Saturday, June 29, 2013

Standing on the Promises

Hello everyone,

Tonight I was thinking about the promises of God. He has given us a lot of amazing promises. And not only has He given us a lot of amazing promises, but tonight I was thinking about how He keeps them. He doesn't keep them sometimes...not only if He's having a good day...not only if He's "in the mood." He always keeps them. Humans will fail us, but He never will. His promises stand. They don't waver or change.

Who changes? I do. We do. We doubt, we question, we worry, and we fear. And when we do these things, our focus is shifted from trusting in Him, to focusing on our own efforts to solve our own problems. But when has relying all on our own strength ever ended well? We weren't created to carry our burdens alone. We need His help. I want to remember to keep trusting Him to keep all of those amazing promises.

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful." -Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)

I am nothing without Him


When I was little, I remember singing this hymn with my parents. I sang it with all my heart, and though I don't remember if I fully comprehended it at such a young age, it helps me a lot today. Sometimes it will pop into my head when I am feeling down, or when I am confused and unsure of what to do.


Standing on the promises of Christ my King. Through eternal ages let his praises ring; glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
standing on the promises of Christ my Savior;
standing, standing,
I'm standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God.
(Refrain)

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,  bound to him eternally by love's strong cord, overcoming daily with the Spirit's sword, standing on the promises of God.
(Refrain)

Standing on the promises I cannot fall, listening every moment to the Spirit's call, resting in my Savior as my all in all, standing on the promises of God.
(Refrain)


-"Standing on the Promises" - R. Kelso Carter


I hope you enjoyed this post :) Happy Weekend!

~foreverfaith <3

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask - Avocado & Oatmeal: Review


Freeman Facial Clay Mask, Avacado & Oatmeal


Hello everyone!

This summer I made a goal for myself to try to find and maintain a good, simple skincare routine. So, as a part of that routine, I have been using the Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask. I have used this product off an on for several years, but this summer I have really been enjoying it. I purchased mine at Ulta for only $3.99 which is so inexpensive for such a large amount of a great product! Currently, I use this product once or twice a week when I feel that my skin needs to be "purified" from excess oil and product build-up. Aside from using this product in a regular skincare routine, I also think this would be a great mask to use on a girls night, a sleepover, or when on vacation.

Here are some of my pros and cons:

Pros:
  1. Leaves your skin so incredibly smooth
  2. Not harsh or drying to the skin
  3. For me, it has actually lessened some of my breakouts and evened-out my skin tone!
  4. The smell is unique, but really good in my opinion
  5. (Bonus pro): It's green! (for me this is a plus since it kind of reminds me of those movies where the girl comes out of the bathroom and scares her brother as she rolls her eyes because he "just doesn't understand the importance of a girl's beauty routine").
Con:
  1. Sometimes it takes a bit longer than I would like for it to completely rinse off. But if that happens, I just use a washcloth to easily remove the excess residue.

The Process:
  1. First, I pull my hair back with a headband. 
  2. Next, I use my Cetaphil cleanser (love this stuff) and make sure to remove all of my makeup. 
  3. Once my makeup is off, I dispense about a penny-size amount onto my hand and smooth it across my face, making sure that there isn't any skin peeking through (this is the fun part: hello green skin! :p).
  4. I wait for it to dry for about ten minutes (for me, this means time to crank up the music and have a solo dance party!).
  5. After the mask dries, it's time to wash it off (you know it's time when it feels tingly and you can barely smile...a feeling that I love for some reason...). I splash water on my face several times until it all comes off, and sometimes I use a wet, warm washcloth to remove the excess.
  6. I follow up by patting my face dry with a towel and voila! I have clean, soft, smooth, purified skin!
  7. (Sometimes I apply a bit of moisturizer afterwards, but you could skip this step).

Final Thoughts: Overall, I think this is a great product. What I like most about it is that it doesn't break me out; it actually minimizes my breakouts! The smell is great, and it is just a really fun product to use.

I hope this helped...recently, I also read a beauty book that featured recipes for natural masks using fresh fruit. I didn't have time to read it very thoroughly, but it looks like a great option as well! Maybe I will try some of them out and make a post on how they turned out?

Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading! Hope your week is going great :)

~foreverfaith <3


P.S. This isn't sponsored :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

June Playlist - Summer 2013

Hello everyone!

Today I thought I would share some of the songs I listened to this month. Hope you enjoy :)

1. Keep Looking Up - Landon Pigg


I love so much about this song. The guitar, the lyrics, the melody, Landon's voice...I could go on. :) It's really easy to listen to.

