8 ways to make your day happier.

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1. Start your day with Jesus.

As a Christian I have been trying to make it part of my daily routine to start my day with Jesus. That can take the form of reading the word, reading a devo, writing or praying. There is no right or wrong way to spend time with Jesus. He adores you and longs for relationship with you. I promise you will notice a difference in your whole attitude and mindset throughout the day if you start your day with him.

2. Write or speak out 3 things you are thankful for, daily! 

As humans I feel like it can be so easy for us to get caught up and focus on the negatives rather than the positives. I’m guilty of this. We are truly blessed, its time to start being thankful for it. I was convicted when I was doing my daily devo last week and one of the questions read : “Thank God for at least 10 things that you have that would be considered a luxury to many people”. Straight away I listed off 10 things within 10 seconds. We get so caught up in wanting more that we miss whats right in front of us. Shift your perspective and fill your day with thankfulness.

3. Minimise Technology.

We live in a generation that is unbelievably blessed with such advanced technology. I have recently started a book called Be Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado (Incredible book if you do/have suffered from anxiety) it explains how technogoly is actually a cause of anxiety. Take the news for example. How often do you ever hear of anything positive? It’s pretty rare. Now on the other hand, How often do you hear of a terrorist attack, a natural distaer, a murder, a suicide, a beating, a robery. This list goes on. Being an anxious person, for me hearing these things constanly fills my mind with “what if’s”. I hate to admit it, but it puts a spirit of fear deep in my soul. If you are someone that thrives off the news, by all means, be my guest but if you aren’t, open up your bible and read God’s truths.

Social media

As a woman, I will be honest. I can get caught up in the world of aimlessly scrolling which then turns into the world of comparison. I’m not saying social media is bad, I flipping love instagram. But always remember to be aware of who you follow and how much time you spend looking at your screen. Don’t allow it to dictate or determine your life. Give yourself social media fasts and embrace the beauty of the world.

4. Have a Bath.

I love this. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I am a sucker for a long, hot bath. There is something about it that just brings clarity to your mind and soul. Add essential oils + epsom salts, watch a bath bomb fizz or fill it with too many bubbles. Give yourself time to r e l a x.

5. Pray, ALWAYS.

Life can be overwhelming at the best of times. Always remeber there is someone who is eagerly waiting to hear from you. Whether it’s a thankful heart, a repentant heart, a sad heart or an excited heart – He is ready.

6. Eat well. 

You know your body and it’s dietary requirments but nothing beats eating clean, whole foods. Your body is precious, nourish it and feed it well. You will notice a difference in your mental and physical self.

7. Move.

I have grown such a love for exercise. I used to do it for all the wrong reasons, i’d force myself to do something I didn’t want to in order to be “skinny”. My healthy exercise routine started when Gideon went back home to the states, I honestly went back to the gym as a distraction from being away from him but in the process actually grew a passion for it. I exercise to feel good and to aid my body in strength. I don’t have a particular exercise routine as such. I do what I feel like on the day. Somedays it’s cardio, somedays it’s weights, somedays it’s stretching. My goal is to just move.

8. Encourage others.

This is easily one of my favourite things to do. I’ve learnt that it is much more fulfilling to give than to recieve. A simple, genuine expression of encouragement can go such a long way. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing someones face light up from pure joy when you recognise their strengths and use your words for good. Making others feel good will make you feel good. Try it!

Stay happy, always lovely’s!

Beth xx

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Travel, often.

Psalm 96:11-12 – Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
Let the trees of the forest sing for joy

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Estes Park, Colorado, USA.

Travel is the freedom you get when your soul collides with every new and exciting experience. It’s the rush of the unknown, living completely in the moment entangled with a carefree spirit to explore the varsity of the most beautiful earth. 

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The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA.

It gives me a sense of knowing my God in a whole new way, it opens my mind to a perspective that isn’t clouded with fog. One that is free to dance in grace. His creation gives my soul rest, puts my heart at ease and allows me to marvel at the work he has done. 

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Sometimes, God calls you to other places, out of your comfort zone to teach you, stretch you and grow you in a way he can’t in your familiar. He allows you to make memories that will be etched into your heart forever. 

