A verse from Cori - King of Diamonds

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

    because the Lord has anointed me

    to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

    to proclaim freedom for the captives

    and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

    and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

    instead of ashes,

the oil of joy

    instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

    instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

    a planting of the Lord

    for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins

    and restore the places long devastated;

they will renew the ruined cities

    that have been devastated for generations.”

Isaiah 61:1-4

 

Posted on March 31, 2016 .

Viewer Discretion Advised - Annie's Story

A friend sent me this video knowing how deeply I care for women that don't know their worth. This video completely broke me, and I couldn't look away from the screen. If anyone reading this finds themselves in a similar situation, please let us or someone else help you. I can't bare to think women go through this alone. Likewise, if you have a friend going through this, please be there for them even when they may not want you to be.

(viewer discretion advised)

Feeling unloved by her father and used by a boyfriend, teenager Annie Lobert yearned inside for the power to exact revenge over men. Money to have nice things. To be someone important. It over rode any caution in her life and within a short time she was selling her body, gaining the money she thought was her answer to a better life.

It was a lie. The money instead went to her violent pimp and for many years her world descended into a hell filled with prostitution, cancer, drug addiction and no future. Yet when she cried out to God in her darkest and most dangerous moment, hope arrived to give her a second chance.
— Annie Lobert's Story

Posted by Allie (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines)

Posted on July 15, 2014 .

Forgiveness after Brokenness

This video moved me beyond belief. What an incredible story of a horrendous situation with a positive ending. I know many of you have similar stories, so I wanted to share. I respect this woman so much.

Posted by Allie (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines)

Posted on May 15, 2014 .

Easter Story

Easter has a meaning.

First, God loved the world.
Then we sinned and separated ourselves from Him.
He still wanted to be close to us, so God sent His son, Jesus, to the world.
Jesus never sinned. He was perfect.
We crucified Jesus on a cross, and he died.
Three days later, he came back to life. He conquered death!

Jesus died, on our behalf, so we didn’t have to be separated from God anymore.
We can have forgiveness and a new life! This is called grace.
If we accept this free gift and follow God, we have eternal life! 
It’s an incredible love story.

Join us to celebrate Easter and this wonderful story!

Des Moines, IA: the Gateway Church for a 10:00am service inside The Central Campus high school auditorium.

Bloomington, MN: Cedar Valley Church for a 9:00 or 11:00 service

Forest Lake, MN: Maranatha Assembly of God for a 6:30am (sunrise service!) or 10:00am service

Sartell, MN: The Waters Church for a 9am or 10:45am service

Call or send us an email so we can meet up with you once you arrive, if you'd like! We'd love have you!

Posted by Allie (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines)

Posted on April 16, 2014 .

March Message - Adultery, Murder, and Hope

 "King David is one of the most celebrated figures of the Hebrew Bible, his name mentioned more often than even that of Moses. According to the Bible, David united the 12 tribes of ancient Israel into a great kingdom stretching from Egypt to Mesopotamia, with Jerusalem as its capital.

"King David is one of the most celebrated figures of the Hebrew Bible, his name mentioned more often than even that of Moses. According to the Bible, David united the 12 tribes of ancient Israel into a great kingdom stretching from Egypt to Mesopotamia, with Jerusalem as its capital.

King David, arguably the most famous king of all time, made huge mistakes, 

yet God used him and his story for good.

To sum up a few of David's larger mishaps, here is a list.

1. He watched and lusted over a woman he saw taking a bath on her balcony.

2. That woman's name was Bathsheeba, and King David summoned her to his home to sleep with her while her husband was away fighting David's enemies. It gets worse.

3. David got her pregnant.

4. Not knowing what to do, he ordered that Bathsheeba's husband, Uriah, be sent to the front lines of the fight, ensuring he'd be killed in battle and unable to discover David got his wife pregnant. That's murder, if you were wondering.

