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“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9 🌸 #toloveradically

My sister today: I said yes to the dress. Me today: I said yes to extra guac. Clearly, I’m winning. 🥑

Omg. I’ve done this at least once 🤥 in church. Okay maybe a few more times than I would like to admit🤐. I’m not proud of this but I know I’m not the only one 😅. Tag someone who does this @lamoywilliams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - #christianpost #christiansofinstagram #churchhumor #bygracethroughfaith #jesustakethewheel #wordsofwisdom #churchcomedy #jesussaves #sundayvibes #waitonthelord #godsplan #intentionalliving #celibacy #churchfunny #goingtochurch #churchmemes #lampandlight #propelwoman #godlywoman #encouragement #90dayfiancememes #christianvideos #godstiming #disobedience #dearfuturehusband #biblememes #religionmemes #christianmemes #trustgod #thewait

Yes, yes, yes!! . Friends, I am SUPER excited to have gotten my hands on an early copy of “And Social Justice for All” by @lisa_vanengen because it is awesome!!! ❤️ . Lisa is a kindred spirit who is passionate about inviting kids into issues of justice that surround us (but that we often hide from). Like me, she believes that kids aware, encouraged, and empowered can have a profound impact in the lives of others and on the world. . This book is VERY practical. It is broken down by justice issue, and each chapter includes a short devotional, discussion questions, book suggestions, and activity ideas for kids 3-12+. Truly, Lisa has done a great deal in paving an easy-to-follow path for families looking to engage with the needs around them! . I can’t wait to start utilizing some of these book suggestions, discussion questions, and devotionals with our weekly service experiences!! . I HIGHLY recommend that you check it out too!! 😃 . (Oh and I should add, it’s currently the #1 New Release on Amazon’s Christian Children’s Ministry list, so kids ministry directors or children’s pastors, check it out!!! 👍🏻👍🏻) . #socialjusticeforall #greatreads #childrensministry #bethechangeyouwanttosee #handsandfeetofjesus

What do you do when you feel judged or unseen? How do you respond when happiness is not guaranteed? It’s painful to experience any of these things or to face the fact that we truly are not entitled to anything. But, the good news is that we can change the path to what will bring us joy in life and find relief from other people’s opinions. These are just some of the topics I have touched on in my new devotional- #rooted. Follow along to learn more, I have had so much fun writing this devotion and I can’t wait to put it together for you to read. Much love xoxo . . . . . #bookrelease #dailydevotional #beinspired #lampandlight #boldbraveyou #mybeautifulmess #gritandvirtue #theeverygirl #soworthloving #thelovelygram #leaveroomforgrace #flashesofdelight #keepitwild #darlingweekend #peoplescreatives #sodarling #madeformore #graceandfavored #graceandmercy #singlemomlife #igkansascity #flashesofdelight #squaresize #writerslife #solovelysofree #protectyourmagic #bossbabes

The little eskimo courageously braves the frozen tundra and leads Daddy to adventure!❄️❄️❄️

🔥🔥 Que mon âme te bénisse à jamais🔥 @ccassyie @p_sdany @pastor_cmaias @famille_champagne @lendy_s_millien @jeunesmpourchrist @cnamontreal @psalm_45man @barbs_luv @meagangood @lookenjoyshop @borntoservejesus @god_jesus_bible @matthieubrutus41 @jesuspostsbro @borntoservejesus @biblicalpage @pamela_leroux @dalvadiasdasilva @devonfranklin @lookenjoyshop 🔥

