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2 184 hours ago
I feel like there’s too much pressure these days to “do” faith right. Like, we’ve gotten so far from who Jesus was and what he called us to that we set all these crazy expectations for ourselves and create all of these outrageous to-do lists for ourselves.
“Thou must prayeth four hours a day-eth. Thou must study-eth the Word for two hours a day-eth and still take care of your family and home and job and self.”
I don’t know about you, but i am doing good to keep the laundry done and the dishes out of the sink. If everyone is fed, clothed and bathed I go to bed considering it a win. If my toddler gets her meal from the table and not off the floor (because, y’all she will eat anything), my boys shower and brush their teeth and we sit down at the table together to eat and say the blessing then we have done great. .
Teaching our kids about Jesus isn’t a bedtime prayer and bible story a day thing. It’s a daily example they witness in us as their parents. It’s my boys seeing and hearing me pray and write in my @valmariepaper prayer journal when I get ready in the morning.
It’s them seeing josh and I study the word and read our Bible because we WANT to not because we have to. It’s the daily example of doing our best to give God all of us that will shape them and show them what it’s like to follow Christ. Not another checklist or list of expectations they can’t live up to.
1 204 hours ago
CALLING ALL DETERMINED MAMA’S! 👊👊👊
I know you hate the thought of leaving your babies. I know you desire to stay home and be a relaxed and present mom. I know you are eager to stop working for someone else’s schedule and dreams and pursue your own. 💗Please know and I hear you because YOU were ME before I took a leap of faith. I ALWAYS knew I wanted to be a stay at home mom and I LOVED being able to stay home full time with my daughter. We soon realized though, after my first daughter was born, that I would have to go back to work. I’d ask myself, “Why am I sacrificing the little time I have with MY OWN CHILDREN for this?” 😭 #wakeupcall So I took a leap of faith. I never in a million years have I imagined I’d be doing what I do now. But I knew my kids deserved a good, peaceful, present mom. And they are WORTH MORE than any fear or doubt or opinion of others. Those things don’t bring moms home to their babies. Boldly stepping out and following where you’re led does. 🌟🌟THIS is why I love to work with women like you. You know more than anything what’s most important and you’re willing to walk through anything pursue it. ➡️I have opened up 5 new spots on my team! I am looking for women who are:
✨PASSIONATE about helping others.
✨DRIVEN with a good work ethic.
✨Ready to INSPIRE using her story.
✨Craving true COMMUNITY.
✨Ready to earn INCOME and vacations.
✨EAGER to be recognized for her work. ✨PURSUES life with faith and determination. 💪Mom’s are the strongest and most determined people on the planet. I am grateful for every day that I get to be theirs and am determined to be the best one I can be.
I am a wife and mom first and foremost but now a Mom Boss and owner of an online Fitness & Health coaching business that I built. I share this so you can see YOU can do this too! Drop your favorite emoji below to chat 😘 (Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.)
One of my favorite follows, @ashley.morgan.jackson (you need to follow her!) posted this quote recently and it speaks to my heart. The devil tries to make us look at what we think everyone else has to think we aren’t enough. He makes us think we need what they have. He makes us think we are the only one struggling; the only one questioning; the only one unfulfilled... and that he has the solution. He makes us think other people can get through their mess, but not us. He makes us think we are less valuable; less worthy.
IT IS A LIE! And how much Kingdom time is wasted on it! How often do we look the other way from doors God opens for us as our eyes are fixed on doors that aren’t ours.
You are enough. He is enough! Take the still, quiet time to discern where God wants you to go...not trying to copy someone else’s path. You won’t be satisfied on the path not laid out for you. God has good plans for YOU!
16 3695 hours ago
The Common Catholic is for the employee who goes to work everyday and spends all day taking care of the world — only to fall asleep and forgetting his/her prayers.
The Common Catholic is for the man or woman who stays at home with their child all day and strive for an adult conversation. The Common Catholic is for the new graduate — the one who is adjusting to the world away from a Newman center and is searching for Catholic adult groups that aren’t meeting at 9 AM on Tuesday.
The Catholic Common is for the ones who live in a secular world - may it be work place, family life, or friend group and strive to find faith and community in the places least expected. The Catholic Common is for those that want to be the light - in action or deed or a twist of both — but need the community, the support, the guiding steps that they are stepping with the truth
Really, the Common Catholic is just really that - common people striving to live in a common word with an extraordinary God. .
1 235 hours ago
FINALLY! A DAY WITHOUT CRYING & ITCHY EYES!! 🙈
Lately i haven't been wanting to leave the house, because as soon as i step outside, fountains of water come from my eyes, this is not me crying, these are my eyes normally whenever im outside. Everyone's always asking "are you crying, why are you crying?" ahha. Its just my eyessss! 😥😂 Thank you @baxterblue_ for these amazing blessings! Today i had a good day out with my honeys! No tears around here, woohoo!
