Its not quite warm enough to pull out my shorts yet, but I have pulled out all my spring tops and floral pieces. I figured if my backyard is blooming, it’s acceptable. With the weather being chilly in the mornings but warming up in the day, my favorite trend is to wear a lighter peasant top and throw an oversized cardigan over it for when the temps are lower. I fell in love with this adorable key hole top, which is lightweight and has the perfect colored pattern, paired with these super comfy suede booties from Guilty Soles.

Im sure you’re all wondering about the title of this post. Well, do you see that really pretty beige/pink lipstick that I am wearing? It stays on my lips all day, doesn’t come off on my cups, and is totally kiss proof. I wish I would have had it on my wedding day so I didn’t have to carry lipstick around in the bust of my dress and Ian didn’t have to keep wiping his mouth off after every kiss. My beautiful friend Illene, introduced me to Lipsense. I have to say it does take some adjusting to because our lips are so used to putting wax and products with vaseline on them, but my lips are actually becoming less chapped from using this product consistently. And for all of you who are concerned about what is in this product that would cause it to stay on your lips all day long, I did some research for you and me. The majority of ingredients are root and flower extract, SD alcohol – which is in almost all your makeup and shampoo, mica and titanium dioxide. This is literally HALF the ingredients compared to all the other products you would find in your standard drugstore lipstick and the majority of high-end lipsticks. If you’re interested in learning more, head on over to my friend Illene’s page or email her at muchloveilly@gmail.com.

On the topic of lips, I have been thinking a lot about the words that come out of my mouth lately. I am currently going through Proverbs with a small group and there are so many verses about how our words can literally bring life or death. About three years ago, I went through really intense conviction of how my words were not up-lifting and being type A, I tried really hard to force control what I said around others. I kept failing miserably over and over again, leaving me with uncomfortable apologies and feeling like I needed to recluse so I didn’t say anything at all.

Luckily through a gem of a husband and God’s life changing Word, I realized that the only way I could truly change what came out of my my mouth was to change what was filling up my heart. I had to remove pent up bitterness, hurt, hate and jealousy, replacing those things with grace, love, forgiveness and compassion to have my words change.

Luke 6:45 says (and I am paraphrasing here) her mouth speaks from that which fills her heart. It’s always my hope when people hear me talk that they feel safe and that they are hearing a heart that loves and doesn’t hurt. When you get to that point where people know your heart based on what you say and how you act, your friendships grow stronger. People can trust that what you say is truthful and from a place of good. This quote really stuck with my last year when I was weighing friendships where I couldn’t be sure if there was existing trust or not.

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
― Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, A Life for a Life

There is much more to be said for our words and the abundance of our hearts, but I’m going to just leave that right here for today. I am no where close to having this corrected in my own life, but I am grateful God’s constant reminders and grace to continually aim and work for perfection through Him. For those of you who are like me and like to check things off a list to make ourselves better, sometimes we have to scratch the list and start reading the Word of God before, so when we get the pen back in our hands, our heads are in the right place.

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