It has been quite a while since I last posted on here. Holy guacamole. In the last post, I was only 20 years old and trying to just figure out life and college. Now, I am 24 years old and have lived through an international pandemic, graduating and entering the real world in May of 2020 while the world was on fire, my first real full-time adult job, and moving to a new city to pursue my second real full-time adult job.

If you look back on this blog, I posted super sporadically because I only wanted to write when it was something I knew God put heavy on my heart. Well, today, April 20th, 2022, is one of those days. God has been teaching me so much about the seasons of waiting in our lives, and I want to encourage you if you are also in one right now.


I don’t know about you, but I feel like as soon as I am on the other side of a season of waiting, in the blink of an eye, I find myself in the middle of another one with the same faithless, knee-jerk response: “God, what the heck are you doing?!!”

The older I get, the more I relate to the Israelites in the desert. I used to think to myself: how in the world did they doubt God?! He rained bread out of the sky when they were hungry! When that wasn’t good enough for them any longer, he sent a bagillion quail! Oh, and then he led them exactly where they needed to go with a giant cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Oh, and let’s not forget that HE PARTED A FREAKING SEA FOR THEM TO ESCAPE 430 YEARS OF SLAVERY.

Ha, but that is me.

God has consistently proven Himself over and over again, and yet, when I am faced with a new set of circumstances, I immediately forget everything trying to figure it all out on my own in my ideal timing.

I could sit down with you right now and tell you about the crazy things God has done in my life. It would probably take me a solid hour… maybe an hour and a half. You get my point. That is a long-a$$ time for one person to be talking. Forget a monologue. That is a full feature film.

With all of that being said, do you know what I did yesterday? I very dramatically wrote in my journal how confused I was by what God was doing in an area of my life and asking Him why this, why that, why… and ~ real talk ~ those “why’s” were tinged with anger.

However, there is nothing like pouring out all of your honest thoughts and feelings to God, praying, going to sleep, getting up, praying some more, getting in the word, eating (no one is ever themselves with low blood sugar), reflecting on the past, and finding some fresh perspective.

What continues to surprise me every day is how God orchestrates everything in this life. For example, what you are about to read is a draft of a post I had written over two years ago at probably one of my lowest points in one of the hardest waiting seasons of my life that I never posted because it didn’t feel right at the time. I completely forgot about it and just found it today when I was sitting down to write about… waiting.

As you read this, I want you to reflect on where you were two years ago when the world shut down. All we could do was wait because we had no other choice – we couldn’t plan, control, or force our way out of our circumstances. There was no end in sight because everything about it was unprecedented. All we could do was take each moment as it came.

I think humans are so resilient because we just suppress the hard times from our memory and push forward.

However, it is the faith that is grown and stretched in the hard times of the past that sustains us with hope in the future because if God was faithful then, why would he stop being faithful now? But, you must remember the past in order to utilize this faith – to remember where God has brought you from:

It is currently 1:59AM, August 10th, 2020, and I am writing this in the dark of my bedroom after I could not fall asleep. I could blame it on the mint chocolate chip ice cream I ate before bed, or I could be honest with myself. The past six months have been some of the hardest months of my life.

The only reason I am writing this post is because I know for a fact that I am not alone in this struggle. Every person I know is fighting battles the magnitude of which they have never had to deal with before. If you are reading this right now and you feel alone in your struggles, call me. Text me. Seriously, do it. I am always here to listen. The only way we are going to get through this period is with God and each other.

2020 began with so much hope.

It was the start of a new decade. Everyone was taking time to reflect on their lives, course correct, and take steps to create the future of which they have always dreamed. 2020 even came with its own slogan – 2020 vision, baby! I am not sure who is in charge of branding our years, but this year was a marketer’s version of a *chef’s kiss*.

I attended Passion Conference and rang in January 1st, 2020, praising God alongside 70,000 other college students in the Georgia Dome. I am not sure there could ever be a way to inject more hope into a New Years’ celebration than that moment.

Little did I know that in two short months, my life, all of my plans, your life, and all of your plans would be obliterated by something we could not even see – so much for 20/20 vision.

