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Links of the Week! Hey Friends! I’m back and wanted to share some of my favorite things on the internet this week. I spend a lot of time trying to gather inspiration and knowledge for life. So here are a few things this week that have really inspired me and I hope they inspire you too!

TO STUDY:

https://subsplash.com/thebelongingco/media/mi/+sddnmqd

“Student vs. Scavenger” from Chris Durs0.

You guys, where do I even start? My husband, Byron and I listened to this message a while back but find ourselves constantly going back to listen again. Chris Durso is an incredible speaker, author and pastor… He recently visited my home church in Nashville, The Belonging Co. and preached one of the best messages I’ve ever heard in my life, if not the best. I encourage you to sit down with a mug of tea, a note book and some tissues because this message changed my life and I’m sure it will impact yours too.

TO READ: 

https://www.liveoriginal.com/blog/alyssa-bethke-you-are-wanted

You Are Wanted from Live Original

I love Sadie Robertson and her blog! This is a guest post from Alyssa Bethke and I think it’s absolutely a beautiful truth filled post and I hope it encourages you.

TO MAKE: 

www.feastingathome.com/emerald-kale-salad/

“Emerald Kale Salad” from Feasting At Home.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am constantly trying to eat better, feel better and save money by cooking at home…but sometimes it just takes too much time and too much energy! But, the other day I was scrolling through Pinterest and found this kale salad. I had all of the ingredients so I made it and I absolutely LOVED it. I served it with some Trader Joe’s Thai Veggie Gyoza and it was one of my favorite meals we’ve ever had at home. If you work in an office like I do, I suggest making this salad for dinner and saving a portion of it for lunch the next day!

TO BUY: 

https://www.blossomsareforever.com

A Gift Box from Bloom and Blossom.

I don’t know if you guys saw these on my story last week, but I recently showed you a box I ordered from this cute company called Bloom and Blossom! They make curated gift boxes that makes giving presents (or treating yourself!) really easy! I loved everything in my box and I think you guys would love this too! I love supporting small business anytime I can!

 Two last things!

1.  If you guys love my phone case and computer skin as much as I do, you can get one too 20% off! www.caseapp.com has so many aesthetically pleasing things and you can personalize them like I did with my name! Use my code MARIAH20 for a discount! 

2. My adorable top is from one of my favorite online stores www.shopshellsea.com! Click here to shop!  Also! Use code ‘MARIAHXO’ to get 15% off your whole order!

OMG! Discounts everywhere! Happy Shopping!

Love you!
Mariah

Faucet Living in a Well Water World

Remember when you were a kid and boys had coodies? And then remember when they stopped having coodies? Leonardo DeCaprio just sounded like the name of an old dead, French artist and then one day there are posters of him above your bed on the ceiling? I have no idea when I first started thinking that boys were cute but I DO remember that I started early…

Listen this is my testimony OKAY so don’t judge me… I had my very first kiss at three years old. Yes, it’s true. I liked older guys, I was 36 months – he was 42 months. I was a rebel, Ok? Hard to believe I know but there is photographic evidence. I thought we would get married, eat animal crackers together forever and be an always-take-home-the-class-pet kind of power couple. But it wasn’t God’s plan for my life and we broke up the next day. My first little heartbreak.

Now looking back I can see that I was, what the kids call… “Thirsty.” Who has their first kiss at three?? All jokes aside I was thinking about powerful women in the bible today and someone unexpected came to mind. Did you know the Thirst was real in the Bible too?

Let’s start off with the fact this woman in John 4 isn’t even properly named. We don’t know what she looked like, what her name was but I do know that she’s in heaven right now and I think that’s pretty cool. She was a complex woman (as we all are). She’s lived a ton of life I’m sure. I wonder if she looks down from heaven and sees women just like her now, in her heart urging them to open up the bible to John 4 and read her story. “Just learn from me…” I can imagine her thinking.

We know her famously as the Woman At The Well. But she’s so much more than that to me. She’s the Woman With A Pattern. She’s the Woman With The Past. Even though we don’t know her real name, she’s The Woman Jesus Calls Redeemed.

In John 4 we find Jesus on a roadtrip with His buddies, his guys went to go grab some chipotle and Jesus stopped to get a drink of water from a well. It was high noon, it was hot – so there weren’t a lot of people out there except for Jesus and The Woman. Now listen, our Sister here was kind of Sassy. It’s true. Jesus asked her for a drink of water but in those days men weren’t allowed to speak to women without their husband present. And especially Jews and Samaritans didn’t speak to each other much at all. The Woman questions Jesus, not knowing who He is of course, asking Him why the heck he has the nerve to speak to her out of custom? I love that even when we focus on the law, the reality of things and the state of who we are, Jesus only focuses on Grace.

