Do The Next Thing

 

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The other day I was cleaning and I pulled out a camera I was given. I couldn’t remember if there were photos or anything but I uploaded everything to my computer to go through. I ended up finding some vacation photos from a couple of years ago ( I think??). I was excited to find them and I also impressed that they actually looked pretty good. Good enough for Instagram even. I am not a photographer by any means nor do I really feel a call to pick up a camera and start snapping photos, but I do enjoy taking photos and . learning how to edit, when the lighting is right.. but it’s not my calling.

I talked a little bit finding my calling here The Calling I Hid From and now I want to talk about what’s next. There is a simple quote by Elisabeth Elliot ( If you can’t tell, I’m a fan)

Do the next thing.” Elisabeth Elliot

Such a simple phrase, yet when it comes to doing things we are super passionate about, our callings, or simply just wanting to try something new: it is scary. There is that fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough. There is always some risks. We are imperfect, we make mistakes and we compare our journey’s to others. However here is some truth to those little things that run through our heads. These thoughts, I am about to share are my personal reflections on these topics.

Comparison: 

Ah…..here we are. Since I talked a little bit about fear in my last post mentioned above, I figured I would talk about comparison. Comparison is silly to be honest. If I could put how silly I felt when I realized looking at all the polished aesthetically Instagram feeds, gorgeous blogs, the fun YouTube channels, that I was measuring my own blog and Instagram against everyone else’s. There is a really neat quote that I saw on Pinterest and I am going to just type it out here but if you know who wrote it let me know:

“How cool is it that the same God, who created mountains, and oceans, and galaxies, looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too?”

There are also these verses:

“Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

You were created to run the race before you. Don’t look off to the side, ahead of you, or behind you. Don’t focus on what the other person is doing or not doing, do what you have been put in place for. We all have our individual prizes and crowns. Let’s not long for someone else’s life or wish we were in their place. Because let’s be honest, we don’t know the miles they walked to get where they are, just as they don’t know the miles you have walked. We each progress and we grow differently. We are unique and our stories are unique.

 

Failure: 

I don’t know about you, but I have a fear of failing. There, I said it. I like having plans A-Z in place and I don’t like it when surprises come up and I have not prepared for it.. I have talked myself out of not going through doors, which turn into missed opportunities because I am afraid of being told ‘No’ or God-forbid ‘Yes’. Because I don’t want to fail. In yeses and no’s, I just don’t want to fail. Recently, I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something that could potentially be a great thing. It turned into me checking my email constantly begging for a reply, when there was nothing, I allowed that little voice to whisper lies into my heart. I had to pause, and remind myself of who God says I am. Just because I don’t get the answers I want, that does not make me a failure. Just because I didn’t hear back on my timeline, doesn’t make me a failure. Even if I don’t ever hear back, I am still not a failure. God is a good God. He answers our prayers, but even if He doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want Him too, He is still good. Sometimes the answer is actually ‘No’. There can be so many reasons for why the answer is ‘No’. I have noticed in my personal walk, that sometimes the ‘No’ is because it’s not good for me. Or there have been times it’s a ‘No’ for this season but next season it’s a ‘yes’. I had to come to a place where I can say ‘Your Will not mine.’

“As it also says in Hosea, I will call Not my People, My People, and she who is Unloved, Beloved.” Romans 9:24

I love this verse because it reminds me of my identity in Christ. No where in my identity is the word failure. There is victory in Christ. I have found that sometimes the mistake is trying to forge my calling from my own fire. We need to stop and seek God for direction because He has been forging this calling before we were born. He knows the plans He has for us. His plans are for us to prosper not fail.

 

In all honesty, these two things have been areas of learning in every aspect of my life. These things don’t apply just to callings but in every part of our lives. So go, my friend, do the next thing to get where your going. Run the race and remember you are beloved not a failure.

Brandy

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Hello and welcome to my little home here on the internet!

I don’t know about you but sometimes I find myself grabbing more then one coffee. Today, I am on cup #2…who knows if cup three is on the horizon! I have realized it has been a long time since I have done a favorites blog post. A really, really long time. So today we are changing that. I am going to break it down into sections and top 3 if I have 3. I am also going to include links to the online stores and Instagram pages. So lets get started:

  • Worship Music:

Worship music is such an important part of my life and the 3 listed below are the 3 I have been listening to on repeat. 



 

  • Books I am Currently Reading:

I am currently going through two books, and one of my goals for this year was to read more non-fiction. So I am going through a devotional and reading through another book. I highly recommend both so far. I hope to do reviews of both once I have finished them.

