Odds are that someone you know or are about to meet is going through a similar situation as you. Don’t be afraid to share your struggles. Be raw. Be transparent. If you’re not 100% honest, how can anyone council or console you correctly? In the past, I have created false realities for myself to escape the hurt and hardships of different circumstances. I first fool myself, then I fool everyone else. You know who I don’t fool though? God. He’s the one who wants to help me..but when I’m lying to people by masking the truth and not being 100% honest, the people He sends into my life can’t be as affective and they really can’t help me because what they have to base their advice off of isn’t really the full truth. Remember, when we lie to others and don’t tell the honest truth, we first lie to ourselves and eventually start to believe it..and that my friends is very very dangerous. Also, by opening up and sharing what we’re going through, it might inspire someone else to open up and share with you, which then opens the opportunity to be there for them. I’ve been surprised when I help someone else with their struggles, mine somehow come to a peaceful resolution as well. Life is better together. πŸ“·: @brandonandre  (at Rodeo Drive)

Odds are that someone you know or are about to meet is going through a similar situation as you. Don’t be afraid to share your struggles. Be raw. Be transparent. If you’re not 100% honest, how can anyone council or console you correctly? In the past, I have created false realities for myself to escape the hurt and hardships of different circumstances. I first fool myself, then I fool everyone else. You know who I don’t fool though? God. He’s the one who wants to help me..but when I’m lying to people by masking the truth and not being 100% honest, the people He sends into my life can’t be as affective and they really can’t help me because what they have to base their advice off of isn’t really the full truth. Remember, when we lie to others and don’t tell the honest truth, we first lie to ourselves and eventually start to believe it..and that my friends is very very dangerous. Also, by opening up and sharing what we’re going through, it might inspire someone else to open up and share with you, which then opens the opportunity to be there for them. I’ve been surprised when I help someone else with their struggles, mine somehow come to a peaceful resolution as well. Life is better together. πŸ“·: @brandonandre (at Rodeo Drive)

“You can’t choose who you fall in love with but you can choose who you spend time with. The heart has a mind of it’s own. You can’t dictate or script your feelings. You can’t decide in advance who you will “fall” for. But you can decide who you will see, hang around, think about, talk to and be around.” — #Loveology πŸ“·: @sierra_prescott β˜•οΈ #guardyourheart (at Handsome Coffee Roasters - Arts District Coffee Bar)

β€œYou can’t choose who you fall in love with but you can choose who you spend time with. The heart has a mind of it’s own. You can’t dictate or script your feelings. You can’t decide in advance who you will “fall” for. But you can decide who you will see, hang around, think about, talk to and be around.” β€” #Loveology πŸ“·: @sierra_prescott β˜•οΈ #guardyourheart (at Handsome Coffee Roasters - Arts District Coffee Bar)

I live in Los Angeles and spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting in traffic, waiting in lines at Intelligentsia, waiting on email replies and phone calls, waiting on files to transfer, etc. With as much time as I spend waiting on things like that, you’d think I’d be pretty good at waiting on God for that wonderful woman to come into my life. As I reflect on my past, I realize that I am horrible at waiting in that area of my life. So I got to thinking, “Why Joel? Why can you be patient in so many other areas of life, but when it comes to ‘her’, you rush things?” The answer to this important question is because I had never surrendered that area of my life to God. Why though? I’ve grown up knowing who God is, so you’d think I’d be able to get it right. I didn’t know how though. I didn’t know how to “give something to God”. If you’re in the same place as I was a few days ago, I would like to encourage you that all is not lost. Sure, mistakes may have been made and you probably screwed up pretty bad but there are beautiful things still to come that you will have the opportunity to get right! I believe that the best way to give something to God is to intently pray about it and tell him that you’re giving him control over that area of your life. If you’re anything like me, you’ll pray this prayer several times per day. Whenever you have the initial thought about it, give it to him. Every time you don’t, you risk holding your thoughts captive to yourself. God is always working. Never lose hope or think that you’ve destroyed something that He can’t reconstruct. His hands build better than ours. Why not give it to him? πŸ“·: @sierra_prescott for Darling Magazine.  (at Deus Ex Machina)

I live in Los Angeles and spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting in traffic, waiting in lines at Intelligentsia, waiting on email replies and phone calls, waiting on files to transfer, etc. With as much time as I spend waiting on things like that, you’d think I’d be pretty good at waiting on God for that wonderful woman to come into my life. As I reflect on my past, I realize that I am horrible at waiting in that area of my life. So I got to thinking, “Why Joel? Why can you be patient in so many other areas of life, but when it comes to ‘her’, you rush things?” The answer to this important question is because I had never surrendered that area of my life to God. Why though? I’ve grown up knowing who God is, so you’d think I’d be able to get it right. I didn’t know how though. I didn’t know how to “give something to God”. If you’re in the same place as I was a few days ago, I would like to encourage you that all is not lost. Sure, mistakes may have been made and you probably screwed up pretty bad but there are beautiful things still to come that you will have the opportunity to get right! I believe that the best way to give something to God is to intently pray about it and tell him that you’re giving him control over that area of your life. If you’re anything like me, you’ll pray this prayer several times per day. Whenever you have the initial thought about it, give it to him. Every time you don’t, you risk holding your thoughts captive to yourself. God is always working. Never lose hope or think that you’ve destroyed something that He can’t reconstruct. His hands build better than ours. Why not give it to him? πŸ“·: @sierra_prescott for Darling Magazine. (at Deus Ex Machina)