Ris & Ry

Christ followers. coffee lovers. creatives. conversationalists. Parents to @arthurjamesthepoodle ﹏◮ Everyone’s story has a purpose and #thisisours ...

• w o r d s • one of my biggest challenges is understanding the power of words and controlling my tongue. to the point where, almost before any serious conversation is to be had, i pray for the Spirit to give me the words i need to speak. and yes, i still fail more than succeed. ﹏◮ i was listening to @legitsadierob ’s @whoathatsgoodpodcast this week and was reminded of the importance of our words. she brought a new and recharged light on it for me. ﹏◮ in Proverbs 18:21 it clearly states, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” (WHOA, that’s good! lol! you’ll get it when you get it) ﹏◮ that means our words can GIVE LIFE or GIVE DEATH, our words can LIFT or PUT DOWN, our words are POSITIVE or NEGATIVE - they are that powerful. so, my question is how do we make sure we are using our words to give life rather than speaking negativity into people’s lives? • tell me - what helps you be more wise in what is coming off your tongue? and how do we know when there’s nothing to be said at all? • • • • • #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
Hey friends! It’s been tooooo long. But it’s always nice to get on here and share with you, especially on a relaxing Sunday night. ﹏◮ We’re asking ourselves this week, “How are we walking by GRACE from one moment to the next in our lives?” It’s truly amazing how God’s beautiful gift of grace works in our world. It breaks down all barriers and opens the flood gates for the most powerful love to abound. ﹏◮ Ephesians 2:8-9 reads, “For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.” ﹏◮ What would it look like if we carried this attitude out into our world tomorrow, fully knowing there is nothing we can do to be more or less in God’s favor? I believe it would radically change us. Maybe we see the beggar as the blessed, the poor in spirit as the rich, the lost as the hopeful. Or perhaps we can enter into the most unlikely situations with love and grace that is eye-opening and attractive to the masses, not so they can praise our deeds, but so they can see that God is good and faithful. ﹏◮ Because, at the end of the day, HE IS. He loves us. He’s paid the ultimate sacrifice to make us His. And when our hearts melt at the sight of Jesus, we become the people He’s already prepared us to be. ﹏◮ In what ways is God tugging on your hearts in this season of life. Does He want you to mend a broken relationship? Does He want you to forgive someone who’s wronged you? Does He want you to open up about something that has been weighing you down? No matter what it is, please know that it IS COVERED BY GRACE. Love you all and hope you have an amazing week!! • • • • • #thisisours #risandry #seekforever #getlostclub #adventurecouple #letsgetlost #followyourfeet #borntotravel #scenicnewyork #marryyourbestfriend #writersofinstagram #collectivelycreate #ofhumans #traveltogether #createcommune #createexploretakeover #findmeoutside #allaboutadventures #liveyouradventure #letsgosomewhere #wanderout #freshairandfreedom #liveunscripted #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #justengaged #engagedlife #modernwild
“Copy the trees not the trends.” ﹏◮ Information overload is a nonstop challenge. Deciding where to put our energy each day has become more and more difficult. There seems to be too many options and not enough us. ﹏◮ But the woods taught me something; I was still alive when I got out of them, in fact, probably more alive than when I entered. The information didn’t have one piece of me and I was better because of it. ﹏◮ It’s ok to not be in touch. It’s ok to not be up-to-speed. The truth is, it’s all too quick for us to keep up with anyways. ﹏◮ Maybe we should be more like the trees, never moving with really strong roots. I’ll copy them instead. • • • • • #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
. 𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏: 𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚕. ﹏◮ 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚒𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚍, 𝚊 𝚝𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚍, 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔 & 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕. 𝚘𝚛, 𝚒𝚝’𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚒𝚝𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚒𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚐𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 & 𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚋 𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 (𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚘𝚗𝚎). 𝚒𝚗 𝚎𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚌𝚒𝚛𝚌𝚞𝚖𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚠𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚒𝚗 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚓𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚢, 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚞𝚛𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚎, 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝙶𝚘𝚍. 