Monday, June 3, 2013

Synecdoche in Royal Blue

Hey y'all! Hope you had a restful Lord's Day yesterday! I definitely did. Hung out at church until just after 3 and then came home and spent until dark in my favorite spot in our 63-acre backyard reading the Word. It was so peaceful.

Our sermon yesterday was kind of a review and furtherance of last week's signs and seals sermon. Such an important truth that really has so many out-workings. One thing I really appreciate about our pastor's sermons is that he takes the time to explain things from the Greek and why we interpret things as we do. An interesting figure of speech we learned yesterday is a synecdoche. It is a term for which a part of something refers to the whole or vice versa. For example, we say "My dad has a lot of mouths to feed". Folks automatically know that we're referring to a lot of people, not literally just mouths. Or, we say "He got a new set of wheels." We know he got a whole car, not just a bumper, or the engine, but the whole thing. That is how these signs in the Bible work. We see a part of something, but we should automatically know that it is the whole that is being referred to. In communion, we take a piece of the bread, but we know that it is the whole of the Body that we are partaking of.

God sees signs and is reminded of His promises. Not that He forgets, sees as we do, or anything like that, but He remembers. The word means an act of observance, like we are called to remember the Sabbath day; to live it out. Think of the rainbow-- God's sign of His covenant. Circumcision, baptism, these are signs of God's covenant. He sees them and remembers, observes, fulfills, His promise to Abraham and his children. I just love that! He is faithful and His promises never, ever fail.

My little bro stepped in as my 6 year old sister was taking pictures. You can tell from his face and crazy hair that it's rather hot here! That's his guilty-I'm-in-Olivia's-way face. ;)

So, I was planning on wearing white with this top, but I don't have any nice white skirts that fit me anymore... changing that soon... :) So, I went with a great black skirt and a half-tee. The skirt is flattering in the waist, which is what this tank needed. I haven't had a chance to take it in and make it a little more fitted, so the belt helped with that. I went with all silver accessories to reflect the sparkles in my skirt. I also tried a jacket instead of the Halftee, but it just wasn't as nice looking. :) 
Tank: Sears ($4)
Skirt: Thrift store ($4? $7?)
Shoes: Payless ($10)
Belt: Thrift store ($1)
Hat: Sears ($8?)

Want to see other ways I've styled this skirt? See here, here, and here. :) 

How was your day? What was your sermon about?

I so, so, so appreciate all y'alls comments-- you really, truly bless me with every single one. THANK YOU! (y'all know I don't do caps, so this is serious. ;))

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  1. I love your blog! :D

  2. Adorable outfit, as always!
    My Sunday sermon was on the book of Ruth (I posted it about on my blog) but basically it was very encouraging in that it had a lot of meat! One thing that stuck with me though, was that Ruth moved to a place where she basically could assume that she would never marry, only to find Boaz! God provides spouses and opportunities where we least expect them! Awesome is He?!

    My family had lunch with some good friends after the service (4 hours worth of talking and lunch!). Plus today we found out that some very good friends of 16+ years are coming for a visit and possibly moving near us!
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  3. Cute outfit, I just love blue! :) Our sermon yesterday was dedicated to remembering one of our church members who passed away last month. I didn't know her very well, but she was a kind, Christian lady, and it's wonderful to know she's in Heaven now. :)

  4. This is totally random, but I have those exact same shoes!!!

    Your blog is awesome! I've read every single post! I love how you turn not so modest things into super trendy, cute, MODEST clothing! And your ebooks are awesome!

  5. Love this outfit! Thanks for sharing! I visited the link you posted for, but was discouraged to see that the products were out of my price range. Do you know of any other places that I can find inexpensive, layering tops? My price range for shirts and blouses is pretty much $10 or under. I shop at Goodwill and when I splurge, I go to Walmart. ;)
    In His Service,
    Hannah Boyd

    1. Old Navy has some crew tees that are really good for layering. I think they are like $8 normally but sometimes they will put them on sale and I think it's less if you buy more than one.

  6. Lovely outfit!
    The title of your post really intrigued me, because I had actually just been reading about synecdoche in relation to the Lord's Supper (my Bible History class has been working through a book called "The Lord's Supper," by a lawyer turned theologian named Martin's weighty, but interesting stuff) just two days ago! What a coincidence.(:
    My pastor also takes note of the original Greek in his sermons, which I love. It can help to give a sort of clearer picture of the meaning of the text, especially since the Greek wording may be much stronger than the English translation in some cases.

    Hope you have a lovely week, Olivia!

