You Are Enough

Do you ever have those moments where you don’t feel like you are enough? Confused on what your purpose here on Earth truly is, and will you make a difference once you find your purpose? I have been there more times than I can count.

In the last two years I feel that I have finally found my purpose. I have not perfected it and probably never will. I am, however, confident that this is what God’s purpose for me is.

Church has always been a huge part of my life. My Dad is the current Pastor of our church and has been for the last eight years. Before he became a Pastor of the Crossing Christian Church, he was a youth Pastor at Northside Christian Church. I have been in the Christian church most of my life and never did I think I would become a worship leader.

On July 25th 2010, my Dad came to the hospital to witness his first grandchild being born. I was in labor on a Sunday morning, and he came up there before church. I could tell something was on his mind but he didn’t want to talk about it and make he upset, he said “this is supposed to be a happy time.” My dad means the world to me and I don’t like to see him upset so I asked him to please tell me what was going on. He said “our pastor is leaving the church”. The current pastor of the Crossing Christian Church was leaving. I will not go into detail on the reasons why, but it sure shook up the church and its members.

My Dad was an elder at the time and decided to step in and take the lead Pastor roll. Over the next several months, we continued to lose people and teams that were a part of the church. We lost additional leaders and eventually our worship team. I remember going to my Dad’s house one Sunday after church to swim, and we were talking about options for the worship team and who was going to lead worship. I told my Dad, “I think I can help”. So we went out on the screened in porch and I sang for him. When deer in the headlight eyes he says “I didn’t know you could do that!” and informs me that I needed to sing that coming Sunday. The word nervous was an understatement, I was TERRIFIED.

At that point in my life I had never sang in front of anyone let alone an entire church. I reluctantly got up that Sunday and sang for the first time in front of our congregation. The reluctancy was not because I didn’t necessarily want to lead worship, it was because I didn’t feel good enough to do it.

When I looked at the past worship leaders in our church and other churches we had been to, they were older, wiser, I felt they had way more experience and sounded so much better than I. This was Satan telling me that I was NOT good enough. God had plans to push him out of the way. It wasn’t until about three years ago that I got over this feeling of feeling inadequate to lead others to worship.

Our church is now a completely different church from when I started leading worship, and I am a completely different worship leader. I am not afraid to step out of my comfort zone, and to challenge others into a worship experience like they have never felt. It is amazing to be able to stand in front of God’s people every Sunday and lead them into the throne room of God. Does being a worship leader make me a perfect Christian, NO! I am far far from it. It does however, bring me into a place of freedom with Jesus that I didn’t know was possible. That is what I want our congregation to feel every Sunday! I pray for them to know and feel the Holy Spirit like I have felt in those moments of worship.

I say all of this to encourage you. If you are in a place of uncertainty, of where your position is in the church, in work, or even on this Earth, God will reveal it to you. Once He does reveal it to you, do not doubt Him. He is the knower of all things. He knew your purpose before you were even created. No matter what stage of life you are in- you are ENOUGH.

Writing Again

It’s been a while since I have written, much too long if I am being honest. I guess thats what happens when once again life intervenes. But I am back. I am ready to begin writing again and sharing life with you all.

Today is Sunday. Sunday’s are long days for us as I start it at 6 A.M. getting ready for church.  The band rehearses prior to service at 8 A.M. in Greenville, IN, and I am from Louisville, with having two kids, Arielle (7) and Willow (2) that I get ready as well, so you can imagine what it looks like trying to get out the door on time.

Today was no different than any other Sunday. But little did I know what God had in store for me.

I was nervous for some reason to sing. We were doing a new song, one that moves my heart more than any worship song has and I wanted that same experience for the congregation. I was putting the pressure on myself thinking that this was my job. I kept saying to myself ‘this has to be perfect for them’. This is what we do to ourselves when we get in the way and don’t let the spirit work through us. We want control, because we think we know what’s best.

In the midst of my mind racing, critiquing myself and thinking of how I could make this perfect, a sweet spirit whispered in my ear “Allow the spirit to work through you and don’t let satan steal your joy. God gave you this gift and it is beautiful, use it to worship Him.” As soon as Vickie said that to me, I immediately felt a sense of peace coming over me. She prayed for the spirit to work through us on the stage and for it to be a joyful noise to Him. Being on the stage, there to praise Him, you could truly feel the Holy Spirit just flowing through us and through the church. Hands were raised high and hearts were becoming vulneranle. Not because of Vickie and myself or the band, and not because of my Dad (Pastor Bobby), but because WE were vulnerable to the spirit. We allowed ourselves to get out of the way so the spirit could move. Man, did He move. He allowed a message of truth to be delivered and in turn lives were given to Christ.

