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Chelseabillups30

Chelseabillups30

Joined July 2016

"Books are the training weights of the mind." *Epictetus*
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My 12th BOTM box arrived this afternoon!! 📦💨🚚

That means I am officially a BOTM BFF!! 📚👯‍♀️👏🏻

I‘m so impressed with the durability of the tote bag & the extra pocket on the inside of the bag that I was previously unaware it had prior to its arrival!

That bookmark is the absolute truth, best one so far! 😏

And the book covers this month!
Most excited I‘ve been to hold new books in my hands!!
B-E-A-UTIFUL shades of green!!

😍💚🤩

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John Crist comedy fans in here?!?
Book club/buddy read for the fall anyone??

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My BOTM picks arrived earlier this afternoon!!

And it‘s been a rough first half of the day…so ya girl needed a solid surprise like book mail!!

Initially had a hard time deciding which one I‘d read first and that struggle was solely based on how gorgeous I think both of these covers are, but I think I‘m gonna go with “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” because I want to read Crouch‘s books in order and I haven‘t gotten to his first two yet.

Twainy Mine arrived today also! 😁 1mo
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Manifest Now | Idil Ahmed
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🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓

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Wherever there is real love for you, take it and be strengthened by it. As your body, heart, and mind come to know that you are loved, your weakest part will feel attracted to that love. What has remained separated and unreachable will let itself be drawn into the love you have been able to receive. One day you will discover that your anguish is gone. It will leave you because your weakest self let itself be embraced by your love.

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OPEN PASSAGES | Frybort Susan
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You matter and you should be loved.
Period.
End of sentence.
End of paragraph.
End of story.
You matter and should be loved.

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So many financial problems would be solved for me by now if I could find a way to pull this off!!!

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Love is the most powerful force on the planet.

❤️🌈🧡🌈💛🌈💚🌈💙🌈💖🌈💜

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Untitled | Unknown
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Yes and amen!!! 👍🏻📚🙏🏻 Who else brings a book everywhere? What author/genre do you regularly choose?

Amiable My grandmother used to say that always you need to have a book with you “in case you get stuck in an elevator.” Not sure why specifically an elevator or if that actually happened to her once and she was without a book —but I still heed her advice! 😀 2mo
TNbookworm 👏👏👏 2mo
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❤️🌈🧡🌈💛🌈💚🌈💙🌈💖🌈💜

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The Strength in Our Scars | BIanca Sparacino
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Trying to trust, believe, and hold on to hope for this!!

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With June being Pride Month I‘ve been thinking a lot about how the greatest gift we can give one another and ourselves is permission to be exactly who we are. To love who we love. To create safe spaces for each other. EVERYTHING that we are. To welcome ourselves and our people to experience and move through life fully. To celebrate others and celebrate ourselves. We all deserve this gift. To be given it and to give it away.

❤️🧡💛💚💙💖💜

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Unknown Title | Questing Vole Press
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Heard from the author of these beautiful words that this actually isn‘t in a book yet and that he just wrote it this morning, but still wanted to share!!

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Feeling this hard tonight!! 💯💯💯

Prettytears 😍 2mo
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Uvalde, Texas: Uvalde economic development handbook | Uvalde Area Development Foundation
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All my thoughts wouldn‘t fit within the character limit for Litsy, but I couldn‘t not get them out.
I‘m truly at a loss.

wanderinglynn It makes me so angry because it‘s preventable. 😡 I‘ve lived in Japan for 2 years and you know what hasn‘t happened in those 2 years? A mass shooting. Not one. Why? Because no one in Japan can purchase a handgun or rifle. Only the Japanese military & police have guns. 2mo
Chelseabillups30 @wanderinglynn, yes. You‘re absolutely right. I‘m sick of lack of appropriate mental health care here in the USA and what seems like non-existent gun laws. I‘m sick of people worrying more about having their second amendment rights stolen or something being deemed unconstitutional and those concerns overpowering concern for human life and regard to health of the owner of the gun. 2mo
Chelseabillups30 @wanderinglynn,Kids and teachers don‘t deserve to fear for their lives in exchange for the opportunity to teach and learn. 2mo
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Bookwormjillk I‘m reeling today. At lunch a child at our local high school was stabbed and died. Then a few hours later the news from Texas. Simply heartbreaking. 2mo
AmyG Vote. Vote for people who will pass common sense gun laws. Until then this will happen over and over and over. I am incensed. 2mo
Julsmarshall I‘m so heartbroken. I feel like I vote and march and speak to my gun owning friends and nothing changes. If they can‘t see the light when kindergartners die, I just don‘t know if they‘ll ever care more about kids than their damn guns. But I‘ll keep voting and marching and fighting because we must. This has to end. 2mo
Amiable @AmyG Amen. 2mo
Chelseabillups30 @AmyG, I vote. And I wish I felt like it made a damn bit of difference. Like the easy answer was putting the right person in office and that would end this nonsense and senseless killings. But I‘m not sure I believe that it can happen within our current system by what we‘re seeing take place time and time again. I wish the answers were easy and I wish I felt like I had them and could play an active role in this that was sure to make a difference. 2mo
AmyG @Chelseabillups30 Voting is the only tool I have. It‘s the right people in every office. But people need to do their homework on who to vote for. People need to speak up. People need to get active to get the right candidates elected. And more and more people need to vote. Young people as it‘s their duture. What country do they want to live in? Election after election after election..... (edited) 2mo
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💗✨💜✨💓✨💜✨💗✨💜✨💓✨💜✨💗

