You can continue to heal and still live your life👏🏼👏🏼. - Last night’s full moon (last of the decade😏) encourages us to rewrite our stories, to let go of anything toxic and to emerge a more empowered and healthy version of ourselves in 2020. I’m feeling this shift in energy already! ✨👊🏼 - Letting go can be easier said than done. I think there’s this idea that you can completely start over. In reality, you have a history, and that history is meant to teach you and guide you. It's okay to let that flow into this next chapter. You're turning the page, not starting a new book. - It may be hibernation season, but you can still shed those layers. Let go of what is weighing you down in whatever way works for YOU. Time to kick those limiting beliefs (and some 🍑😉).
honestly God has made me so very happy lately and has helped me move on from all my troubles and finally be truly happy! I mean God is so very good and merciful to all his children, that is why i worship our great God! — “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
TRUST IS EVERYTHING (well, a whole lot) in a life of surrender. A trust that says I find peace knowing who is in control despite the fact that my vision is limited. I struggled to trust God with all of me for so long because of how many times I had been let down by people in my life. . I’m sure some of you reading can relate. The truth is, though, that in order to trust Him...I had to be intentional about getting to know Him & His heart. He’s not hard to find & promises us in His word that we will seek Him & find Him when we seek Him with all of our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13). When I did, I learned that He’s not to be held to the standard I hold people to — He keeps His word every time. . Though He knows all about us, He asks that we take the continual step of openly allowing Him into every area of our lives. I encourage you to do that. Seek Him, know the truth of His word... who He is & who He says you are. As you grow in knowledge, I pray you grow deeper in trusting faith. I pray that you walk in courage & confidence of His truth & that many come to know Him through you as a result.
We kind of skipped the infatuation stage in our dating relationship. Our love story didn’t start out as a butterflies in your stomach romance. Having ridden the emotional roller coaster of dating in the past, I think there was part of me that actually felt unsure about us because it was simple and comparatively “unexciting”. He never asked me to be his girlfriend. He didn’t have to. I already knew I was. It didn’t look like a hallmark movie. But I saw that he was so good and I continued to pursue that goodness. About 6 months in, we felt the butterflies and I knew God was teaching me something. So if you’re just not that into it, let it go. But don’t run away from something steady just because it’s not as exciting as the emotional roller coaster of modern dating or doesn’t fit the hallmark Christmas special. And married couples in a season of steady, let’s savor it. Steady is actually turning out to be a radically wild love story. #beating50percent#marriage#catholic#choosejoy#datingdetox#emotionalvirtue#futurepodcast
posting a lot of selfies lately + let me tell you why. it is simply because half of my twenty-fours years spent on this earth has been spent despising every inch of myself...every fold, every scar, every freckle, every imperfection. and for the first time in over twelve years, i am finally coming home to myself. i am learning to love my smile that now stretches from ear to ear...where before there was no life behind it. i am learning to love the freckles that line my skin like stars. i am learning to love a stomach that folds + all the more space it has to hold deep laughter. i am learning to love the scars that are visible + ones that are not. i am learning to love my overly loud laugh + the crookedness of my teeth. i am learning to love my unruly eyebrows + the size of my thighs. i am learning to love my heart by giving it what it needs + not neglecting it. i am not all the way there...but i am learning + i will post selfies because i’m allowed to embrace it. i am learning. i am learning. i mean, growth comes from lessons no matter what, right? happy wednesday, loves! x #seekingbeautyamidstthemundane
Don't mind me, I'm just over here thinking of how hard Isha has worked the past few months preparing for her performance on Sunday. I'm always so blown away by her talent and dedication to what she loves. Also, how does my 8 year old have so many talents while I'm 28 and have not a single one.😂
Planning is therapeutic.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The act of writing things down, organizing how the next few days of my are going to go on paper feels empowering.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why not just use your phone?! The number one question of anyone who is not a planner. My answer: Because I love to escape technology, I love the act of writing, I love the way it helps me remember, and I love the community.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today’s video is on my Planner Lineup for 2020. 😄 #plannerlineup#theorganizedmoney
Our family has evolved over time (and continues to evolve) by God’s grace through Foster Care over the last nearly four years. Whiles some of these sweet thangs have become legal members of our family, every child that enters our home takes a piece of my heart with them and I hold on to the memories and sounds they brought into our home in my heart forever. . I was just sharing with someone earlier that having four kiddos around the same age and a baby can be pretty 🤪 and loud all at the same time, but other than the never ending piles of laundry and occasional step on a lego (or five), I wouldn’t have it any other way. . I’m so grateful for the opportunity to foster, but the weight that comes with someone else’s child is calling me momma or the snuggles, hugs, firsts and memories I get to have is not lost on me. Some days are hard and some are more difficult than others, but God’s grace is sufficient for me, for our kiddos and their bio families. . Please join me in praying for each of the beautiful kids that are a part of our family now and previously and their parents. 🖤