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚍𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚝, 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚝𝚘 𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚕. 𝚕𝚎𝚝 𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚝 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚖𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚍. 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚖𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚞𝚙𝚘𝚗 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚒𝚛 𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚓𝚘𝚢. 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚙𝚞𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚍𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐. 𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛...𝚛𝚎𝚓𝚘𝚒𝚌𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚗’𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢. _________________ 𝚓𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚗 𝟸.𝟸𝟷.𝟷𝟽 • • • • • #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
Have you ever been so exhausted with life and just wanted to get away? That’s where Karisa and I have been lately. Pulled in multiple directions between work, family, and friends, we felt the need to disconnect - to just get out and not think for a few days. ﹏◮ That’s exactly what we did this past weekend in upstate New York. Taughannock Falls, Buttermilk Falls, Watkins Glen, and a few other scenic locations were all part of our mini excursion. (We’re going to be sharing so many cool photos with you, so be on the 👀out) ﹏◮ What I found to be the most interesting part of the whole trip was that my (I won’t say “our” because I don’t know if Karisa would agree) favorite moment wasn’t at the base of a 250-foot waterfall or hiking between the ridges of a Lord-of-the-Rings-like gorge. Nope. It was actually right in this little tiny house with a book in my hand and a mug of coffee in the other. ﹏◮ Two years ago I wouldn’t have been able to say that, but now I’m thankful I can. Being with Karisa these past two years has shown me that the small things truly are the most important things. And, now more than ever before, do I believe full heartedly that one of the reasons God brought Karisa into my life was because He knew I’d need to be reminded of that more often than not. ﹏◮ Don’t settle for just being with someone. Make sure that person brings out the best in you. Make sure they challenge you to grow each and every day. Make sure they respect you. Make sure they care about your heart, and not just the way you can make them feel. Make sure that person is your best friend, and you want it to be that way forever. • • • • • #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 #scenicnewyork
“Grace is the recipe for revival.” ﹏◮ Have you guys ever heard the Parable of the Lost Son (aka the Prodigal Son)? In short, the focus of the story is on the youngest son who takes half of the inheritance from his Father and wastes it all away on drunken living, only to find himself coming back home to the very place he ran from. ﹏◮ Don’t check out just yet...I’m going somewhere with this. ﹏◮ A lot of religious people will tell you that story and forget there was another son, the oldest son. Although he didn’t run off and squander away his money (which is why the other son is the one everyone focuses on) his motivation for staying with the Father was all wrong. He was doing everything right to get the Father’s stuff, not to get the Father. He was using God as a means to an end, not the end in Himself. But that’s not as obvious in the parable because we heavily focus on the external circumstances rather than the internal motivation of the two sons. ﹏◮ You’ll have to read it for yourself. Maybe you’ve never absorbed it with that in mind before. You can find it in Luke 15:11-32. The reason I bring it up is because there were TWO wrong sons in the story, not just one. ﹏◮ Jesus is giving us an example of the TWO wrong ways to live. One is, “I’m going to do things my way because I know what’s best for me” (the youngest son). The other is, “I’m going to follow all the rules so I can be blessed with wealth and status” (the oldest son). ﹏◮ What’s crazy to me is that the Father throws a feast for the son who took half of the inheritance - the one we look down at and condemn as “Christians.” Why? Because the Father knows GRACE is the ultimate recipe for revival. He knows unwavering LOVE is the thing we need most in all of our wavering. The lost son knew he needed the Father, not the Father’s stuff. The oldest son wasn’t there yet. ﹏◮ I can’t prove this, but the way I see it, it was the lost son who was closest to the Father, because he knew how badly he needed Him. And I’m not different. I desperately need Jesus, because even in all of my brokenness, he throws me a feast and celebrates me because of who I am in Him and nothing else. ﹏◮ Tag a friend below 💭
