Birthday Giveaway: Winner Is…

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 9.28.38 PMCongratulations Dinesha for winning my Birthday Giveaway!!!

Thank you to all who participated! :) Be sure to stay tuned at Just Jireh for more future giveaways!

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“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Feeling Fine and Free

The above title is a tidbit from Selena Gomez’s song “Birthday” (which I can’t get enough of even when it’s not my birthday), however, I’ll confess that the night prior my 22nd did not make me feel “fine and free” at all.

I attended Wednesday night service at church for the first time in months. If anything I was excited and looking forward to what the lesson would be until the topic was on pain, suffering, worry, and anxiety. What a great pre- celebration subject! I suddenly began to feel very uneasy, mentally listing everything that I have to do, write, and sew. Then it hit me that I was turning 22 in just a few hours and I felt so old and unaccomplished. Ewww, right? The night ultimately ended in tears. Who knows why God allows that to happen in His own house but His reasoning is perfect.

I sought out encouragement from my parents and my mom said, “Even though you’re working, laugh more. Smile more. Dance. You are blessed to have another year.” And I knew I was. A few hours into my shift with the trickle effect of co-workers’ greetings, I was surprised at work by my manager and a friend from church with cupcakes, gift cards, balloons, flowers, and other goodies. Not to mention the plethora of social media greetings received. Blessed indeed.

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I now feel more than fine and free not because of presents, but because of great friendships and knowing that God allows pain to remind us of His goodness. He doesn’t mean to slam us with distress, heartache, and sadness without us reaping anything from it. When we hurt, He hurts. He wants to see us overcome our challenges with a happy heart and righteous motives. In the end, it’s all a part of His plan for us to seek and become closer to Him. What could be better?

Friend, if you are going through pain, worry, and anything in between, it’s for a reason- a higher reason. Gain a positive outlook and look to Christ because He’s been looking at you the entire time with open arms.

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Enter my Birthday Giveaway!

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“Our sense of joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment in life increases, no matter what the circumstances, if we are in the center of God’s will.” – Billy Graham

Birthday Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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Yayyy, I’m turning 22 soon! Another year down and what a year it has been. I have been so blessed more than I could imagine this past year as God continues to shower His blessings and grace. To celebrate and to say a huge thank you to those who read “Just Jireh,” I decided to do a birthday giveaway including everything that I use and absolutely love!

Giveaway includes:

Two NYX lipsticks

Maybelline Volum’Express One by One mascara

A set from Sweet Girl Crafts

Revlon nail polish

Leopard print make-up case

$50 Forever 21 Gift Card

and a few more surprises!

All you have to do is like “Just Jireh” on Facebook. Hah. Yep, I finally made one. Winner will be announced on the last day of my birthday month, SEPTEMBER 30! So go ahead and celebrate with me!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Within the U.S. only.

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“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” -Acts 20:35