Hold On

Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a great start to your week!

Today I want to share with you the importance of holding on to your word from the Lord.

pros·per·i·ty: noun, the state of being prosperous

As I walked into this year I wasn’t expecting a direct word from God. I’d heard sermon after sermon of God’s people prophesying of 2018; prophesying that 2018 is going to be MEGA, that God is bestowing upon his people abundance and favor.*

I held onto that and believe it to be true. And in addition to this God spoke a word specifically to me and that was prosperity. When you hear the word prosperity you often think of wealth and riches, but God’s definition is much more than that. My desire is to prosper in my faith, relationships, and yes, in finances. More than that I want to prosper in the talents that God has given me and I want to use them to their fullest potential.

So I had a hopeful mindset going into 2018, full of faith and encouragement. But I quickly became discouraged and extremely stressed, to the point of physical pain. It’s hard not knowing how I’m going to pay for a wedding in 8 months and a house even sooner; not knowing how I’m ever going to get out of this 9 to 5 type work and really do what I want and was called to do. I felt so unhappy when this should be the happiest time, I should be enjoying every moment and everything seemed to be falling apart when it should be coming together.

Until yesterday I had a talk with my mom and it was like the flip of a switch, my stress was gone and I felt the peace of God. She hit me with the harsh truth that God may have my blessing, my breakthrough, right around the corner and that I just might miss it simply because I am not showing faith that He can come through for me. Everyone else has the faith that I’m going to come out stronger on the other side, and they are believing for me. So what’s my problem? When I took a second to really think about why I was not putting all of my trust in God it dawned on me that part of me feels like I don’t deserve the blessing I have coming; but the truth is that none of us do. None of us deserve a single thing God gives us yet He decides to bless us anyway. He blesses us and it is up to us to use that blessing for His glory.

We have to keep in mind that when we are going through trials those trials are not meant to break us, they’re meant to make us stronger and more trusting in Christ. Our trials should make our faith rise up so that even in our most difficult times of life we may be a blessing to someone else.

When we can boldly and without fear hold on to our word from the Lord, it gives testimony to His word loud and clear. It shows hope and our belief and trust, that we may not be able to see it with the natural eye but through faith (Heb. 11:1), He is working on our behalf and He will bring us out!

God blesses us when do things by his design. So what I want you to take away from this is to hold onto that word God spoke to you yesterday, months ago, even years ago! God’s word will not return to Him void (Isa. 55:11). So keep digging and sewing (Isa 30:23) and fight through the fatigue because this is your year!! God has plans for you, don’t miss out on your blessing!

with love,

Gaby

* Watch Ally’s video on The year of abundance and favor

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most wonderful time of the year

🍂 Hey ya’ll! I hope your week back to normal life after the holiday has been better than mine. I don’t know what it is about the bounce back after the holiday weekend that is such a struggle but, man, have I been struggling! I can’t say it’s been all bad, in fact I’m enjoying and experiencing one of the best moments in my life up until this point.

This time of year has been my favorite time of year for as long as I can remember. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s not for the reasons you think. Yes I love the holidays, but there’s something about the way the sky looks and the way the crisp air feels and smells. The fall leading into the winter has always made my heart feel warm and fuzzy. ♥️

This past Thanksgiving holiday made this time of year even more memorable and special for years to come. My best friend picked the most wonderful time to ask me to marry him!

I’m so excited to share that I’m getting married! 💍

It has been nothing but non-stop planning and details and colors since Thanksgiving. I’ve been tired and not able to sleep but all for good reason. I always imagined what I’d feel like when I reached this chapter in my life, and now that I’m here in the moment I realize that my daydreaming was nothing close to reality. Planning a wedding is a beautiful nightmare, for lack of better words. It is incredibly stressful trying to plan a wedding in this day and age. Everything is so EXPENSIVE! And I guess I forgot to include in my daydream that my personal debt would still be present in the midst of trying to pay for my dream wedding.

Even in all of that, I still have joy. I still have hope. And we will have a beautiful wedding. I get to walk side by side, hand in hand with my best friend. And even better than that God is walking before and watching over us. That overshadows any stress that rises up in my life; that is the beauty in what can be a nightmare of wedding planning.

I’ll be sharing every planning detail I can but until then, I want to reach out to all of you. Do you have any ideas or suggestions on real flowers versus artificial?  What did you do at your wedding that was unique? Unity candle or unity sand? I’d love to hear it all.

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