2. The Moment - GOLDHOUSE


I literally never get tired of this song. The lyrics are really cute and the sound is just so nice.


3. And The World Turned - Gabe Dixon Band


The piano is so awesome in this song. Also, the story behind it is really creative. I also love this music video and I think it depicts the song so well.


4. Don't Have Love - Holly Starr


This song is so fun and SO catchy. It makes me really happy when I listen to it. And the lyrics are simple, yet great. 

5. Overwhelmed - Rachel Platten


This song is so bright and happy. Rachel's voice is really nice and fresh. Also, it's a great reminder to not stay down and feel sorry for ourselves.


6. I Want Crazy - Hunter Hayes


I just recently started listening to this song, but I love that it is so fun and creative. I especially love the chorus, and isn't this music video enchanting? :)


7. Somewhere Only We Know - Keane


I can thank Pandora for getting me reacquainted with this song. :) I feel like I have heard it a lot off an on throughout the years, but it really is a great song. I also saw that the song was in the Winnie The Pooh (2011) trailer and it fit so perfectly. 


8. The Feeling - Ben Rector


I love Ben Rector's voice and I love the lyrics of this song. It also gets stuck in my head quite often. :)


9. Bloom - Moriah Peters


This song is just so nice and sweet. And how cute is this music video???

10. So Far Gone - Thousand Foot Krutch


This song has more of a quiet and reflective vibe. Not only does it sound very good to the ears, but the lyrics are so honest and meaningful: "I want to be lost in You. Like a ship in the night. I want to get lost in You. Underneath Your sky."


Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope your week is off to a great start!

~foreverfaith <3

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Summer of the Swans


Summer of the Swans


Hello everyone!

Today I have a story about a book called The Summer of the Swans. Though it is a juvenile book, it is nostalgic to me since I remember reading it when I was a young child. A little backstory relating to my early fascination/obsession/passion for reading, is that I would often look at the list of the Newberry Medal winners (an award for outstanding children's literature) and pick out books to read that sounded interesting. I was curious to know what made a book good enough to win such a great award, and even at that young age, I wanted to soak up and learn as much as I could about life through the pages of those books. I couldn't get enough of reading. As I grew up, I navigated the library, finding as many books as I could that seemed thought-provoking. I loved the feeling of learning something new each time I read a novel.

All of these memories came back to me about a week ago, out of nowhere, as I remembered this little book The Summer of the Swans. I specifically recalled the big orange sneakers that Sara, the main character, was so upset about, and the color she decided to dye them. I remembered Aunt Willie hating motor cycles and I remembered what happened when Wanda, Sara's older sister, begged to ride one with her boyfriend. I remembered relating to Sara and her insecurities and her great love for her brother, Charlie.

The other day, I read this book for the first time since elementary school and I felt so happy rereading each of my memories from when I was young. But I also discovered some things I didn't remember when I was a child. I realized some of the book's themes, including the stage that everyone goes through when they feel like an outsider. The stage when you don't have the right body, the right clothes, the right friends, the right anything (I know the feeling all to well).

But then life goes on, and you realize that what others think of you isn't as important as you had originally thought. You realize that sometimes many of your insecurities are all in your head, and that there are more important things to life than worrying about the color of your tennis shoes. (Not that you won't ever have insecurities again - we're only human - but in time it really does get better when you are steadfast in looking to Jesus to find your worth.)  :)


"A picture came into her mind of the laughing, curly headed man with the broken tooth in the photograph album, and she suddenly saw life as a series of huge, uneven steps, and she saw herself on the steps, standing motionless in her prison shirt, and she had just taken an enormous step out of the shadows, and she was standing, waiting, and there were other steps in front of her, so that she could go as high as the sky, and she saw Charlie on a flight of small difficult steps, and her father down at the bottom of the steps, just sitting and not trying to go further. She saw everyone she knew on those blinding white steps, and for a moment, everything was clearer than it had ever been" (Byars, 1970).



The Summer of the Swans is a book about a girl who found herself after losing another. A story about love, loss, gain, and self-discovery in its unique little way. I definitely recommend this book no matter your age.

 I hope you enjoyed my post and I hope you have a great weekend! Thank you again for reading!

 ~foreverfaith <3

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Style 2013 - Yellow Tops


Summer Style 2013


Hello everyone!

Today I have some more bright, summer outfits. I think yellow is great during the warmer months, so I decided to center my outfits around yellow tops. You can't go wrong with a tank, high-waisted shorts, and a pair of cute sandals. Add a bright necklace to make the outfit even more interesting and to pull it all together.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by :-)

~foreverfaith <3

Monday, June 17, 2013

"The Boy Who Never" by Landon Pigg - Song Reaction




Hello everyone!

