Monday, June 24, 2013

Battle // in Simple Neutrals

Hey y'all! I hope your weekend was as fun-filled as mine! We spent Friday night out at dinner with my grandparents, most of the day Saturday cooking (as usual!), had a large family over Saturday evening, and then had like 17 people over yesterday. Fellowship is such a wonderful thing.

I'd like to say a huuuuuge welcome to those of you who found me via Time-Warp Wife this week. I'm so shocked at y'alls support!
Yesterday's sermon was SO encouraging. We had a guest elder fill the pulpit and we looked at Joshua 10:24-25.
The context of these verses is that Joshua went to defeat the army of five kings who had banded together against the Lord. Joshua's men marched all night to arrive at the battlefield, which was at the top of a scraggly mountain with steep inclines and sharp rocks.  While they were traveling, God told Joshua (10:8), "Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you." Reading on, basically, God sent a huge storm to the area before the Israelites got there, scaring much of the army away. They started to kill the opposing army who was fleeing as fast as they could down the rocky side of the mountain. Then, the Lord sent huuuge hailstones and the army was totally wiped out. Joshua 10:16-27 describes how the kings had hidden in a cave and Joshua used them as, essentially, an object lesson for the Israelites (we all know how much they needed to be reminded that the Lord was taking care of them).
"So it was, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” And they drew near and put their feet on their necks. Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”" 
What a lesson for all of us. In our culture of tolerance, no-absolutes, acceptance, etc, we often forget that the Lord has enemies and it will not go well for those who go against Him. God is God, we are men. He is right; we are only right if He gives us the grace to be so. The battle is the Lord's and He has already won! This has been so encouraging to me as I've glanced at the news headlines and gotten a sinking feeling in my stomach. It is the gates of Hell that are being totally squashed by King Jesus- but we often live like it's the other way around. 2nd Chronicles 7:14 gives us a plan of attack: "If my people [that's us], who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." We serve the King. I need to act like it. 



Yesterday's outfit was just a simple button-up and a-line skirt. I dressed it up for church with a classy belt and huge earrings. I chose gray as a complementary neutral color with the greenish gray skirt and white shirt.
Shirt: Handmedown
Skirt: Made by me, (here's more information and here's a tutorial) (free fabric!)
Tank: Forever21 ($1.80)
Silver heels: Payless ($10)
Earrings: Walmart ($3)
Hat: Sears ($3)
Belt: Charity shop ($1)

Wasn't the eight o'clock morning light beautiful? I would love to hear what y'all wore to church and what your sermons were about! I read every comment each week and am always blessed by them. Y'all have an awesome day!

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30 comments :

  1. I enjoy reading your blog so much; it is so uplifting! ;D You really should do a tutorial on how you curl your hair. It always looks so natural and pretty, and I really want to see how you do it. I'm sure a lot of your readers have been wondering, too. =)

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    1. One way to curl it, so it looks like that (or at least very similar) is.... To use a 1/2-1" curling iron and curl your hair away from your face, and if you want a more natural look, try a few curls the opposite way. Run over the curls with your fingers, if you want it to look softer.
      Make sure that you wind the curl with the top of the strand of hair first (if that makes sense.)

      I curl my hair with a straightening iron, so I can only roughly guess what size curling iron will make these curls. =)

      Olivia, I love how you dressed up an otherwise boring-ish outfit with the belt and earrings!

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    2. Please, please do!

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    3. Yes pleeeze do! Mine always looks so idk not "natural looking" I guess. Your blog is awesome and I've gotten great tips from it. :) thanks! Be blessed and keep staying strong for our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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    4. Yeah that would be great!

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    5. Ooh, a tutorial would be awesome, Olivia!! Please do one! I'd like my curls to look more natural or wavy rather than fat or artificial-looking. :)

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  2. Super cute outfit!

    I won't lie; I missed church yesterday. I stopped going for a long time (I had some pretty bad experiences as a young teenager that really turned me off church), but the last couple of years I have felt myself really wanting that community again, that fellowship. I've bounced around a bit, and finally landed on a church that felt "right" - you know how some things just click, and you know you're supposed to be there? Well for me it's been this church. I bounced in there one week, sat in the pews listening to the service, and thought, "This is it. I was supposed to be here today." And I find myself more and more involved in reading blogs by religious Christians than I really have been in years. So maybe my time of being somewhat of a lapsed Christian insofar as the actual practice is concerned (the faith itself never left) is finally coming to an end! About time.

    So I went to this church for a few weeks on my own, took my husband last week, was so proud of myself for being able to find a fellowship again aaaaaaaand then promptly lost track of time and missed church yesterday. This is not a proud moment.

    I've been reading Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner and also I'm basically rocketing my way through the Bible start to finish (when you haven't read it for a while and pick it back up again, there's so much that pops out at you, seriously!), so I tried to 'make it up' by reading for an hour and reading a little bit of Mudhouse Sabbath. But it's not the same. I've just finished Leviticus and Exodus and Leviticus are always really hard for me to read - it's hard to really focus on every word of the laws and how to build the Ark without skimming through, but there's something in there that kind of sings a little, I think, about the really intimate relationship with God the Israelites (and Moses, specifically) were able to have.

    Oh well. Everybody screws up occasionally, right? Just need to double down on getting there next week, and then the week after that, and the month after that...

