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Sunday, 21st April, 2019

This is The Kind of Love That Lasts Forever | The Hunt For True Love

 

Humankind enjoys treasure hunts.

 

Since childhood, we’re taught to find the perfect pieces to put the cardboard puzzle together. As we mature, we attempt to do this with our hearts. We live in constant pursuit of the part that fits, knowing that there is more to life. That there is something missing.

 

And there is.

 

We know there is more because God created us with the desire for eternity.

 

Ecclesiates 3:11 says, He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

 

So you see, there isn’t a problem with you. The void you have is intentional; it can only be filled with something bigger and it’s up to you to choose. Some select relationships, money, work or themselves. But would you rather ram the obtuse piece into your heart, twisting and turning it, forcing it to fit? Or, would you want to fill it with what it was actually meant for?

 

When we tell stories of salvation, we say “we found God” but you can’t say you found “something” that was always made known to you. The best kind of love was always in plain sight. God pours it out on you everyday and He sent His son to die on the cross of calvary for our sins, just to show you the depth of it all (John 3:16).

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Love Like Jesus

 

1 John 3:16 The Passion Translation (TPT)

This is how we have discovered love’s reality: Jesus sacrificed his life for us. Because of this great love, we should be willing to lay down our lives for one another.

 

Light shines in darkness, doesn’t it?

 

At the Last Supper, Jesus broke bread with His closest friends for the very last time and gave one more commandment. “Love one another” (John 13:34). It was the darkest day of his life and even with a traitor in his midst, He loved anyway. ISN’T THAT CRAZY?

 

Every Good Friday, my heart breaks on a new level. I’m taken to a somber place — a place where I remember the agony Christ endured in greater depth. I remember that in His final moments, He cried out, “FATHER take this cup from me,” and yet He still did it anyway.⁣ He exchanged His crown for the cross, all for the sake of us.

 

He sacrificed His life for the sins of the very people who spat, whipped and nailed him. He died for the people who don’t believe in Him today. He died for us all, even when we betray Him with our actions. Christ is our bridge; He is why we have new life here on earth and in heaven. Our sins are forgiven and we are so ridiculously loved.

 

We weren’t just commanded to love one another; Christ commanded us to love like HE loves us.

 

My prayer is for God to give us a heart like His. To be in the midst of the very ones who have plotted our downfall and still, love them anyway. We can sacrifice our thrones of pride and unforgiveness for the crown of life.

My prayer is for God to give us a heart like His. To be in the midst of the very ones who have plotted our downfall and still, love them anyway. We can sacrifice our thrones of pride and unforgiveness for the crown of life. Click To Tweet

 

The Kind of Love That Lasts Forever

 

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

We can freely celebrate because we accept Christ as our Savior. And now, nothing can separate us from His love.

 

So you see, a love that lasts forever is one that is sacrificial. It gives us second chances. It is without condition. It is the love of God.

A love that lasts forever is one that is sacrificial. It gives us second chances. It is without condition. It is the love of God. Click To Tweet

 

Christ on the cross serves as a reminder that God can resurrect absolutely anything back to life. It is a reminder that through His wounds, we are healed. That, even when we go astray, He would still go to the cross for us over and over again. Regardless of what seems dead in our lives, we are reborn with a whole new meaning when we choose to follow Christ.

Christ on the cross serves as a reminder that God can resurrect absolutely anything back to life. Regardless of what seems dead in our lives, we are reborn with a whole new meaning when we choose to follow Christ. Click To Tweet

 

Our hunt ends here because in Christ, we find our Treasure.

Our hunt ends here because in Christ, we find our Treasure. Click To Tweet

 


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I FINISHED MY FIRST BOOK! | BOOK UPDATE #1

 

My beautiful people, now you see why I’ve been MIA!

 

BOOK 1: is complete! ✨

 

Wow. This process was so real! After fasting, praying, learning new disciplines and so much more I can’t even begin to explain, I AM FINISHED! Ahh ♥️ Check out my new video to catch my final moments submitting my manuscript, hear a little about my writing process and of course, inspiration! One down, two to go. For now, at least 😜

 

Talk to you all soon!

