Pr;celess 

Lyrics to Priceless by For King & Country

Good morning beautiful people, I hope that your week is going well.

Yesterday I got my 3rd tattoo (pictured below), all of my tattoos are encouraging to me. This one was inspired by the Christian band For King and Country’s movement (link to a video with them explaining at the bottom of this paragraph), Their movement is to remind every girl that they deserve to be treated with respect and honor, to remind every guy to treat girl’s with that respect and honor, and to remind everyone that no matter what you have done, you are priceless. They have a song and movie both with that title. You may have noticed that in the title the “i” is replaced with a “;” some of you may know why, some of you may think that I’m just an idiot. But the reason is because of something called the semicolon movement, a semicolon is used when the author could have ended the story, but chose to keep going. The movement is based on the same thing, but replace author with a person. It is a symbol for someone who has chosen to keep going even when they thought about ending it all (it can also be in support of somebody who chose to keep going). If you’ve read my blog with my story from a few weeks ago, then you know that I chose (and still am choosing) to keep going with my story. The “L” in my tattoo is a purple & teal ribbon which stands for sexual abuse (teal) & domestic abuse (purple) survivor (again if you want to know more about why that is important to me go checkout my blog “This is my story, this is my song, praising my saviour all the day long” from a few weeks ago).
https://youtu.be/aq-jlGcTCnA (Priceless movement explained)

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3rd tattoo

Please choose to keep going, please remember that the Lord has a plan (Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”), he is the author of our stories but we have to choose to keep going. Whatever you’re going through it will get better. I know it feels like it won’t, I know that sometimes it feels that ending everything is the only way out, but it’s not. I believe things will get better, even if it’s only for a season and they get bad again…that’s life and with The Lord by your side you can do it. You’ll want to be there for the happy times, for the love and the laughter, for your friends and family, for the sunsets, the ice cream, and puppies (or whatever makes you happy).

Last June I got my second tattoo (pictured below) which is a quote from Francesca Battistelli’s song “Write Your Story” I got it asking the Lord to write His story on my heart and surrendering in order to let him. I let go of my plans (or at least tried and am continuing to do so), knowing that the Lord’s were so much better than I could ever dream. A year and a half ago I got my first tattoo (pictured below) which are lyrics from Gungor’s song “Beautiful Things” “You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of the dust, You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us.” The Lord makes beautiful things out of our brokenness, so keep going and let him.

First Tattoo

Second Tattoo

https://youtu.be/DL7WLyCzql8 (For King and Country – “Priceless”)
https://youtu.be/OLhJlADZ_jo (Priceless Movie Trailer”)

You are priceless no matter what you have done, no matter what you do, no matter what people tell you, no matter what you see when you look in the mirror, no matter what you hear when you lay down at night. The Lord died for you, he came for you, he loves you, and he has a plan for you. You are irreplaceable, unmistakable, incomparable and oh, so priceless.

Love y’all,

~Noelle

Lyrics to Write Your Story by Francesca Battistelli

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Jars of Clay

Happy Wednesday y’all!! I hope all y’all had a fantastic Easter! This week’s blog is not about the band Jars of Clay (for any of my old school christian music listeners who were wondering *if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go check them out ASAP) it’s actually about us, the broken humans we are. Now before you stop reading, this isn’t going to be bashing all of human nature, quite the opposite actually.

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 says: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;”

So let me explain what a jar of clay is and why it’s significant. A jar of clay was used as a lamp, they would burn oil in it and the more holes meant the more light. (Shown at the bottom) So you might be asking, why on earth is this important? Well let me tell you, last year I took a New Testament class and my professor said something to our class while we were studying 2 Corinthians that has had a huge impact on my life ever since. He said, we are the jars of clay and the treasure is the Lord, and the more holes we have in us (the hurt, the scars, the brokenness) the more light (Jesus) shines through us. The world often thinks of Christians thinking we’re perfect, and often christians are taught we have to act perfect. But that is hard and impossible, but also non believers aren’t going to want to be friends with us if we act like we don’t make mistakes. Instead let’s show our brokenness and our mistakes, and show how good God is in all of it. Show how the Lord has restored us, and how He’s used our failures.


