Just Be Kind

The last few months I have been reading Generous Justice by Timothy Keller with some friends. This book has been such a good read and has been really convicting in the ways that I think of and treat people. There is value in every single human life and there is no reason at all to assume that my life is more important than anyone else’s. There is a quote in the book that says “when God put His image upon us, we became beings of infinite, inestimable value.” The book then goes on to say that “we must treat each and every human being as a way of showing due respect for the majesty of their owner and Creator.” Ouch. That definitely stings because I know that I do not respond to others that way all the time.

Furthermore, everything we have has not been gained by our own works but has been given as gifts from God. If that is true, which it is, then everything we have is essentially not ours and should be shared with others. Generosity, sharing, and kindness go a long way and everyone, in any season or situation in life, can practice these things.

10 Ways to Be Kind:

  1. Acknowledge someone when you pass them and offer a smile.
  2. Buy a stranger a cup of coffee who is in the same line as you.
  3. Offer a hug to someone having a hard time or day.
  4. Make someone a meal.
  5. Send an encouraging text message, email, or a hand written note to a friend, family member, coworker, etc.
  6. Practice active listening when someone is talking to you or sharing something important.
  7. Donate items that you don’t need to others.
  8. Put someone else’s needs before your own, even if you have to go out of your way.
  9. Leave a gift for someone else to find.
  10. Forgive someone who acted against you or said wrong things about you.

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Worship Songs on Repeat

I really struggle with having a consistent quiet time each day to spend time alone with God in His Word. Have you ever been there? Wether it be because of oversleeping, rushing around in my every day routine, not having enough time in the day, or so many other excuses–it’s not ok and it’s a reflection of where my priorities are.

I savor my commute times though because it gives me time to pray and worship in the car before I start my busy work day. There are a few songs that I have had on repeat lately and so many of these words have been a huge encouragement to me.

Who You Say I Am By Hillsong Worship

Do you ever have those days when lies can seep into your mind and you start believing wrong things? I’ve definitely been there but I have learned (and am still learning) that it doesn’t matter what I or anyone thinks about me because it really only matters what God thinks about me. You may believe lies about yourself or others may say wrong things about you–but God sees you in a way that no one else can.

I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am

Your Promises by Elevation Worship

When lies begin to creep in, it’s vital to focus on truth. God is so good and He has promised so many abundant things to those who love Him and follow Him. Promises to use us for his glory (Genesis 12:2), promises for a future (Jeremiah 29:11), promises in suffering (Isaiah 43:1-2), promises to never leave us (Hebrews 13:5), etc., they’re so undeserved but so wonderful.

Doesn’t matter what I feel
Doesn’t matter what I see
My hope will always be
In Your promises to me
Now I’m casting out all fear
For Your love has set me free
My hope will always be
In Your promises to me

So Will I (100 Billion X) By Hillsong Worship

This entire album is incredible. This song has been so meaningful to me lately in thinking about the magnitude and power of God. It’s so much more than I can imagine or fathom and that’s so comforting. This song has been an encouragement to me to continue to worship God, no matter the circumstances that may be surrounding life.

If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times

You Won’t Relent by Jesus Culture

This song has been reassuring to know that God never gives up on us, His love is so strong, and that He continues to pursue those who love Him.

You won’t relent until you have it all
My heart is yours

I set you as a seal upon my heart
As a seal upon my arm
For there is love
That is as strong as death
Jealousy demanding as the grave
And many waters cannot quench this love

 

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Summer Beauty Favorites

Welcome back to Love from Amy! If you are new to this blog–welcome and I hope you come back again. If you have been following my blog for a while–welcome back and thank you for your support! Summer seems to be flying by and August is just around the corner. This summer seems to have been a little milder for me than previous years (definitely not in the Oklahoma temperature aspect) because I have not been traveling as much. However, this weekend I will be able to take a few days off work and spend time with several of my family members (maybe even get in some pool time) and have a mini “staycation.”

There are a few summer beauty items that I’ve been using in the last couple of months and I thought I would share those today on the blog.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation. I have been loving this foundation this summer and I think it’s very similar to the ItCosmetics CC Cream. The coverage is medium but it has such a glowy finish. I haven’t been able to be in the sun much but this foundation helps me to look like I have.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer. This is a great product to use as a base before foundation, or simply just by itself. If you apply this with a foundation, it just helps to amp up the finish of your foundation. But if you wear it alone, it just helps your skin to look a little more refreshed and hydrated. 

