Trust in Him

I believe honesty is the best policy. With that being said, prepare yourself for what I am about to tell you.

It can be hard being patient with God’s timing.

I know that’s not really an ideal statement, but it’s true for me. It’s not easy, but I will agree that it is so rewarding!

Patience is hard work, especially when the circumstances around you are not ideal. The enemy will use that against you and cloud your mind with doubt and even fear. You will find yourself questioning God and all that he is doing. Sometimes you might even want to do things your way to get the results you want. Well let me tell you now, that is the worst thing you can do.

The enemy will do everything in its power to tarnish your faith in God. It will put questions in your mind that you will want to scream, “God, why are you doing this? I told you what I want and you are not listening to me!” Or when you spend a significant amount of time bettering yourself for something or someone but things still are not lining up in your favor. You may even feel like demanding from Him: “God I’m ready and you won’t bless me!”

Do any of these sound familiar? Don’t feel bad. We’ve all been there.

I think the main factor missing from either scenario is trust. I’m learning that you have to trust His timing and trust His process. There’s no other way around that. If there’s no trust, there will be no blessings. You will find that trusting wholeheartedly will not always be easy. There will be moments where you feel you are in a rut and are unsure of what to do, especially if you see your friends and family obtaining wonderful blessings all around you. There will even be a hint of jealousy. When will it be your turn? Are you next in line to receive your blessings?

Trusting the Lord can also be difficult to do if you are not sure where you want to be in life. You could be stuck in this place where your purpose is unclear. Do I pack everything up and move across the country with little to no money? Am I doing what God wants me to do? Why can’t I hear Him? You will not have all the answers right away, and I don’t think anyone ever does. Hearing God’s voice is hard! I still have not mastered that skill...but I will. We just have to remember: God is always on time.

Just this morning, I was scrolling through Instagram and stumbled across a photo with a snippet from either a book or article. Someone from my acting class posted the photo, but I needed to read it. Just last night I could feel the enemy trying to ruin my mood and put doubt in my mind. But look at the photo:

 

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Read it, and read it again. Read every word! How beautiful! The Lord is telling you to trust Him. He has everything under control and He is in your corner. He’s not saying that nothing will ever test you, but He is saying that He will be your tutor. He’s waiting on you. Like I said earlier, it will not be easy but it will be worth it in the end.

I want to leave you with three things:

  • “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)

  • And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

  • Potter - Tamela Mann

5 Things You May Not Know About Me

Writer’s block is a pain in the bottom, I know. My next blog post will pick back up with what I really want to post, but for now I thought I would share some things about me--because I’m just so interesting.

 

  1. I was an extra on The Walking Dead. You read that correctly. Back in 2012, my mom and I were on an episode of my favorite show. It was season two, episode 5. You can actually see us too! Within the first ten minutes, you can see my mom and I walk across the screen reacting to a fight that was going on. We were on set for twelve hours and got a chance to meet a couple of the cast members. Shane was my favorite; he was super sweet and kept us laughing.

  2. I’m afraid of butterflies. I know, I know, it sounds crazy. But those things are gross to me. They’re pretty to look at, sure. Their colors are vibrant, I’ll admit that. But I don’t like the way they fly. Forgive me for saying this but they fly like they’re all drunk; think about it--they don’t fly straight. And it doesn’t help that I saw this documentary on Animal Planet about a species of butterfly that sucks your blood. Don't believe me? Look at this. You’re welcome.

  3. I was hit by a car when I was three years old. My siblings and I were visiting my aunt and cousins up in Chicago for a month while my mom stayed down here in Georgia. It was the first time she ever left us with anyone besides my grandparents. The week before we were supposed to go back home, my brother and I went grocery shopping with my older cousin, Christa. When we got back, Christa’s dog ran across the street and she ran after him. She told my brother to hold my hand, but his hands were full of grocery bags so I took it upon myself to save the day. It was a little old lady who “hit me” but I also vaguely remember being picked up by my guardian angels to prevent serious injury. I didn’t break any bones either, instead I just had a couple scrapes on the top of my head, legs, and arms. And despite all this happening, I told my mom I wanted to stay when she asked if I wanted her to come get us. I still have the bright yellow Blue’s Clues outfit that I was wearing, and the little stuffed bears that the EMT gave me.

  4. When I become a fan of something, I obsess over it for awhile. Don’t ask me how many times I’ve listened to the soundtrack from The Greatest Showman. My sister and I saw it twice. How can you not love Zendaya with pink hair falling in love with Troy Bolton, and Wolverine singing all in the same movie? But I’ll obsess over pretty much anything. Tarzan is my favorite movie ever, and you can bet that I obsessed over the soundtrack, and I still listen to it. I obsess over cookie dough and all the dessert variations (like a giant cookie-brownie made in a cast iron skillet). I obsess over video games and TV shows and French bulldogs. I’ll have to do another post where I share my favorite movies and TV shows.

  5. I love being sore after a good workout. Okay this one is super weird, I know. But being sore doesn’t bother me. I feel like I’ve earned being sore, I’ve earned that pain and can be proud of myself. Whether it be from a home workout or a two mile job, I kinda like it all. Of course the next morning when I’m stuck in bed and can barely move isn’t very fun, but at least I know I earned a day of being a couch potato. The soreness in my muscles make me feel so proud of myself. Yes, I’m aware of how weird I am. But if you’ve continued reading until right here, what does that say about you?

