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This week I have been thinking about being bold. 

It is not my personality at all to be bold. Truthfully, I say stuff on here that I would rarely say outloud in real life. I am non.confrontational, don’t like to upset people, don’t like to ruffle feathers.

If you went to a wedding…you would most likely see Chris & I trying to leave after we signed the welcome book. We tend to keep to ourselves. I am outgoing one on one but in a group, not at all.

A few people have made comments about pictures of me….I rarely smile confidently straight into the camera with a big smile. (I did this week that is why I got so many comments about it). I just struggle in this area. I can remember a time in my life when I would pull my hat down as low as it would go over my eyes. I guess in some way I was hiding. Trying not to get hurt. 

I guess I could expand on this more (which at some point I will, but I WILL say I am getting better). I am finding confidence. It drives people close to me absolutely nuts. I am total optimist, cheery, happy, sees everything in life on the bright side kind of girl….except when it comes to myself. bleh.

But back to being bold…

This week someone very close to me was in an accident. This person is not a believer and believes that they will get to heaven on their good works alone.

I have felt heartbroken and sad. 

Sad that I am not more bold. Sad that I hold back.

“The reality of hell should break our hearts and take us to our knees and the doors of those without Christ.”

If for some reason this pulls on your heart strings, talk to someone….email me if you want. Let’s talk about accepting Christ and surrendering control of your life to Him. 

Phew. Okay…Let’s lighten things up! 😉

I adore the colors teal & peach. They really make my heart skip a beat. We have two rooms in our home that are different shades of teal. smitten.
what’s on your heart?


May 20, 2011


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  1. M

    May 20th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Great post Casey! Being bold with ourselves and with others can be both difficult and uncomfortable. But, God didn't call us to be comfortable, he called us to be holy right? P.s. I am in L-O-V-E with anything peach or nude colored lately 😉

  2. courtiebeth

    May 20th, 2011 at 1:20 am

    So I totally can't blog this because of the person/situation/and the fact that it just isn't my story, BUT I am in tears over my hubby this week for his boldness. He is almost 33 (june 12th) and this week for the very first time in his life he took the opportunity to tell someone.
    His friend has been arrested in another country due to some very sticky airport issues. His friend is completely innocent and was arrested because he was the pilot in command of an aircraft with some sketchy bags that had been left on it by the passengers (who later returned for their bags and were also arrested). He is in another country in general population PRISON. Hubby was able to write him an email.
    He told his buddy that he hoped this experience would be just like all of his other stories where he somehow comes out on top, but all kidding aside, he knows his buddy isn't big on prayer/God/church. He is a VERY good person. Honest. A shirt off his back kind of guy. Hubby told him that in situations where you don't know God, but you need his help …
    "The best thing to do is be thankful. I know that is hard in your situation, but you are alive. I promise if you're thanking him, he is listening closely. Then tell him what is in your heart and what you need from him. Ask him into your heart and allow him into your life. I've had a rough few years with jobs and Evelyn's NICU stuff and knowing God is the ONLY thing that got me through. I don't mean to push, but you are my best friend besides Courtney and I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you what I know is true. I'll be praying for you and can't wait to shake your hand when I see you again!"

    My grown MAN of a husband laid it all out there. Not only will his friend read it, but the guy who printed it to take to the prison also read it. I promised him I'd pray over that letter until the day Kenny gets out. I know God will be faithful to my husband and his major growth in his walk with him. I'm so proud and thankful that my husband has a heart for God and a true trust in him. Most guys would be afraid of losing their friend here on earth. Brad wants his friend with him in Heaven!

    I could comment on the self image thing too, but actually…YOU and your million self photos are teaching me to be more open to my own uniqueness and get past some of my own setbacks.

    xoxo sweet sweet friend! Love U!!!

  3. Kristi Hoskins Gifts

    May 20th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    This is my first time linking up. I ooops one of them. Sorry! So there are two images on there and only the second one works right.
    Anyhow…I totally relate to your boldness issues. I myself am extremely outgoing one on one and most people that know me can't believe that I am almost painfully shy. I have trouble with making anyone upset or uncomfortable and I'm coming to terms with myself slowing.
    In my post about my daughter, I write that she reminds me of who I want to be. She is so bold…so real. I almost look up to a 5 year old!
    But smile…let yourself shine because you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

  4. HettyA

    May 20th, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Seriously can relate so much about the boldness. In the past I was so outgoing and just so willing to smile and "pose" for the camera! Over the years after experiences it's been hard to just be out there with my self! I'm trying really hard to focus on coming out of my shell though. Like Kristi said I almost look up to these kids who have no fear!