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Santa Monica Pier, CA.

Travel opens up the opportunity for every person to feel the sense of child-like wonder again. You aren’t bound by anything, you are free to roam in the places your heart desires, you a free to create, you are free to experience, you are free to be present, you are free to live. 

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Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia.

Travel pushes you into a beautiful place of uncertainty,in-stability and spontaneity. It allows you the chance to breathe and explore out of comfort facets just for a small season of your life. God has given us an extraordinary earth to explore his wonder and I don’t believe for a second that we are called to say in one place for the rest of our lives. 

Life is too short to stay in one place. Travel as far and wide as possible. Let your heart wander and your mind hope for the unknown. Leave familiarity behind and let yourself explore the extraordinary. Acquire something new from every place and don’t forget to leave something good behind. Wherever you choose to go, go with all your heart. Don’t look back, just go.

Sunday morning thoughts – 22.04.18

Beth xx

Beautifully Blessed.

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Have you ever had those really dry seasons in your life? When nothing seems to be happening and your just at a stand still hoping and praying that God’s plan would just hurry up and unfold… Then all of a sudden out of the blue your life erupts with bursts of wonder and not-so-wonder everywhere like a party popper. Streams of all different colours flying at you and around you – overlapping, intertwining and painting your life like an abstract piece of art.

I FEEL YOU! 

I want to give you a little insight into my little party popper painted world now.

The month of February was a flipping whirlwind to say the least. A beautiful, hard and unexpected whirlwind. God really spoke, taught and instilled in me that my plan is not his plan.

  • I vowed last year that I would never go back to pre-school teaching. I was done, I lost my passion, my drive and my motivation. Yet here I am, working 5 days a week in the most beautiful pre-school, with incredible little loves. I am being so blessed every single day, I am honoured that I get to sow into, invest and love on these precious children for this season of my life. God has given me a purpose and is supporting me financially. God is good, He is in control.

Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

  • I have had extreme pain in my tail bone for months. It was time I faced my fear and got an X-ray to find out what was going on. I got a call back from the doctor saying they found a lump on my pelvis and requested a CT scan for further investigation. If you know me well you know that after my dad passed away I HATE taking medication and sickness is my biggest fear. I had an unknown ahead of me and if I am being honest my worst nightmare was beginning to unfold. My results came back and it is a calcified lyphnode from when I had previous surgery. Benign in appearance. God is good, he is in control.

Nehemiah 8:10 … for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

  • I have found a healthy relationship with exercise. It has been a beautiful outlet and time of reflection for me. I do it because I enjoy it, not because I am forcing myself to loose weight. I am finally content with my body, even if I am a little bigger than I used to be. God is good, he is in control.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.

  • I am trying my best to find some sort of balance without Gideon. Long distance sucks. It really does. Our time is so limited yet so special and so beautiful. God is good, he is in control.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 –  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  • I am learning who and what is important in my life. I have been really challenged by the Lord about friendships, family and myself. God is good, he is in control.

Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

  • I continue to look at the visa process. I often feel defeated because we still aren’t through with the paper work and every time we go to submit our application we find something else that needs to be filled out. I am forever looking into timelines and dates but tonight I had the most peaceful thought. Our visa isn’t in the hands of the government, it’s in the hands of God and in his perfect timing Gideon and I will be able to get married. He is good, he is in control.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time.

I share this little chunk of my life with you because I have been on such a journey this past month and I have grown in such a deep and intimate relationship with my Saviour. What I am experiencing with him is unexplainable. I longed so desperately to feel him the way I did when I was in America. I didn’t think it was possible to feel that bond or connection again but it is and it’s better. It’s all because I am surrendering my way and simply trusting his. He has given me no other option but to trust him and I love that. Have you ever thought that maybe your hurt and heart ache is just God wanting to draw closer to you? Is that not the most beautiful, precious and wonderful thought ever! The God who created the world and everything in it wants you. He wants you. He longs for you to come into his arms as you are and rest in his perfect, pure love. Through everything he is in control. He knows. He cares. He has a plan. He is fighting for you on your behalf.

