On Charity, 1 Corinthians 13 and Mothering

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1 Corinthians 13 is one of those famous chapters in the Bible. Sometimes the chapters that are so popular tend to get glossed over. We read the verses and can almost quote them and we don’t let them sink into our hearts.

I read through these verses this morning and wanted to share them with you, in the hopes that it would encourage your day. Some thoughts stood out to me, so I’ll share them under each verse.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 

It’s easy to sound spiritual. We can expound on great spiritual truths and feel like we are speaking words of importance, but if we don’t have charity in our hearts then it just ends up being loud, obnoxious noise.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 

This is a pretty humbling verse to think through. We could have such faith in God’s word to even move mountains, but it could all count for nothing if we don’t have charity in our heart! It’s a reminder that we can’t focus on only one aspect of our Christian walk. We shouldn’t desire to have this immense faith in God if we forget about all the other important parts of our Christian walk.

And though I bestow all goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

Charity sufferers long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. 

Do we suffer long with our children? How about our husband? Do we envy our friends when they get that shiny new car, or the brand new house, or they always look put together when we can barely get dressed in the morning?

Do we walk around confident in our abilities, and puff ourselves up thinking we are something great?

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seekers not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.;

This is a hard one! I know I can get easily provoked, multiple times a day! I shared in a women’s study I’m going to once a month for the Life Giving Home book (a must read book!) that I found myself getting very irritated with my children and would occasionally just get so frustrated that I would tell a child to shut up. Growing up as a child, that was a like a curse word in our home. I know better, and have no excuse besides the fact that I was letting myself get easily provoked.

As mothers we need to think through how we get easily provoked and deal with it. Put scripture verses up around the home to remind yourself of how you want to respond. Take a deep breath before responding to your children, or even walk away for a minute before you correct your children, to just give yourself a minute to calm down.

I need to not seek my own agenda, my own plan for the day, my own desire for XY and Z to happen. Instead I need to seek God’s plan for the day and be a servant to my children and husband. I think we all know this in our heads, it’s just so much harder to live out in real life!

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 

Do we endure long? Do we still hope, or have we given up after having endured hard trials?

Charity never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease, whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 

For when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 

This is a good verse to teach your young teenagers! I remember reading that verse over and over again as I struggled through the difficult stage of becoming a young lady and leaving my childhood behind.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, the three, but the greatest of these is charity. 

Love. We need to have great faith in God, we need to always have hope (as Christians we have a lot to hope for!), but even greater than that is love.

My prayer for all of us today is that we will be able to extend charity and love to our families as we serve in our homes!

 

 

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up

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I thought it would be a nice change to show you a more casual, weekday outfit instead of a Sunday outfit this week! Saturday we had a birthday party for my oldest and youngest daughter and I. It was a lot of fun! My Dad and Step-mom came in town and we did a spring egg hunt, instead of a Easter egg hunt. 🙂 Sophia was hysterical, she would not let go of her little basket and eggs the rest of the day!

When I walked in the door my dad instantly commented on my outfit, which I thought was funny. He has seen me in all different phases of life, from homemade jumpers only, to a headcovering and then slowly start to dress in a more modern, yet modest way still. The leggings were something new on me. I think he liked the outfit, it was just another new look. Ha! I thought it was so funny he even noticed!

Speaking of the leggings, yes they are LulaRoe leggings. I love the pretty rose pattern! If you haven’t tried a pair of LulaRoe leggings yet, I’d love for you to leave me a comment and tell me why! It took me forever to try a pair and once I did, I wondered why I waited so long! They really are as soft as butter.

I recently ordered some TOMS shoes when they were on sale at Zulily. When I first got them in the mail I wasn’t sure how comfortable I thought they were. Now that I’ve worn them for a few weeks I think they are incredibly comfortable! My only complaint is that the soles are slippery at times, which I really don’t like.

Wearing my favorite bobby pins from Lilla Rose!

What I Wore

Skirt – Knee Length Denim Stretch Skirt from Deborah & Co.

Shirt – Costco

Leggings – LulaRoe (Join my FB group here!)

Shoes – TOMS from Zulily 

Bobby Pins – Lilla Rose

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Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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It was a cold and dreary day on Sunday, and after a week of super nice weather it turned cold and we had snow on Saturday! I know it shouldn’t be quite so warm here in Missouri yet, I don’t want the bugs coming out super early, but it was so nice to have warm days with sunshine.

Sean and I put on a dinner at our church Saturday night for the older youth and Sean gave a message to them after dinner. He has been Pastor for the past three years but someone else will be taking over next month. In our church being the Pastor is not a paid position and you are voted in each year. We are ready for the change, even though he has been very willing to do it. This was the last big thing he wanted to do, and I really wanted to support him and make the meal for the older youth. So our Saturday was spent buying groceries and cooking the dinner. I think it turned out nice, and it was a lot of fun!

I woke up Sunday morning exhausted (daylight savings time change did not help!) so I wasn’t in the mood to put together an outfit. This dress was nice to grab, along with a halftee tank under it and a sweater.

This dress is really long on me, so I wore these ankle boots that had a heel. It helped me not trip on the dress climbing the stairs at church and chasing after Sophia! I found the ankle boots on Zulily and really wish I had went up half a size in them. I only wear them to church or out on a date, never around the house. I’m on a search to find more comfortable dress up shoes, but my shoe budget is pretty limited. I’ve been wearing adorable $6 pair of polka dot chambray flats from Walmart quite a bit!

