Yes, Yes, YES

One day, out of the blue, it hits you. God is with you wherever you go. The feeling is overwhelming. And for me -being quite emotional- it took me a good cry session to realize the reality of God.

I’ve always been a big believer in God and His ability to love and help you through the struggles in life. But recently, I have felt alone. I have felt like I am the only one fighting my battles. I have felt like I am putting all of my energy into fixing life for myself that I didn’t realize God was standing next to me, waiting for me to realize He was all I needed.

As a softball player, the game is around 80 percent mental. Yes, great skill sets are needed in order to be successful in sports, but the mental game is crucial. I know this might not seem like a big problem for most people, but I had been struggling tremendously with hitting – as in batting around .100, for those non-sports people, is not great. This “slump” had been happening for around a year now and I recently realized it was because I did not see God in my corner. I had been feeling like I was fending for myself and hung out to dry. My family continuously told me “it’s all in your head”. I knew that, but I wasn’t comprehending what needed to be in my head.

March 3, 2016, I received a letter in the mail from my mom. The words on the card read, “Yes, Yes, YES you are with me…”.  This day I realized. I realized that God was in my corner. I realized He had been there all along, I just needed that little reminder that yes, yes, YES he will be in my corner forever. I carry this card with me everywhere I go, with a sweet note on the inside from my amazing mom who has taught me what I know and believe today.

Throughout every circumstance in life, God is always with you. It may not feel like it today, but when you feel His hand on your shoulder, guiding you through life, you may just burst out in tears of joy. God is so great. Yes, yes, YES indeed!

God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never forget you.” – Hebrews 13:5

theWhitness ♡

It’s a Process.

Process…”a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end”.

Many things in life include a process. Success does not happen in the blink of an eye. You must work hard and endure pain and happiness to get the goal you set out to achieve. For Tennessee State softball, that is what we strive towards.

A collegiate softball season is usually around 50 to 60 games. This is a marathon. There are teams that can practice outside all year long and there are teams that must practice inside due to climate. College softball programs are at different levels all around America. You’ve got well known softball programs and then you have programs that are up and coming. But one thing they all have in common is a process.

As a player of a school who is up and coming, our process is extremely important. We have players and coaches working their butts off for a straight five months. We have 6 a.m. weights, along with 2 a days in the beginning of the season and three hour long practices.We play 3-5 games per weekend along with games throughout the week. It is not a sprint.

Our team believes in the steps we must take in order to achieve our goals at the end of the year. This may include extra hours of work, extra studying, not playing as much as others…I could go on for hours. But once your team buys into the process, it’s an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and joy.

My softball team continues to make me want to work harder for them and our program. These woman have such poise and tenacity to overcome this process. We will become a program that is well known around America…all it takes is a process.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”             -Ecclesiastes3:1

theWhitness ✌

Love is…

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease: where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Today is the day of love. People all around the world show their family, friends and loved ones how much they truly love one another through flowers, chocolate or a simple hand written letter. Others go above and beyond to show them how much they are loved.

What if you made all this effort to show a stranger your love for them?

This is exactly what God wants us to do. He wants us to give the tanks full of love He gives us and give it to someone else, whether it be a complete stranger or a close friend. Show people that they matter. Show them that God loves them and so do you. Show them that no matter their past or the sins they have committed, God loves them unconditionally.

I was listening to Pete Wilson today, the pastor at Cross Point church in Nashville, TN, and he was describing how our love is conditional. We love someone based on ifs and buts and he is so right. I find myself judging others on what they have done in the past and how they live their life and it doesn’t match up with mine. And as I’m sitting there judging them for their past, I’m creating sin in my present that will soon become my past and that is not what love looks like, let alone feels like. Love is unconditionally loving someone no matter their flaws, just like Jesus loves us. Imagine if the world loved everyone no matter their flaws, no matter where they came from, no matter their sins. Imagine sharing our tanks full of love with strangers and loved ones on this very day and every other day of the year…it is tremendously heart warming.

So today and every other day, I challenge you to fill up your tanks full of love and give them to anyone and everyone you encounter throughout your days. Show them the presence of God.

I love you all and Happy Valentine’s Day!

theWhitness ♡

 

 

Hey Guys, I’m Whitney!

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Hey guys, I’m Whitney! I am a college student at Tennessee State University located in Nashville, TN and living the dream of playing college softball. One of my most dominant characteristics is being outgoing. I enjoy getting to know new people and creating lasting relationships. Because of this characteristic I have decided to major in communications in hopes of pursuing a career in sideline reporting.

I have created this blog for faith, softball and coffee. Weird combination huh?

One of my new years resolution was to become a better Christian and I thought I’d share experiences, lessons, verses and many more faith-based topics to encourage my readers along their journeys.

Not many people get the inside scoop of what it is like to play a Division 1 sport, so I’d like to take you on a journey behind the scenes of some funny, serious, encouraging and family based experiences of what it’s like to be a Tiger.

Coffee. This is a weakness of mine. I enjoy roaming the city of Nashville finding cozy, unique coffee shops to drink my coffee and study on my time off. So I’d like to give you a glimpse into the delicious encounters and their amazing stories behind how the coffee shops came to be.

I hope this has helped you understand me, as a person and writer, a little better and you will jump in on these crazy, fun experiences with me!

Love always,

theWhitness ✌