Ris & Ry

Christ Followers. Coffee Lovers. Creatives. Conversationalists. Pittsburgh, PA. Everyone’s story has a purpose, #thisisours .

We’ve been on the run so much these last several weekends, so Karisa surprised us with a little road trip to one of her favorite coffee shops @novacoffeecompany. It’s safe to say it’s one of my favorites now, too. ﹏◮ Sometimes the solution to our problems isn’t a 12-step process. You don’t need some amazing breakthrough or a miracle to happen. Sometimes all you need is a day out on the road with the @thelumineers on the radio and a coffee shop pinned on the GPS. Anyone else agree?! 🙏🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️
We’re seeing so many new faces on here and are so thankful for everyone we’re meeting! Honestly, it’s so encouraging to see how this space has turned into a place of love and friendship! Since a lot of you may not know a whole lot about us beyond our bio, we thought we’d reintroduce ourselves - SO HERE IT GOES! ﹏◮ Karisa and I have been engaged for a little over nine months now. We’re getting married on August 24th and finally get to start doing life together on a full-time basis! We met in college while working for @srupb (s/o to the UPB fam!) Karisa friend-zoned me early on in our pass-each-other-in-the-halls friendship we had by calling me “Ricochet” (the pronunciation of my last name). Men, it doesn’t get any worse than that as a guy who has a crush on a girl. ﹏◮ Over the summer, after I graduated and Karisa was entering her senior year, I saw some photos she posted on Twitter and slid into the DMs to tell her how awesome her photography was - yes, the alternative motive you’re thinking I had, I had. ﹏◮ Eventually I asked Karisa on a date. We went out for some Italian. Karisa is part Taiwanese and part Italian (AKA she has the metabolism of an Asian and the appetite of an Italian - best of both worlds, right?). Side note: I just said “Italian” the most I ever have in my life 😂😂 Anyways, I made her laugh while she was scooping her wedding soup out of the bowl and she blew it all over me and the table. That’s when I kind of fell in love with her. ﹏◮ Fast-forward nearly three years and we get to follow the Lord that breathed life into us. It’s the greatest gift in the world when you can face this place with your best friend by your side. ﹏◮ So, here’s to friendships, those that are close and those that are far. Here is to love, fellowship and doing life together. Oh, and our little furry hipster @arthurjamesthepoodle !!🐕🤙 SPECIAL S/O TO @shannonchavezproduction for the amazing engagement photos! She let us put our edit over it so we’ve also included her original 😊
It’s not every day you come across an A-frame that looks like it could be the set for a movie. I drove up on this gem roughly two years ago during a cross-country road trip to Seattle, Washington with three other people. It sits right on Big Lake State Park, Missouri. Their population is only 160 people. When we walked up to it to take pictures, the landlord was putting stuff in the shed. He asked if we wanted to see the inside...It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced, especially when we recorded it live on Facebook and people from the area were commenting things like “I’ve been driving past this A-frame my whole life and I finally get to see the inside!!” That’s what social media is all about friends. Cheers to the memories we can look back on and be reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. What’s your favorite travel memory?
The hardest moments in our lives are what make us realize what’s most important. James 1:9 says, “But let the brother in low degree glory in his high estate: and the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.” ﹏◮ Being humbled is God’s way of showing us grace and mercy, freeing us from ourselves. Have you ever just felt a really strong need to cry out for help? And once you did you felt a weight lifted off your soul? You felt a sense of freedom. ﹏◮ You’re like the brother in low degree that God is talking about here. Your outward, worldly circumstances may be a mess, but your spirit - your soul - is exalted to the heavens because you surrendered and lost control. ﹏◮ Friends, your circumstances in life do not define you. The disciples were beaten and killed for what they believed. Their life circumstances were horrible IN THIS WORLD. Yet they were lifted to the heavens IN THE NEXT. We have to fix our minds and our eyes on heaven to be able to do what Jesus has called us to do here. ﹏◮ I know this convicts me to take my mind off myself. What is it convicting you of today? Have a great weekend guys. We love you ❤️
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23 ﹏◮ Life is too short to hold grudges, be bitter and be unkind to one another. We are all called to show love, a love the world may not understand but WILL KNOW, because we’re all made in the image of God. It’s a love that bears fruit, the same fruit of the Spirit that is described in Galatians 5:22-23. ﹏◮ What’s your favorite quote about love? What encourages you to show grace over being bitter?
