‘Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…’ – Ephesians 3:20
GOD IS ABLE.
Recently at my Church youth group we’ve been studying the verse Ephesians 3:20, and the fact that nothing is impossible for God.I think that phrase is so loosely used sometimes. Do we believe that NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING is impossible for God? For me personally, that phrase is so easy to say when times are good in my life, and a lot harder to remember when times are more difficult.
The verse says God is able to do “immeasurably more” than all we ask or imagine. I’ve looked up the definition for the term “immeasurably” and it can be defined as ‘incapable of being measured’ or ‘limitless’. God’s power is LIMITLESS. His power truly is beyond our imagination and even our understanding, because I don’t think we’ll ever be able to comprehend how powerful and mighty God is.
God’s power is at work within us, the verse continues. I think this is a verse that is so important to keep with us this year. We’re in the first month of 2017, and as we set goals for this year ahead of us, let’s remember that God will help us to meet those goals because when His power is within us, nothing’s impossible. Even if they may seem really hard to achieve, or even “impossible” as such, nothing is too difficult for God.
God wants us to be expectant of his power and ready for Him to move amongst His people. He can do things beyond our imagination, and we should get excited for that! Just because something is impossible for us, as humans, does not mean it’s impossible for God. He is a supernatural God!
I absolutely love this quote that I found whilst researching Ephesians 3:20- I find it so challenging! If nothing is impossible for God- why shouldn’t we pray for the “impossible” too, rather than just the logical?
Ephesians 3:20 is such an exciting, challenging verse for me personally and one I’m going to hold close to me for this year.
There felt like no better place to tell you than here…where it all started. Full of Grace has been my place to express my creativity through writing. I’ve always considered myself quite a creative person, and after spending a bit of time thinking about my future plans for this year the phrase “created to create” really inspired me. I want to spend this next year embracing my creativity.
So the big announcement is…I have created my own online store! This has been a few months in the making- months of praying and creating and praying some more. Months of designing different products, testing them out, and researching packaging and posting options.
I wanted to create and design products that would spread joy and the love of God to each of it’s recipients. I’ve launched with 4 exclusive framed prints in two sizes (5″x7″ & 6″x8″). Each print is different from the other, so there’s one for everyone! I want your prints to be a daily encouragement on your walk with God; when you see them you can feel uplifted and reassured for the day ahead.
FULL OF GRACE shop is open for business today. You can view all my products here!
I’m excited to see how this new adventure goes. And I’m happy you can all join me along the way.
‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’ – John 1:14
PS: I just want to take this time to say a special thanks to my family during this time of creating this Etsy shop. When I first had this idea I felt like it was a little crazy and something I wouldn’t be able to achieve, but thank you to you all for helping me believe in myself. Thank you for giving me second-opinions on product ideas, giving me business advice and making this such an exciting experience. Thank you for being a loving bunch, God blessed me so much with you all!
When we try and be someone else, we lose our uniqueness that sets us apart from everyone else.
Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself with other people around you. We’ve all done it- we’ve looked at other people and thought ‘I’m not as pretty as she is’, or ‘I’m not as funny as he is’. It’s so easy to do, and things like social media makes it even easier…
Social media has had such an impact on us over these past few years; with many (including myself!) scrolling through their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts several times a day. Social media makes it so easy to compare ourselves with our friends and the people around us. We see one of our friend’s on a dream holiday abroad, and we think how their life is so much more perfect that ours. Another friend posts a perfect selfie with dozens of likes, and we wish we got just as many likes on our own picture. One pal posts a loved up “couple goals” photo of their boyfriend/girlfriend. We wish we had a relationship like that.
We must remember that social media is filtered- people post what they want people to see, the “good” parts of life. But social media is rarely an accurate representation of someones life. We can put a filter on life with a click of a button, and it’s not the reality.
So how do we stop ourselves falling into the trap of comparing ourselves with others?
Remind yourself of scripture. Psalm 139:14 reads, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This verse tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, meaning that we can confident in the person God made us to be. Psalm 139 is my favourite Psalm, and so uplifting!
