faith

Keep pursuing your calling

BY TARA BURKE

Freely Clothing’s Giving Chain video is finally done! Thank you to all the supporters who have been patiently waiting for the video. To everyone who donated, shared, bought a tee, came to an event, or was just present throughout the whole process, I’m so grateful. I love you all, and seriously, you don’t even know what your support meant to me during what was a challenging season both personally and professionally. So, without further ado…here it is!

Video edited by my sweet sweet sister, Cailin.

I hope you liked the video and that it inspires you to give freely! Your generosity changes the lives of generations and you can make a difference. There is no telling the impact a generous spirit in action can have in the hands of God! Go out there and pursue your calling despite the circumstances, hardships and perseverance it may take. If there is anything I learned looking back on this video is that there is a story behind every “success” and that God is faithful to complete the good work He started in you.

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Dealing with emotions

BY TARA BURKE

“The prayers and supplications that Christ offered up were, joined with strong cries and tears, herein setting us example not only to pray, but to be fervent and importunate in prayer. How many dry prayers, how few wet ones, do we offer up to God!” – Matthew Henry


Let them out. Yes, let all the ugly tears roll down your cheeks, let the ache sit in your heart for more than two seconds, let yourself break.

In a world that glorifies being strong and resilient I think we’ve lost touch with being vulnerable and weak. We love to quote, 2 Corinthians 12:10 – For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(ESV), but if we’re honest with ourselves we often don’t ever want to go through the weak part… we just want to make it to the strong part.

For most of my life I’ve been very good at the strong part in public and the weak part in private. As I’ve grown in God it has blended into a mixture of both public strength and weakness. I think God is most glorified when our weakness acts as a wick, laid in the oil of our pain, only to be lit on fire by the strength of God Almighty himself. As we embrace our hurt, our struggles, our shame and our failures we can lay them before God to spark effervescent light, which is why Paul talks so passionately about boasting in his weaknesses.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

Easter Outfits & Encouragements

BY TARA BURKE

We’re a little delayed, but we hope you all had a wonderful Easter! I know we are beyond grateful for what Jesus did for us on the cross so we’d be free from sin and the grave. We are also extremely thankful that we are able to freely walk into church and worship our God. We are praying and doing what we can to help those who are targeted and persecuted for their love of Jesus. It felt kind of silly to post about our Easter outfits in the face of such violence and sadness in Sri Lanka, but those brothers and sisters went to praise their Savior even with probable danger lingering, and that sacrifice, in spite of the terrible injustice surrounding it, is beautifully honorable. So, before I jump into our outfits I’d ask you to stop and pray for the victim’s families and the persecuted church around the world.

Cailin and I always like to dress up for Easter. This year I wore a dress by Equipment. It has still been a little chilly here in New York, so I wanted a dress that was both springy, but didn’t have full-on warm weather vibes. This dress fit the bill with the netted full length sleeves and floral pattern.

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Enneagram 2 Problems

One of the qualities of the Enneagram 2 that I relate with A LOT is the ability to love and serve in such a measure that just doesn’t really stop. If y’all haven’t checked out Sleeping At Last’s Enneagram based songs, you need to because they are all pretty awesome, but I feel the “Two” lyrics deep. Although, it is describing a little bit of the unhealthy side of the enneagram (loving and sacrificing for someone to the point that you’re hurting yourself), something I can definitely be guilty of if I don’t keep myself in check, but it displays pretty well what lengths 2s will often go to take care of the people they love. So, I thought I’d share one of my “2” struggles in hopes of helping you navigate friendships and how they can honor God, your friends and yourself when you have this kind of love to give!

https://youtu.be/PrDzd4ufypE
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Modesty, Beauty and finding a Godly balance

BY TARA BURKE

One of my life mottos is, “I don’t care what people think of me, but I do care how people see Christ in me.” I think it’s so important that we represent Christ well and how we present ourselves outwardly through clothing and beauty is a part of that. You know I love fashion, went to college for it and a decent amount of our posts are styled based. I’m not a huge beauty person…I only have time for the basics every morning, but when I look at all the hair, nail and makeup products I have, sometimes I wonder why do I have all this?!

I don’t think having fly style and caring about how you present yourself is a bad thing. I think it’s awesome when you can put on an outfit & makeup that expresses your vibes and makes you feel amazing. However, I do think as a whole we place way too much emphasis on beauty and all the ways we can improve ourselves on the outside. Every once in awhile it’s good to take an inventory of the investment you are making into your outward appearance compared to your spirit, and how you can ask God to help you glorify Him more in these areas. So, here are a few of my check-up points to see where I’m at on modesty, beauty and finding a balance that displays Christ appropriately.

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NY Reproductive Health Act Thoughts

love never gives up

Been doing some thinking on the Reproductive Health Act that was just passed in NY, especially late term abortions. Although it can be very easy to sit in judgement on either side of the camp, I often think using our voices sometimes drowns out God’s… even if our intention was to make God’s voice known. Comment sections fill with people simply defending instead of leading (I’ve got a whole essay behind this thought…if you’re interested in hearing it, lmk in the comments).

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