I was beginning to get discouraged. I was 16 and ready for a job. I was about to get my license and I wanted to buy a car. Also, I still was using my iPod touch from like 7th grade. I was ready for a phone, but I knew I had to pay for it. On top of that, I was homeschooled and ready to make some friends!
But getting a job was proving harder than I expected. I had filled out 4 applications at places where I though I may be hired, and had received zero calls back. I wanted to trust God through the process, but it was hard. I knew He had a plan, it was just the waiting that was tough. I had this desire in my heart and I wanted God to give it to me now.
After a couple months of trying and receiving no calls back, I felt lead to fill out an application at Chick-fil-A (obviously God's prompting). I didn't want to work there! I knew a guy that had just gotten a job there, and I didn't want to look like I was following him, haha. Also, working at Chick-fil-A would mean working with so many peers, and getting to know them and being the "new girl" intimidated me. I mean, come on. I was a homeschooler. Lastly, it was busy and I thought I may not be able to keep up. But there was this feeling now that I needed to give it a shot and fill out an application.
So I did. And guess what! I got a call asking me to come in for an interview! Despite my mixed feelings, I was so excited! It ended up being a group interview and it was honestly a lot of fun. I met some great people. On Labor Day 2016 I got the call asking if I wanted the job. Of course I said yes!
Y'all, God is so faithful. I'm glad I walked through looking for a job, because it taught me so much about God's character, forced me to trust God, and has made me appreciate my job at Chick-fil-A so much more. And you know what? Those things I worried about aren't real issues now. I barely even see that guy AT ALL because we work different shifts. Also, working with my peers stretched my comfort zone and led me to meet some amazing people, including my current best friend. Lastly, Chick-fil-A is crazy busy, but I'm thankful for that. It makes the shift go by faster, haha. I seriously love my job so much, and I'm coming up on the 1 year anniversary of that phone call. I'm so grateful!
I wrote all of this to tell you that God is faithful. He knows your deepest desires and wants to see you fulfill His purpose for you. His plan may not be your plan. My plan wasn't His plan. But His plan is always better. It yields the greatest lessons, blessings, and joy than anything you could ever dream up. You can see God's fingerprints all over my story, and I'm positive when you look back over this situation in your life, you'll see His fingerprints all over yours as well.
Jesus is the giver of good gifts. He won't let your dreams go void if they came from Him. Like I said, it may not happen just as you hope, and may not be as soon as you hope. But He is faithful. You'll be more than satisfied with His plan.
In the meantime, focus on spending more time with Jesus and growing closer to Him. Learn how to do new things and be productive. Enjoy the life you have because you're not promised tomorrow.
To end, I want to leave you with some awesome verses on this topic!
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It's time for more tips on how I edit my Instagram pictures! In the first part, I walked you through how to make an edit. If you missed it, you can read it here. In this second part, I wanted to talk about different filters and apps I use to edit pictures I take (no words!), whether they be for my personal account or my story. I'll also give some [amateur] tips on how to take better pictures and talk about inspiration for edits. Hope you enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do NOT know everything, and you may not even like the filters I do haha. I just thought it would be fun to give you some tips on what I know!
Apps & Filters
First off, you have to use some good apps. My favorites are VSCO and ColorStory. On both of them, you can purchase filters but I just use the free ones. I also use some filters on Instagram. Below I've listed my favorites from each of the apps.
- Essentials: Sharp
- Good vibes: Mimosa & Palm Springs
I thought it would be fun to show you a before and after filter comparison! This uses the Clarendon filter on Instagram.
Another awesome thing to do is play with the brightness, contrast, and other fun elements. I'll give you another before and after comparison. It was darker in the room where we took this, so I wanted to brighten it up. (VSCO: A6 & Exposure +0.4 )
Note: Filters are just for fun! They should only be used for that, and not to make yourself "prettier". If you don't feel like a filter makes you look like you, don't use it. Be yourself. You are BEAUTIFUL just the way you are :)
How to take better pictures
I am totally not a pro, but I've learned some tricks on how to take pictures I personally like. These tips are for pictures of artwork, your Bible, etc.
1. Find good lighting. Maybe go outside, or adjust it on your phone or camera. Light makes a world of difference, and you can always brighten the picture later.
2. Find a white background. I personally use the corner of my white desk that is right next to my window, giving it light, or the sheets on my bed. Below is a picture of one of my set-ups haha!
3. Find a good angle. I personally like flat-lay pictures that are taken from above. Find what you like!
I think everybody goes through times where they can't decide what to take pictures of, what to draw or write, or what to make an edit or devotion about. I wanted to give you some tips on how I find inspiration, since in my last post I talked about making edits.
1. Music. Christian music is a huge inspiration for me. Listening to the radio almost always gives me ideas! Need some song recommendations? Check out my playlist here!
2. Bible reading. Reading my Bible gives me the best ideas for devos! Psalms is a great place to start when you're stuck.
3. Pinterest. Quotes on Pinterest are great inspiration!! Make sure if it has the "author" of the quote that you give them credit :)
4. Sermons/Podcasts. I've gotten great ideas from listening to my pastor on Sunday mornings. You can also find awesome sermons online! I like to listen to Annie Down's That Sounds Fun podcast as well.
5. Prayer. ALWAYS pray about and ask God what HE wants you to post. He'll lead you to the right thing.
Well, that's a wrap! I hope you enjoyed these fun tips on how I edit my pictures. I hope it helped you some haha! Leave a comment with your editing tips. I'd LOVE to hear from you!
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