Thursday, December 24, 2015

Lights All Aglow

Season's greetings!
I am so happy and filled with so much joy about so many
things... including the fact that my fingers are typing something in
this template for the first time in, I believe, months.
This makes me smile and this blessed time of year makes my
heart fill warm and aglow with the joy of the season.
If only it were snowing here, too, then that would be perfection ;)

I am so, so thankful to the sweet friends who sent me kind emails 
or left the loveliest, caring comments while I was gone that I got
to come back and read.
What an encouragement and blessing!

This is a photo of the view through my bedroom window, 
the dreamy glow of the lights from my view inside.  My Dad
has since added more, but this is just a little seasonal loveliness that
makes me happy every night when I walk into my room and just
a little something I wanted to share.

I hope you are having a blessed season!
I hope you are enjoying wonderful days baking, trying new recipes
to delight your loved ones or indulge in yourself, having fun spending
time with those you love most, and looking around and counting
your blessings even more than usual.

I love this time- taking a drive to look at lights, hot chocolate,
the fireplace going (even if it isn't that cold outside in the South,
because fire makes it cozy), feeling thankful and blessed,
soaking in the simple things, time for the firetruck to drive
through town all lit up and beautiful and playing
"White Christmas", anything & everything twinkling and
bright and cheery, and focusing on the important things-
 and all that goes along with it.

This has been such an exciting last month,
and I am feeling so blessed for things God has brought to
my life!
I look forward to sharing soon.

For now...
I pray you have a most blessed time with your loved ones
and enjoy this miraculous time of year!

May it be merry & bright and joyful.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

My 'Vision' on Canvas

I can't put into words how wonderful it feels
to be looking at my blogger template, open and ready,
typing something (even a few words) and feeling that pleasant joy 
of my words being let go, ready to be published in a moment ☺

How I've missed that.
God made me as someone who has to write out my thoughts
and joys, and I haven't had time to do that lately much anywhere.
To get to share something, even something simple and short and sweet,
and to write something from my thoughts and heart is so lovely
a feeling.

...And speaking of writing, something I have loved doing
is hand-lettering.  I keep practicing and it is something I truly enjoy.
I love being able to not only write, but to make verses, quotes,
or whatever I write beautiful with stylized lettering.

This is one of my favorite canvases I have ever done-

...because "Be Thou My Vision" is my favorite
hymn, because the words and beyond beautiful notes with
their sound of Ireland stir my heart and soul.  They
mean much to me in my faith and God seems to have placed
this song in front of me more than any other.

...and because I can't get enough of the brilliant
lapis blue backdrop with metallic gold.
I love choosing different color combinations and 
admiring them once it is all said and done.

I love, love, love lettering and typography.
It has been a sweetness in my crazy schedule right now,
something I love to sit down and relax and do in the rare
moments of quiet each weekend.

I pray you have a wonderful week♥


Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Quick Hello!

"When peace like a river,
attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, 
Thou has taught me to know,
It is well, it is well
with my soul."

A thought of faith to share.
Oh, how I have been needing to tell myself these precious words
most especially lately.  How sweet our faith is in playing a role in
our lives and daily walk to help us to be able to say, 
"It is well with my soul."
How calming and amazing to our hearts.
This has been on my mind and I'm so thankful it has.

...Oh, how I have missed being on my blog and reading
your blogs!  I never expected to be quite this busy, but this semester 
has begun and will be my most challenging and demanding yet...
I find myself going days at a time without getting on my
 computer because I am so occupied with papers and work with the class
 I am working in right now.
Little first graders☺

It is a joy, though, overall!  
I know it will fly quickly and be over too fast.

I just wanted to say hello and say that I miss being here
and I miss getting to write and share and be inspired 
by your beautiful writing on your blogs and visiting you.

Hugs and blessings!!

Have  a wonderful holiday weekend♥

Sunday, August 9, 2015

On the Glass-Bottom Boat

"All aboard, all aboard on the Glass-Bottom Boat!"
Have you ever seen that old movie, The Glass Bottom Boat, with Doris
Day?  Whenever I have been on a glass-bottom boat, that is what I
think of.  Those first words are from the song they sing in
the film.

