It’s freeing to know that we aren’t the sum total of our bodies, our cliques, our relationship statuses, or our accomplishments. Our identities aren’t based on any item we can acquire or person we can build a relationship with, our identities are rooted and grounded in Christ alone. And when the storms of life come we can whether them well because we know who we are and whose we are.
Do you have a community like this? Do you have a tribe that sticks with you through thick and thin? Do you have a group of people who are always in your corner?
I encourage you to reach out to your tribe, your people, your community today and thank them for just being them.
The Heart of Man is a movie that reminds us of the love of God through the use of story. We see the heart of the Father portrayed on the big screen with breathtaking images. While that beautiful narrative is playing, we also hear from people about their own redemption story. We hear their fall, their dance with sin, and ultimately, God’s redemption.
We often talk about pursuing our purpose, our mission in life, and that thing God has entrusted us to do. But how do we identify our purpose? Or, if you know your dream or your purpose, do you actually walk that out?
God created you and you are beautiful. And I’m not just saying that to make you feel good, I’m saying it because it’s true. You are an exquisite representation of God to the world! He’s placed his love and his joy within you, giving you the opportunity to share with others.
While stewardship applies to anything and everything we’ve been entrusted with, today I want to focus on financial stewardship. Money is an important part of our lives, much of our time hinges around it, and having it is a huge responsibility! How do we steward our money well? And how can we honor God with our money?
Modesty can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but what does the Bible say about it? Today we dive into this somewhat controversial topic to determine if modesty is just about appearance or something deeper.
TIPS, TRICKS & NATURAL RESOURCES FOR YOU!
On this Episode of our podcast we interviewed our very own Kayla Jones who shares so much of her wisdom, journey and insight on Natural Health. Below are some of the links and resources she shared for you to have access to as well! Enjoy and let us know if you have any questions!
True health to me is feeling great in your skin. It’s being confident in who you are and whose you are, living to love others and serve God. None of these things happen when you hit a certain weight, though I spent a large part of my life thinking they did. I thought that if I was lean enough I would be good enough and loved enough. But losing the weight is never enough; it wasn’t until I started working on the inside that I truly started getting healthy.
Whether Father's Day is good or bad for you, I think it’s a beautiful opportunity to honor and worship the Lord. No matter your relationship with your earthly father, God is your perfect Heavenly Father. Let's take a few moments today and celebrate him.
Transition is a word we’re not taught. We’re taught to successfully arrive and finish – but not to switch. We’re taught to get up and go and finish with grace and excellence – but it’s the time between the start and the ending where we all find ourselves stuck, upset, and confused.
There was a reason the ending came – but what now? What do we do in the middle? How do we handle transition?
I want to inspire you to chase after your dreams, both big & small. Here I share a true story that ignited my dream life that I hope will encourage you to dream bigger. After all, God is the God of our wildest dreams!
To all of the mothers out there: I aspire to be as brave as you. I aspire to be as confident, loving, and as sacrificial as you are for your beautiful children. I hope that one day I can be that kind of mother to my own child, and in the meantime, I will continue to love little Jeremiah the best way I know how.
Moms, thank you for all you do! Happy Mother’s Day!
After seven whole years of motherhood I’ve thrown everything I’ve ever heard about mothering out the window. What I’ve come to learn is that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed as a parent. If you feel at the end of the rope, know that you are not alone. Contrary to how we may feel sometimes, I promise you, we’re doing a pretty darn good job being moms. Keep up the good work!
I’m not your typical girl. I’m about as graceful as a bull in a china shop, I don’t like shopping, pink, or selfies, and I would rather watch football than a rom-com any day of the week. Needless to say, going to a women’s conference is typically low on my priorities list. But, in the face of skepticism, awkwardness, and a little anxiety I attended Sparrow Conference last weekend, and I am so glad that I did.
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”-Barbara Corcoran
Today is International Women’s Day.
A day where women are celebrated. A day where courage, endurance, integrity, grit, boldness, risk, and tenacity are not only acknowledged, but encouraged and respected.
The fact of the matter is, all the women that should be celebrated for their bravery and boldness don’t always have their speeches recorded or their writings published. Many, though wisdom is shared throughout their life, never make a “Top 10 Quotes” lists. Some heroes have gone before us and we’ll never know their name or even their full story – but their impact continues to have a proverbial effect on all those who have come after them.
You won’t find me marching in a parade, holding a picket sign, or painting my body to prove that it’s mine – but you also won’t find me standing or speaking negatively to those who do. I won’t even try and imagine all the stories of women we pass each day. Those who’ve been abused, demeaned, ridiculed, mocked, taken advantage of, and stepped over. The hurt that has happened to some of these women is unfathomable to most and relatable to more than we’d like to realize.
