Welcome to another edition of my new blog series: Pursuing Her Passion. I've had this topic on my heart for a long time and I knew that I wasn't alone. There are so many creative and talented women out there chasing their dreams, pursuing their calling, and taking risks in order to fulfill God's plan for their life. There are also many creative and talented women who haven't quite found their passion just yet, or may be feeling held back from being able to pursue their dream. This series is meant to inspire women who are currently looking for that passion in their life if they haven't found it. And if they have, then this series should be an encouragement to get out there and start pursuing it head on!
Today I am sharing a lovely lady who actually contacted ME wanting to share her story of passion. Remember, ladies: this is encouraged!!! If you have a story to share with the Moriah Makes community, I want to hear it. I'm so glad Beth felt led to share her story today and I am sure you will be blessed by her words. Enjoy:"Elizabeth is the name, but I also go by Beth, Bethie, Bethie Boo Lizbeth Joy, and a whole heap of random nicknames so feel free to call me what ever you wish. I'm a twenty-something who pretends to be a grown up. I love people, glitter, adventures, dress up, creating, exploring, and dating my best friend. I love life. I suppose that is my passion. The thing I am most passionate about: making the most of my time here on earth.
To some that may be getting the job of their dreams, making butt-loads of money [Side Note: How much is a butt-load? One time my friends and I drove around to fast food restaurants asking for a “butt-load” of condiments. Taco Bell gave us 30 and Chic-fil-a gave us 1... We may never know the value of a butt-load], raising a family, being in the Olympics, etc... But to me, it means loving God and loving others.
And he said to him,“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. [Matthew 22: 37-40]
This passion began to manifest itself in different ways as the years went by. I spent 4 summers filled with weeks at Eagle Lake Camp, experiencing community, being poured into, and pouring into precious, life-giving, crazy, high schoolers, and that changed me from the inside out. I also ended up at John Brown University where I received a BS in Family and Human Services and I dream of one day holding a Masters & a Doctorate under my belt.
The truth is right now, I don't have an amazing, over-the-top story. In fact, the place of my story that I am living right now consists of: forging a life on my own away from my college family and in the middle of "real life," struggling to pay student loans, working four jobs, searching still for a "big girl job," dating my best friend, and trusting that I am smack dab in God's will for me [He is providing above and beyond]. At the bottom of this post are links to my blog and my etsy [which is my attempt at a 7th source of income!! haha.] but mostly my creative outlet so that I don't let the weight of the world stay on my shoulders. You know how in Chariots of Fire when that guy says "I feel God's pleasure when I run"? That is how I feel when I craft. It is also how I feel when I am with people doing big things and making a noticeable difference. But in these quiet days I am learning that even in the little things I bring God glory and I can feel His pleasure. I want to be faithful with little so that He can trust me to be faithful with much.
My Passion is love. Whether that be sending a note in the mail, being friendly to the people at Starbucks who make my favorite drink, being real & involved with customers at Gap, making time for coffee dates, or spending more time in the Word, it all emerges from my passion to love.
I value authenticity, trust, and believing the best in others [& in ourselves]. My prayer for you women out there who are looking for your passion: Be real. Be yourself. Do what you love. Live what you love. And let the King of the universe define you - no one else. He calls you chosen, loved, beautiful, and made for a purpose. You have a purpose and a passion, ask Him to reveal it to you! xoxo" - Beth
Comments are closed for the Pursuing Her Passion Series. Here's how you can connect with Beth:
Need to catch up on past posts from the Pursuing Her Passion Series?