I am wild.
Not in a romantic way but a rebel heart, a savage beast, raking and tearing for mine.
I clothe myself in snakeskin, a mark of the darkness I've seen. One might mistake me for wearing the enemy's clothes, striking a chord that resonates with his.
But it is my skin, battle torn,
my battle spoils, proudly worn.
There is a dragon raging inside of me - but the Lord has laid me down. Capable of brute strength and scorching fire - but the Lord has laid me down. Textured wings and jagged talons begging to stretch themselves wide - but the Lord has laid me down. Teal eyes that can perceive in darkness - but the Lord has laid me down. A piercing voice fierce as flint - but the Lord has laid me down. A passion that could set dull hearts aflame - but the Lord has laid me down.
He strips me, one scale at a time where prying eyes can't see. A molting to reveal soft layers beneath.
I screech my labored song, "What good is a bird on a string? Let me fly wild and free! I'm ready, Lord let me be!" But the Lord has laid me down.
Oh, what good is a bird flying topsy-turvy in the storm? So the Lord has laid me down. How long oh Lord will you keep me here, set apart from life spinning 'round?!
Separated. Protected? Loved.
The ultimate dragon slayer, capable to slaughter me, takes great care to train me.
A boot camp of rest, and recovery
I'm not yet ready to thank him for.
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🙋🏻♀️ Looking right in the mirror with this one! 🙋🏻♀️
I’ve shared this before, and I’ll share it again! I can be in the best mood; and then I suddenly start stressing about what someone thinks about me or their opinion of what/how I’m doing, and wham, bam, thank ya ma’am! That good mood get flushed right down the 🚽! People will always have an opinion about you. Some people will be supportive and positive. Most will not. Either way, you have 99 problems and the naysayers ain’t one! Keep your head up, focus on glorifying God, and continue helping others. God did not place you on this earth to please people, He placed you here to help, love, and serve people. So do that! And do it with your whole heart! Search for ways to help people lots, love people well, and serve people often! And when your time on this earth is over, He will bless you beyond measure for a job well done! And that, my friends, is the only opinion you should be concerned with! 💚✨
The enemy targets identity because he doesn’t want the children of God to know and live confidently in who they really are in Christ. When we walk in our identity we know we have authority, power, love, peace, joy, patience, meekness, faithfulness, temperance, gentleness, goodness, carriers of the image of God, knowing all thing things in our spirit, favored by the King, blessings, promises, health and the list goes on. See why the enemy tries his hardest to stop or distract us from operating and embracing the fullness God has for us here on earth? Praise God we can find it all that we are and who He is in the Word 🔥 Abide in Him.
Dear God Dear Jesus,
Thank you for allowing me to come boldly to Your throne for I am in Christ and Christ is in me.
I’m grateful to sit here and drink in Your peaceful presence.
Thank you for encouraging me to set all of my concerns into your capable hands.
I’m struggling to feel motivated to write. I feel like the short stories I wrote between 2016 and 2018 had a purpose. Some weeks I wrote two or three stories.
That period is over now, and I’m not sure what you want me to write next.
As I think about what to write, the subjects that come through my heart are heavy and upsetting and painful to explore.
When I was writing short stories, it was different because I could be done with the painful topics and look forward to another subject.
Writing daily in novel form is too much. Each time I think of getting back to my current manuscript, I start to feel signs of hyper-arousal.
I don’t know what to do about this.
I don’t even know if I’m writing what you want me to write.
Please bring me a clear, supernatural understanding of Your will for my writing,
Jesus, my beloved Lord, please shepherd me very thoroughly through each step Abba Father wills me to take.
I surrender everything and everyone involving my writing to You, Almighty Creator. I ask that you take what I struggle to give you and that you help me feel peace in letting go.
Abba Father, everything is possible for You. Please take this cup of suffering from me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.
Thank you for giving me purpose and lighting my path.
#prayerwarrior #writing #prayerjournal #trustgod #glorifygod #grateful #christianblogger #writingcommunity #writerslife #writersblock #faithful #godsplan #surrender #authorofpeace #purpose
Haven't picked up my camera in a long while. (Well a long while considering I'm a photographer, and this year I am going full time.) Truth is, I've been struggling with a lot of different things. I guess I just needed that time to "recover", so to speak.
But today I felt the urge to create with my camera. Maybe it was the amazing sun, or maybe it's that I'm finally getting back to my normal self. I'm not really sure what it was, but this view of the mountains always is one that will make my heart happy. Viewing it through the windshield of an old Ford pickup with that golden hour peeking through, what a beautiful sight. <3
We have a playlist on Spotify! Go check it and get a dose of gospel-centered music! Link is in bio
We Become What We Consume
If you feed yourself with junk food. You're body will reveal it in the way it functions and the way it looks. If you feed yourself healthy foods, your body's many complex systems will enhance. It will strengthen its resilience to many diseases. And the bodies duration and longevity will increase as well.
The same goes for the things we consume by what we watch, listen to as well what we think about. Our thoughts play an important role in our well being and affects the body just as much as the food we eat. It can both destroy or build you up! And honestly I can do a lot better here too. Let's work on becoming the Best
#Health #consume #bethebestyoucanbe #talsparadise #3dfitness #bodyshape #love #peace #whateveryoudo #GlorifyGod #fitness #strong #wellness #nutrition
Sin has lost its power in our lives.
