Life Updates…

Hey loves, I wanted to kind of give a life update since I realized a lot has changed in the last month or so and I haven’t really shared much. It’s been quite the rollercoaster of emotions to be completely honest. I don’t really think I’ve fully come to a place where I can say I’m no longer emotional about everything that happened.

It’s also hard to figure out how much you should share about your personal life and how much you should hold back. But what I can say is that within the last few weeks, I was recently laid off from my job. It was a crazy experience and I didn’t see it coming. I knew that God was beginning to transition us into a different season of our lives but I never anticipated that this transition could happen so fast. This wasn’t happening according to my timeline. But it turns out it was God’s timeline.

In this moment, I really needed to think about my faith and trust in God. Did I really trust Him enough to know that He will supply our each and every need like it says in Philippians 4:19?

 

Philippians 4:19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

 

So, of course that thinking reigned in my head for a few days after everything happened. But as the days have gone by, I have started to realize that I do have that faith and trust in God. And that maybe this needed to happen in order for me to realize that I do have that faith. William (my husband) and I are coming to such a weird place in our lives. We are seeing one-chapter end and another begin. It’s such a weird feeling. Because you can see what is ahead and you just want to get to that point already and just be done with it. But at the same time, you really can’t do that. You have to see this out to the very end. Only then can Chapter 2 really begin. So, to be honest, it’s just really weird.

But it’s also very exciting. I feel like William and I are finally getting to a point in our lives where are seeing all of our hard work come to fruition. We are finally able to starting setting down the path that we have been waiting for, for so long. And it’s a great feeling. Of course, this new chapter means moving to another place, graduating and starting a new life, which is all exciting. But it’s also kind of sad to see this chapter that we are currently in end. I know that I’ve said to a lot of people how excited I am to finally be done with this chapter and move on. But to be honest, it hasn’t really been that bad. God has provided for us these past two years here and really grown us. It’s hard to see that growth while you are going through it but as you look back you can really see what has changed. My marriage has grown stronger, my relationship with the Lord has grown stronger, I’ve come to fully trust and have faith in God like I have never before. It’s amazing really.

Hebrews 11:1: “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”

I’m even more excited to see what challenges lye ahead of us and what type of growth we will experience at that point as well. For now, I’m home blogging full time and finishing my graduate degree. I’m really enjoying this time of rest and I’m trying to make the best of it by staying somewhat active. So, if you have any topics you’d like me to cover in a future post, just let me know! Leave a comment below!

xoxo,

mp

Prayer is Powerful!

Over the past few years, my prayer life has changed. Honestly, praying and reading my Bible was never the easiest. I get distracted very easily, so the smallest thing would take my attention away. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve started to realize just how important prayer is and how important it is to spend time in the Word of God.

Throughout the years, I’ve tried many different ways to try and keep myself accountable in my devotional life. So today I wanted to share my devotional habits and what I’m doing. Hopefully, this will spur some creative thinking for your own devotional life.

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Right now, I wake up earlier that I used to. Waking up early gives me some time in the morning to spend time with the Lord. I’ve been doing daily devotionals through New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. It’s been a great way to start my morning every day. I also do the Bible reading that is suggested that ties in the daily reading. I love being able to get some encouraging words and read Gods word in the morning. It really sets off my day on the right foot. I’ve gotten so used to it that when I miss a day, everything just feels off.

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I’ve also used index cards to write down my prayers. I really like to have the opportunity to lift other people up in prayer. A lot of the times when I start to pray I lose the words that I want to say. Having the prayers for others already written down helps me to remember to pray for them. It also sparks thoughts and prayers for others that I may not have remembered to write down.

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I love being able to start my day this way. I notice such a difference in my attitude throughout the day. Putting aside the fact that I’m a worship leader, spending time with the Lord as a Christian woman in general is extremely important. Spending time with God in the morning is like spending time with my best friend. It takes time to get to know someone and build a trust with that person. The same thing goes with God. If you don’t put effort into your relationship with Him than He isn’t going to put effort in either. He will not force Himself on you nor will He force you to love Him. He wants us to come to that decision on our own. Because of what I’ve been through in my life, I have come to truly love and appreciate Him. Which makes waking up early every morning that much easier!

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What are some of your favorite prayer tips? Leave a comment below!

weight loss craze!

i don’t know if you’re like me, but im obsessive over the strangest things. well some strange, some not so strange. im obsessed with my skin, my hair, my eyebrows and of course my weight. ever since i finished chemotherapy, ive been obsessed with my weight. mainly because while i was on chemo, i gained so much weight. of course, as a young girl it messed with my self-esteem, i think at that age it’s something that is natural. but as ive gotten older, that obsession has both grown at times yet died at times. i go through these stages of my life where i don’t care what i weigh, and other times i can’t stop thinking about it. what ive come to realize, is all this obsessing has made me miss out on a lot of things. ive stopped enjoying food because i was so worried about gaining weight. i would stress over it so much that i actually had a reverse effect on my body. because i was so stressed over my weight, i would gain weight!! but that is just how my body works. so lately, ive come to this conclusion: this is who i am. this body is what God created for me. do i want to make sure im taking care of myself health wise? of course!! but no longer will i allow the stress of weight loss to control me. so today i wanted to share some of my favorite tips on how you can make small changes toward a healthier you!

multi vitamin: the easiest way to start on the trail to a healthy life is picking up a multi vitamin. there are so many options out there right now, but i wanted to share a few of my favorite.

  1. natures bounty women’s multivitamin: this is a good option for those who hate taking pills. these gummies taste good and are a great way to start adding in some vitamins to your day.
  2. juice plus: i’ve been taking these vitamins for over two years. i absolutely love them and how i’ve felt while taking them. i take the pill form but here are the gummy options. there are two option, the orchard and garden blend and they are made from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. for those who tend to not eat a ton of fruits or veggies everyday, this is a great option.

