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It may have been a long day, a long week, even a long month. Ever feel like everything is coming your way all at once? Well, take a deep breath! When things are out of your control, they are always under God’s control, and He’s left you with a few encouraging words to remind you of that fact. Here are 15 Bible verses to calm you down when you’re stressed ...

It may have been a long day, a long week, even a long month. Ever feel like everything is coming your way all at once? Well, take a deep breath! When things are out of your control, they are always under God’s control, and He’s left you with a few encouraging words to remind you of that fact. Here are 15 Bible verses to calm you down when you’re stressed out.

 

1. Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

2. Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

3. Matthew 6:27: “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

4. 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

5. Philippians 4:19: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

6. Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

7. Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

8. Isaiah 41:13: “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'”

9. Deuteronomy 31:8: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

10. Jeremiah 17:7: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”

11. Isaiah 40:31: “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

12. Isaiah 26:3: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

13. 2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

14. Proverbs 12:25: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

15. John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Wow! How many more words do we need to get into our heads that God has us? He has you!

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Every Christmas, my great aunt would catch me by the Jello cake and Rice Krispies treats, jostle my elbow and ask: "So! Do you have a boyfriend yet?" I came to expect the question at every holiday, arming myself with new reasons for my perpetual singleness. If I hadn't moved out of state by the time I got married, I would have enjoyed surprising her one Christmas with the news ...

Every Christmas, my great aunt would catch me by the Jello cake and Rice Krispies treats, jostle my elbow and ask: "So! Do you have a boyfriend yet?" I came to expect the question at every holiday, arming myself with new reasons for my perpetual singleness. If I hadn't moved out of state by the time I got married, I would have enjoyed surprising her one Christmas with the news that I was, in fact, no longer single!

Whether you're facing a great aunt at Christmas or the ladies at church, chances are you've been asked about your relationship status a time or two. But while it can be amusing, it can be annoying as well. Sometimes it feels as if all people care about is whether or not you're dating! How can we respond with grace in these situations? Here are a few tips.

 

Give the Benefit of the Doubt

When you've been asked a thousand times about who you're dating, it's natural to react with irritation. But before you do, take a moment to give the person the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they have a genuine interest in what is going on in your life. Relationships are a big deal, and their question could simply be a way of expressing that they care about you.

Try not to assume the worst about their intentions. Most likely, the person asking about your relationship status doesn't know about the 999 other people who've asked you in the last year! View them optimistically and you'll be able to respond with kindness and grace.

 

Don't Let the Questions Make You Discontent

This is a tough one. When you're fighting for contentment in your walk with God, each inquiry into your relationship status exacerbates the issue. And while your questioner might have the best of intentions, the effect of their words can last long after the conversation is over.

The frequency of relationship questions deceives us into thinking we should be in a relationship and that something is wrong with us if we aren't. The Enemy uses subtle insecurities-and well-meaning words-to plant seeds of discontent in our hearts. If we dwell on these words and believe lies about our identity, the seeds take root. If allowed to grow, these thoughts have the power to make us doubt God's goodness, purpose and love.

Just because those around us think we need to be in a relationship doesn’t mean it’s God's timing. Don't let the pressure of the culture, media or friends make you discontent. Remember that in the same way God is sanctifying and strengthening you, He is also working in the heart of your future spouse. God has a perfect time for everything. Trust Him.

 

Take It as a Compliment

Next time you're asked if you're dating, look on the bright side! The very fact you're being asked can mean your friends and family think you're a great person-the kind any guy would be lucky to date. Instead of plunging into despair as you answer, "No," be encouraged that your friends care about you and think it likely that you would be in a relationship.

 

How to Respond

So you've given the benefit of the doubt, you've taken the question as a compliment and you're choosing trust instead of discontent-but you still need to answer Grandma at next week's family gathering. What do you say?

If you've chosen to be single for a reason, you can simply answer with the truth. But if you're not single by choice, you don't owe anyone an explanation for why you don't have a boyfriend. You can simply state, "I'm not dating anyone right now-just haven't met the right person yet!" If the person wants to know more, this could be a prime opportunity to share God's design for relationships and why you're seeking to honor God when it comes to dating. Personally, I was able to share the gospel because of these conversations!