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
At a museum, I lingered near a display of ancient lamps. A sign revealed they were from Israel. Decorated with carved designs, these oval-shaped clay vessels had two openings—one for fuel, and one for a wick. Although the Israelites commonly used them in wall alcoves, each was small enough to fit in the palm of a person’s hand. Perhaps a little light like this inspired King David to write a praise song in which he said, “You Lord are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29). David sang these words after God gave him victory in battle. Rivals from both inside and outside his own nation had been stalking him, intending to kill him. Because of his relationship with God, David didn’t cower in the shadows. He moved forward into enemy confrontations with the confidence that comes from God’s presence. With God helping him, he could see things clearly so he could make good decisions for himself, his troops, and his nation. The darkness David mentioned in his song likely involved fear of weakness, defeat, and death. Many of us live with similar worries, which produce anxiety and stress. When the darkness presses in on us, we can find peace because we know God is with us too. The divine flame of the Holy Spirit lives in us to light our path until we meet Jesus face to face. From odb.org
🌟Petit concours spécial🌟 Au début décembre, @sur_mon_x a lancé le challenge #slowdecembre pour nous inviter à partager douceur et bienveillance en ce temps des fêtes qui peut être stressant et difficile pour plusieurs. Ce mouvement m’a inspiré un petit concours différent: #partagelamagie Je me joins à quelques personnes magnifiques, @sur_mon_x et @natashapn28 pour vous offrir de faire plaisir aux personnes qui font une différence, petite ou grande, dans votre vie ou qui ont besoin d’une dose d’amour présentement. J’enverrai en votre nom cette broderie “Joy” à une de ces personne. Ça peut être un ami proche, le professeur de votre enfant, un membre de votre famille, quelqu’un pour qui le temps des fêtes est difficile, etc. Vous avez jusqu’au 14 décembre à midi pour participer. Voici les règles pour participer, lisez les bien jusqu’à la fin: • Écrivez-moi en commentaire à qui vous souhaitez que j’envoie la broderie en votre nom et pourquoi. C’est tout!!! **** • Vous pouvez taguer cette personne pour lui envoyer une dose d’amour si vous le désirez. • Vous n’avez pas à aimer cette publication, taguer plein d’amis, partager en stories ou ni même à me suivre si vous ne le désirez pas. Vous pouvez envoyer d’autres doses d’amour en vous rendant sur les comptes de @sur_mon_x et @natashapn28 Instagram n’est impliqué d’aucune façon dans ce concours. *** Ouvert aux résidents du Québec seulement***
An action shot for your Thursday! 😂 • Did you catch my Stories yet this morning? I’m spending the day in the studio! The whole day!! As in, the entirety of an entirely entire work day! 🙌🏻 Haha! • Raise your hand if the word “entire” sounds weird in your head now! 🙋🏻♀️🤣 • Feels like it’s been a long time, but I’m so looking forward to getting painty today! And hopefully, it’ll warm up enough tomorrow that I can varnish some new artwork, that’s been in a pile waiting for warmer temps! • But first, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this fun color combo from my sweater, tee and knitting! So fun, right?! Makes me want to make a card in these colors! Or maybe a holiday inspired painting! • Does this color combo inspire you??
It's all too easy to become discouraged and disheartened by the mistakes we continue to make, the sins we continue to fall into, the way in which we continue to fall short. . Instead of continuing to define ourselves by who we have been and what we have done in past (or what has been done to us), we'll find encouragement in focusing on who we're becoming. . By Jesus' power and the presence of his Holy Spirit, you are empowered to become everything you were created to be. If you follow Jesus, something supernatural and mysterious is happening within you. A seed of life has been implanted in your heart. Continue to water it. . It won't always be an easy process. And sometimes we'll need to look our sins and shortcomings straight in the face. But at the same time, don't let that distract you or discourage you from the beautiful journey that Jesus is leading you on.
Looking at Christmas break coming SO soon like 😍🎄🎅🏼❤️ • Christmas time is undoubtedly one of my most favorite times of the year and I am so excited to head back to Indy + get to spend some time with family and friends. That being said, I’m currently in the middle of a crazy finals week + might be slower to respond for a bit. Hang in there with me as I have lots of fun things coming for julia elise collective in 2020!!!! • Yesterday, I got to spend the day in Birmingham with @_daniellephotog and quite possibly some of the cutest couples + clients everrrrrr for in-home, Christmas mini sessions. Danielle + I had a freaking BLAST and were feeding off of one another’s wild + fun energy all day 😂❣️ Stay tuned for all the fun shots we captured, as I’ll be editing all of those once this semester is officially over! • 📸: @_daniellephotog , edited by me!
I donated all our candle holders but one I really love. Do I regret it? Nope. I am tired of storing things I don’t love, or that serve one purpose and are only used for a few days a year, or brought out once for an annual holiday, or I held onto because I had a “maybe/if/when” scenario in my head for an ideal time to use it, or I imagined my ideal self really needing it when my day to day reality doesn’t, or just basically things that are stored more often than enjoyed. I got these small glass bowls second hand around 10 years ago when I bought my first house. They serve dip, my kids use them for snacks, they hold the candy every year for decorating gingerbread, we use them as paint dishes for kids art projects, and hey they also work as a candle holder, amongst other things. Does not having proper candle holders take away from enjoying this cozy moment with my book on the couch? Nope. It doesn’t have to be candle holders, insert whatever item it may be in a similar scenario. I bet we can all think of one thing in our home that we are holding onto that would serve us better to just let it go.