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Happy Birthday Graham

Happy birthday to the funniest kid ever. My athletic, friendly, sweet, focused, raspy voiced 5 year old. Please stop growing up!

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Fashion File… prints have it

If you don’t already have a pair of colored jeans, you are about to miss the boat.  They are everywhere.  I have seen them in department stores, Target and Old Navy.  If you don’t consider yourself adventurous enough, buy a darker color.

However, if you want the hottest look for the fall, you need to get a pair of printed jeans.  Now don’t panic.  While there are a ton of crazy prints out there, there are some more subtle, tasteful ones as well.  There are even prints that would be age appropriate for an older woman (if there are any older readers out there).

Here are a few examples (all images were pulled from Zappos so if you want to take a closer look, head over there and search “printed denim”)…

 

 

These are great.  You can hardly tell from the picture but they are a black leopard print.  The print is very subtle but edgy when you look up close.  I think these are age appropriate for an older woman or a less adventurous woman.

 

 

 

 

 

This pair is again, a subtle blue print.  The print is not too much, but just enough to be fun.  Cobalt blue is a really hot color this fall too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had to include this pair because I swear I owned them in 1989.  And boy did I wear the life out of them. I would wear these with a simple long sweater and plain brown boots.  But to be honest, if I owned these jeans, I would not wear them very often at all.

 

 

 

 

If you are going to wear a printed jean, everything else you wear needs to be neutral and toned down.  Including your shoes and jewelry.  And keep in mind if you want to tone down the print even more, you can wear tall boots over your jeans and a long top or sweater, which would cut off the print in both directions.

For kicks, here are a few don’ts.  Please don’t…

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My greatest gift

I once heard a preacher say, “The greatest gift you can give the world is your intimacy with God,” and for some reason this statement has been ringing in my mind lately.

As a wife and a mom and a preacher’s wife, I truly desire to give good things to my family.  I want to give my kids love and affection.  I want to give my husband my time and attention.  I want to give our church inspiration and leadership.  Often, in my attempt to do these good things, I neglect the most important thing which is focus on cultivating my relationship with Christ.

If my intimacy with God suffers, my whole family is going to suffer because I will eventually find myself giving from the wrong place and with the wrong perspective.  Sometimes I want to spread far and wide when God simply wants me to dig deep.

Achieving intimacy with God does not necessarily equate to a specific amount of time spent reading the Bible and prayer.  But it does require time spent in God’s Word and prayer.  God wants to speak to me.  He wants to challenge me.  He wants to answer my prayers.  But He’s not going to answer a prayer that I never pray.  This is not about legalism.  It is about relationship.

And believe me, I spend most of my days operating out of a sense of self-sufficiency.  But I cannot give my world my best if I have not first given my world to God.

Jesus said it himself in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Maybe the answer to trying to give my best to everyone begins with allowing God give Himself to me.

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Unglued giveaway winner

Thank you to all of you who entered our Unglued group giveaway!

Carrie in Haiti, congratulations!  I am so excited for you and your group.  I am praying for you and your group that you would continue to encourage one another as you minister in Haiti.  I am praying the Lord’s favor over each of your ministries there.

Send your information to LeighAnn (lloeblein@elevationchurch.org) and we will get your packet in the mail to you right away!

 

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Monday Morning Commentary

We continued our series, Greater, this weekend with a message from one of my favorite stories in the whole Bible. The story of the Woman from Shunem in 2 Kings 4:8-31.

My written commentary is not even going to come close to explaining this sermon because it was such an emotional message. I feel like my husband preached from a very raw, personal place and the result was a powerful impact on our church. The story of the Shunammite woman is one that encourages us that the road to greater things is not marked by easy answers.

My husband told us that there cannot be a resurrection if there is not first a death. Sometimes God has to let our dreams die so we can experience the resurrection. The Shunemite woman refused to plan a funeral. She was expecting a miracle. She didn’t know what to do when her son died, but she knew who to go to.

This message was a Word for our church and it if you missed it, I hope you will take the time to listen to it (or watch it). You can catch the message today on the Elevation Network, on our Podcast, or in our archive.

Have a GREATer day!

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Life Change Inbox

It’s Friday and time for another Life Change Inbox!  Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified.  People often write in to Elevation and share the work God is doing in their lives through our church.  When I read these stories, I am reminded that we serve a powerful God who still works miracles in the lives of everyday people.  These stories inspire me to keep giving, keep serving and continue praying for those who are far from God.  I hope they will do the same for you.

If you have a story you would like to share, email us at amencorner@elevationchurch.org

Check out this story…….

