I’ve moved!

Hello everyone!

To all of my WordPress readers and followers, I’ve moved!This is my last post at this URL!  My blog will now permanently be at the web address http://www.jacyraynunbroken.blogspot.com !  Go on over and give it a follow to keep seeing my posts!

much love forever,

JR

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they will know you by your love 

Where to start? 
There’s no good place.

 
      My heart goes out to the people in Orlando today. I stayed up after the Tony awards last night and watched the news and my heart broke in two. After covering the story of the mass shooting there was an additional 3 more shootings right down the road from my home town and people jumping off bridges and drowning. Where is the humanity? Have we gotten so cold that it’s okay to take lives without even considering the other person?

      I asked my mom very quietly, “Why do these people do these things? I hate seeing this.” 
She had no words. And quite frankly, I don’t think any of us have any that are sufficient enough to put a reason to the lack of love. 
  

  Whether you support LGBTQ or not, I don’t think this is relevant. We have to look past this. We are supposed to love everyone. Jesus didn’t pick and choose who He loved, he said come as you are and will love you and forgive you! If they choose to stay in sin, that’s their choice and you can’t change it, but they are human and flesh just like us. They have families just like us. They have feelings just like us. So instead of just being sad about it, let’s take action. 

       Let’s take our love for Christ and love for people outside of the church and the four walls we live in. If you only love those who love you what good are you doing? Instead of the stuck up religion most people see let’s show them LOVE. Let’s show them COMPASSION. Let’s show them above all, HOPE. If we show them how much we love them and that we aren’t self-centered around ourselves and just other Christians, maybe they’ll think, “Hey, they have something different, something special. They actually care. I want to know why.” 

It shouldn’t take the largest mass shooting into the history of the U.S. to make people want to pray for the nation and it’s people. We should be praying for all the unsaved people in the world everyday. 

       So when you’re praying for the families of the victims and for the injured, pray that their would be people around them that would show them true, genuine love. The kind that’s raw and reckless and loves without fault and forgives. 
We are all human and God says that all sin is equal. We are none more special than another. All made from dust in the ground and to dust we will all return. I hope this inspires you to pray differently and diligently for Orlando, and even more so our country and the world.

We won’t stop until the whole world hears. 

So let’s shout His name from the rooftops together Loud and Clear

Mucho amor, 

+JR+ 

silence

oh how easy it is to lay down the pen and be silent.

how easy it is to simply not write and to wallow in self when the keyboard lights up at my every stroke yet I choose to let it stay dim.

I’ve been silent for so long because I didn’t know what to say, write, type. It was so hard to even look at my blog and not feel remorse for not writing. But no more. No longer will I choose to be silent, no.

I started this blog with the title “Loud and Clear” in hoping that people would hear me loud and clear and know how I felt and my opinions and all together a place to process my confusing thoughts and rambles.

Now I realize that this blog isn’t for me to be  “Loud and Clear” at all anymore.

It’s for me to shout the love and teachings of Jesus Christ just as Loud and Clear as I can. To help people better understand what it means to be real, to learn to be unshaken in faith, and to take action!

This blog, it’s going to be different now. Some new exciting things are coming! More posts, new segments, more love.

So here I am offering myself up to be vulnerable. One of the things that I struggle with the most.

I’m so good at helping others quickly and assessing their problems but when it comes to me, a simple “it’s been okay”does it. I want to be real with everyone around me so they know me for me and what’s going on!

The silence of my heart is over, I’m pouring it out. The silence of holding back the words I want to say that could impact people and change the very way they think has passed.

New blog, refreshed mind.

“As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
  My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
  These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

   Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.”

Psalms 42:1-6

So here I am, raw and new. I hope you’re as ready as I am!

Let’s shout His name from the rooftops Loud and Clear together!

-JacyRayn xx

 

dating, marriage, and other odd things

before I start, this post is almost entirely a word for word copy of an essay I had to write after reading Pride and Prejudice. :

 

“We’re dating.”

What a statement. Among the generation we’re living in, it’s not uncommon to hear this, especially in the younger teen/tween age. But the biggest question everyone seems to have is, what does this even mean anymore?  And should Christians support it? Let’s lay it out.

Most of the time when you hear the famous phrase “we’re going out” it means these two people think that the other one is cute, they have a somewhat compatible personalities, and they think it’d be “cool” to get to know one another. So they slap a label on it and BAM they’re magically a thing and they’re “going out“. Going where?

