keys

unlocking life.
love love love. ❤👫👪👫 (Taken with Instagram)

love love love. ❤👫👪👫 (Taken with Instagram)

This woman right here… Words can’t describe how amazing she is.  Happy birthday to such an amazing mother.  @cortam — you are beautiful, loving beyond anything, passionate about your life, faithful in God, an example to so many, and literally a world-changer. I don’t think you realize the impact you have on so many around you. Enjoy today and this amazing new year ahead of you!  I LOVE YOU!  (Taken with Instagram)

This woman right here… Words can’t describe how amazing she is. Happy birthday to such an amazing mother. @cortam — you are beautiful, loving beyond anything, passionate about your life, faithful in God, an example to so many, and literally a world-changer. I don’t think you realize the impact you have on so many around you. Enjoy today and this amazing new year ahead of you! I LOVE YOU! (Taken with Instagram)

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I love this weather I love this weather I love this weather I love this weather I love this weather I love this weather I love this weather I love this weather I love this weather (Taken with Instagram)

You can eat happy AND healthy!  all organic, fresh, clean.  #eatclean #plantbased  (Taken with Instagram)

You can eat happy AND healthy! all organic, fresh, clean. #eatclean #plantbased (Taken with Instagram)

excited to have @andrewarceri capture our everyday life & marriage in honor of our 1year anniversary coming up on Monday!  look for his blog post on the 1st!  (Taken with Instagram)

excited to have @andrewarceri capture our everyday life & marriage in honor of our 1year anniversary coming up on Monday! look for his blog post on the 1st! (Taken with Instagram)

key: lies

ten lies I’ve told myself:

  1. drinking coffee through a straw will prevent teeth staining.
  2. regular stuffed oreos aren’t as bad for you as the double stuffed, so it’s kind of like the “healthy” version.
  3. i’m supposed to hit snooze 6 times before waking up, because that’s what its there for.
  4. people love to be told when i think they’re wrong.
  5. no one will notice when i put baby powder in my hair instead of washing it.

  6. watching the insanity workout promo video is considered a workout, so i can skip the gym today.

  7. procrastination is a strength since it takes so much effort.

  8. if i buy things on sale, it’s okay if i buy more, because, well… it’s on sale. 

  9. not wearing socks with running shoes is a good idea.

  10. i dont have enough time in the mornings to spend with God… or in the evengings for that matter… i’m a really busy person.  right?

it’s so easy to get caught up in what we tell ourselves.  and as I’m sure you all know, we can be our own worst enemy.  evaluate who you are and what you do and why you do things.  weed out the unnecessary, the lies, the petty things we build up — even if it’s humorous (you know you hit the snooze for the same reason).

allow yourself to be refined.  made pure.  humbled. 

what lies have you told yourself in the past or even still telling yourself? 

allow truth to sift through and be left standing. 

key: love

"Love was never meant to be taken, but given unselfishly."

I read that somewhere years ago and I wish I could remember where… because it stuck with me. And whoever said that is so right… and I wish I could read more of what they had to say, becaue I bet it was just as good as that one sentence. 

Being loved is a product of pouring love out. Too many times and for too long, love has been misconstrued into a “I deserve to be loved” mindset. And that’s just not it at all. Don’t we get it? Even the perfect model of love, Christ, loves us unselfishly. Not because we love him back, but because he wants to love us. He pours it out on us, graciously, I might add. We must — this is crucial — we must understand that we have not done anything to earn, deserve, or require others to love us. Love is an attitude of giving and never requiring or taking in return.

Love without strings attached.
Love unabashedly.
You will realize that it will rejuvinate itself.
It will renew your life and the lives of those around you.
It will sink deep inside of you never run dry.

Let Christ love you, let yourself love Christ, let yourself love others, and let others love others. Simple as that.

key: criticism

{repost from December 21, 2010}

A spirit of criticism comes from unhealthy and unresolved roots of insecurity.  It leads to a spirit of superority in an individual…and it can get ugly.  Criticism is like a multi-headed monster.   

If you are someone that suffers from the sting of criticism and sometimes have trouble separating the approval of man and the approval of God…remember this…

God will never criticize… but he will correct.  And he will love you firmly.  And he will set you straight.  Seek out his approval.

And

If you are somone that so often thinks of yourself as superior and quick to find faults around you and in others… make an attempt to get over yourself and your pride.  Dig up and work through that deep-rooted need to prove your worth…  God knows your worth.  Let him have it back and let him work through you.    Use your ability to see situations and people with careful eyes, and instead of tearing down…Speak life into others.  Give Him glory.  And watch the transformation take place. 

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{concerning the tongue… James 3:9-12}

 ”With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people l who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?  Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

some of the most fun girls to be around. Ever.  (Taken with instagram)

some of the most fun girls to be around. Ever. (Taken with instagram)