3 286 hours ago
Does being a Christian mean I can’t have fun? 🙅🏻♀️🍹 Absolutely not. Because Christianity doesn’t offer me a bunch of rules. It offers me FREEDOM. In sports, the rules help you have fun while minimizing the possibility of you getting hurt. If everyone in an NBA game disregarded the rules of basketball, it wouldn‘t be safe or fun to watch or play. The rules make the game enjoyable. I have boundaries and limits, because historically people have gotten hurt by not following them. The commandments, for example, say, “Do not lie, do not steal, do not kill.” No duh. Some of the other statutes of the Church are more nuanced, but they serve the same purpose: to save you from hurt. Sin, most simply put, is when you hurt or break a relationship with yourself, God, or other people. Why wouldn‘t you want to avoid that? Why wouldn’t you want to be whole? At the end of the day, Christianity is not about the nos but the greater yes we trade them in for.
💭My thoughts go a mile a minute throughout any given day. I am always thinking, calculating, analyzing, planning and praying silently. Whether I am sitting for work or running around physically, I'm on the move in some way, shape, or form. .
💨But, each day tends to goes by in a flash. We will go about about our lives with the looming never-ending struggle of attempting to fit prayer around our constantly-moving schedules.
When we need to pencil in time for the Lord, we need to step back and re-evaluate our priorities. .
✏️Throughout the day though, there is time between 'appointments'/tasks the endless to-do list. It may look like driving from point A to point B, getting up to stretch my legs at work, sitting down to eat a meal, and even the time between getting into bed and actually falling asleep. In all of these pockets throughout the day, I find myself saying 'mini prayerlets', and I like to think I am keeping God on 'standby'. 😇 I don't typically conclude the prayers; I like to believe I am in an open-ended conversation with God as I go about the day. Saying a simple, "Jesus, I trust in You" as I enter an event feeling uncertain, is all I may say.
Because, I need Him. In everything I do. When I give the worry up to God, I am amazed at how I can navigate through a challenge and drive my focus.
Yes, I'll receite a 'formal' prayer, like a rosary, in the mornings on my commute to work, but this method has helped me to feel connected with Jesus throughout my day. Even if it means He is simply there with me, and I know He is. In ALL things.Building every day around God like this helps in the good. In the bad. In the uncertainty. .
This is my lifelong journey as His, and I need to take it one day at a time.
So, as I drink my second cup of coffee today... I thank Jesus for it. And for sitting with me while I work on my 200th thing today. ☕
Do you pray throughout the day or have designated prayer times? Tell me your prayer-habits below! 👇🏻
3 416 hours ago
I was going to write about something else tonight, but the article I shared in my stories today has been weighing heavy on my heart. The article doesn't say anything I haven't known since my teens, but it may be new to those unfamiliar with Asian beauty standards.
So let me start with this...I'm UGLY. At least if you look at me under the lens of Asian beauty standards, my natural freckles & my "darker" skin "uglify" me. It's reality. I'm offered whitening products whenever I walk into an Asian beauty product store. And I've been told that young teen girls are given birthday gifts of plastic surgery to look beautiful by their own parents. Can you imagine...having the lies of social media perpetuated by your own parents (who, I'm just going to assume, have also been influenced by social media and think they are doing it out of love)??
Enough of these LIES! I know it's not just an Eastern problem. It's a worldwide problem. And we need to STOP it. Imagine what we can do when we learn to love ourselves as God made us to be. We would be free to also love others as they were created. Beautiful, unique, irreplaceable. So I hope you wake up tomorrow, look at your makeup-free face in the mirror, and remind yourself that you are beautiful. And I hope you also remember to put on love & kindness. Because while looks may fade, your heart never loses its effect on others. 💗
55 1666 hours ago
Boom. Tag someone who is breaking those generational curses or has been going through a lot and remind them that they’re right where they need to be!
We’re all going to die. Only some of us will make a difference. You can choose both.
I’ve thought about these words I wrote down. How each of us have so much purpose and the world is great at adding confusion to our search for it. The truth is, purpose isn’t something you set out looking for because it’s already inside of you.
We each have the ability to make a difference in the world and I truly believe that deep down, we all yearn for that. We want to matter. We want to be remembered. We want to leave a mark.
So today or tonight, as you tuck your little ones in bed, as you sit behind a screen scrolling, as you head to the beach or the pub or the park, or as you look up at the stars; just know that you have the ability to make a difference. Tomorrow. Next week. Next year. Ten years from now.
And that purpose you have been searching for, the one that has been the greatest struggle, biggest heartbreak, and most exhausting journey; just know, it’s already inside of you. And many times, it’s tied to all the places you’ve already been and will help others get to where they are going.
