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Thursday, May 10, 2018

God's Approval


“GOD APPROVED OF YOU BEFORE ANYBODY ELSE GOT A CHANCE TO DISAPPROVE.”
I saw this quote online, and it struck a chord deep within me. As a woman living in the 21st century, there are many roles that one is expected to fulfill. The role of friend, wife, daughter, mom, sister, encourager, leader, student, praise singer, Sunday school teacher, and the list goes on and on. In today’s world, one must know how to juggle the daily tasks of these roles, along with the ones of work, school, church, and home, seamlessly. We often balance all of our roles precariously on the edge of being overwhelmed and end up feeling inadequate when we can’t. In doing so, we become our own toughest critic, forgetting to add in for ourselves a generous dose of grace. We hold ourselves to the expectation of perfection.
ap·prov·al noun
the action of officially agreeing to something or accepting something as satisfactory.
What we oftentimes forget is that Jesus has approved of us from the start. We forget that since day one of our existence, He is the one who formed us, created us, and knit us in our mother’s womb, as Psalms 139:13 reminds us. How beautiful it is that He knows us from the inside out, through and through, and still loves and approves of us! God does not approve of everything that you do or don’t do, but he approves of who you ARE.
PSALM 139:13 (ESV)
F O R  Y O U  F O R M E D  M Y  I N W A R D  P A R T S ;  Y O U  K N I T T E D  M E    T O G E T H E R  I N  M Y  M O T H E R ’ S  W O M B .
When did you decide you were not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or just enough in general? Rest today in knowing that Jesus approves of who you are. Being His means that He cares for you, He delights in you, simply because you are His child! Let’s be thankful today for Jesus’ love and share that with all those around us. ❤


xoxo,


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chic In Neutrals


This outfit came together when this non-springy spring dropped down too low for me and my sandals. After being at work a full day, I still felt so put-together at the end of the day (not the norm) that I headed out for some pictures. I absolutely love an outfit that fulfills the 3 Cs: chic, collected, and most importantly, comfortable!
We all know how I feel about that tiny piece of silky fabric called a scarf. It is such a tiny detail so often overlooked, but one that can make such an impact. As soon as you add it to the most basic outfit, you’ve just increased your put-together vibe by at least 10 points (oh so perfect for those dreary Mondays!). I chose this neutral-tone leopard-printed scarf because of the fun print and decided to extract the colors from it for the rest of my outfit.
The basic black pleated midi skirt has been a staple in my closet for quite some time. You can find them almost anywhere in various colors, lengths, and textures, and they are so versatile! I love tucking in a more casual knitted sweater for a casual feel. And let’s be honest here, nothing feels cozier than a nice lightweight sweater. I kept my tights a basic gray to match my booties and limit the mix of colors. For this look, I loved that my glasses gave the scarf print some continuity. It’s the little things, y’all!
I hope you all found some inspiration with today’s look! ❤
xoxo,







*This blog post first appeared on daintyjewellsblog.com *

Friday, April 6, 2018

When God Becomes "Mine"


The love of Jesus is something we often hear of, talk about, and proclaim. The story of how He created this earth, so majestic, just for us. How He robed Himself in flesh to come and live among us. How He took the time to heal so many and to teach anyone who would listen during His ministry. How He died on a cross because He loved us so. He gave Himself so willingly as a sacrifice to cover our multitude of sins. Jesus’ love is a profound, deep, love that we cannot entirely understand. It is the greatest love story of all time.
A love story where He pursues us intentionally, and daily.
When we play hard-to-get with God, we are essentially rejecting God’s love. We pick and choose when we want Him to move, when we want to pray, and how we want to serve God. We take the mercy and grace that go with love and use them to wipe our tears, only to toss them aside the minute they get too heavy for us.
Love is a choice. We choose to love even when we don’t feel like it. We choose to serve God because we know He is the omnipotent Creator, and He deserves our praise. You have to choose to serve God and make Him “mine” daily, and the sooner you settle that into your heart, the easier your entire walk with God becomes.
When Jesus became mine, I was 14. I was in high school trying to decide who I really was. My whole life, I had been raised in the church; it was all I knew, but it wasn’t mine. We had a youth convention that spring that solidified me and my roots. I don’t recall the sermon exactly; I just remember the experience at the altar–where I felt overwhelmed with a love I had been ignoring for so long. Jesus was reaching for me, and I felt His presence so strongly, I wanted to stay there in that moment forever.
Jesus was mine.
Not my parents’, or my pastor’s, or my friend’s, but mine. I knew regardless of and through anything, He would be there for me. And He has never failed me.
When was the last time you felt God’s love so tenderly you could only weep? How long has it been since you’ve allowed Him to talk to you through His Word? How long since you’ve told Him your worries and concerns?
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for he careth for you.”
Jesus wants to be there for you, so let Him! And choose today to make Jesus yours, too. ❤
xoxo,



*This blog post first appeared on daintyjewellsblog.com*