birthday party dress
singing with my love
I added a belt last minute and used pinterest for the idea of tying it, plus my new favorite necklace
birthday day date with my husband
3 of my 4 at dinner, the baby was in his carrier
blowing out my third birthday candle
I sort of feel like I have an opportunity for a fresh beginning. Moving on from the struggles and insecurities that I tend to hold on to far too long, and focus more on loving and serving others.
The Lord has always made me aware and called me to be an encourager, but I want to grow in that even more.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
I don't just want to say encouraging words, I want to avoid any talk that could possibly offend or put someone down.
This was brought about by unintentional insensitive words spoken to me about my lack of physical triumphs and age, not things that would normally bother me, but with all the emotional and physical changes from having a baby, the things said brought me down. But the Lord being so gracious, used it to bring to my attention how as a Christ follower my words really do need to be guarded if I want to truly be a light. Even jokes or questions can bring a person down.
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3
My boys and I repeat this verse over and over everyday. Every time an unkind or unloving thing is said, we remind ourselves of it.
This also means for me not to let fear rule and let my shyness stop me from building others up with words.
I am excited to be more intentional about being joyful and being an encourager and light! Here's to 30 and working hard to show the world who Christ really is and to share his love!