want your family and friends to support you? sometimes…. you just have to tell them what you need them to do! 😉 share with your squad and let them know how much your support means to you! xoxo, cyrissa ps. which of these is your favorite way that friends and family show support??? ✨ everyone that shares their opinion will get a special dm from cyrissa and a special bonus gift from the sparkle team to you!
Faith doesn’t deny the reality, it DECLARES the possibility of your future. ✨ I don’t know exactly what the future holds. But I’m stepping forward with grit anchored in grace. 💕 double tap if your cup is half full.
“What does pursuing God look like with a newborn?” — It is so tempting for us to think, “Life is soo crazy right now. God will understand I don’t have time for Him.” But the reality is we do have the time. We just might have to get a little creative. This might look like listening to our church’s sermons from our couch to accommodate a diaper change (hello projectile poo, nice to finally meet you!) and a hungry babe. It may look like me feeding the babe while hubby makes our morning smoothies, and then he brings the smoothies + our bibles over to me on the couch. It might look like us praying or singing songs of worship in our bedroom at the end of the day before the first round of 1-3 hours of sleep. It may look like reading a quick chapter before getting out of bed in the morning to feed or change a diaper. On this day, it looked like feeding the babe, hubby making coffees, a diaper change, another feed (she’s got our appetite), the babe falling asleep, my mom giving us hot oil head massages (wowza she’s the best!), hubs and I getting the chance to sit outside in the sunshine, read, and pray together. A lavish experience thanks to my mom 😂 and a memory we won’t forget! So many things are vying for our attention, and we are reallllly good at making excuses. But if we truly believe Jesus is the source of our strength, shouldn’t we strive to seek him, especially in the busy times? “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 #thehonestshruth#sundaythoughts#shruthfulstories
[No. 7] Hey, little swirl. I remember writing about motherhood a few years ago and saying I didn’t feel ready whatsoever. It's not that I didn't want to be a mom, I just didn't think I would be a good enough fit. Who gave me that idea? Just me, myself, and I.. overthinking and comparing to other moms and mainstream media, and worrying about not having that ’motherly instinct’ people talk about. I remember someone asking me if I wanted to hold their newborn and completely freezing in that moment before finally stuttering out “n-no.” They were all taken aback, confused like, ”Why wouldnt she want to hold this precious babe?”. But you’ve changed me. Or, more likely, God has. Surrendering fears, anxiety, and comparison to God never stops, and I hope you know that whenever those three try to chip at your peace, your dad and I are here to talk and pray with you. How is it you teach and bless us so much when you’re a feeding and pooping machine 99% of the time? 😘 📷: @sonaliproductions #thehonestshruth#shruthfulstories
Part 2: Scared and Compared — When so many celebrities, influencers, and bloggers share the formula for beauty as longer lashes, thicker hair, bleached teeth, unmarked skin, photoshopped (aka actually impossible) bodies, and enhanced features, how can I be entranced with how God made me? For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14 My strength tells me to love these marks and what it’s nurtured the past nine months. That I’m beautiful because my creator doesn’t make mistakes and his works are wonderful. My fear tells me women will see my new stretched and marked body and say, “Yes! Start the conversation! We need to see more of this!” but their eyes will say, “Thank God that’s not mine.” [blinks back tears] You can do this. [opens door, hesitantly takes a few steps] Of course, there’s a bridal party here. Of course, they’re in great shape. Am I imagining things or did she say “stretchmarks”? Are they all looking at me? I bet they’re all looking at me. I wish these sunglasses would hide my entire face. Better yet, my whole body. [sits staring at the pool] Oh, he’s getting into the pool. Stop waving me in, I don’t want them to see me. [five minutes later] I really want to take the weight off of my feet. Inhale. Exhale. Pray. Surrender. Stand. Move. 📷: @taylorprinsenphotography #thehonestshruth
#jeremiahwhatdoyousee #jckbrand. Always, always, always remain gracious ladies. You have no idea who is watching you. If there's anything that's giving you reasons to react, IGNORE it. Rest in God.🙏☺️..As much as this dark world is ruthless and cold , there's still a bright side to it. The contrary is, there are individuals who admire you, love you and who God has ordained to favor you/bless you. . There are people who are speaking well of you and recommending you to high profile individuals with high caliber.PROMINENT MEN AND WOMEN! Your name is being mentioned at a king's table and conversations about you are sparking! In just a matter of time they'll contact you. That email is coming. That phone call is coming! That text message is coming! It will be like a dream. May The Lord honor you because your time has come!!! I look forward to celebrating you! BE WELL POSITIONED. Stay focused. Remain classy. Remain poised. Remain a lady! I dare you to thank Him below in advance!💃💃 . Lord Jesus, I feel like this is a D R E A M! . . FOLLOW @jck_brand 🔥🔥Also Link in my bio for my FREE Life-changing Programs! . . . . #jckbrand#sarahjakesroberts#womanoffaith #jesusgirl #christianblogger#proverbs31 #womenofgod #sarahjakes#christianwoman prayedup #proverbs31woman #godlywoman #daughteroftheking #daughterofaking#virtuouswoman#blackgirlswhoblog#blackbloggersunited #browngirlbloggers#christianblog #makeupforblackwomen#christianwoman #godlyrelationship #christianblogger#businessbabes lackswhoblog #godlymarriage blackopalbeauty #blackmomsblog#womanofgod . #christiancoach#christianlifecoach#womanevolve . . . . .
