The Promise of Christmas
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6
As we countdown the Advent, we unwrap the promise of christmas. We discover the gift of Christ in our lives. The most popular explanation of what this gift is comes from that most infamous scripture John 3:16-17
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him”
That is the gift of Christmas. Yes, on Christmas we are celebrating Jesus arrival to this earth, but we are really celebrating why he came to this earth rather than the fact that he did. Jesus, being God, stepped down from his throne to become flesh and live a human life. Then he died upon the cross out of pure love for us. Wiping away all of our sins. And thats a gift that is always there for you to unwrap, its always waiting for you and its a gift that never stops giving.
I hope you all enjoyed this video and will enjoy this series celebrating the holiday season and the season of Advent. A season of expectant waiting and longing as we wait for the coming of Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Thanksgiving-invokes a feeling of gratitude and contentment…right? Well sometimes during the holidays we find ourselves caught up in the stress and the season starts to feel more like a burden rather than an opportunity to express our thankfulness. This week as we dive into the first waves of Christmas I want to be reminded and to remind you of where we should direct our thanksgiving. “Enter His gate with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise his name” Psalm 100:4
We also must remember the gift that was given and the reason that we even celebrate this season in the first place. As we head into the craziness of red, green, hot chocolate, silver bells and candy canes we must remember at the center of it all is the priceless gift of the Lords one and only son.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.”
2 Corinthians 9:15
Driving Alone Early in the Morning
The frigid morning air has
Crept into my car, my frozen
Hands grip at the wheel.
Black coffee slides down
My throat, bitter it
Leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
Fog blocks my path
So thick I could inhale it
And puff it back out in rings.
Light cuts through
The trees to my left
Bathing the world
October has rolled around and the seasonal craziness has ensued, everything is pumpkin and spiced, everyone has leaves hanging on the walls and Bath and Body Works has once again relaunched all their fall candles. I am a huge sucker for the fall and winter candles, not only the smell of them but the ambience of having them burn around the house. As I have not been able to purchase and BB&W candles yet this year I decided to stop by Walmart and pick up some two dollar fall candles. They may not be as strongly scented but they work quite well in small spaces such as my room. The big downfall of these candles is unlike the BB&W candles they aren’t very pretty. Which leads me to today’s DIY, Do It Yourself Fall Candle Decor. These super simple candles don’t even look like they are from Walmart and are an easy way to decorate your space.
Removing the Stickers:
You are going to want to start this DIY by removing all the stickers from the candles. The ones from Walmart came off without too much of a fight but if you are having trouble all you need is baking soda, warm water and a sponge. This will remove the sticker and any of the residue it leaves behind.
First you are going to collect a bunch of twigs from my yard and cut them all down in to even lengths. This DIY works best if you use sticks of varying thicknesses and heights to give it that organic look. Now, one by one, you just hot glue the twigs on to your 2 dollar candle. You can do this with multiple candles or on empty jars to create a super cute vase. Voila your Walmart candle now looks like you spent at least 5 bucks
Gold and Black Candle
This DIY is pretty straight forward but I love the way this one turned out. You will need gold paint, black paint, a paint brush and a sponge. I started by painting the candle with the gold, i made sure it wasn’t opaque because I liked that look. After the gold paint dries lightly sponge on the black building it as you go to create this ombre black/gold candle. I can see this one loking super cool when it burns down.
And thats it! You can do this with most cheap candles you buy from Walmart or Rite Aid or wherever and it is quick and easy and so FALL.
Thanks for reading
Happy Friday! As I am starting school next week I decided to come up with two hair styles for the fall season and share them with you. I recently chopped off a bunch of my hair, it was a much needed but scary hair appointment, and I have been loving playing with braids and styling it. It has been so long since I have had short hair and layers, none of my go to styles work anymore. So I came up with two dos that are versatile and easy. This first hairstyle I have actually seen on a lot of girls recently but I wasn’t sure if I could make it work with all the layers I have but luckily it turned really cute.
Dutch Fishtail Braid/Bun
To achieve this look I dutch braided my hair until all the hair was combined then split the three strands into two and started fishtailing until I reached the end and secured it. What really makes this hairstyle look cute and easy is making sure you pull at the braid a little to make it look bigger. Not only will this make the braid bigger but it will make it seem as though you have super thick hair. This braid is cute as it is but if you take the fishtail and wrap it around itself and pin it it makes a super cute bun and gets the hair out of the way.
Half-up Bun With Braids
I am sure all of you Girls have seen and tried the half-up bun style that is sooo popular right now I also have and LOVE IT. It is a super easy way to toss up your hair without have to go for the full on top knot. I really wanted to do something cute and different with this half bun because I had been wearing it so much that I felt it needed a change. So I added these two accent braids to it. First off I separated the hair that was going into the bun from the hair I was letting hang down. Next I parted my hair on the right and sectioned of the hair for each braid. I regular french braided the lower one, and dutch braided the other. Then gathered all the remaining hair, and the braids, and twisted it into a bun the secured it with bobby pins. I think this hairstyle is edgy with out venturing to far out of my comfort, plus it is so simple and these braids also look good in a pony or pinned back with curls.
Also while shooting the brain/bun style my cat (unfortunately for him) was napping in my room so I grabbed him for this!
Such a positive little guy.