Yesterday was my little girls first birthday. I ran across these words awhile back and they spoke to my heart on all different levels. For so many different reasons. 1) Because I, unfortunately, didn't have a mom that showed me this growing up 2) This is so important in the raising of our children but especially our daughters. — My hope is that for every year of Emery's life I can model my strength to her. But not the way the world views strength as a woman. — I want her to know that in her weakness, she is still strong. — This is even more so important because my mother was not there to do this for me. I strive to be all that my mother wasn't to my sweet beautiful girl. The strength to carry on when the going gets tough...the strength to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that I am beautiful despite the condition of my face or how many pounds I've packed on since having my fourth child. My strength and beauty lies in God alone. All in my human weakness. Truth is, we don't have to fight every single day to fit the worlds standards of who we should be over who God says we are. In my own weakness, I am a strong beautiful woman of God. And I have to keep telling myself this on a daily. — Girls, unfortunatley, have always been in this fight for their lives. — The other day a girl I know who was struggling with her weight told me a story about how a girl in middle school told her that she should kill herself because she weighed so much. And yet another girl told her that she should start throwing up, it'll help her lose weight. This is what our girls are facing. Though we work so hard to pour into them in the home front, life isn't perfect and they have the world continuously giving another version of strength, how they should look — Our daughters are watching us like hawks. Our attitudes, how we handle things, how we view ourselves and our bodies, how we handle situations and people, our rawness and honesty in the tough situations. Our words. Our
There is something profound that happens when we take a pause in our lives….a pause to breathe, see, feel, savor, and simply be, instead of constantly doing, running around from one thing to the next. ⠀ When we train our focus on being and becoming WHO God made us to be, we flourish. (After all, we’re called human “beings” not human “doings, right?!) But it’s hard, isn’t it? To slow down…to give ourselves permission to stop and just be. ⠀ Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” And this, friends, is what reminds me of the power of pause. In the moments where I find myself caught up and consumed by the day-to-day intricacies of my life, I tend to lose sight of what truly matters. ⠀ But when I remember to pause, He graciously restores my sight by giving me His. And His vision for my life, and how I should spend each moment of it, is infinitely better than anything I could ever come up with on my own. ⠀ So today, wherever you’re at, whatever you’re doing, I challenge you to press PAUSE in some way, big or small. Put the phone away, log off of social media, push the to-do list off until tomorrow, ignore the sink full of dishes and create some space to simply BE today. ⠀ Whether you crave focus and direction, need more self control or rest, or simply wish to enjoy each day a little more deeply, you’ll find what you’re looking for when you press pause, grow still, and remember that He is God. ⠀ To continue this conversation with me, feel free to click the link in my profile to tune into this week’s new podcast episode all about pressing pause.
it’s hard to believe that my husband and i will have been together two years next month. in some ways it feels like no time has passed, and yet in others it feels like our wedding was a lifetime ago. __ so thankful for this man and the life changing love + support he gives me everyday. 💛
Y’all, I am feeling the need to slow down right now. School is out and I think closing the shop will give me some time with God and hear what’s next. Hopefully some fresh designs and renewed creative juices😃 Creative minds need that kinda thing and it’s been awhile since I have consulted with God about His business. Thank you so much for supporting what I do here and all the encouragement you share with me! It means more than you know😘 #knitthegospelinyourheart —————————————— So, as of today, the shop will close for vacation Saturday May 26th. #handmadeknitsbytracy#wellwateredwomen#gratefulheart
When we moved to the farm, I knew it was a respite. A place to let my soul hang out and listen. A place to meet with Stillness Himself and calm my weariness. I knew we'd need it to remind us of Heaven. But I wasn't prepared for all the realizations, revelations and untold songs in my heart that the quiet would reveal. Now I can't imagine my life without this. Do you crave stilness? What are some ways that lead you there? 🌸 The self must know stillness before it can discover its true song. ~ Ralph Brum
In a world that lacks consistency and can leave us feeling disappointed He is the only one who is constant. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. ✨✨ He doesn’t take back His promises. He doesn’t forget that you are a precious treasure in His hands. He doesn’t change His mind about you because of what you do (or will do). He just loves. ALL THE TIME! ✨✨ I’m so glad that God isn’t flawed like we are and that He is indeed CONSTANT through all of our seasons!
Make sure you read this until the very last line. This book by @lysaterkeurst was amazing at speaking directly to my heart. We all struggle with rejection at some point in our lives...and some of us always feel rejection. Broken relationships, my own insecurities, left the pain of rejection on my heart all the time. It’s just like she said in this book...we all want an easy fix for feeling this way, but that’s not life. If you are doing something to ease that pain it’s often temporary and causes more pain in the end. Rejection is something that is in the core of who we are and until we realize our value within ourselves, nothing and no one will be able to fill that gap. My whole mission of creating this community is for this very reason...so you have a place where you belong! A place to learn to love yourself for who you are and gain your strength! 💕 . . . . . #uninvited#girlwashyourface#youbelong#belong#simplelife#bedeeplyrooted
TuesdaystoCreate: a weekly Bible journaling prompt . Revelation 21:5 ESV And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." . Bible journaling prompt: Draw a heart and letter, "All things new". Consider writing what things in your heart God is changing and making new. . Don't forget to tag me or use the hashtag #tuesdaystocreate so I can see your entry! . If you're looking to begin your own Bible journaling adventure, you can show your support by ordering a journaling Bible, or kit, or downloading a printable from my website at http://move-the-mountains.com