brisimp // as I began to start my day I got a message from a friend sharing all kinds of encouragement. She explained that I had been on her heart lately and what she felt God was telling her to relay to me.
The things of which she said I also feel like God has been telling me; but sometimes it's hard to know if it's simply me reminding myself of the truths of which I should live or if God is really pressing on my heart, either way it's God because it is good.
But it was delightful to read. Once again God reminding me that he knows my heart, my cries. That he is just is persistent and loud in the silence than in the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. Hebrews 12:2 says "let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfected of our faith..." He created faith, and he will sustain ours. We cannot do it on our own. Just because I tell myself I must have faith over a dozen times doesn't mean I will. God showing himself and being true to what the word says endures my faith not me.
I keep thinking this season is rather difficult but then so many instances like this have happened and I'm just overwhelmed by his steadfastness I feel like a deer in headlights; being fixed on the light the goodness I can't turn away and I can't recall the so called "bad." I'm quick to tap out when the trials come forgetting how crucial they truly are, because without them I wouldn't learn or realize nearly as much truth.
Dear friends, I encourage you to take heart, be brave, and endure. God's truth doesn't change, but it does transform us. Let us not lean on our own understanding but cling to faith and leap into the unknown. I'm so thankful for the moments like these where I can truly reflect and journal my journey. Thankful for the people who I've met along the way and the ones that paths I will one day cross. //
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brisimp press on

dive deeper

endure

Tag someone who may need this encouragement.
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brisimp HE IS FAITHFUL!
As I stated lately I've just been feeling discouraged and at a stand still in a sense. Today before church I met with the worship team and our pastor and we prayed for our church, our community, and each other. We talked a bit and what my pastor was relaying to us was quite congruent with my own heart. His sermon was exactly what I needed to hear like so many times. He even talked about germs and how we know they are inevitable which is why we wash our hands. Crazy because I stated that exact thing in my post. He went on to talk about how it takes time to produce fruit; how there will be seasons of patience and what seems to be waiting. Yet all the while we are working, growth indeed happening. We must endure. He went on to mention that the three ways to endure and have selfless love are by God's love, having faith in God, and help from God for apart form him we can do nothing. If any of this sounds inspiring or hopeful I urge you to listen to today's sermon it should be up in the next few days on www.christchurchofportorange.com
Today has been so encouraging. God reminding me how simple minded we humans are. We shouldn't lean on our own understanding. Just because we know some truth about the bible doesn't mean we fully grasp its entirety. I'm thankful that even through my discouragement God is persistent; drawing me near to him. I'm thankful for the friends he's blessed me with during this season in life; and simply for this season. There is nothing new under the Son and this too shall pass.
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brisimp I've found myself recently being discouraged and frustrated with God.
But as I was driving this evening I was reminded of this:
We... well I tend to forget that God is truly always at work. Much like that of germs always on our hands all around that's why it's a no brainer to wash your hands often. It should be a no brainier that God is for us, calling us to follow him at all times even if it looks a bit terrifying. And like germs always being there God is always there. Someone significant once said "radical things may be happening it might just be a slow kind of radical." Meaning we may not always see or realize the growth happening because we are in the midst of it, but rest assured for we are always growing.
I share this because I know we are never truly alone and perhaps you need encouragement. Whatever it may be God is for us, so who can be against us. Hold on and fight the good fight. Peace be with you my friends.
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brisimp Suffer for a little while; for the glory is everlasting. His love steadfast; and we too can endure. // James 1:2-4 Romans 12:12 Psalm 107 1w

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brisimp || Out of chaos life is being found in You.
You make me new, you are making me new || These flower petals were just sitting on our coffee table. They grew, they bloomed, they lived, they died. Apart from the flower they can do nothing. Apart from God we can do nothing. Our work is worthless; unless we have faith. We too must grow, bloom, and live selfless. God has been reminding me just because I may not always hear him doesn't mean he's not providing and working. Sometimes there will be seasons where we have to press on and dive deeper.
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brisimp This girl. She done gradumicated. If you need food she'll prepare it. She may not be able to bake a potato, but she can do anything else. Love you Rae. #graduation #culinary #honors #mygirl #loveher 1w

