When I was a kid I had this shiny green bike that I rode all around the neighborhood. I got it for Christmas and I fell in love instantly. I would ride it everywhere and confidently showed it to all my friends. But over time, my green bike and I started to drift apart. I just didn’t get as much joy from the bike anymore. I hated looking at its scratches from running into things and its tires that were beginning to deflate. There were much cooler bikes that I wanted, anyway. So I ignored it. I left it hanging in my garage for years without a thought because I felt it couldn’t serve me like it used to. Straight dipped.

One day we were cleaning out our garage and the green skin of my old bike caught my eye. There it was, still waiting for the opportunity to serve me like it had years before. Realizing how much I missed riding, I dusted it off, pumped up the tires and sunk into the joy I had felt as a kid.

If only I had committed to this bike, I thought. I would be in shape and I would truly enjoy something that has been a part of my life forever.

This is what happens with us and God.

We oftentimes go on a high with God, proudly showing him off to everyone. Trusting in how sturdy he makes us feel as we travel down rough roads. But over time, we let other bikes (those awful distractions) steal our attention from him. We start to drift apart and lose faith in the thing that has had our back all along.

But you know what’s superrrr amazing?

Just like that bike, God never left me during the times I didn’t see his amazingness. He stayed right by me, patiently waiting for me to realize that he was exactly what I needed to feel strong, confident, joyful, happy and plain whole. But it was only when I put my time and love back into God that I was able to see all the things he wanted to give me.

Post grad has definitely been a testing of my faith. I’ve found myself on a roller coaster of doubt and fear when it comes to believing that God has a plan for me. But lately I  have begin to enjoy God again. I let go of constantly obsessing over what he can do for me and found peace in knowing he will.

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Imagine that?

I don’t even have to worry about my future because I already know that God has it on lock. My husband, my career, my family, my life…he’s got it under control. All I have to do is be still and play my part.

Are you feeling far from God right now?

If so, I have 11 of my top favoriteeee Youtube videos that I run to when I’m feeling weak in my faith. I’ve broken them down into categories just to make it easier. They help put so much into perspective and has allowed me to see that God is BIG. He can do so much for us…if we let him.

Trusting God/Surrender:

Surrender – Oprah Winfrey

How To Be Successful – Tyler Perry

God Laughs When You Make Plans – Gabrielle Bernstein

What To Do When You Don’t Feel God – Jefferson Bethke

Relationships

5 Keys To Identifying Your Soul Mate – Toure’ Roberts

Don’t Waste Your Singleness – Joseph Solomon

Ending My Toxic Relationship Changed My Life – Ashley Empowers

Growing in God/Confidence

God Gave Each One of Us a Gift – Steve Harvey

Why Did God Choose Me? – T.D. Jakes (Literally ANYTHING by him will send you shouting so you have been warned lol)

The Struggle Is Real – Sarah Jakes Roberts

Love Taps: Part 2 – John Gray

God is such a gentlemen. He won’t force you to get to know him in a deeper way but he will always pursue you, whether you see it or not. Usually when my intuition tells me I need more God, I have to evaluate what I let get in the way.

I want to leave you with a scripture I hold dear to me:

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39

In translation this means – Who gone check us boo? WHO?

The only person able to keep us far from God  IS US. 

Think back to a time that you were able to get back in formation with God. Tell me what you did below!

You got this. We got this,

Alaina <3

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