Yesterday was one of those days that I’m reminded why I do what I do. I mean I love it most of the time but yesterday was as good as it gets.
The day was incredible. It was devoted to nurturing and nourishing our bodies through a restorative yoga practice. Tawny from Eunique Yoga is caring and nurturing and lovely. Barb from Bell Aura made the most delicious baking to enjoy.
I was able to share my passion of essential oils and what they can do for others. It was relaxed and fun and informative and everyone really loved the oils which always makes me happy. At the very end of the day, an attendee asked me if she could try one of the oils for her pain. She had been suffering for months, not knowing what was causing it exactly. She applied the oil and as we chatted she began to tear up and she said “I can’t believe it, my pain is gone”. I began to tear up too as I was reminded how the oils have helped my family and how they helped so many others. It felt so good.
I really enjoyed the experience of joining oils and yoga together and loved seeing friends join us and making new friends too. My mind, my body and my soul feel good. ❤️❤️❤️
Climb to the top of Winhill on a bright autumn day. This was the view from the trig point back towards Hope, besides a bit of a breeze and the shower on the was back down to ladybower, it was a pretty great day for a hike!
Plugs at ladybower are still just running too, so a good day all round.
The road to Christianity is full of hills and valleys. When He places us on the mountain peak, we see from God's perspective. At that level we can see all the upcoming valleys. The lesson derives from Psalm 23:4 "I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me" •
This simply means that when we know God is walking with us, there will always be Hills. In that, God will give but He also takes away. Therefore in any given season, we should be able to persevere unafraid so that we are able to earn the gifts God intends to give us
1 319 October, 2019
Monterrey’s west side view, city surrounded by hills that make the city so unique. On this photo Cerro de Cumbres and Huasteca
1 3719 October, 2019
Monterrey’s west side view, city surrounded by hills that make the city so unique. On this photo Cerro de Cumbres and Huasteca
It's not often I come across a little house that is literally perched on a hillside. It was at the far end of a field I was testing down by Togo area. This small 2 room house is so close to the edge of the valley, possibly 10 feet at most. It made me wonder why they chose the site. I would think the kids loved it tobogganing, but that climb back up..... #littlehouseonahillside #pioneer#clayplaster#abandoned#hillsandvalleys#saskatchewan
thank you for writing Hills & Valleys, thank you for using your gift to bring people closer to Jesus, thank you for listening to the 10 second version of my story, and thank you for celebrating my victory over brain surgery by pointing to my hills & valleys tattoo. nothing but respect for this Michigan native. #taurenwells#taurenwellsdetroit#hillsandvalleystour#hillsandvalleys#godisgood
4 18918 October, 2019
Getting ready for a great night of worship with Tauren Wells! So glad we are able to host him tonight.
Wayne is just about complete. There are showings booked in many venues throughout Wayne during November and December. The world premiere will take place right here. If you would like to schedule a showing at your venue, please IM us for information. #HillsAndValleys#SilkCityFilms
"I want to see What God can do in my life"
That was a note that I wrote on a scrap of paper from the most heartbroken time in my life in December of 2018. I had entered the deepest valley I’d ever known a couple months earlier after all the plans and dreams I had were dismantled out of nowhere. At the time, I couldn’t understand what the Lord could be doing. As time passed, I saw that God heard things I hadn’t and saw things I wouldn’t. He rescued me, like He had so many times before.
During that valley I did everything I could to seek the Lord. I prayed for revelation and healing and so many other things. He revealed how the enemy had tried to use events of my past to destroy my identity and self worth since I was 18 years old. The enemy covered all of that in the shame of believing I was unlovable. If Satan can make us believe we are of little worth, we will make decisions accordingly. These false beliefs will attack the hope and faith required to be obedient and wait on the goodness of the Lord. It can cause us to get out ahead of God, take matters into our own hands and settle for less than His best. The Lord revealed how we have to have faith in who He is and how much He loves us. He turned betrayal into the deepest trust in Him that I have ever known. He took my shame and turned it into a story of love and grace. He took my identity and cemented it in who He says I am. There were days that He felt silent but as I cried out He showed up. He consistently showed me how He will never leave me or forget about me and did it in the deepest most undeniably Christ ways. He showed me how He walked beside me and was fighting battles on my behalf in wars that were raging that I was only aware of once He raised the victory flag.
When I was approached to share, I didn’t know how I could possibly share my God story without it being a book but as always, God showed up giving me this to share. I want to see what God can do with my life! I want His glory to be shown in my life. I want to see what He is calling me to and preparing me for. (cont'd in comments)
Ever caught yourself speaking illy about someone but feeling like it’s okay because you have “good reason” so you’re off the hook? (we’re all human here 🙋🏽♀️) ⠀
I've come a long way when it comes to sitting around and gossiping, but it's like I'd convinced myself it was okay in this one situation bc of XYZ. Then God whispered to me “that’s not how it works.” ⠀
As much as it pains me to admit that I was even doing that, I share it to say you will be better for no longer doing it and probably immediately live a better life. Currently living a better life. 🙋🏽♀️ IT'S POSSIBLE. Just make yourself more AWARE and choose PRAYER for that person. They need that more than your words behind closed doors. 💗 ⠀
Practicing for our Philippines mission trip this December! Can’t wait to sing this song for y’all. This song has really ministered to me ever since I heard it the first time on the radio so I hope you will be blessed by it as well. Messed up the words on the second verse hence the line “it’s so like me to go astray!” But hey, practice makes perfect! 😉🎤😆 Thanks @ely_garcia_ii for hopping on the acoustic guitar for me!
