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"You turned my mourning into dancing. You turned my sorrow into praise." What a beautiful thing. #vscocam #isaiah613 #beautyforashes #incrediblelove


We have fun at our Sticker Stops! Join us at @beautybar613 in Tulare until 4pm today as we help them celebrate their 1-year anniversary!

#sharingspirit #Tulare #isaiah613

In honor of @theoaksretreat starting today, here's a little throwback to last year and this amazing leadership team.
The Oaks Retreat is absolutely the best thing I got to be a part of at Auburn. The opportunity to be a part of these freshmen's lives and help introduce them to the body of Christ & the mission field at Auburn is an experience like no other. Pumped to see what the Lord does through this year's retreat! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸŒ°πŸŒ³πŸ’™ #freshmen #Auburn #Isaiah613 #OAKS2015

He makes Beauty out of Ashes #isaiah613

This sweet girl has completely captured our hearts πŸ’Ÿ Happy Birthday Oaklyn! #FirstDayOfLife #Day1 #OaksOfRighteousness #Isaiah613

A year ago today I shared publicly for the first time our story about "Smidgen" and the miracles that had taken place in his unborn life. I remember sitting on the bed, typing it out and waiting an eternally long time to hit "post" because the miracle hadn't happened all the way. Pieces of healing had fallen into place but there were still a LOT of uncertainties. We were still facing many scary unknowns about the health of our child.
Blind faith was all we had. This morning, however, we know the full story. We see firsthand the completed work that God said He would do. And it looks a lot like this video. Won't be long before he lets go of our hands and is walking on his own. But until that moment I am so glad to be holding onto the hands of an absolute miracle from my Father. He is Faithful!!! If you doubt that, tell Him. He doesn't have to, but He will choose to prove Himself to you over and over. 'Tis so sweet to Trust Him!
#MightyOaksMcGuffey #aplantingoftheLord #isaiah613 #miracles #littlemcguffeylove

We are loving this new linen set for boys from the Oaks Apparel Company! Sizes 12m, 18m, 2 & 3. $41.50 πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™ #theoaksapparelcompany #beamightyoakforthelord #isaiah613



He makes Beauty out of Ashes #isaiah613

The Giving Tree . . . Part Two

Some months ago I showed how we made an end table out of a limb from the live oak tree we cut down on our land. I wanted to show what else we did to preserve some of the tree's history.
I had seen on Martha Stewart's website how an artist (Bryan Nash Gill from Connecticut #bryannashgill) made relief prints from a tree he had cut down. His work is incredible and inspired us to do something similar on a much smaller diy scale.
After cutting down the tree, we had the arborist cut a thin section which we let dry for several months. We then took it to our builder (who is an amazing carpenter and has virtually every tool imaginable) who planed it and gave us a perfectly smooth surface to work from. Tom used a blowtorch to burn the wood leaving each ring slightly raised. He then inked the entire top and we started laying various types of paper on top to see which looked best. There was a lot of trial and error but in the end we came up with about eight different prints to choose from. After hanging them up in our garage we stood back critiquing each one, laughing at how we were like the artsy fartsy people you'd see in a gallery!

We both agreed on our favorite and after lots of drying time Tom numbered, signed it and added Isaiah 61:3. " . . . that they might be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified." I love everything about it. The fact that it's from our land, the process of creating, but mostly the scripture. What a wonderful way to preserve history and a great conversation piece!

God's Grace be upon you! #isaiah613 #godsgrace #beautyforashes

Happy Tuesday Y'all...
Remember that your natural state is joy. πŸ€—
#joy #happiness #letitgo #beautyforashes #beautyforashes_23 #beautyforashesbycam #isaiah613

God will exchange our sin with his forgiveness...He will trade our ASHES for BEAUTY. If you ask me, God offers the best beauty treatment on the market and it is free. What are you waiting for? ✝️To bestow them a crown πŸ‘‘ of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Isaiah 61:3 ✝️ #isaiah61 #isaiah #isaiah613 #mondaywisdom #biblicalwisdom #biblicaltruth #bibleverse #scripture #scriptureoftheday #beautyforashes #oilofgladness #praise #godbringsjoy #crownofbeauty #pinkdress #beautiful #forgiveness #jesusforgives #godforgives #nomoremourning #joy #unendingjoy #believegodsword

I think about the hours I've sat in rooms like this, desperate to be free. I thank God for beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. #Isaiah613

#Addiction #Deliverance #Healing #Restoration #Redemption

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