Surprisingly to us, God still loved David. God still accepted him and used him to bring hope and peace to nations and generations. How is it that God can turn a situation that involves so many ugly things into something beautiful? David and Bathsheeba married and gave birth to Solomon, later known as the wisest king to ever live. Years after, Jesus Christ was born from his lineage, an honor so incredible we might even wonder what God was thinking. Weren't there other "more holy" people that deserved such an honor? Not to God. David and Bathsheeba were punished for their sin, but after asking for forgiveness, that was simply the beginning of their story. It ended in hope, restoration, and renewal. 

As many of you know, I have a similar story to David. (No I didn't murder anyone...) I was caught in a tangle of bad decisions and felt so hopeless and ashamed. After remembering Christ, His dying on the cross for me, His forgiveness, His hope, I was able to turn my life around. There are still scars, sure, but there is restoration. There is new life. And God used my story and mistakes for His plan, which ended up being the launch of Sweets and Stilettos 5 years ago :)

Posted by Allie (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines)

Posted on March 27, 2014 .

Straight from Jill's Heart

Hello Ladies.

I am navigating the waters of a new relationship...

There are butterflies, giggles, smiling and endlessly looking into each others eyes. There has also been frustration, patience needed, and grace given.  It has also made me see my relationship with God in a new light. It has shown me how selfish I can be, and how much I need to pursue God (just as much as he pursues me). I realized when I mess up, God doesn't run away. He is patient with me. He loves me, more unconditionally than any man. It reminds me that my identity is not in how a man makes me feel but how I have been redeemed by Jesus. I am cherished, and so are you.

I just wanted to share some of my heart with you! I love you, ladies!

 

Posted by Jill (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines)

Posted on January 9, 2014 .

Handmade Body Scrub for Lumber Yard Dancers!

There is no woman on the face of the Earth that isn’t adored by her Creator. Our prayer, as you use this gift, is that you will know that His arms and heart are open wide for you—that He loves you unconditionally. And so do we at Eternity Church.
— Jan at Eternity Church

The dancers at the Lumber Yard in Des Moines received a special gift from the women at Eternity Church this December. Here is a note from the leader of that group, Jan!

"I love things that smell good, don’t you? That was one of the reasons the moms from The Living Room at Eternity Church decided to make this Citrus Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub as a gift for you…it smells SO GOOD! Massaging your skin with the raw sugar may feel a little strange at first, but the gritty material actually smooths away the rough, dry skin created by these harsh Iowa winters. The oils left behind from the scrub make your skin feel oh-so-silky and refreshed. Heaven!

            As I enjoyed the sweet scent and renewing effects of this scrub recently, I recalled in the Christmas story that the Wise Men found value in their own sweet-smelling gift to Jesus. Along with gold and frankincense, they presented Jesus with something called myrrh, an aromatic resin from a thorny tree. People in Jesus’ day would mix the myrrh resin with oil to make perfume or use it as a pain reliever. But to access this wonderful, healing resource, the tree must be wounded repeatedly so that it bled what was needed.

            This fragrant material poetically foretold that we would one day wound Jesus as well. That this beautiful baby would grow up and give himself to us to die on a cross, and that God would view the shedding of His son’s blood as payment for all we’ve done wrong. The Message Bible words it this way:

Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.
— Romans 3:23-24

That’s what Christmas is all about. Celebrating God’s greatest gift to all of us: Jesus! So our prayer for you is that as you enjoy the refreshing scent and soothing oils of our small gift, you’ll find joy in remembering that Jesus has offered you a truly priceless gift—one designed to renew your mind, refresh your spirit, and heal your hurts.

 

With love to all at The Lumbar Yard,

Jan and *The Living Room moms at Eternity Church, Clive, Iowa

*The Living Room at Eternity Church in Clive is a place where moms from every walk of life come to hang out with friends (we love making new friends!), have some fun, learn something new, and be creative. We’re followers of Jesus, committing to simply loving and encouraging one another, just as Jesus does for each one of us. Get-togethers are the first and third Wednesdays of every month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. with free childcare.

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Posted on December 17, 2013 .