    Decked Out in Ruffles

  7. Very cute, classy outfit! I worked in the nursery so I have no clue what the sermon was about!

  8. Wow, I L.O.V.E it! Super flashy. The skirt is so pretty! Good way to make a nice tank top modest! I'll have to do that someday! :)))

  9. As always, I love the combination of blue and black with sequins! Especially the texture on the front of the tank.

  10. Love the outfit and you lil bro is mega-cute! ;-) Yesterday's sermon was an intro as we dive into the line by line reading of the book of Corinthians. My pastor will need much prayer being that Corinthians covers many different topics. And Paul is no joke! Many toes WILL get stepped on.
    Sunday was just a great day for me. Tears flowed as I was reunited with a friend of mine who I had not seen in a awhile. My family and I had dinner with another church family. We had a wonderful time of fellowship. The Lord is good isn't He? :-)

  11. What I like about this look is that you don't overdo any particular style. The biker-ish hat, the American Indian belt, etc.

  12. Aww, I love that picture of you and your little brother! I'm 15 and the oldest of 8 right now, so I guess that's what I'm going to look like in a few years!

    Love the outfit too!


    Sydney - full-time reader, occasional commenter. :)

  13. very pretty! I just love tiered skirts! so lovely and comfy! Wish I was slender enough to wear a belt over a top! To make the tank work I would need a half tee with 3/4 length sleeves and neckline up to my collar bone.
    I think half tee is a great idea, but they are pricey. I buy a small men's athletic shirt at walmart for layering, they are stretchy, and have a silkier looking fabric that goes better with dress clothes. another plus is that they often have a higher neckline than a ladies athletic shirt would. they are designed to keep you cool which is great when you're forced to wear layers!!

  14. Thankful for God's GraceJune 3, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    First, I love your blog and have received great encouragement as I seek to be a godly modest mama. I don't usually comment but since you mentioned that "Circumcision, baptism, these are signs of God's covenant." and we have been recently searching the Scriptures about circumcision if our newest blessing from the Lord should be a boy. I wanted to share these with you for your future children because I didn't realize what the Scriptures actually said, I just assumed that it was right to circumcise and was even biblical.

    "Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you be circumcised, Christ will be of no advantage to you." – Gal 5:2

    "And even those who advocate circumcision don’t really keep the whole law. They only want you to be circumcised so they can brag about it and claim you as their disciples." – Gal 6:13

    "For there are many who rebel against right teaching; they engage in useless talk and deceive people. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced. By their wrong teaching, they have already turned whole families away from the truth. Such teachers only want your money" – Titus 1:10-11

    "Watch out for those wicked men – dangerous dogs, I call them – who say you must be circumcised. Beware of the evil doers. Beware of the mutilation. For it isn’t the cutting of our bodies that makes us children of God; it is worshiping him with our spirits." – Phil 3:2-3

    "And I testify again to every male who receives circumcision, that he is in debt to keep the whole Law. You who do so have been severed from have fallen from grace." - Gal 5:3

    "As God has called each man, in this manner let him walk. And thus I command in all the churches. Was any man called in the circumcision [Old Covenant]? Let him not try to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in the uncircumcision [New Covenant in Christ]? Let him not be circumcised! Circumcision is nothing. And uncircumcision is nothing but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let each man remain in that condition in which he was called." - 1 Cor. 7:17

    "And some men came and were teaching the brethren, 'Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.' But Paul and Barnabas together had great dissension and disputing with these men. . . Then Peter stood up and said to them '...Why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?" - Acts 15:1-2, 7, 10

    "But if I still proclaim circumcision. . . then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished." - Gal 5:11

    "I wish that those who are pushing you to do so would mutilate themselves!" - Gal 5:12

  15. Love your skirt, SHOES!!! and hat:) Great colors:D I'm also sort of crazy for sparkels/sequins/jewel type things. So the skirt is amazing! And the shoes, cause they're shine-y and strapy:)Your little brother is SOO cute!! Aww!! Wish I had little siblings:(


  16. Hi! I love your looks!! But Olivia, the Lord's day is Saturday (7th day) not Sunday (1rst day). At least according to the Bible. Has the Lord ever changed his commandant? I don't think so. I least I never found this in the Bible before. I know Jesus died on Sunday, but why Jesus himself kept the Sabbath (saturday 7th day) if it was meant to be changed? ALso the apostles kept the 7th day which is saturday...
    God bless

    1. Actually, May M, Christ died on Friday, and He rose from the dead on Sunday, which is why Christians celebrate this amazing triumph over sin and death. Also, many times Christ told His Apostles that He was giving them a New Covenant, and a part of that is seen in how the Apostles and Disciples started celebrating the Lord's Supper on Sunday. Sometimes everything we follow is not spelled out in the Bible, it is simply a part of Divine tradition. Just wanted to clarify! Have a blessed day! :-

  17. I love the whole outfit Olivia!!! Great job! ~ Sarah

  18. I love it! It is so cute!

  19. I wish my brother had a guilty "I'm in sister's way" face...I shall refrain from further explanation in public haha.


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