Falling for Florals

Hi Y’all! I’m back with another fashion post featuring Kendra’s Cache! This outfit is perfect for Arkansas weather. You know, winter in the morning but summer in the afternoon…. I paired the cutest and most comfortable pair of fall floral, wide leg pants from Kendra’s Cache with a velvet crop top and a leather jacket. I definitely need the jacket in the morning on my way to work and in the office, but when I step out for lunch in the 100 degree weather I can slip out of the jacket but still look perfectly fall!

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Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 
Lamentations 3:21-23

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You can shop these pants by downloading Kendra’s app, following along on Facebook and Instagram, or by stopping by the Painted Tree in Sherwood! Be sure to use my code AMAZINGGRACE15 at checkout for 15% off!

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God, thank you for your great faithfulness and for always fulfilling your promises. Thank you for giving me another day. Help me to see your great love and goodness around me today. Amen.

with love, Jana

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Heart Check

Hey guys! I’m taking a break from fashion posts this week to give my self a heart check. What is a heart check you may ask? It’s a time when I check in with what’s going on in my heart and address what’s not from the Lord.

Sounds easy enough, right? It would be if I did this daily – well multiple times a day… But instead, I bury things down deep and let them build up until I start letting them control me.

I have been holding on to words others have spoken to me and about me that aren’t true and that don’t define me. God never meant for these words to enter into my heart and make a home. These words weren’t meant to turn into “truths” and cause me to believe the lies the devil whispers to me when I’m most vulnerable.

I have been holding on to fear. Fear that I’m not good enough, pretty enough, or smart enough. Fear that God doesn’t love me – because who could? Fear that I don’t have a purpose. These fears are absolutely ridiculous lies that only the devil can make sound true. He knows just when to stab me with fear. When I walk into a room – fear. When I have to introduce myself to a group and tell a fun fact – fear (okay, but like anyone else here??). When I feel called to reach out to someone and make amends or share my faith – fear.

I have been holding on to comparison. Scrolling through social media, watching videos on youtube, and even online shopping causes me to compare myself to everyone else. My hair does not define me. My waistline does not define me. My clothing does not define me. My makeup does not define me. My relationship status does not define me. God made me how I am and put me in this season for a reason. He doesn’t do anything by mistake or chance. I don’t have to be a model with an insta-perfect relationship for Him to reveal my purpose. He loves me just as I am, so why shouldn’t I?

Words, fears, and comparisons have all seeped in deeply and I’ve allowed my heart to hate. I’ve spoken hurtful things and have not shown Gods love at times. I’m thankful that my God does not have a limit on His love and on the amount of times that He will forgive me.

Father God, thank you for your love and forgiveness even when I don’t deserve it. Help me to release the hate that has been building up in my heart. Help me to release the lies that I’ve stored and replace them with Your truths. God, help me to rest in your promises and know that You are always for me and with me. 

with love, Jana

Cheer Reunion 2018

ON, ON, ON TO VICTORY!

Let’s see if I can make it through this post without crying….. This past Saturday, I was able to preform in my first Spirit Squad Reunion game! If you didn’t know, I was a cheerleader for Arkansas State University from 2011-2015. This weekend was my first time being back on the field to cheer on my favorite team since I graduated.

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So cheer each other up with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that’s what you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

One of my biggest struggles now that I’m a cheerleader in the stands is: what in the world am I going to wear?! Thanks to Kendra’s Cache, I found the perfect game day jumpsuit! I paired my favorite platform sandals and a classic red lip (Ruby Wooby MAC) to complete my Red Wolf look.

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You can purchase this look through Kendra’s app. Download Kendra’s Cache from the app store here! She is still offering 15% off when you use my code AMAZINGGRACE15 at checkout!

From the field to the stands, forever a Red Wolves fan I’ll be.

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Lord thank you for blessing me so abundantly. Thank you for the gift of making people smile and the cheerleading platform to encourage others to pursue their dreams. Help me to continuously have a cheerful spirit and heart.

with love, Jana

Pink Velvet & Pearls

Hi friends!

Long time, no blog… I know. I’m sorry I’ve been MIA. But life is like that sometimes.