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Neon Soul | Alexandra Elle
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Resilience is born.
And then born again.
An infinite rebirth.

💐♾🌹♾🌸♾🌺♾🌷♾🌻♾🌼♾💐♾🥀

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Pickpick

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This book felt like a hug.
A best friend showing up at my doorstep right when I needed her most.
A permission slip to do things differently these days because the last few years have presented us all with scenarios that should absolutely change us & push us to change course.
Shauna‘s writing is spiritual & faith-filled.
She is the queen of narrative and storytelling.
How lucky we all are that she shares her gift with all of us.

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Is the world still beautiful? Still yes.
Do our stories still matter? Still yes.
Am I still hopeful? Still yes.
Will I trust people?
Will I trust God?
Will I trust myself?
Still yes, yes, yes.

Angeles God and myself maybe...Trust people: never 3mo
Angeles Sorry about the downer comment. I am having a bad week 3mo
Chelseabillups30 @Angeles, I‘m sorry this week has been a rough one. I hope if you feel like you can trust God, that you know you can trust Him to put the right people who are also trustworthy in your path. And it‘s okay to rid your life of those that do not seem like they were sent to you by God. God is looking out for your GOOD. Everything that is meant for you won‘t pass you by. I hope you can rest and find peace in that. 3mo
Angeles Thank you. That is sweet of you 3mo
Angeles ❤️ 3mo
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We‘re okay with moving forward, as long as we get to control what‘s coming next. But that‘s not how it works. Not in improv, not in the water, not in life. Yes, and. Yes, and change course. Yes, into the unknown. Yes, even though everything‘s different. Still yes.

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This seems to be at the heart of everything right now—a willingness to show up, unarmed and unfiltered and wildly imperfect, looking the reality of life full in the face. Willingness to show up, not out of a place of strength, but out of a shared vulnerability. Here we are. Here‘s what‘s been broken along the way. Here are our bruises and our scars, our fears and our secrets. Here I am, showing up anyway.

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I‘m not perfect or shiny or bulletproof. The story of my life is not a fairytale. It‘s not a horror story. It‘s just a story like most stories—dark and light and beautiful and terrible and still being written.

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I know now that I‘m strong enough, brave enough, whole enough to hold it all—how it was and how it ended. What I got wrong, what I made right, who I was, who I wasn‘t, who I‘ve yet to become. What I miss, what was lost, what‘s still unfolding.

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Terrible things happen. Treasured things break. If you‘re like me, you get tumbled, and the worst of you is on full display. And then you turn back to yourself. You ask for help. You ask for forgiveness. You ask for a second chance. You get up and keep living. More than anything, you forgive yourself.

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Life will break your heart in a thousand ways, but there‘s still music and there‘s still dancing. There‘s still coffee and toast. There‘s still kissing and there are still late dinners on busy sidewalks. Twinkly lights, novels, old movies, soft blankets, black-and-white photos, French braids,salty hot French fries dipped in mayo and ketchup…..we‘re still trying, still hoping, still getting it wrong and getting it right.

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God‘s loving whisper pulses around every corner, and love and goodness still prevail, even when it seems like they don‘t.

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“……what lasts is the long game. The legacy. The love that you build day by day. It‘s about choosing to be present, today and then tomorrow and then the next day. It‘s about getting up after a fall, over and over.”

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There‘s no quick fix. There‘s no overnight success. There‘s no silver bullet. There‘s just starting where your feet are, letting yourself be a beginner, showing up anyway, over and over and over. And if that‘s not as triumphant and motivational as you want it to be, well, okay.

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You just do all of it right in the middle of your normal, messy life. The greatest moments of your professional life unfold right while you‘re having a hard time sleeping or you go back to therapy or you think you might be in early menopause. All we have is right here, right now. Our bodies, our spirits, our fears, the people we love, the people we‘ve failed.