Remember how God sees us, rather than how others see us. We are not defined by how the people around us see us, but rather how God sees us. A bible verse to remind of this simple truth comes from 1 Peter 2:9, which reads: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” We’re described as God’s “special possession”…how awesome is that?
Remember that we’re all different.
When we’re struggling with who we are, our self-esteem and our comparison, remember that our IDENTITY is rooted in Christ. And that, my friend, is all that matters.
I’ve been eying up this palette for a little while in Marks and Spencer, and this weekend I decided to treat myself and go for it. It’s been a while since I’d bought myself a palette or some makeup, and I knew judging from the colours it would be a palette that I’d get a lot of use out of.
The palette features 12 eyeshadows altogether, with four shimmer shades (which, may I add, are absolutely beautiful) and eight matte shades.
I’ve already tested out two of the shimmer shades, “Glitzy” and “Twinkle”, and it’s safe to say they’re both winners for me. Very pigmented, lovely colours, and long lasting. I’ve also tried out the shade “Stunner” an orangey autumnal matte shade, which I’ve loved using in my crease with “Twinkle”.
The feature of the palette that made me want to buy it the most was the fact that upon swatching in the shop, I realised how amazingly pigmented these shadows are. For me that’s a deal-breaker with any palette- if they aren’t very pigmented, then what’s the point in bothering?
I think what I love with this palette is that the colours all go so well together to create a perfect look, as I’ve tried to show in the below photo.
Private Party, Splurge and Glitzy are the perfect combination that would give you a beautiful golden brown eyeshadow look.
Socialite, Stunner and Twinkle would give you a perfect orange smokey eye- perfect for this season!
Gala, Snazzy and Dazzle would give a beautiful taupe smokey eye look!
Pairing Mogul,Epic and Cosmo would create a night time glamorous look!
Another thing that I love about this palette is the fact that it’s got a giant mirror inside, making it easier to take this palette with you on your travels!
If you’re looking for a versatile good quality eyeshadow palette that can give you a natural day look or more of a smokey eye, this palette is definitely one to check out. Definitely one to put on your Christmas list, or to treat yourself!
You can buy the Soiree Diaries eyeshadow palette HERE.
I’ve decided doing a “TOP 5” series, where I’ll be sharing some of my favourite makeup products. I’d thought I’d start with my top 5 lip products- including some of my most loved glosses, lipsticks and lip creams. Read below to see what I’m using on the regular…
The second Mac lipstick I purchased was the shade “Brave”, which is a satin finish. Brave is a very me kind of lipstick shade, and the finish is also perfect for me. It’s long lasting but not drying, and the shade itself is a beautiful “my lips but better” kind of shade. I find this shade is so pretty and also really easy to wear too.
NYX do some incredible yet affordable lip products, so I couldn’t do a makeup blog post and not include them! The NYX soft matte lip cream range is incredible; they’re long-lasting, and really aren’t drying on the lips, and also super pigmented. I love the shade “Cannes”, which I’d describe as a warm mauve pink.
We also ALL know that I’m obsessed with Tanya Burr’s cosmetic line, and especially her lip glosses (you can read about my love for them here) Champagne Toast is my favourite from the range; it’s a beautiful, and subtle pink shimmer gloss. It’s a shade that’s SO easy to wear yet so gorgeous. It’s definitely a lip product that I find myself wearing a lot!
And…another NYX lip product! I love their butter gloss range- especially the shade Angel Cake! This gloss is so easy to wear; it lasts for a good amount of time and isn’t sticky either!
Clinique products rarely ever fail to disappoint me, and this one is no exception. I fell in love with the adorable packaging from their latest range with Jonathan Adler, and I also fell in love with this very lipstick. It’s a very hydrating lipstick, and such a beautiful coral pink colour. I don’t have many lipsticks this kind of shade, and I love wearing it!
