Stop Asking Jesus into your Heart

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“You don’t follow Jesus like you follow someone on twitter, where you are free to take or leave their thoughts at your leisure. Following Jesus is not letting Him come into your life to be an influence. Following Jesus means submitting to Him in all areas at all times regardless of whether you agree with what He says or not.”

Stop Asking Jesus into your Heart by J.D. Greear

True Beauty

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Fashion photographer and portrait artist Richard Avedon said this about his profession.

“Camera lies all the time. It’s all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you… the moment you’ve made a choice, you’re lying about something larger. ‘Lying’ is an ugly word. I don’t mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or write about or say. Photographers are the same.”

The new Richard Avedon app collects lots of his photographs together in one place where you can browse and ponder some of the most iconic photographs ever taken. He understood that an image is often misleading and that beauty is as much the wrinkles and imperfections as it was the slender frames and long legs. Click here to get the Avedon app – It’s free!

I cringed watching Lily Allen onstage at Glastonbury clad in, well, very little clothing while belting out the lyrics to her hit “The Fear” – “everything’s cool as long as I’m getting thinner“. Image is the most important thing, right? In my weaker moments I slip into agreement with the pop star with internal dialogues such as, “Work was terrible because I felt fat all day” or “best day ever – I fitted into a size 12 in Next – My new favourite shop”. It was time to take action, I read “True Beauty” by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre.

It opens with this quote from Jean Kilbourne, “The image (of beauty) has become even more tyrannical and more perfect than ever before . .  The pressure on girls which has existed for a long time is worse than ever because the ideal image now is so completely, inhumanly impossible to achieve

The authors write openly and honestly about their struggles with beauty, image and confidence. Thankfully the authors aren’t telling us to shun fashion and make up and focus on being beautiful on the inside but tackle the issues women face and attack it with some Bible truths and practical advice.

Do not be conformed. Let’s evaluate our taste for beauty and ask: “Who or what influences my sense of style?” and “In what ways does the ungodly culture shape my fashion preferences?” If necessary, let’s take deliberate steps to limit worldly influences on our taste for beauty; cancel the subscription, change the channel, spend less time browsing online, or walk past the store. Be transformed.

Whether you are downloading the Avedon app or reading the True Beauty hardback remember that you are God’s masterpiece. Eph 2.10.

In defence of the Jumpsuit

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Style

The jumpsuit is a brilliant piece of clothing. It is an outfit in one, flattering and available on the high street now. But I feel like I might be the only person out there who actually love the Jumpsuit. I have loved them since watching April in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sporting her yellow version. I have a Primark navy jumpsuit along with a gorgeous elephant print one piece from New Look.

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I love this daisy print from NZ Street Style.

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It can be dressed up with some heels and leather accessories, or dressed down with some plimsoles and add a denim jacket.

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Belt it and show off your figure in a block primary colour or a stunning stand out print.

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Or go bold in a bright colour and print. (Photo Source)

Buy now to take advantage of the mid-season sales with the best available at New Look, Asos and cute prints at Oasis. Even if it is just a fashion fad I will be wearing my jumpsuits for a while – easy, on trend and cute.

A quieter place

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Cushendun stands on an elevated beach at the outflow of the Glendun and Glencorp valleys. The name in Irish is Cois an Duine, meaning Foot of the Dun, identifying the village’s location at the mouth of the River Dun. [source]

We love Cushendun!

Everyone [almost] goes to the usual places in Northern Ireland when the sun shines, we decided that a quieter place was needed on Friday. When we arrived on the beach at 11am it was magical… a virtually deserted beach with the calmest clearest sea ahead of us!

We also discovered the newly opened National Trust owned Corner House, where we had a great lunch and tasty coffee to go… check them out on Facebook here