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Saturday, June 17, 2017

I'm Back!

AH! Its been almost 3 months since I last posted! I forgot my password and couldn't log in! It was awful being away from everything! So much has happened! Family Christian (my former job) closed all 250 stores across the country. I'm not working at Kirklands with my mom- its super fun! I'm still watching Little K and Little B. Speaking of which today was Little K's 6th birthday party! We got to ride horses- it was a blast! I'll post a picture below of me on a horse today. It wasn't as exciting as riding on my own but I know for liability reasons they had to walk around with me. I'm going to look into maybe doing riding lessons there. My family went to Carolina Beach in North Carolina about 2 weeks ago. It was fun but quite the adventure. My grandpa got really sick and was rushed to the hospital. He was there for over a week. Unfortunately I had to come home before he was released, but hes home now and doing really well- PRAISE GOD!

Other than work not much is going on. I did sign up for a ministry college- its all online and a go-at-your-own-pace thing. I'm really excited for it! If you want to know more about it, comment on here and I'll do another post on it!

What do y'all want to see on here this month? This summer?

Stay Tuned!

~Tink

This is me today riding the horse (Mick)
at Little K's birthday party!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

How I Finally Moved On...

Let me first start out by saying I'm so sorry for not having post for over a month. I've been crazy busy with school, work, church, and vacation. Turks and Caicos was amazing, I'm going to do a post about that in a few days. 



Break-ups are never easy. PERIOD. If you're anything like me, you're hurt (consciously) at first then you "move on." I was dating a guy about two years ago. We broke up, got back together, then broke up again. That really made it hard to "move on." Well about 10 months after our break up, we started talking. I thought I heard God telling me to give him a second chance. So that's exactly what I did. Sadly things weren't as good as I had hoped and we fought a lot, he ignored me, etc. I tried to tell him that it hurt me when he did that and long story short he didn't care. So I broke it off with him. It was one of, if not the hardest, break-up I've ever gone through. 

In all honesty, I thought he was THE ONE. The one God had for me in my life, my other half, the one person God had designed just for me. He did all the right things, said the right things, and at first everything was really good. He was (and hope he still is) a really sweet guy. For our one month anniversary (the first time around) he bought me a GORGEOUS Irish promise ring with my birthstone on it. Below is the ring.


Image result for irish claddagh ring aquamarine 

When we broke up for the final time, I was past heartbroken. I think the term for this was soul-broken. I was upset at him, at myself, and even at God. Why would God bring such a wonderful man into my life only to have him treat me the way he did. If God loves me why would He let this man hurt me? I clung to that ring like it was my life-line. I clung to it as if to remember all the good times he and I shared. I wore it every day as a reminder that I still had that love to go back too. That no matter what, I could go back to him. 

A week ago while I was on vacation in Turks and Caicos, (6 months after out final break-up) I was having my quiet time one morning on our little screened-in-porch. As I sat there, I cried out in prayer, asking God to guide my fingers to the verses I needed to hear that day. He answered- BIG TIME! I felt the nudge, you know, the one from the Holy Spirit that if He nudged you any harder He'd just shove you out of the chair? Yeah, that one. He told me, take the ring off and put it away. I cautiously took it off, but didn't put it away. I sat it right next to my bible. I'll admit, it felt wrong! I wanted my ring back. However, I let my fingers flip through the Bible, when I felt the urge to stop on a page I did, wherever my right thumb landed, I read. Here are the verses that I came upon (I swear it was God guiding me to read each and everyone of those words).

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” ~Psalm 34:18

 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” ~Psalm 147:3

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5

“She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future” ~Proverbs 31:25

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” ~John 14:27

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” ~Revelation 21:4

He knew exactly what I needed to hear. Suddenly, after reading the Scriptures above and crying out in prayer, I suddenly felt…. peace, joy, contentment deep in my heart. Pure emotions, not just the dim, dull ones I had been feeling for months. I felt like my entire being had just had a huge weight lifted.

During my prayers that day my main question to God was “why? Why would You let me hurt like that for so long? Why would You bring him into my life for me to fall so deeply in love only to have my soul crushed?”

Do you want to know that God told me? He said go read Jeremiah 29:11. I knew the verse by heart. “For I know the plans I have for you declared the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Again, I asked why. I know Your plans are for my good, to make me a better person, to make me stronger, to build me up. Buy again I ask why let me fall so deeply in love with this man to be so crushed and hurt?

I felt God smile at me right then. He told me ‘you just said it. To make you a better person, make you stronger. Build your soul and character. It may hurt now, but it’s for the best. You know that I have that one for you. You need to trust Me. It always works out the way it should. Pain is a part of the process. It’s terrible and it hurts, but it builds you up to be a warrior in My Kingdom. Be strong.

It was hard believing that. Me, a warrior? Me, being strong? No… that’s not usually how it works. I’m the kind that bottles it all up and shuts down, barely treading water. However, once I released it all and gave it to God, I felt 100 times better. It was like my ex-boyfriend was suddenly gone, that weight on my shoulder, gone.

Break-ups suck. Holding onto pain sucks. Feeling worthless over a man sucks. But trusting in our amazing God and giving Him all your pain, that… that feels incredible. As I finished up my quiet time that day I took the ring, and put it in a bag to bring home and forget about. I’m going to bury it out in the yard when the ground thaws. A symbolic gesture to move on that he is in my past and that is where he will stay.

