The Pink Journal

Good morning gorgeous!

Let me start out by saying how blessed and thankful I am for all the support I received for opening my blog up to the public. At first, I used it more as an online journal for myself but now I’m excited to share and start an amazing journey with you!

Mornings are my favorite time of day. I am such an early riser and love it! People laugh because my sleeping in is 9:00 or 9:30 on a really good day. I am not like every other college student, which is not a bad thing at all because I wake up, drink my coffee, have my quiet time and eat breakfast without any distractions! Currently, I am living in a sorority house so finding time to myself is essential and that is exactly where I am this morning. I have my bowl of honey nut cheerios with almond milk and half of a banana, one cup of dark roast coffee with vanilla, almond milk creamer and a dash of calorie-free stevia and my journal which is what I wanted to share with you today.


To the left, you will see this small pink journal that I got at TJ Maxx, shocker, one late night during my first week of college. I have written in and carried this around for two years! When going to college, my fear was being homesick. There is no where I love more than my home that I have lived in for my entire life. I remember my mom, dad and best friend dropped me off and when they were gone I realized I didn’t know what to do on my own. When I was about to graduate high school, I received a Jesus Calling daily devotional that fed me peaceful reminders and scriptures. For some reason I noticed that every single one was saying EXACTLY what I needed to hear that day, like it knew what I was thinking and feeling. This was not a coincidence…I used to call them quotes because the scripture part I just ignored due to the fact that opening the bible scared me and I wanted to avoid my lack of knowledge on the matter, but you have to start somewhere! After looking in my small little devo book every morning, all of the quotes I underlined were starting to overwhelm me so one night I decided to write them all down in my pink journal. The first page I wrote I wanted to share with you below because although I didn’t know it then, this devotional has applied to every single page following this one.

IMG_5904“Thank Me for this time of neediness, when you must depend on me more than usual. Do not waste this opportunity by wishing it away. Trust that I know what I’m doing-that I can bring good out of everything you endure. Don’t let your past or present suffering contaminate your view of the future, and I have good things in store for you. I alone know the things I am planning for you-to give you a future and a hope.”

When writing this down, I really didn’t know what would come next. Luckily, God gave me the women of Alpha Delta Pi who took me to my first bible study. I was terrified and every time someone mentioned it, my palms got sweaty. This I have learned is the sign that God wants me to do something. So, I went and found myself lost as ever but every week I kept wanting to go back and learn more. That one small group that meets every week has changed my life and I can’t wait to tell you about the things that have come from me taking that small step to sit with a bunch of girls, drink coffee and talk vulnerably.

From then on I took my little pink book to bible study every week and wrote down all of my worries, concerns and quotes that inspired me. Remember, I still didn’t go to church, open the bible or really know why I felt so much peace writing a bunch of stuff in a $5 notebook from TJ Maxx, but then again I’ve learned we never know why certain things happen. Everything happens for a reason. Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse that will serve as my backbone because every day and every phase of life has it’s own challenges. I find hope knowing that God has planned out my life and all I have to do is follow. My prayer every day is for the Lord to take my hand and lead me in the right direction because I have realized without Him leading me, I’m lost. Follow your heart today and open a journal of your own.

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” | Isaiah 41:13

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