My Jesus is a G. This is his response:

“If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”

If you’ve never heard this story before let me catch you up to speed. We may not know her name, but we do know her story. She’s had five husbands thus far. FIVE. (I love Byron guys, but one husband is enough for me. If I had 5 husbands I don’t know what I’d do with myself. LOL!) And after her fifth husband she went from first comes love, then comes marriage straight to first comes hot guy, then comes let’s just live together. Looking at her I can’t help but feel as though she’s settled in her life. I’m sure that she didn’t’ have five husbands just for fun… She was looking for something. She was looking for love. But she settled for lust.

Even though the woman had doubts about Jesus, he never stopped seeking to meet her deepest needs. She was willing to settle for less at this point, she was will to settle for lust. She was thirsty for something. She needed something and was constantly trying to fill an area. But when you only consume lust and not real love, you’ll be thirsty again and again. Even when we settle in our life and we give up on ourselves, Jesus never stops persisting to meet our deepest needs.

The scripture goes on and in John 4:13-14 Jesus says “Everyone who drinks that well water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give them will never thirst – not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” I don’t know about you guys – but I want the endless life. I want the spring within, please.

Y’all, hear my heart! I don’t know if you’re single, engaged or married already… I don’t know if your bank account is empty or full. I don’t know if your HEART is empty or full. I don’t know what you struggle with, what you’re needing what you’re lacking. We all have our own stuff. But here’s my question…

What Are You Thirsty For?

Are you thirsty for a temporary, quick fix that will leave you dry and empty and needing more?

Or are you thirsty for a love deeper than any well, a love more satisfying than anything on earth? Joy, confidence and fulfillment?

As a young adult there are so many things that can bring up insecurities and empty places that need filling. I’m learning that only Jesus can fill those places. Only Jesus’ living water can satisfy those secret areas of our life that we fill with fluff and leaves us thirsty again and again. For our Woman that is lust. It’s relationships that make her feel valued. Is that you? Or is it your career that makes you feel loved? Is it your talent that makes you feel worthy? Or are you living with so much undying, unlimited love that you can’t help but overflow with that living water.

Track with me…

Imagine you’re at Disneyland right. Happiest place on earth, no? Ok, you’ve got your cute mouse ears on, you got ice cream in your hand. You’re LOVING life! But imagine when it gets so hot, all you want is a cold bottle of water. You’d spend that ridiculous $8 on a bottle of water (of course it’s $8 because it’s magical Disneyland water) because you NEED it to quench your thirst. You put everything aside until you get that ice cold water. It’s hot, you’re dehydrated, irritated and exhausted until you get that water because you’re dependent on it now. You’re used to it, you need it to function. Think of this emotionally. There are things like that in our life that happen that habitually spin us into being dependent off of that one thing. Because you’re used to sipping on that drink, or letting that guy make you feel good, or spending that check on something pretty to post on Instagram…. You end up dependent on that satisfaction it temporarily gives you.

But imagine that you’re home from Disneyland now… All I would want to do is take a nice, long shower. Wash off that day, wash off the stress of kids screaming, wash off my muscles from standing and walking all day…. When I turn on that shower water faucet – I know water is going to come out of it. Because I know the water supply won’t run out. If I left that shower running FOREVER I would have the HUGEST water bill of all time, but I do know that it won’t run out. That’s the kind of love I want to live my life with. Not a temporary solution, but an everlasting spring of life. One that I could leave running forever and it wouldn’t run dry. WHAT A LIFE! That’s what I want to be thirsty for. Because once you’re thirsty, Jesus won’t stop fulfilling your need. He won’t relent in his pursuit of the satisfaction of your deepest need.

Which one are you living your life consuming?

The Water Well? Or the Everlasting Faucet?  I want to challenge us all today to analyze our desires. The Woman at the Well was so disconnected that she didn’t even recognize Jesus was just trying to help her when He walked up to her. Some people believe that she even thought that Jesus was trying to FLIRT with her. I never want to get that disconnected from Him that I don’t even recognize when He’s speaking directly to me. When he’s just trying have have a conversation with me. When He’s trying to help me.