I went from living in an apartment with my two best friends in the entire world (I’m pretty sure they are literal angels, but that’s for another post) in a city with hundreds of buds all living within a mile, beginning my final semester of college in preparation for graduation day (which is supposed to be the pinnacle of busting one’s butt for 18 long years), and beginning my first big girl job ~ to ~ being ripped from my life without getting to say goodbye to anyone (many college homies I may never see again. I appreciate you all so much. Thank you for being a part of my journey), moving back home to rural NC, finishing some of the hardest classes for both of my majors online, not having a graduation (which was quite jarring for someone who unknowingly built all of their self worth for 18 long years on what they achieved trying to please everyone – please call me if this is you right now. I can help), and the job I had lined up not working out – oh yeah, and, you know, the overall stress that comes from being alive in an international pandemic.

It was jarring to say the least.

Take the uncertainty that comes from graduating college and entering the real world and combine it with the uncertainty of an international pandemic and an economic recession.

Positivity is my go-to strategy for dealing with anything. I tried so hard not to be disappointed, not to focus on everything that was lost, and to keep charging ahead. Well, here’s the thing about being ripped suddenly from all that you know and love, you have lost something, and you have to grieve. If you had told me that a few months prior, I would not have believed you because I had only associated grieving with losing a loved one. It turns out that it is a part of drastic life changes as well. Who knew?! So, if you were like me and had two good days and then that third day would come, and you couldn’t figure out why you were suddenly crying while you were scrambling eggs ~ you were grieving. I hope that makes you feel better. You haven’t lost all of your marbles… yet.

That was a pretty consistent cycle for me, and I have received confirmation from many of my friends that it was the same cycle for them as well. However, I used a lot of my newfound time to reflect on my life, what God has done in my life, and what I feel like He’s calling me to. I definitely received a lot of clarity and began some much needed life course correction. However, I did not figure out what my next steps are or how to get out of this hole I am in.

Then, within the span of seven days:

  1. Hurricane Isaias ripped through my community
  2. a record-breaking earthquake struck my state
  3. my mom who teaches 200 elementary school kids began in-person school again for the first time even though public schools are still online (#stressful for one of the people you love most in the world to be surrounded by people during an international health crisis and no one knows transmission rates, longterm effects, etc.)
  4. My grandma passed away.
  5. We had to plan a funeral, and very few people could come because of COVID.

Now, wrap all of the above in financial stress and severe lack of direction or plan of what to do with one’s life.

I feel like 2020 is beating the crap, hope, and dreams out of me.

The only reason I am writing this is to let you know that you are not alone. I am right there with you.

You know who else is? God.

Not that I have any right to, but I am kind of questioning His current tactics for getting our attention. I would have 1000% read any postcard/email/text/messenger pigeon He sent me. But, I guess shutting down the world works too.


I’m getting a little misty-eyed reading that draft. I wish I could go back and tell myself that everything was going to be ok – that the overwhelming fear, anxiety, and overall feeling of being lost and adrift were temporary and actually making you stronger and more rooted in who you are and who God is to prepare you for some amazing things to come.

So, what does any of this have to do with anything?

Life is an endless loop of hard lows that grow us as people, waiting seasons that grow our faith as we work to get out of the lows, and highs that fill us with hope – our faith coming to fruition, so we can survive the loop again.

I have found that the enemy’s #1 weapon is NOT blowing up your house with a natural gas leak and a match. It is slowly weakening you over time with carbon monoxide – something you do not notice at all but will ruin you all the same. He works day in and day out to slowly chip away at your confidence in God until nothing is left.

How do we grow our confidence in God and restore our hope in times of waiting?

1. Know your enemy and how to protect yourself. The enemy is coming after you every second of every day, and you have to defend yourself. God’s instructions are not to put on your super cute pastel Easter dress to defend yourself (I got mine from TJMaxx). No, he tells you to prepare for battle each day – to equip yourself with the full armor of God:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:10-17

What is sticking with me the most this time around is the shield of faith. Picture the dramatic flaming arrow onslaught scene in any of your favorite series (GOT, Vikings, Lord of the Rings, etc.) where seemingly innumerable flaming arrows launch into the sky from the side of the opposition and cross the valley to rain down on the defenses of the allied troop – to not just inflict damage but set fire to anything they touch. This could look like toxic thought patterns playing on a loop in your head, conflict with those you love, doubt, insecurity, fear… you name it, the enemy will use it relentlessly to sow chaos in your life.

