This Saturday, we are so excited to introduce a new line of shoes at Arabella called Poppy Lifestyle. Besides the fact that these shoes are both functional and super cute, the mission of Poppy Lifestyle complements the mission of Arabella. Our mission stems from Proverbs 31:25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come without fear of the future,” Proverbs 31 describes the woman we desire to become. Look at what else she does:
Works with eager hands (industrious, not lazy)
Brings her food from afar (only the best for her family)
Gets up while it is still night (no sleeping in for this woman)
Provides for her family (considers the needs of those closest to her)
Considers a field and buys it (entrepreneurial)
Sets about her work vigorously (no lackadaisical Sunday drive work ethic here)
Has strong arms (literal physical strength)
Makes a profit (smart business sense)
Works into the night (keeps going)
Opens her arms to the poor and needy (considers the less fortunate)
Speaks with wisdom (is not a busybody or gossip but teaches truth)
Faithful instruction is on her tongue (shares her work ethic and heart with others)
This woman is nothing short of amazing! Do you know anyone like this? Think of how incredibly she uses the gifts and talents God has given her. But . . . she is also any of us! As we have talked about in previous blogs, God created each one of us for a purpose. He uniquely gifted us to shine brightly for Him. Proverbs 31 is not included in the Bible to remind us that we will never measure up. Instead, it shows us what can happen when we grab onto how God created us and learn how to enter the sweet spot for which He made us. We believe this truth to the very core of who we are.
The people at Poppy Lifestyle also deeply desire to empower women to become their best selves. They do this not only by fitting women with their cute shoes but also by putting 10% of their profits toward women’s charities and causes. Their website states that, “Poppy exists for the sole purpose of uplifting fellow women” (https://poppylifestyle.com/pages/about).
We are often either comparing ourselves with others or striving for that unattainable perfection, or living in defeat because we don’t measure up to someone’s standards (a someone who may be real or just made up in our own minds). Let us take a cue from Poppy to celebrate each other and build each other up while living empowered to be the best that God created us to be.
We cannot wait to showcase this line of shoes, not only because they are adorable but because we also believe in empowering women to become who they were designed to be. So if you need a cute pair of flats, high tops, or fashion sneakers, join us at the store on Saturday, June 16th, or order online today. Let's empower each other in cute and comfy shoes.
Heather Schmidt and Jodie Schmidt.