Uninvited

One time I was invited to go to Europe over spring break with a group of girls. I was so excited, probably too excited, because for once I actually got included in someone’s plans. I started looking at flights, talking with my parents about finances, looking into my savings, and telling my boyfriend all about how great this would be for my personal growth.

A few days later, two girls from the trip texted me and told me that they just couldn’t have me come anymore because of financial reasons. They said it would be a burden to have another person there. They said it would be uncomfortable for one of the girls if I came because she didn’t know me.

You know what I heard? I heard “you’re a burden.” I heard “no one really wants you there.” I heard “they invited you out of pity.” I heard “you’re not enough.” These were pure lies from the enemy, but this is what I internalized. I was crushed. I was annoyed at the situation, hurt by the community of girls I so longed to be a part of, and broken down by the lie that I was a burden.
I’m sure they didn’t mean to make me feel this way, but because of my past hurt in elementary, middle, and high school, this felt like someone stepping on my, already broken, self worth.

Friend, maybe you’ve been uninvited by someone in your life. Maybe you’ve been dumped by a boy. Maybe you’ve been feeling not enough. I want to encourage you that you’re always invited with Jesus. He takes us right in our broken, messy lives and reminds us that only He can make us whole. You are loved even when the people in your life tell you that you’re not. Seek Jesus. YOU were chosen, hand picked, and you belong. Ask Him to remind you of this truth.

While you’re at it, read this really awesome book that speaks to the core of this hurt. #Uninvited #rejected #liveloved #letstalkaboutjesus camihall.com

Pro life does

I want you to take a second to think about your pro life view. Yes, Christian human, I’m talking to you. It’s no secret that you’re pro life. Right? Me too. You post it on social media. Me too. You may even march in Washington DC. Maybe you ridicule the parents who have aborted a baby, maybe you don’t. But I want to talk about the empty pro life view that you have. Yes you’re pro life. Me too. Yes, God says to you and me (and the babies that haven’t been born yet) in Jeremiah 1:5 that before he formed you in the womb he knew you.

Okay. We agree on that. A child’s life matters.

But, your statement that you are pro life is empty. And it’s not enough. Are you pro child? Are you pro adoption? Are you pro foster care?

Because there is more to pro life than a social media argument.

And there is more to Jesus than a meaningless phrase. YOU are called to serve. Me too. YOU are called to take care of children. Me too. YOU are called to be pro life, but not in an empty way. Me too. YOU are called to be pro life in a big way.

I hope you take action today in your community, I hope today you commit to foster care, I hope today you commit to adoption, I hope today you commit to Christ.

Because I believe there is more to loving than words. I believe love does.

#letstalkaboutjesus #prolife #liveloved @carolinecooperphotography

a persona of perfect Christianity

Can we talk for a sec about this persona of perfect Christianity? Can we just toss that thought into the dumpster behind McDonald’s? Because perfect Christianity is an oxymoron and perfect Christian is even more so… I am not perfect, but I am perfectly loved. I am not perfect, but I’m loved by a perfect savior. I am not perfect, but I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I am not perfect, but I am loved and never alone. YOU my friend, are not invisible. YOU are a beautiful creation, a vessel to share the Perfect One. You face these trials, fight this battle, fall short, and so do I. We are in it together friend, and we are in it with Jesus, the One who upholds us and carries us through the battle. We are on the side of the One who won the war. Can we just rejoice in that? @camihall @carolinecooperphotography

hand sanitizer

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did you know that the “most commonly used hand sanitizers contain chemicals that increases the ability of certain compounds to penetrate deep under the skin?” This means that when you pump gas and then put on your hand sanitizer that you bought at your local store, you are allowing the toxins from the gas pump to penetrate right into your blood! Try this chemical free hand sanitizer instead 🙂  http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2015/06/15/study-warns-hand-sanitizer/

baby wipes

make your own baby wipes

Ingredients:
1 roll premium paper towels
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
3 drops Balance essential oil
3 drops Melaleuca essential oil
3 drops Frankincense essential oil

An airtight storage container/empty wipe container/wet bag.
Cut paper towel roll (you could use organic paper towels), cut the roll in half with a serrated or electric knife. Use half the roll now, and half later.
Combine water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and essential oils in a small bowl.
Pour the mixture over the paper towels and then cover with the airtight lid letting the mixture absorb for 10 minutes.
Turn the container over and let sit for another 10 minutes.
Remove and discard the cardboard middle. Just pull the wipes from the center when you are ready to use.
Store in container of your choice – like an plastic diaper wipes container; we preferred a glass square container with an airtight lid. The wipes will stay wet just as long as “normal” wipes & if they dry up a bit just a pour a bit of water over the sheets.

from @DoTERRAbaby