Archives for April 2014

What I Wore Wednesday 04.30.2014

Happy Wednesday to you all.  It’s been pretty warm here this week, so shorts! I am so much happier without winter!

 

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This is a Stitch Fix shirt from last year and some new shorts I bought from The Loft on clearance at the end of last season. I wore this Saturday when we went grocery shopping, helping my sister move some of her stuff into her fiance’s place (so weird!) and out to eat.

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© Belka | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

 

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I wore this…some time last week. I’m pretty sure I was just working at home. Oh, I think this was the day I went to eat lunch with Emma at school. I had spent the last 3 days working away from home so I was ready to have a comfy day. I bought these Keds when we were in Tennessee the other week.  It brought great memories back of wearing Keds as a teenager.  Who else had pair after pair of white Keds??

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I wore this Sunday after church.  We did NOTHING aside from eat lunch at Scott’s parents and it was glorious.

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© Alison Grippo | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

 

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A God-sized Hole

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He whispers it to me on Tuesday morning, “You don’t have a parent-sized hole in your soul. Or a husband-sized hole. Or a man-sized hole. Or a child-sized hole.  You have a God-sized hole.”

If you are feeling empty and tired and unfulfilled and lost and joyless, may I suggest you stop trying to hastily fill your soul with anything and everyone and finally slow down enough to feed your soul what it is meant to be filled with—God and God alone.

 

 

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person,
and it can never be filled by any created thing.
It can only be filled by God,
made known through Jesus Christ.”
– Blaise Pascal, Pensees

(in)RL and Ultimate eBook Bundle

Happy Friday to you!  I’m sure I’m not the only one happy to see the weekend. I have two quick things I want you to know about for your weekend.

 

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(in)RL conference is a FREE online women’s conference happening today and tomorrow.  Today, you watch the webcast on your own at one of the screening times – 9am, 1pm, 6pm or 9pm EST and connect with friends, if you choose, via Twitter with the hashtag #inRL. 

And then tomorrow, you can either join a meetup to watch the webcast or you can watch on your own as well.  You have ZERO to lose by signing up and checking it out.  I was so encouraged the last two years by this conference and did I mention it’s FREE?  Go sign-up here: http://www.incourage.me/inrl-countdown

 

 

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The other thing I want you to know about is the Ultimate Homemaking eBook bundle is back!  You might remember my book Entangled was in it last year.  They’re back this year with 78 eBooks  PLUS 10 awesome bonuses which includes 10 DaySpring greeting cards, $15 store credit to HopeInk and 3 FREE eyeshadows among others for $29.97.  Hello, it’s worth it for the bonuses! Plus, check out all these books you get!

 

 

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If you want to check out all the books and bonuses, head over to their site. It’s ONLY available until Monday so you need to jump on this while it’s available.

 

So there, I hope I made your weekend even more awesome!  Share with your friends so they have an awesome-er weekend too. Have a great one!

What I Wore Wednesday 4.23.2014

Happy Wednesday!  Already halfway through the week!  Since we were on vacation and I was mostly wearing a jacket the entire time, I didn’t get a ton of pictures this week, but here’s a few!

 

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This was my Easter outfit.  I picked up the dress and necklace at The Loft outlet while we were in Tennessee this weekend.

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I wore this last week out shopping for some bathing suits for the girls.

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We had a special day at work yesterday and got to do a scavenger hunt.  This picture is in the heart of uptown Charlotte.  Have I mentioned how much I’m loving my white jeans this Spring? The shirt is a black sheer with a pleated front from The Loft.  You can’t see it, but I have my animal print flats on and my matching Miche bag.

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When I’m Like Nicodemus

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I sit in Monday morning traffic, tired and wanting Spring Break back.  I’m having God thoughts and pose the question that I have so many times before—God, are you ever disappointed in me?  I know I mess up and so many do.  How does it make you feel? 

I don’t get any clear answers.

I pull up the IF:Equip daily devotional. Sarah and Rebekah talk about Joseph and Nicodemus.  I hear the Spirit whisper—you remind me of Nicodemus.  Nicodemus, who helped wrapped Jesus’s body after he died.  I remember he was a religious leader but the rest escapes me.  Usually being a religious leader with Jesus isn’t good news, but Nicodemus does clearly love Jesus by the end. Yes, Jesus, I do love you, I whisper back and hope for the best.

I get to work and scrawl out my to-do list and right in between, I jot down the name Nicodemus.  I don’t want to forget to read what he was trying to tell me.

At a break, I do a search on Nicodemus and am taken to John 3.

The story starts coming back.  Nicodemus goes to Jesus at night, wanting to question him away from prying eyes.  He knows Jesus is from God but doesn’t understand it all.  Jesus tells him he must be born again.  Nicodemus is confused about what he needs to do.

And there it is, we all keep talking about what we do.

Jesus answers our question about what we need to do with what he’s going to do.

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.

His sacrifice is always our answer.

And then out of nowhere because I didn’t remember it’s John 3:16…For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten Son…

And here we are again, Jesus whispering to me, I love you so much I died for you.

He ignores my question altogether and reminds me it’s not about what I do or how he feels about it.  It’s about how he loves me and what he did for me.

And we always stop at verse 16 but 17 comes along and tells us he didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save it.

God’s about the business of loving and saving not condemning.  If we’re feeling defeated and disappointed, we’re not about Kingdom work.

And there, in the middle of a gray cubicle, I rest in his love and I rest in his work.