The Things Unseen

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV)
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Well I must say it’s been a crazy few weeks for me. I’ve been out of town, and while going new places and spending time with my friends and family is great, I’m already dreaming of pre-scheduled days and sleeping in my own bed. At the same time, the fact that school starts in only 2 weeks creates a mix of butterflies and dread in my stomach. I guess that’s pretty normal for the majority of teens.

With the school year approaching it’s so easy for all of us to carry around a lengthy checklist and a bag of stress. It’s all too simple to dwell in the present crisis of back to school shopping and forget about the end goal. Maybe you’re dealing with something a little more serious. It could be that you’ve lost a loved one or just lost your job. Maybe it’s the weight of sin pouring over your life.
Well thankfully 2 Corinthians 4 encourages us to not lose heart. We are assured that though life is crazy, sin is deep, and sometimes life doesn’t seem fair, the love of Christ is renewing us everyday. The pain that you are experiencing now is so very temporal. The road may be rough but it is preparing you for a greater destiny than your present condition. As Christians, we get to look forward to and dwell on the unseen. The life you’re experiencing now is temporary, but God is eternal. Salvation through Christ Jesus is eternal. So go about your week not dwelling in the seen troubles, but in the unseen blessing of heaven. Remember that everything you are going through today is preparing you for the joys and battles of tomorrow.

Happy Monday!
Emerald

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BREAKFAST

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Cottage Cheese and Fresh Tomatoes on toasted Ezekiel bread with an optional sprinkle of salt and pepper.

“OH! What a beautiful morning…”- from Oklahoma the musical 

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~June Favorites~

Do you ever have one of those months where life just goes well? June was one of those for me. The last week of June, I went on a great lake trip with my family, my house is almost complete (see I live in a camper), and I’ve discovered many new favorites! Here are just a few of the things that made June so great…

Outshine popsicles: So far, summer in Georgia has been its typical, humid and muggy self. Nothing helps me beat the heat more than a good ol’ popsicle. Outshine’s have been my favorite this month because they’re simply made and have a variety of flavors. Mango and Strawberry are two of my favorites

Coconut Le Croix: When I went to stock up on Le Croix I thought that I would be adventurous and try the coconut. Now this flavor isn’t for everyone, but I personally love it. It makes me feel very “summery”☀️. The Strawberry Pineapple is amazing too.

Carol King: I was flipping through some records at a local antique shop and found a Carol King record for $2.50. Ever since that day Carol King has been my go to artist for pretty much every day. Plus I’m a huge musical theater nerd, and there just so happens to be a musical about her named Beautiful (the soundtrack is so great!)

Baseball caps: Let’s face it. During the summer, I don’t tend to have many great hair days. Humidity, heat, lake water, sunscreen, wavy and sometimes frizzy hair don’t typically go together. So for me, baseball cap style hats have been a life-saver. All I have to do is wake up, plop the hat on my head, put my hair in a messy bun or ponytail, and go!

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince collection: Summer is also a time that my makeup routine gets super simple. The Lipstick Queen Frog Prince collection has been a life saver. I have a set with the lip gloss, sheer lipstick, and creme blush that I wear basically everyday. It’s also so much fun to put on. All of the products are green but turn a perfect berry color for your skin tone when you apply it.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear what you’ve enjoyed this past month:)

Emerald

Guest Post Alert!

Hey there! Did you see the amazing post from Emma Grace Carter? Just in case you missed it, you can click on the link here to check it out. I also did a post for her blog which you can find by clicking here. I hope you enjoy those two! Let me know what you think in the comments below:)

Have a great day!

Emerald

five things i want teen girls to know (Guest Post)

 

helloooo sweet friends!! i am emma grace carter from emmagracecarter.wordpress.com and i am SO overjoyed to be doing this guest blog post for my friend Emerald!!! when Emerald asked me to write this I seriously struggled and stuggled to find a topic to write about. my. mind. was. everywhere. but God laid a topic on my heart today that I wanted to share with you, and that is five things I want teen girls to know. sooo here we go:

O N E – you don’t need a boy to define you – girls, you seriously don’t need your main focus right now in middle school or high school to be “the cool girl in the cool relationship” trust. me. your relationship with Jesus should be your main focus at this time in your life. He defines, sustains, and cares for you. He loves you more than any boy or human ever could or will. rest in Him and that. focus on growing closer to HIM instead of finding the cool, cute guy in school to be your boyfriend for a month or so.

