Participating in the #100daystobravesummer has been so encouraging to my life, during this time of transition from college to the next chapter. Yesterday marked the half way point and it has gone by so fast!
To celebrate I am giving away a few of my favorite things.
A Copy of 100 Days to Brave by Annie
A Cute Journal
A Pack of my favorite journaling pens
and a $25 Starbucks gift card. 🌻
It's simple to enter:
1) Follow me @okaygyspy
2) Tag a friend (or two or twenty) in the comments below
3) For 10 Bonus entries, screenshot this photo and post it in your stories (+ tag me so I know it is you!) 🌻
Giveaway ends Thursday July 19th at 11:59 CST and a winner will be announced Friday morning! Happy entering!! 🌼
[Giveaway not affiliated with Instagram or Annie F. Downs. Must be US Resident in the continental US and NOT a P.O Box Address to enter and 13+ years of age]
Peace... What is it in our lives that gives us peace? Today ask God where your peace is and ask Him to bring that to your life. It can feel like it is so hard to be at peace but when we get it grab hold and ask God to allow you to stay in that place.
I love how being sharing what's real and true with another person connects us and gives hope. Today, when i opened my messages I had several from brave women who are in the midst of a struggle with self-image and their health. They have been holding certain ideas about their situation that may be keeping them from taking steps. I've been there and have had similar feelings. I can cheer them along and help them make a plan and resonate with them in the hard stuff. Others have done this for me. Our stories and our lives are a gift to be shared and our honesty and declaration of reality can help set others free.
So here's my challenge for you if you feel stuck or uncertain:
1) share what's real with a trustworthy person who can relate
2) make a plan or two for steps you can take
3) ask them to be in it with you
4) accept their love and encouragement without deflecting
5) be brave and honest
Have you ever taken a drive just to think about where God is taking you? In our town that's what Sundays are for. I love to just go for a drive with the family and see all the beauty God has created. See with Him we can find the path that He is waiting for us to ask so we can take it. When we ask God to lead and we follow His plan. It will be far greater then we could imagine. So today ask God where that will be? Ask Him to help you let go of the fear, doubt, and worry. He will begin to show you where that journey will take you.
Your labor in the Lord is not in vain, beloved,
Be strong, steadfast, immovable.
I guess we’re all a little tired. A little weary of our busy schedules, daily stresses, decisions big and small.
We look around at all the suffering, all the dark that seems to be gaining ground on the light, and we tremble.
We long to make a difference, be a light, make a mark, maybe not in our name but in His.
We want to know at the end of the day that all the pain and all the suffering has been worth it.
So we rise again. We push forward, giving thanks,
for the joys that litter our path and enduring the trials that try to cast us back.
At the end of the day we lay our heads down weary to the bone and we declare,
I don’t know Lord. I just don’t know if there is enough, if I am enough.
And as we exhale all of our day and feel our eyes drifting down, we hear a gentle voice whisper.
You are not beloved. Nor will you ever be,
Enough that is.
But I AM.
I AM, the Great I AM and if you will, but come to me
Lay your burdens at my feet, then I will,
Yes, I Will be all those things and more.
And I will strengthen.. confirm… and establish you .
Just as I said I would. 1 Cor. 15:58; 1 Peter 5:10
Hope. Faithful. Promise keeper. Healer. Mender. Comfort. Peace. .
Those things are who Jesus is - regardless of my circumstance. .
As I’ve walked through this last year, one of the most profound things Jesus has taught me - “regardless of what you see, keep reminding yourself of who I am - because I never change!”
The more my eyes are on my situation, the more I want to crawl in bed & sulk. But the more I remind myself of who He is, the more hope I have. .
Friend, I don’t know what you’re walking though. Maybe you’re hurt & you need healing - keep telling yourself of all the ways that Jesus is healer - whether you believe it or not & watch what He’ll do!
My grit has gotten me far, but it’s truly grace that’s carried me. .
You will have fall on your face experiences but get back up. Learn from those moments and learn fast! #LessonsLearned (Full @voyagechicago article in bio)
I remember the first few years of my business were ran in fear...”will I still book weddings for next year?”, “what if this client doesn’t like me?”, “what if they don’t book me because they think my prices are too high?”
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been there, or still are there!
Now, 5 years later, I no longer run in fear but in confidence. Every business owner has something to fear—I get it—the stakes are way higher than a secure job, but fear won’t get you anywhere, I’m done with that part of my story
Double tap if you feel the same!