I am forever learning the art of seasons. Sometimes you bloom where you are planted, other times you might feel bare and barren or crisp and fresh, filled with clarity. Maybe the wind is taking you somewhere new. Maybe you are transitioning and you can’t see the end of the old and the beginning of the new. Wherever you are at I want to challenge you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The bible talks about the importance of our thoughts, holding them close and keeping them captive. Where your thoughts are, your actions follow. Choose to see the blessing. Choose to see the good, the good that God is doing in your life, the thing you thought was impossible. When you change your thoughts you change your world. Embrace your current season with open arms and trust that God knows what he is doing. He has nothing but greatness for you, he has the most spectacular plan, watch it unravel before you. Give him glory and honour and you will reap every blessing predestined for you. Choose to let him invade your heart, I promise he will take you on the most beautiful, challenging and captivating journey of your life.

Always find your blessing, you are surrounded by constant wonder in this vast, wide, enthralling world.

Beth xx

 

 

You are altogether beautiful, my love.

1 Corinthians 15:10 – “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” (NIV)

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It has been so long since I have actually sat down at my computer with my worship music playing, spilling my heart out and sharing the goodness of my God. Let me tell you, I’m one sentence in and I’m already feeling free.

This time last year I went through something that changed me. I haven’t had the courage to share about that experience in-depth, until now!

Peak experiences – It’s a time in your life when you aren’t transitioning, you aren’t waiting, you are just right where you are meant to be. 

At the end of 2016 I was living, embracing and walking out my peak experience like there was no tomorrow. I was content in my friendships, my job, my family, in myself… So I thought.

I began to focus on my health a little more than normal. I have always struggled with body image. I started out with a healthy routine, going to the gym a few times a week & cleaning up my diet but before I knew it, all of a sudden I was stuck in this vicious cycle of over exercising and restricting the foods I was consuming. It just happened and I couldn’t seem to gain control over the matter. All I was focussed on was loosing wight. I was fixated on a stupid, pointless number. I thought it would make me a better person, I thought it would make me feel beautiful, I thought it would make me feel worthy. I Believed the lies that every woman believes – “If you look a certain way you’ll be happy” “If you weigh this much, people will like you more”. I used to get angry, literally angry at myself if I didn’t workout or if I ate carbs. I lost my period, the very thing that makes you a women. My body was failing. I felt like I was failing. The enemy tainted my vision and I saw exactly what he wanted me to see, I was right where he wanted me.

During this time, I had my faith but I chose to listen to the world over my God. It breaks my heart to write that but I did. This season of my life was real, it turned horrible but it taught me ALOT.  I got a head of myself and I took God’s blessings for granted and as a result of that the bad got the better of me.

It wasn’t until I ran back into my Saviours arms – broken, lost, insecure and ready to be made whole in his presence again that my world began to turn around. It felt like my heart was rooted in the ground but it was covered in weeds and as soon as I fell at his feet, flowers started to bloom again.

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (NIV)

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Last year in Hawaii, for the first time ever I saw myself the way God see’s me. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a moment like that but it was the most beautiful, liberating and empowering moment of my life. It’s not something I can put into words because it was such a sacred moment between My incredible Jesus and myself. I still have days when I am insecure but because I am clinging to God and resting in his promises I have better control over those feelings.

Beautiful one, You are not defined by a number on a scale, you are not defined by how many friends you have or what you look like. You are made new and whole in a God that adores you, longs for you and see’s you as nothing less than perfect. You are made fearfully and wonderfully. You are more precious than rubies. Never feel like you are too broken to come to him, he wants you as you are. He is a God that can pick up the shattered pieces of your Story and make a masterpiece out of them. He is ready to shape you and mould you into the beautiful being he has predestined you to be. There is so much more to his plan than your outward appearance, let him free you of the negative thoughts that run wild in your head, allow his grace to fill your heart and soul so you can rest knowing how much he loves you.

Beth xx

 

Heart Photo: Pinterest.

I Surrender.

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Story time!

2017 takes the cake for the most change I have ever experienced in such a short amount of time. Around February/March the Lord told me to quit my job. A career I had studied for and worked hard at for 3 years. I had no fall back plan, nothing. Just like Abraham, he told me to get up and move. It was one of the most incredible testaments to my personal faith I have ever experienced. During this time God was also preparing me to serve at camp Sonshine – Nebraska, U.S.A, Where my life changed dramatically in the most indescribable way.

