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Kris Camealy  Author, speaker, dreamer, foodie, 🍍Founder of GraceTable.org ( @grace_table ) ➕Director of @RefineRetreat #ByHisStrengthForHisGlory

It’s not Pinterest-perfect, but it’s all edible and it’s what she asked for. 🦄🤷🏻‍♀️When your baby turns 9, and asks for a unicorn cake, you spend 3 days making her small dream come true because with every failed attempt at sculpting a cookie-unicorn horn, you are teaching her perseverance AND saying “I love you”. (Swipe to see the surprise inside 🌈) .
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#whatididwheniwasntonline #inthekitchen #acolorstory #gracetable #birthdaygirl #timeisshort #surprisedbymotherhood

Hello again...
I am breaking my social media hiatus today because today, my Mama is releasing her first book into the wide world. 🙌🏼 When I was a little girl, I remember her sitting at our little apple computer tapping away at the keys. And then, as it sometimes does, life picked up steam and she spent herself working and mothering and wife-ing, and had to set her own writing dreams aside for a few seasons. But today—today, this poetry-baby is born at last! I cannot help but celebrate this, and share this with you. And I hope that if your carrying a dream, that this will encourage you too, to keep going. The time will come...”don’t quit your daydream.” 😉💕 .

You can find this beauty on Amazon, and you can meet my Mama, @bronwynjardin here and on her website, bronwynbestjardin.com .

#newbooks #poetry #indieauthors #refineretreat #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity

“Busyness in the wrong things creates poverty within, a blindness to the God gifts staring us in the face.”
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I read these words in @shellymillerwriter ‘s Sabbath society newsletter this morning and they fell like the dew on Gideon’s fleece. .
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Confirmation. .
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I’ve sensed that I needed to take an extended break from social media, but have been busy making excuses. At the root of my reasons is fear. Fear of missing out. Fear of losing relationships—fear of that hole, that in our absence, closes around the small space we occupy online, as if we were never there. Yesterday afternoon I had nearly resolved to step away, but almost talked myself out of it late last night— then I read Shelly’s words this morning and I felt God’s breath on my neck. .
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So I’m signing off for a while. If you’re going to Hutchmoot in Nashville, I’ll see you there. If you’re an email subscriber, I’ll see you in your inbox. But this feed will be still for awhile. And hopefully, when the timing is right, I can find a seat at this table again. .
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#seeyouagain #sabbathsociety #rest #retreat #jusJesus #quiet #bestill #holyhush #Refineretreat #listen

Yesterday I listened to the first two episodes of a brand new podcast from my friends, @lisajobaker and @christiepurifoy . In episode 2 they talked about how easy it is to forsake our ordinary gifts because we are longing for something else...this resonates with me on a number of levels right now, and so I’m taking their challenge to SEE my gifts, as they are, right now in the midst of my ordinary moments. ➡️It’s in the 80’s outside in September, and I am bone-weary, but a homemade pumpkin spice latte on the back deck that we dreamed about for 2 years(!!) is a longing fulfilled. If I’m not careful (and I haven’t been lately), I will miss the gifts of the everyday. I will forsake the answered prayers while I’m looking past them for the next thing. 🙏🏼Jesus, let it not be so. If you haven’t listened in yet, get on your favorite podcast app and find and subscribe to Out Of The Ordinary right now. Yes I’m bossing you.😉 You’ll thank me for it after you listen. And then you’ll thank @christiepurifoy and @lisajobaker for putting this beauty out into the world. 💕🙌🏼 #outoftheordinarypodcast #refocusing

Just because I feel like I’m standing still doesn’t mean I’m not being moved.
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#amwriting #acolorstory #weightofwaiting #hope #dreaming #standingstill #reflections #wonder #noticing #hope #everydayfaithfulness

“To walk in the presence of the Lord means to move forward in life in such a way that all of our desires, thoughts and actions are constantly guided by him. When we walk in the Lord’s presence, everything we see hear, touch, or taste reminds us of him. This is what is meant by a prayerful life. It is not a life in which we say many prayers, but a life in which nothing, absolutely nothing, is done, said, or understood independently of him who is the origin and purpose of our existence.” ~Henri Nouwen .
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#spiritualpractice #deepbreath #pauseandreflect #itssimplytuesday #everydayfaithfulness #amwriting #prayer #hope #acolorstory #latergram

