Summer of 2016 God sent someone to tell me that He saw every tear had I shed; none went unnoticed. He told me I would be entering a time of healing... Healing began that following winter and is continuing. It's amazing to see how far I've come. The most difficult experiences in my life to date are behind me and I am so looking forward to all that lies ahead.
Isaiah 43:19 - See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. #Anewthing#makingmenew#pickedmeupoutofthemirypit#thatspowerful#growthandhealing#singlemomminit#igotthis#secondyearahead
Last year, I read "The God-Shaped Brain" by Dr Timothy Jennings and my mind was blown by the concept that what was truly broken inside of us from the Fall in Eden, was our preoccupation with feelings instead of what we KNOW to be truth.
And the truth will set us FREE (John 8:32) 🙌🏻 So whatever you're feeling today, the Truth has made Himself known. And HE IS GOOD. Start with what you know: it is for your freedom that Jesus came to set you free (Galatians 5:1). He is the Great I AM and He is at work in you! You may not feel it, but HE IS working! ♥️ #makingmenew
When I felt no worth... you paid it all for me 🙏🏽💖✨ . 13 years ago, I felt I had no worth. . You would have never known it from the outside. . Smiles for days, lots of laughter and if you would have asked me, I would have told you I was “fine” . Nothing in particular was “wrong” per se, I just felt like I had a huge hole in my heart. . Struggling silently with a deep depression. . Really afraid to show anyone how I was doing FOR REAL. . I will never forget coming home one night after being out with friends. . Feeling so lonely after just having been surrounded by ALL the people. . Tired of myself and the way I was living my life. . Looking to fill that hole in my heart in all the wrong places. . That night, I broke out my journal - writing has always been my way of communicating with God, although at the time I doubted that he cared much for me - I was such a mess. . I fell to my knees in my bedroom and wrote: “God, I can’t do this anymore - please take my life or make me new.” . That’s all... . One simple cry for help... in my journal. . I woke up the next day... and obviously I was still alive. . And yet, something was different. . The world looked different. . I know it sounds silly to say that I was seeing with new eyes, but that’s how it felt. . And slowly my thoughts & actions began to match up with this new way of seeing myself and the world. . My life now looks SO completely different than it did back then. . Thank you God. . You made me new. . You breathed new life in me. . The journey hasn’t always been or looked perfect & I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. . But now I know my worth. . Grateful for that day that my life forever changed and grateful for every day that I get to wake up. 👉🏽 "Every morning that the sun rises and you get to rise? That's God saying He believes in you, that He believes in the story He's writing through you. He believes in you as a gift the world needs. God's mercies are new every morning - not as an obligation to you, but as an affirmation of you."-@annvoskamp, The Broken Way
He is faithful and just. If we confess our sins to Him, there is nothing too big or bad for Him to forgive. This doesn't mean we won't face the natural consequences of our actions, but we won't face eternal punishment if we have a relationship with Him and repent of our sin. (Repent = confessing and then doing a 180 and turning from our sin.) This isn't a free pass to do whatever we want and say, "Oh, God forgives." He looks at our hearts to see if there had been real change in us; to see if our hearts desires match His. Will we continue to sin? Certainly! He's making us new, but we aren't there yet. But our heart is changed and we are grieved when we sin and do things that oppose His ways.
Where is your heart in all of this? Have you had a change of heart? Have you/do you ask for His forgiveness? Does it bother you when you do the wrong thing?
This is a picture of me before Cancer. I remember taking it before i lost all of my hair. I remember wanting to know why me- for just a moment.
I shared a picture of the sun halo just a bit ago... it’s a common phenomenon caused by thin clouds made from ice crystals that reflect and refract the light.
My #breastcancer was a complete undoing and breaking for me. All the tiny pieces handed over to God so He could reflect and refract His light and turn it into His beautiful Glory.
Y’all God is that kind of God. Taking the what tried to kill me and creating a new life far more worth living than where I would have gone on my own.
My new painting in my office 🎨😍 Reminded me of this beautiful truth by Mike Shreve: “THE FOUR PHASES OF LIFE - First, you go through "chaos." This is what always results from sin. It shows you the vanity and foolishness of an egocentric life and turns your heart toward God.
Second, you enter into "order." You can breathe again. You learn God's Word. You discover God's rules, His truth, revelations of the future. Everything is explained and seems to fit into nice, predictable patterns. But then, as you journey forward, not everything conforms to the rules or to your expectations. Some very negative things happen that have no decent explanation, so you are pushed into the next phase.
