Yes, hi, hello, this is Makayla speaking. Welcome to my blog!
I was born and raised in a small town outside of Kansas City, MO, by my two AMAZING parents — hi mom and dad! They have raised me on country music, Alabama football, and most importantly, Jesus. Through my (almost) twenty-two years on Earth, I have found that all you really need in life is a little bit of coffee and a whole latte Jesus. Did I mention I like bad puns?
Over the years, the world has thrown a whole heckin’ lot my way. I’d love to say that I have handled all these situations with all the grace and composure of Jesus, but that would be a lie. It wasn’t until recently that I fully decided to lean-in and see God’s goodness during these times of tribulation.
"In the last month, I have grown more as a person than I ever thought I would (or would have to). I don't know about you, but I am not always the most positive person in the world... I try to be positive and strong, but sometimes, I just can't. Recently, life has thrown some definite curve balls my way, and I have leaned on and found comfort in these words, "God is good, all the time". I know it may not seem like it all the time, but He really is. Through heartache, unexpected diagnosis, toxic friendships, injury, bullies, loss and everything else life throws at you, God is good. He is the only one that knows what tomorrow holds, the only one that will never leave your side, and the only one that can fully complete your life. Because of all of this and more, He is so good. Once you realize this, it will change your life forever."
The words above are from one of my recent social media posts… I felt called to share my situation and the strength I had recently found with others. Little did I know, God would call me to do more.
The day after I wrote the post above, God spoke to me in a big way. I don’t know if y’all have heard of Lysa TerKeurst, but homegirl is the bomb.com. She has written books, bible studies, devotionals, you name it. She is also the president of Proverbs31 Ministeries, which is where I get my daily devotions from. On this particular day, the devotion had talked about God calling us to serve Him out of our weaknesses. WOW, did that hit me hard. But that one hint from God was not enough for me to understand… I’m a Scorpio. I’m hard-headed, stubborn, and sometimes oblivious to subtle nudges. So God continued to nudge me harder and harder throughout the week.
Finally, Sunday came around, and I had the privilege of going to church with on of my very best friends. Y’all, I’m not kidding when I said God’s message that day, in a church I would normally not go to, HIT. ME. HARD. I’m not being dramatic when I say that had I not been sitting down, His words would have brought me to my knees.
The message was about how God is always with us — He is our helper. That statement itself is such a powerful message and reminder that we are never alone, but, of course, there was more God had to say. Here’s the truth God share with me that day through a pastor in KC, MO.
We are attracted to those who are like us. However, don't choose to do life with someone who is going through the same thing as you. This is like the blind leading the blind, you aren't going to get very far. Instead, pick someone who has already gone through what you are going through and is stronger because of it. Take ownership of the things in your life that you can control, but realize that there are things you cannot. Do your part and trust God with the rest. Remember, when you have Jesus on the inside, you are already doing pretty good. Do not let a painful season define you. Remember, when you are in a valley in your life, God must be up to something GOOD.
This is when I finally decided that God was calling me to do something more for Him. He has laid it on my heart to continue to glorify Him in this painful season because God is good, all the time. Not only has He called me to serve Him in this weak time, but also in my own weaknesses. I absolutely despise being vulnerable, but I truly believe that is what God wants me to do. To share His goodness in this season by showing my vulnerabilities.
So this is how we got here. As God continues to show His goodness in my life and presses on my heart to glorify Him in my weaknesses, I will share my testimony with y’all. Because when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). If even one person gets something out of this, then God’s work has been done.
Thanks for hanging out with me, I look forward to spending more time with y’all.
Remember, God is good, all the time… and all the time, God is good.