yesterday, in one of my meetings, i found myself terrified at what the man across from me was saying. as hard as it was to hear, i had to accept it; I had to 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭 the 𝐜𝐫𝐮𝐞𝐥, 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 we live in. ﹏◮ i was trying so hard to understand why his office had such an intricate security system. there were 12 different camera angles around the building. at that point he must have saw me starring and knew he needed to explain it to me. the next thing that came out of his mouth made my jaw drop... ﹏◮ “this area is really bad. when I began here, someone was shot & killed & left in our dumpster. and that’s mild in comparison to the two men who killed each other in a shootout in front of our office, Subway being robbed 8 times so far this year, the numerous times our local Family Dollar was broken into, & to top it all off, just the other week a woman was raped in the alley along our building” *as he was pointing to the very alley it happened in on the monitor* ﹏◮ my heart sank... ﹏◮ there is no denying we live in a world that is evil and severely broken. the devil is out to tempt & trick each of our souls to be further from our Creator every day (yes, even those saved). ﹏◮ BUT... __________________________ ɪғ ᴡᴇ ᴋᴇᴇᴘ ғᴏᴄᴜsɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴠɪʟ ɪs ᴅᴏɪɴɢ, ᴡᴇ ᴀʀᴇ ɢᴏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴍɪss ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɢᴏᴅ ɪs ᴀʟʀᴇᴀᴅʏ ᴅᴏɪɴɢ. __________________________ when i left, my heart was really heavy, but i also became more grateful for those every day things i take for granted — where i live, my job, the support & love of my family, the sun beaming on my skin, a God-fearing fiancé who loves me dearly, my beautiful friends, my mental & physical health, & my life story as a whole. the list can go on and on. but most of all, i’m grateful for the TRUTH that i know and can share with you and everyone else: that there is a God who relentlessly loves us and pursues us and will never let us go even amongst the tragedies. • • • • • #thisisours #risandry #seekforever #getlostclub #adventurecouple #letsgetlost #followyourfeet #wanderout #lifepartners #marryyourbestfriend #writersofinstagram #collectivelycreate #travelstoke #traveltogether #createcommune #createexploretakeover #findmeoutside
“Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?” ﹏◮ Are we? Are our lives just meant to be lived for the next thrill or next hardship? Just when we think we’ve taken 100 steps forward, like a robber in the night, we’re taking 200 steps in the other direction. And this cycle violently continues to happen month after month, year after year, decade after decade. ﹏◮ You see smiles in this photo. But the last 24 hours haven’t been smiles. They’ve been tears, heartache, and hardship. There’s been waring words and pride that has come to destroy. ﹏◮ Isn’t that crazy though? If we never just told you that down here, you would think we were just the happiest couple in the world. You might even be saying to yourself, “I wish I had what they had.” ﹏◮ Our response is don’t wish for anyone’s life but your own. You’re not just the sum of every high and low and there’s nobody else in the world you were meant to be besides who you are today. • • • • • #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 #venturehawaii #natureloversgallery
God as a concept will never infiltrate our hearts or change our beliefs. God as a reality will crush our beliefs and radically change our hearts. ﹏◮ It’s taken me (Ry) a little over 23 years to overcome the “God as a concept” problem and finally get to the place where He’s a reality. And I absolutely DID NOT get there by being a better person. In fact, I got there by realizing how BAD OF A PERSON I REALLY WAS AND STILL AM. ﹏◮ See, depending on the way we think about ourselves will determine the way we look at the Cross. We can tell ourselves that we’re pretty good people - we take care of our family, we’re nice to our neighbors, we say I love you a lot - and the Cross will act as a supplement in our lives and never be the thing we chase. Or, we can tell ourselves the same thing Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the word to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” ﹏◮ That’s SAINT PAUL! He said he was the worst sinner to walk the earth....yeah the same guy who wrote 2/3rds of the New Testament. But I think that’s why The Gospel infiltrated and radically changed his heart so much, because he knew he needed GRACE every single moment of every single day, regardless of how good or how bad he was. The Cross was beautiful to him because it was THE END not the means to the end. ﹏◮ Christ calls us to boast in our weakness so His power can rest upon us. How are we doing that from one moment to the next? Is God still a concept or is He a reality in our life? Do you guys wrestle with this kind of question? I still find myself struggling with it from time to time... • • • • • #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 #chasingwaterfalls #livebygrace
