My Spring Obsessions

Every season brings about one or two new fashion trends. Usually this means that you can buy a couple key pieces to bring your wardrobe up to date! You do not have to buy an entirely new closet. If you plan strategically you can have a fresh look with just a few buys. Here are my top 3 favorites for Spring 2017!

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1. Special Sleeves – It is ALL about the sleeves for Spring 2017. I am obsessed with ruffled sleeves, bell sleeves, and puff cuffs. You name it, I love it. You might not find these in stores like Marshall’s or TJ Maxx (my favorites) because it’s a very new trend. But you can find it in stores that have brand new inventory like White House Black Market, Dillard’s or any mainstream store in the mall. They are the perfect piece to add to your pre-existing closet. Wear these tops with your favorite skirts to give them a new spin!

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2. Floral Print Dresses – Every designer is in on this fashion statement for Spring 2017. Big, bold, bright floral prints are on dresses for Calvin Klein, Ivanka Trump, Tahari and other more mature brands. You can also find them just as easily at Old Navy, Forever 21 and department stores. I just snagged a stunning maxi dress with a beautiful blush pink rose print from Nordstrom Rack for $36. It is literally spring on your dress and it makes me so happy!

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3. Chunky Heels – They aren’t wedges but they aren’t spiked pumps either. They are a new and improved heel. A little more comfy than tall, thin heels and a little edgier than wedges. I’m loving this new style and it goes great with whatever you’re wearing. The thin strap and chunky heeled sandals in particular (see above photo) are incredibly versatile and would fit into your closet seamlessly. This pair is from Dillard’s and are Steve Madden brand. They are also trickling into your usual shops like Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx around the $40 price mark.

What’s your favorite new fashion trend? Share it with us at mail@apostolicgirl.com and we will feature it on our next blog! Whatever has you smiling this Spring season, I’m just incredibly delighted that everything floral, colorful and feminine seems to be trending. It’s a great day for modest fashion! So put on those chunky heels and float about you wonderful girl, you.

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Shenae Elizabeth Andrus, is the founder of Apostolic Girl. She is married to Pastor Joel Andrus from Milford, DE where they serve at Lighthouse Christian Center. She loves her fur-baby, Behr, enjoys Starbucks runs, shopping, traveling the globe, music ministry, motivational speaking and co-adventuring with her hubby.

Record Keeping

Todays society is built upon record keeping. We keep record of everything: birth certificates, medical charts, school reports, immunizations, and even work-related documents. We begin our record keeping at birth and continue this system for the rest of our lives. Some of us are more organized than others when it comes to record keeping, but either way, it is a huge part of all of us.

We think of record keeping as more information based; however, God keeps records out of love. God knows the number of hairs on your head, the day you were born, the plans He has for your life, and so much more! God keeps tons of records about you, but there is one record God refuses to keep.

1 Corinthians 13 explains to use what love truly looks like. In this chapter, we learn that “love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, and is not proud.” We learn about what love is and what love isn’t; however, in verse 5 we learn one thing that love can do.

1 Corinthians 13:5 says that love “…keeps no record of wrongs.” Love does not keep any records of when we mess up.

In 1 John 4:8, we learn that God is love. God is love and love does not keep records of our wrongs. When we mess up, when we sin, when we do something we know is not right, God does not keep a running list of everything that we have done wrong. Through repentance and asking for forgiveness, God’s blood that He shed for us on the cross washes away everything wrong in our lives. By His mercy we are forgiven and are not given the punishment we deserve. By His beautiful grace we can move forward and live a Godly life full of joy and peace.

If God does not keep a record of our wrongdoings, neither should we. When we have received God’s forgiveness, we must let go of the past so we can move forward. Forward into the path God has chosen. Forward into the calling God has placed on our lives. Forward into our relationship with Him. Of all the records that are kept about us, I am so thankful for a God that removes the record of our sins as far as the east is from the west.

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Sarah Barnhill, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!