When I started this journey of blogging, I had every intention of being a faith blog with an occasional DIY or home decor post to keep things interesting.⁣ .⁣ However, I realized that what energized me the most and what made my heart the happiest was the DIY posts. With these projects, I could be creative, work with my hands and help people by finding a better way to improve some aspect of their home.⁣ .⁣ But I felt some guilt about this...⁣ .⁣ Part of me felt like a sell-out for no longer doing posts with ONLY devotional content.⁣ .⁣ Then something interesting happened.⁣ .⁣ I start getting emails saying "I found your post about refinishing my side tables and came away with encouragement in my faith." Or the email I got just a few minutes ago, "I was reading about tips to sell my home and the part at the end about God's plans brought tears to my eyes."⁣ .⁣ God loves it when we use the very gifts and talents He gave us. He has given them to us for a reason and He delights in watching us enjoy them.⁣ .⁣ Like a daddy watching his daughter play softball, He watches you intently saying "Atta girl (your name here)!⁣ .⁣ "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." Colossians 3:23⁣ .⁣ So whether you are rocking your baby to sleep, teaching middle schoolers or painting door knobs like I did this week, know your Heavenly Father takes great joy in watching you use your gifts.⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #proverbs31 #hopewriters #shereadstruth #womenintheword #lampandlight #gritandvirtue #bedeeplyrooted #givemejesus #goodnewsfeed #shepaintstruth #illustratedfaith #soulscripts #christiancreative #lifelivedbeautifully

I always prayed for a husband I could always laugh hysterically with when I was younger. God hooked me up. Forever laughing and enjoying this life together 🤣🥰🍻

Surrendering isn’t always about surrendering the obvious- it’s about surrendering the part that is hidden. The part that we have submerged in the depths of our hearts but whenever the opportunity presents itself it always comes back up but my prayer is that we give God the part of us that we’re too embarrassed to mention, that’s where our struggles lies so as we’re marching fully into 2019 it’s my prayer that you give God the part of you, that you cannot see.

Last night was a special night. Our Church Plant @christcentralbk team went to worship Jesus for a special evening with @jeremymriddle at @jontyson ‘s church in the city. We lifted our voices and cried out in “faith, authority and unity”, for God to do it again. For the presence of peace and the increase of love to come in power, come in light that shatters the darkness. I was stirred to pray for our city, stirred to use our time for holy groaning and dancing as a weapon of melody. It’s been a long time since I’ve been surrounded by a big group of Jesus-loving worshippers and it felt so rich so refreshing. This is where God called us across the ocean to live, to love, to fill with worship. I had hoped for some more prophetic infused prayer with one another but I’m trusting the unseen stories God was writing in the hearts of his worshippers. I’m trusting that in this season when faithfulness to the Gospel looks like laying brick by brick, that these moments are the ones that fuel our perseverance in the unseen. Where hearts may come heavy and hungry to hear heaven, we trust that our praise will never be wasted and will always be heard. Though I cannot see what was engraved on the inside, I can see God is moving. His kingdom is coming. And I want to see it in my life time. . . So now I pose a question, how many of us bring our kids to these events? I didn’t this time. Perhaps if I went to more I would, because let me be real I do want uninterrupted personal time with Jesus. But I also want my kids to grow up in this beautiful surrender seeing the previous generations lift their voices for God to rescue their generation and the ones coming after. I want them to be stood like me here with their hearts full and their hands open to the one who sustains their breath. But that takes intentionality. It takes faith and sacrifice and saying no to whatever fear prevents us. Yet I’m sure we’d agree it’d be worth it. So why don’t we? What do you think? . . 📷 @nyc_seth . . #givemejesus #raisingdisciples #wellwateredwomen#shereadstruth#graceupongrace#thrivemoms#womenlivingwell#sheislight#womenintheword#bedeeplyrooted#yourinfluence#givemejesus#faithinspired

I wanted to share a few things I’ve been pondering recently: 1. Sometimes being authentic requires grit. It doesn’t mean it has to be unkind, but sometimes it means it’s not universally received. 2. Integrity is a top quality I look for in friendships. 3. Rice cakes are so underrated. Have you tried one with a little nut butter and dark chocolate chunks?! 4. Supplements do matter. Supplements can help heal, and education in health is a gateway to a better, Fuller life. 5. Believe it or not, I own more plants than I do shoes, and I plan to keep it this way for the rest of my life. 6. Wearing jeans definitely makes a huge difference in my confidence. Getting fully dressed is an important measure to me. It’s a way of telling myself to cease the day! I love learning about the faces and hearts behind these squares, so please leave me a comment telling me something you’ve been loving recently! Happy weekend friends!👇🏻🌿

