Sufficiency

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

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We’re emerging out of the season of giving thanks and extreme shopping. How has the world so twistedly convinced us to believe we need so much. They do a very good job. They have enticed, tempted and swayed me. I need new clothes, I need more décor I NEED. What do I need?

But there is a sale! I am saving money. Oh how I have turned things and justified purchases I thought I needed. Oh how much time and money I have wasted perusing sites as for the convenience of online.

My husband only wants me to be happy and I think he has a small, tiny hope that maybe that next purchase will do the trick. But he and I both know, deep down. It will give me short or maybe even slightly long, temporary happiness.

How long will I play this game? I know how it ends. I may even know how to win but I still choose to search the temporary, the wasting away, the “already old when it gets to me”.

What is enough? When is it enough? When will I be satisfied?

suf·fi·cien·cy   noun   – to meet one’s needs.

God is our sufficiency. He is our everlasting  joy. He is the what, who and when of our every minute of satisfaction. He alone is sufficient.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

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 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 11:9

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Please don’t be mistaken. This message is for me. It has been coming for 22 years now. Well 2,000 years. I struggle to stop the wants and to close my eyes to what the world preaches. What I have previously preached. I want Him to be enough. I need Him to be enough.

I am learning this season, and the seasons to follow, I want to, I need to shift my “needs”. There is only one that stands forever. There is only one who satisfies. I want my eyes to be solely there. Solely on the cross. As we celebrate Jesus’ coming, His birth, I can celebrate and experience pure joy because he came to satisfy. He came to quench the thirst that wouldn’t go away. A far greater power than a new shirt, a new house or a new job.

How badly I want to experience the now. I can do that through the one who satisfies. Thank you, Lord, that you alone are enough. Thank you for meeting us where we are. Meeting our needs.

Merry Christmas. Happy birthday to the gift that brought us life, joy, the gift that meets our every need.

Much Needed Weekend

Recently Dillon and I packed up to head to our home town for my baby sister’s baptism. When I get ready to leave the house I make sure everything is turned off, unplugged, no food left in the fridge, faucets tightened routine. Even when its only a one night trip I feel like I have to prep the house.

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Whole30 Travel Snacks: Bosc Pears & Homemade Lara Bars

 

I picked Dillon up from work and we were on our way. He suffered through two hours of my professor as I listened to lectures in the car. One my favorite things about car trips is that Dillon drives. He always does and it makes me feel safe and care free.

We got to his parent’s house after a few hours and I had made a crock pot of chili (Whole30 approved!) for us to enjoy. It was so nice to catch up and enjoy time with his mom and step-dad. Usually there is work, traveling and busyness that keeps things short but this night was filled with relaxing and catching up. A much needed evening.

After we left we went by a friends house to say hi as we had been gone for some time. Again, it was wonderful. Time of catching up, seeing how kids had grown and how life carried on when we left. I am thankful for friendships and this very night reminded me of that. The kids I used to spend so much time with were full of giggles and snuggles. Something I have greatly missed at my new job with all adults. (My new job I am too grateful for!)

In these friendships you learn from each other and share. Friends that offer a listening ear and genuinely ask questions are hard to come by and I am thankful God has given Dillon and I that in our lives.

Sunday, we spent the morning with my family in my parent’s inviting home. My mom has worked so hard to prepare it to fit all of her children and new additions as the family grows. I was able to sit down and enjoy breakfast at the table and I just watched as my family filled the kitchen, laughing and sharing life. My family, almost all of us together under one roof.

Together we left for church and to prepare as Emily was to be baptized. It was beautiful. Emily invited Tori and I up to the baptistery to help her through the service. I learned something new that day. Emily had received Christ after one of our dad’s sermons in Georgia. How neat that our dad was able to lead her to Christ.

This weekend reminded me and taught me of so much. It was the perfect retreat and getaway I needed in the midst of life’s struggles and busyness. I often get carried away by the never ending list of life when the real importance doesn’t always make my list.

Family. Loved ones. God has blessed Dillon and I will numerous blessings of support and love. God is so evident through my family and friends and I am forever grateful. This has been a great reminder for me and I hope you take time too. Enjoy the company of loved ones, and reach out to those God has placed in your life. This has been my reminder that I can be a blessing to those around me. This very sweet time of Holidays is approaching and I need to remember I can be a blessing to others.

First Whole30

I have read about Whole30, contemplated it and even started it (with much too little preparation). I was more into the hype of doing it (I’m very determined!). After a few months of doing more on-and-off research of reading blogs, watching videos and seminars, D and I have decided we are going to start our first Whole30 on October 19, 2015.

I am posting about this for a few reasons….

