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JORD & YOU
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2016 Gift Guide for Guys
If searching for a perfect holiday make gift for him, look for a cool, simple and smart watch. Add sophistication with a purpose to the above list of things to look for and there you have a perfect gift. A holiday accessory that keeps life balanced.

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SPEAKING THINGS INTO EXISTENCE

 Scripture in James warns us that our tongues are destructive and we should be cautious of that. James 3:6 says, “And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself,” and James 3:8 says, “…but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.”

Once the words we speak leave our mouths, we can’t take them back, no ifs, ands, or buts. We’ve all experienced the ever-so trusty ‘foot-in-mouth disease’, and have then been tempted to grab at the air in an attempt to take our words from being heard. Unfortunately, it is far too late by that point.
Our words wield the power to build up, and likewise, the power to tear down. They also carry the power to bring glory to God, or the power to bring glory to ourselves. What category do your words fall under? It’s no challenge to us to barely even think about what we’re speaking, because we’re doing it so much. Think about the sheer amount of words that you say in twenty four hours. Think of the conversations with coworkers, strangers, loved ones, or even the words you speak to yourself. As you reflect, which words brought the attention to Him?
If I honestly ask myself, the answer to that question would be…not many. It seems in the course of a day I spend more time either making idle chat, complaining, or bringing others down. Jesus isn’t even in the equation.
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath,” James 1:19 writes. This brings light to the fact that sometimes we’re speaking in such great amounts, we fail to silence and listen to God–we neglect the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I don’t know about you, but how do I have the audacity to do such a thing?
In Matthew 15:18 Jesus tells Peter that the words we speak come directly from the heart. A heart that is intertwined with the Lord in daily prayer and bible study is a heart that is less likely to use their gift of speech for sin. Indeed, mistakes will still be made as we’re still human beings, but we will be more conscious of what flows from our mouths.
Go to the Lord today, He is there. Ask Him to bring attention to what’s in your heart that is causing your words, and to give you a sense of attention and awareness for what we speak. Ask Him for understanding on when to be like James 1:19 and be slow to speak. Above all, thank God for always loving and staying beside you, even when you don’t do the same. 

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PRAY PLAN PROCEED

When our lives are in a whirlwind, where do we even begin? Over the years many people have told me that during times of trial, tribulation, or just plain confusion we do one of two things: turn to God or away from Him. Looking back, I can think of far too many instances where I threw in the towel

and turned my back on God. On the other side of things, there have been times where all I did in the midst of a storm was cling onto Him. When the going gets tough, where do you fall?

That’s the thing, it feels like more often than not I merely fall. I’m not falling to my knees like I should, I’m not giving my burdens to Him as 1 Peter 5:7 says.
We must remember that God doesn’t want us to aim for perfection before we go to Him. He wants us to come as we are. Yes, He wants our broken, imperfect selves. Next time your world has just been shaken and your mind is racing at one hundred miles per hour, start by praying to Him despite how other people see you, or even how you see yourself.
Laying whatever concerns plaguing your heart upon His feet doesn’t take away the situation you’re facing, however it does give you the peace and hope you need to keep going onward.
Next, you remember to plan and then you proceed in those plans. Now that you have peace –a peace that reassures you that no matter the outcome, He will always be there–how do you anticipate moving forward in this event? How can God be glorified throughout all of this?

Pray, plan, and proceed are three words to keep within your heart for the times that you’re facing a fork in the road.

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THE WORDS OF THE WISE

As a child, an upcoming birthday–or simply thinking about your age–always brings out an excited response. It’s not rare to see that once-energetic reaction die down a little as the years go on.
We’ve all been there, and if you haven’t, you will likely be there at some point…that’s right, wanting to go back to the past. From the throwback posts to the ‘share if you’re a 90’s kid’,

nostalgia is everywhere. I would be lying if I said that in the recent months I’ve been suddenly compelled to comb through old yearbooks, photo albums, and even look up childhood friends. It is incredibly easy to get caught up in nostalgia, but snapping out of that yearning mentality is the opposite of that. Reminding yourself that you’re ultimately wasting the time you have in this moment, by focusing on your past, is easier said than done.

Recently I decided to read the book of Ecclesiastes. I would describe it as the slap in the face that I so desperately needed, but Ecclesiastes did that for me in chapter 12, verse 11: “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails–given by one shepherd.”
Goad is another word for cattle prod, therefore it’s likening the words of the wise as something pesky, but ultimately helpful. This properly explains this specific book of the Bible, as it advises you to relish the life you have before it’s too late. From a humanly perspective, it comes off as ‘harsh,’ but keeping that main theme in mind allows you to gain valuable lessons from it. Our lives as we know them on earth are merely temporary, but God’s hold on the universe gives us an enduring hope and a purpose. We must always keep that on our hearts.
As I was reading, my eyes latched onto Ecclesiastes 7:10. They read, “Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’ For it is not wise to ask such questions.”
I read that verse until those twenty words started to look like unfamiliar gibberish. In that moment, I knew God was speaking to me. So many times I’ve addressed the ‘good old days’. So many times I’ve longed for those memories. So many times…and if I could add the minutes I’ve spent wallowing in the past, how much time have I taken from my present?

