4.16.2015

choose to sing//

It's hard letting go of a life you thought you'd be living. A life with someone that just not completed you, but added to your already completed soul. Someone who became your best friend in a matter of moments. Someone whose eyes you can still see when you close yours. Someone that no matter what you do or where you go, you just can't seem to shake off.  

This someone just completed the puzzle. Put the final piece in there and it just seemed like all the confusion and heartbreaks before, were just leading you to this. To this person. 

And then, one day- the texts get shorter, the phone calls don't come. Then all of a sudden that person is silent. Completely out of your life. No explanation, no reasoning. Not a damn thing. And there you are. Standing there. Like a Taylor Swift song. Wondering what you did wrong. Wondering what you could have done differently. The plans made, the bond established. You wouldn't have seen this coming. But it happened. And here you are. Trying to figure it out. Trying to understand that the missing puzzle piece wasn't quite the right fit. But you thought it was. And you scroll Instagram. You scroll through Twitter and Facebook...just hoping to see some interaction from that person. Desperation? No. Just something that will take some time to get use to. 

***let me say..I am thankful for the months I have endured that were full of the hopelessness I felt. The tears that streamed down my face. The nights I felt like would ever end. God was holding me. And He wasn't letting go. I am a much stronger woman today than I ever thought I could be. I know that the life I thought I was going to have is nothing compared to life that God has for me. He removes people from our lives for a reason. Not because they are bad. Just because they can't go with us to where He is taking us next. That's not a part of their journey. Be thankful for this. 


I'm so.....hopeful. I think that's the word I want to use. I saw a quote on Instagram that said "I could fill a lake with all the things I left unsaid"... and that hit me. I'm not the type of person to hold things back. I'm not the girl to leave things unsaid. I believe in love. I believe in loving hard. If it means something to you, then you better show it or someone else will. I know it's scary. Unrequited love. The other person not feeling exactly how you do. But how would you ever know unless you opened your mouth? 

I can look back and know that I never let anything go unsaid. I said how I felt. I meant what I said. I said what I meant. But, he didn't. That's what needs to be brought to attention. He didn't feel what I felt. And if he did, he surely didn't say it. Look at your situation. Are you the only one talking about things? If so, you need to walk away. You aren't going to "change" them. You aren't going to "make them come around"...because if they felt what you wanted them to feel then they'd be there emotionally and mentally. Come on, remember your worth.


I'm so thankful that endings are new beginnings. 
We each carry a little bit of each relationship with us and that's fine. We take what we learned from it. We grow. We develop. We become who we are meant to be. Every person plays a role in our life. Some for a long period of time and some for just a short time. Don't hold back. Don't be afraid. 

I have no regrets. I know God has a plan for my life. I know He is strengthening my heart and preparing me for what's to come. If you would just take a step back and turn away from whatever it is that is hindering you, you could flourish. But instead, you hope and pray that a mind will be changed. All the while God is just waiting for you to see that it's not going to happen. 

If I've learned anything in this trial in the last 8 months, it's that God is going to do what HIS plan calls for. 
He's the one in control. Not me. And the tighter I held onto something that needed to be let go, the further and further I turned away from God. Then the anger towards God came. It was just a mess. M E S S Y. But when I finally accepted that God indeed knows what He's doing, everything became calm. It was still confusing and hurt so badly. But I knew that He would bring peace to the chaos in my heart and my mind. That He would still my heart. He did. 

So many days and nights I would just ask God to help me..that whatever was in front of me to just help me to sing hallelujah. And He did.

So today, here I am. Learning to be still and to wait on God. Not worrying about being pursued. Not trying to understand. Just here. Enjoying myself. Enjoying life. Becoming the woman God has planned for me to be. Pursuing my faith and walk with Him more and more. And when the hurt creeps in with memories, I just smile..because those memories are amazing. 


Don't ever think when something ends that you've wasted love. 
I think one of the most beautiful things is being vulnerable and real. Showing how you really feel. 
Why be like everyone else and play the stupid games? Why not text first? Stop listening to society on dating. Stop listening to society on rules of love. You love how you want and wish everyone else good luck with the way they are doing it. 

