How’s your heart?
As Boyd Bailey writes, everything flows from our hearts - your hopes, your dreams, your fears, your anxieties, your anger, your forgiveness, your humility, your peace, your greed, your generosity, and your love. Yes, everything that makes you who you are is in your heart. So above all else, your heart needs a guard - and God is your guard.
When the Holy Spirit fills our hearts by faith, sin is flushed out and leaves enough room for the Fruit of the Spirit. Only a heart guarded by God can bear up under the influence of ungodliness. A heart submitted to Christ in prayer is protected by Christ with peace. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:7.
Together with Christ, we are able to fight against the conditions of the heart; faint-heartedness, hopelessness, brokenness, foolishness, and hardened hearts of stone.
We can be encouraged in knowing that we are not alone. We have a Savior who loves us and died on the cross to break us free from the control of sin! Receiving Him as our Savior gives us access to God and His power—a power to transform our hearts from sin-hardened to Christ-softened. And like He promised, that we may receive all that we ask for in his name, tonight we pray that if any of us are struggling with hearts of stone, that we may receive new hearts that reflect the love of God, His truth, mercy, and forgiveness. Hearts after God’s own heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
It’s a public holiday here and I told myself I was going to do character development all day. Instead, I’ve had copious amounts of tea, a mimosa, a scone and written a blog post all about sofas - and you’d better believe this @potterybarnaus beauty makes an appearance. You’re welcome!
there are many more mountains
for you. more nights alone, as
the sun descends, the darkness
rising. there are more days you
will question your value, fear
your glory. there is more rejection
to come, wounds to open, pain to
pass. there are more tears you will
cry, more laughter that will crinkle
your eyes. there are more people
you will meet, more stories for
listening, for sharing. there will be
more confusion, more chaos. but
also more clarity, more opportunity.
there are many more. but. there may
also be no more. because what if the
Death breath comes? we cannot rely
on "more". we cannot hope in this life.
we can only look to what transcends
life and death: the Love breath.
Let’s talk about food - one of my favorite subjects, but it hasn’t always been that way. I realize this is a sensitive topic, but it’s on my heart and I want to share with those of you who may be struggling. Meet 19 year old Lauren 👋🏻 The girl in this picture was told she “was too skinny” or “thinned out really quick” or my personal favorite “you look like you do drugs because of how thin you are”. By the time I was 19 I had gone through quite a bit. A lot of which I didn’t talk about, but hearing those words about my weight didn’t help, not one bit. This girl valued others opinions a little too much. She was a people pleaser and took every single word to heart. Y’all this was a recipe for disaster. I started counting calories, eating more to gain weight, then cut down when I thought I was getting “fat”. I remember feeling nervous to eat ice cream. I never saw myself as beautiful or precious. Man, I’m grateful the Lord collided with the girl in this picture and has been working on her ever since. If I could say one thing to this girl it would be “Eat the damn ice cream! You’re more than what people say or think of you. You are more precious than rubies and most importantly you are Loved.”
We are finally getting to our first butterflies birth date! #penny (brown one) & #Jade (green one) are in the process of emerging from their chrysalis’ 🦋🦋🤗
Slide through the photos/videos to see their story. We picked up a few along with some plants at the nursery earlier in the month. I also collected Monarchs from my garden around this time too (post on those later)
I’ve done this two years in a row now, and keep learning more + getting better on raising them. These are Swallowtail Butterflies and they should be in full form tomorrow morning. What a great surprise for the girls. I’ll try to film the “first look” to share later. ♥️
Eventually I would love to be a registered Monarch Way Station and get the tracking stickers for the migration research. 👍
If you’re interested in doing this for yourself or your kids, it’s a great (at about a month it’s not long process or huge commitment). Very informative and a learning experience for all. My kids wake up every morning and check on them. Things are always happening and they help so much. My girls are 3 & 5yrs. They are not to young at all!... and your never to old 😜
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Tonight I watched him as he played with his toy trucks in the living room. All by himself. Llewyn never naps anymore and rarely falls asleep BEFORE Auggie.
So I observed as my little man was figuring out what it was like to explore alone — without big brother right by his side. I noticed he wasn’t sure where to begin. He was almost even a little shy as Steve and I observed and tried to play along with him. He stated a few times in his soft, raspy voice: “Llewyn, sleeping” almost as if he wished he could go wake him up. And in that moment my heart about crumbled into a million pieces.
Because in less than a month our first born starts preschool and I don’t know about you guys, but time isn’t slowing down over here.
And then I thought even deeper (shocker 😜) and my whole heart started to ache as I sat thinking about how someday our Llew man will graduate high school and move out of our home...leaving Auggie to figure things out without his older brother right there having already gone before him.
So in those thoughts and that momma heartache, my prayer is that he would be incredibly strong in who God has created Him to be. And that he would fully know that even when his brother isn’t physically by his side, that he will always be his side kick. Because life is just better when you can call your brother your best friend. #brothersandbesties
“We might feel unqualified or question our abilities, but God doesn’t. He could have done it differently, but He chose to use us because He trusts us.” – Searching for Sanity, Lindsey Bell
It was one of those days...a 'no napper' that just leads to utter chaos, but we had somewhere to be this evening...
The dress was wrong. She didn't want the shoes. I wouldn't let her eat the snack she opened I already said she couldn't have.
So, she screamed &/or threw a fit in nearly all of big brother's 7th grade classes at Meet the Teacher. And dinner afterward...let's not even discuss it.
Parenting isn't easy. It's hard. It's humbling. It's tiring. But it's a gift, an honor & a blessing.
God equips us to parent through the ups & downs & we are so richly rewarded by it. So on those toughest, most challenging of days, trust Him...
Hope deferred makes the heart sick. Don’t defer hope. Don’t destroy the expectation that SOMETHING good is coming. Sometimes you have to hold on with every ounce of weakened strength you have left, but keep holding because God is faithful. Invite Him into your mess. Into the hard, painful, ugly situations. He won’t be offended. He will love you through it, just invite Him in. #conversationswithjesus
Something about the simplicity of this picture makes me so happy. Because it’s just THEM. I can only imagine this is what it looks like when they are walking around as a family 90% of the time. Sweet Zach on a mission to go-go-go, determined to bring mom and dad along to check out whatever catches his little eye. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s not posed. It’s not forced. It’s not perfect. It’s just THEM. ❤️
Calling on all you green thumbs! I could NOT pass up this Bougainvillea today while at Home Depot looking at paint colors. But the only thing I know about her is she makes me happy. How do I keep her happy too?❤️
Eliana started 5th grade today and we are so proud! She was nervous and excited...and made it!! This year is going to be super challenging for her as a new middle schooler. Her little brain will have to work overtime to try to understand things that come easily for most kiddos. But there is one thing we never have to question...she never gives up! She said “I’m going to rock middle school.” Thank you for praying for our sweet girl. Each smile and laugh is answered prayers...💙 #elianatheoneandonly
Sometimes in life you get the chance to step outside of yourself.
To step back from your agenda and your priorities and your selfishness.
Times to wade deep into the uncertainty of other’s pain and times to altogether look towards the beautiful unknown and to rest in the truth that even the unknown is entirely known by our great and good and loving God.
A time to marvel at the depths and the wonder and the vastness of the infinite knowledge of God.
_ A time to not understand, but to be willing to search, to wait, to take one step further and to be still in front of the Lord’s marvelous unravellings in life.
This time has been utterly sweet and difficult altogether. Joys muddle with sorrow in a beautiful, ever-grateful way.
Lord, teach us your wisdom.