We’re all going to die. Only some of us will make a difference. You can choose both.
This is one of the things we will dive into at The Wave Retreat! Link in my bio 💙
30 1717 hours ago
F I V E M O N T H S
What a month! Isabella now weighs 13.5 lbs which we found out at the doctor due to her first bout of sickness. She’s feeling better though and back to her active, smiley self. She absolutely loves her bouncer and it’s so fun to see her go go go. She’s getting so good at tummy time and is sitting up with a little support. She’s grabbing onto more things with her whole hand like books, and even flipping pages(even if it’s the wrong way). She’s definitely more interested in making friends with Flint and he’s very patient when she grabs a tuft of fur.
Isabella had her first ice fishing trip this month and we’ve started our mother daughter stroller strides workouts. We love bringing her on all our adventures!
This month has brought so many fun developments and it has been a joy to watch her learn and grow into her personality ♥️
1 427 hours ago
Thursday nights are just the best ☺️ I never would’ve thought that four months ago, saying yes to giving 30 minutes a day to this opportunity would have given me not only some extra cash but this family as well ❤️ Tonight we’re working together LIVE;
while our little ones sleep 💤 we get up build our dreams 🤩
1 157 hours ago
How do you start your day? .
In the past, I’ve not prayed the rosary consistently. Oftentimes, I found myself praying it only out of sheer desperation or to put it bluntly, “only if the need arises!”
When I made a bold decision last year to dedicate my life to God by living in piety, this is when things became a lot clearer. I can truly say that everything that I questioned about my life - my insecurities, my doubts, my fears and all the uncertainties- made absolute sense. It was such a relief and a wonderful blessing, at the same time.
So today, I’m sharing how I usually begin my day. It starts with a rosary. I especially love praying it while driving, I noticed that I stopped cursing and I became more ‘forgiving’ to unruly drivers. ✌🏼 If you simply can’t find the time to say this prayer during the day, I urge you to try my approach and see if it makes a difference for you during your commute. 😉
Why pray the rosary? Prayer is about developing our relationship with God, and loving Him more, so it makes perfect sense to get to know Him through the events of the life of Christ that we meditate on during the rosary. For my meditation, I use the Laudate app (link in my bio, if you wish to download it for free) or St. John Paull II Society’s scripture meditations (stjohnpaul.org).
To end my post, here’s a beautiful reflection sent to me this morning by one of my daughter’s teachers: “Prayer is opening a space where joy replaces sadness, mercy supplants bitterness, love displaces fear, gentleness and care overcome hatred and indifference... But most of all, prayer is the way to become and to remain part of the holy mission to draw all people to God's love.
Lead a prayerful life.”
14 497 hours ago
Confession time! If you’re anything like I used to be, the thought of planning and prepping meals makes you want to order all the pizza 🤣 I get it because that was me. It was the last thing I was going to do. I liked working out but I didn’t need to eat healthy. .
Once I made my mom walk me through ... basically do it for me the first time .... I realized how wrong I was. I’m thankful I took the time to learn and form those habits back then because I don’t know how I’d do it in this busy season! .
If you struggle with meal planning, grocery shopping, meal prepping, or all of the above, my team and I are hosting a three day free group that covers it all! We are giving you some simple tips you can implement right away! .
If you’re in, comment below with your fav food emojis 🍕 🍝 🍦 and I will add you into the group. We start tomorrow 😊
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8
2 567 hours ago
Let’s talk about how I uses to read these magazines like they were the Bible! With articles like try this workout and “lose 10 lbs in 10 day”, or get a “bikini body in 2 weeks”! Try theses low carb recipes or jumpstart your metabolism with these magic diets! .
I tried it all, for a few days, gave up, opened a new magazine and started over! Did I give it my all, nope, but I expected a quick fix from reading about all theses things! I tried all those moves and exercises the magazine shows you, and half the time couldn’t figure out what I was actually supposed to be doing! I did those month long challenges where you were given a sample meal plan but had to figure out the rest on your own and ultimately failed. .
But quick fixes are not realistic! There is no magic diet or magic pill! You just have to have a healthy balance of exercise and fueling your body right! The exercises in theses magazines are great for some people but really will not work for others! .
I have been on this journey for around half a year now, and I’m still learning, no quick fix here! Just dedication and consistency! The meal plan I follow is so easy, you get so many recipes, and it varies based on the person. No cookie cutter meal plan that is just supposed to work for everyone! It is very customizable to your lifestyle! .
I still skim through these magazines and use it as a guide to learn new things or new recipes! I like reading some of the articles and some of the magazines have really grown in there inclusivity of all body types. But do I take what the magazine says word for word and believe it is a magic tool to make me skinny! No way!! .
