it's not always about me.

My roommate, Jacqueline, moved away today.  She's been moving out for two weeks, but today it's official.  My heart hurts, my eyes hurt, my head hurts, and I simultaneously need a hug, and also want to just be alone.

The past several months have been a really weird season for me.  I haven't been sharing much on here because while there is a lot to share, I just can't right now.  I don't have the mental or emotional bandwidth to write about it yet.

So much has happened, that my mind and emotions are struggling just to keep up, let alone process and reflect and explain.

I'll get there.

Today, I'm just sad.  I had no idea when that photo was taken in February, that only two months later the second bedroom would be empty again.  See, Jacqueline was supposed to be the answer to my prayer!  The answer to my year-long prayer for a roommate.


j'adore the vox!

I have had the privilege three times now, to receive a sampler product box from Influenster.  Influenster is "a community of tastemakers, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences."  The leverage their consumers' and partner companies' social media influence, and let us share with you, our friends, what we think of the products we receive.

I am pretty sure they made Vox Box for people like me, because I'm a walking talking commercial for products that I really believe in, that have made a difference for me.  Sometimes I get a little TOO excited!  Anyway, this is what we received this time:


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letters from my heart // daughters of the King.

letters from my heart: daughters of the King. // www.graceforgayle.com
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This is an excerpt from a letter I wrote last night to one of the girls I have had the privilege of befriending and getting to know over the past 6 months.  I love her sooooo much.  She is such an encouragement to me, I just love her heart and praise God for bringing her into my life.  She happens to be serving time in a prison in Central Texas.

This is in direct relation to the post I wrote last week, entitled "fair".

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I thought about that situation last week, and how unfair it is. I thought about how frustrating it was that no one listened to me, no one helped me, no one did anything to help but just made their judgments about me. I thought about how I have ZERO control over the situation. There's nothing I can do. I can't do anything to fix it. There isn't anyone I can talk to. There isn't an appeals process. It is done.


fighting back.

This past Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a conference that was led by the ministry team from Vision Life Ministries. To say that it was an amazing, new, completely different, life-changing, thought provoking, spirit-moving, prayer-driving, God-centered, powerful, and bewildering experience would be an understatement.

Jacqueline and I received the seminar enrollment as a gift from a friend and mentor of ours from church. She felt so strongly that we should attend this session, that she gifted it to us, and we are so grateful. The event we attended is called the Freedom and Fullness Seminar. It's about breaking free from spiritual bondage, and finding freedom in Christ through the Holy Spirit.

A lot of the information presented during the session was completely new to me. But, it's perfect timing, because our pastor has been doing a sermon series on the Holy Spirit, and I have just been soaking in all of this amazing stuff about God that, unfortunately, I never knew OR just completely underestimated.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 // www.graceforgayle.com
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