8 glasses of water: another tip is to make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday! this is something i’m always working on because i tend to get caught up in my work that before i know it, it’s already time to leave and i haven’t drank any water. one way that does help to remind me is having a colorful water bottle. because the color draws my attention away from the computer screen, it prompts me to take a drink. here are super cute water bottle options for you!

  1. s’well water bottle: i love this water bottle because it’s completely insulated. it keeps my cold water cold all day long.
  2. yeti insulated tumbler: another great option. they come in fun colors and also keep your drinks cold all day long. my co-worker has this brand and is completely in love with it.
  3. contigo snapseal: this is another great option. my close friend and boss both have this brand and also love it. i’m pretty sure my boss loved it so much that she bought two!

add some color: adding some color to your food choices is always a great option! the more color, the better! add in some salad, fruits, or veggies to your meal to add some extra healthy love to your meal.

take a walk / add activity: this one, of course, isn’t my favorite but i do it. because i sit all day long at my current job, i like to make sure i spend a minimum of 30 minutes doing some kind of activity. that could be going for a long walk with my husband or getting on our stationary bike. whatever activity you like to, do at least 30 minutes a day and it will definitely help. better yet, start taking the stairs as a small step to add in some activity!

relax: this is something that i’m not the best at, but is something that is needed! stress can cause weight gain. no matter how much you change your food choices, being stressed will cause your body to gain weight. trust me, it’s happened to me plenty of times. the more i let my body relax, the easier it is for me to remain at a healthier state.

of course, these are all my personal opinions, but from my 26 years of like, i have learned what to do and what not to do when it comes keeping myself healthy. do you have tips that you do to keep yourself at your best? share them below!

xoxo

mp

who am i?

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so for those of you who don’t know me at all, this post is for you! and probably for those who do know me might still benefit from this. so i realized i started this blog without really officially introducing myself to everyone. so i wanted to spend some time tonight doing just that. my name is megan alexis perez. i am 26 years old. i an originally from new york, i lived in yonkers and long island for about 15 years. when i 15 years old my dad got called by the Lord to go into ministry so he moved us to lakeland, florida so that he can attend southeastern university. i was in florida for about 9 years before i moved up here to pennsylvania. going from new york to florida was not an easy transition, i must say. i find new york and florida to be polar opposites.

not only in weather. it was very shocking to me. i remember in high school, the very first time that my brother and i were asked to hang out with some friends was quite the experience. they asked us if we wanted to go over and go shooting. now mind you, we just moved down here from new york. in new york, going shooting isn’t a good thing. like, you just don’t go out shooting somewhere for fun. that is not a thing. seriously. i remember going home and telling my parents that and they had to explain what they were talking about. my brother and i looked at each other and thought “really?! they do that for fun!!!???” so out our comfort zone.

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that move was probably the most difficult for me. i left a lot in new york. but i did find a lot in florida. the Lord really did a lot in me while i was down there. after high school, i ended up going to a state university first. the friends i had in high school all went to that school and i wanted to go with them. plus my boyfriend at the time was going and i didn’t want to be alone. so my first year of college was not good at all. i know many people don’t know this, and i probably shouldn’t be talking about this but who cares. the past is the past. so my first year of college all i did was hang out with my friends and boyfriend. barely went to class and barely did homework. of course my actions came with consequences. i didn’t do well in my classes and because of it i was asked not return until i got my gpa up. it was so disappointing. i was so broken. i couldn’t believe that i had allowed myself to get that far deep. i was so disappointed. after that, i knew that i needed to basically take my life back and get things on the straight and narrow real quick.

i changed my major (i started as a pre-med biology major) to music and went to community college for a year. some events took place during that year which caused me to make the move back home with my parents and attend southeastern. i ended up graduating from southeastern university with my bachelors in music business with a minor in church music.

i will say that i was very happy i made that move back home. it was hard at first, but i know that that was the Lord working. i ended up meeting my husband my junior year in college. we met at a worship night, another story for another time. we were friends for a little over two years before we actually started dating officially. and about a year after that we were engaged. five months later we were married. it was crazy but, it was God. he is my best friend. and the love of my life. and in a few years, he will be my baby daddy! (this is not a pregnancy announcement lol)

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I will say that my life has not gone the way that i actually thought it would. i mean i thought that i would be close to finishing up medical school at this point in my life. i didn’t anticipate being married until i was about 28-29. and i was totally fine with that. but i would not change anything about my life right. maybe i would change to be a couple pounds lighter but that’s about it.

my entire life, i feel, has been centered around God. most of the time in ways that i couldn’t see. i couldn’t see Him working things out for my good. i couldn’t always feel Him there next to me even though He was always there. i know i have made my mistakes in the past, but He never left me. growing up, i took to music as my way to express myself. music was my escape. when i came to the Lord, i combined both passions and now leading worship is my “escape.” it’s my passion. and not just leading worship. but also taking my knowledge and experience and pouring that into others to help train them in worship and all that it entails. combine that with traveling and you have my dream job. i know that the Lord is preparing us for this dream job (at least i’m praying He does!).

that is pretty much the outer layer of who i am aside from the fact that i am fashion obsessed. i did work in retail for over 6 years and did a lot in visual merchandising, so over time my love for fashion and styling has grown. a little out of control for my budget i might add! haha

so that is me in a nutshell. there is so much more to who i am that is so hard to really just encompass in one blog post. but i wanted to introduce myself to you guys officially. i’m so excited about this blog and where it is going to be going in the next few months. please, if there is a topic you would like me to cover, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask! i would love to hear from you guys!

xoxo