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you can’t force yourself in boundaries. why try to be something that God clearly didn’t make you to be?

Many people will have their opinions of your paths or dreams or even what they think you should be.

Many times you may feel down, happy, sad, confused.

At the end of the day – God created YOU. 

you have a purpose, beautiful plan

you look the way you should

you talk the way you should

you have the talents that you need to flourish.

you are where you need to be.

Trust God to lead you.

for circumstances, events, emotions, failures don’t define you. 

You are perfectly you. 

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139:13-16

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 3:20

peace/love

tw.

ps. check out one of my most favorite songs  – Good News by Johnnyswim

Life changes the day you find the beauty of your own voice.

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GRACE
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Girls Rising Above Circumstances to Excel (GRACE)

Life changes the day you find the beauty of your own voice.

Finding your voice is like when a child learns that his tiny voice can echo in a parking lot. There is no stopping that child from screaming non-stop because she has become obsessed with the beautiful sound her voice is creating and how the sound seems as if it will go on forever.

I always spoke in “parking lots,” but I never spoke loud enough so that my voice would ricochet against the barrier and cause a disruption of sound waves.

Now I feel as if I am that child in the parking lot – diligently trying to test, navigate and push the “gaps,” “color lines” and “barriers” with my voice

…so as to make the world a little better for someone somewhere who has trouble overcoming something.

I  am obsessed with speaking, writing, designing, creating, implementing, and…

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25 things every woman needs to know.

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HANNAH BRENCHER

1) Life is a steep, uphill battle but it’s fierce & it’s beautiful & you’ll be sad to see it go if you live it right.

2) New people won’t stop coming into your life and opportunities won’t stop knocking on the door but you need to have the space for them. In all you currently have– be them relationships or obligations– step back and ask yourself “why.” If you can find the answer, hold tighter. If the answer escapes you, it’s time to let something go.

3) You should resolve to be awesome for the rest of your life. Right now. Do it.

4) Leggings, no matter how much we wish, will never one day magically transform into pants. Wearing them with tops that don’t cover your bum is not cute. Please, please, please stock up on pants.

5) Goals are not a January 1st kind of thing. Set…

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Beautiful Shoes…Beautiful Answers : Day 30

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I needed this challenge to connect with God on so many levels. When I decided to do this challenge I was in a period of frustration and just completely out of my comfort zone.  I did this to help me deal with the changes that occurred and are still occurring at this moment.  Often, we get so caught up in the details and we often can’t answer every question or thought that occurs in our lives. I utilized this challenge to help me connect with the everyday blessings of life.

So I am STILL out here getting schooled at my site school.  Yesterday, I wore some loafers that are a bit too big for me. Even though they are a 5 1/2 – they fit like a 6 and that’s NOT cool. I threw them on and paired them with three thousand different colors (LOL hahaha). I woke up LATE after a night of several horrible nightmares, so I jumped out of my bed like a ninja and just started throwing together an outfit that looked decent.  My sweater was gray, I layered two shirts (black and light brown), green pants, and leopard loafers. OH GOSH. I think it worked but I was all over the place working my mix-matched outfit (I love mixing up prints) but I was seriously throwing on the first thing I saw yesterday morning LOL hahahahaha. Then my dang on shoes were flopping off my feet and I swear I almost fell a few times.  Then I finally stuffed the top of my shoes with paper towels (TRAGICMESS.COM).

Yesterday was something to say the least. But as I was stuffing my shoes in the faculty ladies room(lol) – a thought occurred to me “if the shoe doesn’t fit – stuff it/fill it” (kind of like “if the shoe fits wear it “statement).   Even though this statement definitely has a negative connotation, I sort of saw it completely different. Even though my shoes didn’t fit at that moment – I altered it to work better for me.  Sometimes all it takes is working our way through challenges and stuffing or filling it with endurance to reshape and transform our current situations.

Today, this point was reiterated yet again. I am prepping for the SAT Math Section and I swear I feel like I am out of my league.  I was so not ready to go over the problems today in the workbook  and I could feel my chest constricting as I scrolled down to the problems.  I took a deep breath and started working through the problems. AND yet again I remembered math (yaaaaay). About an hour ago,  I decided to go over the powerpoint once more before I called it quits for the night. I’ve been staring at it for a while, but a statement really did stand out to me. One section recommended working backwards and states “if you don’t know how to answer a question, use the answer choices to help you solve the problem.” Truthfully, I still don’t understand one of these problems on the PowerPoint, but this statement resonated with me.

EVEN THOUGH I DON’T KNOW THE STEPS TO TAKE TO ANSWER CERTAIN QUESTIONS OF LIFE, I CAN USE MY ANSWER CHOICES TO HELP ME DEAL WITH THE ISSUE CORRECTLY.

I know that God has promised me so much freedom and release from doubt, hurt, and fear because of His mercy. I know that my role in life is to give God glory and love Him with all my heart,  make disciples of all nations, and love my neighbor as my own.  I know that one day – this world will be made brand new  and all the pain and confusion of this world will past away. I will one day be with my Father.  those are MY ANSWERS.  My shoe may not fit but I press on in God and endure.  I may not know the steps I have to take to answer certain questions but I do know the ending and I take rest in that.  Beginning and working with the end in mind will always and forever keep me grounded, focused, and fill me with peace. then everyday can be truly beautifully.