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I say all of this to remind you to GET OUT OF THE WAY. Don’t worry about the perfection, in whatever it is that you are trying to perfect, or whatever you are criticizing yourself about. Jesus tells us to ” work with all your heart as if working for the Lord and not man.”- Col. 3:23.

Just when I think I have it all figured out, God reveals that I have so much more to learn on this journey with Him. I am so excited to see what He has in store for me.

Thank you God for revealing your spirit this morning. Thank you for allowing me to serve you. I do not deserve this but still you call me.

If you are interested in the song we sang today, the link is below.

Tremble-Mosaic MSC

Thanks friends for reading.

Sunday Funday

Hey Friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday with your families. Whether you are having Labor Day party’s or just hang at home, today is a great day to relax.

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Is that what I am doing? Of course not! I always feel like I have to do something, whether the girls and I are visiting friends and family, or I am doing a DIY project at home. Which is what I am doing today! It’s almost done and I cannot wait to show you all the finished product. I decided to refinish a pink dresser and paint it “linen white” with chalk paint. I have heard a lot of good things about chalk paint and so far so good! It dries super fast and you only need one or two coats to get the coverage you need. It also dries with a pretty matte finish! I have not bought any wax yet to finish it up, but I read today that it is almost better to put a clear sealant on top instead of wax; so that is what I plan to do. I will keep you all posted once I am finished! Please, if you have any suggestions on what to use.. wax or sealant, please let me know.

Now, I wanted to share with you the great news! I am so happy to say that Michael and I FINALLY got to have a date day last Sunday! It was as if God knew exactly what I needed to start off the week right! I had a horrible week that week, and was very down and that little time we got to spend together on Sunday was what we needed to lift our spirits. So we went to lunch at a restaurant in the highlands called The Eagle. It is southern style food and was absolutely amazing! We both got the fried chicken, and shared their Mac and cheese, and greens. After we ate we went and got ice cream at Comfy Cow. One thing we used to do on every date we went on was get ice cream, and we enjoyed every bite! I cannot remember the last date we went on, so I cherished every second I got with my hubby and hope that we do not have to wait much longer until the next date. I want to also say thank you to my cousin Lindsey who so willingly watched our crazy kids just so we got that time together! Lindsey it means more to me than you’ll ever know!

Michael is at work today unfortunately BUT I am having my family out for chili and maybe some pumpkin beer! (y’all know Fall is my FAVORITE). I am going to get back to my DIY project and will be posting final pictures in a couple days!

Happy Sunday Funday everyone!

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Fashion Friday 8.25

As promised friends… it is here… Fashion Friday! First of all, Happy Friday! I am so humbled that each of you are still reading and enjoying my posts. The feedback that I have received is so amazing and I love that you all want to be apart of this with me!

Now fashion is something that I love. I might not be good at it, but I have a true passion for it. I also love finding bargains. I am a working mother and we do not have endless funds to spend on clothing and accessories. When I started this blog, one of the things I wanted to feature was affordable clothing. A lot of bloggers that I follow (who I LOVE) always post these super cute outfits but are way to pricey for someone like me. So of course I thought, what if I posted about clothing that was cute AND affordable!?

The pictures that I will be featuring were taken by my awesome brother Caleb! He is starting his own photography business (he is only a Junior in high school!) and has a great future ahead of him! His work is phenomenal no matter what his current project is. I am completely honored and thrilled that he wanted to partner with his big sister and do my pictures, knowing this was a part of my BIG dream. So for that I say, THANK YOU Caleb («link to his site here) for contributing your wonderful talent to me and to the blog!

