February 7, 2014

seven: encouragement

when weary won't let you rest...
when you're burdened, feeling weak...

keep longing for Him, keep going...

He is with you. always. seek Him.

Jeremiah 29:12
"then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and i will hear you."

that is a beautiful promise that speaks to my heart, He is always there. He will always meet us where we are when we simply look for Him. i've had an emotional week and my heart has been heavy but i can have hope because i know Jesus always has me in His hands. i have felt burdened lately and something that really lifted my spirits was a post from Sincerely, Lo blog featuring a song from kari jobe. i'm listening to it right now on repeat. thank you sister for posting that because i've felt so encouraged by it. where ever you are, whatever you are going through...God is with you. keep going.

(photos from weheartit)

February 6, 2014

six: beauty must haves for a "benebabe"

if you follow me on instagram you'll know i accionally post my current make up faves by Benefit. it is my favorite cosmetic company and both my grandma and mom use it. let's just say Benefit has been around for awhile in our family. here is a list of my favorite Benefit products i use everyday! you can find Benefit products at any department store, Ulta or Sephora.
1. Porefessional: i put some on my T-zone and any spots i get oily during the day on my face before i apply my foundation. this is seriously a miracle "primer" that fills in all your pores and leaves your skin smooth and helps your make up stay on longer! 
2. Big Beautiful Eyes: one of the reasons i love Benefit is because their make up is classy, natural but still fun. this palette is my favorite because these neutral colors go with anything and the color lasts on your lids and it's very high quality. i've had mine for over a year and i still have alot left...you definitly get bang for your buck with Benefit.
3. One Hot Minute: another everyday wear is one hot minute bronzer. i'm not pasty but i will definitely light up a room with my "whiteness" if i go with just foundation. without any type of bronzer i don't have much depth or warmness in my face so this product works wonders. this bronzer is also not like most where its just brown. this bronzer has a rose tint in it that makes it much more natural. no bold brown streaks across your cheek bones here!
4. They're Real: the most amazing mascara i've ever tried. they're real has gotten tons of awards and is all it's cracked up to be ladies. please just try it...you'll thank me later! i've seriously gotten the question, "are your lashes real?". seriously.
5. Benetint: if you're guy complains about not being able to kiss you because you have lipstick on...this is a go getter! my hubby loves this product because he can still kiss me and it doesn't come off! this product called benetint lasts all day and smells sweet like roses. you can also dot and blend on your cheeks for a natural flush as well. 

hope you try some of these! they are more expseisve then your regular target/drug store make up but it's worth it because 

a) it's good quality and lasts all day
b) Benefit packaging is adorable and interesting
c) the actual products last for over a year
d) they're company orginates from San Francisco. that makes them the best in my opinion 

let me know if you decide to try any of these....have a great rest of your week.

love, 
danica

February 5, 2014

five: a devotional for wives

so here it goes, day five of the #blogeverydayinFEB challenge from Anchored in Love blog!
if you are a christian and you've been on the internet in the last few months i highly doubt you haven't seen Unveiled Wife floating around. i fell upon their facebook page a few months ago and loved seeing all the posts from wives saying how much God has blessed them through this devotional. after reading several amazing comments and seeing cute pictures of the book with their wedding rings (awwww) i felt compelled to check it out. but to be completely honest, i have a real short attention span when it comes to devotionals.

thoughts to myself as i'm going through the christian section at a bookstore:
"three month devotional? next! six month devotional? yea right! a year devotional? are you out of your ever lovin mind?"
so yea, when i saw that this devotional was only thirty days and written specifically for wives?? (insert angels singing hallelujah) i was ecstatic!
 i ordered it right away and began first thing the day it came in the mail. it is obvious this author has prayed over every word in this devotional because there was not one day i missed, not one prayer that didn't meet my needs; there wasn't one of those thirty days that i did not take something away from it. if you are a wife and love the Lord and want to get closer to both your Savoir and your husband this devotional is for you sister! my favorite thing about this book has to be the designated space for journaling after each devotion. i loved having space to write because usually when i read something like this i'm too lazy to have a separate journal so it was a nice perk for motivation. another thing i enjoyed in this book were the special hash tags and places to follow along in the Unveiled Wife community. they give you plenty of opportunities to connect to other women going through the devotional at the same time you are via blog, facebook or twitter. i completed the devotion a few weeks ago and still go back and read/pray over specific prayers in the devotional that i feel led to still go over. God has worked in me through this book and i know He will do the same for you whether you've been a wife for thirty days or thirty years. now all i have to do is buy one of those cute t-shirts that say "i love my husband"! yes, they even have t-shirts. (you can buy them: here)

