smiling thru the pain of finals
sara girl is ENGAGED!!!! sara is THE most joyful person i’ve ever met and she carries the love of Christ with her everywhere she goes. laughter is a must when you’re around her and you’ll always leave with a smile on your face. sara- i LOVE you and could not be happier for you and alec!!! (oh and ps thanks for texting every law class about not knowing what’s going on either) 💖💖💖💖
ITS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEARRRR☃️
social media isn’t real life. i can post this picture and say “wishing i was here instead of finals” but the truth is that i had a horrible day yesterday. not one of those normal bad days, one of those rare ‘get in bed at 7 and cry for hours’ bad days. and i tried to pray and let it go. i woke up today, went to the gym like i always do, and tried to get through a workout. but the reality is that i sat there crying my eyes out. seriously, in the middle of the gym, in a full blown cry session. i’m not saying this for attention- i’m saying this because it’s so easy on days like these to believe that evil is winning. it seems as if there isn’t any other option. being fully, deeply and intimately rooted in Christ is something i’m trying so hard (and failing) to be. so girls- here’s your tuesday reality check. no one has it together all the time. just because you see a professional photograph of a girl looking happy doesn’t mean that she is. but the other reality check is that evil isn’t winning- no matter how hard it might be to believe that. Jesus already won and He did that on the cross. so try and focus on His wins instead of your losses.
real “relationship goals” isn’t what this world has corrupted it to be— instagram likes, sex, cute pics or physical attraction. it’s the opposite. relationships ought to be rooted in Christ completely, or else they will fail. this is something me and g have come to realize through our 3 years of dating. Jesus, thank you for the gift of Your Word and the way that You love us. let us use that love in the way that we love others.
thankful would be an understatement with women like these in my life 🖤
always love cheering on the grizz with youuuu❤️
maybe you’re feeling like you’re drowning in your sins. maybe you’ve been struggling over, and over, and over again but you’re too afraid to tell anyone what your demons are, because you’re afraid they would judge you. or maybe you feel you’re too far from God’s grace. far too often, we put on a face of a “good Christian” and then when we are alone we are filled with shame, regret, depression, loneliness. often times, like the devotional says (swipe to read), i think to myself, “what is wrong with me? if others heard what i just said, they would be stunned.” the burden of my sins weigh on me, and they are a heavy load to carry. but here’s some good news- we aren’t alone in our self pity and we don’t have to carry our burdens- we have a Savior that did that on the cross. paul here is feeling what you might be feeling too. that you’re a hypocrite, that you’re too messed up, that you are “the worst of sinners.” you might be thinking that evil is winning; satan is winning. but evil doesn’t win. paul is shown mercy by Jesus. he is further proving God’s unending grace by his messy and broken life. look- you are not too far gone. and you don’t need to let the devil win. God will be glorified in your wins, AND your losses- not one or the other. Christ’s love is displayed no matter how far we run. so stop putting on the face. you’re not alone. we are all far more broken than we would ever like to realize, but also far, far more loved than we could ever imagine. be open. be vulnerable. share your struggles. and let God work in you. no matter what- He will be glorified. He will be glorified. He will be glorified.
bday dinner!!! // i don’t like chocolate chips in my cookies but my favorite cookie is chocolate chip so for my birthday today grant called cookie fix and asked them to make a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough without the chocolate chips and if that isn’t true love i don’t know what is.
just 2 doggos taking a hecking picture
i'll always be your sidekick!!!
the other day i was riding in the car with grant + complaining about the way i look. he said to me, okay, now name one positive thing about yourself. i was so upset i replied, i honestly can't think of anything. as soon as those words came out of my mouth, our car passed by this church's billboard + my spirits were IMMEDIATELY lifted by God's words to me. i'm so thankful for little truths like this that remind me of who i am in Jesus eyes. + guess what! you can hear more about this in my bible study @liveloveddd tonight at 7 in the education building! we are talking about how to love yourself + see yourself the way Jesus sees you. if you're a gal + you've struggled with insecurity (because who hasn't!) then come on out, + turn your eyes from the world's lies to God's truths.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!!!! if you know me, you know how obsessed i am with scrappy... and today is his 3rd birthday (aka his 21st😏😏) scrappy doo, i wish i could be there to kiss your snoot more than anything!!! don't get too crazy tonight 😜😍
3 whole years with you = a whoooole lot of smiles & a whoooole lot of love !!! i've said it before & i'll say it again-- you are the BIGGEST blessing the Lord has ever given me. loveeee you today tomorrow & forever g baby❤