This year I went into Christmas thinking a lot about my sin. The lusts of my flesh not yet mortified. And then at our Christmas Eve service, our senior pastor talked about shame... it was a beautiful message. Jesus was born in shame as a Nazarene (Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” -John 1:46) and Jesus died in shame ("Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame" -Hebrews 12:2, see also Galatians 3:13) so that we wouldn't have to live in shame. Wow.
I have been meditating on Isaiah 55 this week, and I highly recommend reading the entire chapter. But this is the verse I am planting my flag on (adding in my name/pronouns for emphasis)--
"Let the wicked [Alexandra] forsake [her] way, and the unrighteous [Alexandra] [her] thoughts; let [her] return to the Lord, that He may have compassion on [her], and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." -Isaiah 55:7
If we are saved by grace and find ourselves yet again stumbling around in sin, and then choose to run to Him away from our sin (this is key), then because of the Jesus on the cross, God's response to us is compassion and abundant pardon. WOW. So if you're struggling with sin today, run to Jesus! If you are reading this and are not sure what the gospel is, I would drop almost anything to sit down and talk with you about this. Please do not hesitate to email or message me.
This teddy bear jacket is seriously so warm. During this photoshoot I was absolutely freezing and kept putting this coat and it instantly warmed me up. It is just so cozy and soft! Teddy bear jackets are "in" right now, but I really liked the unique length to this particular one. I like pairing the fluffiness of the coat with different textures (like these black pull-up jeans I linked below) and sleek or suede booties. It's an oversize fit, so if you want it to be more snug then order a size down. I am wearing the color "dark camel."
Speaking of booties, I just adore these little leopard print ones! They are true-to-size and very comfortable to walk in. Plus, the little pop of print adds a little variety to any outfit that may feel bland to you.
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