Infinite Jewellery: Your New Favourite Company

You know that just-about-to-leave-the-house feeling when you look in the mirror, take one last look at your outfit, and… it’s just not complete? Something’s missing?

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There’s an easy solution for those almost-perfect outfits. A piece of jewellery might be the exact finishing touch you’re looking for. For just a small investment, you can add multiple pieces of jewellery that will become accessory staples, enhancing the way you look and feel every day.

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The website, featuring easy-to-shop necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings, is user-friendly and incredibly aesthetic.

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And the prices are unbeatable, without sacrificing quality. Your orders will be delivered in a timely fashion, adorning your new pieces before you know it! Kenya’s products are classy, modern, and stylish.

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And by signing up for an Infinite account, you can begin collecting rewards for your purchases, with so many opportunities to save.

Infinite is the store that’s there for your every purchase, too. From thoughtful gift-giving– without have to guess at sizes!– to continually adding new pieces to compliment your wardrobe, these are pieces with infinite possibilities, infinite combinations… one place.

 

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On Worship

“Put it this way: if your idea of God, if your idea of the salvation offered in Christ, is vague or remote, your idea of worship will be fuzzy and ill-formed. The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you. That’s why theology and worship belong together. The one isn’t just a headtrip; the other isn’t just emotion.”N.T. Wright

I think this is maybe one of the most fuzzy things about the way we do church today.

I could see coming to church for the first time, being confused by worship– especially modern worship, with, sometimes, choosedly, its bright lights, smoke machines, and people with their hands in the air or falling to their knees, etc.

I can imagine walking into that space and feeling uncomfortable, or out of place.

So, in a way, these words are my heart are to the people who have come to check out church without really knowing much about it, and left feeling confused rather than blessed by worship, by talking a little bit about what the Word says worship is.

1. The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.Isaiah 29:13

God Himself takes “religion” out of worship here by speaking against rules. If our worship is just singing because it’s what we’re told to do, our praises just a going-through-the-motions, we miss the heart of worship.

If our hearts are seeking His present Spirit, though, and we’re giving Him praise, though we’re weak– every one of us– our worship is meaningful and “we will find Him [when we seek]” Matt 7:7.

2. “Worship the Lord with gladness: come before Him with joyful songs” Psalm 100:1.

True Worship is joyful. While awing and sometimes overcoming, His Spirit causes deep joy. To praise Him and know He is near.

3. Worship is not about what “we get”, but about the praise He gets. Hence the word “worship,” defined as the expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. If you’ve heard someone say, “Ah, I don’t get much out of singing worship,” remember that worship is it about what you get out of it. It is a duty, heard by your Creator, Saviour, Perfect Son of God, and an act of praise for HIM. Your soul absolutely benefits from this, as you grow closer to Jesus in this time, but that is not the purpose of your worship.

Know that you are so loved by a God who desires relationship with you. And part of that relationship is praising and thanking Him for who He is and all He’s done, seeking the things of Him along with simply His presence.

Lemon Thyme Chicken with Roasted Fingerlings and Fennel Salad

When I have time to really cook… that’s my down time.

Me in the kitchen with zero stress, a few hours on my hands, and some awesome tunes is probably my absolutely favourite kind of me time. All for the sake of flavour creating, plating, and watching raw turn to edible, colourless become full of life.

That’s my cooking passion.

Tonight, with some free time after a long work day, I decided to make a fancy shmancy dinner for myself that I perfected from a recipe I made for my friend Bethany and I this past week.

I am really proud of this one, and think amateur chefs like me will find it quite easy!