Are you looking for a quick fix to your health?! Then I can not help you! But if your looking to commit to a new lifestyle with a supportive community behind you, then I am your girl!! Message me if you want to learn more!!!!💕💕💕💕💕💕
For a long time (even after I converted), I was hesitant to pray the Rosary and to believe that Jesus wanted me to pray it... all the way up until I felt nudged enough by the Holy Spirit to just try. After I finally began to try, I quickly learned, even while I still forgot some of the words of the prayers and lost my place on the beads, that there is absolutely no doubt that Jesus is pleased, so very pleased, by this beautiful form of prayer.
I’ve been especially drawn to the Sorrowful Mysteries ever since. Sometimes I wonder if I pray these particular mysteries too much instead of the other sets of mysteries... but I’ve found that even if I meditated on Jesus’ Passion every day, I’d still learn more, I’m still filled with more love, faith and hope. There’s no limit to the truth to be learned kneeling with Jesus in His suffering and pondering His Sacred Heart in the depths of my soul. “The truths of faith are not seen by the eyes of the body, but by the eyes of the soul when we meditate.”
I hope you’ll join me in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Agony in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar
The Crowning of Thorns
The Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion of our Lord
“But above all, for those who love Jesus Christ and desire to keep growing in his love, no thought is more powerful than that of the Passion of the Redeemer. Saint Francis de Sales said, ‘Mount Calvary is the mountain of lovers.’ All the lovers of Jesus Christ wish to dwell on this mountain, where the only air they breathe is the air of divine love. When we see a God who dies for our love, it is impossible not to love him ardently. From the wounds of Christ crucified, arrows of love continually shoot forth to pierce even hearts of stone. Happy are those who in this life are continually climbing up Calvary!” - St. Alphonsus Liguori, The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ
2 238 hours ago
I’m not afraid to fail. I’m scared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, “This is what you might have done had you trusted more. // Mother Angelica
Reading this quote is like a slap in the face. A slap I needed to stop letting fear and insecurity smother the promptings the Lord has put on my heart. Promptings that terrify me but also excite me and give me joy. Whatever God is calling you to, take the leap. Sometimes it doesn’t quite make sense in our limited human perspective, but I know from experience that following God never leaves us disappointed. The only way to truly fail is to not live the full and beautiful life God has planned for us. So what are we waiting for?
p.s. totally just stole this quote from @brickhouseinthecity 😉
5 1138 hours ago
It was hard.. but it was for your good
It was a test..but you passed it
It was the devil.. but God blocked it
Be quick to keep going, and less focused on quitting. Your standards are high because you are a strong women, so lowering them for others will only weaken you. .
Repeat after me... I will not quit!!!
6 168 hours ago
For 3 years I watched my coach and thought “that’s great for her, but it will never work for me.” And with that mindset, I couldn’t be more RIGHT!!
I limited myself...FOR 3 years!!!
I tried gyms and FAILED!!
I tried YouTube and workouts and FAILED!!
I tried races and FAILED!!
It’s crazy, but I always felt like something was missing. And I continued to watch, and watch and wish and tell myself that I could never do this.
Because I was too busy.
Because I had FAILED at everything I’d tried in the past.
Because I had kids.
Because I love sweets.
Because I hate diets.
Because I was “just” me.
Well, then something CHANGED and I realized that this wasn’t just for me, it wasn’t just about looking good in a bathing suit...it was 👏SO MUCH MORE👏
It was about my girls!!!
My wonderful, fun loving girls who DESERVED a mom who
❤️Believed in herself
❤️Is thankful for the body she has been given
So after 3 long years of watching and wishing...I decided to take a leap of faith and go ALL IN!!!!
I can honestly say, I haven’t looked back for a second!
I have given my girls a mom that the old me only DREAMED of being...confident, happy, fun loving, and most of all proud to be ME!😘😘😘
So if this is you, if you’re thinking to yourself “there’s no way I could do that,” I promise you...YOU CAN!!! And I will HELP you reach your goals!😘😘
There are still some spots open for my 12 week fitness challenge where we will be crushing goals and building a life of our dreams together! We’d love for you to join us! Click the link in my bio to get started. 😘😘
“But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”
(Matthew 16:15-19 from the Gospel Reading today - Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle)
How radical of Jesus to have placed His Church on the shoulders of a flawed, weak man — and weak man after weak man after weak man! And how fascinating it is that no matter how some of these weak men tried to destroy the Church with wars, schisms, greed, scandals and plain self-righteousness over the last centuries, she’s still standing! An actual, 2000-year testimony of Christ’s power made perfect in weakness. It shows us that Jesus is the Chief Shepherd.. that the One who truly is in control of things sits in Heaven, not on earth. Also shows how much He wants to raise us and build us up. 😍
Today is the Feast of the Chair of Peter. May I please ask you to say a prayer for our dear Pope Francis (St. Peter’s 265th successor! 😱) as he helps our generation navigate this confused, hurting, and broken world as one flock? 🐑🐑🐑
2 159 hours ago
All for the Sacred + Eucharistic Heart of Jesus; All for the Sorrowful + Immaculate Heart of Mary; In union with Saint Joseph
4 769 hours ago
Welcome to all our new followers! .
