Friday, April 27, 2012

Modest Fashion
Today seemed like a good day to post about Fashion. So, we're girls, we like fashion, right? But these days if you're striving to be modest... fashion can be a tricky subject. It’s certainly not impossible to be modest and fashionable at the same time, it’s just harder. Finding those loose skinny jeans (I prefer to call them oxymoron jeans), long shorts, and high cami’s can be a struggle. Personally, I wear a lot of skirts. A very knowledgeable person I once knew said “A person’s talent is measured merely by their ability to run up and down stairs in an ankle-length skirt.” (But that’s a story for another time) My point is that many types of skirts and dresses are modest, cute, and feminine. (They also make you look like a homeschooler or German Baptist, but hey, I consider both of those a compliment to some degree. I’m in this world, but I’m not of it. I’d much rather look like a homeschooler or German Baptist than the rest of the world.) Anyway, this week I dug up a few feminine, modest, yet fashionable dresses that I thought I would post to give you guys some inspiration. We all need it, don’t we? I must say, some of these are really cute. It’s probably a good thing that I’m broke right now. If you would like to see where the dresses came from, feel free to click the number links below. I also added in a few simple and feminine hairstyles as well. And of course, a question at the bottom. I’m praying this is an inspiration and blessing to you all! And don’t forget, every time you struggle with being modest, remember that it glorifies God. He sees you as precious—and that’s all that matters




. Modest Fashion 1


Modest Fashion 2

  1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


Hair 1
Via


Hair 3
Via


Nails 1
Via


A question......
  "Have you ever considered how what you wear represents the gospel?" (Hannah Farver Uncompromising)

  And a quote......
The world is full of darkness, as well as immature people who need to grow in grace: rude people, boy-crazy people, panicky people, problematic people, and people who just make mistakes. what the world needs most isn't girls to point them out-- it needs girls who will illuminate the darkness with God's light. It doesn't need young women who will give others more reason to worry, fret, accuse, talk, fear, or burn innocent people at the stake, but young women who "let [their] light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16) ~ Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin ( It's Not That Complicated)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blowin' like a Dandelion

Sometimes I take so many pictures its overwhelming. You might call filling up a 1 GB card in a few hours a slight obsession. (If you can do better, I salute you). Earlier today, I was granted with the pleasure of being able to take a walk outside and snap a few pictures (something I've been unable to do for a while). Whilst on my journey down our long driveway, I spotted some dandelions  and my brain began to spin. As I gazed silently at the dandelions snow white frames, Matthew 6:30 came to my mind.

  "And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely   care for you?"
(NLT)


 Dandelion image


  Think about that for a moment... God cares for the flowers! Isn't that beautiful? He made them and shaped their delicate petals with His own hands, and he didn't just leave them there to be destroyed. He cares for them...And He cares for you even more! If you fall, He knows it--and He's watching out for you. He's ready to pick you back up. 


 Now, think about a dandelion. It has a crispy brown stem that leads up to its head of pure, blossoming seeds. For me, a dandelion seems to hold a since of elegance. Its free, its smooth and dainty, and it seems to flow and fill the world with a joyous spirit. 


 Now, the question. Get ready for it... What happens when the wind blows upon a lively dandelion? Simple. Its delicate seeds begin to drift. They float in the wind ever so gracefully and even sometimes seem as if they're dancing. Its a beautiful thing. However, although it seems pretty, there's a catch. For the entire time these seeds have existed, they have been attached to the flower. They have been with numerous other seeds holding them up side by side. They've never been alone. 


 Now, they have to go off on their own. 


 Think about if that was you. You were being held up with your church, with your school, with your best friends, and then suddenly...the wind blows and you drift. Sometimes it causes heartache, it causes pain. You're alone just like that graceful little dandelion seed. Floating. Drifting. You don't know where in the world you may end up next. Depending on the wind, it may be miles away, and it may be a few feet--but you're alone. 


 Don't you hate that drifting feeling? Its like you don't belong anymore. You're no longer attached to that stronghold of the flower, and you don't know what to do. You feel awkward and lonely. You're by yourself...And its scary. Now lets go back to the verse I had above:

  "And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you?" NLT)

  Read it again. Want to know what I see through that verse? I see a picture of God's eyes on every single one of those drifting dandelion seeds. Every single one. I see Him watching them, caring for them, giving them an extra push, or breath of air, and nurturing, feeding and watering them when they finally land on the ground.


 He knows each dandelion seed just like He knows the amount of hairs on your head. (Luke 12:7) He never neglects a single seed, and He never neglects you. Never.


So if you feel just like a dandelion seed, know that God will never leave you or forsake you. No matter how long you're in the air. He knows when you're going to land and He's getting ready to nurture you. 


 You know what happens after that dandelion seed is planted? It sprouts. It grows wings (figuratively, not literally), and it soars. The seed reaches new heights that its never been to before! Yes, it took the pain and heartache of drifting before it could get there, but once it does, the seed realizes that it really was all for its own good!