🔸Our old lives, mistakes, bad habits, addictions, etc. were crucified with Christ.
Jesus died to break the power of sin.
He now lives for the glory of God.
Likewise, we’re dead to the compulsion and power of sin; we live for the glory of God.
🌺 “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.” #Romans
🌸 “When He died, He died once to break the power of sin. But now that He lives, He lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10-11 NLT
#WomanofGod #GlorifyGod #FreeFromSin #SavingGrace #IAmaChildofGod #NoLongerASlave #BibleStudyTool #Romans6
Do you still DREAM about your life...your future?
Dreams are often the compass for our life...
Where are you heading in life?
What is God saying to you about your dream?...
Had a patient say some very wise words to me this week....
We were talking about being moms. About owning our own businesses. About sleepless nights. Gaining weight. Sore shoulders and necks. Toddler tantrums....I mentioned that it was hard! .
She asked, do times get hard and unforeseen challenges pop up in life? Yes! But all of these hard situations don’t always need to equal bad. We have morphed the word “hard” to mean something negative. We complain, we wallow and allow our thoughts go to a dark place. But how can we expect to become sharpened, to be sanctified and better without the hard? Whether it’s motherhood, an injury, pain, or a difficult situation. Do we choose to glorify the hard instead of taking advantage of the growth opportunities in challenging times? Do we complain and wish away the hard, just so things can be easy again? .
As opposed to feeling sorry for myself, or posting about all of my “hard times”, I want to allow God to work in me. To sharpen me. As a mom. A wife. A business owner. A person. Hard situations don’t have to mean bad!
Thankful for patients who become friends that remind me to be grateful for the hard! And above all, glorify God for the work he is doing in me during these times. .
#motherhood #physicaltherapy #wellness #hard #glorifygod
Something I’ve come to a greater understanding/conviction of is that I have a God-given responsibility to care for my body because 1) it has been entrusted to me by God and 2) taking care of the body He has entrusted to me actually glorifies Him. As important as it is that my physical health has improved in the last year, what’s I level more important is that God has been at work in my heart, shaping me, molding me, changing me which has improved my spiritual health as well.
#glorifygod #allforchrist #healthyheart #transformationfromtheinsideout #healthcoaching #heartcoaching #sbartletthealthcoach
Looks like we have about six inches right now in Ashburn and more falling, so we are going to cancel our service.
We'll see you next week!
I have a habit of floating to the far side of group pictures. On this day, I decided to stay near the middle and try something new. Here I discovered a different tendency. When I’m in front, I have a habit of crouching down so others can be seen, in part because I don’t want to seem inconsiderate, and in part because of insecurities. I came to the conclusion years ago that I’m not naturally all that comfortable with the spotlight. But I’ve found that when you’re right in the middle of God’s will, the spotlight doesn’t shrink you. It grows you. It emboldens you. It shimmers and dazzles in a swirl of beauty, power, wisdom, and love. And that’s when it hits you; you realize that it’s not you being illuminated, but the God in you. And you smile a little brighter. 😁 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father in Heaven.” You’ll see no more crouching from me in 2019. ************************************************************Also shout out to the days when I let the barber use the sharpest magic marker in the box on my hairline. #fresh #crispy #magicmarker #sharpie #coal #black
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First blog post in a while! Check out my latest thoughts on hospitality entitled “Seasons”. It’s a quick reminder about how there’s a time and season for things and it’s important that we give ourselves grace in the meantime. 📷 @andyfitz @dan_carl5on @rawpixel @susanna.hodge
hold steadfast, the wait that is filled with expectation for what is to come is always worth it.
Our vision is to bring light to parts of the world that don’t know the Love of God through the knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ. To start a family that brings solace, creating a fortress to the shelter the hurt, oppressed and lost. To make disciples that grow strong in the Word and rooted in their identity. We are sent out to multiply and expand the Kingdom of Heaven.
and I have been in relationship for 4 and half years. It has been extremely difficult and we have been reminded that we aren't in control of our lives.
We have almost called it quits a few times. Said maybe taking a break would be a good idea. For both of us, the thought of not being with each other was a feeling of dying very slowly. The love we have is very deep, however, we also aren't very good at communicating. Recently that has caused some issues for us, along with stressors.
Brad and I couldn't find a resolution. I prayed for a solution to appear, for guidance. I'm sure Brad was doing the same.
After almost a week we decided that there wasn't one and what were we going to do about it. We decided that we didn't want to end our relationship so the only solution was to let everything go the next day. Every thing!
We did and wow! It has been amazing! We have been able to forgive forget and move on happily. We both learned a valuable lesson. We were molded again by God. We found out how to forgive when you don't know how to. Now that may sound simple but have you been there? I'm sure you have. Sometimes things happen, things are said that you just can't make the sting go away, lessen even a little.
Brad and I finally experienced real true forgiveness! It is truly amazing to experience that with another person. We can live that through God's Grace with Him. That doesn't help us always act with forgiveness with other people. To experience it now and with the person we love is truly an amazing blessing!! What a wonderful way to start the new year!!
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year #marriageishard #tishandbradthemillers #lifelessons #goals #wow #faith #forgiveness #blessed #thankyoulord #glorifygod