135A3510finalThe first outfit that I want to feature this week is something I think will be a great outfit for fall! Again, I am all for the bargains, so one of my favorite places to shop is Marshall’s! I know that you all see the commercials and know that they sell brand names for less. I got this bell sleeved top for $16.99 at Marshall’s, as well as these American Eagle flare jeans (also $16.99). The wedges I got on Amazon (another favorite) for $19.97, plus free shipping (currently show for a higher price, but keep an eye out as they will lower their prices every few days)! I have not been able to find a cute pair of wedges under $25 until now! These shoes are so versatile too. They can be worn in the summer with shorts, maxi dresses, or jeans. Best of all they are comfortable! I do NOT wear heels, but I can wear wedges just fine! One of my all time favorite colors to wear in the fall is mustard. It is a color I tend to be drawn too. You can wear practically anything with that color. Pair this shirt with a leopard scarf or leopard flats. You can also pair it with a blue chunky scarf or statement necklace. I like to go with the more simple look when pairing accessories, so I would go for a long pendant necklace or a simple gold dainty necklace. There really is a ton of ways you could dress this top! Also, can we just talk about the bell sleeves! I remember in middle school these were in, as well as years before too I am sure, but I LOVED them. Now they are BACK! This top has the most adorable bell sleeves to top off the amazing color! The flare jeans are probably one of my favorite pair of jeans right now. American Eagle always has the best fit for my bottom half if you will, just because I am more hippy. With these they are denim but still stretchy! So they are so comfortable, and also still gives you that 70’s vibe. These are definitely something you will be seeing me wear a lot this fall.

Side note- I will be posting all of these outfits on my Instagram as well. Make sure to go follow- Instagram-StylinArrow.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I liked writing about it! I cannot wait to do these weekly! Friends, PLEASE send your suggestions if you have ANY! I would absolutely love to feature something you suggest! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Links to the outfit are below- some items are not available online so I linked similar options:

Mustard Bell Sleeved Top

Flare Jeans

Tan Wedges

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Hello, nice to meet you.

Hey there. Yes I am back, and I have been gone for a while. Honestly, a lot longer than I was hoping. I’ve had several things I have wanted to write about, things to “get off my chest”, things that “life” brings our way, but I have been scared. I’ve been scared of what people may think of me if I share this part of life with them. Scared that I will be perceived as weak. Scared that I will be judged. In reality all of this happens to everyone every single day, we just have to learn to move on and not care what others think. So in saying that, here is why I have been away…

So in one of my first blog post I wrote about the struggle of my husbands job. You see, he got a new job in hopes of a new found happiness, a new start, and a great way to provide for his family. But instead it brought the opposite. He is working 7 days a week almost 12 hours a day and hasn’t had a day off since the fourth of July. Not to mention he is on second shift. With this change has brought a lot of adjustments.  The girls and I now eat dinner alone. We do bath time and bed time alone. Willow asks everyday when we pull in the driveway from work/school, “Daddy is at work,” and I reply everyday “Yes, baby daddy is at work.” He stays home with them in the morning so he is able to spend time with them but that means I rarely get to see him, except on the Monday’s I get to work at home. But those moments I get I cherish!

I’ve never had to be without my husband at any given time such as this. I’ve never had to see him work so hard and not get a day off in weeks. I’ve never had to witness him be so tired and so weak from constantly working that it breaks my heart! But what I will say this has all brought to my attention is how much I took those moments I did have as a “normal” life or schedule with him for granted. We were just texting today how we regret not taking all those moments soaking in life together, because we just let “life” get in the way. And now that we don’t have the chance to be together we wish so very much that we would have taken those moments in more. However, in this bumpy road comes a lesson. We are learning more than ever to lean on God. To ask Him daily for guidance and for Him to provide Michael a way to provide for our family but still have happiness and health within his work. God is teaching us other ways to communicate since we cannot always be there physically with each other. He is teaching us to encourage each other every single day! Not that we didn’t do that before, but this has become more important than ever before. I am so very proud of his dedication and work ethic, even with disliking his current work life, he powers through it and leans on God to give him that strength.

This has also made me appreciate my time with the girls, my family, and friends. The first few months, I sulked over not having Mike there. I felt sorry for myself. I was sad. I missed my soulmate. But lately I realize that it isn’t just me missing him. My girls miss their daddy, his mom misses her son… you get the picture. AND I know that he misses us just as much if not more. So in essence it’s been hard. However, as hard as it is, we understand it could always be worse. I am so grateful for the support I have had from my family and friends. From all of the long FaceTime conversations I have had crying because I just want an adult to talk to about my day. Also, for all of the prayers from everyone for Michael and myself. Please keep praying. We know this is God testing our faith, and we also know that He has a plan for him (Jeremiah 29:11), so we are giving it literally ALL to God. He has the control in this situation.