What could possibly protect you from an attack of this scale? According to Ephesians 6:16, the shield of faith will not just protect you but extinguish the flames of the attack before they spread to other parts of your life.

oh snap. so deepening my faith is a big deal to keep surviving the loop of life. roger that.

2. Faith is built on confidence in God. Confidence in God is built on trusting Him. To trust someone, you have to know them well and know that what they say is true. How do we do this? Get in the word.

See what God has promised people in the past and how he fulfilled it every time. Heck, the biggest promise ever was the coming of Jesus and there are 400 YEARS between the Old Testament and the New Testament. 400 years of silence from God, YET He was working all the while to prepare the coming of Jesus – to fulfill his promise, and He. Did. It.

Read what He promises to be and do for you. (Here are a few to get you started: Isaiah 41:10 , Deuteronomy 31:8 , Exodus 14:14 , Romans 8:28 , Isaiah 43:2 , Proverbs 3:5-6 , Isaiah 26:3)

Ask people what God has done for them in their lives.

Remember what God has done for you in your life:

3. Reflect on what God has done in your life in the past. I don’t write all of the time, but I do when life feels really overwhelming because it helps me take the CAT 4 Hurricane happening in my head and work through everything I am feeling and give it up to God. It also leaves an honest record of how I was feeling through whatever situation, so years later when I go back and read it, I do not minimize that time and instead realize the magnitude of the way that God answered that prayer. I just read through my earliest entry, and apparently, 14-year-old Catherine was utterly terrified of Driver’s Ed and the responsibility of driving and praying to God for courage – well chick, we have put close to 60k miles on our car and who knows how many on mom’s Volvo wagon (seriously, who knows? The odometer stopped working.) Also, you end up flying to Russia and solo trekking Argentina. Love ya. Mean it. – That is a super small example, but today, I don’t even remember a time when I couldn’t drive or even being afraid of it at all. But, apparently, it was a huge deal to me back then, and God was faithful even in the relatively small worries of a 14-year-old… and in every major step of life we have lived since then. I have a record to prove it.

4. Understand that if God says “No” or “Not yet” – if He is telling you to wait – it is not a punishment but protection. Shoooooweeee! This one is a doozy.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

    neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

    so are my ways higher than your ways

    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 As the rain and the snow

    come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

    without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

    It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:8-11

I love my dad so much. Growing up, his wisdom and discipline, although not what I have wanted many times, have protected me more than I will ever know because I relied on him with the trust of a child even if I didn’t know all of the details of why he said what he said. His wisdom and discipline come from a place of having lived, seen, and experienced more of life than I have and loving me so much that he didn’t want me to live, see, or experience unnecessary hardships if he could prevent them.

If my dad has 41 years on me, and God, my heavenly father, has millions of years on me and knows what’s going to happen in the next million, why do I still doubt God?

I am looking at my future through a crack in the door. God has a bird’s-eye view from horizon to horizon.

If God has brought you this far, why would he leave you now?

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23

If you made it this far through my rambling thoughts, I pray you found something encouraging.

Group prayer time:

God, I thank you for today and for the person reading this. I pray that you equip them with the encouragement, strength, and faith they need to keep going through this time. Nothing ever seems to be simple, but you hold us and the world in the palm of your hand. Renew our trust in you. Please fulfill your promises when the timing is right and not a moment sooner. Help us to wait with complete trust, hope, and confidence in you for you are a good God with plans that work together for the good of those who love you. Thank you for our one, wild, and precious life. Thank you for the highs and lows of life for therein lies its splendor. Amen.



If you know me, you know that music is my soul food. Here are a few of my current fav praise songs on loop:


I want to explain what you are about to read. The first part is something I felt like I needed to write back in February but never knew how to finish. So, I never published it. Little did I know, I was writing for my future self.

The second part is something I wrote today in September of 2018.

February 14, 2018

Woah. I am currently reading the book of Matthew in order for the first time.

Jesus is wild.

In the first 14 chapters, he is legit healing and saving people nonstop. We have all heard/read these stories individually, but when I saw them together, I realized something.