My name is Liana and I’m the owner here at Gracefully Crowned! 🙋🏻♀️ .
I am in a season where God is calling me to be bold, brave, and courageous. I am stepping out of my comfort zone and fully trusting God in the process! I am constantly reminding myself that God is with me and He goes before me. If your stepping into a new season where God is calling you to be brave, this is your hoodie! It’s such a wonderful reminder! .
Get your favorite hoodie via link in bio! ☝🏻
Btw, let me introduce you to some of my family. My older sister Inessa on the left and my sister in law Svetlana on the right. They showed up today wearing our matching God’s masterpiece hoodies! That made my day! 🧡🧡
8 1089 hours ago
Hey so, I’m Ruth, the person behind the screen. 👋🏼 I took this pic because the wallpaper in the dressing room was 🙌🏼 and because I felt a like a youngster rocking pigtails at age 30.
Besides a daughter of The King (hashtag princess), I am wife to my super awesome and adorable and manly husband, Chris, and Momma to four of the coolest girls around – Brenna (7), Lucia (5), Monica (3), and Emilia (2). I’m a wannabe scholar but totally not smart enough to be one. By that I mean, I try to read smart books or take classes and think I’ve figured some things out, but then someone else speaks and I realize I know basically nothing. I’m a former college distance runner turned miserably-out-of-shape-mom turned slightly-less-out-of-shape-mom. Jesus speaks to me through running analogies. It’s my love language. Also, quality time.
So, what’s up with this title? Did I have a heart transplant or something? No. I don’t have a pig heart or any other physical heart besides the one I was born with…but in a spiritual sense, I’m a walking, talking, transplant patient. I’ll explain. (Link in bio for full blog post)
1 119 hours ago
today I took my students on the best kind of field trip ... one to visit Jesus.
Nada te turbe. Nada te espante. Dios no se muda. Todo se pasa. La paciencia todo lo alcanza. Quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta. Sólo Dios basta.
Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things are passing. God alone never changes. Patience gains all things. If you have God, you will want for nothing. God alone suffices.
🌿 St. Teresa of Avila pray for us!
5 5810 hours ago
What a wonderful reminder!!!
How will you react today!?
2 2910 hours ago
Trying to stick with a new routine has me like …
Want to know something odd? I love the concept of routines, and I work very well with specific routines but I STRUGGLE to make and stay consistent with new ones.
One of the most prominent challenges I face combining my faith and my ADHD is the fact that I struggle to create a routine I can stick to with praying the Rosary.
With the Rosary, I watched @acatholicmomslife video on the 15 Promises of the Rosary and jotted down how ‘The Blessed Mother promises that anyone who regularly prays the Rosary, and earnestly tries to live according to God’s will, will be spiritually prepared when their time of death comes’.
Well I thought to myself: what does regularly praying the Rosary look like to me in my life?
Naturally, I felt that I should pray the Rosary everyday because it’s only 20 minutes of my time out of my entire day, and if I didn’t make the time to it meant that I was lazy and that much more of a sinner. (Ahem, by the way this is the inner dialogue of someone who expects way to much of himself).
As a strategy for going forward:
•Make a plan to start praying the Rosary when I know I can commit to it - say twice a week to start. Try to pray it at the same time each day.
My take-away thoughts for future motivation:
•God won’t hold it against you if you forget or get too lazy to pray the Rosary.
•God is constantly inviting you to Him and loves you no matter what.
•Love yourself no matter what because God does ;).
What do you think? What routines do you have for your prayer life and what struggles do you find yourself facing? •
Please feel free to DM me and share so that I can offer my insight and we can help each other to grow in holiness. .
1 1910 hours ago
I know that this quote is from @ifgathering back in 2017. But I was thinking about and praying about the “in between” this morning while I was talking with a friend.
I remember when @jill.briscoe said this and I was absolutely floored. I have never heard someone (aside from those in scripture) speak something so profound about seasons and times in our lives.
Last night my pastor at church spoke about how everyone’s story...every single soul saved...is one of glory. Whether it’s a big story like being a recovering drug addict or someone who lived as a prostitute, or whether you were a church kid who got saved at 6.
No matter our story, it’s all really just a minuscule little drop in the vast ocean of GOD stories out there. Go where you’re told and you stay there until whatever that season you’re in is over. .
Hallelujah for Gods great wisdom and grace.
