over and underneath and inside and in between.

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Have you ever felt like you’ve gone too far? So far that you know you’re broken? So far that you know you need God, but don’t come back because you feel like you’ve crossed the line? Have you ever felt afraid to come close to Him because you believe he’ll turn his back on you? Ashamed of what you’ve become?

I have.

And guess what?

You’re never too far.

God’s love is bigger than your sin. God’s grace is greater than your sin. God’s forgiveness does not run out. His mercies are new every day.

He says, “My love is over, it’s underneath. It’s inside, it’s in between.”

His love is there in the times when you’re broken and think you’re beyond repair. He’s there when you think He’s not there. His love is there when you’re heartbroken. He is there when there’s chaos around you. He’s there when temptation wins. His love is there when you think grace has run out. He is there all the time.

He says, “My love is over, it’s underneath. It’s inside, it’s in between.”

Stop thinking that you’ve gone too far. You have not. Don’t be afraid to run back into God’s arms. He is not done forgiving. He knows your heart. He loves you.

His love is over and underneath and inside and in between.

His love is everywhere. Everywhere. Over and underneath your shame. Inside your sorrow. In between the pain. Over your guilt. Underneath your brokenness. Inside your doubt. In between your fear.

Over and underneath and inside and in between.

“Well, my love is over, it’s underneath. It’s inside, it’s in between.
The times that you’re healing and when your heart breaks, the times that you feel like you’ve fallen from grace. The times you’re hurting, the times that you heal, the times you go hungry and are tempted to steal.
In times of confusion, in chaos and pain, I’m there in your sorrow under the weight of your shame. I’m there through your heartache, I’m there in the storm. My love, I will keep you by my power alone. I don’t care where you’ve fallen or where you have been, I’ll never forsake you. My love never ends.
It never ends.”

[Tenth Avenue North, Times]

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Sing In The Rain

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It’s raining right now where I am, and I was thinking about you. Yes, you. Maybe it’s not physically raining where you are, but maybe it’s raining in your life. Maybe you feel like there are many troubles aggravating you. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one recently. Maybe you’re going through a breakup. Maybe you’re not doing so well in college. Maybe a family member has been diagnosed with a disease. Maybe today just really sucks.

But…you’re alive. You are loved. God is taking care of you. He knows what’s best. Rest in the truth that you’re in your Savior’s hands. He makes ALL things work for good. Beauty comes after the pain. Don’t let the rain defeat you. Face your worries with a brave face. The sun comes out tomorrow, but until tomorrow gets here…sing in the rain! ☔️💕

A Fabulous Wardrobe

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I loooooooove clothes. Like, seriously. When I had a life [I’m a high school senior], I would watch Project Runway all day everyday. I mean, have you seen my Pinterest boards? I’m obsessed. I’ve been looking at Prom dresses since last year and I already know what dress I’m wearing at my wedding. And my best friend’s wedding. And my brother’s wedding. Thank you, Pinterest.

Dressing is important to us ladies. It’s important because the way we dress often gives people a glimpse of who we are. We dress modestly to show the people that we respect ourselves and take care of our image. We dress up in elegant clothes to show that we’re elegant. Appearance is important. I’m pretty sure your grandma or mom tells you that all the time. My brother, Diego, can tell you that. He loves to hang out in shorts all day. He hates wearing long pants and button-up shirts. Every Sunday -every Sunday- my mom gets mad at Diego because he insists on wearing shorts to church. And every Sunday, Diego has to change his outfit at least twice because my mom disapproves of it. Suppose you have a job interview. You wouldn’t meet your potential boss in jeans and a tank top, would you? Of course not! You’d try to look your best because you want to give a good impression. You want to demonstrate that you’d be a good employee.

I imagine [and I know] you are a gorgeous girl. I know you look gorgeous when you’re wearing the latest trends from Forever 21 [lucky you! There are no Forever 21s in Santo Domingo] or your favorite store [Mine’s ModCloth, which is not in Santo Domingo, either]. I’m sure you look stunning when you wear the perfect dress to the prom or homecoming.

God likes fashion, too. Just not the kind you’re thinking of.

Our good friend Paul [remember him from Act Like It?] wrote to the Colossians about acting like Christians. In Colossians 3:5-8, Paul tells the Colossians [and us!] how to do that. In Colossians 3:12, he tells us how to dress like Christians. Let’s see:

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (Colossians 3:12-14 MSG)

Now that God has granted you a new life, a life that glorifies Him, you need to dress accordingly! Let’s check out the fabulous wardrobe God picked for us:

Compassion. Compassion is showing concern for others. Understanding their problems. Helping them in any way you can. Jesus was known for being compassionate. He never ignored anyone who sought him. And you shouldn’t, either! Help people in any way you can. Dress in compassion.

Kindness. Kindness and compassion go hand in hand. Be a friend to that girl that sits alone at the cafeteria. Help your younger siblings with their homework. Offer to make dinner one night. Help your dad wash the car. Tell someone they look beautiful. That little act of kindness can brighten up people’s day!

Humility. Being humble is something many of us [me included] struggle with. It’s okay to be proud of your accomplishments and of who you are. God doesn’t want us to think lowly of ourselves, but he doesn’t want us to let the compliments we get to go tour heads, either. Don’t seek glory for yourself. In all that you do, glorify God. He will reward your humility [Matthew 23:12].

Quiet strength. Gentleness. God wants you to be gentle. He wants you to have a mild temper and quiet behavior.

Discipline. God wants you to be disciplined. Patient. Obedient. He wants you to be respectful to everyone. Your teachers, your pastor, your parents, your sister, your friends, your worst enemy- all of them deserve your respect.

Love. God is love, right? He wants us to dress in that quality that will set us apart from everyone else. It’s our all-purpose garment. You know how they say every girl should have an LBD [little black dress]? Think of love as your LBD [a modest one 😉 ]. It’s essential. Without love we are nothing [1 Corinthians 13].

Your clothes are visible to everyone. This outfit God has given you should be too. The fact that Jesus is alive in you should be visible to everyone! The best part is that these clothes, unlike the ones you buy at stores, will never go out of style.

Now that you’re dressed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, discipline, and love…honey, you’ve never looked better.

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Hope and a Future

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“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.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite scripture. It’s always been refreshing to me because it reminds me that God knows what He’s doing. That even when my world is messy and crazy, He is using all of that craziness for good. He is in control. His plans for us are not to harm us, but to prosper us. To give us a hope and a future. God has taken care of every single detail of our lives. He knows what He’s doing.

When your world is upside down and you feel lost, remember this truth: God has plans for you. He is in control. He knows what’s going on. Trust him. He has a hope and a future for you.

Every Bit of Lovely

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You’re every little bit of lovely. You’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139). You are made by the same God who made the endless skies, the beautiful flowers, and glorious oceans. There is no one else like you. God made your gorgeous smile, your lovely heart and beautiful soul. You’re every bit of lovely.