Shirt: Thrift store? Or handmedown. We also have a green version I wore here.
Cardigan: F21 (I can't find via searches whether I've blogged this one before, but it's just like this red one when not tied)
Skirt: Made by me
Hat: Target, decoration removed, one side pinned up ;)
Jewelry: Made by Willa
Why did I tie the cardigan up? Well, letting it hang loose with my skirt was too pouffy, and it's my only long sleeved black cardigan, so I had to make it work. The shirt did not tuck neatly into my skirt (super unflattering) so I needed the jacket. The sleeves ended up funny and loose looking, but I was cold most of the day and had my arms crossed anyway. :p
My hair was an absolute disaster, too. I rushed out into the cold with wet hair on Saturday to help clean up a cemetery, so I braided it and threw a hat on. When I got home that night, I was too tired to wash my hair, so I threw it still braided into a bun on top of my head while I showered, then slept with it like that. Took it down Sunday morning and it was the most disastrous thing ever; little crinkles here, straight pieces there, huge uneven ugly curls, and about 4 times my normal volume. All that to say, messy braids it was for me yesterday. Once braided, I pulled them loose a little bit to give some more volume near my face with my big hat. I started out with the hair ties closer to the ends, but somehow they moved up before I took these pictures. Oh well. Thus ends my saga. Thank you for reading.
This week's sermon was on the difficult passage of Romans 1:24-32, dealing with immorality. Sometimes as good Christian girls, we think we are far removed from these passages and we just look at them and shake our heads like, "Ew, why would anyone want to do that?!" or "Glad I know better!" But this passage has implications and exhortation for us too. We constantly need to be calibrating our lives with God's word, and tweaking and changing often to make sure we're not swerving.
One of the ways God judges man throughout the Bible is by turning him over to the desires of his heart and removing the grace that has kept him from committing acts of depravity thus far. (Pastor gave references for all of these, but I was too slow to write them down). The human conscience is just one way of God's grace restraining us from doing evil.
"Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness [impurity], in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who [because they] exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator... For this reason God gave them up to vile passions." ~Romans 1:24-26a.
Three times through verses 24-32 do the people exchange the truth of God for lies, and God gives them over to their sins. Farther away from His grace. What a terrible place to be!
Uncleanness. Impurity. Fornication. Harlotry. These words are used to describe idolatry. Exchanging the truth of God means exchanging our relationship with God for a relationship with something else. There is a direct connection Bible-wide between skewed worship and immorality. This applies to me. Us good Christian girls are not at all immune to idolatry. So many things can distract us and we can be led into maybe not necessarily physical impurity, but emotional impurity definitely. If we are truly saved, God will never forsake us, but we can be off-course for a while.
We need to not want anything too much. Love, friendship, acclaim; they need to be kept in their place. Start to dwell on or desire earthly love more than relationship with our Savior, and we're guilty of idolatry. It's a slippery slope, but God's grace is always there! We need to learn to call our sin what God calls our sin. Thinking too much about a guy or wallowing in selfishness is not just being a teenager/young adult. It's also idolatry, impurity, fornication.
I'm very apathetic to sins sometimes. I think, "Oh, it wasn't that bad" or just shrug it off, when I should be hating it. Thankful for God's grace, yet again, this week.
What was your sermon about? How do you cope with discouraging dressing days?