a P R O M I S E, this is…⠀
“I will be to H E R a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord…” ⠀
“…and the G L O R Y in her midst”⠀
Sometimes I wake up and I feel emotionally weak. I feel vulnerable, defenseless and susceptible.⠀
I tend to write things here and on my blog that a lot of people wouldn’t even think about disclosing. Some say I’m crazy. Heck sometimes I think I’m crazy and I want to go into hiding because I’ve exposed myself so much.⠀
Sometimes I don’t even know how to pray when I feel like this so I simply whisper this with my eyes turned above, “Lord, help me see your truth, not mine.”⠀
Then I keep going, despite all of the above feelings, because I know those feelings do not come from my Lord.⠀
A couple days ago I ran into this verse found in Zechariah 2:5. I’ve read it dozens of times before, but this time it slammed into me and wouldn’t let me go. The Lord whispered: “I protect you.”⠀
This is what God says to me and to you: I will be a wall of protection around you. Not only that, I will be the G L O R Y in your midst.⠀
I don’t know about you, but it causes me to do a holy jig. #notkidding🕺🏻💃🏻 It empowers me to RISE UP. It makes me want to KEEP GOING at what He’s called me to do.⠀
Girl, let’s KEEP GOING.⠀
We are C A L L E D.
October is birthday month around here. All of my boys are celebrated this month. We now have a teenager, a tween, and a preschooler up in here. I am so blessed to mother these kids. When I was a young woman I didn’t want children. I wasn’t sure I could love another person enough. I fail regularly but I love deeply. These babies are my greatest adventure. 🎉🎉🎉
At the risk of being too vulnerable, I want to share a breakthrough moment. Two of my friends died this week and on the same day. They aren't related, didn't know one another and weren't even in the same state - I was the only thing they had in common. So when I attended one of the funerals yesterday, I thought of both of them. I tend to feel things deeply (my family SO appreciates this trait in me) so it's no wonder I am tempted to withdraw and disconnect from people. Feeling this deeply can hurt. .
In the past, I could have stayed in that deep well of emotions for a long time, thinking about what we had, recalling memories and savoring what was. So today, as I thought about my sadness, I realized that part of its weight came from grief over what was lost and also about what could have been. That way of thinking is a huge energy and emotional drain. .
Then I had my breakthrough: Neither of those things are real but they distract me from what is. .
I realized I was focused on something false instead of what's true. I was acting as if those are the only two important relationships I have and will ever have and that’s a lie. And I realized that I have a choice. .
So Lord, thank you for these two precious people, for their love and connection with me. They were human touch points and I'm grateful our paths crossed. I'm glad we were there for each other - we needed to receive love and compassion and we needed to give it away. My life was enriched by them. .
I release the grief of what could have been. That's a heavy burden that serves no good purpose. The depth of my sadness is not a measure of my feelings for them. My grief doesn't prove how special our relationship was. And if I stay stuck in what was or what could have been, I'm not really living today. Thank you for that awareness. It brings life and makes room for joy. .
I have a life to live and other people to meet. I have love to give. Today is a gift and I choose to embrace it. The people and opportunities in my life are real and full of exciting possibilities. And being a human touch point for others is also a gift. Thank you Lord. I am grateful. .
Rodan + Fields has given me so much MORE than I ever anticipated. MORE time with my family, MORE fun adventures, MORE financial security, MORE personal growth, MORE opportunities to give back.
What would you appreciate more of in your life?
🎉Congratulations👏 to Kendra, October member of the month!🏆Kendra’s dedication to her gym workouts 🏋️♂️ is inspiring! She hits the gym on her lunch hour! She is a perfect example of how committing even a small part of your day, even 30-45 minutes, pays off! She hits that stair machine and those water rowers consistently and her results are amazing! 💪 Great job Kendra! 🙌🏻 Here is what Kendra says about Tone Zone Fitness: “I love that Tone zone is women only, I feel very comfortable working out here and no pressure. I really like that it’s 24 hour gym so I can come whenever it’s convenient for me. I also like that they offer classes, I have attended a few of them and really enjoyed them. Thank you Kaye for being so sweet and friendly!!” #tonezonestrong#tzmemberofthemonth#tonezoneismyhappyplace#womensfitness#memberofthemonth#freetank#womenencouragingwomen
Jessica Baker - Helping others helps you.
"Remember that when you help another up a mountain, you are a little closer to the top yourself." We just want to take a moment and say thank you to everyone who helped make our carving party a success! You have pushed us up our mountain and we love sharing the view with you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
there’s always that small group of people who will believe no matter what is going on in their lives.
you can’t convince them that things won’t work out.
you can’t persuade them to give up and try something else.
you can’t discourage them from going hard for what they want the most.
they live with conviction because they saw the vision and they answered the call.
other people see them moving, and wonder how they just keep going... and if you ask them, they will answer “i’m a believer.” is that you?
tired. but still believe.
overwhelmed. but still believe.
wondering when it’s going to happen for you. but still believe.
feel like giving up, but your faith won’t let you... where my believers at?🙋🏾
When you’re supposed to be in “launch mode” but you’re really over here like ✌️ Off to go shopping with the bestie 😍
ps: last day to get Break Free for $600 off... are ya in or ya out?! taylormanning.co/breakfree
Someone needs to read this today. Reading the Word never gets old. God is truly amazing. I'm choosing to believe this scripture for myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
25“This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
26“Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? 27So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
28“And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, 29and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these! 30So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
31“So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
33“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. 34Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Don't worry, be happy...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
‘And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” ~~~🌾Ruth 2:2🌾~~~
Y’all can probably imagine that this is one of my all-time favorite verses in all of the Bible!!!
🍃I adore Ruth! She is such a woman of strength, grace and action!
🍃She is such a blessing to this Texas Girl!!! I look to her as a hero of the faith!!!
🍃Y’all...Bible Study this week!!! I will let y’all know more deets about which day just as soon as my schedule is set!!! Do y’all have a preference?!? I will def try for y’alls fave day!!!
🍃We have so so so much to discuss!!!!! I adore Ruth and I’m crazy about each and every one of y’all!!!!! 🌾🍃💁♀️🍃🌾
[📸: @megan_garms Dad😊]