Hey guys! Happy Monday! I just wanted to give you all a heads up regarding my Instagram account. • • I'm been wrestling quite a bit in prayer and conversations about the future of my account, and for a bunch of reasons, I've decided to go on an indefinite social media hiatus. Some of these reasons range from a prompting from God and needing to spend more time with my writing and classes. My accounts (Instagram and Facebook) will still be there, but I'm uncertain when I'll be coming back to them. • • Am I completely leaving the online community? Of course not 😉 My blog and mailing list will still be here (I'll be sending an email this week with some updates), and if you need to get in touch me with me, my inbox is always open (audrey[at]audreycaylin[dot]com). Or if I've met you in person, feel free to text me ☺️ • • For all of you who follow me, thank you so much for your amazing comments and posts and inspiring energy here on Instagram. I feel so blessed to have been able to experience it over the past few years. I'll miss you all, but I hope to see you around in the blogging world or connect via email! 💙💙💙
how boring life would be if not for the blessed unknown the events, people and places often uninvited and unwelcome but are truly invitations to grace often ordinary like a carpenter from a little town but sometimes striking the soul with the force to change a life leave the nets look up as a call to all you’ve ever been looking for walks by ... will you go and see? • • because how boring life would be if we knew everything that was going to happen and never experienced any Inciting Events 💚🌎
THE SURPRISE IS HERE!!! • In other words.... • I PUBLISHED A BOOK • God nudged this little short story into my life several months ago, and after prayer and formatting and planning, I decided to publish a physical copy and kindle copy on Amazon. It’s still so surreal to see the physical copy and THE COVER (thank you again, @alea_harper !) Check the link in my bio for more info, or keep reading for the blurb and how to enter the giveaway 😄 • • BLURB “A tragedy that shattered. A song that can mend. A single heart longing to be free. With her older brother leaving on deployment in mere hours, seventeen-year-old Felicity has one chance to bridge the gap of silence between them before time scars their relationship forever.” • • Want a free copy? THERE’S A GIVEAWAY. Here’s how you enter: • 1. Sign in to the Rafflecopter giveaway on my blog. Share that post or a link to the book anywhere on social media—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, blog posts, etc. • 2. Copy and paste the URL of your post into the white box. (if you use an Instagram story, link to your profile the same day you post the story) • 3. BOOM YOU’RE ENTERED. Each separate post (linking your Instagram post in your Instagram story counts as two posts) equals 2 points and there are five opportunities to enter every day • • The best part? I’M GIVING AWAY THREE COPIES. I’m a classic indie author hoarding a dozen copies of my own book, so I’d love to give you one 😉 • The giveaway starts TODAY (Monday) and ends Saturday (19th). I really hope you go enter, as I’m dying to share this story with you!
This time of year can be so crazy: exams, Christmas shopping, family members coming to town, leaving town, and rain and snow racing down from the sky. It always feels like a rush to wrap up the year to me, a time for a million new dreams for next year, but also the aching discouragement of looking at the past and even the present and cringing at my imperfections and failings and thinking wow, God. Thanks for putting up with me. I feel pretty useless. • • Yet that's why Christmas is so beautiful. • • Because God wants to come into our lives no matter how perfect or imperfect they are. He could have looked at the world and said nope, I'm not going there. It's too messy and crazy and broken. But he came anyway. And despite all the messes of the world, the nations, the countries, the towns, the families, he still wants to come into the midst of the human race. • • Even better, God still wants to come into YOU. • • No matter how out of hand life seems to be getting, no matter how many times you fail and feel unworthy, Christ still wants to come and be born into your heart. Even if it's like that stable in Bethlehem, probably a bit unused, more than a little messy, and definitely not a place one would think is fit for the King of the Universe. He still wants to come into there. All you have to do is open up the door. And once he's there? He wants to be the light of the world through you. Whatever the state of your life, your heart, he still wants to use you. He still CAN use you. • • Let's let the light into our hearts again this Christmas, friend 💚❤️💚❤️
FAREWELL OCTOBER 🍁🍁🍁 • One of my favorite months of the year is slipping away like all the pretty leaves outside. 2019 feels like it will actually be REAL now. I always get a bittersweet feeling this time of year because it seems like everything is coming to an end—all the adventures of the year are coming to a close. • • But at the same time, autumn feels like HOPE to me. It represents the close of things like our lives and the world. Doesn’t the crazy show of color and swing from warmth to cold mirror the apparent chaos of Revelations? And what comes after that? • Heaven. God. Eternal reunion with Eternal Love. • • I always wonder if we’ll be sad to leave the things of this world that are beautiful and special, just like we’re sad to leave behind the adventures of this past year. But God has SUCH amazing plans for us. He’s working to draw us closer to Himself every minute, every day, every year. Even when things pass away, He’s still there, He’s still coming, He still loves us. • • “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 • “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” ~ Jeremiah 31:3 • 🍁🍁🍁
Nineteen years circling a great big sphere of light, riding aboard a lush green-blue ball that floats in a sea of gleaming stars. Nineteen years inhaling countless breaths of oxygen and tasting millions of sweet drops of water. Nineteen years walking on the planet my God came down to when He died so I might walk with Him for eternity. • • Nineteen years. I don't need to think long to realize every single one was filled and overflowing with love. • • My life is a love story. It is a beautiful dance with a Divine Partner. It's a masterpiece being woven with billions of brightly hued colors in a gentle hand. It is a walk across a sea of storms and diamonds. • • It is not about me...but God and me. Together. • • Sometimes I look in the mirror and pause, surprised and baffled. Because how did I become this? How did the awkward, tomboyish little girl become a young woman with autumn-hued hair and eyes a mystical, laughing gray? But through those windows to the soul, I see more. I see fear melted to courage, awkwardness to grace, insecurity to confidence, and love multiplied by a thousand...and all still growing as I walk holding His hand. • • Then the realization is gone, and I am back to struggling to love my family, stay faithful to my work, and just remember God as I try to make sense of life. • • But I know I saw it, if only for a moment. Maybe seeing it for more would have ruined everything. Maybe had I pondered what I realized longer, it would have ceased to be so mystifying and captivating as I finally understood. • • I do not know what it is. Maybe change. Or time. Or the simple progression of life. Whatever it is, it cannot be put into adequate words; I can only experience it each time I look back to see the footprints I've left behind in the stars. • • - from a story I saw one day and may never write, but always ponder. Likely a contemporary? I don't know. But maybe one of you needed to hear these musings today ☺️🧡🍁🍂
Summer is OFFICIALLY over for me as of tomorrow. I'm sad, as I am every year, but the adventures of this season always fill me up with enough energy to last until next summer. • • My favorite moments were: - REALM MAKERS CONFERENCE (and meeting so many of my friends there!) - Driving to St. Louis and back - Hiking for 7hrs in Yosemite - Camping in Yosemite - Being an honorable mention in the SE contest - a thousand other little moments watching the birds and the wind and hiking in the middle of nowhere. • • What were some of your favorite memories from this summer??
Yesterday my dad and I hiked 14 miles to get one of the best views in Yosemite. I woke up today feeling ready to conquer the world. Maybe that’s the feeling “rest and recreation” is supposed to give me... but aside from prayer, the #1 way I’m “re-created” is by hiking. 💚 • • What re-creates you?