The Difference

Photography by  Madi Flournoy Henderson  || Dress:  Hinge  || Shoes:  BP

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson || Dress: Hinge || Shoes: BP

My perspective on all things velvet has completely changed. A year ago, it wasn’t a trend I was crazy about. But, NOW, give me all the velvet dresses, shirts, and jumpsuits that you can find. I can’t get enough. The velvet in this otherwise simple black dress makes all the difference. I love how velvet can do that for any look.
While this season is a time for celebration, it is also a time for reflection, as yet another year comes to a close. Well, at least for me anyway. It is crazy to think about how my life is different from where it was this time last year. Some things have really changed while others have stayed the same. Isn’t that how it always seems to be?

Sometimes it is difficult to think about how our lives have changed over the course of a year. I know that for all the good that happened in my life, there are painful memories, too. But in looking back on those memories, I realize where they have brought me and what I have learned through each one. Yes, some are still hard to understand; but, in my opinion, this is because God isn’t finished with those lessons yet. I still have more to learn, understand, and trust with Him through those memories that—at least for now—don’t seem to make a lot of sense.
Based on how things have gone for me in the last 12 months, good or bad, I fully expect that come December 2017, I will be in a completely different place. Like always, some things will stay the same and some will totally change. But, I am holding onto the hope and letting go of the fear for what God has in store for me.
While a lot of things can change over the course of a year, there is one thing that will remain the same. He loves me. He loves you. He is ready to guide us through each and every mountain that we will inevitably face in the months ahead. And He doesn’t want us to go at it alone. Trusting God in your “pace and your place” can make all the difference in how you view the new year. So, I hope that in those moments of worry and doubt about what lies ahead, you will look back and see how far you have already come. In doing so, you will be able to let the words, “I trust you Lord with my pace and my place” ring through your heart and enable you to take on this world with Him.
“With His love, He will calm all your fears, He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” – Zephaniah 3:17