Begin Again

Hey friend, long time no talk!

Recently, I’ve been pretty busy, and I have some exciting things coming too, so stay on the lookout! Plus, some super awesome collabs along the way!!! aaaand perhaps a giveaway?!

In life, when things get busy, things get thrown at you, and the pace starts to pick up, it’s easy to fear, to put off, and to lack the motivation to get stuff done. And done well. It’s also easy to fall into the self-pity trap and run from your obligations. We’ll circle back to this in a minute…

Spring is in full bloom and summer will be here before we can say “dang, it’s hot!” With the arrival of all the warmer months, comes tanlines, fruity drinks, wet hair, and for my line of work, wedding season, which means your girl will be busier than ever. Which is okay since I like that kinda thing. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m a certified freelance makeup artist, and I specialize primarily in weddings!

There’s something about the warm sunshine that just makes me a happier person. (I should probably just move to Florida and stop complaining about the colder weather. lol) But I’ve just noticed a change in my attitude, outlook, and overall happiness in and with life. I just feel like the spring/summer time is just a happier time. And it could not have come at a better time.

I’ve just been living in a sort of slump, lacking motivation to do anything and always finding a reason to complain. But then I realized, “Claire, you’re ridiculous.”

This past weekend was Easter weekend, and for the first time I watched the movie the Passion of the Christ. Boy. What a movie. Some parts were hard to watch, yes, but they needed to be watched.

It’s so easy to forget the severity and reality of the cross. We say all the time, “Oh thank you, Jesus, for dying for me!” or “I’m so thankful you sent your son for me!” But often times we forget or aren’t even aware of the gruesome, terrible things Jesus actually went through. It’s then that I thought, “Who am I to complain about literally anything?” as Christ’s flesh was ripped from his back.

After watching the movie’s depiction of Christ on the Cross, I felt a whole new level of gratitude for what He did for us. Yes, I’ve known all along, but it’s good to kinda be slapped in the face every once in a while. To truly grasp. To truly understand. To truly get it.

Once I watched the film, I tried to talk to my boyfriend about it and instantly was filled with tears and no words to truly describe how I felt.

It’s unreal what Jesus did for you and me, and yet we are SO selfish as humans. I was baffled by myself and humanity. We complain. We feel entitled. We have no motivation so we put off, we put off, we put off. We feel sorry for ourselves. We feel like we have it so bad and our life just sucks so bad.

What if Christ just said, “It’s not my problem, someone else will take care of it!” “I can’t do that, that’s hard.” “I don’t really feel like dying today!” “I think I’ll just sleep in instead!” “I’ll get to that whole ordeal tomorrow! Not feeling it!!” “Oh, poor me!” “This is too much, I’m not doing it!”

Yep. Wonder how far that would’ve gotten us. You know and I know, Christ did NOT have to do what He did, but He did.

Not only did I watch that movie, but I also got to lead worship at my church Easter weekend, and it was incredible. So much energy, so may people on fire for God, and so may lives being changed forever. Not to mention, baptisms are like my favorite things to witness.

I was motivated. Christ died for me, the least I could do is live for Him.

I decided I had to get out of my slump. I had to make some changes. And I had to change my outlook.

Spring is a symbol of new beginnings. Flowers, trees, plants that have been asleep, in hiding, or ones that have even died through all the cold months, have come back to life. Grass is growing tall and green. Things are changing. And life is beginning again for them.

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And it’s not too late for it to begin again for you. Just like it has for me.

I wanted to encourage you that no matter where you’re at, no matter what you’re going through, no matter how little motivation you may have, or how selfish you’re being, there’s always a reason to have a good day, to get things done, and get them done well.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3:23-24

So get up. Brush your hair (maybe). Change your attitude. Look to the Lord. And keep going.

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