 So now, another question... Is that you? Are you drifting like that seed and questioning whether you really will ever land and begin to grow?

  "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

  He's working it out all for your good. He really is. You just have to believe it. And one day, your seed is going to plant itself, you're going to grow, you're going to blossom...
and you're going to soar.




  Sofia

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.



LOVE


  Love never ends.


  (ESV)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

-A quote, question, and some music to brighten your day

"Disturb us, O Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves; when our dreams come true because we dreamed too little; when we have arrived in safety because we have sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, O Lord, when with the abundance of the things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the water of life; when having fallen in love with time, we have ceased to dream of eternity: and in our efforts to build the new earth, have allowed our vision of the new heaven to grow dim. Stir us, O Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms shall show thy mystery and, where losing sight of the land, we shall find the stars. In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes and invited the brave to follow, even the name of Christ Jesus Our Lord."
Sir Francis Drake






Here is our thought provoking question for the day. If you have any thoughts, feel free to share them in a comment below.

How important is it for us to dwell in God's love on a daily basis, if we expect to grow in our Christian walk? Why? How does it affect and change us? Would you agree or disagree with the statement that "the love of God is the soul of the gospel"?

--Question taken from Uncompromising by Hannah Farver [page 253]. To view Ella's review on Hannah Farvers book, click here.

Have a delightful day,


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Recently Sofia and I wrote letters to the newspaper USA Today, protesting the legality of America’s abortion laws.

Letters

Sofia’s letter:
I am not writing this letter to tell you how immoral abortion is, or lecture you on the fact that abortion kills children. Many Americans have already heard this argument and are still stone hearted in their opinions regarding the subject. Instead, in this letter, I would like to discuss dreams.
You cannot deny that dreams are what America is supposed to be about. Ellis Island was abundant with immigrants who came here because they wanted their life dreams to be fulfilled. Today, we see phrases such as "Follow the American dream" or "live your dream" written boldly across billboards, or blinking furiously on fluorescent signs.
What about you? Can you remember sitting in a high school classroom staring blankly at the whiteboard and thinking about what you were going to do with your life? What were your own personal dreams? Maybe as a high school student the only dream you had was for that cute boyfriend of yours to ask you to marry him.
Whatever the case may be, the reality is that you had Dreams. Now here is my question for you—the dreamer: Are you willing to let other people live their American dream?
Many of you believe that aborted babies are merely fetuses--not actually human beings. But who can deny that if left in the womb as a healthy baby, these "fetuses" will one day turn into humans? We see that happen every day as new children are brought into this world and it has happened since the beginning of time. There is absolutely no denying it. It’s a fact of life.
Every "fetus" that has been killed would have otherwise turned into a child, who would have grown into a young adult and one day that young adult would have had dreams of their own. Every time a child is aborted, those dreams are lost forever. Can you deny this fact?
So, America, I want to ask you: Are you killing dreams?


Letters


Ella’s letter

To whom it may concern at USA Today

Look at our society today, we see a large amount of exchange students and foreigners that come to America just so that they can work and take money out of our country. There are no longer enough Americans willing to work and produce the necessary things for America to be a prospering country. Why does our country not have the needed amount of people? Because there is a constant massacre going on right under our very noses.

If a pregnant woman has one child but does not want to have two would she kill the already born child. No. That would be murder but so is killing a fetus that is still in the womb. A women’s body is her own but she is responsible for position that she puts herself into. If someone had a mass of caner cells growing in their body, they would say "that is not part of my body remove it!" Sadly Americans are doing this same thing to their own offspring. We are acting as if our children are deadly disease that are going to kill us; we are acting as if we have a right to remove them. The truth is that a deadly disease is not part of our body it is something that against our will started growing inside our body and a fetus is not part of our body but it is the coincidence of our actions. The way God design the development of man’s offspring is a beautiful thing. We don’t leave our children as egg in a nest, we don’t merely teach them to swim or fly but a human mother has the blessing of being with her child from the moment the fetus’s heart starts to beat inside the womb (which is 3 weeks after the conception.)




Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Today I thought I would post something a bit creative, fun, and well...Girly!

I really enjoy trying new and different hairstyles. The same thing everyday gets boring after a while. Its so much fun to get creative!

I dug up a few simple, but fun hair tutorials (pintrest is a life saver)and thought some of you might like to try them!

Feel free to leave a comment about which ones you like best, or some tricks you've learned to make things easier.

Hope you all enjoy!


Hairstyle 1

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Hairstyle 2
{Via}


Hairstyle 3
{Via}

To make this blog a little more exciting, I've decided to add some thought-provoking questions to some of our posts. Here's my question for tonight...

"Why do we as Christians waste our time debating over our differences, when instead we could be using that time to come together with our similarities, and using those similarities to make a difference, to do something, and to further the Kingdom of God?"

What's your opinion?

Blessings!