Monday, May 13, 2013

Saving Faith in Cornflower + Print

Hey y'all!! I had such an amazingly encouraging weekend at the Family Economics Conference! I can't wait to start to share some of the things I learned here and there, but today's just gonna have to be a quickie. Besides being quite tired from our trip and behind on my piano recital piece for this Friday evening, I last minute decided to have a booth for Fresh Modesty at the Teach Them Diligently homeschool conference in Nashville this Thrusday, Friday, and Saturday. I'm excited, but I have very little idea of what I'm doing and very little time to prepare. Your prayers that this would be successful, encouraging, and worth the time would be very appreciated! And in preparation, that our computers and internet would stop being wonky. It's kind of frustrating things.
If you're coming, pleeeease stop by and say Hi! I loooooved meeting many of you at the EcCon and it made my day that y'all said hello!

Yesterday's sermon notes are scribbled on an invoice from that I found in my Bible. I'm not sure if that says all areas of my life are integrated, I'm super messy and put things in the strangest places, or I was too ill prepared with proper note taking paper. Probably those last two.
Invoice or no invoice, the sermon was excellent! The text was Romans 3:20-31 and the topic was "Saving Faith". It is a non-negotiable part of our salvation. Faith is a belief in something. A conviction, persuasion. It is founded on testimony not a "feeling" or reasoning. It is the seal that God has used to claim His beloved. John says that God put His seal on Christ.
Saving faith believes that all of the Word of God is true.
Saving faith is inseparable from repentance. Repentance is a changing of the mind + direction. It's doing a 180*. Faith must have value and content. It's not an abstract optimism that says, "Oh, I have a general faith that things will turn out all right." Your faith is only as good as it's object.
Saving faith unites a believer to Christ. Person to person. John 1:12 says that we believe into Jesus. Saving faith is a verb, an action. Like getting onto an elevator and believing that it will take you to the 12th floor. You must get into it.
Saving faith is a belief that works. It bears much fruit. James asks, "Can just faith save you?" We know someone has faith when they act on that faith. Without works, it's dead. It's not the works that are the faith, but the faith that works. It's the driving force and unstoppable.
It's hearing the voice of the Shepherd and following.
Saving faith is a gift from God, not of ourselves. The just shall live by faith.

After being super picky about what I wanted to wear, I just went with what felt comfortable. This was a no-fuss outfit, even if it didn't exactly match. I just pretended it did (there's no blue/purple in the skirt) and a super stylish friend said they liked it, so yay!
Shirt: F21 ($12)
Skirt: Thrift Store ($3)
Wedges: Payless (these were the exact color of my shirt, score!) ($8)
Pearl set: Gift

Alrighty, gotta runny. Hope y'all have a fabulous week! Come say hey in Nashville!

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  1. gosh, how i'd love to say hey in Nashville! ;)
    come say hey in Wisconsin!


  2. Love your outfit, as always, Olivia!
    I'd love to stop by, however Montana is a bit of a drive...but (I'm being serious here) if you're ever in my area, I'd love to meet you!
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  3. I think it looks great even if it didn't "technically" match. ;-)

    Also I yelled "Amen!!" in my head when I read:
    "Saving faith believes that all of the Word of God is true."
    It just amazes me that there are people who call themselves "Christians" but they do not believe in the WHOLE Bible. How can you not believe in ALL God's Word. I mean really?

    Anyway I love the outfit! Mega-cute! ;-)

  4. WOW... my teen daughter will be excited to meet you!! I follow your blog for her. But I will be there as a Teach Them Diligently blogger and working for Bright Ideas Press. Hope we can get a chance (we'll be super busy)... especially my daughter... to meet you! See you there! ~ Jen from

  5. Very nice outfit and I love your shirt with the flowers at the top.Cute!
    By the way me and my sister like looking at your blog and your beautiful outfits,If you could come take a minute and stop by are blog it is called Laughter and Lipglss. Thanks!
    Hair Stylist:)

  6. The color of your shirt brings out your blue eyes so is so pretty on you!
    And the wedges are really cute too.
    You look like a you know if you are?

  7. Very cute & classy! Hope things go well at the conference! I think having a booth there is a great idea!

  8. I love the shirt and necklace Olivia! Thanks for posting! ~ Sarah

  9. Our family is having a booth at the Teach Them DIligently Omaha, NE. :( It's too bad you aren't coming to that one, as my sister and I would love to meet you. :)

  10. I really like this outfit. I don't think it matters that there's no blue in the skirt. It coordinates beautifully.

  11. In your 'Busy in Brown Stripes' comments I asked who the guest elder preacher was. I didn't get a reply.... I'm sure its due to your busy life and I'm fine with that but if you have a second would you mind telling me? :)


    1. Hey, yes, I've been busy. But, I didn't reply for two reasons: 1) the comment was totally anonymous (which you said you were sick so that's understandable), but I don't reply to folks who don't identify themselves just as a policy. Also, I'd rather not say who he was in the interest of not putting too much on the internet. He was an elder from a sister church of our's in Illinois. If you email me, I'll send you a link to the sermon! :)

    2. Oh, sorry! I was sort of out of it that day. I was just wondering because our elder preacher was out that Sunday and I didn't know where he had gone...But he's not from Illinois :) Thanks!

  12. That blue is a fantastic color on you... very striking :)

  13. It's a beautiful outfit, Olivia! That blue is very pretty on you. :)

  14. I always love reading your sermon notes. You always make me think, in a good way. It's great to have that to ponder.(: I also love how you phrased "faith that works"!
    This Sunday my pastor preached on Proverbs 31 for Mother's Day and the value of a virtuous woman...he had me moved to tears by the end of it! :P that's always one of my favorite sections of Scripture.

