Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring!

According to my calendar, TODAY is the first day of Spring!  I hope it feels like spring in your area. 

"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle [turtledove] is heard in our land". 
Song of Solomon 2:11,12

Here in South Georgia we enjoy an early Spring, but it usually doesn't last long - so we don't waste any time starting the celebration!  Some of the azaleas and dogwood trees are blooming but the pecan trees have not started to bud, so we'll probably have another shot of cooler temps at night. 

I don't want to give you the impression I'm any sort of gardener, because I am not.  I hardly know a rake from a shovel!  However, I really love a daffodil.  This flower was also my Grandmother's favorite, but she called them jonquils.   You can read an article HERE that explains how to tell the difference between daffodils and jonquils .  But really, who needs to know the difference to enjoy them?  I like they are trumpet shaped - announcing the change of the season.  But, when the heat of summer comes they begin to fade away.  I miss seeing them, but I know they will come back again next Spring. 

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;
but the Word of our God
shall stand for ever." 
Isaiah 40:8 

How wonderful that God's Word is not seasonal!  We don't have to wait for His Word according to months on a calendar.  For this reason we can count on His Word to guide and direct our path.  We can be assured God and His Word will forever lead us into all truth ...

May today be the beginning of a joyous Springtime for you!

~Blessings to you, Pamelyn


Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Fashionista of Faith"

 The business of fashion today astounds me.  Even though the economy is sluggish, the fashion industry continues to generate billions of dollars every year to satisfy the desires of the public.  There is a word used to describe a person devoted to fashion clothing, particularly unique or high fashion ~ that word is fashionista.
 I'm clearly not a fashionista, but I do enjoy seeing pretty clothes and I'm intrigued by those folks that are talented in the art of designing and making clothes.  There is no getting around the fact that in some way the fashion industry touches every woman's life, every single day
~ whether we admit to it or not! 


What are God's thoughts on fashion? 

First and foremost, God does not want us to spend our time worrying about what we wear.  In fact, Jesus said that worrying about basic needs like food, raiment and shelter exhibits a lack of faith.  Not to mention, an obsession over appearance is prideful and not pleasing to our heavenly Father. 

"And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field...shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?... for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." Matthew 6:28,29,30,31

God is not pleased when we call attention to ourselves by wearing seductive or immodest clothing.  We should be careful that our appearance reflect that we are children of God.

  "...let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."   I Peter 3:3-4

The context of I Peter, chapter 3 is the proper behavior of wives and husbands.  We learn here that God looks on the inner person and is not impressed with how we style our hair, the cost of our apparel, or how we accessorize ourselves.  These material things are not eternal and will surely fade away with the passage of time. God places a high regard for those that exhibit the inner adornment of a "meek and quiet spirit".  A composed, calm, and quiet spirit is what renders a person beautiful and lovely in God's eyes.



Much like the definition of a Christian, a "Fashionista of Faith" exhibits Christ-like attributes in appearance. The outward appearance of a Fashionista of Faith is a direct reflection of the inner beauty that the heavenly Father sees as "of great price". 


 What are some attributes of a FASHIONISTA OF FAITH?

  • Will not sacrifice modesty for a fashion trend

  • Chooses clothing and adornments that reflect a virtuous woman

  • As good stewards, stays within budget when purchasing clothing

  • Believes that God's love for His own makes a person beautiful 


I've noticed that fashion today is a great deal more casual than in years past.  Some "rules of fashion" have been relaxed and I'm glad to see it (like not always having to wear pantyhose!).  However,  some rules I may not ever want to change ~ so call me an old-fashioned fashionista because I simply refuse to wear white shoes before Easter or after Labor Day!

Blessings to you,

Sources:  King James Bible