Sunday, June 10, 2012

Count It All Joy

Howdy! Today's sermon was on Philippians 1:8-12 and it was exactly what I needed to hear-- counting everything as joy because it should be bringing my Savior glory! Whatever we are going through, we can find joy in living for Christ. Surrendering to Him, serving others. It's for His glory. :)

 My awkward, "you've gotta be kidding me" look. There were like 12 kids running around me as we were taking these. :D After church and a psalm sing today, we had two families over for fellowship.  I'm so thankful for the way that this just comes so naturally for us now. Our family used to be TeRrIbLe at having people over and it was always such a huge deal- you know, clean for 2 days prior, plan out a huge menu, etc. Now we're usually sweeping as people walk in the door, and we throw food together while they're here. We've got a long way to go, but practice makes perfect! ;)

 Shirt: F21
Tank: JCP
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Payless 
Hat: Macy's
Necklace: Droplette
Earrings: Walmart

What makes this outfit work? Well, this shirt, in order to be flattering, needs to have a skirt with a slimming waistband. This skirt had one, and the color went well with white for a fresh summer look. The printed hat gives it an edge, while the necklace and earrings keep it fun but classy. Shoes give some sophistication and curly pigtails are different, flattering, happy, and simple. :)

Bedtime for this bonzo. Hope y'alls Lord's Day was lovely! I plan on hitting the ground running tomorrow. :)

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  1. That is an awesome outfit! Green really brings out your eyes quite well. Curiously, what material is the skirt made out of? And is it your own design? It is really beautiful!

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    1. The skirt is a denim twill, I think. The pattern is semi-my own. There's more information here on it: http://workingwitheagerhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/vintage-spring-skirt.html :)

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  2. Love the outfit, Olivia! And I can totally sympathize...my mom has us cleaning for a week, and planning meals and all that stuff before we have people over! :) My sermon last night (Yes, we have church on Saturday nights!) was about mercy, and how we need to step into other people's lives and understand what they are going through. Will you do me a favor and pray for Colorado right now? There is a huge wild fire (I don't know if you heard) and it is out of control. It started...last night I think and it is already over 20,00 acres. Some friends of ours are planning a wedding at their house this week, and I don't know if their house burned down. We are on the other side of Fort Collins, (thank God) so we are safe, but we are already inhaling smoke. (NOT good in a family of asthmatics!) I would appreciate anyone's prayers.

    In Him,

    Alexandra

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  3. I love that outfit and the hairstyle was so cute, course, if it was me wearing the hairstyle all I'd have to do is put in the perky tails while it's wet and it would naturally dry almost the exact way, it's naturally curly!

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  4. Very cute I love your shirt it looks so good on you!

    Hmm.. as for yesterdays sermon, we had our church vacation bible school program. Not really a sermon but thats what we did at church yesterday.

    Have a WONDERFUL Monday!
    ♥Michelle

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  5. Cute outfit!
    Well, yesterday's sermon was about serving the Lord from your youth. That we do not need to experience sin in order to understand how horrible it is and what effects it has on our lives. Those that grow up in christian homes have a great advantage and a springboard to spiritual success if we take it. A very very good sermon!

    -Iris♥

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  6. When we have people over, my dad usually scrubs the kitchen from head to toe, and we usually have to clean the whole house, whether we are going to be outside or not. So ya, I totally know what you mean
    On the other hand, I'm not completely sure what our sermon was about, because I was helping with the younger kids Sunday school, but from what I heard, it was about grace.

    ~Molly~
    mollyslittlecorner.blogspot.com

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  7. You look so pretty with your hair like that!! LOVE the hat!! :)

    Blessings! :)

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  8. Wow, cute outfit! :) I just have to ask you this because it's been on my mind: How many skirts do you have? I have 26, and I am making one this Wednesday. :D I also noticed that while talking to Faith Meyer, we both had inherited skirts from your household and were both wearing them! :) And the first picture of you I though, "that's not Liv!" ;)Cute hair, did the exact same thing with mine yesterday too. :)

    Blessings,
    Andrea

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  9. Cute! Love the hat! I don't blame you for not posting my first comment on your last post! I only wrote it because I wanted you to know. I thought of emailing you but decided not to since you haven't answered my last one. I am acutually surprised that I haven't received a freaked out and ranting email from you.
    Love, Katie

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  10. I know I told you this yesterday, but I love the outfit you wore to church! The colors are muted and very pretty. And i think that is my favorite hat of yours. :)

    Love,
    Tricia Ann

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  11. I love your skirt? How did you make it?- Sarah

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    1. http://workingwitheagerhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/vintage-spring-skirt.html :)

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  12. I was wandering how you set your modesty guide lines? Or if you have any?
    Hannah

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  13. You are *so* cute. You always reflect that God-given beauty very few have. You always look so confident in who and how God has grown you to be. I emulate you :D. You are such a role-model to me. Thank you for being such an encouragement to me!

    God bless you!

    Rae

    thesweetandthesimple.blogspot.com

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  14. It's comforting to hear that easy entertaining comes with practice. My family has never been very social, my dad just never was a huge fan of having people over and hanging out with other families. So, the way I grew up, company was a BIG deal...yes, lots of cleaning prior, elaborate (impressive, you know) menus, the whole nine yards. However, my boyfriend's family is the opposite! Someone drops by just about every day and his mom is an amazing hostess who can make 50 people feel right at home at the drop of a hat. I'm trying to get better at socializing (now I really sound like a backwards homeschooler!!!) and it's coming along, but I do have a long way to go, to let go of the perfectionism! I'm realizing that it doesn't really matter if every single detail is just exactly perfect!

    Our sermon Sunday morning was on the eyes of the Lord. It was very good!

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  15. I love the scripture that you shared Olivia. I looked it up on an online scripture, (our church has the scriptures on line and many years ago one of the current prophets foot noted the scriptures to other like scriptures as well as give definitions of what the meanings of the words are in other translations, such as Greek.) I remembered as I looked it up that I had worked on memorizing this scripture previously, and I checked out the footnotes on some of the words. http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/philip/1?lang=eng I learned that God is my record, (in Greek is witness) Christ longs for us in the bowels (Greek: compassions, affections) of Jesus Christ, to approve all things excellent is to ( Greek: put to the test, or prove) and to be sincere and with out offence is to be (Greek: pure and spotless). I love that because I had just prayed to feel the Lord's approval in that which I do, instead of the tugging of the world which gives me a negative feeling of low self esteem because I don't match up to the world's approval. Then I read this and studied it and I realized God is witnessing me, and the angels and his compassions and affections go with me. And to be sincere before Him and gain His approval, I must be pure and spotless, I must put to the test His commandments. Thanks for sharing Olivia and bettering my day!

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  16. JMJ
    How beautiful and elegant!
    Thanks for sharing!
    In Christ,
    Rose

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  17. Do you have any patterns for any of the skirts you have on the blog? I love the look of them...like you said, the slimming waistline!

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