Just remember to be you. KNOW that God is with you. And remember your worth and what you deserve. And don't ever settle.




3.28.2015

This is real//

Finally. Finally, someone saw into the depths of my soul and understood me. 
I am so so thankful for friendship. Especially a friendship that is full of God's love. 

I can still hear the words I was saying as my voice cracked and I was fighting the tears last night. It's not about him anymore, Kelly. It's not about moving on-I'm past that. It's about my soul and how broken and weak it feels. How it aches and longs to be whole. 

I stood there in the parking garage, saying these words as K and I were ending girl's night and going our separate ways. I kept thinking to myself ,"Ugh I have been great all week. Things have been looking up. Why the tears now"
Immediately K made me get in the car and we sat and talked for what seemed like hours when really it was maybe an hour. She asked questions, I gave answers. Earlier at dinner we had talked about how Satan sees our weaknesses and he does whatever he can to grab hold of those weakness and use them against you. To pull you further from God's plan. It made total sense. Complete and total sense. I've always known and thought  this but honestly, I've never really experienced it to the extent that I am experiencing it right now. It's crazy you guys. Hour after hour after hour every single day, satan is pulling hard. He is pouring salt in wounds that have been healing. 

For months I have been trying to be so strong and make myself okay. For example: I park in the parking deck downtown. Always. During baseball season, during offseason. But this parking garage holds a meaning to me now. So to be "strong" I've continued parking there just to make myself see that I can be okay. But really, each time the night winds down and I head to the car in the deck- I feel so worn down and my spirit just aches. That's usually when the tears come. K made a good point that as silly as it sounds, the parking deck is a weakness for me. It's an open door and a way for satan to make a move... to remind me and make me believe that I'm not strong. That God is punishing me. That I'm not worthy of being loved by anyone.  You guys this is real. And it's SCARY. I'm not going to lie. Not going to sugar coat. It is scary. But that's what is expected from satan. Lies. Deceit. Hurt. Pain. Condemnation. Nothing and I mean nothing that God is apart of. Ever. 

I'm so thankful that God brought K into my life in the past year. She's listened to me cry my heart out. She's watched me at my weakest. She knows that it's not about a silly boy anymore. She understands and knows that Spiritual warfare is so real. And up until yesterday, I didn't even think about it. I didn't. But she did. She knows that God has such a plan for my life and that satan is trying everything in his power to stop it. And duh, of course she's not going to let that happen on her watch (insert hand flip emoji) 

What I'm saying is that whatever you're facing, keep pushing. God will carry you when you can't go any further. Cry if you need to. Yell if you need to. But understand that the feelings of unworthiness and of hate and hurt and condemnation are NOT from God. Period. That is all from the devil himself and he HAS been overcome. Guard your heart. Know that God can fulfill your soul in a way that no one else can. He can heal. He does heal. Yes, this is a tiring battle and you're so ready for this battle to be over and to be on the other side of the battle already. Trust me, I'm right there with ya. 7 months of this and I am just worn out. I don't like living like this. I don't like the feeling of being weak. I don't like crying. But these are the times when we need to press into God and His word even more. Focus on your strengths. Give your weaknesses to God and let Him fill those in with His strength. Figure out your weaknesses and change it. Example: Me. That stupid parking garage. I won't be parking there anymore. Not for church, not for dinner, not for games. No more. This may sound so silly but it's something that is so real. Satan knows my weakness is full of memories there and he uses those to make me feel unworthy and that a silly boy is the cause of that. NO. That boy has nothing to do with this anymore. (Like I mentioned before)-- I hope this is making sense. It makes sense in my mind. But we all know my mind is always in world of Megan land. 

God is opening doors and He is closing doors. I have been given the chance to minister to a whole new group of people in my life. You can be sure that I will do whatever I need to do to make sure I fulfill that duty. God has entrusted that with me. I know that there will be healing with others and within myself...and I know this because God is in the center and all around it. He is our Healer. 

