04/05/18

More…

Each Sunday, our Pastor Tim asks the same question as part of his invitation. He says, “What is the next step that the Lord is calling you towards today?”

For some, it could be learning more about Jesus Christ, and what it would mean to invite Him to be both Savior and Lord.

For others, that have been believers for many years, it could be taking another step forward, learning more about His character, and sharing the good news with those around them.

Or maybe, it’s learning how to fully surrender. It’s one thing to name Him Savior of your life, but a whole other thing to acknowledge His lordship and sovereignty over every aspect of your life.

Maybe it’s calling you to a new mission, a new calling on your life, a dream you never thought could be accomplished or an impossible goal suddenly looms on the horizon.

And then, he closes each service by saying, “Let’s go out of this place and be the church out there and live on mission for Him. Daily.”

So much of Tim’s message resonated as I read this devotion from Brian Houston, lead Pastor of Hillsong United. I am hoping it touches your heart and challenges your spirit too…

“God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG)
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“What are the deepest longings of your heart — the “more” you want in your life that you’re afraid to voice out loud?

Over the years, I’ve learned to trust God with the secret desires of my soul. And I can testify to God’s faithfulness when it comes to giving me more of His vision, His presence and His calling, all for a purpose bigger than mine.

Have you ever stopped to wonder what God’s response would be to your heart’s cry for more?

I believe the Savior of the universe would bend down in the most caring of manners and say, “More what? And how much more? My supply is unending. My mercy is limitless. My grace is more than you need.”

The more God wants for your life is beyond comprehension. Our key verse today, Ephesians 3:20‑21, tells us, “God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

It changed my thinking and my life when I realized the power of this truth: God can do anything. And not just a little bit more than we dream of. Far more.

So what are your craziest ideas, deepest longings and grandest plans — the things you’ve barely allowed your soul to imagine? Because even those grand plans aren’t enough. All of heaven is looking down upon you, shaking their heads and saying, “Is that all? Is that all she wants? Is that all he can dream up?”

Allow me to stretch your thinking, because we serve the ultimate Big Thinker. No plans of yours even compare to God’s. The amazing truth is, God can take every limitation that’s been put on your life — by you or by others — and expand your heart and purpose in a way that’s way bigger, way higher, way more effective than anything you could imagine.

You can never out-dream God.”

**Link to Devotion: https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2018/03/26/whats-the-more-god-wants-for-you
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04/02/18

Summertime Scarves

Just because warmer weather is right around the corner, doesn’t mean you have to put away fall & winter’s favorite accessory.

At least, not entirely.

Trade in those bulky wool and cashmere versions for lightweight chiffon or silk and get creative!

Here are a few ideas for styling, and also, places to buy some really beautiful spring & summertime scarves!

So, let’s get wrapping…

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Treat these neck scarves just as you would a great necklace. Layer them on, as you see above, or wear it all by itself!

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One of the ways in which I love them tied, is shown below in this easy-to-follow graphic…

The Joules Journal | Silk Scarves

Some current favorites?

Love the understated and neutral tones in the Botanical Kerchief Scarf from Anthropologie for $18. Also comes in a lovely blue shade as well.

Slide View: 1: Botanical Kerchief Scarf

And who could go wrong with classic Paisley? This Paisley Bandana, also from Anthro, will pair beautifully with both prints as well as solids in your closet!

Slide View: 1: Paisley Bandana

I love Chan Luu Necklace Scarves, which are the best of both worlds, and are super trendy, fun, and easy to wear.

Some are embellished, and those are certainly the ones I prefer (surprise!), and take a simple twist and you are out the door!

Perfect over a simple cami and jeans, as seen above, or can dress up a sheath dress or even sweater or blazer for work.

How to Style Chan Luu Beaded Skinny Scarf - Fig

Check out all of their unique styles, colors, and textures here. I promise you won’t be disappointed! I return to mine over and over again, and it’s perfect in all seasons.

Scarves are not just for your neck anymore, but a beautiful and ladylike accessory.

When tied around a low bun or a low ponytail, it’s super chic and sophisticated.

Pin | @sthaboutlara | Something About Lara

Trendy HairStyles Ideas : all tied up https://greatmag.net/beauty/hair-style/trendy-hairstyles-ideas-all-tied-up/

Or, worn around a high messy bun or top knot for instant flair!

accessorizing with summer scarves

pin | @sophieaxiemae

Or, try it as a sleek turban or headband for a day at the beach, at the lake, at the farmer’s market, or anywhere in between!

diadema con pañuelo

Well… That’s a wrap!

(Please forgive the bad scarf-tying puns… best I could come up with!)

xoxo…

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