The story ends with The Woman coming to know Jesus and living her life for Him. She leaves the seen to go tell her friends all about Him.

 Jesus ends their conversation by saying… It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”

  • Did you know that this story is the longest recorded conversation between Jesus and one other person in the Bible? He spent his precious time speaking with her because she was precious to Him. Just like you are. A gem, a treasure. He spent time urging her to put down her bucket and pick up this life of endless living water. And more than anything telling her to just live her life in truth and to be herself before Him. God is sheer being itself—Spirit.” We try to fill the places of our spirit with things of the natural and that’s why we end up unsatisfied. At the end of the day, that living-water represents the Love of Jesus. It’s who He is. It will never run dry. But you can’t transform your life until you take a drink for yourself.
  • We must let go of one thing in order to receive the other. Put down the cup of temporary things, pick up the cup of ever lasting love.

So… What are you thirsty for?

I love you all. Sorry for my lack of posts, I’m going to try to have new post up every Thursday or every other! Thank you for your endless support, love and emails. You’re all beautiful

Xx Mariah.

 

 

Photo by @susannaapril

Good Morning, Sunshine!

My Morning Routine

Hey you guys! So I couple days I ago I was going through my DM’s and realized that the most requested post is of my morning routine! I love this because the morning is my most favorite time of the day. The day is full of possibilities, you’re (hopefully) well rested and you can collect yourself and get organized for the day ahead and days to come.

Now, disclaimer is that my mornings vary daily.  Previously I worked at a local coffee shop owned by some sweet friends of mine a couple days a week, I’d take the opening shift which means I left my house by about 5:15 AM. Yea… I know.

But now my husband and I get to work together at a church here in houston! (We get to carpool and kiss at the red lights! hehe.) I have a lot more time in the morning now to collect my thoughts and get through my routine! I hope you guys are inspired to hit the snooze button a few times less than normal, and use some of my steps in the morning to propel you into an incredible day!

I try to wake up everyday between 7:00 – 8:00 AM. This will really depend on the kind of night you had before… you guys: SLEEP IS SO GOOD! Even if it means missing out on something cool, you have to put your body first sometimes no matter what age you are.

Once I’m up the first thing I do is open the blinds on the window in our bedroom. Light is the principal control of our day-night cycle, influencing everything from body temperature to metabolism to sleep.

Next thing I do is stretch and meditate and pray! Stretching everyday could be the key to some of your energy problems throughout the whole day! And meditation for me is just 5-10 minutes of sitting quietly, reflecting on God’s goodness and opening a space of quiet for Him to whisper and just speak.

The next thing I do is make my bed. This is an incredible habit to have, because it’s a reminder that it’s time to get to work and not lounge time! On the weekend the bed stays unmade all weekend. But during the week I have to be sure to remember to get going.(because I’m a lazy koala bear that would happily stay in bed all day watching hulu)

Once the bed is made I patter to the kitchen to warm up water for my morning warm water with fresh lemon juice. This habit totally changed my life years ago! Hot water with lemon has insanely good benefits! It helps you detox everyday, it wakes up your digestive track, it soothes an upset tummy and supports weight management and energy levels. I drink it every morning before anything else!

While I have my lemon water I’ll have my quiet time with a devotional, a book I’m reading that week or if I have a lot of time I’ll youtube a message from alex seeley or steven furtick to watch while I do my makeup.

After my quiet time I moisturize, try to curl my hair (I never end up having time!) and throw on some makeup. After I’m out of my pjs it really helps me focus on the work I have for that day.

I’ll sit down, look at my schedule, write a to-do list and get strategic about what I can realistically get done that day. If I have extra time I’ll flip through a cookbook and figure out what to make for supper and write my market list. (This is my most favorite time of the morning!)

Another incredible thing you can do in the morning is speak affirmations over yourself, your life and your day. It sounds SO cheesy but I promise it’s good! It can be as simple as “I am happy and content in my heart today…” or “I am filled with gratitude and kindness for another day on this earth…” when I would feel sick and have low energy I would declare “I am feeling healthy and strong today!” Whatever you need, declare it!

Honestly you guys, taking time for yourself and working hard at creating habits that help you and sustain you will carry you through your whole life. Sleeping in until the last minute before you leave may get you an hour or two extra of sleep, but when you give yourself time to unwind into the morning, start your with fresh eyes and perspective, and bask in the quiet light of love and rest it can change everything.

I hope those of you who asked for this post enjoyed it!

All my love x

MH

 

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