100 Days To Brave by Annie F. Downs

Through The Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot

 

  • Bible and Prayer Essentials: 

This 6 month prayer journal by Val Marie Paper is seriously one of my top favorites right now! I love using it and keeping my prayer lists in order. Val Marie Paper <——click here to get one of your own! If you do let me know what color you got!

These gel Bible Highlighters by The Daily Grace Co are a must have if you highlight in your Bible. Super cute and they don’t bleed through the pages. You can buy them at The Daily Grace Co

 

  • Favorite Instagram Pages: 

Instagram is at the moment my favorite social media site. I feel I have more control over what pages show up in my newsfeed, and I think that it is super important to surround yourself with uplifting, positive pages. So while I have made my other lists at most 3, I am going to share my top 5 favorite women that I follow on Instagram. These women are Godly, inspiring, and their pages are super adorable as well!

  1. Jordan Dooley
  2. Brittany Ball
  3. Audrey Roloff
  4. She The Roar
  5. Cambria Joy

 

So these are just a few of my favorite things. Let me know some of your favorite Instagramers donw in the comments!

Brandy

 

Shows I have Seen Recently


Hello and welcome to my little home here on the Internet! 

If your new to my blog: I love musicals. I have been trying to make sure to share the different shows I seen. Since Anastasia in January, I have seen three more shows. This number includes seeing Anastasia again in New York. 

I have seen:

WAITRESS: 


I got to see Waitress ( The National Tour) in February. I LOVED it! It is one of my favorite musicals and would love to see it in New York as well. 

GUYS AND DOLLS: 


Another one of my favorite musicals I saw at The Fulton Theatre in Lancaster City. It was so well done! 

I saw Anastasia again in between Waitress and Guys and Dolls, this time I got to see Christy! I was hoping to see Derek perform before his last curtain call as Dimitri but it was still so well done! 

Wonder what show I will be seeing next? 

– Brandy

The Calling I Hid From


Hello and welcome to my little home here on the internet! I am so glad you stopped by! 

I hope you don’t mind my soul sharing but I want to talk about callings. Specifically the one I have been hiding from. 

“How does one hide from their calling?” You may be wondering…well here is my realization.

When I felt God speak to me and tell me I was going to be a Pastor’s wife, that wasn’t scary to me. I was fully prepared to be someone’s side kick. To encourage my husband from the pew as he got up to the pulpit. Easy right? 

God had to have laughed. Today I am married and my husband is licensed to preach, a deacon at our Church and looking at seminary. The calling to be a Pastor’s wife was easy because I didn’t listen to the still small voice saying “ Okay Brandy, now that you know what your husband’s occupation is, let’s talk about how you are going to serve me.” I went about my business. Then I kept feeling the nudging of the Spirit and the opportunities that were open and I didn’t take because I had the following excuses:

1. I am too anxious

2. I don’t know how to start

3. I felt like I was going to drown before stepping into the water

They were excuses. God can use us no matter where we came from or who we are. It’s no secret to Him if I’m shy and introverted. He created me! But He created me to step out of my comfort zone despite my introverted ways. 

This blog, writing, sharing my heart through written word and spoken words are gifts and talents He has given me as a mission field. The disinterest, the fear… I hid from writing because it was easier to do then to step out on faith and allow God to take control. I was being a control freak. I liked controlling my destiny.  When in reality, I had no control at all. 

In the beginning of February, I approached my Pastor and my Pastor’s wife about my anxiety. I had been plagued for months with intense anxiety. I got to a place where I felt I couldn’t hear God and I couldn’t discern His voice. We had made arrangements to meet up after Church on Sundays. I started the devotional 100 Days To Brave. Then before our meeting to discuss what I had gleaned from my first week Lisa, my pastor’s wife, passed away suddenly. A part of me honestly felt that I couldn’t go on with it. You know though, I had already had break through moments and I felt the anxiety dripping away. Why put back on the chains? I continued on. The past week had been about callings. As I prayed, for the first time with listening ears and I committed to doing whatever was asked of me, I felt God open my eyes to my writing. 

I don’t know where He will take me but the point is; I am done hiding from it. There is a quote from Elisabeth Elliot that I love and I believe is fitting: 

“ This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it has to been done gladly if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.” -Elisabeth Elliot

What is the job, the calling you are called to do? Don’t hide, do it. If you don’t know your calling, seek Him. He will reveal His job for you to do. Then when you you find it, do the next thing (another Elisabeth Elliot reference). 

– Brandy