But this acceptable-to-society practice in the world doesn’t always mean it’s the best thing. Before “dating” there was courtship. In courtship when you find someone who expresses a good deal of interest in  you, you basically tell everyone that you no longer have interest in anyone of the opposite gender who happen to be looking for a significant other.

So what’s the difference between courtship and dating? They sound pretty similar.

In courtship, you’re usually looking to marry. You aren’t just fooling around, you really like this person and you could see yourselves living a future life together. Now dating, in the infamous words as described by my mother, “is like going to the grocery store without any money.” You think you may want to marry somebody, but not really right now in this moment. You don’t want anything too serious, nothing that could really make you attached.

There it is. A major problem in our era is the fear of commitment. We’re afraid of devoting ourselves be cause it may require us to be less self-less. Which is something most people aren’t willing to do.

“How will you find a spouse and know he/she is the one?”

Another frequently asked question. I believe like everything else in life, God has a plan and a time. If we trust God to lead our lives, shouldn’t we trust Him to lead our whole lives and not just the parts we want?  Including finding a spouse and knowing their “the one”?            I think so.

If we follow God faithfully, He will direct our paths, even when there doesn’t seem to be any. Why be a path finder when you can follow the Way Maker?

“What character traits do you look for in a spouse?”

Simply put, someone who strives to be like Christ and loves God more than he loves me. 🙂 Sure, I’d like someone who is passionate about music just as much as I am, who’s cute and funny. And doesn’t mind sporadic coffee dates and walks. But in the end, if you’re building the kingdom together, what could be better?

One of the amazing things about God is that His love and devotion to you is so strong that if you wait on Him and His perfect timing, He can give you everything you look for and a spouse and then some! His love for you is that deep!

Last, but for sure not least, “What role will your parents have in all of this?”

I think your parents role in who you court/date is very important. Although it doesn’t always seem like it, parents almost always know what they’re talking about. They’ve been in your shoes and know just exactly what you’re going through. So if a parent doesn’t approve, it may be better to take a bit of advice from them rather than brushing them off.

In closing, what has this concluded to?

I think courtship (and following God’s will for your life!) is better than low-commitment dating. I think marraige is a beautiful thing and should be valued. I don’t necessarily put a age limit towards courtship (other than maturity level, ya know?) because I know happily married couples who have been together since highschool and happy couples who have only just met in their thirties and forties. God’s timing is key in this all! Having aspirations for all this is okay because God wants you to have the desires of your heart!  All-in-all courtship, dating, and marriage can all be pretty rad things God gave us because He loves us and to glorify Him!

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

mucho amor, as always,

-JacyRayn xx

-vision-

If you aren’t in the know, I’ve had glasses since I was in the second grade. I was rather thrilled, really, to get them and to think that they would make my sight better! After struggling to see simple math problems on the board, you could imagine how thrilled I was! I wouldn’t have problems solving problems anymore, sha-bam!

But listening to my mom harp on about how I wear them to much made me ponder the question, “am I really making my situation worse?” I’ve shrugged off these repetitive words no until now.

I walked out of my bathroom silently into my warm, dimly lit room. Having no glasses on, my white lights surrounding my vanity looked fuzzy and sweet, like a purposely unfocused picture. I drew my face closer to the mirror to inspect.

Who am I? Who am I to God? Am I proud of who I am? Am I getting the big picture?

Am I getting the big picture?

The phrase echoed through my mind. 

Then like a tidal wave, the realization crashed over me.  

“Am I too worried about the big pictures that I’m forgetting the small, crucial details?” 

That my friends was like a bucket of cold water to the face. 

I’m in such a hurry to make sure my life looks together and in place, that I forgot to check and see if all was okay up close, behind the scenes. 

It’s like vision you see, far away without glass it looks inviting and warm, but close up, you see the mistakes. The tears, the holes, the ugly mess-ups everyone glances over. 

I would rather have a much ugly appearance far away and a beautiful soul within, than just another pretty face with a cold heart inside.

So, needless to say I’ll be wearing my glasses less. I’ll be looking for the clear, real, up close details and how they can be improved. 

I have so much love for you, readers. 

-JacyRayn (the kinda of blind blogger) 

+in the silence of the heart+

Do you ever just feel as if you’re far away from everyone around you? Like everyone just seems so.. distant? 

