To Tuscaloosa, With Love

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As you’re reading this, I’m packing all my belongings (yes I have far too many for a woman who lives alone) into a UHAUL and embarking on my latest adventure of moving back to my hometown. Many years ago, I said I couldn’t see myself moving back to Greenville. How would I ever use my degree and make an impact? But here we are now. God works in mysterious ways.

Tuscaloosa, you’ve been home for FIVE whole years now. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I came here to step out of my comfort zone and boy did I. Tuscaloosa, I found myself within my time here. Between the long hours in school, your never ending traffic and many cups of coffee- I found who God called me to be.

It’s here that I learned to live on my own and assume grown up responsibilities. Here is where I learned to be comfortable in my own skin and being alone-quite literally as I lived alone for the first time. I gained knowledge and not just that from a degree. It’s where I took my first “adult” job. I experienced heartbreak and the joys that come from making new friends. I discovered my love for red wine and a good latte-drinking too much of both over the last few years. I found comfort in a church that allowed me to raise my hands and worship freely as I always longed to. I turned away from God and then felt his embrace as I ran back into His arms.

It’s here where I discovered I wanted to make an impact with my skills and talents. God placed that longing on my heart to lead my to my next career move. Tuscaloosa, your sunsets will always be the prettiest, your traffic cones that never seem to go away will always be annoying, and your sense of community will go with me wherever I am.

I will absolutely be back to visit, but for now it’s a see you soon. I’m taking my love with me, but a little piece of my heart will always belong to you Ttown.

With love,

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Gracious Words

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You ever get in one of those moods? A moody mood. You can’t describe it or why you’re even feeling this way. You just feel tired. Down and out. Like you’re in a never ending cycle of Mondays. Nothing is really wrong per say, but you’re just not excited about life. You’re looking for much needed encouragement to feel like your joyful self again. Someone to say “you can do this!” You can make it through another week. You can make it through that meeting. You can make it through that tough exam.

But sometimes it may feel like you don’t have anyone. No one understands what you’re feeling or they’re ignoring you because you snapped at them over coffee in the break room (sorry to anyone I’ve done this to at work). And honestly you don’t even understand what you’re feeling.

Some might blame it on being a woman (hahaha boys keep the comments to yourself). But really there’s no reason for it other than life wearing you and your spirit down. The constant cycle of heartbreaking news on our televisions and social media can do that to you. Don’t let satan take a foothold in your life through these channels. One of my favorite things to do when this happens is to pick out a few Bible verses that I love. From there I write them down in my planner, on notecards to pin to the bulletin board in my office, write them on my bathroom mirror in dry erase marker, or set them as the screen on my iPhone. Go to Pinterest for inspiration!

  • When you say “I’m too tired,” God says “I will give you rest.”- Matthew 11:28-30
  • When you say “I can’t do it,” God says “You can do all things.”- Phillipians 4:13
  • When you say “I’m not able,” God says “I am able.”- 2 Corinthians 9:8

According to scripture, uplifting and encouraging words are beneficial to the soul. Proverbs 16:24 says “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Remember that this doesn’t just apply to ourselves however. Singing sweet songs of praise and encouragement to others not only lifts their spirits but ours as well. Recently there have been countless times where I mentally chose to decide my words weren’t going to better anyone or the situation and kept them to myself. Whether it be an argument or complaining about your food, try it my friends.

Some people say fake it til’ you make it, but I say “faith” it til’ you make it. You’d be surprised how much choosing to be joyful can change your mood daily. After a little while you realize reading those uplifting verses or complimenting your coworker isn’t just a choice, but a daily habit of your joyful soul. I can’t tell you how many times “forcing” myself to say okay I’m not going to let this bad mood get to me or ruin another day. When you say enough is enough, it will lose its foothold on you.

To my friends feeling like everyday has a case of the Monday’s. My friends who feel like they’re in a slump and just don’t know why, this one is for you. Grab your favorite drink from Starbucks-mine is currently the Caramel Apple Spice and dig deep for some verses to write down and keep for future slumps like this one. If you feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to or want some more ideas about combating mood blues, send me a message on my Contact page. Leave your favorite Bible verse for encouragement in the comments below!

 

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I know what you’re thinking. Angela, why are you blogging? What is the point of this? Aren’t there a million other bloggers out there?

Yes, yes, yes. There are. I didn’t create this site to become “Insta-famous” or to get glory from the world, but rather share His Glory. God gave me the talent of writing a long time ago. Just ask my parents how I exceeded in Language Arts but put two decimal points in my math homework (bless it Lord). In the last few years, God placed the desire to use my passion for writing and my passion for Him all in one place. I kept saying no. I kept telling God people would think I was silly and no one would read it. But after participating in #21DaysofPrayer with Church of the Highlands and truly asking Him for guidance in my career, I say to HECK with what I’m feeling cause God has placed this calling on me for a reason and he surely doesn’t give us the spirit of fear or doubt. If no one reads this blog but myself and my parents, I’m okay with that.

Now I know you’re also thinking, “Here’s another basic girl sharing some bible verses.” Nope. Not at all. I’m here to talk about Joy. You know the kind you sing about as a kid. “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” Sing that yourselves though, cause you don’t want to hear me singing. AT ALL.

Choosing to live joyfully in the midst of all circumstances. Whether you feel lonely, left out, like you need a career change, or maybe you’re actually loving life. No matter what season we’re in, we can choose to find the joy in it all. That’s something He has taught me recently and something I desire to share with others. In a world that pressures us to feel down and out or even downright depressed about just getting out of bed everyday, we all need to choose Joy. And boy, what a difference does it make. Not just to you. But to your spouse, your co-workers, your friends, or the lady scanning your groceries at the Walmart. When we choose joy no matter what, we realize this life we live is a really beautiful gift. That my friends, is a wonderful thing and once you accept that truth, no one can take that from you.

Now, after all that rambling, I’m here to say Welcome. I hope you’ll share this with your friends and family. I’ll have another post up soon, so come back to visit often.