I write to help remind us all that there is a better way to abundant life.
Thanks for letting us celebrate you Britt ❤️. Love how you bring people together and how your friends love you so well! Thanks for being you.
“Are you gonna post a picture?”
“No, you post a picture.”
“No you post a picture.”
“Okay but what should I caption it?”
...We didn’t actually have this conversation but this is probably how it would go. I guess it’s national sibling day or something. And I’m pretty grateful for this one. Love you @molliehu! Proud of all the adulting you’ve been doing lately 😜
Great leadership isn’t about getting people to look at you, it’s about getting people to look past you.
Not a single one of us was meant to have all eyes on us, all the time, and survive long. But we were meant to use the positions, platforms, and what little influence we do have to point others to a God who is much bigger than we are and will lead them better than we ever will. The only reason God ever puts us anywhere is so that He can use us to show others more of Himself.
New Post: We were never made for center stage (link in bio)
(Honestly this picture and caption don’t really match. It’s just the only picture I had of me leading someone. And my cousin is cute. You also shouldn’t lead people while you’re skating backwards).
He’s constantly showing us that He is a God who transforms. From seed to flower. From bud to bloom. From caterpillar to butterfly. From sinners held hostage by the enemy, to children of God set free for eternity. He loves you as you are. But He never meant for you to stay that way. It’s always been about transformation.
There’s a lie we tell ourselves that if we stay the same - if we never reach out into the unknown or stretch ourselves out of our comfort zone - we’ll be safer. But I think that every time we reach out, every time we step out in faith, every time we stretch ourselves just a little bit further, we get a little bit stronger. And we find that our God is right there, waiting for us to grab hold of him.
The enemy would love nothing more than for us to stay where we are, continue doing the same things we always do, and never grow into the people God has created us to be. But our God wants more of us. He wants all of us. And he’s not just the wooden frame above and behind us waiting for us to grab hold, he’s the water and the sun that gives us the strength to continue on. He’s the soil and the nutrients that keep us rooted in him. And He’s bigger than any fear or unknown we might be stepping out into. #ABetterWay #TheAbundantLife
I always want to believe that the abundant life is the perfect life. It’s the perfect job. And the perfect house and spouse and family. But perfection is actually not at all what the abundant life is about.
No, the abundant life is the surrendered life. The life that is surrendered to His good, pleasing, and perfect will (Romans 12:2). It’s the life that works as though we are working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23) and sleeps well at night because we know we’re not the ones in control - and we are joyfully surrendered to the One who is.
When our perfect savior, Jesus Christ, walked this Earth, He lived surrendered. He lived surrendered to His Father’s good and perfect will even while that will meant death and suffering for Him. He was obedient unto death (Philippians 2:8). As we remember His perfect sacrifice for us this week, I am reminded of what it truly looks like to live surrendered - and I am reminded of just how much fruit can come from the surrendered life.
The abundant life is not found when we fight for control or cling to our picture-perfect plans. The abundant life is found when we surrender it all to Him - doing our best with what we have and trusting Him with the rest. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“Work as though everything depended on you. Pray as though everything depended on God.” -St. Augustine
Happy Happy Birthday Mom!! Thanks for always being down for an adventure. And for listening to my long rants after work that you only partially understand ❤️. Hope you have the greatest day! Love you!
Today this guy got the one thing he’s always dreamed of catching...a squirrel!! Happy 3rd Birthday to my favorite guy ❤️. Minus getting kicked out of the groomer and running away twice, it’s been a pretty good year 😂.
Thank you @andrearhowey for how you love and serve your customers and followers so well ❤️. There will always be a need people who are in the business of loving people. Inspired by you.
Y’all ever felt this truth? When you’ve either reached that one goal you’ve always dreamed of achieving or gotten rejected by that one person that you thought would complete you?
Only to find that both your rejection and/or success have left you feeling utterly exhausted and dissatisfied. .
This is what happens when we put our desires and our hopes in and for the things of this world. It will always and forever leave us wanting more. Because we will never be fully satisfied here!!
We weren’t created to just dream big, achieve, get married, retire on a beach, and Rest In Peace. We were made for SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
And yet y’all, I still find myself longing for that life. My simple human mind still thinks it wants that simple boring life.
But I promise He has more for us. And He WANTS more for us. He wants all of our desires to be for HIM. For all our dreaming and all our working and all our resting to be done WITH Him. He wants us to want HIM MORE than we want to be married. MORE than we want to succeed. And MORE than we want that nice beach house or mountain cabin. Because He knows that He alone, is the One who can satisfy us.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” -Psalm 16:11
This guy is gonna be THREE soon! And sometimes you just need to look through old puppy pictures 😂
Y’all. Today, my patient’s family member bought me headbands. I had no idea wearing a headband to work everyday would be such a staple in my nursing career but now I don’t think I can ever show up to work without one 😂 — The Lord constantly shows his kindness to me through patients even when I don’t deserve it. He is patient with us even when we are not with Him. Thankful for constant reminders of who HE is and who I am not. I know the ONLY reason I got these headbands was because the patient saw more of HIM than they did if me. Grateful for that. #AnnaBandana