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Love on Me a Little Longer

Journal entry: Today I needed Jesus to sing over me. He wanted something different from me this morning; not to read or pray. But to stay in this moment and allow Him to sit with me.

Because He's in love with me.

I woke up Friday feeling the pressure that lingered from the day before. The to-do list of all that's happening around me and needed my attention. I needed to focus on one project that demanded my focus so I cleared my schedule to do so. I planned my day so that I could be intentional and free of chaos running from here to there. But there was still a feeling of a deadline looming.

I knew I needed Jesus.

So I cuddled up in my favorite chair, popped in my headphones and grabbed my favorite devotional. I thought, "I'll do this for about 15 minutes so that I get some 'quiet time' in with Jesus and that will help me recalibrate. I started to go through the motions until a song came on that I had heard before but never really listened to the words. I paused for a reason I do not know and put down the book as the words grabbed my attention and stopped me right in my tracks.

As I listened, my hands went up and I began to do the ugly cry as the song penetrated my soul.

Then I hear You say

You don't have to do a thing

Simply be with me and

Let those things go

They can wait another minute

Wait this moment

Is too sweet

Please stay here with me

And love on Me a little longer

'Cause I'm in love with you.

(Bethel Music, "A Little Longer")

Then silence.

I hurried to find the song on iTunes so I could play it over and over again and just sit, wait. The moment was too sweet for it to be over after a four-minute song. I wanted to linger. I knew the words were just for me this morning.

Then, the ugly cry. Again.

I couldn't help but to feel Him singing those sweet words over me and telling me that I didn't need to do anything. There was no prayer, no song, no dance, no deadline I needed to bring to Him. All I needed to do was sit with Him as he sang over me.

It was tender. Sweet. Soft.

He's in love with me and wanted to love on me a little longer.

Hear the song here.

Zephaniah 3:17
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

 

Gather Her || 11.17.16

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Fashion + Faith + Friends

..whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Enjoy an evening with women just like you who want to explore their faith and love all things fashion
11.17.16
6:30 – 8:30 pm

SpaSocial
720 O’Connor Dr., Round Rock, TX 78689
FREE for all women!
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If you believe in the mission, we do accept donations! Click Here to donate.

At Gather Her, you will:
~ Find refuge in a lovely environment.
~ Create authentic, pure relationships through girl talk time after each message.
~ Hear truth through our monthly guest speakers.
~ Meet women who are real, fun, and authentic who love to laugh during our mix & mingle time!
~ Learn how to take care of yourself as an Ambassador of Christ through our monthly fashion partner.

Light Bites & Wine provided + Photo Booth + Real Girl Talk

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#LegacyBuilder

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Created Woman: Equip & empower women to be who they are created to be inside & out.

Giving God Your Dreams

It was the same routine day after day. Waking up to go to a job I was uninterested in, staring at the clock hoping time would move faster, and finally getting home only to dread repeating it all over again the next day. I felt unmotivated…purposeless…and unfulfilled. Monday through Friday was something I wanted to fast forward through so that I could get to what I loved. The weekend. My free time to do whatever it was that I wanted. And for me that was everything fashion.

My idea of a perfect day was scavenging the sale racks of Zara or Nordstrom and spending hours browsing fashion blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. I loved the challenge of putting together different pieces and creating a stylish look with a limited budget. I dreamt of working in the fashion industry and doing exactly that. But Monday showed up again, and that was just a hobby. I mean surely it could never be a career. At least not one that I could possibly make a living off of and get a college degree for, right? And surely not something I could do if I wanted to live my life honoring God.

I was in college and was very undecided on what career path I was going to take. I loved fashion, but I couldn’t help but worry that fashion was just “for fun” and that my college degree and career needed to be something more “important”. I knew God wanted me to do something meaningful and I didn’t think it involved fashion. I then decided that I needed to handle my life’s dreams on my own so I continued to work jobs and take classes that made me feel successful. I worked hard and advanced in every professional position I held. There was something missing. I was just going through the motions. Frustrated, I prayed and prayed for God to show me what it was that he wanted me to do in life and to put me on that career path.

