Sweet Isaiah

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I feel the need to remind you of the bigger story, for we must never forget from where we came. I am absolutely blown away by the Lord. It has been almost 2 years now since HE laid this difficult yet beautiful chapter of scripture on my heart. I have wept and wept over these words wondering why on earth I had to go through the hell that has been my story. I cried out to the Lord desperate to understand these passages. I had no idea what HE meant by this and I still don’t fully know:

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; do not be discouraged, for you will not suffer disgrace; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. For the LORD has called you like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the LORD, your Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:4~8

The LORD is a Redeemer. He turns your ashes to beauty and your weeping to JOY. My heart breaks right now as I write this knowing that some of you are going through hell. You want to quit, there seems to be no way out, and you feel like there is nothing good that can come from your messed up story.

That is a lie. Please fight. Please get on your face before the LORD. I beg you. He is an awesome GOD up to good. My prayer is that this will encourage you to fall in love with Jesus, for without HIM, I am just a mess. But with HIM, my story becomes a Beautiful Mess.

Please feel free to contact me if you are going through some shit and need to talk it out. I had 2 wonderful divorced, single moms who walked by my side through the whole process…whom I didn’t know..they were on the other side of the battle and were able to encourage me while I was in the trenches.

Thanks for reading.

~Bre Chang

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Europe: Chapter II

I have never been so excited to write a blog post. On our trip, I wasn’t allowed to blog/tweet/instagram/social media. I convinced my love to let me at least ‘check in’ to a few places. I knew this going into the trip so it wasn’t THAT difficult yes it was.

So, we got to Paris at like 5:30am, found a cab and took that straight to here:

I always thought that when I said my vows, it would be in a little cute church somewhere in the midwest, with all my friends and family. I would have about 5 of my favourite photographers shooting our big day and we would eat bbq and ice cream at the reception. I would wear a vintage dress and do my own hair/makeup. This was my little story. However, when you allow the Lord to write your story, it looks a bit different.

You sit on the steps of the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur in Paris wearing jeans, a blazer & a scarf. You open up your iPhones and read the vows that you wrote to each other. You say ‘I do’. You are married. Just the two of you. No family. No photographer. No dress. No bbq. You walk down the millions of stairs to order crepes.

You are now Mrs. Chang.

And that is your story.

Europe: Chapter 1

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE surprises! So when my fiancé told me that we were going on a trip over Christmas/New Years, I just didn’t want to know where. He booked the trip in September and has been tricking me these past 3 months as to where we were going. Until a week before, I was for sure it was Japan. He has a friend of his ‘accidentally’ mention our Japan trip over Christmas thanks Blake!. I mentioned in a blog post last year, CLick to read, that I wanted to go to Europe. I was secretly hoping that we were heading to a land of gluten & espresso..and we were.

As I sat in the airport the day of Dec 23rd, I still had no idea where we were going. I made it through security without knowing. As it was time to board, he showed me the boarding pass that read PARIS. Holy.crap!!!!!!

And so began our adventure. We only spent a day in Paris, but that was just enough time to eat a crepe and start an epic adventure….

Final 2011 post

Hey friends!

This will be my last post of the year. I leave in just a few hours for  a surprise overseas trip. AHHHHH!!

I have a feeling it is going to be magical.

I can’ t wait to post when I get back and tell you about all the wonderful little adventures that happened.

I am BEYOND thankful for this year. It has been the hardest yet most amazing year of my life. I am not the same person that I was last December and for that I am grateful. The Lord has stripped my life of the things I thought I needed and has given me HIM in its place and there is where I have found my joy & contentment. I have felt more rejection, failure, sorrow & loneliness in this year and at the same time, I have also experienced the deepest love, understood redemption a bit and have witnessed  the most crazy provision:

~I was completely out of toilet paper, prayed, and a random person showed up with a a pack of toilet paper

~I had no gas in my car, and no money to buy gas, and a friend told me to meet her at the gas station so she could fill up my tank

~On a day where I didn’t have money to buy lunch nor food in my fridge to bring, a co-worker just happened to bring extra food for me

~My rent was paid, for 8 months straight, by someone different each month

~I went to Disney World, for FREE!

~Not to mention that someone brought Bailey and I into their home…RENT FREE!