It wasn’t until this moment that I truly listened to God in regards to that. He was loud and clear. Ecclesiastes 3:14 writes, “I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.” God has His hands on all of our lives. Whether we make a mistake and wish we could change it or experience a pleasant thing that we wish we could go back to, God is imploring us to keep our eyes forward.

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TRUE LOVE

A young boy sits next to his little sister in their bedroom. As she is hiding her face in his arms, he asks himself, what is love? He thought parents were supposed to love each other.

A teenage girl is lying on the bathroom floor. Through the tears she can barely see the razor, let alone the marks on her leg. She shouts to the empty air, what is love? She felt as if she had nobody to show her.
A woman is picking out another long-sleeved shirt to wear at work in July. She does it to hide the bruises that she has to face every day, bringing her to ask, what is love? She is beginning to believe that this is it.
It’s a question that seems to be as old as existence itself. What is love?
Many people spend their entire lives searching for it, turning up hardened hearts and crushed spirits. We expel all of our energy running towards material things such as money, clothes, or cars, hoping to find love in that. Matthew 6:19-21 advises us not to build up material things while we’re living on earth. They are merely temporary. Money runs out, clothes tear, and cars deteriorate. We also run to societal standards like status, beauty, or jobs. We think that maybe, just maybe, I’ll love myself and receive love when I’m this and I have that. Just as verse 21 says, we can’t take those things to Heaven with us. It’s not true love after all, and it shouldn’t be our priority.
Others beg for God to show them. When we fall upon the feet of Jesus, we see that He is love. It’s easy to become used to hearing about what Jesus did, especially during the Easter, as silly as that sounds. But it happens, and when you truly think about it–about the beating, mocking, loneliness, all of it–you see His love and His sacrifice. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Humans are the closest thing you can get to true love. We can love deeply and hard. Oh, how imperfect we are, though. Each one of us sins, makes mistakes, is selfish, the list goes on and on. However, we can look to Jesus, the end-all-be-all epitome of love, and make it a daily endeavor to be like Him.

At the end of the day, this age old question isn’t hard to find after all. All we must do is look to Him for a true love that will persevere. When you are down and out or simply need to be reminded, repeat these three sentences to yourself: Jesus is love. Jesus sacrificed His life for me. Therefore, love equals sacrifice.  

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MAINTAINING A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Just like our lives overall, our spiritual lives can easily be compared to that of a roller coaster. It seems that when we go to church on Sundays we are at our spiritual high, but by the time Wednesday rolls around we return to a spiritual low.

I’ve noticed that when I am experiencing a spiritual low, my days are harder, my mood is negative, and my self control fails me entirely. Whenever that hits me and I catch myself wallowing in my woes, asking why it’s happening, I fail to see God right there in front of me. Between everything that goes on in a day, unfortunately it’s all too easy to build a wall between ourselves and Him. Like I have far too many times, when things get rough we beg God to do something, to write a message in the clouds, even.
How long will it take for us to realize that He’s been there all along? Hebrews 13:8 reminds us of that very thing, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” He is there while we’re angry with Him, asking why me? He is there while we’re discouraged, pleading with Him to give you a sign. He is there while our heads are above water and we think we don’t need Him. He is there, He is there, He is there.
A few years ago I was on the spiritually low end of things. I was stressed at that point and quite frankly, fed up with how quickly a week could turn sour. The more I thought about it, was the brighter the light bulb turned on in my head. The same thing that sent me into a whirlwind on Thursday happened at the beginning of the week not too long prior, but I handled it differently.
I connected the dots and realized it had to do with my relationship with God. Of course the beginning of the week was better than the end, because I still had the Sunday message fresh on me. That is when I made it an intentional part of my daily schedule to have a quiet time with Him.
I was amazed by how incredibly a fifteen-minute bible study and prayer could transform my morning. And when it transformed my morning, it did the same with the remainder of my day. That definitely did not act as a shield, deflecting me from any stressful situations. They came about just as normally, but my response was what changed–for the better.
I noticed that by maintaining my relationship with God by having quiet time, I was removing a piece of the wall that I built between us. My conversations with coworkers and loved ones glorified Him more, and my actions tried to reflect Christ as must as I could.

Whether you do it in the morning or before bed, we must not forget to read His word and talk to Him. We don’t maintain relationships with our friends by only going to them in times of need–we maintain them daily, regardless of the seas we’re sailing.

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Rocksbox


Subscription shopping services are on the rise. For a monthly payment you can get anything from a box of beauty products to shoes to food. What a wonderful world we live in. Today I want to talk about Rocksbox, a subscription service with a twist. Also keep reading for a surprise 🙂



Rocksbox is a subscription service that sends you jewelry for $19 a month. What’s ah-mazing about Rocksbox is that your box of jewelry will be worth around $200. Get this: the jewelry sent to you is on loan, so you receive the jewelry, keep it for as long as you want (yeah that’s right), and return it to get a different set of jewelry. 

*Shipping both ways is free
*Cancel at any time
*Personalized to your taste

You also have the option to buy the jewelry. For every month you are a member, you receive $10 towards any piece of jewelry you want to buy.