Dear Elevation Church,

 I wanted to take a moment to email about how your sermon impacted me. I am 18 years old.  I just moved into my first year of college. It has been hard to find God’s presence and godly people here. I began to be greatly discouraged, and believed a lie that contrary to my prayers, God was not working here. This morning my roommate and I tried to find a church to attend, but couldn’t find anyone to ride with. I decided to look up a sermon, and found y’all. The sermon encouraged me to be an imitator of Christ in what seems like a Godless place. It encouraged me to stick with what I believe and stick with my God even if I was the only one. It encouraged me to have God fill me so that I can be the Godly person someone else might be looking for. I thank God for using you as a tool to help me stay strong in my Savior and Lord.

 God Bless

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Giveaway time

I just finished my friend, Lysa TerKeurst’s latest book, Unglued. The book is great all the way through. I particularly loved the last chapter where she says that Unglued moments are not all that bad if you allow yourself to look inward.

There is an old preacher story that asks, “What do you get when you squeeze an orange?” The answer of course is orange juice. The preacher says what is on the inside always comes out when you get squeezed.

The thing is, when I do have an unglued moment, I can feel guilty, beat myself up, and blame others OR I can look inward and get to the root of what caused me to become unglued and maybe grow a little bit.

Lysa is a personal friend of mine and I love how she is not afraid to be real in her book. She shares her struggles and her own personal unglued moments in a way that is so encouraging to the reader. If you don’t yet have a copy of her book, you need to get one!

I also think this book would be awesome to go through with a group of ladies. So today I want to give one away to someone who leads a small group or (is in a small group). Leave a comment telling me a little bit about your group. The winners will receive a DVD set as well as a copy of the book and participant’s guide for each member of your group.

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Brick by brick

Proverbs 14:1
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

I love this verse in Proverbs.  I want to be a wise woman.  A woman who is proactive in building my house, one brick at a time.

I can build into my relationship with my husband.  This means I focus on what I can do to improve our relationship rather than the things I wish he would do.  When I place my efforts in my own change, I have less time to be worried about his.

I can build into my children.  I know that every ounce of effort I put into disciplining them and teaching them to be responsible is worth it, even if I cannot see the results today.

I can build our day by getting up early enough that I do not have to rush out the door.  Or planning ahead of time what we will eat for dinner so we have a healthy meal to eat.  (Boy is this an area where I have lots of room for improvement).

I can build into the emotional atmosphere of our home by making sure my soul is filled with with Word of God so that I am not running on empty, a ticking bomb waiting to explode on someone.

Am I perfect at these things?  No way.  I don’t even come close.  But a healthy, God-centered home is not magically built.  It is put together one brick at a time.  And while some days I lay more bricks than others, my goal is to make sure I am working to build my house, not tear it down.

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Fashion File… a key piece this fall

Per the request of a few of my friends, I am bringing back the fashion file for the next few weeks.  We’ll talk about boots, printed jeans and more, if I can think of it.  But today I want to talk about the blazer.

A blazer can give a plain t-shirt and jeans so much life.

If you are only going to buy a few pieces for the fall, you should invest in a blazer.  There are all kinds of blazers in stores right now.   I would suggest you look for one that is comfortable (there are even some jersey knit blazers out right now that are so comfy!) and one that is a dark neutral color (black, navy, grey) that you can wear with everything.

So here are a  few things you may find out there…

 

 

This is a sweater blazer.  It is a tighter fit but a stretchy fabric.  This jacket is casual but dressy at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a loser fitting blazer.  And while I don’t recommend the color if it is going to be your only jacket, it is slouchy yet fitted.  This jacket is long enough to  be worn with leggings.

 

 

 

 

 

This jacket is a shorter, boxy cut.  It looks great with a long shirt coming underneath it (also a great look with leggings).

 

 

 

 

 

I love the length of this blazer and the length of the arms.  It has a real slimming effect.

 

 

 

 

 

This jacket is from the Gap and it comes in a bunch of colors.  It is a great example of a short jacket with a good fit.  Again, I don’t recommend this color but I do love the trim.

 

 

 

 

Ok, happy blazer hunting!

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Monday Morning Commentary… Digging Ditches

We continued our series, Greater, this weekend with an amazing announcement… Greater has made the NY Times best seller list (#4)!!!!  I couldn’t be more proud of my husband for all his hard work!   And the sermon this weekend was amazing as always.

The message came from 2 Kings 3, where Elishah tells the kings at war that if they want God to send the rain they need to make the valley full of ditches.  My husband talked about how sometimes a great need in our lives can be a good thing if it leads us to a greater dependence on God.

He then went on to tell us that there is a difference between inspiration and implementation.  He taught that faith is making preparation for something you cannot see.  I loved when he said, “faith is not a lottery ticket, it is a work order.”

He challenged us to think about the ditches God may be calling us to dig.  Like forgiving someone when you don’t feel like it, or giving when you don’t have the extra resources, or serving when you don’t want to.

I was personally challenged by this message this weekend, and I hope you will take the time to listen to it (or watch it).  You can catch the message today on the Elevation Network, on our Podcast, or in our archive.

Hope you have a GREATer day!

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