This is just a tiny little bit of the things the Lord has done. I can honestly take ZERO credit for any of this. The Lord is crazy & awesome and up to so much good for our lives. Sometime though, we have to go through some deep painful things so that we will learn to trust in the Lord & become fully dependent on Him. Let me be the first to tell you that it is not fun or easy. Not knowing where you will be living, how your baby will get fed or what on earth the Lord has for your next page is not fun. I think that is why so many people stay in their safe little stories even if they hate the story they are in. At least there is something familiar & comfortable about it, but when I read the Bible, I have yet to read where people who follow Jesus lead safe comfortable lives. Is that in your Bible?

My prayer for 2012 is that we would be willing to abandon the safe little story that we have held onto in our minds. That we would allow the Lord to write us a story that people would want to read. A story of adventure & faith & trust. That we would no longer desire the petty things of this world but that we would be desperate for the Father & His mighty Word. In this next year, decide to give it up. Allow the Lord to just rock your world and take your story to a place that you would never expect.

I can’t wait to tell you all about my trip. I will be back after the first of the year.

I am jumping into a new story and am excited to see what the first few pages have!

You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”~Psalm 30:11

~Bre

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My trip!!

I am going on a trip tomorrow.

I have no idea where I am going.

I realize that this makes me sound crazy and I am okay with that.

My Prince has booked an overseas trip for Christmas/New Year’s.

Did I mention that I had no idea where I am going?!

I think it might be Japan or Italy.

The only thing that I know is that it is going to be from 30-50 degrees.

I cannot WAIT!

Where do you think I am going?!

I am so excited to share pics of the trip with you. I will not be able to blog during the trip so you will just have to wait until next year to hear the story!

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Rainbow

This is what my family looks like. Well, I am obviously not that dark but ya know. I found these hilarious little dolls at Ikea the other day and they just cracked me UP!

I am so thankful for this family and for what the Lord is going to do through this little rainbow of people. Have a  great Tuesday! It’s almost CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

Habakkuk

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“Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and makes me tread upon the heights.”

~Habakkuk 3:17-19

Sweet Alice

 

I have a friend named Alice. She is so precious to me. I love her heart and the way she listens to what the Lord tells her. She lives far from me, sings like an angel and we write each other letters often. She has the most gorgeous red hair and a super sweet husband.

I am so thankful for her and my few faithful friends.

A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.”~Proverbs17:17

Moving again

 

I am moving yet again.This next move will be with my sweet daughter and my new, not yet, husband. Bailey and I will be moving in first to get acclimated and we will wait until my Prince and I get married until he moves in.

I really don’t believe this is real. I wonder how life would have looked had I begged the Lord to write a better story for my life years ago. I am thankful, however, that I gave it up a few years ago.

If I had one request of you, dear reader, it would be that you will not waste another year trying to make life happen on your own. You are a terrible & boring writer. I believe the Lord has an epic story for YOU! When I read my Bible, the theme that I see over and over again that God is crazy, up to good and He loves an epic adventure. I want to live a life worthy of reading. I hope you want that for your life too!

Why not prepare your heart now for what the Lord might be up to for next year! I beg you to fast & pray for 2012 and see if the Lord doesn’t write some epic pages.

Thanks for reading,

~Bre

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What a trip

What a crazy awesome few weeks of travel & adventure. Last month, I was able to travel to Idaho, Missouri & Texas. I went to a beautiful wedding, had Thanksgiving with my family & met my future in-laws. It has been non stop travel and I am thankful to be sitting on my bed at home now.

This year has been a crazy adventure that I willingly signed up for. I can’ t believe 2011 is almost over. With just a few weeks left, I am getting ready for yet another trip.

I.Cant. WAIT!!

My Prince is taking me on a trip overseas. I have no idea where we are going. All I know is that it is a ten day trip and we leave on the 23rd. I also know that it is going to be cold. It has been about eight years since I left the country, which is WAY too long, and I look forward to seeing a foreign land with the one that my heart loves.

I never, in a million years, expected this year to end this way. A year ago, I was almost homeless and now I am engaged and about to leave the country. I blame the Lord for all of that. Through fasting & mourning, on my face before the Lord, HE has allowed my soul & my circumstance to drastically change. HE is the only way. There is NO way I could have written pages like this. HE is up to good.

Do you believe that? That the God of the whole earth is up to good for you life? Are you willing to allow your soul to go through what it needs to in order to get the promises that our Father has?

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