It was then that I heard him ask me, “What is your true dream? Why is it that you are not pursuing that dream?” I was shocked! There was no way that God could want me to pursue fashion. I was so sure that THAT dream was way too small for God to care about. How would a career in fashion and living life as a Christian align? What if I really went for it and failed? Plus, I wanted to bring others to know God; how exactly was he going to make that work with fashion?

I needed a step-by-step plan of how that could be possible. Yes, I confess that I was questioning God and demanding that he give me answers! Horrible, I know! I was leaning on my own understanding and not having faith that he would work everything out. I doubted that our God of the universe had put a specific dream in my heart early on and had been putting together the pieces to fulfill it all along.

It was then that I decided to trust God and change my major to fashion. I was finally ready to let God into all areas of my life, and not let fear continue to get in the way. One year later at a career forum, I met Heather, the founder of Created Woman, and God showed me exactly how he planned on using my dream. What I had been picturing turned out to be so much smaller than what God had in mind. He opened my eyes to a whole new way of viewing my dreams and introduced me to my life’s ministry - evangelism, bringing other women to know Christ through my God given gifts. It is amazing the way God used my dream and turned it into a life of honoring him. He took my career field and turned it into my mission field. In a place that I wasn’t expecting to see him in, he showed me that there are no limits to his reach. When I gave God control over everything, he gave my dreams purpose and fulfillment.

If you are longing to know the deeper purpose of your dreams, know that God has placed it on your heart for a reason. If you are unsure of how your dreams honor God, pray that he would reveal that to you, and trust that he is already working out the plan. God knows the desires of our hearts and longs for us to come to him with them. When we give our dreams to God, the results are bigger and better than anything we could ever imagine!

Sometimes You've Got to Keep Your Head Down & Keep Building - Journal #20

I'm sorry! I'm sorry if I haven't called you, returned your text or replied to an email. My head has been down and I've been building.

For this go-getter, activator girl, it's been a super hard season to do one thing at a time. Usually, I have multiple things going on and think I'm doing a great job at juggling while trying to keep everything balanced. But the last few months, I've had to keep my head down and stay focused on just a handful things.

In the beginning of 2016, the Lord gave me two words - intentional and abandoned. It became clear that in everything I do, from family to work and everything in between, I needed to be intentional. I soon realized that in order to be intentional I needed to focus on one thing at at time; in other words, not run around in double-minded directions.

"But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do."James 1:6-8 (NIV)

In order to do just that, I've had to turn my head away from tasks that may not aligned exactly with the two to three things I know God is doing through me. Like, ignore some emails or reply late. Be okay with laundry building up. Say 'no' to meetings or events. In other words, I'm learning the hard way to not let other 'things' dictate my schedule.

This past week I picked back up a book that has been collecting dust on my end table by Priscilla Shirer, "Fervent: A woman’s battle plan for serious, specific and strategic prayer" and was struck by the chapter on our pressures. The core of the message is that often we attribute our sin to being associated with dark things like sex, drugs, lying, and unforgiveness. But what this chapter said to me was that as I allow the pressure of things 'to-do' mount, I stop living in freedom - the freedom that God gave me when He died on the cross. And when I succumb to those pressures, I'm not giving my whole self to what God has called me to do. The very thing He created me for. Instead, I live distracted and busy.

So yes, it was revolutionary for me, but at the same time it was confirmation that what I felt God has been telling me all year; just be intentional and live abandoned…to Him. Not my to-do list, my email box, social media, other 'tasks' I've added to my large plate. Let's pick up a smaller plate, Heather. 

Just this past summer while on our CW Family retreat, I spoke about the future of Created Woman and the vision of a building where women can come and be equipped and empowered in a real tangible way launching God-sized dreams. It was there that my mom reminded me of the story in Nehemiah when he was rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem. In chapter 6, verse 3, Nehemiah says, "I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?"

Basically, people who meant him harm were trying to distract him with details, trouble that didn't exist. Instead of giving it attention he kept his head down and kept building.

Now, I'm not building a wall nor do I think there are emails or friends who are trying to harm me. But I do see how I can learn from Nehemiah's leadership. He did not allow distractions to keep him from the project at hand. And if you know the story well, you know that Nehemiah goes down in history as one of the greatest leaders.

