Monday, October 26, 2015

What to Say to Someone Who is Hurting

“You are in my prayers.”

“God will never give you more than you can handle.”

“Everything happens for a reason.”

Why, oh why, do we say those words to others when they’re hurting? Where do they come from? I feel like we resort to certain tried and true phrases when we just don’t know what to say.  Or maybe we don’t care enough to try. Whatever our motive, when we use these phrases they are more hurtful than helpful. Our friend or loved one is hurting physically or emotionally, and we should never say something just to have something to say.

Let’s examine those statements for just a moment. What can we Jesus girls do instead that could be more healing and helpful?

You are in my prayers. – Don’t say you are going to pray if you really won’t. A better solution would be to pray with them right there and then. At the very least, ask specifically how you can pray for the person.

"God will never give you more than you can handle. – Guess what…He will. He often gave people in the Bible more than they could handle - alone. Christians will often be brought into seasons where we will struggle to rely on God more and ourselves less. Be present and prayerful, but keep your words of wisdom to yourself.

Everything happens for a reason. – Does it really? Bad things happen. Period. Good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people. For no good reason. However, Christians know that “…in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28. He can use the bad for His good, but don’t spout off pointless, meaningless platitudes to someone who is hurting.

     When a friend or loved one is hurting, the best you can offer is simply yourself. Be present and respectful. Let God do the rest. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Favorites!

We made it through another week! And it's cooling off some! Hallelujah!
As always, I'm linking up with AndreaErika and Narci for their weekly Friday Favorites. 
I'm taking today off and spending the day in New Orleans with a local choir. It's gonna be a great day! Here's what's been happening in my little world...

I went to my first high school football game in a looong time.
 I had fun watching my alma mater play - and WIN!

Peanut and I visited Dad to see what's new in his garden expansion.

I have the prettiest sunsets!

The men of the Meistersingers practicing in sectionals. Our concert will be here soon!

I tried a latte. I despise coffee, but I need an extra boost sometimes. The latte wasn't terrible. Maybe I can develop a taste?

My sweet little mom...

"I'll have a Route 44 strawberry limeade, please!"

I hope you all had a great week as well. Enjoy the weekend!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monthly Beauty Buys!

Good morning, friends! Are you loving this fall weather, too? 
I went to Sephora the other day looking for some new foundation. I've tried dozens of brands, liquid/cream, etc., and it seems I'm looking ruddier and drier. 

After trying out a few new things, I walked away with the following beauty buys. I cannot tell you enough how much I'm loving Nars and Tarte!

I purchased the Siberia color.
(Yes, I realize how pale I am...!)

I have never used Tarte before, and I absolutely love it! This color combo is perfect for fair skin.

I've been debating purchasing a Clarisonic Mia for some time now. It is worth the $$$! I can see a noticeable difference in my complexion. A definite must-have!

What are some of your favorite beauty buys? Do you have any suggestions for me to try? 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

A Life of Purpose

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11.
I want a life filled with meaning.
We all do.  We all want to be great, with spiritual wisdom and direction. We want to be able to express our gifts and talents in God’s service. So how do we do it?
I was a very demanding determined child. I wanted to be entertained 24/7. I loved playing with my dolls and stuffed animals, coloring pictures, or torturing my little brother. You could often find me playing board games or cards, riding my bike or reading books. But I almost always could be found expressing myself through music: practicing piano or standing on the hearth, singing and dancing my heart out. Even at the earliest age, God was developing in me a strength He would later use in my ministry.
What about you? What are your interests? Do you find that God began developing them in you at early age, too? God’s purpose for your life is found in the passions and dreams He gave you. It is there we find the fullness of joy by giving our time and energy to the things we love. Things He planned for us from the beginning.
Write down your gifts and talents. Then meditate on ways you can perform them to God’s glory in your daily life.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pina Colada Cake!

I know it's fall, and we aren't supposed to be thinking about Pina Coladas!
But ladies, this cake is amazing!