You might be asked about your love life more times than you can count, but by responding with grace-and looking for opportunities to share the gospel-you'll be manifesting the kind of character essential to a quality dating relationship. Don't be discouraged!

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We’ve all had that cringe-worthy moment at church that we pretended didn’t just happen. Laugh with us if these memes totally tell it all!            Go ahead, shout it out: Which of these has happened to you more than once?!Tweet...

We’ve all had that cringe-worthy moment at church that we pretended didn’t just happen. Laugh with us if these memes totally tell it all!

 

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This year at the Grammys there were many Christian artists present. One of the artists who was present at the biggest night of music was Tori Kelly (“Unbreakable Smile”), a positive role model in the secular-music pop genre who is unashamed of her faith. She performed with James Bay at the Grammys and was also nominated for the first time, which is super exciting and inspiring, considering she started her ...

This year at the Grammys there were many Christian artists present. One of the artists who was present at the biggest night of music was Tori Kelly (“Unbreakable Smile”), a positive role model in the secular-music pop genre who is unashamed of her faith. She performed with James Bay at the Grammys and was also nominated for the first time, which is super exciting and inspiring, considering she started her music career as a teenager on YouTube. Although Kelly was nominated for Best New Artist, the award went to Meghan Trainor. Both are great and talented artists, and we are happy for the “All About That Bass” singer as well.

 

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Next, we have country music artist Carrie Underwood, who has been a light since she released her single “Jesus Take the Wheel” and appeared on American Idol. Underwood still shines brightly for the Lord, and this year performed with new country artist Sam Hunt. Underwood was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance, but the award went to Chris Stapleton for “Traveller.” She showed off her new necklace from her husband and really glowed in her recent interview, as she is a new mother and is still as fashionable as always! 

 

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The Best Gospel Performance/Song award went to Kirk Franklin, well-known gospel artist.

One of my favorite Christian artists, Lauren Daigle (“How Can It Be” and “First”), was nominated in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category, but the award went to TobyMac, a pioneer in the pop Christian music genre.

 

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In the category of Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song was Francesca Battistelli with “Holy Spirit,” written by Bryan and Katie Torwalt and sung by one of my faves, Kari Jobe. 

Overall the outpouring of awards did go to most secular genres and categories, but it looks like Christian music is still relevant and on the rise with even higher-quality music. 

PI Girls, did you happen to watch the 2016 Grammys and what were you happy to see or surprised to see? Comment below! 

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The hair flip, the side glance, the wink…we know what they can do. Perhaps we've used them a time or two. They are the fundamental tools of flirtation. They're used in the movies and on TV, usually in that cute scene where the couple meets for the first time. They're just for fun, completely harmless-right?There are many ideals we accept without truly thinking them through. As a building block ...

The hair flip, the side glance, the wink…we know what they can do. Perhaps we've used them a time or two. They are the fundamental tools of flirtation. They're used in the movies and on TV, usually in that cute scene where the couple meets for the first time. They're just for fun, completely harmless-right?

There are many ideals we accept without truly thinking them through. As a building block of modern dating, flirtation is one of these cultural norms. But as Christian women, we have to go deeper. We need to look at flirtation in light of God's Word and see if it lines up with the kind of woman God intended us to be.

To "flirt" literally means to "behave as though attracted to or trying to attract someone, but for amusement rather than with serious intentions" (Dictionary.com). In other words, flirtation is attention without intention. It's part of a dating game where actions aren't always as genuine as they appear. It seems so harmless, but in reality, it can be quite deceitful.

But the problem we encounter as Christians is how to walk this line between "friendly" and "flirtatious." It's one thing to intentionally lead a guy to believe you're into him, but what if you're naturally an extrovert? Bubbly girls are sometimes labeled flirtatious for simply being outgoing. They question how to be true to their personalities while being authentic in their behavior. The key to striking this balance is living a life characterized by love.

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul defines love in a series of actions: Love is patient, kind, not envious, not rude and so on. Love is not just an emotion, but a choice of the will. When we love someone, we are choosing to look out for that person's best interests. This attitude is the foundation of good manners, courtesy and overall friendliness. The Golden Rule-"Do to others as you would have them to do to you" (Luke 6:31)-is an example of this selfless love. God commands us to love genuinely because God Himself is the very definition of love (1 John 4:8).

