I’m Makayla, and through this blog, it’s my goal to teach readers to embrace the journey from chaos to grace, while resting in Christ’s strength alone. So grab a chai tea latte (or whatever you fancy) and browse around a bit. I hope you like what you see!
I’m the older of two daughters and am engaged to an incredible, God-fearing man. I am currently a senior at my dream university, where I study pre-nursing psychology. I’ve lived in the same city for my whole life and am a big advocate for what I like to call “picket fence ministries.” A few of my favorite things include heart-to-hearts with my mom, a good mascara, and worshipping our God with singing. I’m an INFJ according to the Myers-Briggs personality test, and will tell anyone who will listen that slow dancing in the kitchen is my idea of a good time.
BEHIND THE NAME
In Matthew 10:28-31, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid…Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside Your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” In these verses, Jesus is speaking to His disciples about persecution. He exhorts them to have no fear of men who can kill the body, but not the soul, but rather to act always out a reverent fear for God. These verses have been especially meaningful to me in a broader context. They have encouraged me to renounce anxiety and live bold and free, as a daughter of God. God is sovereign over one little sparrow falling to the ground, and I am worth more than sparrows. Rejoice, blood-bought child. So are you. Join me on this journey of recognizing God’s sovereignty, trading chaos for grace, and living the abundant lives our Lord came to give us (John 10:10b).
A WORD OF GRACE
I’ll admit…I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and I shied away from starting a blog for quite some time because I knew that whatever I started wouldn’t be as “together” as the blogs I respect and admire. The women whose blogs I read know what they’re doing and they do it well. Their blogs have a clearly defined topic and their posts fit into one of a few distinct, but still related categories. This is my word of grace to myself. This blog is not going to be like that…at least not at the beginning. Maybe one day I’ll find my niche and write solely about marriage or motherhood or effective ways to lead a Bible study. But not yet. For now, this blog will simply be a hodgepodge of my thoughts, reflections, and experiences. You’re welcome to tag along if you’d like!
WHAT I BELIEVE
I believe that God is Triune, existing in 3 persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), while remaining one God, and that these 3 persons work together to achieve the salvation of all who believe.
I believe that God created the world and that He, in His mercy, elected a people for Himself from eternity past.
I believe that mankind bears the image of God, but that since the fall of man, we are all both originally and actually sinful. Original sin is the inherited condition in which all have been conceived since the fall of Adam, and actual sins are the sins of thought, word, and deed that we commit, which proceed from original sin.
I believe that Jesus Christ fully satisfied the wrath of the Father towards me through His atoning death and that He secured my eternal salvation by rising from the dead 3 days later. I believe that I am free from the penalty of sin and that now, when God looks at me through the lens of the cross, He no longer sees a wretched and depraved sinner, but a child, ransomed and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
I believe this freedom from sin and reconciliation to God is available to everyone who believes.
I believe that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the holy, inspired, and inerrant Word of God, given to us for His glory and our good.
I believe Ephesians 2:8-10 when it says that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, not on account of our works or self-righteousness.
I believe in the Holy Spirit and in His work in strengthening Christians. I believe that I am indwelt by Him and that He sanctifies me daily.
I believe that baptism in itself does not save, but is rather a sign and seal of God’s covenant with His people and the faith that does save. I believe that baptism should be administered to infants, even though they cannot yet verbally profess faith in Christ.
I believe that the Holy Spirit works through community and that attending church and fellowshipping with other believers are essential aspects of the Christian life.
I believe that we were created to worship God with our lips and our lives and personally, I enjoy little more than praising God with singing.
I believe in the sanctity of marriage and that it is an earthly institution, which displays a heavenly reality – the relationship between Christ and His bride, the church. I believe that a covenant is made on one’s wedding day and that that covenant is not to be broken except in cases of infidelity, abuse, and/or abandonment.
I believe in God’s common grace, as well as His special grace. His special grace applies to all believers and is the means by which He saves us, and His common grace applies to all people and is the means by which He restrains sin in this world and allows believers and unbelievers alike to experience good gifts such as marriage, health, happiness, and financial stability.
I believe that the main purpose of our lives is to pursue Jesus Christ and glorify Him. As believers, we have been chosen by Him to do His kingdom work. This blog is one way for me to do that.