Day Six

Psalm 98:1-9

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvelous things!

His right hand and his holy arm

have worked salvation for him. 

2 The Lord has made known his salvation;

he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 

3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness

to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation of our God. 

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 

5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,

with the lyre and the sound of melody! 

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn

make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! 

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

the world and those who dwell in it! 

8 Let the rivers clap their hands;

let the hills sing for joy together 

9 before the Lord, for he comes

to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

and the peoples with equity.

Do you ever just thank God for all that He has done? I catch myself driving in the car or sitting at a familar place and I just look around and can’t help, but be overwhelmed by His goodness. His beauty that is displayed, even in this very broken world of ours, is breathtaking when you sit back and actually take it all in. Except that I don’t do that nearly enough. Not that it is a requirement of His. But I don’t. But despite what I may see or not see, He is still so very good. And I should be continually praising and glorifying Him because, well, just look, y’all. Where ever you are, just look. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for all of this. No matter what our view is, thank you. Because it is good. And you are good. And your attention to detail is something to be thankful for. Lord, help me to be more grateful for your creations. For the views and things I take for granted. Because there is nothing familiar about any of it. Lord, change my heart and help me to see the beauty in all of it. And then help me to find and give thanks to you for even the smallest details. I pray these things in your name. Amen. 

9 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water

Because we could all stand to drink a little more water, right? 

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue

Say what?! I mean, it does make sense since your brain is made up of mostly water. And drinking it helps you concentrate, focus and be more alert.  As if that wasn’t reason enough, your energy levels are increased too! Anyone else need a little boost of energy?

2. Promotes Weight Loss

Y’all, get ready. Yes, you read that right. Promotes weight loss, but how? Drinking water actually removes by-products of fat. It also reduces your eating intake (if you drink it before meals), reduces hunger (yep, a natural appetite suppressant!), and it raises your metabolism! 

3. Puts You In A Good Mood

Because when your body is opearating at it’s peak, you will feel great and be happy! 

4. Natural Headache Remedy

Helps reduce and can even prevent heachaches (migraines & back pain too!) which are usually caused by dehydration. 

5. Improves Skin Complexion

Because water helps keep your skin hydrated and moisturizer. It also helps maintain that fresh, soft, glowing look that we all love. 

6. Prevents Cramps & Sprains

Acting as a lubricant, proper hydration can help keep muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely. 

7. Maintains Regularity 

Because water is essential to digestion and helps prevent constipation. 

8. Flushes Out Toxins

Through sweat and urination water helps get rid of toxins. This also reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections). 

9. Boosts Immune System

 A person who drinks a lot of water is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t want to feel healthy most of the time? 

Day Five

Psalm 66:1-20

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth; 

2 sing the glory of his name;

give to him glorious praise! 

3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. 

4 All the earth worships you

and sings praises to you;

they sing praises to your name.”  

5 Come and see what God has done:

he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. 

6 He turned the sea into dry land;

they passed through the river on foot.

There did we rejoice in him, 

7 who rules by his might forever,

whose eyes keep watch on the nations—

let not the rebellious exalt themselves.  

8 Bless our God, O peoples;

let the sound of his praise be heard, 

9 who has kept our soul among the living

and has not let our feet slip. 

10 For you, O God, have tested us;

you have tried us as silver is tried. 

11 You brought us into the net;

you laid a crushing burden on our backs; 

12 you let men ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water;

yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. 

13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings;

I will perform my vows to you, 

14 that which my lips uttered

and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 

15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,

with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;

I will make an offering of bulls and goats.  

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,

and I will tell what he has done for my soul. 

17 I cried to him with my mouth,

and high praise was on my tongue. 

18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened. 

19 But truly God has listened;

he has attended to the voice of my prayer. 

20 Blessed be God,

because he has not rejected my prayer

or removed his steadfast love from me!

