
Raising up the broken to life
[3x]

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POWER IN THE CROSS- JESUS CULTURE

Firstly happy late Easter!! I was recently listening to the Let it echo album by Jesus Culture and I discovered a song, it’s funny how these things work. Previously when I listened to the full album I didn’t really pay attention to this song. This song talks about Jesus dying on the cross and how hope is never lost, it is all about the Easter story. Coincidentally it was just the Easter weekend.

“There’s power in the cross, where You proved Your love. The only sacrifice strong enough to save us.”

There isn’t any other sacrifice that was strong enough to save us. There literally wasn’t anything else that could be done for us. God loved us so much that He was willing to give up His only son. He could’ve just left us alone but that’s the thing about God. He is so full of love and He is willing to do anything to save us, to give us a second chance. That’s something that really touches me because there are times when I don’t want to give something as simple as a chocolate away yet God the father was willing to send His only son to die for us. I guess that’s where you definitely see the difference. God is so full of love and He gives it unconditionally

Love has made a way, hope is never lost. There’s power in the cross.”

This also gets to me because Jesus died for you and me. He was nailed to a cross, spat on, whipped just for you. He loved you so much. It’s not something to feel guilty about but rather something to treasure. The fact that he died on the cross means that hope is never lost, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. Trust me many a times it doesn’t feel like it but because He died on the cross hope is never lost.

Power in the cross- Derek Johnson (Jesus Culture)

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GIVE IT ALL TO GOD

“Don’t be a double agent, you will always get caught.” -Anonymous

I have made this saying one of my life mottos. It refers to how you live your life, you can’t be a double agent. In the bible it talks about being lukewarm. You can’t be Luke warm, you are either hot or cold. It also talks about how a servant can’t serve two masters. I’ve really been struggling with this because I am a different person at school to who I am at church and at home. It’s not major differences but rather minor differences. The thing is these minor differences buildup and become major you know.

Yesterday I had a really bad day as well. I usually am positive about thing like this. But to be honest it really was a bad day. I wrote a bad test in the morning, whilst I was crossing the road on my way home this lady came out of nowhere (may I add that she was driving way over the speed limit) and nearly ran me over. And something that I had been looking forward to for a couple of weeks was cancelled. I don’t like complaining but it really was a bad day.

I’m also going through a pretty tough time. I often ask myself how do you continue when there’s nothing left. Do I go to the right where nothing is left or do I go to the left where nothing is right? There are times when I honestly don’t know how I survive. The hardest thing for me has been learning to fully trust God and give it all to him. As humans we want to have control over everything but the reality is that this is not always possible. Trust me I’ve learnt the long way.

Lastly I am now on holiday so I can actually rest. I know that the beginning of this year I haven’t been blogging regularly and I haven’t been blogging a variety. I promise that I am working on that. It’s just been very hectic but one of my goals for the new term is to be more organized with my blogging and plan properly. So I leave you with this:

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” -Stephen Hawking

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YOU ARE FORGIVEN

So at my school I’m part of a Christian club called Rise Up, one of my friends talked about something and thought that God really worked through her so I wanted to share it with you guys as well. It’s part of a series on object lessons and she talked about three objects: a chain, a pillar and a bar of soap.

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There are certain things in our life that chain us to the devil. Things like unforgiveness, bitterness. We need to break these chains linking us to the devil because as long as these chains are intact these things will continue being in our life

 

The Pillar

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God is our pillar, He’s the centre of our lives and He’s there to support us, just like a pillar supports a building and keeps it standing.

The Bar of Soap

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Jesus died on the cross for you and because He died on the cross all our sins have been washed away. The bar of soap represents exactly that, the fact that all your sins have been washed away. When you sin you have to remember that God forgives, because Jesus came and died on the cross you are forgiven. All the guilt is not from God.  After asking for forgiveness from God It’s about learning to forgive yourself because God has forgiven you and you are now clean, all your sins have been washed away.

I hoped you guys enjoyed that, I’m super excited, easter is coming up!

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FAVOURITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” -Anonymous

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” -Audrey Hepburn

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“Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” -Bruce Lee

“Do what makes you happy. Be with who makes you smile. Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as long as you live.” -Anonymous

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“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” -Marilyn Monroe

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat,  known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” -Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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“Nobody has a perfect life. Everybody has their own problem. Some people just know how to deal with it in a perfect way.” -Anonymous

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers,  the round pegs on the square holes… the ones who see things differently- They’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs

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