Miracles Don’t Just Happen

Have you ever realized that miracles don’t just happen? A lot of the time, we expect God to magically solve a problem. But God is not a genie. He always interacted with his creation. Jesus never healed arbitrarily, but as a result of something. Whether it be prayer, fasting, or leaps of faith. Abraham became the father or many nations. He gave birth to Isaac at 100 years old. God didn’t just magically give him this, however. God told Abraham “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.””

Genesis 17:1-2. There’s an if-then relationship here. Abraham had to first do something which was walk before God faithfully and be blameless THEN the Lord would make his convenient with him. In John 5, Jesus heals the invalid man. He tells him “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” to which the man listened. As a result, he cured. But he had to first pick up his mat and walk; he had to first do what Jesus commanded. Had he not, where would the miracle be? So I ask you today, will you pick up your mat and walk as the Lord commands you to or will you continue to miss the miracles?

Food for Thought,

Sandra

Planted

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while. I’ve been busy with work and school. But I decided to stop by and share some things that were on my heart and hope it helps you if you find yourself in a similar situation. So excuse me while I get vulnerable! 

Recently, I’ve been feeling a bit hopeless in my relationship with God, especially when it came to my sin . Feeling like I take one step forward then 10,000 backwards. I’d get advice from my friends and beat myself up then be as vulnerable as possible with God and just feel like no change was happening. 

Today I was faced with a situation where I lied about something important. I immediately felt guilty and prayed then called a close friend for advice… she didn’t pick up. I was in a panic, thinking about the consequences when something just hit me… “Why am I getting advice on who God made me to be”. That’s when I instantly rectified my lie and was upfront. What clicked in me was that God made me to be a woman of integrity, and He planted His word in me. There may be consequences but I know who I am in God, and that’s all that matters. 

We so often go searching for the answers, ignoring what’s already been planted in us by His Grace. The Holy Spirit is real. Ephesians 4:30 says “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”. Advice is great, biblical, and vital; however, we are also graced with the Spirit of truth which aids us in our time of need. Let’s be bold, let’s be real, and let’s go to the source!

Nothing but Love,

Sandra

Have Fun!

Hey y’all, hope you’re enjoying summer so far! My last summer post is not a trend, but a lifestyle… have fun! Life is too short and full of opportunity. I know we live busy lives, between work, school, responsibilities/extra curriculars; some of us may have children, or are taking care of parents. And we know we can’t abandon these responsibilities, but we can have fun before we’re burnt out, resentful, and bitter. What better time than summer when the sun is beaming and the opportunities are bountiful!

1. Self- love day (Make time for YOURSELF)

Something that has helped me and a close friend encouraged me with is to set a day for yourself. She has the entire Thursday for self-love. Her schedule is a bit more flexible, but for me I can’t have an entire day, but I can have an entire couple of hours to do stuff that I like… just me. Now, I’m an introvert so that comes naturally anyway. But some of you are extroverts and get energy from people. But regardless of your innate nature…you need time for yourself, to reflect on your goals, your dreams, how you want to grow, and how you can better take care of yourself. Here are some things you can do on your self-love days

-Exercise

-Watch a movie

-Spa/nails

-Shopping

-Read a book

-Prayer/journaling

-Try a new recipe


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2. Be BOLD (Don’t be afraid)

How many of us have looked at something online or heard that a friend did something that was always intriguing to us? But we never did it because of fear or because it was too much money, or whatever the case may be? If you want to do it and don’t have the money, save up for it each paycheck. But don’t let fear be an excuse! Make a bucket list, price it, and don’t be discouraged or fearful!


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3. The places you’ll go (Travel)

To all my readers (those with children, parental responsibilities, or those with just a rack of student debt), get out and travel. Don’t miss out on the world because you felt you didn’t deserve to experience it. This vast world is for the taking. Saving and planning is essential. If you have children, talk to a great friend/family member way in advance to be that babysitter- same for those with parental responsibilities. Budget your travel accordingly. Here are some tips for a great trip

-Opt for an Airbnb instead of a hotel as it’s typically cheaper and has better amenities

-Bring a good friend, your homie, double the fun and half the cost!

-Research other attractions that are nearby so you can kill a couple of birds with one stone

-Be free. Even if something wasn’t in the itinerary, who cares! Exploration is supposed to be spontaneous.