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So since I finally got this off my chest, I am happy to say that I am back to writing, and hope to be back more often than not. This is something that makes me happy, something that helps the stress and anxiety that life brings. I appreciate you all taking the time to read this, it means more than you know. God is so good, and I know that with Him by our sides we can get through anything.

Help Wanted- PLEASE

This post is probably the last thing I thought I would write when I decided to blog again. But do you ever have those moments where God puts you in a situation, and the Spirit speaks to you and says “you HAVE to do something about this!” Well that is what happened to me today.

It was raining this morning which of course caused some traffic delays. I heard on the radio that I-65 South was backed up pretty good so I decided to take a detour to work. So I traveled along the back roads and ended up on Jackson Street, downtown. What I saw I could not believe. I have seen this sight before, homeless men and women under an overpass piled with blankets, personal belongings, and tents. But something was different today when I saw what was in front of me. I looked at these folks and God whispered to me “these are my children” and it was like instantly He gave me His eyes to see. These weren’t just homeless men and women, people struggling on the street to survive, these were God’s children who need His light in their life, who need prayer, who NEED. Who’s responsibility is it to help? When you hear “help the homeless”, do you think of giving money to drunks or druggies that are going to do “no good with my money”? Or do you think “these are God’s children, who need prayer and encouragement, and yes a water bottle and some food to eat”?

God’s word says this about helping the needy in His word:

Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
    ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
    and see that they get justice.

Proverbs 14:31 (NLT)

31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
    but helping the poor honors him.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

I am asking for your help if you feel called to do so! I would like to put together some “blessing bags” to hand out to those in need in the downtown area. If you aren’t sure what a blessing bag is, google and you can easily find out. If you are interested in helping with this please contact me at my email below. Put in the subject line “Help Wanted” so I am able to spot those messages quickly. I truly think this could be an exciting thing to not only reach out to those with items they could use, BUT to also share the Lord with these folks and to share LOVE with them.

Blessing Bag Items

A little can go a long way.

Thanks friends for reading, and listening to my spontaneous and maybe crazy idea!

Email: cannlynch1@gmail.com

What is Friendship?

Friendship in the dictionary means: “the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.” Some synonyms of friendship are: “relationship, close relationship, attachment, mutual attachment, association, bond, tie, link, union.” When you look at those words and you think of the friends in your life is this what you consider to have with them?

I was reading a devotional last night on “Deepening Your Relational Circles”. The devotional series itself is called “Simplify- Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul”. In this specific devotional it talks about what Solomon said in Proverbs chapter 13:20-

” Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

When we surround ourselves with foolish people we can become just like them. When we surround ourselves with negative people, we can become negative.  It also says this is 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” I have learned over time that the friendships I want to have are with people that are loving, caring, honest, positive, supportive, because I want that character to rub off on me. I can honestly say that the few friends that I have close to me in my life have those qualities.

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Life ultimately is too short to surround yourself with people who will have nothing but a negative impact on your life. There also is a balance in this as well. In an earlier blog I talked about how God places certain people in your life for a reason. Sometimes that reason isn’t to be “friends” with them, but to plant that seed of Christ in their lives. As humans we tend to think we can “fix” everyone, and sometimes as a Christ follower we THINK that is our job. It is not our job, it is their job to accept Christ and follow him, we cannot force people to do that. So when God places those negative people in our life it is usually to try and plant that seed and lift them up to God. When doing this sometimes friendships do form, but know that if that friendship doesn’t have “love, joy, peace, patient, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self-control” as it says in Galatians 5:22-23, then it is ok to let it go. It is ok to understand that maybe God put them in your life to lift them up but only to do so for a brief period and then to let them go.

This has been a hard concept for me and one that I am still learning. I am a very passionate person when it comes to those I care about, those that I would call friends. Some of those people I am still friends with and some I have lost. Those that I have lost were not meant to be in my life. I am getting better at accepting that, but it hasn’t been easy. I would say one of my best qualities of being a friend is the support and love that I put into it. I am in no way boasting about myself, but being honest with myself. I put a lot of effort into any friendship that I have, and sometimes I don’t receive that reciprocation. If you have friendships like that know that it is ok. It is okay that you aren’t receiving that back, because maybe God is just placing them in your life for another reason than to be “friends”. Pray about it and ask God what is this person doing in your life. He will revel that to you. In the mean time, don’t beat yourself up asking why they aren’t being what you consider a true friend to you. Why aren’t they showing those qualities it says in Galatians, because there is another purpose for them in your life than to be friends.

