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self-image.

i feel like sharing some things that are on my heart about this subject. 1 because it breaks my heart that women struggle with this so bad & 2 because i feel like i have been having this conversation with so many people lately.

Psalm 139:13-16

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

— we need to wake up people. this is a battle people fight everyday. the media throws so many things in our faces about what we are “supposed” to look like or who we are “supposed” to  be. every where we go there are images jumping out at us saying, “hey, you need to look this” “hey, you are not good enough”. our little girls are walking through the malls and society is shaping their beautiful little minds into something it should never be. an image that is false. we are turning on the tv and every commercial is about weight loss, another diet, or a model showing us what we “should” look like. the world has this standard that we measure ourselves with & it ends in heart break, a poor body image, we tell ourselves we are not good enough, we don’t measure up, it ends up with children in the hospital from depression & self harming. it breaks my heart. we all struggle with it. i just want women to step up and show these girls the truth. every single one of you are beautiful. don’t get me wrong, i don’t have a problem with people working out, eating healthy, doing your cross-fit, or the women that are naturally thin. what i am saying is when what you look like becomes who you are, when your self-image is found in what you look like instead of who God has made you to be.

God new us before we were ever made. he planned for each of us to be here. he made us all different. how amazing that we are so thought out. that every action led to each and every one of us. i want to encourage every person that is effected by the world standards and speak good things into one another. speak like into each other. surround yourself with positive people and read the word of God over your life. you are not who the world says you are, you are so much more.

check out this video that amy poehler made here

this breaks my heart

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this world is sad, but it doesn’t have to be. lets stand up for each other. we need to support each other & remind each other of who we truly are. lets not focus on what we view as negative- lets speak the positive. lets not speak bad about each other & complain. the cup is always more full than we think. we are so blessed to have every thing that we do. don’t take it for granted. lets love each other. lets love ourselves. lets not be a statistic, lets break the strongholds that are so prevalent in this world. lets truly believe what the word says about us & lets step into who the lord has called each one of us to be. we are all different & unique lets be that person.

“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”


― C.S. LewisMere Christianity

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what i always like to say. “be true to you”

cheers,

E

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Thankful

thanksgiving! it is almost here. i can smell the turkey, sweet potato casserole, fresh bread & lots of deserts. i can hear all the laughter and can already anticipate all the hugs. i’m ready to put my tree up and hang lights and pick out our ornament of the year (it is a tradition for us). i think thanksgiving is a time to enjoy your family and a time to reflect on what you are truly thankful for. so in honor of thanksgiving i am going to do just that.

i am thankful for..

Jesus– bc without him i am nothing. he has truly changed my life in every way possible & is the one that is always there.

cory– god truly was looking out for me in the husband department. we have been through so much together, but i am not whole without him. he truly is my best friend and the person i can lean on for everything. he is also the only person that can get on my nerves so much & i still love to be around him at the same time. he is the person i want to wake up beside everyday and he makes me the best coffee. i cant wait to have little ones of our own and see him as a dad. makes my heart melt thinking about it. he is the funniest person i know & makes me laugh so much. he is my favorite cook (besides my mom), he is the  most talented person i know and so humble. i could listen to him sing and play guitar all day long. he makes me feel safe and is such an amazing provider. he surprises me.

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family– i love my family! even though we have been through some crazy stuff i love them so much. btw sunday was the first time i have ever been in a vehicle and my sister was driving so i had to document it.

this is my beautiful sister shenea who i love so much. she is such an inspiration. so much talent in that little body of hers. god has great plans for her life.

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my brother jacob. i wish he was not so far away. miss him so  much & maybe on of these days we will all be able to clean the skeletons out of the closet. so proud of him.

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my nanny and poppy. i miss her everyday and when it comes time for the holidays it is really hard. things aren’t the same and i wish so badly she would have met cory. she would have loved him so much. so thankful for who she was and is to me. i am forever thankful for her love.

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my mom and step dad- these two are such a blessing. my mom is seriously the best at everything. cooking- baking- decorating you name it! when i was 14 when my parents divorced. my mom did everything she had to for us to make it. she was a stay at home wife and that was all she ever knew. she worked multiple jobs and the lord always provided. she has so much strength and cannot wait for her to be grandma to our kiddos. this time of year i immediately start thinking of my moms famous sweet potato souffle- you guys- it is the best.

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my dad- we have been through it- but we came out on top. i am a true believer that you can find good in everything. i always try to look for the positive in people and in circumstances. through our relationship i have learned to forgive. what kind of person would i be if i didn’t? i also gained a step mom who i adore! my dad is so funny and has the biggest laugh.

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Mark 11:25

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. “
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friends– goodness i have some great friends. i am picky when it comes to who i share my time with & who i share my personal life with but i have some amazing people the lord has placed in my life- for laughing- for times where i just need someone to talk too- to pray for me- to encourage- to eat with- to “grow up” with- to dream with- i cannot wait until i am closer where i can see some of there faces more often.

jena– you have been with me before cory and during cory and with cory and everything else. your friendship is so treasured and you are such an amazing person. i am so blessed to have you in my life and cannot wait for our kids to grow up together. you are such a beautiful person inside and out and every time you walk in a room the place lights up! so thankful for you.

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ashlan– i love youuuuuuuu. you are so unique and so funny. your an amazing mother and i love watching all these blessings unfold in your life. you and aj set such an example to people with your relationship with each other, and with the lord. you are so funny and make me laugh all the time. your such a leader and your little girl has such an amazing example as to what a woman should be. you have incredible style and i cannot wait until we are closer and can share clothes. i love that you are you no matter where you are. so thankful for you.

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a-bomb- you are such a treasure. i look up to you so much- in every way. i’m trying not to cry at work while i write this lol. through all the horrible times in my life you have been the one that was there. you are the person i have called when i could not even talk on the phone & i was just sobbing. thank you for being that person. thank you for setting such an example for me & always being there through the not so easy times. what would i have done without you? cannot wait for the day to call you and say, “yo girl i’m pregnant”. I cannot wait to live closer and see you more. one day when we have our hippy farm, we can sit on the front porch swinging away with our boobs hanging down to our knees from all them children. sounds good right? so thankful for you.

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rachel- i love you girl. i know we just have become friends, but i feel like i have known you forever. your my kindred spirit. your full of grace and beauty & words cannot express how much i am thankful for you. i love our talks and i appreciate knowing i have a friend that prays for me. so thankful for you

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jillian– where do i even begin? when i first moved to woodstock i never expected to find a friend quite like you. with one look i knew you were something special. you laugh at my jokes- we laugh at ourselves. we followed each other around from job to job and i secretly still want a company called jillyvans. we can do it! you are so funny- you are so true to yourself and i love our coffee dates and shopping sprees. your so honest and i am so thankful for you.

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abby– you are such an inspiration. you are always so happy & your personality draws people in. you are always smiling. you and jays love is like no others and you set such a standard. thank you for everything you have done for cory & i. so happy to be apart of each others lives.

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we all need to take moments and thank the special people in our lives. lets not wait until thanksgiving every year. lets be thankful everyday for every single person in our lives, for every moment we have left, lets be appreciative of people, lets care about people, lets be examples that the world needs to see.

i hope you all have an amazing thanksgiving and i cannot wait to post pictures of all the yummy food i am going to devour.

 

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