Thursday, September 18, 2014

Patience + Let Your Light Shine Thursdays!

Happy Thursday!

Hope you all made it over the hump gracefully. It seems like it was just July yesterday and already September! Where has the time gone? Although the seasons seem to fade in lightning speed right now, it seems like some things in my personal life are inching by, bit by bit.

How many of you know when you focus all of your energy on something that you are waiting on, it seems to creep by? I am reminded of my days in grade school when we would watch the clock at the end of the day anticipating the end of the day bell. Every moment we glanced up it was as if nothing had changed and I swear the time went backwards with how dreading-ly long it took for the minute hand to make its way around the clock.

I am sort of experiencing something similar in my life right now. I have been given direction from God on where He is taking me and even some clues on how its going to happen. I've done my part, and now its time for me to have patience. Ughhh, sometimes that word can look so nice and pretty but be annoying at the same time.

Patience, is very important because it has to have its perfect work before things happen. Sometimes, when we are not patient, it can be like taking the dessert we are baking out of the oven early, and once it starts to cool there's no turning back. How frustrating to have done all that work and your little dessert or project doesn't turn out. But it was all due to patience.

I have to stand firm on Jesus and His word. I have to believe every ounce of Hebrews 10:36:
"For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise."

I have created this lovely printable for those of you in need of something positive to look at, that reinforces today's message. Patience is one of life's greatest keys. Very important.

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Today is Let Your Light Shine Thursday!

You know what time it is, let that beautiful light shine!
Each week we appreciate those of you who come by to share your posts on fashion, beauty, faith, love, and all the in between.

Our feature for this week is Heather at ThriftStories!




Last week Heather posted 10 top staples for fall and styled them out so beautifully.
Visit her to get the details on each piece! 


Thanks again for all of you who participated! Now it's time to link up again :)

RULES: 
1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!
Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & True Soul & Spirit on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all!


Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

- J

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ombre + Fringe

Happy Hump Day!

New Hair!





Black Hooded Cardigan - Gifted
Blue Shirt Dress - Foreign Exchange -Similar here
Black Fringe Booties - Gifted
Cross Necklace - F21

So I love this blue dress. Its sleeveless and can perfectly go under a cardigan to transition into fall. Of course I had to pair it with the new fringe booties I have. These are amazing. I apologize now, because you will be seeing a lot of these and other fringe on the blog. I am working on a fringe DIY and can't wait to share that with you all as well! Oh and in case you missed it, I featured one of my very first digital illustrations on my Instagram and she is totally rocking the fringe!


Since this is a new avenue for me, I don't want to overload you all, but I am really excited! I am pumped with the amount of support I have been receiving and there are some really great ideas and projects in the pipeline!

And the white elephant in the room - my hair! I am in love with this new ombre look. 
I think its perfect for fall and I can't wait to try out different looks with it. So overall, a great week so far!

Have an awesome day!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

- J

Monday, September 15, 2014

All Things Baby Grace: Happy 8 Months!

Happy Monday!

This weekend was nice! I got to spend some time with family and women from my church at our breakfast on Saturday. It ended up being a beautiful time and we enjoyed ourselves. The rest of the weekend was pretty lazy, which was definitely due. I got to spend a lot of QT with baby Grace. My sweet girl is growing so fast! Tomorrow she will be 8 months and I literally cannot believe it. Here are a few photos I took of her this weekend at the women's breakfast. She is becoming such a ham!



Baby Grace - 

You are becoming such a big girl. Eyes wide, ready to take in the world and everything around you. It's hard not to smile, when your face is the first thing I see every morning - you like to wake us up pretty early! You also think its important to give us a good smack if we dose off while on duty.  You are not in love with baby food, in fact its like you have a detector. However, you like anything that's not baby food! You love mashed potatoes and will try most things once (literally 1 bite) and then pucker your lips up if you don't like it. or want anymore. You haven't had any teeth come through yet, but you are trying. We see two middle teeth coming in on the bottom. Teething has gotten difficult for some parts of the day, as you are a bit moody, but as soon as you feel a little better you are ready to play!




Speaking of playing, you no longer cuddle with all the stuffed animals or soft friends like you used to (I miss that!). You now love your linky toys and pretty much anything that's colorful and that you can put in your mouth. You love bouncing in your jump-a-roo and get a great workout in there, often sweating when its time to come out! LOL! You are not fully crawling yet, you would rather roll and pull yourself up onto things. You get frustrated easily and often give up, but we make you keep pushing some days. You are finding ways to put just about anything in your mouth, and love to put your pacifier in upside down :) 


You are very vocal and yesterday at church I asked one of the little girls if she knew what you were saying. She said you were talking about cake, which would make absolute sense, since you love to try and eat people - I wonder what flavor of cake you think we are! LOL! Its so fun watching you play with other kids, you love them. Big kids like your big cousin DD (age 6) and your friends at church (age 4). You love to grab their faces and give them kisses. Your face lights up when you see them, it melts my heart. 



I can remember when I first met you and to see you today is truly amazing. You used to live inside of me and were a part of me, and still are. I would have never guessed the amount of joy you would bring to my life. Although, at times it can be overwhelming and challenging - especially with mommy's new projects. Please keep the glow in your eye when you see me, daddy, grandma and your auntie Nina. Something so small like that makes it all worth it. 

