stand tall

my head is in the clouds.
instead of looking down - i choose to stand with my feet planted firmly in His truths and my head held high in confidence.
when in perfect posture, your head too, joins me in the sky.
because yes, we serve a God who dreams up incredible things inside of us for His glory.
so let's stay up here, where earthly troubles can't distract us from the mission.
stretch out. because yes, sometimes the comfort zone and familiarity of staying low is much easier but so limiting.

be confident in who you are and the gifts He has given you. breathe in the fresh air and walk confidently into what God has for you.

i wrote these verses three years ago and can truly say how incredibly faithful God has been when you trust Him with the dreams He puts on your heart.

one of those dreams was starting words for a season and i am blown away by how God is already using this platform and business to speak life and encourage women.

so my friends, now is the time to stand tall in whatever season you’re in and with that dream you have on your heart.


all the best,

abigail

@abi_gallagher

@abi_gallagher


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the in-between - abide
just as a symphony tunes their instruments before a performance, so I am tuning you in this season of waiting, preparing you for what is to come

The Lord spoke this directly to me as I was listening to one of my favorite songs a few months ago and I wanted to share this to encourage you.

In music, tuning an instrument means getting it ready so that when it is played, it will sound at the correct pitch. This ensures it will sound beautiful, just as it was created to perform.

 I believe that the Lord has been preparing my heart for whatever the next season may hold and this perspective has helped build a sense of anticipation and excitement for what is to come.

 

Whether you are in a “transition” season and feeling like there are so many changes happening in your life, or you are in a waiting season and trying to figure out “what’s next” - hold fast to the reality that His timing is perfect, and He has you exactly where you need to be.

Abide in Him, because He is sovereign.  

 

He is preparing you for what He has already prepared for you. Be patient in the unveiling of His plan.

 

-Liz Gallagher


@liz_gallagher

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experience the minute - breathe
Busy bees don’t have to stop being busy, but our work is more effective when we know how to rest. 

I like to be busy.

No.

Scratch that. I LOVE to be busy.


I need to be doing something at all times. My brain enjoys the process of solving, creating, moving. Day by day I strive to contribute, exact, and perfect. The notion of taking a “Sabbath”, and resting is a foreign concept. I work a full time job, I write, I teach piano, I never stop moving.

Because if I’m not moving then what’s getting accomplished?

 

But we are supposed to take a break. God didn’t create us to never stop moving, in fact, we have a day of rest because God rested!

Recently I was challenged with this notion when my husband and I took a spontaneous trip to the beach for a Sunday afternoon. As we strolled up to the sand along the boardwalk, I inhaled, and the waft of salt water in my lungs filled me with energy and calm all at once. How different the air is at the beach!

When you take a minute to breathe, you begin to notice the little things in this world that you didn’t notice before. How good the sunshine feels on bare feet in the sand, how much taller that mountain peak is than the surrounding countryside, how soft the cozy blanket is, how much brighter your eyes look with a full eight hours of sleep, etc….

Our little beach trip reminded me of the power and the importance of taking a minute to reset yourself back to place of healthy contentment and awareness. I’ve found myself meditating on the Word more, and feeling more grateful for where I am in life.


In the big and the small, taking a quiet moment is where to begin teaching yourself how to take bigger breaks in life. 


Take sixty seconds...experience the minute...breathe.

-Bethany Verrett

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the unspoken desire - seen
We want to be seen - truly seen. We want to know we matter - that we have value and worth.

"I just don't want to be the fat girl anymore."

I remember sobbing to my mom in the bathroom. 

For years, I had been the larger friend & I just didn't want to be that girl anymore. 


This set me down a path of trying every diet plan that was out there. I remember working out for hours one day, so exhausted that I slept until late that evening. 

There were many things that mattered to me at that time: I wanted to make good grades, make my parents proud & daydream about cute boys, but more than anything I wanted to be thin, smaller.

Anything other than who I was.