I'm sure there won't be books written about me like Nehemiah, but I do know that I'm in the process of building something that needs my full attention. Something I feel deep in my soul God has put on my heart. And for that reason, I'm keeping my head down for a bit until I complete a few projects.

By doing this, I feel a sort of freedom, too. Free of all kinds of "tasks" that normally put so much pressure on me. Yes, I'm working hard, but isn't funny how when you just do the things God has put in your hands, it's not stressful but enjoyable and joyful. It's like the verse, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light" is actually true…huh…interesting how that works. Ha!

For me, it also gives me a fresh perspective on delighting myself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. The actual definition of the word "delight" is to have "great pleasure or satisfaction." It's like sitting by the pool and reading a good book or magazine. That's delight! That's how it should be when we spend time with Jesus. We just delight in him. We enjoy him and find pleasure in it. When we do that, we find pleasure in the work He has prepared for us to do and find almost a sense of rest in doing so. We actually get to experience exactly how light the burden really is. It's hard work, but not a burden. There's a difference, you know?

I'm not stressed about all the unanswered emails, text or to-do list. I'm delighted that I get to do the work I'm doing and find rest in the fact that God has perfect timing!

Intentional – Abandoned. It all started for me right there. So for this season, I'm focused on a handful of things and am keeping my head down. I hope you are okay with that.

In the mean time, any prayers are greatly appreciated! And if you're interested in what's being built over here at CW, I'll remove the curtain a little bit for you to see.

Until next time, I pray you, too, are delighting in the Lord and living intentionally and abandoned. Maybe we can all encourage each other. Let me know if you would like a text message of encouragement. I promise, I won’t expect a response. I'll know you are keeping your head down, too!

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Study Guide

It's almost here! In fact, the plan is to have the first run of prints ready for CW's Vision Fundraising brunch on 11.29.16 (see more info below). We have everything written and it's in the editor and designer's hands. Keep your eyes out for when it's published. Great Christmas gift (hint, hint!) 

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It's been clear that as we grow, I'm suppose to give things away, empower leaders, grow the CW Family, and pour into the women who attend our monthly Gather Her events. She's important, and it is the focus in everything we do!

Architectural Designer

Yes, it's true! We do have a BIG vision for a building in the future, and we are taking steps towards that vision. First up, meeting with an architectural designer to bring the vision on paper to life. You know, write it down and make a plan. (See journal #19 below for more on the building.)

"For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay." - Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV)

Vision Brunch

In keeping with National Giving Tuesday, we are hosting a vision fundraising brunch on 11.29.16. Our goal is raise the resources for 2017 needed to help reach a generation for God empowering them to find their "Go." If you would like to know more and take part in being a legacy builder by helping to contribute financially, RSVP to me personally at heather@createdwoman.net. Hope to see you at the brunch! (Details given upon RSVP.)

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do." - James 1:2-8 (NIV)

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Fall Fashion

You can feel the drop in temperature. The smell of pumpkin spice bread is in the air, and you can’t help but feel the excitement of a new season quickly approaching. It’s finally fall! Time to move on from our lazy summer days and get back into the swing of things. And if you’re like me, and mostly every other woman in the world, fall means fashion! While the autumn leaves are falling, it’s a time to feel cozy in our favorite layered looks. We get to bring out our leggings, booties, and have an excuse to add to our collection of oversized sweaters (yes!).

Living in Texas, any cooler weather is appreciated. So to celebrate, I’ve put together some go-to casual fall looks that can be worn to lunch with the girls and easily transition to a business meeting downtown. The best part about all of these looks are that they are staple pieces that you can mix with other pieces in your closet and wear again and again. Comfy, stylish, and versatile!

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A tan moto jacket will forever be one of my favorite jackets to wear in the fall. It has a casual feel while still bringing a cool, chic element to the overall look. Paired here with a high-waisted jean skirt and always on trend ankle booties. Mix in a tan fedora hat (that you can live in this season) to complete this effortless look.

