The smell of charcoal... the grill being lit, transports me to my backyard growing up. The Veranda, aka, the Backyard with a concrete slab and a table with chairs and a grill.
My dad could be seen seasoning both sides of the chicken... do you know why? To make both sides taste good. 😊
A Highlife in his hand...the perfect drink for the king he was. As this we know, it’s the beverage known as the ‘champagne of beers’. My mother, creating an ambience fit for gods. Colors danced and complemented each other in her gardens. Yes, that was meant to be plural. In our tiny post mark spot of a yard; she planted, tended to, and cared for her gardens.
Dirt under her unpolished finger nails... hands-golden from the sun’s kisses. Ice clinked in her glass as she sipped her Bacardi and Coke. To me this is what wind chimes should sound like.
A wooden gate being unlatched was a sound that quickly followed these images. Whoever walked through this entrance was greeted with a “Hey” similar to the Fonz and followed with a “can I get you a beer?”
Laughter filled the backyard. Jokes became the exchange of conversation. Isn’t weird how a smell can trigger a memory?? I am so grateful to relive the moments that give me life.
#memories #shespeaks #triggers #writersofinstagram #writeuntilitsdone

Chains fall.
Fear bow.
Here now,
Jesus you change everything!
Lives healed.
Hope found.
Here now,
Jesus you change everything!
What a day - THIS never gets old! .
Song Cred: “Holy Ground” - @passionmusic

If you’re one for affirmations, start your week with this:
"i am daring.
i am brave.
i am courage.
i am not intimidated by the unknown,
but move boldly towards my future.
i believe that as i take steps forward,
a path will clear for me + opportunities will find their way to me.
i do not allow my past to stand in my way or feed me whispers of insecurity.
i am not defined by what has or hasn't happened.
i am a dreamer who will not give up.
i am confident that i am here on this earth for such a time as this.
i will not stop working / creating / dreaming when the journey gets hard.
i lean into the hard moments with faith that i can accomplish anything i set my mind to.
i am consistent + fearless in the pursuit of my dreams,
regardless of who is or isn't cheering me on.
i commit to working towards my goals not for applause,
but for the ONE person that it may impact.
i believe that breakthrough is coming.
my season of flourishing is almost here.
i am growing stronger + wiser everyday.
i will reach my goals + fulfill my purpose.
today, i stay full of faith and take one step closer to my destiny."
- @lindseyeryn of @thedaringromantics has the most encouraging emails, affirmations, and a podcast that speaks to the heart - check it out and have an amazing week!
photo by @tarrnationflowers via @countrylivingmag

{Sunday Swag} I am very excited to share that I have added shirts + mugs to my shop! 🎉 Some of you might know that this has been quite the process for me and I'm thankful to finally be able to say that I'm now taking pre-orders! For shirts, I have 4 different designs and 5 different options of shirt/tank styles. I'm offering sizes XS-4XL.
For the mugs, I added 6 different designs and each design has the option of what color font you want.
Want to put in your order? Head to the shop on my blog and use code order10 for 10% off. Want 20% off? Subscribe to my blog to get the coupon code delivered straight to your inbox. First orders in are the first orders to be made and mailed out, so if that matters to you, then I encourage you to put in your order soon!
PS. There is a meaning behind every design in the shop. This design is from Hebrews 10:23 which says, "he who has promised is faithful." Why this design? Because it's a reminder that God can't lie! Not one word he speaks will ever return null or void. Every promise he makes will come about. Every word he has spoken will come to pass. He is faithful to his promises! Every.single.one. Amen 🙌🏼
PPS. Want a $20 credit to anything in my shop? Tag a friend below and I will randomly pick one winner at the end of the week. 💃🏻#induetimeblog

“I forced myself / kicking and screaming / into language.”
— Alejandra Pizarnik, from Wanted: Dead or Alive, Uncollected Poems: 1962-1972

When there's nothing left of you, well especially when there's nothing left of you. Grab hold of the little red thread (doubtful well don't I know how doubtful) and hold on hold on hold on. /

I am so tired I don't know what of me is left. The only call to arms at the moment is the call to my own arms. Remind them, remind those arms. To hold and hold you and to rock you to calm. To carry you back to the alive that is yours. To bring you. (Bring her, bring her.)/ I think I said something about rebellion. I think I wanted to say something about rebellion. Because once you know what it is. Because once I know what it is.../ There was something I wanted to say to you: (Was it to me or to you?) Escape from every box, every snare, every dulling down, every silencing, every small judgement, every sweeping judgement, every clamping down out of fear. (Whose? Whose?) Kick, scream, claw your way out. Breathe, be still, go inside. Find your way back. Don't surrender. The thread is yours, it is shining, it is magic, it is golden, it is waiting.