  1. Hold us accountable! We will need it. The temptations are out there but we know we want the best for our bodies. Our stomachs/brains just don’t always agree with that.
  2. Advice! We want to hear from you! What is your favorite Whole30 compliant meal? What are some tips and tricks you have learned and love (or hate)?
  3. Coffee. This gets its own number. I love coffee. I currently drink it with unsweetened soy milk and a dash of maple syrup. How do I make GOOD Whole30 compliant coffee? I can drink it black but I like to take the edge off.
  4. Please tell me why you love Whole30. What did it do for you? Are you continuing or was once enough?

Please leave your feedback! I would love to hear your thoughts. I am all ears. I am taking this next week to prepare for the journey.

With Love,

Jay

August Update

As August comes to a close I am reflecting on my goals. Wow this month flew by!

I made three goals and feel accomplished knowing this month was guided and lived out with intention. With that being said there are still things out of our control. An injury kept me from staying on track with my running but I am almost back to where I need to be for my marathon training.

My eating this month was much better. Not perfect but better. Imperfect progress is still progress! I have been making homemade granola for breakfast with almond milk and have been snacking on homemade hummus and veggies. I feel that implementing these smaller changes overtime with help give me a lifestyle change.

My final goal was to be more intentional in seeking God and spending more time with Him. Little did I know He would bring me to Him, on my knees. God gave me more than I could handle on my own this month. School was very challenging and brought me to 2 Corinthians 12. God proved so strong in my great weakness. Maybe a blogpost will come about that journey in the near future!

Here’s to the last day of August! May it be filled with exercise, good food and a whole lot of Jesus.

August in the Making

I know it is the end of the first day but I have finally taken time and written my August goals. I am really excited about the opportunity for growth this month! A new, fresh start always helps me to be motivated even when things around aren’t so motivating. Here are August’s goals:

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Intentionally grow in my relationship with God, seeking Him daily & pursuing ways to serve Him.

As I eat, ask if it will be good for God’s temple, my body, not eating out of impulse but eating and choosing deliberately.

My HUSBAND (still in awe I am married!!), my sister and I are running a marathon in February 2016 and August starts our training! My goal is to follow closely our training regimen.

Mangroves & Jellyfish

This past weekend I got to travel to Daytona Beach to visit my grandparents and see my sister, Emily, perform at her cheer leading competition.

She is amazing!

I have four sisters and one brother and on this particular trip I was able to spend the weekend with three of my sisters, my mom and Dillon. My sister and her team did an outstanding job and placed 2nd overall. In between cheering we were able to go kayaking on St. Johns River. It was beautiful and an amazing breath of fresh air.

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Many of us have gotten back into our routine, our craziness of school, work and trying to keep up with the glorification of business. I saw this saying this past week:

Stop the glorification of busy.

How true is this? Our society has created this sense of needing to be going and doing. I understand certain things need to be taken care of and commitments need to be kept but what if we changed our priorities and took time to enjoy and to see God’s beauty. Often times we are so busy and thinking about the next thing we miss seeing God in the moment we are in. God is present which means He is here now. Have you looked for Him?

Kayaking this weekend reminded me of His roaring beauty. Dillon loves the outdoors and teaches me so much. This trip I was introduced to Mangroves – interesting trees with many branches growing to the ground.

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And we got to see jellyfish!

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God has individually designed each and every part of creation, that means us too! His beauty and glory shine brightly through everything. We just have to open our eyes and see. It seems we have to adjust our perspective. Something we will have to work on every day. A habit we have to create, to see His beauty and to experience His joy.

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Can you see it?

The blessing of time with Him, time with family, being able to enjoy kayaking, seeing new trees and fish. Its all in front of us. Each situation unique.

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My handsome gondolier!

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Two of my four sisters, Boo and Tori, enjoying the beautiful day with us! They are silly and have beautiful laughs.

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My blessed moment: D paddles the whole time! He lets me soak it all up, no paddling, I take pictures and enjoy every moment to the fullest!

Ask God to help you see Him in every situation. Take time, take a break, to enjoy what He has blessed you with. Family, friends, creation and everything in between.

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Where do you see His beauty?

Daughter of the King

Luke 18:41 Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.

My name is Jacquelyn, I am a daughter of the King, a woman seeking Christ with the cry of my heart: Lord I want to see. I hope to share the Lord’s unconditional, unfailing love with others through my blog. I am currently engaged to the love of my life and we are preparing for the start of a new chapter for our lives together in Christ. I am finishing my final semester of my Bachelors of Science and will be starting a physical therapy school shortly after. I enjoy running, cooking, baking, traveling and trying new things. My Love favors the outdoors, as do I and we spend much of our time together enjoying God’s beauty through His creation. I come from a big family, having four sisters and one brother. We have gone from a family of eight to a family of ten with my older sister marrying and the addition of my fiancé. Together we are one big crazy family, and I would not have it any other way. Each day I count limitless blessings, gifts, God has given me and I am incredibly thankful and am filled with joy. I hope to share that thankful spirit and share the joy with you!

Ephesians 5:20 Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.