Third, you enter a time of "doubt." You wonder if the Word of God can be trusted, if it works. You find what seem to be inconsistencies and contradictions. Things don't always measure up to the neat predictable patterns you set up in your mind. If you endure this season (abiding love for God will carry you through) you enter the final phase.
Fourth, you enter a time of "awe" in your heart and life. You don't have to understand everything. You don't have to fit everything within orderly religious or doctrinal compartments in your mind. You realize that life may throw some unexpected curve balls your direction, but your overriding response is a sense of awe and wonder at God's greatness, His omniscience, His infinitude, His power, and His love for you. You love Him in return with a deep intense devotion, even if you can't fully comprehend His ways.
Chaos, order, doubt, awe--these are the four phases.” #makingmenew 🦋
God’s love makes us new. The sign of a true believer is a changed life. When we really love God, our actions reflect that. The question isn’t so much “do you know Jesus?” but rather, “does Jesus know you?” Are your affections toward Him? Do you have a genuine desire to know Him more? We’re only as true as the person we are in our hearts. That’s what God looks at. Praying for encounters this morning. Praying for personal, one on one experiences with the Father. That’s what makes the difference.❤️ #makingmenew
"And it's a new horizon and I'm set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
All my fears and doubts, they can all come too
Because they can't stay long when I'm here with You
It's a new horizon and I'm set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
All my fears and doubts, they can all come too 🎶
For those of you following along and reading my posts you all know my love for essential oils and wellness!! I believe that we all are worthy and want to feel and to be our best selves!! I want to share with you how we as a family are doing that!! I will be doing a live next week and would love for you to hear our story and my top 11 picks!! Dm me, pm me or leave a comment and you'll get the invite!!! Can't wait to see you there!!!
Today I had the opportunity to speak to a group of amazing female leaders in ministry on the topic of using our voice, the entrusted instrument given to us by God. I have admittedly been quiet on social media recently and I share this post to tell you why: Just as a good vocalist chooses to sing when it’s time, and saves her voice for the higher quality of the song that deserves everything she’s got, I want to be the kind of woman who saves my voice for the moments when I am being compelled to speak, not to merely add to the noise but to speak when the Holy Spirit says to. And with that, I intend to also embrace the truth that there have been times where I have not spoken up out of fear. In the quiet and in the space Jesus and I have been in recently, I am more confident than ever that Jesus is calling His women to speak up and to follow Him in the areas and passions that are stirring in our hearts. What looked like the end was truly just the beginning. The enemy did his best to silence you because he knows what your voice can do. It’s often the pain that promotes our voice, isn’t it? Whether it’s the pain of others that causes us to speak up for them out of compassion, or the personal pain we have endured ourselves, we can pave the way for others. We can create with just a word, we can promote healing, educate, proclaim truth, and be a catalyst of change with our words. For such a time as this, we must speak. #useyourvoice#incmwomen#womenwhospeak#makingmenew
When I got this airplant it had a gorgeous pink bloom...this morning the pink bloom now had smaller purple blooms on it! I think this is a sign from God telling me, just when you think you are finished you are not, I’m making you more beautiful than you thought you could ever be. Amen God! I hear you, I trust you. #makingmenew#growthroughwhatyouhothru
“It’s not your typical love, it’s a MIRACLE—You stepped into my world, and You got a hold of me. Now, You won’t let go of me. I’ve got a feeling that I can’t explain...now my heart is beating again!!! You’re making me new!” /// Ezekiel 36:25-26~I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all of your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. /// Artist: Royal Tailor @royaltailorofficial @taurenwells /// Song: Making Me New /// Filmed By: Thomas Cox @tomcox15 ///
Sometimes a change of perspective is all it takes to see the light -Dan Brown
Sometimes all it takes to get out of a rut or a victim mindset is changing your perspective. Take a step back from your situation and try to see it from another person or the other persons point of view. Look at the situation and how you can make a positive change. Go to the Word and see what answers you find in relation to your problem.
