Faith Friday – Believing In Your Prayers

For, I’d say, the last 5 years, I’ve prayed for so many things to happen to my life. I prayed for jobs, relationships, health – a ton of things.  I prayed that God would create situations that I wanted to be in – and surprise – my prayers weren’t answered. I had almost started looking at life’s curveballs as a joke, I mean, if there was something I even remotely wanted, I automatically knew I didn’t stand a chance getting it, because it felt like God always had other plans for me. I got REALLY angry with the Lord. I was so mad that I could never make those big plans for my life. Why is He tossing all these curveballs? I saw friends living their best life and I felt like I was having a rainy day ALL THE TIME. I prayed to desire what God wanted for my life, but many things I prayed for, that I thought would make me happy, weren’t placed in my life. I’m a happy person, so don’t think this post means that I don’t have joy in my heart. I think God was just holding out His cards for my latest prayer. While, I hope to share it with y’all very soon, it’s still very personal. I hope you understand – but, the most important thing is, my prayer was answered. I’m writing all this to say, when your prayers and petitions are FINALLY in line with God’s will the world feels like magic. I think the difference between my answered prayer and my “redirected” prayers were my belief in the outcome. I believe our minds create our own reality by believing our own personal truths. For instance, if everyday I look in the mirror and say “I’m fat”, guess what, I’m going to start identifying myself as fat. If I speak confidence over my life, I’ll be bold and outgoing. If I claim something into existence, it exists. Your mind is so powerful. That’s why it’s so important to speak your prayers into existence. Speak LIFE over them, nurture your desires and give them completely to God. His word says they will be given to you. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24


This Week’s Favorites

First of all, this past week has been very trying for my community. The devastation from Hurricane Matthew has been life-changing for so many of my neighbors and friends. I ask that you keep everyone who is having to deal with losing a home or has been displaced due to flood waters in your thoughts and prayers. 
On to my favorites…
I am OBSESSED with the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. This is the second book, and it’s my favorite. It’s a great mixture of magic and mystery and sci-fi and “strange things” and spookiness. Plus, the movie is in theatres and it’s pretty cute! 
Wild and Free has completely changed how I see myself. It has reminded me where to place value and priority in my life and given me perspective when I feel like I’m inadequate or a little too “extra”. I’d recommend this 100%. 
This Sephora green tea face mask has been an item on my “want” list for a while. I always feel so pampered after trying new face masks. I’m so excited to try my first sheet face mask. This one in particular claims to be mattifying and anti-blemish. YAS SEPHORA! Help a girl OUT! 
I initially got a sample of this Philosophy Purity facial cleanser in a sample bag I purchased from Sephora and quickly fell in love so I bought the 16oz bottle! It removes make-up so well and makes my skin feel hydrated without being oily and has the most pleasant scent. Do yourself a favor and pick some up! 
Smell Good
If you are basic like me you already know what the most anticipated Fall candle is…Leaves. Duh. It has notes of crisp red apple, golden nectar, and warm clove spice. It’s like Fall in a candle. I purchased this from Bath and Body Works along with another scent which isn’t pictured, but, y’all pray for me, I like the other one more. It’s called Sweater Weather and I may end up on My Strange Addiction for hoarding so many candles of that scent. I could eat them. So yummy! Swing by B&BW. They are basically running the show and winning the game right now. 
If you have any book recommendations let me know in the comments! I’ve been in a book rut and these two books have finally got me out of it. So now I want to read EVERYTHING!!