Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
Happy Wednesday! I’m so sorry, I know it’s been a while since we chatted. I’ve been incredibly busy. Between my job, an increased workload and a lot of new responsibility, life has been slightly overwhelming. I work for an agency that help people in need. Did you know that around the holidays, evictions are at an all-time high? Yep, crazy right? I talk to people all day who are in crisis situations. It’s so disheartening, yet it’s fulfilling when our agency is able to provide the help that they need. Friends, I’ve been leaning into grace more and more. Anyways, today, I wanted to share my thoughts about how quickly seasons change.
Once upon a time, a couple of months ago actually, I was sitting with the Lord complaining about the inactivity of my life. I remember carrying on about how I wished things would pick up. As a born-bred city girl, I do not know how to rest. I am a bonafide go-getter who is always looking to what’s next: the next project, the next adventure, the next creative idea. I am fascinated with the next and I live future-oriented. This can be good sometimes in that this mindset keeps me from being bogged down in my past. However, this trait can be terrible because it causes me to miss out on all the beauty that lies within my present. During those few months, my life was still- I mean really still. I would describe it as boring. I complained and complained some more. I was not satisfied with the sweet stillness of my present. Ultimately, my season changed. As soon as I became comfortable with stillness, activity returned back to my life and now I am busier than ever. I mean EXTREMELY BUSY! I can’t remember the last time I took a nap. My alarm goes off at 6 in the morning and I don’t see my bed again to about 11pm that evening. I’m on the go. Yet, it is now that I yearn for those sweet moments of rest. Now, I appreciate stillness.
Friends, I think the moral of this share-fest is to find contentment in the here and now. Enjoy rest, honor rest because rest lasts only a short while. Honor activity, learn from your busy seasons because you’ll need the vibrancy in life to make you yearn for sweet stillness. God being so balanced in everything he does, orchestrates our seasons to what we can handle. He teaches us about ourselves and he reveals his goodness in the process. Trust Him and find your way with Him. This go-getter appreciates a day off and has found peace in knowing that the work can wait.
May you find balance and come to appreciate each season in your life.
P.S. Since my life is a little hectic, please know that I love each of you. I will respond to your emails, DMs, and other forms of communication as quickly as I can. Bear with me and know that I’m praying for you all always. Much love!
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Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
Happy Friday! I would have written earlier but the way my week has been set up… all I can say is that the devil is defeated, God is exalted and honey – I GOT THE VICTORY!!! The test that came at the beginning of this week? Almost took me out! But loves, your girl passed the test! It’s crazy how hell can come full force on Monday and victory can greet you on a Friday morning. Jesus is so intentional and good in that way. Anyways… I thought I would share one of the beautiful lessons I learned this week. Loves, allow your past to rest in peace forever.
What?!?! Yep, I said what I said. LEAVE YOUR PAST IN THE GRAVE!!!!!! I cannot write this enough. I’m learning that every time I am called by God to a new level in life, my past “coincidentally” want to make a reappearance in my life. It’s like clockwork. People I haven’t spoken to in years, “conveniently” desire to reach out. Individuals who held some sort of position in my heart decide that they would like to make a return; and what was dead decides to spring back to life. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Friends, as you know I left a relationship over a year ago. God killed my relationship for multiple reasons. My relationship was good but it wasn’t great. I knew that I wasn’t going to marry the guy and to continue in the relationship would’ve been a complete waste of time. So ladies and gents, I took every ounce of courage I had and with the help of the Father- I broke up with the love of my life. Yep, your girl had the hard conversation and left what I thought was my forever. For the past year and some change, I’ve been enjoying this adventure of singleness; I’ve been finding myself and learning to love me with nothing added (aka a man). Well, a lot has changed in a year. I graduated from law school, took the bar exam, and I’m transitioning to a new city for a career opportunity. So being sent from hell, this joker wants to make a reappearance. Yep, the man that told me that I wouldn’t find what I wanted in a partner, that everyone could not be as perfect as me, decided to “conveniently” show up.
Imagine my face, when I picked up a phone call to find his voice on the line. It was a classic: WHAT THE —–? Yep, saints, I swore. I did. I was so confused that I almost didn’t even know what to say. I stared at the phone and thought to myself: “Girl, how are you going to finesse your way out of this one?” My heart responded to his voice. History and sweet nothings will remind you of a love you once shared. Like an old blanket, full of comfort and nostalgia, all the memories of us filled my mind. Some of you may be saying: “Sis, that’s true love!” FALSE- THAT’S A SOUL TIE. A neglected little thing, that I may have overlooked in the cutting process. I said hello, and asked what he wanted. He responded with a classic lie: “I missed you.” I would miss me too, I mean your girl is out here living her best life looking like a whole meal. I said “Ok.” Like what am I supposed to do about that? That seems like a personal problem to me. He kept going, “I just wanted to talk to you. I made a huge mistake. You’re the one for me. I need you in my life. I want to marry you.” My jaw dropped because for years I wanted to marry this man. Can you imagine thinking that 3 years in is the time, then year five comes and no proposal, and finally, your relationship is over by year seven. Instantly my past started contending with my future. All of my fears started to speak at the same time: my fear of starting over with someone new, my fear of getting in the game and facing rejection and then this one fear of never meeting someone who would “get me” like my ex. I had a choice to make.