Part 3: Victory — [gets into the pool, goes underneath, comes up] Glorious. Was I just baptized? Refreshed. Liberated. Putting away the old and celebrating the new. Thank you LORD for sunshine, for this body that is holding #myswirlgirl despite PCOS, for these thighs that have held up the baby bump and protected me from back pain, for strength & courage to fight today’s physical and mental battles, for healing my thyroid, for the reminder that society’s standards of beauty are never-ever-ever what I live for, for my husband who calls me beautiful every day, for the gentle challenge that none of my value ever came from being a size 2 120lb woman, for the incredible women in my life who don’t make me feel like I need to “keep up with the culture,” and for my victory marks. Motherfreaking victory marks. These aren’t flaws. They are experience. They are road maps. They are part of the maiden and mother journey we women go through. They are what I will share with my daughter on that first day her confidence is shaken by an unkind word or comparison from society. This is for you, my girl! May you understand truly that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. And for anyone who’s tired of the crushing weight of pretense and perfection, please, don’t let fear, society, and impossible standards hold you back from getting in the dang pool today, whatever that may look like. Tell me about your “stretch marks”... will they conquer you or will you conquer them? 📷: @taylorprinsenphotography #thehonestshruth
#jeremiahwhatdoyousee#jckbrand ...GOD HAS A COVENANT WITH HIS! That moment apologetic emails and DM's start rolling in as they please for forgiveness for what they have done against you in secret. Listen, GOD'S vengeance is real. I say this on the prayer line ALL the time: Do NOT touch the anointed of God. Rather it's 50 year old or a 3 year old child that God has chosen and has placed His hand on them. He is extremely sensitive about this. . . My prayer for you this afternoon is that The hand of God will literally DESTROY the assignment of the wicked and cause them to REPENT! There shall also be confusion in their camp. May The wrath of God come upon them as they pursue after your precious life. There's time for everything and everything is not " Just pray for them" ... How about you do read Psalm 35?I'm highlighting specific verses below: . . "...their path shall be dark and slippery..... ..the angel of The Lord shall chase after them" . . .. . "..they shall fall in their own pit" . . "..DESTRUCTION shall come upon them unexpectedly" . "Vindicate me, O LORD, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me! Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, our heart's desire!” Let them not say, We have swallowed him up.” Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity" . . Moral of the story, God is very jealous when it comes to His children. He's very possessive when it comes to His chosen ones. May thr mighty hand of our omnipotent GOD fight for you and vindicate you in Jesus name. #type below 👇🏼👇👇🏽👇🏿"THEY WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH IT" . . . . . . #jckbrand#sarahjakesroberts#womanoffaith #jesusgirl #christianblogger#proverbs31 #womenofgod #sarahjakes#christianwoman prayedup #proverbs31woman #godlywoman #daughteroftheking #daughterofaking#virtuouswoman#blackgirlswhoblog#blackbloggersunited
Personal Note: This is my last post before maternity leave! I wanted to share this series because even though this world is becoming increasingly pressured for perfection, we don’t have to let it change us. My blogpost is about the real & raw effects of vanity, and being reminded of how beautiful the mother body is. Thanks to my hubby for being the one to encourage me to take these natural maternity pictures. Our soon-to-be-here daughter is lucky to have a dad who empowers women the way you do. Thanks to my daughter for growing me (literally) and already teaching me that before I can teach you anything, I first need to learn that lesson myself. Thanks to the wildly talented @taylorprinsenphotography for the images. I feel like you captured my fragility and freedom so perfectly. Thanks to my readers and followers for telling me the kind of content you like so I can create. I love the camaraderie we have through this platform. Thank you Lord for growth these past 40 weeks and the dynamic relationship you have with those who love you. I pray these words and images remind whomever they need to today that they are fearfully and wonderfully made, and your works are glorious. #thehonestshruth