I've had "Broken Vessels" by Hillsong on repeat since Sunday. Amazing. Go listen. 


I want to leave you guys with a couple verses that I am clinging to, and I pray they bring something to you!

Psalm 139: 15-18
"You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion as I was woven together inthe dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in YOUR book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Oh, How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. I can't even count them! They outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are STILL WITH ME."

And now the verse that I remind myself of 4298758times day. not even kidding. LOL

Job 23:10
"But He knows where I am going. And when He tests me, I will come out as pure gold."


And to the one who was a HUGE part of this post...

Thank you for being one of the best friends I have ever had. Thank you for endless laughs with me. Thank you for praying for me and with me. For listening to me. For encouraging me and for cheering me on. God has handpicked and formed a friendship based around Him and it will last a lifetime and forever more. Plus, I wouldn't wanna take french fries from any Bammer with anyone else but you! Love love love. 



3.15.2015

He makes me brave//

You know those days, the days where things are going okay and you're feeling good? But then out of nowhere, something hits you and it rocks your world? And not a good world rocker. It's one that completely and totally shatters you. Where it breaks apart every hope you have. Where it makes you question what is going on. 

I stand with so many questions
But you know all of the answers
And whether this side of Heaven 
I know that You are the healer

Photo Credits: Sarah McCallister 

Today, that happened. I was at the ballgame, perfectly content and so happy to be watching ball and enjoying the weather. (It's been close to perfect here.) My phone died and I was actually relieved. So when I got in the car and plugged it in-- a flood of texts came through, But one in particular stuck out. I read it. And I think I stopped breathing. My heart raced and I just felt the tears streaming. After a solid 3 hours of confusion and crying and a hot bath with a glass of wine, here I sit. Curled up on my bed with some music on. My head throbbing. My heart aching. My mind and my spirit just trying to figure out what God is doing right now. 

I'll be honest, I'm so confused. I am still trying to heal and honestly not much progress has been made. When I start to feel good and hopeful, somehow I end up back at step 1. 

I feel so weak and so broken. And with what I found out today, I'm trying to figure out how in the world God is expecting me to heal. In a short few weeks, I am going to be faced with a situation that I honestly wasn't expecting in a million years. It's crucial that I make sure to find my strength in God. He makes me brave. 

And my heart will stay steadfast
I know that You are good

I basically have two options.
1. Continue to stress and stress and stress..which will do nothing but tear me apart. 
2. Let God be God. Let Him do what He does. 

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I feel like I am just on a merry go round right now. Always coming back around to this. But tonight, I am over it. I am over this.. can you relate? Your heart is just so exhausted. So done with feeling broken and hopeless. Searching for more. Knowing God has so much more for you to do and a life that doesn't involve walking around day to day just trying to smile. Just trying to get through the day.

Life is so unpredictable. It's so scary. It's confusing. But life is good. It's exciting. It's worth it. Life is so worth it you guys. Just know that whatever battle you are facing and whatever is rocking your world in a not good way, that God is here. 

Comforter You are to me
Shelter from the cold
Constant how you carry me
Never letting go
You are with me

One of my best friends on the phone tonight- as I was sobbing and trying to catch my breath, she said "meg, I don't know what's going to happen for you in the next few weeks/months. I have no idea. But what I do know is that you won't be going through this alone." That hit me. It's easy to forget and to just automatically think we are going to be walking through this battle alone. But we aren't. The Lord will go before us. He will steady us. He will fight for you. 

So, I gave myself tonight to cry and get out all my emotions and feelings. The anger I was feeling. The anxiety. The fear. Tomorrow morning, I will wake up and go about my day. Two/Three weeks from now when this happens, I will do the same. I'll go about my day and I will remember that God has this. He knows who belongs in my life and who doesn't. He knows my heart and how much pain it's been carrying. This is either going to make me stronger, or make me see why things have gone how they have the last 7 months. I am thinking it'll be both.