I have been seeking God about what my next big move is going to be since I quit my job 9 months ago. I found the first few months of my waiting season amazing. I was able to do things that I always desired to do but after every high comes a low. I came home from my trip from America and felt instantly lost, direction-less and purpose-less from the moment I landed back in Australia. My waiting season became quite tough and the dark days much outweighed the light ones.

Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

The Lord gave me very, very clear instructions of what he wanted me to do when I got home. He wanted me to rest. But me being me, I allowed my anxiety to get the better of me and I started to plan out what I thought would be best for my life and what would be best for the future. We all know that works… NOT! I burnt myself out to the point of being physically sick. So, began doctors appointments and further tests to find out what was going on with my body. God literally didn’t give me an option of being able to do anything, he forced me to rest.

You would think that would have been a pretty clear indication for me to stop, wouldn’t you? After putting my health at risk I still tried to continue to do things in my own strength.

I hit an extremely low point the other week. I had an anxiety attack and I just went through a stage of pushing everyone away. I preferred to be alone. In my ‘alone’ I was constantly reminded of a conversation I had with my beautiful friend Sarah. She was in a season of transition and she said: “Beth, I am trusting God with everything, I am completely giving my life to him and I have never felt better.” I finally waved my flag and I surrendered. I surrendered.

Lessons Learnt!

I have always been pretty blessed in the sense of not having to spend long periods of time waiting for an answer from God. Everything has always been a fairly quick process. So when I came up against something new like this I instantly thought taking matters into my own hands would speed the process up.

  • Don’t rush a head of God’s plan! It tells us in Jeremiah 29:11…

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. (NIV)

Before we were even born God numbered our days and planned out our lives. He knows what’s going to happen today, tomorrow and 5 years from now. All we need to do is trust him through it. When we rush ahead of the wonder he has for us we can miss it and make a mess in the process.

  • Count your blessings in the waiting! 

Ephesians 3:20 – God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! (MSG)

It was coming to the end of camp when this verse popped up for the first time. That was over 3 months ago now. I have received this verse at least once a week since then. God kept telling me he was going to do something amazing and I was getting so excited and looking so far into the future that I missed was he was doing in the process.

I was so fixated on the outcome of my wait that I didn’t even pay full attention to the fact that he had already begun doing anything beyond my wildest dreams. I was missing all these beautiful blessings he had already poured out on me. I have realised the things he does in the wait is preparation for what he has next. Don’t miss it like I did.

*Everything thing has purpose and plays a part in his divine plan for you, regardless if you understand or you can see it or not.  

  • Stop doing it on your own! 

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

I can’t even count how many times the bible talks about the strength of the Lord. Our God is good and he is faithful. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He freely, graciously and willingly gives us his strength. So, why do we constantly try to do things on our own? I spent months doing it on my own, fully aware of what I was doing yet still continued to do it. I can’t explain the complete freedom I am experiencing right now. All because I am allowing God to do what he intended. Since doing this I have also received incredible blessings and the Lord has placed new dreams and desires in my heart because I am at a place of understanding now.

This season has bought SO much growth already, its unbelievable.

  • What does God want you to do for him in the mean time? 

Because I spent so long focusing on what the end result of my wait was I completely forgot to be asking God what I can do for him in the meantime. The in-between stage is where all the growth and preparation happens. I should have been spending more of my time completely open to God’s will for my life and by doing that sooner I could have been used by him in amazing ways.

Closing thoughts!

If you are currently in a waiting season I want you to know you are not alone.

1 Peter 5:9 – Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Take this opportunity to rest in the Lord and his incredible promises for your life. I understand the daily struggle of waiting. As humans we can be really impatient and feel defeated because we think we know what is best for our lives but we don’t, God does. He has a perfect plan for you and he is going to take you to places you’ve never been before. All you need to do is trust the prosess! He’s got you!

Beth xx

How can I pray for you?

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A few weeks ago I posted the image above on my Instagram (@bethcalverley) and spoke about the Power Of Prayer.

