This year Closing the Gap™ expanded our reach by ministering to college students. We partnered with @ffw_unt
, a women’s ministry, on the campus of @unt
, and through this connection we met an on-fire-for-God young lady named Alex! Alex is part of a remnant of young adults who love God with their whole heart, strives to live holy and is walking in her calling at a young age. We are eternally grateful for our connection. Thank you for these kind words Alex!!!!❤️#closingthegap
Sometimes it’s the little things that get you through the week 🤗
This pic is from two years ago on June 25, 2016, at the very first Closing the Gap™. I did not know fully what this ministry was, or what it would become, I was simply being obedient to the call. Because I am a preacher/teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I was concerned, initially, about hosting a meeting that served only women. I feared being typecast as a “women only” preacher. However, after our first meeting, I understood the call more clearly.
One of the definitions of the word gap is a break in continuity. As the Holy Spirit began to unveil the purpose of Closing the Gap™, I became aware that a break had occurred spiritually, and the only way to close that break is through the Word of God. God is a generational God! He was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Therefore, our goal is to create a place where women of all ages can gather to receive biblical instruction and prayer in a community that offers safety and transparency. Closing the Gap™ seeks to close the gap between the churched and un-churched, as well as the older and younger, uniting wisdom and strength.
We are excited to celebrate two years of teaching/preaching, laying on of hands, showing love, shedding tears, having compassion, learning and growing, receiving correction and sharing our testimonies to facilitate healing and wholeness for all who attend. All week I will be flooding my timeline with pictures, videos, and testimonies of countless women who have been blessed by the ministry of Closing the Gap™. “This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:23
Amy Cuddy @amycuddy
is a body language expert who is best known for her 2012 #TED
talk on power posing, the second most popular video in the platform's history with over 47 million views. She joins us on the podcast to share her research on the link between confidence, competence and body language❤️
Link in bio!
I came across this article by National Public Radio while I was researching about Diastasis Recti and the title (“Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day”) caught my attention so I read on. If you go back to my previous posts, you will see that I also sport diastasis recti from my pregnancy and to put myself back together I subscribed to a program called Tupler Technique by Julie Tupler. I managed to reduce my separation from three fingers to two fingers with the Tupler Technique but I personally found it to be quite time-consuming. For one of the main exercises, I was expected to do 10 sets x 100 reps (that 1,000 reps for one exercise!). Usually they expect you to do two exercises per day, when one of the exercises is already 1,000 reps, it became too much of a challenge to keep it up for me. However, clients who were able to adhere to this regimen, by Tupler seemed to have very positive outcome in closing their diastasis.
As mums, we tend to be very busy but the Keller’s program from the NPR article offers an alternative - using only 10 minutes a day seemed very achievable to me. In the article, the research team claimed that out of 63 subjects who participated in the workout program, after 12 weeks of doing the exercise 10 minutes per day, 100% of the sample achieved full closure of their gap – a pretty impressive claim.
I’m going to give this exercise a go and will be reporting my progress throughout the 12 weeks. I want to test it myself. And I also want to test whether the claim that it helps back pain also stacks up! Starting today, I will finish on 14thJuly - Who’s going to try with me?!? .
Link to the article in the bio
When people choose to live the life God has for them... other peoples opinions should not be requested required or relevant ❤️ Such an amazing teaching about our identities #closingthegap
I could sit here with him saying nothing. Just enjoying the beautiful weather and each others presence. He wasnt with me on this beautiful day, he was another time zone away, 2 states between us, 10+ hours to drive. We are going on 2 years of having a long distance relationship. Its been the most beautifully, challenging, trying, tough, rewarding 2 years of my life. He came into my life unexpectedly and ever since then my life turned around and he helped me find and put the pieces of myself back together. October 5th 2018 He is making the trip here so we can rent a U-Haul, pack up my apartment and head back to Ohio to start our lives together finally. I know in my heart that this time I am moving for all the right reasons. I love you so much.