When I need a timeout to change my perspective, I take a few minutes to do handstand work. Working upside down for a few minutes puts me in a better mood instantly and helps me to navigate better through the process of understanding. Sometimes we won’t understand why we face what we do, but we can go to Him and ask Him to help us see the situation His way and ask Him to show us what He wants us to learn. “Old things are passed away, behold, all things are becoming new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
I covered this awhile back, I’m uploading it now because I haven’t posted a cover in quite some time, and I’m really sick!!! In all honesty, this song speaks volumes to me, I don’t know where I’d be without Christ, but in Him, I am a new creation!!! @royaltailorofficial @taurenwells #music#singing#instagramcovers#makingmenew
Romans 5:3-5, "not only so but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance perseverance character and character hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." #glorybetogod#makingmenew
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending @brianna_vanderweide’s Vision Board Workshop, it was amazing! It was fun and inspiring to carve out time to sit and dream and craft a vision. Here’s what I came up with! So excited to have this in my office where I can see it and let it keep me accountable to what God has called me to do with my one and only life.
Every key we stamp has a story. And for a moment we get to be part of the story and create something that will hang around the neck of a soul who needs reminding of who they are because of who their God is. I think it’s amazing that though I have never met the woman who will receive this key, the timing of it is incredible because I too needed to be reminded today to #stayfree 🔑
Thanks for all the birthday love yesterday! 💖
Just an FYI:
35 is not the new 25. It's just 35 with the gratitude that I am no longer 25!
All y'all in your 20s will understand soon enough, the 30s have the ability to give you something sweet in return for the insanity of the 20s. Trust me. You will see a smile line or a gray hair and you think to yourself, "Ok...Yeah. Actually, you know what? I earned that." I imagine every decade feels that way. We lose and we gain. But we mostly gain.
We gain Wisdom. Grace. Laughter. Tears.
Why wouldn't we want reminders of the journey of getting free? I know I want continual road markers to point me forward while also reflecting on days past so I learn. I want to remember the good and the bad alike.
I can appreciate what each year has taught me. That's how I know I am getting older. Each season can settle into a sense of profound thankfulness, if you let it.
All that to say: this getting older thing ain't so bad!
The beginning of a new year is such a great time to reflect on the wonderful things that God has done. Even in the hardest of seasons, I have felt Him near. I have seen His miraculous hand of provision. I have heard Him say, “I see you.” Thanking Him that 2018 has felt like a breath of fresh air and my birthday yesterday helped to remind me that a new year is truly here to welcome me with the maturity and endurance of experience, so that I may be lacking in nothing (James 1:4).
Have you ever felt 90% excited about something and 10% terrified it won’t work out? Ok maybe more like 50-50. I see you. I’m right there with you. And today I sat on the couch and cried out to the Lord, “the reason I’m scared is because my hope might be deferred and I don’t want to be heartsick again (Proverbs 13:12). And I know the only way to make sure I stay in a place of peace is to put my hope in only you, Lord. Not the opportunity I see. Not the answer to my waiting. My hope is in You alone. In that space, I can be fearless again because You will not forsake those who trust You and seek You” (Psalm 9:10)💗🙌🏻
Join me for a Vision Board Workshop on Saturday, February 3rd from 9-NOON!
The beginning of the year is the BEST time to reflect and focus on where you are coming from and where you are going!
I cannot begin to tell you how empowering and encouraging this day will be. My vision board has become a prophetic and guiding reminder in my life of who God has called me to be and what He has called me to do. And now I want to share this with YOU!
The cost per gal is $25 which covers the curriculum I will be leading us through, and ALL of the supplies needed. You will have lots of fun things to take home with you - this isn't just a one-day ordeal, this is just the kickstart to thriving with a fresh vision in 2018!
Interested? Comment below with your email address and I will send you the event details!
Location is TBD based on how many gals we have attending! I will send that info as we get closer to the date!
2017 has been a lot of things, probably one of the hardest years I've had to face. But in hard thing and suffering we grow. God has taught me a lot, given much grace, and shown me some great things. Giving birth to Olivia was probably the hardest thing I've done, other than motherhood. Her labor was drawn out and very hard, not just physical, but emotionally and spiritually. I knew God had a plan but I was struggling with being very impatient and not trusting. But regardless of what I do, and him knowing me full well, God is gracious and blessed me with the gift of being a momma to this babe. Being a mom is hard. And I realized really fast how much I need to trust in Jesus good works for me instead of focusing on what I was doing. Being a mom requires revolving all your life and decisions around another person that you've been entrusted with, to care for and love. There have been day where I literally thought I couldn't do it anymore... and in those moments is when I realized this life (meaning my own) has been given to me by a God who love like no one else, and allows me by His grace to live faithfully to him. And even when I mess up (because I do a lot) I can remember He has already forgiven me and I'm still blessed with gifts like Olivia. #heisgood#2017#laborandbirth#momlife#jesusismyforever#makingmenew#oliviarosaliegrace
♥️ LOVED this honest and wise post written by @stephfedor, I had to share: “I’ve been wanting a new watch for a long time so when my parents asked for a Christmas wish list you bet your bottom dollar this beauty was at the top in all its rosy steely gold glory. I was so convinced I’d get it that I’d started envisioning my life with it—the how’s and when’s it would make an appearance and the impressions of sleek professionalism it would bring to my life and my wardrobe.