The people He helped were not those who were praying in the synagogues (or churches) utterly wrapped up in religious pretenses. No. The people He helped were those who came to Him, humbly cried, and reached out to Him with everything they had. They were the people who were lost, broken, and devastated by the world. They were broken by their sin (as we all are) but didn’t pretend to be otherwise. They had absolutely nothing and no one else to turn to but God. They didn’t cloak themselves in self-righteousness or prideful self-reliance. Most were not even Jewish. In fact, most were the outcasts, marginalized, and enemies of society. Most were publicly known for their sins.

Yet, these groups of people recognized who Jesus was and the hope that He is. Because of this, they did not waste their energy attempting to find their hope in the world. Instead, they used all of their effort to reach for Him – the One who created the world.

September 22, 2018

RAHHHHHHHHH. I have found that when I reach a really good place mentally, the devil uses all of his power to tear me down – to use every possible thing to make me insecure and discontent. (Who can relate? 🙋‍♀️) The devil uses everything in his power to make the void we all have (that only God can fill) feel like an insurmountable chasm cleaved through the center of our chests.

Haha I realize that that was a pretty dramatic sentence.

Nonetheless, it is how I feel right now,

and I know I cannot be alone in this either.

As I am writing this, I have come to the realization that I have been unknowingly attempting to fill this void with:

*drum roll please*


(mindless entertainment, Netflix, social media, wishing for a relationship, attempting to “figure out” *cough* control *cough* my future, comparison, etc.)

HA, and I wonder why I feel so bad.

{Note: wanting a relationship is not bad, peeps. God made Eve for Adam for a reason! However, if you take a step back and realize that the devil is using this to steal joy from you today, tell the devil to back the H E double hockey sticks up. :)}

I have slowly taken the contentment and hope I placed in God and given it to other people/things.

What does any of this have to do with anything?

I want you to know that you are not alone. Life is not a continuous state of sunshine, rainbows, unicorns, aesthetic instagram feeds, and Britt’s donuts. Sometimes, it consists of sickness, losing a loved one, Hurricane Florence ripping through your community, insecurity with everything, and heaven forbid: the Paleo diet for a diehard food lover (RIP).

Yet, regardless of what is going on, God is still there within reach.

All this change in circumstances means is that it may take much more effort to raise your arms and reach for Him.

Take heart, my friend.

Take heart, and reach.



A letter to my high school peeps

Hey guys! How’s it going?

We can all agree that high school is better than middle school (*let’s have a moment of silence for our middle school selves*), but it is still rough. You are no longer a kid, but you still feel like one. You are trying to figure out who you are and what you believe. You have so much pressure on you to do well in school, perform athletically, have a fantastically instagrammed social life, get into a relationship, look a certain way,

and fit in.

This pressure to be the same as everybody else drives me NUTS. God intentionally made you how you are. Do not change what you are passionate about, what you believe in, how you dress, and how you act just because everybody else is doing it.

In this season of life, you may be blessed with a great group of friends, or you may not. You may find a great significant other, or you may not. You may have a super packed social life, or you may not. I am writing this to let you know that what you are worried about right now will pass. This is just a season in your life like any other. It comes with good stuff and not so good stuff. Just do not let your focus be consumed with the latter.

Everything works itself out. If you don’t believe me, try to think about a time when something hasn’t worked out. It may not have gone according to your plan. It probably sucked for a while. But, it (God) pointed you in a different direction – a direction towards something greater and away from something (or someone) not meant for your life.

I am writing this letter to encourage you. I’ve been there. I survived. You will too. Do not compromise on who you are or who you want to become. Be fantastically you.

Focus on the good.

This is just a season.




The Sophomore Slump

What is up my people?! It has been quite a while since the last time I posted something here.

What’s new with me you ask? {Ha you are SO kind!}

hmmmmmm… let’s see…

Oh! The sophomore slump? Heard of it? Well, let me tell you, IT IS A REAL THING.

Haha sorry that was a tad aggressive… I was just shouting to make sure you heard me in the back.

For those of you who are not familiar with the terminology of the cool kids these days, the sophomore slump is basically just as it sounds: a low point during your sophomore year.

In some ways, it’s just like the freshman 15: everyone jokes about it but does not actually warn you that IT IS REAL.