Big troubles, Big rosary.
Silver tone extra large cross
Silver tone Miraculous Medal center (double sided)
Black and multi-colored metalic ceramic beads (8mm)
Black faceted round glass spacers (4mm)
Silver round spacers (3mm)
1 2911 hours ago
Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to really find out what you’re made of. Okay, pretty much always 😏
Middle of last month I decided to take on the newest program that was early launching within my beloved virtual gym. I’d made up my mind in the weeks prior that I WOULDN’T be doing it, because it wasn’t “my style” of exercise, and I’d never done a program with this trainer before (honestly he’s intimidated me all along!). I did a special live preview workout from the program at a local coaching event the weekend before the launch with a room full of other coaches like me who use this platform for their own growth and as a way to help others through their personal transformations too. Afterward, my mind was changed. I wanted in and I saw the focus on inner transformation that this trainer wove into the short but intense workouts as something I really needed to experience, especially as I was in the midst of a pretty intense journey with my skin that was proving quite rough on my emotional state day to day.
I’m now two days out from finishing this 6 week program (6 days / week, only 20 min / day) and I’ve been reflecting on the journey. I’m so thankful I decided to go for it. I’d already discovered over the past 3 years that sense of accomplishment that comes from getting through difficult workouts and how great that can make you feel, but this has been different. I’ve pushed myself in ways I hadn’t before, that I’d been unwilling to. And it was just the right amount of “go time” at 20 minutes, because I knew I didn’t have to keep driving hard much longer! 😅⏲ I’ve still modified QUITE a bit, and I’ve still finished each day’s workout feeling accomplished and like I brought MY best. That’s all we can ask of ourselves!
When was the last time you chose to do something outside your comfort zone? Research has shown that autonomy — the feeling that your life is self-chosen and self-endorsed — is the number one contributor to happiness. I can really see why that is 🙌🏻
Going into March, my online fit community (where we focus on fitness AND nutrition, as does this & all our other programs) is gonna be centered around the idea (cont. 👇🏻)
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Yesterday in my Self Love Project group, I asked the ladies to share who their biggest fan is and what he/she has to say about them.
Who is that person that makes you feel special and beautiful and loved?
First that comes to mind for me is my 5 year old, Max. We are BFFs. Well, when he's not being bipolar. 😜. He loves me unconditionally because I give him piggy back rides, read him stories, play PlayDoh with him and express great interest when he tells me all about his project from school. He even tells me, 'Mom, you look so beautiful.' 😍 (I don't know when he stopped calling me 'Mommy', but I'm pretty sad about that.) 😢
He loves me just the same whether we are home all day together in our pajamas looking ragged or we get dressed to go out and about.
He treats every morning like Christmas when he sees me for the first time.
I love myself even more when I'm with him because I am in my absolute most favorite role as 'Mom’. When you're feeling low in the self-love department, try this little exercise.
It WILL put a smile on your face. 😍😍😍 #2019selfloveproject#mybiggestfan#myfavoriterole#maxyandme
4 3411 hours ago
I’ve been reaching for all of the dainty, delicate jewelry recently— especially this one from @lillianjudedesigns 💫 There’s something about a simple, elegant necklace that just gives me so much confidence. I haven’t taken this necklace off since she sent it to me!
So i wasn’t expecting this to happen so quickly, but I guess when you’ve prayed on it and asked for prayers on it and the timing is right on His ☝🏼 watch, God delivers exponentially 🙌🏼😭🙏🏻 I submitted my podcast for review to iTunes 2 days ago and was told it would be at least 5 to 7 days to hear back, but here we are 2 days later and WE ARE LIVE! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😍🎧 The first episode of the Fill Your Cup Podcast is up!
To download and listen... For iPhone users; search your Podcast app for, Fill Your Cup Podcast by Liz Bollini, and subscribe and listen!
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The direct link is also in my profile link that may or may not connect you straight to the episode 😆🤷🏻♀️ still learning myself here! But I figure we can all learn together 😉❤️ SAVE THIS POST (by clicking the little flag) so you can refer back when you’re ready to listen 🎧😉 If you could do me a favor, after you listen, scroll down under the episode and leave a rating and a review(swipe 👉🏼to see a visual), I’d appreciate it SO MUCH. I appreciate all of you so much for your support 🙏🏻😘
14 3911 hours ago
Have courage and be kind. 🖤⠀
Enamel pins available at #laurenibachlettering on Etsy // link in profile
SHOULD CHRISTIANS FOLLOW ASTROLOGY & HOROSCOPES?! ♈️ • Every day I hear more people talking about their horoscope and what that means in their season of life. I think most people do it for fun or think it’s a harmless activity that’s been around for ages. As Christians, God calls us to trust only in Him and look only to Him for guidance for our lives. 🖐🏼 NOW BEAR WITH ME FOR A SECOND FOR THIS... Miriam Webster defines astrology: the DIVINATION of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs... DIVINATION is defined as: the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers. Key word here is SUPERNATURAL POWERS. 👹 Who are the supernatural powers we are asking for aid when we consult horoscopes and astrology? 🤷🏻♀️ It ain’t Jesus y’all!!! We gotta check ourselves before we wreck ourselves! Looking for guidance outside of God opens a door into your life for something bad to influence you. Make sure you are more in tune with the Bible verse of the day than where the moon is at... Swipe for some sassy bible realness about astrology ➡️
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Just a girl and her tissues. The kind with Vicks too 🤧.