Recently, I got to ride on a glass-bottom boat at an amazing place.
I have been here several times before when I was younger, but
it had been awhile since I had last gone. 
I should have taken more photos!  But I at least wanted to share the
few I did take to showcase the serenity.  It used to be a huge tourist
attraction in the 60's and 70's I believe it was, and they had "aquamaids"
(I would have signed up!  What a dream job.) swimming beneath the boats, 
and they even  had a swimming pig who was trained.  
My Mama went there in the last few years it was open as a tourist
 attraction -when she was a little girl- and she said it was
 so much fun.

But nowadays, they just have an education center and a beautiful,
giant piece of land stretching for acres and acres, and the glass-bottom
boat tours of course.

The water is turquoise in some places, jade green in others.
The view below through the glass bottom is like entering another
world, a magical underwater world from a different perspective
that you could only get this way or diving.  Believe me, I sure
wished I could have been diving down there.
Aquatic and marine biology fascinate me, and I pore over 
anything having to do with that element of God's creation.  Underwater
life amazes me with the fluidity and grace of the creatures and the
 peaceful underwater landscapes like this.

We spotted a cormorant during the boat ride/tour.  When we got
closer, everyone got to admire his brilliantly colored, greenish eyes.

You can kind of feel like you are on the boat yourself in these
videos.  I did not take any of my own long enough to really show what it
is like, but here are some videos I found to share that let you see a little
bit of what the boat ride is.  Although, this does not compare to being 
there in person and staring through that glass into the crystal water below
and the bubbling freshwater springs glittering like silver.  But it's
still a neat glimpse ☺

I have missed you, my sweet blogging friends!
I didn't realize just how "quiet" my blog would be when I mentioned that
I would likely not have a chance to write very much for awhile until things
slowed down.  I am so thankful for getting to log in and see
your kind words in your comments that bring me smiles,
 just to read a hello or you sharing something.
I hope that quietness doesn't last long.  I truly miss being here and visiting
your blogs when I am otherwise occupied with life ☺

I am leaving for a trip with my family today.  It is such a 
wonderful feeling to be going because it is the celebration of 
so many things this summer finally coming to an end,
and the start of some relaxation for at least awhile.

Hope y'all have a wonderful Sunday!

Hugs and blessings!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sweet Tea Sippin' & These Summer Days

How I have missed visiting all of your lovely posts and also
 writing here.  It has become such a joyful and cathartic part of my
life since I started blogging, and when I am so busy the way I am this month,
I truly miss it.  I have not even been able to keep up with my Faithful Friday
posts, and I apologize.  Until mid-August, my posts may be far and few
between.  I still am trying to make it over to your blogs, though, as
often as I can, which brings me much joy ☺
School this month has been a blur.  It is keeping me beyond busy, but
I am at least happy to know that the session is already
almost over!  Which I cannot believe, because it kind of feels
like it just began.

Until I get the chance to write more, I wanted to just say hello...
because I have been blessed to get to talk with and get to know
many of you and just saying hello and wishing you a wonderful week
feels normal, since posting always just feels like writing
a letter to a friend.

The little something I am sharing today is a snippet of my summer
as it has been lately(above).  I have been so wrapped up (excitedly!) 
in pretty much one thing when I have a little bit of free time...
and that is creating, doing art, and working on lettering.
So my weekends look like the picture above... 
cooling off with some 
Southern sweet tea as I immerse myself in books or
magazines for inspiration, practice lettering in our notebook (I say
"our" because my mom and I are doing it together☺), or actually
get out my canvas and letter or start working on designs!
It has been so much fun and a stress-reliever.

And besides that, my summer has lately involved more sweet tea,
good recipes, enjoying the fact that it is July and we just now reached
100 degrees instead of back in May (wow!), spending time with
 visiting family, enjoying BBQs (especially on Sundays as a family),
 dreaming of trips we are planning soon, being inspired
by verses in my lettering and in each day, journaling, searching
for a country swimming hole, thinking about how this week last
year I was up in the mountains, and the like.

