It’s Fall, Y’all

Fall is one of my favorite seasons! So, in honor of the start of this new season, allow me to share a couple fall-ish thoughts, favorite things, and ideas with you!

There are so many things about fall that I love- from all things pumpkin to the crisp cool air and changing leaves. Living in Florida means summers are real, real hot and by the time August comes around I am ready to start feeling the cooler weather- unfortunately we have to wait until almost November until it cools down into nice breezy and chilly weather, but when September rolls around, fall decorations go up and pumpkin bread is in the oven! There is just something about coming home after a long day and lighting those delightful candles, putting on your favorite sweater, and watching a movie or reading a book while snacking on some fresh baked pumpkin bread that makes a heart full of all the warm and fuzzy feelings!

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” -Elizabeth Lawrence

Take some time to cuddle up in your favorite cardigan and blanket with a cup of tea and reflect as we enter this new season. Maybe you just entered or will be entering a new season of your life. Maybe you can reflect on all of the times God has protected you from harm. Maybe you can reflect on the many blessings that are in your life. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and pause, watch the leaves turn.

“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go”.

Fall is a perfect representation of what change looks like, one day the trees are bright green, and you start to notice a yellowed leaf fall to the ground here and there, and before you know it the trees have changed their color. What about you, how have you changed? What do you need to let go of? What are the dead things in your life? I encourage you to embrace fall, not only the fun fall activities but also allowing yourself to let the dead things go in your life.

Happy Fall, Apostolic girl!

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Bloom & Boom

When you plant a seed, whatever plant it may be, it grows with the right natural elements such as sunlight and water. You can also buy things to help like Miracle-Gro. Put a seed in the right soil and it will just grow and keep growing till it is fully grown. But, if you try and plant something in a drought without watering it because you are waiting on rain, it won’t grow. It will just die with the potential of what it could have grown up to be.

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Psalms 1:3 KJV

If you feel like you can’t grow where you’re at, it’s because you are trying to grow something without nurturing it and eventually you are robbing yourself of that blessing or calling. God plants you in places on purpose. You are where you are at for a certain reason. You cannot sit in a drought and expect God to grow you. You have to nurture your calling in that season of doubt or fear or whatever you’re going through. If you feel like you’re not good enough, pray about it because you can grow from that feeling if you pray through it. Like the old saying goes, “You grow through what you go through”. And it’s the truth. If you feel stuck in where you’re at, just keep praying for growth. Keep practicing if you’re a musician. Keep praying for wisdom if you want to be a speaker or a writer in His kingdom. Keep serving humbly no matter what you want to do. Because that is what you have to do in your season of drought or else you will be left with a seed that had so much potential, but unfortunately died. Nurture your faith. Nurture what God gave you or you’re left with less than what you started with. If you can’t appreciate what you have to nurture, how will you appreciate more?

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,”

1 Peter 2:1-4 KJV

Instead of letting sin and evil things grow in your dry season, let love and the fact that God chose you to serve Him grow. If we forget the feel of His presence, sin can come in and grow just as quick as blessings. We often let this feeling of being lost from His presence keep us from feeling Him in the midst of our chaos. When all along He is right there. Just reach out and say His name. You are precious in His sight and you only need Him to grow.

Daily prayer and reading your bible repeatedly isn’t just good for your spiritual growth. It is also good to keep you planted in what good works He has brought you to. If He has called you to do something for His kingdom, you need to know more about Him before He can use you. It’s kind of like turning in a resume to a company you have never heard of and don’t know anything about the position you are applying for. If you don’t know where to grow, let God plant you. And just bloom where you are. That’s all it takes.

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Maintaining That Glory 101

It is very common to get questions like “What do you do to keep your ends nice?” or “how do you take care of that much hair?!” In this blog, I am going to share with you some of my favorite hair tips & tricks!

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WASH

Apple cider vinegar is a PH balancer. Often times, the water from your shower is chemically unbalanced causing your hair to get either very dry or very oily. Apple cider vinegar not only helps your scalp remain chemically balanced, but it also strips your hair of the products you’ve put on it. 

So here’s what to do…

  1. Find a squirty bottle (can be easily found at Sally’s for $1). 
  2. Fill it with half water and half organic Apple cider vinegar “WITH MOTHER”!
  3. Shampoo your hair and rinse
  4. Pour apple cider vinegar onto your scalp and apply conditioner to the ends of your hair. 
  5. Leave for 3 minutes and then rinse. (The smell goes away when your hair dries.)

KEEPIN’ IT SLICK

I always love doing slick back hairstyles that are sleek and shiny, but often times it’s hard to keep your hair looking well groomed to do such a classy hairstyle. I use a couple different products to help with this.