Haha now that we have established I am 15 pounds heavier than when I first entered college, I believe this is the perfect moment for one of my favorite sayings of all time:

“It’s always Sugar Honey Iced TeaS and giggles until someone giggles and Sugar Honey Iced TeaS.” {Haha figured I probably shouldn’t curse here}

Translation –> the sophomore slump hit me really hard.

I have come to the conclusion that there are several factors that create a sophomore slump:

  1. All of the magical glitter surrounding college has been blown away by a strong gust of less-exciting reality. (Don’t get me wrong, college is awesome, and I am super thankful to be here. However, nothing can sustain super awesome forever.)
  2. If you now live in an apartment, you are no longer surrounded by 50+ amigos to constantly do fun stuff with = you spend more time by yourself.
  3. You have pretty much no motivation to further your education at the time when your course load becomes significantly harder. You have to grind.
  4. You begin the year thinking that you’ve got this all under control because YOU survived freshman year – Ha! Nice one, Cat.
  5. You feel way more alone no matter how many amazing friends surround you.

I am going to focus the rest of my tangent on the last two.

I don’t know about you, but I have the tendency to rely heavily on God in uncertain situations (ex. going off to college freshman year). As time goes on and I feel like I have a better grasp on the situation at hand, I rely less and less on God. This is not a conscious decision, but I begin to feel like I have this whole thing called life under control. Then, without knowing it, I begin to rely entirely on my own strength and will.

I forget that God constantly gave me the strength and will to make it to where I am in the first place. Therefore when I am weak and have no motivation (because I am no longer relying on God), I do not know what is going on or why I cannot seem to fix anything.

I do not realize the mistake I am making until I hit a really low point. This time it was my sophomore slump.

I felt empty, alone, anxious, unprepared, and far from God for months.

Every time I reach a point like this in my life, I realize now, I am quick to distract myself with social media, watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, etc. I subconsciously do not give myself a moment of silence – assuming that what is going on will pass.

I was still going to church and campus Christian organizations on the reg hoping that doing this would change what was happening. {Unfortunately, Christian things cannot fill a God-sized hole}


Fake it till I make it right?


There is no faking it with God because He is, ya know, God.


Do you know what did help a ton?





Oftentimes, these are the conditions in which God is the most present.



This is where God has your attention the most.


This whole relationship with God thing does not work if you do not hold up your end of the deal. You have to pursue Him as much as He pursues you.

Satan uses “noise” (everyday struggles, goals, social media, work, school, music, Netflix, To-Do lists, chores, projects, homework, even going to church/Christian things out of habit, etc.) to get us so utterly wrapped up in everything around us that we forget to stop… and look up to God. We stop relying on Him because we are so consumed with filling the void within us – thinking that we can accomplish this with our own strength and determination. We only find Him again when we have nothing else left.

Learn from me, and do not let your subconscious rule your life. Make a conscious effort to pursue God in every moment. Fight for silence. Fight for time with God.

Silence the noise. Be still. Wait on God.


“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

-Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

-Psalm 46:10 (NASB)


Group prayer time!

Please take a moment to pray for every person who is stuck in a slump right now and sees no way out. Pray that they stop fighting this battle on their own, get on their knees, and look up to God.







Who out there feels overwhelmed by life right now? I know I do.

It is the week before spring break, and midterm season has arrived.

If you know me, you know that I have a tendency to procrastinate. However when I procrastinate, I don’t push the stress out of my mind and do something actually enjoyable like take a nap worry free. No, I stressfully watch Netflix or procrastinate in some other useless way holding on tight to my anxiety.

{Hahaha if you follow me on Instagram, you will find how I turned my procrastination into a very therapeutic way of dealing with stress this week. Thanks Christine! 😹}

The stress builds up to the point that it becomes paralyzing. I know I should be studying and doing the thousand other time sensitive things on my list…

…but I just can’t.

My stress level was reaching a really high point yesterday when God put things in perspective.

Take a deep breath, my friend.

If you are like me and stressing about midterms, stop and thank God. This is the best possible stress to have in the ENTIRE WORLD. If you are worried about midterms, this means you have both the OPPORTUNITY AND ABILITY TO LEARN. If you are worried about midterms, you are not worried about your HEALTH. If you are worried about midterms, you are not worried about being HUNGRY. If you are worried about midterms, you are not worried about your SAFETY or OVERALL WELL-BEING.

