The meaning behind Inspiring Honey

I get this one question a lot, in Dm, comments and emails asking what does Inspiring Honey mean? 

It is much more to me than just an Instagram handle or a name printed across a t-shirt. It carries a meaning that is from one of my favorite bible verses taught me and I think everyone could use a reminder of. The power of kindness and words and how impactful they are. 

 

When I started Inspiring Honey a little over a year ago, I had no idea what I wanted to call it or what I wanted it to be. I just felt God was leading me to share his word  and what he was teaching me with an online community.  I prayed over it and that same night God brought the words Inspiring Honey into my mind that came from Proverbs 16:24. 

 

 

Proverbs 16:24 has long been one of my favorite verses that motivated a lot of what I had been doing and what I have continue to  do . I grew up as a public speaker and writer. So with the background of sharing words with others, words have always held a special meaning to me and this verse  has always served as a reminder of the gravity my words carry and the impact that speaking with kindness could have on others. So with my blog and podcast my prayer was that it would inspire kindness and love for Jesus and shine a light into others lives. That was how the name Inspiring Honey was born. 

 

The name is as same as it sounds to inspire honey to flow into the lives of others, to inspire others to show kindness and be reminded of Jesus’s love everyday. 

 

But as it got printed on to t-shirt that people across the country wear I hoped it created more than just a message of kindness. I prayed it created a movement that inspired people to show kindness because of the love and grace their savior shows to them. I wanted it to be more than just another t-shirt or christian apparel but a tool to create conversation that would remind you of the power of your words and to share the gospel with others. 

 

What Inspiring Honey means is so much more than just an Instagram  handle or words printed across a T-shirt. It serves as a reminder of what God tells us our words can do and the way we can be disciples of his kingdom by showing simple acts of kindness and love that shine his light into the world. 

 

When I hear the word honey I think of comfort, sweet, light and something that is a treat that can be had on any day and also comfort in sickness when stirred into tea. That is what God's words have the power to do, to be a comfort in times of trouble, a light through darkness and heal any brokenness our heart issues within us. To me it symbolizes the sweetness, comforting healing power of the gospel.  When I hear the word inspiring I think the power to help influence and change for God's glory. So together Inspiring Honey at its core is to create to influence change of kindness and comfort to bring light into the world for God’s glory. 

 

You see it is much more than just words, It's a movement to encourage kindness and shine the light of God's beautiful truth into any day and to stir up a change. In a world where words have the power to cast darkness we can choose to allow our words to shine light and glory spreading God's word.

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What Defines Who You Are? 

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It is so easy to look at society and try to find our identity in the world, to view ourselves in one of the labels or boxes of categories so easily given out. But the truth of it all is that who we identify as and the real truth about who we are is already told to us in the bible. 

You aren’t just some jock, musician, book worm or whatever else you might have been told. You aren’t rejected or misunderstood because

You are loved

You are forgiven

You have freedom

 You are beautiful

 You are His

The enemy tries to put lies into society that cause us to lose sight of our true identity in Christ and rob us of the truths of who the bible tells us we are. As a child of Christ the insecurities we feel should not be weighed down by the world but lifted off our shoulders by the truths in the bible. The enemy works in the world to tear us down, he comes to steal peace, joy and love. One way he tries to do it is by having us believe lies about who we are and ruin our self-esteem. 

 

Growing up and still to this day I battle with my own insecurities about who I am, and relationships and what I am called to do. When I listen to the voices of society it’s easy to lose sight of who God calls me to be and to hear what the world tells me I am. The enemy works in the world to tear us down, robbing us of the joys in what Jesus tells us we are. 

 

There are days when I doubt myself and the life I have, questioning almost everything but then how I silence the insecurities and cast out the lies of the world is by reading the truth of the bible and what the God tells me I am. The things I often don’t like about myself are often the things God is able to use the most in my life. 

 

Overcoming and battling insecurities is one of the most universal things almost everyone will admit to dealing with. Everyone tends to pick out their flaws and forgets to admire the beauty in who they were created to be. The things people don’t like about themselves is normal are the things others admire them for and God uses to shine his light into the world. 

 

Next time you find the enemy whispering lies about who you are, here are five truths that the Bible tells you, you are:

  1. You are loved - I in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.- John 17:23
  2. You are forgiven  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9
  3. You are beautiful -  Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord  -Psalm 45:11 New International Version (NIV)
  4. You have freedom - In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.-  Ephesians 3:12
  5. You are His - But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob,   he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I  have redeemed you;  I have summoned you by name; you are mine.- Isaiah 43:1

The Truth about the future

The Truth about the future

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I am one of those people who like to have somewhat of a plan. Before I get in the car to go somewhere new I like to have maps pulled up on my phone and figured out the best route to take to get to my destination.

The funniest thing that God has taught me time and time again is each time I come up with a plan of where I want to head and what I want to do he has something else in mind for what my future is about to become. God is a sovereign God and he always will lead us in his direction with the plans he dreams for this life.  

“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.- Jeremiah 29:11

The other night in church my pastor came to the congregation and asked us if we believed God was powerful and mighty over everything in our lives. He continued by saying if we really believed that then do we believe he is in control over, our health, our bad relationships, our past sins and all that is broken with us?

Of course as he said that I said to myself yes I do but later that day God tested my actual belief in that complicating things just a little more to push me closer to leaning on him. 

Typically after a Saturday night service and a busy week of work ahead I like to go home and relax, watch a movie or just hang out. After service last week on a very rainy Saturday night we planned to get take out from a local restaurant and watch a movie. 

The church I go to is in a small city and the parking is very limited. So much to my surprise we got a front row parking spot in the church’s parking lot. It was pouring rain and we felt so blessed to get to park so close to church. We darted from the car into church for Saturday night service.

After service was over we started to walk to car and got to the parking lot our where we parked to find our car was not where we left it rather a bright blue truck was in the spot instead.

My mind started racing. I was like um, what? Where did the car go? How were we going to get home? I was so confused as to what was even happening. 

Well, long story short we found out that the car got towed. Some how we parked in a spot that wasn't part of the church’s parking lot but rather part of an apartment complex next door. 

The next step was to find out where the car was towed and then how to get to it back. We were so blessed that my pastor helped us located the car and drive us to where it was towed. It was a very dramatic drive there. It was pouring rain and we had with less than 30 minutes to get to where the car was towed before the towing company closed for the night. 

The conversation we had with the pastor on the way there is what we need to hear and spoke truth into our lives. The night didn't go as planned but God had something else planned and used that time to push us closer to him and lean into his word. 

We were able to spend time talking to our pastor that we wouldn't have had before and we were able to pray and lean into God to trust he would help us find the car. 

Things don't always go as planned. The simplest of things like a plan for a Saturday night or the things that we want to do with our lives don't always end up working out in the way we though they would. God can take any situation and use it to make us rely on him even more. 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him,  and he will make your path straight.” -  1 Peter 2:15

The truth I’ve learned about the future is this; we can hope and wish and plan for what we want for tomorrow but the truth is God’s plan for our lives is much better than our own and he will always make our path straight if we lean and trust in him. We can try to plan every detail and aspect of how we want our life to be but God knows what the future has in store for us. 

Lean on the Lord and trust in him. Take the next step of faith by what he has shown us and pray he closes doors not intended to open and opens ones that follow his plan.

There is comfort in knowing the one who knows the plans for tomorrow has chosen YOU and LOVES YOU! God is a God of comfort who know whats best for each and every one of us.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”-Romans 15:13