"I will photograph you the way I see you." The lows will come back, and the brief episodes of self-doubt and frustration are never too far away. Just for a little while I can cruise ahead of them because in these photos, I see me, too.
Sometimes in life we feel that God has called us to do something that is out of our realm of expertise. But, if God was thinking of you before the creation of the world, what makes you think He doesn’t know you, what’s inside of you, your skills, your mindset, your passion?
He created you and only one you for a reason. Don’t ever underestimate or downplay it. You have the skills, you have the know-how. Just because you haven’t tapped into it yet doesn’t mean it’s not there!
The next time you look in the mirror, stop and ask Him how He sees you. Then speak those words over yourself and believe every single one of them, because they are true!!
5 381:46 PM Sep 6, 2018
I am realizing just how hard I am on myself. The guilt I pour on myself because I compare myself to how so and so spends more time educating and playing their kids. Or, how my time in God’s word can be sporadic and I forget to tap into His strength for extra patience, understanding, and loving when it’s hard. Sure, I can do better. We all can. There is always room to improve. But do we ever acknowledge the growth we have made so far, the things we are doing right in this moment?
Recently my husband and I were listening to a sermon about the parable of the farmer scattering seed. It talks about the different places the seed fell, so the seeds either didn’t plant, was stolen by birds, chocked out by weeds, or flourished in fertile ground. I was listening and beating myself up for not “doing enough” and letting daily life weeds choke out my faith and my growth in God. Yet, when my husband and I were praying together he praised God that I was an example of the flourishing soil to him and our family. And again, yesterday I was watching Kirk Cameron’s Connected documentary with my oldest and as they were talking about what parents can do to stay connected with their kids she kept saying. “You do that! You are a good mommy.” It was good to hear from two of the most important people in my life, my closest family, the people whose opinions REALLY matter, that they see God and LOVE in me. Sometimes we need to stop beating ourself up for not being perfect and love ourselves for where we are. I just want people to see God and love in me, no matter if my house is spotless or I spend an hour reading the Bible. My heart is what matters. My kids see that, and that’s what really counts. ....
My first post. And it’s nothing glamorous. Being body confident and body positive is a new journey and a long journey for me. I follow a lot of body positivity accounts and I love them. They pick me up when I feel crappy. Like I’ve failed. But it was a post I saw that showed @bodyposipanda having a crap day that made me feel the best. Not because I wanted her to feel shit, but because I went’ oh my god. I’m allowed to feel shit. I can still have this journey and be real’. And so here I am, my life with no filter, keeping it positive with all the highs and lows.
This pic my 5YO took sneakily whilst I was packing something away for him. I was in my daggies and it made me see how he sees me everyday. A reminder of how I want to be seen by him :) #bodypositive#bodypositivity#nofilterlife#howheseesme#thejourneybegins#firstpost
“ELA... Floresceu no momento mais difícil da sua vida. Não armou o guarda chuva, apreciou a tempestade. Hoje se olha no espelho,aprecia a paisagem e percebe que foi preciso dias difíceis para se tornar uma mulher de verdade...”🌻💜 #howheseesme
“Tenha dentro do seu coração
Pureza e verdade,
O que você transmitir volta com intensidade.
Quando não souber o que pedir
Quando não souber o que doar
Doe sua metade.” ❤️📷 #citadellabudapest#hungary#howheseesme
I’ve had a lot of people say to me recently, “I don’t know how you do it all!” I usually respond with some little laugh, and then think to myself about all the aspects of my life that I’m failing at as I “do it all.” You see, this year for me was about creating balance and instead I feel like I’ve created chaos. Transitions are hard, motherhood is hard, being the encouragement your husband needs is hard, finding time to shower is hard. It’s all just hard, and sometimes what you see on social media isn’t really the reality. While it looks like I’m doing it all, I’m haphazardly doing somethings while others get neglected. God revealed to me this morning that I have this idol of perfectionism in my life. My house needs to be perfect. My kids need to behave perfectly. My hair needs to be perfect. It’s never ending. And I’m forever failing at achieving it. Know what He said to me after He revealed this idol to me? “You were perfectly created. You don’t need to work at it more.” Boom. 💥That’s what you call a Jesus face slap. I’m grateful for the loving way He speaks truth in my life. Maybe now I’ll embrace the baskets of laundry and toys that are the sea around me! 😂 #designshopdevotions#sundayvibes#howhespeaks#howheseesme#seekingperfection#handandheart#createdtocreate#handpaintedsigns#followinghislead#arosedesignsshop
Wrestling with some thoughts today. There’s always doubt when you put yourself out there 👊 or when you get off track - distracted. 😒 This week is about clarity for me. 🙌Clarity of... Purpose
The path I’m on
Fears holding me back
If you’re totally confident in yourself, WHO your are, what you’re doing, your total purpose...that’s awesome!! BUT I’m not talking to you...You got it going on and I should probably take notes. 🤷♀️ I’m talking to those who have struggled with anxiety. Doubt. Depression. Thoughts of negativity. Lack of joy or purpose. The comparison game. Feeling inadequate. 😔
When we lose sight of Him 👆🙌 and follow our own path there’s so much confusion. As we learned yesterday “Paths lead to places.” So much so that the (as a friend would say) “YUCK” that creeps in!! It’s killer on the soul. It’s hurts relationships. It separates you from being in the moment. It allows you to let go of your purpose and deeper you sink.
Songs like these remind me of the brokenness we all feel in one way or another. Guilt, shame, a LACK we sometimes can’t identify.
GOSH if I could only remember this EVERY DAY...EVERY MOMENT🙌 He’s got THIS, ME, And EVERY day forward! 💕
0 84:53 PM Apr 2, 2018
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