Pairing a black high neck knit top and a black velvet skirt with a beautiful burgundy blazer is the perfect way to get a professional chic look. Add in a wide brim fedora and suede knee high boots to take this outfit up a notch for a truly elegant statement.

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There’s just something about a pretty little flared mini skirt that makes you feel feminine and lovely! Black leather, contrasted with a cozy soft camel sweater gives an edge to this luxurious aesthetic. And I just love this Stella & Dot black and cream striped clutch to go with it! Talk about a perfect date night.

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This last look is probably my favorite to wear this fall. While I usually like to think of my fall wardrobe consisting of warm oranges, burgundies, and browns, there is just something so “cool” about showing off a fall gray. A soft grayish blue flannel matched with a suede A-line mini skirt is perfect for a casual and chic October day. Style with a midnight blue fedora and light gray knee high boots. I just love taking a casual plaid top and turning it into a classic and chic look that can be dressed up or down!

I hope these looks have inspired you and your search for new fall wardrobe pieces! I hope to help you feel confident and thankful, instead of stressed out and overwhelmed when you look into your closet. I would love to respond to you in the comments below and hear your fall ideas! For more fashion ideas, come to our monthly Gather Her gatherings, where every month local Austin designers showcase new collections!

With Love,

Sarah Burns

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Gather Her || 10.20.16

 

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..whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

Enjoy an evening with women just like you who want to explore their faith and love all things fashion:

10.20.16
6:30 - 8:30 pm
FREE for all women!
RSVP on facebook

If you believe in the mission, we do accept donations! Click Here to donate.

At Gather Her, you will:
~ Find refuge in a lovely environment.
~ Create authentic, pure relationships through girl talk time after each message.
~ Hear truth through our monthly guest speakers.
~ Meet women who are real, fun and authentic who love to laugh during our mix & mingle time!
~ Learn how to take care of yourself as an Ambassador of Christ through our monthly fashion partner.

Light Bites & Wine provided + Photo Booth

October Guest Speaker: CW's own, Lynn Marie Cherry, Author.

Lynn has just published her first book and will share her personal journey of walking through betrayal and how we, too, can get to other side our hurts and hangups we may have experience in our lives. It's real #GirlTalk

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#LegacyBuilder

Created Woman: Equip & empower women to be who they are created to be inside & out.

The Here and Now

Ever wonder how you ended up where you are? Not really sure how you landed in the Here and Now. You say to yourself, ‘Okay, I’m here, now what?’ Sometimes circumstances take us on life journeys that land us in places we’ve never dreamed. The good news: We don’t have to stay where we are.  Take a quick glance back; you are not where you used to be. Look ahead with confidence.  You have some level of control over what lies ahead.

The scripture promises that God will work “every detail in our lives of love” into something good. If you’re anything like me, you may have the tendency to believe that you can affect the outcome of your life. God desires that we trust him with results.

 Here are a few things you can do to embrace the Here and Now:

  1. Enjoy the journey. Be a participant not an observer in life.  We only get one shot at this life-adventure. There’s plenty to do and experience, all around.  It is important to be present and available when in the company of friends and family.  Take in as much as you can.  Learn from those around you and make a commitment to share your life with others. Surround yourself with people that will listen, challenge and make you laugh. Make sure you offer your gifts and talents to help others.
  2. Let go of the past. You are not defined by your past.  It is important to learn from past challenges and victories. Use each one as a stepping-stone which will propel you towards your future.  Take some time to assess where you are now and what you have experienced in the past.  You will find that you possess the formula for pretty healthy tomorrow.
  3. Hope for a bright future. Jeremiah 29:11 assures us that God has our future in His hands. Live today with an expectant hope for your future.

Life is a divine journey, although it doesn’t always feel that way.  Take the time, right where you are and remember that God’s plan for your life is to provide you with a future that He created – specifically for you.  Our choices, at times delay our trip to our final destination, but the good news is, we have a destination.  It has been mapped out and each one of us were created for this adventure!

