I didn’t grow up with any sort of knowledge about the products that we used in our households. We didn’t have any sense of the harm that they caused and the toxins that were in them, and what they could be doing to our health. I didn’t think twice about scouring the aisles of target and CVS when I started wearing makeup, buying what was pretty and affordable. Not until 2012 when my health just crashed and all of a sudden this brand new lifestyle was somewhat forced upon me, and I will forever be grateful for it. . . We are the gatekeepers of our homes. We get to decide what comes in and what stays out. We have the responsibility of what is used on our littles or our pets and how we want to treat our immune systems and our bodies. When I was younger, I didn’t know better. I didn’t have the knowledge that most mainstream products are full of chemicals that weaken the immune system and disrupt hormones, and some of those very products actually led to my autoimmune diseases flaring. But now I do. Now I know that I can choose better. I can choose better for me and for my family. . . My passion now is seeing others embrace this natural wellness journey because I know the impact that these toxic-laden products can have on them. I love walking step by step with people as they change out products and see the incredible results of embracing a natural lifestyle. When we know better, we have the option to choose better. If this is all new to you, I’d love to be here as a resource and advocate for you and your wellness—but ultimately it starts with ourselves. We are our best advocate! If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you download the “think dirty” app or the “EWG” app and start scanning the products in your house. Start figuring out the difference. Cause knowledge is power and I personally don’t want to take the responsibility of being a gatekeeper to myself and family lightly.
This morning during my prayer time, my heart was overwhelmed with the responsibility that comes with leading this Instagram. I was praying for missionaries—for those who go into different lands to walk alongside all different types of peoples and backgrounds and tongues. To love on them and provide for them and to teach them all about the Lord. I was thinking of the great commission given so many, many years ago in Matthew 28—to go into all the world and to make disciples in all nations and tongues. And I’m amazed by those who have been called to this life—to step out into lands they may have never traversed for the sake of the gospel. . . But it also made me think about how much has changed since that original call 2000 years ago. Not the call itself—absolutely not. But the different ways that we can execute it. Especially in this 21st century world and all the technology we have. We can reach people all over the world through this crazy thing called the internet, and while it is absolutely not the same as going to live in foreign lands and living amongst people in different places, it still gives us a responsibility. . . I pray that this little Instagram here, this little teeny corner of the Internet that the Lord has given me is always used to proclaim His name and point people back to Him. That He shines His light through my story. That this “platform” never becomes mine but always remains His. Those of us who know Christ as our Lord and Savior are part of that same call and commission—to proclaim His name and pronounce His Kingdom. And it may be unconventional, and definitely not something that ever entered the first followers of Jesus heads, but we can speak truth and love and the gospel right here in this place. Let’s give HIM these so-called platforms that we have. Let’s flood the internet with TRUTH. . . 📷: @kaitbaileyphoto
Let’s stop striving after happiness and instead chase after holiness.
I’m getting better at handling fall. It seems to me like my spiritual life goes with the seasons. Fall is a time of quiet, and things just feel a little bit more dry, and God a little bit more distant. And I used to berate myself and beat myself up during these seasons of my life, trying to ACT my way closer to God rather than simply BE, but I’m finally learning to embrace quiet. God is just as active in every season of our lives, including the dry ones. And in a way, these types of seasons make me even more excited. Because just like the trees outside losing their leaves, life is still being nourished beneath the surface. And one day that life will sprout with beauty beyond measure. I think dry seasons display God’s glory in unique ways, and that is something to celebrate and not lament, however we may feel about them. . . So this year, this season, I am clinging to what I know to be true. That God is for me and not against me. That my feelings rarely ever speak the truth about my faith. That God performs wonders beneath the surface of it all for His glory and our good. He is always with us, friends. Always. . . If you’re in a dry season, cling to what you know to be true about our Lord. Remain in His Word. Remain in prayer. Remain in Him, all the more. Oh yes, I celebrate the falling leaves and the barrenness of winter, because it will one day bring SPRING. Every season proclaims His glory in different ways, and I want to celebrate it all! . . 📷: @kaitbaileyphoto
Made my first gluten free sourdough bread today, which I started from scratch with my very own sourdough starter! I figured it would be a total botch, so I’m actually really excited. You can see the journey in my story or my story highlights if you’re interested 🤗 (PS this bread isn’t even for me cause I am living that AIP life, but I’m still super excited! And my boyfriend gets healthy, fresh bread!)
One thing I said I would never do: online dating. One of the best things I’m glad I did: online dating. It has brought me the greatest gift I have ever been given! Tonight I’m sharing a new post on the the blog all about my journey with online dating, and even leaving my own review of different websites and apps based off of my own personal experiences! You can click the link in my bio to read! . . After writing this post, I’m thinking of doing an online dating 101 post written by both myself and my man. We have a lot to say on this topic! Would y’all be into that?! . . Anyway, I would love to hear about your stories and experiences if you have ever given online dating a try! ❤️ . . 📷: @kaitbaileyphoto
Today’s sermon notes // “When you believe something deeply, you proclaim it boldly.”
Love decorating for the seasons now that I live in a place where there are actually seasons 🍂🍁🌾
AMEN! 🙌🏼 He can make misery lead to liberty. Turn our sorrow into victory. Tragedy into testimony. Oh yes, sometimes our suffering becomes the very thing that saves us. Cause God turns our mourning into dancing. Our weeping into laughing. Sometimes rock bottom is the best gift of our lives. If you know, you know.