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@ruffledbygrace

M. Wahila

ruffledbygrace

Picturing the irreverent, unexpected and hysterical ways we are ruffled by grace!

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So much love to give! 💝  It's the season of giving and I am so excited to be teaming up with other fabulous Paris professionals to give away an amazing gift this holiday season.... Shhh... I can't tell you all the details yet!  Before we launch our giveaway and the gift-giving season, we are taking time out to give thanks for the many blessings we have been given. To all my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving!
Paris, the City of Light, is a place made for life-giving moments of abundance. It is where art emerges from dreams, where liberty defies tyranny, and where lovers from every corner of the world come to stroll the streets to capture a moment of passion that will last a lifetime.
Every couple has special elements that make the day truly "theirs." This little cross flew all the way across the ocean to be with the groom on his special day.  It's a privilege to share such special moments, weaving together love and faith to bless people.
I've been given the opportunity to chat on Expat Radio THIS Thursday (12h - 13h) about the work I do as a pastor - specifically blessing people through weddings, vow renewals and elopements in Paris!  Word on the street is that you'll hear the music of the amazing @danielherrmusic too.  So tune into Ex-patradio.com THURSDAY to hear this small pastor share a big passion 💜
Plenty of love to go around in Paris!  Take some time today to share love with another human being. We were created for #love ❤️ I adore how this love lock is a little scratched up and worn, but still locked tightly around the post. Love endures all things.
Have you ever seen such a beautiful wedding feast?  Honored to officiate a communion service for a newly married couple on the Champ de Mars. Watching them offer the cup and bread to one another was joyful, powerful, and fun. Such a beautiful moment to observe their first married act of serving one another.  Fabulous photo by @nancyafrancy and this stunning picnic created by @sweetpeaparis
Even pastors can wear @converse sneakers (with #pink ribbons of course!). It was the perfect day for a wedding and it was the perfect day for a communion service on the Champ de Mars.  All are welcome to the Lord's Table. All are welcome here, without exception. If you come with but a mustard seed of faith, you are welcome here... . . . . . #love #weddingfun #weddings #weddingofficiant #pariswedding #parisweddingofficiant #pastor #weddingpastor #pastorlife #clergy #clergycouture #paris #parislife #parisliving #thelordssupper #communion #eucharist #pastorandmom #joy #enjoythemoment #loveconquersall #lovewins #converse #weddingfeast #weddingpicnic #champdemars #grace #ruffledbygrace
How can you have anything but joy when you see such a beautiful sight?! Praying today for all those who mourn, those who are lost, those who take from others, the desperate, the angry, and those who feel unloved or unloveable.  There's so much to pray over, so much to do, and so much to be done in this world. BUT, let it not overwhelm you.  Go out into the world in peace. Have courage. Hold on to what is good. Repay no one evil for evil. Strengthen the faint hearted. Support the weak. Help the suffering. Honor all beings.  Reflect grace, dear ones. . . . . . . . #enjoythemoment #enjoythelittlethings #grace #love #joy #faith #beauty #paris #parislife #parislife #blueskies #courage #pastor #pastorlife #pastorandparent #france #frenchlife #ruffledbygrace
Autumn in #paris is always beautiful.  Over the vacation period, we took time out to enjoy the outdoors, visit stunning chateaux, and sit by a crackling fire. It was the perfect time to reflect on how full my heart is as my "work" picks up and as my other half departs again for his work. And now, we're equally happy to be back home!  It was so nice (and relaxing!) to share a few days with my family before I hit November running with wedding blessings. It might be my work, but it is not "work." I'm thankful and lucky for the privilege to work with other fabulous wedding professionals and to bless couples. . . . . . . . . .  #findyourpassion #calling #vocation #pastor #pastorlife #pastorandparent #momlife #momofboys #vacation #enjoythemoment #enjoythelittlethings #lesvacances #paris #parislife #pariswedding #parisweddings #parispastor #destinationwedding
Les vacances ont commencé!  Time for coffee and #dobble @le_cairn together! And also a pouring demonstration from our friend - Little M is learning the art of coffee crafting from the best. . . . . . #lesvacances #toussiant #café #latte #coffeeaddict #coffee #coffleelover #mom #momlife #momofboys #boymom #boyvacation #schoolvacation #joy #love #family #familytime #specialtime #enjoythelittlethings #enjoythemoment #bebeccino
Choose love ❤️ (and coffee). For every breathe, and the grace to start fresh each morning, I am thankful. For the opportunity to love people (especially two little ones!) and to be brave in a dark world, I am thankful.  And also, coffee. I am thankful for coffee. Trite? Maybe. But this Momma doesn't care. . . . . . . #coffeeaddict #coffee #coffeelover #coffeetime #parentingpluscoffee #momlife #momofboys #gailygrind #chooselove #love #faith #life #friends #friendspluscoffee #grace #ruffledbygrace #paris #parislife #parisliving #france #frenchlife #café