Your voice holds me together
When I feel like I'm falling apart
I place my world in Your hands
You come and steady my heart


"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed spirit." - Ps. 34:18


3.04.2015

Worry doesn't add//

Oh, you guys! I feel like spring has sprung! The high today here in good ole Montgomery is 80. And of course a cold front moving in tonight/tomorrow...GO FIGURE. But you can rest assure that after this post is done, I will laying in my Eno soaking up some sun. 

But first things first. 

I keep thinking about life. This past year. And I find myself comparing it to now. And honestly, it makes me feel super guilty. Why? Well, I feel like when I compare a year ago to now, or months to come, that I am almost doubting God and His abilities. It stresses me out. I tend to worry about tiny little things that most people wouldn't give a glance to. But that's me. But when I start comparing and doubting God, that's when I know something has got to change. 

I know it's so hard for us as humans to just Let God be God. To let HIS plan prevail. To fight our desires and temptations. But it's possible. It's so possible. So put your worry to the side. There will always be something there in life that tempts you to worry. To pull your mind away from God and to try and dull your faith. Remember that.

So when it comes to our worries, we just have to lean into God's promises. 

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Luke 12: 25-26
 " Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can't accomplish a little thing like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things"

hold.the.phone.

Did that hit ya? It did me.
Nexxxxxt...

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 

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Alright, so obviously, we see that God has it all under control. His hand is in everything. Just look for Him. He knows what the day will bring before you even wake in the mornings. He knows exactly what you're going to need that day. He's always steps ahead and prepared for what's to come with the day. If you find yourself anxious and worrisome, just remind yourself of this. Remind yourself that He is with you. This will bring so much peace. 

We can lose seconds of life while worrying, or we can choose to put the worry to the side and enjoy every second of this life. What will you choose? 

---For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11


Photo Credits: Sarah McCallister

2.27.2015

the ego hurts you//

So lately, I've been coming across article after article- all focused on a girl not ever forgetting how "he hurt her heart".. how she will never forget how he loved her but left her hurting. As I read these articles, over and over again, I reach a point of irritation. 


And it's okay for me to feel irritated at this because I was that woman. I was the woman holding onto pain and the memory of something and comparing that to my present.  
Comparing someone to the man of the past. It wasn't fair. It wasn't fair to me. It wasn't fair to the person in front of me. As time has passed, I've let go of the hurt, the pain, and the anger. I've released the memories and made room for the new memories and moments that await me. It's refreshing. 

Today, I came across a quote that said: 

"the ego hurts you like this:
you become obsessed with the one person who does not love you. Blind to the rest who do." -Warsan Shire

I saved that quote so quickly. 

It's so sad that we can get so wrapped up in memories and the past, and people of the past- that we totally and completely miss what is right in front of us. We miss the present. So worried and caught up that we forget to breathe. To take a deep breath and just release the negativity and the ones who no longer serve a purpose in our lives. 

This is hitting me like a ton of bricks the past few weeks. 
And I've made a promise to myself and to my present. 
To live in the moment and to stop playing the "what if" game. To genuinely care for and enjoy each person in my life. Right in front of me. Because God knows what He is doing. He knows who belongs and who doesn't belong in our lives. Stop questioning Him. Stop thinking He made a mistake. Surrender and even though you may not understand what He is doing, have the attitude of 
"God, I'm here. I'm not sure of what is really going on. But this is where You have me. I'm going to live and breathe and share You. On this day, in this moment. In this present time. One day at a time."

Stop missing what's happening in front of you.

photo credits: Sarah McCallister, Prattville, Alabama.

2.13.2015

Fading like truth//

So, here I am. Sitting in my sweats with wet hair. My nerd glasses on. My "feel good" playlist blaring away and a glass of wine and four bags of candy sitting next to me. Wild Friday night yall. 

I've been feeling different here the last few weeks. My heart has been feeling different. It's like I am experiencing freedom. Freedom from all those burdens I was carrying. All the brokenness that overtook me. The hurt. The tears. The pain. 

And as I sit here, I am literally speechless. I'm in awe. 

I went back and read all my posts since like August. There are two posts that I just can't shake the thought of. 

They were written ten days apart. And they were in September. The month that seemed like my life wouldn't ever get over. 



