Monthly Archives: March 2015

03/30/15

Speak Lord, your servant is listening…

Have you ever become frustrated or even angry because you feel like God is not speaking to you?

It’s like your prayers are hitting the ceiling and bounding off?

Jeff Goins is the author of four books including his latest, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do.

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In this devotional, Jeff explores the question, What if God is already speaking, but we just aren’t in tune with His voice?!?

Yikes.

Such truth in this message from Jeff & I know you will find it helpful in your faithwalk too.

So, here we go…

“I don’t know about you, but I wish God would just speak to me. Oh, I know. He speaks through Scripture and community and as a still small voice in my soul. I get that. But sometimes I just wish the clouds would part, a shining light would drop down from the heavens, and the booming voice of the Almighty would speak.

Is that too much to ask?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes for these things. But I wonder if God did speak to us, if He called us in the way that we expected, if we would really listen. In fact, I have good reason to believe that we wouldn’t.

Three thousand years ago, four or five miles northwest of Jerusalem in the hill country of Ephraim, there was a small town called Ramah, where a man named Elkanah lived. He had two wives, one who was infertile and the other who reminded her of this constantly.

Once during a trip to the ancient city of Shiloh, the barren wife Hannah was so plagued with shame that she made a public vow. If she would become pregnant, she would give her son to the high priest, dedicating his life to religious service. Shortly after, she conceived a son and named him Samuel. As soon as he was weaned, he was sent to Shiloh to serve the priest Eli.

Samuel was a special boy, a gift to his parents who long awaited his birth and a gift to Eli who only had disobedient sons. He served the priest in the work that he did, and the older man groomed him for a promising future.

One night, after months if not years of service, Samuel awoke before dawn. Startling awake, he sat up in bed and looked around.

Nothing.

He swore he’d heard somebody whispering his name. But no one was there. Settling back into bed, the boy fell asleep only to be awakened again a few seconds later. This time, he was sure; it was a voice.

“Here I am!” he shouted back. No answer. Running into Eli’s room, he shouted, “Here I am; you called me.”

Eli rose out of bed, squinting his eyes, which were beginning to fail him.

“I did not call,” he said, confused. “Go back and lie down.”

Samuel was confused as well, but he did not want to argue with his master. So he returned to his room and slowly laid his head back down. He forced his eyes shut, too anxious to sleep. For what seemed like hours but in reality was only a few minutes, Samuel lay in bed. Then as his eyelids began to grow heavy, he heard it again, just as quiet as before but persistent as ever.

“Samuel . . .”

He shot up in bed, his heart racing. He called his master while once again rushing into Eli’s room. Again, the two were equally confused.

“My son,” Eli said. “I did not call. Go back and lie down.”

But before Samuel could even put his head down on the pillow, he heard the voice again, even louder than before. He got up again and called to Eli, his voice quivering with fear.

But the master’s response was different this time. He told the boy to stop calling and instead to listen, giving him six words to say. So Samuel returned to bed and listened. When he heard the call a final time, he responded:

“Speak, for your servant is listening.”

And with those words, his life was never the same. How the boy heard and answered that call led to many significant events in Israel’s history, including the anointing of two kings, one who became the most famous the country would ever know. Samuel was called, and he answered.

But the scary part — the part we should pay attention to — is that he almost missed it.

The truth, I think, is that God is speaking. We just struggle to listen. And sometimes we mistakenly believe that calling is about listening. But what if it was more about learning to hear? What if God was already speaking, but we just weren’t in tune with His voice?

When we look at the call of Samuel, we see a similar process. It’s not just enough to listen. You have to put yourself in a posture to hear in the first place. And that choice is actually three choices:

1. Be still.
God’s call tends to not come in the midst of noise and chaos. It often arrives when we are quiet — late at night or early in the morning or maybe in the middle of the day. Or perhaps, those are just the times when we can hear.

2. Ask for help.
God’s call is not just personal. Moses had Aaron and Miriam. Jesus had the inner circle on the Mount of Transfiguration. It may come in private but it’s confirmed in community.

3. Say yes.
I know it sounds simplistic, but God will only push us so far when we say no. He is looking for us to invite Him deeper into our lives. Yes, He’s calling, but it’s up to you to respond.