Special Shout out to @trutxdiva her awesome company KeKe’s Special Tee’s
Caption “ Thou Shalt Not Try Me... Facts: 24:7”
Although if you know me... no caption is needed... #Me #Confidence #Motivate #SheSpeaks #GirlPower #GirlBoss #GrindPretty #Empowerment
#AskKesh #Livelovelaugh
#Bossup #SpeakLife #SpeakTruth #BeBold #BeBrave #BeUnaplogeticallyYou #BossBabe

Well I figure it’s about time that I let you all in on what has been going on with me for the past month and a half!
After we got back from Texas (@bethelmusic conference) I felt as though God was asking me to lay down posting here for 30 days. I didn’t know why at first, but 3 days after I got back, He revealed it! For 12 solid days, I felt God pour into me the words He wanted me to write in a BOOK. 😳 It’s completely putting my story out there, and that’s slightly terrifying, but what God really wanted to show was what He has created since all of my past failures. He wanted me to share the hope, life and dreams He has given me for my future, but what’s exciting is that He has a plan for your future too!
On day 12, I felt as though God told me that it was done! And what I’m left with is a 31 chapter book of restoration after complete and utter brokenness.
And to top it off, this weekend there is a huge #SheSpeaks conference coming to a city only 45 minutes from me where I get to meet with 2 publishers while there. 😳
And that’s not the end.. I’ve also been asked in the past month to speak and give my testimony at a women’s conference?!? That has NEVER happened.
I feel as though God is creating a new dream inside of me, or actually restoring one! He’s such a good Father, and I can’t wait to see what His plans are for my future! Knowing who I am in Him has changed my whole life. I long to be near to my Fathers heart, and love the fact that He calls me HIS. I am forever cherished in His loving arms. #HIS

Yesterday marked a whole 365 days since Caleb got down on one knee and proposed to me on the very beach we spent our first date day almost a year earlier. •
So this weekend I decided to reflect on the season of engagement and share my 3 biggest learnings.

1. Being engaged is absolutely nothing like what you think it will be and it may suck a little. It is full on, stressful and beautifully messy. It is also a season you will never get back so embrace these things, you WILL grow from them!

2. Your first year of marriage will be what you set it up to be. It doesn’t have to be “the hardest year”. We worked crazy hard to set a solid foundation of what our marriage would look like and it has meant that in our first six months of marriage we have had the space to deal with the inevitable things that come up in marriage and really enjoy the beauty of being married, because while being engaged may suck quite a bit, being married is the best!

3. Don’t be afraid to listen to God over humans. God may ask you to do things that some humans don’t agree with. This doesn’t mean don’t do them. We sought wisdom and we prayed, but ultimately, we trusted the spirit of peace that covered our yes and God blessed that yes abundantly. But there were people who didn’t agree and sometimes their responses hurt deeply, but God’s peace was greater and gave us a greater sense of wisdom and direction. Don’t be afraid to trust God’s calling even if it scares others!

Tell me what lessons you’ve learnt from your seasons of relationship or singleness below!

genuine rawness is scary in a world
that’s made raw in violence
I would love to
rewrite the meaning of this word
in all the dictionaries & thoughts of history
to point directly
to the utmost sacred
in this experience of being human..
the raw in me
draws strings between hearts
& gently tugs them together,
it skillfully gravels with those in need of remembering
that my purity is no less exact
when I express with my body,
with my purpose,
it turns stone eyes to see
the strength in vulnerability
& the unwavering solidarity
in showing up in this world
with the courage to exist,
with all the odds & risks,
in utmost authenticity.
written by me

#tantra #raw #sacredsexuality #creativity #shespeaks #wild #yoga #play #alchemy #spirituality #relationships #empowerment #authenticity #healing #sovereignty #nature #writersofinstagram #poet #poetry #photography

