don't give up.

September 26, 2013



 I am honored to be a part of this project. I believe in it. I believe in the power of being real and meeting others where they are at all across the world... letting people know they are not alone. It wasn't so long ago that I found a blog for the first time and read this quote written by my sweet friend Leslie,

"If you haven't already gathered, or happen to be reading this blog for the first time in your life, I am a melancholy girl through and through. I find beauty in not only the beautiful things in life, but the bittersweet and sad as well. To me, there is something poignantly lovely about the human experience from its splendor to its grief. God created all our emotions, not just the happy ones, and for His good purposes. That's why a good cry can feel so good. And hitting our limits forces us to look outside ourselves for a Savior. It is in the plea, when we're at our end, that we can find that which is truly life-giving. Personally, my moments of deepest grief, deepest pain, have resulted in the most beautiful seasons in my heart. I've met God more intimately in those moments than in all the other pleasant ones combined. What isn't completely lovely about that?" 

She met me where I was. I was hurting and I was in a desperate place of need and this quote did that. That is what this project is... opening our hearts and our raw most inward parts.

I am insecure.
I battle fear & anxiety.
I am sensitive & emotional.
I struggle with feeling like I am enough.
I wrestle with questions like, "God I know you can protect us and save us from pain, but will you?"

Nothing moves me quite like good music at sunset with my windows down. The Dallas city lights glow over the horizon. The smells of summer leaving and the fresh new smells of fall beginning to creep through the open windows as my hair blows in the wind. 

I get through my struggle with fear and insecurity in constant prayer throughout everyday of my life. It keeps me relying on Him. It gives me hope. In the past fews weeks I have desperately cried out to Him for some answers. He created me, He knows me- He has the ability to reach me.... will He? Blogs and social media have such an amazing opportunity to do good. But they can also magnify our hurts, our struggles. Feeling left out, out of place, not enough... Today though, today we trust in the truths.

Today I pray for courage and to be brave.
Today I trust and rest in His plan, not mine.

We surrender. Don't Give up. He hears me and He hears you too.
Wherever you are today, let Him meet you there. You are absolutely not alone in your struggles.
He is enough.

He promises.

"God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns."
Psalm 46:5

If you are interested in joining this traveling shirt project to encourage each other through Christ, email dgushirt@gmail.com for detailed instructions & to sign up. Hashtag on instagram is #DGUshirt

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57 comments:

  1. So so good, its amazing how God uses us all to help remind us of what he is doing, how he loves and cares for us each so deeply and individually. This meets me where Im at and gives me the push to keep going and push through the difficult times and see the good in it all. Thank you

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  2. Beautiful post Casey, I needed to read that. You are so honest and full of grace. I admire you friend. xo.

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  3. What a beautiful post. I struggle with the same fear and anxiety. The hardest thing to do is trust and have faith that God will do what he says He will do. Have faith! :)

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  4. What a beautiful post. I struggle with the same fear and anxiety. The hardest thing is to trust and believe God will do what he says He will do. Have faith! :)

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  5. You're beautiful sweet friend, love your heart. Thank you for your honesty it's so refreshing. We are so blessed he always meets us right where we are. Praying for you, and this amazing movement.

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    1. You are so sweet and precious my friend

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  6. Wonderful post. I've struggled with anxiety disorder and fear my whole life and I feel like especially as Christians we hide it and are ashamed of it. This post really touched me. Thank you for being so honest and Oceans is my favorite song right now :)

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  7. Ive struggled with it almost as long as I can remember :(, its a hard one to battle, love you friend xoxo

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  8. I'm going to apologize ahead of time; I'm going to be the blonde at Hope Spoken (God willing I'll be able to by my ticket in the next week!) that comes out of nowhere and hugs you, haha. Or my introvert-ness over takes me, and I won't. :D
    But anyway, the reason I may be is because of how thankful I am to, even with not knowing you personally, have been touched and moved and challenged and have grown because of your writing. You are a like soul, you hit home so hard when you said "I am insecure. I battle fear & anxiety. I am sensitive & emotional. I struggle with feeling like I am enough. I wrestle with questions like, "God I know you can protect us and save us from pain, but will you?"" This is where I am! Spot on.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing God to use you as a conduit. Thank you for being vulnerable. :]

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    1. Girl you better find me and give me a big hug, I cant wait to meet you!!!

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  9. i love the shirt and i love your words. Thank you for sharing!
    A great message for so many, and it isn't brought up often enough. ALOHA

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  10. I absolutely love this post! i love your transparency and how open you are about your struggles. Isnt that the way it should be? we need to stop hiding behind trying to be "perfect" and fitting in, when in reality no one is perfect and i dont want to fit in with the world & who it wants me to be. Because the world will always tell us we are not enough and we are failures because satan is the prince of this world and that is his sole job..to destroy our souls and make us feel inferior. Im in my mid twenties, a newlywed and just became a parent to a sweet little boy! I am also a therapist and specialize in helping young women and girls who struggle with insecurity and self esteem issues as well as body image issues, anxiety and depression. The reason being i too have struggled in all of these areas. I work for a company called Testimony Life Resources in Orange Coutny Ca. We are all about being open honest and transparent about our struggles so others dont feel alone in theirs. Thats exactly what you are doing here in this post and im so proud and humbled to see that! www.tessarayanne.blogspot.com i am a blogger too! ( : We're all in this life together & being honest with ourselves and each other is the only way through it

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  11. You are a beautiful blessing, friend. xo

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    1. :) xoxo, thank you for your sweet words love!

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  12. You my friend have a heart of gold. I am in awe of how you face your fears with God. I often so stubbornly try to do everything on my own and remember I need him to do ANYTHING! Thanks for the beautiful reminder today. Love, Anna

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    1. gosh friend you have no idea how bad I wish we lived closer!!

