Here’s your Friday pep talk: Embrace the magic of the everyday. Find gratitude for all your blessings. Fight for hope even in the darkness. Make space for dance parties when you feel heavy. Joy is closer than you know. Reach out and grab it today. You don’t have to stuff your sad feelings, but it’s sometimes okay to set them aside and simply celebrate. I’m praying wild celebration over you today!!🎉✨🤗
Who loves to sip their coffee out of a cute encouraging mug?🙋🏽♀️☕️❤️ These mugs (and many others picked out by @wellwaterfargo volunteers/donors) are going to our friends from the strip club. People often ask what kind of gifts we bring to the club and I always say, “the kind of fun thing you’d give a friend, sister, or daughter.” (Or yourself! I’m eying that woman on a mission mug.👀) It’s not about charity, it’s about connection. We get to give little tangible gifts of love & encouragement. We get to promote self care & love. We get to remind them of their value. We ALL need those reminders sometimes - no matter our job, religion, or lifestyle. #wellwsterfargo
This fall I got the official diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder with panic attacks. . Throughout my whole story with anxiety, I’ve asked God, “what are you doing in the middle of this mess?” Because I know that while God doesn’t cause sickness or pain, he isn’t afraid to meet us in those broken places. I also know that God is a healer. I’ve seen it. It’s all over in the Bible. It’s just who He is. Sometimes healing is supernatural. Sometimes it’s just super normal. Sometimes it’s in a moment and sometimes it’s over years. Sometimes God heals through sleep & therapy & friends & heart work & music & food. But God’s intention and desire is always to heal - through prayer, medicine, the practical, or all three together. Lately I’ve been seeing some wild breakthrough in my fight against anxiety. I had an experience with God recently that changed something in my physical body when it comes to panic attacks. It’s not that I’m never stressed or nervous, but it physically is not overtaking me like it used to. THAT is major victory in my life. I still have to walk out the daily fight, but new hope is present. . I’m believing for breakthrough for you too. I don’t know your story & I don’t know how God will show up for you, but I know that he will. It takes asking and usually requires quieting our hearts, seeking help, and changing some practical things to see the fullness of peace. If you want to hear a bit more of my story and way more importantly, come be in a safe space where we are honest about life & invite God into the crazy, I’m hosting a girls’ night at my place on November 30th. DM me for more info!
Winter is here.❄️ Currently I’m stocking up on board games and tea bags in anticipation of 6 months of snow. This year I’m more determined than ever to speak life over winter & find the joy. What’s your favorite thing about winter?
What has your experience with church been like? Mine certainly hasn’t been all jazz hands & rainbows.😂🙅🏽♀️ I was a pastor’s daughter for 10 years until that ended overnight because of the dramatic ways my family was falling apart. I’ve had frustrations & held a friend when she was afraid of getting sexually assaulted at youth group (true story) & cried countless tears over how mean Christians could be. Church has been intertwined in some of my greatest pain. Yet I’ve also found some of the greatest healing of my life inside of church walls. I get why people leave the Church at large & want to do faith solo. I get why it’s hard to stay when there’s drama & messiness. I get that there are real abuses that happen in the name of Jesus that are NOT okay. I get that finding a place where you fit can feel impossible. But I also believe so deeply that God’s Love is meant to be displayed to the world through families of messy people who are full of love. . This family is mine. @burningheartsfargo is not a perfect church, but it’s my family of misfits who love the Presence of God and each other. I’ve stuck around for 3 years not just for the legit miracles we see or because my husband is on staff, but because it’s a safe place to cry on the floor and that means the world to me. . What about you? If you have a hard experience, your story is welcome here. If you want to share a story about something GOOD you’ve seen in your church experience, PLEASE SHARE! We need more stories of the wins, even as we make space to hear the hurt. . (And if you’re in Fargo and don’t have a church home, I’d love for you to visit mine! I’ll save you a seat.❤️)