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VERSE OF THE DAY

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GENESIS 41: 39-40 (NRSV)

[39] So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has shown you all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. [40] You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you."

There are moments in life when we are tried and tested. Sometimes those moments seem to extend past a few minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, to years and years.

In Joseph's case he suffered setback upon setback when he shared his dreams of greatness with his brothers. He was sold, cast away from his family, and even ended up in prison. But in one moment, everything changed. 

In one instant, with a few words, Joseph's life transformed. He went from prisoner to second only to Pharaoh in Egypt. In a split second his dreams became realized.

Stay the course, have faith, believe in your dreams. God is setting you up for greatness.

 

 

20 UNDER $20: THE KATE SPADE EDITION

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20 under $20 is back! (Well, at least for today.)

I was doing a little online window shopping / wishing / hoping / dreaming at Kate Spade and I decided to check out what the options were for a lady on a budget.  Here are a some fun items from Kate Spade and Kate Spade Saturday that I thought seemed worthy of their own list.  (Click the photo to be taken directly to the website!)

Enjoy!  XO.

VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 26: 4-5 (NRSV)

[4] "I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, and will give to your offspring all these lands; and all the nations of the earth shall gain blessings for themselves through your offspring, [5] because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws."
 

It is amazing what you can hear when you are quiet.

In this passage Isaac is hearing from the Lord that he will be blessed because of the obedience of his father Abraham. The scripture says that Abraham obeyed His voice - which means that he was quiet enough to hear what God intended for his life and he was obedient when called to action. 

Are you being quiet enough?  Are you listening? 

There are so many distractions out there, but when we take the time to listen we are able to create a legacy of blessings for ourselves and our families.
 


VERSE OF THE DAY

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MATTHEW 5: 26 (NRSV)

[26] Truly I will tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Are you in debt? 

All of us are. If it is not financial obligations, we are in debt to a friend for staying up late talking us through a difficult time. We are in debt to a parent for sacrificing for our benefit. We are in debt to our spouse or best friend for their unconditional support and love. We are all in debt to someone for something.

I know I am often guilty of focusing on my life, my issues, and the timing of my blessings, but God reminded me this morning that first I must pay my debts, and pour back into others what they given me.


VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 8: 22 (NRSV)

[22] As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

What can you count on? Day and night, cold and heat, and your taxes?

What God has promised is there will be times of labor and times of harvest, and that He is not going anywhere. The seasons may change, but God never does. So when you need Him, He will always be here.


VERSE OF THE DAY

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GENESIS 8:17 (NRSV)

[17] Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh -- birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth -- so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.

What is your good fruit? How are you blessing others? Are you artistic? Are you generous? Are you practical? Are you kind? Are you compassionate? Are you loving?

Even if you think you are none of these things, you have something that makes you uniquely special, and that uniqueness makes someone else on this earth happy. So do more of that. Be more of that. Be fruitful and multiply. 

[Did I mention this is a theme in the Bible? Catch this same line repeated over and over again in Genesis 9.]


VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 7:6, 11 (NRSV)

[6] Noah was six hundred years old when the flood waters came on the earth... [11] In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of heaven were opened.

I have no idea how to even conceptualize being alive for 600 years, other than to assume that I would be pretty tired and more than a little bit cranky. 

But not Noah.

God put Noah to work by having him build an ark when there was NO evidence to suggest that there would even be a flood. And just when there was plenty of room to doubt that what God said would happen would actually come to pass, the windows of heaven were opened.

Do the work.  Trust God.  Watch the windows of Heaven open in your life.

CIAO SUMMER

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Ciao Summer 2014.  You have been grand. 

We had a pretty quiet summer and really spent most of our time working, but we did manage to take our best couple photo ever at a friend's wedding, and enjoy the Memorial Day concert on the Mall. 

I had an amazing time in Portland celebrating the bachelorette of a close friend, and spent the rest of the summer surviving on Chai Latte's. 

One more season down, and two more to go.  Hello Fall.  I am ready for you.

VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 6:22 - 7:1  (NRSV)

[6:22] Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. [7:1] Then the Lord said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation."

Fortunately, being alone in righteousness is no longer a standard that God expects of us. He knows that we are flawed and full of sin, and more than likely going to fall into temptation from time to time. But He also wants us to have hearts that are willing to listen and to be obedient.  He knows the life that He has planned for each of us.  And His plans are generally way more incredible than anything we could imagine for ourselves. So check yourself, and try to go for righteous status with the Big Guy. It will be worth it.


GOOD WORDS.

