Above All Else + GIVEAWAY!

Hey hey heyyyy, it’s Tuesday! It’s also January. Which means we just came into a new and exciting year. This year we get to start over. We can leave all the old news behind us and create better news for ourselves. This year is our year. AKA, what we say every year.

I’m pretty poppin’ on social media these days and all I see is everyone wanting to ignore the people who hurt them in the past year. “New year, new me”. Well, that’s a pretty okay thing to do if these people are toxic to our lives. As I’ve kept reading and digging into God’s word, I’ve noticed that God promises us new beginnings all the time. In my life, I’ve definitely experienced people that I needed to end the friendship or relationship with . I know I know, as a Christian, I should love everyone and I should forgive people and get over it, right? 100% right, but God also says to protect ourselves. Even if that means distancing ourselves from others.

Something I want to share first, is what God says about it. Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life.”

The very first thing this verse says is, “above all else”. How many times a day are we really paying attention to our own heart? I think we get confused with what our hearts want and what our minds want. Our minds may say ‘that guy looks like someone I need to be with’, but our hearts may say ‘hey, he’s a player, don’t do that to me!’. How are we able to truly love others if we do not love ourselves first?

You might ask how am I supposed to love myself when I look the way I do, or how can I love myself when I act the way I do, or how can I love myself when I always let God down?

#1, God says “you are more precious than rubies, nothing can compare to your beauty.” Proverbs 3:15 We have to be confident that our PERFECT God created us just the way he planned. God makes no mistakes and He didn’t stop with you.

#2, Remember last week when I brought out John 3:16? Well keep remembering that. Jesus died JUST so your sins could be wiped away.

#3, 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” God says you are a new creation in Him, your past is in the past! He forgives you daily.

I also want to point out that “New year, new me” is so completely false. Now you’re like what? Tess, you just gave a talk about God’s forgiveness. You’re right, but it gets even better. “God’s mercies are new every morning” Lamentations 3:23. So instead of waiting every year to try again, you get re-do’s everyday! But His trick is that we, ourselves, quit trying and completely give it to Him. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you!” This way, we can forgive ourselves and forgive our enemies.

Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Let’s make this year a year of forgiveness! Even if that means forgiving the guy that broke your heart or the friend who stabbed you in the back or the family member who isn’t really acting like a family member. This is a challenge for you and ME! Personally, I’ve got to work on all three of those. I know I used A LOT of Bible verses this time but I wanted to make sure that everyone knew that these sweet, sweet words were from our God and not me. Here are some more verses that help me push through the hard times, help me forgive even when I don’t want to.

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 “To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Let’s make this year actually our year, but doing it the right way!

From West Virginia but now living in North Carolina, Tess is a sophomore in college studying Pre-Nursing! She loves hanging out with her family and friends, singing, cute dogs, Jesus, Chick Fil A, Sour Patch Kids, anything fluffy, and cozy blankets. Tess and Savannah met freshman year of high school and they’ve been inseparable ever since. You can follow along with Tess on Instagram @tmmckx14Twitter @tmmckx14, and Pinterest.com/tmmckx14

Thanks so much for reading this week’s Tuesday with Tess! I’m so glad y’all are hearing from my best friend. Now you know how awesome she is. Tuesday is also awesome because its GIVEAWAY TIME! I’m teaming up with my sweet friend Tiffani and some other blogger girls to give away a $150 Visa gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, the Naked Smokey Palette, Origins Charcoal face mask (3.4 oz bottle), three wire wrapped bracelets, a custom Koozie and monogram keychain, and a “Good things comes to those who hustle” mug. Our total prize package is worth about $300! This giveaway ends Tuesday, January 26.

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  • Lauren Ashley

    This is a beautiful post. I love the verse about guarding your heart because it determines the course in your life. It’s absolutely amazing and I want to print it out and put it in my office!

    • Tess

      You should!!! I keep my favorite verses on my desk and in my room and it really does remind me daily how to look at the day in a better attitude!!! So glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Ashley Vickney

    What a beautiful post! A great dose of faith this week 🙂

    • Tess

      Thank you so much!!!

