driving through curvy mountain roads and exploring pretty lakes that made my heart so happy. I was in awe of who my God is in ways I've never been before. I allowed His love to aviate past my outer self and sink deep down into my inner heart. I felt overwhelmed in the most beautiful way that He would create places like this simply for our sense of wonder. I felt like His love was etched into every little stone, leaf, and insect that surrounded me. I felt, so much. I allowed my mind to wander through the mountaintops and valleys, through every inch and crevice, until I felt so aligned with the Creator Himself that it was like He placed a stamp of Love itself right in my soul. I stood in awe. I marveled. I broke past all my insecurities, failures, and faults and allowed myself to simply be alive because I knew I'd never retrieve that same authentic moment back again. and I couldn't help but think, how often do we allow ourselves to be fully present in the wonderful but not the worst? are they both not moments of our lives? do they both not equally cause growth? why do we tend to feel less alive in the waiting and hurting than we do in the wonder and healing? oh if we could only proclaim His goodness in each season. in the waiting and hurting, through the wonder and healing, He deserves our praise. no matter the season He has you in right now, please know that healing is right around the corner. don't be discouraged my friend, because He is still good even in the hurting and His promises still remain true even in the waiting. and whether it feels like it or not, He is right there by your aching heart- tending, growing, stretching, and molding it to be more and more like His every day. that's one thing I know for sure, and I hope you'll believe it with all your heart, as well.
My God is solid. My God is faithful. My God is unchanging.
My God is my one true source of security. My one source of safety.
My God knows everything, everyone, every detail, and every secret.
My God is a strong tower. My God is awesome.
Happy Sunday!!!!! " Fill the world with goodness & gratitude" ❤️🌎✨💞
1 252 hours ago
“What do you do when you’re down in the valley?
You remember what God has done....and you dare to believe that what He’s done before, He will do again.” His power hasn’t changed. It’s still the same. What may be different is whether I can see that power as being available to ME. Do I actually believe that He’ll work in my life?? Or am I just “hoping” He will?
Our experience with Jesus will be limited by our own level of FAITH.
How do you see Him showing up in your life? Are you expecting it? Its ridiculous to me how quickly I start to doubt even though He’s proven himself time and time again!!
I love this reminder. That all we need to do is remember what He’s done before ❤️ Write it all down. And our faith renews itself!
Parking lot selfie. Squinty eyes and full hearts. Love church with this sis of mine!! Happy Sunday, sisters! Big love, Britt❤️
4 2583 hours ago
Growing up I knew of a story I saw in a comic book bible of a man who died on the cross.
I loved visiting my grandma ( 2-3 x a year) because we always went to church and I got to wear a pretty dress and sing😊 I love singing.
Listen- whether you've had a bad experience or maybe no experience I invite you to check out our church. Need someone to sit by, there is always some open next to us. Grab your things and meet us! This is our family and we long to be different if being different means following Jesus.
0 113 hours ago
This little “photo shoot” I showed my teeth, and if you know me than you know I hate showing them.
I have never liked my teeth.
Even now as I write this I can’t believe I am going to share these. I know that sounds so dramatic, lol, but up close my two front teeth aren’t straight and I have two others that sit awkwardly beside them. Oh well 🤷♀️ I could have just added the one or two where I didn’t grin big, but the truth is I was actually so happy and having a wonderful time while my husband snapped away.
So here are a few photos for you.
Maybe in the future I’ll try smiling a little more with my chompers 😁
Hope you have a day that brings the biggest smile to your face 😁💛
6 344 hours ago
I like Sundays for slowing down, breathing deep, reading a good book, crafting delicious smoothies with @ancientnutrition with the boys, vegging out on the couch and watching @hgtv or @foodnetwork, connecting with loved ones over FaceTime, or maybe just taking my yoga practice to the front yard to freak out the neighbors. How do you Sunday? .
10 2744 hours ago
There are people this morning who are at their lowest of lows. They are running from God. There are so many of us looking for identity. Your identity is found in Christ alone. If you are lost and you need someone to pray for you, contact us. Contemporary Grace is based on a non-judgemental foundation because WE HAVE BEEN THERE TOO. We are all hotmesses and sometimes we need someone else to pray for us too. If you need us to pray for you or with you, DM us or visit our website (link in bio) and visit the pray tab. We want to know you and we want you to know Jesus, the all knowing and the all loving. We want you to experience the free gift of grace and the free gift of healing.
(messaged inspired by the wonderful, amazing PL)
A, E, and M ♥️
Yesterday we spent the day walking around Hudson, NY. There are so many beautiful stores and so much rich history. We ended our night at the amazing @wmfarmerandsons catching up with old friends. Thank you Hudson, it was wonderful.
