Flashbacks

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Bolero: Wet Seal • Top, Jeans, Shoes: Forever 21 • Necklace: Quiapo

Whooooooooo the first day to hit 50˚F! Can I get a Hallelujah AMEN! Even though this was taken about two weeks ago and we’re back to a blizzard, getting a “warm” day was a blessing. I hope you don’t mind all the weather intros either, that’s just what we Michiganders do. Talk about [crazy] weather.

High school flashback. Before I discovered the thrift store, I was all over a certain store and its specific area. The sale area of Forever 21 (surprise, surprise). I distinctly remember rushing to Great Lakes Crossing for six weekends straight to rummage through racks filled with the hand written red sharpie markdown tags. This top- less than $10. And then, alas, Salvation Army came into my life.

Grade school flashback.

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Had to. My OOTD was inspired by my old best friend and I didn’t even realize it.

Faith

“Worship Night at Bridgewood”

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Worship Night at Bridgewood

Sunday. Sunday meant church, fellowship, life group, and Bible Series. But this one was particularly special. Worship Night at Bridgewood. She opened the doors of the House knowing what would happen but thought of what may be. As she walked in, friendly faces and warm smiles contrasted from the shivering cold and quickly filled her sights. A smile here, a greet with an occasional hug there. She made her way into the room, sat down a few rows from the front in the center, and waited. A few minutes passed by and the crowd continued to make their way in anticipating what was to come. Right on time, the lights dimmed and the team made their way on stage. The drummer made his queue and the night commenced. With each passing song, she not only wanted to worship her Father but surrender her every being. A look up to heaven here, a tear there. The moments leading up to communion were so moving and intimate that all she could say was “I am nothing without You.”

The night progressed and Pastor Tunde preached and preached he did. He called people to the altar: the blind, deaf, physically disabled, those who felt called to ministry, and the spiritually weak. Clusters of people slowly made their way up to the front and knelt down. The Holy Spirit continued to touch people’s lives as a deaf man regained hearing, a woman’s hip was healed, and child’s sight was restored among many others. Witnessing these experiences was incredible. Her heart cried out. Each tear that fell down her face represented freedom from each sin, doubt, and worry. It was there she felt weak. It was there she felt strong. Completely in awe and captivated by His grace.

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“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8)

Oceans

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Jacket & Tights: Marshall’s • Necklace: Quiapo • Boots: Charlotte Russe

Just posing with some tree branches and a stump. Finding look shot locations in Ortonville is becoming a very creative process, I’ll leave it at that.

“Oceans” and “Still” by Hillsong United have been on constant repeat; I find myself humming their tunes during work while embracing each meaningful line. I realized that both songs are very similar, not because they both include “oceans” but they have the same message: through the overwhelming, unknown times, God will give you the strength to rise above it all. He will take you farther than you ever thought possible if you just let Him. It’s supernatural, really. Nothing earthly. That’s assuring.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood
I will be still, know You are God

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2,3)

Strangely Dim

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Sweater: Express • Top: Rue 21 • Skirt: Forever 21
When: A Sunday afternoon

This week’s lesson was once received, forgotten, then remembered at the perfect time. It is this: instead of a grumble, instead of a whine, instead of a complaint, instead of looking for blurry answers, look at nature. Look at goodness. Look at wonder. Look at True Love. Be thankful then repeat. Cliché? Yes, but only because it’s that good and it never fails. Then you can get back on your feet to push yourself and keep going. I discovered this new song from Francesca Battistelli and it became one of those songs that you can instantly relate to. Maybe it can encourage you as much as it did for me. 🙂

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“We expect God to come looking for us, to explain Himself, prove who He is, and give us gifts. But those who are wise still seek and worship Jesus today, not for what they can get, but for who He is.” (Zondervan Life Application Study Bible, NIV)

Start With You

Have you ever felt the need to leave a place in order to start new? To try and leave your past completely? To try and find your better you? To do bigger and better things? I feel as if we strive for this future “fantasy” place where everything will just be- better. Many people in this generation especially have this urge to discover the world and do unexpected things. The whole “living life to the fullest” mantra. And though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, maybe we’re not getting it exactly. That in order for us to do better and to start anew, we must look at ourselves first. You can go anywhere yet still be the same, tangled person on the inside. This leads to another revelation: that where we are might just be where we should be. We constantly ask God to change our situations or life in general because we’re merely not happy with the circumstances. But as gold is refined by fire, we are refined by trials and trusting in our hope that God will relieve us in His own way and not ours. Accepting it can be hard, but once we do, we can finally live on in peace knowing that we are right where we’re supposed to be and working to improve ourselves until He finally does allow us to shift places. If you’re in this waiting period, don’t be discouraged. You are constantly on God’s mind. He hasn’t forgotten you. Right now, He’s shaping you. It’s all part of God’s perfect plan and perfect timing. (Perfect= adj; completely free from faults or defects; as good as it is possible to be).

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“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalms 16:11