21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

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Bridgewood Church has begun its “21 Days of Fasting and Prayer.” Fasting and prayer is a time to grow closer to the Lord by giving up a distraction(s) and being prayerful in the meantime. I’ve chosen one of my fasts to be “no browsing on social media” and WHEW what a challenge it is- but well worth it! I now realize how many minutes I spend scrolling through my dashboard/wall/timeline/feed and it’s a bit frightening to think of how much time is actually accumulated. And now while my phone and the world in it continues to buzz and spring up notifications, I give it to God and thank Him for such a time.

After the Holy Spirit’s leading, I’ve decided to go all in and fast from blogging and fmG! I’m praying for the next few weeks to be so fruitful!

I will continue to pray for you all and please remember you can send in any prayer requests through here. I’d absolutely love to pray specifically for you!

God bless!

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“The Lord says, ‘Turn to me now while there is still time. Give me your hearts…Return to the Lord your God for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love…”
- Joel 2: 12, 13

Bianca Luini’s “Where I See Fashion”

The line between fashion and art is non-existent when collided in such a way as Bianca Luini’s intriguing photos. In her blog, “Where I See Fashion,” she takes history’s artworks, photography, nature, interior design, and architecture and combines them with extremely similar high fashion looks from the runway, editorials, or lookbooks. The details within the two-part collages are so similar that they seem to float effortlessly into the next photo. Needless to say she has an eye and a perspective that is rare to many.

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For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
– Ephesians 2:10

God I Look to You

Every morning since the year started, this song comes starts playing in my head once I wake up. I think it’s because the first verse pierces my heart deep every time and God just knows I need to be reminded of this:

God, I look to you
I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God, I look to you

You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do

I think it’s safe to say that the first month of a new year can be a bit overwhelming. The holiday chaos may be over but we brainstorm all these new resolutions and try to detail our lives for the next 365 days. We declare we’ll lose “x” amount of pounds, save more money, be a kinder person, be punctual, re-write our business plan, attend church more, write more, get a job promotion, stop comparing ourselves to others, etc. We dream, we envision, and goal out our goals hoping we’ll stay on track and accomplish everything we desire. Talk about pressuring ourselves!

Before your brain explodes, take comfort in this: you do not have to walk this life alone. Whatever life throws at you in the next few days, months, or 10 months from now, God is with you. The peace you crave for is more than being happy-go-lucky. It’s trusting that you are taken cared of. Look to Him and He will provide. You are victorious. Go ahead and declare that for this year!

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“When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They’re sent to promote, increase, and strengthen you.”
– Joel Osteen

New ‘Do

Once upon a time, a week and two days ago to be exact, this:

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I hope you are having the most wonderful 2015 so far!

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“Don’t make change too complicated. Just begin.”

Good Girl Gang + The Last Supper

One of my most favorite things about being a blogger is connecting with people and brands who share the same interests as you. So when I discovered Kianna and Karissa’s booth Church Girl Roc, now mainly known as Good Girl Gang, at Fashion Massacre 5, I distinctively remember being drawn towards their table, scanning their merchandise, and being the first one to write my name and email in their subscription sign-up list.

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VIDEO: Church Girl Roc at Fashion Massacre 5

I have followed GGG’s journey ever since and have seen their heart for God, the community, and their desire to uplift women who are battling life’s challenges. GGG has already planned exciting fundraisers and events for 2015 such as The Last Supper, an annual event of fellowship and communion to “celebrate women from all walks of life.” The Last Supper is inspired by God’s Word in Matthew 17 where Jesus and His disciples partook in history’s The Last Supper before Christ was betrayed, crucified, and ultimately rose from the grave. GGG’s goal is to share His love and compassion as He did to the disciples at that table, even to the one who He knew would betray Him.

Not only is The Last Supper‘s purpose to spread love and encouragement but to also provide basic needs for those enduring painful hardships such as the single mother or struggling teenager. We all know times are tough but for some it’s a living nightmare. Start this year off by putting your needs aside and helping someone’s darkness gain some light. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35).

If you’d like to donate, email to goodgirlganginc@gmail.com.

For more information on The Last Supper, visit goodgirlgangreloaded.com.

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“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.
- Proverbs 19:17