also here is a cute video that also inspired me to purchase the devotional. please watch!



p.s have any of you gone through this devotional? any others similar to Unveiled Wife you recommend?

February 4, 2014

four: good thing this blog isn't a child

out of all the days of this blog challenge, this will have to be the most boring. so seriously, don't even read this. when i first started my blog it was called "a sight to be seen" where all i really posted about was poetry, pictures of books and lace on my desk and my dogs (at the time). everything was really frilly and delicate and my font color was the most softest grey i could find. i picked a "sight to be seen" because  in my high school days i was what i called a "scene" kid. i started the blog after high school so i thought it was clever to spin off the word "scene" but in a delicate way. so that became "seen." the end. but then i started to have a crush on this guy named stephen. we got engaged and i started posting more about my personal life, our adventures together as a couple and so on...hence changing the name to just "stephen+danica". after we got married i was the only one really posting and this whole blog just resembled more of a scrap book/ journal so then i thought simply just call it "love, danica" like how i would end a journal entry. from delicate whimsy to bold life as a new couple to now...kind of a cross between the two...here it is: "love, danica'. this blog name could change again maybe after i have kids but who knows. all i can say is good thing this blog isn't a child...because my future babies would be really screwed up.

p.s anybody else worry about changing their mind about their babies name once it's born? no, like seriously. i think i'll have that problem.

February 3, 2014

three: silence

(photo from weheartit)

day three of the blog #blogeverydayinFEB challenge (from the anchored in love blog) is a little more difficult to write. nobody really likes talking about what scares them the most, but here it goes.

these last couple of days i have been in the book of exodus in my time with the Lord. i've been reading about how God redeemed moses and how His hand was in every aspect of his life. this particular weekend i was reading exodus chapter fourteen, in this part of the story moses tells his people something incredible amongst their complaining.

"don't be afraid. stand up and look! the Lord, He will work out your rescue, you just watch. He will fight the battle for you, and he always wins. you don't have to say a word." v. 13-14. (super loose translation but its in plain english. i like those.)

so in a nutshell that is my worst fear. complaining and fear itself sets me apart from God all the time. i feel for moses' people because im sure in their hearts they weren't just complaining, they were scared out of their minds! my prayers are often clouded with a million other things i'm thinking and it's hard for me to really be still and listen. i hate listening! and when i'm scared or worried about something it clouds my alone time even more. i'm more comfortable to sit and complain to God about what i think i need and want. it's hard to be silent and alone with God...who knows what He's going to tell you! it seems idiotic but maybe i'm truly afraid of what would happen if i let God fight my battle for me. to not have to say a word, to be still and not be afraid of something sounds impossible to me. i fear that my quiet times with Him can sometimes be mundane and just another "check" off my "spiritual check list" that makes me feel good about myself. fear is not of Him and i'm well aware of that but this is where redemption work is done. right here, sitting in my fear (any one's fear) and helplessness. i don't know what's going to happen next in my life (and neither did the israelites) but i'm working on letting God fight the battles for me and well, just be silent

"the Lord will fight for you, and you only have to be silent." v.14


February 2, 2014

here's to happiness

^^hope you all had a very happy weekend! a few things made me happy this weekend....^^