Thanks for all of the support of the last few days.

peace/love.

TW

beautiful equation.

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okay…so I’m back in math class. smh. I’m trying my hardest to refresh my math memory to help my students and it has been a trip….shoot a vacation. On Friday, I sat with Math teacher for an hour and surprisingly – I remembered a good amount!  I think Calculus and Psych statistics had me disillusioned for a few years lol.  

When I decide what I am going to write about for each day or days of beuatiful – I swear it just pops into my head. Friday was nothing different. Equation popped into my head and I’ve been thinking about it all weekend. According to Free Dictionary equation means The state of being equal . It is a state of perfection – where the left side of the equation equals the left side. Everything is in perfect balance.

Let’s just say – my life OR life in general isn’t perfect.  Over the past few months – I swear nothing makes sense. lol. I’m sort of taking hour by hour because I’ve had to start over in so many aspects. My view on friendship, family, relationships, career,  goals, and dreams have all been challenged and redefined. I’m also trying to find another church and it hasn’t been easy.  Working in the school is so unpredictable and exciting (but great!) and I am constantly learning more about the school and the community. I find myself thinking I know something only to have that something debunked by something else (lol).  Whatever UVA perfection mindset I had left (believe me it was mostly on 10%) has definitely been wiped away LOL (reaaally man it was ridiculous in school). Life in general….doesn’t add up all the time (positive or negative)

Then I visited another church today. He talked about the number seven and how God created the world in seven days. On that seven day – He rested. The pastor reiterated rest and how we often let stress, doubt, and worry keep us from true rest.  We can rest in the equation of creation.  God + his works = 7 day completion. 

 

This got me thinking about other equations that have ransomed us.

 Love of God = sacrifice of son.

Jesus’ love for us = dying on the cross for our sins.

Love of God + Jesus’ Love = freedom.

 

Nothing adds up… BUT they end up being perfect because of the love of God and Jesus. We may not understand His works or every single detail. They may not be ideal or add up to the world’s view of success BUT they are apart of an equation that is bigger than what we can see. We are ransomed and made new.  So take rest in the love of God and Jesus.

 

– tw

beautiful reminder…beautiful representation day 25

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This morning I went out into the Commons to find my site supervisor. On the way I stopped to talk to a student who is trying to go to school despite ALL odds.  Before I spoke with her – a young girl stopped me and asked me my name. She looked like she was either a freshman or sophomore.  I said “Ms. White” and she said “your hair is so cool”.  I smiled and told her what I did at the school and all her friends stared but a good stare- lol.  They all smiled and watched me walk away.

First of all – I have had the HARDEST time with my hair over the past four years.  I went from having extensions to relaxed short hair to bleached relaxed short hair to transitioning to natural. AND when I finally went natural – my hair wouldn’t grow out in some areas. Thus causing me to cut it because it was huge in some areas but very thin and short in others. I remember crying to my parents when I realized I would have to cut it after growing it out for two years. When I cut it – I didn’t like the haircut and so I let it grow wild for 5 months and then cut the back and sides very short.  It definitely hasn’t been an easy self image journey lol.

That girl’s comment made me feel really good because it reminded me of my role in the HS. Not only am I representing VCAC and increasing college awareness – I am providing a positive image for all the students. I am able to show the students that they too can come from a small southern town and go to college. I also feel like I am promoting a positive image for my female and African American students. For example, my haircut may be crazy and unpredictable lol  but I’ve had so many of my African American female students mention that they want to grow out their natural hair.  It’s crazy how I had years of hair confusion but it is all worth to promote positive African American hair image.

I realizes that my presence matters and that truly touched me today.

Someone is always watching us – we create what image we want people to see.  It’s up to us to realize our power and be positive.

beautifully you. days 23-24.

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this post goes out to anyone who has ever felt less than. those who are constantly abused. to those who don’t know their worth.

we don’t realize how much power we have – we don’t have to drag our insecurities, our past experiences, or stereotypes with us. we can move forward to fulfill God-given purpose. Yes- the world can put us in boxes, shoot, we put ourselves in boxes. Break free….walk away.  See yourself and your God-given beauty, ability, and purpose.  

I was telling my friend the other than that there should be NOTHING that I want more than God’s presence, His approval, and His love. All other things come second. Insecurities set in when these things become idols and they can’t fill that void.  Let go of man-made idols – see beyond the material. 

You are beautifully and wonderfully made. titles and enhancements can NEVER compare to who you already are. 

 

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me,O God.
They cannot be numbered!”
Psalm 139:14-17
 
But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1
 
Listen to me, all you in distant lands!
Pay attention, you who are far away!
The Lord called me before my birth;
from within the womb he called me by name.
Isaiah 49:1
 
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. 
Matthew 10:29-31
 
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book
Psalm 56:8
 
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 5:8
 
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
1 John 4:16
 
 
Stay encouraged with the Word.