#TFW you recognize your own value, even if you are “of no use.”
In short, there are 5.2 million reasons for anxiety in my life right now. Rather than lose sleep, last night I decided to reclaim my breath, soak my body in oils, and meditate on a truth I struggle to understand. 🙏🏻😑
The sacrifice of Jesus, from a position of pure grief, demonstrated His unending value for my life - even if I accomplish nothing. Jesus wants my heart abandoned to Him, for His glory, more than He wants to see me striving for holiness or accomplishment. (Mt 26:38-39)
I love how Oswald Chambers puts it - “We must rid ourselves of the notion that we are of any use, and make up our minds that we are not, and then we may be near the truth.”
When we are abandoned to God, like Jesus in the garden, or the woman with perfume, or the widow and her coins...He is always faithful to work through us in the very place we believed our lives to be worthless. ❤️🙌🏻🔥🌱🧠🏆🌷📖
While I love far flung exotic destinations, sometimes you just want to stay close! One of my favorite domestic spots is the coast of Oregon. There’s so much to do within a few hours of Portland. We based ourselves in the city, and took day trips to Willamette Valley, Columbia River Gorge for hiking, drove to the coast and had time for about 10 breweries in between!
Portland is perfectly hipster, full of culture and some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been!
I think stress can be one of the most crippling things to keep us from reaching our goals and what's most important to us and our well being. I have a crazy busy schedule and Justin and I don't really sit still often, but we always find time to do fun things to keep our minds and body feeling happy.
One of my favorite things to do is be out in nature. And on this hike we were far from the trails with tons of activity. I love those trails too, but sometimes its the quietness of the high desert, far from anyone that puts a skip back in my step and a smile on my face. Where is your happy place and how do you combat your day-to-day stresses?
Due to its scenery, wildlife, and history, the Oregon Coast is a popular travel destination. Hiking, sport fishing, cycling, kite flying, scuba diving, surfing, sandboarding, and boating are common activities for visitors to the region. Historic areas, such as Fort Clatsop, Battle Rock, and Oregon's lighthouses are all popular sites for visitors. The Oregon Coast is also known for its scenic areas, such as Cape Perpetua, Cape Blanco and Cape Arago. Likewise, each region has its own distinct draws in addition to those found throughout the state, such as the Astoria Column in Astoria, the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, and Mount Emily outside Brookings || Amazing photo taken by @alberthbyang || Join us in exploring the Upper Left by tagging your adventures to #upperleftliving || #oregoncoast#westcoast#exploregon