Christian Faith

Immeasurably More | Impossible is Nothing

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‘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!

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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.

Christian Faith

Made New | Isaiah 43:18-19

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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

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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 

Makeup

Soap & Glory HAPPY GLAMPER Review

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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 items here!)

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.

You can buy Happy Glamper from Boots HERE.

Have you tried out any Soap and Glory products? What are your favourites?

 

 

Christian Faith

Christ Zone > Comfort Zone

Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 22.35.48This 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…

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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.”
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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? 
  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”

Christian Faith

‘I loved you at your darkest’ | Romans 5:8

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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.

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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!)

Makeup

Mac Lipstick Review | Twig

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup post, so I thought I’d post a little review on my latest purchase.

I’ve always wanted a MAC lipstick in my collection, but I always thought they were slightly hyped. Every time I visit a Mac store, you’ll find me swatching the lipstick shade ‘Twig’ and debating whether or not to purchase. Recently, after discovering there was 10% off Mac on the Debenhams website, I decided to treat myself and buy Twig.

I have to admit, Twig is everything I dreamed of. Highly pigmented,long lasting, and such a beautiful colour. I’d describe the shade as a soft muted brown pink. I think Twig would suit so many skin tones, it’s a really versatile colour that I think anyone could pull off!

The lipstick is a satin finish. If you’re not familiar with Mac lipsticks, they have lots of different finishes- matte, cremesheen, frost…etc. Twig is a satin finish, meaning they’re very pigmented like Mac’s matte lipsticks, however with a slight sheen. They feel a lot more moisturising on the lips, and they’re a lot less drying than the matte formulas. I love this finish because I have VERY dry lips, so tend to steer clear of matte finishes, so satin is a great alternative!

Twig is such a beautiful lipstick, and has definitely made me see why so many go to Mac for lipsticks. What’s your favourite Mac lipstick?

Twig is available to buy here.

 

Christian Faith

Faith and Trust | John 13:7

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‘Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

I stumbled across this scripture recently during my bible reading time, and God really spoke to me through this verse. I knew that my next post had to be based around it.

This verse is found in the book of John, in a well known story of the bible, in which Jesus can be found washing the feet of his disciples. Jesus washing his disciples feet took place shortly before His death, and the disciples were confused as to why Jesus was washing their feet. They didn’t know the purpose of why Jesus decided to serve them in this way. This prompted Simon Peter to ask:

‘When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”‘- John 13:6-7

Jesus washing the disciples feet meant more for each of them than they knew. John 13:8-11 reads:

‘“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

Jesus knew one of his disciples would betray Him, however he still chose to love and serve them. Jesus washing the feet of his twelve disciples meant so much more spiritually and emotionally than the act itself. This applies to us today- the Lord sees the full picture, the BIG picture! The work he is doing through us is always bigger than we can imagine.

Like the disciples when their feet were being washed, we find sometimes in life that we don’t always understand what the Lord is doing. In times like this it can be so easy to hold the mindset of ‘Why would God let these things happen to me?’ The enemy would LOVE for us to question God and his goodness! Don’t let him have that satisfaction! Whilst we may never understand fully the Lord’s ways, we need to put our trust in Him and realise that His ways are far greater than our own. Isaiah 55:9 reads:

‘For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’- Isaiah 55:9

We can learn so much from John 13:7. Even though we don’t always get an answer from the Lord as to why something is happening, he understands and is patient with our confusion and uncertainty. He wants us to cling to Him and trust in Him during these times. This verse for me is something to remember in times of difficulty or uncertainty. One day, we will look to these days of uncertainty and understand why those things had to happen. God is always working for the best interest of His people- if He brings us to it, He will bring us through it!

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