Hoping you are enjoying these days of summer-
and staying as cool as possible!

Blessings and hugs!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Faithful Friday: Brokenhearted

Loss has been on my mind this week and this verse is one I know
I have written about before, but it is to me the greatest comfort to
us when we experience loss and heartbreak when someone who means so
much to us passes away.

Earlier this week, one of my Dad's students (he teaches music
 lessons) came to our house and during her lesson and she broke down.
Her father had passed away the day before, 
completely unexpectedly.

Our heart and prayers are with her and her family, and it
is just so hard to believe.  She is a Christian, so I know that her comfort
is coming from both her family and God.  Her father was very close
to God also.

Loss is one of the hardest, most inexplicably draining, painful,
heartbreaking thing we got through in this life.  It is the greatest
comfort of all to know that God personally tells us in His
word that He is with us and holds us in His mighty arms.
He never leaves us.

This life is full of amazing beauty and joy, but when
those times of heartache do come, especially from loss or death,
God knows we are pained beyond reason and that our spirit
is perhaps more crushed than it has ever been in that moment.
And He is near to us, with us, saving our crushed selves.

May we always call to mind this verse that is soothing to
the deepest parts of our hearts in times of heartbreak and not.
We are so blessed to have confidence that God picks us up when
we are too weak and in pain to make it through alone.

God Bless you♥

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Faith Moves Mountains!

To say I have been inspired and wonderfully lost in the
verse that inspired this (which I had so much fun lettering/making!)
would be a severe understatement. 

We all have "mountains" in our way every single day, no matter how
large or small we may feel they are.  They are still mountains,
some towering high in front of us where we feel like they cannot be
passed or gotten through.  
This reminds me of hiking through the mountains
and wondering when we will get past this or that mountain
in front of us so that we can reach the summit of the mountain
on the other side.  It sometimes seems like forever, but if you don't
give up, it eventually comes- always.

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you,
 If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain,
 Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; 
and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
-Matthew 17:20

God tells us that if we have faith,
those "mountains" can be moved!  That is nothing short of
AMAZING.  My heart is engulfed in wonder of- and love for-
this incredible verse... and that God would give us these words that 
would provide this most comforting and powerful encouragement.

Our faith moves mountains.
We are not alone in facing them either.  And that is
all the more reason to have greater and greater and growing faith.

•          •          •

I hope your weekend was wonderful!
I recently started classes again and have been so busy,
 so I am so very thankful for this blessing of a weekend
 after this week, but I did not get to write a Faithful Friday post, so
 this is it on Sunday night instead ;)


Happy Monday to you!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Faithful Friday: Be Thou My Vision

Do you ever hear a song or think of a song
 you heard a long time ago, and you just fall in love with it, 
with every word and note?
I think it is especially easy to do that with songs that praise the
 Lord and sing of his graces and the beauty of having a 
heart for Him.

"Be Thou My Vision" is probably my favorite hymn/song that praises God
through SUCH heartfelt, amazingly beautiful words.
Although it might be a surprising place to be inspired by a song, haha,
 I actually recently heard it played at Hobby Lobby.
  I was already happy because being amidst all the beautiful things that
 inspire creativity and projects  is always so fun and a joy, 
but I walked in the aisles as we browsed and got ideas for
 creating and suddenly heard the instrumental version of 
"Be Thou My Vision" coming from the speaker above.
  And I remembered just how much I loved every part of it...
the lyrics that danced through my head as I listened to
the melody, the meaning of those precious words,
explaining my love for God and the speakings of my heart
with such graceful, lyrical perfection.

I believe my most favorite version of this song was sung by a
girl after my own heart in the Hallmark Film, The Confession,
inspired by an Amish novel series by Beverly Lewis.  With the loveliest, purest
voice, it is sung by the main character, Katie, to her biological mother (whom
she had been searching for and found) during her last days of life.  
That scene was definitely a tear-jerker, largely because of this song.

This song simply brings a teary feeling into my heart when I listen to it.
Beauty is too simple a word to describe it...

