Monday, April 8, 2013

Justification in Vintage

Hey y'all! How was your week last week? I had good intentions of blogging, but I stayed busy with more pressing events. On Friday I went on a much-needed shopping trip and came away with this easy dress (that has pockets!).
It has a slight vintage flair that I've never really tried before. It doesn't have to be styled that way, but that's the look that came together after I slept in on Sunday morning. :P My hair was a wrrrrrreck and I wasn't in the mood for curling it, but it's finally grown out enough since I had it cut in the fall to do my favorite braided updo again! Simple pearl earrings, bracelets I never can find anything to match, and yellow fingernails were my accessories. I chose a pair of shoes I don't get to wear very often with a 1940's feel and that was that.

Dress: Sears ($4)
Underlayer: Halftee (Review here)- totally made this dress a breeze to wear. The armholes are a little big and a tank wouldn't have done much, plus it would have been too bulky under the clingy dress. 
Shoes: Payless ($7)
Hat: Target ($20) - it feels like I wear this hat all the time (maybe I just try it with every outfit and end up not wearing it?) but I haven't blogged it since October! My all time favorite.
Bracelets: Birthday gift
Nail polish: WalllllllyWorld 

We got back to our Romans sermon series yesterday. The text was Romans 3:19-24 where Paul explains justification. As a side note, in Paul's long sentence from verses 22-25,  there are many terms that may go over our heads. We may be tempted to just gloss over them, but God expects us to learn the language of Scripture. In that sentence alone there are at least nine theological words which bring so much more meaning to what is being said and reveal more of the Father to us; righteousness, faith, justified, grace, redemption, propitiation, His blood, passed over, and forbearance. I thought I knew enough about these to understand the sentence, but to have them explained and expounded, wow! I would encourage you to study theology and to embrace hard concepts. It's so worth it!
Salvation is all about God. It begins with Him (we cannot truly seek Him without Him first choosing us), continues with Him, and ends with Him. It's His promises, His covenant. He is the Alpha and Omega. It's not about us at all. There's no talent we have that made God choose us. It's about the Lord, His glory, His purposes, His joy. And we get some amaaazing benefits along the way. ;) 
I so wish I could re-explain justification as it was so beautifully taught to me yesterday. The Gospel is so amazing. I shall never tire from hearing it and delving deeper into it's depths and His love for me. 


Well, I've got things to accomplish today both around the house and on the internet. I'm reeeeeally hoping to reply to all your emails this week. Also, check back near the weekend for a new blog design and hopefully a Friends of Fresh Modesty! Have a fabulous day!

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41 comments :

  1. Amen to what you said! :) It's encouraging to read (and find) other bloggers who believe in justification by faith in Christ's work alone.

    Lovely dress btw! Love how it all comes together.
    :)

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  2. such a cute dress! love the vintage feel. :)

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  3. So cute and different! The bracelet is such a pretty color too.
    Wow, wish I could find a dress that modest and cute for bargains$4!
    I need to go clothes shopping really soon, I am realizing. :)

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  4. I love love love this outfit girl! If you get tired of the dress just send it my way ;) or maybe I just really need to try sears clearance.... the nails and bracelets are perfect!

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  5. girl, i am loving this dress! and your fingernails??!... <3

    i hope your week is full of blessings.

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  6. Very cute outfit, Olivia! I love the slightly vintage flair of it! ;)

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  7. Excited to see the new design for the blog!! :) I LOVE this dress!! Makes me want to go shopping at Sears...hmmm....The price is amazing!
    Kalin from Modestyismypolicy.blogspot.com (A modest Fashion blog) :)

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  8. I LOVE your outfit! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh! Love new blog designs! I'm constantly changing mine! I actually drive my mom crazy doing it...
    That dress is ADORABLE! It's so cute! And I love the way the way makes it feel 1940's style! LOVE!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  10. So odd question, when did you buy those shoes?! Hopefully recently! I'd love to buy me a pair!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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    1. I bought them on clearance a year or two ago I think. :-/ If you wore a 7 I'd send them to you! They don't get their deserved use from me.

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    2. Olivia,
      That's very sweet of you! ;) Alas, I wear a 9...so a 7 might be pushing it just a wee bit! LOL!
      Natasha

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  11. I was just wondering, do you have to wear a hat to church? It seems like you wear a hat or something every time you go to church. That isn't a coincidence is it?

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    1. Hey! No, it's not a coincidence. I believe the Bible instructs women to cover their heads during public worship in 1 Corinthians 11. :)

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  12. Your outfit is adorable! I love the pattern /style of your dress. I also really like the way the yellow on your nails brings out the bit of yellow on the dress.(:

    I agree--justification is a beautiful, wonderful, awe-inspiring thing. I've always been taught (and firmly believe!) that justification, by grace, for Christ's sake, through faith, is the most important doctrine in the Bible, and until I was studying for my confirmation examination last month, I didn't really realize just how incredible it was until it struck me suddenly. "By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast."

