Thursday Brights


Good Morning!

I hope you have a beautiful, bright Thursday, friends.
One that refreshes you with detailed love from God’s heart, shown to you through friends, family, and even strangers. I just love when God uses strangers in my life for a very specific purpose. Do you know what I mean? When you’re feeling sorry for yourself and you go to get a coffee on your lunch break, and you have the best conversation with the barista, who gives you your coffee for free? Or you can’t think of ANYONE to take over your nursery shift on Friday, but then a friend calls and asks if she can take your shift that day if you’ll cover hers on Sunday morning? Or your boss happened to stay late last night and leave a nice note on your desk? I think all of those details are love that God brings into our lives, to show us how much he cares. To lift our hearts and spirits. Oh, how much he loves us, through and through. 
And in light of that, I just have to throw my hands with hot pink and silver fingernails in the air. 
Blessings back to praise, 
ALWAYS. 
{Linen Pants: waaaaay old Libertine for Target, Sequin Tank: Talbots, Ikat Cardi: Target, Bangles: J.Crew, Sunnies: Local Store, Earrings: F21, Silver Mocs: London Sole, thrifted}
Have a great day!
xo!

Red & Pink & Lovey Dovey

Gosh, I do love an excuse to wear red and pink and heart-shaped things. 
And to celebrate love in all of its capacities, all its foibles, full of hope and enduring power… tenuous heartstrings, pulling to and fro.

Gosh, I’m such a romantic it’s not even funny.
Totally struck by Cupid’s arrows. 

heart clutch + cupid arrow + red lipstick
Style Secrets
Shirt: NY&Co
Rose earrings: ?
Heart Wooden Necklace: Store in FL
Sunnies: Local store
Leopard-print Barette: ?
Heart bracelet: Gift
Red bead/Silk bracelet: Art fair
Capris: Gap, thrifted
Heels: Thrifted
Clutch: Aldo
{I just couldn’t resist one more silly picture!}
 But lest you think I’m just another one of those girls with a hot date and a mushy love story, let me say: I’m not. I don’t have a date at all. I don’t have a love story (yet). My heart? Well, it will be hidden in God, tonight, as I relish the love HE puts in my life, that HE showers me with. It amazes me. God has overfilled my cup with love, and for that, I am entirely grateful. It is absolutely worth celebrating. I was never one to be down on a day of celebrating love. {but if you do need a broken-heart sad-song, I’d recommend this one, neverminding the video, just the song}

So tonight I’ll spend some time communing with God. Yes, I’ll probably watch a sappy romantic movie and drown my sorrows in some chocolate. But reading my Bible makes my soul and heart sing. It makes me want to be a better woman, a better friend, sister, daughter. It fills me with hope.

“Set your heart on things above…” 
Col. 3:1

Indeed, I will set my heart on things above. 

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Phil. 4:8


Valentines

I made some Valentines.
I’m planning to hand them out like Bachelor roses. 
“Will you accept this valentine?”

I mean, really, who could say no?!
{hehe}
Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I’ve been working on these super fun Valentines all week, like a school girl, making sure the boys get the mushiest ones, and the girls get the “Best Friends 4 Ever” ones.

Actually, mine all say, “I think you’re a hoot!” Hehe. But I did carefully hand write names like in school 🙂

Cute, quirky, love-struck owls downloadable free online but I canNOT find the link anymore (please leave it in the comments if you find it!!)
Arrow idea from Carolyn at Homework


Good Morning!

Good morning!! This is my new favorite mug, a Christmas gift from my grandma. It’s giant, and has just the right shaped handle. Plus, it reminds me of her 🙂 She also sent me the Bigelow “Eggnogg’n” tea that I LOVE but we don’t have Bigelow brand here. It is YUMMY!
Don’t judge. I also may or may not be eating at least one of those cookies above for {part of my} breakfast. 
Have a beautiful day!

We Need Your Perfect Love

“Oh, great and mighty One, with one desire we come: that You, that You would reign in us! We’re offering up our lives, a living sacrifice….We need Your perfect love…that Your love would define us.”
Please, Oh Lord, reign in us!!! To let your PERFECT LOVE DEFINE US, that the world may know You reign! Amen. Amen!!

Falling in Love

It’s springtime. It’s almost wonderful summer….and it seems so romantic, doesn’t it? The miracle of spring just fills my heart to overflowing with a longing for love.

I have a confession to make: I want to fall in love. I need to fall in love. Better, deeper, for real. God calls me to His love. He calls to me, He whispers to me…He longs to be closer to me. And God’s love for us, His relationship with us, is all mirrored on a small scale in our human relationships.

So let me be honest for a minute. Let me be real: My boyfriend and I haven’t said “I love you” yet. It’s been 9 months, but we’ve made a conscious decision not to say it until…well, until we are ready to abide by all that loving someone means. The Bible has a pretty sobering description of love:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  8 Love never fails. ~1 Corin. 13
Yep. Sobering. And I wonder…how can you say to someone, “l love you” unless it involves constantly striving to encompass all of those things? To do so would be to defraud the love of God! God is the only one who can love that perfectly. But the problem still remains for us here on Earth: we are descendents of Adam & Eve. Sinful from the get-go. Having to overcome impatience, meanness, envy, boasting, pride, selfishness, record-keeping, delighting in evil….and the list goes on. Darnet, I thought loving someone was supposed to be easy! 😛
How can I fall in earthly love, until I’ve fallen in Heavenly love? I can’t know how to love the way God intends until I’ve fully immersed myself in His love. So yes, I want to fall in love. I need to fall in love. Better, deeper, for real. To abandon my heart to the God of Love. To the only One who gets it perfect…who gets it right, who will never abandon me. I need to be secure enough in that love, because people I love in this life will disappoint me. Even more so, I will disappoint them. But to love God more and more perfectly (only through His grace) will make me more thoroughly aware of how well I am living in love here on Earth.
And that, my dear friends, is what it’s all about. And it’s so much easier said than done.