God Time and On Time

My new motto for mornings is:

God Time and On Time
Homemade gluten-free cranberry-orange bagels help, too 😛
Get in the God time. Take out the morning computer time. Have enough time to have a casual chat with the other person at the parking meter box thingy. Enough time to happily look around Main St. and realize how blessed I am. Enough time to be settled in my mind for the day before it even starts. 
Yes, yes. God Time and On Time.

Simplify to Exemplify

Simplify Your Life to Exemplify Christ is my new motto.

The importance of this has really come to the forefront of my life lately. How we need to have our lives ordered: temples of God, where there is space for him to enter, without us needing to sweep an armful of junk aside.

I’ve been reading about ordering my life from The Gentle Ways of the Beautiful Woman (wow, there’s a title for you!) by Anne Ortlund. Goodness, I have lots to learn from that title alone, not to mention the whole {rather thick} book.

After sifting through my life and reading lately, I’ve come up with a few guidelines:

1.) Simplify your thoughts.
2.) Simplify your commitments.
3.) Simplify your surroundings.
4.) Simply your devotion to Christ-like living.

One: Your mind is a temple of the Holy God. “Take captive EVERY thought, and make it obedient…” 2 Corin. 2:5b The Bible also reiterates over and over again how our minds are one of our most powerful (and therefore vulnerable) assets as human beings. There are many others who discuss this topic better than I do!

Two: Simplify what you devote your time to, where you invest your life. Think depth, not breadth. Another book, Only Angels Can Wing It, suggests these qualifications to any commitment: 1.) Will it matter in a week, month, or year? 2.) Does it fulfill a need of mine or of someone I love? 3.) Is there someone better suited to this who may be excited about the opportunity?

Three: Simplify your surroundings….I can breathe when I have a clean home, a made bed, and clean dishes. When we aren’t consumed with the “dailyness” of life getting away from us, we can be at rest in our minds and focus. We can have time to be still, space to listen.

Four: This one I made up entirely, I think. Be like a child with your faith. Come to the throne in awe, with a heart full of wonder. Realize that this is a relationship, not a rat-race with the others at church to see who is the “most Christian.” Live your life focused on GOD alone. Spend time getting to know where he wants you to put your thoughts and commitments.

~Discipline, you see? *my word for the year* The fruits of the spirit, right? Clearing out our lives so we are less likely to get lost in our negative thoughts, our commitments, or our messes. I’m working on it!

A Colorful Experiment

I’m not so sure how I feel about this outfit. I want to change something about it. Definitely the shoes. Potentially the skirt. I just didn’t have any better options. It all started with those fingernails. And then I just couldn’t help myself. Those nails and this little banner I made on my wall (the tiniest little clothespins! gah!):

{so much wonderful color}

However, I loved this while I was wearing it. Then again, while I was wearing it I was enjoying a British tea and brunch.

And a British tea brunch makes most things seem better than they really are 😛
Style Secrets
Sunnies: Local store
Blouse: Walmart
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Belt: from another shirt
Yellow undershirt: Thrifted
Skirt: J.Crew
Tights: B.ella; local boutique
Heels: Seychelles

Stunningly Amazing

I have a ton of posts I didn’t get around to this week (craziness), but I just couldn’t help popping in to share this AMAZING cake. I wish I was talented enough to attempt this for Easter!!!!!

THAT, my friends, is a cake.
You can find the amazing story here.
I want that cake, and I will serve it on Easter while wearing the new skirt I thrifted this week:
Eyelet lace pencil skirt from BCBG. Major score. 
Have I ever told anyone how much I LOVE EASTER?!?!?! To be continued…

Polka Dot Slush

Since it was a pretty yucky day today, I was so excited when I looked out my window and saw this polka-dot slush!! How cool is that!! I put on my wellies and ran out the door to take a pic. It wasn’t just one little area, either; it was my whole driveway! God, you are so clever!

Caffeine Makes Me a Better Christian…Say What?

Is it horrible to say that? This afternoon I was down in the dumps, feeling really sorry for myself that I still had four whole hours left of work. Behold, caffeinated Early Gray Supreme tea! Behold, instant praising God! Behold, instant, “work as unto the Lord”! Behold, I am suddenly an encourager, suddenly full of good cheer and kind words!

Thank you, Lord, for caffeine. Just sayin’.

Wear it Always

 {this is a different outfit, don’t get confused :-P}

It’s not grammatically correct to say you’ll, “wear it always,” like that one line in the article I just got published. It was right when I handed it in… and definitely wrong in print…grrrr. But anyway
I like to say “always” things. I think I got it from a Shirley Temple movie when I was really little.  So this J. Crew sweater? I’m totally going to wear it always. I’ve worn a variation of this pink top/dress, striped sweater and Hunter wellies combo for…oh, the last week.

Style Secrets
Outfit One
Sweater: J. Crew via local store
Dress: C&C California
Handwarmers: Local store
Umbrella: J. Crew
Necklace (wooden heart): ???
Tights: TJ Maxx
Boots: Hunter, gift
Outfit Two
Hairpin: J. Crew
Necklace: Vintage
Shirt: Target
Ring: Local store
Jeans: Ernest Sewn
Legwarmers: self-made from my favorite socks

Take Heart

I’ve got a lot on my mind and heart, you guys. And this morning’s verse was just, JUST, what I needed.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am Your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 
Isaiah 41:10
This spoke to my heart directly. It spoke to my heart overwhelmingly. 
I looked up ‘dismayed.’ It means, ‘disheartened thoroughly.’ 
But we must be strong, and take heart, and wait for our Lord. 
“Wait for the Lord. Be strong, and take heart, and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14

Blossoming Beauty

The boy bought me these perfectly pink gerbera daisies (that he picked out all by himself!)…they make my heart sing 🙂 I posted the picture and a friend and mentor commented, “What a special man that gives you such beauty.” 

A man that gives me beauty, as in beautiful physical objects…what a blessing! To have someone that I love, bring me things that I love, things that he knows will make me happy, just fills me. He wants to make me happy and to bring me beauty. He wants to make my heart sing and to see my face light up. Such a small thing that can make me happy all week!

A man that gives me beauty, as in, makes me a more beautiful person…what a blessing! Someone who makes me shine from the inside-out. A man who sees my femininity and works hard to make me feel like a beautiful woman…and tells me every day that I am beautiful and worthy. That makes me long to be more beautiful for him…more beautiful physically, emotionally, and spiritually, as a woman of God. He makes me long to be closer to God!That is the way it should be.

Girls, our men should absolutely make us feel that we are God’s feminine and beautiful women. We are our man’s feminine and beautiful woman too….inside and out. He spurs me on for the Lord! Don’t settle for any less in a man.