That’s been me for the past three days. I just feel like I have no one close extremely close to me. 

So I’ve begged and pleaded with God to tell me if I’m doing something wrong, if I’ve been doing life wrong this whole time. 

Then while I was cleaning a neighbors basement, in an quiet, empty room, the words of a familiar worship song flipped on and spoke to me. 

In the silence of the heart, You speak.”

You see, I was so busy chattering away to myself, worrying about my surroundings, worried that I was lonely, I had forgotten to listen. 

I feel like there are so many times in my life where we get so caught up chatting away, we forget to listen for the still, small voice that whispers “you are forgiven an loved.” 

My friends, I’m here to tell you aren’t ever alone! There are times when God distances up from people to draw us closer to Him! He longs for us to know his heart as he knows our own, but if we get carried aways stressing about the next moment, can we really focus on our relationship with God? 

So, embrace distance. 

When you feel alone, rejoice in the fact that you are never alone! When you feel seperated from the world, use it pull yourself closer to God. Our lives comes in seasons, and just like you can’t change the winter and it’s cold, you can’t control the seasons of life. Instead, bundle up and hit it head on. 

Take a breath, you’re in your Creator’s hands.

-JR

(side-note.): Lately I’ve been really into Audrey Assad! Thanks to friend, I’ve had her amazing music on repeat! I’m going to leave you guys some of her awesome music!

I shall not want-Audrey Assad

You Speak-Audrey Assad 

cleaning house(err heart?)

Hello wonderful people!

It’s good to back on blogging again! I started back into school this week, and it wasn’t half as bad as I thought, but I’ve been so caught up I’ve forgotten to jot my thoughts down! So here they are! 🙂

Sitting in a completely clean, tidy house is one of the most relieving feelings. You feel organized, in place, and over all, like you somewhat got it together. But the outside doesn’t always reflect the in. Let me elaborate;

When you meet someone it’s really easy to take one quick peek at them and determine their emotional state. But do we really know what’s going? Okay okay, so what does this have to do with cleaning house (or heart?). Well, if we think that our outside reflects our in, what’s on the inside? Sometimes we get so caught up cleaning up the outside, putting our life in order, organizing our problems, planning our days, we forget to tidy up the inside.

I am by no means perfect in this. I am just as much of a culprit as the next. But that my friend is always where Jesus steps in with mercy. I can tell if I go one day without “cleaning heart” I get irritated 10 times faster than usual (proven fact!), I’m fast to anger and definitely not slow to put my two sense in. I feel like a balloon designed to explode at the slightest touch.

Luke 6:45 says “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

This verse is something to live by. If I constantly remind myself, “Out of the abundance, the heart speaks” I quickly realize that I need to do a little dusting in the ole’ heart. When I speak a nasty word, I think “Do I have a nasty heart?” A quick thought a can really impact and make you realize what you say.

Keeping a clean heart can tend to be a big job if you try to do it by yourself. But who said you had to do it alone? Try this: before your feet hit the floor each morning, give you heart chores a check and give then to God! Pray for Him to keep them (and you!) in check throughout the day!

Matthew 26:40 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

So when you got the urge to word overflow, clean the heart! The more you do it, the more it becomes like second nature, and eventually you wonder why you even had a dust problem! 😉

much love as always readers,

JacyRayn

the real love project

hello guyssss!!!

today I have been asked to guest post on my dear friend Aaliyah’s blog! she had now had her personal blog (www.growinginhisimage.blogspot.com) for four years! woo! this topic is near and dear to my heart and I urgently urge (hehe) you to go read it! I’ve waited a good while to blog about this and can’t wait for you guys to read it! also stop and give Aaliyah a follow and a like while you’re there! she has immensely helped me on this blogging road, I can’t wait to see where God takes her!

love to all

JacyRayn

( don’t forget!! http://www.growinginhisimage.blogspot.com is the URL!)

 

lay it down

some nights it’s hard. sometimes you just want to remember all the good things that were and cry.

that’s the thing about the past; you can’t change it no matter how hard you try.

but you can make a better future.

there are so many things that I would want to change in my past. friendships I would try to cherish better, some I would avoid, chances I would’ve took, time I wouldn’t have wasted. but thinking about the past just really puts you in a funk, doesn’t it? it makes you want to point at all your flaws and faults and just how bad you messed up.

but that’s the thing about Jesus Christ, He doesn’t look at the past. When we ask for forgiveness, of our sins, and strength to forgive others, He gives and forgets. He doesn’t constantly look back saying “Oooooh JacyRayn! Look! Remember how bad you disobeyed last week??? yeah,I might have to think about that one before I can totally forgive you.”

