Monday, August 5, 2013

I'M MOVING TO A NEW BLOG {a river of joy}

This blog has been way more than I ever thought it be. It means so much to meet to have supportive readers, to have met such wonderful people and to have a place I can come to share.

I'm starting a new chapter of my life and it feels right to start a new blog as well.
It's going to be different.
Still about me, but no more DIYs or fashion. Just Faith and my journey.

I'm leaving for the Dominican Republic on August 27th where I'll spend the next eight months studying the Word and Spanish along with serving the people of the DR -what I love most. I'm going to write about my experiences on my new blog, A River of Joy.
I also hope to keep writing on Blogs by Christian Women, so visit there too!



I'll need a few weeks to pack and prepare myself to leave so I may not be posting often on my new blog, but stay tuned and follow along.

It's hard to say goodbye to this blog. I've put so much into this blog and have learned a lot about the blogger world. 

I thank you for reading my blog and hope you'll follow along on my next journey.

Please feel free to read my archives! 
As always, contact me at jessinia.ruff@gmail.com to talk about anything!

Blessings to you,

xo Jessinia

Thursday, August 1, 2013

This One Life and the Time it Takes

"I speak it to God: I don't really need more time; I just want enough time. Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh long, time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joy and just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven, or wild to get it all done--yesterday ... In the beep and blink of the twenty-first century, with its "live in the moment" buzz phrase that none of the whirl-weary seem to know how to do, who actually knows how to take time and live with soul and body and God all in sync? To have the time to grab the jacket off the hook and time to go out to all air and sky and green and time to wonder at all of them in all this light, this time refracting in prism. I just want to do my one life well." - Ann Voskamp in One Thousand Gifts

I just want time to do my one life well.

We're given this one life here on earth and a promise for the everlasting life in heaven.
Doing it well takes time, right?

Time to get a long list of to-dos done.
Time to 'please' our God by making ourselves read our Bibles.
Time to let worries and what-ifs slip into our thoughts.

What if we forgot about time and just started living?
What if we weren't bound by the time it takes to live our best life?
What if we sat at the feet of Jesus like Mary did for the time we have?

When Jesus says, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing." (Luke 10: 41-42 NRSV).  Will you listen?
When Jesus says, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" (Matthew 6:25-27 NIV).  Do you not hear him?
When Jesus says, "Don't worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43 The Message). Do you believe?

Do you see a theme? Jesus tells us not to worry. Not to worry about the little things that take up our time. This one life we have here on Earth should be used to glorify God.

We shouldn't be caught up in daily tasks and the business of life like Martha was.
We shouldn't fret over things we don't have and trust God will provide.
We should worry about getting to heaven as long as we know Jesus.

So what do you say?
Should we lay aside time and focus on glorifying God in this one life?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Encouraging Word {The Roundup}

As my date to leave is approaching fast, this will be my last Encouraging Word post. I've loved writing and creating these posts. God has used these verses in my life when I least expected Him to.
Here are a few (too many) of my favorites. To see each post, click on the 'Word' tab on the left sidebar :)





















Study it.

(feel free to print out any of these pictures for personal use only as a reminder of God's promises)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A New Do {Shoulder-Length}

I had been growing out my hair for 5 years and it was finally at my goal length. After trying ombre and bangs, I got tired of it pretty quickly and decided to chop off 10 inches! Call me crazy. But no woman is ever content with her hair.
It's also out of practicality since I will be in a hot climate for a year, short hairs just easier to manage. 
I am donating my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Click here if you want to donate as well.

Here's my before picture.

Yikes! My ends were so bad...


Here are my inspiration pictures:
via @juliahengel instagram

Can blogger Julia get any cuter?


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And....






My sister captured these great pics right after my haircut.
I taught her well ;)

Twae at Chops Hair, Inc. has cut my hair for years. She's awesome.

My advice: if you want to try a new do, do it! Hair grows back and pictures can be deleted ;)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Encouraging Word {Hebrews}


The flame of the setting sun reminding me of God's engulfing love.
Like a spark that starts inside of us.
We realize His love.
It grows.
Catches.
The Wind blows.
Fire spreads.
On others.
It burns us with desire.
To love.
To serve.
To fight.
The Evil one tries to put out it out.
No one can dump enough water on this fire.
For our God is a consuming fire. 
(Hebrews 12:29 KJV)
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