5.01.2015

#morethanaframe: JOY


I'm infinitely thankful for the excitement surrounding #morethanaframe. I could not have expected a better turn out. You ladies are AWESOME! Each Friday, starting today, I will be choosing ten of my favorite photos (and favorite captions) from the week and featuring them on this little space.

This week's prompt is JOY. I'm so happy we kicked this project off with this prompt. It was so fun to see everyone's hearts beyond their images and really dive in to what joy embodies for each of us. I had such a hard time choosing the photos to feature today.



This city brings so much JOY into my life. The history, the people, the quirky holes in the wall, the traditions, the accents, the culture. #baltimore is home to me but it's more than that. The JOY I feel when I'm in this city makes my heart want to burst. I don't know why I love Bmore so much but I do know that when I was praying where to go next while going to school in Delaware, "Baltimore" was my answer. I'm called here. THIS is my place. THIS is my home. Despite other's comments that Baltimore is dirty, dangerous, ghetto, etc. I do not care because THIS is the place that brings me JOY. This morning, people are hurting, people are angry, people are tired. Stores are looted, police cars destroyed, property busted up, windows broken. This city is literally in shambles this morning due to riots and violence. My heart is heavy and broken but still I have JOY in remembering that God is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than I could ever imagine. He will restore our home. He will make all things right. #morethanaframe
A photo posted by Annie Skinner (@annieskinn) on

For this week's #morethanaframe we're talking about JOY. What makes me feel joyful? Knowing that my God has a plan for my life, and I don't need to strive for the outcomes. I don't have to strive to achieve things and make a difference, I get to press into Him instead. I get to follow as He leads me to the things He's set aside for AMY to achieve. I get to watch as He develops passions in this heart of mine, and provides opportunities for me to live those out. All to bring glory to His name! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• One of those passions that brings me such joy is speaking & teaching, and tonight God has brought yet another opportunity for me to do so 🙌🏼 (He is so good, ya'll). I would LOVE your prayers that God would come & meet with us @realitysb women tonight. ❤️
A photo posted by Amy Reed (@sweethomesb) on






This is the first time I've posted a baby picture on Instagram. I've been terrified of pregnancy/babies for as long as I can remember, which is why the good Lord saw fit to give me a job as a receptionist at a Birth Center 😂 I've slowly learned that I won't break them, they do like me, and their moms aren't insane for having them. Today, one of our nurses brought her 3-month old son in, and he was being fussy and she had to draw blood on a half-dozen patients. So I took the leap and asked if I could wear him. Which probably seems like NOT A BIG DEAL to a lot of you, but it was totally a big deal for me. Then he fell asleep in the sling and his little baby snuggles and snuffles made me just a little less scared of having my own kids someday. And that brings me JOY...which is, incidentally, the insta-promt this week for #morethanaframe, a hashtag started by my friend @thatsageblog and @mrthomasandme. It's all about putting more honesty and good stuff on the Internet. Join in and show us your joy, friends!!
A photo posted by Rachel Nordgren (@rachnordgren) on


And in case you missed mine:


As we end the first week, I encourage you to continue to dialogue with one another. It's so cool to see the conversations and friendships that have already started. I know instagram has been feeling a lot more fruitful for me this week!

Haven't joined in the fun yet? There's still time! Be sure to keep you eyes peeled for next week's prompt!
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34 comments :

  1. I absolutely love the community this hashtag has created, I've enjoyed getting to "know" a few of these ladies!

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  2. Cassie you are seriously the best for giving internet high fives! I love that you'll be featuring some of the posts!!

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  3. I love this week's prompt and I can't wait for the weeks ahead!!! :) Love "meeting" so many awesome ladies!

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  4. I love this SO SO much! All of these pictures and the captions are SO good and so inspiring!

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  5. I'm loving the pictures from the week!

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  6. Thanks! I completely agree. I think I love some of the captions even more!

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  7. Right?! It was so hard to just choose 10!!!

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  8. I can't tell you how inspiring #morethanaframe has been and we are only getting started! I'm so touched you included my picture, there has been a lot of joy in my life over the past few days!

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  9. Loving all these pictures! This is such a fun project!

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  10. Thanks! I'm so excited at the response!

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  11. It seems so! So happy for you!

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  12. oh yay so glad you did this! i needed the reminded! just wrapped up another photo challenge so now my focus can be on this and loooove seeing everyone's JOY!

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  13. I seriously love this so much! I've enjoyed interacting with other bloggers in this challenge.

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  14. I have too! So glad you've joined in!

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  15. Yay!!! So glad you'll be participating!

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  16. I need to join in on this! So awesome, Cassie!

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  17. Honestly, this community has made me SO EXCITED. Love it.

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  18. Music to my ears, seriously. It's so fun to see people encouraging each other!

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  19. This my favorite Instagram "thing" to be a part of! I'm loving it! Thanks so much for featuring my post, friend!! :)

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  20. That makes me so happy. And you're very welcome!

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  21. I've loved joining in these last couple weeks! Thank you for coming up with the idea!

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  22. Last week was so fun! and this week is a little bit scary but in a good way. Especially considering my fear. I really love what you guys have done. So excited to be a part of it.

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing my photo! I really LOVE this community (and I never do any instagram challenges because I'm lazy, haha).

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  24. These photos are all so uplifting and inspiring! Thank you for sharing and for coming up with this project!

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  25. Excited to see you being raw and embracing it :)

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  26. We are so happy to have you participating!!

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  27. Thanks for your kind words. I'm really enjoying it and I'm glad you are too!

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