A Story Worth Telling: Savannah, Always S,. Blog

So apparently I had been following Savannah forever on Instagram (which is very inspiring itself) and somehow some way I found out she was a blogger. After reading through her blog, I thought I had to feature her on the blog. Today Savannah shares some insight on herself, and I know you will enjoy it.
- What has God been teaching you lately?

Patience. Wow has He been telling me allll about patience. When it's meant to be, it will be. God has a plan. And it's taken me a while to believe and understand trust just that.

- Life Mantra.

"What is done in love is done well." I believe that if you act out of true love and true compassion, it is difficult to do wrong.

- Favorite coffeehouse order?

Uh oh -- I don't drink coffee!! But I do love a good strawberry smoothie :) 

- One thing you want to be remembered for when you leave this earth?

My heart. I want each friend to know their value to me and how they filled my heart to the brim. My community is so important to me, and I hope when I leave this world that I am remembered by how I show my "tribe" just how much they mean to me.

- Share your story

Growing up, religion wasn’t a big part of my family. Sure, we showed up to Church on Easter Sunday and when a baby in the family was baptised, but that was pretty much it. I guess you could say I never really knew Jesus until Young Life, and for that reason I am extremely thankful for the presence of Young Life at my high school. I went to Young Life and fell in love with the idea of Christ and walking with God, but I still didn’t understand. I heard people tell stories of God speaking to them and showing them signs. I didn’t have a crazy testimony. I didn’t have an aha! moment when I became best friends with Jesus. It seemed like everybody else did. I was frustrated and the concept of faith and the idea of a relationship with someone I couldn’t physically see was so hard for me to grasp. When I went to summer camp, during our quiet time after club, I would sit in the dark under the stars and pick at the grass next to my feet. I wondered what I was supposed to say to God and when I did speak up and pray or talk to him, I never heard back.

Until sophomore year of college (a year ago), I didn’t know what it meant to be a Christian. In the beginning of that year, I went through a breakup that was very challenging. I had felt so vulnerable, so confused, and so alone. One night, I was awake in my bed, unable to sleep, and I just prayed. This reminded me of the book, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” because I was stuttering and stumbling over my words, nervous to speak, but I pushed through and just confided in Him. I spoke about what I was feeling in my heart and my frustration towards being a Christian. I prayed that He would give me strength and peace to work through the hurt and I asked for help with healing. When I woke up the next morning, it was like a light switch went off. I felt so calm and so at rest knowing that I had talked to God. I started looking up devotions and reading verses and more than ever I felt God speak to me.

Last summer, I went to Tanzania. I first stayed in a Maasai village then climbed the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was God who got me to the top of that mountain. It was God who showed me the magic of a country and culture so unlike my own. My experience on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro was something I will never forget, no matter how foggy and miserable some nights were. At the top of that mountain, I will never forget how it felt to be finished. And to have truly accomplished something so rare. I will never forget how vulnerable the experience made me feel, and how much I clung to my family and life back home in times of trouble. I learned that it’s okay to cling to them when I’m at home, too. I will never forget feeling the Lord move and work through me.

I’ve made it a priority to live out God’s word, spreading love and finding beauty wherever I go. The budding of this relationship has been such a blessing to me. Over the last couple of years, I’ve found a lot of peace and strength in knowing that through trials and struggles, God is putting me where He wants me to be and He has a plan for all of it. I might not know what’s going on right now or why He’s pushing me in this way - in a way that is so out of my comfort zone and in a way that leaves me so fragile - but I’m excited to get to the point where I can say, “Ohhhh, THIS is what He was talking about!
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To the One Who Wants to Throw In the Towel

Hey... you there,

I know right now life seems hard. Life is giving you it’s butt to kiss and you just want to throw in the towel. You want to give up. 

But you can’t give up. 

I won’t let you. 

I won’t let you because right now there is someone out there who needs to see you smile, who needs to see you laugh. There is someone out there looking up to you. There is someone out there that needs a hug from you. 

Somebody needs you. 

You cannot give up. 

You can’t give up because you have come too far. You can't give up because the future holds so much in store! 

I will hold your hand. 

This walk seems so so hard right now and it feels like nothing is working out. 

But I need you.

 I know you keep hearing someone needs you and you are thinking but who is here for you.

God is here. 

He is listening. He hears your cry from the woods. 

He hasn’t left. 

He just needs you to endure and fully trust in Him right now. For the light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it.

Don’t give up. 

There is so so much in store for you. 

Just hold on.

 Keep pressing on. It’s ok to cry. 

Let it out. 

But know I am right here and I am not leaving you. 

I have faith in you and I know you can do it. 

Now I need you to believe in yourself. 

So, get up. 

Get going. 

Go smile. Hug someone. Minister to someone. Pray with someone. 

Walk in His glory. 

This is for your good, in the end you shall have a wonderful testimony. 

I know you can do it.

Don’t turn back, don’t think twice, just go. 

And know that I am on the sideline cheering you on. I will be waiting at the finish line. 

You can do this. 

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Amy Believes in Pink

Today I'm interviewing Amy from I Believe in Pink. Her blog is super bright, inspiring, and I adore her style. So I thought I'd set up an interview and share some insight on one of my favorite bloggers with you. 

