“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29 NIV
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My word for this year since the beginning of January has been “FEARLESS”. As the year draws near here’s to being more fearless and doing things we have never ever imagined we could ever do!. Let’s be fearless!.
We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.
Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.
It is easy to be moved by your circumstances. I know I’ve been there. As a Christ follower circumstances shouldn’t move you, you are called to move your circumstances!
The power of God lives within you!
Declare the truth of the Word over your circumstances. Don’t speak what you see about your circumstances!
Declare that which is not as though it were.
Command peace be still to your storm!
There are two many situations that we allow to aggravate us, torment us, and confuse us!
We need to begin to understand the power that lives in us and release that in truth and love.
Head over to my website if you need encouragement on how to Declare His truth over your situation and see things begin to move! @ellestahlhut
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TO MY FRIEND WHO IS FEELING ANXIOUS👇🏼
Whenever anxiety creeps into my life, I know that I’m believing a lie. A lie about who my God is, a lie about what my life is supposed to look like, a lie about how far along I should be by now.
Today, this perfect quote swept its way into my life. Reminding me to gently lay aside my long-term plans + unknowns for the moment, and give this moment all of the love I can muster up. To be present, to the cup of coffee, the Bible study, the work in my hands, a morning kiss. I’m reminded that I can’t experience God’s grace or presence in the past or in the future, I can only access it right now, in this holy instant.
Feel like you’re spinning? Put the phone down and take a deep breath. Open your eyes and take in the moment, and receive the Grace that’s waiting for you, right here 💕
I love throwing parties, having people over, eating good food, playing games. But one party I throw all too often is a pity party. Guests in attendance: 🙋🏻♀️
There are all sorts of reasons I give myself for diving into disappointment and making life all about me, some reasons are valid and others are so ridiculous. But at the end of a day, self pity is completely wasted energy. It’s having a problem focused mindset instead of a solution based mindset, it’s seeing things through a lens of lack instead of a lens of gratitude. It robs me of my power to change and it robs the ones around me of my full presence and love.
So I’m speaking to myself and anyone else tempted to set up the decorations for a pity party of one: you’re better than that. You’ve got a purpose to fulfill, people to love, joy to cultivate, life to celebrate. Leave the past behind, know that you’re planted exactly where you can grow best, and CHOOSE thankfulness. If you think a change of scenery, change of spouse, change of children, change of career will make you happy, think again. Because anywhere you go, there you are. And until you learn the behaviors and mindsets of joy, ain’t nothing gonna make you happy hunny.
Let’s run with the theme of the holiday this week and choose to be thankful for this beautiful life we get to live! Drop a 👋🏻 if you’re ready to say sayonara to self pity once and for all.
You gotta know you for yourself, or else other folk will try and tell you otherwise. As my Mama would say: you gotta know that you know! So know this: your vision and purpose are not only personal, but they are YOURS and yours alone; walk in it and walk it out fam. #TalkingwithTanya Like, comment & share fam. @ tanyajmiller.com
Guilty!🤭 My kids wake up, I need to get breakfast happening, pack lunches, clean up spills & tears, school drop off, clean house, do washing, make lunch, call friend, pick up, give snacks, help with homework, make dinner, tuck kids in bed, wash up & collapse in bed. When did I have time to spend it with God?? I need to make the time! How do you connect with God?
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
“Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you.
I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face. I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast. You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you.
For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”
Psalm 91:14-16 (TPT)
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HEALTHY BOUNDARIES // What does this mean to you? We feel lead to discuss this in community as been a theme popping up in our world. Before we get to a discussion of boundaries in regards to our relationships with others, did you know that boundaries are part of navigating through your relationship with YOURSELF?
1.Why are boundaries important? Boundaries are sooo biblical, God created healthy boundaries around intimacy, relationships and self management to foster healthy and productive lives. Allowing us to get our vertical right with Him, and horizontally in community. Boundaries are not walls, they are fences to allow the right flow in/out of our lives.
2. Boundaries and our emotions. Boundaries teach us that our emotions are our responsibility. Our emotions are clues to discovering whats healthy/ not in our lives, and then self regulate to make positive decisions for our lives. Emotions are a great opportunity to take our feelings to God, asking Him why we are feeling some way; ask for His light and revealation, and wisdom to move forwards.
