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Who would you be?

Hey you,

Close your eyes gently.
inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.
Do this a couple times.

WHO would you be….

Without the weight of legalism and religion weighing you down?
If you didn’t have to run and hide?
If you embraced the freedom you had?
If you were more certain about your identity in Christ?
If you saw the beauty that God sees in you.
If you knew your worth and believed it.
If you knew that God has already reserved a space for you at the table.
If you knew there was no judgement.
If you knew how much God loves you.
If you didn’t let the weight of all the hate and anger in the world in.

BE THAT PERSON. ❤️❤️❤️

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10 Not So Tiny Truths

1. You are worthy of being loved. and you are loved.

2. Jesus never regrets saving you.

3. It’s okay to stop watering the dead things in your life.

4. You are allowed to change and grow.

5. Truth often divides before it may bind.

6. God seeks what has been lost and driven away.

7. It’s okay to pray with tears instead of words. God understands them just as well.

8. It’s okay to need help and support. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. even Jesus needed help carrying His cross.

9. Sometimes a cozy blanket, your favorite drink, and a friend will go a long way in the process of healing.

10. You are not what happened to you. you are not the tragedy, or situation or circumstance that happened.
Sometimes when life is difficult and rough, we all just need a little encouragement to cling to to get us through the day, week, month, year. 

remember these tiny but immensely powerful truths. guard them in your heart. write them down. share it with a friend. save the link. maybe find some more simple, tiny but powerful truths. 

but in times of fear, in doubt, in times of insecurity and loneliness, through the good and bad and tears and laughter remember them. 

maybe share them with someone in need.

Keep positive friends.

– Elizabeth Louise

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Purity is way more than abstinence.

Hey friends!

Today I’m going to be tackling the topic of purity. It’s a topic that holds a lot of meaning to me, and it’s been on my mind for awhile. Hang tight with me as I dive in and tackle this topic.

Purity-Rings

 

The Christian church today has capitalized off of this whole idea that purity has to do with abstinence. You must buy this book, buy this purity ring, attend this conference, etc. I can’t tell you the amount of friends that I’ve had that have bought the purity rings, and devotional books dedicated to the topic of abstinence. For years even I thought that in order for me to be sexually pure, or abstain from sex until marriage that it was “required” that I wear one of these. “If I don’t wear a purity ring, how will people know I’m striving to live a life devoted to purity?” I would often think to myself……

We’ve turned purity into a checklist that we need to follow.

We’ve gone and told young girls and boys that in order to stay “pure” they must abstain from sex. We’ve gone and told them that their “reward” for being “sexually clean” is to find that perfect spouse that God has planned out for them. Because of this way of thinking, we have men and women out there who remain sexually pure because they think that in doing so they are going to be rewarded one day with a spouse.

I’ve sat with many women who through tears and sobbing have asked me, “What am I doing wrong? Why am I not married yet?”. And honestly, at some point or another I’ve been one of those women who have cried and sobbed my heart out on some other persons shoulder, asking the same old question. “I’m waiting, I’m trying to do everything right. How come nothing’s going right? Where’s my reward?”.

What are we supposed to say to these people who have been sexually pure for their whole lives and watched friends and family who have only been pure for a few days, weeks, months or years and are already getting married?

………hold on here for a second………

I think we may be missing something…
What about Jesus Christ?

I can be as “sexually pure” as I want, and practice abstinence until marriage and buy the purity ring and follow all the correct steps, but at the same time, I can be so dirt stained from my sin unless I have put my faith in Jesus Christ and been transformed and renewed by the gospel. 

All abstinence is is a habit that we have simply attached to mean purity.
Purity is a lifestyle.
It is living our lives in such a way that God originally had planned out for us.

Don’t get me wrong guys……
We are absolutely called to sexual abstinence, but that’s not what defines our purity.

When we put our faith in Jesus Christ and allow the gospel to transform and renew us, we allow God to create in us a pure heart and cleanse us.

