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

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.”
Abraham

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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Makeup

Benefit Blushin Babe Review

Today I thought I’d review one of the sets I received from my parents at Christmas which I am so thankful for! The set is by Benefit Cosmetics, and it’s a palette featuring some  Benefit favourites!

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‘Benefit Blushin’ Babe’ real blushin’ blockbuster palette!

In the set you get:

  • Hoola bronzer
  • Dandelion blusher
  • Coralista blusher
  • Rockateur blusher
  • Sugarbomb blusher
  • Watt’s Up! Highlighter
  • They’re Real Mascara
  • Push Up Liner

The main reason I wanted this set was because although I’ve tried lots of other products from Benefit, I hadn’t ever tried any of their blushers or bronzers. Benefit’s blushers and bronzer range is usually priced at around £23.50 individually, so this set is a bargain! Although you might not be getting full sized products, I’m sure they’ll last for a long time and it also gives you a feel for each of the products.

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Hoola, the well known and loved soft matte bronzer.

Hoola is the bronzer from the palette. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how popular this Benefit bronzer is! I was excited to try this one and see if I thought it was worth the hype. First impressions are that I really like this bronzer, it’s soft and gives a natural finish. I’ve always been afraid to try bronzer as I assumed it would look odd on me as I’m naturally quite pale, however I think Hoola is really nice to give a natural healthy glow.

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Dandelion, a sheer ballerina pink blusher.

Dandelion has always been a blusher I’ve considered buying, so I was super happy when I found out it was in the set. It’s hands down my favourite product in the palette. It’s a sheer ballerina pink with a subtle shimmer and I think it’s great for brightening your complexion and giving a natural glow.

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Coralista, a coral pink with a hint of shimmer!

Coralista is a a coral-pink blush that gives a pop to your cheeks! I also has a hint of coral shimmer so it gives a glow when applied. I really like this, despite it a little different to the blushers I normally find myself wearing. I also think this blusher pairs well with a bit of Hoola bronzer.

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Rockateur, a rose gold pop to the cheeks.

Rockateur is actually the shade that I haven’t got round to trying yet! It’s a pretty rose gold  blusher, but from looking at the swatches I have of it I’m sure I’m bound to love it!

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Sugarbomb, featuring four segments of colour that create a beautiful glow when combined.

Sugarbomb consists of four segments of colour, including a peach, a pale lilac, and two pink shades. I personally liked applying this by swirling my blush in the product so the colours are combined. I actually prefer using this as a highlight, as it’s quite a sheer and has a shimmery frosty finish. I love this!

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Watt’s Up, a soft champagne cream highlight.

Watt’s Up is a product I’d been wanting to try for a long time, so this little mini compact version is perfect for me to try out the product. I really like this, and it’s a champagne highlight in a cream form. Very pigmented and easy to apply!

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They’re Real Push-Up Liner and They’re Real mascara.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I complain about not being able to do winged eyeliner. I’m hoping that the They’re Real Push-Up liner will help me to be able to achieve it! I’m yet to try this, so we shall see what happens…

They’re Real mascara. One word: incredible. I have a full sized Benefit Rollerlash, but I can already tell you that out of the two, I prefer They’re Real. The mascara really lengthens my lashes and gives them volume, and I’m just in love with this. Something I’ll definitely have to buy in a full sized when this mini runs out!

Since this was a Christmas gift set it’s a little harder to get hold of, however I’ve searched the web and found out where you can still grab it here from Feel Unique, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find it at some selected Benefit counters.

Thank you to my lovely parents for giving me this as one of my Christmas presents! I love it!

Disclaimer: I am not trying to brag or boast, all products are purchased with my own money unless stated otherwise and all opinions are of my own 🙂

Makeup

NYX Favourites

Not too long ago,  I posted a blog filled with my favourite Soap and Glory makeup products.  Since so many of you enjoyed it so much, I decided I would do another!

NYX is one of my new favourite high street makeup brands. It’s super affordable and incredible quality, and it’s only something I’ve started to try this year. After hoping it would come to the UK- it finally landed at Boots and other retailers. Over the past few months, I’ve built a little NYX collection- full of face, eye, and lip products. Today I thought I’d share my favourites from the brand, for whether you’re wanting to try some NYX products or looking for new affordable makeup on the high street. 

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NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette, £15.00:

 I’m absolutely in love with this palette. For some reason, I actually only own liquid or stick highlighters, so these were my first highlighters in powder form. I’d seen various photos of this palette online, and I was so happy to find it whilst on a Boots shopping spree. Strobe of Genius is way better than I expected, one of the reasons being that  you have a wide range of colours that you can mix and match as you like.   The highlighters are buildable, long lasting, and pigmented. Although £15 may seem like a lot, it’s really good for the range of highlighters you’re getting at such an amazing quality.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes, a mauve warm pink.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Cannes, £5.50
I’ve never been a fan of matte lip products, especially as my lips are usually dry and are forever needing lip balm applied to them. But then I found the NYX soft matte lip creams. Myself and my friend fell in love with the shade ‘Cannes’, which can be described as a mauve warm pink, and we both decided to bite the bullet and try it out for ourselves. I’d heard that NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams were soft (duh, it’s in the name) and not too drying on the lips, and I have to say this is SO true. Yes, they have a matte finish, but they aren’t drying at all! The lip creams are also long lasting…definitely worth the hype!

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NYX Intense Butter Gloss, Marshmallow, £5.50

This gloss is so pigmented, with a great colour pay off that lasts for a long time. Toasted Marshmallow can be described as a pretty mauve plum shade, with a lovely shine. It’s really comfortable to wear, and it’s not too heavy.

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NYX Butter Gloss, Angel Cake, £5.00

This gloss is definitely a go to for me; such a beautiful pink shade, and it’s also long lasting and very pigmented. If you’re not a big fan of lipglosses, I’d opt for this rather than the intense butter gloss range, as it’s a little lighter on the lips and not too glossy.

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NYX Single eyeshadow in the shade ‘Sin’.

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow, Sin, £3.50:
This eyeshadow is incredible- extremely pigmented and such a beautiful colour also. I’m so suprised that these eyeshadows are just  £3.50- considering the quality you’re getting! This shade (which coincidently has the same name) is pretty much identical to the shade ‘Sin’ in the Urban Decay N*ked palette. I’ve recently discovered that you can create your own NYX shadow palette, which I’m definitely considering!

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NYX Concealer Wand, £5.50:
I don’t think I need to rave about this concealer again to you all, but I couldn’t do a NYX Favourites post without including it. This concealer is my go-to; it blends easily, is creamy, and is great at concealing blemishes. I can’t recommend this concealer to you enough!

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in shades Sparkle N*de and Yoghurt. Pictured with NYX single eyeshadow Sin.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils:

The Jumbo Eye Pencils are so so lovely, another product I’ve raved about to you all before. They’re pigmented, easy to apply, and with such good colour pay off. Perfect as a base for eyeshadow or just on their own!

Any of these products take your fancy? Shop down below:

Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette  | Soft Matte Lip CreamButter Gloss | Intense Butter Gloss Jumbo Eye Pencils  | Concealer WandSingle Eyeshadow

What are your favourite NYX products? Let me know in the comments below!