Roots & Wings

I’ve been saving this blog for a special time. That time has come. So, why now? Part of the New Year, New Me.

You know my story. I would love for you to read my previous blogs or reach out to me, I would love to tell you. After we began to get settled into our new life, the feeling of missing my family and friends became all too real. When you are running around trying to accomplish “life”, you get so busy that you don’t even have time to feel or soak in what’s really going on with your heart, soul and mind.

Yeah. The day came when there was no more running around and reality sets in. 6 hours away from everyone and everything you’ve ever known. Our family of four in a town that we didn’t know a soul.

I recently back in August had a conversation with one of my close friends about how I was settling up here in this holler. One thing I love about this girl is that I can just tell her how I really feel and it’s okay to feel how I feel. Well, I did just that. Honestly, I felt like I was betraying people in my life by creating a new life. I felt guilty. I finally realized that was silly. What she said to me really hit home. She said, “Hannah, it’s okay to have Roots and Wings!”

I have thought about it for a few months because I have been struggling accepting that my old life is a closed chapter. Sure, my friends are still my friends and my family is still my family but I have to accept it for myself. Most importantly for God and His divine purpose for calling us here. Somehow I had to find the balance between the old and the new. Since I lived in the same place for 30 years, it proved to be much harder than I expected. Some how by the grace of God, I came to a wonderful conclusion.

I have roots – the most colorful set of roots you will find aka my family, my friends and every experience and every revelation I have ever had to shape me into who I am. The person who I am becoming. I’ve fought hard to get here. The road has been long and it has been a struggle but there is still a greater purpose. I want to be the person God moved to this holler to be and I want to live for Him. I’m finally ready for my wings.

Perhaps you are still growing in your roots and becoming who you were called to be for the next season of your life. One day you will have your wings and you will fly into greater things. Always have faith and in thanksgiving thank Him for the good, bad and ugly. They make the roots even more colorful and when those wings spread, it will be freeing.

Xoxo,

Hannah B. (2)

New Year: Hopes, Expectations & Reality

We have made it to a new day and a new year. I’ve contemplated what I want to accomplish and the changes in my life that I want to make for the new year. This morning I woke up to a text from someone I consider one of my best friends. Little does she know, one of my resolutions is to always wake up to Jesus and His word. The passage she sent me was perfect for me to read on this first day of January.

Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.

I always start the year off with a hopeful heart and a mindset to make changes to areas in my life for the better. However, along the way and after a few bumps on my path, I falter. The enemy knows the weakness of my flesh and he knows how to make me stumble. I think this has been the reason why I usually don’t make resolutions. I don’t keep them. I can honestly say, I never have. But ya know what? I’m not perfect. Ya know what else I know? If I do fall to temptation and eat the fudge covered brownie and ice cream, say a swear word or even say or think something I shouldn’t… God has already been before me. His son Jesus died on a cross and forgave my sins a long time ago. He knows what my future holds and He already knows every detail of my life, mind and how I will react to any situation I may be faced with this upcoming year. With Him, every day is made new.

Even if we falter, His grace and mercy are always available to us to help us through any hardship we are faced with. When life gets tough and you feel as you can’t go on or what’s the point in even trying, will you go to His throne room? The place of love, peace, grace and mercy that His son Jesus died for us to have continual access Him? Once you do meet Him there, dust off your knees and pick up where you left off and do better. Use it as a learning experience to grow into the person He has called you to be. It’s not going to be easy but with Him all things are possible. He cares for you in a way that is too indescribable and cares for all of your hopes and dreams. After all, He did give you those when He made you.

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:23

The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Regardless, the reward will be well worth it. His throne room is always open and His arms are always open with grace and mercy that each of us need on a daily basis. Will you go boldly to Him as you live each day of your life?

That is my resolution. To go boldly in all things. To live boldly for Him and allow all of my hearts desires, dreams and hopes fall into place for His glory. To live for His perfect plan for the days He has had mapped out for my life since before I was knit together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139 13:14

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

It is wonderful knowing that God makes every day new, even on our worst days. Lets be bold this year and boldly accept His plan for our lives. Even when trials come, let us remember that we started a new year off to a better us and even when we falter, every day is made new.

Wishing you God’s best for your life and with much love,

Hannah B. (2)

Reflections of 2017

Another year is almost behind us and 2017 has come and gone. It’s been an amazing and bitter sweet year. I’ve experienced complete utter sadness, to feeling life’s challenges to absolute joy that is indescribable. You can say that it has been a whirlwind.

As I am reflecting, I can’t just reflect on 2017 because I can see how God’s plan has been unveiled to get me to the most amazing year of my life. How the last TEN years of brokenness, sadness, and trials have been used as life lessons and growing experiences for God to help me become the lady He wants me to be. 2017 was a turning point for me. It was a year of faith, trust and answered prayers. It was a year of unveiling. I look forward to 2018 with faith and trust in the One who hold our future in the palm of His hand. I know He has the best in store for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 “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.”

Bring in 2018!

Xoxo,

Hannah B. (2)