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Label me.

If you were a teen in the 90s, you probably will recall the importance of wearing name brand clothing.  

 

I'll never forget the ridiculous "unspoken" pressure there was to wear clothing from the following stores, (or else suffer the ultimate shunning): American Eagle, Aeropostale, Polo, Gap, Old Navy (but it just barely makes the cut as it was the cheapest option) and, of course, the sleaziest (and priciest), Abercrombie & Fitch.  

My best friend in college let me have this A&F shirt. It was the only one I ever put on my body and it could literally fit my toddler now. Why A&F makes infant sized clothing for teenagers is beyond me.  

My best friend in college let me have this A&F shirt. It was the only one I ever put on my body and it could literally fit my toddler now. Why A&F makes infant sized clothing for teenagers is beyond me.  

 

Style was out. Nobody had "style" back then. We were all just walking advertisements for these clothing companies. And nobody really knew what most of the wording on the shirt meant anyway. We all know you didn't go to an American Eagle California Surf Competition in '98. Seriously... 

 

I would literally cringe and feel completely nauseated when my mother would take us shopping at Kohls for clothing.  

 

I hated Kohls.

 

"Candies" and "EBGB" weren't exactly acceptable brands in the teen world. That is, if you wanted to be important and hang out with the coolest kids.  

Again, not MY shirt. Can't remember if it was Ashley's (the friend in the pic) or another friends. Aeropostale, I think..."Hot Cocoa Stand" is what it says. Why?! Who the heck knows. A tiny thin, cottony short-sleeved shirt about Hot Cocoa is just.....well, if it's cold enough for a hot cocoa stand...why would I wear that shirt made for 90 degree weather?!... Also, gas was cheap in 2003. 

Again, not MY shirt. Can't remember if it was Ashley's (the friend in the pic) or another friends. Aeropostale, I think..."Hot Cocoa Stand" is what it says. Why?! Who the heck knows. A tiny thin, cottony short-sleeved shirt about Hot Cocoa is just.....well, if it's cold enough for a hot cocoa stand...why would I wear that shirt made for 90 degree weather?!... Also, gas was cheap in 2003. 

 

We would fight over every rack. She thought this, and I thought the opposite. Shopping day always sucked. I would beg her to take us to Old Navy. AT LEAST DO THAT, MOM!!

 

Now, it's funny. I mean, hilarious, really. Mom pants, messy bun, worn out, sloppy old college shirts and hoodies. And I seriously could care less what you think.  

 

 

But I do still care how I'm labeled. 

 

I hope my life radiates Christ. I hope, without a moments hesitation, that when people encounter me, they label me: "Christ-follower", "different", "desirable".  

 

Do you live your life in such a way that it's completely obvious "where you shop"?!  

 

Or, are you comfortable just doing all you can to blend in with the rest of those "Abercrombie kids" that all wear the same shirt about some mythical cool kid only Malibu beach day??  

Armani Exchange shirt. Bought on my senior trip to The Big Apple. From the clearance rack, of course. Just so we could carry around the bag, of course.  

Armani Exchange shirt. Bought on my senior trip to The Big Apple. From the clearance rack, of course. Just so we could carry around the bag, of course.  

 

Christ encourages us to stand out, to be a light, to make it completely obvious how different we are. As moms, that's often hard to do as we become so incredibly invested in our families.  

 

Don't forget about the giant world beyond your homes that needs you to tend it.  

 

How do you label yourself? How would the world label you? We don't need to fit in, but stand out!! Shop at Kohls all you want because we all know that inner beauty gets us the most attention anyway. 

 

I have no idea the brand here, but it doesn't matter because I loved that shirt. Oh, and it also wasn't mine. (Notice the trend here?) It was my BFF, Sarah's (pictured on the far right) who loved wearing my dress over jeans. And we loved scarves for belts. Yes. We were amazing.  

I have no idea the brand here, but it doesn't matter because I loved that shirt. Oh, and it also wasn't mine. (Notice the trend here?) It was my BFF, Sarah's (pictured on the far right) who loved wearing my dress over jeans. And we loved scarves for belts. Yes. We were amazing.  

Why Christian Mothers are the Wealthiest People on the Planet

Dear [Christ-follower] Mother, the wealth of all the richest men combined throughout history cannot compare to the wealth you possess. You are among an elite group of women that are truly the wealthiest beings that ever set foot on this planet. most of our wealth is unseen [for now]

We are promised, as are all men, women, and children who truly follow Christ, that God is busy preparing a place for us in His eternal kingdom. Our minds cannot rightly fathom all the wonders and splendor that await our arrival someday, but we know that any earthly treasure can never compare to what is waiting for us in that City. We have a hope that is beyond this life filled with heartache and suffering. We know that in Heaven we will never know pain and our tears we so often shed will never well up in our eyes again.

we will be reunited with the ones we have lost

One of the greatest hopes a Christian mother has is the overwhelming joy of being reunited with a baby or small child that went before them. Whether you've had a miscarriage, an abortion, a baby born still, an unexpected passing of a young one, you will spend all eternity enjoying your precious one that was taken too soon. What a joy! What a hope beyond compare!

witnessing your child come to Christ

Amongst the greatest joys on this side of heaven is when your own child sees his need for a savior and accepts the free gift of eternal life. Some of us have had or will have the privilege of helping to lead our own child(ren). Both of my boys have each come to me on their own accord and have asked me to help lead them to the cross. Two of the best days I've had as a mom were those days. The joy that filled my heart made me want to burst!

access to joy

Not every Christ-follower has joy but every Christ-follower has access to an unlimited supply of joy if they so choose. How do we receive joy? By falling deeper in love with our Creator. Talk to Him, read His word, listen to His voice, and by living as He did on earth. Happiness is fleeting and based on circumstances. Joy is contagious and not easily taken. Only you can take your own joy away....just walk the opposite direction of the One who possess the joy we all should crave.

never without hope

In the midst of crisis or confusion, we are not without hope. In the middle of the night when we're up with a sick child, we can pray and hope and feel His comfort. When the bills are piling up and the bank account is dwindling, we are not without hope. We know He cares. When our spouse is out of town or on deployment and we feel lonely and tired, we are not alone. He is there and He cares. When life is just plain cruel and the unexpected tragedy occurs and we ask "why?" a million times, it doesn't catch Him off guard one bit....and we have hope and access to the peace only He can give.

So remember how blessed you are, Christian Mother. Remember how temporary this life and these troubles are. Remember your future. Remember that He will walk with you thru every trial and uncertainty. Remember that when you see others around you that seem wealthy in the things of this life, that you are the wealthiest among them. For the things you are wealthy in are eternal and cannot be destroyed. Humble yourself today and thank Him for the hope that you have. And then share it....first with your own children and then to the world.

What a blessed life we live!

Alicia