this is my serenity. ﹏◮ hey guys 👋🏼 i hope all of your weeks treated you well! just sharing something i came across this morning in Luke 21, where Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the end of time. ﹏◮ this was my first time reading it in Luke. if you’ve ever read it, you know Jesus tells us of all the challenges & even tragedies that will come (& already have come); like earthquakes, famines, “fearful events,” betrayals (even by your own family) & persecutions. ﹏◮ from the surface of it, it’s a scary talk, especially because this is the Son of God (He knows what He’s saying!) telling us what to expect, which means it’s TRUTH. yet for me i felt complete calmness; serenity. ﹏◮ i found it interesting i felt this way. i think part of it is if you read the whole teaching, Jesus doesn’t just tell us of all the bad things to expect (which is a blessing in and of itself), but He EQUIPS us: • He says in the very beginning, verse 8, “Watch out that you are not deceived.” • verse 14-15 He puts it plain and simple, “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” • verse 28, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” • and last, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap...Be always on the watch, and p r a y that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” ﹏◮ i think you have to read it all for yourself & get your own takeaway from it, but for me Jesus’s foretelling didn’t scare me, but brought calmness about “the end”... we won’t all be here whenever Jesus returns, but we should know we are all part of the story here on earth, all playing our own specific & meaningful purpose. ﹏◮ i can always find the peace and serenity for my life in Jesus’s voice because God’s word has & is prepping me for the good, bad, amazing & horrible. i am equipped. YOU are equipped. ﹏◮ tell us if there’s a particular piece of scripture that always brings you a sense of calmness? 😊
Ohiopyle State Park is one of my all time favorite places to explore (if you’ve been there you know what I’m talking about! + you’ve seen it a million times on this account, but this time was really special) I have a unique love for this place and I finally got to share it with KarisaBear. ﹏◮ Karisa has never camped before, and it’s been a while since I manned a full campsite, so the whole weekend was definitely unchartered territory for our relationship 😂. Honestly, I felt some pressure. I wanted to come across like I knew exactly what I was doing (can I get an amen all my men in the room???🙋‍♂️), but in a lot of ways I didn’t... ﹏◮ The whole idea of leading a campsite to make it safe and live-able for Karisa and I seems kind of silly, but I made it my mission all weekend. I wanted to think of it as a mini test for our future home and how we’d need to work together to make it safe for our kids one day (laugh all you want but this is just how my brain works lol). ﹏◮ I think we succeeded in a lot of ways. It’s amazing how the Lord can use a simple camping trip for two days to grow you in significant ways and show you things you never knew were there. With that said, I think the Spirit also convicted me in a lot of ways, too. I’m learning that life takes a lot of work, discipline, sacrifice AND PATIENCE. Jesus is teaching me that if I want to have a family and be a good husband to Karisa, I need to take my mind off myself and literally give up my life. And if I were honest, I was so afraid to do that just 10-12 months ago, but now I want to do that and I’m ready to do that, because I know his plan is better for me than what I try to plan for myself. • • • • • #thisisours #risandry #seekforever #getlostclub #adventurecouple #letsgetlost #followyourfeet #borntotravel #lifepartners #marryyourbestfriend #writersofinstagram #collectivelycreate #ofhumans #traveltogether #createcommune #createexploretakeover #findmeoutside #allaboutadventures #liveyouradventure #letsgospmewhere #wanderout #freshairandfreedom #liveunscripted #seetoshare #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #justengaged #engagedlife #modernwild
The trail of our lives is a long journey and a short one, too. Obstacles find a way to creep into our everyday agendas and leave us restless, while the moments we want to hold onto forever end up escaping the grasp of our hands no matter how tight we squeeze. Why is it that the long days seem so long and the good days seem so short? ﹏◮ I think it’s because we miss our true home. I think it’s because we’re searching for the perfect thing to fill the void but we always seem to miss it. In a nutshell, that has been the story of my life. So close, but never close enough. ﹏◮ I wish I could explain it, or find some type of formula to fix it. But I’ve learned over time that doing that just makes things worse. Trying to gain control leaves me unsatisfied and disappointed, mostly because I’m so bad at it. It’s only when I surrendered control over my life to the truth that I found some peace and joy. ﹏◮ But maybe that’s the formula, yah know? Surrendering to the truth that although I’m more evil than I ever dared imagine - and have done things I never thought I would do - that I’m more loved and cared for in the arms of Jesus than I ever could’ve hoped. ﹏◮ No other formula in the world has the power to make me humble like that and bold like that at the same time. Every other formula I’ve tried either left me in a pit of shame or a narrow tower of self righteousness. But this - the truth of the one who paid it all to bring me in - that’s what I’m going to build my life on. • • • • • #thisisours #risandry #seekforever #getlostclub #adventurecouple #letsgetlost #followyourfeet #borntotravel #lifepartners #marryyourbestfriend #writersofinstagram #collectivelycreate #ofhumans #traveltogether #createcommune #createexploretakeover #findmeoutside #allaboutadventures #liveyouradventure #letsgospmewhere #wanderout #freshairandfreedom #liveunscripted #seetoshare #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #justengaged #engagedlife #modernwild
