(But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you- Matt 6:33)
For those who don’t know, I have a special passion for Fashion Industry, I enjoy to dress-up, to put outfits together for other people and love making them feel special and beautiful. I love, love make-overs!
Let’s go 7 years back….
In 2007 I was accepted at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM), majored in Visual Communications. This major opens doors to different fields in this industry such as; interior design, wedding planner, wardrobe stylist, Fashion Show coordinator or director and many more. My desire was to be a Fashion Show Director or work for a well-known magazine at their visual communications department. After two months of attending FIDM, I was hired at BCBG MaxAzeria as a wardrobe stylist. I loved my job, all type of women would walked in with the hope of us finding the perfect outfit from head to toe for their special occasion such as; weddings, engagement parties, bridal-showers, Grammy's, Oscar’s, interviews, promotions and many more. My favorite part was to watch clients leave the boutique with conference and a huge smile ready for their event. It was fun and I knew this could take me to my goal, my dream career.
After 3 years of working with this designer I came to a cross-road. At this time I was serving the Lord as the Youth Leader full-time and my job at BCBG began to be a challenge. My boss wanted me to start dressing different (more sexy), I came to realized that if I wanted to grow within the industry I had to change my morals, I had to socialize going to parties to get to know people in the industry but most important it was going to affect my walk and relationship with the Lord. The moment to decide if I wanted to keep moving up in this Industry or if I was going to do whatever it would take to live my life worth of my King, Jesus was right before my eyes! After praying, and going back and ford I had the answer.. (in between I really felt like some-how I could make a difference working in this industry, I felt like somehow I could bring the gospel, - I mean once during our speech class at FIDM I talked about Jesus! -This was a battle in my mind day and night because it was so hard to give up something I had dreamed of since I was so young and the promotion was right in front of me.- Was it really worth it?!! I asked to myself many times, I knew God wouldn’t break my free will and He would wait for me to choose Him.
-(I am mentioning all this so you can have an idea of how hard of a decision this was).-
Finally after a couple of weeks of praying and reading the word, I made a commitment to God, a life-time commitment, I made my decision. I told the Lord this:
“ I choose YOU GOD, I rather earn crowns and be useful for Your kingdom, even if only one person gets saved than earning recognition, money, popularity here on this world, I love You and I choose You. Take me, use me, mold me, I want to be your vessel and I want to pursue You and I desire to be the woman You have created me to be, just because YOU are worthy and YOU loved me first”!!
I have to tell you, is the second best decision I have ever made in my life. I say second because the first one was giving my life to Christ. Right after I accepted an offer at a bank, though was completely different from what I had studied and worked befor. To be honest I was scared of the job, I was intimidated but of course God like always came to the rescue and less than the expected I loved my new job, especially the work hours, they were perfect for the ministry.
Later that same year, God placed the desire in my heart to build a website to minister women using FASHION!! To help women of all ages to find their Identity in Christ, to really know their value and to learn about the true beauty that is precious to the Lord. He gave me this scripture 1 Peter 3:4 “You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God” WOW I was overwhelmed and didn’t know how to get it done or what to do with this piece of TRUTH. Days after the perfect quote came to mind, which I wrote that day, I knew it was God, “A beautiful face and a gorgeous attitude are the best accessories of a woman and a pure and sincere heart is her greatest outfit". – Then I knew God was going to do something GREAT. When and how??! No idea…
At a YWAM conference I met Jessica Hover, founder of Beauty Arise. The Holy Spirit guided me to introduce myself to her and share the vision God had placed in me. I was frozen and little scared but I didn’t want to miss out just because of what I was feeling, I knew that if God was leading me to talk to her, was because He had something great in mind, and He sure did =)!!! I was nervous, excited and more nervous. Negative thoughts were taking over my mind; “Jessica might think I am little kuku (crazy)” - to my surprise she didn't think that at all, instead she invited me to the Fashion Week Los Angeles Outreach, which was 5 months away! Jessica said that was definitely God, to pursue what God had placed in my heart!! WOW didn't have words to describe that moment, it was definitely a define moment in my life. God always knows best and wants best for us!!
Now two years later, I am founder and director of Beauty Arise Mexico. I have had the amazing opportunity to serve at four different seasons with Models for Christ, three in Los Angeles and one in New York City. Also I am praying at the moment for guidance on taking greater opportunities that I would had not dare to dream before. I am living that vision.
All this is possible because of GOD, walking in obedience many times is painful but let me tell you something; when God leads you to do something trust Him and obey Him. Now, don’t obey Him because of what you can get from Him, but obey Him because He loves you like crazy and He is never going to lead you to something that will destroy your life. His plans for your life are always full of Hope and life. I have to tell you there will be times when He will ask you to let go or surrender things close to your hear and you may never receive them back but trust His word and His love for you, He will never disappoint you!
Last reminder: Seek Him for who He is and obey because He loved you first.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matt 6:33)
Your friend who loves you,
Lizbeth Espinoza <3