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MIKAYLA  NV | TN tacos, 90's jams & Jesus. music is my thang. loving people is my favorite. forever bringing out the dad moves.

HBD to my favorite spontaneous adventure goer, photo taker, random public dancing, coffee drinking, amazing story teller, letter writer, Jesus loving, amazingly beautiful sweet friend, @ashleygurule
I could go on and on about how amazing Ash is. she has a heart of gold. she loves people with all that she is & doesn't give half of herself when diving into new things. she gives all of herself, 100% in everything that she does. since I've know her I've gotten to learn more about life & even myself. I will forever cherish our spontaneous adventures over the summer when we both felt like we had no idea what we were doing but we just kept trusting the Lord & had fun anyways. you are such an amazing human Ash & I truly think that anyone who doesn't know you SHOULD & everyone who already does is truly blessed.
I cannot wait to see what else the Lord has in store for you this year! BIG THINGS. I love you!

sometimes you just gotta buy flowers & walk around Nashy on a Saturday. thankful for friends like Laura who bring heaven to earth & love on + pray into people's lives w/ me. you are such a light Laura Brooke & I am so thankful for you. SO much love for you! #foreverglowing

"but those who seek the Lord lack NO good thing" ••Psalm 34:10
come and fill me with your love Jesus ♡

so much love for these ladies. ♡

I've been having those, "whoa. I live in Nashville" moments pretty frequently in the last few days. I remember day dreaming about moving back out here since I was 10 years old. the Lord placed a promise in my heart at that time & told me that I would be living in Nashville again someday. (I say again bc I lived here for 9 years growing up & then moved to Nevada when I was 10) at that time I kept having dreams about living here, meeting different people, singing on stages, traveling the world, laying hands on people & praying for them all while God was in the center. GUYS. the Lord gives us all SO many promises & desires. He places them in our hearts for a reason. It's not just you who has those dreams + desires. He has those same dreams & desires for you too. I remember last April the Lord very clearly told me, "drop your fear, pack up your suitcase, buy a one way ticket & just go." & here we are. almost ONE YEAR later I'm living in Nashville, Tennessee.
I cannot begin to express how hard it was to fly out here without a set plan. jobless, car-less, & then soon enough house-less. BUT wowww. He sure did provide. He provided a car for me to use + a place to stay for the first 3 months & then after, provided me with amazing friends who let me sleep on their floors/couches & drove me around until I got my car shipped out here & found a place to live. my faith + trust was SO tested. all I know is that I wouldn't change this whole experience for the world. It was so hard but so good. I got even closer to Jesus' heart & have learned so so much. I've gained the most amazing friends/family who I only thought existed in the movies. BUT THEY DON'T. THEY EXIST GUYS!!! I still have my dreams (a lot of dreams) but my main dream is Jesus. I just want Him. & the best thing about just wanting Jesus is the fact that everything else will come with Him. He wants the best of the best for you. receive His love & keep your eyes on His eyes & every desire of your heart, every dream + passion will come with Him. that's just who He is. He is GOOD.
ps. my room finally feels like a room & my home finally feels like a home. If you need me I'll be in here reading + listening to music. ♡

I can't even begin to express how much LOVE I have for these people. they are so much more than my friends, they are my family. MA JESUS FAM. CAN I GET A HALLELUJER!? these past few weeks I've really been struggling with the feeling of being rejected & or afraid of BEING rejected + feeling unloved. which makes sense because the root of rejection is a form of the unbelief that we're not loved. (hopefully that makes sense) that's something I've honestly struggled with off & on for some time. feeling like, "well, I guess I'll just have to live with it because it's always going to happen." um, NO! you do NOT have to live with it & no, you do not have to believe the lie that it's always going to happen.
so today, instead of believing the lie, I believed the truth. free from rejection. & filled with LOVE.
the Lord revealed the truth to me on Friday night/today & my goodness. It was like the lightbulb turned on in my head.
I felt more love than I have in a long time. (also, SO many hugs) & I realized that a lot of us sometimes don't feel God's love because we're not actually RECEIVING it.
He just wants us to accept HIS love!
It's His nature to love us. like, WHAT?!?!? He loves all the way, all the time. It's never changing.
I re opened my heart to Him even more than before & wowwowwowwow. I'm literally oozing out His love.
He chose US. the way God loves Jesus is the same way He loves us. there is nothing that you can do that will make Him love you more. there is also nothing you can do that will make Him love you any less. (mind blown)
when He looks at us, He see's someone that He can love. It's not because He "has" to, it's because He IS.
remember that He loves you as you are right now.
I've decided that I'm going to choose to let Jesus love me & I'm also going to choose to love myself.
YOU ARE LOVED.
ps. If anyone wants a hug, holla at your gurl.

