I have been thinking a lot about life lately. What it is, what it means and what my purpose is. It is interesting, as a girl you spend so much of your childhood dreaming about things and what life will be like when you grow up. Whether it is planning your dream fairytale wedding, working that amazing job, raising your perfect Lands End children or whatever it is that you dreamed about as little girl. Somewhere along the way you learn that growing up doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams but you do learn that in the real world things can be a little different. I am learning a lot about what it means to wait on God’s timing and be content with what I have and where I am. 

      I have been blessed by the good Lord with some of the most amazing friends. They are spread across the south: Gainesville, Fl. Eastman, Ga., Charleston, SC., Clinton, NC., and a few here still spread across the great state of North Carolina. They are super talented whether it be event planning, blogging, real estate, hair, missions, teaching or being an amazing mom. (just to name a few) It is so easy for me to look around at them and think how much more talented they are, how much prettier they are, how much more they have their lives together. Let me tell you, this is no way to live. It has taken me a long time to finally feel like I can look around at what God has given me and who he has made me and feel like I am truly created in His image and that he has a purpose for me. Maybe you are reading this and thinking I am just being dramatic and maybe I am. Or maybe you are reading this and you feel like you can totally relate. Either way, please understand- the bible tells us that we are created in His image and we have a purpose, a purpose to bring glory and fame to His name and His kingdom. This whole time I was so focused on myself, who am I, how can I truly prosper and how can I be more successful that I was missing what I was truly created for.

     I would like to say in finding this purpose that I have since found contentment in what I have and where I am but there are still days that I struggle with this. In the business of everyday life I all to frequently neglect to live my life as a testament to the forgiveness that I have through the living, dying and rising again of Jesus Christ as he has paid the price and we have been made new and continue to be made new in the eyes of God. His grace and mercy are such a mystery yet such a familiar place. My joy is found not in countless earthly things that I all to often use as a measure of success but in the one true God. If you take anything away from this post, and I hope you do, please know that there is a God who loves you so much. He yearns to have a relationship with you. Will you seek Him today?

1 Samuel 16:7 “but the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart'” (Thank you dad for always loving this verse and reminding us what is truly important)

-Erin Amanda