I saw this statue in the Field Museum in Chicago. It represents the “dissemination of knowledge”, and all I could think was, ‘oh hey look, another homeschooler’. I don’t talk about it much, for a variety of reasons, but homeschooling is very much a part of my life. This school year in particular, is more intense than ever, and the pace we are keeping has meant that I have had to rearrange my priorities. It’s not bad. It’s just different...and it’s refining.🔥
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Sometimes I get cranky with God and think, ‘why don’t you just let me do my thing and stop asking me to surrender another piece of my life’ and then He reminds me that ‘my thing, and my life’ aren’t actually mine at all. 🤭He reminds me that I was bought with a price and that hard as it may be, doing it His way will always be better than doing it apart from Him. .
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**I am in NO way saying that homeschooling is God’s way for all of mankind. 🚫I am saying that for ME, for our family, this IS the season we are in and the thing we feel we are to do.** .
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Maybe it’s not homeschooling that’s stretching you. But maybe the thing you want God to butt out of, is the very thing you need to rely on Him the most for...whatever that refining thing is, just know you’re not alone. Surrender IS hard. And also?—it’s worth it. Every time. Which is why even when I want to quit, I can’t even help myself, and I keep coming back to ‘yes, Lord’, because never-not-once, has God ever asked me to lay something down that He didn’t make better once I’d released it. .
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What’s the thing God’s working on in you? How can I pray for you this week? .
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#surrender #spiritualpractice #longobedience #iwantGod #homeschooling #timemanagement #boughtwithaprice #yesLord #everydayfaithfulness

A few weeks ago I asked for deep dish pie recommendations for our trip to Chicago and @giordanospizza was the one you all kept voting for. It did not disappoint. It was so good that we ate our leftovers for breakfast. 🍕🤛🏼 Thanks, friends! .
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#sabbathsociety #chicago #familytime #glamping #traveling #bucketlist #wewillbeback #deepdish #goodeats

I met my friend @lisawhittle at the very first @ifgathering —I don’t remember what year that was now—but she was one of the women I had dinner with while I was in Austen and I KNEW that whatever she was doing, I wanted to stay connected to her. Lisa’s heart for encouraging and equipping women in ministry is generous. If I wasn’t hosting @refineretreat in March and speaking in Missouri in February, I would absolutely be at Ministry Strong in Nashville, in January. I’m sad I can’t make it this year but maybe you can? Catch up with @lisawhittle for details. 😘🙌🏼 #ministrystrong

Lady friends, I don’t know if any of you are considering attending @refineretreat next spring, but if you are, I don’t want you to miss these dates. I know several of you have told me you want to be there. Tap the photo to see who all is speaking at Refine.😱😍 (not tagged is author, Helena Sorensen Aman, who will also be joining us!!)
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PS: if you use the discount code: LISTEN, you can save an additional $75 off of early bird pricing.🎉💕 details and tickets at http://refineretreat.com .
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#refineretreat #forwriters #forartists #bywomenforwomen #earlybird #listen #retreat

For a long time, I’ve claimed not to have “control issues”. I just like things a certain way, I told myself. But the truth is, a lot of the time, I just like things when they go ‘my way’. 😬

I’m not as go-with-the-flow as I claim to be. 🙄 It’s been a slow and sharp reckoning, coming face-to-face with the roots of my versions of craving control. But because one day in an enthusiastic moment of prayer, I asked Jesus to make me more like Him, layer by layer, God is kindly peeling back my justifications, and breaking me loose from my grip on my life.
Anybody identify with this? 🤷🏻‍♀️ @dukeslee is one of my surrender mentors, who helps me to keep bending when my knees get stiff. 😉
Who are the people that call you back when you wander? 👇🏼Tag them and let’s celebrate our friends who keep us honest. 💕🙌🏼
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#newbooks #amreading #itsllundercontrol #Surrender #thomasnelsonpublishing #bookstagram #itssimplytuesday

Friday afternoon I reached out to a couple of mentor-friends and begged prayers. It took every fiber of my being to do it because I don’t like to ask for help. I don’t like to need. 👈🏼This hell-bent self reliance is not a strength. It is a thorn I wrestle with daily😞🙄—but I knew in my spirit I NEEDED to stuff my pride and admit that I was in a spiral. And I’m so glad for the humbling. Nothing about my circumstances changed, but this morning I woke up feeling held by God, which isn’t a regular state of living. Lately, if anything, I’ve felt utterly invisible to Him. And even though I know in my head that is not true, the sensation of it has eclipsed reality. I know that this fresh hope, is the result of their prayers.😭🙌🏼
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I don’t know how you’re feeling this morning, but I want to encourage you to reach out to your trusted people and ask for whatever it is you need—prayers, a meal, a babysitter—whatever it is you’re afraid to ask for, do it anyway. We are the body. We are supposed to invite others into our need, and as fellow members, we are supposed to be that arm or foot and hand to one another. We can always do this but it’s more effective when we ask each other specifically for what it is that we need. 👌🏼 .
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I’m preaching to myself here, but maybe you need the nudge today too? .
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#prayer #loveoneanother #preachingthegospeltomyself #surrender #hope #everydayfaithfulness #Godspromises #bethebody #newmercies #communityofsaints #gracetable

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