Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Positional Peace // in B+W

Hey y'all! Sorry this week's church outfit is up a day late-- I ended up going to the Dr's and then didn't feel like posting (I know, no excuse... but I hung out with my little brother instead so s'all good right?) yesterday. I found a ring around a tick bite on my leg during church on Sunday, so I had to go get some antibiotics to ward off Lyme's. Since my mom and sister both have and are pretty sick with it, we wanted to knock it out of me fast.

Although I was severely distracted by the possibility of Lyme's and the itch of the bite during the sermon, it was an excellent one, and really encouraged me that even when I don't "feel" God or His peace, He's still there, and He still counts me as His.

We were focusing in the first verse of Romans 5, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," This "peace with God" is not the tranquility type of peace. Not the "I feel good about this" or Philippians 4:7 type. Paul is speaking here about Positional Peace. The objective, God-the-Judge-has-set-you-free peace. Let me 'splain.

Man and God are alienated, estranged because of our sin. God has great hostility towards the sinner because of our sin. He is righteous and His wrath must be appeased. Paul already went over this in the previous chapters of Romans. We see in this verse a great courtroom scene. We are standing guilty; we must be punished. God as God needs propitiation-- a big word that means His wrath must be appeased. He can't just "let go" and still be just.

Unlike us humans, the Lord can hate the sinner and love him at the same time. He loved us so much that he initiated reconciliation with us and punished His Son in our place. Thanks to Christ, we have been reconciled to the Lord, all glory to Him, and our relationship has changed. Our position of alienation has been obliterated and we are at peace with God. We cannot have Philippians 4:7 peace if we do not have Romans 5:1 peace. Now we have a place before God-- we are no longer estranged-- and we have access to His throne, His side. This Positional Peace is a perpetual blessing!

We may not feel very peaceful at one time or another. I know I'm struggling with peace about the nasty medicine I'm taking for the Lyme's. The thought of dealing with something chronically.
But I have positional peace with God, because of the wrath Christ took on my behalf, and I am able to approach His throne with my cares, worries, and uneasiness and He will listen. Even though I certainly do not deserve fellowship with Him. Oh, how sweet this truth is.

My outfit is one that I've thought about wearing for a long time, but I was never sure it would work. Thought it would be too "busy". I mentioned it to my mom last week and she gave me the push to actually wear it. :) The skirt I made over 4 years ago when I was just learning to sew. I haven't worn it in a very long time because it's not as flattering as my other skirts, but I had to make myself get over that. ;)

Shirt: Gift
Tank: F21 ($1.80)
Skirt: Made by me (fabric $2.50, if that)
Shoes: Thrift store ($2)
Hat: Target, $20
Pearl set: Gift

I'm wearing out here, so I'll say ta-ta. Hope y'all have a fabulous week and stay away from ticks! :P What was your sermon about?


  1. My mom has Lyme disease, too. It's not fun at all! Hopefully the antibiotics will knock it out quickly for you, and I'll be praying for your mom and sister's swift healing.

  2. I had to take antibiotics after a tick bite too. I didn't have the ring around the bite, but I had a low grade fever that wouldn't go away for about a week and I just didn't feel well at all. I picked up the tick on vacation at a campground close to Virginia Beach. After finishing the antibiotics, I have had no more symptoms. Also, my son had a tick bite and he got pretty sick from it, but after antibiotics he is just fine also. I'll be praying for you that you feel much better soon!

  3. Hugs & prayers for your family. That is a fabulous outfit!

  4. So sorry to hear about your Mum and sister... Ticks and fleas and lice are nooooo fun!

    I love all the details to this outfit! Especially the ruffles around the neckline of the top.

  5. The South is just full of ticks this year, it seems... even worse than last year. Glad you caught it quickly enough to get started on the antibiotics before you really felt symptoms!

    Your outfit is lovely! I actually really like the skirt... and adore this week's choice of hat. :)

    Our sermon this week was on small groups; the church is about to start up a few new ones, and he was kind of getting the word out. It was really nice to hear, actually, because the pastor talked at some length about how helpful small group can be for new people to find a place within the church, and how he understood that it can be a little alienating to come your first few times and it seems like everyone knows each other except the new people. It felt like he was talking right to me, you know? It was one of those sermons where you find yourself nodding your head so often you start to wonder if people are staring, heh. Just... really encouraging, and exactly what I needed, to be reminded of the -community- I'm getting myself into, alongside the Words.

    A couple posts ago, I mentioned issues I was having getting through the Old Testament; I actually think the translation of the particular Bible I was using was the problem; it wasn't NIV OR KJV, and it didn't ring "true" in my mind, where I still have so many of the verses memorized in NIV form. So I went out and bought myself a new Bible, the Archeological Study Bible. When I feel like things are starting to drag in my mind, I read one of the little blurbs about archeological digs that have uncovered Biblically-related artifacts, and afterwards it's easy to get right back where I was.

    I like this Positional Peace; it's a complex thing to really take in and it's something I could ponder over for a while. I think I will. Your pastor probably loves that his words are reaching your audience here, as well as his congregation!

