Choose Faith Over Feelings {Lovely You Devotional Series}

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Week 15: Choose Faith Over Feelings {Previous Weeks}

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (AMP)
8 We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;
9 We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;
10 Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [[a]resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.

The sooner WE accept the fact that life has its troubles; the sooner we can live in joy & peace in God! We must “Live By Faith” and not our feelings!

The verses above say that we are…pressed, suffer embarrassment, persecuted, hard driven, struck down…just to name a few! And that’s enough to make us depressed.

But here’s the GOOD NEWS; with God…we are not crushed, we are not driven in despair, not deserted to stand alone, never struck out nor destroyed!!!!

What does all this mean? It means that although we may FEEL at times that the very life if being squeezed out of us; our God is that very present help in time of Trouble and he WILL NOT let the things in life destroy us. We must believe his Word is true…no matter how we feel!

Meditate on Romans 8:37, But in all these things I am more than a conqueror through Him who loved me!!

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Color Me Spring!!!

Color Me Spring

Just a little Spring Color Splash Inspiration!

I absolutely love mixing and matching colors with my accessories…it’s so fun!!

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Keep Pressing {Lovely You Devotional Series}

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Week 14: Keep Pressing {Previous Weeks}

Philippians 3:14 (KJV)
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

The bottom line is…it’s easy to quit! Life brings trials, trouble, attacks and everything in between. The bible never tells us that life would be easy but the bible is filled with ways to equip us with everything that we need to overcome.

You may find yourself doing what you know to do for a while, but after noticing no change; you just throw your hands up and give up! Well that’s exactly what our adversary, the devil, wants us to do. In order to have victory in our lives, we must push and press through…

To PRESS means…

    • To pursuit with determination
    • To force into a desired shape by steady pressure
    • To force one’s way
    • Urgent claim or demand

Putting the verse above in this context, places an emphasis on how determined we must be to do what God calls us to do and to not give up. Isaiah 50:7 says, “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” In other words, because we know where our strength comes from; we are determined to not be moved or shaken.

As long as you are still breathing; there is still hope! No matter the situation, no matter the circumstance, no matter the failure, no matter the hiccup…Never give up, keep moving forward and keep pressing!

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Surpahs(TM) Product Review

Cutting Boards

I am loving the Surpahs Cutting Boards! What I’m loving about them…
I love that there are 3 different sizes. I’ve been using 1 large cutting board for everything when in fact there was no need to use such a large size in some cases; for instance when I just need to mince some ginger or garlic or herbs. I also love that the cutting boards are thin. The one I had previously was very thick and heavy. So this one makes for easy movement on and across the counter space.

One feature that I am personally impressed by is that it is FDA approved. I work in the Pharmaceutical industry and I know how stringent FDA regulations may be so to have this product FDA approved says that it meets the highest quality standards!

They are also beautifully made, constructed from eco-friendly bambo…very sleek! And you can not pass up the 100% satisfaction guaranteed offered by this product. I highly recommend this product especially if you are cost conscious and want only the best quality of kitchen products in contact with the foods that you serve your family!

Disclosure: The product mentioned in this post and review was sponsored. However, I am not affiliated with the manufacturer of this product. The opinions expressed in this post are solely my own and I only recommend products that I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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He Is Faithful {Lovely You Devotional Series}

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Week 13: He is Faithful  {Previous Weeks}

I John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

To be faithful is to be loyal, constant and steadfast, true, devoted, committed, dedicated, keeps promises, true to one’s word. And all these words describe our Father God…He is Faithful!

2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lords does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

Jeremiah 1:12, “The Lord watches over his word to perform it.”

2 Corinthians 1:20 “The promises of God are Yes and Amen.”

God’s Faithfulness toward us is so encouraging in that we can always count on him to do exactly what his Word says he will do. So if you need forgiveness, his word says if you confess your sins, he will forgive your sins. If you are in need of anything; His word says that he will supply all your need according to his riches in glory. If you are sick; His word says, by his stripes you are healed. If you are between a rock and a hard place; His word says that he will not put more on you than you can bear. I am so glad that my Father God is faithful…God keeps his promises! Be encouraged!

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Never Alone {Lovely You Devotional Series}

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Week 12: Never Alone {Previous Weeks}

Matthew 28:20
And lo, I am with you always even until the end of the world

There are so many situations that can occur in life that can leave us feeling alone: the loss of a loved one, a break up, broken marriage, being an only child, or simply going through a season in life where you feel like no one understands you, your dreams, your aspirations, your goals, etc.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says that God will never leave us nor forsake us and again, Matthew 28:20 says that he is with us always. There is so much comfort in these words but we must apply them as not only mere words but as truth. We take these words as the truth, by applying our Faith! The bible says without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone that comes to him must first believe that he is God and that he is a rewarded to those who diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). We must believe that he is with us and for us! Even though we cannot see him; we must believe that:

-He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24)
-A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows (Psalm 68:5)
-Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord cares for me (Psalm 27:10)

So anytime that you feel alone, you can take comfort in knowing that God is always with you. Trust, rely and depend on him.

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Fitness Lately – Running for Weightloss

I have been hitting it hard lately with my health and fitness goals! My goal is not to just be thin but to be healthy and strong. So, along with being on Week 5 of P90X3, I am currently on Week 3 of the Running for Weightloss Pro App that I downloaded on my IPhone (screen shots below via).

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The app is an 8 week program that combines walking, running and sprinting to create a fat burning routine. It’s 3 days per week and each session is approximately 41 minutes. I usually get in about 3 miles at each workout! I run outside and indoors, mainly dependent upon the weather. I must admit that outdoors has been more challenging due to the amount of hills/inclines I have in my neighborhood. I like the treadmill because I’m able to view and adjust my speed especially during the sprints! I’m feeling really good about this app!

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