3. Boundaries help us choose to feed desires that are good, best and life giving in our lives.Who else knows that what we feed in our lives will grow? If we feed unhealthy desires, thoughts, patterns, addictive behaviors in our life, these things will become more prevalent. If we feed Truth, beauty, kindness, righteousness THIS is what will grow too 🌴 One of the most powerful prayers we can pray is God, show me, ME. And then have the courage to step into the changes that are asked of us.
Would love to hear how boundaries have helped you to become more compassionate, and aligned in your journey to the woman you are becoming xx
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If you want to be a better christian, hang out with people whose faith inspire you. If you want a long and happy marriage, hang out with couples who have long and happy marriages.
If you want to grow in your career, hang out with people who have already attained what you dream of. But don't just be in their company, ask their help, seek their advice, pursue their counsel.
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers." Psalms 1:1
So it’s time. Thanksgiving pre-prep is done. House cleaned thanks to my amazing husband who never ceases to amaze me. Tomorrow will be food prep day + the arrival of one of our dearest buds from PA. So I’m riding on a wave of peace and decided I needed a mid afternoon bath.... the light was perfect and my heart had a lot of gratitude for the many God winks this week. He’s good y’all.
But side note: so glad I live in this charming cottage. Hashtag blessed.
This post was written for kids but I believe it is God’s heart for all of us 💖
#Repost @annvoskamp Dear Kid Headed out into the World,
All we ever want for you is to be: radical about grace and relentless about truth and resolute about holiness and vows and the real hills worth dying on.
...and never forget that happiness is when His Word and your walk are in harmony. Never stop keeping company with Christ– and all the sinners, tax-collectors and cast-offs. Be an evangelist and use your words with your hands because your part of a Body and never stop loving God with all your heart, mind and soul, and loving others as yourself. Make that your creed.
Be different and know everything you do matters. It’s what the Christ followers know: One person with God can change a culture.
God didn’t put people in your path mostly for your plans and purposes — He put you there for theirs.
Loving the poor will make you rich, I promise.
Only when you offer yourself as bread, broken and given, to a hungry world, will you ever be satisfied.
It's hard to focus on envy or jealousy
when you're running after God like you're supposed to.
Dreams can be achieved, bigger ones than you've even imagined
as long as God is first.
Not behind your wife or husband, or your kids.
Not behind your job.
All this talk about envy, you know who can get jealous?
God. He wants to be first in our lives and with that, you can reach the stars.
So don't worry about how high other people are reaching, or the things they have.
Put God first, and see how much higher you'll reach.
New blog post on envy, link in bio - @bestrongandfearless_
Matthew 6:33. ♡
you don’t have to say sorry for how you laugh, how you dress, how you make your hair, how you speak.
You don’t have to be sorry for being yourself.
Do it fearlessly.
It’s time to accept this is you, and you’ve got to spend the rest of your life with you.
So start loving your sarcasm, your awkwardness, your weirdness, your unique sense of humor, your everything.
It will make your life so much easier to simply be yourself.”
When all you can do is praise Him. Seriously can’t form any other words than thankfulness for all He has done, will do and has yet to do.
🍃Press in and believe friends. Have faith. And Praise Him in the in between. .
You have to know me and my story to understand my worship and reverence for God.
I do not love God because i am perfect. On the contrary, a perfect God chose an imperfect and broken girl to love.
Maybe it’s too much for some of ya’ll but i won’t stop and can’t stop until everything within Me bows to God. -
🗣🗣🗣I am just getting started. Sorry not sorry.🤷🏽♀️ #IambecauseHeis
A few months back I decided to purge my Instagram and unfollow people who I felt like I was constantly comparing myself too. This mainly consisted of people I didn’t personally know — fashion bloggers who tempted me to buy buy buy, and travel bloggers who’s lifestyles I envied or compared myself to. Instead I leaned into more positive influences. Women who inspired me to grow in my faith, confidence, and health.
What a transformation it has truly been. It seems so small and minuscule but most of us are consuming information on social media daily. Although we may think we are mindlessly scrolling, we sometimes don’t realize the impact that the people we follow are having on us subconsciously.
Social media can have a lot of negative effects on us, but I think that there can also be so much good that comes from this silly little app if used purposefully and in moderation. Instead of following people who make you feel worse about yourself, you should follow accounts who lift you up, encourage you, and help you grow comfortable and confident in your own skin. Trust me, you won’t even miss that person who encouraged you to buy things that you couldn’t even afford, or the one who caused you to compare yourself to a body that was not your own.