Just listen to this musical work of art and faith, with its Irish sound
so unmistakably pure and moving♥

  1. Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
    Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
    Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
    Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
  2. Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
    I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
    Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
    Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
  3. Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
    Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
    Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tow’r:
    Raise Thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.
  4. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
    Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
    Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
    High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
  5. High King of Heaven, my victory won,
    May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun!
    Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall,
    Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

How this has blessed my heart in my walk with the Lord!
It reminds me that the things valued by the world are nothing
in comparison to seeking God, and that thinking of Him and heavenly
things is where our minds find true joy and comfort as we
exhalt Him!

I pray that He will always be my vision.

God Bless you!

Have a wonderful weekend!
& hoping you enjoy this day and the celebrations 
you might be a part of this evening, whether blessed family
time or seeing the sky lit up by a magnificent show☺

Friday, June 26, 2015

Faithful Friday: In It, Not Of It

This is a verse I am almost one-hundred percent sure I
have written about or reflected upon in some way before... but it is
just so meaningful that I did not think it would hurt to do it again, if not
many more times.  This verse is a life-changing one, a verse that
inspires you to live differently if you want to live more in accord with God's
ways or encourages you to not stray from the path.

I saw this verse this morning and thought about how influential it has
been for me and about how it surely is to others as well... Just these
few words from God's word make all the difference in inspiring us to 
keep our lives and our values separate from those of the world.

I love that it says not just to stay away from conforming to the
values and ways of the world, but to renew our thinking, to be
transformed by the goodness of God and what He teaches us.

This verse is close to my heart because it reminds me of where I
want to be in my faith and my walk with God and reminds me how different
my life could be if I did not aim to live according to God's standards.
And I say aim because that is just what I do.  I am not perfect.  I only
try to be what God wants me to be... and I know for a fact that that person
is someone who wants to love God's ways, not those of the world.

As it is often said, we are in the world (because we have to be), but
we are not a part of it.

This verse inspires me, all of me... to be different. 
 Let us be different from the world, to dare to be different from the crowd.
For one reason, the main reason I thank God for leading me to Him and
away from worldly things... is because the world's ways are the
EXACT opposite of His.
Because worldly ways get you nowhere but into trouble and living
a life of pleasures that do not last.  
Renewing our minds in the Lord
keeps us safe and secure in His love and His word, and it leads us
to joy for eternity.

This is one of my favorite verses and always will be.  It speaks
to my heart in encouraging me, especially at the age that I am.  It has been
 a stronghold to me as someone going through school where I am constantly
around people who are not concerned with Godly things at all.
I am so thankful for these words penned in Romans that encourage
us to stay strong and firm in our hope in God, not in the things of this world
and the entertainment and "pleasures" it offers that will soon fade out.

Have a wonderful weekend!!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Faithful Friday: I Do Believe


In my walk with God and as a Christian,
I think that the most difficult thing for me sometimes is something
that often seems like it would be so simple... to believe.  To TRULY believe
with all my heart and mind.
In this life, a life where we go through trials and struggles that
sometimes hit us when we least expect it and dare to crush our hopes,
believing can be hard.  Believing that God will grant us the blessings and
answers we are praying for is hard, because we know that there is the
other side- the side that could lead us to a place we fear most, the place
we will be if we do not receive the answer we have prayed for.

Believing is a large part of my life and a facet of my faith that
I have been thinking of especially lately.  The word 'believe' is one I have
had on my mind, because faith rests in believing... can I really be
a person of true and great faith if I do not fully believe?
Believing and trusting God will all of me will definitely
help me to be the person led by my faith, the person I hope to be.

These words, this feeling expressed in the above verse is one
that mirrors my innermost thoughts... I believe, I do.  But along with that
belief and faith is a little bit of unbelief. My goal is to have
only belief in me... to never doubt that God will bring me to the place
I am meant to be in my life, my faith, in all things.

I want to believe COMPLETELY.
This is what my heart is crying out.
I want even the smallest doubt to go away, and I pray for this.
But believing does not mean we love God any less; it is just a part
of being imperfect and being in this world where we are conditioned to
feel that everything is a struggle.  Because it is.
But I have to keep reminding myself that with God, nothing is a struggle.
Nothing is impossible with God!
And THAT is the greatest reason of all to fully believe!