takin it back to the 90's w/ my sweet new pair of mom jeans & my very patriotic sweater.

hbd to this BEAUTIFUL soul @rachaelnemiroff
you are a ray of sunshine. you carry yourself w/ such grace & love. truly an example of how Jesus loves + cares for us. I am so thankful for you & your friendship. you are SO loved!

|| V A L E N T I N E S D A Y ||
today the Lord has really been revealing a lot to me. I hear Him repeating "I love you" over and over again & I've literally been crying off & on ALL day. my heart feels super mushy. (shocker) BUT isn't that how we should always feel? that's something I've really been reflecting on lately. shouldn't we always feel loved? I know that I've struggled with feeling loved before, but I also know that those thoughts of feeling unwanted, not desired & not loved are all LIES. that's exactly what the enemy wants us to believe. sadly, most people in this world believe it too. ANYWAYS, I just wanted to encourage anyone today to not be discouraged if you don't have a special someone to get all dressed up & go out to a fancy dinner + eat a lot of chocolate with. (or in my case, a lot of tacos) let Jesus be your special someone & know that he LOVES you. thankful I get to spend today knowing that I am loved & that I get to eat gluten free brownies later with @afarino & @alisha.pace "this is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only son into the world that we might live through him. this is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."
1 John 4:9-11 #vforvalentine

we've officially been fb friends for ONE WHOLE YEAR NOW. which means, you have been in my LIFE for one whole year. I am so grateful for you & your friendship. you quickly became one of my closest friends when I moved here to Nashville. (even tho we met before I moved) we basically spent the entire summer together, which then ended up with us matching unintentionally on a regular basis. (oops) you are a treasure & I am so thankful for you. thanks for forever going on cheesy milkshake + fry dates w/ me. I love you!

celebrated my church's 3rd birthday at the @theryman tonight & I'm just sayin, those walls almost came DOWN. shouts of praise, worship, prayers & declarations were released tonight. I love the fact that His presence is the same whether we are at the Ryman, or at Rockettown (we could be worshipping in a laundry mat & His presence still would be there) I love the body of Christ. I love to worship Jesus. I will never be ashamed of that. thank you Henry & Alex for saying YES to God & for being such amazing examples of His love. happy 3rd birthday @thebelongingco
so thankful & beyond blessed that the Lord told me to go to Nashville 10 months ago. forever changed. #theryman #tbcø

recently I have been learning + experiencing SO much.
the Lord told me to surrender everything to him. (EVERYTHING) that means my dreams, my worries, my fears, my doubts, my struggles, my insecurities, my health & my finances. I've definitely realized that too often we believe that we have to be in charge & in control of every aspect of our lives, when in reality Jesus wants to take the load off of us and be in charge.
If I'm being honest, I've found myself very hesitant in some areas of surrendering control.
It's so hard for us to fully rely on someone when we can't SEE them physically. but isn't that why we call it faith? what does it truly mean to have faith? for me it's believing that Jesus isn't going to let me fall without him being there to pick me up. believing that he is there in the midst of the chaos & the hard times. just because I can't see exactly what he is doing doesn't mean that he isn't doing anything. God is always working behind the scenes on our behalf. my prayer for this new year was that I would 1. surrender my whole heart to the Lord. 2. surrender my dreams. 3. learn to trust him more. & 4. learn how to see myself the way HE see's me.
so far I have been completely delivered from sadness (which I had no idea that I even needed to be delivered from) since then, Jesus has completely been redeeming everything that once broke my heart & turning it into something so beautiful. (I'm telling you guys, he has been blowing my mind)
I have NO fear of my future because I know who holds it. (praise the Lord)
ever since I have been speaking life over myself & saying that I AM beautiful out loud, I have seen so much fruit because of it.
I've learned that it's not about being selfish or conceited, it's about aligning your mind up with the word of God & what he says about you.
the most important thing about all of this is keeping our eyes completely set on his. "seek first the kingdoms & all of these things will be given to you" Matthew 6:33.
we cannot just stay on one level when in relationship with Jesus. there is ALWAYS more. he is always wanting to take us higher & to a new level. he is doing a new thing & I am so expectant.

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