Patience is a Virtue {Lovely You Devotional Series}

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Week 16: Patience is a Virtue {Previous Weeks}

James 1:3-4 (AMP)
3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

Some say patience is a virtue…but what does that really mean? Our dealings in patience is one of the toughest things that we experience in life. The ‘waiting’ teaches us things about ourselves; things that we may need to change…it works in us character and when we wait as we should wait, without murmuring and complaining, it works in us the mind of Christ.

So to answer the question, What does it mean to say Patience is a Virtue?…According to Webster’s dictionary, virtue means an example of moral excellence. To put that into context, now says that Patience is an example of moral excellence! No matter what you are waiting on whether a new job, new house, financial breakthroughs, healing…let your waiting work in you a spirit of excellence!

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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A Jewelry Making Class

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So, I taught my very 1st Jewelry Class a little over a week ago and I had a blast! My church makes use of Small Groups, where groups of people that share similar interests come together and have fun doing what they have in common. The small groups create unity and community within and throughout our church, especially as we are continuing to expand. The Small Group Leader for the Jewelry Class asked if I would teach one of her classes and although I had never taught one; I gladly accepted!

For the class I decided to teach the ladies how to make a ribbon bead necklace. I thought this would be simple since I was already making these adorably chic, yet simple necklaces for bridesmaids for a wedding in May. Many people don’t know this but I enjoy teaching…I actually thought to teach after I retire! I’m not sure if I’ll stick to that but it’s a happy thought. So anyways, I really enjoyed teaching the class and at some point I will add ‘Jewelry Making’ classes to my list of things to do for my jewelry business and as some DIY sessions on the blog!

Later, I will post a DIY of how to make this necklace…so stay tuned! Until then, enjoy a few pics I took of the lovely ladies and their new necklaces…beautiful, right?

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And don’t forget to checkout my Etsy Shop Lovely You Boutique!

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Win $200 Cash!!!

Group Giveaway!

I’ve teamed up with a group of ten lovely ladies to host a Paypal Group Giveaway worth $200!! One lucky winner will be selected on May 1st, 2014 at Midnight EST! So go ahead and enter for a chance to win!!

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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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