  5. Alyss

    May 20th, 2011 at 3:12 am

    You have such a sweet heart, Casey. Yes, you should be bold when it comes to bringing others to Christ. Yes, you should believe in yourself in believe you are as wonderful as you are.

    But don't lose yourself in learning how to become more bold! Being more introverted than others is not a bad thing. Neither is being humble. It's just a matter of discerning the difference between humility and low self esteem, and the difference between introverted and antisocial.

    It can be so scary to evangelize to those closest to us! The fear of rejection is real. I'll be praying for strength in that situation for you.

  6. Alyss

    May 20th, 2011 at 3:12 am

    P.S. love those colors!

  7. Leslie @ top of the page

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:18 am

    alyss stole my comments. but i'm saying them again. LOVE your heart. so much. and LOVE the peach pretties! wow, you'd be so pretty in those dresses. i have yet to get one of those rosette necklaces too. AND i'm gonna write a post to link up for the first time! woo hoo.

  8. Tara

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:29 am

    SO totally the same lady. In fact when most people meet me (if we even remain friends) they later tell me that at first they thought I was a b*tch. I just don't let my heart on the line for very many people (LOTS of backstory there) and especially not right away.
    WE HAVE TO HAVE A DATE SOMEDAY (or entire week)….mkay?
    Truly madly deeply do love you lady! xo.

  9. Elise Davis

    May 20th, 2011 at 6:43 am

    no way! – I can't believe anyone who is as talented, inspirational, accomplished, insightful, generous, down to earth and as gorgeous as you would have any issues with confidence but that's why I absolutely adore you!! because it hasn't gone to your head and your so real!
    what an amazing mom and role model you are for your babies, especially Ainsleigh.
    I did notice that picture tho – your smile is so contagious! it's so bright and happy! You and your amazing attributes are perfect, Friend!! it makes you YOU! So happy to know you!!
    Those dresses and colors are amazing, too – love love love the dresses :))

  10. Rissy

    May 20th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I have struggled with faith over the years…

    After losing my boyfriend in a car accident 2 years ago, I realized that I had to believe. I couldn't live if I didn't believe I would see him again.

    I think you would be able to inspire a lot of people as well by sharing your faith. Don't be afraid to be bold!

    Oh and on a lighter note, the first pic of that cake looks AMAZING!


  11. Anonymous

    May 20th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Not being able to spend eternal life with some that I love really tugs at my heart. I struggle with this on a daily basis. It's hard. Its so hard.

  12. Kelly

    May 20th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    hi beauty! be bold. you are AWESOME! believe it. i'm curious as to how old you are??? i love the color peach… teal is growing on me, it has to our "new" home (built in 1953) has original tile in it and in the master bedroom it's teal! hee-hee

  13. Natalie @ NS Pottery

    May 20th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I never would have guessed that you are shy! You appear very confident and bold, especially when you're rocking those gorgeous big headbands. I can definitely relate, though. I am so not bold and confident, very introverted and reserved, but it's something that I am working on.

    I'm so excited to link up!!!!!! 🙂 And, I LOVE peach and teal! Thanks for the sharing those gorgeous pictures!

  14. Lindsey

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Okay I LOVE this last picture of the bathroom…so pretty. Check out that beautiful tile above the sink!

  15. carlisle clan conversation...

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    praying for boldness sweet one, you are a gift! may your friend come to know jesus and walk in his light!

  16. Rach (DonutsMama)

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    This post gave me chills. I feel the conviction but like you, am too scared to be bold, to scared of being rejected. Thanks for being bold to write this. We never know how this may impact someone else.

    P.S. Alyss sent me over here

  17. Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box

    May 20th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    WOMAN! I HATE confrontation too. . . like it makes my stomach hurt and I can't eat. . . uggggg. . . . not even going to touch on the MASSIVE conviction I just got from being 'bold' in your post! 🙂 LOVE YOU and your words of wisdom AND your honesty! 🙂

  18. Sarah B.

    May 21st, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    You sound like a friendly introvert, just like me ;). It's hard to be bold! (I get self-conscious in front of the camera too :)) And it's super hard to be bold for Christ, even when it shouldn't be!

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