I was reflecting on the fact that I have recently started a Prayer journal and the absolute wonders it has done for me and my prayer life. I have been a Christian since the young age of 3 and I have grown up going to church.

Speaking has never been one of my strengths. I am petrified of public speaking, I often find my self stumbling over words, stuttering and embarrassed that I’m not making sense. Unfortunately, those fears were much the same when I was trying to talk to Jesus. I thought that my prayers were pathetic because I constantly compared them to the ones Pastors would say on the stage of a church. You know the ones with passion, the ones where their voices would raise as the band behind them would get more intense with their instruments. There is nothing wrong with that but The Lord has been persistent with me and this year he has taken me on a new journey with my prayer life. He has given me a new and honestly, refreshing perspective.

The bible talks to us time and time again about Prayer. The book of Psalms is one of my personal favourites and such a beautiful example of Prayer. It is simply coming into the presence of the Saviour. This is exactly what David did. He came as he was, with Thanks, with Requests, with Hurt, with Honesty.

As a writer, starting a prayer journal was THE best thing I have ever done. I haven’t been doing it for long but I have noticed a huge difference in my personal relationship with the Lord. It’s a sacred space between only him and I. It has enabled me to express myself in a way that works for me. Not just insecure little prayers when I am too focused on how I sound rather than what I am actually praying about instead my prayers are heartfelt from the very depths of my soul.

1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Another positive and beautiful thing I have found from having a prayer journal is: Because I am physically writing my prayers out I am able to visually see where there is need but also where prayers have been answered. We are all well aware that God listens, cares and answers us according to his will for us. It sounds so silly and simple but I honestly have never experienced recognition of prayer in such an impacting way.

The Lord has been pressing on my heart to share the impact I have had and take it further. This is where YOU come in! Community is really important to me and there is something about being in a community of prayer that makes you feel connected, supported and encouraged no matter what season of life you’re in. With that being said, My simple question is How can I be praying for you? 

Please, If you have certain things in your life that you need prayer for, if you are in a season of struggle, whether that be heart-break, finance, relationships, anything! Let me pray for you! Or maybe you are in a season of thanksgiving and complete gratitude? Let me Praise and give thanks to the Lord with you! I want to encourage you!

Head to my contact section in the drop down bar in my menu located at the top left hand side of my blog. Send me an email or write a comment. I would love to hear from you!

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

I will finish off this post with a little challenge for you! Prayer is honestly such a beautiful way to connect with Jesus.

  • The first part of your challenge is to allocate a specific amount of time + time of the day set aside for Prayer – Your sacred time with God.
  • The second part of your challenge is to find what works for you. You might be a very verbal prayer, writing might suit you better, you might enjoy praying in the shower or in your car. There is no right or wrong when you are praying. God just loves to hear from his children.

Beth xx

 

Re-visiting my vision.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI have had my blog for about 2 years now and in that time I have learnt ALOT! I really feel that somewhere along the way my focus shifted in a negative way. I was looking more at what I could gain from my blog rather than how I could be completely glorifying God and serving others with my writing.

The Lord has been teaching me a lot this year about being more humble. He constantly reminds me “It’s not about you“.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”. 

This verse has always stood out to me. I am very real, raw and honest in my writing. That means I share a lot of really personal stuff that has happened in my life. God put this verse on my heart at a young age because he knew that one day he would call me to be a comforter and an encourager to others. I want my blog to be a safe place for people to feel open to talk about their troubles, I want to not only write and share my stories but actually connect and be there for people.

In 1 Timothy 4, it talks about our spiritual gifts and our individual gifting from God. I was watching a Youtuber talk about this particular part of the bible and what she was saying was… Imagine if everyone practiced and used their spiritual gifts to glorify God the way he intended. It really struck me and stopped me in my tracks because when I sat and really thought about it, imagine how much work God will do through us! We just have to let him.

My vision for this blog is to have a purpose for others, to inspire people, to encourage people and to push people through my writing, through my photography and through being creative in general. I write because it makes me feel free, because I am able to express myself and be honest with my feelings and if I can reach out, touch people and show them the love of God through doing something I am so ridiculously passionate about then I will be content.

Beth xx