He has this amazing ever-renewing mercy that is new every morning. He says we are to forgive seven times seventy times everyday.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him,’I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.'” Matthew 18:21-22

we have to try to take on a mind-set of forgiveness. we have to look back on the past with blind eyes, as our Creator. it gets hard and sometimes feels lonely, but I promise, joy is around the corner! we have to look ahead and see the opportunities that God had placed in front of us!

When we ask for forgiveness, we have to lay it down. Picture it as this; you do a wrong against a friend, you ask for forgiveness. they accept your apology and let it go. the next day they refuse to talk because they are still mad at you over yesterday! sound familiar? it does to me! if we lay down the past to God, ask forgiveness, and say we are done, and then try to pick it up back again and worry, are we not only hurting ourselves? we have to let go and let God!

this is my little epiphany for today. although I still try to be a ‘Lot’s wife’ and look back sometimes, i’m learning to trust in God whole hearted and leave the past where it belongs.

go make a new memory today! play in the snow! take a deep breathe of the world around you and see there is so much good in the world to out weight the evil. listen to new music. your surroundings can show the work of the Creator and His love in even the smallest detail.

keep your eyes open amigos

jr

^rivers in the wasteland^

Hello beautiful people! Today I invited one of my dearest friends and one of my favorite bloggers to do a guest post for me! She’s an amazing writer and I can’t wait for you to read what she has for you! Much love friends! -JR

 

HEY HEY HEY! I am so excited to be guest posting for mah lovely, amazing, beautiful friend, Jacy.

So, to be honest, I am still completely lost with what I’m going to write! But, I thought I could start by briefly introducing myself! I am a born and raised 14-year-old Kentuckian who lives on a farm literally in the middle of nowhere. Don’t underestimate that statement. I have been blogging for almost four years now, and it has been a really great experience! I’ve met so many great people from all over the world. I am one of soon-to-be nine siblings. I get asked very often how life is in a family of almost eleven, and uh.. It’s really interesting and very loud, but i wouldn’t trade it for the world! Jesus is my everything. Without Him my life would be nothing. He has pulled me from the mire and made a working progress of beauty, instead of ashes and for that I am forever grateful. 🙂 But that’s the basics. There’s more on my “about” page on my blog!

I have debated for well over fifteen hours now of what I would talk about and my favorite verse (and I can assure you one of Jacy’s as well) at the moment keeps coming to me: “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 

This whole chapter is really quite amazing, but every time I read this verse it touches me. There is hope in Jesus guys! Isn’t that just the best news?! I have been in places before where I just want to give up. I’m sure everyone has been in a place like that for many different reasons. But no matter the reason, I have good news: Jesus has already won the battle. Satan is trying to get you to believe that you will just be here forever and trying to weaken you so you will just give up. Don’t ever back down.  James says: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” But stop for a minute. Sometimes people just jump to the middle of the verse, Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” But we have to take this one step at a time. So first: submit yourself to God. Submit first your life to God. That’s the single most important step you can ever take in your life. But then, submit whatever you’re struggling with to Him too. Trust, trust, trust. Trust that God will turn this into something good because he will. (Romans 8:28) Second step: resist the devil. This is the definition of “resist” from the dictionary:

re·sist: withstand the action or effect of.

again, don’t ever give up. stand strong. RESIST the devil, and he WILL flee. Jesus don’t lie. 😉  (just like my country accent)

This post is kinda all over the place and I sincerely apologize. But the point I’m getting to is this: your river will, and is coming. Even when it’s so dark you can’t see where you’re going, there’s a crack in the door filled with light. God is on your side. So, then, who can be against you? You will be okay. God does see you. You are not alone. Just hold on a little longer. I can hear your river coming. It’s rushing, and it’s beautiful.

I hope you enjoyed this even though I don’t claim to be a very good writer. I pray this gave you hope to move on. 🙂

“Wasteland” NEEDTOBREATHE

lots of love, Aaliyah xoxo

you can find more posts like this at Aaliyah’s blog at: http://www.growinginhisimage.blogspot.com