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.

•             •             •     

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!

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