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Count your blessings.
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Unplug. Be present with the people around you. Create memories with your family. Rest. Happy Sunday.
About Last night at the WOS Women of substance Presents “The Meetup” .
We celebrated 4 years in the beauty industry, clarity , living intentional ,New business endeavors, Freedom to be Unapologetic You, Freedom from anxiety !
The transparency , support and encouragement in one room. wow! Every woman had a unique seed to sow into another woman 💗
That’s Sisterhood for you !
Special thank you to Toni Parks !
Each disobedience, each inconvenience, and each stained shirt can really make an average mom lose hope. One or two struggles a day? Maybe 5? I think most of us could handle it… but it isn’t. During the really trying times, these stresses happen several times an hour. Thousands of times a day. 🌿
Satan whispers in our ear: “It’ll always be like this. Your kids are broken, and you’re the reason why.” And you might just believe him. But you shouldn’t. Satan has a plan to keep you in the pits... 🌿
Satan wants your hope to die, because he knows that a Christian with the Godly Hope that is provided to us on the Cross is a Christian of power, confidence, and perseverance.
So when our kids are pushing our buttons, where should our souls go instead? 🌿
Dying to your selfishness is a one-time event in salvation. If you admit to God what you already know – that you are sinful and unable to get to Heaven or live a holy life – that’s the first step.
Then, sanctification. That’s a lifelong process. And it’s painful.
Just as Jesus called His disciples to carry their cross, so He calls mothers to carry theirs. He calls mothers to die to self. 🌿
And when you allow the hard times of motherhood to grow your faith, you pass that resilience on to your children. Through God’s grace, they might have open ears to the Gospel and walk alongside you in the Kingdom of Heaven.
1 6611 hours ago
I S A I A H 26:3:- .
. “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You--in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].”
One of my favourite verses in the #bible
In this life we will have trouble, but we can take heart knowing that Jesus has overcome those troubles! .
For the last few weeks I’ve been so overwhelmed but I keep everything inside until 💥 which isn’t good I know I’m a work in progress. .
This verse has literally come up several times that’s a gentle reminder when my mind is fixed on Christ then I’m filled with His perfect peace. .
So if you like I have find yourself overwhelmed rest in His #Shalom peace, that nothing missing, nothing broken peace, the peace that Jesus gives that goes far beyond and above our limited understanding His perfect peace that He gives to us REST right there. 🙏
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Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Last Friday, I was alone and on the verge of tears as I felt fear crippling. Just when I thought fear had already won—God stepped in—I saw an officemate of mine and not just someone I know but a friend I could be comfortable with.
I was really frustated with myself for I should’ve controlled my fear, and not the other way around. Yet what happened that day attested to the faithfulness of God even in times of my unbelief.
Just like Peter when he got off the boat and took steps atop the waves. He had faith—he was looking onto Jesus. But then there came fear—his gaze shifted to the strong winds and raging waves. He began to sink and cried out to Jesus for help. Despite his doubts and little faith, Jesus immediately stretched his arm and saved him.
Jesus wants you and me to step out from the comfort of our “boats” and to put our trust in Him. Even when doubts and fear arise, He’s patient with us and He’ll never give up on us for He loves us greatly, and the same God who saved Peter will come to rescue us. ❤️
It’s officially 1st day of fall! It’s time for hoodies, pumpkin spice everything, bon fires, and cozy evenings. .
Unfortunately, here in Las Vegas we are still in the 90’s! 😅 It’s hot and I can’t wait until it cools down! I hear it’s already cold in other areas. Please send us some of your cold weather! 🙏🏼
1 5015 hours ago
And just like that...
Watching this union made me all kinds of emotional. I cried (LIKE A LOT)! But don’t worry, they were happy tears! Tears of joy and gratitude that one of my dearest friends was found by her knight in shinning armor.
She will forever be treasured by a man who loves her like Christ loves the church. She has been discovered by a man who will provide for her and lay down his life for her. She has joined a union with a man who has and will continue to put her and her heart first. This is love the CHRIST way.
To the single ladies, I will never forget the days my friend and I talked about the struggles of being single. It was difficult to see how girls like us could find a guy like her now husband. But here’s the thing, she didn’t find him, HE FOUND HER! Stop looking and start praying, seeking, and loving God with ALL your heart and leave the love story writing to Him. He’s an amazing author! Trust me, I’d say he outdid himself writing this one!