~ Sage Advice~
Thanksgiving is near and I can almost smell the turkey roasting! This year marks a milestone in my family's journey to healthy living to honor God by walking out the wisdom He has given us —NEVER easy when it comes to the appetite of the flesh.
This will be our first 100% GF Thanksgiving! By His grace we've been eating clean and 90ish% organic for 10+ years. We began reducing gluten and dairy years before we knew there is familial sensitivity. The transition was not easy and not always popular.
Receiving wise counsel can be difficult --- submitting to it even harder. Change that requires yielding to the right thing over the desires of our flesh is difficult. If we are honest, there is often a great divide between the wisdom at our disposal and what we actually do. We are creatures prone to closing our ears if we don’t like the message, or simply disregarding sound advice.
AHAB SYNDROME ~ 2 Chronicles gives more detail of Ahab’s reign in Israel. It's fair to say he was one of the worst kings ever. From choosing Jezebel for a bride to his refusal to bend His knee to God, he proved rotten to the core.
One of his most notable character flaws was the pride that caused him to reject God’s overtures to bring Him to repentance. Time after time Ahab disregarded prophesies from Elijah and Elisha; and the final warning delivered by the prophet Micaiah.
The Lord's prophet warns Ahab that he will die if he proceeds to war (2 Chr 18); while his 400 hired prophets assure him of victory. Micaiah even reveals to Ahab that the words of his prophets were put on their lips by Yaweh to entice him to his own demise. Yet Ahab chose what he wanted to hear over truth, and died on the battlefield.
SAGE Advice ~ How often we exhibit "Ahab Syndrome' in our own lives! The Word tells us that wisdom is not a matter of serendipity. It must be sought after. In my own life I often fail to seek wisdom, or avoid it when it is contrary to what I desire.
Wisdom is not always sweet but is always savory and divine nourishment to our soul. Invite what is true and good into your life. Let’s live a faith journey worthy of the high calling of our KING.
KEEP READING ~ Tabitha 🍃💕
MOM GUILT. It's real and it's rampant. But it's not how we were designed to live.
It's the little, nasty thoughts that make us feel like we're not doing enough for our family.
I shouldn't enjoy being at work.
I should feed them healthier foods.
It's selfish to take time for myself.
I can't believe I yelled at them again.
I often justify this ongoing stream of guilt by thinking I'm pushing myself to be a better mom.
Friends, striving for excellence in motherhood is a good thing, but guilt isn't how we get there.
Your performance as a mom doesn't determine your worth. You are already made whole, set free, and fully forgiven where you are right now.
So lets let go of the striving and pushing to be something we're not and embrace who we are and what we love.
You can love your kids and kill it at work.
You can provide enriching educational experiences and TV time.
You can be there for your family and set boundaries for your needs.
How do you let go of mom guilt?
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Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.
I know my Christmas people are probably cussing me out right now for saying that, but the truth is that I just love being with friends and family, eating food (it has to be a love language) and just being reminded of all that I have to be grateful for (which is so much).
Ever since Adam and I got married, we've hosted a Thanksgiving meal for all the people that didn't have family, didn't have a place to go or just wanted to come hang out and eat (we make some delicious food, I'm not gonna lie).
When Adam was in the Marine Corps and we lived in Okinawa, we used to always invite all the single Marines over for Thanksgiving. There was just something about being family to those that don't have one or that miss theirs and can't see them, that gets me every time. 😭😭😭
Anyways, I'm excited for Thanksgiving and I'm thinking that providing a place for those that don't have one or that need one (or for all the people that just want to hang out with us), might become a tradition in our little Vance family.
Do I have any other fellow Thanksgiving lovers out there? Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? If so, what are they???
☁️2019 Mission Dreams☁️ An Identify Home
Identify has some big dreams for 2019! This first very special dream has a name: Hugo's Haven & Ruth's Retreat. Our hope is to open our very own MISSION HOME next year! This would be a place to house our incredible mission teams and interns. We will hold Friday night Bible studies and sleepovers for teen girls and evening meals for families who just need to connect and be cared for.
Will you help us bring this dream into reality through one of these ways?
1. Attend our Birthday Bash: https://www.identifythemission.org/birthday
2. Set a fundraising goal and share a personal Identify fundraising link to help us raise the needed funds: https://www.identifythemission.org/birthdaybashsupport
3. Give a monetary gift of your choosing to Identify: https://www.identifythemission.org/donate
With your help, we can accomplish this goal and see more lives restored as we head into the next 5 years.