☕️ I Can’t even begin to put into words all the things happening in this season of my life right now. This picture is only a snip of my current week. Currently sick with a bad cold, but filled with a season of blessings and answered prayers. From spiritual revelations to new long awaited beginnings.
☕️ In addition my season has moved my ministry of walking alongside people on social media to walking alongside them in the physical world. I didn’t really notice till I noticed either. In reflection, God has an amazing way of preparing you for something you never knew was possible or that you ever thought you were capable of.
☕️ So as I recover from this cold and grab my box of tissues, I will continue my walk with more thankfulness in my heart and something spiritually good to read in the other. Not worrying too much these days about what the future holds or how I’m going to get to the dream, because I’m trusting someone else who has a better plan than me. And it is good. ✉️He knows, He sees, He hears and is preparing the way. We may not know where it’s all headed but He ☝🏻 does. Surrender it and Trust Him.
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On His way to Calvary, Jesus was spat on, beaten, and publicly humiliated. Yet in the midst of a crowd that mocked and scorned Him, there emerged a simple woman named Veronica. She was moved with compassion for the suffering Christ and offered a cloth to wipe His face, which was full of sweat and blood.
Jesus, you don’t require grand gestures, but treasure simple ones done out of great love. May I be a solace to Your Heart amidst Your terrible torments.
[sick day reminiscing] // while I’m all sick my hubby offered to go over and clean the house and prep it for me tonight. It’s our 10 monthaversary and it’s not how I’d imagined our evening but married life has a way of showing you that love knows no bounds. It’s just the love I needed 💕Here’s the view outside our sunroom on the farm. The other side looks out at the fields!
This bag was my very first aha!! She was everything I wanted in a bag for myself: I am a sucker for all things Guadalupe, roses, vintage velvets & toiles. She is one-of a kind-faithful, classy, useful, durable. Hand embroidered with gold thread, lined with two pockets-one inside and one on the backside, two handles, perfectly imperfect in every way. Also the burgundy colored bow is totally optional, if you’re that kind of gal or not🌹 $57.50 USD Shipping included.
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“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
The importance of love is mentioned so many times in the Bible, it is why God our Father sent His son to this earth to live a perfect life and die on a cross for our sins. God continually shows us His love throughout the Bible and throughout each of our lives. His love is so perfect and never fails us🙌🏼
My prayer for my life is that I can be an example of Christ’s love and that my faith and hope in Him will shine to others who do not know Him☀️❤️
While I love photographing all the beautiful bridal details, I love taking some time to capture images of the groom’s details too!
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Hi! Welcome to With A Borrowed Heart! These are my babies (😍🤗) and one driving motivation to be the best version of myself. They are all so stinkin awesome and I want to give them the best possible foundation for the rest of their lives. Which really means telling them I’m sorry for whatever I do to mess them up and directing them to a good therapist and a good confessor 😂. Haha jk. Sorta.
But seriously, I know I will never be everything for these girls, no matter how hard I try. When that realization set in, I experienced such a feeling of freedom in my parenting and, also, in my marriage. I won’t ever be everything to anyone. And no one else will ever be everything for me. Except Christ. Knowing that makes it easier to look at my weaknesses, accept them, work to improve, and give others grace when they hurt me. I know I’ll fail and I know I’ll hurt everyone close to me, but at lease we have expectations set appropriately.
I hope to share some of these weaknesses with you all and create a little corner of the internet where we can work together to fail just a little less. I’ll also be sharing my kids, obvs, and probably some running things and absolutely some Theology of the Body things. JPII changed my life and saved my marriage. But more on that later. 😉
Welcome! Yay insta! 🥳
The story of the healed woman who had been bleeding for 12 years in Mark 5 is one of my favorites. This woman...at the end of her rope and her long depleted bank account...at the end of hope for a cure...banished from society and touch...labeled unclean, unworthy. She doesn’t give up. She hears Jesus is in town and she goes. She doesn’t dare approach Him in word or request, but she gets close enough to touch the hem of His garment. What does she have to lose? What she lacks in resources, she makes up for in faith. And that desperate swipe with her frail hand on His dusty garment healed her. Instantly. Jesus feels the power flow from Him. He knows. He doesn’t keep walking. He makes sure she won’t be leaving in the same shameful way she came. He brings her face to face with her healer. He acknowledges her great faith.