When asked to identify which commands God considers most important, Jesus named two: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 26:37-39) As women who love God, we are called to love our neighbors-including the guys we meet-with the same selfless love Jesus gives to us. True love is not manipulative, but genuine.

This truth should alter how we communicate with the opposite sex. It requires us to be in tune with our actions, choosing to be honest about our feelings even when it would feel good to flirt. But it also means we have the privilege of being the very best version of ourselves, whether that person is outgoing or quiet, a joker or a listener, the life of the party or a wallflower. It means we take a genuine interest in each person we meet because they are individuals created by God-not people to use for our own self-interest and self-esteem.

The beauty of living authentically is that healthy relationships are built on truth. Being the most genuine version of yourself opens doors for the right guy to see the real you. That's what lasting relationships are built on.

Flirtation, at its core, is manipulative. It is neither genuine nor authentic, and as such cannot be the foundation of a positive relationship. But this doesn't mean you can't be friendly, fun or engaging! Be the you that God designed, and treat others with the respect they deserve-and the love God has shown you. In choosing authenticity over attention, you might make some sacrifices, but they are the kind God honors.

 

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Last month, I attended a panel on "The Future Of Fashion Photography" at Milk Gallery. In it, buzzy young photographer Petra Collins appeared alongside Vogue photography director Ivan Shaw, stylist Karen Kaiser, and School of Visual Arts Chair Stephen Frailey to talk about where fashion photography is headed. Here are …The post The Future Of Fashion Photography appeared first on UNWRINKLING.

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Last month, I attended a panel on "The Future Of Fashion Photography" at Milk Gallery. In it, buzzy young photographer Petra Collins appeared alongside Vogue photography director Ivan Shaw, stylist Karen Kaiser, and School of Visual Arts Chair Stephen Frailey to talk about where fashion photography is headed.

Here are some of the highlights from the discussion, which covered everything from being a bio-major-turned-celeb-stylist to making up a fake agent.

On how they got where they are now:

Petra: "When I started taking photos, I didn't see a place for my work. I was never accepted into any magazines. Since I was a child of the Internet age, I decided to start my own website." Though her art professors sometimes communicated that students need to wait for their degrees to gain access to the art world, she disagrees. "You just have to go and do your own thing and not wait for permission."

Karen: Her undergrad major was pre-med. She sees a connection between medicine and fashion-they're both about relationships with people. And the hours she works are similar to those of her med school friends in residency. She laughs, "So don't do it for the money. Do it because you love it."

Ivan: He started as a photographer, and now he's a photography director at Vogue. "Be open-minded to allowing yourself to evolve."

Stephen: "Don't just consider yourself a photographer. Consider yourself someone who loves working with photographs"-then see where it takes you. He cites legendary photographers who ended up doing other things later in their careers, i.e. Cecil Beaton becoming a set designer or Edward Steichen becoming a MOMA curator and botanist.

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On technology:

Karen: Virtual reality models are going to be used in e-commerce soon. "I find it quite frightening! I still love real human beings."

Petra: It's not worrying, because people will always gravitate toward authenticity in the end.

On the relationship between fine art and fashion photography:

Stephen: Fashion photographers are sometimes marginalized in the classroom. Fashion photography is seen as "corrupted" by commerce; he says that if you applied as a 'fashion photographer' to a fine art program, you wouldn't be accepted. This distinction shouldn't exist-he says the best photographers transcend both categories.

On shooting film versus digital:

Petra: "I only shoot film, because that's how I learned. It's nice to have something tangible in my hands… With film, I have to be mindful that I only have 36 shots on each roll, and I might have only five rolls with me. It's kind of precious and it forces me to focus."

Karen: As a stylist, it's nice to digitally see the shots as the shoot is taking place, so you can clip a shirt or tuck a hem as needed.

Stephen: He notes that some younger photographers who have grown up as digital natives find film more "authentic or emotional," but claims "whether you shoot film or digital, it's just another tool."

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On social media:

Petra: Does much of her casting through Instagram.

Karen: It's good that it gives more access to the public at exclusive events a la fashion week, but she's "still a creature who loves to touch and feel things up close. [Seeing it on a screen] is not the same."