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    Oh my gosh!! What an amazing post. I really loved reading all of it! Thank you for sharing all of those amazing passages.

    Sara Kate Styling

    • Tess

      No, thank you!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!

  • Kayleigh

    Such a great reminder for the beginning of the week! Lovely post!


    • Tess

      I’m glad you think so!! 🙂

  • What a lovely post 🙂
    Also loving that giveaway.
    xoxo, Jenny

    • Tess

      Thank you so much!

  • Claudia Jane

    very much enjoyed this post, and I aree about God giving us many new beginnings!
    xo, claudia

    • Tess

      So, so glad you enjoyed it!! <3

  • I’m seriously starting to look forward to your posts every time I join a thread on the Millennial Blogger Network.

    We were actually discussing the verse in Ephesians at a Bible study just last night. We are currently going through one of the Precept Ministries Bible studies, called “Living Like You Belong to God” by Kay Arthur.

    Romans 12:2 echoes the same thought, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” We see that the renewal of our mind is far more than an outward disconformity to the ungodly world, many of whose actions in themselves may seem virtuous and praiseworthy. Renewal of the mind is an internal, spiritual transformation that is necessarily if we are to strive to be holy as our God is holy – in ALL of our behaviors (1 Peter 1:15).

    It’s always so amazing to realize that God’s truths not only have the power to help us deal with whatever “worldly” situation we may find ourselves in (i.e. heartbreak), but they are also designed with the ultimate purpose of helping us become more like Him. Just another great reminder that if we first seek the kingdom of God, then everything else will fall into place (Matthew 6:33).

    By the way, if you’re unfamiliar with Precept Ministries, I highly, highly recommend checking out the many studies they have available.

    Blessings to you for this week, dear, and as always, thank you for sharing! I hope you’ll continue this series.

    XO, Oksana | FOXYOXIE.com

    • Tess

      Oh my goodness, thank you so so so much!!! I really love that what you’re studying right now relates to my post- it makes me feel like God is using these words in a great way!! I am unfamiliar with Precept Ministries, but I will definitely look them up!! Thank you so much for the recommendation. & Thank you so much for all the compliments!

  • Sierra Bailey

    I love this post so much, and I certainly needed to hear it today. At the moment, I’m in a season of my life where I’m removing bad and negative influences of my youth and seeking out more uplifting company. It has been a hard road, but posts like these always show up when I need extra encouragement.

    • Tess

      I love hearing that these posts show up when people need them most!! I’m so glad this could be used as encouragement for you! Stick to God’s promises while you’re feeding out these negative things in your life and you’ll get so so much more than you can even imagine!!! That’s so exciting to me!!!

  • I’m not Christian but this post still resonated with me. The underlying messages are true regardless of your denomination.

    • Tess

      I’m so so glad it resonated with you!! I’m even more glad it resonated with you even though we have different beliefs!!

  • Ashley

    Such an uplifting post with wonderful words of encouragement. Thank you for sharing his word today<3

    xo Ashley

    • Tess

      Thank you so much for reading!!

  • What a positive post! I really enjoyed taking the time to read it.

    • Tess

      I’m glad you did, thank you so much!!

  • Reading through your post all the comments was inspiring. Sharing your heart, struggles, lessons, and knowledge is such an awesome thing .. and clearly its touching many lives!!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • Tess

      Thank you so so much!! It’s super encouraging to me as well!!!

  • What an inspiration! This resonated with me so much. I honestly tend to worry so much about others, and a lot of times when I do something purely for myself, I think of myself as selfish. I tend to listen to my mind more than my heart, but it’s such a force of habit now that I, as you mentioned, get the two confused.

    • Tess

      You and me both girl. It really is tricky, that’s why we have to really really cling to God because we aren’t able to decide these things ourselves! Easier said than done for sure, but God is with us and he is for us!

  • Cat

    Such an inspirational post!

    • Tess

      Thank you so much!!!