Confession… I’ve been reading the Bible (in consecutive order) for over 4 years and have yet to get half way through the Old Testament. It’s not the Bible, it’s me. I’m a wildly slow reader and my track record of consistency could be much stronger. As of today, I am mid way through the book of Job, and I find his life story incredibly fascinating. While Job was not sinless, he was an innocent man who lost everything. What’s everything? His family, his livestock, his wealth, and his health. Job didn’t understand the purpose of his pain, but He trusted that God knew the purpose.
Before reading his story, I knew that Job lived a hard life, but I never knew why until I read the scripture of the dialogue between Satan and God. Satan wants to kill, steal, and destroy. Luckily for us in 2017, we have the Bible of God’s words and wisdom which act as a window into a spiritual realm, that Job didn’t have access to. Job had a few friends that did their ‘best’ to comfort and console Job through this aching time period, but all they did was accuse him of sin that he didn’t commit. Job had to resiliently stand up for God and not cast blame that this overwhelming loss was a punishment.
“If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court. I would lay out my case and present my arguments. Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me.” Job 23: 3-5
I could only imagine that the most agonizing part of Job’s experience was that he didn’t have the comfort/ peace of the Holy Spirit, nor did he know what his outcome would be on Earth. He did know however His place in Heaven. His pain was so strong that he wanted God to take his life so that he could be with his savior, eternally without pain. Job had the choice to show resistance to God or to be resilient towards God. Job was a faithful man and no matter his physical or emotional pain, he always CHOSE God. My current spiritual habit I am trying to build is to always choose God over everything and be resilient with whatever gets thrown my way in the future. Resilient, not resistant about God’s plan.
Embroidery was a trend that I was really hesitant to latch on to. At first it brought me back to my sewing class days during my tween years where my sewing teacher let me embroider EVERYTHING. I embroidered vests, totes, sweatshirts, you name it. It was overkill to say the least. However, I am dipping my toe into this trend slowly. So far, my only embroidered purchase has been this exaggerated sleeve dress from BP at Nordstrom, but I AM IN LOVE! With a trend like this, I am probably limiting my embroidery purchases to just this dress and here’s why. I see this as a trend that is on fire right now, but I don’t see it lasting more than a few seasons. You can’t pair embroidered pants with an embroidered button-down, so overall it’s not a super versatile trend. I will have to love the embroidered jeans trend from afar! That’s why I love dresses… Just throw on a pair of your favorite booties, and you’re good to go! I’ve linked my favorite embroidered dresses and western booties below! Happy Shopping!
Have a blessed week!