Father God, thank you for my daughter. Thank you for both of my children. I'm so amazed how You remind me of Your grace. In the midst of day with normal mom difficulties, my little girl speaks out the name of Jesus so undeniably. It was music to my ears. May the powerful name of Jesus move mountains in the lives of all who hear. Thank you for reassurance. Thank you for Jesus. In Jesus name, amen.
been jamming to this all morning!!!! So proud of our band and what Jesus has done through them and through the ministry of TrueNorth Church!!!! Our mission is to lead people into a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ, and we have the honor of proclaiming that through this album in hopes that the Gospel of Jesus will be proclaimed!
Take a minute and listen to it, I pray you hear Christ speaking to you and you worship with heart abandoned praise to Him who has called you into LOVE!!! @truenorthworship @truenorthchurch
Inhale confidence. Exhale doubt. Breathe out love.
In the 🌎 according to me, I'm a perfectly "normal" girl. It's only when I walk outside with my oxygen on and see how differently people look at me 🤯🙀😲 and treat me that I "feel" different than everyone else & "not normal". My #sicklecellanemia, normally my little secret, is suddenly on full display for everyone to see & the fact that my life is anything but "normal" is now common knowledge.
People stare. Kids ask questions. I've had someone call me "diseased" and another ask if #sicklecell was contagious (while taking steps backwards). I've had a child tell me I wear oxygen just like his old Granny and I've had the most compassionate people help me when I'm struggling to #getittogether and tangling up my cords and handbag 👜👸🏽 With September being both #sicklecellawarenessmonth AND #oxygenawarenessmonth I wanna stress that if you have a question about #chronicillnesswarriors just ask us🙋🏾♀️! We'd much rather help you #staywoke👀 than have you in the dark, or even worse... assume a stereotype. Education equals awareness, which equals getting a universal cure for Sickle Cell and so many more diseases.
God made us all fearfully and wonderfully... including us who are #chronicallyill . Got surgery scars? Embrace 'em & Praise Him that you're alive🙌🏾 Wear oxygen? Rock it and your accessories, boo! Have a disease? Push for a cure! Shine bright like a 💎 because He made you!
Love you to the 🌒 and back! ~Lydia, #sicklecellwarriorprincess
How 💪🏾 do you feel right this minute? I've really been in my feelings this weekend and sad about circumstances. I had to have an Emergency MRI & ultrasound due to excruciating pain in my foot, and the Dr confirmed three blood clots(two in my left foot & one behind my left knee) as the cause of the severe pain. I felt so down & defeated when the she confirmed it, and I just 😭 when she showed me the screen & I saw the clots blocking blood flow for myself. I felt small, weak, scared, frustrated and not at all powerful.
Where you are is NOT who you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and there's nobody else in this 🌎 that has your unique gifts, talents, style and swagger. You, sweet Warrior, are a limited edition!
Sometimes I have the bad habit of equating my self worth and power with how I'm feeling at the time. If I'm #dabbing on my goals, slaying #sicklecell and #livingmybestlife I feel extremely powerful...like I can accomplish anything with God🏆. If I'm dealing with circumstances beyond my control like blood clots, blood transfusions, pain & missed plans I'm feeling anything but powerful and nothing like a #bossbabe. In a 🌎 where #chronicallyill Warriors have to fight just to be treated with dignity & respect, the struggle is real to feel powerful and capable.
You were created full of purpose, and He has a mighty call on your life. You are alive for a reason. The world needs YOUR quirky laugh, YOUR compassion and sensitivity, YOUR grace, YOUR curls➰, YOUR fierceness and YOUR testimony. YOU are needed and YOU are important. Maybe you have a story that's got to be told, but you're paralyzed to move forward because it's a very familiar story that's been told before...Do whatever it is that He's placed on your 💕 We haven't heard it YOUR voice, with YOUR passion and YOUR creativity. Remember, the same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in YOU! Embrace that power, baby girl. It's your birthright!
I love y'all to the 🌒 and back! ~Lydia, #sicklecellwarriorprincess 👑🌱
What if every setback was actually setting you up for the greatest comeback story you could imagine?
Not gonna lie, looking at this picture is hard. I can't sit here in all honesty and say that life with #sicklecell is easy. Sometimes circumstances happen that are completely out of our control (like being born with a genetic disease like Sickle Cell), people hurt us, things don't turn out as planned and life isn't turning out like we planned or thought it would. So what do we do when we're sick, tired, and sick and tired of being sick and tired?
Remember this: YOU MATTER. YOU WERE CREATED FULL OF PURPOSE AND YOU ARE LOVED MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW BY SOMEONE WHO DIED TO KNOW YOU. Psalms 39:7 says, "My only hope is in You." Whatever it is you may be going through right now, know that God is with you. Perhaps you have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved. I was feeling so down about needing blood a few days ago that I almost complained about being hospitalized for two days. Then I seriously had to check myself and give Him all the 🙌🏾🙌🏾 for such a short visit and giving me natural solutions like #doterra#essentialoils that are keeping me thriving.
I'd never talk to anyone the way I've allowed myself to speak to myself in the past, and if anyone ever told me the things I used to tell myself I'd likely never speak to them again. So why do we tear ourselves down so much? I think it's because we put expectations on ourselves, and we also compare our lives to others. We may assume our favorite social media peeps🐣🐤🐥 have everything together and are living their best lives while we're sitting here and can't get it together. Scripture says to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and to lean not on our own understanding. Like I said earlier, YOU WERE CREATED FOR A MIGHTY PURPOSE!
September is #sicklecellawarenessmonth and a wonderful time to talk #holisticwellness and #naturalsolutions with me! If you haven't joined my Facebook Group, Warriors of Hope, it's a great resource for diy recipes, healthy cooking & wellness tips for Warriors!
I love you to the 🌒 and back! ~Lydia, #sicklecellwarriorprincess 🌱👑
Flawsome: A person who embraces all of their flaws and still knows they're awesome.
My port is on full display in this 👙 and in my younger days the 👀 people sent my way would've made me immediately cover up. Today, I'm grateful. Unashamed. Proud. Flawsome. I thank Him for this port because it's given my body vital blood when I was severely anemic, provided fluids when my body rejected them and allows nurses to check my counts with ease(being a pin cushion is no bueno). Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real, and I count it all joy...even the hard times. Without them, I may not truly cherish cheer as much as I do.
This cheer #essentialoil blend stays with me constantly because it instantly lifts my mood when I'm all up in my feelings 😂 and it helps me stay happy even on the most painful days.
BeYOUtiful Warriors, I love y'all to the 🌒 and back! Sending #chronicJOY and #chronicLOVE ✨✨💕 ~Lydia, #sicklecellwarriorprincess 👑🌱