All you have to do is fill out a style survey. This is great for people like me who aren’t very jewelry savvy. So no matter your taste or if you’re a beginner or aficionado, Rocksbox will have the perfect pieces for you.
And let me mention this again: you can swap out your jewelry at anytime! So you can wear a variety of jewelry without spending a ton of cash. This service will be perfect for special occasions, like weddings, graduation, prom, you name it. All you have to do is pay the $19 a month, no matter how long you choose to keep one set. 
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WHICH GYM SHOES TO INVEST IN NEXT?

I was enjoying the hunt for Skechers so much that I ended up on a  couple of their distributors websites and found even more gorgeous prints from the likes of company’s such as John Martin’s Shoes. Here are some of my favourite additional discoveries…

Lightweight and softly textured, these floral beauties are the perfect trainer for the summer seasons! They’re so cute that you couldn’t definitely pull them off for casual outings that involve no sports at all! Team with a 90’s inspired denim skirt and tee for casual cool with a vibrant twist!
These rainbow flex appeal Skechers are built with mesh fabric uppers for breathability and have a memory foam insole for maximised comfort when taking part in your activities. This candy coloured design looks yummy enough to eat!
For more of a subtle edge, opt for these leopard print and coral Skechers – harnessing the same shock absorbent technology as the others, but with less aesthetic shock! A more muted design for a conscious runner.
These bad boys are the perfect companion for city walks and sight seeing! the Gogo mat insole provides lasting comfort for feet going through a strenuous day of being attached to an eager tourist! The neon coloured uppers and laces still are a unique and funky addition to the smart shoes.

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SEVEN TIPS TO LOOK AMAZING ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

Want to look amazing on your wedding day, well these tips are here to make it a reality – take a look and see for yourself.

1. Choose The Right Undergarments
The undergarments you choose can really change the way your dress will look on you. Unless your dress covers most of your shoulders, you are going to need to find a good strapless bra or at a bra with clear straps. I lost weight for my wedding and found it helpful to have my measurements professionally taken before shopping for undergarments. I tried the dress I had picked before losing weight and found that my bust did not look like I expected it to. It turned out that my bra was a cup too small and was too loose around my waist. I tried the dress again after a few adjustments were made and was happy with the result.
2. Keep Your Make-Up Simple
Getting ready for a wedding can make you feel extremely aware of your appearance. The circles under your eyes that would usually be barely noticeable seem hard to ignore. You might feel that the fluorescent lighting is making your make-up hard to notice. Keep your make-up simple when meeting with your consultant and do overdo it on the day of your wedding. Stay away from self-tanner since this product can damage your dress. Wear your hair like you want to have it on your wedding so your consultant can help you create the right look. There are some good tips here on bridal makeup.
3. Don’t Say Yes To Everything Your Consultant Says
Your consultant will present different options and needs you to give them your honest opinion. My consultant Andrea pointed out that I was complimenting every dress she was suggesting. She reminded me that she didn’t design the dresses and that I wouldn’t hurt her feelings by saying that I didn’t like a dress. I adopted a more critical attitude and turned down some of the choices she was presenting me with, including the Lazaro dress you can see above. I eventually found the perfect dress with her help. I found that working with a consultant was really helpful since she knew what looked good on me and what didn’t.
4. Wear The Dress Outside Of The Dressing Room
My consultant Andrea helped me put the dress I had chosen and the veil on so I could wear them outside of the dressing room. I walked around the store before heading to the entrance where my dad was waiting. Seeing his stunned look was an incredible experience and it made me confident that I had found the right dress. I knew I loved the dress when I first saw it but this reaction is what helped me solidify my decision. Wear the dress for a while, walk, sit down and dance to make sure it is comfortable and looks good from every angle.
5. Trying Dresses On Can Be Draining
Wedding gowns are heavy and getting in and out of them takes time and can be draining. I found myself looking forward to taking a nap after trying several dresses. I had spent hours making plans for my wedding before trying on dresses, including which venue I wanted, what kind of pictures I wanted and what kind of music should be played. Everything I had written down on paper came to life once I saw myself in my dress. I started crying and I am usually not the type to easily shed tears. I have a good friend who cannot watch a romantic movie without crying and yet she did not have that kind of reaction when she found her wedding dress. Everyone has a different experience with the wedding planning process but you should be ready in case this is an emotional moment for you. I was really impressed by these beautiful dresses from Teokath Bridal ofLondon.
6. Try On The Dress Your Mom Likes
Your mom has been looking forward to your wedding for years, and she is probably just as excited as you are at the prospect of going to a bridal store to try on some dresses. If she recommends that you try on a dress, oblige her. You might find that you were right about lace not being the right choice for you, or you might find that your mom’s choice is actually a great fit!
7. Ask About Discounts

Some stores will give you a discount if you buy your wedding gown along with some dresses for your bridesmaids or a mother of the bride dress. If you go to a trunk show where entire collections from designers are showcased, you can usually get between 10 and 15% if you buy a gown at the show. If you see a dress that you love but cannot try it or buy it right away, ask if they can give you the discount anyway.
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