 

Design with Intent

Most industries evolve over time and change to fit the needs of the moment. In the world of Interior Design there is no difference. Design is becoming increasingly about behaviors and embracing everyday human experiences. When faced with a new space, it is important to first understand what function will be performed in this space as well as what feeling should be evoked while in the space. I think it is important whether you work with a Designer or you do a bit of decorating on your own that you ask yourself these questions. You will find that your answers become specific and intentional. Whether it is simply having a space for family breakfasts or a room where you can work from home, when you are intentional about what you want in a space you will not only use it more often but you will be happy working, cooking or doing whatever it is that space calls you to do. A well thought area in your home can lead to productivity and joy.

I have gathered a few examples of rooms, spaces and nooks that are designed with a specific purpose, drinking coffee, having breakfast, reading a book, working, etc. First, create this space of intent and second, fill it with items that inspire.

This home office offers the functionality of ample storage and organization. I love the counter height work table and comfortable upholstered chairs. It feels warm and inviting yet promotes productivity.

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If you are like me and you love to dine outdoors, this is a great outdoor space. The kitchen allows you to cook while entertaining guests gathered at the dining table. Adding these elements to an outdoor patio adds to your homes living space and maximizes the additional square footage.

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This is a great mud area and bag drop for busy families. Children and family activities are individually organized with locker style compartments and hooks. Baskets are a great way to corral all the little things. Add personal items like family photos and momentos to make it personal.  

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Every Kitchen should have a Breakfast Nook, in my opinion. I love to have a sweet little space to have breakfast and coffee in the mornings. The natural light wakes you up and inspires the events of the day. In this case the banquette and toss pillows make this space cozy and comfortable. Start the day with coffee and end it with homework. Lots of everyday tasks happen here.

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I believe every room should have an oversized cozy armchair. This is the perfect spot to curl up with your Ipad or for story time with the little ones. Keep it simple with a throw and accent pillow. You can go in so many design directions with this accent piece. Use it to add color or pattern too. The intent with this chair is rest and relaxation. A special place to unwind.

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I hope these images have inspired the Designer in you to create a space that's intentional for whatever you want it to be. Remember that this is unique to your personality and your everyday behaviors. No two spaces are alike. I like to remind my clients to keep things simple and personal and that will translate into a space you love and are inspired by. Home is what you make it.

xo,

Kristen Ellis

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Let all that you do, be done in love.

1 Corinthians 16:14

 

WE’RE CELEBRATING!

 

 

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CW Writer Lynn Marie Cherry, Author has published her first book:

~ Keep Walking, 
40 Days to Hope and Freedom after Betrayal 

Join us at Cotone Clothing + Beauty Bar
Monday, September 26th 6:00- 8:00 pm
FREE EVENT!!!!

Plus! 

Beauty Bar Touch Ups with Jentri Quinn make up + skin

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~ Swag Bags ~ Giveaways ~ H’orderves 
~ Drinks ~ Beauty Bar 

10% Coupon from Cotone Clothing & Beauty Bar when you purchase Lynn’s book. Pick one up for you and a friend!

Benefiting Created Woman & Sole Hope 

Bring a pair of old jeans to be transformed into shoes for children in Uganda. Lynn will personally donate $1 for every book sold to benefit SoleHope and help children #KeepWalking

RSVP & get your shopping on!

FREE EVENT!!!!

 

The Perfect Mistake & Girl Tribes

Have you ever roamed the aisles of Target on a lazy Saturday afternoon to look up from admiring an overpriced throw pillow and see a woman with tired eyes searching for the perfect picture frame or hear a couple fighting about dirty dishes an aisle over and wonder what their story is about? What are they going through today? You’d like to go over to the woman and put your arm around her. She looked like she could use a hug – but you know, that would be weird, right? Because who does that. But you have the same tired eyes and could use a hug too.

You were up all night with a teething baby, a deadline, and a snoring husband. Picture frame girl just broke off her engagement leading to a sleepless night of Ben & Jerry's and two bags of Cheetos. She was searching for a gift for her best friend's upcoming wedding that she's contemplating even attending. It'd be too hard. While you stared at the throw pillow deciding whether or not to splurge because, heck, you birthed a little human and you deserve something nice and are there other first-time mamas who understand the feeling, picture frame girl glanced in your direction with a big thought bubble over her head:

I need someone to talk to who has been where I am. I need someone to understand. My friends are living blissful perfect lives and I'm a wreck. Well, at least it seems that way. That lady looks tired too. What's her story?