@faithcoffeeandjournal ・・・ “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:30‬ ‭NIV‬‬ ✨🌱. . . . . . . . #biblejournaling #faithbasedbusiness #lampandlight #butfirstjesus #differencemaker #blessedisshe #faithinspired #unfilteredchristianwomen #christianblogger #gracemakers #givemejesus #proverbs #livethelittlethings #faithbasedapparel #christianshirt #lesshustlemoregrace #goodnewsfeed #ladyboss #bossbabe #girlboss #shopsmall #soloprenuer

@faithcoffeeandjournal ・・・ “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:30‬ ‭NIV‬‬ ✨🌱. . . . . . . . #biblejournaling #faithbasedbusiness #lampandlight #butfirstjesus #differencemaker #blessedisshe #faithinspired #unfilteredchristianwomen #christianblogger #gracemakers #givemejesus #proverbs #livethelittlethings #faithbasedapparel #christianshirt #lesshustlemoregrace #goodnewsfeed #ladyboss #bossbabe #girlboss #shopsmall #soloprenuer

We’ve loved hearing how much everybody has enjoyed volume 3 of the #delightandbemagazine! Each magazine is 100 pages of ad-free articles and stunning imagery. It’s full of honest encouraging stories and features so many creatives and artists from our community! I guarantee, you will be inspired and challenged! 💗 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you haven’t had a chance to get your hands on a copy of the magazine, you can snag both Volume 2 & 3 in a bundle in our shop! Just hit up the link in our profile! 😉

Let's be real. Sometimes life on mission looks grand, and other times it looks grubby. But whatever it looks like, it can't happen without the Holy Spirit. He is centre to the strategy. In fact, it is our obedience to His prompting and guiding that ensures we are mission effective. Think you might need a bit of help with this "life on mission" stuff? 🤔 You're in the right place. Click through to our app to learn more. (Link in bio)

HIS LOVE > OUR IDOLS . As women, we crave love. We want affection, attention, care, and the interest of another person. . The problem is that we easily allow this legitimate desire to be wrapped up in illegitimate sources. . We idolize marriage, just sure that the perfect husband will meet our every need for love. . We idolize motherhood, just sure that a house full of children is the answer to our woes. . We idolize work and career, believing our life purpose to be ultimately wrapped up in what we do 9-5. . We idolize friendship, convinced that if we only had the best, most dearest friend to walk through life with, then our loneliness would disappear once and for all. . But then the day comes and those things (all good things!) don’t deliver. . Our husband disappoints us. . Our children overwhelm us. . Our career exhausts us. . Our friend hurts us. . Then what? . If only we took the time to immerse ourselves in the beauty of God’s Word, His love letter to us. It would make all the difference. . As I heard @elyse_fitz say on an episode of @jamieivey’s podcast, “If women understood God’s Word to be His love letter to them, they wouldn’t struggle so much with finding the time to be in it. They would automatically want to be in it every chance they got.” . It’s true. . When we stop viewing our Bible-reading as something to mark off the to-do list in order to be a “good” Christian and instead come to it hungry for the love our souls crave and convinced that we will find it there, we will find our idols beginning to fall by the wayside as something infinitely better takes their place - the love of God Himself. 💕 . #shereadstruth #butfirstjesus #spiritfilledwoman #wellwateredwomen #lampandlight #idolsoftheheart #elysefitzpatrick #amandabiblewilliams #jamieivey #bedeeplyrooted #godslove #godsword #christianblogger #gospelcentered #goodnewsofthegospel

Self Care Saturday || photo credit to @therosequeenn

100% cotton tees are great... but we found that they did not hold their shape well when put to the test outside and were not able to wick sweat at all. Our tees are not only soft, but they’re also designed to move with you, keep you cool, and allow you to do get outside and do what you love best! 😎🧗‍♂️ photo: @santamaria.visuals climber: @dax_blinn

A-freaking-men. 🙌🏻💕

Love Birds ‬ ⠀ #syncedculture ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ .

I AM HER HEART is a community of women who come together to empower and connect women of all ages, colors and creeds to God’s heart. Heart issues are the main source of hurt and pain in the lives of so many women. We exist to close up the wounds through Jesus and destroy Heart issues 1 Heart at a time! . . I AM HER HEART will have monthly Inspirational content, bible reading plans, study plans, vlogs, prayer, support and community for women! Join me over there and let’s do life together! Connect on FB 🌸🌷🌸🌷

Its time to show up in our lives! Show up ready to fight, ready to win! We look to the Hill from where our help comes from! I promise, if you give it all you’ve got, He will show up too!

Our Christianity obliges us not only to die unto sin, but to live unto righteousness; not only to oppose the works of the flesh, but to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit too. If therefore we would make it appear that we do indeed belong to Christ, this must be our sincere care and endeavor. . . . . . #verseoftheday #matthewhenrycommentary #iamwhohesaysiam #heisgreaterthani #jesusgirl #lampandlight #encouragementgallery #livelovedloveoften #kingdomfocused #sherefined #soulscripts #soulscriptssisterhood #shereadstruth #momlife #wifeaftergod #bethechange #faithblogger #deeplyrooted #gracemakers #wellwateredwomen #faithjourney #gritandvirtue #bedeeplyrooted #illustratedfaith #lifelivedbeautifully

For Jesus should be put in front if everything not put at the side of everything. Let all things not be an excuse that you can't set time aside to be with Jesus. Make Him the center not the side. ~Matthew 6:33 #jesusislord #jesusisking #jesussaves #instadaily #christianity #believethat #salvation #boldness #faith #putgodfirst #jesuschrist #trustgod #truth #lukewarm #love #bible #godlovesyou #godslove #christianliving #christianlife #givemejesus #bedeeplyrooted #seekhimfirst #readthroughthebible #goodnewsfeed #butfirstjesus #intheword #lampandlight #makeithappen #teamjesus

Amen 🙏 Je te déclare maître de mes pensées et mon âme🙏🔥 @jesuspostsbro @barbs_luv @psalm_45man @jeunesmpourchrist @pamela_leroux @jesuslechemin @meagangood @famille_champagne @borntoservejesus @matthieubrutus41 @god_jesus_bible @ccassyie @lendy_s_millien @pastor_cmaias @p_sdany @lookenjoyshop @borntoservejesus @bishop.legendery

Check out my stories for this recipe Lissa!!!


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#repost @joelosteen with @get_repost @iammargaretrose: He’s About to Do A NEW THING in YOUR LIFE!!🙌🏽📣🙌🏽 ・・・ #favorconnections #joelosteenpodcast

To do His will not of our own. What happens in Heaven? What is His will? ~Genesis 1-3 All was good til sin came. His will. What happened with Adam? Relationship with God. Dominon and authority over everything and a job ~Romans 1 ~2Corinthians 4:3-4 #jesusislord #jesusisking #jesussaves #instadaily #christianity #believethat #salvation #boldness #faith #putgodfirst #jesuschrist #trustgod #truth #love #lukewarm #bible #godslove #godlovesyou #christianliving #christianlife #givemejesus #bedeeplyrooted #seekhimfirst #readthroughthebible #goodnewsfeed #butfirstjesus #intheword #lampandlight #makeithappen #teamjesus

Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh(2 Corinthians 10:3). The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ(2 Corinthians 10:4-5). .... 📖⛪🙏 .... The gates of Hades shall not prevail against the LORD church "build by Him." (Matthew 16:17-29) For flesh and blood do not reveal heavenly things to us, on God's green earth. Our Father who is in heaven does... through Christ, by the power of His Spirit. Amen Peace, Blessings, and Prayers.🌏 .... .... #devotional #womenintheword #seekhimfirst #shereadstruth #love #onedirection #godlovesyou #givemejesus #christianblogger #faith #grace #truth #savior #wordofgod #godisnotdead #kingofkings #jesusislord #livebeautifully #calledbygod #calledtobecreative #lampandlight #thepointedlife #beauty #awesome #graceupongrace #readthroughthebible #holyspirit #everlasting

