Staying on Target & Target Style

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

Outfit details are all from Target: Dress || Shoes 

In Genesis 1 you can read the scripture of God creating the earth. How God took 6 days to make this amazing world for all of us. On the 7th day, He rested. And on the 8th day, He started making plans to bring all the women of the world a place of pure happiness called Target. Well ok, probably not. But I do consider Target to be a blessing from the Lord above.

Isn’t it so exciting to walk into Target to pick up something so simple, only to know you will actually walk out with probably a new outfit, a pair of shoes, maybe even a new comforter for your bed. Whatever it is, you will likely get inspired at Target. And this dress is one of those things that I did NOT walk into Target to buy – but left with anyways. I mean it is so hard to turn down an adorable summer dress that cost a total of $20. Am I right?? Something I love and hate about Target all at the same time. 

What I have learned over the years of shopping at Target is as long as you walk in with a budget in mind, you will walk out happy. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten to the register and suddenly spent $100. Which then follows with a frantic check and recheck of the receipt trying to figure out how the heck that even happened. So nowadays I try to keep a plan, a target in mind, for when I enter this store. That means I actually walk into the store telling myself “you will not go to the shoe section today.” Oh the struggles of first world problems.

But shopping isn’t the only place where we might miss our mark. We can run into trouble in hitting our target when it comes to following our dreams. I struggle greatly with following through with goals and plans I have for my book and for this blog. One week the ideas will be flowing like crazy and the next week it is all I can do to pick up my computer and get to work.

Same is true for our faith. One day the Lord is present in every situation. You are talking with Him throughout each step of the day. The next morning you wake up in a rush to handle the daily tasks and forget He is even there to greet you with the blessing of a new day. We lose our target. We get off track.

Similar to every good shopping trip to Target, our faith requires discipline and focus. It is a gift to be given peace and love from Jesus Christ. But it isn’t a gift we can just accept, write the thank you note for and move on. It is one we accept and work at everyday. And with each amount of work on our end, in building our foundation in Jesus, the gift becomes even greater. The targets sometimes become clearer. And our walk with God can turn into a beautiful adventure.

So whether you are making a trip to Target today or just going through your daily to-do list, I pray that you will remember where to keep your true focus. Remember the target you should be aiming towards. And that is growing, with Him, and His love for you. 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as your trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13

PS: Below I have linked some of my current summer to fall favorites from Target. Just scroll over each picture to shop the item. 

Final Weekend: Nordstrom Sale

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 

This look is all from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Cardigan || Top || Jeans || Shoes 

Final two days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Can I get an AMEN?!  I know y'all have been hearing about it for weeks. In all seriousness, this sale really is the best of the year. Tons of fall pieces that are discounted now and prices will only go up later. I personally think it is a great time to invest in those shoes you will be wearing once the weather gets colder. Below are final picks for the sale. But you can always shop my other favorites by visiting the Nordstrom Sale tab. Just scroll over each item to see the price and shop! Happy weekend and Happy shopping! 

COOLA Suncare & Staying Protected

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

Suncare Products: COOLA - Sport, Face, Lip || Dress: Nordstrom || Similar dress styles here & here

With it being summer, and lots of extra time spent outdoors, I've teamed up with COOLA Suncare to tell you how you can stay protected from the sun. I am not usually one to use a spray sunscreen but the Eco-Lux Sunscreen Spay SPF 50 Guava Mango is different from all the others. Part is because it smells amazing. But the other reason is it does not go on sticky. I feel like I can spray and be done! It also offers amazing protection. Being pregnant, my skin is extra sensitive to the sun. So finding a product that will still allow me to get that sun-kissed glow, and protect me from the harmful rays, is super important. I also love the light weight feel of the Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer. The best part about these products is they are made with lots of organic ingredients. If you are headed out to the sun I highly recommend using COOLA for your protection. 

Our skin isn't the only thing we need to protect this summer. We also have to take time to protect ourselves. Especially protect our hearts just like it reads in Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." 

Our heart is an important muscle that has to work in order for our bodies to function. But it is also where we associate the feelings of love and pain. We can feel our heart beating in our chest at different speeds that let our brains know what we are feeling. Excitement, scared, nervous, content - all come in different types of patterns and speeds. And it is associated with how we feel in that situation. So God wants us to protect it. But how? 

When God says to guard and protect your heart, He isn't saying to stay at home and never feel anything. He wants you to love. He wants you to put yourself out there. He wants you to have experiences and learn from them, even if He knows they are going to end in heartbreak. He still wants this for you. Why? Because He knows that each time you love with your heart you are growing in the path He has for you. 

Guarding your heart simply means to remember who actually has it. Jesus holds your heart in the palm of His hand, so closely to His own. Allowing you to recover even when the pain seems so strong it could never go away. But He can't begin to repair it if you don't trust in what He will do to restore it. 

I have had my heart broken. I have seen it restored. I have learned to trust again in situations I never thought possible. But I also know enough about life, and have watched too many people close to me experience it, to know that there will be greater heart break up ahead as I continue on this path Jesus has placed me on. So in order to prepare, I have to start trusting Him now.

When times turn bad, I know His love for me will be an easy thing to forget. But I pray that my broken heart will be held together by enough strings to remember how strong He actually is in every situation. I pray that for you too.  No matter what season you are in. I pray you are able to guard your heart from the voices and situations that want to rip it apart. I pray that you remember your heart carries the greatest shield ever and that is the love of Jesus. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose sports are crushed. = Psalm 34:18

This post was sponsored by COOLA Suncare. Opinions are my own. All products were selected by me. Thankful for partnerships like these to make a TAD more faith possible.