Hoping this Easter weekend was great for everyone! It was such a blast for me because I was able to go home from school, see my family and friends, and attend the Easter service at my hometown church! I spent Friday and Saturday just relaxing with some of my favorite people and sweet pups and Sunday was spent going to church and two family get-togethers! My 97-year-old great grandmother was able to join us for lunch and it was SO great to see her and get to talk to her. She told me she thought my dress was beautiful and that it looked like something her daughter (my grandma) would wear! Here is the outfit I wore for Easter and a little mid-week encouragement down below!
Drew’s sister Allie is awesome (and obviously gorgeous)! I’m so thankful to have her and the rest of Drew’s family in my life, they are so fun and goofy and just truly great to spend time with!
I recently got this bracelet from a local boutique and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing it a lot now since it’s so simple yet dainty and goes with anything! I’ll put links down below to similar bracelets and also similar necklaces to the Loft one I’m wearing!
(Side note: For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend, Drew has two precious golden retrievers who are four years old this month! Drew got Brinkley (pictured above) as a puppy, and Amie we adopted from a friend last year who speaks mostly Chinese. Amie is just starting to learn commands in English, however we did learn a little Chinese to help her adjust 😊).
I don’t normally write posts this long but I was wanted to encourage you guys with a little bit about a daily struggle of mine and how I overcome it. I hope this is helpful for anyone who has a hard time remembering they are fully loved by Christ and do not need the love of others to be satisfied!
When I originally started this blog I made a goal to share all the parts of life (this includes the crazy, tough, pull-the-covers-over-your-head-and-never-leave-your-house-again kind of days). So here goes! I stopped yesterday around 11:30am while on my way to class (the one I usually skip lol) and my only thought was “could I embarrass myself anymore today?” Most days I rethink and reprocess my conversations with people from earlier in the day. Yesterday before it was even noon, I was already rolling my eyes at myself because I felt embarrassment from sounding dumb in conversation/situations with people. Stumbling on my words in front of my professor, my stomach growling so loud in the silent waiting room for my advising meeting, and failing at small talk because I ramble occasionally (but by occasionally I of course mean all the time). Any of you people-pleasers out there cringing yet? As a people-pleaser type, I get so analytical about how people respond to my words or actions and I worry about disappointing them. I have trouble with making my love for approval an idol in my heart and it has been a work in progress growing in understanding my worth is in Christ and not in the approval of others. A few years ago I came across Galatians 1:10 and it says,
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
I have to remind myself of this verse often throughout my days because my worries of human approval distract me from the truth that I am fully loved by God! If I am so concerned about the approval of others then I can’t be serving God’s kingdom to the best of my ability and the desire for approval ends keeping me from loving others well and from being bold in sharing the gospel. It is so hard to love others to the best of your ability when your love for them is dependent on their love and approval of you! Christ offers us perfect love and grace that can surpass any kind of conditional love that we face in our daily life! Let’s finish the week with the reminder that we can be confident and free because we do not need to seek approval since we are fully known and fully loved by our creator!
Thanks so much for reading and have an awesome rest of your week!