3 7916 hours ago
In the past month, I have made 2 new friends...neither of which are believers. I’m not sure what God is up to or why He placed them in my path, but I feel as though He’s prepping my heart for something. You see, I have many people in my family who aren’t saved. I grew up around it. I was a part of that for some time, until God took my hand and led me away from a path of destruction. Even so, they’re still my family. I love them no less. I think of them no less. Yes, it’s a complicated and hard situation to be in sometimes, and I can’t wait for the day that those lost family members come to know Him. But in the waiting, I feel like God has been preparing my heart for when I encounter people like these 2 friends who don’t know Him. Through these family members, He is carefully teaching me how to love well. One thing these friends have in common is this: they have each told me that they want nothing to do with Christianity, because every Christian they’ve encountered has judged them for the way they look and live, and told them where they’re going to spend eternity if they don’t change. When they told me this, my heart broke. So, I pulled up “I’m not Ashamed” on my laptop, and rewatched it (and wept just like I did the first time). If you haven’t seen it, this won’t make sense, but I encourage you to watch it. It wrecked my life. I studied how Rachel Joy Scott truly loved people, even if they were different. And I prayed that God would show me how to do the same. I long to see the day the “judgmental Christian” stigma is broken. I long for people to look at not only my life, but the lives of Christians everywhere, and see what loving Jesus is composed of. It’s so much more than the surface-level hypocrisy that nonbelievers see. It’s more than a feeling. It’s more than a Sunday morning. It’s what pulled me out of the darkness and set my feet on solid ground once again. I pray for boldness and guidance, because I’ve never been in a situation like this before. Show me how to love like You have loved me...
1 3416 hours ago
Soaking up the last remnants of summer 🌞💦🍷
1 6716 hours ago
Sometimes we overlook the simple things in life and don't realize the importance they play in preparing us for what's to come. What you do now to invest in yourself can pay great dividends whether that's next week, next month, or next year.
Whether it's our physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual health, we may put things off thinking we'll get to it "one day when." How's that working out though?
Those are all important areas to consider, and even the small changes can make a difference. Don't think it's too insignificant to matter.
You never know what opportunities may await you, so now is a great time to create the foundation needed to be ready AND to sustain what's entrusted to you.
What's one habit you can start (or restart) to start seeing even small wins now? 💁🏾♀️
☔️Ever had a jam-packed Saturday turn into a lazy weekend day due to the rain?? ⠀
🌧All my outside plans canceled with the rain and honestly, Kentucky weather is crazy lately and I could not be happier!⠀
🍂My busy morning turned into a relaxing one full of reading, starting my new yoga 🧘🏼♀️ certifications, and even a nap 😴 - then working a while, a little yoga and cooking dinner.
🍁Ahhhh, what a cool change of plans and did I mention it’s like 65 degrees? That’s weather designed to make you sleep!😂🙌🏻😜 Hope you had a happy great Saturday finding a way to be grateful, no matter how your day turned out.
6 5918 hours ago
Grace is an amazing thing. It sets you free and will transform your heart. That person who cut you off, give them grace. That boss who you can’t stand, give them grace. That cashier with an attitude, give them grace. Jesus gives us more grace than we deserve EVERY SINGLE DAY. Everyone requires extra grace most days. Give grace as you want to receive it.
A, E, and M ♥️
2 1918 hours ago
I keep coming back to it & talking about it: There has never been a more urgent time, season, or age to be pressing into your relationship with the Lord. You do that by learning His Word & understanding the Spirit’s leading.
The women around me exemplify this (@caitzick ☝🏼) and push me to seek Him. But I have to actually DO the seeking. I know they’d say the same thing. My walk with God can inspire, but it cannot MAKE you draw near to Him.
You can’t piggyback someone else’s faith. We know that in theory - but do we live it? Are you piggybacking the faith of Bible teachers like @bethmoorelpm or @lisabevere or @jenwilkin - women who inspire and equip - when what they want you to do is KNOW God personally, through His Word & His Spirit? This is your challenge to do so. Seek Him yourself. Open the Word and study it. He meets you there!
In IG stories: I’m answering your FAQs about bible study!
- Where to start
- How to understand
- Going deeper
8 34618 hours ago
I pray everyone is having a BLESSED weekend❤️! Much LOVE to you all❤️! Love, ChristianCowgirl67
1 5018 hours ago
🏖Summer you were fun and I miss you. Winter go easy on me.❄️
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. . and, isn’t it beautiful that in the midst of the zeal of living; the making of memories are in the moments shared. .
Family, the greatest gift of this life. .