That’s what I learned once I answered my call to be a writer. I realized in His own way, God had been calling me to this vocation my whole life. I just lacked the ability to discern the message. And the truth is it took a team of mentors and a discovery process, not a single epiphany, to finally figure out what I was meant to do.

Maybe the same will be true for you, too.”

Blessings to you dear ones!

xoxo…..

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03/26/15

Spring Trends I am Loving…

Spring has sprung here in the Deep South.

Temps are in the 60s and 70s throughout the week, the sun is shining, and I even pulled out a pair of sandals this past weekend! That’s got to be some kind of record for me in March! Tends to be kind of crazy weather month.

So many spring trends for this season, and many of them you can start wearing right now! Start transitioning your closet now!

Here are some of my favorites…

Denim on Denim on Denim

Yep- you heard it right. Denim on denim.

For years we have believed you couldn’t mix denim, but then again, every rule is meant to be broken. Sometime.

So lovely! And paired with that white blazer? Yum!

This stylish look by The Daybook proves sweatpants aren't just for lounging anymore. #Style #Fashion

Mix shades of denim, weights, lengths, textures, etc. Have fun!

It is Minimalism at its very brightest & very, very chic.

Gingham

No longer just for picnics & tablecloths…

It was all over the Fashion Week runways. This classic pattern is all the rage! I personally love the large, block, over-sized gingham pictured above in a couple of the maxi skirt options. Gotta love a good maxi!

Already have a classic gingham or plaid shirt? Here is a great couple of looks from Fizz&Frosting.com.

I love getting ideas of how to wear something that I might already have lurking right there in my closet.

Classic White!

Could there be anything more timeless than wearing classic white?

It is the pinnacle in ladylike fashion & classic style. It never goes out of style,but luckily, it is one of the top trends for spring 2015! And when I say white, I mean all white. 

Kate Spade is embracing this hue celebrating with simple spring & summer dresses in their new line.

I will be the first to admit it. An all white ensemble scares the heck out of me! But, with a few quick tips, we can rock white & other accents from head to toe too!

  1. White jeans are so flattering, but the key is to buy bootcut (the most figure flattering style for most body types) and buy one size larger than usual.
  2. To create the illusion that you are taller and slimmer than you are, pair with some nude pumps or wedges. You will be amazed what a difference it makes!
  3. Choose a thicker fabric, like a structured denim or trouser over something like linen. It’s more forgiving.
  4. Add colorful accents & accessories. They will catch people’s eyes as they pop against the canvas of your monochromatic look.

The Shirtdress. 

From Leave it to Beaver to 2015… I have always loved the timeless & effortless sophistication of a shirtdress!

Throw one on and go!

Works well for casual Saturdays with sandals and a sunhat, dressed up with heels and a blazer for a meeting, or worn anywhere in between. It’s the perfect utilitarian, work-horse piece your closet needs.

Fringe Factor! 

I feel like it’s a love-hate relationship with fringe. Some love it, others hate it.

I am on the side of “love it”. In fact, one of my favorite sweaters in trilled in dainty camel fringe & I love the way it looks & feels. Who doesn’t love clothes that move with you?!?

Tapajos Fringed Poncho

{fringed poncho from Anthro pictured above}

The key to fringe is not to over-accessorize it. Let it speak for itself. It’s like built-in personality for that shoe, handbag, or sweater.

Midi Skirts. 

Another favorite of mine, and one I plan to wear this spring and summer & often!

So, a midi skirt is a skirt that hits between your knee and ankle- somewhere in the middle of your calf/shin area. It can be very fashion-forward and ladylike when paired with a pretty blouse, tank, or jacket. Can be dressed up for an event or dressed down for tooling around town.

That’ the beauty of the midi.

Instead of showing you examples of how to wear the midi, I am listing a few of my favorites below… ones I am currently crushing on…

Hello tulle midi skirt!!!

Tulle Midi Skirt

How fun it would be to twirl in that one.

I am also a big fan of this vintage scarf skirt.

Vintage Scarf Skirt

Yum-my!

{both pictured above are from www.anthropologie.com}

So, I hope you feel inspired to try something new, add a new trend to your favorite wardrobe basics and mix it up a little bit this season.

You won’t be sorry you did!

Be beautiful… it’s how He made you!

xoxo

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