She has a story. You have a story. Stories are meant to be shared. Especially the hard and messy ones.  

People want to be with likeminded humans. Not perfect people. Someone they can relate to. Having a "perfect" life only pushes people farther and farther away because they can't relate to someone who talks like they have it all together. They want to know you're struggling too. And lets be real, we all are. We need our people, our girl tribe, connecting face to face and lots and lots of Jesus to even make it through dry seasons, joyful seasons, and seasons where we don't even know what's going on. Creating an unapproachable barrier around your struggles, pain, disappointments or pretending that life is peachy and will forever stay that way will only bear surfaced relationships or even no relationships at all. I have the perfect angel who doesn't cry and enjoys teething and has been sleeping through the night since the day we brought her home and I lost all my baby weight two weeks postpartum said no mama ever. And if you have, you can't be in my girl tribe.  

Our people, the ones we call true and dear friends, want to know that they can come to you knowing that if you've been through it, there is a chance they can come through it as well. Even the people we are just starting to build a relationship with or the mama you happen to strike up a conversation about the best baby products and how much you need grace and Jesus, say, in a Target aisle, want to know you're heart isn't made of porcelain but has weathered a few storms.

Don't hide behind the fear that your crap moments will scare people away – those moments are the ones that build the most vulnerable and fun girl tribes. Those are the moments that in turn bring you closer. Let your guard down. You have stretch marks covering your entire stomach. Me too. You wanted to divorce your husband after a couple months of "I do" because marriage is so darn hard. Me too. You had a miscarriage. Me too, a couple actually. 

Being perfect is overrated.

Picture frame girl wouldn't be spending the last of her allotted grocery money on another carton of ice cream if she knew her friend Jana went through a similar life event but was too embarrassed and insecure to share her story.  

Love and share without an agenda, love your people, be the church because every mistake is beautiful. You might even call it a perfect mistake. So ladies, serve your girl tribe with your stories. The big and small ones, the funny ones, the I'm-going-to-cry-again ones, and the ones logged deep, deep, deep in your soul.
 
If you're looking for a girl tribe, Created Woman wants to serve you by inviting you to our first CW: Gather Her event. It is an evening of fashion and faith meant to refresh her (you) through power messages, food, pampering and a time to share, create, and grow with other dreamers and women of purpose. Real women sharing real stories around the table. 
 
Click here for tickets! And here for Facebook invite and details. 
 
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TOPIC: “WHEN WOMEN MOVE FORWARD THE WORLD MOVES WITH THEM”

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Kirsten Dickerson, CEO and Founder of Raven + Lily, is a leader in the social business and ethical fashion industry. Motivated by a belief that each person is valuable and uniquely created, Kirsten is dedicated to empowering women to discover their full potential. She is passionate about promoting social business models as a means of providing a dignified way to alleviate poverty, especially among at-risk women.
Kirsten and her filmmaker husband live in a “tiny house” in the country outside of Austin, Texas on Green Acres, a boutique retreat for artists, families and sojourners. They have a minimalist lifestyle, and are enthusiasts of slow food and slow fashion, and the positive impact they have on people and the planet.
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An evening of fashion and faith meant to refresh her through power messages, dinner, pampering and a time to share, create and grow with other dreamers and women of purpose.

There’s something special that happens when women who live on purpose gather around a dinner table. The conversations are life changing causing a shift in momentum in where we are going.

~ A movement ~ An awakening ~

That’s why Created Woman has designed a monthly gathering called CW: Gather Her for women who desire to and are living on purpose and for a purpose on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Arthouse Austin.

You’re invited to be refreshed, renewed and sharpened so that you can continue to be and become who you are created to be, run your race with endurance and show up well!

Click Here for tickets

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Do You Need a New Summer Wardrobe?

Summer is now in full swing.  Time to buy those cute summer outfits, sandals, beach wear, and as the kids would say, “whatever!”

