These photos were taken roughly a year apart. A lot has happened in the past year. Some really good, some really bad. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. It has all helped me to grow, to become a better person, and to be the best role model for this little man.
you won’t always take the perfect picture and you won’t always be comfortable in your own skin. I’ve burned my arm a few times the past few weeks cause I clearly don’t know how to do my own hair safely; to the point that I look pretty rough 🤷🏽♀️ and today I felt the judgement pretty bad. people would stare at my arm and not say anything, others would ask and I’d let them know; because whatever. it did get to me but I had one person that turned it around. he lightened the situation and that made me feel so much better. the point is, you won’t always feel comfortable in your own skin but when you do, it’s wonderful. this is me; eyebrows not always done and filled, hair (sometimes) all done up with scars on my face. I don’t always feel like a million bucks; and that’s ok. it’s ok to not be ok. #selflove#reflection#beyou
“Speak out on behalf of the voiceless and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. Speak out in order to judge with righteousness and to defend the needy and the poor.” Proverbs 31: 8-10 -
If you love Jesus and you do not defend the rights of these families, then I am boldly asking you to re-examine your faith. I’m asking you to review what the bible has to say about injustices like this. I’m challenging you to ask yourself how you think Jesus would respond to this situation.
I chose an image of @chelsea.jean and her family (with permission) because they represent the “American dream”. They are a healthy, gorgeous, loving, kind *white* family. If these precious babies in the photo were at the border with their mom and dad seeking asylum from their country, our nations would be outraged if they were handled the way families south of the border are handled. This is as much of a race issue as it is a political one.
I have had terrible chest pain today because of how stressed I am for these families. I remember when Austin was 2 years old...he would lose his mind if I left him to go upstairs for 5 minutes, let alone with a complete stranger.
I don’t have all the answers to this problem but I can say with great confidence that doing nothing or turning a blind eye doesn’t pardon you of your responsibility to these families fleeing their country. It only makes you an accomplice to their issues.
Love people. This is the greatest mandate we have in this life, short of loving God.
The war isn’t over yet. Families are still being detained under illegal pretences. Over 75% of the refugees seeking asylum to the United States (which is well within their legal rights under international law) have been found to have made legitimate claims of a need for asylum. No parent would risk their lives and that of their children if the reward didn’t tremendously outweigh the risks.
Don’t judge them. Love them by helping them. 🙏🏻
#reflection#thinkingoutloud#love#instagram having a birthday really makes you think about your life sometimes...one of the resolutions I’ve made for my bday is to actively move on from my past and aggressively pursue my future :)
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all the love & support on my last post.
It makes my heart happy to read how many of you are willing to join me in this mission.
Of course I had to celebrate by making a trip to the beach for another cleanup and some yoga... 🙈 #happyheart
ps. If you want to see what happened right after I snapped this pic, as well as the strange items I found during my cleanup on this beach, you’ve gotta check my story! ☀️