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What Failure Taught Me About Surrender

Ever have one of those days when your thoughts seem to be haunting you? Lately, those days have been frequent for me.

I feel as though God has been working on me about confidence and my identity in Christ, but my own mind likes to self-sabotage.

Life is changing rapidly for me, as I am finishing college and will be getting a real “adult” job. The class and internship work is piling up, and now I know what my friends meant by the term senioritis.

All of this is a recipe for stress and opportunity, and that also means failure.

And I hate failing. I really hate failing.

As a perfectionist, I struggle with anxiety and self-esteem issues. But I know I’m not alone. There are so many people out there who struggle with anxiety and depression.

As I’ve been praying to God about all of this, there is one word He has laid on my heart.

Surrender.

Surrender is the key to freedom, and it is also transforming. If you’re struggling with negative or haunting thoughts, then I urge you to keep reading about what surrender has taught me.

Surrendering Our Broken Pieces

I’ve been a serious Christian for a few years now, and I always thought that surrender just meant giving all of my plans and dreams to the Lord–to let Him have control of my future.

But surrender is so much more than that.

Yes, we should surrender our plans and our desires to the Lord. His plans are better than anything we could ever dream of. And when we trust in God, He will lead us on the most amazing journey ever.

But there’s a lot more to surrender than just giving up the good parts of our lives.

Pain, shame, sin, and fear. These are the things the enemy wants us to hold onto. This is how the devil keeps us in bondage.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV)

When Jesus took up the cross and died for our sins, He also bore all of our shame and pain. All of the things that haunt us and hold us back from a great life are things He died to free us from.

Christ died to nail our broken pieces to the cross. And He left an empty grave behind in order to fill the emptiness in our lives.

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The Transformation of Surrender

When we get stuck in our pain or fears, then we get wrapped up in ourselves. We start to feel bad about our lives, and then an evil menace seeps into our hearts.

Pride.

I know that when I have a bad day and think of all the mistakes I’ve made, I miss out on opportunities to do good things for others.

When we get too wrapped up in ourselves, then we cannot fully serve the Lord. It’s the enemy’s trap, but we have the keys to freedom.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

When we choose to follow Christ, we become new creations! We can surrender our pain and mistakes and choose to live a new life with God.

None of us are perfect, and that is why Jesus died for us. This is what Easter is all about. The blood of Jesus covers us, and His grace is bigger than any of our mistakes.

Each new day with God is a fresh start, and we can always choose to move forward in victory.

But it all starts with surrender.


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Easter Dresses + The Power of The Cross

Happy Good Friday lovely readers and followers! When you really think about it, Good Friday is quite sorrowful. It was the day Jesus was beaten and crucified for our sins. It was the day of our Savior’s death.

Can you imagine how bleak things must have looked for the disciples that weekend? Of all the things they expected the Messiah to do, dying on a lowly cross wasn’t one of them. But there is tremendous power in Christ’s death on that cross. 

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

When we choose to believe in Jesus, we are crucified with Him. As we live in faith, we die to our sin, shame, and old ways of living. There is power in knowing that God loves us so much that He would give up His own life, through His precious Son, to pay for our mistakes. I hope that you take this weekend to reflect on the cross, and to remember that you are made new again in Christ.

Really, this awesome news of the Gospel is amazing enough to end this post. But we still need to talk about Easter fashion!

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Would an Easter fashion post be complete without featuring dresses? I’ve noticed that stripes have been a major trend this spring, and they really make a simple daytime dress stand out.

Many people don’t think they can pull off stripes, but they can actually be very flattering. Small stripes, vertical stripes, or different size variations (top right) are all super flattering. Belting your dress at the waist (top left) also highlights a feminine shape in the most elegant way. This print can be used to your advantage, so go for it!

I love how classy and timeless stripes are, and fresh colors like navy or pink are a perfect way to modernize it. I’ve noticed that although I have striped blouses and skirts, I still need a dress! I guess I will have to work on that 😉


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OOTM: Denim + Scarves

Happy Good Friday everyone! Of course today will be a fashion Friday post, but I think we all need to take a moment to reflect on what God did on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV).

The torture and bloody death of God’s Son on the cross was for our freedom from sin and bondage. It was for our healing. And now that He has risen from the grave, we can rise too!

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said (Matthew 28:5-6).

What a blessing to be reminded of what the Lord has done for us! And now for March’s Outfits of the Month: Denim + Scarves 🙂

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This scarf is one of my favorites! It has butterflies (which I love!) and goes perfectly with an edgy faux leather jacket. Even though I usually only wear skinny jeans, I decided to dig out my flares, and I’m loving the look! It feels so fresh for spring.

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Gray and pink are always a cute combo, and this lace scarf looks classy when paired with a pastel cardigan. The dark skinnies and Sperry’s keep the outfit grounded for classes or everyday wear.

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Need some outfit inspo for church this Easter? Why not pair a maxi skirt with a denim jacket! And of course, don’t forget a floral scarf to “tie your look together” (I’m sorry that was so cheesy!). I really like the mix of turquoise and green in this outfit–they definitely allow for the unique prints that I coordinated.

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Here’s a close-up of the scarves 🐣🌼

A big shout out and thank you goes to my friend Lauren for being my photographer!

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked these outfits. Please feel free to comment and share 🙂

Happy Easter! What are you lovely readers wearing for church/dinner? Let me know below!

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He Died So You Could Live–Easter Fashion

It’s Good Friday! Today we remember the day when our Savior, Jesus Christ, died on the cross. Not only did He give up His life for us, but he also took on all of the world’s sins. 

Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45-46 NKJV)

Now we are forgiven; and if we call upon Jesus and accept Him as Lord, we are released and given eternal life!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NKJV).

So I’m sure all of you are excited about Easter and the adorable dresses there are to wear to church and dinner. I will share some Polyvore creations as well as what I will be wearing this Easter Sunday.

Blue Speckled Egg

Blue Speckled Egg by fearfullywonderfullyme featuring blue dangle earrings

Robin’s egg blue is a beautiful Spring color, and this dress is perfect for church. I love little shrugs like this because they provide modesty and warmth if it’s still chilly out.

Edgy for Easter

Who says you can’t wear black on Easter? This makes a great dinner dress, and the pop of coral gives it a girly vibe. Just make sure you pair it with bright accessories to balance out the dark color.

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And this is my Easter outfit! I love the print on this dress, and how it has a silky feeling. The denim blazer is thrifted and pulls the look together. And how about that Ariel rug ^_^ (sorry for the poor quality).

The payment for sin is death and sacrifice. That’s why Jesus died. God sent His Son to be the one to die for us. All we have to do is receive this forgiveness and the power of God in our lives.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10 NKJV).

He died so I could live. He died so you could live. How precious a gift that is! Remember this, and remember to spread His love wherever you go. There are people everywhere who are starving for Jesus, and we need to feed them this gift.

Have an awesome Easter everyone!

Love, Emily <3

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