Have you really thought about all the things God has done for you? Like, really thought about it. I think about how lost I’ve been before. Struggling to find my way. Vulnerable to the enemy. And yet, He has always delivered me. Even when I had no idea what to pray or how to pray or even really believed that He would listen to somoene like me, He heard. I remember when He first laid it on my heart to start this blog. I was terrified. Afraid that I wouldn’t say the right things. Afraid of what others would say. But then He reminded me that this isn’t my story. It’s His. Come and see what God has done. Because He has done some pretty amazng things. And I haven’t begun to scratch the surface. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for all the things you have done. Thank you for using me in your story. For giving me life and purpose. For seeing something in me that I can’t see in myself. Lord, thank you for finding me. And for loving me. And for never leaving my side. Amen.

Today, think about your own story. All the amazing, tiny details, that we sometimes overlook or forget. Write them down in your gratitude journal and spend sometime thanking Him for those details. Thank Him for the details that we might like to forget. The ones that hurt. Because even in the pain, He is good. 

Say Hello to Your New Favorite Hair Care

Get ready to meet your new favorite hair care collection. 

You guys. You know how I’ve spent the last 3+ years raving about Beautycounter’s daily shampoo and conditioner because it completely transformed my hair. 

For years I couldn’t use anything besides icky dandruff shampoo. It was horrible. And I hated it. But my scalp was dry and nothing would work. 

Then I was introduced to Beautycounter. Not going to lie, I was a huge skeptic. I had never been able to use any kind of shampoo besides dandruff shampoo and suddenly this was going to work for me?

Yeah, sure.

Except that it did. 

And days later it was still working. 

And I kept waiting for my scalp to return to ‘normal’, but it never did. 

Not only that, but my hair was healthy. 

I got so many compliments on my hair. 

I couldn’t believe it. 

And then a few months ago, Beautycounter launched 3 new hair care lines. 

The skeptic came back. 

How could they make this better? 

Except they did. 

So. Much. Better.

I decided to try the Repair & Nourish collection. I have enough volume and my hair is pretty smooth and controlled. 

Oh. My. Gah. 

First, the smell. I can’t describe it, but it smells SO good. And the smell lasts. Think ‘woody’ and ‘floral’. 

Next, the lather. That is one thing I did miss with our daily shampoo. There was no lather. (Turns out the ‘lather’ in most products is caused by nasty toxic chemicals)

It still doesn’t take much of either product. It rinses easily. And leaves your hair feeling stronger and healthier almost immediately.

I am obsessed with the Split End Serum. 

Like, obsessed, y’all. 

So what makes this collection so amazing?! 

It was developed to nourish dry, damaged hair. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich bataua oil, which helps restore luster to stressed strands and California blue agave complex to hydrate within and strengthen the outside. 

This set also features Beautycounter’s breakthrough PureFoam Cleansing Technology that delivers that rich lather we all love without damaging sulfates or silicones. 

And did I mention that this collection is completely safe for color treated hair? 

What more could you want? 

Day Four

Psalm 40:1-17

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;

he inclined to me and heard my cry. 

2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

out of the miry bog,

and set my feet upon a rock,

making my steps secure. 

3 He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear,

and put their trust in the Lord. 

4 Blessed is the man who makes

the Lord his trust,

who does not turn to the proud,

to those who go astray after a lie! 

5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,

your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;

none can compare with you!

I will proclaim and tell of them,

yet they are more than can be told. 

6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,

but you have given me an open ear.

Burnt offering and sin offering

you have not required.

8 I delight to do your will, O my God;

your law is within my heart.” 

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance

in the great congregation;

behold, I have not restrained my lips,

as you know, O Lord. 

10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;

I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness

from the great congregation. 

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain

your mercy from me;

your steadfast love and your faithfulness will

ever preserve me! 

12 For evils have encompassed me

beyond number;

my iniquities have overtaken me,

and I cannot see;

they are more than the hairs of my head;

my heart fails me. 

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!

O Lord, make haste to help me! 

14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether

who seek to snatch away my life;

let those be turned back and brought to dishonor

who delight in my hurt! 

15 Let those be appalled because of their shame

who say to me, “Aha, Aha!” 

