If there is a beauty tip or trick out there, more than likely I’ve tried it. A lot of them have merit while others can leave you looking like a hot mess! I’ve experienced quite a few hot mess moments, like when I used mascara to cover my gray and then worked out. Well, I missed the all important tip... WATERPROOF! I had brown/Black streaks running down my face. Like I said, hot mess!
Genesis 2:18 says, "Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper corresponding to him. "When I was a little girl, teenager and young women, this word helper felt unimportant. I wondered why God would give Adam so much significance, and the woman less? I felt like scripture was teaching that women were to find their significance in man. Little did I know my understanding was a demeaning version of the truth. Woman, God not design you to be second, but to be strong.
I don’t know about y’all but I have always wanted a soundtrack to my life! That perfect song when I enter a room or I’m trying to make a tough choice and even more when I conquer and overwhelming task! I’m sure there are moments in your life where weather you were celebrating or debating the right song came on at the right time and it spoke to you! There’s no doubt, music has power!
Hope swelled in my heart as I watched the 2017 Wonder Woman movie directed by Patty Jenkins. A young girl grows up on an island filled with brave, strong, female warriors. She wanted to be a warrior too, but her mother wanted to protect her. But, she couldn’t hold back this hunger, so her mother agrees to let her train, but says, “You will train her harder than any Amazon before her. Five times harder. Ten times harder. Until she is better than even you, but she must never know the truth about who she is or how she came to be.”
My husband and I were married for 12 years when we wrote our first book on marriage, 12 Questions. To be honest, I was super-scared to write a book on marriage because any message we put out there is tested and tried. I loved our marriage, and I didn't want it to be put through the ringer. But people kept asking, "How do you make it work?", so we took the risk. Maybe you need some encouragement for your marriage today, so here's a little snippet from our book:
Smokey eyes, cat eyes, metallic eyes, liner or no liner... the list of eye make up looks could really go on and on. I love many of these eye trends but if you really want your peepers to pop you really need to find what shades are best for your eye color. Wether you’ve got baby blues or your a brown eyed girl here are a few tips for helping you make the most of your beautiful blinkers!
I had a friend who was jaded by the idea that there was a set date on the calendar where we are all forced to love and be loved. I shared her sentiment in high school. The junior class raised money for prom by selling roses on Valentines Day. Every dating couple was thrilled by this thought because it took the heat off of finding a gift. It also motivated those who wanted to send a secret love rose, in hopes it would bud into a relationship. But most of us hating hearing the Junior Valentine delivery person hand out coveted roses each class period.
A couple of years ago my sister in law, Elisabeth (host of Today's Tips) moved 9 times in 2.5 years; a new location about every 3-6 months. With three kiddos, date nights were difficult as you can imagine. So, they had to think outside of the box. Here are a few things she learned to create that dreamy date night.
Guest Blog By Rachel Hipps: Every year, as we get closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, I watch all of my single friends start to get antsy. Some people LOVE the holiday, some people HATE it. Valentine’s day can hold a sore spot of feeling inadequate, unloved and unwanted. If you need some single lady ideas for Valentines Day, this blog is for you!
With Valentine's Day around the corner I thought what better time to discuss a very important topic: Red Lipstick! Wether you love it or hate it, no one ever feels blah about this eye catching shade. So, the following are a few tips to help you choose the right shade of passion for your pout!
I wish we could sail through dating to find ourselves on a Caribbean honeymoon carrying no relationship scars or regrets. But most likely we'll encounter a mistake or two before we get to say "I Do." So last night I spent the evening with some college ladies sharing four of my relationship blunders, hoping their love lives would benefit. Here they are:
“How was your day today? Huh huh? Was it good? Was it bad? Huh?” This is basically the conversation I used to have with my kids everyday after school. What a delightful way to be greeted, right? It took me awhile to realize this wasn’t working. I would ask the questions and their eyes would glaze over. So I began my human research, testing different techniques to see what sparked their minds and promoted the connection and conversation I was hoping to have. Here are my findings!
Ephesians 5:25-28- Husbands go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church- a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty, Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They're really doing themselves a favor- since they're already one in marriage. (NLT)
So, I'm sitting here in "mommyville" today, bunny slippers locked on tight and messy hair as my crown wondering what beauty tips and tricks am I going to offer in this moment?! I don't know about y'all but some days getting dressed can be as fancy as I get and applying make up and fixing my 'do just DON'T happen!
Our family just returned from Gatlinburg, Tennessee where we held our annual Crossroads Winter Conference. Clayton and I started this conference 21 years ago as a way to build up and encourage middle and high school students halfway through the school year, giving them the godly boost they needed to continue in their faith and finish well.
We all live on planet earth. But if you’re a believer, you probably carry around this little longing, this feeling, this deep knowing that the world is not as it should be. Do you have this inclination that either you belong somewhere else, or that this world, this place we call home, needs a radical transformation before you could feel "at home?"
I know some of you have been in a season where life is just not what you’d like it to be, or you’re currently toughing it out right now. In the Christmas season and new year, there can be pressure to put on a “facade” to our families, friends, and to the world that everything is okay. One of the beautiful things about Christ is that he came to silence the need to put up a “front”.
What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Are you filled with joyful anticipation of togetherness? For a lot of people, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year (see what I did there). But for some, I know it’s the very opposite. Christmas can bring feelings of unmet expectations, money woes, grief, obligation, and straight up anxiety. For me, memories of the holidays and Christmas aren’t particularly joyful. Last year was hard. Like, we need a do-over hard.