If you are not literally worried about an exam, what is the figurative “midterm” in your life right now? Pray for perspective.

If you are worried about some of the things I listed, you are being tested in a different way. I absolutely HATE that you are going through this. However, I assure you that God is with you every step of the way.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

-Matthew 6:25-34

Praise God for the midterms of life, for always being there, and for blessing us beyond what we deserve.

{Group prayer time!}

Please pray that God gives every single person who reads this peace and the knowledge that everything is going to be okay regardless of what is happening right now.



{Seriously, go check out my Instagram if you want to laugh 😹 @worldofcma}

Wake Up.

These last two weeks have been long.

Between my mad procrastination skills digging me into a deep hole and the fact that time with God has not been at the top of my priority list, I have been living class to class in a haze.

I woke up from my haze this morning.

Merriam-Webster.com defines complacency as, “self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.” Complacency is a state that occurs from spending all of your time seeking satisfaction in yourself, your plans, and your circumstances. Therefore, because you are not actively seeking God, you are unaware of the dangerous situation in which the devil is slowly placing you.

The devil uses busyness as one of his tools to make us complacent in our faith – to make us passive in our faith – to make us slowly set aside our faith.

Then, complacency leads to indifference.

It is SO EASY to fall into the trap of indifference. Indifference is that weird in-between where you know what you should be doing, but you lack the drive to do it. You are too busy. You are too tired. You are too…(fill in the blank). You become unconcerned. Then, you slowly become indifferent.

Our faith is the one thing in this world with which we cannot afford to be indifferent, complacent, or passive. Faith is not something we can just push down the line to figure out when we are older because we are not promised tomorrow much less, years to figure it out.

Wake up, my friend, please wake up.

“What are you going to do to fight your natural drift towards indifference?” – Samer  Massad

Fight for your faith. Seek God, seek God, and seek God again. He will lift you out of the trap of indifference that you have fallen into.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29:13

{Group prayer time!}

Please pray that every person who reads this will continuously look to God to rescue them from complacency and indifference. Pray that God gives us the strength to fight for faith every single day.



Hey guys! Many of you know that music is my soul food. If you would like for me to share my playlists, let me know in the comments! NF is an artist I found recently with lyrically some of the best songs I have heard in a long time. His rapping is straight up poetry. Check out “Wake Up”:

{Thank you Port City Community Church, Overflow, and Samer Massad for delivering a message that has been weighing heavily on my mind the past few weeks! You guys are the bomb!}

Also, If you have a second, check out my friend Imani’s blog post on complacency:


Her post is incredible!

“Complacency.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.


Rahhhhhhhhhhhh! Why do we {I} allow ourselves {myself} to get so distracted by the WORLD? If we recognized and praised God for everything single thing He has blessed us with every single day, we would never get off of our knees. Yet, here we are, standing in our own strength and will, with eyes on everything but God and His goodness.

Our eyes are locked on everything that brings us fear, worry, and discontent…

…instead of the One who gives us assurance, peace, and contentment.


Yes, we are only human, but we cannot keep using this as an excuse to keep from trying to be better.

Having and showing gratitude has to be our top priority.

Being grateful will completely change our perspectives.

Therefore, being grateful will completely change our lives.

Refuse to complain about your day even if it is raining outside, you are drowning in a new semester of classes, and you spill an entire bowl of lucky charms in your lap in the dining hall. {True story :’)}

{Group prayer time!}

Pray that God gives every person who reads this the strength and wisdom to find His goodness in the midst of life’s daily chaos.




Many of you know my mom. That lady is the best. A few years ago, she spoke to me about having a word for the year. She told me to pray for God to reveal a word or something specific to keep in mind throughout the coming year.

So, I did just that.

Last year, my word was patience. Many of you know my story and how God blessed me tremendously through praying and fighting for patience {haha even now when I talk about it, happy tears still make an appearance}. The year before that, my word was perspective. Keeping my perspective on God in that particular span of 365 days ended up being incredibly important.

Eighteen days into 2017, my word has been made very clear:


I see it almost every single day.

{This is a great platform to spread God’s awesomeness, so let’s do something awesome. How does a quick group prayer sound?}

Please pray that God gives not only me, but every person who reads this the strength to be obedient to His call in 2017.