However, the women who have made the most impact, the ones you do see quoted on Google or presenting TED talks, the ones who inspire, lead and empower everyday – well, they all have one thing in common…
They chose to rise despite what happened to them.
They chose to rise above. To walk ahead. To not let the chains of bitterness and resentment keep them from living out their destiny. They chose steadfastness over rage, forgiveness over hate, and purpose over pain.
These women – whom we all know of and can each name who have personally impacted our lives – they are the ones we celebrate. The ones who we choose to learn and grow from and be inspired by. The ones who give us the courage to keep going. To not give up. To trust that in the end, all we have is ourselves and the belief that we did all we could do with all we were given.
Today is a day to simply say thank you to those women and to call to arms each of us that are to follow them.
Let’s be women who rise. And rise with joy, with class, and empowered to do what they did for us – leave a legacy worth writing about.
Happy International Women’s Day to the women we know of and the ones we don’t.
Here’s to you.
-an inspired woman (aka Jessica :)
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DESTINY SOSA
“I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness, in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again. Stay with God.” Psalm 27:13-14 MSG
I remember it like it was yesterday. New York City was to be my new home - but yet since I had lived in a small west Texas town most of my life, I didn’t know what to expect. But as I found my way to the taxi cab and then headed over the bridge and into the Big Apple, I remembered the word God had given me just a little over one year before.
Flashback to the summer before when I traveled to NYC with my college fashion class for a study ‘abroad’ trip. While on this trip, though we visited many remarkable fashion companies and was able to meet some pretty important fashion icons – it was the time in-between that I remember the most. One day in particular I was having coffee and journaling (typical Jess…) and God spoke, “You’re going to live here…soon.”
And just like that a word of destiny was dropped, a dream of my heart since 8th grade and God was saying it was going to come true? Now, wait – what? How would this happen? I have no money, God? I have no idea where I would live, who I would hang out with, where I would go to church? No, God this can’t be possible…” These thoughts flooded my head immediately and continued on for the next year…
This is where you come in, my friend. You have heard a word. You’ve been given a promise. You’ve been told you’ll do something, be someone, go somewhere – yet nothing, and I mean NOTHING in your current life’s predicament would even give this word of destiny ground to be possible.
Hopefully you read the last blog I wrote on Identifying Your Part, because this is where it comes into play. When God gives you a word of destiny, a word that has so much weight to it you really don’t know what to do after He’s spoken - you have to know your part for this seed to plant. Once planted and received (might take some time), it has to be watered by encouragement from the word of God and consistently confirmed by His presence through peace. You see, He will not speak a word of destiny to you that has nothing to do with ‘your part.’ My friends, your part will always go hand in hand with His destiny for your life.
What won’t go hand in hand is your current situation and this word of destiny He speaks – because, basically – that’s the point of it. Our God is not limited by time or circumstance – He’s omnipresent. If this word could go hand in hand, it means that our human hands could accomplish it, and worse – take credit for it. That’s why He is the only one who can speak it, water it, and bring it to fruition.
Therefore, He knows what is coming. And out of His goodness and love, He gives us these words of destiny to help us…
1) stay on track
2) show us direction
3) give us clarity
4) encourage us to not quit.
Think of every single one of God’s prophets and/or disciples (same thing if you ask me, but for all my theologians reading…). Is there really any of them that once God spoke a word of destiny over their life, turned around and it immediately happened the next day? No. The fact is, they had to wait, they had to ask for clarity, wisdom, guidance, and direction – and mostly, encouragement. I think of David in this, given a word of destiny at 13 but didn’t become King until his 40's. Yes, the in-between part was the process that made him a ruler and sustainer of Israel for 40 years. And in those years, God never left him. He prepared Him through multiple types of valleys and mountain-top experiences. And in some of those (queue Psalms) David wanted to give up, he wanted to be mad at God for not being able understand His techniques – but he always came back to trusting that God would make a way where there seemed to be no way.
“Good and upright is the LORD; therefore, he instructs sinners in His ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of His covenant.” Psalm 25:8-10 NIV
This is where you might be, because this is definitely where I know I am. Since I have identified my part, I know where God has me going – however, I have no way of knowing how, when, what, who, why. And though that drives me absolutely crazy sometimes (and believe me, I let Him know), I also know that this is only for my good. And it’s for you, too friends.
