One Lovely Blog Award :]!

I have been nominated by Kimberly Ann for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks beautiful girl, this is such a sweet little privilege :]. If you want to check out her blog, then go HERE <3.

So the rules of the awards are to:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

–  I think this makes my 3rd thank you LOL but thank you so much for thinking of me :]! You seem like such a sweet girl.

2. Name 7 things about myself that you don’t already know.

(1) I graduated with my AA in Paralegal Studies in 2010, but I longer desire to be in that career. Makeup and Jesus Christ are my life!

(2) I’m OCD about cleaning.

(3) I have 2 cats that like to fetch bottle caps.

(4) I think about starting a YouTube beauty channel one day.

(5) I can’t bake, for the life of me.

(6) I love candles.

(7) I’m afraid of the dark.

3. Nominate 5 blogs that I love.

Missions Blog (Nicki)

Beauty Blog (Kimberly Ann)

Daily life/baby Blog (Hollie)

 God/Inspirational Blog (Kim)

–  Life Blog (Elizabeth)

4. Let each person know you nominated them for the award!

Doing this right now ;]!

Keeping your fire for God.

 

There’s only one thing you need in this world to keep your fire for God, it’s not a camp revival and it’s not the devotion that sits on your night stand.  The only thing you need is Jesus. A lot of us attain our worth from our works… what we’re doing to further the kingdom of God. Works are good, don’t get me wrong… I think more people need to step up and proclaim the name of Jesus Christ… but there’s something missing. Something we overlook. Once you’re saved, the only thing that God sees is perfection because He doesn’t see you and your works, He sees His Son. We forget that Jesus is the only one who gives us right standing before God, not us. Not by how often we attend church. Not by how often we pray. When we get solely focused on our works and our performance, self-righteousness and pride tend to creep in and instead of the glory going to God, it goes to… us.

If we don’t ask God to break us often and learn how by His grace to humble ourselves, then we’re going to become complacent Christians who constantly lose that “fire”. The youth from our church just got back from camp last week and they were so excited for God and they will be… for a few weeks, unfortunately. The only thing that kept going through my mind was the Bible study lessons my sister had taught to our college group, on the “Gospel Centered Life”. We don’t realize how often we shrink the cross that Jesus died on. We think we’re responsible for keeping that fire lit. Wrong. When we start trying to do things on our own, we will get burnt out . Especially when you’re doing really good at living for Jesus and then all of a sudden you sin. All encouragement goes out the window.

I have been there… we all have. It’s learning how to get over and through this process so we can actually grow in Him. This will be a concept learned that we’ll constantly forget about until Christ pounds it in our heads. I had to recently step down from my pride when I realized “I will sin for the rest of me life.” Why does that amaze me so much? Whom am I to compare myself to the only perfect person that ever lived, Jesus? I’m in need of His grace, every single day. If I was perfect, I wouldn’t need it. I should be able to rejoice in the mess that I am because it constantly points back to the Creator. I. Can’t. Do. It. On. My. Own. I love this quote by Joyce Meyer and I think it fits perfectly into this blog, “God knows the mess we’re in when He calls us. His light shines greater through “cracked pots” than it does through those who have it all together.” – Joyce Meyer. Embrace being broken.

When we learn to get the focus off ourselves and more on the Savior, the Lord will give us His desires and His cares. He will break our hearts for what breaks His. It’s so easy in this life to lose focus of the cross. I just want to make you realize but also encourage you that YES – You will sin for the rest of your life, you’re not perfect. NO – That does not give you the right to abuse God’s grace. What this should do is encourage you to seek God daily, ask Him to change your heart, not your sin. A lot of us think, “Well I did this when I accepted Jesus into my heart and asked Him to change me.” NO – There’s a process called sanctification, it means we’re constantly having the Holy Spirit move on our hearts, convict us, teach us, change us.

Learning about God and forgetting it later in life is something we’re prone to do. All we need to do is rest in His love. That means be alone with Jesus. Worship Him. Be comforted by His promises and trusting that if you’re going through a really crappy time in your life, He will deliver you and you will be given a new strength. It’s also resting in the fact that you have no control and that’s OKAY. You never had control to begin with, so learn to have peace with that. I’ve been loving listening to music here lately, especially a good worship song.

I challenge you to start off your day with going into your room, shutting the door, turning on a worship song and just praise Jesus. Right. There. The cries of our heart will always leave us face floor to the ground in awe of His mercy. I just need Jesus and so do you. I woke up this morning… not even sad, but I went to my room, turned on a song and just wept before my Savior. I realized the other day that “I’m doing well with God” and that scared me. Why? Because I know I’ll get complacent if He doesn’t break my heart and put it for His mission.

Things to live by (not in a particular order):
1 – Be humble, your goodness only comes from God.

2 – Realize you’re always going to sin, but knowing you’re always in need of His grace.

3 – Jesus + Nothing = everything. Not Jesus + Works.

4 – God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him. ENJOY Him, don’t see Him as a list you can check off.

5 – Ask God to change your heart, not your sin. The root of our sin is in our heart.

6 – Listen to a worship song every day, especially when you’re about to go off the edge of this life…

7 – Love others – It takes the focus off yourself and more on God’s mission. The greatest commandment is love.

8 – Be renewed: Read your Bible and put on the armor of God (This is still something I’m struggling with.)

