Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

I am sitting on my patio looking out at the backyard watching birds fly by, with only the sound of wind chimes above me and traffic off in the distance. This is the first time in at least a week that I have stopped to think. And I don’t mean the type of thinking where you’re imagining a bunch of different scenarios, wondering what to do, feeling like you’re drowning in the stress of the world around you. I mean stopping to think about my identity in Christ and the importance of seeking Him every single day.

I find the moments I am the most stressed are the moments where I seem to have “forgotten” about God or where my focus has shifted away from Him.

The Book of Matthew in the Bible tells the story of Jesus walking on water and the disciples being terrified at the sight of Him. Peter asks Jesus if he too can walk on water, and Jesus tells Peter to come toward Him. Peter steps out of the boat in faith, with his eyes fixed on Jesus and walks on the water! Remember, this was no calm lake on a sunny morning, this was in the midst of a storm, with waves crashing against the boat. Moments later, we see what happens when you shift your focus away from Jesus…

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April Book Reviews: The Power of Habit and more

April Book Reviews: The Power of Habit and more

April was an excellent month of reading for me. I discovered a non-fiction book, a memoir and a fiction story. I love reading, and the weather has been so nice lately that I have started reading outside on my patio. There’s nothing quite like sitting outside drinking iced tea, eating watermelon and reading a book. Yes please!

Keep reading for my thoughts on They Left us EverythingThe Power of Habit and Someday, Someday Maybe.

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My Success is not My Own

My Success is not My Own

Last week, I won a national award in my field of work, and I was over the moon! I definitely had my 15 minutes of “fame” with friends, family and co-workers congratulating me. I am not normally one for the spotlight, but getting attention for something you worked so hard for feels pretty good!

One year ago, I was in a major transition period in my life. My husband and I were about to move to a new city in a new province where I would start a new job. Just over a month later, I learned more about God’s perfect timing than ever before. It’s so amazing what can happen when you let Him lead you!

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April Favourites: Hair Care+Nails

April Favourites: Hair Care+Nails

April has been such a lovely month. The weather has been breaking 100-year-old records, and I even wore shorts once or twice this month! Although it seems to be cooling back down to regular spring temperatures for now, the hot weather has made me so excited for swimming in the lake this summer.

The majority of my favourites this month are hair-related, because I went on a quest a few weeks ago to find some better quality, colour-friendly products. I’ve been colouring my hair for the last three years, and I’ve been using the shampoos that say “for colour-treated hair,” but I recently discovered that most of those shampoos still have sulfate in them, which is apparently not good for your hair.

So let’s get into the favourites!

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Marcelle vs Garnier Micellar waters

Marcelle vs Garnier Micellar waters

I have been using micellar waters as my eye makeup remover for over a year now. I wear waterproof mascara, so I find it is necessary to take it off before washing my face with my normal cleanser. Today we are going to compare the Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Water and the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and discover who comes out on top.

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Called to Encourage

Called to Encourage

We encounter so many people on a day-to-day basis, whether it’s at work, at the mall, at the park or on social media. Every time we interact with someone, we have the opportunity to lift them up and encourage them or bring them down with our judgements and negativity.

What impact do you want to have on people?

God calls us to encourage, not discourage.

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Get to Know Me: Blogger Awards Tag

Get to Know Me: Blogger Awards Tag

I love getting to know the bloggers behind the blogs, and these tag posts are a great way to do that! If you didn’t see my Liebster Award post, which is basically another “get to know me” tag but with more questions, check that out HERE!

Adrienne, a Toronto fashion blogger from adriennenaval.com, nominated me for this post, so thank you to her! You can check out her “get to know me” tag post here.

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Built on the Rock

Built on the Rock

Welcome to #FaithFilledFriday, friends! Each Friday, I write a quick post with a word of encouragement, lyrics to a worship song or a Bible passage. My goal is to create a space where we can lift each other up and share where we are in our walk with God.

Today, I was reading a post on Redeemed Girl Ministries, one of my favourite blogs, and I was inspired by this post about becoming a Woman of the Word.

They shared this quote, which is a great summary of the purpose and the power of the Bible:

“This book contains: the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.It is a mine of wealth, health to the soul, and a river of pleasure. It is given to you here in this life, will be opened at the Judgment, and is established forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and condemn all who trifle with its contents.” (Unknown author)

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March Book Reviews

March Book Reviews

I write monthly book reviews of the books I read the previous month as a way of keeping myself accountable to read more, to share good books with you, and to let you know when I come across books that were not worth my time. I also like to hear what you’ve been reading, so we have a little book club going here on the blog. I read quite a few amazing books in January and February, which you can check out in those posts, but the books I read in March did not quite measure up.

Keep reading to to find out my thoughts on Looking for Alaska and What Makes Olga Run

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Overcoming the World

Overcoming the World

Some days, life can feel so overwhelming. We all have those days where we’re more anxious than normal or more worried about something than we should be. Doesn’t it seem like when one thing goes wrong it can have a ripple effect on your life?

Getting caught up in negative emotions can have serious impacts on our mental health and our general well-being.

Do not let your emotions get the best of you! Surround yourself with good people who lift you up, and immerse yourself in the truth that God is with you and He will never forsake you.

I love the song Overcomer by Mandisa, because it is about realizing that the God who overcame death is always with you and there is nothing He can’t do. We may be small and weak, but we have a God who is strong and almighty who is working through us to help us overcome the world.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

{1 John 4:4-5}

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