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Some of my favorite Instagram quotes for this Monday morning, although I would probably edit the last quote to read as follows: "Nothing haunts us like the things we didn't buy, that were on sale and the last ones left."

Happy Monday!

VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 6: 18 (NRSV)

[18] But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.

What covenant did God make with you?  Did He fill you with the desire to be of wise counsel to others? Are you able to easily make others laugh?  Did He make you a storyteller, or maybe you are the voice of reason among your friends and family.  We each have them, these special gifts. This is our covenant with God.  To use these gifts in service to others. This is the stuff that matters. This is why you are here. 


TIGERS ON A GOLD LEASH

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This is definitely not a 20 under $20 list.  It is a small collection of some of my favorite things on one of my favorite apps: Keep.com

Keep is a shopping app that shows you exactly how much the items you covet cost, and where to find them.  You can also purchase directly through Keep using their universal check out system. 

Admittedly, I haven't actually bought anything yet, but I do find that the selection is a bit more curated than sorting through Pinterest, and I have discovered lots of new online shops that I would not have otherwise known about.  Happy Shopping!

 

VERSE OF THE DAY

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Matthew 1: 23 (NRSV)

"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us."

God is with us.  He is not against us.  He is not chastising us.  He is not angry with us.  He is with us. 

With all of our flaws, all of our humanity, all of our mistakes, all of our stubbornness.  He is with us. 

Even when you feel like you are not even on your own team, God is still routing for you, He still believes in you, He made you, and He filled you with things that are pleasing to Him.

Don't give up.  Don't be discouraged.  Celebrate your life.  God is with you.


VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 5: 18-20 (NRSV)

[18] When Jar'ed lived one hundred sixty-two years he became the father of E'noch. [19] Jared lived after the birth of E'noch eight hundred years, and had other sons and daughters. [20] Thus all the days of Jar'ed were nine hundred sixty-two years...

Can you imagine living 962 years? Or having a child at the tender young age of 162? Even though living a few hundred years is no longer the norm, the real question is how are you using your time? 

Do you think you are too old, or that it is too late to start a new chapter in your life?  That you are beyond the point of following your dreams or listening to the direction of your heart? 

It is never too late to finish what God started in you.  The number of years we live is just a number, it is what we do with those years that counts.

IN THE DETAILS

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Things have been a little busy lately, from working two part time jobs, to re-launching the blog, I have been surviving on chai lattes, and then more chai lattes. 

But, the truth is that I am enjoying this time and trying not to lose sight of the little details.  From bow rings, to beaded collars, to fedoras, and my latest obsession with Rent the Runway Unlimited, (and of course, all of the meaningful things in life like family, old and new friends, and new opportunities) things are looking good.

VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 9: 7 (NRSV)

[7] And you, be fruitful and multiply, abound on the earth and multiply in it.

At this point in Genesis, God is speaking with Noah after the great flood.  He is giving Noah and his sons direction to be fruitful and multiply. 

I have not yet taken a count, but this is a phrase that seems to be repeated on multiple occasions in the Bible.  As I was reading it this morning, I could not help but think that God is giving us the same direction today. 

As we build our lives, should we not be fruitful?  Should we not show the best of who we are and multiply?  With so many tools connecting us to each other, plant your best seeds, honor the best version of yourself, and allow God to do his work and multiply your effort.


#FEDORACELFIE

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The following is a true story.

Back in late July, early August, I popped into Forever 21 and found this blue fedora on sale for $11 - which seemed like a reasonable amount of money to spend, so I splurged and decided to treat myself. 

I have been eying this fedora in my closet, trying to wait patiently until the weather was cool enough to rock it.  With the temperatures dropping down into the brisk 60's and 70's here in DC - it seems frigid enough now to justify breaking out my Forever 21 find for a little #selfie action.

PS- Initial earrings are from C. Wonder.  Click here for the link.  Also, I tried to find the fedora on the Forever 21 website to share the link with you - but I could not track it down.  But I have seen some pretty inexpensive options if you go into the store. 

 

VERSE OF THE DAY

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EZEKIEL 2: 1 (NRSV)

[1] He said to me: O Mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.

Be Brave. Do not be afraid to stand on your feet and listen. Is God quietly whispering for your attention? Or is He starting to speak a little louder?  If we listen, God speaks to us every day.  He encourages us, and He looks for ways to draw us close to Him.  He is the creator of it all.  He made us, He purposed our lives, and life with Him is so much better than trying to figure it all out on our own. Take some time to stand on your feet and start your week by listening to what He has to say. He promises that it will be worth it.