Sunday Encouragement-Let’s Thrive!

I love how God’s word always speaks to me. I read this passage in Romans from the New Living Translation. It simply states what we need to be doing.

Sunday Encouragement-Let's Thrive!

I love this entire passage but specifically, “Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Do you have something today that troubles you. Let me remind you, KEEP ON PRAYING!!

We heard Casting Crowns in concert a few months ago. This is one of their newer songs, Thrive.

 

We were made for more than ordinary lives!! We were made to Thrive!!

Have a blessed Sumday!!

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Sunday Inspiration-The Beautiful Woman

Last night, I was honored to get to speak to a group of women about “What does a Beautiful Woman Look Like?”

Sunday Inspiration-The Beautiful Woman

I used the passage of scripture from 1 Peter 3:3-4Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

But let the adorning be the hidden person of the heart……..the hidden person is who you are deep down.

For those of us who know Jesus, the hidden person is a woman who has been transformed from the inside out by God’s spirit.

2 Corinthians 4: 16 talks about the hidden person, Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

Of course, I couldn’t help but think of my Mom as I read shared this scripture. As most of you know, I lost my Mom to cancer in 2009.

I saw this type of beauty in her as she was dying from cancer. Although her outward body was dying, her inner beauty never looked more beautiful.

How could she look beautiful when cancer was destroying her body?

Mom looked beautiful as she was dying because the hidden person of her heart had been transformed by Jesus.

This was Mom’s secret:

Mom didn’t wait until her life on earth was almost over to know Christ. She spent her whole life getting to know Christ. She didn’t just go to Christ on the difficult days; she went to Him every day.

Mom had a consistent dose of God’s word. She read it, she studied, and she lived it.

Mom’s hidden person was the relationship she had been cultivating with Christ for years! Her beauty was her Savior!

I want that kind of beauty, don’t you? 

Our hair might gray, and our skin might wrinkle but the beautiful woman focuses on her inner beauty–the hidden person of the heart.

I grew up singing this song in church and I can see my Mom singing it, it was one of her favorites. This is an updated version but it makes me think of Mom.

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Encouragement-Is It Enough?

When I started this blog in 2009, I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve made several changes over the last five years but one thing has remained consistent, I’ve always wanted to share my faith.

I’ve often wondered if it looks like I think more about fashion & makeup than I do about my relationship with Christ. Is sharing a verse or a quote at the end of my post enough? I’ve actually been praying about this very thing.

This week, I received an email from someone who was looking for makeup tips for women over 40. She emailed me and said she got more than makeup tips and was thankful I was sharing my faith. She also said, one of the verses I shared had helped her.

I wondered if this might be my answer to my prayer? Is sharing a verse, a quote, a Sunday encouragement enough?

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.”

I don’t believe I have to shout about my faith, or beat someone over the head with a Bible. God can use something as crazy as a fashion blog to change lives. It’s not about me, it’s all about Him.

I hope and pray that anyone reading my blog knows, Jesus isn’t a small part of my life, He is my life!

Sunday Encouragement-Is It Enough?

I want to always proclaim His name!

 

Have a blessed day!

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Breathing In Grace

We’ve made it back from vacation and it’s bitter sweet. I miss being so close to the beach but it’s also good to be home. I always long to come back home. Even if that means coming back to some stress (we are still dealing with a very difficult situation), work, and of course housework, cooking etc. Oh fun!

But today I need to be reminded of God’s grace. I don’t take it lightly. I know the sacrifices He made so that I could have it. And to be perfectly honest, I’m desperate for it.

I sometimes forget that past sins have been wiped clean. I still mourn them, but. there’s. grace.

More Grace

Even now at this moment I am in need of grace. I love the words to this song… Your great grace oh such grace……So I’m breathing in your grace and breathing out your praise.

 
I pray today that you will breath in His grace and know that you are loved by an almighty God who is holding you in the palm of His hands.

Do you sometimes need to be reminded of His grace? Do you have past sins that you mourn? 

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Have a blessed day!

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Give Me Jesus

I shared this picture with you this week of Camille and Nicole heading off to school. Camille is from Paris, France and Nicole is from Caracas, Venezuela. They both live in big cities. Living with us is a huge transition for both of them.

Give Me Jesus

Today we are headed to church. Camille went last Sunday but this is Nicole’s first Sunday. She has never been to a protestant church. Never attended worship. Never read scripture.

To be honest, they don’t have a lot of interest in going to church. They don’t understand why we do it. I want to explain it all to them. I want them to understand that knowing and believing in Christ is “life” for us.

But I’m not sure that anything I say will make sense. I could talk to them all day about my love for scripture, and how I want to act and look like Christ but it’s a foreign language to them.

So all I know to do is to “live life” and pray that while they’re here, they will see something different in us. I pray seeds will be planted. I’m begging God to do something in them, that only He can do.

Wayne and I both know, that this is bigger than us. God has them here for a reason and we don’t understand it all. We just want to be faithful.

Would you pray for these two sweet young ladies? Pray that we will be filled with grace, and peace, and mercy, and patience and kindness.

All week, as I’ve listened to them and heard about their lives, this song has kept coming to my mind. This world can be so enticing. But for me, just give me Jesus!

Have a blessed Sunday!

Begin Your Day in God’s Word

Begin Your Day in God's Word
I didn’t take this picture but saw it on facebook from Women Living Well. It reminded me of how I love to start my mornings.

The last few days I feel like I’ve been bombarded with sad news. Friends that are suffering with cancer, marriages that are struggling and families dealing with serious problems.

I never have all the answers, nor do I pretend to. But the one thing that I know is spending time in God’s word is not wasted. It is manna for our soul!

Today, take time to spend some quiet moments in His word. I promise you’ll be blessed!


Have a blessed Sunday!

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