“i would’ve never guessed.” ﹏◮ those were the words from fellow classmates, co-workers, and friends when i told them throughout later years in middle school & on and off in high school i was depressed, even at several points, suicidal. ﹏◮ according to society, i had it all. from the outside, i had it together. i could put on the smile, i acted strong. i was a cheerleader from 1st grade all the way through high school, i hung out with the “popular kids”, i was on distinguished honor roll semester after semester, respected by teachers, involved in clubs & organizations, held leadership roles, wore the trendy clothes, had a “cutesy” relationship with my boyfriend, had the looks & personality; yet felt so alone. unloved. outcasted. unappreciated. irrelevant to the world. ﹏◮ how is it that in a world of billions of people, a life of everything you’d ever want/need, and a supportive & loving family you can feel SO ALONE? i did. i’m sure you have too. ﹏◮ the point is, and yes you’ve heard this before many times, but WE CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER. just like the Lord looks at our souls, we are called to love each & every soul; whether you’re envious of them, hateful of them or disagree with them on every level - you are to love them. love them for their differences, love them for their successes, love them for who they are & pray for their short-comings. treat them as you’d want to be treated. ﹏◮ we all have a story, a very unique story specific to each of us, in which is just as important as the next person. value your story. share your story. because it has A PURPOSE. (Continued in comments...) • • • • • #thisisours #risandry #seekforever #getlostclub #adventurecouple #letsgetlost #followyourfeet #borntotravel #lifepartners #marryyourbestfriend #writersofinstagram #collectivelycreate #ofhumans #traveltogether #createcommune #createexploretakeover #findmeoutside #allaboutadventures #liveyouradventure #letsgospmewhere #wanderout #freshairandfreedom #liveunscripted #seetoshare #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #justengaged #engagedlife #modernwild
A week ago we got engaged. Our entire lives we have both hoped to marry our best friend, and now it’s finally a reality (shoutout to @barkandshutter for our proposal photos!) ﹏◮ Now that we’re on the journey of forever, we believe it’s important that we go through this life together in everything we do. That is why we are transforming @treeandforest into @ris.and.ry. ﹏◮ In our latest (and first) podcast, we detail our hearts in starting this account and what we hope to accomplish through it. Our mission is to create a community of people who can encourage one another through the realities we face in this life. You can click the link in our bio to listen to it all! ﹏◮ The hope we have is that you’ll come along this journey with us and that you’ll also let us into yours, because at the end of the day everyone’s story has a purpose, and #thisisours ... ﹏◮ If you’re all in to do this thing together, drop a 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ in the comments below! We can’t wait to go on this new adventure with you all! • • • • • #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
There’s so much beyond the surface that we don’t see. We’re judgey people. I know I am. It’s in my nature to cast judgement without even meaning too. But one of the things I’m learning to do is to slow it down and remind myself that I needed saved by grace just as much as ANYONE else. We have no idea why someone may be acting out, gossiping, closed off, silent, outspoken, and the list goes on and on (and let’s be honest, we’ve all been that way at some point, maybe even right now). Usually those types of behaviors are a sign of pain. They’re a sign that someone is struggling and our stones will never encourage them out of it. The best thing we can do in those really hard situations where we want to look down on someone else because of their shortcomings is to look at the Cross and live out the Gospel. Love them, pray for them, and remember that they too are a Child of God just like you and I. Love you guys and hope you’re doing well! ____________________________ #livefolk #sonyimages #seekforever #makemoments #liveunscripted #byfolk #finditliveit #visualoflife #folkvibe #folkmagazine #lifeofadventure #wanderfolk #letsgosomewhere #folkgood #seetoshare #wanderout #timeoutsociety #createexploretakeover #tentree #welivetoexplore #keepexploring #travelstoke #travelandlife #traveldeeper #earthoutdoors #freshairandfreedom #findyouradventure #thecreatorclass #neverstopexploring #mylifeoutside
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