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara. I promise this post is not sponsored by L’Oreal but they have come out with some really amazing products lately. This mascara has held up so well in the heat and it gives such a natural looking amount of volume to your eye lashes. 

Simple Water Boost Sleeping Cream. I like to use gel moisturizers in the summer, if possible, because they seem to have such a nice cooling effect. I’ve really enjoyed using this sleeping cream before I go to bed, and it leaves my skin feeling very hydrated the next morning.

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Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer. This self-tanning face moisturizer has been a favorite of mine for a few years and I think I’ve probably mentioned it on the blog before. I like that this product doesn’t break my skin out and doesn’t make my face look orange. 

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer. This moisturizer has been so easy to use when it comes to self-tanning. All you do is apply it while you are still in the shower–but don’t rinse it off–and then gently dry with a towel. I used this incorrectly twice by drying off a little first and then applying it–but I was stripe-zilla both times. Just apply this while your skin is still wet and the result is a gradual, glowy tan.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Shimmer Highlighting Powder. This highlighter is so pretty and perfect for summer. The finish is more subtle than other highlighters I’ve tried but I think it still looks really natural on the skin.

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My Home Interiors Inspiration

The last two months I have been in full house-mode. From repairs, painting, yard work, decorating, moving, cleaning, maintaining, etc–it’s all been happening over here! The part about buying a home that I was the most excited about was being able to decorate and make it mine.

Throughout this process, I’ve had friends and family ask me what my home style was but I haven’t had a good answer yet. While my clothing style might be primarily black upon black, I think that I’m a little more adventurous and colorful when it comes to my house. I love interior design and there are a few styles that I really like to incorporate into spaces. I’m now calling my home style “Euro-Neutral-Eclectic” and here are some of the themes that helped inspire my home decorating.

Mediterranean

  • Bright accents
  • European elements

Coastal

  • Calm tone
  • Oceanic characteristics
  • Vacation home vibes

Modern

  • Clean lines
  • Minimalistic
  • Mixture of fabrics and structural materials

Eclectic

  • Bold colors
  • Mixture of non-coordinating textures and patterns

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SheIn Haul: Is it Worth the Hype?

**This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

If you’re on any form of social media, I’m sure you’ve seen advertisements for SheIn. I heard about SheIn several months ago but didn’t think it would be worth purchasing anything from the site. However, the more I heard about it and saw other bloggers posting about their purchases–I wanted to give it a try. SheIn has SO many items in the way of fashion, shoes, accessories, home, men’s clothing, and children’s clothing. There is also such an array of pricing and almost everything I’ve seen is very affordable.

There are a few things you will probably want to know before ordering, and then I’ll show you the items I purchased. First, not all sizing is consistent with normal sizing. Make sure you look at the sizing measurements before you purchase them. Secondly, there are free shipping and returns on orders you spend a certain amount. I love it especially when sites have free returns. Thirdly, there are coupons available for your first purchase, if you sign up through email, and even cash back options if you have an Ebates account. And fourthly, the company warehouse is overseas, so it may take a week or so before your shipment arrives.

Let’s dive into the haul!

I was wanting a few casual items for summer and also a couple of swimsuit options, and those were things I specifically looked for. Although there were way more things I really wanted to try on, I kept it to just a few, haha!

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I love the texture of this sweater! Yes, I know I bought a sweater in the summer–but I thought it was cute and it would be a nice layering piece for by the pool, or something. Even though it’s been close to, or over, 100 degrees in Oklahoma, I still seem to get cold. Plus, this will be a really nice piece to wear in the fall. I bought this in a size Medium. I will be keeping this item.

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How cute is this! One-piece swimsuits have really come a long way. I bought this in a size Medium and love how this looks with a little bit of a tan. I will be keeping this item.

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This two-piece is also super adorable and each piece has the perfect amount of coverage. This is a size Medium and I will be keeping this item.

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I really wanted some casual t-shirts to wear that weren’t plain grey…because let me tell you–I have way more grey shirts than I need. I love how comfy and soft this shirt is and that it’s loose fitting. This is in a Medium and I will be keeping it. And yes, Sundays are more than good for the soul.

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This is the item that I am MOST excited about. If you know me then you’ll know that sometimes I randomly say “bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica” for no reason. Who else can’t get enough of The Office?? This shirt is also super comfy, a little over-sized, and comes in a bunch of different colors. This is a size Medium and of course I’m keeping it.

So my thoughts all in all? Yes, SheIn is definitely worth the hype and I recommend that you order from there if you’re needing some items for your wardrobe. I might just have to order a few things when fall comes around…

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