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Hi again! How was your weekend?

Here’s what I wore for St. Patrick’s Day which I realized is the only green in my closet, excluding these tassel earrings from the Philippines (no pinches for me!). I left this light green blouse with white flowers along the closure unbuttoned for a more casual look. It is so light and breezy- perfect for this spring season. I paired it with some plain jeans and my favorite brown booties with floral embroidery. Like I mentioned on IG, brighter days call for brighter colors!

What did you wear for St. Patty’s Day? :)

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– James 1:17

StyleChops Blogger Competition Event

Sunday March 29, 2015 (West Bloomfield Township)- Bruna Camargo of StyleMile and Styleshack founder Rachel Schostak collaborated together with Guys N Gals for an afternoon with eight of Detroit’s finest bloggers and fashion styling. Each blogger created looks with items from Guys N Gals for a full body mannequin and a bust form in three style categories: boho chic, romantic chic, and sporty chic. Thirty minutes were given to complete their ensembles while guests shopped, indulged in sweet treats and drinks, and viewed the creations live-in-action. Bloggers quickly scoured through each rack and fixture to find the perfect pieces for their mannequins. After each segment, contestants had the opportunity to describe their look as judges carefully examined each outfit. The winner was awarded a gift card, sign Guys N Gals’ storefront along with their styled looks in display, and be featured in Ambassador Magazine.

Congrats to all the contestants, runner-ups, and winners! Please view the photos below from the event!

Runner-ups: Dana Frost (Closet Confessional) and Anna C. (Ceen by Anna C.)

Winners: Jennifer and Nicole of Spoonful of Flair

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God is not proud. He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.
– C.S. Lewis

#JirehForFour: Week One Lessons

Happy last Friday of March!

If you’ve been around on fashion meets God this past week, you may have seen this hashtag “#JirehForFour” along with these photos ALL over my social media accounts:JirehForFour How to Support Dresm Poster

I knew fundraising and spreading the word on these mission trips would take time and work; it really takes a lot! Calculating costs, creating posters, shooting and editing the online store, posting on social media, timing tweets on Twitter, writing and passing out support letters, gathering addresses, personalizing emails- this whole week has been such a rush nonetheless. But God has been teaching me so much these past four days alone and I believe these apply to any goal and daunting task you may be trying to achieve.

1. God wants your heart. I am the type of person who likes going all out on things I put my hands to. I believe if you’ve been called to do something by God, you have to do your best and give it your all! So as I was dusting off my Photoshop skills and editing photos as eye pleasing and non-tacky as possible, I was reminded not to lose the heart of why I was doing it in the first place. We can get so tied up in the process, hype, and the to-dos and forget about the mission itself. It is always about Jesus and sharing the Gospel. God desires your heart before your hands. How can you work genuinely without heart and willingness?

2. Prayer realigns you. Confession: I’ve realized that I don’t pray as much as I should. The past week whenever my faith would shake, if I felt overwhelmed by the amount of funding that I need, or the fact that my plans mid-August when I return are unknown, I immediately went into prayer asking God to help me take my thoughts captive and to remember that He is ultimately in control. I felt peace and confidence knowing that my future is in His caring hands. When you pray you stop worrying because faith takes over. The vision for the task is clear once again.

3. Satan hates your work for Heaven. And he’ll stop at nothing to discourage you from reaching others. I felt so hesitant sending out or personally giving some support letters, hitting “send” on an email, or even “post” on Facebook or Instagram. What will they think? What if they think I just want their money? Am I doing too much? This is so awkward. These times where we feel pressed the most is because the devil despises the work we do for the Kingdom. He’ll throw his tactics and lies and tear us down until we hide and forget the divine courage. He’ll change our motives from Christ-centered into I-centered and we think of things that may affect us such as the above questions. The beautiful thing is is that we have a God who stands victorious. Even if Satan flees but returns the next day we can always run to The One who already defeated him before.

4. Get down on your knees and pray then get up on your feet and WORK. Yes, we must be still and know that He is God but we’ve got to get our hands dirty and work, too! Don’t be afraid to work! I know that may sound obvious, but if you God put you to it, you’ve got to move it. Be confident, courageous, and committed. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “…Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

I’m praying that this encourages you with whatever you’re trying to accomplish in life. You’ve got this. *fist pound*

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“The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
– Maya Angelou

Shop my Closet on Dresm!

DresmGoodness, I have been wanting to do this for a couple years now: you can now shop my closet online!!! Appropriately called “31:25,” I decided to use Dresm as my selling platform because the site is super easy to navigate through and use. I know selling is a different story so if you do order, please bear with me! I will try and have your order shipped ASAP!