T W O – it IS okay to be broken but don’t live there; God has overcome – this is hard. I know because I am going through a season of brokenness currently and it IS so tough when people tell you to not live in your brokenness because while it is so true, it is NOT okay to live in brokenness, it can also make you feel like the person telling you that is rushing you through your broken season of life and does not even care, but I promise, while I am talking about this I do care and I need you to know that it is 100% okay to be broken, it’s life. there are times of heartache and loss and sadness, but God has overcome. we don’t have to live in our brokenness anymore because of THAT. we don’t have to live in sorrow or fear or pain because HE has overcome and we have the choice to say “hey am I going to live in brokenness or am I going to live in the ultimate love and joy and freedom that God has for me KNOWING that it is OKAY to be broken but that I don’t have to stay there because I am loved and the One who loves me has overcome fear and anxiety and pain and brokenness.” that’s where freedom is. that is where the ultimate joy is found. our joy can so be found when we surrender to Jesus.

T H R E E – be yourself – being yourself is one of the greatest things you can do for you. when you embrace you and be who God has called you to be, the right crowd of friends will be around you, and i can promise your life will be so much happier. when I started to be who I was meant to be and who God needed me to be, everything changed, I realized that God does not need two of the same person, He needed Emma, and only I could fulfill that. He created us each unique and marvelously loved. be YOU because God loves you, and the right people and friends will also love that too.

F O U R – HIS timing not ours – His timing is always SO much better than our own. trust Him and that. He will take care of you and it’s okay if you may be a little frustrated when things are not working out in your timing, His timing is always best. and continues to be. and will always be. we just have to know and believe that. He knows what He is doing, I promise.

F I V E – step out of your comfort zone – be brave, step out and do something you don’t wanna do, and I don’t mean “go get in the car with someone who doesn’t have a drivers license and step out of your comfort zone.” i mean, get plugged into your church and if you do not have a church google one close by, find a youth group, find a girls bible study or small group. raise money to go to christian camps and stay connected with the people you meet at those places. be involved, be 100% there. invite someone out to lunch, start a bible study with someone at your local coffee shop, just. do. it.

we are so loved by Love, rest in Him knowing life won’t always be easy but HE will take care of you.

these were just five things that I wanted girls to know, you might already know them, you might not, but I pray that you embrace them and realize that we are all so imperfect but absolutely loved by a perfect God. and I hope you have THE best day, sweet friend!! if you wanna follow me on social media you can find me on instagram @emmaagcarter and on twitter @emmagcarter, and on my blog.

YOU are priceless and amazing. let’s love well and know we are so well loved, yes?!?

-emma, emmagracecarter.wordpress.com

P.S. Hi it’s Emerald! To see my guest post on Emma’s blog click here!

~Tethered to Christ~

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

We’ve all been there: that moment in life when the unthinkable happens. That moment when you drive out of one storm straight into another. You’re already weak, stressed out, and angry at the world, and all you can think is, “Seriously? I’ve had enough trial for one season of life, thank you very much!” Maybe you’re going through all of life’s craziness and you’re struggling to believe that a loving and merciful God would really let so much bad happen. Well me too. Thankfully God makes us a promise.

It says in Lamentations, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases…” Those words alone are impossible to comprehend with our simple, human minds. If we were left to believe by our own will, we would probably think, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases’… but I think I can do this on my own so just hold out for a bit.” We are so foolish! God gives us endless mercies. Every morning He renews His ceaseless and steadfast love. God sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to take the burden of our sins. He did this so that we could be tethered to Him; so that He could share our burdens and sorrows.  His faithfulness is so great! God uses the unthinkably bad seasons of life to make us dwell in His unimaginably good. He will not give any of us more than we can handle. So today trust that your are tethered to God’s love by the blood of Christ. Nothing that you could do or any of your trials could ever change His steadfast love.

P.S. Check out this song: He Will Hold Me Fast

via Daily Prompt: Tether