Lemon Thyme Chicken with Roasted Fingerlings and Fennel Salad

Ingredients

(For one person)

5 oz chicken, chopped (or a chicken leg; chicken breast; any part of the chicken will work here)

1 Tbsp + 1/2 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided

2 tsps + 2 Tbsp lemon juice, divided

2 tsp + 1 tsp dried thyme, divided

salt and pepper

2 tsps garlic powder

1/4 c red onion, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp soy sauce

3 fingerling potatoes, sliced lengthwise

2 cups mixed greens

2 stalks fennel, thinly sliced

Method

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In small bowl, place 1 T oil, 2 tsps lemon juice, 2 tsp thyme, garlic, and onion. Mix well. Add chicken to bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

2. Place chicken on a foil lined baking tray. Pour marinade over top. Surround chicken with potato slices; drizzle 1/2 Tbsp oil over potatoes. Sprinkle 1 tsp thyme over potatoes. Season everything generously with salt and pepper.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes; remove potatoes. Bake chicken 15-20 minutes longer, or until done.

4. Pour juices from chicken pan in a sauce pan along with some cooking spray or extra oil. Add soy sauce; cook over high heat, about 2-3 minutes. Pour over chicken.

4. To make salad, toss greens with fennel. In small dish, combine remaining oil and lemon juice. Pour over greens, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve everything together, and enjoy! So flavourful, absolutely no sauce needed. I recommend using chicken that has the skin on– because the crispy skin is the best part!

Day in the Life of a [Learning to Rest] Uni Student [Who is NOT Defined By Her Daily Productivity]

Raise your hand if you struggle with feeling like your worth is in your productivity?(🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️<— me).

Part of the Christian’s calling is submitting to the Word of God as Truth. Christians believe that within the Bible are the keys to life; real Truths are found in the Scripture, everlasting Truth of our Maker, and not the superficial, temporary lies of the world.

So, what does Jesus say about being defined by productivity/what I do?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:15

Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing.

Upon being convicted of this, I talked to Jesus and sat in His presence and have been, little by little, made aware of the “go-go-go” mentality that was slowly killing me, my energy, and my spirits.

And my life has recently, finally, been looking more like rest.

I’ve been spending most evenings at home, reading, even watching a little TV, spending much more time with friends, but also not feeling “guilty” for having some me time. Most importantly, I’ve given more space for time with Jesus.

And, naturally, time with Jesus has led to more healing.

So the fact that today looked like

-waking up slowly, spending some time in the Word and then in prayer,

-enjoying an unrushed breakfast with my friend and housemate Mary and some amazing conversation,

-cleaning the house together,

-slowly but surely making my way with Maddie to my workplace, Pure Kitchen, not to work but to study and write an essay (in record time, thanks to more rest and therefore focus),

-spending time talking to Maddie and my co-workers, too…

-going to the gym cuz I felt like it,

-sitting in a coffee shop to read and write and pray by myself cuz my soul craved it…

-wondering what I’m going to do in 10 years and letting my mind wander but then slowing down and sitting with Jesus and knowing He transcends time and doesn’t call me to know all these details but just to trust…

A day as breezy and slow and unplanned as this would have once caused me such anxiety. Lacking a strict to do list feels foreign.

Jesus has been teaching me what “righteous organization” looks like. And it’s good. It’s caused me to confront and reflect on some things in my soul I might have thought I wanted to ignore.

And I come back to this:

Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing.

My Top 5 Favourite Dates

My boyfriend Johnny and I have been dating for very nearly three years (whaaat?)

In our last few semesters of our undergrads– and, therefore, of long distance dating, YAY– I miss him more than ever, and often reminisce some of my favourite memories with him.

As we’ve grown in our relationship, we do life a lot more closely than we did in the start– so “dates” look like running errands or hanging out at home, a lot of time. Still, I think it is so important to “date.”

I’ve always been a big believer in love being spontaneous. For example, if I told Johnny, “I want you to buy me flowers and write me letters,” i wouldn’t want those things at all, because I only “want” what is truly from him. It’s not love if I’m constantly talking about what I want to get.

Love is selfless. Love is me loving him. And in loving Johnny, I care what he is getting out of our relationship, not what I am getting out of it– because I love who he is.

This is what I have never understood about the desperation for “a relationship.” A relationship is only good if it’s with someone you deeply love and care about, because then you’re going to love on them. The desire for any ol’ relationship sounds so cheap to me, because then what’s special about the love you have with the person you’re with? It’s not about what I get from our relationship, but the fact God has brought Johnny and I together, and we can bask in the natural beauty of our teamwork.