I pray you know that God is in control of this year, next year, and every single year after that. I pray God gives you the guidance, wisdom, and strength you need for everything you are going through right now and will go through this year.

If you pick a word for the year, let me know! I will be praying for you and the unbelievably AWESOME things God is going to do in your life in 2017. Have hope. God is the bomb, and His plans for you are the bomb.com.

All you have to do is give Him the reins.

‘”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




Life is tough. I know every single person who reads this will agree. To be real with you, we go through straight up crap sometimes. Heartbreak, loneliness, disappointment, sorrow, fear, stress, worry, insecurity, hurt, rejection, anxiety, uncertainty, peer pressure, pain, depression, loss, and sickness sometimes seem to be playing on an endless loop. We are trying to weather this storm called life. We are trying to find relief. In fact, we are adamantly searching for relief.

The question is: where are you finding your relief?

Alcohol, drugs, “perfecting” your outward appearance {Perfecting is in “…” because God made YOU with intent, my friend. Do not forget that.}, work, school, money, people, and relationships are all TEMPORARY solutions. In fact, they are not even solutions at all. According to Merriam-Webster.com, a solution is “an answer to a problem.” None of the things listed are the answer to any of our problems. If they were the answer, why do they constantly fail us? They act as a mere band-aid to the much greater pain we are experiencing. Therefore, the relief they offer is not only temporary, but it is also not proportional to what we need.

So, what will give us relief?

It is not a what.

It’s a who.

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

What God offers is not a temporary solution or just a “band-aid” on your pain. He offers complete healing, restoration, comfort, and hope – the ultimate form of relief.



“Solution.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017.

Passion 2017

image-1-7-17-at-6-07-pmOn January 2-4, 2017, 60,000 college kids filled the Georgia Dome, and the stadium shook as they praised God. It was an experience that truly cannot be put into words. Many people say millennials have abandoned their faith. However, those people definitely have not attended Passion before because WOW IT WAS AWESOME.

Passion was almost too much to process. Between the famous speakers and bands, it was one incredible moment after another. At one point, the stadium went black, and CARRIE FREAKING UNDERWOOD APPEARED OUT OF NOWHERE and performed “Something in the Water.” (Haha can you tell I was excited?) As I was trying to recover from that craziness, they hit us with the fact that they were giving every single person in the stadium a free copy of the Jesus Bible. They raised $800,000 to do this!


Oh! Did I mention that in a stadium full of broke college kids, we sponsored ALL of the children on the waitlist in El Salvador, Tanzania, Rwanda, Indonesia, and many in Bolivia with Compassion International? I MEAN WHAT?! It was incredible. :’) {*happy tears*} Haha there were a lot of “happy tears” moments.


{There were so many amazing speakers who gave incredible messages, but these are just two of the people who impacted me the most.}

Christine Caine

“You will not build the life you want to live without endurance… You do not build endurance on the path of least resistance.”

Endurance. It is a HUGE component of having faith. We have to endure the hard times. We cannot stop believing when times get tough. When we endure, our faith grows so much stronger.

“You can’t say you are going to do great things for God one day if you are not doing anything today.

This hit me hard. I have such big dreams for what I want to do in the future. But, so many times I get stuck doing just that dreaming.

“Do nothing of selfish ambition… Not even Jesus did what He wanted to do. He did what God wanted Him to do.”

I had never thought of it this way, but it is so TRUE. Seek God’s plans before your own always. Then, be obedient to His call.


Whoa. Nuff said.

Francis Chan

“We value our own thoughts too much.”

As a professional overthinker, this couldn’t be more true. I always get utterly stuck in my head, my plans, and desperate grasp for control of my life. HA! Nice one, Cat. How about checking out the next thing Francis Chan said. 

“God’s thoughts are infinitely higher than ours.”

Preach, Francis, Preach. God’s thoughts are infinitely higher than ours. Therefore, God’s plans are infinitely greater than ours, and God’s grasp on our lives is infinitely stronger and better than ours could ever be. Which leads us to: 

Stop listening to yourself and trust in God.”

Can I get an Amen?! 🙌

Honestly, I could write pages about those three days in Atlanta, but I’m going to end it here:

If you ever get the chance to attend the Passion Conference, go.