    ~Vicki
    Decked Out in Ruffles

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  13. I love the vintage feel of the dress, paired with the hat and shoes. Such a pretty outfit!

    -Miriam

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  14. Hey! I like the new blog design a lot. It looks very new and "fresh". :)

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  15. You went shopping last week too! How neat so did I! :-) My mother sister, some church family and myself, go on a thrift store shopping trip once every other month! We LOVE getting a good deal on some awesome stuff! You look great BTW!

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  16. I could not be more grateful that I just found your blog. I cannot wait to be an avid reader!

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  17. Just lovely! I am digging the nail polish!
    <3 Layla

    www.twoblesseddamsels.blogspot.com

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  18. I absolutely adore this dress! I L.O.V.E the colors and the hat and nail polish really sums it up!
    We are ok now, I have a big of a cold. First sore throat(ouch :() and now a stuffy nose. Going to be fun sleeping tonight! :(
    See you soon! And I love your new template, or blog top? Still, it's so cool!

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  19. I love the dress and the hair Olivia! Great job! ~ Sarah

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  20. Love your gorgeous vintage flare Olivia...and the new design is smashing! :)

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  21. Are tattoos a sin? I ask because a girl in my church just got one and I wondered what the bible says about them.




    Sarah M.

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    1. I can't really answer that-- I haven't studied the Scriptures in depth about it, besides reading Leviticus 19:28. But all the council I have heard is that it is not wise and rather worldly for Christians to be doing. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we should treat them as such. I would not, however, make this girl feel bad for getting one~ we all do things we may regret and need to show Christ's love to others. :)

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    2. I would wonder first; why does she want one? What will it profit her? what kind of attention will it bring? If we look like the World, dress like the world, and act like the World, what kind of hope will men see in us?

      Hannah B.

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    3. My mom claims that she found a Bible verse in the Old Testament that says don't tattoo your body. But I think a lot of that has to do with translation. Also, she was very anti-tattoo before that so that may be a biased viewpoint. The only reason my dad doesn't like them its he says "Have you ever thought about what that is going to look like when you are old and wrinkled?"
      I used to be very anti tattoo but I am not anymore. If I ever got one I would get it in a place where I could cover it up if I wanted to, like on the back of my shoulder.

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    4. God says we aren't supposed to permanently mark our skin. I can't remember where exactly. Olivia is right, our bodies are temples for God.


      ~A~

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    5. I was actually just studying about this!
      Look up cutting, tattooing and such in a concordance.

      In the Old Testament, the pagan peoples tattooed themselves in honor of their pagan burial practices and death rituals.... :(
      God calls us "special" "treasures" "temples" and as Christians, we shouldn't desire to look like the world.
      What are the heart motives for getting a tattoo?
      Is it to fit in to your culture?

      I would encourage you to look into God's Word about this...He has an answer for everything!! :)

      Blessings,

      ~Jess

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  22. I love the dress. The nail polish looks nice on you too. I tried a similar yellow, but it didn't work with my skin tone and made me look like I had fungus or something. I agree about the tattoos. I understand the Bible to say not to inscribe the names of the dead on our bodies, and yet this is one of the most common tattoos people get. But like you said, while it is something I wouldn't do, I generally don't go around telling others my opinion because it would just make them angry or upset.

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  23. REALLY love this dress, Olivia!!!!!!!

    Blessings xox

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  24. Cute dress and accessories. Hope we can make it up your way one day and hear one of your pastor's sermons in person. We have heard many good things about him from the folks here that remember him when he was pastoring in our area.

    Blessings,

    Victoria

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  25. The banner is pretty, but a little blurry! :)

    R

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  26. I love the blog's new look!
    -MJ

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  27. It is very pretty! However, your pin it button is not working at all!!! Any ideas on the problem?

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    1. Hm, that's weird. I just checked and it worked fine or me. Let me know if it keeps happening. Thanks!

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  28. I love dresses with pockets! And it looks great with that hat :) I appreciate that you share the awesome things you learned in your church's latest sermon. Where do you attend church? 'Cause it sounds great!

    http://findingmyinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  29. I actually went and looked up those words--"propitiation" and "remission". I had never thought to figure out what they meant before.
    I think "justify" means "to make just". Like...what we did wasn't just, but through Jesus' justice, WE become just. He paid the penalty, and we live with and in Him, and are now just people.
    HEY! Maybe that's why C.S. Lewis picked Edmund to be "Edmund the Just"-because Ed was the one who served to represent the fallen human race.

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  30. LUUUUH-OVE your blog(and your style!). A reader recommended it on a recent post on dressing modestly and stylishly - would love for you to check it out: http://whocanstandagainst.blogspot.ca/2013/04/you-can-dress-modestlywith-style.html

    And I will definitely be working on an outfit post to send you! :)

    Stephanie

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  31. Just BEAUTIFUL! Another one of my favorites. I especially love the nail polish.

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