Here's a glimpse into my glamorous weekend mom life - cutting off the foil of our Nespresso capsules to clean them out for Marcello's "collection de cent" for school.  It's a collection of one thing per day for the first 100 days of school. He has to group things together by 10, and then fabricate "something" out of his collection of things. They have an exposition to display all of their projects - and it's quite exciting to see what the children have created!  As if someone needed to give me an excuse to drink more coffee!!! Oh the sacrifices we make as parents... #coffee #coffeeaddict #coffeelover #parenting #momlife #momofboys #classproject #collectiondecent #100daysofschool #nespresso #classprojectsareforparentstoo #school #ecole
Loving this view of #pontalexandre3 and the amazing blue sky today.  The perspective of the lion looking up reminds me of Daniel! Timely, because @hillsongparis just started a new series on Daniel last Sunday!  On this morning's run, I was particularly reminded of Sunday's encouragement to "run after wisdom." We are built up, and we are changed when we seek wisdom. What are YOU running after?  Did you know that the biblical image of "wisdom" is assigned feminine gender? I was elbowing my husband to tell him this Bible factoid (hey, I didn't go to graduate school for nothing!), when our pastor launched into just this point - presenting the personification of wisdom and all of her beautiful attributes and strength. ❤️ Proverbs 1:20-21 reads, “Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech...” May you all have the wisdom and strength to speak out about whatever breaks your heart, to run after the good, and to gracefully press on - past the lions! . . . . . .  #canttakethepreacheroutofthepreacher #pastorandparent #pastorlife #faith #danielandthelionsden #bible #proverbs #wisdom #running #runnergirl #runningmom #runmom #paris #parislife #bluesky #france #francelife #hillsong #hillsongparis #hillsongfrance #halfmarathontraining ‭‭
This rentrée has me all like: "does not meet expectations" ✅ in pretty much every sphere of my life.  It's been a fast and furious rentrée. Honestly, it's ending up pretty easy to feel like a failure.  So it was a nice surprise to see this picture of myself snapped earlier this September. Though I've been feeling a little like I've run out of grace and joy, this snapshot tells a different story.  The shot was taken at a celebration of love with lots of great friends. It was taken through the lens of my friend's camera. It's what she saw and captured of me in the moment.  And it's a good reminder of a few important things:  1. I'm glad she could help me tell my story. Friends, we are called to do life together - to celebrate together and to stand together. Sometimes that means helping our friends tell their story - the hard parts or the parts they can't see.  2. There's always enough grace. It doesn't always feel like it, but there is! And there's enough to be refilled, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Thank you, Lord, for this gift.  It's Monday. I can't promise a smile like this, but I can promise grace, lots of coffee, probably some 'Murican brownies, and a new start for a new week. Be #ruffledbygrace anew this week.  #faith #grace #love #thankyoulord #merciseigneur #joy #joie #enjoythelittlethings #enjoythemoment #lifelessons #life #frenchlife #france #paris #parislife #rentrée #latergram #cestlundi
There are so many things that I loved about this chapel and it's history.  Tucked away on a side street in Paris, I couldn't help but be captivated by its beauty.  Perhaps most striking to me was the simple benediction given as you exit, "La protection de dieu est toujours la!" #faith #joy #beauty #prayer #miracles #medaillemiraculeuse #paris #parislife #parisliving #simplebeauty #enjoythelittlethings #hiddengem #streetsofparis
Sometimes we can see the storm approaching, but amidst the darkness... LIGHT still surprises us, shining brightly to reflect beauty and grace.  As we strolled through the streets of Paris after church today, we were certain we were going to get caught in the rain, but instead we caught the most amazing light show - reflections all around us, illuminating the architecture and flowers. The contrast of light and dark was particularly striking and beautiful. And eventually, the rain came... . . . . . . #faith #light #joy #beauty #grace #enjoythelittlethings #paris #parislife #parisliving #streetsofparis #france #francelife #frenchlife #sundaystroll #storm #stormyskies #rain #sunshowers #nofilter
Everyone loves the first week of school, but surviving the second week of school?! That calls for coffee at my favorite shop!!! . . . . . . #mom #momlife #boymom #momofboys #school #enjoythelittlethings #coffee #coffeeaddict #coffeelove #coffeelover #smallthings #smallgraces #grace #loveinacup #rentrée
Calais was such a lovely surprise! We enjoyed amazing food, the friendly locals, and the beautiful architecture and gardens... Oh, and the very windy and cold beach 🌊 😬. . . . . . . #parisliving #parislife #france #frenchlife #french #art #rodin #sculpture #weekend #weekendvibes #travel #enjoythelittlethings #calais #beach #plage #quicktrip #weekendtrip #traintravel #tgv #latergram

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