Accept July 26 2020
To receive(something offered) willingly // accept as a gift
To be able or designed to take hold(something applied or added) // a surface that will not accept ink
To give admittance or approval // an idea that is widely accepted
To recognize as true : Believe
While I am no Bible scholar, I know enough of the promises and truths found in there to respond in Christianese (the church jargon that can sometimes seem weird and off putting to some). I can pray-up and speak into my family, friends and even strangers. Praying and speaking hope, encouragement, comfort and peace, all based on the promises of God and who God says they are. I've been a mentor both professionally and personally. And with my entire being, I believe all of what I say and pray.
Why do I struggle to accept those very things for myself? Why do I struggle with thinking
"I'm not good enough", "I'm not pretty enough",
"I belong", or "I fit in",
"I don't make enough money"
or that I am
"floundering as a mother"?
Honestly this list could go on, but I think I have been transparent enough that you can get the picture. For some reason I exclude myself from the equation of truths and promises. As if, God has promised things to everyone else except me.
To take or leave out from a number or a whole: EXCLUDE
To take exception: Object
Knowing something doesn't mean you accept it for yourself. I am realizing accepting is so simple that I have made it seem hard. Somehow I have made myself subconsciously believe I have to do some kind of work, or be on a level of perfection to be worthy of accepting God's gifts and truths for myself. But this is so far from the truth! God's gifts are just that, things He has chosen to give freely, and are simply something I am to accept.
I've been seeing a counselor(mental health is wealth; get you one!). She gave me a really good example that articulated this idea of accepting God's gifts for myself. The example gave me pause; it made me feel silly. She gave the example of a royal family. She asked me, "if a King has a son, who will be the next King?". My response was the obvious, duh, "the son". She then asked, "what does the son have to do to become the King?". I responded, "nothing to my knowledge, he will become the king because he is the King's first born son". And just like that a light bulb went off before she began her next sentence. She went on to say, "Cassandra, God's gifts, His promises, are there for you to accept just as the son simply accepts and steps into his role as king. He can't do anything more to make him worthy of being the king".
How crazy is that, there are just some things that are.
So here I am accepting...
I, Cassandra, am KNOWN and CHOSEN to exist at this time in history:
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee..."Jeremiah 1:5
"For thou hast possessed my reins; thou has covered in my mothers womb." Psalm 139:13
I, Cassandra, am valuable and precious:
"...for her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:1
I, Cassandra, am powerful and equipped:
"For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7
I, Cassandra, am forgiven:
"There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit." Romans 8:1
Forgive me, Father, my God, for not accepting your gifts to me. But thank you for being so patient with me and continually loving me so graciously, drawing me to where you always want me, right with you. My heart is yours. There truly is nothing like you. I am so grateful for how you are gently and kindly showing me this truth. -Amen
It is my hope, that if you struggle with accepting too, that you be encouraged in knowing that sometimes the power is in accepting what is:-)
At the root of it...
It's a decision to put your faith in Jesus Christ,
that He came, died and rose again.
That's what makes someone a Christian. Not because they have it all together. Or, that they know all the books in the Bible or that they dress up for church on Sunday.
At the root of it...
It's a decision to believe. The wonderful thing about this is, the decision unlocks a host of help to walk through this thing called life. It's not a get out of hardship free card. But, it is a guarantee of an eternity with God. It's a profession of faith that yields an inheritance that is beyond this world! Literally!
At the root of it...
This decision doesn't require perfection or anything close to it. It simply asks for your faith.
It doesn't require a magical elimination of questions or doubt. Because trust me, how grand God is, there are going to be questions! There are going to be things that are beyond our comprehension.
But that's why God is God and we are His creation, His workmanship( Ephesians 2:10).
At the root of it...
It's a decision to walk in faith, in one direction. If you veer, God will be right there to get you right back on track. Because the promise to those that believe, NOTHING can separate you from the love of God ( Romans 8:38-39).
At the root of it...
it's a decision.
"...that whoever believes in him, shall not perish but have everlasting life."
"Lord, remember me when you come into Your Kingdom. And Jesus said to him, 'Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise'."
"...Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"
If you want to make the decision to put your faith in Jesus Christ, I'd love to chat with and pray for you!