 

Worship songs that I LOVE – I will link YouTube videos of them with the lyrics:

“You revive me” by Christy Nockels

“Lord I need you” by Chris Tomlin

“The Stand”  by Hillsong United

“Waiting Here for You” by Christy Nockels

“From the Inside Out” by Hillsong United

“Spirit Fall” by Chris Tomlin

“Lead Me to the Cross” by Hillsong United

 

How to get kissable lips!

Dry lips, we all get them, but what do we do about them? The most common reasons for getting dry lips are due to: colder weather, licking your lips, or maybe your skin is just naturally drying. Lip balms just don’t cut it on their own. The same concept applies to when we try to get a softer/smoother face – we need to exfoliate our skin. Putting a bunch of moisturizer on a pile of dead skin won’t do anything – we have to get rid of it.

Lip scrubs can be rather pricey and can contain some extra ingredients you don’t need. So why not go for a DO-IT-YOURSELF all natural method at home? I have timed myself doing this and it only takes about 30 seconds from start to finish: scrubbing, rinsing, and applying lip balm.

Sugar is a natural exfoliant that we tend to overlook because we assume it will be a gooey mess that will just melt in water. WRONG! Sugar will keep its natural texture in liquids and oils if the right amount is added.

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I’m not good at measuring, so here’s the amount of sugar I use. Remember, you don’t need much – your lips are a small feature. A pinch of sugar in a small spoon should do the trick!

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Step 1: Dab warm water on your lips with your index finger

Step 2: With the same finger touch the sugar and start rubbing your lips in gentle circular motions for about 15 seconds

Step 3:  Rinse until sugar is completely off

Step 4: Moisturize your lips with your favorite lip balm

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The end result is amazing, my lips look so much more supple!

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I clearly made a mess with my cap, but use any lip balm you own to keep your lips moisturized after scrubbing them. In this picture I used Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss.

If you want to be fancy you could add a drop of honey to your scrub, it smells amazing! Your lips will taste amazing too, so eat if desired! Haha :].

MAC dupe for Myth lipstick

I have to laugh at this definition because when people think of a dupe product, they assume it’s a product’s twin sister (both look the same but have different names). Well, mine is just is a ‘sister’ or ‘first cousin’ haha – bottom line, the products have similarities… so that’s dupe enough for me.

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(Similarities: They are opaque, meaning they have good coverage and you can’t see your natural lip color (skin). The color payoff is amazing, esp. for girls with really pigmented lips. They’re creamy, not drying.)

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(Difference: Myth is a tad lighter while Pink Suga has more of a peach tone.)

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MAC lipstick in Myth

Price: $14.50

Where to buy? MAC Store ; Macy’s 

This is my favorite nude lipstick in the entire world, nude lipsticks are all I wear because my lips are so pigmented (which you’ll see in my next blog… on lip scrubs). A tube of this will last you a long time since you don’t need much product to get that perfect nude lip. Mine has lasted me a year, but I recently purchased a new one for my birthday.

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Wet n Wild lipstick in Pink Suga

Price: $2.99

Where to buy? Any drugstore

I love the name for this lipstick! Doesn’t it make you want to sing “Suga suga how you get so fly” by Baby Bash? Man that’s old school! Besides the cool name, do you see the price for this?! If you can’t afford MAC or hate the thought of spending $14.50 on a lipstick, this is a must have nude lipstick. It’s hard to find a nude lipstick opaque enough to actually give my lips coverage, esp. at a drugstore. I love drugstore makeup, but that’s one area they had been lacking. I’ve tried all of the nude Revlon lipsticks and I wasn’t that impressed, plus they’re around $6-$7 and are extremely drying.

Some people just won’t like you.

I find the topic of this blog to be a very hard concept to swallow… but it’s the truth. Some people, no matter how hard you try to relate to them, love them, care for them, forgive them even if THEY are wrong… will just not like you. Being a tender-hearted person, I think this sucks. I wonder why some people have to be so selective of who they talk to or can be nice to. If they’re that mean though, it’s probably a good thing they’re not in our lives for a reason or as involved as we would like them to be.

Are you like me, do you just want a response from people? Like “Hey, show appreciation that I am taking the time to care for you when it seems like no one else does?!” I know we’re an extremely flawed creation, but we are so selfish with our time, our cares, our everything and with that mindset of “me, me, me, me, me!” you forget about everyone else. You forget to care for those who truly need a shoulder to lean on, an ear to hear their heartache, a voice to give them Godly uplifting advice.

Truly loving others will require that you give your whole heart and not expect anything back. When you truly forgive someone, you shouldn’t expect that person to show signs of gratitude or make it up to you somehow. People should be sincere when they do something wrong, but sometimes they’re not and we have to learn to let that go. I am preaching to myself here… God is currently helping me understand this in my current period of life. Let God deal with it, He sees your heart  and He will be your vindicator. Another thing to remember is that if people hated Jesus, after pouring out His own life… what makes you think that you can make others love you? Just like some people reject Christ, some people will reject you too, especially when you try sharing the Gospel with them. Matthew 10:22 says, “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (NIV).

The Resolution for Women book by the Courageous movie talks about asking God to break you… when is the last time you asked God to break your heart for others? If you don’t have an ounce of compassion, then pray for God to break you so you can get the focus off yourself. Love changes people’s lives, when Jesus died for us on the cross… it was out of LOVE and that love made a way to be reconciled to God Himself. Be intentional today and pour love into someone’s life who needs it, especially your ‘enemies’. Loving people you already love is pointless.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” – Luke 6:35 (ESV)

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” – Romans 12:9 (NLT)

 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT)

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:10 (NIV)

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:44 (NIV)