For today's music post, I am talking about an amazing song called, "The Boy Who Never," by Landon Pigg. I actually found this song on YouTube after watching Landon Pigg's "Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop" (which is also a great song by the way). When I read the title of the song, it instantly intrigued me. I thought, The boy who never did....what? When I clicked on the song, I was initially greeted with a really mellow, soft sounding instrumental. Something you don't hear too often. And then came the first lyric,

"The strongest structures ever built are the ones that don't get built at all."

After hearing that lyric, I was intrigued to listen even more intently.  The rest of the song was quite ingenious, in my opinion. His lyrics were soo creative in conveying his purpose.

"And the kind of bricks that don't get laid are the only kind that never fall.
He taught himself how not to lose by never really trying to win
That's how the man in front of you become 
The Boy Who Never.

I'm afraid of what might happen if together we built a wall.
'Cause the only kind of love that never gets built 
Is the only kind of love that never falls.
So I'll forfeit future tears of joy to save us both from pain.
I could kiss you now but I'd only miss you more
When I walk away."


With the unique juxtaposition of the very blunt lyrics, and the calm, mellow music, Landon makes a big impression. 

I just love the message of this song. I think it can be applied to so many different situations and not just relationships. For example, it shows that if you never do anything you want to do because of fear, you will lose 100% of the time. If you don't try out for the musical, there is a 100% chance you won't get the part. If you don't ever pick up a flute, there is a 100% chance you won't learn it. If you don't fill out the application to your dream college, there is a 100% chance you won't get in. If you don't clean your room or house, there is a 100% chance that it won't look as nice and organized as those magazines.

I guess what I am trying to say (like Landon did in his song), is that if you never try, you will never even give yourself the option of succeeding. Of course, life isn't a piece of cake. You are going to have to work hard at some things. Not everything will come easily. And life is not perfect. You will make mistakes and hurt people's feelings just like the 7 billion other people in the world. But what kind of life is that, always sitting back on the sidelines and watching the world going by, but never really participating in it? You have talents for a reason and you are here for a reason. You were designed to make an impact that only you can make. Not everything will go the way you planned or the way you wanted, but ultimately, if you do what God created you to do, you will be happy, content, and you will find joy.

So go out there and try. Take a chance. Step out beyond your comfort zone and do whatever God has been tugging on your heart to do. 


"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." (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)

"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart..." (Jeremiah 1:5 NLT)

"'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.'" (Jeremiah 1:29 NLT)


Have an amazing week as the girls and boys who did. :)

<3 foreverfaith

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Velveteen Rabbit




Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing a really amazing quote from the story The Velveteen Rabbit:

"Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long long time, not just to play with , but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'

'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.' 

'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'

'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and our eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

-Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Interpretation/Thoughts:

This quote really got me thinking. It made me realize a few things. If everything in our lives had been perfect and if we had never needed to experience various hardships, would we be able to appreciate and understand the wonderful things in our lives? Would we be able to fully comprehend the greatness of beauty, grace, or love? Would we feel as deeply? Would we be the same people that we are now? Would we be able to say, "I cried, I was hurt, and I fell down, but that's how I knew how to appreciate laughter, healing, and standing back up?"

The imperfections and scars that the Skin Horse refers to should not hinder us or make us feel insignificant, but they should be reminders of how far we have come. Reminders of what it took for us to not only be able to receive love but for us to be able to give love as well.

Whatever our scars are, we shouldn't allow others' judgements or our own judgements to hold us back from living a full life. Why feel insecure or ashamed by what makes us who we are? Those scars are proof that we have "become." They are proof that we haven't given up, but that we are still going. They are proof that we are not perfect, fragile, porcelain dolls on a lofty shelf, but that we are picked up, beautifully loved, and beautifully and completely Real.

Thank you for reading. :) Hope your weekend is wonderfully real.

~foreverfaith <3

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Britt Nicole Inspired Outfit - Bold and Beautiful


Britt Nicole Inspired - GOLD

Britt Nicole Inspired Outfit

Hello everyone!

Today for my fashion/beauty post, I created an outfit inspired by Britt Nicole. If you read my Music Monday post you know that I am a huge fan of her music, but I am also a really big fan of her style. She (and/or her stylist) is so brave with her clothing choices, yet she always looks great and pulled together. She is definitely one of my style inspirations. This summer I hope to incorporate some of her bold, trendy style choices into my own wardrobe.

