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Friday, June 23, 2017

Dreams of Purpose

DREAMS DON’T WORK UNLESS YOU DO.

Those dreams that are lingering in the back of your mind, kept in the shadows on a shelf, the ones that you say you’ll get to; but deep down, you’re too afraid to try them out for fear of failure. 
Those dreams that glisten and shimmer around the edges. The ones that scare you, draw you, amaze you, and yet seem so out of reach. That is the great big dream you should be chasing daily. 
We all have goals and dreams we want to accomplish for God’s kingdom yet we hold back. Whether it’s because we are unsure of how to pursue this new path, or because we’re afraid of failing, we need to keep these three things in mind when considering our dreams of purpose:

    1. WE SHALL NOT FAIL WHEN GOD IS ON OUR SIDE.

    With God all things are possible. Yes! Even the great, big, scary things! The enemy will try to intimidate you and tell you are thinking too big and grand, he will try to scare you away, but the Bible says in Joshua 1:9 (KJV), Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

    2. BELIEVE IN THE ONE WHO GAVE YOU THOSE DREAMS TO SEE YOU THROUGH IT.

    With prayer and guidance from The Lord, we are the vessels he has chosen to use. You CAN do it! Let God work in you, that when you accomplish something and seem to have reached the unattainable, God is glorified when people realize you couldn’t have done it on your own without His divine help. Don’t let the daily toil get in your way of pursuing your God-given dreams and wear you down. Be strong and determined! Philippians 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

    3. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU SHARE YOUR DREAMS WITH. 

    Be careful who you share your dreams with, as anyone who doubts and instills doubt in you can very well kill your dreams before they even had a chance to take flight. A Debbie downer can squash your dreams out quick. An example that comes to mind is Joseph the dreamer. Joseph had dreams at an early age, and when he shared them with his family, they mocked him and hated him because of these dreams. Joseph’s dreams were on a shelf for a very long time, and there was a point where he possibly laughed at himself for having those far-fetched , ridiculous dreams, especially while sitting in a jail cell! Joseph’s far-away dreams were probably a mere memory, but it wasn’t too long before God allowed them to come to fruition.
I believe Jesus has given us all our own individual dreams that align perfectly with what He has planned for our purpose. We can use this as our compass to guide us through life and follow the direction in which He leads us. 

WHAT DREAMS DO YOU HAVE FOR ENHANCING GOD’S KINGDOM?

That little one that pipes up when its quiet all around? Whether its starting a Sunday school van route, teaching a Bible study, or even starting up a new ministry at your church, I encourage you to pursue it. However, you make yourself available, God can and will use you. Those dusty dreams that seem all but forgotten, tucked away in between the pages of a prayer journal or diary…
Jesus still hears the echoing prayers you prayed as a child. He hasn’t given up on you or your dreams. He is working in you daily to prepare you and equip you to use those dreams of purpose for victory.

xoxo,



*This blog post first appeared on www.daintyjewellsblog.com*

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Letters: Memories of May Edition




The month of May has been a fantastic one full of adventures and new things. Spring is in full swing, the cold a mere memory, and the pollen a very real reality. 

 

Dear Bible Book Club Gals,
Thank you for jumping on board with all of the enthusiasm, zest, and love possible! You girls are the best and I am soooo grateful that you are in my life. With all of your curious questions, helpful pointers, and friendship overflowing we just may have the best thing going. Not even going to lie, ya'll are the best!


Dear Bonfires,
I don't even really care for s'mores but there's something about the way that the fire burns and the smoke curls that always induces me to having all of the traditional fixin's. [PSA Daniel Chavez makes the best most perfect s'mores on the block! I repeat! Daniel Chavez makes the best most perfect s'mores on the block!] Zero crumbling, zero mess, and 100% ooey gooey goodness that didn't burn me. #onpoint



Dear Beef Jerky,
Carolina girls really like you. Thanks for staying salty.


Dear Sunsets at Jogging time,
Absolutely lovely is what you are. I am convinced that there is nothing more beautiful than the dappled shadows of the forest during golden hour. I'm glad that the days are longer now allowing room for me to enjoy some sunny outside time.


Dear Tennis Champions,
Ya'll are the real MVP's. I had a blast with our olympic team taking the gold and balling on the court like we were the next Serena Williams. #champs



Dear Mom,
Happy mother's day to you! You're the absolute best mom in the whole entire world that I have ever had. Which also makes you my favorite (and I know I'm your favorite, so we are even steven here). I love you!


Dear Neighbors,
You're seriously the cutest. Thanks for visiting me and asking me all the questions and keeping me laughing. Also, Sunday school with you was such fun!


Dear Memorial Day Weekend,
First of all, a huge thank you to all of those who have served and are currently serving our country. We are such a privileged nation because of people like you.

Dear Atlantic Ocean,
Thank you for the natural beach waves (tangles guaranteed) and the nice tan I've got now.


Dear Hiking Trips & Waterfalls,
I seem to never tire of your beauty. I just can't escape the beauty that is the green lush forest and the sound of rushing waters.

Also Dear Watermelon,
There is no better way to eat you than with those smile shaped slices that smear juice on both of your cheeks at the same time and leave you sticky with juice dripping down your wrist. Am I right?





Dear Almost Summer Time,
WELCOME!!!


xoxo,




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review



Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review

If you haven’t checked out the spring Dainty Jewell’s collection, you are missing out! Spring is the perfect time to pull out the floral prints and the pastels, so when I saw the Sweet Peony Dress I instantly fell in love and knew that I had to have it!
This dress is an easy go to for any Sunday morning, wedding, or formal event. It’s the perfect midi length and made of the softest and most comfortable lace. You will feel like a perfect lady and still be absolutely comfortable! The lining is light and soft as can be, and keeps you cool throughout the day. I think we all know that I have a weak spot for details and textures. That being said, this dress has it all! The skirt flares perfectly at the bottom, the details around the top are just perfect, and there is a mix of textures and fabric that has me swooning (insert all the heart eyes please!).
I paired my dress with these mauve suede ankle wrap heels for a contrast on the peony pink. For an extra spring-and-picnic-y flair I added a wide-brimmed straw hat, the essential for spring and summer time adventuring. I relied on my Kate Spade Spring Blooms Grant Street Neda wallet to provide the ultimate spring and floral pop combination for this delicate dress. Overall, the effect was pretty and pink as could be <3 font="">
I hope you all find some inspiration to mix your textures and play with colors! Happy spring darlings!
Dress: Sweet Peony Dress / Shoes: similar   similar  / Wallet: On sale here  and here / Straw Hat: similar   similar
Pretty in Pink: Dainty Jewell's Sweet Peony Dress Review
XOXO,


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Little Letters: April Adventures Edition


Dear Sunsets,
I want to pull out my watercolors and try to recreate you, but you're perfect, and I'd ruin it anyway.

Dear Rain/Thunderstorms/Electrical Storms/Tornado warnings,
YOU MAKE SLEEPING SO EASY! (and getting up in the mornings so unbearable).


Dear Roll-a-bout,
Slushies are your perfect complement.

Dear Easter Sunday,
You were perfect. From the wonderful sunshine, to the favorite people surrounding me. Jesus is oh so good!


Dear Easter Monday,
I wish I could keep you on repeat. Every monday should feel this good, with wind in your hair, sun on your face, boyfriend at your side, and the sound of the ocean filling your ears.


Dear Boyfriend,
Adventuring NC with you is always such fun. You know just what to say to make me laugh, and you keep me so well fed, I could never be grumpy.






Dear Sisters,
Kayaking adventures are too real. Spider survival, duckling sightings, pelicans, herons, and alligators too. With all of the albondiga making, chicken cooking, sopa fria, hot pockets, and chick-fil-a for emergencies etc. admit I'm a good cook ya'll.





Dear Parents,
Come home already. Being a "mom/babysitter" is too stressful, I want to revert back to my carefree days of being 5. Also mom, how do you do it all and make it seem so easy?





Dear cousins,
How are ya'll so cute?? I think we need more cousin dates because I don't see you enough.

Dear Life,
You are quite fantastically grand each and every day. Let me always remember that.


xoxo,





Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Little Letters: Moments of March Edition




Dear yellow daffodils & tulips,

Your little pop of color is so exciting to see! You bring promises of warmth, and sunshine, and I am oh so ready for all of that.

Dear Memphis,

I always want to stay longer than I should, and wonder why I stay away so long when you're not too far from home. So enticing with your food, the fun, the fellowship, but mostly the friendships of humans I love.




Dear springtime allergies,

Can we just not do this this time? k, thx.

Dear San Diego,

How is your weather so perfect? I could definitely get used to you.



Dear Bing Haus,

Earl grey lavender rolled ice cream with honey and mochi. Hands down, love.




Dear secret hidden swing at sunset cliffs,
Seriously THE CUTEST! My day was immediately made and I couldn't have asked for anything else. #thehideaway


Dear fog/smog in Los Angeles,
I can't tell the difference. Which one are you?



Dear sunsets in California,

I never actually got to see you at the beach, but you're beautiful from afar too.



Dear Disneyland,
The happiest place on Earth, with some wonderful people! My inner Disney 90's child was on cloud nine enjoying this wayyy too much! The shows, the rides, the music, the nostalgia. The feels were too real. Sleeping Beauty's castle and the Alice in Wonderland spinning tea cups were my favorite.




Dear dole whip,

Second times the charm....


Dear brother in LA,

The American Girl store was soooo much fun! Thank you for making me feel like I'm 9 again, it was the best! Samantha is well taken care of and enjoying her cute outfits. Love you!

Dear sushi,

I can totally quit whenever I want to. It's not a problem.



Dear tan lines on my ankles,

That's cute. #thankssandals

xoxo,





Photocreds @garret for like a ton of these.