𝚢𝚘𝚞. 𝚊𝚛𝚎. 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚢. ﹏◮ 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎’𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎, 𝚊𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚝, 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑 & 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚎𝚎𝚍. 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚎𝚢𝚎𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚠𝚎’𝚛𝚎 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚍 𝚎𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚐𝚑 𝚜𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚕, 𝚌𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚐𝚎, 𝚢𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚘𝚛 𝟹 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜 𝚊𝚐𝚘. 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚛𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚖𝚎, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚖𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚜𝚔 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝚒 𝚋𝚎 𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚚𝚞𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚘𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚘𝚠, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚘𝚠𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚔, 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚒 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚊 𝚠𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚘𝚛 𝟻 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚗𝚘𝚠. ﹏◮ 𝚒 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝚊 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚔. ﹏◮ 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙻𝚘𝚛𝚍 𝚜𝚊𝚢𝚜 - 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝. “𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚎, 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚍, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝. 𝚃𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚢𝚘𝚔𝚎 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚗 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚖𝚎, 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚜. 𝙵𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚢 𝚢𝚘𝚔𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚢 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝.” 𝙼𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚠 𝟷𝟷:𝟸𝟾-𝟹𝟶 ﹏◮ 𝚘𝚘𝚘𝚘𝚑 𝙹𝚎𝚜𝚞𝚜, 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚢𝚘𝚞! 🙏 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚃𝚛𝚞𝚝𝚑 & 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚝 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚢 𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚕. 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚞𝚗 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚊 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍. 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝’𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚕𝚊𝚒𝚍 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚞𝚜, 𝚗𝚘, 𝚠𝚎 𝚍𝚘 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚞𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚜. 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚎 𝚍𝚘 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚜, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚂𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚘𝚛, 𝙹𝚎𝚜𝚞𝚜 𝙲𝚑𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚝. 𝚞𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝙷𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝙷𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝙷𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞. 𝚊𝚛𝚎. 𝚎𝚗𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑. † 𝙹𝚎𝚜𝚞𝚜 𝚜𝚞𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚞𝚕𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚛𝚘𝚜𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚢. ﹏◮ 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 - 𝚍𝚘 𝚒𝚝 - 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚞𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚘𝚛 𝚗𝚘𝚝, 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚎 𝚘𝚛 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑.
It’s never a single event, but an accumulation of small events that make us who we are. ﹏◮ Karisa and I are taking a three week honeymoon/work-cation this summer after we get married on August 24th! We’ll spend the first two weeks in Maui, HI (That’s @karisa_petrucci favorite place) and then we’ll fly over to Seattle, WA and spend time roaming around the PNW (That’s my favorite place). ﹏◮ Words can’t describe the emotions we’ll have on the day we get married and the excitement of the honeymoon, but I do know this: It’s not the wedding or the honeymoon that will make us one, it’s the small sacrifices we’ve made for each other and our relationship along the way. It’s the moments when even in the hardest situations we said I love you. Because that’s what marriage is all about, a commitment to one another that for better or for worse you won’t run away. A commitment to one another that you’ll be best friends until the end of time. ﹏◮ S I D E N O T E: If you have any suggestions of places we should go, please @ us in the comments!! 😊🤙
“Those who seek me, find me.” ﹏◮ Where’s your heart? The treasures of our hearts are what we ultimately spend our time seeking in this life. I know in my own I haven’t always made Jesus my treasure. He was more like an a la carte menu option that looked appetizing when things were bad. I thought if I added him into the mix on Sundays and said a nice prayer before dinner that things would have to get better. Wrong. ﹏◮ I heard something today that reminded me why that will never actually work if I really want to feel his presence - if I want to find him. “God is not after my behavior or my good deeds, he’s after my heart.” Behavior modification never changes our hearts. It still leaves us stuck in operating out of fear or pride. That’s why religion doesn’t work. On one end we say, “If I don’t do good things God will get me.” On the other end we say, “I’d never do something like that. I’m not like one of those people.” Fear and pride. ﹏◮ But, if we go to him first (Matthew 6:33), he’s faithful to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). And the only way we’ll go to him first is if we move from making him an a la carte option to making him the full course meal. And the only way our hearts will be moved to make the full course meal is to see him as beautiful, not useful. ﹏◮ Where’s your heart today? Do you see Jesus as beautiful, or do you find him useful? We love you guys and hope you had a great Mother’s Day Weekend!
