I could give a million (or at least ten :)) good reasons for taking a break from blogging the last six months, and they would all be genuine, but none more true than that I just did not feel motivated to post! The Lord has been dealing with me in so many areas of my life, that truthfully, makeup and beauty just didn’t feel significant enough to spend time on.
I’ve come to that complex place of knowing that Grace Love & Lipstick is something I love and that I’m good at, but also acknowledging that my reality is so much more than beauty! Being a full-time mom is all-consuming and 9 out of 10 times, I don’t even think about wearing makeup. As much as I love it, and live for new products, actual application is so low on my priority list that I hardly get around to it once a week when I’m not blogging. It’s hard to produce posts on eyeshadow palettes and lip gloss when you’re really focused on homeschool lessons, making sure your child is hitting milestones, and struggling to keep your own sanity! I’m writing about surface beauty, but not acknowledging whether or not I feel beautiful internally. And if I’m honest, sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t! Sometimes my hair or makeup is done, but I’m battling my emotions; or on the flip side, I look a hot mess but I’m basking in the joy of the Lord! However I’m feeling, I don’t want to try to get on here and fake the funk because that eliminates my desire to even do it! I want to have ALL facets of me be a part of this space because I can’t separate them, and perfection is the farthest thing from what’s happening over here!
Ultimately, I want my blog to be more than the material things I love. I’ve debated including my faith on my blog for a while, and I always reasoned that, “I didn’t want my blog to be that deep” or “People don’t come here for that,” but in all honesty, it’s not even about me! If God sees fit to bring eyes to Grace Love & Lipstick, I want readers to see His light not only in the brands and tips that I share, but also in the transparency of my daily struggles–Oh, because the struggle is REAL! I can’t tell you how many times the devil tried to break me in the last six months (And still tries daily *eye roll*), but God has strengthened me in those tests! I could never go about my daily life as if He shouldn’t get the glory in everything I do, including my little blog.
“All this is for your benefit. And as God’s Grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
-2 Corinthians 4:15-18 NLT
In fixing my eyes on what is eternal, I know I have more to offer you girls than just my beauty expertise, and I pray that as I share more personal topics and my walk with God, that some of it will resonate with you, and you will leave my page with more than what you expected! I love makeup and hair and all things girly, but my life has more beauty than what can be physically seen–and that is what I plan to add to this journey.
I don’t have a set posting schedule, or a list of topics I plan to cover, I just plan to move as I feel led to. I’ll still be doing my usual makeup, hair, and skin posts as well, so expect a full range of beauty to be experienced on Grace Love & Lipstick!