I wish I could say that this was just a teenage phase I went through. But I'm facing a birthday next month & while I'm definitely no longer in my teens, I'm still the girl that sometimes wants to be anything other than who she is. 


The beauty industry is a booming business. In 2017, it was estimated that a woman will spend over $200,000 in her lifetime on beauty & skincare products. 

We want to look young forever! We want people to see that we haven't  "let ourselves go". We still matter, no matter our age!

But what if that number is saying something else, friends? 

What if this desire to be “just a little slimmer, a little less aged” is saying more than that? 


At the heart of it all, I believe they cover an unspoken desire. We want to be seen - truly seen. We want to know we matter-that we have value & worth.

Somehow, we have determined that to mean drinking celery juice, doing workouts we hate & wearing all the masks (although don't get me wrong, I love a good mask!)

So what then is the remedy? How do we live seen? How do we break free from the pressure to change who we are in order to be accepted? 


We remind ourselves we already are seen & loved by the Creator of the universe. 

I'm being reminded lately through reading the Psalms that God is with me. He is a God who never let's me outside of His eyesight.  

When He sees me, he doesn't think about my blotchy skin, often unkempt hair & the weight around my middle. 

No, he just sees me covered in His love. And that releases this need in me to strive so hard to change myself to be acceptable to everyone else. 


Why focus on being seen by everyone else when the very One who has held every tear of mine in a bottle (Psalm 56.8) & knows the numbers of hairs on my head (Luke 12:7) says I am loved unconditionally? 

He sees me. He sees you. 

May you & I both remember that today & going forward. We are always cherished & we are always seen. 


Here are some verses that are great reminders of the Father's love:

  • "For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17

  • "The Lord will watch over your coming & going both now & forevermore." Psalm 121:8

  • "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I set you apart." Jeremiah 1:5


Live loved. Live seen. 

-Krista Corbray

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be still
be still.
stop running around, only adding to the chaos of trying to find Him. you will find Him in the stillness.
— abigail gallagher

The phrase be still by definition means, “to exist in a deep silence and calm”.

Wow…I had to take a minute after typing this to truly let it sink in.

Although this statement can be interpreted from a spiritual and non-spiritual viewpoint, I want to talk further on it’s biblical origin.

Psalm 46:10 states, “be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. This passage is said to have been written after 2 Chronicles 20 - where God fought armies on behalf of Jehoshaphat and His people. I challenge you to go read the incredible story about God giving them peace and victory!

You guys…we are reminded and directed by God to Be Still:

  • to know that He is who He says He is.

  • He is for us and not against us.

  • We have the victory through Him.

Every time I study these scriptures, it puts such a greater perspective on the majesty and power of God. He is not only a God of Love but of Power. He is capable of coming in like a flood, like a hurricane, but in His power - He chooses a whisper.

While we go through seasons, my prayer for myself and for you is to exist in a deep silence and calm. Take time to silence the busyness and pursue Him - listen for His voice and encounter His peace.

all the best,

abi

@abi_gallagher

@abi_gallagher

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living with purpose
I was going through what I was going through because He wanted to use it for something I couldn’t ever understand.

Two years ago my life really started to take a turn for the worse.

My health began to decline rapidly and no doctor could seem to figure out what was wrong. I spent months going to and from doctors' appointments, and hospital visits it honestly started to feel like a part-time job. I started to feel really discouraged, and angry.

Why was this happening to me? Why could no one fix me?

I watched as my goals in life slowly started to disappear, my dreams of traveling, getting my driver's license, even graduating high school seemed impossible. I felt useless, how could God use someone like me? I had come to terms in my head that he couldn’t, so I just gave up. I wasn’t really living these past few months, I was just going from one doctor's appointment to the next hoping that someone would give me some good news.

I went home one night after a rough day and just starting praying. I felt God’s presence reminding me that I am something- I am his creation and there was something good coming, I just had to wait. I really began to feel drawn to the word “purpose”. I obviously knew what it was but I really began to ponder what it meant to have purpose. After spending some time praying, and thinking I realized what God was teaching me. I was going through what I was going through because He wanted to use it for something I couldn’t ever understand.