can i be honest with you guys … i do not like writing, especially when my writing sits beside ry’s - like come one guys, you’ve seen him write, he’s literally so talented it blows my mind every time i see his artwork. yes, his writing is artwork. it’s beautiful! ﹏◮ so, the truth is i’ve been telling ry for about 7 days now that i would write the next post. & the thing is, we don’t like to just post pretty pictures, while that’s exciting and we still try (hence this epic shot ry got of me) the core of what we want to do is share our stories, experiences, praises & struggles. ﹏◮ the whole way up to now, i still didn’t know what to write. it’s funny how that is because as soon as i started writing this, as soon as i put my fear aside and just STARTED - i realized the topic. ﹏◮ i’m full of ideas & thoughts, but that’s just it. those ideas, thoughts and desires tend to stay those things. there’s times where i’m all about following through, but not enough these days. i never thought this was my struggle, in college i got my shizz done, but when you move to your own place - it’s easier to be comfortable. it’s easier to consume than create. ﹏◮ i think it starts to become scary and unsure. i know it has for me. it’s easy to begin thinking more about what others will think than about the very thing you just want to create. i think we’re called to share the gifts God has given us, whether that is writing, conversing, photography, handy work, mathematics, art, the list goes on. ﹏◮ moving forward, i want us all to keep this in mind so we can inspire ourselves & others to follow through. 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙚. ﹏◮ we want to know what we can encourage you to do. what are some things you love to do or want to create? 🤓
Happy 🌎 Day everyone! What a beautiful planet we get to trot on 🤙🏼 Let’s not take it for granted! Can you guys name where this adventure spot is??
𝟙 ℂ𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕒𝕟𝕤 𝟙𝟝:𝟙𝟜 The argument doesn’t rest on whether or not we like what the Bible teaches. The argument rests on whether or not Jesus rose from the grave. If He didn’t, our faith is dead. If He did, we all have a reason to sing. We all have access to true and unbreakable joy that nothing this world throws at us can take away. ﹏◮ We hope you all had a beautiful Easter with your friends and family, and rest in the truth of Jesus. It is finished! Comment your favorite Easter verses below that you have come to love!
I could go to this spot everyday for the rest of my life and always find a new way to look at it. I think this same idea applies to our Father in Heaven, who is never-changing, yet always able to show us the perspective we need when we need it. ﹏◮ I find my most comforting moments when I’m one on one with the Lord, taking all of my heart before His throne and laying it at His feet. The truth is, when I try to do it my way, it’s like my gas tank slowly goes to empty, and before I know it, I’m bogging out. Breakdown begins to occur more frequently and I’m humbly reminded of the truth I’ve been running away from. ﹏◮ I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully understand this question, but I try to frequently...”If He’s so good why do I still run away?” Part of me wants to say that I forget to remind myself of His goodness. Another part of me wants to say I have an evil force in me trying its best to keep me from Him. I think it’s a little bit of both and a lot of stuff in between. At the end of the day I know I just need to focus on the Cross and everything else will be where it needs to be. He’s worthy of my praise. He is always good to me. ﹏◮ How do you guys battle that evil force that wants to hold you back from the truth God has for us? Comment below!