  • Argan oil: I like to put this in the ends of my hair before doing any hairstyle, to keep it shiny and smooth.
  • Freezeit:  This is my favorite hairspray because it maintains the many MANY flyaways I have. I spray this not only at the end, but also on each section of hair before I curl it.
  • Mousse: A simple mousse such as Treseme can really help in the creation of buns. For each section that I want to curl and/or pin up, I apply mousse, and then a small amount of freezeit. This keeps it shiny and slick.

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BUNS MADE TO LAST

In doing hairstyles for church, we can walk out the door with a cute hairstyle, but within an hour it looks as though it has melted. I have received lots of questions on how I style my hair. Each of my hair styles usually begin with the same sturdy base.

  1. Use two ponytail holders for security.
  2. Depending on hair length, make a knot out of your entire ponytail, pin the sides using large bobby pins, and leave out the ends to style/pin to that knot base. (For shorter hair or bigger buns, pull out two sections of hair before making the base knot to use for more styling/curling/pinning)
  3. Spray each section you pin right after it is pinned.

Creating a base for your bun is probably the most valuable trick in creating a hairstyle that lasts. Being meticulous along the way of creating a bun just adds to the lifetime of a hairstyle.

CONCLUSION

It takes some time for each of us to find our own groove with our own type of hair. Set aside a couple of hours every once in a while to experiment with different styles, methods of styling, and products that work for your hair! The most important thing is that we want to take care of our glory, and let it be a testimonial to your relationship with God, and living a Godly lifestyle! Until next time…

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10 Truths To Tell Yourself

1. Your worth is not determined by what just anyone tells you.
“Live from the abundant place that you are loved, and you won’t find yourself begging
others for scraps of love.” -Lysa TerKeurst, Uninvited

2. You are loved unconditionally.
“Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that
he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in
the world, he loved them unto the end.” John 13:1.
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that
loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
him.” -John 14:21.

3. You are never, ever alone.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy
God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” -Deuteronomy 31:6
“And the LORD, He [is] the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not
leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy 31:8

4. You are forgiven.
“When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” -Luke 5:20

5. You are beautiful.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And [that] my soul knows very well.” -Psalms 139:14

6. You were given a promise that is un-breakable.
“For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as
the Lord our God will call.” -Acts 2:39
“For all the promises of God in Him [are] Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God
through us.” -2 Corinthians 1:20

7. You are protected.
“The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.” -2 Samuel 22:3

8. You are blessed.
“Behold, I have received [a command] to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse
it.” -Numbers 23:20
“Blessings [are] on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the
wicked.” -Proverbs 10:6

9. You are going to be okay, even if you don’t feel okay right now. (And if you do, it’s gonna stay that way!)
“Cast all your care on him because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:7

10. You have a purpose.
“Upon your inception you, yes you, were given a very specific purpose that only you
can accomplish. You were placed into a certain region of the world, into a certain family, into a certain culture that only you are capable of reaching.” -Nicole Soto, Worth It

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Sunday Style

Hey apostolic girls! Have a hard time mixing and matching outfits? Not sure what goes with what? Well I’m here to help! In this Sunday style montage I have put together your Sunday essentials. As summer has arrived, it’s hard to transition from winter to summer because the weather can’t make up its mind! At least not for me over here in Indiana. Some Sundays are going to be warmer or cooler than others. So to create a balance, thin blouses that are 3 quarter length or long sleeves would be perfect. This blue and white striped blouse is complimented by this vibrant yellow skirt for a pop of color. You could also do a black pencil skirt, but it’s nice to let your clothes be loud every once an a while. But to tone this outfit down a bit I have paired it with some white heels.

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Accessories:

When picking out a purse you don’t want to over do the color combinations. So matching your shoes or a color in your blouse would be a good idea. I have picked out this white Prada purse to pair with the white shoes. They blend together but still stand out on their own. What you put in your purse is up to you! My three essentials are my phone, my Glossier lip gloss, and my Tweezerman eyelash curler. And the most important thing would be your King James Version bible, but mine is on my phone so I already have my bible in my purse -haha! When pairing a watch with your outfit, look at what metallics you are wearing. If you’re carrying a purse with gold, perhaps try a gold watch. Or if you are wearing black shoes, wear a black watch. Since this outfit is brighter, I put a more monotone watch with a brown band (Daniel Wellington).

Hair:

I have attached a hairdo that will maybe give you inspiration when your hair doesn’t seem to work any way. Just part your hair from top and bottom and twist the bottom into a bun, stick a couple pins in it, and curl the top, place the curls how you want them to or how they will work and pin them to cover the bun. Pull out some curls in the front and there you have it! You can even put in some cute hair pins. You’ll find them anywhere in stores like Walmart, Target, and even online on places like Amazon or SHEIN. When I have time on Sundays, Starbucks is what gets me through those Sundays where you have choir and all these extra things. If you sing on the praise team or you’re a musician, you know what I’m talkin’ about! A boost of caffeine from Starbucks can get you going with the help of the Lord of course -ha!

