The Philippines’ Largest Market (VIDEO)

New video for y’all! Shopping at Divi is always an adventure which is why I love going there! You never know what to expect or the things you end up finding for such a great price. We were able to find supplies needed for Thailand plus I was reunited with my favorite accessory store, Wellmansons :) I’m also very thankful for being exposed to environments like this because not only is it a gold mine for a wanderlust, but it builds up your character and appreciation for the things you are blessed with in life. It’s not uncommon to see Filipinos sleeping on cardboard or children butt-naked finding joy with an empty can.

As for my little devotional at the end, I pray you take something away from it if you are feeling a bit discouraged. Even when we’re in the midst of God’s work the enemy can still get to us but I encourage you to press on! Your purpose in life is an extension of God’s heart and mind and with that comes His strength. He will equip you with all that you need to accomplish the tasks ahead.

Until next time!

“You cannot fulfill God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.”
– Rick Warren

Art in Island: Be A Part of Art!

10321588_1423754664566307_8447315080772075503_oArt in Island, the Philippines’ latest interactive museum, is not only dubbed as the world’s largest 3D art exhibit but a Filipino’s selfie dream. Seriously. Once you enter a painted golden archway, you’ll immediately pull out your phones and cameras for the next 2-3 hours. I originally envisioned a huge room of two or three displays within a wall but I was wrong. Almost every 3D painting flows into the next, therefore, hallways upon hallways and rooms with elevated ceilings are covered with detailed adaptations from artists over the centuries which are made in such a way attendees are really a part of the art.

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Guess Who’s Going to the DR?! + NEW VIDEO

I am SO excited to share with you guys that because of your support both financially and especially in prayers, I officially raised enough funds for the missions trip to the Dominican Republic! I went from this:

#JFF Update 2to:

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 9.07.52 AMGUYS. WHAT!!!

Isn’t God good? Seriously, I remember when I found out I had to raise an extra $2,075 from my original $5,000 and all I could think about was, “Okay, plot twist I see you. This is going to be interesting.” Whenever I would start losing faith, I knew there was nothing I could do but to immediately turn from my own thoughts and surrender it all- my worry and every penny- to God. Fast forward three months later, God provided (and continues to provide now) through the most unexpected ways. There are people who I’ve spoken to once and even never in my entire life who heard about this missions trip and felt led to give. I’m reminded of Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Thank You, Lord, for all of Your blessings and provisions; the splendor of Your love is contagious. And thank you to all who continue to support me this summer! Xx

“…Return to Me, your First Love! Gaze at Me in the splendor of holiness, and My Love will once again envelop you in Light.”
– “Jesus Calling,” by Sarah Young

’80s in the High 80’s

fashion meets God Jireh De Jose-2 colorful bangles '90s dress

Let me just say, packing for these mission trips was not easy! A week into the Philippines I was already borrowing my Lola’s duster/nightgown. I thank God for my auntie who gave me some of her hand-me downs which consist of the most comfortable shift dresses with patterns that vary from dainty lace to abstract geometric shapes. Exhibit A, this ’80s printed, lightweight, and above-the-knee dress that makes me wish I was an extra on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Dress: thrifted • Earrings: Forever 21 • Bangles: KH Home in Downtown Clarkston, MI • Watch: Betsey Johnson •  Sandals: Rue 21

“You can dress attractively without being immodest. Within the Lord’s guidelines, there is room for you to be lively, vibrant, and beautiful both in your dress and in your actions.”
– Thomas S. Monson