Faith Series: Vanity Hill

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Hello everyone. Here we are with our 3rd Christian blogger of this series, Vanity Hill. I had the pleasure of attending LSU with Vanity and although we were always social media friends we never met in person. It wasn’t until I read her post ‘Eye of the Storm’ that I was like I would love to get to know this girl. Her post resonated with me so much. Eventually I reached out to when God placed it on my heart to start this series that we formed a genuine connection and are now friends in real life. Enjoy Vanity’s testimony, i’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I did.

1. Introduction (short 2-3 sentence bio--give snapshot of what your blog/social media page is about)

My blog “The No Love Lost Project” began with a different name and served as launch space for whatever writing I felt like sharing. It naturally turned into a motivational blog centered around God. My pieces tell the story of a young woman trying to navigate life, acknowledging her mistakes and trying to let others know they aren’t alone in this journey to self-discovery. With my recent rebrand, I hope to expand the subjects of my writing into different types of series and feature writing.

2. What is the one Bible scripture you live by? Why?

I have two. Habakkuk 2:2-3 and Jeremiah 29:11. Those two scriptures carry a lot of weight in my life.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 reads:

2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it may tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

It motivates me to write my dreams and visions down and offers peace in patience to watch them come to fruition.

Jeremiah 29:11 reads:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It also offers me peace when the plan I envisioned doesn’t work out. I read this scripture in the many times where I feel like some things are out of my control and I have to trust that God will see me through to the unimaginable plans He has for me.

These two scriptures are the root of my vision for The No Love Lost Project.

3. What is your testimony?

It’s always tough to write a testimony because I have quite a few! All of my blog posts showcase different testimonies I’ve had over the last year and a half. I didn’t have a lot of confidence or self-awareness growing up. As a young girl, this lack of true confidence was detrimental to my decision making. It took a world of hurt, time, lessons and guidance to get to a point of self-love and love for God. My relationship with Him is consistently growing stronger and I’m happy to share pieces of my journey with my readers.

My story is one of a broken, ever evolving path to self-discovery. I am still learning, still making mistakes and still trying to figure this thing called life out. I am proud of my imperfections and take pride in being relatable to anyone who takes the time to read my blog. My mission is to empower anyone that encounters my writing to discover the powerful, forgiving and infinite love of God.

4. What does your quiet time with God look like? (bible/bible app resources used, time of day, etc.)

I wake up every morning and read a scripture in my Bible app then a quick devotional in Joyce Meyer’s ‘Confident Woman’ app. It’s the first thing I look at before anything else in the morning. When I get home I do yoga, meditate, read another Bible scripture, then journal. Some days I spend watching sermons and taking notes. I try to pray out loud and on paper. I’ve recently taken in writing prayers for others and it’s turned into a time with God that I really look forward to. I’m not perfect so this routine doesn’t happen every day, but I try to do at least two of these things every day.

5. Why have you chosen to use your social media platform to talk about your faith journey?

I never intended on being open with my faith journey on my social media platforms but as I became more and more of a God-fearing woman, it came naturally. I feel that when God passes something along to me, I must share it with others. I have to give back what He has given to me. It always touches at least one person. As I begin this journey with The No Love Lost Project, I hope to create a space for people to be inspired to take action to develop their own relationship with God.

6. Any tips/advice for new believers or believers who seemed to have lost their way?

This journey with God isn’t perfect and you will fall many times along the way. Even when you think you have it all together, there will never be a day where He won’t have any more lessons to teach you. The faith journey comes with loads of tests, additions and removals from your life. Let the fact that your plan has already been written bring you solace in difficult times. Don’t be so hard on yourself to be perfect. God doesn’t call on those that are ready, He readies those that answer the call! Keep that in mind.

7. Are there any special projects that you are currently working on that you would like people to know about?

The No Love Lost Project is my new blog name and also the name of an organization I have recently launched! The mission of the organization is to empower young women and men to focus on God’s infinite love, enhancing self-love, discovering their God-given gifts, writing their visions down and manifesting them into existence. I will be working on some special projects for the organization and blog this fall. I am also working on writing my first children’s book based around the same mission as the organization.

8. Where can people get in touch with you? (social media handles and blog/website)

Website: https://nolovelostproject.com

Facebook: @nolovelostproject

Instagram: @nolovelostproject

Email: nolovelostproject@gmail.com

Don’t forget to leave us comments. Let us know what you think. If you or someone you know would like to be apart of this series please feel free to email me at kiyadaupshaw@gmail.com

Love, Light, & Peace to you,

-KUpshaw

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KiYada Upshaw

24 year old millennial building an overnight success story 1 week at a time. Talking about building a fashion brand while being a young newly wed keeping God at the full font of the relationship and career.