After studying Hebrews 12:1 earlier this year on a girl’s weekend away with some lovely friends, it’s been a verse that’s really stayed with me. Hebrews 12:1 reads:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.’ – Hebrews 12:1
Things will slow us down in life. Sin. Anxieties. Pain. I could go on. Life isn’t always easy; we can be tempted, and we can go through trials that may make us want to stop running.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with this illustration, but picture a backpack. Fill it with the heavy things we face in life, our “baggage”; sin, loss, hurt, self-esteem issues, health problems, friendship issues, heartbreak…the list could go on. That backpack that was once empty suddenly becomes pretty weighty, and far too heavy to run with. We ache and slow down, and we can’t run anymore carrying that weight.
Let’s read the verse again. Paul says ‘let us strip off every weight that slows us down…’
We need to strip off the backpack. These things inside slow us down, and when carry them we cannot run to our full potential. God wants us to fully throw off these weights that are holding us down. And when I say he wants us to fully throw them off, he wants ALL of it, not just some of the baggage we have been carrying. If we don’t give these things over to God, they can so easily entangle us in life.
God takes away this baggage from our life, he gives us a light burden. Matthew 11:28-30 is a verse I’ve been loving recently that reads:
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
How can we “take off the backpack”?
Spend time each day praying and handing over your stresses to God. We can feel reassured in the fact that He has the power to carry our burdens, as it tells us in Matthew 11:28-30.
Tell someone we can trust about what’s weighing us down. Good friends are encouragers, so it’s great to have people around us who will pray and encourage us when we’re struggling in running our race for God.
Know that God doesn’t want us to be weighed down. He loves his children, and he hates to see us struggling. He wants us to be able to strive for Him with our full potential.
Unzip the backpack. Take out each thing, one by one. It’s not easy to give up these things, but it’s SO worth it. Because when we hand these things over to God, in return He will give us peace. Peace that will help us to run our race with our eyes fixated on Him.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that last year I made a post on Autumn Makeup (if not, you can read ithere). It was a popular post, so I thought I’d bring it back again this year!
I’ve compiled some different makeup products from last time that I’m going to be using on the regular this season. From my favourite berry red lip products, golden eyeshadows and also the base products. If you know me, you’ll know that autumn is my favourite season, and also my favourite season for makeup!
Here’s what makeup I’ll find in my makeup bag this season..
I only wear foundations on special occasions, and opt for a little concealer if I need it. At the moment I’m loving the Revlon Colorstay concealer, and need to go and purchase another one soon..as you can see from the photo I’m running a little low! It’s priced at £6.99, and it has LOADS of different shades so you can quite easily find one to match your skin tone.
HIGHLIGHTER & BLUSH:
I’m a MASSIVE fan of the NYX Illuminating Palette, and there’s one shade in there that I’ve recently hit pan on. I use it every single day, and it lasts honestly the whole day. I couldn’t ask for a better highlighter! But recently I’ve been trying out Benefit’s Dandelion Twinkle. I’m a big fan of their Dandelion blush, and I swatched the highlighter at their counter and fell in love. It’s a pricey one at £24.50, but it’s a lovely highlight- just look at it! You can really build up on the highlight if you want to, or have more of a subtle glow. It’s definitely going to be something that I’ll be wearing a lot this autumn!
Again if you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Soap and Glory makeup. One of my favourite products is their “Love at First Blush” shimmer powder. This is a blush that has a beautiful muted rose gold finish, something that will be perfect for autumn.
I was never a massive bronzer fan, until I found the Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick. Bronzing and contouring is made easy with this product! It’s a buildable product or you can just add a little for a subtle bronze. I think bronzing your face is really nice for this season, having just come out of summer.
I feel the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette has a great range of autumnal colours to offer. Also, can we admire how good these eyeshadows smell? Salted Caramel and Marzipan are my two favourite shades; when put together they make the perfect golden eye. Creme Brulee, Hazelnut, Gilded Ganache and Amaretto are colours I also think would be perfect for this season.
An eyeshadow product that’s been a long-term favourite for me is the Clinique eyeshadow Chubby Stick in the shade “Bountiful Beige”. It’s a beautiful gold shimmering shadow stick, which I think you could pull off on it’s own for a subtle golden eye or even use as a base for other shadows.