I’ll be honest, I forgot what this felt like. I used to go on weekend hikes on a weekly basis and take photos like these ones all the time. It was a period of life where I can honestly say I’ve had some of my most intense, spiritual experiences. When you’re out in nature, and one on one with its beauty, you have no choice but to explore the deepest parts of your mind, body and soul. It really changes your life and opens your eyes to a deeper understanding of our world and what our role is in it. There’s no doubt in my mind God uses His creation to speak to us and connect with us if we’re taking the time to listen. That’s why a waterfall, although loud and fast-flowing, is seemingly slow and calming. That’s why the hovering of the birds above the trees lead us into wonder. That’s why we look at a sunset and can’t help but stare in awe of its overflowing beauty. These completely natural occurrences - that aren’t caused by human hands, but our Creator’s love for us - never fail at universally connecting us in some way that we’ll never be able to explain in words. Here’s to nature 🙏🤙
✦ 𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚒 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚝'𝚜 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚎'𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚢 𝚍𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝙽𝙾𝚃 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒 𝚐𝚘𝚝𝚝𝚊 𝚍𝚘 ✦ @𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚊 - 𝚁𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝙻𝚘𝚟𝚎 ━ 𝚒 𝟷𝟶𝟶% 𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚝𝚘, & 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚍𝚘 𝚘𝚗 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚢𝚜, 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚒 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚒 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚍. 𝚖𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙹𝚎𝚜𝚞𝚜 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕. 𝚒 𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚏𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚘𝚖 & 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚎 𝚍𝚊𝚢. 𝙷𝚒𝚜 𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚞𝚜 𝚗𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝, 𝚠𝚎 𝚍𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝙶𝚘𝚍’𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎, 𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚎, 𝚠𝚒𝚜𝚍𝚘𝚖, 𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚟𝚊𝚕, 𝚎𝚝𝚌. 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚒 𝚚𝚞𝚘𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚙 𝚠𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚂𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚘𝚛. ﹏◮ 𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚐 & 𝚕𝚎𝚝 𝚞𝚜 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚜 𝚘𝚛 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚌𝚔 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞! 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚙𝚎𝚎𝚙𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔. ♡
Let’s talk about death...I know, you’re probably like, ????. Romans 6 is one the greatest parts of scripture I’ve ever read. It addresses so many questions about faith, grace, death and life, and how to make sense of it. ﹏◮ I think Romans 6:14 is a verse we kind of skim over, but man is it POWERFUL. It tells us so much we need to know. “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” ﹏◮ The law breeds death. Grace breeds life. Why? Because the law is about us. Grace is about God. The law is about our righteousness. Grace is about God’s righteousness. As long as we are still trying to “earn” God’s favor through works, we are living towards death. That’s what it’s telling us. ﹏◮ Remember when Jesus said to the crowd in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:20, “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” ﹏◮ Let’s imagine the looks on the faces of all the people who heard that. They stared at each other in shock. How can we surpass the righteousness of the Pharisees? They obey every law there is? ﹏◮ Jesus is trying to show us something here. He’s trying to call us into a new perspective on how we see the world and who He really is. ﹏◮ We do not become followers of Jesus TO GET ACCEPTED. ﹏◮ We become followers of Jesus BECAUSE WE ARE ACCEPTED. ﹏◮ The Cross addresses the ultimate needs of our human condition: ﹏◮ 1. We are evil at our root because Jesus had to die and wear the penalty of our sin. When we know that, we can be free to boast about our weaknesses and come out of hiding. He welcomes us despite them. ﹏◮ 2. We are loved more than we could ever imagine because Jesus died “while we were still sinners” and did so “for the joy set before Him.” That joy is us. We are the reason He had the will to do what He did. He loved (and loves) us THAT MUCH. ﹏◮ Do you know how loved you are in Jesus? Do you know what it cost Him to have you in His arms? We are no longer under the law and destined for death, but completely and fully under grace and destined for life in Him.
