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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.


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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.


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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.


SHOP GOOD. FEEL GOOD.

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SHOP GOOD. DO GOOD. LOOK GOOD. FEEL GOOD.

I confess to being an internet troll. 

In my defense, instead of trolling You Tube looking for opportunities to make snarky comments, I get caught up looking at pretty things and bright colors. Since I have been a little uhhhbsessed with Instagram lately, I was attracted to all of the bright prints coming from a company called Banago

After liking entirely too many of their photos, I discovered they currently have a Kickstarter going, because this company not only makes beautiful items, but they support and sustain a communities in the Philippines  that were recently devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Check out their video below. Fall in love with their products as much as I have.  Donate to their Kickstarter. 

Shop Good. Feel Good. 

 


VERSE OF THE DAY

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GENESIS 5: 1-2 (NRSV)

This is the list of the descendants of Adam.  When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. [2] Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them "Humankind" when they were created.

Their kind.  Our kind.  It takes all kinds.  But God created us all as part of humankind.  I remember the details of the morning of September 11th, 2001.  Watching CNN in disbelief.  Not fully understanding what was happening.  In that moment, we were all humankind.  We prayed for our neighbors, we connected with our loved ones.  Let us never forget.  Let us always remember.  We are all created in His likeness.  We are all part of the same kind. 

GET 'EM: 20 UNDER $20

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CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK'S LIST.

Call me biased but I love everything on the list this week.  From the XO and OMG balloons, to the gold shoes, to some super comfy looking sweats from H&M.  It is all under $20 and ready to go to good homes.  Enjoy! XOXO.

VERSE OF THE DAY

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GENESIS 4: 7 (NRSV)

[7] "...If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it."

Are you the Master? Or are you being Mastered? I have bad habits and am prone to sin, because I am human, and I am normal.  But I was really struck by this passage, which lead me to realize sin is always lurking, wanting you to fall into behavior that will leave you feeling guilty, less worthy, and disconnected from God.  But that is not God's intention for us.  He wants us to take control, master temptations, and draw close to Him.  Sin will always be there, but so is our ability to master it.