  6. You look gorgeous in that outfit, Olivia...and I'm sorry about the tick, hope you and your family are going well! :)

  7. That shirt is so beautiful! Your hat is amazing... and your hair looks gorgeous! Awesome post, Olivia. I hope your mom and sister recover. :D

    Eloise xxxx

  8. That outfit is lovely! I love it! It goes really well together!

    Those are some interesting thoughts> I'm gonna have to go back through and read it again!! :)

    Ill be keeping you and your family in prayer!


    P.S. some friends and I started a new blog you might be interested in! there's giveaways too! ;-)

  9. Hey Olivia, not sure if you ever look at the Bulk Herb Store on youtube, but she just recently posted a whole video about lyme disease. Here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj3aztp0WSI Hopefully this will be of help!

    Praying for you all!

    1. What a great thing to suggest to Olivia! I love the Bulk Herb Store and No Greater Joy! The Peaels are so gifted to further the Kingdom of God and such a huge blessing!

    2. Thanks for the suggestion! I haven't had a chance to watch her videos in a while so I missed this one-- very helpful! I'm hopefully going to head down to their store soon to get the herbs I'm missing and drink drink drink some tea. :D Thanks again!

  10. Praying for you and your family! Hopefully the antibiotics will work wonderfully and you will be perfectly fine!


  11. That outfit is the CUTEST!!!!!!!!!
    My dad has lyme, so I know how it can be...praying!!!

  12. Fun! I'm a huge fan of B&W...
    I love the hat and the way you pinned the flower onto it. =)

  13. Oh! I hope you'll be all right - and you are beautiful!

  14. Our sermon was on forgiveness. The signs, symptoms, and effects of it. It was very convicting. I love your accessories!(hat,necklace,anklet) I noticed you are wearing a cami(tank) from Forever 21 and was wondering if you had to alter/adjust it at all or if it came modestly cut? Hope the antibiotics kick in! Have a great week!

  15. I will be praying for you, Olivia! I'm sorry you're going through this scary time. But it sounds like God had that sermon preached just for you!
    And I don't think this outfit is too "busy"! It's lovely! On top of that, it's also very "in style" for this season!

    I know you have a lot on your mind right now, but just to let you know, your header and everything on the sidebar say "Look who's popular. Is this your photo? upgrade to a larger bandwidth." and there's no image there!
    Anyway, hope you have a lovely week and the medicine knocks this out very quickly.
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

    1. Thanks! And yeah... I exceeded the bandwidth for free photobucket and had to pay $3 to get more for a month. :P Guess its a good problem?
      Have a great day!

  16. Love your outift! Super classy. The skirt looks fine, I see no problem! Like the combination! Have a good day, I've a day with my best friend, horses, and the wild blue!!! LOL, just an arena. I volunteer at a theraputic riding program. It's fun for the most part!

  17. I will for sure be praying for you!!!

  18. My friend also has lyme I will be keeping you in prayer!!!!!!!! :)

  19. Awesome outfit and hope you get over that tick bite! I hate bugs bleh! :-D

  20. I love your outfit! The black and white is so pretty, and I don't think it looks busy at all...it looks very put-together to me.
    I'll be keeping you all in my prayers! I hope your mom and sister get over it soon.

    Decked Out in Ruffles

  21. Sorry about the tick bite! Prayed for you and your fam!


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  23. Cute outfit Olivia! Thanks for sharing about the sermon also. I always enjoy your posts. Just a bit of encouragement on the Lymes...I had the same thing happen to me a couple of years and I really stressed about getting it chronically, but even with two infected tick bites the antibiotics took care of it easily. The Drs. basically said that if you catch it with the ring around the tick bite that you should be able to take care of it without a problem. Thank God for modern medicine. =) Of course take tons of probiotics to keep the antibiotics from making you feel icky and killing everything good in you as well..but you probably knew that already. =) Prayers for peace and complete healing for you.

  24. My father monitors my online activity and said that he found this outfit to highlight your chest. I am not sure if I will be allowed to come to this blog but I showed him more modest clothes too! I am sad because I am 14 and trying to learn to sew.

    I love your work!


    1. I'm sorry I didn't meet your father's standards. This shirt was right on the boarder for me, too. I've been able to wear it in the past fine, so I'm not sure what was up this week, ha. Anyway, maybe if he doesn't like my outfits you could at least follow my sewing blog for some sewing inspiration: workingwitheagerhands.blogspot.com :)
      Thanks! Blessings!

  25. Lovely outfit! Not too busy, but very cute! I think it probably would be a little overwhelming if you had different colors but the b&w combo keeps it looking put together :)


  26. I absolutely looove this dress, Olivia. Great choice! ~ Sarah

  27. WOW! Olivia That Is Really Pretty!


  28. Aww! I hope you feel much better very soon, Olivia. You look gorgeous, as always. I always love that you're so encouraging even when you're not feeling too good. Thanks for the sweet smiles, and get well soon!

    Alicia Joy


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