“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” -Philippians 4-8
Those things: true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.
Those are the things that shine in a dark world. And I for one, would like to be that light.
But I have to admit, though in some areas of my life I am, other areas I am not. And one in particular has had me “stuck” for quite some time. Satan has a way of taking something good and making us just FREEZE so we don’t pursue or continue where God wants us.
That has been my story the last couple years as it pertains to my work. I’ve had this blog for quite some time. I branched out trying different things with it and many times I’ve found myself quitting. Oh hello again satan. Whether it was make-up, fitness, fashion, faith groups etc. I denied my own truth and froze. I questioned myself, overanalyzed, over-spiritualized and overwhelmed myself with it to the point that I just wouldn’t do anything. I lost my light.
But I’m writing this with firm conviction to say “I’m done with that.” I’m done letting satan as well as the opinions of others tell me who and how God created me to be.
Who am I?
Ever since I was little, I loved to make things beautiful. Whether it was words on paper, a bedroom, a melody, hair, make-up, clothes… I loved to make all things “lovely”. And I loved to look at them too. I think that’s why I love this Bible verse that I started the post out with so much. It’s just part of the way God fashioned me. And it doesn’t surprise me because when I read that I am created in the “image and likeness” of God, I think about how beautiful he made the sunsets, the gardens, the birds to fly in the skies and the leaves that blow subtly in the spring. He loves to make things lovely too and that is where in my own spiritual life I’ve seen His glory even when I wasn’t following him.
What does this have to do with my work?
Well, what was getting me stuck was that I was denying how God made me. I was believing that fashion, home decor, make up and pretty things were sinful. But with much prayer, spiritual maturity and soul searching, I’ve come to understand that such things are not sinful unless they are your treasure, placed before God or causing sin in your life. I know who I am as a woman of God. His love and my love for Him will always be my first. Fashion, make up, and home decor is a place I express myself but it has never had my heart. Only Jesus. I also don’t break the bank and cause sin in my life and strain on my family by living beyond our means loving on those lovely things either!
So? What’s my point?
I have to be me. It’s way more than “ok” to be who God created me to be. In fact, that’s what He’s called me be. I am purposefully made. He made me and loves me PERSONALLY. What a wonderful thought when I’m just one in a million.
So in saying that, “me” is a girl that loves Jesus first, her husband, her kids and then all things lovely.
I felt so strained to just share about my faith and deny my passions that I missed out on connecting with women that didn’t even know they needed Jesus.
If I just share my faith with those that already are following Jesus, then I miss out on all those beautiful women that don’t know how deep God’s love runs for them! In fact, I was one of those girls. I needed someone that I related to to show me Jesus.
But by denying some of the the things I love, many women that love the same things didn’t stop to read or connect with me because Jesus just wasn’t on their radar.
What you can expect from now on:
It’s all about my testimony and this is how I will share mine. This is my mission field and Jesus is my boss.
•A weekly faith post called “Clothe Yourself with Strength and Dignity.”
•A weekly post about “Fabulous Finds”- which are awesome deals and me styling “all things lovely”
And lastly (but not least),
•A monthly blog post about a devotion or study I’m loving and how you can hop into my next online faith group to study with us.
This is to serve YOU:
So if you’re a woman, wife or mom that stays up at night thinking how you can be better but also leave a legacy then this is for you.
If you enjoy deep, inspirational content and have a desire to be spiritually fed and reminded that YOU HAVE A PURPOSE then this is for you.
If you love style, deals, your kids, your home and even a little bit of humor. Then this is for you:
I aim to inspire trust, friendship and community as well as purpose and worthiness!
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