Stephen: Regarding fashion shows: "there's a big difference between information and experience." Regarding Instagram: it provides a way for photographers to tell a continuous story, rather having it segmented into disparate editorial shoots. However, there are negatives, too-sometimes the most celebrated work is the weakest. "People 'like' what they can easily understand."

On creative block:

Petra: "I always get blocked; usually when I'm not reading or learning. The only way to get over it is to look less inside of yourself and look more outside."

Stephen: "Treat creative block as an opportunity to approach the thing in a completely different way."

Karen: "I think it's important to give yourself a day or two every now and then to see the museums, read the newspaper. What's happening in music? Art? How can you translate that message into a story?"

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On competing in a saturated market when you don't have an agent:

Stephen: "I think the only strategy is to make really good work. Make pictures that you're interested in. You have to be doing this for a reason. Sustain a momentum with your work, and you'll be fine."

Ivan: "It's hard. The numbers are against you. The only suggestion I can make is to try to be your own agent as much as possible. Think about the business of being a photographer. How well are you managing your portfolio? Networking? It's a business. We get into it for the creative side, but it's a business."

Petra: "I made a fake studio manager email address until I had an agent of my own." This made it so people were less likely to underpay her on the assumption that she was just a photographer who didn't know what she was doing.

On making it in fashion:

Karen: "I think you learn so much from assisting-when to speak, when not to speak, the rules on set. Of course, there are lots of photographers finding nontraditional ways in, too. Both work, but there is a surplus of photographers, because everyone wants to create their own vision. There's a lot you can't learn from books, though. That's the beauty of assisting."

Stephen: If you do choose to go the assistant route? "It's important to not get stuck. Get the information you need and then move on."

Petra: "I think the key to it is building up a group of artists you appreciate and love." Then help each other get jobs, assist one another on shoots, and climb together. "You're powerful in numbers."

Ivan: "Remember: you can get one break, and that's great-but a career is built on more than that."

All photos by Petra Collins.

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The Bible is God's Word and it's an amazing and inspiring guide to our salvation. Check out these 8 tips to help you get the most out of your Bible!

Ladies, scripture is a necessary tool for all Christians. It’s the inspired Word of God, after all, and through it, God communicates Truth about Himself and His plan for our salvation. So it’s a pretty important book, and one we should read on a regular basis!

Many Christians are familiar with the more common biblical stories of the Old Testament. Many are also familiar with the Passion, as written in the Gospels, but not as many Christians are familiar with the books and stories in between. Not as many know what happened after Christ’s ascension, how the apostles began and set up the church, and so on. Do you?

If you want to get the most out out of your Bible, try the following tips:

  1. Pray before and after reading your Bible. Every time you open your Bible, pray. Pray that God opens your heart and mind to His Word. Pray after reading also. Take a moment to pray that God’s Word will bear fruit in your life so that you can become a true disciple.
  2. Understand that the Bible is a collection of books, written by various authors and inspired by God. You have to know the authors, the genres and the objectives of the various writings in order to fully understand the context of the teachings.
  3. Read the whole Bible, not just scripture here and there. Realize that parts of scripture don’t always give the full context. You need to know how the part relates to the whole…and you can only really do this by reading the whole Bible!
  4. Understand the value of the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as how they relate to each other. Jesus read the Old Testament and He referred to it in the New Testament, so read both and you’ll get a better understanding of God’s plan for us.
  5. Realize that God speaks to you through scripture. It’s not just a bunch of words that were written to people of that time. It’s God’s Word. It’s consistent and it never changes, so it relates to YOU. Try to understand what God is saying to you!
  6. Don’t twist scripture to fit your own personal agenda. The Bible is God’s Word and it reflects His agenda for us. So if you manipulate it to meet your personal needs, then you’re missing the Truth that leads to salvation.
  7. Live the Word. Don’t just read God’s Word; live it out in your own life and share it with others. You’ll never understand the strength of God’s Word or know its truth if you don’t implement the teachings in your own life.
  8. Read every day. The Bible should be a part of your everyday life. Only then can you allow the Truth to penetrate within you and become a part of who you are. Only then can you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ!

 

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

Ladies, how often do you read your Bible? How much do you know it?

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