Go read them. Then come back to this post. 

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What amazes me is that I was in such a deep dark place. So dark. So broken. And broken is a word that literally describes perfectly of who I was at that time. My heart was broken, my confidence was broken. My worth. 

I am so amazed to be able to sit here right now and feel such peace and such wholeness. It's like I re-found my identity in Jesus Christ. When I finally stopped making excuses and I finally was sick and tired of making myself miserable, I was able to walk away from that point of my life. 

You guys, God is so faithful. He really is. And I know you hear people say that and you believe it but yet you're just not 100% sure if it's true. Because you're just waiting for God to show in your life. Let me tell you, He is there and He has shown up in your life. Look around. Look at what you're doing in your life. Is it pulling you further from Him to where you just can't see? 

He literally brought me from rock bottom years ago. That valley I was in 6 months ago, I never thought I would get out from it. But I did. I am so in love with our creator. He is kind, He is loving. He is faithful, and He is relentless.

I now know who I am. I know what I want. I know what I deserve and what I have to offer. And I know that God has a plan. 

Let God heal your brokenness. Let Him restore whatever it is in your life that needs restoring.

Because what is broken, God fixes. What is lost, God restores. 

Remember, even in the darkest of times, 
the sun WILL rise and it will be a new day.


2.08.2015

Not inadequate...

Today's society is so screwed up. 
It makes me mad. 

When did it become okay and acceptable  to press upon women that they aren't beautiful if their outward appearances don't match up to par? IT'S NOT OKAY.

I am so sick of seeing young girls and women sizing themselves up to others. Sick of it. 

What's your definition of beauty? Take a moment to think about it. 
Is it the shade of blonde someone is? The high cheekbones? Big boobs? Big booty? Perfect shade of blue eyes?

Sure, we like to look good. I know it. I love it when my eyebrows are on point and my blush accents my cheeks in the perfect way. I love it. But yall, let's be real right now. You could have the most beautiful outward appearance but have the nastiest heart. 

I don't know about you but having a ugly heart is not something I want. 

I want people to look at me and just see a light that is so contagious. A light and beauty that draws them to me. A beauty that isn't my own, but God's light. 

I just want you to feel good about yourself. To be comfortable in your own skin. To unashamedly know who you are and where your worth comes from. I want you to know that you are beautiful. 
This world is so big and society is on crack. 
We all feel like we get lost in the crowd. Someone is always prettier and someone is always a step ahead of you in the beauty/style department. That breaks my heart. 

How about instead of making it a competition between us women, how about we empower and inspire one another. Let's lift each other up and remind each other where our beauty truly comes from. We are here to compete with each other. We were given this life to love each other. We serve an "each other" God. We aren't to be about ourselves 24/7, but to be about others. What can we do for someone else? How can we serve God today? 

Yall, you know I go on rants like this all the time. But here lately, this has just become so heavy on my heart. It makes me so sad to see a beautiful young woman so afraid and against letting someone see her without makeup on. Or for her to feel so inadequate and unloved. 

I want to put a stop to this. I want to be someone who brings this reminder daily. 

God says we are all created in HIS IMAGE. HIS IMAGE. 
HE IS PERFECT.. so how dare society today tell someone that they are not beautiful. That they are not good enough. Here's a news flash...you are good enough. 

Ladies, I want you to always remember that with or without makeup, you are perfect. **(please do not think I am saying you shouldn't wear makeup! I am the queen of caking it on! I love getting fancy and dolled up.) But this week, I wore make up everyday and on the 3rd day of putting it on I was so over it. I was like I don't even need this. Like why? Let me just wear sweats and no make up and a ball cap. 
That is when I truly feel the most beautiful.


"You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. Beautiful in every way."  -Song of Solomon 4:7

The first step to becoming comfortable in your own skin is to soak in and remember what God has said. To realize that your true beauty radiates from within.

When you start looking at someone's heart and how beautiful and good it is, then every single thing about that person becomes so beautiful and irresistible. 


Remember your worth. Remember where your identity comes from. Realize you are beautiful.