With the right patterns, color combinations, and these tips, you can create some super cute Sunday outfits. I often find really good deals on high-in brands at Marshalls, TJmaxx, Ross, Burlington, etc. etc. Class doesn’t come at a price. Neither does modesty. Modestly is a lifestyle choice. When you chose to be modest you are being a light and standing out. Make the difference good not shameful. Modestly glorify His kingdom, ladies! And you will be ultimately be blessed.

Chelsea Hockensmith

Freedom Tax

Freedom. It’s kind of ironic, huh? You are free, but it’s not. We go about our lives having the choice to do certain things, go certain places, be certain people. Except the people who fight for that freedom are not.

You see, Jesus died for our freedom. As do the men and women we honor on this day. Why only today? It seems that national dog day is more important than those who sacrificed themselves for this country. What about pride month? Is it right that they, who are only 15% of the world, are more honored than our fallen and current veterans? Okay, well let’s talk about it. Everyone is worth their right to freedom. It matters though how and where you get your freedom. Everyone has freedom in Jesus name.

So how come we can’t lift our hands to the one who bought our eternal freedom? Everyday the Lord has made! Not just Sunday or Wednesday, but everyday. It’s not a sense of freedom that we strive for as apostolic young ladies, it’s the sense of worth and dignity in knowing we are bought by perfect love.

Proverbs 31:10 says it point on, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”

All women are worth the price of freedom. We just struggle in earning that freedom. It seems easier to feel free in the world, but you pay the price of eternal bondage. Our fallen veterans are known to deal with depression and other physiological damages. It’s disheartening to find that they turn to the darkness of the world in order to ease the pain. They forget that only one thing can help them through these times, and that’s the freedom Jesus bought them.

Imagine what freedom we could feel from this world if we truly knew how to sacrifice. Fasting is one way to start. It can even be a 5 minute prayer. You should want to return the debt of freedom to God. The type of freedom you choose is up to you. Just think about where your freedom will truly take you. Will you be free to worship in Heaven? Or will you be in bondage forever? Jesus gave us this choice because He wants us to have freedom. Just like all of Israel was set free, he wants us to be free to worship and dance in his presence.

Use your freedom because not everyone has the opportunity to freely worship God. Being modest can be a struggle, but we are saved. But being a proverbs 31 woman is not all it takes. Know where your freedom comes from!

Chelsea Hockensmith

I’m Engaged!

I don’t want to be that annoying girl. You know, the one that talks about her boo and relationship all the time? But, can you let a girl testify!

I recently got engaged to an incredible man of God and I never knew the human heart had the capacity to feel this much love and joy. I’m 25 and we dated for a year and eight months. This is a little older and a little longer than most traditional “church culture” relationships. But, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Why? Because it was God’s perfect timing. I would like to share a bit of advice to the woman who’s finger has yet to be graced by a ring.

I encourage you ladies to never compare and envy the women around you. That’s a dangerous thing to do. Because that’s when you try to take your love story out of God’s hands and write it yourself. But, I assure you- He’s a way better author.

Be content as a single woman. Do not wait for life to start. Before I met Jericho, I had my own apartment, had become our church’s youth leader, was finishing up college, and was pursuing God’s will for my life as an individual. Granted, I wasn’t against a relationship, but I wasn’t seeking it out either. If you are not content without a relationship, you never will be with one.

Expect God to surpass your expectations! I know many women have created lists, naming off each characteristic they want in their future husband. If you’ve done that, I don’t want to discourage you. But, God superseded my expectations and dreams. Jericho is not what I envisioned! Even the way we met. I am the pastor’s daughter of a small church in Tallahassee (a lot of people don’t even know that’s the capital of Florida). I would’ve never thought God would’ve led the love of my life through our church doors as a FSU college student from New Jersey, a new resident of Tallahassee, who found our church online.

Don’t settle for mediocre. Be with someone who wows you! Where you have to seriously ask yourself, is this person real? “Too good to be true” does not exist with God. It is true no matter how unbelievably amazing! If we truly believe God is miraculous and a miracle worker, why can’t we expect Him to display that in our future spouse?

There’s been a debate over if there’s “the one” or if it’s simply a choice and God blesses whomever you choose. I don’t want to get too involved, but I will say that prayer, fasting, and seeking advice from Godly counsel is necessary when dating and moving towards marriage. It is the scariest and most stressful decision ever! But, God confirms His Word. It may not be easy, but He will make His way known. He is not the author of confusion. Genesis 24 gives us a perfect example of that when the servant prayed for the spouse God wanted for Isaac. God led Rebekah to the well and made it known the individual He wanted Isaac to marry according to His will.

Be encouraged, ladies, no matter your age or situation. Fairy tales are real if you do it His way. Trust and believe. Don’t rush His timing or doubt His will.

“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:4-5

To my darling husband-to-be, “I hold you in my heart, for we have shared together God’s blessings.” – Philippians 1:7 

Charity Huba