I had zero time to wash my hair before church, so I just used a Lilla Rose hairband and pulled it back with a medium Flexi Clip that matched. Not the best hair day ever, but not every day has to be the best. 🙂

What I Wore

Dress – Pink Blush

Cami – Halftee Tank

Boots – Zulily (Naturalizer brand)

Headband and Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

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My March Stitch Fix Box – Box 7!

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My 7th Stitch Fix Box has been the best box yet! Normally I keep only 1 or 2 items from a box, but this time I kept 4 items. Yes, I really did! 

My stylist this time did amazing. She really paid attention to my Pinterest Stitch Fix Board I have, and looked at what styles and colors I had pinned. You can request what stylist you ask for, and I’ll definitely ask for her again (her name is Katelyn).

If you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here is how it works! 

First thing you do is fill out your style profile. This gives your stylist ideas on how tight or loose you want your clothes, want pricing, sizing, and color preference you have. This is also the place you link to your fashion board on Pinterest, so your stylist gets an idea of what you like! I have a board just devoted to pinning Stitch Fix items.

Now you just order your fix! You have to pay a $20 styling fee, but that fee is refunded if you end up keeping any item in your box. I always keep at least one thing, so I don’t blow through $20. Every box comes with 5 items. Stitch Fix offers clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, but you can specify what you want. I don’t have anything checked on my profile beside clothing, but I might try the shoes and jewelry section next time.

The box will show up in a few weeks (you can schedule when you want it to arrive, but it normally takes around 2-3 weeks for the stylist to put together you box, and it to arrive). You have 3 days to try everything on, and decide what you want to keep. A postage paid envelope is included, so it’s super easy to send back! If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your order!

Here is what came for Spring, and what I think of it!

Loveappella Pola Pocket Knit Top – Kept

I love this top! My whole family told me I had to keep this top, and my 13 year old came up to me and told me I looked really cute in it. Melt.My.Heart! He can be really tender at times. And then be 13 at other times and not care one bit what I look like. 😉

The navy with the touch of pink is perfection in my book. It’s a really soft shirt and will be a nice casual shirt. I’m going to try wearing a lace trimmed tank top under it next time I wear it.

Hawthorn Carla Crochet Detail Blouse – Kept

This is a silky shirt with some really pretty crochet detail. I’ll wear a sweater over it, and I might try a Halftee tank under it and see what I think. It was wrinkly from being thrown in the Stitch Fix box after I tried it the first time, I’m hoping it won’t wrinkle easily when I wear it.

This shirt can be worn casual with the Rainbow Denim Skirt, or I can dress it up for date night with a nice scarf and skirt.

I’ve been looking for more clothes in this green color to add to my closet. It’s the perfect Type 1 color (See my Dressing Your Truth Review here) and I just love how bright and cheerful it is!

I didn’t realize until I put this on for the pictures that it has a small stain on the front. The tags are still on this shirt, I didn’t even take them off for the pictures. 🙂 I emailed Stitch Fix and they are sending me another shirt and told me I didn’t even have to send this one back. Talk about great customer service! 

The style cards they send along are so helpful! I tweak them to either work with what I have in my closet, or put a few things on my wish list if it’s something that can work for multiple outfits.

Gilli Hazel Printed Maxi Skirt – Kept

I was lazy and didn’t style this better, I don’t think the shirt is the right color for this, but you get the idea. 🙂 You all know I love blue, and this has such a cute pink color with the flower looking pattern. It’s so silky and soft and I’m going to have fun coming up with different things to wear with it!

My stylist said I should try it with the green crochet top, so I’ll give that a try next time!

I’m thinking this skirt will look really cute with some chunky sandals this summer!

Emily Rose Rianne Fitted Button-Up Cardigan – Kept 

This is a very soft cardigan, it’s one of those comfort type clothing. It’s not actually pajamas but you feel so snuggly wearing it! I love the pleated detail on the front and the color was what really sold me. This was the most obvious piece of items that I wanted to keep from the box and I’ve worn it several times already! The stylist said to try it with the navy striped top I kept, I need to try that soon.

Daniel Rainn Micha Split Neck Blouse – Did Not Keep 

I really liked the style of this blouse. I would wear it with a cami underneath if I had kept it, but I decided the colors were not quite me. It’s more muted, and I’m trying to build my wardrobe with brighter, more cheerful colors.

However instead of sending it back, I ended up selling it on the Stitch Fix Buy and Sell Facebook group! Why would I do that? Because if you purchase all 5 items in your box, you receive a 25% discount! That’s a pretty big savings (on this box it saved me $69!). This was the very first time I had ever wanted to keep so many items from a box, so it was definitely worth it to buy all 5 and sell the one item I didn’t want to keep!

Stitch Fix just came out with some pretty exciting news!

They finally are offering plus size clothes!

Wahoo! They now are offering up to 3X clothing, which is such a great option!

You can sign up and schedule a box here. It’s such a fun option, especially if you have a lot of little ones and have trouble getting out and shopping for yourself! I can’t afford to do it every month, but every few months I’ll schedule another box (think of it as a seasonal thing) and really look forward to them coming in the mail, and seeing how the stylist will put the outfits together on the style cards!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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