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Courtney Walsh  NY Times best-selling storyteller. Girlboss @thestudiorockford. Jesus lover. Clean eater. Living a Midwestern life in the comfiest clothes possible.

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I decided this weekend that I need a Vespa. Mine is that real one, second from the right. I will drive around Nantucket like I know where I'm going and marvel at how amazing island living can be...if you're wealthy. And then, at night, I'll drink in the salt air and dream of all the new stories I could write because of my Vespa adventures. .
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Anyone want to join me?

I really think Sundays DO come with a pause button...but we forget to push it.
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Praying a restful, peaceful, spirit-filling-up kind of Sunday for you. How are you pausing today?

The road less traveled. Have you taken it lately?

Tell me one lovely thing you're thinking on today...

Yesterday my new book, HOMETOWN GIRL released. It's all a bit surreal, this journey with this story because it was one I'd written years ago that was canceled due to some changes at the publishing house. I never thought it would see the light of day. .
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For years, it hung out on my hard drive, and I almost forgot about it... but then my agent asked me about all of my projects and this one came to mind. .
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It's a story about a girl who had all these expectations for her life... she was supposed to move to a big city and take on the world, but she's still stuck in her hometown. Sucked back in like 95% of her graduating class. When her circumstances change, she's forced to decide between loving the life she thought she should live or embracing the one she already has... which means renovating an old apple orchard and local treasure that fell apart after the owners' daughter was kidnapped from the property twenty years before. .
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There's a little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance and a lot of wrestling with the weight of other people's opinions... and I hope you get to read it. .
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But even if you don't I would love to know about your hometown! Do you still live there?

There is nothing in this world that fills me up like worship. Even when I don't feel like it, if I turn on worship music, my soul is always refilled. This song has been particularly important to me lately (and yes I did get the lyric wrong, it's supposed to be "and heaven and earth sing," but oh well...) .
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I am looking to expand my music library... what are your favorite praise and worship songs?

Some of my favorite memories from vacation. I'm finally starting to get everything put away from our trip...so I thought it was appropriate to share pictures too. .
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Nantucket/Cape Cod/Boston, you were sweet to us. .
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And you guys, I saw whales! In the wild! It was my favorite part of the whole trip! What's your favorite vacation ever?

Of course we all love our families. Even the people in our family we don't really like, we still love. And yet there's a difference between passive love and active love, and God has been speaking to me a lot about it lately. .
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When your kids get older, they need you less... and it's glorious because you have a bit of freedom. You can go grocery shopping alone. You can try on clothes at Target. You don't need a babysitter. .
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But when they gain independence is actually when they need you most of all. Their physical needs they can take care of, but their spiritual and emotional needs, they're still navigating. And if you don't guide them, someone else will. Someone less interested in their well-being. .
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And I have been remiss in this area. I have been more hands-off in an effort to instill a sense of responsibility in them. But earlier this year that all changed and I recommitted to active, intentional love. .
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I don't want to raise kids who feel like strangers or only talk to them when they're doing something wrong. Long conversations even when they don't want to talk...hard conversations even when they don't want to cry... the heart of who they are, that's what I'm interested in. So maybe I won't change the world, but I can change MY world... one day at a time. .
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It all seems very simple, doesn't it? That kindness should be second nature, that people should come first? But our society has become increasingly more combative, the desire to prove others wrong taking priority over thoughts and feelings and emotions and the desire to walk a day in someone else's shoes. .
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I don't want to be so caught up in my own world that I fail to see these things, that your experiences matter less because they are different than mine. I want to move forward with intention, working to understand what is different from my experience. And while it may not always make sense, my prayer is that I can still be kind as I wrestle with what I do not know. .
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And if that's not possible, then may I be quiet. Because I've learned that feelings matter. Hearts matter. Kindsness matters. .
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And so many things I think matter really don't. Choosing kindness today... and everyday.

Unreserved, unrestrained.
Your love is wild, your love is wild for me.
It isn't shy, it's unashamed.
Your love is proud
To be seen with me. .
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You don't give your heart in pieces.
And you don't hide yourself to tease us. .
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These lyrics fill me up. Knowing that there is a God out there who loves me in spite of me, who is there to pick me up, to brush me off, to shoulder my burden, to carry me forward...it's the only way I can continue to press on. .
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I heard someone say once that you don't have to chase God. He likened it to being a father with a child in a crowded place like Disney World. The father doesn't hide from the scared son, he reaches his hand out, instantly, to comfort him, to say "you're not alone in this crowd." He doesn't hide himself from us. He makes himself available, wholly available. .
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How many relationships in our lives really do that? How many are that honest and that genuine and that true? A handful of we're lucky. .
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But his love's not fractured or anxious or disengaged. His love is pure. It hangs on every word we say. It keeps its promises, it keeps its word, honors what's sacred cause it's bows are good... .
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That's powerful stuff, and I never want to take it for granted. ❤️
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"Pieces" by @amandalindseycook @bethelmusic

This is what two people who love their jobs look like. This is what we look like in the middle of auditions when we're changing the lock screen on a parent's phone without telling them. This is what we look like when we think "holy cow that huge risk we took... it paid off..." .
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And we are still taking risks, every single day. Prayerfully and cautiously (me) and excitedly and anxiously (Adam) we are navigating growth in our business... I am trying to rely on my faith and not be too fearful because "He's never failed me yet..." .
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I am thankful I get to work with this man every single day. People ask us all the time how we can stand it, and I can't really explain it except to say I wouldn't have it any other way.

If you think about it, warriors in battle are always on their guard. They're never fully relaxed or at ease. .
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But this is battle. Life is battle. And if we get complacent or lazy or laid back... if we don't do the warring, we will be overtaken. Gosh, that sounds big and scary and morbid, but I've seen the effects of complacency. They aren't good. .
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In acting, there's a thing called "actor ready"... it means you're ready for anything. You're limber and able to move in a moment's notice. I think we need that in life too. On your guard. Vigilant. Ready for battle. .
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As a side note, I met @lisabevere once at a pastor's conference. It was years ago, and I was struck by how real and authentic and down to earth she is. It was refreshing, and something I needed at that time (and still.) I appreciate anyone in ministry who is real. Thank you, Lisa, for showing us truth by speaking truth. ❤️

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