Feel free to contact me at Cassandra@chosen-apparel.com
In the past few years, I have started off the year praying about what God wants my focus to be. Last year, the word placed on my heart was: rest. I figured it wasn't that deep. I was a new mom. I work. I was weeding through unresolved hurt. And, I tired tired, like physically. But out of curiosity, and because I had a new interest in words, I looked it up in my Strong's Concordance. To my surprise, this little word appears in the Bible almost 300 times. And, there are some 40 odd definitions of the word.
1. IT COMES IN 2 GREAT COLORS: Serene Greene and Perfecting Pink
2. IT HAS AN EXPOSED BACK ZIPPER
3. IT LOOKS GREAT WITH HEELS OR SNEAKERS
4. SOFT STRETCH MESH GIVES IT ITS MOVEMENT AND FLOW
5. SOFT COTTON TWILL LINING MAKES IT A GREAT PIECE TO WEAR ANYTIME OF YEAR. Why? Because unlike having a polyester lining that would cling to you in the hot months and in the cold months which does nothing for you, this material breaths. It also feels great against the skin!
6. UNFINISHED HEM OF THE SOFT MESH GIVES IT A BIT OF EDGE WHILE STILL LOOKING CLEAN AND POLISHED
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Just added to the site are 2 new items for the holiday. The Tutu skirt for women is great piece for any upcoming holiday event. Pair it with a simple black top or your favorite chambray top for a less formal look. How ever you wear it, you will love it as much as I do! Available in 5 colors(Black, Plum, Honey, Platinum AND Red), this skirt measures approximately 22 inches in length and has 3 layers of tulle with a 4th layer of lining finished with a pearl hem. Elevating the look of this skirt, to fit your holiday event, are the satin waistband and exposed back zipper. You'll fall in love with this skirt!
The second item is the Limited Edition Reversible Pocket Square. With one side camo and the other a plum satin, any suited look can be taken up a notch.
On November 14, 2014 we held our second event, the CHOSEN™ Holiday Event. The event was an opportunity to showcase the holiday items and celebrate the success of the KivaZip crowdfunding project where we were able to raise $5,000 for next season's collection. We would like to give a special thanks to Lenny and The Bazemore Gallery for sponsoring the event, Whitney Thomas; Owner of W. Studios, DJ YS for spinning, Skinny for killing it on the Violin and Infinity Dance complex for blessing us with a great performance. Also, we would like to thank everyone that made it to the event and weathered the yucky weather. We hope to see you at our next event. See below for recap pics and video. Visit our Facebook page to view more photos from the event.
I am excited to soon introduce CHOSEN children's first item: The Perfect Tutu.
This item may be purchased in the multi-color option or a custom tutu like the ones seen below. Look out for this item coming soon and details on how to order a custom option.
Check out this cutie in her custom tutu. Mommy asked that her tutu be designed in various pinks to give a ballerina/princess feel.
And here is another cutie in her custom tutu. Mommy sent a pic of the onesie she was to wear on her 1st birthday party and asked that the tutu be designed to match. Not seen in this photo are the polka dot ribbon bows hidden underneath the layers. Cute accent and surprise as this cutie pranced around her party.
Coming soon! Our V-Neck logo tee for men. Be on the look out!
Introducing our Go To Clutch! This clutch is simply enough to pair with any outfit. This inaugural Camo option is a limited edition style. Only a select number of this Camo option are being produced and once gone, they are gone.
Pairing this Camo with our Perfect pink or Serene green exposed gold teeth zipper, makes it the perfect grab and go accessory that will become your favorite as it has become mine. Your smart phone, coin purse, lip gloss and other essentials will fit perfectly in this plum lined clutch.
I look forward to this piece being your next CHOSEN fav!
CHOSEN has a new logo! And now available through our online store, you are able to purchase our favorite V-Neck tee.
This tee has great stretch and recall for great fit. Tuck it in and pair with our Perfect Pencil skirt or wear it with your favorite jeans. However you wear it, love it!
We're excited to announce that CHOSEN Apparel is finally here. We celebrated with a launch event on May 1st. We want to personally thank all those involved (Zyn Beauty, DJ YS, Stoli, and IAMHospitality) as well as friends and family that supported!
This weekend we're having a friends and family sale, please take advantage of these discounted prices! #ChooseWisely