I gathered all of the courage I had and simply said: “I’m good. Thank you for calling and for sharing your heart with me but I’m not interested. I think you deserve to be with someone who makes you happy and though we made each other happy once upon a time, that is not the case anymore. I wish you the best and overall, you’re not the best for me.” This, of course, wasn’t good enough for him because then he decided to remind me of the dreams we had together. He reminded me of the businesses we were going to own, the home we were going to build, and the son we would raise. Lovelies, I remembered those dreams. Once upon a time, I prayed over those dreams, I fasted over those dreams. Heck, I even journaled about those dreams but that was then and this is now. Those dreams died when the relationship did. I took a deep breath and once again stated my heart: we could NEVER be together again.
Dr. Matthew Stevenson preached a sermon a few years ago and he said a profound line, “To return to the past is to dishonor the future.” This saying has become my lifeline. It’s easy to return to the past. Our past is familiar, consistently toxic and maybe even comforting within its dysfunction but it requires no courage. It takes courage to go after something or someone new. It takes guts to try again, to develop a new pattern and to solidify a new path. I don’t want to live life stuck because of my comfort. I want to experience the goodness of God because I was brave enough to leave the past behind. Plus, if I return to my past I can miss out on what God promised me: the future. I don’t want to dishonor my future, holding on to someone who lacks the capacity to carry all that God has placed within me. We must honor our future by abandoning our past!
So, friends, if I could encourage you with anything, I would encourage you to leave your past dead. Don’t return to what you’ve left behind. You’re worthy of your future!
Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
My thoughts are hot off the presses and I’m excited to share with you the raw, the real and the now. Today was all about cleaning. I recently moved home to prep for my next, but for the last three weeks or so, I’ve been sleeping with boxes all around me. Clothes are strewn all over the floor as my anxiety is increasingly heightened by not being able to find what I want to wear. Tucked in a corner is a plastic bag full of paper: scriptures, prophecies, business cards, song lyrics, and other pages are all gathered in a messy heap ready to be sorted by yours truly.
As I reached my hand into the bag, I pulled out a letter I wrote to God about five years ago. This letter was one of gratitude, thanking Him for always being with me and for showing me the road ahead. At the end of the letter, I began to thank God for my ex, the possibility of our children (what we discussed together) and the businesses we would run as we took over the world for good. I was thanking God for the life I thought He commissioned for me, the life I thought I would live. Fast forward five years, and I do not have that life. I am not with that person anymore, I do not have any children and those businesses do not exist. My life now doesn’t match the hope for my life in that letter. It’s crazy how things change. Who knew that 11 mos ago, I would enter into a season of singleness, would forsake all desire for children and would find myself trying to figure out what I was going to do. Once upon a time, I was so sure, now I’m peering into the future like “God is this really for me? “Can we actually do this?” Can we actually dream again about this buried desire: the desire to be both wife and mother. Can we return here? In gentleness, He whispers “Yes. Yes, we can.” “We can revisit this place in your heart, my love, do not be afraid.”
“But How?” my hearts screams out. “How can we return to a place I never got to. I almost got there, I thought I was there but I failed… I never got there.” In love, He grabs my hand and whispers, “Your only failure would have been to marry someone who was never designed to love you. To procreate with someone who did not have the capacity to be a father and to enter into a business partnership with someone with no integrity. Babygirl, you did not fail. You succeeded! For you chose your future over your present and you chose what was hard over what was easy. You said Yes even though the cost was your heart. You, my dear, can return to this place…”
Today, I look at the letter as an obituary of the life I thought I would live. I mourn the union someone promised, the blueprints for businesses I envisioned and the picture-perfect family described. I mourn what I thought I needed to be complete, to be whole. I mourn what I thought I wanted to secure happiness. I have found that my “Yes” to God has always been the answer. I’ve found that my ability to walk away from what I prayed for is what makes me brave, my ability to be grateful in the new, in the unknown is what gives me strength and my sweet surrender is what makes me His, and His alone. I cry as I reflect on the past but I am so hopeful for the future, because anything we give up for Christ including our dreams, He returns it 100 fold in this lifetime and the life to come. I don’t know why I am sharing my process with you. I wish I had some neat and tidy ending that describe this perfect healing process but I don’t. All I have is the truth, and the truth is God is good even when our hearts are broken. God is good even when plans change. God is good even when we don’t understand our way. In every season, in every moment, He is good and that in itself is worthy of a simple ‘Thank you!”