 

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IMAGINE: My Word of The Year | Having Faith to Dream Bigger

Years ago, my mom ripped out an article from Charisma magazine and handed it to me for my journey back to campus. The writer, Jamie Buckingham, said, “We must dream so big that without the support that comes through favor with God and man, we could never accomplish what is in our hearts.”

 

That piece of paper has probably been long disposed of, but I recently came across the quote in an old blog post. I find it fitting, especially because “imagine” is my word of 2019.

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8 Important Life Lessons (& My Favorite Looks of 2018)

This past year was the year God kept dropping the number 8 in my spirit. After realizing the number biblically symbolized new beginnings, I found more hope and clutched unto it. Then, came the new. I graduated with my Masters at Syracuse, officially became a business owner, reigned as Miss Black NJ, and the biggest blessing ever — landed a three book deal.

 

All, so much newness. But the most important form was the renewing of my heart, mind, spirit. I was able to see God’s intentionality through that number and through this verse, which was actually my theme for the year long before:

 

Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not see it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

 

God had a message for me all year long and today, I’m going to share the life lessons I learned in 2018. 8 of them, of course — it’s only right.

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How I Landed a Three Book Deal as a First Time Author!

 

The BIGGEST surprise I received from God in 2017: signing a three book deal with Baker Publishing Group, one of the most prominent Christian publications out there! Not one, not two but THREE BOOKS! I will soon be able to call myself an author, like whaaaat 😭🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

 

I won’t say much. The video says enough for itself! But here’s a quick message:

 

God has purposed EVERYONE — this includes you! He has MIGHTY plans for your life but are you willing to be a vessel?

 

Watch “How I Landed a Three Book Deal as a First Time Author” for my testimony and some much needed encouragement as you go into this new year ♥️

 

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Beauty Guide: The Best Ulta Holiday Gift Sets 2018

Hi, beautiful people!

 

I was invited to the ULTA Beauty Holiday 2018 Press Party and left with a SUITCASE and BAGS full of beauty products!!! So perf for stocking stuffing and gifting ranging from $10-$150. You’ll find all the goods linked below in this funny vid with my sister — you don’t want to miss it!

 

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Gratitude Changes Things || Tips and Verses for a Grateful Heart

Are you going in circles? Around and around, you go — attempting to make progress but continuously finding yourself in the same predicament time and time again? Maybe, you’re not even making any moves at all — your life is at a standstill. You’re trying to open doors yourself and when you finally realize you can’t do it alone, you ask God… but He makes you wait.

 

On a job. On a family. On love. On growth.  

 

I noticed around this time of year, I’m a tad bit more irritable. I absolutely love the holidays because of Jesus (duh!) and family. I love the songs and events and movies. However, it is especially around this time where the weight of darker days and biting cold can further remind you of the things you lack.  

 

But it doesn’t have to.

 

Now can be the end of your discontent. Now can be the end of your frustration.

 

This post exists to encourage you to develop and maintain a heart of gratitude regardless of what you’re going through…regardless on what you’re waiting on.  

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3 Steps To Conquer Your Monday

This post is sponsored by Primark and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Adorned in Armor possible!

 

Who hates Monday’s? I used to despise it! 😩 Things have changed, though. I’m excited to share why my perspective shifted and three ways as to how you can transform your outlook, too! I see too many posts on my feed about how Monday is such an unfortunate day, so I figured it would be cool to write about how you can own it, instead of it running you!

 

I’m breaking it down into three easy steps in regards to mental, physical and spiritual!

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How To Experience True Freedom

 

I celebrated my 24th birthday last week and man, I feel so free! I’m so liberated by what God has graced me with and what He saw fit to take away. I have only grown stronger in knowing who I am and who I am called to be: a bold daughter of the King whose life reflects His light.

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Welcome! I’m the creator of Adorned in Armor & Dressed for Battle Podcast! As a business owner, fashion writer for Teen Vogue & The Haitian Times, former pageant queen and future author, I equip  women with the weapons to live victorious lives, encourage them to glorify God with their gifts and to embrace their crowns in Christ. Armor up with me @adornedinarmor!

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