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JORD WATCH

THEY’RE BAAAAAAACK!!!!!!

Actually, JORD Wood Watches never went anywhere. But the holidays are upon us and so is another gift opportunity! This Christmas, I invite you back to JORD for another round of holiday fun. These beautifully crafted watches are fresh, affordable, and add a fun new twist to any outfit.

JORD’s wood watches are my absolute favorite accessory. They come in many different shades and styles making them a perfect fit for any shopper wanting to personalize their present. These timeless pieces are stunningly unique and very versatile. As you can see, I went for a little more masculine look this year and am LOVING it. I’m able to dress mine up for a night out or dress it down while I’m working from home.

There are countless ways to brag on these watches, but instead of carrying on, I’m inviting YOU to join me and my friends at JORD for a special holiday deal. By simply entering your email address, you’ll receive a coupon worth 25% off your purchase! Trust me, you won’t want to miss out.

ENTER HERE for your discount.

This will remain open until 11:59 pm on Dec. 19, 2016. 

Don’t let this awesome gift opportunity pass you by. Your family and friends can thank me later.

JORD Watches // MY Watch

*This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.

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NO FEAR IN LOVE

Lately, I’ve been making it a point not to buy things unless I’m absolutely in love with them. Over the years, my closet has expanded, my shoes have piled up, and my anxiety from the clutter has skyrocketed. But as I was scrolling through Instagram the other day (not an uncommon thing), I noticed a necklace that caught my attention.

@lovishly | No Fear In Love

No fear in love… It struck me. No fear in love? But isn’t love always scary and unpredictable and hurtful? We’re constantly disappointed by those we love. It never fails. Love kinda sucks.

But if I’m being completely honest, I’m always hurting people that love me too. I’m not exempt from that blame. We can all be selfish. It’s in our DNA. So what the HECK kind of love doesn’t include fear?

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” 1 John 4:18

Perfect Love.

What is perfect love? Better yet, who is perfect love? It’s not me. And it’s not you. It’s not any of us.

“God is love.” 1 John 4:16

[ No fear in Love + God is Love = No fear in God ]

I used to think God was kind of cruel. He sometimes allows bad things to happen and sets boundaries for us that we don’t understand. But I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand because I’m not supposed to yet. He doesn’t give us all the answers in this life, but He does tell us this: He loved us first (1 John 4:19); He loved us so much that gave his only Son so that we could have eternal life with him (John 3:16); nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39); we are made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27); He is in our midst (Zephaniah 3:17); He cares for us and wants us to lean on Him (1 Peter 5:6-7); He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love (Psalm 86:15); and love comes from Him (1 John 4:7).

God isn’t going to hurt us like we hurt each other, and He doesn’t keep things from us to be hateful. Everything He does serves a purpose, and that purpose is for our own good. We may be scared to love each other from time to time, but He’s constantly reminding us that we shouldn’t be scared to love Him.

We may not have all the answers we’d like to. And I think maybe we don’t know everything because all we need to know is that He loves us. He longs for a relationship with us. He cares for us. He is without fault, without blame, without flaw. And loving Him isn’t scary at all. It’s the most peaceful, consistent, fulfilling thing we could ever do. God is Love. And in His love, there is no fear.

Long story short, I bought the necklace.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

 

GIVE THANKS

‘Tis the season to give.

But I want to challenge you to give not for the sake of the holiday, but just because you care about someone.

We all have people in our lives that influence us, sacrifice for us, and help us without expecting anything in return. Who are those people to you? Maybe they’ve encouraged you lately, watched your kids when you were in a bind, sent flowers or a meal during a time of loss, or shared something meaningful with you. Think about who that might be, and do something to show them they are appreciated.

Here are a few gift ideas for under $10 to get you started:

– Popcorn/ treat mix/ chocolate

– Flowers

– Candles

– Board games/ movies/ records

– Fun ornaments/ hand-made wreaths

Get creative!

I recently had some new friends (new as in a met them the day of) that offered to help me with some photos for The Simply Beloved. They donated their time and talents to create some beautiful pictures for us. In return, I wanted to do a little something to show them my appreciation.

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I purchased the candles from a local store and found the gift tags at Michaels. When they arrived at my house, I had them sitting on the table with some fresh peppermint chocolate cookies. It was easy, fun, and let them know how thankful I was that they wanted to be included in this project.