So in every hard thing you face, instead of thinking it will mess up your reputation or beating yourself up about your mistakes, think instead about how the Lord is going to use it. Trust me I know it’s hard, I struggle with it everyday. But also trust me when I say, I’ve seen how God uses every mistake and trial, and let me tell you it’s amazing to see those mistakes help someone else. Also in every hardship remember this verse from James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Also I heard this somewhere recently and for the life of me and cannot remember where or who said it, but it’s a good reminder “Instead of asking God why am I in this trial? Ask how can I glorify you in it?”.

Have a wonderful week y’all and remember that the Lord does have a plan even when it doesn’t feel like it.

“Broken Vessels” ~Hillsong

Love y’all!!

~Noelle

Holy Week

“Forever” ~Kari Jobe

Good mornin y’all, so this Sunday was the start of Holy Week, the week out of all 52 that I am most thankful for. I’m sure most people know what Holy Week is, but just in case I’ll explain a little and put a link to a timeline at the bottom. Holy Week starts the Sunday before Easter, on Palm Sunday which is the story of Jesus entering into Jerusalem on a donkey, and people line the streets with palm branches saying “hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” in Matthew 21: 1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19. Thursday is the day of the last supper, the day Judas betrayed Jesus, the day Jesus was arrested, and the day Peter denied Jesus 3 times (Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 18).  

Then there is the day everything changed, Good Friday the day my savior died for me, the day death died, it should’ve been me on that cross, it should’ve been you, but instead it was the only perfect person to ever exist. At Winter Jam a couple of weeks ago the band Tenth Avenue North said something that will stick with me forever, they were explaining the story behind their song “I have this Hope” (http://www.newreleasetoday.com/article.php?article_id=1990 the story behind it.) While talking about why bad things happen to good people they said: “why do you call it Good Friday? It’s the worst thing that could happen to the best person, but we call it Good Friday because we know Sunday is coming” -Tenth Avenue North (https://youtu.be/QE2qlZ_e_kw I have this Hope by Tenth Avenue North)  

Then of course Easter the best day of the year, it has always been my favorite holiday, not because of the decorations and the fun activities (that’s pretty fun) not because of the candy (that’s great don’t get me wrong), not because of a pretty new spring dress (also something I enjoy) I mean candy and clothes what can be better? I’ll tell you what, eternal life. On that first Good Friday it was not good, they didn’t know Sunday was coming, they thought their Messiah had died, making him just another man, I can only imagine what they felt on Friday as they watched Jesus die, thinking all hope had died. I can’t begin to understand the depression and hopelessness they felt on Saturday when they woke up and realized it wasn’t just a terrible nightmare. But then just imagine what they felt on Sunday when they realized that instead of all hope dying, hope was alive and instead death had died. Jesus was alive, he had risen from the grave, He had conquered death forever, for every single one of us, for me and for you. 

Whether you are spending time with your family, friends, or even alone, remember Easter isn’t about some bunny, Easter isn’t about chocolate or eggs, Easter is about Jesus rising from the grave and death losing its sting forever. Remember that this week, sure you can participate in all the fun Easter activities, but remind your kids and or yourself what it’s all about. 

I hope that you spend time with The Lord daily, but if not take some time (or if you do take some extra time) this week and spend some quiet time with our Savior. I will unexpectedly be spending Easter alone, and while I’m sad about it, I will take this weekend and spend some extra time with Jesus, after all it’s the least I can do since He gave His life for me. 

I hope that this quote from Hillsong Worship’s song “What A Beautiful Name” inspires you and reminds you not only how great our savior is, but how special you are: 

“You didn’t want heaven without us So Jesus, You brought heaven down. My sin was great, Your love was greater. What could separate us now?”

Love ya’ll and happy Easter! 

