Scripture Sunday Vol. 32

     Happy Sunday!  Today I’m excited to share my thirty-second installment in my “Scripture Sunday” series (read my previous posts in the series here)!  Today’s verse has brought me so much encouragement lately and I hope it does the same for y’all!  This post is definitely Christian, so if the Christian religion offends you for whatever reason please feel free to continue scrolling through my blog, I hope you find something else you like (this past week I shared an outfit post and my Isle of Palms travel diary from spring break)!  Enjoy!

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Today’s Verses:

2 Timothy 4:18; The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom.  To Him be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

     Life is hard.  That’s a groundbreaking statement, right?  Obviously not.  Whether your current hardships have to do with low grades, having trouble with friends, your parents’ relationship, or just about anything else, you know the sad truth that life is full of struggles and moments in which you can’t see a trace of the light of good days.

     An issue that has been really hard on me a lot lately is judgement.  What’s ironic about the judgement that I’m specifically speaking of is that it’s based on the assumption that I would judge someone else.  Being a faithful Christian in high school is hard for so many reasons I never thought it’d be.  I always knew I’d be able to resist the temptation to drink and do drugs in high school, but what’s hard about the presence of these substances in high school social life is that other people’s knowledge of your decision not to get involved with these things often leads to their assumption that you think they’re “bad people” because they choose to use them.  Quite the opposite is true, as I would still love to maintain relationships with these people.  In all honesty, there are so many nights in which I lie awake hoping these friends make it home alright.  I’m not going make the decision to exclude someone from my life simply because they make choices I won’t, but my peers often choose to distance themselves from me because they know I don’t approve of or participate in the things they’re doing.

     Last week I read 2 Timothy, the second letter from Paul to Timothy.  If you’re unfamiliar with Paul, he underwent a colossal conversion from persecuting Christians to putting his life on the line to spread the message constantly.  Paul was thrown into prison several times and faced consequences left and right for sharing the gospel.  Something I often overlook is the thought that Paul’s friend group, like mine, radically changed after he made such a dramatic shift in his life.  Recognizing all of this certainly puts things in perspective and gives me hope and motivation to continue on no matter how hard it gets.  In verse eighteen of chapter four, Paul says to Timothy, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom.”  This verse was such a beautiful reminder to me over the past week that God will save me from the worst parts of this world and one day I’ll get to spend eternity in His perfect kingdom.

     This week, try to see past your challenges to that eternal life God promises us.  Even the greatest troubles here on earth pale in comparison to the glory awaiting us in heaven.  If you share that issue of judgment I mentioned and also worry about your friends making potentially dangerous decisions, pray for them!  One thing I’ve learned over the past year or so is that approaching people about their questionable actions rarely helps, so prayer is your greatest tool.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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Isle of Palms Spring Break Travel Diary 2018

     I spent Tuesday through Friday of last week staying in an adorable little house at Wild Dunes in Isle of Palms, South Carolina with my family for spring break.  We had an awesome time and today I’m so excited to share the details of our trip with y’all!  I’m sharing a ton of pictures as well as a video, which I recommend you watch in HD by clicking the HD button in the bottom right corner of the video.  I also linked most of the locations, restaurants, and shops mentioned so you can check them out for yourself if you’re planning trip to Isle of Palms.  Enjoy!

This video was created using iMovie.  All the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lens.  The background song is “The Other (DallasK Remix)” by Lauv.

Tuesday

     We left for Isle of Palms after lunch around 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  We spent our three and a half hour car ride watching movies, eating goldfish, and doing those fun spring break homework assignments (well actually that was just me and that “fun” comment was definitely sarcastic) before arriving at our house in Isle of Palms’ Wild Dunes resort area around 3:30 p.m.  When we got to the house we spent half an hour or so picking rooms and settling in then my father, sister, brother, and I went on a short walk to the beach!  It was so nice to have a house within walking distance from the beach and after this initial walk my sister and I felt comfortable enough to walk to the beach on our own.  When we got back to the house around 5:00 p.m. and my stepmom made pasta for dinner, which we ate around 6:00 p.m.  After dinner my sister and I went on another walk to the beach.  We took a few photos, shared many laughs, and watched the sunset before coming back to the house, showering, and going to bed.

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Wednesday

     My sister and I woke up around 8:30 a.m. and had crescent rolls with Nutella for breakfast before heading to the beach at 10:00 a.m.  While it was sunny, the weather was not in our favor as winds and cooler temperatures pushed us away from the water.  We walked back to our house around noon, where we had turkey and cheese sandwiches for lunch.  My brother, sister, and father have been watching The Flash on Netflix together, so while they binge watched for a few hours I worked on my AP U.S. History homework and my stepmother read her books.  Around 4:30 p.m. we began getting ready for dinner out.  We went to The Refuge around 6:00 p.m. and it was amazing!  I ordered the Amelia sandwich, which was turkey, tomato (which I asked to have taken off), avocado, bacon, mozzarella, and pesto (which I also asked to have excluded) on sourdough bread.  For dessert my sister and I split a peanut butter and chocolate pie.  After dinner we returned to the house and got ready for bed.

