Thursday, August 28, 2014

EVERYDAY OFFICE STYLE

like i mentioned earlier this week, i got to add a few pieces to my
'back to work' wardrobe this summer!
so i documetned my first week back with a look a day with my choices for #everydayofficestyle with a few #elevatorselfies !! if you follow me on instragram, you've seen these pictures already, but i wanted to share my fun finds with you!! 
saw something you like?! now you're just a click away to
adding the same to your closet!!
LOOK ONE || shirt: target skirt: antropologie heels: steve madden bag: forver21
 
LOOK TWO || necklace: Nordstrom  shirt: Nordstrom skirt: target(similar)
 
LOOK THREE  || necklace: similar@accessory jane shirt: madewell 
skirt: similar (on sale!!) bag: forever21

LOOK FOUR ||  swing blazer: forver21  shirt: antropologie(similar) 
pants: AG  bag: forever21


whats your favorite look?!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CURRENTLY LOVING

currently craving - first sigs of fall

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9.

getting back to an every day work routine has not been easy. getting back into a work and blogging routine/schedule has been even harder!
so bare with me if the blog posts only slowly get back on to a regular schedule...!

going back to a office job was not an easy decision to make. but working for a grassroots non-profit came with its own list of risks, including no guarantee for always being funded. so the bills had to get paid and an opportunity came up that was too good for me to pass up or not at least give it a good try!
the part that was not difficult however, was 'back to work' shopping! working from home for the past two and a half years was a wonderful excuse to save money by not buying heels and cute dresses on the regular. but having a reason to re-load and reevaluate my closet for getting back on track was great!
I didn't go crazy on all things new... I did a deep cleaning in my closet, putting together new outfits and new options based on what I already had. but I did add a few new fun items! 
like this great pair of heels - they were on sale, with an additional 20% off - how could I NOT!? they push the envelope just a little, but under a pair of pants, they are the perfect transition from office to happy hour or dinner!

what are some items you added to your closet for 'back to school' ?!

oh, and I will always find an excuse for a new mug. like new desk = new mug. THIS mug is going to be a favorite for a long time. its such a great reminder of how to start off your day!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE JOSHUA CODE | WEEK 32 - 33 - 34

i know, i know ... its been soo long!
but you guys, figuring out a new work schedule, adjusting to a new 'normal'... its taken me 3 weeks.
so i am playing catch up today with the Joshua Code. regular scheduled blog posts will resume tomorrow and hopefully i will keep up with the blog going forward again!
i've missed you guys- hope to hear from you guys again soon, always love reading your comments :)
 
 w e e k -  t h i r t y  t w o 
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old enough he will not depart from it.”
 
p r o v e r b s  2 2 : 6
. . . 

SEE HIM WITH AN OPEN HAND – ‘I release you’ (Luke 15:11-13)

SEE HIM WITH OPEN ARMS SAYING – ‘I receive you’ (Luke 15:20-24)

 SEE HIM WITH AN OPEN HEART SAYING – ‘I restore you’ (Luke 15:25-32)

 We all need to be parents (like in Luke 15), a father with an open hand and with wisdom enough to know that the way to lose you kids it to hold them too tightly and that the way to ultimately keep  them is to let them go when the time comes. We need to be parents with open arms, always ready to make a way for our children’s new beginnings. And we need to be parents with open hearts that are both transparent and encouraging.

The real message of Jesus’ story is that our heavenly Father deals with us in the same way that this father (see Luke 15) deals with his prodigal God our Father has open hands, toward us. We are not puppets; we are real people. And the love we voluntarily return to Him is indescribably vulnerable to Him.  He too meets us with open arms. And never were those arms opened as wide as they were on the cross. Finally, God shoes us His open heart. He opened it on the Calvary for the whole world to see, and He invites us into His arms today.

As you memorize this verse, meditate on the loving and forgiving heart of our Lord and as Him to put a heart like that in you. Open your hands, open your arms, and open you heart this week to those needy and hurting people around you.
 
------w e e k -  t h i r t y  t h r e e

“This Book of the Lord shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make you way prosperous, and then you will have good success.’

j o s h u a 1 : 8. . . 

THE JOSHUA CODE INVOLVES A CONSTANT PRACTICE
We are to over and over and over God’s truth in our minds to deepen its impression on us and to see it in our hearts. The word meditate indicates that Scripture is to be like a tune that we cannot get out of our minds. It just permeates our thinking processes. Living out the Joshua Code involves constant practice.

 THE JOSHUA CODE INCITES A COMPLETED PURPOSE
Our completed purpose, in the eyes of God, will be to move beyond simply reading and studying the Bible, to an act of obedience as we put these words into practice in our own experience.

 THE JOSHUA CODE INVOKES A CONDITIONAL PROMISE
In the initial psalm, the psalmist indicated that his delight was found in the Law of the Lord and ‘in His law He meditates day and night’ (Psalm 1:2). Thus, we then complete the purpose of not simply hearing the Word, but also doing it as we put it into practice through personal obedience.

Here is true success in life: to stay in the WORD of God until we find the WILL of God so that we can WALK in the ways of God. The WORD. The WILL. The WALK. The Joshua Code invites us to feed on the Bible because it reveals to us God’s will for our lives. And success is the ability to first find the will of God for our lives…
and then act upon it, do it!’

