I just LOVE watching these sweet girlies run after Jesus. It brings me so much joy. Grab some friends, be a disciple, share in community and snuggle up. It’s time we live in community with Jesus and with each other. Sharing burdens with one another […]
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 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 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 awesome book that speaks to the core of this hurt.
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. […]
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/
make your own baby wipes
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.