He’s good, He’s God and because I’m His, I am going to be okay.
Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
Happy pre-holiday season, with Thanksgiving approaching in the next few days, some of you may be feeling the what I describe as “holiday anxiety.” It’s this dreading feeling that comes when you know you have to be surrounded by family and answer a bunch of aggravating questions. As a newly single walking embodiment of awesomeness, I hate all of the aggravating questions that come with being seated at the family dinner table. I don’t know about you all, but I feel like we live in a world where we are always asked to supply answers to questions that we simply don’t have the answer to. For example, “How long will you be single?”; “When are you going to have some kids?”; “Girl, why you ain’t got a boyfriend?; “Girl, when are you getting married?” In my heart I want to scream, “I DON’T KNOW, DO I LOOK LIKE GOD?” but on the outside, I smile gracefully and say, “I don’t know. I’ll let you know when I find out.” I’m not going to let them know… I’m going to make all my announcements after the fact on social media. My family will find out about my life choices when the world finds out. Trifling? Yeah, I know.
Ladies and Gents, If you’re like me, I feel your pain and I understand your holiday anxiety. But more so, I sense the temptation to return to my past due to my own loneliness. It’s like Lord, you separated me from what I was in before but because of my own desires to be held and to be in a relationship, I feel tempted to return back to that which you’ve set me free from. I believe that many of you are facing the same temptation, the temptation to return back to your past. This overwhelming temptation to settle for what you’ve been freed from out of convenience and loneliness. This, I believe is the reason many of us have found ourselves at a crossroads: Do we return to what the Lord asked us to leave? Or, do we wait for what He promised? I had a choice, return back to my ex so I can finally have an “answer” pleasing to men or to wait for what the Lord promised which is better!
Anyways, I can’t tell you all how to live your life. All I’ll say is do not forfeit your future for the temporary conveniences of today. So, here I go approaching this awkward time with boldness and depth reminding myself of the truth: I’m happy, I’m content, and I’m waiting and that my dears will have to be enough.
It's silent around me. I can't hear a peep- for my brain no longer recognizes the sound of a broken heart. It's crazy how time has not healed anything, I'm still standing in 2011 longing - for what seems to be the impossible. I hold my breath and look over the edge, and I begin to count my fears. . . For I am afraid. Yes! I am utterly afraid- that 7 years worth of prayers will greet me at my front door, seeking perfection. I'm not perfect but I find myself concerned with a standard, that never measures up. An unspoken question: am I good enough? What if he is greatly disappointed? But, what if he's extremely pleased? But, how would I ever know if I never jump? I stand on love's cliff and the wind beckons me to the sky. Either I will sink or swim- but first I must fly! Lo, it's time to take a chance- once again. 3. . . 2. . . 1 ©Simone Holloway, 2017
Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers –
This is finally happening. I am leaving home to pursue a career in law. I move from my parent’s house to my own place in a few days and I am filled with nerves, excitement, and a whole bunch of feelings that I cannot even begin to understand. I thought I would be facing this moment a couple of years ago, but the plan of God was different and He destined that I leave this year to begin that phase of my future.
As I think about the days to come, I am speechless as I grasp the idea of leaving my family, church family and all I know behind. I’m utterly on my own, alone as I push toward my dreams.I am going to a place that my friends cannot go with me, even the one I loved more than life could not go and I’ve been placed in a position where it’s me and God for the long run. I tried to busy myself so I would not have to grapple with these facts, thinking that if my mind is not idle- I can pretend that this transition did not effect me. But as I am writing this evening, I feel tears threatening to be released from the prison of my eyes- I realize that this is it! This is exactly what I asked for, prayed for , believed for… and instead of fear I should be filled with courage as i walk into this new place.
Courage. I want to be courageous- I’ve been prepping for these days for two years and have met more hardships than anyone would ever understand. I found out over the span of two years who were my friends and who were counterfeits. I discovered that the word family means different things to different people. I became guarded. I dumped the practice of being naive and I learned that in life you have to fight for what you want and sometimes you just have to cry it out. You have to cry out disappoint, you have to cry out fear, you have to cry and shed as many tears as possible to cleanse the soul. Sometimes you have to cry to heal and sometimes you have to walk alone so that you can finally learn yourself.
There comes a time in our lives where we have to love ourselves first, so that we can love others. There comes a time when we have to believe in our dreams, when no one else does. Finally, sometimes we have to become prisoners of hope and hope for the best regardless of how everything around us is trying to steal that hope. I fought for where I am, a J.D. candidate in the class of 2019 and I have so much more fighting to do. I will fight until the end when I am sitting on a judge’s seat making the wrongs of our society right again. Becoming a lawyer is the next step in the line of many and the best is yet to come.