Embrace your intuition. 😌
Know that you are a living and breathing miracle.
Trust yourself more to know the answers.
Don’t give your power away so freely.
It becomes so easy to constantly second guess ourselves, but what if today you didn’t? *
What if today you listened to your gut instincts and reaction?
If you practice stillness throughout your day that’s when we learn to listen to our intuition again.
Today I challenge you to bring stillness and a sense of openness to your day and see if you can hear the voice of your intuition.
You are such a uniquely divine creature you just have to slow down enough to remember that.
I hope today you are open to receive all that is coming your way with a sense of ease, love and grace. 🤟😘🙏
I can't have a one track mind.. I need to have more than one line of communication to speak to God.. Because one line you are on hold..being distracted by worldly issues. Another line the devil is calling on line 2 to shake up things up in your life and in the world around you... You know you can go old school..put the phone down...write a letter..yell out his name..or whisper so only he can hear..your message will get through to him and HIS people. #speaktruth#believe#inspirationalquote#instaquote
As the temperature in my workplace sometimes hits 40degrees, I decided that it’s not so necessary to do my morning cardio, but instead, what I do lack in past is massage and some treatment for my muscles.
They’re constant under tension, sometimes even up to 6 times per week with #crossfit training, so they need it.
This is a routine I do every second day on my whole body. It’s 5 reps for each muscle group, to start of with. Certain areas are not good just for muscle relaxation, but for increasing the mobility.
This little selfie session was the cutest to watch today! The kids either give their best smiles or their silliest faces when in selfie mode😂
Sometimes I hear people call the upcoming generations as the “selfie” generations, and it’s usually stated in a negative connotation... It makes me sad when people down the upcoming generations😞
My husband and I work with super amazing students and young adults @elevatencc who are in the millennial and post-millennial generations (@_chrissteward and I are millenials too😉). And they are generous, amazing, and truly desire to impact the world. I have such high hopes for the upcoming generations... I believe we can change this world in the best way possible. I believe we have something to say, and we need to speak with confidence🙌🏻
Whatever age you are, I encourage you to try to understand how to work with different generations (either above or below you)... let’s pour into each other, celebrate all of our strengths, and kick the judgement to the curb✌🏻
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
I love language. The Discipline of Philosophy has the most interesting French and German words that are just pregnant with meaning. This is what each rational and healthy individual should intentionally be seeking...Eudimonia. Human flourishing. A life well lived does not take material wealth. It takes the soul filling feeling and knowledge that your work is done well and you know the satisfaction that something meaningful has been done. A wise investment in time. There is no gratitude or honor when people get hand outs. And it does not lead to a meaningful or happy existence. Its a sad and pathetic one, to have no ambition to create a better you. To have No drive to become a better or significant person of purpose. Or a force for good. Life is sink or swim. Thats how we are designed to operate. Learn to show grace under pressure. Know your power. Exercise your own Free Will! #thinkforyourself#seektruth#speaktruth#dontbedeceived
I want to take a moment and address a little something that really bothers me as an illustrator or artist or whatever you wanna call me... but STEALING art is no fun!
The thing is that many get confused with bn “inspired” and straight up COPYING and making “few” adjustments or as someone told me once or few times... “I’m not literally copying you” 🙄😂
Please for the love of whoever you love, STOP copying and find your inspiration, find your thing and RESPECT other’s ART!
I want to tell my family, friends, followers and all of you who buy my ART, THANK YOU!
If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here 😘
**over and out**
I’m doing my best to be real with you guys 😌.
It can be really hard to put yourself out here on social media. It can be really challenging to not get sucked into the comparison game. And it can be really easy to fill my day with busy work that keeps me from focusing on what’s truly important.
I enjoy health and fitness and love seeing positive changes in myself and in other women :) but I can tell you that everything in this world can either be a distraction from the Lord, or a blessing from Him (yes, even hard seasons 😉).
So make sure that no matter what you’re chasing in life and filling your time with.. that you get your heart right with the creator of it, and live out a personal relationship with Christ Jesus ❤️ He puts it ALL in the right perspective. Lifts us up when when are struggling, and humbles us when we are proud. Our sustainer is always where the biggest change can be found ❤️.
I started my eight week program today and it was so good! But my favorite part was that I started my morning off right, got direction for the day, and let Him guide me through the learning and growing process 🙏 What we water grows 🌱💕 :) .