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I am forever grateful for each person that I have close to me in my life now. Those people that I can consider my friends are those I hope and pray to always have close to me and like I said I am learning over time that it is ok to let people into your life, but ultimately not remain close to them. This doesn’t mean they are a bad person, or you did something wrong, it just means God had a purpose for them in your life and that purpose has been served.

I hope this may have given you some insight on evaluating the people you have close to you. I pray that God gives you those answers when you ask him ‘why have you placed this person in my life?’ But I also pray that you continue to allow people into your life because you never know what purpose God has for them and why he chose you for that purpose.

Parabo Press

img_2762.pngHappy Monday to you all! I wanted to share with you an amazing app that I recently discovered. If you are anything like me, then you love having pictures of your loved ones in your hand. Pictures you can hang in your house, pictures you can hang at work, and hand out to your friends and family. Well I am always on the search for cool ways to edit photos, as well as print them! Parabo Press offers high quality photo prints for an amazing price. You can get 25 FREE 4×4 photos and just pay shipping.  You can also upgrade to the 5×5 prints for just a small price (which is what I did). The prints are on a durable thick card stock with a cute white border. Basically it looks like your Instagram photos in real life form.  But they also offer so many other options as well, metal prints, black and white engineer prints, photo books, calendars, and lots of display options for your photos.

You can download the app to your phone for convenience and upload photos from your phone to the app to have them printed. A lot of times they run specials as well, like offering 25-50% off certain prints! It really is an amazing app that gives you quality and COOL photos. Please make sure to check it out and if you decide to order use my code TVFRAC and get $10 off your first order! Also every friend you refer you receive $10 off! I’m in no way trying to promote just to promote… its because I use this app and love it, so why not share share share! Let me know your thoughts if you decide to use! I would love to see your photos! Some of my photos that I have ordered are below.

Have a wonderful week you all!

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The Perfect Love

What is perfect love to you?  Is it something you feel you show your children? Is it the love you have for your spouse? God is perfect love. So many times we think that we have the perfect love figured out. ‘If I could just have a man that would buy me roses and go on walks with me, and send me love notes, that would be the perfect kind of love.’ ‘If I could find a woman who would cook me dinner every night, and rub my feet after a long days work, that would be the perfect kind of love I want!’ We all have this image on what we feel a “perfect love” would be. We search for this love sometimes for years, and even once we think we have found it, we still feel some sort of emptiness, we still feel a sense of loneliness. So we ask ourselves ‘why’? It is because we chase after what we think is a perfect love. We search for what we think will bring us joy and happiness in a human being. Yes, our significant others bring us those things, or if you are single, yes there is someone out there for you that will be those things… BUT they are not and will never have perfect love.

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Perfect in the dictionary means: having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. Some synonyms for perfect are: ideal, model, without fault, faultless, flawless, consummate, quintessential, exemplary, best, ultimate. As much as we want to believe there is a human out there that can give us perfect love, there isn’t.  God’s love is pure and perfect. Human love is flawed. However, with God’s love within, love is then perfected through us. 

In the Bible it talks about God’s perfect love and says:

“16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.”- 1 John 4: 16-19

Just think about that for a moment… that “we love because HE first loved us.” The love that we show to our spouses, the love we show to our children, the love we show to our family, the love we show to our friends, is ALL because of Him! Without Him, there is NO such thing as love.

When God lays something on my heart I want to  be able to share, and now I feel like He has provided this as an outlet to do so.  I am not sure who needed to read this, but I pray it has touched someone. Let go of thinking you will ever find in this world something or someone that will have the perfect love. Reach out to God, search for His love, ask Him to reveal that love to you, and you will never have to search again.

This might make you hungry…

So any of you that follow me on Facebook know that I have been on a chocolate chip banana bread kick, and I decided that it is time to finally share the recipe! I made it again this for my family and it only survived two days! The girls love it for breakfast or dessert and Mike loves to pick on it all day long.

This is not my own recipe, but one I found on Pinterest below:

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

If you want to save some time the recipe is below.  Please make sure to leave your feedback when you decide to make it! I would love to know your thoughts.

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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8″x5″ (or similar size) loaf pan with baking spray (the kind with flour in it) and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mash the bananas until completely smooth. Stir in the melted butter until smooth.
  3. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour and stir until the batter is thick and combined. Fold in the chocolate chips then pour/scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake for 50 minute to 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy!

Notes

Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking for a pretty presentation.