Grace

I have always been a little confused by the word grace. It is used so frequently in the bible as well as in countless sermons preached by people of all different denominations. But what is it? Forgiveness? Mercy? A chance for a fresh start? A combination of those? 

I think Paul does a pretty good job of explaining grace in Romans 3.

"God gives people the power to live holy lives - just as God has always intended. Grace not only justifies, it transforms. We are made right by grace; by grace we can also live right."

Our mistakes do not have to define us, nor do our flaws. Our future does not need to be written by our past. 

We are loved and valued by the God of the universe, who created each of us. Because of His grace, we have the chance to be fresh, restored, and renewed.

I encourage you to read the book of Romans, written by a brilliant yet simple man named Paul. Paul lived a really messed up life before being introduced to the story of Jesus. He has an incredible story that definitely showcases God's grace.

 

Posted by Allie (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines)

Posted on November 20, 2013 .

I Am Your Daughter

I am dynamic, because I am your daughter.

Wonderful works will come out of me, because I am your daughter.

Who am I to say, “God made a mistake when He made me?”

Does God make mistakes?

I will love me and adore me because I trust God’s creative work.

I’m excited for this day to walk the path you place before me.

You sent Jesus, and took death away from me, and replaced it with life.

You sent your Holy Spirit to me so I can know you personally and walk hand in hand with you.

God, You are not a secret to me, You are my father.

 

A prayer from Dody (Into the Light) 

 

Posted on July 9, 2013 .

Jaime's Story

This lady has so much courage. Coming out of a world of dancing and what seemed like a hopeless situation, she changed her life. I am so glad I was able to connect with her yesterday via a mutual friend. Jaime is the founder of an outreach to women in the sex industry in California. Check out her website here!

"We are women who mend the broken hearts of women in the sex industry with love, encouragement and hope.

Many of us have been in the sex industry ourselves or have experienced our own brokenness.  We are here to walk alongside you in your journey, whatever it may look like.

We believe everyone has a beautiful future before them and we are here to support and love you while you discover yours." - Jaime

Posted on June 5, 2013 .

He Just Waits For Us...Wow!

No matter how long I have been away, my dog is sooo excited to see me. He waits in anticipation and is so thrilled when I return. It never, get old. I forget sometimes, that God feels the same way about me. He waits in anticipation and is so overjoyed when I return. I feel guilty sometimes, that I don't always return right away. Then I remember that there is not an expiration on His grace. How comforting is that!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjTqXsG_O2g

Posted by Jill (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines)

Posted on June 3, 2013 .

Photography Session for Lumber Yard Dancers

One:One Creatives is partnering with Sweets and Stilettos to offer FREE photography sessions for the Des Moines dancers at The Lumber Yard. Schedule your family or couple session with them today by visiting their website! Make sure to note your referral from S&S to receive the session free ($300 value!).

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Posted on April 30, 2013 .

Learning from God

Lord, may I learn from you. When I feel your arms around me, may I also embrace me. As you forgive me daily for my sins, may I also forgive me. As you fill me with your love, May I also love me. May I be as gentle to me as you are.

A prayer from Dody (Into the Light)

Posted on April 2, 2013 .

A Hug from God

I had a nice moment the other day. I felt God hugging me. He reminded me of how much he cherishes and has good things in store for me. Later that night, I ran into this verse.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

This reminded me that I need to seek Him, just as much as he seeks me.

:) Jill

Posted on March 8, 2013 .

A favorite YouTube

Enjoy watching one of my favorite YouTube videos (4 min) about the difference between Jesus and the "church". Seriously worth watching. I've seen it numerous times. Go now! You have 4 minutes... 

 

Posted by Allie (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines) 

Posted on February 20, 2013 .

Hello, there!

Welcome to the Sweets and Stilettos blog! This will be a place where we can connect with you more frequently than once a month. Over time, it will fill up with videos, devotionals, photographs, links to great music, and more! Stop by anytime and check it out!

Posted on February 20, 2013 .