Our part in all of this is to stay with God and to not quit no matter what it looks like. For our eyes are not to trust in the seen, but yet the unseen and trust God to do what only He can do.
I can do this a little easier now because of moments like that cab ride in 2011. As I sat there and watched the city of a dream become the city I called home – I realized God was right. What He had spoken had come to pass, and my friends – the same will come true for you.
As you dive into whatever season you are in – a battle season, a valley of tragedy, a waiting season, a mountaintop of joy, or a sowing/reaping season – I pray you find the courage to stay with God, take heart and more than anything, don’t quit.
“The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness – even our wholeheartedness – actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.” – Brene Brown
Jessica is a Co-Founder of We Are Unveiled and Founder of Noon Fiftn Leadership Devotionals, a bi-weekly devotional sent out at 12:15 pm to encourage, liberate, and equip men and women in the corporate world. When not working her day job as a Social Media + Digital Marketing Professional, you can laugh along her hilarious commentary on life and get a glimpse of the Father's love for you through her blog, Just Jess
Hand lettering by Alexa Ray Studio
I’m sure you have been here. In a place between ‘yet to come’ and the ‘not yet.’ Don’t worry – you’re not alone.
As a woman who has been called to teach and preach, however been given a skill applicable in the marketplace – I face the daily dilemma of which hat will I wear. And right now, it’s more of a moment by moment decision. I find myself in the middle of unemployment and here, every moment I am doing my best to discern God’s voice between the emotions of the past due bills flooding my inbox and having hope in His promises foretold. He’s given me vision and promise, and even more so – the anointing and favor to complete it. But I find myself confused on what’s next, contemplating whether or not I will even be able to fulfill all the things He’s called me to do – or better yet, faithfully steward all the many hats He’s called me to wear. And it’s in one of these moments of crying out to Him, He takes me to this scripture.
“I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness, in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again. Stay with God.” Psalm 27:13-14 MSG
A daughter, sister, friend, disciple, evangelist, writer, corporate entrepreneur, marketing expert, young adult leader, and future wife, mother, speaker, and author. Those are the hats that I currently wear and some that God’s promised I will wear – but my friends, how do we do this? Your list looks different than mine and that is exactly how God intended it to be. We all can’t do the same things or act the same, because then how would the complete mission of the Kingdom of God be able to be completed? So make your list, who has God called you to be and what has He called you to do – do you know?
I encourage you to do this, to make it a priority to figure YOU out. The intricate, beautiful, masterfully created parts of you that no one else could mimic or try to be – THOSE are the gifts and the divinely appointment destinies that make you, uniquely crafted for such a time as this.
You may feel weary, defeated, undone, and emotionally/physically/mentally spent – but maybe it’s because you’re trying to be someone God hasn’t call you to be or do something that isn’t yours to do. As women, we want to be ‘superwomen.’ Marvel may be the expert in superhero movies, but women (from the beginning – thanks, Eve) are the ones who have always wanted to ‘do and be it all.’ But my friends, the fact is – that was never our calling or the destiny given to any of us – let alone, just one of us.
You were made for a specific purpose completely and wholeheartedly different, yet still uniquely wonderful from me. We are both needed. We are both necessary. We are both in this together.
The first part in being able to ‘take heart’ is to take an inventory of your heart.
Where are you at?
Where are you headed?
Where have you been?
Who are you?
Who do you need to become?
Who have you been?
Ask yourself these questions – write it all down. Give yourself the opportunity to take heart and then may the Holy Spirit meet you in these moments and give you clear, direct, and helpful direction on what you can do RIGHT NOW to take heart. And it is from this foundation, that God will be able to empower and strengthen you to not quit.
“Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rode is for the back of one who has no sense. The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” Proverbs 10:13-14
To be continued...
Jessica is a Co-Founder of We Are Unveiled and Founder of Noon Fiftn Leadership Devotionals, a bi-weekly devotional sent out at 12:15 pm to encourage, liberate, and equip men and women in the corporate world. When not working her day job as a Social Media + Digital Marketing Professional, you can laugh along her hilarious commentary on life and get a glimpse of the Father's love for you through her blog, Just Jess.
Photography by Katie Faith Photography
We are so excited to be partnering up with the amazing women at Polish for their Annual Fashion show. So what is Polish?
Polish Ministries is reaching a largely unreached group of women, and for now, they are the only ones with a mission to share the gospel with a generation of young professional women and equip a generation of young professional women to share the gospel in return. You see, women are the newest U.S. mission field, and they feel less emotional support from the local church than any other generation before them. Let that settle in for a moment. And guess who is best equipped to reach women in their 20s and 30s??? Their peers. This is where Polish comes in. They host regular luncheons for young professional women and host a variety of events to create a community and belonging for these women.
