Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Charge Of Your Attitude

Happy Thursday! 

Thanks for joining our Let Your Light Shine Thursday Link Up. In light of our conversation topic this month (#YourAttitudeMatters), I wanted to share with you something that my mom always talked about growing up that has taught me a lot today. 

She always talked about how we are in charge of our attitudes. Her favorite read on attitude was from Charles R. Swindoll who wrote this:

“The longer I love, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church....a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.” 

My mom always had this handy when she needed it. I admire her for that. Growing up, my mom was a single mom, worked full time, didn't get a lot of help from my dad, etc... and she always kept a positive attitude. She always taught me to keep a positive attitude, react in the best way, and to not worry. It has helped me so much today- I hear her voice in the back of my head when I have a bad attitude sometimes! :) 

There are so many things we want or try to control that in reality, we can't. But there is one thing we can always control: & that's ourselves- which includes our attitude. 

You may have read this post on the formula E+R=O (Event + Reaction= Outcome) and in the post, I talk about how your reaction is the most important piece of the equation because often times its your reaction that gives the ultimate outcome.

So, if someone is making you upset, your wallet got stole, or you didn't get that promotion you were hoping for- remember your reaction and attitude toward each situation can be a big determinate of the outcome. 

Stay positive, my friends!


With that,

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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.

Today we are sharing a post from Mary at Eat, Drink & Be Mary.
We love Mary's uplifting words of encouragement using 10 verses for women! 



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 & Made with Zeal 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!

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Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

Linking up: WIWT, Treasure Tromp, Week's End


- A

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Making the old, new!












Happy Hump Day!

The week is halfway over! I hope this week has brought you much joy and happiness!

This post is dear to me for a couple reasons. 

First, the trench coat is actually a coat passed down from my grandmother when we was my age! So this coat is from the 1960's! I remember when she first gave it to me, I thought to myself "I will never wear this, but its from my grandma so I have to take it." She took care of it and so did I, and now that I am in my 20's, I have found to love it! 

It's amazing how you can make any old thing new again through TLC and pairing it with something new.

For example, I paired the coat with some of my newer clothes and it made the coat look like I got it to go with the outfit! It definitely doesn't look like its 50 years old!

May sounds cheesy, but that's how it is when we become new in Christ. He takes the old us, the worn out us- & makes us new by pouring in His love, His care, His mercy and living in us! 

I was dead in my transgressions and He made me new. He takes care of me and cleanses me when I become dirty. 

"That even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!)"- Ephesians 2:5

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"- 2 Corinthians 5:17

Just as my grandma and I made this jacket new by cleaning it, restoring it, and mixing it with our own style, Jesus has cleansed you, restored you and made you new through Christ! Hallelujah!

I hope you have a great day. 

If you are desiring prayer, please email me at alcstyling@gmail.com and I would love to pray for you. Let's get uplifted, together! :)

Also, when leaving comments, please leave your website URL so I can comment back! 

xoxo,

-A

Monday, October 27, 2014

Psalm 23: I Need A Shepherd









Shirt: Target
Scarf: Target
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Target
Happy Start of the Week!

How are you? 

This week was very eventful. I attended some blogger events including the MN Blogger Conference this weekend! It was great meeting other bloggers and also meeting some in person that I have been communicating online with for awhile! 

Church service was awesome (as always) and then I was able to spend time with a couple girlfriends. I always have such a great time with them. I thank God for blessing me with the time to spend with them because sometimes time just slips away from us.

I am going to word vomit a little bit today but this is something that I have needed to hear and learn and think it could help maybe you, too! :)

Psalm 23.
That's the title of my post today. 
Partly is because it's one of my favorite chapters. 
But the meaning is what fills me. 


Why would God liken us as sheep? 
He could've picked anything (like my favorite animal- a tiger!) but why did He choose sheep?
Because sheep desperately need a Shepherd!

"If God is your shepherd, we no longer have to chase the right situation. We just have to chase the shepherd." - Carl Lentz

John 10

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd."

Why studying being a sheep and following the shepherd intrigues me so much is because the beauty of the relationship.

The sheep completely trust the shepherd. The Shepherd knows everything the sheep needs. They know how to make them stay in the flock, the know how to lead the flock, they know everything about their sheep. It's the Shepherd job to protect the flock and to lead them.

The sheep do not worry because they are in full trust of their shepherd. They have full security in the shepherd.

I am a sheep because I need a shepherd. I need Jesus. I need to be led. He is my Good Shepherd. What does the Good Shepherd do?

The Good Shepherd will always do two things:

1. The shepherd always corrects
We don't always like to be corrected or disciplined. But one thing God does for us is disciplines to correct us. It's a way of Him showing His love! 

I used to think sometimes that when something bad was happening, God was punishing me. It wasn't until I starting knowing God more that I started to be able to recognize His correction. I used to think that if God was correcting me, He was mad at me. Truth be told, He isn't mad. He is teaching. What a great love that is. He corrects us without being mad- He simply knows what is best for us. So don't take God's discipline as punishment, but as correction so you can get put on your right path and go down the road to prosperity!

It makes me think how much I have missed because I didn't want to listen to God's correction! How many miracles that I passed up or postponed because I couldn't simply follow God's correction. It takes putting pride aside and humbling one's self to be able to truly learn how to follow and accept correction.

Hebrews 12

"My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

2. The shepherd always protects

Whatever you do or wherever you go, God's protection will always, always, ALWAYS be over you. He is a protector! No matter what you do, His hand of protection will be all over you.