16 But may all who seek you

rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who love your salvation

say continually, “Great is the Lord!” 

17 As for me, I am poor and needy,

but the Lord takes thought for me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

do not delay, O my God!

I don’t know why, but sometimes, a lot of the times, maybe even most times, He is the last place I turn to for help, guidance, and even love. Maybe you relate? I am always trying to ‘fix’ things myself. Using my own resources. So I love this Psalm today because it reiterates the truth that I can turn to Him for anything. Not only that, but that He will listen to me and deliver me from whatever troubles I have. All I have to do is shift my focus on Him. Call out to Him. And place Him above everything else. Even myself. Because just as the psalmist says, “Great is the Lord!” As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. As I was reading this psalm, the first verse struck me. It’s one of my favorites. But the more I think about it, it’s not really me waiting patiently, most of the time. I think it’s Him waiting patiently for me to call out to Him. What an amazing God we serve that He desires us to call out to Him! 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for not only waiting patiently for me to call out to you, but for always being there when I do. Despite my circumstances. Lord, you are so good. Lord, help me to remember your goodness, especially during my hardships. And remind me that I am nothing without you. Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me come to you first. Lord, change my heart. Amen.

3 Easy Ways to use Glow Shimmer Oil

Well, Summer is officially over. But that doesn’t mean it’s still not time to show off that sun-kissed skin. Glow Shimmer Oil is the perfect multi-purpose essential for an easy (and safer) way to get that “just got back from vacay” look. This luxurious formula is made with nourishing jojoba, grapeseed, and sesame oils instead of potentially harmful mineral oil so you can glisten worry-free.

Here are a few tips on how to use Beautycounter’s Glow Shimmer Oil this Fall season.

1. Use It as a Highlighter

Made with just a hint of golden shimmer, this bronzing oil can be used to strategically highlight areas of your face and freshen up your look. Just shake and dab a small amount onto cheekbones, down the center of the nose, and under brow bones for extra luminosity.

2. Add a Touch to Your Hair

Along with gorgeous Fall weather may come dry, brittle hair—after all, too much time in the sun this past Summer can take a toll. The fix? Use Glow Shimmer Oil on dry areas (especially the tips) to help minimize frizz, tame flyaways, and intensify shine. 

3. Give Luminosity To Any Product

Because Glow Shimmer Oil is lightweight and absorbs easily, it makes an easy mixer with other products, so you get all the radiance, without a greasy feeling. Add it to foundation for a natural-looking bronze or to body lotion for extra hydration and a subtle shine. My personal favorite? Our Baby Balm

Day Three

Psalm 34:1-22

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

let the humble hear and be glad. 

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together! 

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me

and delivered me from all my fears. 

5 Those who look to him are radiant,

and their faces shall never be ashamed. 

6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

and saved him out of all his troubles. 

7 The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him, and delivers them. 

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! 

9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

for those who fear him have no lack! 

10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 

11 Come, O children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 

12 What man is there who desires life

and loves many days, that he may see good? 

13 Keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from speaking deceit. 

14 Turn away from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it. 

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous

and his ears toward their cry. 

16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 

17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears

and delivers them out of all their troubles. 

18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

and saves the crushed in spirit. 

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 

20 He keeps all his bones;

not one of them is broken. 

21 Affliction will slay the wicked,

and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 

22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Anyone else waste time worrying? This past week has been a personal struggle for me. As a single mom, although I’m pretty sure we all do it, money and bills are always on the forefront of my mind. I even blogged about it not too long ago. And then I read this and man, these words do something to me. Because, y’all, He’s got this. He’s got every last bit of whatever version of ‘this’ you have going on in life. Maybe, the key to understanding what this means exactly is spending less time worrying and more time being completely and utterly grateful for Him. Because according to these words, we don’t have to worry. And that alone is a blessing worth celebrating. 

