Archive | March, 2013

But I’m A Busy Bee

18 Mar

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Seriously!? March cannot be half over….

I don’t know about any of you but life is blowing right by me these days. I’ve started a new job, am relentlessly hunting down a new place to live to no avail (as I am commuting an hour both ways), trying to keep my exercise regimen, making time for J, writing, and now, I’m helping my precious best friend since birth plan her wedding (I get to be a bridesmaid!!!). Most of the time, the day goes by without me even stopping to eat- by 5pm I’m hungry, tired, and ready to flop in bed (my real bedtime? 11pm). Sadly, I haven’t even had a spare moment to read a book (favorite hobby!) and I must admit, that I haven’t been doing the best job of keeping my quiet time with God sacred.

SO what keeps you busy? Schoolwork, soccer tryouts, outings with friends, youth group, work? Our list of excuses for not making time to spend Jesus is endless. It’s easier to say “but I just didn’t have time” than to really admit YOU JUST DIDN’T MAKE TIME. There are so many things in life that Satan will use to keep us from studying the word. He wants us harried, tired, and distracted from the things of God and loves it when we make those excuses!!! I’m sure he does his own happy dance every time we shove his word aside for other things (picture a shriveled slimy black demon unfolding his withering limbs jumping about because he’s about to do some damage). Every time we choose to place something before God, it gives Satan a way to slither his way into our life. There’s a reason the bible is our sword- and when you’re not studying it, it’s much like you’re entering into a strong battle without your weapons.

Be advised ladies, I’m saying this for my own benefit as well as yours. There are days in my life where I THINK I am just way too busy for my God and his word. (emphasis on the think!)

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Ever hear about Mary and Martha?

Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Imagine being in Martha’s place. Here she is, serving Jesus Christ in her home for crying out loud. We get stressed enough about a simple dinner party with friends much less having to worry about serving the savior of the world. I can just picture this wonderful lady planning away, making sure all her dishes are clean, the floor has not a speck of dirt, and the food stays hot for her guests. It must have been like my mom planning for Christmas- on steroids (I have nightmares about this cleaning, cookie baking, gift-wrapping frenzy). I can just picture her running back and forth muttering, becoming angrier and angrier with her lazy sister is just sitting with everyone else until she finally explodes. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle Martha forgot about one thing- she was serving JESUS. Martha was so busy preparing for the event, wrapping herself up with all the work needing to be done, and being angry with her sister that she was not listening to the words of her savior.

Just like Martha, we need to fight against getting “too busy” to sit at the feet of Jesus. When we neglect our spiritual health, we leave ourselves vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. Read verse 42 again. Jesus needed Martha to see that when we give the first fruits of our time with the Lord, all we accomplish afterwards will be blessed. Don’t you think that the creator of the world can give you the strength to get it all done if you just put it in his hands?

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Hunger for the Word

Job 23:10-12

10 “But he knows where I am going.
And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.
11 For I have stayed on God’s paths;
I have followed his ways and not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from his commands,
but have treasured his words more than daily food.

Can you believe it? God wants us to treasure his word more than food? Say what? Absolutely! Hebrews 4:22 states that the word of God is sharper than any two edged sword- hmmm… that might be more important than my banana and yogurt…. It might be. When you put the word of God in your heart it can heal wounds like medicine (Prov 4). Don’t know God wants you to do with your life? All the answers are in that big old book! Even more importantly, the word of God gives us the power to fight any battle in the world that will come our way. ANY BATTLE!

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Let’s be real…

Am I suggesting that you get up at 3am every day to spend two hours each day pouring over the word of God?? No. I’m not (unless you feel the urge- more power to ya!). What I am saying is that God wants a piece of your time. Your savior wants to speak to you, he wants to comfort you, and he wants to protect you. He can’t do that if you ignore him. Whether you spare two hours or simply spend fifteen minutes putting the word into your mind- your ten times better off than expecting to get your weekly fill of the word only on Sunday mornings. All the answers to life are right in your hands!

~AJ

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FBV: Inspired by Spring

9 Mar

March officially does roll in like a lion! My house has been buried in snow- making my new commute to work extremely frightful- testing every ounce of driving skill I have (and believe me, I’m just not that skilled)! Since the weather refuses to warm up around here, it’s time to bring some spring into my life via my makeup case. If you’re anything like me, you wear the same makeup look almost every day. I rock my nude shadow, black liner, and peach blush glow about 28 days in the month. It’s time to mix it up- so I can at least feel some small measure of hope that warm weather is in fact on its way

Here are some popular beauty trends (only those worth following) that we will see everywhere this spring.

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1. Pink is the new Red

Toss those red lipsticks you’ve been hoarding and replace them with a lovely shade of pink! It’s less daunting, daring, and can be more universally flattering. Stores are rolling out shades and shades of pink lipsticks and consumers are snapping them up like candy. You will see the fashion world’s most influential females walking the streets with these feminine shades! Still attached to your red? Go one shade to two shades lighter or switch to something with a bit more orange to brighten your look for spring. Here are some of my absolute favorite options:

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·      MAC Pink Pigeon Lipstick – Limited Edition (a whopping 26 bucks- but so worth it!)

·      Revlon- 423 Pink Velvet (just 5$)

·      Clarins Joli Rouge- Baby Pink (22$ but great for anyone who needs something hypoallergenic like yours truly)

 

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2. Violet Eyes

I’ll admit it, purple is probably one of my least favorite colors on the planet. I much prefer a gorgeous green, bold indigo blue, or vivacious coral. Even I however am intrigued by the soft, violet shades popping up on my Pinterest feed. It might be worth a try… If you have green eyes- purple will make this hardest eye color to genetically re-create sparkle like an emerald!

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  • Pur Naturals in Lavender (8$- available online, and safe for contact wearers)
  • Maybelline NY in Lawless Lavender (only 2$!)
  • Too Faced Exotic Color Intense in Violet Femme (18$ This one will last forever- the color is super-pigmented so beware! Use sparingly!)

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3. An obsession with Mint-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Probably the most standout spring obsession right now is the focus on the minty green color reminiscent of one of America’s favorite ice cream flavors. Clothes in this flattering color are flying off the racks. Recently I was at TJ Maxx, searching through the haphazard clearance section when I discovered a gorgeous mint nail polish I just HAD to have. Normally, I rock my dark “Lincoln Park at Midnight” by OPI on an almost daily basis but I haven’t taken the pale green off my nails since I brought it home.

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  • Butter London in Fiver (15 whopping dollars but my absolute favorite- if I can afford it!
  • Revlon Top Speed in #320 Jaded (5$ and dries quickly for those days you’re in a rush)
  • Essie Mint Candy Apple (5-7$ depending where you get it

Happy Weekend Ladies!

~AJ

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