These past few months as I’ve begun to get better I’ve watched Him use my situation as a way to reach people, as an opportunity to serve Him. Even though at the moment we may not be able to see what God is going to do in our lives, just know that he has a purpose for everything.

Even in the seasons of waiting, or suffering, He’s promised us a rainbow on the other side. So wait it out, I promise you it will be worth it. Live every day knowing that what your doing, even if it’s the smallest thing has purpose. 

-Tiffany

@tiffaniellman

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steadfast faith
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
— 1 Corinthians 15:58

Steadfast- the word used to describe me by a former teacher.

This was such a simple but meaningful description. I doubt he knows just how much that acknowledgement meant to me or how much of a role that word would play in my life. For many years, I’ve watched individuals seemingly be “on fire” for the Lord and gain lots of attention for Christ for short periods of time. There were moments where this really discouraged me. There were moments that I was frustrated that individuals who lived double lives were being allowed to speak so publicly and vocally to rooms of people pursuing Christ. Despite seeing this, I felt led to continue being steadfast. The hypocrisy of others should never halt our pursuit of Christ. Our own hypocrisies shouldn’t halt this pursuit either, because let’s face it, we all live in hypocrisy at times. I knew that I loved the Lord, that I desired to know Him more, and that a steadfast pursuit of Him would be rewarded with more of His presence. At the age of twelve and at the age of twenty-seven, being steadfast has served me well. It won’t always warrant a spotlight or a platform to speak, but it will water seeds over time - as the work of the Lord progresses in your life. Individuals may doubt the sincerity of your joy and faith upon first impression, but these things are best proven over time.

What does steadfast mean to me?

It means that when I am misunderstood and falsely judged, I remain steadfast in what I know to be true and in who God says I am. It means that when everyone else is against me, I know that God is for me. Being steadfast means pursuing God even when it’s not popular or comfortable for my flesh. Being steadfast means trusting the truth of God’s Word over the say of any man. Being steadfast means being rooted and grounded in the Word throughout any season or circumstance. The measure of your steadfastness is proven over time. Being steadfast means burning steadily and consistently for the Lord when others may burn brightly for short periods of time. Being steadfast for the Lord means daily following Him and His leading step by step in small, seemingly unimportant ways- planting seeds, showing love, and showing up each day. I desire to continually be known, if nothing else, as steadfast.

Best, 

Lauren Morgan 

@laurenpaigemorgan

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carpe diem
Live for the now, not for the what if’s that are to come.

Carpe Diem by definition means to “make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future,” or originally defined as “Seize the Day”.

Choosing this tattoo meant a lot to me, because there are many times in my life that I catch myself ignoring the present - focusing solely on the future and what needs to happen in order to make that happen. I'm sure that I am not the only one who is guilty of focusing on the future, right?! Whether it be constantly, or a majority of the time, I can’t help but have my thoughts occupied in what’s to come. I am not saying that it is not important to think about the future - it is certainly justified and necessary. However, you have to also focus on the here and now. If you don't live in the present time and truly live in each moment of your day, you are going to miss out on so much more than you think.

Every day is a different opportunity to learn something new and make new memories. If we are constantly thinking about our futures and what to do now to make sure that you are prepared for the future, you aren't going to make any new memories. You will regret it when you are looking back from the future, seeing all the fun times that you missed out on. So, do yourself a favor (at least once in awhile) pause your thoughts about what's to come, and just live in the moment.

So, with all of this said, take the meaning of Carpe Diem as you wish. However, just know, that even though it may be interpreted differently by all, at the end of the day, all of the meanings line up. Live your life to its fullest potential, and take nothing for granted. You never know what the next day can bring, and you do not want to have your future self saying "Oh, I regret that I never did that" or "I wish...".

