The Struggle is Real

I am not usually the person who spreads their woes on Facebook, Instagram, or blog. Tonight may be the exception but I will refrain from letting emotions get the best of me.

We are all facing trials. Whether you are 16 years old and tempted to cut your hair, 18 years old and thinking about leaving the church since you are technically an 'adult', 21 years old and being pressured to drink, or 24 years old and struggling with hurt and depression.

The struggle is REAL!

The truth is, we are all at different points in our walk with God and, believe it or not, the trials are ALL God-ordained. They have been put in our life specifically for us and to make us more like Christ. The struggles you are facing are a test of your faith and love for God, but they are also there so you can learn from your mistakes and help others when they go through the same trial.

Honey, if you are dealing with hurt, I could quote scripture after scripture giving you encouragement and to cast your cares on God, and to forgive you neighbor 70 times 7 each day! Friend, if you are struggling to live for God, let's talk and get fired up again! Let's pray together.

I cannot emphasize this enough, but we cannot do it on our own.  I need my family. I need my friends. I need the church. I need their love, encouragement, and fire! The Bible says that I need someone to be there for me...

Ecclesiastes 4:10
"For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."

As you go through life, through your trials, don't pull back from people who care about you and don't forget this is all happening for a reason. Take a step back and see what God sees. Take a look at the big picture and pray for revelation.


Spokane, WA

This past weekend, I visited Spokane, Washington! Completely different from Southern California and I loved EVERY minute of it! The change of scenery was just what I needed for a nice weekend getaway :) 

My uncle and aunt are foster parents - also, adopting. It was incredible to see what they do for these kids. Eye opening! These precious kids touched my heart so deeply. There are countless children who have been touched by my aunt and uncle's love. The kids have experienced God's love through them and will forever remember the impact it made on their lives. 

There is a roaring river in the middle of downtown Spokane... Breathtaking! Serene!

The reason for my weekend getaway? My Great Grandpa remarried, he is 84 years and my Great Grandma is 80 years old. They were divorced for 43 years, and in the last 2 months, they reconnected... Lol, you are never too old for love. They married at Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho.

Look at those smiles! :)

Even though I was only there a few days, it felt like I was there for a week. The fresh air was good for my soul.. so was the preaching on Sunday at Cornerstone in Spokane! If you are ever near that area, make sure you visit the church! Awesome! 

Adventures with Meagan :) lol!


Regrow. Restore. Renew.

Spoken by a friend about what the process looks like: "It's like a forest that has been burned to the ground. Looks barren, desolate, hopeless; but from the ashes rise tree sprouts that populate the forest again. Although it may take years upon years, the trees regrow, restore, regenerate, renew. From loss there is gain, from death there is life."

God has a plan and there is a bigger picture that sometimes we cannot see. Ask for God's eyes. Ask for God's anointing so your life could be a testimony of God's greatness.


Take Me To Heaven, Lord

Could You take me to a place where streets are gold?
Where worries are no more?
The place I can call my home.

Take me to a place where tears are never shed?
Where demons have never dared to tread?
That place I've heard so much about!
O' God I've even heard it shout!

How can I reach that place?
I'll do whatever it takes.
 Save me by Your mercy and grace!

The Beginning & The End,
You were there when I was born again.
Be with me till this painful end.
Be there to take me up once more!
Gone from here,
Going through the Heavenly doors.

A poem I wrote in 2009...  but never published for anyone to read. I had a way with words back then. I suppressed many desires and talents the past few years but they are all coming back to me again. Maybe it's because I became too busy? Or focused on other things going on in my life? Either way, I want to be sensitive enough to write straight from my heart and paint beautiful canvases of emotion. As I grow older, I do not want to lose talents God has given me. I want to flourish and grow! 


Which Path Am I On?

Life is beautiful. YOU are beautiful...

I wish we took more time to breathe, relax, and live in the moment. The hustle and bustle gets old really quick. Vacations should happen more often and spontaneous trips are a must. On one of my impromptu adventures to Newport Beach to meet up with a friend, I met a lovely young lady named Cailee (Hi!!)  at a store called LUSH. They have great natural skin care products that I had to try and we ran into her. She commented on how cute my outfit was and my friend said I should be a style blogger. Ha! What a compliment but I don't think so ;)

We got to talking about what I post on my blog, how we don't wear makeup, and our careers, family history in the church, what we wanted to do in life... You know, girl talk! I am 20 years old and I already have a career. I am working towards a goal and making a great future for myself, both in the real world and spiritually. Most young people my age don't know what they are going to do with their life. The world says young people need to party and have fun, YOLO, right? Well, what kind of a future is that building them? There is a false sense of security, that after your 20s you can settle down and get your dream job. Hello! That's not real! The people who are successful started young and they were extremely dedicated and focused on accomplishing their goals in their early 20s. I don't want to be confused about where my life is going... I want to know what path I'm taking! The decisions I make TODAY create my future!
With that being said, I want to know what path I'm on spiritually too. The ups and downs are a part of the journey. The storms, trials, struggles.. They are making a better Meagan. A Meagan who can give help and lead others to God. I souled out a long time ago, at a young age. My life is in God's hands and I'm not confused about what I believe. Imagine if I were? I'd be persuaded by every little lie the media tells. I'd be confused about all these religions, I wouldn't know what to believe!

I'm thankful I'm not confused! I'm confident in my stance and walk with God! Decide today to be truly dedicated and know where you are going.