There are plenty of ways to make these little reminders festive. For edible gifts, Christmas treat bags were available. They also had really cute holiday stationary and cards if you like writing down your thanks. You could also purchase a few mason jars to put fresh flowers in. Wrap some red, green, and gold ribbon around the top, and you’re set! Take a few minutes to walk around your local craft store, and see what you can come up with.

What can you do to extend thanks to someone who cares? Spread gratitude this season! Say THANK YOU

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BABY BOARD

Back in March, my sister Lindsay had a precious baby girl that I happen to be completely obsessed with. Emerson Gray Duncan is the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen. Aside from showering her with gifts I’ve spent countless dollar amounts on (we aunts tend to do that), Lindsay asked me to make something for Emerson’s room that turned out to be SUPER cute. I’ll share…

“As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen” -Winnie the Pooh

Lindsay had picked out this adorable Winnie the Pooh quote and asked that I put it on a canvas to go above her changing table. So, we set out for the supplies! I usually buy all my products from Hobby Lobby, but if I can’t find what I’m looking for there (which is rare), I’ll check Michaels or JoAnn’s. I like Hobby Lobby best because their prices are great, they’ve always got coupons, and they’re a wonderful company run by followers of Christ. I know, too good to be true.

We picked out a larger white canvas to put the quote on, and then worked on the layout she wanted. After a few rough drafts on some plain white computer paper, I got to work!

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I used paint sharpies to apply the script. Once the full quote was written, we set out to add some color. To keep it simple, I grabbed some watercolor paint and lightly brushed a leaf pattern around the calligraphy. Once that was complete, Emerson gave us the thumbs up, and Lindsay took it home with them to put in her nursery!

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These projects are so fun and affordable. Don’t be afraid to try out something yourself! And if you’re interested in purchasing an item, check out my Etsy Shop STUMPandSCRIPT! I’m happy to personalize anything and everything for ya :)

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#TSHIRTPROJECT

I’m awkward. And lot of what I’ve been studying in the gospels is how important it is for us as believers to disciple to others. But how do you do that? How in the world are we supposed to show Christ to complete strangers when you may only have a minute in line at the coffee shop with them? I’m not going to be THAT girl obnoxiously bringing up my faith right off the bat because that’s just not me, and God knows that — He made me. Plus, we’ve talked about it.

So what then? Do I pull out my WWJD bracelets from 1999 and wear them everywhere? Carry my Bible from place to place and hope that a) someone sees it and b) asks me about it? I could always invest in some chacos? They’re pretty stereotypical if you’re going for the Young Life vibe, but that still isn’t enough!

Then, I suddenly felt the inspiration. I knew how to make this work and not look like a total dork! It’s funny the way God reaches you. For me, the more I spend time in His word, the more clear His word becomes. What used to come across as just any ole idea is now what I recognize as Him telling me to do something. Well, one day God spoke to me, and He said, “Make shirts.” I said, “Ok, what kind of shirts?” And He said, “Cool ones.” And I said, “Let’s get to Target then.”

So off to Target we go. I had been on Pinterest a ton, so I had some fun ideas of how I was going to make these shirts look. I got a few plain black and white tees, then headed to Michaels for the iron-on letters. Once the shopping was complete, I went home to find some verses for the shirts.

Now I knew that I wanted my message to be subtle — I wanted people to ask me what my shirt meant. So I found a few of my favorite passages and ironed on some words from those passages without including the actual verse. That way, when someone read ‘More Than Conquerors’ for example, they would have to ask me what it meant and TADA!! It was them approaching me instead of me approaching them! Once they became interested in what my shirt meant, I was able to share with them.

This tactic is great for a few reasons:

1 – I don’t look like a total dweeb trying to start an awkward conversation about Jesus with someone I don’t know.

2 – I’m challenged to actually memorize the full verse that my shirt represents and know what it is I’m going to share about that part of the Bible.

3 – I get a super cheap, super cute new wardrobe that has a cool meaning to it!

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I’m so excited about this new project and would be thrilled for all of YOU to play a part in it. I think this is a great opportunity to show our love for Christ in a way that is approachable and catchy. So I encourage all of you to find a cool verse, make your own shirts, add some fun jewelry/accessories, and go disciple to the world!

If you decide to take part in this fun movement, make sure to share your shirts with everyone! Upload your images + use the hashtag #tshirtproject. We want to see your works of art!

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

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Photography by the lovely Southern Fried Photography 


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Shirt | Target

Letters | Michaels

Also have: iron/ironing board