  • How would you describe yourself and personality?
Colorful, positive, and enthusiastic! I'm also very organized and detail-oriented, which I think you have to be if you run a blog. 
  • When did you start blogging and why?
The beginning of my freshman year of college. I was taking a lot of the numbers-based prerequisite courses for Richmond's business school, like calculus, and decided that I needed a little more color and creative in my life:) It started as a hobby but quickly turned into a business, and I ended up designing my major around the skills I use in blogging. 
  • How do you maintain a successful blog?
By being disciplined and multi-tasking. You have to LOVE blogging to be a full-time, involved student while being the creative director and editor for your own blog. Thankfully, I'm addicted to doing it so I just fill all of my spare time with blogging. I've been known to blog in crazy places (like on the beach!) in order to get a post up. 
  • What blog do you highly recommend for others?
Ah, I have so many favorites! Lonestar SouthernChronicles of Frivolity, and Gal Meets Glam to name a few :) 

  • What is your inspiration in life?
This is such a hard question! haha. I would say that I'm inspired by my mom/sister, my girlfriends, magazines, pop culture, travel, Pinterest... I pretty much pull inspiration all the time from whatever I'm exposed to. 
  • What's your aspiration in life?
Another hard one! I'd love to work in digital media/PR for a fashion company, maintain and expand I Believe in Pink (I see myself shifting into more decor and lifestyle posts as I get older), and prioritize my family and friends above all :) 
  • What would you consider your style?
Colorful, classic, and feminine. 
  • What can you not leave the house without?
Eyedrops (that's super practical and unglamorous of me, I know, but I have horrible vision and wear really strong contacts so my eyes get bothered when I stare at my computer for hours on end, haha!) 
  • What’s one thing you want to do before you leave this world and be remembered for?
My aim is to bring positive energy to everything I do and make people feel appreciated and loved :) 
That everyone is Amy! Be sure to check out her blog!

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You Don't Have to Hide

We often make mistakes. We often do things we are ashamed of or things we are not willing to tell others, whether they are big or small. And sometimes we tend to hide behind them or let it affect our actions. We also feel that sometimes He will not overlook it nor forgive us for it... wrong.

God's desire is not to shun us but to HEAL us. 

We sometimes put up these walls of fear and shame and try to hide from others and God. But hey be willing to let down your walls, let go of fear and shame. Allow Him to come in and heal you, for He cannot cleanse you if you deny your are dirty.

Don't hide behind your mistakes or live in shame. It affects your walk with Christ and the way you reflect Him. GOD FORGIVES. ~ Son, your sins are FORGIVEN. Mark 2:5 ~

Shame drives us to feel not good enough or unworthy. YOU ARE ENOUGH! YOU ARE WORTHY. Why? Because you are the child of the most high. He gave his son for you, there's nothing we or anyone can do to separate us from His love. There's no need to hide from failures or try to prove something to Him. God understands we are not perfect. We fail but we learn and we are stronger through Him. 

We all have regrets, weaknesses, etc. But fall on your knees and cast your burdens onto Him. He IS for you. ~ For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not I am the one who helps you."  Isaiah 4:13 ~ Be set free my dear friend. Jesus loves you, God loves you no matter your mistakes. Remember Jesus sought out those shunned by society; tax collectors, prostitutes, etc. So why would he see you any different or turn His back? 

His love is abundant and He is merciful, remember that.

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Be the Risk-Taker

I have always been the girl to stay within her comfort zone, and when out of my comfort zone, I'd panic. I was the never the type down to do new things or take risks, but over the past year and a half something has changed hugely. Now I'm not talking about crazy dumb risks, but risks that grant me a fuller life. 

Here's the thing about risks, God likes risks because it involves faith, and faith is of Him. In the end they usually leave you full of joy and a pure bliss. It's about putting your trust into Him and his word. To venture into the unknown with faith, and find his plan/purpose for us. It's about being on edge for Him at all times. If we can take the risk of simply getting out of bed or getting into a car, why can't we venture and risk living for God? 

Ask yourself this: 
What are you risking your life for? Are you simply letting life just happen to you or do you listen to that voice that says GO?

You see taking a risk is simply to spread His word, and trust me that can be real risky business. Some people back down, but I think it's better to be bold and stand firm. To not run away, to take that risk and hold onto my faith. These risks can be as simple as sparking a conversation, inviting someone to coffee, simply ministering to others. There's a possibility you might get turned down, or been gone against, maybe someone might try and tear you down. You might lose relationships with others, popularity, being liked. Luke 9:25 states, "For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself,". 

Would you rather feed into others approval and loses yourself, or live to the fullest and glorify God at the same time? 

Listen to and for his voice. Be on edge and ready at all times to take a leap of faith. 

Isaiah 30:21, "And your ears will hear a voice behind you, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn left or right".

Live on edge, minister to others, spread the word. Find a crowd or a group of people to live on edge with. Be that risk taker at all times. You smile more and live to the absolute fullest. Be bold. Don't second guess, when you hear that voice, simply GO. Be a missionary on your campus or wherever you may be. Whatever it is just simply GO. Put all your faith in Him and take that risk, and live. 

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