Monthly Archives: July 2014

07/30/14

Take Him at His Word.

I love God’s Word.

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I love that it is the same today as it will be tomorrow and as it was 100 or even 1000 years ago!

I love that it is living, active, sharper than any two-edged sword and that it is able to pierce even the toughest of hardened hearts and speak to every man, woman, child.

I love its relevance.

I love the feel of flipping the papery thin pages reading truth after truth, guarding my heart against evil.

I pray that no matter what life brings you and me, that HE brings us back here. To His word. To His promises. To His truth.

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Do we take Him at His Word? Do we really rest in and believe His truths we see & read?

Do we really, really believe the Scriptures?

He has challenged me on this of late. Challenged me to believe. To trust. To take Him at His Word.

In the very same breath, I can tell a friend I have full trust and reliance on God in a certain situation in my life and then turn around and start worrying and agonizing over the situation.

That is not faith.

That is fear.

It’s not simply enough to believe in God. You have to believe God. Take Him at His Word.

His promises are great, and many.

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” — Psalms 37:4 

“The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever.” — Psalms 37:18 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.” — Jeremiah 29: 11-14 

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” — Matthew 11:28-29 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” — II Corinthians 12:9 

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” — Philippians 1:6 

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” — John 20:29 

Take Him at His Word. His word is good. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Love to you dear ones,

xoxo

 

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07/28/14

Hair Story: Summer Up-do Edition.

I have been growing out my hair for a number of months now and really enjoying the fruits of my labor. I love having long hair- the styles are endless and there is so much you can do.

I really do love my past-shoulder length hair.

But, in this summer heat, I love it a little less than I do in other seasons.

It’s only natural.

So, I have gotten creative of late, trying new styles, following tutorials through blogs and Pinterest, and playing around with it until I feel good about my fun summer up-do style.

So, calling all my long-haired beauties!

Here are some of my favorites…

Love this easy chignon hairdo!

Couldn’t believe how easy this tutorial was to master!

For me, it works best the day after a wash and blow-out, when hair has a little texture and is a little dirty. Tease the crown just a bit for a fuller- less perfect look. A really great hairstyle for any day, but can be dressed up for an occasion.

On weekends, I am all about the high bun.

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High buns of all kinds. Braided. Teased. Messy. Smooth. Polished.

3 Genius Tips for Getting Your Chignon or Topknot perfect.

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High buns with headbands.

braided top knot + decorative headband = instant summer style

It is sophisticated, easy, up and out of the way. Adorable all summer long… and even then! I love a high bun in the fall with great earrings & your favorite scarf.

Here is a great high bun tutorial to follow for medium-to longer lengths of hair:

cute bun

I tend to pull my bun a little further back than this tutorial demos, closer to the crown of my head rather than directly on top. But, that’s just me.

And, I would not be being true to myself if I didn’t include a few ponytail ideas.

I love a classic ponytail.

A classic way to dress up a ponytail: wrap hair (or even a braid) around the rubberband.

Always have, probably always will.

But, because it’s a classic, it can be remade and restyled!

How about this Glam ponytail?

A simple cross-and-pin technique upgrades this cute ponytail. Get the easy steps here.

Follow the instructions here.

And I am dying to know if this works. Always a great idea to make your hair appear thicker, longer, and fuller.

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It’s next on the list.

It seems like it would be a perfect Day 2 style after having curled my hair earlier.

When I was younger, I was all about the braid.

I even have a few school pictures with a boho-chic side braid that mom had lovingly styled the morning of class picture day, but I had fallen out of love with it in my adult years.

Back in love now!

Take your headscarf to the next level by braiding it into your hair! Whit from Britt + Whit shows off the look; see how to achieve it here. #headscarf #hairstyles #braids

I love this style. So effortless, cool, and perfectly accessorized! Such a great idea- just have to find the right, thin silk headscarf.

You have any favorites?

Happy summer styling!

xoxo…..

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