In pondering belief and praying about it, I was also reminded of these
verses.  It blessed me and made me feel such a joy inside to 
see how the Lord directly tells us today and told his people in bible
times to believe ... to let go of fear and just believe.

"But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue,
 'Do not fear, only believe.'"
-Mark 5:36

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
-Romans 15:13

"Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe
also in me."
-John 14:1

Do you have a favorite verse that increases your faith and reminds
 you to believe in God and to trust in Him?

What are your thoughts on believing?

God Bless you.
Y'all have a wonderful weekend! ♥

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Summer

 Connecting to and noticing the beauty of the seasons
as they make an entrance is something I find so much joy in.
Summer in my neck of the woods, or should I say,
my neck of the South, may be just a few degrees away from the temperature
of the surface of the sun... but there is still so much beauty, charm, and
 sheer elation that comes with summer that is intrinsically a part of it 
in all that it brings with it.

It is so lovely and pleasing to the soul, I think, to notice these things
about each season as it begins... just the small noticings of things
changing ever so slightly, the things you find yourself doing and enjoying
as summer, fall, winter, and spring make their way into the present.
And I am finding myself noticing such signs of summer,
remembering what this season feels like,
 as this summer heads our way...

It is a summer that has not officially begun, but will in just a few
days and feels very much like it has already arrived where we are.

As I begin to enjoy wearing sandals everyday- not just 
once a week, but nearly every single day without fail- and remember
what it is like to have your toes free and painted and the oddly wonderful
cheer that brings- I realize summer is here.

As I look out at the glorious, taller-than-me, green (soon
to be gold) corn-field near our house every time we drive away, at that
storybook sky above it with the cotton-soft clouds,
closing my eyes as I dream of the beautifully weary summer days I would
have running through it if it were on the farm I own in my dreams...
I realize summer is here.

As the days grow warmer and warmer and we find ourselves out
at the park enjoying getting out, and I remember that powerfully free
feeling of hitting baseballs far into the sky and just having fun
playing sports, that feeling that returns each year this time...
I realize summer is here.

And as I open one of my favorite magazines, Southern Lady,
gaze upon the photographs in it of the places that exude summer nostalgia
across this region and read words like these, soaked in sno-cone syrup and
popsicle stick memories of growing up here...
it hits me that summer is really here.

Happy (almost) summer!!!

Have a blessed day!

What are your signs of summer?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Faithful in the Small Things

I hope your start to the week is a wonderful one.
This weekend seemed to fly by... this is going to be Faithful Monday, I suppose,
haha.  I could not decide what I wanted to share and had a packed weekend,
but I am glad to get to write something today in place of my usual
Faithful Friday post :)

As a person with incredible faith and a servant's heart, Mother Teresa
has some of the most poignant and meaningful quotes ever said, in my opinion.
This is no exception... these words struck me because they made
me think of how sometimes it can actually be easier and possibly more
in our nature to have faith in great things... yet lack that degree of faith
that God will take care of us in the simple things.
This was a profound thought to me to consider.

Simply put, I thought about this:

If I trust God with the grander things I am concerned with, like His
plan for the future of the world and for my life and my own future and His
plans, why is it sometimes hard to trust that He will take care of me in
the "smaller" things, like helping me get through worries about family
or school and making it through stressful times in my life?

This reminded me that if I don't show God I trust Him in the small
things or the aspects of my life that He can most certainly and obviously
take care of me- such as giving me strength during tiring times and
trials- how can I expect Him to know I trust Him fully when it comes to
the bigger areas in the grand scheme of things?

Because I want to show God I trust Him- not just sometimes or in
some ways, but always and FULLY.

And in that, I know my strength through Him does indeed lie.
Faith in those larger aspects of life is not complete without it stemming
from faith in the building blocks that are the smaller things.

Have a wonderful week!!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Faithful Friday: Identity in Christ

A thought with impact and truth, one I am pondering as
I think of how living a Godly life makes us the girls and women we
are... how that shapes and identifies us, our truest identity of all.

