Encouraging Word

This girl can… through Christ

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I  managed to pass all my second year  exams at uni.

No let me rephrase that,

I  managed to pass all my second year exams at uni by the strength of Christ within me.

Now that’s much better.

How amazing does the second statement sound just by tweaking it slightly and adding in a few words… so much better right?.

The first statement is all about ME ME ME and ME, it credit’s my  own human strength, which  does not measure  up to Christ’s strength at all. Frankly, my strength alone isn’t enough to carry me through uni and help me pass my challenging nursing exams, let alone get me through this obstacle filled journey of faith.

The second statement point’s to Christ as the source of my success. It’s all about Him. The second statement even empowers me the more I read it because  It credit’s  Christ as the source of my strength and the reason behind me succeeding Continue reading “This girl can… through Christ”

Encouraging Word · Inspire · Personal · Singleness

A reason for the season

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Seasons are great, they come at different times of the year, they are all unique in their own ways and they exist to manifest different purposes.  As a young child when asked what my favourite season was  I would straight away blurt out sun meaning that my favourite season was  summer. If you ask me the same question right now it would take me a while to answer the exact same question, this is because I have grown to learn that beauty can be found in every season. No matter how cold winter may seem or how messy your neighbourhood may become due to the autumn season, the truth is that beauty can be found in both winter, autumn as well as in spring and summer.

Being a self-proclaimed lover of snow (one of the beautiful things that winter offers) there’s no denying that the coldness of  the winter season makes me wish I could just skip winter  all together and jump to autumn, spring or summer instead.

Just like I wish I could  skip  or rush winter because of how cold it can become, as children of God we can try to speed Continue reading “A reason for the season”

Dreamer · Encouraging Word · Inspire

Make today beautiful

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Just like my pink notebook says Make Today Beautiful!. I don’t know what you are currently going through or what may be potentially weighing you down. Maybe you have had a crappy week full of disappointments and failures or maybe you have had an amazing week, filled with lot’s of great things. So weather you have had a crappy week or an amazing week… one thing we all have in common is this: we have been given the gift of Today. Today we have the chance to see our loved ones, which some people haven’t had the chance to. Today we get to live life, which some haven’t had the chance to. So to the ones who have had a crappy week I’m sorry to hear that, don’t allow that to ruin your Today. Today has been given to you for a reason, so make it count. Make Today worth it. To the ones who have had an amazing week, that’s great hear. Today has been given to you for a reason , don’t allow the little things get to you and ruin this amazing week you have had. Make Today Beautiful. Make the kind of choices that will propel you to go forward in life. Try and be positive even when it seems as if negativity is the only thing that is surrounding you. Be great full Be Kind. So make Today Beautiful!. – Claris

Encouraging Word

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Worry, this five lettered word effects a lot of us. It can slowly eat us up and prevent us from enjoying life in all it’s fullness.

At the beginning of this year I found myself worrying a lot… I know not the best start to a new year. I was worrying about things that are very dear to my heart, worrying about things that were out within my  control, worrying over silly little things that if  I told you, you would be like, “really Claris!? you are worrying over that tiny tiny little thing? girl come on… get your life”.

I  didn’t realise it at the time but looking back I was worrying a lot.

when we worry we are basically saying that God is incapable of doing whatever we want Him to do for us, that His power is insufficient enough to accomplish our desires, that He doesn’t have what it takes to help sort our problems out or that He will be unable to provide the right resources or  provisions in order for us to accomplish the desires that He alone has planted in our hearts. when we worry we are replacing what His word says with our own, we are replacing our faith with doubt, we are seeing things through our human eyes instead of seeing things through God’s eyes. Whether you have been worrying over a small thing or over something very big, worry is still worry when it comes to God.

Instead of worrying, use that same energy you would use to worry and turn it into prayer, praise or worship. Pray to God, thank Him for what He has done for you, for how grateful you are that He’s brought you this far. I don’t know what you have been through, but God knows and He wants you to trust Him enough knowing  that He will be right there with you, in every moment, in every season.

Even right now, if things are not going well for you tell Him, tell your Father in Heaven, open up to Him. He’s longing to hear your voice.

If you committed a sin, don’t allow the enemy to torment you with that sin instead take it to God and ask Him to forgive you. You may still be faced with the consequences of the sin that you committed but the truth is that if you sincerely ask for forgiveness from God, He will forgive you. No sin is too big or too small for God not to forgive. Ask for forgiveness right now not later, the longer you take the longer you will live with the burden of the unconfessed sin, and that burden will  truly weigh you down.

