Wednesday was very much a "Spring during Winter" or "Sprinter" kind of day. So naturally Erica and I threw on our shorts and wedges and took to the streets that afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and slight breeze. 
If you recall from this post, one of the "Things I'd Like to Do in 2014" was try at least 10 new restaurants this year. Well, I began my restaurant hopping yesterday by dining at the cute and quaint Kayak Kafé in downtown Savannah.

Romper: Macys
Cardigan: Forever21
Envelope purse: Asos
Tights: Express
Shoes: Steve Madden (thanks Erica!!)
Necklace, rings: Foreve21
Watch: NY&Co (it's time for a new one though)

Kayak is a locally owned casual cafe located in prime real estate on Broughton Street.. Broughton being one of downtown Savannah's busiest streets for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Known for its fresh salads, paninis, and boasting the "Best Tacos in Town", Kayak is open daily for lunch and dinner.
I feasted on the Kayak club which was roasted chicken, applewood bacon, melted cheddar, sliced tomatoes, red onions, organic greens and herb mayo. Erica had the roasted turkey cubano, substituting the turkey for chicken, melted swiss, chipotle mayo, dill pickles, organic greens and added guacamole. Our sandwiches were served with cole slaw, a pickle, and an orange slice.
The verdict?

We both agreed the location was optimal as we'd dropped in after browsing a few shops downtown.

It was very casual and inviting. We opted to sit outside, people watch, and enjoy the weather.

Most items on the menu, salad, sandwiches, tacos, burritos were $8-$11 including a side.

We both agreed our paninis were excellent! The bread was toasted just right.The toppings were tasty and fresh. Our only complaint was that the roasted chicken was considerably dry and tasteless. The overwhelming flavor from the toppings made up for the lackluster chicken. But honestly, I would have enjoyed a great BLT without the chicken.
Overall, Kayak Kafé is definitely a win in our book. Possibly somewhere we will both revisit later in the future. It also came highly recommended by our friends Ashley and Alexis. Maybe the next time Lex is in town, we can all grab lunch here.

We ended our afternoon excursion by me grabbing a cup of joe at The Coffee Fox and hopping into Ghost Town Tattoo to inquire about possible ink later on this year.

I wasn't cheering for any team in particular. Well, at first I wasn't. My friends were going for the Seahawks, so that's who I went with. Guess.. we won.

What a (non) game.
Going casually cute, I wore a jacket I purchased from a Forever21 sale last year.
Think it was maybe 10 bucks.
My tee was purchased from Walmart for a dollar and I applied the "#tlsg" to it using the tutorial >>here<<.
The jeans are also Forever 21.
The boots are my new faves. And a recent purchase.
I know, I know.
I'm not supposed to be spending right now.
But look at 'em. They're so cute. I love the detailing on the front.
Plus when Aldo is selling boots for 20 bucks, you get 'em. Right?
Still on sale too, girl. Buy you a pair >>here<<. 

My hair is a flexirod set I did the night before.
I was pretty okay with my results.

Resetting it tonight. To try and achieve an even better set.
Hopefully it's something worth blogging.

"Stop looking at your watch. Start looking at God." -Pastor Eric S. Jackson
Blouse: Express
Pants: Forever21
Shoes: Forever21
Earrings: Charlotte Russe

Patience. That's almost one of those bad four letter words, eh? Patience. Mm. Yeah. Marinate on that for a sec. 

Today's sermon was based on Hebrews 10: 23 which says,
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
So much can be said on just that, right? Hold fast. Meaning don't let every little thing, every big thing, or every medium sized thing that comes by to distract you or discourage you prosper. Hold fast. That thing you professed with your lips, that came straight from the Holy oracles of the Lord God himself, hold on to it. People, time, and circumstances are all factors that WILL try to make what you professed be a lie. This isn't a maybe. It's a definite. They will try and deter you. Don't let them. 

You've been warned. 

The next part says, "without wavering". Now, as humans, that is certainly impossible, right? I mean, you can't be 100% sure of a thing 100% of the time, right? Well, I don't necessarily think it's saying that. I think it's more or less referring to James 1:8 that says,
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. 

Basically, something can't be "is' and also be "is not" at the same time. That's instability. If you're going to believe a thing, profess a thing, then do just that. When those detractors present themselves, and they most definitely will, don't entertain them. Because there very well may be some reality to what you see and hear that is opposing what you believe, you have to train yourself to not let it take root in your heart. Don't entertain it. This is what causes you to waver. When you start trying to reason and argue in favor of both sides. Being the defense and the prosecutor all at one time. This doesn't work. Choose one and denounce the other. 