😍[TLDR:] 3months, 2weeks, 5days until we move in together
#ldr #closingthegap #movinginthreemonths #beautiful #missinghim
When you and your coworker both have awesome sense of style (unplanned of course) 😉
Here is an interesting article that depicts the “bad guys” as having a cleft lip. It’s been written by a journalist who was born with a cleft lip and palate and who like everyone else affected by clefts keeps asking “why” this continues to happen. In the article he writes… “As a journalist, you don’t want to make yourself part of the story. But with a little extra time left in my interview with id Software studio director Tim Willits, I asked why the cleft lip and palate imagery made the cut from Rage to Rage 2. To his credit, he didn’t spin his response. Here’s the transcript.” Click here to read the article: https://www.polygon.com/e3/2018/6/14/17462430/rage-2-interview-e3-2018-id-avalanche
#cleftfriends #closingthegap #youarenotalone #smilefoundationsa #makingadifference #doinggood
This is about to be so sappy so read at your own risk.
It was motivating and pretty nostalgic to be around these students as it reminds me of my last year self haha. It was an honour to be able to hear their stories and anecdotes that each of this student brings, and to share my personal experience with them. It felt almost cathartic. One thing that struck me the most is just how ambitious they are, one says “I want to be an astrophysicist”, the other says “I want to become a baby doctor! (paediatrician)” the list goes on and on. Last year, I was lucky enough to be a part of the @closingthegapmy
’s scholar that aims to minimise the education gap for underprivileged students. And the programme has changed my life as cliche as that sounds but its true though. I’ve met an incredible team and my mentor (@firdausfaiz
) who never cease to give me support to the best as they could, for believing in me optimistically when I don’t believe in myself, grooming me to become a better person and the support system that I have received is one thing that I will forever be grateful for. I am happy to learn that the community is growing and will continue to do so hopefully, because I for one have benefitted immensely in the programme so I hope there will be more students out there who are able to treasure this opportunity as well.
The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people. It’s so important to embrace this and respect one another’s culture, history, challenges and aspirations.
Today, we are celebrating Mikayla’s 1 year anniversary with our company!! We are so thankful for all of your hard work, Mikayla!! 😊
Nigel Barker, @nigelbarker
the internationally renowned fashion photographer, best known for his role as a judge on the show, America’s Next Top Model, is also a passionate #feminist
. While Barker says he has always been a #genderequality
advocate, it was when he became a father to his son and daughter that he decided to take action. “With my young daughter growing up in this world I want her to be as empowered, confident and educated as she can possibly be. Certainly, as an equal to my son. I want her to have every opportunity I can possibly give her,” says Barker. Click the link in bio to read the full article✨
Please join us in celebrating Neil Rutman, Deliver Hope’s 2017 recipient of the Dare to Dream Award.
Today Mr. Rutman was recognized by Judge Troy Braswell and Mayor Bart Castleberry for his continued commitment to our community, our justice system and the youth it serves. We are so thankful for and inspired by Mr. Rutman and the way he has impacted the lives of so many young men in our community. #DeliverHope
Today I did something BIG. I got my first set of Invisalign. My entire life I have been self conscious about my smile. I have had boys not want to date me because of my teeth. I have had people actually tell me I would be beautiful if it wasn’t for my teeth. And let’s be honest, when people describe me I’m 99% sure they say “you know, the girl with the gap”. After a while I thought of my gap as a filter of sorts. If someone couldn’t see me through my gap then I didn’t need such a superficial person in my life. A smile. It’s the smallest, yet warmest gesture you could give someone and it was always something I hated to share. Sure, when hanging out with friends and family I could set my issues aside and my confidence would shine through, but let me catch a glimpse in a mirror, or see someone aim a camera my way and my smile would fade. My gap morphed into a crutch... “they don’t like me because of my gap”, or “I don’t fit in because they’re so perfect and I’m not”. I’m not exactly sure why I felt this way. I don’t think that of others when I see they have a gap. Maybe it’s because kids are always more honest than adults. There’s the previous mentioned stuff I heard as a kid, then within the last ten years I have have three different kids, all around the age of four, get excited when they thought my gap was instead a missing tooth. Maybe they related more to me because of that? I don’t know, but their parents were mortified. As was I, but I answered with the truth, “God makes everyone different, and this was how he made me”. Because of that last sentence I was very torn about making any changes to God’s design. Then I thought, God wants us to be at peace, and I would love to enjoy smiling. When telling people I wanted to close the gap I was met with, “but it’s you. You wouldn’t be you without the gap”. That’s not true. My gap isn’t ME. Yes, it’s a part of me, but it’s not who I am. Getting rid of the gap won’t make me beautiful, it won’t make more people like me, or make me fit in places I didn’t before. I’m not doing this for anyone other than myself. ***More in comments*** #invisalign #fortyandfabulous #doingthisforme #closingthegap