Also:

  • All thumbnails are front views of the item and most include a completely styled photo of that piece of clothing.
  • All proceeds will be going to #JirehForFour (not sure what that really exciting, cool thing is? Click here).
  • All items are $15 AND LESS!
  • Starting off with 20 items, but there are so much more coming. Yay!
  • Happy shopping fashionistas!

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“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
- Malachi 3:10

#JirehForFour: Summer Mission Trips!

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Ahhhhh!!! I am so excited to finally share this- what is to be one of the best summers ever!

God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him in four different countries: the Philippines, Thailand, Dominican Republic, and Los Angeles. I will be volunteering with three different ministries with one same goal: to help serve and lead people to Christ so that their lives may be transformed; that they may live an intentional life with purpose because of their passionate and loving relationship with their Creator.

I love what I get to do with fashion meets God. My heart truly goes out to each post whether it be an outfit or a faith post I scrape from deep down. I am so humbled and thankful for those who comment and say they’re inspired, encouraged, that they are undergoing the same challenges, or believe in what the blog stands for. You guys come from all over! The Philippines, Brazil, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Pakistan, India, and more which is so mind blowing. I never really know what to expect since society and culture today is crazy sensitive to “religion” and “God” so it’s so awesome to know that there are people who seek Jesus while looking pretty spiffy too :)

The blog has been a great platform to reach those worldwide, but I believe as believers we’re called to go above and beyond for God. This includes reaching those physically. There’s nothing like traveling to another country, laying your hand on the sick, the poor, and the children who just need care and prayers. Who just need to know that there is someone out there that sees their soul and shows compassion to them. And that’s what I believe God has called me to do- to serve Him beyond the Internet and love on His people in these locations.

Here is a rundown on what I will be doing and how you can be a used to help people who need Him!

  • Philippines (May 3o – June 29)- Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) is an internationally known organization that commits to witnessing and leading others to Christ. I will be teaming with Cru Philippines to help prepare with administrative tasks and organization for the Cru Southeast Asia (SEA) Leadership Conference held in Thailand in June.
    – Website: http://www.cru.org/communities/locations/asia/philippines.html
  • Thailand (June 30 – July 4)- Cru SEA Leadership Conference will be held to discuss the future goals and direction of the Cru SEA region for the next five years. I will be assisting efforts towards the main program, administration, and the children’s conference.
    – Website: http://www.cru.org/
  • Dominican Republic (July 18 – July 26)- I, along with 2,500 other missionaries, will be serving the Dominicans for 1Nation1Day. Called to be “the largest global missions outreach in history,” we will be sharing our testimonies, performing impactful dramas, pray one-on-one, and interact through other various sporting activities within 20 different locations throughout the country.
    – Website: http://1nation1day.com/
  • Los Angeles, California (August 10 – August 15)- Bridgewood Church and I will be traveling to the LA Dream Center for a five-day outreach. We will minister to those who may have been neglected, abused, drug and alcohol addicted, and homeless by encouraging them through Christ’s love.
    – Website: http://www.dreamcenter.org/

How to Support

I am thrilled about all the opportunities to serve and I ask you to join me in this God-centered adventure. I am seeking your financial support to help further His Kingdom. Approximately $5,000 is needed. If you are able to assist with this journey, here’s how you can give:

GoFundMe.com:

  1. Go to: http://www.gofundme.com/jirehforfour.
  2. Click “Donate”
  3. Enter your dollar amount, first and last name, email address, country, and zip code. In the “Comment” box, you may enter your country of preference. Ex) Philippines.
  4. Click “Continue”
  5. Enter your credit card information.
  6. Click “Next”
  7. Confirm your payment and enter your email address for your receipt.
  8. Click “Confirm”
  9. Feel free to spread the word and share “Jireh’s Four-Country Missions Trip!”

PayPal:

  1. Go to: paypal.com.
  2. Login to your PayPal account (Sign up is FREE if you do not have an account already)
  3. Click “Pay or Send Money.”
  4. Click “Send money to friends or family.”
  5. Enter my email address: jireh.dejose@yahoo.com AND the amount you’d like to donate.
  6. Click “Next.”
  7. Choose “Checking” or “Credit Card” (Credit Card usually has a fee of less than $1)
  8. In the “Add a note” option box, type “Jireh De Jose- [location].” Ex) Jireh De Jose- Philippines
  9. Click “Send”

Most importantly I am asking for your prayers, that every team may be able to accomplish all that God wants, the lost will be found, and His name be glorified throughout the entire time.

Thank you to all your support from the past and in the future. Love you guys!

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“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
– Isaiah 6:8