I love you!

-Mommy

- J

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Warriors + By Faith Accessories + Giveaway

Happy Friday!

"I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh."
-Acts 2:17


I have been getting back into the swing of things here at I'm Perfectly Human. I finally feel on top of things again, which is a great feeling. I am excited for this weekend. Tonight I am changing the hair up a bit - remember when I talked about doing an ombre to my bob? Well, it was an epic fail - that's why you have not seen any photos. Ha! But tonight I am going to be getting extensions back and doing an ombre so we will see how it turns out!! :)

And then tomorrow morning I am going to be attending a women's breakfast with my church, which will be lovely. It is a little bittersweet for me because tomorrow is also the Annual Lupus Walk here in the Twin Cities and I am going to miss it this year. But at least I am missing it for a good reason! I'll be back in full effect next year with encouraging t-shirts and words for those facing that chronic illness. 

Speaking of Lupus, I wanted to talk to you all about it and my journey. I've discussed it before but it was interesting as yesterday I was reading this article on the Women of Faith website from Christine Caine called The C Word. She was talking about her diagnosis with cancer and how God saw her through it all. And it just lit my spirit up to hear her honest emotions of things she experienced through it all and how God delivered her out. There is something so touching about honesty. When dealing with an illness, there are a lot of emotions that you will feel.

But in reading this something really stood out to me about what she said she did when she was going through it all. She said that she didn't surround herself with "worriers" but instead with "warriors." People that were going to speak positivity and the things of Christ into her life. People that were not going to allow her to sulk in a bad day, but lift her up and continue to exclaim good things over her life.

It got me thinking. 
"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength."
-Isaiah 40:29


Ever since I started to live my life for Christ something did change in my journey with Lupus. I used to feel so alone and hopeless. I used to worry all the time about what if it got worse. 
I played the what if game a lot. 

I remember always feeling like I was on a roller-coaster. It was a roller-coaster of thoughts and I really needed God to lift me off of this roller-coaster and place my feet on stable ground, and that is His word and what He says about me and my life in Him.

Understanding His promises put me in a different space with this disease. It allowed me to see myself through His eyes, understand that there is a silver lining in this. There is beauty to be seen in my story, and ways that this could be touching and helping someone right now. I received faith, by hearing His word. By saying His word out loud to myself, by surrounding myself with those that spoke and continue to speak life, health and positivity into my very being. I know that He is my healer and I know that I am able to see each and every day because of Him. I thank him for all that He is and does for me and I believe in the power in the name, Jesus.
I am so thankful for those warriors that continue to walk by faith and sow it into others. 


Which leads me into this month's sponsor, Shannita @ By Faith Accessories.
"By Faith Accessories was inspired by a time in my life when I was going through a lot. My faith was being tested, but just when the thought to give up would cross my mind. I would see an encouraging sentiment, a bible passage on a piece of clothing or jewelry along with a smile and/or hello.  And I would be reminded of my faith also that Jesus was with me."

Your turn. Enter today's Giveaway! 
Visit By Faith Accessories and leave a comment with your favorite piece to be entered in today's giveaway! You can win an item of your choice from her shop.
(This excludes the Name necklaces)

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Learn more about By Faith Accessories:
"I came about the name By Faith Accessories, from Hebrews chapter 11. It talks about faith and all that was done by faith.  I have always wanted to be in business for myself and when the opportunity came along, I invested in myself and by faith, By Faith Accessories was launched."


"I think I'm unique in the jewelry space because I try to incorporate not just jewelry, but also pieces that reflect the Christian faith and at the same time are fashionable. This is not always easy, but I love hunting for them."


Also, for the month of September: 
All of my readers get an additional discount from By Faith Accessories! 
Save 15% off when usin15PHBLOG at check out on select items.


Good luck!


- J

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Slight Work + Let Your Light Shine Thursday!

Happy Thursday!

I am so excited today, yesterday I received my Wacom tablet in the mail as a gift from a very dear friend of mine. For those of you not familiar, it is a digital drawing tablet! I am beyond thrilled to play around with it and so happy for amazing friends and family to help support me in this venture. You guys rock! (I'm sorry if I sound like a broken record, but I am ecstatic!)




I also wanted to share a few of the recent hand-drawn illustrations that I have been doing in my free time. My girlfriend told me to make it a point to draw something every day if I can - so I have been trying to keep up with that, even if it is something small.

Today is Let Your Light Shine Thursday!

You know what time it is, let that beautiful light shine!
Each week we appreciate those of you who come by to share your posts on fashion, beauty, faith, love, and all the in between.

Our feature for this week is Kacie at Regally Soled!



Last week Kacie posted some great must haves for this fall... 
what are your faves? 

Thanks again for all of you who participated! Now it's time to link up again :)

RULES: 
1. Link up your favorite post this week - It can be related to faith, fashion, food, family, or whatever else you would like to share that helped you shine your light from the week!
Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up - just leave a comment with how you let your light shine this week!

2. Follow I'm Perfectly Human & True Soul & Spirit on Bloglovin, or any other social media outlet (FB, Twitter, Instagram, or GFC)

3. Link back by using the button above or your own link.

4. Visit other blogs and meet new blogger friends!

Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to feature and share with you all!


Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

- J

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