And as amazing as that story is, what I love most is that it is told sandwiched between another healing story. This one in the form of a request from a father. A father with power, and social esteem, and financial means...but helpless and desperate nonetheless. His 12 year old daughter is dying. What his vast resources can’t do, he is sure Jesus can. Declared dead by others, Jesus takes his daughter by the hand and says to her, “Talitha cumi...Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Jesus heals the girl.
Rich or poor, socially connected or social outcast, confidently approaching in full view or indiscreetly approaching in shame and fear...Jesus sees and Jesus heals! 🧡
Preaching to myself!
“...you’re being too much in charge.”
How we fool ourselves into exhaustion when God told us all along what we really need.
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3/7/19 at 7pm
I’m offering two colors this time (more on that later...hint: not the color in the picture. gotta keep things fresh, yo.) and XS, S, M, L, XL
“God has not abandoned you so far; why should he forsake you now, when, more than ever, you wish to belong to him?” // Saint Francis de Sales
For those who are in need of hope today.
He’s never failed and He won’t start now.
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“Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures for eternal life...” // John 6:27
Quite possibly one of my favorite passages in the Bible: John 6.
One day, everything will be turned to dust.
This life will end.
Our achievements will not go with us.
Created things will fade.
But one thing will remain.
Look to Jesus, friends.
Look to His Church and the sacraments.
Look for those tangible moments of grace which He is offering at every moment.
Recently during a homily reflecting on the Wedding Feast at Cana something stuck out to me in a significant way. “Jesus takes the ordinary water of everyday life - our prayers, our works, our sufferings, our joys - and turns that ordinary water into something extraordinary just as He changed water into wine at the wedding feast.” That has been my prayer recently, to give Jesus everything out of love through Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Just as the steward of the feast who did not know where the water now turned into wine came from, I may not see the extraordinary in every instance. The instances when I am doing my chores, grocery shopping, cooking, or tending to the needs of those around me. Although I may not see the extraordinary I can trust that everything I do for the love of God actually becomes extraordinary!
One instance of God turning the ordinary into extraordinary is the Sacrament of Marriage. Jesus raised ordinary marriage into a Sacrament, something truly extraordinary!
You see the Trinity is a mystery. Even though God has revealed parts of Himself to us, especially through Jesus, He is still hidden as if behind a veil on this side of Heaven. The more we become like Jesus, the Second person of the Trinity, the more we become a mystery to others as well. Saints are great examples of this. They were (and still are) a mystery to those around them. As we strive to become more like Christ we can start to understand the mystery of these saints and their radical love. So too in a faithful Catholic marriage there is a mystery of love between the spouses who love one another until death do they part. Each day I am more and more entranced by this mystery of love within my own Sacramental Marriage. What might seem ordinary to others is extraordinary to me. I never knew I could love my husband as I do now. I never knew a man like Adam could love me as much as he does. I am so grateful for the Sacrament of Marriage, for Adam my husband and Valentine, as well as our love become flesh dwelling among us as our two children! Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️
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50 of 365 #Jesus365
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height..." Numbers 13:30-32
After about a year of traveling through the wilderness toward the promised land, the Israelites have arrived on the border. God instructs Moses to select men to spy out Canaan, the promised land. They are to pick a man from each tribe (remember the 12 tribes from the 12 sons of Jacob, aka Israel) to check out the land, the people living there, the food.
After 40 days of exploring, they return with a report. The land is amazing! The food is amazing! But… the city is fortified and the people are big.
Though all twelve spies saw the exact same things, only two of the twelve – Caleb and Joshua – choose faith over fear. They bravely try to convince the people to go for it. But fear wins out, as it often does.
A year of temporary living. A year of manna for sustenance. A year of God faithfully providing and keeping promises. A year of being unsettled nomads. They are finally at their promised destination, a plentiful land with food they have only dreamed about for a year; with space for permanent dwellings to raise their families. They stand at the edge of the promise of God… and they are too afraid to go in.
After all the miracles they have seen and all that God has done for them, they let fear keep them from entering and stepping into all that God has for them. God will ultimately keep His promise, but the consequences for letting unbelief triumph over faith will be devastating.
Questions: How often do you let fear keep you from stepping into something amazing God has prepared for you? Have you ever had to deal with the consequences of not doing something you knew you should do because of fear?
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"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
This passage is such a good reminder for me to refocus on God.
We can have the best house, the coolest car, the newest technology, the most followers on social media but none of it will last! Earthly treasure is perishable, eternal rewards are not. Is your heart focused on what really matters?