I’ve finally joined the hype with the super popular Maybelline Lash Sensational. I was a bit dubious at first, but now I’m seriously in love with it. It’s a great dupe for Benefit’s Rollerlash mascara, and so much more affordable! Yes Maybelline, you’ve done good!
You can read my review on it here, but I think Mac’s lipstick in the shade ‘Twig” is the perfect colour for autumn. It’s quite a soft muted brown pink, which I think would work perfectly if you’re not feeling like wearing a deep, berry lipstick but still want to be all autumnal with your lipstick choice.
Would it really be a Full of Grace makeup post without including a Tanya Burr lipgloss?Tanya’s lipglosses are definitely some of my favourite on the market; they’re long lasting, beautiful colours and not too sticky! The shade “Berry Picking” is another product I’ve mentioned before. I really think this lipgloss just screams autumn…even with the name! It’s a beautiful deep berry red with a subtle hint of gold shimmer.
What makeup products are you going to be reaching for this autumn?
Look at some old photographs of yourself, look at the dodgy hair styles and interesting outfit choices. What were we thinking?
It can be so easy to look back to the past and regret the decisions we’ve made. Whether that’s the way we dressed or the bigger things, like the the times we messed up and made mistakes. Isaiah 43:18-19 tells us that we shouldn’t feel this way. It reads:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” – ISAIAH 43:18-19
WE ALL have things we regret in our past. Maybe it was sin, how we handled situations, how we hurt others. But we need to remember that we shouldn’t constantly remind ourselves of the things we regret in our past.
1. WE ARE FORGIVEN. We’re forgiven from our past when we repent and give those things to God. He is faithful and Jesus died on the cross so we can be FORGIVEN!
2. He forgets our sins too… Not only does God forgive us from all our wrongdoings, but he forgets our sins too. … reads:
“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.” – gg
3. This means we can forget our sins, too. We are MADE NEW through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We can let go of the guilt we hold, because Christ washed away our sins.
“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” – 1 John 1:9
4. We are MADE NEW! The past has no hold over us, so it’s time to look forward to the future. Jeremiah 29:11 reads:
“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
next time we start to think about our past and get the feeling of regret, remember this:
“Your past has zero power over you, but it’s up to you to receive God’s gracious gift of forgiveness, mercy and a new beginning”- JOYCE MEYER
You all know I’m a BIG fan when it comes to Soap & Glory, so when I saw they were releasing this product I knew I had to pick it up. Majority of my bath and body products are from S&G, and some of my favourite makeup products are also from the brand (you can check out some of my favourite Soap and Glory makeup itemshere!)
The handy pink drawstring bag is filled with Soap and Glory delights, so it’s great for if you’re off on holiday, going camping and want to freshen up, or even just as a little treat for yourself.
The set includes essentials you’d want to take away with you, and even includes a mini foldaway hairbrush and anorak. I’m going away for a week this summer, and I’m 100% sure it’ll rain; I’m glad that I can keep dry in my “Glamorak” (I love the name!). It’s a pink polka dot raincoat that will keep me dry from any bad weather!
The kit also includes stuff to help you freshen up, or feel refreshed and at your best if you’re away camping or at a festival. I was super happy to see the kit had their “Hand Maid” sanitiser, which I’m already a big fan of. The hand sanitiser is pocket sized and perfect for on the go, or just in your handbag. It’s quite a fruity, fresh scent which I love. If you need to freshen up your hair, the travel sized dry shampoo “Rushower” is perfect! You also get a body spray which has a lovely, floral fragrance.
You know I LOVE Soap & Glory makeup, so I was happy to see they’d included some makeup products in the kit too. When I first saw the matte lipstick in the shade “Fire Cracker, wasn’t sure I’d be a fan of it as looked quite orange and a little different from something I’d normally wear. However, this lip product really surprised me. It’s a beautiful coral colour, that’s pigmented and very long lasting. A new makeup favourite for me! You also get the popular Skinny Cat liner, to get that perfect liner look!
