Inspired By Gods Promises

Happy Tuesday! Normally on Tuesdays I post my weekly link up “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me.” Well because my blog is due to be switched later this week or weekend I held off on this link up until the switch was made to my own self hosted site. Today is a bit different as I wanted to highlight how God has inspired me through His word.

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Recently I have been encouraged with reading some of my favorite fashion or mommy bloggers begin to do posts on their faith and I found it as a reminder of how this world or our blogs are not just about us but about Him (God) as well. I know I am guilty of getting caught up in social media, collaborating with tons of bloggers or a few boutiques and loosing sight of what blogging is about and originality, things learned, thoughts, etc. There are many blog topics I can’t wait to disclose as some things are dear or hurtful to me that I want to form and publish but don’t know quite how yet. I thought I would start with this one, and let you in on what I find neat about God’s promises and how I can apply it.

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In my Bible reading time at night before bed, I am guilty of quickly reading God’s word and going to bed, with barely a prayer of thanks for the day or telling God how I really feel. Lately, though I have felt a tug to be authentic with God and just ask Him to show me things (mainly in His word and my attitude) and what he recently revealed was 2 Samuel chapter 7 where King David is  talking with Nathan the prophet and concerned about living in a cedar palace whereas the Ark of the covenant of God remained in a tent (not a palace or temple). To which God reveals some words to Nathan the prophet saying there was no need for something to be built for the ark, that the ark and God have moved with the Israelites without need of a “cedar house” all along. God then further reveals to David (through Nathan) that David was chosen to be ruler over Israel and that God would not allow enemies to harm him and that his offspring would be blessed and (check this) “…I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father and he will be my son…” [2 Samuel 7:12-14].

What God is saying here is that He has always been with David and the Israelites and that He would raise from Davids offspring Jesus Christ to establish a house and throne in God’s name and kingdom forever. What I find inspirational is that David was concerned for not having a “cedar house” for Gods Ark, yet God had MUCH BIGGER plans for the future kingdom. I love how God promises his presence to David, his sovereignty, his protection, blessings and His own son through Davids offspring.

Sometimes I think I am like David in that I am “too concerned” or “not concerned enough” on how God loves me or cares for me. That perhaps I should do “this” when God only requires “that” if I would just listen and remain in His promises for ME. I may never know what God has in store for me but I do know He promises to be with me, to bless me, not allow his enemies to strike me and use me to further His kingdom.

Thank you for reading my inspirational thoughts for today, if you have any thoughts just let me know in the comments below.

Rachel xo

Linking up today with: Motivational Monday, Tuesday Talk.

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Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up, Birthday girl and $300 giftcard giveaway

Good morning! It has snowed non-stop since yesterday morning and we could be getting 12 inches of snow or more, which means that this is what winter feels like and should be. However, the temperature has been in the 15 degrees and under which makes it a little unbearable. Other than the kids going stir crazy I have enjoyed getting cozied up on the couch with a blanket and watching some good movies or Instagramming on my phone.

This past weekend was filled with celebrating Nevaeh’s 6 birthday party. First of all, the actual day of her birthday I made cheesy scrambled eggs and toaster heated some Belgium waffles for dinner (per Nevaehs request) and then whipped up a cake and had a little celebration in our own home. Then on the day of her party we went to McDonalds and had family members and friends from her class over for a party. I am pretty sick of McDonald parties but where else do you have a party in the winter time for a child without spending a ton of money? Sure I could get on Pinterest and come up with themes and do a party at home but I am just not that crafty or organized. Any suggestions? What kind of parties have you done?

First party:

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Second party:

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Now on to the link up. Todays featured bloggers are below along with a description of each. I choose to do a collage of the ladies featured as something new. I hope you will join in and link up and possibly be featured next Tuesday. Just follow the rules below and say hello to a few bloggers that have linked up.
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1). Megan of @poshprime.com linked up the first of three ways she styled this plaid dress. I loved the edgy-ness to her outfit posted here.

2). Lisa of @beauty101bylisa is a new blogger I have been following and so when she posted this outfit as well as link it up I knew I needed to feature her. The Burberry inspired scarf and styling shorts for winter look is just too cute not to notice. You can follow up on her post (and weekly link up here).
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3). I loved how versatile this scalloped lace top was on Sammi of @beautifuldreamerami. I found myself wondering on the possibilities of what she could style this lovely top with, but I loved her touch of the pink blazer and accessories. You can check out more here.

4). Tiffany of @brightonabudgetl linked up a remix of a black and white small print polka dotted dress and the above th picture is only just one of the ways she styled this lovely dress to create a blouse. You can check out her other remix of this dress in her post here.
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5). Becky of @bybmg.blogspot.com is probably one of the busiest ladies I have ever known yet she is just to darn good at it all so I asked her how she did it all and weeks later she wrote up this post and linked it up, so how could I not feature it. Read here as she reviews a book on how to handle it all but more importantly how she really handles it all.

Now it is your turn, just follow the link up rules below:
1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

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Linking up with Whitney, Lisa, Liz, Molly and Carylee.

Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me #7 and NEW Link-up


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Hello everyone and welcome to another addition to the series of “Blggers Who Have Inspired Me” see the others here here, here, here and here and here.  This is a series where I pick a selected group of posts from different bloggers (sometimes multiple times from the same bloggers) and feature the bloggers and their posts on here so that 1). they get featured for their talent, creativity, inspiration, etc  2). So that you get to meet new bloggers and hopefully be inspired yourself.

Today this addition will continue as the others but with a new added feature- a link up. What I want to do is allow you to link up a recent post of yours to the link up and once the link up is finished I will select 2-4 posts that were linked to be featured for the next part in the series. If you have already been featured in this series before, link up as well as you might be featured again. I only ask that you follow the rules at the bottom of this post under the button. Now on to the bloggers that are featured today.