I’ll admit my finger felt empty without a ring. I thought about putting it back on. NO! I’m not going down that road again! So, I got onto Amazon.com and ordered myself a new ring, a ring I call my God love ring. God loves me so much; I can lean on Him. I can cry to Him, be mad at Him. Yet, no matter what, He will ALWAYS love me and look out for me. Below is the ring I ordered. It just came in today and I cannot be happier.



I’m happy to say, I have moved on. I’m finally free of the pain, resentment, fear, loneliness, and self-doubt that the break-up caused me. 

I am strong.
I am courageous.
I am free.
I am beautiful.
I am worthy.
I am a daughter of God! 


Thanks for reading my story! 

Stay Tuned, 

~Tink

Friday, February 03, 2017

New Favorite Bible App!


Oh my goodness, I'm in love with this new Bible app my friend Kira showed me. Its called the YouVersion Bible App. It has everything you could ever want! It has everything from Basic Bible to Reading Plans. From Devotionals to Audio Bible. Its amazing. I'm currently doing the Proverbs daily devotion and reading plan. It's available in both Apple and Google Play stores as well as for your computer! I highly recommend it! Here's a link to the website for it:

YouVersion Bible App Download

Let me know what you think!

Stay Tuned!
~Tink

Happy February!


IT'S FEBRUARY!! 

That means its one month closer to SUMMER!!! If you can't tell, I'm not a huge fan of winter. The only time I like it is if there is enough snow to shut everything down. So far this winter, no such luck. Last year we got hit with the blizzard (see post here: Blizzard Post from last year) and that was awesome. Everything was shut down for almost a week! 

I'm excited because while it will still be cold and nasty here in about a month, I will be in Turks and Caicos for my cousin's wedding. Now you see they couldn't have picked a better day to get married. They're getting married on March 4. My birthday is March 5- I'm spending my 25th birthday in Turks and Caicos? YES PLEASE! 

I'm not sure what else makes big news lately. I will not post about politics on here as it only starts fights. Lets see.... OH! I've gone blonde! I'm getting my hair touched up today so I'll post a picture in the next few days. I got my iPod that I had been wanting. I'm currently working on an application to become an Substitute Instructional Assistant (basically a substitute teachers assistant) in my county. I have always dreamed of being a teacher, so I think this is a good way to get into the system. So, prayers appreciated! 

I have a hair appointment here in a little bit then I"m meeting a friend at the mall for supper. Other than that, not much else is going on today. 

Stay Tuned!
~Tink

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's New, Scooby Doo?

Hey y'all! Whats new?

So I finally started my new class- Economics (Macro) and honestly, I don't understand any of it. But it is what it is. I'm getting really aggravated at the bookstore. They asked for my availability (10-2 M-TH) for scheduling purposes, and I'm getting MAYBE one day a week if I'm lucky. Why ask for my availability if you're not going to use it? Sorry that I have a second job that requires me to be off at 2 to get the kids(2 days a week- been with them even before you). Oh and you tell me that school is more important and to keep going so you'll schedule me around that (2 days a week). Yet you can't give me 2 or 3 days in the mornings? I'm currently trying to sign up to work as a Substitute Instructional Assistant in the local school system so I can get out of retail. #ENDRANT


Here in a few weeks (1 month, 4 days 19 hours, 49 minutes about) I'll be heading down to Turks and Caicos for my cousins wedding. The wedding is on March 4 and my 25th birthday is on March 5. So I'm spending my 25th birthday in Turks and Caicos? Yeah, I'll take it! The hardest part about traveling in my opinion is two things- the waiting for the trip and the packing! I'll do a post later about packing tips I've learned over time.

So whats new with you guys? I'd love to hear whats going on for everyone!

Stay Tuned!
~Tink

Monday, January 09, 2017

Dry, Damaged, Over-Processed Hair?

As I mentioned in my last blog update, I've gone blonde! As much as I love it, I hate the fact that my hair is now super dry, over-processed, and just fragile! I tried my at-home deep conditioning treatment I talked about (click) here on the blog. It didn't work. I tried leave-in conditioner and coconut water and some argon oil. It worked... but only for about a day then my hair just looked gross and unwashed. Ay chiwawa! So, I finally went to Walgreens and got some Keratin Protein conditioner. It worked WONDERS. After just one use, my hair is super soft, fluffy, moisture-filled, and back to its usual self. The best part- it smells good too! Here's the link if you want to give you hair life again!



Stay Tuned!
~Tink

Happy New Year!

Oh my goodness! I'm SOO sorry! I haven't posted in well over a month! Please forgive me!

I've been so busy with well.... life! Between school, working both jobs, church, trying to have a bit of a social life, Christmas, etc., well, its just been chaos!

So, whats new? Lets see!


  • I got an A in my last class! (Praise God!)
  • I'm going to Turks and Caicos for my cousins wedding in the beginning of March. It just happens to be the day before my 25th birthday so- guess who's turning 25 in the islands! 😁
  • I got a few Lego sets for Christmas
  • I fell in love with TGI Friday's $10 endless appetizers and their Long Island Iced Tea
  • I started a new devotional this year. I've even set up a group on facebook. Feel free to join me in the reading! Check it out: Daily Devo Study Group
  • I've gone blonde! 

  • I started my new class today. It's Macro Economics. I think its going to be a challenge but I KNOW I can do it. Philippians 4:13 tells me so! 

Other than that not much else is going on with me. What's new with you? What do you guys want to see more of on the blog this year?

Stay Tuned!
~Tink