·         1 box white cake mix
·         10 oz pina colada mix
·         1 can sweetened condensed milk
·         1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
·         1/3 cup coconut flakes
Prepare cake according to directions on box.
Mix pina colada mix and sweetened condensed milk.
While cake is still hot, poke holes over it.
Mix cool whip and pineapple together.
After cake cools, spread pineapple mixture over cake.
Sprinkle coconut flakes over cake.
Keep cake chilled.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October Pinspired - Waterfall Cardi Edition!

The temperatures are dropping, and it's finally starting to feel like fall!
My Pinterest feed has been full of waterfall cardigans lately. What do you guys think of the look? I have several already, and I'm looking forward to incorporating them in new ways like the Pinspiration below!
Open Waterfall Cardigan with Bordeaux Floppy Hat and Bag: Open Waterfall Cardigan with Bordeaux Floppy Hat and Bag

Cardigan. Fall. Spring.: Cardigan. Fall. Spring.


I have this sweater! It's from Old Navy 2011-12 Winter Collection.: I have this sweater! It's from Old Navy 2011-12 Winter Collection.


a Friend to knit with: slouchy cardigan: a Friend to knit with: slouchy cardigan

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Lord, Break My Heart

I am ashamed.

I just recently stumbled across Katie Davis’ story. If you are not familiar with Katie Davis, she is your average, girl next door from Tennessee who loves Jesus. It’s as simple as that. After high school, Katie decided she wanted to spend a year doing mission work in Uganda. Needless to say, her parents were speechless by her urgent desire to go to Uganda. Katie and her mother had visited the country for three weeks earlier that year, and God kept Uganda on Katie’s mind from that point on. She fell in love with the country. And she fell in love with the children. God laid it on her heart to return to Uganda and to trust He would take care of the rest. And so she went. And she stayed.

Wow. First of all, I praise God for this young woman and the desires He has placed on her heart. We all wish to be used for the Kingdom in some way or the other. Katie was willing to give it all, no matter what. Can we say that today, friends? Are we willing to give it all no matter what?

Secondly, I am ashamed to admit that I really haven’t spent much time thinking about or praying for the poor and oppressed overseas. Honestly, I haven’t spent much time thinking about the poor and oppressed here in my hometown. It wasn’t until I began work with The Lighthouse Rescue Mission in the fall of 2014 that God truly began to open my eyes. The children and mothers at The Lighthouse touched my heart. While I know I can’t singlehandedly rid the city of Hattiesburg (let alone the whole world – even though I so wish I could…) of the seemingly endless cycle of homelessness and poverty, I know the one thing I can do. I can show them love.

Love. What a beautiful and powerful gift God’s love is! He loves us. He truly, deeply and compassionately loves us. Despite all we have done. Despite all of our many failures. I have failed to see the homeless and the orphaned as God’s children. It breaks my heart thinking about my missed opportunities to show God’s love.

I am so thankful that the Lord has broken my heart for the poor and oppressed. I have met so many beautiful souls and loved on many little children since joining The Lighthouse. What more could we be missing out on? Can we all rally together to show love to those around us?

Lord, break our hearts. 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday!
We made it through another week! And it's October!

Too cool not to pin, enen though October is over. Hello October:

Today I'm linking up with AndreaNarci and Erika for Friday Favorites. Check out their blogs too!

Last Saturday, two friends and I took a drive up to Jackson to do some shopping. We stopped at just about every little country store along the way. They had the cutest little pumpkin patch here!

I've never met a pumpkin I didn't like!

How 99.9% of my selfies with this lil guy really turn out!

We wore purple to support World Alzheimer's Day!
(I promise we all have on purple. The picture doesn't do us justice!)

"No, your assigned reading is not as important as me. Drop the book. Now!"

I love campmeeting month at church. We throw it way back and sing good ole' gospel music. Last Sunday, the children donned their old fashioned hats and bow ties and joined us. Aren't they cute?!

And on Sunday night, the children's choir had drum lessons! They made their drums all by themselves!

Little man has been having all kinds of eye allergies lately.

Dinner theater rehearsal table read. You don't want to miss this craziness live!

We play the two "dumb blondes"!

I caption this, "Owner, free to a good home. Must tolerate being kissed ALL THE TIME!"

Well, that's our week! I hope you all had a good one as well. If you like what you see on VH, give us a share or a comment, would ya? See you back on Monday for your weekly motivation! 

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