Fashion:

Many people don’t know this but I have an appreciation for vintage and retro pieces whether in fashion, décor or collectibles.   I also liked working with eShakti.com (a clothing company) in the past so when I saw that my blogging friend Amber of Fashionflossandlipgloss.com had eShakti and retro combined into one I was in awe.

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I just adore the length of this midi retro looking skirt on Amber and if you visit the original post here and look at the photos I am sure it would make you want to stroll with her down memory lane (if you remember the retro days that is). Either way I know I was inspired to look for a cute midi skirt or skater skirt and tag along with her. Aside from the retro looking skirt I like the modern day touches she added to it from the baubled pearl layered necklace to the soles of a fine heeled. Amber has much more in store for fashion and a secret opportunity opening up soon so be sure to check out her blog and follow her t find out what that is I am beyond excited for her already.

Pregnancy Fashion:
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How to hide a Baby Bump, well Ashley of thecreamtomycoffee.com post intrigued me by the title. You know those moments when you have no idea someone is pregnant til bam they are nearing their second or even third trimester well that my friends is Ashley. She concealed her pregnancy for a LONGG time and  I kid you not I just sort of happened upon her Instagram one day and surprise! In her post here she gives you tips on how to hide your pregnancy, if you are indeed trying to keep your current or future pregnancy a secret for longer. Ashley inspired me because we had to hide our son Alexanders’ pregnancy until 25 weeks along (long story, e-mail me if you want an explanation). Ashley’s post definitely gave me some future ide as well as remind me of what I went through to hide.

DIY:

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If you are a fashion or trend appreciator or blogger then you know that lately graphic tees an especially ‘Wife” tees have become the”trendy” item, yet they can be pricey. I recently saw Carrie of Curlycraftymom.com come up with her own DIY sequined wife tee an becme inspired by her efforts, creativity and chic looking top (see her post here). I also love her “no breaking bank” efforts and how it turned out. If you appreciate fashion, DIY, mmmy stuffad recipes then check out her blog and co-hosted “What Wives Wear” link up on Thursdays.

Add this button or this post URL link to your post, follow the rules (below) and then link-up:
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Rules of the link up are as follows:

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc.

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 2 or more bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

Tour through blog land


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I am honored that Becky of bybmg blog has recently nominated me for a participation in the new “Tour Through Blog Land” you may have been reading or hearing about. I love Becky, we have become blogging buddies and her blog is probably one of the first blogs I read daily. I love getting outfit style inspirations from her, recipes, and more. If you want to read more about her “Tour Through Blog Land” experience and learn more about her, click here.

 Now to the questions I was asked to fill you in on:

1) What am I working on?- Currently, I am working on just random posts weekly.  I post 2 to 3 times a week (normally on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) but sometimes life gets chaotic being a stay at home mom to 4 kids and I do what I can. I am currently working on putting together my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” series (see past ones here,here, here, here and here and here) and would like to do a monthly link up with this series in the near future and feature those bloggers that have inspired me through the link-up. For now I am working out the details (how to create  a button for the link up, advertise it, etc., so stick around so you can link up. I also have two mommy fashion loving ladies who will be presenting themselves to you through my “Featured Blogger Moment” series (see past featured bloggers Amber and Becky

2) How does my work differ from others in it’s genre? I like to post on my weekend outfits, life updates, my family and things that inspire me.  I like to brag about other bloggers whom I love and appreciate (hence the “Blogger’s Who Have Inspired Me” series and “Featured Blogger Moments” series. I also have been told that I an “honest and encouraging blogger” as I try to be real and share when life is good and bad rather than seeming fake. I also wear a lot of thrifted or vintage items from my closet in my outfit posts, adding a touch of new items here and there but I like to shop my closet and remix items in my wardrobe.

3) Why do I write/create what I do?- I like to write because its a creative outlet for me and it’s a way for me to b half way social as  I don’t get out much with 4 kids and I am shy around large groups of people. Sometimes I tink blogging is a release of hidden emotions, thoughts or creativity and I just have to let it out. I also like the responses I get from my readers or companies that want to collaborate with me. (See my collaborate & review policy here).div>

4) How does my writing/creating process work?- As I mentioned above I blog when I can, normally at nighttime and posts get published on Monday’s, Tuesdays (or Wednesdays if not Tuesday) and Thursdays. I don’t follow a set schedule, however certain link ups or certain outfits inspire my posts or the content I blog about.

There are some bloggers I follow that I can’t get enough inspiration and encouragement from. These lades are real, honest and uplifting at times, therefore I have nominated them to participate in the Tour Throuh Blog Land and they will post around September 30th.

1). Sammi of Beautiful Dreamer Blog

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2). Whitney of whitneynicjames.com
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Whitney James is a proud Baltimore native and is the creator of the Life & Style blog, Whitney Nic James. A self proclaimed thrifting aficionado and crazy pageant sister, Whitney’s goal is to motivate women and help them create an affordable, stylish & inspiring lifestyle. Living by her father’s motto, “Dare to be Different”, Whitney resides in Columbia, MD with her husband and strives to live each day with purpose.

3). Amber of Fashion Floss and Lipgloss blog
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“Hi, I’m Amber from Fashion, Floss and Lip Gloss! Aside from being a mom, wife and dental hygienist (among other titles!) I decided over a year ago to begin blogging as my creative outlet by sharing my outfits and style and beauty tips!

I don’t think style should have to be sacrificed due to a budget – and I believe that what you wear affects how you feel. I’m all about affordable style that also displays confidence! I blog dressy and casual looks that I actually wear in my real life.

I love encouraging other women to be the best version of themselves and hope to inspire everyone to shine from the inside out!”