Love isn’t an emotion or a feeling. It’s an action. It’s a choice. One you make every single day. The truth is there aren’t always going to be good days when it comes to love - at least the type of love that perseveres through the waves of life. There will be hard moments, difficult seasons and trials that will test your will. ﹏◮ But isn’t that the love that’s worth it? Isn’t that the love you can trust? How amazing is it when we find a person in this world that will see all of us - the broken mess that we know deep down inside that we are - and will say, “I love you and will never stop, no matter what.” ﹏◮ Karisa and I try to be that for each other in our relationship as best we can. It’s what we strive for, like any relationship should. Sometimes we’re successful and sometimes we’re failures. But the third person pictured in this photo never is a failure. His love always abounds. It’s the love we all strive to obtain in our lives - a love that exceeds understanding and shows its face in the most unlikely places. ﹏◮ Jesus looked at us when we betrayed Him and said, “You’re still worth it to me. Because of my great love for you, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ENOUGH.” Romans 5:8. ﹏◮ I don’t know how you guys look at your significant others, but my love for Karisa and her love for me is not the greatest love in our lives. That love will fail both of us. More times than we’d probably like or expect. But God’s love never will. IT HAS NEVER CHANGED. AND IT NEVER WILL. Amen to the unfathomably perfect love our Savior. Amen to my soulmate and future wife @karisa_petrucci. I love you so much sweetheart. • • • • • #thisisours #risandry #seekforever #getlostclub #adventurecouple #letsgetlost #followyourfeet #borntotravel #lifepartners #marryyourbestfriend #writersofinstagram #collectivelycreate #ofhumans #traveltogether #createcommune #createexploretakeover #findmeoutside #allaboutadventures #liveyouradventure #letsgosomewhere #wanderout #freshairandfreedom #liveunscripted #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #artofvisuals #engagedlife #modernwild
𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓇𝓉 𝑒𝒶𝒸𝒽 𝒹𝒶𝓎 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝒶 𝑔𝓇𝒶𝓉𝑒𝒻𝓊𝓁 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓉 is what my planner says on the front cover. i bought it with the intention it’d serve as a reminder to give thanks every day, just like in Psalms 107:1 tells us to. i wanted to be grateful for the mundane things in life that we may not necessarily enjoy. things like cooking, brushing my teeth, dishes, texting/calling, being healthy, driving, reading, listening to music, etc. the list could go on & on. ﹏◮ BUT i don’t really give thanks every day for all of that like i hoped i would. there are days i have the farthest thing from a grateful heart. ﹏◮ i think God has a way of recalibrating our hearts. when we get comfortable & programmed in our daily lives, we miss our blessings. however, if an unexpected circumstance arises that stops us from being able to do one of those mundane tasks, we suddenly have a grateful heart for it. ﹏◮ for instance, traffic. i do NOT like traffic (especially bc i’m usually already running late hahaah). but - if you don’t regularly run into traffic on your route to work, you may find yourself being thankful for all the other work days you didn’t have to fight that traffic - making for a great opportunity for the Lord to once again, recalibrate your heart! ﹏◮ soooo basically...my hope is we can work together on being appreciative of the things in our daily life we can so easily look past. today, i’m thankful for my health & ability to walk, talk, eat & drink comfortably at all the times i desire. what are you grateful for today? 👇🏼 put it in the comments so it can help us remember & give thanks to those things as well!! • • • • #thisisours #risandry #seekforever #getlostclub #adventurecouple #letsgetlost #followyourfeet #borntotravel #lifepartners #marryyourbestfriend #writersofinstagram #collectivelycreate #ofhumans #traveltogether #createcommune #createexploretakeover #findmeoutside #allaboutadventures #liveyouradventure #letsgospmewhere #wanderout #freshairandfreedom #liveunscripted #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #justengaged #engagedlife #modernwild
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