    Also, I love your outfit! That color blue is lovely on you!

    Decked Out in Ruffles

  15. Wow! So cool! If you don't think it matches, I do! It coordinates wonderfully!

  16. I have a shirt just like that without the flower....Now I feel an urge to sew a flower on the side.... :)) I love the outfit! I wish I was closer to Nashville, but alas, I'm a couple hours away. :P :P I'm in the boondocks/more east area of Tennessee. :)
    Kalin from

  17. That's a gorgeous top!! It really brings out your beautiful blue eyes! :)
    I wish I could come to Nashville! I would be THRILLED to meet you in person!

  18. Wow, love the outfit! It matches perfectly! Good taste Olivia!

  19. Hi. I stopped by to tell you I'm passing on the Liebster award to you. I love that you are so pretty and adorable but dedicated to Christ and encouraging other young ladies to cherish themselves and their bodies. Check the post for more details:

  20. It is amazing how, with the simple addition of the black tank top that you made it match!:)

    Can I just send my daughter to come and live with you for a while?! It seems like all the lovely, godly, and yet amazingly friendly girls I've been praying for my daughter to have as friends are everywhere else!

    1. Hi Leah Rose,

      Olivia's mom, here. I wanted to respond to your comment because we were in the same situation about eight years ago. We knew the vision we had for our daughters, but it seemed like all the young ladies who could be examples and role models for them were no where near us. However, we prayed, we taught, we encouraged, and we equipped and within a few short years we found that our girls had become the girls that others looked to as examples of godly womanhood/girlhood. So, be encouraged. God will guide you as you seek to train up your daughters to follow Him.

    2. Thank you, Mama Me! It has been a long journey. It is interesting that you mention eight years, since that is exactly the time we have been serving here in the North.

      My husband has been a pastor of a tiny church for that long and our three children have been the only children for a long time. We pray for growth continually, but we are also in the shadow of a large, "name it and claim it" church that seems to be swallowing up every things else!

      God has taught us many lessons in the lonely, but I do ache for my children to have a few friends at times! Things may be changing for us soon, though.

      Your daughter is such a lovely girl and I am sure that all your children are a blessing!

  21. Oh I saw you @ the FEC on St. Charles, but didn't get to say hi. Yeah I didn't even makeit in the vendor hall. i really would have liked to do both though!

  22. Just as an FYI, you really need to reword your statements/recollection of the sermon. It's obvious you just copied down what the pastor/preacher said and spat it back out. It's unlike any of your other writing and is so haphazard and disorganized that it's hard to follow. If you want to work on telling people your message, make sure you portray it in an articulate, well thought out, original way. Don't just reply with what someone told you- it makes you look like a blind sheep.

    1. Yes, this week I did copy down what I could while listening and then (mostly) copied my notes to this post, along with a few of my thoughts as I heard it. I didn't have time to expand and flesh the ideas out like I usually do because of everything going on, plus I had the worst migraine I've had in a long time. I hoped that people would understand and let me slip this week. :) I'm sorry if it was hard to understand in it's choppy form.

      Please, please, pleaaase identify yourself even with a letter or number or soooomething when commenting. I will not respond to anon comments in the future. Thanks!

  23. Olivia! I have been SO hoping that you would attend the Teach Them Diligently Conference, but thought it rather impossible that your family would be able to get to two conferences within a week. But YAY! My family is going, so I will finally get to meet you! *so excited* :D
    I actually just made a skirt from your wonderful e-pattern; I'm hoping to be able to post about/review it shortly on my blog, just as soon as I can get photos of taken. Could I maybe wear it to the conference and get a photo with you? :)
    Can't wait to see you this weekend!

    Alicia Joy

    1. YAY! I would *totally* love that! I'll be there the whole time except after 4pm on Friday. My booth is right next to Blimey Cow's! Can't wait to meet you and see it!

  24. I like to wear brightly colored tops with black and white skirts too. I think it looks great on you. Me on the other hand... I'm a 25 year old mother of 2, and not very fashionable. At least I don't think I am. So maybe some of your stylishness will rub off on me.

  25. Hi! I've been kind of a "silent" reader of your blog and this is my first comment (I think). I really like all of your posts and outfits. :) Also, I wanted to say that it's great that you're going to the TTD Convention in Nashville! We went to the one in SC and it was so good! I especially loved going through the vendor hall and looking at all the booths. I hope you have a great time there. :)

  26. Very cute outfit! I hope you have a good time at the conference. Wish I could go but that's pretty much impossible :) have fun!

    - Jennifer

  27. I enjoy your blog so much that I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Please Visit my site to pick up the award.

    Do men receive faith, that saves, because God arbitrarily bestows them with faith? Does God predetermined who will be saved and them cause them to have faith so they can be saved? No and No.

    Faith comes from hearing God's word preached.

    Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(NKJV)

    Romans 10:14 How they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?(NKJV)

    Faith comes when men believe the gospel. Faith is not forced on men by God.


    Ephesians 2:8 is used to prove that faith is a gift from God, however, that is not what is says.

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God,(NKJV)

    Salvation is the gift from God. Faith is not the gift.

    Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

    Why would Jesus condemn men who do not believe if God is the one who arbitrarily bestows faith on men so they can be saved?

    To have faith that Jesus is the Son of God is a choice. To trust in God is a choice. To believe that God resurrected Jesus from the grave is a choice. To believe that Jesus is both Lord and Christ is a choice. God does not force men to have faith. Saving faith is the not a gift from God. Salvation is the gift from God.


    1. Hear the gospel. Romans 10:17
    2. Believe. John 3:16
    3. Confess. Romans 10:9
    4. Repent. Acts 3:19
    5. Be baptized in water. Acts 2:38



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