Monday, May 27, 2013

Signs + Seals in Blue

Hey y'all! I'm HOOOOME... for a good long while, I think! It's been a crazy 7 weeks of traveling. I've learned so much, been so encouraged, made so many great connections, and strengthened precious friendships. I can't wait to share some of these in this week's Awk+Awe!

 Although I was tired and had work to do when I got home after 7 hours in the car on Saturday, I made sure I laid an outfit out for church the next morning. I was so thankful I did, because I slept an hour later than normal.
Shirt: Our Thrift Store ($4.50)
Tank: F21: ($2.80)
Skirt: Made by me
Earrings and necklace: Made by my sister
Shoes: Thrift Store: ($2)
Hat: Target (I pinned the sides to change the style) ($20)

 Yesterday's sermon was so engaging and exciting! The base text was Romans 4:1-12 again. Pastor focused on the direct correlation between circumcision in the Old Testament and baptism in the New (Colossians 2). Their essence is the same in that they are both signs and seals that show something beyond what is in ourselves. This is something I had never considered before and I find it SO humbling. I am amazed day after day of the depth of meanings that Scripture contains in every passage. There is always so much more to learn!

"He recieved the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith..." Romans 4:11
A sign is a visible symbol of something greater than just the sign. Like a squiggly road sign that alerts of the crazy road ahead, circumcision/baptism is an outward sign, a little picture, of the righteousness of faith. Note that it's not an outward sign of his faith, but a sign of the righteousness that Abraham had by faith. A sign of the righteousness that came from Christ. It's not a sign of something Abraham did, but of what Jesus did for him!
A seal reveals ownership and authenticity. Think of a king's signet ring; he places his claim on the decree or whatever. God placed His seal of ownership on Abraham and his children. Circumcision is the seal of the covenant that God made with Abraham, just as the rainbow is a seal of the covenant that the Lord made with the earth in Genesis 9. In this covenant, God promises Christ's righteousness for you if you believe.
Circumcision, baptism-- they're not guarantees of our faith. Rather, they are guarantees of God's faithfulness to the covenant. God made promises to Abraham and his children and called them to individually believe, because they are His people. Our pastor is always calling us to "remember our baptism" and until this week, I never really understood the magnitude of that. I need to remember that God has His seal of ownership on me and I am His!
As Christians, this promise and covenant includes us and our children. Throughout the Bible, people are called to remember that they are set apart, that God has His mark on them. God is so, so faithful to His promises. Are we faithful to Him?

I've been resting and healing today-- crashed with allergies and a cold this morning, but I'm feeling much better now. Maybe I should see about unpacking not only from camp last week, but from the TTD conference two weeks ago... I think my dressform is still in the van... #reallife

How are y'all doing? What'd you wear to church yesterday?
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  1. That is a very cute outfit! My daughter and I are looking forward to making the swimsuit based on your eBook - it was great meeting you at Teach Them Diligently. I have been sharing your site with my friends...and must say, I am so blessed to find you.

  2. Super cute outfit, Olivia!
    Glad you had a fun time! I just got back from a trip to Spokane! 5 hours in the car-it was good druving experience for me!
    I actually played hookie from church this week-but I wore a striped maxi dress and a blue jean vest (hopping on my blog to post it now!)
    Glad to have you back to blogging!
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

  3. Yay! So happy you're back!
    We studied the exact same thing (circumcision and Romans) last week..
    I wore a black coat dress, oxford style shoes, a teal polka dot scarf and merlot coloured tights, on Sunday.

  4. Very well written. This would be a nice link to add onto my post about this topic. Do you mind if I share this? Also, was your Pastor hinting at all that circumcision is not required, since like you was his covenant between Abraham and his children? Or that circumcision and baptism is a good practice still in modern times?

    1. I don't mind at all! I'd love to read your post when you're done! My pastor's point was that baptism is still very much encouraged in modern times and I'm pretty sure he takes that position on circumcision as well. They obviously are not *required* for salvation, though. :)

  5. Love the outfit!! Our sermon was wonderful as well, I had to post about it on my blog!! We talked about the similarities of the passover and the last supper, so interesting!!!
    I went to sleep with a stuffy nose and I now officially have a cold as well. :P Blah! Hope you get to feelin' better!

  6. Hi Olivia! I know this is completely off topic from this post, but I wanted to let you know that my sisters and I just tagged you in a 40 Beauty Questions Youtube Tag. You can view it here:

    Have a blessed week!

    The Middle Sister and Singer

  7. Hey, Olivia! I just had to comment and tell you that I love your outfit. It brings out your eyes beautifully. I'm still not exactly sure how, as your eyes aren't blue. :) And I especially love your shirt! You did an excellent job of pairing such vivid hues together and still making it work well. :D

  8. LOVE the outfit! Well done! I'm not too much into traveling, sounds like you had fun! It matches your eyes well! I am just getting over a cold(or hay fever?) NOT fun. Get well soon!

  9. I L-O-V-E this outfit!!! Especially the have the classiest clothes! :) Also, thanks for sharing your sermon, it encouraged me. We had a great sermon at our church too.

    I wore a long deep red/tan/brown African-print-sort-of skirt, a dark red blouse, and tan tank. Oh, and brown boots with heels (yay!)


  10. Very always ;-)
    Yesterday my family and I each sported our shirts! My sister who is three years younger than me has grown to be a about the same height as me soo we (well I) decided that we should (since we were wearing the same shirts) pretend to be twins. We did our hair and jewelry almost exactly the same. And sure enough later that Sunday afternoon someone asked, "Are ya'll twins?"
    Thanks for another awesome post enjoy your day! Be happy be, healthy...Cheerios! ;-)

  11. This outfit is one of my favorites of your blog so far (along with any including denim skirt actually ;-)) Probably because of the flowiness (is that correct ?!) of the top and the fact that it's still looking super flattering on you...And the flowers of the top are absolutly perfect !
    I wore a yellow blouse (flowy) with a simple black skirt. I was super tired after staying at my best friend's appartment (in the middle of Paris) and barely sleeping at all...I was really glad I had packed something simple that allowed to run after my train to get in time to church (ahah, city girl problems !)
    Have a wonderful week, I'm sooo looking forward to your awk+awe !!!

  12. I love your shirt! You always look so cute!


  13. Wow, your outfit is adorable! Yeah, sounds like colds and allergies are going around :) glad you'rew feeling better!

  14. Cute! That blue looks really good on you!

  15. Love the outfit!

    Signs and seals are important, I think we also need them as a reminder. In today's world Satan constantly pulls our minds away from what is important -- God.
    I wish I could have heard your pastor's sermon, it sounds very interesting!


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