As a ministry We Are Unveiled desires to develop strategic partnerships with organizations who are doing things well and reaching people effectively for the gospel. Polish is doing just that and we are so excited to be teaming up with them for their annual fundraiser.
The Annual Polish Fashion Show is the biggest fundraiser Polish does and enables them to share the gospel effectively to women everywhere. AND it's a serious blast! As a partner we want to exclusively offer you readers a promo code for 25% off for your tickets, which is good through Friday, May 6th. Use the code: BLOGREADER today for your discount and we hope to see you there!!
We are so excited to announce our newest partnership with Fight For Joy events + design (FFJ). For the next three months, we have teamed up with FFJ and their &ME Campaign featuring these amazing shirts! 10% of all proceeds from the sale of these items will go toward WAU and capturing our second full-length testimony. We are SO humbled to partner with FFJ but even more excited to see all of you in our community, sport your shirt and your story for the kingdom. Check out our blog with Kellee + Dave below to learn more about FFJ and how to get your shirt!
WAU: So Tell us what is FFJ? How did it all start?
Kellee: Fight For Joy is an event + design company based in Dallas. We are a husband and wife creative team offering event management, decor consultation, and branding services. We focus primarily on weddings, but handle other social events as well.
I’ve been in the wedding and event industry for about three years as a planner. Dave is a graphic design artist by trade. We struggled in our first year of marriage to get on mission together. I was in the process of rebranding and thought a name change would be fitting. The words “fight for joy” came to mind. I asked Dave his opinion and if he’d want to bring his talents to the table. He was all in and in a matter of weeks we rebranded, built a website, and restructured our offerings to launch on January 1st of this year.
Fun Fact: Dave asked for my hand in marriage with the question “Will you fight for joy with me?”
WAU: We think that is so inspirational and love that you two are on mission together. So, what inspired the &ME shirt?
Kellee: I was online and came across a shirt with the names of some popular music icons listed. I’d seen similar designs before, but for whatever reason I lingered on this one a little longer. The concept was great! These were female artists I loved, but I couldn’t fully identify with them. I let the thought pass. A few days later I recalled a study I‘d gone through about women of the Bible. The names of Esther, Hannah, Ruth, and Mary stuck out to me. I went back to read their stories — these were ordinary women used by an extraordinary God to do great things, both big and small for His Kingdom. I could identify with them. Other women could see themselves in these heroines of the Word.
I brought the design idea to Dave and he posed the question, “What if you added &ME?” What if the wearer of this shirt were a part of the story too? It clicked! I can’t add my name to a list of pop music icons (no matter how much shower singing I do!) but I am included in the story of Christ. I am a daughter of the King saved by grace and redeemed by His love.
WAU: And we absolutely love it. We all have a story to tell and adding &ME really highlights that. What do you hope people take away from their experience with FFJ?
Dave: We really have one simple hope — we want to create a culture of fighting for joy in the Lord, in marriage, and for the benefit of others.
WAU: We love that you all believe in fighting for joy for those around you. How does the &ME Campaign and shirt play into that?
Kellee: We knew we wanted a part of the work we do to be philanthropic in nature; we want giving to play a big role in how we live our lives. The Giving Shop was birthed from that desire. We hadn’t determined a mission or cause we wanted to support when we created the shirts. I’d been following We Are Unveiled for a while and loved what they were all about, but was too nervous to reach out. A couple days after we launched the shirts, a friend from church tagged WAU on our Instagram post encouraging us to connect! Ok, God! I hear you! A couple direct messages and an email or two later, I was sitting at the table with Monica listening to her heart for WAU and dreaming up a partnership to aid in their mission. Our hope is as we create more products we will be able to support missionaries, nonprofits, and other organizations that are finding innovative ways to be light in darkness and bearers of good news to the world.
WAU: What are you most excited about in this partnership with WAU?
Dave: We did the photo shoot in Dallas and it was such a pleasure to see women of so many backgrounds coming together around the idea of story. We all have stories worth telling and just hearing (... and eavesdropping) conversations about upbringings, dreams, and where God has these women now was exactly what we wanted to happen. We want women to tell their &ME story, helping other women to know that we are all on a faith journey and Jesus is weaving our stories together. We want women to wear a shirt that immediately identifies them as women in a lineage of faith.
WAU: We are so excited about this partnership + the opportunity for women to share their story by just wearing an amazing shirt. For more info on how to give back by purchasing this shirt, visit the link below!