In this particular look, her "Gold" album cover outfit, I am really impressed with the entire ensemble. I would normally be cautious of wearing a pattern top and bottom, but I think she pulled it off really well.  I love the bright, bold aqua top with the pretty pastel pants. I also never would have thought to wear silver, sparkly shoes with this outfit, but I think it works here! I am still trying to think of an occasion where I would wear this outfit, but I'm sure I will think of something! (haha) :)

To see the specific clothing items and accessories I used, click on the picture!

Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you think of this outfit. Is it too bold for your taste or just your style?

Hope the rest of your week is bold and beautiful!

~foreverfaith <3

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Summer Breakthrough with Britt Nicole: Music Monday



Hello Everyone!

Today I have a review of another awesome Christian/Pop artist, Britt Nicole. When I think of Britt's music, I think of one word: encouragement. Along with the catchy melodies and fun beats, she isn't afraid to sing about the reality of life's rough spots. She writes about real struggles and real life messages. But what's even better is that she sings about what can follow those rough spots: the reality that if you trust in God, He will carry you through and will make you stronger than you were before. Britt's music reminds you of the reality that it gets better, that you will make it, and that you are loved. Her music reminds you that when you surrender to Him, you really are more than a conqueror.

Britt's newest album, "Gold," is the perfect summer playlist with an awesome mixture of songs about strong faith and songs with a really fun, catchy sound.

Here are some of my favorite songs from her newest album, "Gold":

1) Who You Say You Are
2) Stand
3) Still That Girl
4) All This Time

Here are some of my other favorite songs by Britt Nicole:

1) Hanging On
2) You
3) Say It
4) Don't Worry Now
5) Have Your Way

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. :) I also recently made a fashion set on Polyvore inspired by Britt Nicole that I thought I might as well share. I had so much fun with the bright colors. And these photos are so cool!:

Who You Say You Are


This week's video is a lyric video to my current favorite song by Britt called, "Who You Say You Are."



Hope your week is filled with encouragement and reassurance! :) "See you" with another post Wednesday :)

-foreverfaith <3


Friday, June 7, 2013

My Current Favorite Free Apps - Summer 2013


Hello everyone!

Today I thought I would share with you guys some of my favorite free apps on my iPod touch. There are some pretty cool, convenient apps in the app store :) I hope you enjoy reading about the ones I use!

1) Games:

-Happy Jump – It’s official. I am obsessed with this app. I know…it’s not good…but when I’m not doing anything, it’s very likely that I will start using this app. Example: when I am in a waiting room, waiting for my family, waiting for anything. It’s so addicting. And so cute.

Snoopy Coaster


-Snoopy Coaster – I love snoopy. And I love cutesy little game apps. This makes for the perfect, potentially addicting app. It’s super fun.

2) Fashion app:

Polyvore


-Polyvore – This fashion app is really handy for checking activity and it’s pretty decent for looking at sets from people you are following. I love Polyvore so having it on an app is awesome. There are a few features that are missing, but it has the major necessities.  Thumbs up from me for a Polyvore app!

3) Music app:

Songza


-Songza – I actually found out about this internet radio app through a Blogilates video on YouTube. Some of the stations have really unusual songs and I listen to it whenever I am in the mood for something unique. I actually only find songs worth bookmarking every once in a while. But what I think is cool is that the app gives you station options based on the time of day and your mood.

4) Image apps:

WallpapersHD


-WallpapersHD – This app is my favorite for finding great iPod backgrounds. The app has a good selection of images and it is very easy to use.



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-InstaFrame – This app is great for making your pictures square for instagram and has some unique, fun frame shapes like hearts and flowers. I definitely recommend it!

5) Life apps:

Bible


-Bible (YouVersion) – This app is so handy and I love it. If I can’t quite remember an entire verse, I can look up what I remember in the search bar and find what I was looking for. I also like the daily Bible verses on the home screen.

Gratitude Diary


-Gratitude Diary – This app is so great for documenting quick things that I am thankful for throughout the day. It’s great because sometimes you forget good things that happen and you can go back and look at them when you need some encouragement or just want a reminder.

Bible Verses


-Bible Verses – This app is really nice for giving you a random, encouraging Bible verse each day. I think there is a verse for each day of the year.

6) Organization apps:

SkyDrive


-SkyDrive – This app is so handy. It connects with your outlook account and stores documents that you upload. You can get it on your computer, apple device, and android device.