We are chosen by God, strengthened by God, and blessed by
Him for our love and faith.  We are forgiven through Him.
There is no greater love than
God's love for us...

I think on this and focus especially on one thing...

When we know our true identity is in Christ as women, we remember
our worth that is only possible through Him, and we gain strength
 and remember that that worth is all the more reason to
never settle for less than God's best in every aspect of our lives.

God Bless you☺

Y'all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer Sewing

Happy "hump day" ☺
Hoping y'all are having a wonderful day!
I can't believe it is already the middle of the week.
Today is a blessed day because my Mama got off of work and
is finished.  That alone has made me cheerful today.

The other day I shared about the busyness of my summer ahead.
I wanted to say how thankful I am for the comments that were left
 on that post, with best wishes and prayers in my stress.  How much
 that meant to me.
...Although that busyness is definitely going to be part of this summer, 
I also am praying that I don't let it choke out the time I want to spend
 creating and having fun and spending time with my family.
I know that I may not get to have as much time as I'd like to devote to it,
 but one thing I am ecstatic about this summer is spending time
crafting, and within that I am excited about sewing!
Even though it may take me quite awhile to complete a project,
I know that it will be a joy to work on whatever I have time for.

Recently, I have had fun planning a few patterns I
am hoping to sew and picking out new patterns (especially vintage-
inspired patterns in a collection out right now by Simplicity♥ 
How dreamy.), as well.  And we picked up something that
 I am beyond thrilled about.  
I'll start with that...

Our new (to us) vintage sewing machine.
My mama told me this one looks just like the one my 
grandma used to have when she was growing up.   
Ahh, I am so elated about having found this. 
 I spotted this, along with a few other sewing machines, 
when we were out a couple of weekends ago, and it was the only
 one that worked.  I am so excited that we will get to use this, as well
 as the fact that it means we will get to sew at the same time now.
I am so thrilled to own this vintage item that combines my love for
all things old-fashioned from eras passed and for sewing. This model
 is supposed to be around the late 60's-early 70's.
There was also a 50's model that was lovely light blue, but it did not 
work.  Although...I am thinking of going to get it just to display since
it is vintage.

I think what amazed me most about this machine that came home
with us was the weight.  It is SO heavy.  For now, it sits in front
 of my bookshelf and awaits us cleaning off a good space on our 
craft table next to the other sewing machine.  I can't wait to
 begin using it.

We also enjoyed thumbing through an amazing selection
of vintage patterns.  We thought that maybe a lady who owned
these patterns and the machines had passed away and her family
had given everything from her sewing room to the shop, as it was in
large quantities and altogether.  Many of the sewing items we
came across also had the same name on them.
  If that were the case, it is special to know that we have something that
 belonged to someone who enjoyed them so much.
These patterns here are from the 60's and 70's and include classy
dresses and even a housecoat like ladies often used to wear.
I thought they were so neat just to add to our collection.

This is the pattern I have started working on.
As of now, I have only cut out the fabric.
I love tunics like this to wear over jeans or capris in summer, especially
when they are made from cool, light fabrics like this vibrant pink fabric.
It may take awhile as I work on it piece by piece, but I sure look 
forward to working on it and eventually wearing it!

Are you sewing anything right now??

Do you have a vintage sewing machine or a modern

Hugs and blessings!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ready for the Ballpark

I hope your weekend was wonderful!
Happy Monday ☺

It feels like a new world outside right now as of today,
because we have sunshine.  I am a rain and storms kind of girl
and cannot get enough rain, but Texas has of late had only
one variety of weather... Torrential downpours equaling flooding.
So, I am glad to have sunshine if it will give rest to those
who are dealing with flooding and rescues that are going on right now.
My heart and prayers are with them and those lost and missing right 
now due to the floods from Memorial Day.

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About a month ago, I posted THIS post about modest, pretty
clothing for spring and how I have been enjoying
putting outfits together and getting ideas.
The styles I shared in that post were mostly
for either church or dressy casual wear for a day out with family...
but one thing that I get especially excited to dress up for
falls into a whole different category, and that is when I get to
go to a major league baseball game in summer!