This is how you do the "without wavering" part.

And finally the last part says, "for he is faithful that promised". Now that's the part! That's the part you can hang your hat on. He is faithful! That's how come you can hold fast. That's how come you're able to do so without wavering. Because God is faithful. God is not a man. God is God. And God cannot lie. That which God has spoken, he is able to bring it to past.

John 1:1 says that God is his word. God is everything you read in your Bible. Everything in the Bible, you can quote as being what God has spoken and know that he is faithful to everything he has said. So if you profess anything written in Genesis through Revelation, hold fast to it. And don't waver. Numbers 23:39 says that God will make good on every single word of it.
Today's sermon was very much needed. It's something I need to be reminded of from time to time. To just simply believe God. People can talk you out of what's yours. Circumstances can pressure you out of what's yours. Doubt can deceive you out of what's yours. But God's word has encouraged us to not give in to this. James 1:4 says to let patience have her perfect work. Be patient. Hold fast. Don't waver. Let God be God and let God do what he do. After all, "he is faithful that promised." Believe that. 

Super hot shoes for this super hot Sunday.
But they so weren't made for walking.
..most definitely had my handy dandy Nine West sparkly flats on deck. Hey oh.
Bye, y'all!

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

It's no secret that with everything I do, there's always an element of my faith included in it. It's who I am; it's what I am; I am not me without it. So when my dear friend Sharita invited me over this past Friday to make vision boards, I was all in. Vision is directly related to faith.

Without getting too deep or super churchy, allow me to explain that really quickly.

Proverbs 29:18 KJV says, 
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
A few other versions of the same scripture I feel worth noting are the New Living Translation and The Message,
"When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful."- NLT
"If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed."-The Message 
And that's it. I particularly like The Message version. It's true. When you don't know God's plan for your life, you don't have direction. There's chaos. You are susceptible to accept just any old thing, live beneath your rightful means, not knowing what God has promised you. 

God wants, above anything, for you to prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2). God's wants to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). God cares so much about us that it even concerns him that we make good investments in life- in our families, friendships, relationships, business, ideas, etc, etc, etc. He wants whatever you invest your time, money, energy, life in to be successful and fulfilling and bring forth a great return in due season (Psalm 1:3 NKJV). 

And with all these great things God has envisioned for us, he makes it even sweeter by saying his blessings don't come with any sorrow attached (Proverbs 10:22). Know the saying "Mo' money, mo' problems"? Not the way God has it set up, bro.

Let me clarify that everything I've listed above are all general visions God has for all of his human creations. To know God's specific vision for your own life requires a special one on one type of relationship with your creator to know exactly what it is he has for you. It starts with putting God in his rightful place. Acknowledging that it is he who made us. We didn't make ourselves. Realizing that everything we have belongs to him and it is only our reasonable service to give it back to him. When we began to magnify God, put him where he belongs- FIRST, then he begans to reveal himself to us. And in us. And in it, he begins to reveal your specific vision. Your purpose. 

All of that is summed up in Proverbs 3:6
"In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Those gifts and talents you have that are unique to you, he shows you how to use those in your every day life. The gifts and talents are to benefit you financially, emotionally, mentally, etc. He gives them to you for your enjoyment. To make your life more enriched. And when at the very core, the very foundation of this thing is God, that's how you know this is definitely your call. It benefits you and brings praise to God's name. 


So! Now that the Tuesday morning Bible Study session is over..

Boys and girls! Ladies and gents! Take out your scissors, your glue sticks, your magazines, and your poster boards and create a master piece! I have to say, I was rather well pleased with my board. I was able to find visuals for almost everything in my vision. A few things I really wanted but wasn't able to find a visual representation of was something signifying the importance of prayer and faith in my life, and a picture of a neat, white, feminine home office. I also wanted to put something that represented me vacationing (A LOT), but I ran out of room.

Oh, vacationing ain't part of the plan of God for my life? Why not? He made this earth. Surely he wants me to see it! Ha!

Even though there were things I was not able to find, I ABSOLUTELY just had to find something representing writing. Reading and writing. Two very essential parts of the specific vision I have for my life. Although the end result actually spans far beyond just the writing, we're just going to go with for now.. 

Overall I loved my board and I plan to have it framed and hung in my lovely home office. When I get one. I want it there to look at everyday and remind myself of the vision. 'Cause I mean, if you don't have a vision, you perish, right? Right.

Good people, good food, good fun. I dig it!

What is the vision for your life? Right that thing down. Make it plain. And then walk it out.