He will protect you from things that you don't even know you need protection from. That's how good our God is! When you truly know how protecting God is, you live a life of faith, not fear. & it's a process. I am still learning- but what a beautiful thing it is to wake up in the morning and know I am protected by the Almighty One!

Can you think of a time where something happened and when you think about it, it could've and/or should've gone totally bad? I can think of many. How now that I am a sheep, I can see God's protection over certain situations in my life. 

Even when I did not know Him, He knew me. & He was protecting me because He knew His plan for me. I thank Him for His protection, His love, His plan, His Grace!

"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
 n the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever."

Make sure to highlight those scriptures in your Bibles! :) 


I hope learning about our Good Shepherd has uplifted you today. It sure has uplifted me.

I hope you have a great rest of your day!

xoxo,
-A



Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Uplifting Verses to Brighten Your Day










Happy Friday!

One of my favorite days of the week. Usually because its a catch up day at work, I usually can leave a tad early, and then it's the weekend! 

When I am busy, or feel my world is a little of kilter, I find myself seeking the Word more than other times. I thought I would share some of my favorites so you can read them and get uplifted as they uplift me!

Phillipians 4:6-7
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 

I love this verse because it reminds me that no matter what I need, I can approach God with thanksgiving and praise and He will guard my heart and mind. This verse I hold onto and keep at my desk because whenever I speak that Word back to Jesus, it does not come back void. God has brought me through so many things and brought me out on top and I have become a better person. Thank God for His Word!

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

This verse reminds me I do not have to worry because Jesus has a plan for me and I have an expected end. 


Isaiah 40:31
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

I have a plaque in my house of this verse because it is sooo good! I love eagles- they fascinate me. & I love this verse. So when I studied this verse, I studied eagles and did you know that at different parts of an eagles life, they go through rejuvenation processes where they will shed their old feathers and at the end of the process they are stronger, rejuvenated, with new wings? It helps them live longer. How amazing! This verse really illuminates that- just like an eagle we will renew our strength.

Ephesians 3:20-21
"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen."

This is one of my all time favorite verses because it says plainly that He can do INFINITELY more than what we might ask or think. Hallelujah! Glory to His name! What an amazing love and blessing!

Romans 8:38-39
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. "

There are countless verses on God's love that I could put here. I love so many verses. But for when I am struggling with something or feel guilt or worry- this verse reminds me that there is absolutely nothing that can separate me from Christ's love for me. It reminds me to turn to Him rather than away from Him and to continually seek Him, even in times when I am at fault. He is truly so amazing!

I hope these verses have helped uplift your day as they do mine. I hope you have a great weekend! 

-A

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

5 Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude + Let Your Light Shine Link Up

 Good Afternoon!

Work has been so busy this week! We are in the heat of tying up loose ends for Q4 (which starts in 9 days!) so it is busy busy busy in the office. It's an awesome time of the year- the most exciting time in retail. It is so exciting to see all your planning and work pay off with sales pouring in.

With busy-ness and planning, there are things that are bound to go wrong. But it's important to always keep a positive attitude.

I am a believer that a positive attitude and mindset brings positive results & outcomes.




So I have outline 5 ways that help me keep a positive attitude, even if things aren't going the way I would like. :)

1] Think on the good things.
When I am upset.. I often will start thinking about the good things in my life or the good things that are happening. For example, I am working on a project at work and I often run into road blocks! I get frustrated but I start thinking about how far I am on the project from where I started, the great opportunity this project will bring, the partners I have in support of this project, etc. It helps keep me grounded that road blocks are to be expected.. but there are good things in every situation.

2] Talk to someone who brightens my day. 
When someone or something is making me upset or bringing negativity, I will often talk to someone who makes me laugh. Often times it will be my sister, but other times its my boyfriend or girlfriends. My sister always knows how to make me laugh on the spot and my boyfriend will tell me how it is, but also encourages me and reminds me who is in charge of everything.. Jesus! :)

3] Listen to happy music.
Have you ever listened to a sad slow song and suddenly feel down or sad or depressed? I do. Like that song "say something (I'm giving up on you).. oh my! That song is so sad! I immediately start being sad LOL. So one thing I do is listen to up beat, positive music. I often will listen to my christian playlist because there are so many great up beat songs that help me put my focus on the one who makes me SO happy. :)

4] Count my blessings.
This may tie into a little of thinking on positive things but when I am having a bad day, I start talking to Jesus and thanking him for every little thing. I will start saying "I am thankful for my shoes, my windows, my roof, my TV, my cat, my bed, my pillow, my friends, my mom, my sister, my church, my finances, my ability to communicate in many ways, God's strength, etc".... you get the point. Every little thing. It immediately reminds me that nothing I am going through is permanent and that there are many things that are positive that can take my attention away from the negative.

5] Hear the Word.
There is nothing like listening to an encouraging sermon. I love working and listening to uplifting speakers that teach me about things that are so important! Some of my favorites are from the Hillsong Conferences. Some of the best preachers get together and speak about fantastic things. It's so uplifting and encouraging. Sometimes, I get so thankful that I start to cry in thankfulness at my desk and forget about any work or life stresses. It's pretty cool stuff. You should check it out!
Here is a great one.



With that,

Let's continue the conversation with

hashtag#YourAttitudeMatters




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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.

Today we are sharing a post from Robyn at Feel Great Fashion.
We love Robyn's perfect military inspired look,  and Robyn was the most clicked on link last week.
Military Inspired Denim


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 & Made with Zeal 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! So link up for your chance to be featured!!

Let Your Light Shine Thursdays

Linking up: WIWT, Treasure Tromp, Week's End


- A

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