Baseball is my favorite sport to go watch in person.  I cherish the
nostalgia and history in it and the old-fashioned fun that is intrinsically a 
part of "America's favorite pastime".  I have had it in my blood and was 
born into loving it and rooting for our home team, and I also love to 
go out and practice in the diamond at our park 
every summer.

....So, I was nothing short of excited
when I realized that I had the chance to share something relating
to my affinity for baseball... an outfit perfect for the summer event
of attending a baseball game!  This is something I would love to
wear, my ideal ensemble for a game, and I am basing my outfit
around my favorite baseball hat from Fanatics, a sports apparel
 (and more) company with an amazing and seemingly endless selection,

The hat I chose from their wonderful selection, their Rangers '47 basic
hat in Royal blue, was my favorite.  I chose it because I think it is a
classic style and shape, and I love the Royal blue, my favorite color that
 my team wears, as well as the simplicity of the logo.

I had so much fun making a little collage/ensemble
of my ballpark outfit and when I finished, I loved the combination
of pieces I was able to find to go with the hat I chose, especially the
jewelry and how it gave the outfit a mix of sporty and polished.
This was just in time for me, too, as it looks like I will be getting
to head to the DFW area soon to catch a long-awaited game.
I enjoyed browsing the variety of
baseball hats and other things available to show team pride on the
Fanatics site. If you are a sports fan, you can seek inspiration
for your own game day style for your favorite team/s by 
visiting them!

Are you a sports fan?

Do you like to dress sporty or dressy for sports events?

Have a wonderful day!
Hoping it has been a blessed start to
 your week!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Faithful Friday: Times of Stress

Do you ever just come into a phase of life- whether it is a year
or a month- where you feel a little hopeless and just stressed beyond
what you think you can handle?

I have just come into one of those times, and it has to do with school
and my studies.  I have a lot to face this entire summer and I think after taking
so many hours this semester that just passed, I am just so hungry for a break.
I feel like I am back in high school again with the intensity of everything
coming up all at once and testing and different things.

I feel so stressed... And these past few days, I have felt a little
defeated as I look ahead at what my summer will be like for the
most part.  But the one thing that keeps me grounded through things
 like this, right now, when I am feeling so mentally tired...

is seeking God and looking to him for strength.

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I found several verses that have calmed my heart
 that I thought I would share for any of you who 
may be going through something that causes
you stress, maybe something that you are going through right now.
These helped me heart and my mind so much and reminded me
that when I am weak and tired, God isn't- he is always strong and is
the provider of strength, bringing the truth to me that the
blessings he allows into my life far surpass the stresses I feel.

I hope they can help you, too, and remind you what I need reminding
of this week and will continue to need this summer and after... that the Lord
is my shelter when I am weary.

"Trust in Him at all times; pour your hearts out to Him, for God
is our refuge."
Psalm 62:8

"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to
his span of life?"
Matthew 6:27

"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought
me joy."
Psalm 94:14

"Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything in prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God.
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and
lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Matthew 11:28-29

"Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7

As I think of these verses and read them with thankfulness and
amazement at God's care for each of our individual worries and stresses and
situations, I am not only comforted and put more at peace, but I am
humbled... to look at my situation with a perspective that is more pleasing
to God and less stressful to me- one that reminds me that the here and now
and whatever is causing me stress or worry right now is not forever, neither
is it as serious as the trials and tribulations that others are going through.
It encourages me and strengthens me, making me want
to lessen my anxiety about the future and what stress I feel by diverting
my energy and focus from my worries to instead 1) thinking of how blessed
I am in countless ways and how those blessings are greater than
my stress, and 2) praying for peace and relief for those who
are dealing with great heartache themselves.

A final thought I leave you with is something that recently saw that is
 stilling the waters of anxiousness inside me, words that ring so true
 and meaningful...

"Anxiety happens when you think you have
to figure everything out.  Turn to God.
He has a plan."

Wishing you the peace of God in your heart
to replace any stress or worry in your life.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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