For £16, I think this kit is absolute steal. Whether you’re going on holiday, on a weekend away, or just fancy treating yourself, you get to try out some fabulous products and have some essentials ready for if you need them.
This year, one of my aims has been to get out of my comfort zone. This has always been something that I knew I needed to do, but I was always to scared. ‘What happens if I step out and mess up? That would be SO embarrassing…’ I’d think to myself.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s felt that way.
But a little over a year ago, I decided I needed to push myself. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and I wanted to GROW (in a spiritual sense, although I’m not the tallest…so growing taller would be appreciated too).
Why is stepping out of our comfort zone important?
I ALWAYS used to want to step out, but things always held me back. Worried that’d I’d fail, mess up and embarrass myself. But stepping out of our comfort zone is a great chance for God to work through us. When God calls us to step out, we are in “Christ zone” as I like to think of it…
Even though it’s not always easy to step out, from time to time we need to be spiritually stretched. I know this can feel a little daunting, challenging, and nerve-wracking, but God will ALWAYS get us through what he’s called us to do.
“He equips the called.”
I was looking through some examples in the bible of people who stepped out of their comfort zones, and there are SO many. Take Abraham, in the old testament. Genesis 12:1 reads:
‘The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.”‘
God called Abraham (then called Abram) to leave his family, country, and everything he was familiar with to go and live somewhere he didn’t even know! If that was me, I would have been super nervous! But Abraham did just as God asked, taking a leap of faith, and God blessed Abraham greatly.
So how can we step out?
Pray. Figure out what you’re saying no to. And ask God to help you overcome the challenges you may face. Whatever is holding you back, let it go and give it to God. He will help you through this!
Tell someone. I think it’s great to tell someone what you want to challenge yourself with. Having someone to be accountible with really helps- they can challenge you and push you to do these things that scare you. I know that may seem a little scary, but having someone that you trust and wants the best for you will really help you when you’re stepping out.
Remember, it’s a journey. Stepping out of your comfort zone I believe is a gradual thing…it’s not like ‘woohoo, I’m out! Let’s do everything i was too scared to before.’ It’s taking a leap of faith, and step by step, letting God guide the way. He is with us throughout this time, he knows our fears and he hears us.
Growing and changing isn’t always the easiest thing, but the best option is normally far from being easy. However, we are lucky enough to belong to a God who will never leave us or forsake us when things get tough, and will always be there to guide us. Doing this isn’t easy! But when we take that leap of faith and step out, God is SO proud of us. I think it’s so important to remember this! He loves to see His children being obedient and wanting to take a leap of faith for him. Someone once told me that when you’re doing something challenging, see it as a relational activity with God. Through stepping out, we get to know God more and grow closer to Him. To me, that makes it so much more worthwhile!
You’ve got this!
“It’s hard to grow faith inside your comfort zone.”
As we approach Easter Sunday, I thought I’d do a blog post on the verse Romans 5:8. This is one of my favourite verses in the bible, a constant reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. It’s been a verse that has especially been on my heart the past few days, and here is just a reflection on it.
The verse reads:
‘But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ – Romans 5:8
God sending His one and only son, Jesus, was the greatest sacrifice. There is NO greater love than this. He chose us…He saw each and every one of us and chose us. Even when we were sinners in our darkest hour, he CHOSE US. He wore our sin and shame as he was nailed to a cross, a crown of thorns on his head. WHY? Because He loves us. He loves His children more than anything, and he wants to have a relationship with them.
“You are more loved than you will ever know by someone who died to know you.”
Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we are free to dance because we have freedom. His death brought us LIFE! We are free from our sin, we don’t have to carry that anymore. He paid all the debt we owe from our sin. We can give all of our mistakes and wrongdoings to our Father and He will forgive us. He makes us pure, as white as snow. Just as the scripture says:
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
Thank you for this indescribable love Father.
I also just wanted to share the lyrics from the hymn ‘How Deep the Father’s Love For Us’. This is such a lovely hymn, and I really love the lyrics.
‘How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom’
Listen to ‘How Deep The Father’s Love For Us’ HERE (GOSPEL VERSION- LOVE THIS!)