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Thursday

     Thursday morning I slept in until around 10:00 a.m. while my family went on a walk.  After waking up as they were leaving, I ate a couple cinnamon rolls for breakfast and read the Bible on the deck.  When my family returned from their walk around 11:00 a.m., we drove to Acme  Low Country Kitchen for brunch.  I had the island toast and it was so good.  After brunch we came back to the house for a couple hours before heading to Wild Dunes’ pool area overlooking the beach.  While at the pool, I tanned and worked on more AP U.S. History homework before playing lacrosse with my little brother.  My sister and I also spent a little time on the beach.  We returned to the house around 3:00 p.m., then my sister and I went on a walk to a gift shop on the resort property to buy tee shirts.  After our little trip to the gift shop, we got ready for dinner.  We ate at the Morgan Creek Grill on the marina, where I had fish and chips then a chocolate cake for dessert.  We returned to the house after dinner, began packing, and went to bed.

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Friday

     I woke up around 9:00 a.m., and after having a couple crescent rolls for breakfast I finished packing. We did one final sweep of the house and loaded the car to begin the journey home around 11:00 a.m.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed hearing about our trip!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram @apocketfuloffaith and follow my travel hashtag #farawaywithfaith so you don’t miss any of my upcoming travels.  If you’re interested in reading any of my other travel diaries, you can check them out here!

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Tickled Pink

     Ask any of my friends or family, blush pink, gold, and grey are my three favorite colors.  My blog theme, bedroom, and wardrobe reflect this all too clearly.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite blush pink, gold, and grey looks showcasing two lovely pieces of jewelry from brands I’ve recently collaborated with; Les Georgettes and Azúcar Accessories!  Enjoy!

     When I saw this blush pink top while shopping in LOFT a couple months ago, I knew I had to have it.  The pretty multi-seasonal color, adorable tie cuff sleeves, and flattering side slits had me at first glance!  I love pairing the top with my grey jeans to create a soft color contrast.  Gold high top Converse sneakers have become my go to shoe, and they add such a trendy twist to this simple look!  Speaking of trendy, these star earrings from Madewell are so in right now and always attract so many compliments!  Double wrap necklaces have been so popular over the past couple years, so when I realized my long druzy pendant necklace from Azúcar Accessories could double as a double wrap I knew it would be the perfect addition to this ensemble!  You can get this necklace, or anything else from Azúcar Accessories 15% off with my code “FAITH15”!  I’ve been obsessed with my Les Georgettes gold 14mm “Amour Cuff” lately, it’s so versatile because the pink leather insert can be reversed to show the grey leather or removed to leave the gold bracelet bare!  I finished off the look with my everyday watch and rings.

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top (no longer available in pink; shop a similar style sweater in blush pink here) // grey jeans // high tops // necklace (15% off with my code “FAITH15”) // bracelet // earrings // watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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I was given a special discount on the necklace from Azúcar Accessories and received the beaded bracelet from Les Georgettes in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

Spring in White & Gold

     It’s no secret that white and gold are two of my favorite colors (aside from blush pink, of course).  I wear white and gold jewelry daily and have too many white tops to count!  Spring is my favorite time to sport this classic color combo, and today I’m sharing one of my favorite looks incorporating white and gold!  This look includes a gorgeous white and gold necklace from Azúcar Accessories, which you can get 15% off with my code “FAITH15”!   Enjoy!

     I hadn’t shopped at American Eagle since middle school, but after finding an adorable velvet wrap skirt on sale there back in January (see the skirt styled here), I stopped underestimating the store and gave it another chance.  In the sale section I came across this adorable (and super soft) white top with tiered ruffle sleeves for under fifteen dollars and I knew I had to order it (the exact top is sold out, but I found a similar one, also on sale, here!)!  I paired the top with a plain pair of jeans and gold Jack Rogers sandals for a simple spring look.  I’ve been so into layering necklaces recently and saw the white top as the perfect canvas for some fun jewelry!  I wore my Kendra Scott Elisa ivory pearl necklace, Anthropologie gold asymmetrical initial necklace, and Azúcar Accessories white druzy necklace as a fun monochromatic trio.  I love the shimmer on the white druzy necklace, and it’s fun to style as a double wrap as well!  Get 15% off your Azúcar Accessories purchase with my code “FAITH15”!  To complete the look, I wore my gold Kate Spade watch, a couple Sashka Co bracelets, a gold MantraBand, a silver cross bracelet, and some simple rings.

