Monthly Archives: March 2013

03/29/13

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?’

That has to be one of my most favorite lines in all of Scripture.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.”

—-Luke 24: 1-12 ESV

He was pierced for my transgressions and was bruised for my sins. The punishment that has brought to me eternal and lasting peace was upon Him. And by His wounds, I am healed and 15 years ago this Saturday night, I made life’s most important decision. To place all of my trust totally and completely in Him and I walked the aisle on Easter Sunday morning and proclaimed it to the congregation. I can’t help but think of that most amazing and special Easter Sunday this time of year. It warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes.

Yesterday morning on the way into work, I heard a song by Chris August called “BATTLE” where the lyrics read, “Life’s a battle of wrong and right that’s tearing me apart. Oh, but what the cross has done! Yeah the world will try to battle for my heart, but the war is already won.” It is a sing-songy upbeat song that I can’t help but sing along to and bob my head up and down, but today it hits differently. There I was at the stop light in front of the Yogli Mogli and the LA Fitness with hands raised just praising my little heart out. I am sure it was a good show for the others around me. 🙂 I didn’t care.  The war is already won because of what He did on this day over 2,000 years ago for you and for me. Praise Him for winning that battle!

Father, thank you. Thank you for living a sinless life and for dying a sinner’s death. Thank you for loving me enough to die for me. Thank you for loving me enough that you sought me out as a child 15 years ago and continue to seek me out and speak to my heart in the here and now. Thank you that you will continue to do so throughout the days you have allotted for me. Thank you for the blessing and indescribable gift of salvation. Never allow me to lose sight of the price you paid for me. Never allow me to lose sight of the power of the cross.  Amen.

The tomb is empty! Hallelujah!

 

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03/27/13

10 easy ways to INSTANTLY look and feel more polished

When it comes to style, simple is better.

Sometimes it is the simplest of little tweaks that make you both look and feel more polished and put-together. No matter how simple or how small the change, if it allows you to feel more confident and self-assured…who wouldn’t do that?!?

Here are my Top 10 Easy Ways to Instantly LOOK and FEEL more polished…

1. Throw on a fitted jacket or blazer.

When pulled on over jeans, a skirt, a dress, or dress slacks, do you not feel more confidant, more powerful, and more courageous when you pull on a jacket or blazer? I do. It completely alters the way I feel about myself and I don’t know of one single outfit in my closet that cannot be improved by the addition of a blazer of jacket.

2. Wear an eye-catching, bright lip color.

Nothing says “Look at me! I’m beautiful and confident.” quite like a bold lip color. The key is to choose a lip color that both compliments your coloring, but doesn’t overpower your look. Minimal eye makeup and simple accessories let your lips do the talkin’.

3. Learn how to sit & stand. Perfect that posture!

*Image from www.fitnessprogramsforlife.com.

It is no simple myth that sitting and standing straighter and taller with strong posture makes you look and feel better. So stinkin’ simple! Just takes a bit of practice.

4. Paint those nails and maintain your mani.

When I said you would feel more polished, I meant literally ‘to polish.’ 🙂  I love the way I feel when my fingers are painted and my hands look pretty. I am in business, so there is a lot of handshaking going on and I have so much more confidence when those nails are painted and they are manicured and neat.

Don’t neglect your hands and nails!

(P.S.- How cute are these pastels? Perfect for Easter.)

5. Pile on the bracelets!

 

Okay, so yes, I am a little contradictory on this one. I say “less is more” than I say “pile ’em on!” Less is more until it comes to jewelry. I think I will have that cross-stitched on a pillow in my room someday.

Stack ’em up! Nothing overwhelming or gaudy, but a few bangles here and there stacked along with a great watch is always an easy hit!

 

6. Prime and conceal.

I use both a face primer and an illuminating concealer every day. Every day. It allows my makeup (whatever quantity I decide to wear) to stay fresh looking longer, creates a matte finish, and brings luminosity and glow to my overall look.

I use OC8 Mattifying Primer Gel to keep me looking fresh all day.

7. Wear a fragrance you love… daily.

There may be no simpler thing in the world that spritzing on perfume. It has become part of my daily morning routine. Pick a fragrance you love and that loves you back, spray one time (do not over do it), and go!

My go-to fragrance is CoCo Mademoiselle. It’s my perfect scent- fresh, clean, and not too floral. I have been wearing it for a little more than a year and I constantly get compliments. I feel more beautiful and more feminine with just one simple spray.

 

8. Pull that hair back!

Look how great they look.

Classic. Effortless. Simple. Sophisticated. Uncomplicated.  

Need I say more?

I didn’t think so. Moving on…

 

9. Loop a light-weight scarf around your neck.

Oh the wonders of my scarf collection! They are the ultimate closet chameleon. I wear them a dozen different ways with a dozen different things.

Scarves. Not just a cold weather accessory.

 

10. Change-up your eye shadow and eye liner color.

Keep ’em guessing! Take a break from basic black, greys, and browns.

I purchased some deep plum mascara a few months ago and haven’t worn any yet, I am going to remedy that now.

There are only a few rules…

1) Have fun!

2) Use colors that play up your eye color!

3) Not too heavy.

I mean, just look at Eva Mendes’ cool teal eye liner. Gorgeous, subtle, but noticeable. Mixes in beautifully with her bronzed skin, peach cheeks, and dark brown mascara.

And then another time she plays with greys, charcoals, and shades of lilac.

Or maybe some soft pinks and nudes?

It’s so very simple to change up your look and to appear, fresh, polished, and updated in just 1 simple step.

What’s your one favorite thing you do to update or polish off your look?

Have fun!

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