God Made

Photography of  Madi Flournoy Henderson  || Shirt:  Madewell  || Pants:  Soft Joie

Photography of Madi Flournoy Henderson || Shirt: Madewell || Pants: Soft Joie

I rarely cover accessory pieces in my blog posts. Why? Well, honestly, I am not very good at accessorizing. I know! I know! As someone who loves fashion, I should be good at this kind of thing. But I am really NOT. As my style evolves, so does my desire to include those unique jewelry pieces as the final touch to that perfect outfit.. This necklace, however, is so much more than just the final touch. This necklace was made by my dear friend, Laura Crawford. It will always be more than just a necklace to me. 

I am amazed by Laura’s natural artistic ability for all things crafty. It is a true God-given talent. Since I have THE WORST handwriting on the planet and zero jewelry making skills, I am so thankful that God blessed me with a friend like Laura. Of course, she is so much more than just my crafty friend. But having someone who can whip up the perfect chalkboard (or the perfect necklace) is always a nice bonus to any friendship.

What I love about Laura is even though her talent comes naturally, she still takes the time to ensure that every necklace is absolutely perfect. She carefully places each bead and chain to make the necklace just right.

Just like Laura takes the time to make the perfect necklace, God took His time to make the perfect you. I love that feeling... Thinking about how God can create and mold each of us into the perfect example of His love. I love the way His creation of us is described in the song, Sons and Daughters. "Before He spoke creation, the God of Heaven knew our names. Formed in his reflection, we are His glory on display." 

That is exactly what we are: His example of His love, on display for the whole world to see. Just like we show off our favorite necklace, let's show off God's love. So, today, I challenge you to display the love God has for you to others. And while you're at it, display your favorite piece of jewelry, too. 

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful." - Psalm 139:14

A Sweet Deal

Dress -  Old Navy   Necklace -  Laura Crawford Designs

Dress - Old Navy  Necklace - Laura Crawford Designs

As much as I love a good maxi dress, I love it even more when it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. This dress cost a total of… are you ready for this… $14. Seriously, that’s all. I found it at Old Navy. Yes, Old Navy.  And you should know that this store isn’t only about those Fourth of July t-shirts anymore. 

But, seriously, when I looked at the price tag, I was reminded of my good friend, who would have said, “Oh that means it’s free. It’s free.” I know, I know… It isn’t totally free, but when everything seems so expensive these days, it’s nice to catch a break every now and then. Plus, this dress is super easy and perfect to throw on for a summer day around town. Old Navy for the win! 

Do you know what else is free? The love Jesus has for you. Seriously, His love doesn’t cost you a single penny. You don’t have to sign up for an account. You don’t have to pay a monthly fee. He loves you so much that He paid the ultimate price for you to be free.

Because of the price Jesus paid for us, we can live an eternal life with him. It is crazy to think that He loves us so much that He was willing to give His own life just to save us. His love is free, but the peace you receive by accepting His love is absolutely priceless.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 1 John 3:16

My prayer for you today is that you understand the gift God has given you in His one and only son. I pray that this sort of love comforts you in the days to come – no matter what life throws your way. God’s love is the sweetest deal you will ever find.