Live for today, fight your fears, and even take that risk you have always been considering! Don’t be paralyzed by fear and too hyper-focus on how it will affect your future that you just don't do it. Do not let opportunity pass you by - go out and look for how you can positively impact your life and others!

Cheers to remembering to “Carpe diem.” Seize the day + Seize the opportunity.



-Kelly Warde

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more than enough
In any season of life, it’s easy to feel like you’re not enough— not strong enough, not brave enough, not smart enough, or just simply not enough.

In the season of motherhood, that feeling sometimes weighs heavier on you than you would like to admit. I know personally I felt like I’ve missed the mark more times than I can count, on top of the guilt that just comes with the territory of raising littles and juggling all that life throws at you. 

•••

I am a mom of 3 (newest addition came in April). And, as if having littles wasn’t already a full time gig… before my latest pregnancy, I was the mom you saw volunteering for classroom activities and neighborhood social events, despite balancing a full time work schedule and a couple of side projects in my corner.

If I’m honest, I had such a hard time saying ‘No’. I found myself stretched so thin I couldn’t give the best of me to the things and people that needed me the most— my family and especially my babies. 

But, as I entered this new season of motherhood, I was forced at a crossroads that really made me slow down and challenge my mindset. Most days I’d wake up with a plan of things I wanted to get done, but more and more I felt as though I barely survived the day. 

It was clear that the pace I was going had begun to affect me and my pregnancy, and something had to give

•••

I realized that the stress I was feeling was the beginning of a bigger shift for me in my journey. A shift that has really begun to shape my perspective as I prepared for the newest part of my motherhood journey. 


And, in its own way, the shift from this season has become one of my greatest gifts. It has reminded me where my energy and my focus needs to be.

Enough.

One word and it has become my mantra —  a resting place for me in my season of life and motherhood. It has kept me grounded in the last few weeks of my pregnancy and continues to breathe life into my journey. 

On the days when I’m feeling as though I can’t remember to keep up, it’s reminds me that I did what I truly NEEDED to do.

You see, at the end of the day, if my kiddos were fed and they smiled at least once [even in the midst of the mess and piles of unwashed laundry], it was a successful day. If the babies are safe and I’m still here, then everything outside those things was more than enough.

•••

My friend, I hope you hear my heart in this: 

  • If you’re a mom juggling life and babies, trying to make it through the day.

  • If you’re a student wondering if you’re going to make it through to graduation. 

  • If at any point today you’re struggling and feeling like you didn’t accomplish everything you wanted to.

No matter what season of life you may be finding yourself in, just remember  what’s important— you’re still here and you are more than ENOUGH. 


-Katherine Heeb

@mrskatherineheeb

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familiar faces - Seen
bagel with all the veggies, coming right up

my usual order from the breakfast shop near my new house. i go at least once a week and they have begun recognizing me + my order. a seemingly simple gesture but meaningful one in my book.

i’ve only lived in two cities throughout my life but in each - i love moving around and experiencing the different zip codes. in the past seven years, i’ve lived in six different places (for various reasons)…when i write it down on paper, it seems a bit excessive but…it was fun for the seasons and i’d like to publicly thank all of those who have ever lent a box or helping hand to this ;)

i firmly believe life is made up of the people you spend it with; family, friends, and the people you encounter regularly - an underrated but meaningful aspect so easily forgotten about.

i have cherished the friendships formed from my daily coffee runs, work, and outings. although some people are put in our paths for only seasons, make the most out of them. it never hurts to make more connections with and truly see each other in a busy world.

friendly faces help a place feel like home and at the end of the day, we all want to be seen and heard. it may come naturally or may take effort but have genuine conversations today with your coworkers / baristas / breakfast shop owner / etc.

here’s to making friends with the familiar faces around you, you won’t regret it.

all the best,

abi

take away - make someone feel seen today.

practical tips:

digital - comment on a post or dm someone you’ve seen in your feed lately.

in person - notice the people around you on your commute or have a quick but meaningful conversation with your favorite coffee shop workers.

@abi_gallagher

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