-eating orange sherbert out of my favorite mug
-peacefully watching re-runs of the brady bunch while our neighbors scream over the super bowl
-new haircut
-ordering this hook thing from urban outfitters. our bathroom is tiny and i've been leaving my towels on the bed. (that's a no-no) so i can't wait for this to come!
-my first ever blog challenge
-new glasses
-the iphone camera finally arrived at out house, hopefully the husband will have time soon to fix my camera!
-finally going to trader joes and getting tooth paste ( don't worry we've been brushing )
-having a successful sunday school class today
-pizza dinner date with grandma

can't believe tomorrow is already monday! why do weekends go by so quickly??before i complain though...i do have a day off work this month. thank you mr. president! febuary 17th....hello!

what made you happy this weekend? any optimists out there happy to start the work week?

love, 
danica

two: the little things

^^what fires me up? well, the little things of course!^^

love,
danica

February 1, 2014

one: my story

this month i'm participating in a post everyday challenge (lovingly) invited by the Anchored in Love blog! i'm not even sure how this happened, i just started blogging again but it should be interesting. so the first post is supposed to be about my story or testimony. honestly, i hate writing testimonies because i don't have this big dramatic and overwhelming underdog story. but, the story i do have is a story of surrender. so super long story short (no need to bore you with my entire life story):

as a young girl i have always liked being the center of attention and enjoyed being an only child for almost ten years. i loved singing, acting, dancing, drawing and was pretty much labeled a cute and creative little stinker. still pretty much describes me to this day...at least my husband would agree. 
 at a young age i was touched by the Lord and was saved around the age of five or six with my grandma. i went to a private christian school in huntington beach where i also got alot of spiritual education. i'm so thankful that i was around people who loved the Lord because i would probably be a different person right now. i grew up like any typical church kid...nothing crazy or anything but one thing i did struggle with was my weight. it was always an issue and i've blogged about it several times. (you can read more here). despite being a chubby kid i had a cute face+a personality so i always had a ton of friends. i was pretty happy but once i got into high school i started taking control of my "issue". i lost alot of weight by basically not eating  in high school and started losing track of my relationship with Jesus. like every christian does sometimes we stray and high school was that time for me. all i cared about was staying popular, boys, getting thinner and being more edgy. these were the days when myspace was cool and selfies were just being born.

 i didn't rebel like full on or anything but it was a time of darkness for me, i had no idea who i was in Christ and my insecurity and feeling unworthy about my body just started to take power. 
there were some days in high school i would literally punch and pull the flesh on my body out of hatred and disgust. cancel plans with friends and sit in my room and cry because i couldn't find anything i liked to wear. i let my looks control my life and it wasn't until i graduated high school that i started to discover Jesus for myself and get back on track with him. i re-dedicated my life to God and said "no more boys. no more diets. no more caring what people think." and life was pretty good! a couple years after i got serious about my relationship with Jesus i met my now husband stephen. (read more here) go figure! you know everybody tells you that it will come when you're not looking for it to come...and it did! anyway, thats another long story but for the most part i've dealt with insecurity about my weight and have learned to see myself as God sees me. stephen and i dealt with alot of my insecurities in the beginning but we've both come along way. i can't believe it's already been four years. i love this guy for being patent with me all this time. 

it's amazing how much insecurity took over my life and my mind in those days. almost like a chronic disease, i sometimes couldn't function and it would affect every aspect of my life. Jesus helped me change my lenses and it took alot of practice, patience and surrendering to learn how to deal with it. i still get little insecurity attacks from time to time like every woman but they're not unhealthy like they were before. being married has also helped in the way that well, i'm married! and i have an amazing husband who loves me the way i am. i love seeing how God has molded me into a new woman and spending time with him everyday is the real key to how i feel about myself to this day. to know that i have a God who created the universe who adores me and thinks i'm the most beautiful thing...and having a husband who feels the same way.....how can i go wrong? i'm so happy that i grew out of the weird time in my life and i have only jesus to thank for helping me see my true worth and value. i am fearfully and wonderfully made and everyday my Lord shows me that. without him i'm nothing and i'm so blessed to be able to look back and see how he has changed my life. if i could tell my high school self i would be insecure free and happily married i would never believe it. but hey, that's part of growing up.

love,
danica