Monday, December 14, 2015

Shine!

Isaiah 60: 1
" Arise, shine, for light has come , and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. "


What does it mean to shine? Probably has a different meaning to us today than it did for the writers of the Bible.  We are to shine bright to others, showing them God in us. Immanuel (Emmanuel) literally means God with us. In Matthew 1: 23 where Matthew is telling the story of Jesus' birth, he is retelling the prophecy in Isaiah,  over 700 years before. "Shine, for light has come". Let us, in this season of preparation for the coming of our Lord in His birth and His coming again, remember to shine.

There's nothing wrong with a little shine here and there that doesn't come from above, especially this time of year. We put a star on the top of our Christmas tree, we festoon our homes in Christmas lights, I even still put a little tinsel on my tree (nothing wrong with that!). It's also the perfect time of year to sparkle a little on your outside. Festive sweaters, jewelry, and makeup will keep you shining throughout the season.  Here are some of my favorite (Honey, I hope you're reading this one) shiny things to wear now and through the new year.

Tinsel Joy Sweater
This sweater says it all for me this year!
 It can be worn with jeans or some dressier bottoms, for a festive evening out.
Tinsel Joy Sweater- Talbots


Serene Snowflake & Stripe Bateau Tee
This festive Tee has just enough sparkle to help you shine all day long.
I love that beads dress up something so simple and basic.
This Tee comes 3 colors.
Serene Snowflake and Stripe Bateau Tee- Talbots

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
There are a lot of uses for this luminizer. I love it as an everyday all over eyeshadow, but you could use it as a highlighter on your brows or even on your cheekbones. Very sparkly!
Mary-Lou Manizer- theBalm

These nail wraps from Jamberry are called Midnight Magic.
These actually glow in the dark! Talk about shining!!

and my new fave shiny bracelet...

I love Alex and Ani. This is my birthstone, blue zircon.
It comes in silver or gold tone and of course 11 other birthstone choices.
What a great way to add sparkle and shine everyday.

I pray today, that you shine bright with the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Celebrating the light that burns brightly inside each one who believes. Let it shine!!