h a p p y adventures with my cutie🌼

¿Qué carga tienes en tu corazón? ¿Estás experimentando falta de algo o enfermedad en tu cuerpo? Cuando tu enfoque pasa de estar en el problema a estar en Aquel que es tu solución, tu perspectiva comienza a cambiar. Una vida bendecida con Dios no es una vida sin problemas, pero en medio de épocas de cambio, en los altibajos de la vida, podemos vivir con la revelación de que Dios es bueno y somos bendecidos. Incluso en medio de una prueba o reto, tienes acceso a la bendición De Dios!! No la desaproveches, abrázalas . . . . 📷 @diegoph #hazloreal #gracia #fe #amor #jesus #vidacristiana #bloggercristiana #brilla #vivimosconpropósito #valienteyesforzada #blessed #givemejesus #christianlife #faithblogger #christianblogger #graceupongrace #boldandbrave #lampandlight

There’s still time to save 70% on select items in the shop. 70% y’all! That’s the biggest sale I’ve EVER done!! . . Go check it out and grab a piece or twelve 😁 Once they’re gone, they’re gone. I won’t be restocking them 🙈👋🏼✌🏼 . . #makeyourmark | #troweart . . . . . . #vsco #thatsdarling #makeracademy #makersvillage #cylcollective #liveauthentic #welovecollect #calledtobecreative #creativelifehappylife #creativeprenuer #pursuepretty #abmlifeiscolourful #craftsposure #encouragementgallery #girlbossparty #shareyourheart #seekthesimplicity #lampandlight #gritandvirtue #calledtobecreative #waketomake #aquietstyle #thebestisyettocome #womenofinfluence #treeoflife #roots

oh happy day! so many wonderful things are ahead and I just can’t stop smiling about it :-) Jesus you are so worthy of all the honor and recognition!

Always striving to live this way! I firmly believe this is the epitome of the Christian walk. Many new believers think that being a Christian means that life will be easy and comfortable. But do you know what’s comfortable? Being lazy, lying, gossiping, sleeping in, giving in to the world’s desires... these things are easy. What’s hard? Trusting God, being honest, taking care of your soul, mind and body, being patient, staying committed. ••• Jesus never said following him would be easy... he did, however, say that following him would give us life. There is only one path to more life. Find it and stay on it no matter how uncomfortable it gets. photo: @adventureconwards #ragamuffinco #justgo

It’s no secret, I need to find better balance in my life. So, I’ve been brainstorming a schedule change and am drawing out what two weeks in the life of me would look like. So far so good! I’ll share soon on what it looks like when it’s done! ⠀ ⠀ But in the meantime, whats one thing we can all cut out to free up some God time, rest time, meditation time, family time...whatever it looks like for you?⠀ ⠀ For me, I’ll be real...I can cut out some instagram time 🙊 so...part of this new schedule change is going to be knowing when to be on it, for how long, and what I’m doing when I am on it 👏🏼 ⠀ ⠀ Social media is great!!! But just like with anything else, in a blink of an eye it can suck my life away 😂. ⠀ ⠀ Don’t leave me alone! Comment below what you can cut out or minimize!

I think we look pretty good in winter gear through an iPhone filter. Right?⠀ —⠀ Sometimes, scratch that, most of the time it’s hard for me to live transparent. I love the me that’s put together, that has a clean house and a clean slate. I love the one who’s crushing her goals and growing big while staying in her high school jeans. The girl in my mind, the one I long to be, is dangerous because she doesn’t actually exist. She never has.⠀ —⠀ Our dishes pile up, our laundry doesn’t get put away, I argue instead of listen, I talk all the time, Jedi sometimes still pees on the floor. My jeans are getting tighter and I really like fried food and am too lazy to cook most of the time. I cuss more than I probably should and drive my own speed. I think bad thoughts about other people including my husband and share my opinions about people behind their back. ⠀ —⠀ I’m not perfect though I long to be. ⠀ —⠀ That’s why the Gospel is so freeing. It calls us out on our junk. It allows us to live in the light, to not hide but cling not to our own ability but His. Not to our own goodness but His. Not to our own love, our own mustering, our own perfection but His. ⠀ —⠀ So when we fall short fess up and seek Him. When we long for perfection seek Him. When we are tired and burnt out seek Him. I’m showing up through my iPhone to let you know I’m not perfect but He is!⠀ ⠀ Tag a friend in the comments below who needs this reminder!!