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top (similar) // jeans // sandals // short white pendent necklace // gold initial necklace // long beaded necklace // white and gold beaded bracelets (here and here) // hoop earrings // watch (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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I was given a special discount on the necklace from Azúcar Accessories and received the beaded bracelet from Sashka Co. in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

Five Favorites; March 2018

     It’s crazy to think it’s already April!  Today I’m sharing five of my favorite things in the month of March, from jewelry to music to shoes!  This is my third “Five Favorites” post, so if you’re interested in reading my favorites of January and February you can check them out here and here!  Enjoy!

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  1. Vans Old Skool Sneakers in Black – I received these classic Vans sneakers for Christmas and while I never would have picked them out for myself, I’ve grown to love styling them (thanks Nana)!  These go with just about anything; a cute top and jeans, a denim skirt and nice top, a casual sundress, a graphic tee and jeans, you name it!  The hightop Vans sneakers have gained a lot of popularity lately but I think this low top style is so underrated!
  2. The Lumineers’ Cleopatra LP – As y’all already know, I’ve been obsessed with my record player since receiving it for Christmas.  I purchased The Lumineers’ Cleopatra album on vinyl at Urban Outfitters while in Charleston back in January and I can’t stop listening to it!  My recent favorites have been “Gale Song,” “Ophelia,” and “Sleep on the Floor.”
  3. Quay Australia After Hours Sunglasses in Tortoise/Brown – I’d never really owned a “nice” pair of sunglasses prior to getting these for Christmas and I just can’t stop wearing them!  I love popping these on while driving home from school and I always wear them when we watch the JV lacrosse game before warming up for our varsity game.  Compared to other leading sunglass brands like Ray Ban, these are quite inexpensive and I just think they’re so chic!
  4. Smith’s Mocha Rose Rosebud Salve Tube – I’ve sworn by my candy cane Chapstick since middle school, but this sweet tube of hydrating gloss has become a go to of mine lately!  It’s fairly neutral but has a little color and is glossy but not overwhelmingly sticky, making it perfect for everyday use.
  5. Madewell Looker Hinge Cuff Bracelet – This bracelet was another purchase I made in Charleston back in January (read my post about the trip here if you’re interested!) and I’ve worn it constantly since!  I’ve been so into funky statement pieces lately and this one is just the best.

Thanks for reading!

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My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

Scripture Sunday Vol. 31

     He has risen, happy Easter!  Today I’m sharing my thirty-first “Scripture Sunday” post (read the previous posts in my “Scripture Sunday” series here) with an Easter theme.  The verses I’m sharing today are a couple of my favorite from the gospels in regard to Jesus’ return!  As always, I’ll throw in the disclaimer that my “Scripture Sunday” posts fall under the Christian category, so if the Christian religion offends you for whatever reason please feel free to continue scrolling through my blog until you find something that strikes your fancy (this past week I shared my Carolina Point travel diary and an outfit inspired by Jeanine Amapola)!  Enjoy!

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Today’s Verses:

Matthew 28:19-20; Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

     I didn’t want to spend today’s “Scripture Sunday” telling y’all what I’m sure you’ve heard all day, “He is risen!”  Yes, He has risen indeed, but what does that mean for us today, over two thousand years later?  What does it mean to serve a living God?

     We’re about to reach that time of the school year where the teachers review what they’ve taught us so we are prepared to take the exam and advance into courses where we will be expected to know everything they have taught us without their presence.  These final days with the teachers we’ve gotten to know and love (or loathe) so well are stressful and scary, and personally I spend a lot of it scared that I won’t be able to retain everything they’ve shown me throughout the course of the school year.  But still, these teachers will soon finish reviewing study guides and pass out exams that will mark our departure from their classes.  Imagine what it must have felt like as a disciple to realize that your teacher of the most important lessons ever has died, and while He just somehow came back from the dead, is about to leave you again.  Like I said, I’m stressed about the fact that I’m supposed to remember how to graph cotangent functions without my pre-cal teacher next year, if Jesus told me “I’m about to go back to heaven but you stay here and teach people how to live” I think I’d pass out on the spot.

     What I love so much about Matthew 28:19-20 is that while Jesus tells his disciples basically just that (“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”), He also gives the greatest reminder of all time; He might be leaving us physically but He is with us forever.  In my opinion, the last sentence of Matthew is debatably the prettiest and most comforting thing in the Bible, it says “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  If that’s not some of the best news you’ve ever heard I really don’t know what is, personally I’d be a train wreck without Jesus.

     This week, look for Jesus in everything.  You are not alone, and you will never be.  Know that your teacher Jesus has given you a mission, but unlike your school teachers and the exams they give you, He accompanies and guides you throughout this test.  He loves you unconditionally and sends you into the world to do amazing things with Him.

Thanks for reading!  Happy Easter and have a blessed week!

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