Who Am I?

Over the past few weeks I have begun to ask myself the same question over and over again. Who am I? I believe that in life, who we are continually changes. As I began to ponder this question I thought back to my first huge life change. I was just shy of being 20 years old. Over the course of 3 months the Lord captivated my heart and taught me what it looks like to love and pursue Him through the book of 1 Peter. My next life change came a week before I turned 22, when I married a man who surpasses my every dream. The Lord began to teach me what it looks like to be a wife. And my next big life change will occur in about 6 months (no, it is not a baby- but more on that another time).

Through this adventure of life, I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason and that His timing is perfect- even when His timing doesn’t match up with mine. I’ve learned that there is so much to learn, to know, to experience, and to do. Each of our lives holds so much potential because we are His. Because we are children of the Creator, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and made in His image. And because of this I want to know that what I have done, what I am doing, and what I will do, will all hold an eternal value. I want to know that my life and God-given gifts have not been wasted.

After recognizing this I realized there was another question I needed to answer first. Who is God? I sat down with a cup of coffee and began to write. I filled pages with words that described Him, just to realize how much more there is to learn. He is omnipotent, good, sovereign, righteous, just, protector, helper, comforter, omniscient, powerful, kind, faithful, mighty, wrathful, omnipresent, Holy, loving, and so, so much more.

It was only after answering this that I felt confident enough to return to my original question. That was when I was able to verbalize who I am.

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I am…

I am made in His image

 I am God’s artwork, His masterpiece 

I am worthy 

I am His

I am a vessel of honor

I am forgiven

I am wonderful

I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works

I am known

I am the salt of the earth

I am the light of the world

I am a fragrant aroma of Christ

I am strong

I am the clay to be molded by the potter

I am one who fears the Lord & will be praised

I am a child of God

I am seen

I am no longer a slave to sin, but free in Christ

I am bold, loving and self-disciplined

I am accepted

I am like stars in the universe

I am beautiful, my beloved, there is no flaw in you

I am unashamed

I am equipped by the Gospel

I am more precious than gold

I am the bride of Christ

I am loved

I am free

I am co-heirs with Christ

I am His witnesses

I am His temple

I am enough

I am blessed

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”
Psalm 139:14

The more I learn about the Lord, the more I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be” {tweet the quote}. God is the one who should be inspiring us to be who we know we can be.

What else would you add to the list?

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A Treasure Hunt

Happy Monday!! Can you believe Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?! To say I am excited is an understatement! As we begin this week I want to introduce you to Morgan of A Treasure Hunt. If you haven’t visited her site yet- you MUST! You will love her heart, style, family, ‘realness,’ and stories. And I promise, you will LOVE her list of blessings below. 🙂

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Hi everyone! My name is Morgan from A TREASURE HUNT and I am so thankful that Chloe invited me to share some insight on thankfulness as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday [where has 2013 gone?!].

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I wanted to take a moment to just reflected quickly on what I am thankful for this year.

I am thankful for my husband. I am thankful he came up and talked to me over 3 years ago and thankful he chose me to be his wife.

I am thankful for the miracle I witnessed over a year ago when our son, William, was born.

I am thankful for my family. My sweet parents and brother and all of those who have come to recently joined my inner family.
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Now what I am really thankful for day in and day out…

I am thankful for each day I am blessed with.

I am thankful for eyes that are able to see my son wake up each morning to the sweetest grin and wet kisses.

I am thankful for my hands that are able to reach out and hold him. Touch his baby soft skin and to hold his tiny hands as he grabs mine when he is walking.

I am thankful for a heart that is healthy and bursting with love for this tiny precious angel.

I am thankful for feet that allow me to run and mainly to play [and keep up with] my freshly walking little one.

I am thankful that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.

I am thankful for my health, all of the blessings bestowed upon us, and to all of those that we hold so close to our hearts.

I wanted to leave you with something I am extremely thankful for each year.

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I am thankful to the Lord for capturing my heart and pulling me in close. I am thankful for His unfailing forgiveness and blood shed at the cross. I am thankful for His word and how it is meant to guide our steps. I am thankful for when I really can let go and Let God. He has far better plans for our lives than we can ever imagine and if we just let Him take hold, is it amazing what will happen. When I finally let God control my life [like reaaaally let Him], I met my husband almost instantly. We were engaged three months later and married within a year of meeting. When I truly lifted my hands up and let the Lord bless me with a child in His timing, I got pregnant that month. It is really hard to let go of our own thoughts and wishes for our lives. Really hard, trust me I know! But when you are finally able to and really let the Lord lead each [I mean every single one] of your steps, you will be amazed by what He has in store. Trust me, I know first hand. Whenever I think back on why certain things did not work out how I had planned in my life, I always think to Garth Brook’s song, “Unanswered Prayers.” It reminds me that even though, at the time, I was praying and wishing with every inch of my being for my life to go one way [the way I wanted], those prayers went unanswered. Why? Because He had something far better up His sleeve. I encourage you to let go. Let God. Open your eyes and life to what He has in store for you. I know you will not be disappointed.

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! And come visit us over at A TREASURE HUNT!
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Life of Charmings

Happy Hump day! Can you believe we are already half way through the week? Today I want to introduce you to Brittany from Life of Charmings! If you haven’t visited her blog yet you must! You will love following her adventures with her precious little one, her beautiful photos, and everything she has to share. 🙂

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hello there, friends of sweet chloe!! my name is brittany and i have a little blog of my own called life of charmings, and i am so excited to be sharing here on chloe’s beautiful blog today!!

i feel like i’m naturally a pretty happy girl, and my life has been so very blessed in so many ways! but i also think that living happily and finding joy in even the smallest things is a choice, and it’s a decision that i try to make every day. we all have our bad days, [oh, do we ever!] but i believe that when we do our best to put thankfulness first every day, we receive the greatest of blessings! i want to choose joy. i want to find it in the little things as well as the big! and the beauty of that decision is that soon enough what you practice becomes second nature, and waking up in the morning gets better every with every new day. so, in the spirit of blessings and thankfulness, here are 5 little things that i am endlessly grateful for.
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1. my family.  my whole family, always, but specifically a handsome husband and a baby girl that keep me constantly smiling! and okay, okay, this is not so much a little thing, it’s actually pretty major 😉 i married my prince charming at 21, and we had our tiny lady just last year! it has certainly not always been easy, but it has always turned out to be wonderful. i am amazed at these two blessings day in and day out, and every night i start my prayers by thanking God for these two. and if i’m really tired, that’s sometimes as far as i get! haha!
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2. chocolate chip cookie dough. well, okay. chocolate chip cookies are my weakness. but what’s better than that? oh my gosh, cookie dough! in general, i think sugar is the devil, but that’s another subject for another day, and really, there’s just aaalways room in my tummy for chocolate chip cookies and especially their uncooked dough.
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3. nature. give me a golden sunset, a pretty blossom, a roaring ocean… that’s where God speaks to me the most! i am in awe of His creation. it’s my favorite thing. i should also add here that i am especially thankful for things He creates in a shade of pink. pink, it’s my fav-o-rite color! [aerosmith totally said it best.]
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4. coffee!!!! i am totally a night owl, and i have to believe that God made coffee beans with us crazy little night owls in mind! because seriously, mornings are hard. i mean, so hard! love my coffee. hallelujah.
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5. horses. i feel more and more blessed every day by the fact that my parents gave me the incredible gift of the equestrian life growing up. not every little girl gets her dream of having a pony, but i got my horse at age 10 and he taught me more about life and responsibility and patience and communication than anything else ever could have. horses are such fascinating creatures, so large and majestic, but peaceful and so tenderhearted. when i look out at a pasture of horses, gosh, i feel nothing but joy. and peace. and i hope with everything in me that this is something i get to pass on to my own babes!
well, thank you, again, so so much for having me, chloe!! it’s truly an honor! 🙂
xoxoxo
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Gratefully Inspired

Happy Monday! Let’s start this week with an incredible story of God’s goodness, His faithfulness, and His grace. The story God has given Denise and her husband over the past year brings me such great joy! And what better way is there to start a week than with a beautiful story of faith and blessings! If you haven’t visited her blog yet, you must!

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Hi there! I’m Denise

and I blog over at Gratefully Inspired.

I am so honored that Chloe asked me to share a little bit about my story

and the things of which I am grateful for.

So here goes.

First of all, let’s get this straight – the Lord is

good. So good. This time a year ago I was recovering from a

miscarriage. Something my husband and I

never saw coming, and something that will remain with me forever.

This time a year ago the idea of having

children was still an unknown. My doctor

wasn’t sure how easy it would be for me and my body to keep a pregnancy.

So many things unknown. And for a Type A, planner like me, it took

everything in my power trust in Him. God

knew His plan for me. He knew His plan was

far better than my plan. As I sat around

the table on Thanksgiving 2012, I thanked God for the many blessings I had in

my life and I trusted. In Him I trusted.

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Thanksgiving passes and my body is still healing and still “not

ready” to try again according to all medical experts. I was put on medicine that is like class

xxxxx for pregnant women and I took a pregnancy test before that came out

negative. It was going to be a long

road. Or so I thought. The second week in December I was getting

ready to celebrate my 27th birthday when my doctor asked me to take

another pregnancy test before I got on, yet, another medicine that is a big no

no for preggy ladies. The test? Positive.

What?! This could not be. Matt and I weren’t even trying.

And “I can’t get pregnant,” remember? So I waited to go in the next day and my

doctor confirmed what I had waited for.

A heartbeat. There was a life, in

fact, growing inside of me. God is so

good.

But what about all the crazy meds I had been on?! My mind immediately ran back to fear and

doubt. And again, the Lord calmed my

heart and reminded me that I have nothing to fear, because He is God.

Flash-forward ohhhhh 9 months, and boom.

On July 30, 2013 I gave birth to 8 pounds 4

ounces of perfection. God is so good

y’all.

This Thanksgiving has new meaning to me. I always strive to have a grateful

heart. I always count my blessings, but

this year? I’m so humbled by the things

God has graced me with. I’m so unworthy,

but gosh darn it so thankful. So if

anyone out there reading this is going through a troubling time.

Maybe things are more difficult this year than last.

Know that He is good and He

is God. Know that His plan truly

surpasses any plan you can possibly imagine for yourself.

And know that He is faithful. So so faithful.

Thanks so much for letting me share my little story on your

amazing blog Chloe! Y’all come see me

over at Gratefully Inspired anytime!

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