A little late Monday encouragement for you girlies!! I stumbled upon this quote the other day while listening to Steven Furtick's wife preach about discouragement. She quoted Oswald Chambers and right after she did, I rewound it and listened again not once, but twice. I wrote it down to try to engrain it in my head because I couldn't get over how profound and true it was.
"Even the smallest bit of obedience opens heaven and the deepest truths of God immediately become yours..." WOW. Talk about incredible! The fact that all I have to do is obey what He says and boom, the heavens open. Luke 11:28 says "BLESSED are those who hear the Word of God and obey it." I love knowing that blessings fall upon us when we obey Him. Because lets face it, there are plenty of times when I do not feel like obeying every single thing He asks of me. But when I know that there are blessings in return...it makes it all worth it.
"Yet God will never reveal more truth about Himself to you, until you have obeyed what you know already." This is the part that got me. Mostly because I had never heard it put that way. The fact that there is SO much to be revealed about God and who he is blows my mind. And if we don't obey what we already know, than there is no way we will ever find out more. There is something so beautiful about the desire to know more about Christ. And with that desire should come another desire to obey His commands because of how badly we want to know those truths. And with truth comes freedom (John 8:32 "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!") And freedom gives us the ability to showcase just who God is and who He made us to be. I love that.
Second week of #nomakeupmonday and these chicks rocked it!! Some new faces and some familiar faces!! Just what we love to see!! You go girls!!
Talk about CAPTIVATING!!! These chicks ROCKED #nomakeupmonday FLAWLESSLY!! This is what it's all about!! Every Tuesday we will be selecting #nomakeupmonday pics of YOU to showcase on our Instagram, Twitter, FB, and here on our blog!!! It's time to show off that natural beauty!!! Just hashtag #nomakeupmonday and tag us at @thecaptivatingconference so we can show off those BARE SKINNED SELFIES!!!
I don't know about you, but I dream of a world where makeup was NEVER invented! Sure, it can be fun to get all dolled up, but with makeup comes coverage- and with coverage comes changing what the good Lord gave ya!! So often, insecurities and comparison come from us looking at girls (television, magazines, ads, movies, social media), and thinking we won't measure up! So we take to the makeup- the foundation, the bronzers, the eye shadows, the blushes, etc- and try to alter what we look like naturally, in order to compare to someone else. Such a backwards way of thinking!! We are God's BEAUTIFUL creation, and should be ENHANCING what we already have, instead of trying to change it!!
How AMAZING would it be if all of us girls banned together and stepped away from the makeup? There would be no need to feel embarrassed to leave your home without pounds of product on your face because everyone else would be all natural too! Well, us at Captivating love this idea, so we're diving in head first!
Introducing NO MAKEUP MONDAYS!!!
Mondays can be so dreadful- signifying the end of a weekend. And no one likes when the weekend ends. But how great would it be to wake up on a Monday with some FRESH motivation!? We are challenging you girls to flaunt your stuff- MAKEUP-LESS! And to top it off, you want you to show it off on social media. We are taking to Instagram and plan on blowing up that app every Monday with gorgeous, makeup-less, selfies. All you have to do is snap a pic of yourself, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #nomakeupmonday, and tag us at @thecaptivatingconference!
To help you girls out, here's a little impromptu photo shoot we did to start us off and give us some encouragement!! There is NO makeup on these girls and NO editing at all!! Talk about GORGEOUS!!!!!
Don't be afraid to rock what ya got ladies!!
Well isn't this just so cool!? I love writing and I love you guys- so this blog just makes me all kinds of happy and excited!! So kick back, grab your fave cup o' joe (or iced joe as I prefer), and enjoy this new Captivating blogging journey!
So lately I have had this CRAZY obsession with the ocean.
I've always loved the beach (I mean who doesn't!?), but for some reason I just love the actual ocean. The water. Something about it is just so powerful to me!
Maybe it's because all of my favorite songs have to do with the ocean (for example: You Make Me Brave" by Bethel Music , Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United, and Shores by Bryan & Katie Torwalt.)
It could also be because it is so beautiful and brings pretty much everyone some sort of joy.
Or maybe, just maybe, it's because I think it'd be super cool to be a mermaid.
Either way, I'm obsessed.
Picture it. There you are, standing in the soft sand, looking out into the midst of the sea. The blue water rises and falls, the tide comes in and your happy little toes get splashed. You soak in the sweet smell of salt water and make eye contact with the horizon. Your hair starts to blow in the wind and you take a step forward. Oh but the horizon seems so far away! What will happen as I keep moving forward?
Life is a lot like that ya know. We find ourselves at the shore, looking out into the sea. Not knowing what exactly will happen if we take that next step. Will we drown? Will we rise above the waters?
It can be crippling.
Not knowing what to expect next can often lead to us never experiencing anything at all because we choose to stay at the shore where we know it's safe. We find it so hard to extend our foot and walk forward because we know there is no turning back.
This is where the power comes in.
Referring back to the song Oceans, we hear "You call me out upon the waters. The great unknown where feet may fail..." (Fail. Thats the scary part.)
But then, we hear "And I will call upon Your name. And keep my eyes above the waves. When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace. For I am Yours and You are mine."
Powerful isn't it?
The fact that we are called upon the waters. Into the unknown. The unseen. It's incredible.
Why? Because our God says that he will never leave us nor forsake us. For we are HIS! He calls us out because we then have no other option but to call on Him- to hold on to faith, keep our eyes above the waves, and grip His hand so tightly as He leads us to the horizon.
It's trust. It's confidence in knowing that our heavenly Father has GREAT plans for us. It's being that brave, courageous woman of God we were created to be- stepping beyond the shore and into the water. Knowing full well that our God is right there beside us.
And when we choose to be obedient and say to God "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander!!!" oh the mighty thing's He'll do.
This blog is all about YOU! That's right!! Us here on the Bloggin' page want to put just a little bit more "Captivating" in your life while you wait for the next conference. On here you will see more than one author, giving you life tips, telling you an awesome story, and even sharing some embarrassing moments.