As you memorize this verse, meditate on it by reading it enough times to put the inflection of each and every word it contains… and then do what is says. And then? You will have ‘good success’.
 
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w e e k -  t h i r t y  t h r e e
Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.’
 m a t t h e w 5 : 4 1
. . . 
THERE IS A MANDATED MILE MOTIVATED BY LAW
Often the most difficult part of the Christian life is getting started on the first mile.
In fact, they want to enjoy the little extras of the second mile, but they do not want to deal
with the requirements of the first mile.

THERE IS A MIRACLE MILE MOTIVATED BY LOVE
It is the miracle mile that separates certain individuals from others.
The second mile is only made possible by being obedient to the first mile.
Someone who journeys on the miracle mile also has a way of lightening the load of those around them. One cannot travel the second mile without the influencing others. It only takes one second miler in a home to change the entire environment. It only takes once second miler on a team or in the office to do the same. The miracle mile, the second mile, is motivated by the love of Christ.
Incidentally, the second mile is the mile our Lord Himself walked. He knows the road very well. It was love that took Him on the miracle mile to the cross.
 As you memorize this verse, meditate on what ways you can go the second mile today. It will brighten your road and lighten someone else’s load.
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

THE JOSHUA CODE | WEEK 31

Happy Monday evening.. hope you all are off to a good start for the week?!
Its a BIG day/week in my little world an update to follow soon!
 But for now, I am glad you stopped by to keep up with the JOSHUA CODE with me!

Here is this weeks verses:

w e e k -  t h i r t y   o n e 

" Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, 
a worker who does not need to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the world of the truth."  

2  t i m o t h y  2 : 1 5 
. . . 

THE BELIEVERS MANDATE
We are to be diligent and zealous about the task of studying God's Word. Since reference is made later in the verse to 'rightly dividing the world of truth', Paul was challenging all believers to take very seriously their personal study habits. The Bible is a miraculous book in which personal study never ends. Bible study is a lifetime endeavor for the committed believer. It is our assignment, our mandate from God. 

THE BELIEVERS MOTIVATION 
The discipline of study is a stewardship from God, and believers should be motivated by a passionate longing to please the Lord, to hear Him say: "Well done, good and faithful servant". (Matthew 25:21)

THE BELIEVERS MANNER
Study is hard work. Doing word studies is laborious. Getting out our work tools of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and lexicons is labor intensive. We are reminded that we are to equip ourselves for ' the work of ministry', as Paul mentioned to the Ephesians (4:12). Dedicated believers are to be workers who devote themselves to the wholehearted study of God's World. 

THE BELIEVERS MESSAGE 
We should approach the Bible with deep reverence, even a fear that we might mishandle or misrepresent God's truth. We should take caution against using every paraphrase we might find in order to twist the truth to match our own way of thinking about a matter. 
The believer' s message should always be centered in, and issue out of, God's holy Word. 


As you memorize this verse, lay aside all the resources and other study aids, and medicate on the Word alone. 

pg. 162


Monday, July 28, 2014

THE JOSHUA CODE | WEEK 30

Happy Monday evening.. hope you all are off to a good start for the week?! Glad you stopped by to keep up with the JOSHUA CODE with me!

Here is this weeks verses:

w e e k -  t h i r t y

" Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, 
forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward, to those things which are ahead, 
I pree towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."  

p h i l i p p i a n s  3 : 1 3 - 1 4
. . . 

FOCUS WILL PUT OUR PRIORITIES IN ORDER
Paul said: "This one thing I do" (Philippians 3:13 KJV). Not ten things, not five things, not even two things. 
But "this one thing I do." Focus helps us put our priorities in order. 
First, you define your goal, and then if begins to define you.

FOCUS WILL GIVE US A FORWAD MIND-SET
Focus enables us to begin to see our glass half full instead of half empty. 
It gives is a forward mind-set. Paul went on to say that he was 'reaching forward to those things which are ahead." 
Paul's focus lead him to possess a wise forgetfulness about the past and enable him to make sure his reach continued to exceed his grasp.  

FOCUS WILL SET US ON THE SECOND MILE 
Focus brings a passion to our work that instills within us a desire to do what is required - and then some. 
Paul said: "I press." This word press carries with it the idea of an intense endeavor, much like an avid hunter who is pursuing his prey. Paul was pressing because he had focus; he had "one thing" as the main priority in life. 

FOCUS ENABLES US TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE GOING 
Paul said he was pressing toward ' the goal.' This word is a translation of the Greek word: skopos, from which we get our English word scope. Like the scope on a rifle, focus will enable us to get our goals and priorities in the crosshairs. Focus enables us to know where we are going and how we are going to get there. It keeps our priorities in the bull's-eye of our target. Focus is the fountainhead of successful living. It helps us to begin our task with the end in mind. 

So what is your goal in Christian living?
What is in the crosshairs of your scope?
When we begin to focus on Christ alone, we find that HE will put our priorities in order, HE will give us a forward look, HE will set us on the second mile, and HE will let us clearly see the end from the beginning. 

. . .

'As you memorize this verse this week, meditate on Christ and on HIM alone. Put HIM in the crosshairs, and do that "one thing" you do, for the glory of HIS name. Keep your life in focus by keeping Christ in the center of it. '

pg. 159