Hey everyone! I just wanted to have an encouraging place where I could share meaningful verses that have stuck out to me during my daily/weekly quite time. My most recent will always be the first on this page.   

Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never looses faith
Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
— 1 Chronicles 17-16

This morning I sat, surrounded by boxes, in complete awe of the many blessings both my family and myself have received. Blessings I did not earn and do not deserve. My sister and I had the conversation recently that, despite generational curses, we are both walking with the Lord and really have emerged from what could have been a very different story. The moment I got down on bent knees and handed my life over to God everything changed. For me, the phrase 'everything changed' is more literal than you would probably believe. My heart, my mind, my family, the people that I was surrounded by, my eyes opened to truth and everything was different. Prayers that I prayed since childhood began to come to fruition all because I gave over my need to control, my pride, and fully trusted in God. Like everyone, I struggle with sin most days. I never want to paint a picture that being a Christian means that  all problems fall away or that life becomes any easier. That's not always true and many days the choice I make to be obedient is not always the easiest road. I have tough days, weeks for that matter, and while I have come so far, I struggle with wounds I have from those generational curses still. The difference is how I respond in those moments, how I'm thankful for the small things, and how I choose to be grateful even when my head is telling me to pout or feel sorry for myself. I remember feeling mad at God when I was a child. I didn't understand his plan for me and really had a tough time understanding the 'why' of certain things that happened in my life. I still don't understand his plan but now I'm thankful for those experience. I'm thankful for every time I felt lost, for every time I sought to control and it didn't work out, and for every broken road wandered. Without that I would never have know how fully I needed to rely on Christ and just how much I need his grace everyday. I didn't expect this to be so long. I just wanted to add a verse to this page but my heart has kept me typing. I'm thankful, underserving, and extremely grateful for everyone who has been there helping to guide me toward Christ. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfs-control. Agains such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23
Set your minds on the things above, not on earthy things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
— Colossians 3: 2-3

My quiet time this morning was on living a life of purpose. We can easily become distracted in life with all of our responsibilities and task to accomplish. In that sometimes we get sidetracked from our main purpose and that's pleasing God. I just recently wrote a very open and honest post about my own struggle with this. We have to allow ourselves God's grace to be diligent in what we need to accomplish without letting those task overwhelm our thoughts and day. For me, having this sweet spot on my blog is a way that I'm holding myself accountable to first look at God's agenda before my own. Have a great Friday everyone! -Manda

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
— Proverbs 14:29
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vein.
— Psalm 127:1

I was reading through some Psalms this morning and this verse really resinated with life in general for me. Are you trying to bring God into your agenda or are you humbly letting him guide you? There's not real fruit from anything separated from God. You will never feel satisfied. You will climb and do, grasp for more, and wonder why it never feels whole. It's because your soul is searching for something that cannot be found here on earth. It's wanting for Heaven. Having God's grace and working for him and not for man allow you to let Jesus fill your heart and put your trust into something much bigger than anything you could ever imagine accomplishing while you are here on earth, His eternal kingdom. 

Have patience God isn’t finished yet.
— Philippians 1:6
You can make many plans but the Lords purpose will prevail.
— Proverbs 19:21
For with God, nothing shall be impossible.
— Luke 1:37
I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
— Psalm 40 1-3