I see you, and we’re in this together. ✨
My baby girl Steel, I ❤️ her pure sweetness and presence, she’s a peaceful warrior, knows what she needs and snuggles straight into my heart daily. (Her name came to be Steel bc we found her alone, sick and flea ridden in the middle of a parking lot at a Steel Pulse concert)
I‘ve never liked the bags under my eyes. I still don’t. I’ve done creams, tea bags, oils, serums. You named it, I’ve probably tried it. But, here’s the thing.... those bags, that puffiness, is a reminder. A reminder to slow down, recharge, and relax. A reminder, that I am suppose to give time for myself. A time to understand that I don’t have to have all the answers (And that is OKAY!), I don’t have to do/know everything. Because I serve the Kings of Kings. The creator, The omnipotent, The loving, The all knowing one. And I am called to rest upon his righteous right hand. This year, I am learning what it means to be still. So I may hear and see God work, alive and well, in all things. What will be your reminder, for you to give time for yourself, in 2K18?
#recharge#relax#bestill#eyebags#eyebag#eyebags 👀 #model#models#blackmodel#blackmodels#naturalhair
'Sacred Woman in the making,
Sacred Woman reawaken,
Sacred Woman hold me near,
Protect me from all harm and fear
Beneath the stones of life.
Direct my steps in the right way as I journey through this vision.
surround me in your most absolute perfect light.
Anoint me in your sacred purity, peace, and divine insight.
Bless me, truly bless me, as I share
this Sacred Life.
Teach me, Sacred Spirit to be in tune
with the universe.
Teach me how to heal
with the inner and outer elements
of fire, water and earth' - Sacred Woman Spirit Prayer from Queen Afua's book, Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit
With this new year has brought a new rhythm. More work for the grownups in our house means more schedule adjustments and the need for serious quality time when it’s available. We’re trying to find our balance off the mat. Transitions are hard, just ask the parents of any small child. Hang in there, internet friends. Breathe deep, smile whenever possible, and try to look up and see what’s happening right now. You’re doin great.
The fab @caseyweatherfordcreative took this photo when the weather was warm at @crystalbridgesmuseum
It took a lot of painful lessons to realize that when I run, divert, distract, over consume, point fingers, overdo, fight, create drama, choose everything other than love, that I’m running away from my own magnificence.
But I’m reminded of my own magnificence by recognizing the magnificence all around me. Love this random little rainbow burst.
Sometimes, we walk around with thorns in our sides --and we don't really notice the pain because we don't even remember how it got there in the first place. But I do know that when we enter into the presence of Jesus, He doesn't just stand idly by as we limp around with fear or doubt or sorrow. When we let Him, He begins to pull at the things that have kept us from living a life of joy —and that might mean some intense pain at first. Because we've got to walk through the reality of hurt before we can let it go once and for all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If I’ve learned anything this past year, it’s this: there is purpose in pain. Whether it’s the pain that comes from birthing something new, or letting go of the old, or stepping out into the unknown, when we turn our face to the One who loves us, He brings JOY through the darkness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"Lord, I have always trusted in your kindness, so answer me.
I will yet celebrate with passion and joy
when your salvation lifts me up.
I will sing my song of joy to you, the Most High,
For in all of this you have strengthened my soul.
My enemies say that I have no savior--
But I know that I have one in you."
Psalm 13:5-6 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can click the link in my bio to read more about my personal journey finding purpose in the pain, about allowing God to birth joy in our own lives.
last week in the snow storm, it took me an hour to get home from Cheney. For people who live in western Washington thats not bad, but for us Spokane folk, that is a real long time! I chose to take the back way because the freeway was a mess. I got stuck behind someone going super slow. I was irritated but then I remembered what was taught in church. ⠀
Pretty much abide, or be still in the lord. Take the moments of our lives and fill with gratitude. I was so irrupted by my situation to not even recognize how beautiful the snow was falling around me. Then it hit me, I am in a beautiful backroad with so much fluff falling. ⠀
So thats where this came from. I stopped, took a picture to remember the moment. To ABIDE and BE STILL.
We can always choose our state of #mind . We all have this #power . Take time to get #quiet and be gentle with yourself. Even if your thoughts wander, come back to the breath. This will build your resolve and sense of self-care. #Mindfulness#BeStill#SelfCare 🌱✨