So there you have it! Now you have some more information about the person behind the blog. I hope this was entertaining to read! I’m interested in knowing more about you guys as well, so I would love for you to drop some facts about you in the comments or find me on my social media and have a chat with me!

What Are You Building?

Today we are going to be discussing the book of Genesis. In it, we read the story of Noah and his Ark. 

Let's think about the circumstances. This happened years and years ago. Noah was an "ordinary man", and he was supposed to build a massive vessel that was capable of housing hundreds of animals? Impossible. But God still chose this man and entrusted him with an incredible responsibility. Now, I'm sure Noah took a moment to think and even question what was asked of him. "What is an ark?" he probably asked. "Why am I building this? What will people think?" The purpose might not have been clear to Noah. 

What was the purpose?

It had to be confusing! Not to mention, this man was over six hundred years old. Talk about obedience. Some believers even share the idea that it had not rained at all up that point; they did not know what rain was! Genesis 2: 5-6 says: "When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land." These people had no idea what rain was, and they probably thought Noah was out of his mind!

When faced with this situation, Noah might not have seen the bigger picture to begin with, but he knew the journey would be difficult. And in the end, his obedience helped him receive the covenant from God. Upon reading this story in the Bible, we can be sure that simply trusting God will make all the difference. While that may be easier said than done, it is worth it.

Now let's apply this to our lives. 

Building anything, figuratively and literally, is not always simple, but you have to gain a new perspective and see the bigger picture. Think about architects; they work day and sometimes night to build some of the largest and elaborate structures in the world. But do they go about it blindly? No. They plan, they prepare, and the outcome is amazing. 

So what are you building?

I believe God sees you as an architect. What is it that you want? Whatever you want to achieve or obtain requires the right mindset and preparation. God will take what you put forth, match it, and multiply. But that first step is taking the risk. We read that Noah sacrificed everything he knew, and he did not even know why he was doing it.

You will face these moments more often than you realize. God will ask something of you and you will question Him. It is only natural to do so because at the moment you will not see the bigger picture. But God always has that in mind--He created it. He is the artist!

In acting class the other day, my acting coach told us something that is so simple yet so profound that I have to share. He said, "Your future will only live in what you build."

Let's face it, you will not see the purpose of any journey when you first start out. But God will reveal it to you along the way. What you do with that revelation is up to you. 

So ask yourself this: what am I building?

Let's Have Some Fun!

I’m going to be honest and say I never thought this would actually happen. The idea of running a blog has been with me for about a year now, but I kept coming up with excuses for putting it off. But now feels like no better time than this brand new year!

That being said, Hello beautiful people! Allow me to introduce myself. I am Brandi Nicole. I’m a big fan of all things Michael Jackson, panda, food, video game and reptile. I’m a pretty simple girl.

I’ve been acting for almost seven years now and it’s one of the most rewarding passions I have aside from cooking. As a matter of fact, when I’m not at work, you can find me either in the kitchen or looking up recipes. Speaking of work, I work at a daycare...and no it is not stopping me from wanting a baby one day.

As for my family...My dad is a retired marine, but he’ll tell you: “Once a marine, always a marine.” Literally almost everything he owns has a Marine Corps emblem on it. He’s a pretty simple man as well. He likes sports, soft pretzels from his hometown of Philly, and cars. I cannot emphasize to you how much money my family has saved from him taking care of most car maintenance, after watching Youtube videos of course.

My mom is probably where I get my creative gene from. From time to time, you will see me talking about the cool stuff she makes and promoting her business. She specializes in personalized gifts. And yes, her prices are good. She’s also the one who started my passion for cooking, years and years ago--we’ll get to that another day.

My older sister, Bri, is an interesting one. With three jobs, I sometimes find myself saying “I don’t need this, my sister has three jobs!” when I get frustrated at work. We currently have more than a dozen reptiles living in our house with us, all with names and personalities. In fact, she’s the one who started my whole obsession with reptiles when she bought me a baby bearded dragon for my birthday two years ago. His name is MJ, and yes he is named after the king of pop. Sometimes he likes to get spruced up and go on dates with Venus, my sister’s beardie. She’s also a makeup guru, so whenever you see my face beat you can thank her.

My brother, Brian, is the middle child. He’s a man of few words, but his few words are probably the funniest you’ll hear in a day. He’s the athlete of the family and often tries to teach me about football and basketball. Don’t get me wrong, I like both sports. But I don’t really pay attention to the rules; I just like seeing cute guys running up and down the field and court. Sue me. Anyway, you can find him at Best Buy. So if you’re in the Peachtree City area and you need to upgrade your phone, go see my brother!

Nine times out of ten, you will see me share funny stories about my family on this blog. We’re a funny bunch, and I think we need a reality show. I bet you would laugh.

Now that you know a little about me, I hope you stick around. I promise you sometimes I’m funny and sometimes I say smart stuff. You’ll just have to wait and see.

I have two simple prayers:

  1. at least one blogpost helps you or makes you laugh

  2. that 2018 and the years after are filled with peace and blessings

That pretty much covers everything. Thank you so much for giving me a chance! Stay blessed!