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” – Proverbs 28:13

I know it’s hard but try not to worry. Try not to worry over things you can not see, try not to worry over  little tiny  things, try not to worry over big things. Instead pray and live the rest to God.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Thank you so much for reading.

God Bless

-Claris

 

 

Encouraging Word · Inspire

2016 #goals

from some place (1)So what are your goals for 2016? is there something in particular that you want to change, improve or achieve?. Since we are already in mid January I would like to think that you  already have your  new year’s resolutions.

There’s  a particular word that pops in my head every time I reminisce on 2015. The word really caught my eye every time I saw it on social media.

The word I’m referring to is goals… and before you start imagining a famous footballer scoring a goal I want to stop you right there.  I’m not referring to goals in football I’m referring to different kind of goals, social media #goals.

If you type in the word #goals in the Instagram tag search  you will get over  14  million photos tagged with the word #goals.

So what does the word #goals mean anyway?… it’s literally as it says on the tin. It’s something that someone want’s to be or their potential goal.  The word is usually used on it’s own or used with other words like relationship goals, hair goals, makeup goals, body goals, closet goals, boyfriend goals, house goals… and so on.

Here is an example of how it can be used below.

“Oh my gosh her hair is like totally perfect #hairgoals”.

“Her body is #goals”

I totally understand that the word goals can be used in a positive way, for example if someone wants to improve their fitness or gain some muscle and they see something that inspires them to do that, then they can use #goals. However some people use goals in a way that they wish they could be that someone that they label as #goals, or wish they could have whatever they have labelled as being their #goals.

Aspiring to have things that are #goals creates a shallow mindset especially through social media where we don’t even know some of the people we are aspiring to be our #goals, nor do we even know or  get to see how much work goes on behind certain pictures on social media, well unless we are God, and we certainly aren’t.

Maybe someone spent hours upon hours in order to get that perfect selfie that you claim to be your #selfiegoals, or maybe the person almost broke their back just to make sure they capture the perfect angle . I know I’m pushing it a bit but I hope you get my point here.

You don’t even know weather a certain girl starves herself or she is maybe battling an eating disorder, in all her pictures she appears happy but in reality it’s the total opposite, you then come along  and hash tag one of her pictures and claim it to be your #bodygoals.

Maybe you aspire to be that couple that seems so perfect on social media (your #relationshipgoals)  but you don’t really know what goes on behind closed doors. You don’t know weather they fight every single minute or maybe they are on the brick of splitting . I’m not trying  to paint a negative picture of relationships I’m simply saying stop making other people your goals.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with beautiful pictures. However, People try to paint an oh so perfect, glamorous image on social media but really  in reality it’s never the same. We  don’t know  how much work goes on behind the scenes, behind that spotless, flawless selfie. People don’t usually put hundred percent of their life on social media and we only get to see a potion of it minus all the challenges and problems.  Instead of hash tagging everything we see in life, in particular on social media, rather let’s focus more on Christ. On who He want’s us to become.

Make it your goal for 2016 to stop making other people your #goals. Stop wishing you could have what other people have. You do YOU. You don’t need someone else’s “perfect ” body, someone else’s face, someone else’s relationship, someone else’s hair, someone else’s lips, someone’s  else’s STUFF.

You are beautifully and wonderfully made and God has a great purpose for your life. God supplies our every need. He knows the deepest desires of our hearts,  For you to wish you had something someone else does, is a waste of all that God has specially picked out for YOU. It takes time. It takes patience. it takes commitment, but in order to have an amazing life, the first thing you need to do is to practice appreciating what you have, and learning to be content with it. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” You are one of a kind and nobody and nothing can change that.

Thank you for reading.

-Claris

 

Personal

lemons, lemonade & personal stuff

If you have been following my journey with this little blog… then you know that I mostly write about my faith, trials that I encounter and some spiritual lessons I learn along the way. I wanted to let you know that  I will also be blogging about some personal stuff as well since this blog is kind of like a journal where I write my thoughts, a presentation of who I’m.

Also, I just want to apologise to my beautiful readers, for the fact that you have never really seen my face. As you can tell I haven’t quite got a hang of this whole blogging thing after almost a year (wow! gosh a year! time flies!) of blogging because I don’t even have a photo of myself anywhere on here, not even on my about page. I have never really thought about it until the other day when I realised that  (almost) every blog I visit seems Continue reading “lemons, lemonade & personal stuff”