1 3119 hours ago
It’s the first day of fall! ✨
For me that means pumpkin lattes, cozy cardigans and Ugg boots everyday. I love the late morning marine layer, and the respite from summer’s punishing heat! Also, I love how a simple change in season makes me suddenly feel like I need to act like a grown up—is that just me?! ✨
What does fall mean for you? ✨ ✨
Ps.. this morning I welcomed the fall season with the ladies from my church in a fall brunch ... but my fall inspired outfit was a fail! I mean I live in San Diego and it was hoooottt!!!! Thank you awesome San Diego weather 🍁🍂☀️🌊
2 6320 hours ago
🍂 The first day of fall! 🍂
It doesn’t feel like Fall here in Florida, but you can find me in a sweater, watching football with my people and my fave Fall candles burning.
Here’s a sneak peek of my Fall Favorites from my new video! Stay tuned. ☺️
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Let them talk. 🗣
And sister, they will. They will criticize, they will snicker, they will whisper some not so nice things behind your back. .
Can I give you some wisdom? ➕Let them talk. ➕You be you, bravely. ➕Show up for yourself. ➕Show your strength. ➕Show your courage. ➕Show your grit and determination. ➕Show yourself (and maybe the world if you want) that YOU inspire YOU. .
So, my sister, let them talk. Do NOT let the mockers hold you back from the vision you have for your life. .
🌟Courage inspires courage. Be you bravely.🌟
👉🏼If you knew you could be the best version of yourself, would you really let others hold you back? 🙅🏻♀️
I’m determined to finish this year stronger than I began. If you want to join me, I will cheer with you and for you each step of the way!🙌🏼
I have a community of fierce women who are ready to surround you & join you on this journey. Drop me your favorite emoji below & I’ll reach out to you with the details!
1 3421 hours ago
First day of a new season. F A L L in love with the process of becoming the best version of yourself. 🍁🍂🧡
There are two things that have me this excited right now - that it’s officially fall and I am launching my first ebook THIS WEEK! 🙌🏼 It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to release it THURSDAY!
The ebook is focused on answering the question, how do we live well what is before us right now - not needing things to change or be fixed first, but instead showing up today with presence, purpose, and power?
I’m convinced this is the way we live, grow in, and affect what comes next too.
Right now I am inviting anyone - and everyone! - to help me spread the word about this ebook when it releases Thursday. If that’s something you’d love to join in with, by posting about the ebook on social media, emailing friends, or sharing about it another way all together, let me know below or shoot me a message!
Or if you know someone (personally or through social media) who you think would resonate with this message, please tag them!
I am so grateful for all the encouragement and support with this project. I believe in this invitation, and man do I want to live this message well. So much love! 💕
8 7923 hours ago
Perfectionism.... one of my personal favorite pitfalls. We all want to be well thought of, but to be free, we need to be who Jesus made us to be. We will always fall short but when we fall short, that's when Jesus gets a chance to shine through us. I hate that I'm not perfect, but it's the times when I mess up that God gets to show up and turn what seems ugly into something good and beautiful. #absolutelyalexandria
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
Instead of having friends that lead you away from God, surround yourself with people who encourage you to grow closer to Him.
Tag a friend who makes you love Jesus more!
Pretty sure I’ve driven the entire lower state of Michigan this week between our trips to Detroit & my whirlwind visit to Grand Rapids. The crazy thing? I’m not tired. Reason being I’ve been in the company of women whose vibrant, thriving faith poured into my own and sent me home with a renewed passion for life & the Lord.
As much as people like to think they can have Christ without the church (which is made up of all followers of Christ & the gospel, all across the world), they can’t. Christianity has always been communal and always will be. Growing in faith requires stepping into the beautiful mess that is Christian church relationships. Letting people see your struggle and speak life into it.
I’m back to normal life & work this week with so much to think about. Thank you to my meet up girls, @em.copeland, @caitzick, @tiffany.drenth, @jennabragenzer and so many more for pouring in so I can pour out 🙌🏻
Fact: we. are. all. broken.
It’s easier to hide our struggles. It’s easier to never let our guards down because vulnerability is unusual in this world. It’s easier to keep to ourselves because we’re afraid of the judgment from others who, ironically, are just as broken as we are.
What’s funny is we can’t hide our heart from our creator, and sharing our brokenness opens doors.
And if we never share the true state of our hearts with others, we’ll never get to experience the little pieces of heaven that ARE planted here in this fallen world.
Reading and applying the Bible...on a road trip! We're reading through the book of James in my #warriorwomanchallenge⚔️ and doing around 10ish verses at a time. There is so much to learn in these short reading passage. Wow. Today was over James 2:14-26 on faith without works is dead. Zoom in on my pic to view my notes!
