Steadfast and Stylish

Happy Monday everyone! Like most people, I wake up and catch myself saying, "Ugh. I hate Mondays," but really why do we do this? Scrolling through Instagram there are so many hilarious memes regarding Sunday blues and not looking forward to Monday. I often laugh and tag Morgan because it's become embedded in our generation (or culture rather) to dread "getting back to the grind." I've challenged myself to start looking at Mondays with a positive attitude and as exciting. It is the start of a new work week after all! Sure, Monday seems so far from Friday but like clockwork Friday rolls back around and so on and so forth. So how about we change our perspective?

One scripture I love is found in Lamentations 3:22-23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." That alone should get us excited to jump out of bed! What if we started each new day asking God to reveal himself to us in every conversation, every work situation; to surprise us with his goodness and grace? You may remember this song from when we were in Sunday School but Psalms 118:24 still rings true, "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." I was talking with a friend this past weekend and he said, "You know, since we're supposed to bring God into every part of our lives I started thanking him for everything all the way down to a parking spot." And that's so true! God isn't just in the big but the small, and if we change our perception we see his hand in so many areas of our lives. 

At the end of the Flatirons Community Church message this past Sunday, the pastor challenged the congregation to start each day by reading (leading to memorizing) the Sermon on the Mount so that in every situation we face, each person we speak to, we choose to react in a way that would best represent Christ versus doing what seems right to us in that moment. So friends, we challenge you to either read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) or a verse that spurs you on to righteousness to start every new day with a grateful heart. 

If you're anything like me, music makes a world of difference so instead of getting ready or driving to work listening to the Top 100, listen to worship music! Much like any genre, there is a range of musicians and styles making it easy to find artists that you love. For starters, if you have Spotify, you can listen to our "Blessed Be Your Name" playlist, which includes anything from "Shane and Shane" to "for King & Country."

Start this week with a cheerful heart!  

Photography by the wonderful Noah Berg based in Denver.

It's not odd to find me in ridiculous patterns, prints and colors but the simplicity of a basic white blouse, ripped up boyfriend jeans (so comfy) and nice nude heels is stylish without trying at all. With the nasty weather we were having over the past few weeks I slowly found myself getting down and resorting to workout clothes or sweats with the excuse "well it's not like I'm going anywhere." That may have been true but I found when I got properly dressed I was more productive. Did your mom ever tell you look your best the day of a test in high school or college? 

A basic outfit like this didn't take much time to create yet it looks put together and effortlessly chic. Next time you just have no clue what to wear or frankly don't feel like getting dressed put together a basic outfit like this and you'll be ready for whatever you have to do that day. 

White Blouse: Dear Hannah in Snider Plaza Dallas
Jacket: Athleta (Similar Below) 
Shoes: ASOS

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