And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more [displaying itself in greater depth] in real knowledge and in practical insight, so that you may learn to recognize and treasure what is excellent [identifying the best, and distinguishing moral differences], and that you may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ [actually living lives that lead others away from sin]; filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God [so that His glory may be both revealed and recognized]. — Philippians 1:9-11 [AMP] ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Praying you're blessed by this truth this weekend, because that's what it is- TRUTH. May we abound in love—Happy Friday, friends! 🍁 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PC: @expeditionjoy
Every year, I notice the way the leaves fall from the trees. Falling, falling, falling – with a gentle grace. I watch them as they glisten in the auburn sun. They appear almost buoyant, carried by the wind. The way they seem to surrender to the earth – without care – it reminds me of a grace I wish my heart held more of the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The tree sways— and they fall. The wind carries— and they go. They don’t fight it or try to hold on to the tree… they just go. I, however, hold on to the tree. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But sometimes, our weakness is our strength. My weakness is something I struggle to embrace. It is a sign of wisdom to know when to hold on and when to let go. Letting go — surrender — means opening ourselves to a new reality. It means stepping one foot into the unknown. It is easy for the fears to whisper, “You’re not ready for this.” is what my fears whisper all the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The world tells us to hold on, hold on, hold on. Secure. Protect. Defend. But the One that trusts in God knows the still small voice that says, You can let go. It’s trust- it’s surrender - that opens us to the real glory. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had to let go of my safety, my plans, my future – for God to work His supernatural glory and love in my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ God challenges the things we build around us to keep us safe for us to realize that our safety is only in Him. Our trust belongs only in His hands. — @kerrilynnephotography ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ image: @effiegurmeza
At the beginning of September we had our first [BE] Ignited Workshop with amazing leaders who came so excited and willing to love, serve and teach the young women who had flown in from all over! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of our sweet attendees, Janie, wrote the following: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you are given the opportunity… Go to a workshop. However, don't just go, be present. Share your thoughts and ask questions. Bring a notebook, you'll need it! Not only will you have an opportunity to be creative and get time for recharging, you will also get to learn and challenge yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My time at the workshop was a lot like the mental picture I have when I think of God opening up His arms and inviting me into relationship with Him. You are welcome here. There is room at the table for your messy, curious, and beautiful heart. I was re-ignited. Now it's my turn to open up my table to other people and give them space to gather, talk, and share. I'm eager to grow in my faith locally and have identified several opportunities to jump-start my business. There is no better time to join and walk with God than right now.
We’ve all heard the quotes, “find your tribe and love them hard”. We know all about #squadgoals. But what does it really mean to be a community??? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In Exodus 17, the Israelites were encountering their first battle with their enemies while in the wilderness. During the battle, Moses was standing above the valley where the battle was happening holding up the rod. While his arms were raised, the Israelites would begin to win the battle, but if he let down his hands the enemy would start to win the battle. But after hours of the battle being fought, Moses simply wasn’t able to hold up his arms and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Enter Aaron and a guy named Hur. They dragged over a rock for Moses to sit on (ya gotta do with what you’ve got when you’re in the wilderness) and then they each took an arm and lifted them up. And they held his arms up, high and steady until the sun went down. The battle was won because Moses didn’t go at it alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That’s what it means to be community. That’s the power of surrounding yourself with people who will fight with you, who will lift your arms when you just can’t do it anymore, who will always bring you back to the Cross.
May we be woman who pursue holiness over happiness. ⚡️ Our world is slammed with messages of who women are suppose to be, what we should be interested in, what we should be fighting for, and who we are suppose to be following. But what if we change the conversation? Let us be holy women and women of the Word, interested in the work of the kingdom, fighting to love better and love well, and following wholeheartedly after our Jesus. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We are women, and my plea is: let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.” ― Elisabeth Elliot ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today, let’s celebrate the women God has created. In the comments below, tag a woman you see Jesus in and tell her how she reflects Jesus! 💕