(http://www.jesus.org/death-and-resurrection/holy-week-and-passion/a-time-line-of-the-passion-week.html detailed Holy Week outline)

Winter Jam

Mike from Tenth Avenue North in complete worship to our Father


Winter Jam is Christian music’s largest annual tour, I have been going for 11 years but have actually been to 13 shows, because well I might be a little obsessed. I had the opportunity to go to two shows last year and this year, and they never cease to amaze me. 
I love going to Winter Jam for so many reasons, the bands are always amazing, the message is always fantastic, the merch that I get is great, meeting some of the artists is special and cool (not even because they’re famous, just because they’re genuinely cool people and I want them to be my best friends), but worshiping with thousands of believers from every background is my absolute favorite part. There is nothing quite like standing in an arena with thousands of strangers, sitting next to people who you have no idea what their background or denomination is (and you don’t care what it is) jumping around, getting hyped, being silly, laughing, crying, and worshiping together. It is such a unique environment because at almost every show I’ve been to, I’ve gotten into a conversation with at least one stranger. Sometimes it’s been while we were waiting in line, or sometimes it’s during the show with the person right next to me, either way we can relate to each other immediately because you know that most likely everyone is there to worship. 

Some people think I’m crazy for going to Winter Jam so many times, or going multiple times in the same year, for the same show, but honestly I’d happily go to every Winter Jam if possible. And here’s the deal, it’s not the exact same show, because the crowd isn’t the same, sometimes the worship is completely different just because the crowd is more into it and it is more intense and it’s not just a concert, as Russ Lee from Newsong (the founders of Winter Jam) always says we’re at church. We get to hear a gospel message and worship the Lord through every kind of music you can imagine, rap/hip hop, rock, contemporary, folk, and pop. There’s a genre for everyone (or in my case I like all of them). You can feel the Holy Spirit’s presents because there are so many people praying and worshiping all at once, and it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed. 


Winter Jam is so important to me, because not only is it a great tool to reach nonbelievers, but it is also an encouragement for christians. For me, and I think for a lot of people winter is a hard season, it tends to be more gloomy and for me makes my depression worse. But every year I go to Winter Jam, I’m usually depressed or going through a hard time, and without fail every year The Lord uses people on stage to remind me that He is good, and there is a plan for everything. The Lord has used Winter Jam to change my life and save my life on multiple occasions, as I shared a couple of weeks ago, I have struggled with self harm and thoughts of suicide in the past and multiple times I have been in a very dark place when I go to Winter Jam, and they talk about how the devil fills our heads with lies, telling us we are not enough, multiple years the speaker (either Tony Nolan or Nick Hall) has talked about self harm specifically, and it is a good reminder that I’m not alone, the lies I hear in my head are from the devil, but Jesus died for me and tells me that because of Him I am enough.

Winter Jam is also so important because they have such a heart for orphans and getting people to sponsor them, Holt International is an international adoption agency (where you can also sponsor kids) they sponsors Winter Jam and every year they bring somebody out to talk about orphans and how we as Christians should be willing to give up going out to eat once a month, in order to sponsor a child who can’t even go to school. Matthew 25:40 says “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” The orphans are the least of these and it is our job to help. The people of Winter Jam don’t just get up on stage and tell us to sponsor these children, they do it themselves and encourage us to join in. 


The people I’ve had the privilege to meet that are part of Winter Jam have been so genuine and kind. I had the opportunity to meet the tour pastor last year and he was so generous and we have stayed in contact. I’ve gotten to meet different artists throughout the years and they are all so nice and want to hear your story. This year I even had the amazing opportunity to meet Eddie from Newsong (I had met him when I was 5 but have no recollection of it and have been wanting to re-meet him for 11 years, but have never been able to) he was so kind and caring. The people of Winter Jam love the Lord and it shines right through them.

The Lord is using Winter Jam in so many ways to reach so many people all around the world. I’ve been to so many different concerts and tours but Winter Jam is by far my favorite because you can tell they have such a heart for the Lord. If you’ve never been to Winter Jam make sure and go next year (west coast starts in November and East coast will be starting next January) check them out at: http://2017.jamtour.com/ 

Remember to worship the Lord in everything you do, wherever you are, and remember that you are so loved by the creator of the universe, and that makes you pretty special. When you worship the Lord let it refresh you and make your light shine brighter, so that you can show someone that there is a light in their darkness. 


Love y’all 

~Noelle