Lord, I am completely overwhelmed by these words and your actions. Completely taken back by what you do for me. Lord, thank you. Thank you for allowing me not to worry about anything. Thank you for allowing me just to spend time loving and worshiping you. Lord, help me. Because this is not easy for me. Because I love the idea of not worrying, but Lord, I struggle. I struggle laying it at your feet. Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me to completely lean on you and to leave my worry at your feet. Lord, remind me that worrying is a choice. Help me to choose to spend my time in gratitude instead of worry. Lord, I pray these things in your name. Amen. 

This week write down 1 thing that you are worried about and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you give that thing to God. To completely lay it at His feet. To give you peace that surpasses all understanding. And to take that worry from you for good. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Really Care About What’s In Your Hair Products

Safety and performance aren’t usually a package deal in the world of shampoos, conditioners, and styling treatments. So-called “natural” formulas often aren’t potent enough for many hair types, and the hair products that do deliver results tend to contain some pretty questionable ingredients.

Need proof? We’ve rounded up a few surprising facts about hair care—all of which we took into consideration while developing our groundbreaking new collection of safer solutions for your scalp and strands. Once you’re in the know, you’ll never look at your lather-rinse-repeat routine the same way again.

1. Your Scalp Is Really Absorbent.

Just as your face drinks up the (hopefully safe!) actives in your serums and moisturizers, so too does your scalp soak in many of the ingredients it encounters. Yes, even the harmful ones.

That’s why our new line is filled with next-generation botanical extracts that promote all aspects of hair and skin health—and free of harmful sulfates, silicones, mineral oils, and synthetic fragrances. Think of them as a green juice for your mane.

2. Traditional Shampoos Could Be Drying Out Your Hair.

Lush shampoo lather may feel totally luxurious, but in most cases, it’s having the opposite effect on your tresses. That’s because it’s often the product of harmful chemicals like SLS, SLES, and ALS—sulfates that are known to strip your hair of its natural oils and cause irritation.

Our newest shampoos, however, are different. Each one—Volume & Shape, Smooth & Control, and Repair & Nourish—incorporates Beautycounter’s proprietary PureFoam Cleansing Technology. Derived from sugars, this innovation creates loads of lather minus the harsh additives mentioned above. Our research shows these formulas to be less irritating to the scalp than both natural and traditional shampoos, and they’re sure to leave your hair feeling fresh and clean. (Unlike lots of other “gentle,” non-foaming products.)

3. Many Conditioners Stick Around Longer Than You Want Them To.

Many times, when a conditioner makes your hair super shiny and smooth, it’s the work of silicones. Once these molecules are on your hair, they don’t want to let go—in fact, it takes 10 washes to get rid of them after just one application. (And if you condition your hair three times a week, every week? We’ll let you do the math.) They’re easy to spot because they often end in “–cone”—like dimethicone or cyclomethicone—although other common names include dimethiconol and cyclopentasiloxane.

Our new conditioners are just as effective as the conventional ones thanks to a revolutionary Blue Agave complex. It’s found in every product in our targeted hair care line and promotes thickness, elasticity and softness—all while protecting your hair from environmental stressors and stimulating circulation to the scalp. (Hello, hair growth!)

High-performance ingredients that are actually safe? Sounds like the making of a really good hair day.

With You

I will not make this tragedy about me. 

I will not make it about my beliefs. 

I will not make it my platform to take my stance. 

Because I think that’s the problem. 

The sense of self. 

This pride and sense of entitlement to be right. 

To be heard. 

To be sure that everyone knows how we feel. 

So instead, I’m going to think about you. 

I’m going to let my heart break with you. 

I’m going to get angry with you and not at you. 

Because I will not make this tragedy about me. 

But I will use it as an opportunity to stand with you. 


Because every so often I try a new product that completely changes everything. 

Allow me to introduce you to Countermatch

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This lightweight lotion helps skin adapt to the ever-changing aggressors of modern life by adjusting hydration levels throughout the day for a smooth look and feel, and a radiant glow. 

Breakthrough Bio-Mimic Technology harnesses the unique life-giving properties of plants to exactly match the structure of skin, giving it precisely what it needs and nothing it doesn’t. 

In an independent consumer study, after 2 weeks of use*

  • 93% said it provides instant and long lasting hydration.
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