    Reading your last couple of weeks of sermon recaps is really making me feel convinced that going back is the right thing. It just feels right. I think I've written that twice and I wrote you a novel-length comment, so I apologize for that. I'll be quiet from now on ;)

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    1. I'm so happy for you! You may want to read through the Old Testament and the New Testament at the same time, because it might help you stay focused when you read through all the laws and directions in the Old Testament. Just keep reading, whatever you do! =D

      I'm so glad you came back to church and stuff; you're doing great! ;D Just remember to pray. ;) You have great motivation.

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    2. Lydia, thanks for your encouragement! I'm actually thinking seriously about taking your advice - I've gotten through Numbers, but Deuteronomy is tough, too, for me to keep my mind on. I'm thinking I might need to take breaks with my favorite New Testament books to keep me focused!

      I'm also looking into picking up a devotional, I was wondering if maybe alternating a few paragraphs of devotional and then taking on the Old Testament again might help. My mother-in-law is a voracious reader of devotionals, so I'll probably end up asking her for a recommendation or two... or twelve, knowing her :)

      I'm honestly so glad to be back. It's such a missing-puzzle-piece feeling and I've been honestly thrown by how strongly I felt about it once I was back in that pew!

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    3. I'm so glad I was able to help! It sounds like you have made a real change and you aren't just going to quickly fall away again. Your story makes me so happy!

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  3. I love your outfit, so cute! And your earrings are adorable.
    Where do you live, the background in your first picture is
    really pretty.

    ~Jenessa

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  4. JMJ
    You look lovely, as always, Olivia!
    You know, I was chatting with a friend, and the conversation turned to Christ saying "courage, I have overcome the world."
    He commented that this makes life rather like Disney's Jungle Book, all the elephants clear the way, and all the kid has to do is run through. :)
    It was a very encouraging thought.
    In Christ,
    Rose

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  5. Beautiful curls and outfit! Our sermon was on 2 Timothy 1.

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  6. Thanks for the sermon overview. It was so encouraging! 2 Choronicles 7:14 is one of my favorite verses! :) Our sermon was about when Paul was imprisoned (Acts 27) on the ship that was caught up in the storm on the way to Rome....we learned about how they handled everything...in verse 29 we see that they dropped four anchors...Our pastor concluded that when we find our selves in the impossible we are to:
    1) Be in constant prayer, "Pray continually" 1Thess.5:17
    2) Be involved in Godly friendship, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some of you are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another all the more as you see the Day approaching." Heb.10: 25
    3) Continue giving,"Who is wise and unerstanding among you ? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." James 3:13
    4) Do not give up hope, "When the storm has swept by , the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever." Prov 10: 25
    This last verse was (is) so encouragimg to me! How amazing that Gid is so great yet He always is there for us!
    I also wore natural colors yesterday.. We would have totally matched ! :)
    Blessings,
    Cassie
    P.S. I know exactly what you mean about wonderful fellowship. Yesterday our whole family went to a barn party! Good food, country dancing, and amazing encouragement. ;)

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  7. Oh cool, that's really nice Olivia! Earrings are quite something! The 8 am light is beautiful!

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  8. Olivia, you look darling. I just love the outfit! Thanks for always being such a great encouragement to all of us. You're wonderful! :D

    Alicia Joy

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  9. I'm one who found you through Time Warp Wife and I'm so delighted. Already I've shared your work with other moms and they are so excited. My daughter sews and she can hardly wait to try out the patterns. Thanks so much for sharing your work and ideas! It's been very encouraging!

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  10. It can be hard to keep a khaki skirt from looking frumpy. But this is really cute and feminine. Love the accessories and everything.

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  11. Oh please do a tutorial!!!!! Love the outfit!!

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  12. I awarded you @ keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com
    I would love it if you would follow me! :)
    I have put your button on my blog, want to trade? You can find my button on my blog.
    I also have a guestbook.
    Sorry to bombard you with so may things at once! ;)

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  13. Thanks so much for the shoutout! I'm glad we found you. :D

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  14. I really like that skirt... I've admired it ever since I saw it on Eager Hands...
    When are you going to answer more of the questions we asked?

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    1. Thanks! I've been ever-so-slowly working on a post with some more questions... Lately I've looked at the 100+ questions I got and have just been overwhelmed. :P Sorry, I'll try to be more diligent. :)

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  15. I love your belt! I've always wanted one that looked like that.

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  16. You said:"We serve the King. I need to act like it."
    Amen, and Amen. We must reflect the image of the God we serve in every way. Love your outfit!
    I absolutely LOVE jewelry. Those earrings are so pretty!
    I love my earrings so much that at one point when I was in public school I used to feel sort of "naked" without them. :P
    Thanks for the post. you know I feel so late just now commenting and you posted this on Monday. :-D

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  17. I can't even watch the news anymore. Especially in these last few days, watching the news has made me feel physically ill. Thank you for the wonderful encouragement and reminder that the evil in our society WILL NOT win against our Lord!

    I love the outfit. You managed to take an outfit that might otherwise look plain and frumpy and make it into something cute and feminine.

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  18. Your hair looks super cute like this!
    Love your outfit as well!
    Let me see...Sunday I wore my brown and white striped dress. We were actually in Colorado Sunday, and we went to my Grandparents church. It was a really encouraging sermon as well, the basic jist being that we need to rely on God and He can carry us through anything. The one thing that stuck with me was actually the movie the pastor played at the end. It showed an olympic sprinter who ripped his hamstring during the race. But he kept going, and his dad ended up breaking through security and helped him over the finish line. (he got a standing ovation at the end!) A great reminder that sometimes we're wounded and just need to let God carry us across the finish line (made me cry actually...)
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  19. I love the skirt and earrings! ~ Sarah

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