So loves, I thought I would share my heart with you this evening and bring encouragement regarding your dreams. I know life has been tough, believe me I do – but I know that each and every one of you have the power within to change the world. I believe in your dreams. I believe in your ability to bring them to pass. I believe that inside of you is a purpose greater than what you see for yourself and I am excited yet nervous at how you are going to bring your imprint of change to the earth. I love you guys!
Thanks for being my family, for sharing your lives with me and for welcoming me into your lives as well. Most importantly, thanks for sticking with me when I did not believe in myself. Thank you Authentic Lovers!!!
Until next time ( when my workload gets a bit easier lol.),
Today marks a day for love
love without partiality and hypocrisy….
I’ve tasted of this love & I
with all of my might – extend
this love to you.
One thing is surely true,
nothing can separate us- our hearts
sewn together as one.
A great prize, we won each other.
It’s a day when I remember my eternal gift
love unconditional, from glory to glory…
changing the very story of my life.
To a husband, I would become wife.
And to a galaxy, stars in the sky
completing creation’s purpose of beauty.
It’s today that I see…
I am blessed.
Blessed beyond measure,
no matter the stormy weather…
Because this love have given me
Maybe I’m in a love haze.
As the smoky glory of God wraps over our being,
in you, His love is freeing-
making forgiveness, easy and breezy
you are suitable…
©Simone Holloway, 2016
Dear Future Husband,
I’m not one to make a lot of empty promises, not one to say things I hope you’ll want to hear. I just want to be real, especially with you.
You see- I see you as my God-given gift. I am your rib, your helpmate, the one destined for you. So I value my role and position in your life, I was built to cultivate your greatness – to make your deepest dreams come alive. I was fashioned after my mother Eve, wrapped in her beauty- detailed in her love and with the wisdom of Deborah and the grace of Ruth, I stand in the strength of Rahab, ready to stand by your side.
I promise to be myself and to accept you for who you truly are. I promise to point you to the Father, knowing that true love comes from Him and Him alone. I promise to hear your fears and not jump to conclusions/judgments. I I promise to rejoice when you rejoice and to cry tears of sadness when your heart is broken. I promise to fill your days with laughter and your nights with dancing. I promise to be a listening ear and a mouth ready to defend your character. I promise loyalty, I promise faithfulness, I promise truth – all of the core things promised by our Lord Jesus Christ. I promise to allow you to lead, even as God-ordained; while retaining my God-given spirit of independence and strong will. I promise to love those you love dearly and to accept your family as my own. I promise to never give up. because once I am in- I’m all in for the long run. I promise to be a shoulder to lean on, a confidante, a voice of reason and a godly representation of Christ’s love for us. I promise to be who God designed me to be for you: and nothing less. I promise to be vulnerable, I promise to let you in – even when it’s hard and all I want to do is run and hide. I promise to allow you to love me even when I don’t think I am deserving of such love.
Perfect love casts out all fear, so with you- I plan to be fearless! I plan to be released from all inhibitions – with you, I plan to be alive. I promise life and the joys that come with truly living. I’ll always love you. My love may evolve, but it’ll remain constant- always being for you and you alone. I promise all these things, as precious as my next breath- I love you.
Now and forever,
Your- soon- to-be-wife
©Simone Holloway, 2015
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plates, glasses, and cups
all bathing in lukewarm water
filled with more bubbles than a canister
my fingers pruning from the length of time
spent cleaning these delicate things
made of porcelain and glass
Alas! my thoughts run towards you
a love simply true
but like plates need a little bath
from the outpouring of wrath
a consequence of circumstances
out of our control
we just couldn't get a good hold
on what we wanted to be
deciding to cancel what was you and me
but as my pool of tears
stare into this cleansing pool I created
I realize that I miss you
to the point that I can't breathe
because you aren't near
you aren't here
so when are we
going to take the time to clean up us
to rebuild trust
to make amends amongst ourselves
to escape this hell
like it or not
our destiny is wrapped into one another
we were destined to be together
blossoming within our union
comes to those who aren't paying attention
to the nature of redemption
that is being extended towards them
I could count up the sum
of your wrongs toward me
but where would I be?
harboring anger to the one I love
my gift from God above
who didn't know he was a gift
accepted shame like damnation from hell
as if under a spell
was convinced that he wasn't good enough
to be loved
willing to pry
into the depths of your heart
shine the flashlight of truth
and my love becomes the proof
that "love remembers no wrongs"
that all of the songs
about forgiveness doesn't have to come from a kiss
that mercy and grace actually exists
existing while being extended towards you
What are you going to do?
Like those dishes we need to be cleaned up
but, I'm waiting on you
©Simone Holloway, 2015
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