Roaring Pride

God has really been rocking my world lately. Have you ever been in that place in your life where you finally feel like you have things figured out? You're confident about the way you make decisions and how you live your life. You feel secure in your relationship with the Lord. You just seem to have a handle on things. It sounds pretty good, right? Don't we want to be comfortable and feel at ease? The answer is no, not in this life because this isn't our home. The Bible is explicitly clear that we WILL face trouble in this life (John 16:33) and we aren't meant to build a life of comfort here because that would be meaningless (the entire book of Ecclesiastes). So this feeling of having it all figured out should actually shake us up, not comfort us.

I've been learning that whenever I start to feel like I'm in a good place I need to check my pride. It's in these moments that I realize I am depending far too heavily on myself. Proud people don't see well because God turns the proud over to the imagination of their hearts (Luke 1:51b). If I'm truly honest with myself, I have a tendency to compare my strengths to the weaknesses in others and this is not healthy nor is it godly. This mindset always causes conflict because it makes you see things that aren't there. It's a difficult thing to admit being prideful and it's even more difficult to own up to it, apologize and not expect anything in return. Recognize that you are only responsible for your side of doing what's right in the sight of the Lord and allow him to work in the hearts of others by being prayerful.

It's interesting that as we become more spiritually mature we don't get better at managing sin and knowing God, instead we distinguish just how wretched our hearts really are and how desperately we need a savior. Romans 5 tells us that where sin dwells, grace abounds.  I think we can all admit we are sinners in need of a savior, so reminding ourselves of this fact will help us stay humble. 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
-Philippians 2:3

Photography by Justin James

I don't wear dresses often but this is one of my go-to outfits because it is simple yet so fun. What I love most about this dress is the hint of red in the lining and the back zipper. I played up that pop of red by coordinating my nail and lip colors. And what could make this effortless look even more chic? Adding classic jewelry and my favorite over the knee boots from Stuart Weitzman

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