Let’s stop telling people that purity is the key to marriage and start telling them that it’s a lifestyle.
Let’s stop telling people that being, “sexually clean” is the answer to purity and let’s start pointing people to Jesus as an example of what purity looks like.

 

 

 

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It’s okay.

There a days when we can’t find the right words to say.
There are days when we run a little late.
There are days when we forget to put on makeup.
There are days when we forget to do our homework.
There are days when we feel like our world is falling apart.
but thats okay!

its okay for us to not have all the answers
its okay to not always have our makeup on
its okay to not be perfect

It’s okay. Take a deep breathe and relax.

The next time you are running late text your sister, mom, friend that you will be running late.
The next time you don’t have all the answers, it’s okay to look someone in the eye and admit that.
The next time you forget to put on makeup, don’t sweat it! You look gorgeous.
The next time you take a photo on your phone and you don’t look as “skinny” or “beautiful” as you think, don’t delete it. Love yourself.
The next time you forget to do your homework, or turn it in. Admit it, do the homework, but don’t beat yourself up over it.

Take a deep breathe. It’s all okay.

It’s okay to admit we aren’t perfect. So let’s all start with that. We aren’t perfect. We mess up.

It’s okay. 

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Finding your //tribe//

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the type of people who I would like to surround myself with in life and who I have surrounded myself with. it has made me think. “What exactly should we look for in people who we want to be surrounded with?” and “how do we go about deciding the people who should make up that tribe?”. the people who we are surrounded by have a bigger purpose than to just be there when we want to hang out and have fun. they end up impacting our lives, for better or even sometimes for worse(if you aren’t careful). when finding YOUR own tribe, try to factor in a few of these points.

  1. the people that we surround ourselves with end up influencing our lives. i am sure at one point or another we’ve all heard the saying, “You become who you hang out with”. that’s true to a point. if we are surrounded by people who are constantly serving and helping others, we will be pushed to do the same.  if you can’t stand them or you have any kind of doubt in your mind about how they will affect your life, maybe take a little more time to get to know them before deciding to surround yourself with them.

2. the third thing about a “tribe” is that usually we seek out people with mutual shared interests. maybe they share the same values. maybe they share the same interests in books. or maybe they share a love for art museums and sipping glasses of wine.

3. the people who we surround ourselves with also become family. we look to these people as a “second” family. they help to lift us up when we are sad or angry. they’re there for us when we just want to celebrate. they are there for those 2 am phones calls(no matter how tired they may be). or maybe they know when you need to be left alone and have “you” time.  the point is, our “tribe” becomes like our family.

4.  Your tribe can be found anywhere. in almost any person. DO NOT limit yourself. these are just a few bullet points of what I’ve learned over the years on finding your own “tribe” or family.

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xoxoxo,

Elizabeth Louise

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We are all //that// woman at the well

I’m sure we are all familiar with John 4:1-26 the story about the woman at the well.

Jesus had been traveling and of course when you travel for extended periods of time, you get thirsty. so he stops at a well and asks this woman there to get him a drink. now this woman goes, “uhm, excuse me. we aren’t supposed to associate”. I can just imagine her looking stunned and perplexed that Jesus is speaking to her. you see, she was a samaritan, and men were not usually supposed to address women unless they were accompanied by a husband.

You see, this woman, she was more focused on living by the law. she was more focused on living by the book. i am sure we all know someone like that. perhaps even you are like that. jesus however, he was focused on love and grace.

We are all the woman at the well that Jesus wasn’t supposed to be talking to. we all sin. and sin separate us from god. 

whether its drinking underage, or sex before marriage, adultery, or even cursing or holding on to anger. we all deal with sin. we all have it

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it’s easy for us to point fingers at others and judge those whose sin may be more public and known. it’s easy yes, but it causes isolation. it prevents us from taking the gospel to people who may need it.

As Jesus stated in John 8:7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

friends, lets put down those stones and realize that we are all the woman at the well. we are all that woman that doesn’t deserve the grace given to us by God. we are all the woman at the well who society would say we shouldn’t be talking to Jesus. we are all that woman.