Ok. Now that that rant is over with, I thought, in the spirit of missing my man, I’d share my top five favourite dates with him.

Do-Nothing Day. I remember so well last Christmas, Johnny and I planning our do nothing day. We wore sweats, we ordered food, and we cuddled and watched movies and the Office. And it was such needed chill time together. Simply put, he is my best friend, and I love just being with him.

Canada’s Wonderland. For our first 6 months of dating, Johnny surprised me with a trip to Wonderland, knowing full well that I had never been on a roller coaster, and was rather terrified of them. Johnny encouraged me in believing I could face this fear that was only in my mind. The truth was that God would strengthen me and give me peace!

… and I absolutely loved the ride. I will never forget conquering this fear with Johnny, and, most importantly, through Jesus.

Our first date. For our first date, Johnny asked me if he could take me for coffee (knowing I liked it, despite him never having a coffee in his life). We went to Starbucks, and I have never been more nervous/excited for a date, because I’d never had such a “good feeling” about a person. That first date, we couldn’t stop talking, and I felt immediately like I could tell Johnny anything and everything.

Steak dinners. When Johnny comes back from Manitoba each time, we celebrate by going to the Keg for a “fancy” steak dinner. We dress up and all the butterflies of a fancy date are involved all over again.

Boston Calling. One of the coolest and most unforgettable experiences was seeing Johnny’s absolute favourite artist in concert for the first time with him. I also love this artist– Bon Iver– and it has been so cool to grow alongside Johnny in more and more genuinely appreciating his passions and interests, and vice versa.

Recognizing the Spiritual Battle

Our battle is not against flesh and blood. Ephesians 6:12

What does it mean to make note of the spiritual battle, but not allow to harm you?

As a Christian believer, I have learned the importance of recognizing that what we can see in a physical sense is not the real battle. Especially when we turn to Jesus, we become more aware of His enemy, and the grip the devil has on the world. The devil works sneakily to draw our attention away from Christ– and while he’s able to draw that attention away, he has already been defeated forever by Jesus. Christians believe that is the end of the story, and that Jesus has already overcome. Committing to following Him doesn’t mean easy (He actually tells us that we will face trials in this life) but it does mean eternity, joy, and purpose.

The devil’s only real threat is Jesus, who makes him tremble immediately. But where he can take ground in a person, he will try to. He will try to convince us of lies. His attacks are both sneaky and obvious. But one thing is for sure.

An encounter with Jesus, and the devil’s attempts are immediately reduced to nothing.

These are all certainly heavy concepts, but so important to be aware of. In the midst of a very spiritual battle, the Christian’s greatest weapon is prayer. Constant relationship with Jesus; asking for His eyes and mind. Little by little, Jesus works to draw you closer to Him, embolden your faith in Him, and turn lies into Truths. His plans are steadfast and good, period. What a Truth! But it is our job to be faithful in prayer and obedience, racing toward Him, the prize.

How to recognize the devil, even at his sneakiest?

Be constantly rooted in the Word. Read the Bible lots? Keep reading it. Speak it over yourself and others. Ask God to reveal new things to you through it.

Pray unceasingly. Aim that your life is in constant communication with Jesus.

Keep yourself accountable. Talk about your convictions with people you trust. Pray with people. Put the devil to shame aloud.

Jesus tells us we need not fear in the midst of this battle, because we have Him. So why not stay so close to Him? Lean on His Spirit. He will take the reigns.

Perfect Smoothie Bowl

This morning, my smoothie bowl was too runny. I digress.

It was, however, delicious, and, flavour-wise, all I would alter is the amount of liquid I used.

So here’s an old photo of the same recipe with the perfect ratio.😍

Make this before the weather gets too cold!!

Berry Almond Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

just enough liquid to blend

1 1/2 cups frozen cherries

1 frozen banana, chunks

1 heaping spoon almond butter

1 cup spinach

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

Method

1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend, scraping sides as necessary. Don’t add too much liquid if you want a thick consistency!

2. Pour into a bowl and top with favourite toppings, such as granola, nut butter, fruit, nuts. Enjoy!