Welcome to the first of many fashion posts! I’m excited to be partnering with Kendra’s Cache for my first fashion series! Yes, series. I will be bringing you 4 of my favorite looks from Kendra’s Cache. And guess what….she is offering 15% off if you use my code AMAZINGGRACE15 when you check out!

Since New York Fashion Week is underway, I thought it would be appropriate for my first look to be a little dressy! (Is anyone else having FOMO?!) This dress is seriously stunning! It’s a beautiful pink velvet material with pearl details on the arms and back! Oh and let me not forget to mention that it has POCKETS! This dress is only $36 and is available in sizes Small-Large. To purchase, download Kendra’s Cache from the app store. Don’t forget to use my code AMAZINGGRACE15 for 15% off!

 

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. 
Matthew 13:45-46

I mean seriously… Can this dress get any cuter??

Father God, thank you for my season. Sometimes I don’t understand why I have to go through difficulties, but I know that Your plan is bigger and better than anything I could dream of. Thank you for placing people and opportunities in my life exactly when I need them. Help others see you in my life. Amen.

 

with love, Jana

Quiet Time

I never really understood those people who spent hours in a coffee shop consumed by the word of God. How could they be that into the Bible? I’m not going to lie, it was a foreign concept to me to just sit down and read the Bible without a devotional or something telling me what to do. If I’m honest, I was quite jealous of all those perfect Instagram pictures those people posted of their quiet time. Good news: I now know how those people could spend hours upon hours, day after day studying the word. Even better news: I’m now one of “those people“. I not only read my Bible daily, I actually enjoy it! I don’t typically do my studies in a coffee shop and I haven’t mastered the perfect #devoinsta but I am no longer jealous of other peoples quiet time.

It is so important to spend quality time with the Father. If you don’t have a daily devotional or are in the market for a new one check out what I’m currently loving!

Devotionals I Love

I started the year just doing this devotional. It’s really good and sometimes relates to what’s going on currently.

Recently, I added this devotional to my daily quiet time and am in lovvvve with it! Lysa TerKeurst is an amazing and inspiring author.

I plan to do this devotional once I finish one of the others I’m into right now.

For the past 2 years, I have done this one. I’m honestly not even sure if I have read every single one so I will probably do it again in the future.

God, I pray that I never let anything come before you. Help me to never be too busy to spend quality time with You. Thank You for Your word and guidance. Amen.

with love, Jana

July Proverbs

During the month of July, a group of girlfriends and I have been reading the book of Proverbs. It is such an encouraging read (duh Jana… it’s the bible). I’ve listed a verse from each chapter that stood out to me. I definitely could have written multiple verses in certain chapters, but God’s word has a message for each of us no matter what season we are in.

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But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
Proverbs 1:33

He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
Proverbs 2:8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Proverbs 4:23

Drink water from your own well – share your love only with your wife.
Proverbs 5:15

When you  walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you.
Proverbs 6:22

Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.
Proverbs 7:4

For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.
Proverbs 8:11

Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.”
Proverbs 9:6

The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted.
Proverbs 10:24

A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
Proverbs 11:16

A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
Proverbs 12:4

Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.
Proverbs 13:21

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.
Proverbs 14:10

A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:13

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.
Proverbs 16:1

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Proverbs 17:9

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 18:22

The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
Proverbs 19:24

Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?
Proverbs 20:6

No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord.
Proverbs 21:30

Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.
Proverbs 22:17

O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.
Proverbs 23:26

My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.
Proverbs 24:13

To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.
Proverbs 25:12

Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
Proverbs 26:22

Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not your own lips.
Proverbs 27:2

In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.
Proverbs 28:23

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
Proverbs 29:25

Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
Proverbs 30:5

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Proverbs 31:30

Father God, I pray that I become a woman who fears you more than anything else. Help me to become a Godly, inspiring, and encouraging woman. Help me to live in a way that others see you through me. Amen.

with love, Jana

Struggle / Prepare / Reveal

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4

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Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you. Psalm 37:5

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Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

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Lord, thank you for always knowing what I need and when I need it. I trust in Your timing and in Your perfect plan. Help me to find peace even when I don’t understand. Amen.

with love, Jana