Even though this photo was taken almost four months ago exactly, it somehow feels like years ago. I was tan from our honeymoon in Hawaii, wedding nails still on (longest my nails have ever been & probably will never be that long again 😂), highlights still fresh, & that honeymoon glow goin’ strong!! 😏 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This was our first week in our first apartment together. 😭 (getting nostalgic even though it’s only been 4 months, help😅) We didn’t move in together until after our wedding, so it was BRAND new for us!! Falling asleep next to each other, cooking every meal together, doing chores together, figuring out our life as a married couple- it was all just so new and wonderful and exciting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It still is, but even just four months has changed us and grown us into different versions of ourselves. Looking back at this picture, it just hit me. Life goes by FAST. Time passes & it doesn’t stop for anyone or anything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are growing & changing every day, and when you look back to a specific moment, it’s easier to realize how far you’ve come! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whether or not you realize it, you have grown every* single* day*. All those mundane things you don’t think are anything special? They are changing you, little by little. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don’t discredit the mountains and valleys you’ve crossed. Don’t block out the stumbles and the painful falls. Don’t forget the beautiful moments where time does seem to stop for you- the laughter and the joy and the exhilaration of living. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Time is passing and you are growing. And growing is more extraordinary than you realize, because the things you experience are really God molding you, shaping you, and strengthening you into the version of you that He envisioned when you were created. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There’s a reason you’re here on this earth. Remember your reason, remember where you came from, & remember to keep going, even when it gets hard. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

As I look back in my own life, there are a more than a few problems I wish I had left alone, kept my mouth shut, turned to God, and waited for his answer. ⠀ But I didn’t. My “harmless” solutions always created hurt. And like Abram and Sarai, we suffered consequences.⠀ ⠀ Even so, God is faithful. When we call on him, he will answer. He is the answer. ⠀ ⠀ Can I get an AMEN! ⠀ ⠀ Read more on blog at [or link in profile]

Have you paused today? With the busyness of our daily life, it is crucial for us to take time to stop, reflect, evaluate, and then, take action - but the PAUSE can be the catalyst we need to live a full life. Here at Campus Life we will be rolling out a time to encourage each other as a community - click on the link in our profile to jump in! #clabovethenoise📣 #forbluffton

Sometimes I have to remind myself of this too. I have established excellent routines of getting into the Word daily, but when I am not intentional, I lose sight of the why behind the do. •••••••• “And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."” Matthew‬ ‭9:10-13‬ •••••••• Clearly the Pharisees {religious leaders who knew the Old Testament backwards and forwards} missed the point. They did not understand that we are saved by grace through faith. They saw no value in “sinners” even though they were sinners themselves. Their pride blinded them to people and to Jesus. They could have had fellowship with Jesus, but they were so focused on religion that they missed the relationship. Don’t miss the relationship! It’s about heart, not action. •••••••• “And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew‬ ‭22:37‬ •••••••• No amount of religious activity can save us. Only Jesus saves. & when you get caught up in the task, ask God to remind you to look up and focus on Him. That’s what I do. Glory to God!

Have you paused today? With the busyness of our daily life, it is crucial for us to take time to stop, reflect, evaluate, and then, take action - but the PAUSE can be the catalyst we need to live a full life. Here at Campus Life we will be rolling out a time to encourage each other as a community - click on the link in our profile to jump in! #clabovethenoise📣 #forbluffton

Hillary and I took maternity photos today with @karastewartphotography (she’s the best). Babies numbers 2, and 3 both came the day after we had photos taken... so 🤞🏽 here’s hoping that tradition pulls through again // I’ll post the real pictures when we get them.