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It's so unusual it's frightening
You see right through the mess inside me
And you call me out to pull me in
You tell me I can start again
And I don't need to keep on hiding
I’m fully known and loved by You
You won't let go no matter what I do
And it's not one or the other
It's hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known fully known and loved by You
I'm fully known and loved by You
It’s so like You to keep pursuing
It's so like me to go astray, ooh
But You guard my heart with Your truth
The kind of love that's bullet proof
And I surrender to Your kindness
Real talk - my current life & circumstances feel so temporary. My fiancé & I decided to live close to school so we knew there would be an end date (graduation). I’ve been spending part of my week with my parents because they live closer to work & cut a good 30-40 minutes out of my commute some days. It’s hard to feel anything close to “routine” or “permanent” when I know that life is going to look a lot different in a few months.
I’ve been trying my best to find some routine in the chaos. Exercise has been that for me. No matter where I wake up, I wake up at the same time, have a dance party, lace up my gym shoes & sweat. That at least gives me some sense of normalcy.
There are times this impacts me more than others. Sometimes the stress and chaos get to be a little too much and I start letting things slip - my business, relationships, mental health. I’ve been better at recognizing these times and actively taking steps to remedy it. So this week, I’ve spent a little more time diving into mindset podcasts & uplifting content. I know this mess I’m feeling will soon become my message.
If you’re going through some chaos of your own, know that you were given it because you can handle it. You’re going through this to make yourself stronger and maybe even to help someone else out in the future. Keep grinding, keep working on you, & we’ll push through this together.
5 2717 October, 2019
Gearing up for our Fall Trial Race on Saturday with the Steak Salad 🏃🏽♀️ USDA Prime Beef with Fresh Greens, Cucumber, Carrot & Feta. #hillatserenbe ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Day of registration available for the Serenbe 5k / 15k in Mado this Saturday. See more details at serenbetrailrace.com
In case you didn’t know, I’m a big fan of marriage! ⠀
But I’m always so surprised when I hear couples talk about their finances, and they are married but keep everything separate.⠀
Maybe I’m just super old school, but when you’re married, two become one, and you’re a team! You do it all together, the good, the bad, the ups and the downs.⠀
And that includes your finances. If you want to win with money, you have to be on the same page, you have to be doing the same things, and working together.⠀
When you got married, I bet you planned the heck out of your wedding. 🙋🏻♀️I know I did! I didn’t even think about what my marriage would actually look like. What I wanted my marriage to be.⠀
Fast forward a couple hundred face plants and almost 8 years later, I’ve learned a few things.⠀
Let’s cut the crap guys, all the beautiful couple pictures and fairytale honeymoons and vacations are great, but that’s not the real world.⠀
Day to day, bills, work, kids, chores. It’s a lot, and you’re doing it all while trying to stay “in love”. Sorry to bust your bubble, but you don’t just stay in love. ⠀
It’s a choice. You have to choose to love a person.⠀
A person who isn’t perfect, who has flaws and insecurities, who has hopes and dreams, fears and doubts. Who gets stressed out, maybe they yell or get mean...(maybe they’re pregnant, just sayin 😂) but honestly, this person is perfectly imperfect and you picked them.⠀
The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it. So start planning your life together, today, with the person you picked!⠀
Now go get out and water some grass!⠀
I got home around 10:00pm tonight after working all day and then going to 2 rehearsals. It’s been a long and tiring day. When I got home, I saw that my mysterious joint birthday present from my sister and my college roommate was waiting for me. I opened it up and saw a watch that I’ve been wanting for months. More importantly, I saw the inscription on the back: “Of Hills and Valleys.” This was a surprise and exactly what I needed a reminder of. This quote is from one of my favorite songs (Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells). It’s a reminder that God is God no matter where you are in life. So when days are amazing and when days are just tiring, God remains faithful and loving as ever!
Today I married the man who I have been praying for my entire life & it was by far the BEST day ever! Thank you to everyone who has prayed over us, supported, & celebrated our love today. We are so thankful to have you all in our lives 💕 4/27/2019
It is always such a humbling experience being in Guatemala and I can't begin to express just how THANKFUL I am for this opportunity to work side by side my mom for her non-profit and travel around the world with her and these amazing people.
I am grateful for God planting a passion for mission trips in my mother's heart long ago and her passing the love down to me. My first trip to Guatemala in 2013 changed my life and how I see the world each day.
If given the opportunity, I believe everyone should go on a mission trip at some point in their life. Whether it is in the state you live in or 5,000 miles across the world, GO. I guarantee you won't come home the same. YOU can be the change that our world needs. YOU can make a difference.
"For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ "
I love this song by @taurenwells and what it says, so I felt like singing it this evening. It reminds me that through my ups and downs, whether I am feeling pumped and excited or feeling down and like a total loser like I’ve hit the bottom, that I can look up and remember there is a Master’s plan being made if I allow Him to enter into my life and heart. I know I’m not alone. #hillsandvalleys
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The Hills and Valleys Tour starts in SEPTEMBER!!! That’s next month!! So many of the shows are so close to being sold out so if you’re waiting to get tickets...GO GET THEM TODAY!! So excited to share these nights with you. Grab tickets by clicking the link in the bio! I’ve got some more good news coming in a few weeks 😲😁🙌🏽 #hillsandvalleys#hillsandvalleystour
What a CRAZZZZY shout out!! Wow. Congratulations to Coach Bennett and the whole Virginia Men’s Basketball Team @uvamenshoops on their outstanding performance tonight! Way to get the W fellas! To God be the glory. 🙌🏽 #hillsandvalleys
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