Scriptures and Devotionals
Every single day, I write down my “I am” goal statements. These are goals that I haven’t achieved yet, but I have faith and believe that if I stay true to the daily tasks, then He will make it happen in His timing.
I practice gratitude and thankfulness daily. The moment I wake up each morning, I put my feet on the ground and say, “Thank you, Jesus,” many, many times.
Saying thank you is something that strengthens my faith because it reminds me that every single day is a gift.
I’ve also been reading devotionals and scriptures each day for a few years and letting the words guide my life. Two scripture readings that speak to me in particular are Jesus Always and Jesus Calling. I’ve been reading these for about three years now, over and over again.
After years of reading them, there are a lot of highlighted sections. When I come across a passage that I read a year ago, I like to look at what I highlighted. Every month of every year, we can be in a different season of our life, and as a result we can interpret a devotional so much differently from one year to the next.
Leaning in to Faith
While I was living in St Louis, I competed for Miss Missouri USA. When I decided to get serious about this pageant journey, I knew I needed something larger than myself to guide me spiritually. For me, that was my faith.
When I leaned in, it really helped me understand that everything happens in the right timing. It doesn’t mean that it’s going to always happen when we want it to, but it will on His timing.
There were many years I felt devastated when I wasn’t winning, when my confidence would get knocked out, or when I would start to doubt myself and ask, ‘Is this actually for me? Should I keep going after this dream?’
Here is what I know: If you have a dream on your heart right now and you’re wondering how in the world you can achieve it, lean in to your faith and believe.
All things are possible if you believe. – Mark 9:23
A lot of times God puts you in certain positions because He knows that you’re capable of doing it. It may be really uncomfortable, but that is how you have your breakthrough. That is how you learn, how you grow, and how you get through tough times.
I started leaning on my faith more than ever because I heard this voice say, “You can do it. You’ve wanted to do sports reporting and learn about this industry for many years. Now let’s do it. I got you.” So every single morning I would highlight my scriptures, read my devotionals, and get to work. A lot of these scriptures would remind me to rest because God is in control.
I know He has the ultimate say, but you’ve still got to put in the work. When you do the work, God will bless your work. He gives you gifts for a reason and He wants to see you use them and to see you prosper.