"The goals of our lives should be the opposite of the world’s goals for themselves. The world wants more money, more fame, a bigger house, a better-looking body and face. They focus on how the rich are living and try to find how to imitate them in as many ways as possible. DO THAT - but with the Maker of your soul! See the character traits that He has for you and seek to imitate CHRIST.” @christcenteredmama

In preparation for baby boy’s arrival, I’ve decided to simplify my Bible study routine. I’ve been using my compact Bible, only a couple of pens, one highlighter & a few sticky notes. I do miss all the colorful Bible study notes in my SRT Bible, but I just don’t have time for that right now, and that’s really ok. God still speaks, even without all.the.things. 😍 . . . . . #herdailybible #shereadstruth #shereadstruthbible #srtbible #journalingbible #biblejournaling #biblestudy #faithnotes #scripture #dailybiblestudy #bible #womenintheword #lampandlight #devotions #bibletime #prayeveryday #wellwateredwomen #wordbeforeworld #morningdevotions

It’s been a little quiet around here lately. I guess I’m just soaking in the peace and stillness that winter brings. So often I fight against it—fight against these dark days like they are an enemy to my soul because my heart thrives most in spring and summer. I try to rebel against the barrenness of the season because it is almost like I am afraid of being sucked into the dark. . But there is a beauty to embracing the rhythms of each season. Winter is not my enemy, it just moves at a different pace then I one I generally choose. But I’m realizing that is a gift. There have been so many seasons where I know that the Lord has called me to rest, but I fight against it tooth and nail because there is something about rest that just feels wrong to me. I like to tackle goal after goal and can be hard-pressed to stop at times. I tend to take on too much and then get burnt out instead of listening to His spirit calls for me to slow down. I’m thankful that He knows what I need so much more than I do, and that I’m finally willing to listen. . I think I also feel guilty about it, too. Like there are so many things that always need to get done, so it feels selfish to rest. But it is important. It is Biblical. And rest makes me a better person on the days when I am super busy. It’s almost comical to me that I’m learning the true meaning of rest and Sabbath in a season where things seem the busiest (planning a wedding in 4 months is HARD!). But I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying what it is teaching me and the person that it is making me. . My soul has felt weary for a long time, and it’s because of my go, go, go attitude. But here in the winter—in the dreary and the gray and the dark nights and slumber, my heart is starting to slow with the season and just breathe and take in the beauty around me just as it is, so that it will be revived and re-filled for the season ahead. I’m enjoying the quiet and the peace of it all, and the ceasing of all the striving. So if it’s felt quiet around here, that’s why. I’m just embracing the season and learning how to create a true Sabbath rhythm into my life.

There’s ultimately no such thing as arriving until you enter into the gates of heaven so get out the mindset that you’re insignificant just because you’re not totally there yet spiritually, financially, relationally you’re right where God wants you to be and that’s awesome in its own self. ❤️ - Tag a friend or someone that you feel like may need to see this!

"In the end, it isn't what we believe, the good we hoped to do someday, our careers, or our possessions that identify us, Nope, Jesus said we would identify ourselves simply by how we loved people. It's tempting to think there is more to it, but there's not. Love isn't something we fall into; love is SOMEONE we become." -Bob Goff . I'm Nicole Mastin, and I love to love people. This is who I am. This is who you can be too. Right where you are right now. Hand out love today like it's free because it is. Jesus paid it all and His love is F R E E. Share it out there y’all, the world needs more of it❤️

As in the words of Paul, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” - Galatians 1:10 _ #dailydevotions #christianblogger #faithblogger #lampandlight #theeverygirl #jesus #proverbs31ministries #proverbs31woman #wellwateredwomen #gritandvirtue #thelittlethings #projectinspired #journeywomen #bibleverse #christianquotes #liveauthentic

Meena 🌿

2018-12-14 01:57:40

My hope is forever in You. #thankful . Romans 5:3-5

Things may not always go your way but to abide in God’s love is to be confident that everything is alright. You are safe, precious and loved. A simple reminder on a beautiful Sunday. Happy weekend! ❤️ . #shereadstruth #lampandlight #sheislight #bedeeplyrooted #illustratedfaith