Speaking of new clothes, allow me to ask you a question. Are you into wearing labels on your clothing?  Would you buy a designer’s label even though the style doesn’t look good on you?  Do you buy labels that your budget can’t afford?  I know that I have, and for good reason, or so I thought at the time.  I wanted to fit in with the crowd.

Unfortunately, I’ve also worn labels within me that wasn’t the right thing to wear. In reality, the label I was wearing within was what I based my self-worth on.

Perhaps you can relate to what I am saying.  Ask yourself these questions?

  1. Am I wearing a Performance Label that says I must meet certain standards in order to feel good about myself?
  1. Am I wearing an Approval Label that says I must be approved by certain others to feel good about myself?
  1. Am I wearing a Blame Label that says because of something in my past I am unworthy of love and deserve to be punished?
  1. Am I wearing a Shame Label that says I am what I am; I cannot change; I am hopeless.

Perhaps we should change our wardrobe within, dispense with the labels, and label ourselves the way God sees us which is:  deeply loved, totally accepted, deeply loved, and absolutely complete in Him.   

Only then can we become the woman God created us to be from the inside out.

Our True Beauty

We live in the world. We are women. We feel the expectations and pressures to "keep up with ourselves" from what the world tells us. We want to feel beautiful and desired. We want to feel valued. And because we are women, we have a God-given ability to see beauty and to bring that beauty into the world, starting in the most intimate of places, our hearts. A woman's heart reflects a pureness and love that is admired and should be cared for.

Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." 

When we guard our hearts and our purity, we bring beauty to others. We give a glimpse of God’s holiness and goodness. This kind of true beauty is what the Lord wants for us. The world sees through dark glasses; its vision stops at the surface level. Dressing to show off our body only brings a temporary value and a surface level self-worth that is quick to leave. As Christians we understand this. 

"Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel...not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness with good works." (1 Timothy 2:9-10)

"Do not let your adorning be external- the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear." (1 Peter 3:3)

Dressing modestly is of value. It enhances our inner beauty and doesn't focus on our body. When the focus is on our inner beauty, our heart, we will be desired and valued because of the substance of this beauty. 

But, so often this teaching of humility and modesty leaves us with the impression that we cannot and should not give any attention toward our outward beauty. We think we shouldn't be interested in the clothes we wear or what’s in style. That our desire to want to feel beautiful is vanity, and any indulgence in this is when guilt sets in. But, this is simply not true; it is a lie from the enemy that God does not want good things for us, or that these concerns are too small for God to care about. 

The truth is God cares about ALL parts of our heart. Every little bit. He loves that we get joy from putting things together that make us feel beautiful. He loves our creativity and how we use it for our own style that inspires others. There is no shame in loving and wanting to feel beautiful. God created beauty; he loves to see us inspired by it! 

I see style and fashion as a language that we use to connect with other women. Putting effort into our style shows we know our value and that we are loved.  We make a conscious decision each morning on what outfit we will put on for that day that reflects the beauty, personality, creativity, and purity of our hearts. We can be stylish, modest, and confident knowing that the Lord delights in our happiness! 

YOU’RE INVITED
 Gather Her 6.16
 

CW: Gather Her is an evening of fashion and faith meant to refresh her through power messages, dinner, pampering and a time to share, create and grow with other dreamers and women of purpose.

There’s something special that happens when women who live on purpose gather around a dinner table. The conversations are life changing causing a shift in momentum in where we are going.

~ A movement ~ An awakening ~

That’s why Created Woman has designed a monthly gathering called CW: Gather Her for women who desire to and are living on purpose and for a purpose on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Arthouse Austin.

You’re invited to be refreshed, renewed and sharpened so that you can continue to be and become who you are created to be, run your race with endurance and show up well!

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About the author

sarahSarah's love for textures, colors, fabrics and all things style started at a young age and quickly became a passion. She received a Bachelors degree from Texas State University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration. With an eye for style, she is intrigued by everyday fashion and finds happiness through constantly re-decorating her home. She believes laughing is one of the best parts of life. Having those much needed long phone calls to mom is a close second. Lover of white fluffy couches. Finds comfort in coffee & candles. And blooms where she is planted. Sarah recently married her high school sweetheart Phillip, and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas