Personal Growth

A Deeper Beauty: What God Says About Being Beautiful

Hey girls! Happy June! I have been thinking a lot lately about the pressures on us [ women ] to look a certain way, and the insecurities that those pressures foster. This question kept popping into my mind: Who do I let set the standard for my beauty?

Look, I do not have a thigh gap and I am so okay with that! I am not defined by whether or not my body fits into societal standards. My heart and soul are what make up my beauty – and the same goes for you. Your intelligence and your wit, your tenderness and compassion, your strengths and your weaknesses are what make up your beauty, but more importantly, it is your holiness that makes you more beautiful than anything that the eye can see. Nothing in this would, no unrealistic standard, can ever detract for the beauty of your inward being.

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Your Beauty Goes Deeper

God is the creator of beauty, and He says that you are the crown jewel of His creation. Stop for a moment and think of the most beautiful thing that you have ever seen. Maybe it is a sunrise or a landscape of snowcapped mountains. God is the author of creation. God says that you are more beautiful than such wonders, and treasured beyond measure.

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel — rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God

– 1 Peter 3:3-4

 God’s word teaches us that inward beauty is lasting and true. Our inward beauty is eternal. This world bombards you and I with the lie that we are not outwardly beautiful enough. God’s word says it is “the hidden person of the heart” that is incorruptibly beautiful. I have found such comfort in that truth.

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Beauty In Holiness

Instead of focusing so much energy on outward vanities, focus on growing the hidden person of the heart. Focus on becoming more inwardly beautiful. We make an investment that is eternal when we focus on growing inwardly, and pursuing holiness. A beautiful heart radiates more light than any primping ever could.

 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness..

– Psalm 96:9

We so often associate beauty with happiness – media certainly portrays that message. Scripture teaches us that God equates beauty to holiness. What keeps us from holiness is the ugliness of sin. We grow more inwardly beautiful when we become more holy, but we must first repent of our sin. Reject the lies that society peddles and pursue the beauty of holiness.

Enjoy Feminine Expression

Fashion and makeup [ and other forms of beautification ] are not bad. They are wonderful expressions of creativity. But that is all that they should be – expressions. Put on makeup because you enjoy it. Wear clothes that express your personality. Enjoy those feminine expressions freely but do not let them define you. Chase after the hidden person of the heart. Chase after holiness. You will find that you are more beautiful for it, in the most meaningful way possible.

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What encouragement have you found in scripture on this topic? What do you feel defined by? Who do you let set the standard for your beauty? Let’s chat in the comments!

With love,

Jenna

 

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5 Ways To Be More Intentional and Productive With Your Time

Learning to evaluate where my time is going and making plans to be more intentional and strategic with how I spend it has been so important and helpful as I work to grow my business, and even cultivate my relationships.

For most of us, discipline doesn’t come naturally. It is something that we must train ourselves to. We must put practices into place to help keep us on track! I have implemented 5 practices in my life to keep me focused and productively on task and today I am sharing those practices with you!

Read on for 5 practices to help keep you on tack and be more intentional with your time.

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Prioritize Your Tasks and Designate Time For Them.

If you’re like me then you love lists. There is something so satisfying about crossing an item off of a list. When it comes to time management though, a list on its own simply won’t cut it.

Prioritize your tasks and designate time for them by making a plan with time slots and categories for each task that you need to accomplish for the day, week, or month. Scheduling time for what we need to accomplish is very effective and helps reduce wasted time! Mapping out what tasks I need to accomplish, and setting aside specific time slots to knock out those tasks has helped me so much in both my personal life and entrepreneur work. Make that workflow schedule, girl!

Nourish Your Creativity

Intentionality can be difficult to cultivate. Happily though, the more we feed ourselves the right things that nourish our creativity and support our minds, the more we desire those things! This makes intentionality easy over time. It is easy to sit down and surf social media or binge on our favorite Netflix show – those things bog us down with negativity and non-constructive mindsets.

Rather than letting those things pull you into non-productivity, focus your attention on something that refreshes your mind: reading, listening to educational podcasts, learning something new etc. These types of activities nourish our creativity and productivity  by stimulating our mind – keeping us more alert, and thoughtful with our time.

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Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is essential to being more intentional with our time. As a blogger/photographer I have learned the importance of communicating effectively. I am constantly bombarded with emails/inquires and they each need a reply of some sort.

Wherever you are able, create canned response templates for emails and messages. This is not appropriate for every response, but, where it is appropriate utilize it! You will free yourself up to respond in a more in depth way to messages that require it, and save yourself time for other necessary tasks or just a moment of peacefulness to reset.

The other side of effective communication is more personal. For me, getting into arguments or allowing myself to be exposed to gossip through group texts and Facebook messages is so damaging to my productivity. Remove those outlets from your life. Gracefully remove yourself from a text thread, Facebook message, or other avenue that is inputting negativity into your life. Communication that is unnecessarily negative harms our outlook and increases non-productivity. Find a comfortable balance of effectively communicating by getting rid of the negative inputs – both professionally and personally.

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Bite The Bullet

It’s not always fun, but, one of the best ways to be more productive with your time is to bite the bullet on the tasks that are not your favorite. Many of us like to leave our most dreaded tasks till last [ I can procrastinate with the best of them. ]. That, unfortunately, is often distracting from the many other tasks that we have to accomplish because those dreaded tasks hang over our head. Knock those dreaded tasks out and move on, babes! You will feel such a sense of relief.

Block Off Free Time

This is SO important! We need free time, girls. I would be a frazzled mess if I did not get to have a little fun sometimes. We working girls are busy. We have responsibilities and passions that we work hard to accomplish. Blocking off free time to do something that lets you turn off the workflow is necessary! Let your hair down, dance around to your favorite music, and eat your favorite food! Whatever makes your feel free and relaxed.

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Life can be hectic and overwhelming.. but it’s a wildly beautiful ride! These five practices have helped me be more intentional and productive in my day to day, and I hope that they help you as well. Making time for yourself, nourishing your mind, kicking procrastination to curb, communicating effectively, and having a little fun are fantastic ways to be more intentional with our time and make the most of each day!

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Jumpsuit: It’s Retail Therapy

Shoes: Dillards

Watch: c/o JORD

Necklace: BCC [ local boutique ]

Bag: T.J. Maxx

 

How are you more intentional with your time? When are you most productive? Do you schedule work time and free time? Let’s chat in the comments! xo

With love,

Jenna

 

 

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Finding The Good In The Midst of Trials: An Open Book On Suffering

Hello sweet friends! I am so happy to be able to share some encouragement with you today on finding the good in the midst of trials. I am not an expert on this matter, but I do have insight. I have battled chronic illness for nine years – with no solution, no real answers, and at times no hope. In the last four years I sustained a severe head injury that has left me with painful and frustrating symptoms that effect me everyday. My daily life is muddied by one struggle on top of the other. Sometimes the pain brings me to my knees, and other times the emotional toll does. Life is not easy [ for any of us ] but it can be beautiful and there is good in each day.
As I continue to weather my own trials, I want to encourage you to take on yours with grace and the knowledge that you are not alone. I can empathize with your pain, but moreover, God knows your pain and He will not leave you to be crushed by your burdens.
Read on for 3 encouragements to help you find the good in the midst of trials.
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Accept What You Cannot Change

I firmly believe that God does not give us more than we can handle. It will feel like the weight of the trial is crushing you, but our Heavenly Father has made a way of escape from the burden and pain, through Him. He will not allow the trials to completely crush you, no matter how heavy it feels.

I have learned through my own suffering that the good cannot be truly appreciated or cherished without the bad. Pain makes us appreciate relief, a questioning heart makes us appreciate peace, and trials that test our resilience make us appreciate inner strength.

The beauty of the good things in this life is in the pain that we have weathered to get to them. Trials make peace all the sweeter.

Accepting what cannot be changed and choosing to acknowledge what is good will help you find the peace that we all yearn for in life. Until we accept the things that we cannot change, we cannot begin to move forward and prepare ourselves to bear the weight of that burden.

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Be More Than Your Suffering [Choose Joy ]

Suffering of any kind can overshadow who you are. When we battle daily it is easy to become our suffering. You are so much more than your pain and you are more than heartache. We are complete people with loves, talents, unique perspectives, and wonderful creativity. Hold onto who you are – Utilize your talents, explore your creativity, and enjoy the things that you love!Do not allow your suffering/trials to become all that you are. Choose joy today. Dig down deep inside of who you are, and live. These trials will not overtake you, nor will they overshadow you.

You are more.

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Everyday Is A Fresh Start [ Make The Most Of It ]

Waking up every morning knowing that ‘today is a fresh start’ makes weathering life’s trials or personal suffering a little easier. Instead of tackling the trial or the pain all at once, take it on a little bit at a time – day by day. Yesterday’s pain is gone, yesterday’s fear is gone, yesterday’s struggles are gone. So live today with renewed strength! Face today, and only today.

It is easy to say God is good when there is no suffering. The heavy reality is that we live in a fallen world. God is still good when we are suffering and when we feel like we are crumbling.
 

Part of living in the present moment rather than the past or the future is finding strength for the moment. I find my moment by moment strength in Christ. On my own I could not bear the weight of chronic illness, the fatigue, or the uncertainty. Some may not agree with this point of view [ I’m okay with that. ] but there is great strength in the Lord. Seeking Him daily for your moment by moment strength with bolster you like nothing else can. God is good in the pain. God is good in the relief. You will not be crushed

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Top // Doe & Rae
Denim // American Eagle [ similar ]
Boots // c/o Sole Society [ similar ]
Sunnies // RayBan
Bag // Michael Kors

Life can throw trials our way that often seem too difficult to weather. Finding the good in the midst of suffering or heartache will feel impossible. From one who has suffered [ and continues to struggle daily ] let me just tell you – it is not impossible and there is good to be found and cherished in the midst of those hardships. Seek God’s strength, make the most of today, and be more than your suffering.

What trial are you weathering? Do you ever feel overshadowed by your suffering? What is a burden on your heart? Share your heart in the comments. I would love to connect with you and your story.

With so much love,

Jenna
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THE DATING GAME: 5 TRAITS OF A GODLY MAN

What traits should you look for in a potential spouse? These 5 traits of a godly man will help you determine what really matters.
Hey babes! You can probably guess what this post is all about.. the title gives that away. I have been planning my wedding these past three months which has brought back many memories of lonely days past spent praying, preparing, and waiting for a godly man. It is important as a single young woman to know what to look for in a suitor, and potential husband. Knowing the traits of a godly man helps us determine what really matters. Marriage is a wonderful thing to aspire to. It is brutally attacked and mired in our culture – that is truly heartbreaking. God created marriage; It is a beautiful picture of Christ and His church. I spent many years preparing myself for and awaiting the man that God potentially had for me. I say potentially because we are not guaranteed a spouse in this life. That is, for many of us, a painful thought. Our hearts long to pair up in covenant unity. Whether God has a godly man for us our not, we should purpose to be ready to be a helpmate suitable.
What traits should you look for in a potential spouse? These 5 traits of a godly man will help you determine what really matters.
I have had some unfortunate experiences in the past with guys that came around. Thankfully, I learned a lot through those experiences, as well as through many hours of conversation with others much older and wiser than myself. I certainly do not know everything about this subject, but I have learned so much through experience and bible study. I know a few things now – Things that matter, yet, are not often addressed in articles and conversations about guys and what kind of men they should be to be worthy of a young woman. Yes, worthy. I am not afraid to say it. There are standards that a young man should meet before he is ready to pursue your heart. We as young women should recognize the standards and not be afraid to measure a guy against them.
 A Godly Man Will Be In God’s Word. 

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The same goes for a godly woman. If we want to grow in Christ, we must study scripture. If a guy shows up at church without his bible, and doesn’t engage with the sermon, that’s a red flag. A man that loves the Lord will love His word, and an evidence of that is his desire to study it; both privately and publicly. You can quickly assess a man’s walk with Christ by watching him in this public setting. If he’s not engaged with God’s word publicly at church, he will not be engaged with it in private in personal study.Another side to this is a guy’s engagement with the church ( tithing, serving at church, giving of his time, talents, and expertise to the glory of God ). A guy will not be able to attain full spiritual manhood without a commitment to church, and God’s word. His commitment in this area will directly affect you both as a couple, and any future children.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.

– Psalm 1:2

A Godly Man Will Not Compromise Your Purity. 

If a guy touches you in a sexual way that invades your personal space and being he is not prepared to pursue you. This may be seeming harmless, and it may even make you feel good. We’re women, we desire to be loved. A perceived “loving” touch is easy to overlook. In reality this is sexual tension on the guy’s part. These seemingly harmless flirtations are compromise, and they are an insult and disrespect to you as a pure, godly young woman. Please understand that I am not saying a tender kiss on the forehead in a committed relationship is wrong or even a sweet kiss on the lips ( provided you have both agreed upon the standards for your relationship ). I am speaking of the sexual flirtatious touches that guys will try to get past you. With his words he may tell you how much he respects and cares for you, but with his actions he reveals that he is willing to put his selfish physical desires before your purity. A man that does not respect your personal space and your physical being is not ready to pursue you because he has yet to master his sexuality, and discipline himself in purity. He is not protecting himself, or protecting your purity physically and emotionally. He has no right to be intimately close to you. Only your husband has that God given right. Watching a guy’s physical proximity to you will reveal how well he manages his own body, desires, and how genuine his affections are for you. A man that loves you will protect you, even from himself.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion..

– 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

What traits should you look for in a potential spouse? These 5 traits of a godly man will help you determine what really matters.

A Godly Man Will Respect and Value Your Time. 

With maturity comes comfortable security. This applies to both men and women, but we’re focusing on guys here. A man that is secure will not monopolize your time. If you’re spending time with your family or having lunch with a girlfriend and he continuously texts you, pulling your attention away, you’re dealing with a boy not a man. A man will give you the proper space and freedom to enjoy your time others without distraction. Now please don’t hear me saying if a guy texts you at all while you’re spending time with others or busying yourself with other productive things that he’s in the wrong. Monopolizing is the key word here. It is the action of taking up the greatest share of your time and attention. Remember, you have a life outside of him. He doesn’t have exclusive rights to the majority of your attention. So watch to see if a guy gives you some room to breathe when he knows you’re busy ( or even just hanging out at the house with your family ) or if he hovers over your attention. An insecure, and spiritually immature, guy will chat you up constantly. More likely than not, the “conversation” he stirs up won’t be of great depth. Chit-chat should be very small percentage of his interaction with you.One additional point here: A man should be productive. Is he in school? Does he work? How about a hobby, or some guy friends of his own? A guy shouldn’t have lots of time on his hands to be monopolizing yours. A man will be busy and productive, and make time to talk with you and spend quality time with you.

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15-16

A Godly Man Will Openly Pray.

This goes back to the first point in a sense because a man that is in God’s word will also be a man of prayer. The two go hand-in-hand. What is in our heart naturally proceeds from our mouth, and plays out in our actions. Prayer ( and bible study ) is a way that we cultivate our relationship with Christ. A spiritually mature man will openly and confidently pray in groups and one on one. One on one is where you, the young woman, come in. A man should be willing to pray with and for you, and he should take the lead in this action. Men are called by God to be the leaders of their household, and this includes prayer. You want a man that will boldly lead you in prayer, because the foundation of your relationship is your commitment to God, and how do we cultivate our relationship with Him? Through prayer.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving..

– Colossians 4:2

What traits should you look for in a potential spouse? These 5 traits of a godly man will help you determine what really matters.

A Godly Man Will Cultivate A Relationship With Your Family.

When you marry someone you don’t just get them. You get their family too. This is twofold. You get their family in traits that they as an individual carry over. You also get their family for holidays, dinners, babysitting etc.. There are many ways in which your new extended family will be present in your life. Your family knows you best. Your closest relationships are with family members; your mom, dad, your sister. So then, a guy that is serious, and mature, will not only purpose to know you but purpose to know your family as well. Your family is part of you, and a guy that is serious will want to know all of you. Your family is part of that. If a guy has no or little interest in knowing your family, that should be a huge red flag to you. He is essentially saying, with his actions, that he doesn’t truly desire or intend to know you fully.

If you admired a work of art, like a painting, wouldn’t you wonder what the artist behind it was like? What inspired them to paint that piece? What it is about that piece that they think is significant and special? You are the piece of art. Your parents have helped shape and mold you; like the artist behind a painting. It’s a beautiful process. It’s something to be respected. If a guy ‘admires’ you he should naturally want to know the ‘artist’ behind what he admires. This is really an act of love.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her..

– Ephesians 5:25

What traits should you look for in a potential spouse? These 5 traits of a godly man will help you determine what really matters.

Let me be clear, I am not being legalistic here. If you’re in a serious relationship, hold the man’s hand, spend time really talking with him, get to know his family too, pray with him. The point is that he is called to lead and protect you. That is his calling by God. Look for leadership. If a man really loves you, he will lead you, and that leading will always protect your purity, pursue you, and put you first in Christ-like love. Some things are just very black and white in life. Gray areas are where compromise begins, and compromise pulls us away from the Lord, and walking in godliness. You can’t expect a young man to be as mature and wise as your father or another man that you respect. You’re looking for seedlings. Does this young man have a trajectory for his life? Does he pursue the Lord and walk according to His word? Is he a man of integrity? You will see these things in their basic form, ready to develop and grow, shaping him into the man he will be as he ages; the man that will potentially love and provide for you, and be a father to your children. A young man is just an inexperienced version of his older self. People don’t change, they grow. You want to see a foundation and pursuit of godliness. God will continue to grow a young man into the mature older man that he will become. The man that you will build a life and heritage with.

Pursue the Lord with all of your heart, and be content where he has you. This will give you a clear mind and eye to see a guy that is a cut above the rest; whose heart has been captured by Christ. If you place your heart in God’s hands, you can trust Him to place it in the hands of a worthy man.

 

What traits do you look for in a guy?

With love,

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