Documents


-Documents – This app is also extremely convenient. I just recently downloaded it so I am still learning about it. I know that you can create and modify .txt documents on it and it can connect to other accounts such as Dropbox and SkyDrive.


I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you like any of these apps? What is your favorite app to use?

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

-foreverfaith <3


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer 2013 Polka Dots: Inspiration Outfit and Makeup


Summer Polka Dots Outfit


Hollister Co. embroidered shirt / Topshop vintage jean shorts / Joe's Jeans cross sandals / Wet Seal hobo handbag / Kate Spade bow bangle / Kate Spade earrings / 80s fashion sunglasses / Christian Dior peacock eye makeup / Kat Von D eye pencil / Butter London nail polish


Hello everyone!

For today's beauty/fashion post I have a look with some of my current favorite clothing items, makeup, and accessories. These types of items are definitely on my summer wishlist right now. :) I especially love the cute polka dot tie top, the high waisted shorts, the fringe bag, and the circle sunglasses ( I guess that's pretty much the whole outfit haha). I would love wearing an outfit like this for going shopping or getting ice cream this summer. 

Another thing that I want to try this summer is eye makeup that is in the blue/turquoise color range. Up to this point, I have been pretty scared of wearing such a bright, unnatural color on my eyes. I usually love sticking to my natural eye colors. But recently I have seen a few beauty videos using blue eye makeup on YouTube that I liked. I don't think I would wear it every day, but I think it would be fun every once in a while with the right makeup look and outfit. :) I think I might just start out with eye liner or eye shadow that acts as eye liner on my bottom lash line. Also, when I created this look I guess I forgot to look at the price of the eyeshadow palette I used (haha). Actually, most of the items I used are pretty expensive haha! Oops. Oh well, that's is why it's an inspiration outfit, I suppose. ;) I will be on the lookout for some less expensive versions of these items. :)

Do you like bright eye shadow or eye liner? If so, how do you wear it or how would you wear it?

Thanks so much for reading my post. :) Have an awesome rest of the week!

-foreverfaith <3


P.S. This isn't sponsored :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Life is Beautiful with The Afters: Band and New Album Thoughts


Hello everyone!

For this Music Monday, I am going to be talking about another one of my favorite artists, The Afters. The Afters are what I would call a Christian, Pop sounding band. I have been a fan of their music for several years, and love that their lyrics are so relatable, colorful and meaningful. Another one of the main things that I like about The Afters is the musicality of their songs. The instruments in the background don't completely drown out the vocals and the melodies are very pleasing to the ear. I also love Josh Havens' voice, the lead vocalist.


The Afters sound just as great, if not better (in my opinion) in their new album, "Life is Beautiful." This album is very positive and a lot of fun to listen to. Hope and a love for life really shines through. If I am ever down and need some encouragement, I can play this and it cheers me up. Overall, it is my favorite album that they have released so far. I also love it as a summer album; I have it on repeat quite a lot.

Even though every song on their new album is fantastic, here are some of my favorites:

1. Love Is In the Air
2. In My Eyes
3. Life is Beautiful
4. Moments Like This
5. This Life
6. Believe (Waiting for an Answer)

(It is seriously so difficult to pick my favorites! I just love all of the songs on their new album so much.)  :)

Here are some more of my favorite songs by The Afters from their past albums:

1. Ocean Wide
2. Runaway
3. Lift Me Up
3. Start Over

I also heard that the song "Life is Beautiful"by The Afters is in the movie October Baby. I recently watched the trailer and it looks pretty good! Has anyone seen it? If so, how did you like it? Anyway, I will leave you with the music video for the song "Life is Beautiful." Just like the title, the song itself is beautiful as well.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you have a great week!

-foreverfaith <3



P.S. I made a set on Polyvore inspired by this song which you can see here if you would like. :)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pressing On - Bible Reflections

Verses that inspire hope and a promise for the future:

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"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 3:12-14

I just love this part: "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize..."

I press on.

Toward what is ahead.

Sometimes I feel like we can dwell on the past so much. We have regrets that we keep reliving in our mind's eye. But we have so much more than the past. We are forgiven, and we can move on from what is behind.

Something that I want to work on is looking at the positive things that I have now and the positive things that will come instead of looking so much at the regrets of the past. An approach I used so much was that I focused on what I needed to get over more than focusing on what I was going to do in the future to live a victorious life through Christ. I am not perfect, but I need to concentrate on Him and the blessings I have received through Him. Because at the end of it all, the Bible says that I will receive the prize. So why do I keep looking back at yesterday? It's time for me to press on and take hold of my future that is promised in Christ.