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  13. You my friend have a heart of gold. I am in awe of how you face your fears with God. I often so stubbornly try to do everything on my own and remember I need him to do ANYTHING! Thanks for the beautiful reminder today. Love, Anna

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  14. You have a heart of gold my friend. I often try to stubbornly do everything on my own and remember I need him to do ANYTHING. Thanks for the beautiful reminder. Love this movement!

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  15. This morning I was feeling desperately like I have failed, and I opened the bible to psalm 46:5 and knew the Lord was speaking to me. Then, as always I come to your blog on Fridays and read this. Thank you! xo

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  16. What a touching post - thank you for sharing. Your life always looks so perfect, you're gorgeous, have beautiful babies, and a great hubby. Thanks for being real.

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  17. oh well dang. i am not custom to leaving novels in the comments...but here it goes lol.

    You see the way you decried yourself...it sounds like you are describing my oldest daughter. She is such a sweet, kind, tender hearted person...in all honesty her greatest strength. The problem sometimes is that it is also her greatest weakness. funny how that works out? She honestly has so much compassion for people it amazes me...she also cares far to much what people think of her. She started school last year and while loves school and learning she misses home. It is a HUGE battle. She actually described her day and "sad' and " lonely" and then I cried. I pray with her and for her. I try to fix things, help her stand on her own feet, help her to see that not everyone's option doesn't matter. But the Key word here is "I" ... if anything I feel thankful that I can see this personality at six and help her to fully rely on God...b/c honestly as badly as I want to make the world safe and happy and kind for her. I can't. But I can lead her and point her to the one who can.

    I read this great book by Erin MacPherson called the Christian Mama Guide To The Grade School Years ( you should soooooo read this before your oldest goes off to school!) anyways there is a great quote and it goes like this: "My motherly instinct is to hold on-to cling to my children as if they are mine to protect. And while i know that God's purposes for my children require independence,my mama's heart still needs some convincing."

    As always thanks for sharing your heart! What a testimony it is!

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    1. This made me a bit teary, I feel like you described me exactly!!!!! love you sweet friend, thinking ab your precious one right now!

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  18. touching...inspiring..encouraging to my heart! thank you for sharing.

    and this song...it's my go-to in my always emotional state.

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  19. Wow...such a lovely post! We are twins...you just described me to a T! Thank you for always being honest and transparent. Blessings to you!

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  20. Beautiful. We just found out we've lost our 3rd baby. I was 18 weeks when we found out there was no heartbeat, making this my second 2nd trimester loss. BUT... we have a beautiful, precious, smart, loving, sweet two year old boy whom I am so thankful and grateful for. He keeps me moving forward in this world. And relying on God to get me through the sad days. "Today I pray for courage and to be brave.
    Today I trust and rest in His plan, not mine." This is what I needed to read today. I love how God just finds so many (even random :)) ways to speak to our hearts and meet us where we are.

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    1. oh friend. my heart aches for you, right now this minute I am praying

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  21. darn, I thought I commented yesterday. I must have never pressed "publish." Oh, I do that. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing these words. You shared them exactly when I needed to read them. Quite honestly I've been blogging less and less because of quite a few of these internal battles. Sometimes the absolute bravest thing to do is just keep on and push forward. And YES, surrender.

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  22. Your description of Dallas takes me there and I am sharing that moment with you. Beautiful post as always

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  23. I am insecure.
    Never give up no matter what we r facing!
    chicabiti

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  24. That verse. That song. Those words you wrote. It's like the Lord knew I needed to hear them today. Thank you, Casey. God is using you to encourage others, even if it is just through a computer screen. I love that HIS LOVE will break through even the most ordinary of things like a blog or a book or the glint of sunlight on the leaves in the evening. Thank you for being one of His whispers to me today.
    And I love this project! Been watching it from the beginning. So beautiful and encouraging.

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  25. Thanks for sharing! I love how raw you are about your faith on here<3

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  26. It just seems so weird, and out of place for me to read about your insecurities. You are such a beautiful person, with beautiful things and people that fill your life. I struggle each and every day with my inner voice and I really feel as though I'm not enough. I have struggled all my life with my faith and who I am. Thank you for posting this. I really needed it. That verse you put at the end from Psalms, was perfect. I have read this post several times and each time it has spoken to me and encouraged me.

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  27. i have read your blog now for a few months. the first day I discovered your blog I read a few posts to my husband--feeling SO much like you. having some of your same thoughts and feelings. I ended up crying my eyes out! naturally--this post is just what I needed tonight. wow! thank you for who you are. you encourage me to press on towards the prize. thank you!!!

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  28. I remember finding your blog for the first time...reading and reading. even reading some of your posts to my husband. feeling in a strange way--understood. it seemed as though you had the same thoughts, struggles and feelings as me. there have been posts that I have literally cried my way through! thank you for your strong faith. thank you for putting it out there. thank you for making me want to keep striving for "the prize" thank you!

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    1. wow you have no idea how much this means to me love!

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  31. It is still amazing to me how He shows up when we need Him. Not always by resolving issues or answering prayers the way we would have Him, but by providing people that mold, guide, and help us through our journeys. You know that feeling when you walk into a new series at church on Sunday and it is exactly what you need to be studying? That overwhelming feeling of gratitude and relief? It feels like He is there wrapping His arms around you and letting you know you are not alone. That is how your words made me feel today- a little less that I am alone on this walk. That other women understand my struggles because they also have them. Thanks, Casey.

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    1. this made me tear up, thank you for this love!

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  32. Hi Casey, I totally relate and love this post. I want to order this shirt to wear everyday!
    What size are you wearing here???

    Thanks, Meaghan

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