As a parent, you hope and feverishly pray you are doing the right things, teaching them the right things; helping them understand who they’ve been created to be in Christ.
I read a while back the average child makes over 3,000 decisions a day. I would imagine those decisions range anything from what shoes to wear to school, to what they want to have for dinner, to picking their favorite ice cream flavor. 3,000 decisions. That’s a lot.
But he made this decision months ago. Levi said, “I want to do this. I want to be baptized.” We try to put so much of this life into a box: having the right hair, driving the right car, living in the right zip code; but you can’t put God into a box. You can’t put His children in one either. Whether you’re eight and a half years old or ninety-two years old, THIS decision changes everything.
e v e r y t h i n g
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Romans 6:3-4
Thank you beyond words for capturing this moment @josieasi

Day 20: July Bible Reading Challenge

This is the Great Commission! This is for US and it is for NOW.
There is such a great promise here, because the good News of Salvation is not just for Americans, not just for Europeans, not just for Israel, not just for white, black, hispanic , and Asian nationalities. BUT, for ALL people, ALL nations!!!
This is so amazing! salvation is for everyone!! (Read the rest at arrowsinaquiver.com)
#allnations #salvation #goodnews

The secret to long & lovely hair, is using your brain as much as possible and exercise those brain cells. 😁
#womenentrepreneur #sherules #shespeaks #spontaneouswords #womenwhohustle

Who in your life desperately needs the hope of our Father? Our personal experience of His grace was meant to be shared with others. It’s not by accident they are in our lives.
This truth was so powerful today and I wanted to share with anyone feeling a nudge to reach out to someone hurting. As children of the One true God we are called to disciple those who are lost. Give the gift of hope to someone today friends.
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done”
(Psalm 105:1, New International Version)
#newhope #sharethegospel #heisgood #hisgrace #discipleship #shereadstruth #shespeaks #spilledink #sundaymornings #heismysong #foreverastudent #ourfather #faithoverfear #unashamed #forgiveness #speaklife #honestmotherhood #writers_den_ #followforfollowback #growthmindset

Today’s message at the church I attend was an incredible reminder of why we do all of this. Our generation is under attack because the enemy knows we carry purpose that can change the world. So let’s rise up as a generation and fight back against the enemy. Let’s be poised for purpose and full of faith for what God can do through our lives to make a difference. You can make an impact no matter where you are in your season. You were created for this time and this place! In my pastor’s words, let’s go be devil crushers and take back what the enemy stole from us!


Somebody. Nobody.

Has somebody made you feel like nobody?
Maybe recently, perhaps in your past?

Does that voice still linger? Whispering in your ear at times that you still are that nobody?

Let me say this loud and clear.

And you are more than that.

STOP listening to that voice.

You don't really need to listen to me either.
Listen to who GOD says YOU are.
Let HIS voice be the one you hear above all others.

You are a child of God. (John 1:12)

You are redeemed. (Romans 3:24)

You are an heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)

You are blessed with spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3)

You are chosen (Ephesians 1:4)

You are God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

You are made complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)

You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)

You are loved by a Holy God (1 Thessalonians 1:4)

Now that is SOMEBODY!Can I get an amen?!
#youarespecial #youaresomebody #childofgod #inchrist #inchristalone #faithbased #faithfilled #faithfilledcaptions #faithfilledmom #childhoodunplugged #somebody #nobody #youareloved #sistersinchrist #shetheroar #warbinder #hisgrace #hisgraceisenough #hisgracegirls #shespeaks #propelwomen #wellwateredwomen #womenofgod #proverbs31woman #instafaith #womanofgod #faith #faithbased #bedeeplyrooted

Confidence is a feeling, while courage is a choice.

You can act courageous, even when you aren't confident.

The benefit of bravery is allowing the strength of God to reign over your weakness, fully engaging His power to work within you.

Knowing the difference, will sustain your emotional stability for days ahead.

#50bdaycomingsoon, so my thoughts are on over drive... 8/1 I 👀 you 😊😋
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Anyone else worn down by this week?? This girl is 🙋🏻‍♀️

I’m so thankful to have a loving God who encourages me to R E S T!! Let’s all do something to feed our soul today. You deserve it, babe! 💕

“My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” - Exodus 33:14

So happy it’s Sunday!!! #sabbathday

☁️ 🌈✨

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