When we think about what Jesus has done for us, for you, we sometimes don’t really think about how much he gave up for us. He sacrificed everything for us to be able to become new. Jesus paid it all for us to have the opportunity to come through where we were and start over with a new access to our Father. #amen#jesus
It’s really too bad that our culture sells men the idea that if they become a father it will ruin their life rather than expand their heart and give them a joy they didn’t know was possible. In the last two weeks I have watched this man care for the child he became a father to many months ago, and come alive in a way that has astonished me with joy. I am overcome by it, watching these two together and the love he has for his son...and I can’t believe I get to keep both of them forever! 😍 I love what Fulton Sheen says about the very thing I am witnessing unfold in our home every day...”The realization that he has passed on the torch of life and can see it flowering before his eyes in his own image and likeness is the basic reason why a man, when he has become a father, is no longer just a man. His is the supreme moment of self-recovery, the re-signing of a lease on life; it is time’s best moment, when a man feels, within himself, the shimmering refraction of the eternal joy of an eternal Father begetting an eternal son and saying to Him in the noontide of paternity: “Thou art my Son; I have begotten thee this day” (Psalm 2:7).
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
Don’t spend your life looking back! You can’t drive looking through the rear view mirror. You’ll never see the what’s ahead, if you’re always focused on the past.
With 4 days left til Thanksgiving I am thankful for the people who taught me how to let go.🍂
No, i don’t sell these.☺️ But they were recommended to me by my naturopath & have blessed our family.🌱I wanted to specifically share the Captain Concentrate if you have a child that has ADHD or struggles with focus.
It’s helped my 9yo son a lot along with some behavior management practices we’ve been working on. He reminds me to give it to him asks to meditate with me before I get a chance to invite him to join me because he’s noticed the difference it makes when he’s at school if he’s forgotten either. He’s actually asked to teacher if he can step outside to meditate when he’s feeling unfocused. I’m truly proud of him and thankful for awesome teachers who work with him. He’s made such awesome progress and is proud of HIMSELF when before i could tell he was beating himself up for not being as able to manage his mind like many of his peers. This is huge to me!
I take the Brain & Memory tincture and am not a fan of the herbal flavor but hey, It’s better than trying to manage my squirrelly ADHD brain.🤷♀️ I’ve found there is so much we can do nutritionally and lifestyle-wise to help set our busy brains up for success!
Of course, I’m no dr nor do i play one on TV so definitely talk to your doctor/pediatrician because even though it’s herbal, there may be side effects especially if taken with other meds. They’re available from @herbpharm ! Shoot me a message if you have questions about other things we do to set ourselves up for success!
Happy Birthday to my dear sister-friend Tracey @traybeeglam!!🎉🎊 Thank you for over a decade of solid, loyal friendship.
Thank you for being the epitome of a friend, sister, comedian, glam girl and all together phenomenal woman! We've laughed, cried, worshipped God, shopped 🛍 and grown in our sisterhood together. May this be your BEST year yet!
We love and appreciate you!💞 .
🦃 Who’s traveling this week?
Don’t forget your diffuser and oils! I’m about to fill this bag with my starter kit oils because 95% of life can be solved with these 11 bottles💛🙌
OILY HACK: wrap up your cord and place in your diffuser before placing on your lid for traveling!
Also, does anyone else use rubber bands for everything?
Thank you @lesleygrahamliving for the beautiful @baggage_and_co bag! 💕Love you so!
Now that we are through the storm with this girls feeding issues, I constantly catch myself watching her, in awe of what a blessing she is, and in total shock that she is already 10 months old.
When Grant and I chose to wait on finding out the gender, I found it easy to imagine having another boy around the house- just adding to the chaos and constant mess of car toys. But I could not imagine what a girl would look like in our family. Partially because I feared I would fail to show her how important confidence and self worth is, but also because Grant liked to tease me that maybe we’d have a girl someday that loved pink and wanted to be a princess and well, that was never me.
But how fitting that my devotional today reminded me that God is pleased with His children, and His love for us is not performance based. Nothing that I do can add or subtract to His love for me. So in a time when I wonder how I can be a good example for my daughter, and why God chose ME to be her mother, I feel freedom in the knowledge that my God is pleased with me and tells me I am enough.
Ephesians 2:8-9, Ephesians 3:16-19