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We‘re strong and we‘re not. We make progress and then we falter and we show up anyway. We show up anyway, again and again and again, and when we tell the truth about what we‘re carrying, it makes us feel less alone and less stuck, and when we show up anyway and tell others about what we‘re carrying, it makes everyone feel less alone and less stuck.

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We learn to keep going, because all the times we thought we couldn‘t take one more step, we did. What‘s the option? We kept going then, and we can keep going now. It isn‘t pretty, but if I‘ve learned anything, it‘s that there‘s a lot more to life than pretty.

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We learn to grab joy and delight when we can. We learn that we don‘t control plotlines, even though we forget sometimes. We learn that every good thing takes time and work and patience. We learn to be suspicious of overnight success or magic or solutions. We learn to ask for help, to ask for space, to ask for second chances. We learn how tough we are, and how beloved.

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Life doesn‘t follow us. We follow it. We run after it, fight against it, catch up to it, make sense of it, get used to it—but it happens to us, not the other way around.

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But our stories, our living-and-breathing, flesh-and-blood, toss-and-turn-all-night, hit-the-snooze-seven-times lives don‘t ever fit into the formats we‘ve chosen, and I guess I haven‘t learned that yet—and not for lack of opportunities.

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If all you value is work, then productivity is the metric. But if you can shift out from under the weight of that, then the world refracts against itself like a kaleidoscope again, again, again. Not what did you make, but what did you heal from? Not how far did you go, but how hard did you fight to be free?

SRWCF Oh,man, that's great! 3mo
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Increasingly, when I think about how to measure a day, a season, a life, I‘m committed to different metrics, to abundance instead of scarcity, to care instead of competition, to meaning instead of measuring.

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Maybe what makes a day good or valuable or worthwhile is not what you accomplished, what work you did or thing you fixed, or task you checked off a list. Maybe there are other metrics—pleasure, connection, caring for someone, learning something new, experiencing delight.

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Pain and loss are a reality of life for all of us, and they‘re not punishments or referendums on our fundamental worthiness. Life breaks us, and then we put ourselves back together, a little stronger each time, a little braver each time, a little freer each time. And goodness and peace and second chances and joy are not only for the unbroken. They‘re for all of us. They‘re for me. And they‘re for you.

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“….self compassion and self care are acts of obedience, stewarding well what God has given to us, loving what he loves.”

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He made us with love, watches over us with love.
Self compassion isn‘t unwillingness to take our own failings seriously. It‘s following God‘s example, tending to ourselves with the same kindness he shows us, even when we‘ve failed, especially when we‘ve failed.

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We only heal by investing in the difficult and ugly work, even if it isn‘t pretty, even if it looks like a mess for a while.

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“….I am allowed to heal. I am allowed to be happy. I am allowed to do work that I love, to celebrate, to feel joy and delight, to laugh. I am allowed to invest in my own healing, allowed to protect myself, allowed to tend loving to myself in all sorts of ways.”

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Book mail is the best mail!!

Book on the left was one that has been on my BOTM TBR list but sold out forever, so ThriftBooks came through with it for me this time around! The Red One is the tagged book and I have had the audiobook companion sitting on my “Unread” list on Chirp for far too long now!

Ruthiella I love Thriftbooks! 3mo
Chelseabillups30 @Ruthiella, same!! There are very few books I buy that I haven‘t gotten off of there!! I‘ve got a couple more on the way!! 3mo
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That‘s who we are, who we‘ve always been—created on purpose, shaped by a word, loved beyond measure.

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I hold on to the fact that God is. And he is love, which is the center of everything.

robinb Amen. 3mo
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Bigger is better. Faster is better. Pretty and thin matter more than smart and kind, because those first things are the ones you can observe through a screen—and who has time anymore for boring and unsexy things like thinking and morality? I say that not to shame us but to encourage us to change course. We don‘t have to live like this. We can dismantle and rebuild. And we must.

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We‘ve gotten approximately one billion things wrong along the way, it seems, as we‘ve built governments and systems and institutions and, certainly, religions. We‘ve built them in our image, with the structures and shapes that make sense to us—power, control, hierarchy.

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There are so many reasons to walk away. But nothing gets healed or restored or brought back to life unless those of us who still believe in hope, in honesty, in confession and prayer and the sacred reality of the church gathering keep gathering, keep working, keep praying, keep making changes. And so I stay.

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There are a million reasons not to stay. I could list several hundred thousand, at least. Many of our churches are sick, infected by racism and patriarchy. Many use shame and fear as ways to control. Many use manipulation and charm.

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This is the process of a lifelong faith. Born again. Again. Again. You won‘t have to unravel and rebuild in such a comprehensive way every time—it seems to me that most people have several faith disruptions over a lifetime. But there are smaller quakes along the way too, and what a gift we would give ourselves if we could normalize this process.