what this weekend is alllll about✨✨
love never gives up. except sometimes... it does. sometimes it gives up it’s life, it’s pulse, it’s final breath. that sometimes was Jesus Christ, + on this day over 2,000 years ago, He gave up His life for you + for me. He was Love personified, yet He left this earth willingly to save us from the eternity that we all so deserve. Love never gives up, but it did one time. because He had a choice. when the people were screaming, “save yourself! come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”... He could have. He had spent the last 33 years performing miracles + saving others, but He gave up his life for you + for me. He chose to be the one + only perfect sacrifice, + to suffer the death that WE all deserve. Love gave up on this day thousands of years ago so that we would never have to give up again. because in 3 days, He rose again. but today isn’t about that... today is about the sacrifice that saved you, saved me, saved him + her, saved your favorite person + your least favorite, saved that homeless stranger, saved that celebrity, saved the one that goes against Him, saved the one that’s a famous preacher + saved the one that betrayed Him. it’s almost unfathomable that while Jesus was on the cross, He was thinking about me + you. we are SUCH an unfaithful bride to Him but He loves us to the point of giving up his very LIFE. we were the ones on His mind as he was breathing his last breaths, + He thought that we were WORTH IT. today IS a good friday because Love has a name. JESUS.
to the girl that needs to hear this: it is not your purpose in life to become smaller. or to always be struggling to lose those last 5 pounds. or to take up less space. or to be ‘attractive’, whatever that really means... your purpose in life is NOT about what you look like. your purpose is to create. to love. to inspire. to teach. to live like Jesus. to encourage. to grow. to just BE. you don’t always have to want to be less weight because who you are has nothing to do with the way that you look. your weight + appearance is the LAST thing that should define you!!! societies standards on women are nearly impossible to accomplish, + i know firsthand body image is something that girls struggle with immensely. but i’m here to tell you that nobody cares if you’ve put on a few pounds, or lost a few pounds. nobody can notice. the scale is a LIAR. the scale can’t tell you how big your heart is. or how contagious your laugh is. or how many kind words you’ve said today. or how many lives you’ve touched. the scale is a NUMBER, + you are so much more than that. you are never, ever, ever going to be on your death bed + wish that you had lost those 5 extra pounds in your 20s. you might wish you had relaxed more, laughed harder, spread the gospel more often, loved more recklessly, gone to more festivals, adopted more dogs, made more friends, visited more countries... but you will never look back + wish you had been skinner your whole life. so, go do more of those things. focus on the important things in life. + if you’re anything like me + find yourself always having the urge to lose weight, let me be the first to tell you that you are never defined by a stupid number on a scale. you are worth so, so much more.
4 + 1/2 years together + i’m still in the honeymoon stage😍 can’t wait to love you like this (+ eat mexican with you) FOREVER❤️
best way to start the morning.✨
you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me + there’s only a little over 6 months until you are my HUSBAND!❤️ i thank Jesus every single day for giving me such an amazing man that i am able to spend the rest of my life with. psalm 23:5 — my cup runneth over. #kellyginnphotography
next time you feel like you aren’t doing enough with your life, you aren’t doing as well as those around you, you aren’t worthy of God’s love, remember that He has chosen you + He’s never looked back. Jesus has never regretting getting on the cross for you. you are chosen by God for a reason + a purpose.
something that’s been on my heart recently: it’s really important to use our words to be KIND to people. can you think back to elementary school + remember something mean somebody said to you? i can, + that was almost 2 decades ago. words have the power to stick with us our entire lives, so we ought to be more careful about the way that we use them. speaking negatively can be SO easy— complaining about the way your life sucks... gossiping about what happened last weekend... spreading rumors about that girl you barely know... these things are easy to do. but psalm 141:3 says “set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” speaking words of negativity will only lead us further into discontentment, but speaking words of encouragement to ourselves + to other people can have the ability to turn an entire day around. God so badly wants for us to be content, but we make it harder for ourselves when we focus on the negatives + dwell on them. so. tell someone why you care about them. try to compliment one stranger a day. give a positive comment on someone’s work ethic. instead of being jealous of another girl, compliment her on her beauty. say hello to a stranger. thank somebody for being who they are. list out the things you’re thankful for. words speak LOUD, so let’s let our words speak life. speak truth. + speak love.
we can’t underestimate the power of God’s goodness + graciousness to us every. single. day. He sees us at our worst. you know those sins you've never told anybody because you're too ashamed..? those sins you've stuck in the back of your head because it's too painful to think about..? the ones you'd DIE if people found out? Jesus knows them. He knows our sinful hearts better than we know them ourselves. He sees every eye roll, hears every judgmental thought, sees every time we pass by the girl that sits alone at lunch, hears every time we sin against Him + tell ourselves that we don't need Him, because we're already good enough. + He LOVES US UNRELENTLESSLY. this is the beauty of the gospel. —from my latest blog post titled “you aren’t good enough”
gonna be holding onto you this tight for the rest of my LIFE😍😍 || one of MANY pictures i’m obsessed with by my FAVS @kellyginn22 + @johntginn!!!❤️❤️
because if we are constantly looking to ourselves, we will A L W A Y S be disappointed. if we don't realize that there's a problem, we won't go looking for the solution. if we don't realize our brokenness, we won't go searching for holiness. coming to the realization that we aren’t perfect puts us on the path of pursuit in finding something that IS good enough. and there’s forever just one answer for that. Jesus. read more on my latest blog post “you’re not enough.” link in bio✨
happy tuesday ✨
this one right here is honestly superwoman. anyone that knows her knows what a BLESSING she is to every single person around her. she has been blessed by the Lord with an incredible gift of encouragement, + i just wanted to share how much i adore her. i know so many people say their mom is their best friend but this woman is like my other half. she truly embodies what it means to be a Godly woman + i just feel so blessed to be able to call her mom. words will never ever ever be able to describe how special she is to me + how much i cherish her. she’s the charlie to my charlie ❣️❣️