(Link in profile to register for our Warrior Woman Bible Reading Challenge!)
Who prayed this prayer before dinner when you were growing up?? 🙋♀️
Even when the little stuff is when they found the missing legs, that someone stole their Skittles, or they finally perfected the cartwheel. ✌🏻💖
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The #wednesdaywisdom I needed YESTERDAY (everyday) 💙 have to trust and put my full weight on God!
Lean all the way into His goodness/truth/promises/grace NOT my own deceitful heart’s understanding. Our hearts, are deceitful all above else!! (Jer 17:9) Sheesh.
So let’s trust God and continue to guard our hearts (from ourselves!) and give them to the One who created them. ✨
5 334 days ago
I knew this blog post would get a lot of attention but I didn’t think it would get as much as it has.
If you haven’t already read it, go take a peek on my website! (Link in Bio) 😁
One of my main missions on my blog and on social media, is to be vulnerable, real, and honest about my brokenness. I definitely didn’t implement this in my latest blog post because I wanted it to be as logical and unbiased as humanly possible.
Since I didn’t do this on my blog, here’s a little insight into my journey with feminism:
I can’t remember a time when I knew about feminism and didn’t openly support the effort. Until the last year or so, women’s empowerment was much more important to me than my relationship with God to the point where I was teetering on the brink of choosing social justice over Jesus.
I acted as if social justice was going to be the savior of the world. I acted as if I knew more than God. I acted as if I could do good for the world apart from God.
God not agreeing with your beliefs does not mean that God is not good. Take time to ask God when and how he wants you to use your passions.
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Tuesday morning work doodles —
Holding on to this truth today and every day. God displays His power in numerous ways. His grace is made perfect in our weakness.
Think about the difference between this truth & the way our broken world operates.
We think when we’ve climbed up the success ladder, or when we’ve accomplished big things that we’ve won the game. That we’re strong. That we’ve made it. That we’re invincible.
No one will be acting like this in heaven. We’ll be praising Him for everything He has done for us! Every trial He has pulled us through. He sustains us. His grace alone is sufficient for us.
God’s power is greatest when we’re at our weakest because it shows us that we are NOT our own savior — that only HE can deliver us. We realize we’re not invincible. We recognize our neediness. We discover that the glory is all HIS. It’s when we’re struggling, in pain, and in dire and desperate need of strength that we clearly see God’s grace IS sufficient.
Let’s cling to this truth, lean on Him, and trust Him. He alone is our hope.
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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
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I don’t have to do this life, marriage, motherhood, or business alone. I don’t rely on luck, good vibes, or the random support of an impersonal universe. I have, instead, the constant support of a personal savior.
We live in an age where “God” is vague and can mean whatever you want. It’s how you see people believing Oprah and Glennon and Elizabeth and Brene instead of seeking the actual God, the God who is not safe or made in the image you want Him to be. If your god can be changed, edited to fit your preference, he’s not God. You are.
So there has never been a time when truth was more necessary. It’s why I’ll lose some friends online or in person, because He is real, and I won’t edit Him or change Him. He is beyond changing - but He is also incomprehensibly loving. Why would I want to change that? To change one piece of Him is to change all of Him. I don’t do life alone because I know & follow an all-powerful and loving Father. It’s why I am confident. It’s why I’m at peace. It’s why my marriage works against all odds. It’s why I strive for excellence. I am who I am because God is who He is.
He is unchangeable, which means His love is unchangeable, which means I am immovable - and I am not alone.
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I want you to know it’s SOOOOO worth waiting on God.
You don’t want to settle and get in a wrong relationship. It will do more damage than good. I was single for three years before I met my husband. During that time, I would have lonely periods where I would sit and compare my life to others or I would say God why not me? Where’s my husband?
BUT as God is...He is faithful and I am here to tell you that God is the BEST Matchmaker. If it hasn’t happened yet, it just means it’s not time and you have to trust God wholeheartedly He has you and your love story covered in due time! Why not make the best of this season?
A couple tools that helped me while I was single were:
1. Falling in love with Jesus + learning your identity in Him- because at the end of the day a spouse nor anyone can fill your void.
2. Journaling to my future husband- this activated my faith to know hey my husband is out there (as I would journal to him and pray for him..the promise of having a husband became real to me)
3. ACTIVELY Waiting- yes, getting up and getting busy with Kingdom work and what God has called you to do!
—————————————————————————TAG A FRIEND WHO NEEDS THIS ENCOURAGEMENT! ❤️