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The Joy of Nativity (You can have fun right in your backyard or down the street)

Make it your goal to find out what’s in your city. I live in between Baltimore City and Washington, DC which is perfect. I’m 24 years young and have so much to explore between the two “city-states” and a lot of times, is absolutely free. Here are some things I like to do/would like to do in my area and you could do the same in yours!

-Monuments and Museums (you could go to historical sites in your city)

-Food truck festivals/restaurant week (every city has its famous foods)

-Indoor & Outdoor Concerts- I’m a HUGE music fan (find your local outdoor concerts and be sure to visit an artist you always dreamed of seeing if they happen to make it to your city)

-Thrift stores- fashion for less and it’s warm outside!

-Outdoor/drive-in movies- this will give you all the feels of a summer night and you can bring your own snacks!


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No matter what you do, have fun, be bold, and be spontaneous.

Enjoy your summer!

Sandra

Sneak Freak!

Hi ladies. Sorry I feel off, but I’m back! I promised you a trend every week until the beginning of summer. Summer officially starts tomorrow, but I still have two more trends for you. Today, we’re going to be talking about sneakers. I’m not a “sneakerhead”, but I do appreciate a good pair. I love sneakers for the summer for multiple reasons. 1) versatile outside of your professional attire 2) great for when your toes aren’t done 3) customizable

1. Versatile outside of your professional attire
You’ve been working all week wearing your slacks, your dresses, your heels. But it’s Friday, and you’re going out with your girls, or bae and would like to be free. Sneakers are perfect to do this. You could wear some sneakers with a bodycon dress for sheer simplicity.

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2. Great for when your toes aren’t done

I know we all love a good pair of sandals for the summer especially since it’s hot and we don’t want anything touching our bodies, but this is where you can opt for a pair of flat sneakers, especially if your toes are a little less than par OR you simply just want to change it up. You won’t be as warm and they’re not clunky. They have a softer look to them so if you’re a girl-girl, this is perfect for you. I also love flat sneakers for the variety of print that you can otherwise not pull off in a pair of Jordan’s. You can wear flat sneakers with anything.


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3. Customizable

I have my own quibbles about technology, but when it comes to an outlet for creativity, I’m all about it. Several top selling sneaker brands now allow you to customize your sneakers to your swag… all online! From the sole of the shoe, to the color of the laces, it’s all you! I personally plan to customize a pair pf Reeboks fairly soon! This way you can set tone for what you’re going for or what would be perfect for your closet


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I know I have some authentic sneaker freaks out here, so please drop your wisdom on how to swag it out with some dope sneakers this summer!

Topliner,

Sandra

The Professional Chronicles: Summer 2017!

Too all my yo-pros (young professionals) and my seasoned sisters, you can be fashionable any profession and any time of year! As part of the summer trends series, I’d like to touch on professional, fashionable clothing! I dont work in a PR firm or a the fashion industry, but in IT, with a bunch of computers and a bunch of men! But that doesn’t stop me from looking my best. When I look my best, I feel great. When I feel great, I’m encouraged to put out my best product. 

I love wearing high waisted clothing! In fact, I’ve worn high waisted bottoms this entire week. Monday I wore black high waisted pants that zipped on the side, a blue and white pin-striped button down, and a black blazer. Tuesday I wore a simple scoop neck white tee, with a high waisted pencil skirt and a cardigan. Today I am wearing a body suit and high waisted parachute slacks. High waist is flattering & trending!


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I also love chunky heels for work. You can wear chunky heels with almost any artifact of clothing, but they epsically look good with skinny-leg slacks. My only desire is that your chunky heels are not loud-colored. That would draw too much attention!


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Blazers are amazing, especially for this unpredictable weather. It’s the perfect piece to dress your outfit up. Wear it with a pencil skirt, fitted dress, or flare dress for those cooler days!


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Floral is perfect for summer. I’m seeing floral all over D.C. I love floral dresses and floral tops… brightens up the summer day even more. Make sure the rest of your outfit is solid-colored. This also goes well with a nude or black pair of heels for the office!


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Lastly ladies… you can wear jumpsuits to work! Yes I said it. Just make it classy and I suggest wearing it on a Friday or a relaxed day. Pair your jumpsuit with a blazer or light cardigan, and simple heels!


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Have fun with your clothing, but still be mindful of your environment! The goal is to be neat but fun!
Let us know how you’d rock any of the suggested pieces!
Your Trendy Tuesday Topliner,

Sandra