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brisimp A year ago today I journaled about friendship. I wrote that friendship is found most clearly in God. However I did not expound upon it.
CS Lewis wrote: "...friendship is unnecessary to survival, but gives value to surviving." Going in depth now (2015) I would say since then God has provided friends in his likeness. When we spend time with God and learn about who he truly is and his character we began to realize why it is that we look for certain traits in people: constancy, nurturing, trustworthy/ honest, open, etc.
He wants the best for us, better than we can imagine for ourselves.--- He knows everything about us and still loves us nonetheless. He knows what sins I've committed and shall, he loves me while, he loves me still. //
It's crazy to me how much he's blessed me with so many different kinds of friendship; him being the center of them all. No two friendships are the same, yet all have the same value to me. He's provided people in just the right seasons to do life with. Time doesn't effect the plans of God so why should it effect us?
God is constant, never changing, unending love. So why do we cry over spilled milk when everything else changes when none of that really matters?
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brisimp || sisters from another mister. This girl right here I don't even know where to begin. Words can't describe the impact she's had on my life. Her love for Jesus and others is so authentic and real. I'm beyond blessed to know her let alone have her as one of my closest friends. She knows everything about me and yet still loves me in my flaws. I can go to her about any and everything at anytime and know she'll be there. Can't wait to continue to grow in our friendship and just in Christ. I love you more than words can express Tean. Forever and always; always and forever. || #vscocam #liveauthentic #heiswellwithmysoul #dolifetogether #createcommunity #authentic #socality #treeclimbing #friends #loveher 2w

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brisimp // rare find he took a picture with me... Kinda // baby brosky. 2w

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brisimp // the ocean has its limits and its depths; the Lord has no limit and his depth is infinite. // #withoutshoes #withoutborders#someofthebest #socality #liveauthentic #heiswellwithmysoul #createcommunity 2w

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brisimp It's happening. Let's Ride. #worship #liveauthentic #writing #staytuned 2w

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brisimp A mother loves the way she does because of Jesus.
No one is perfect but moms' sure do try to come quite close. Mom, when you had me, you put your life on hold; it then became my life. You did everything and anything you thought was best for me, even if it meant disagreeing with others that you loved. It's only been the past few years that my eyes have really seen some of the amazing sacrifices you made for my siblings and I. I don't think I'll ever truly know until God reveals all one day. In the mean time I'm happy I get to enjoy life with you, laugh with you, learn with you, and most importantly love with you. You're such an inspiration to everyone you meet you beat the odds. You're such a babe and I'm beyond blessed to have you as my young grasshopper. I could write a novel or even a series but that wouldn't do especially because no one feels the same way that I feel about you. I'll love you forever, I'll love you for always.
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  •   karlynay Awwww, young geezy-thank you for my shout out today. I'm beyond blessed to have had the privilege of you growing next to my heart for 9 months & growing next to you for the last 20 years. Motherhood is its own mystery revealed to each woman. Mothering you has been & is a joy along with your siblings. It's by far my best accomplishment & my legacy. It is love, his love given to me, to us! I love you! Continue to grow in his grace & mercy. Keep your eyes on him & your heart will be fulfilled. If your 'lucky' you may have a daughter or daughters as amazing as mine! 3w

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brisimp Even when you're not constantly running after Jesus, he's constantly chasing after us; longing for our time and love.
This season has been a challenging one, but good none the less.
Acts 1:7 ..."it is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority." The apostles were questioning Jesus's return when it would happen, if it was happening. The Lord replied by telling them basically somethings are better left unsaid.
As this semester comes to an end I'm reminded of this. I don't need to know what's next all the time. The only thing that is constant is His love and the fact that I should be portraying that. That should be the only comfort and peace I need knowing he is faithful and sovereign. It's just rather difficult when the world is screaming that I should know what's next in this journey. "You don't know what you are doing in school?!" Not exactly and if I did would that truly make a difference. Whether I know or not God will provide, his love remains and whoever I'm supposed to do life with will happen.

Don't be discouraged by the ways of the world. But hold onto the truth of which you do know and let that transform you, your perspective, and your daily objective. Love and do it it often. //
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brisimp // thankful for the thoughtful gestures of friends. I wrote this pertaining to my great grandmother's passing and @tiffstagrams got this made for me. // Remembering her legacy, His life, their love. 3w

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brisimp || It's about the outlook.
The outlook on people, life, the world, its Creator. Made in his image we are beautiful. Not because you may think so or people have said it, but because of the mere fact that it is true. Perhaps the beauty has just been disheveled, abused, scarred and therefore hides itself behind emotion or lack there of.
We are all sinners. We just may sin differently. Don't let it fool you to think you are better off. Lend a helping hand because tomorrow you might need one.
There's a reason for everything.
And just because you feel far away doesn't mean you can't have people close or become close yourself. Nothing lasts forever, so enjoy the moments even the not so pleasant ones. And if you need help ask. There's no shame in that. Above all simply love in the way that you see fit. ||
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brisimp // So pull me a little closer
Take me a litter deeper
I want to know your heart
I want to know your heart // @bethelmusic
If it's not Jesus I want no part. Meaning I don't want to be distracted with the things of this world. I want to pursue people the way Jesus did; with love, compassion and grace. Break my heart for what breaks yours. He is love.
#vscocam #gramsforgood #postivepost #heiswellwithmysoul #encouragewave #socality #createcommunity #love #lifeofadventure #jointhejourney #liveauthentic
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brisimp // home is where the heart is
And since my heart belongs to Jesus //
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brisimp || lettuce, chicken, feta, cheddar, tomatoes, & sun dried cranberries || 1mon

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