I woke extra early on gift opening morning because I was so excited about this watch. Maybe silly, I know, but that’s what happens when we set our hearts on things or people in this life I suppose.
As I approached our tree like a gleeful little kid on Christmas Day my stomach dropped. The only gift with my name was one that couldn’t possibly contain my watch inside—and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I was devastated.
I don’t know about you, but my 2017 feels a lot like dreaming about this watch and getting socks instead. (Which happened, in case you’re wondering.) Sometimes, the gifts we desire the most—the ones that all the other people have, the ones that we think will finally “make us somebody”, or the ones that we think are going to bring us the most happiness—are not what we find under the tree. And because we don’t find them where we expect them we are unable to see what we have been given instead.
Our laser focus on our lacking, our dashed hopes and broken hearts leaves us to wonder: “What about me?” And this is especially hard when it’s chosen on behalf of us.
Maybe some of you had similar experiences this year. Maybe you’re in the waiting, wishing and praying for a “gift” that has yet to come despite the many others you didn’t want nearly as much.
My challenge to myself (and you) for 2018 is to take a hard long look at what I have been given and instead of asking “why not?” ASK: What am I doing to make the most of myself and my blessings? What am I missing about these gifts—these people, places, talents and resources—that could bring more beauty and fulfillment in the lives of others? Where and why am I neglecting to use or see them?”
I love the anticipation of the New Year. 2017 has been...interesting. Insightful. A year of personal and spiritual growth that required embracing a lot of change and like a little seed, I’ve been buried and broken but I’m breaking through fresh ground in 2018. I am pretty sure I will look back on this year and feel grateful for what it taught me about the nearness of Jesus. Even in the darkness, I was never alone. I was being made new.
NEW WEEK NEW GOALS! I noticed that my quiet times in the morning with Jesus just haven't been as good as they normally are. I'm distracted on my phone, sleeping in a teeny bit later, and just not giving God the time that he deserves. I know that when my quiet times are lacking my discipline in my health journey typically lacks also. SO, after hearing all of the goals of the girls in our accountability group I'm putting mine out there too! So all of y'all can hold me accountable also 😽😽 goals for the week: non-distracted Jesus time in the morn, stick to our meal plan 100%, be prayerful throughout the day, and be intentional in my time with my hubby! 🙌🏻 God is CONTINUALLY making us new, continually growing ya and molding us and shaping us. It's important to reflect and set new goals for yourself. Always learning, always growing 🤗 happy Monday! .
The enemy hates when we share our stories of redemption. That’s where connections are made. Where we connect not only with each other, but with God.
CS Lewis said it this way: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one!’” We must be brave with our stories. Someone needs to know how you once were drawn out of the dark back into the light.
And you need the reminder that if He has done it before, surely He can do it again 🙌🏻 #whatsyourstory
He sees you.
He knows you.
He hasn’t forgotten you.
He loves you.
If you question this truth today, remember the scripture says that the Lord FOUND Hagar in her desert place (Genesis 16). Finding means searching.
He will not stop searching for you. Like the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 for the one lost sheep.
You are the one ❤️ 🐑
“What’s your story?” ❤️ Just as the Lord asked Hagar, “where are you coming from and where are you going?” in Genesis 16, WE are coming together with our stories, trusting Him to create a purpose from our past and a hope for our future!
So, are you in?
The best part of an online study is that it works with YOUR schedule and personal time with Jesus!
If you are interested in joining me for this NEW online Bible Study with an amazing community of women, see link in profile! #whatsyourstory
“Before I call
Before I ever cry
You answer me
From where the thunder hides
I can't outrun
This heart I'm tethered to
When every step
I collide with You
Like a tidal wave
Crashing over me
Rushing in to meet me here
Your love is fierce
Like a hurricane
That I can't escape
Tearing through the atmosphere
Your love is fierce
You cannot fail
The only thing I've found
Is through it all
You never let me down
You don't hold back
Relentless in pursuit
At every turn
I come face to face with You” ❤️🎶 by @jesusculture 🗝 To order a custom key visit: MakingMeNew.com/SHOP