Alison from Get Your Pretty On inspired the outfit below (she is also on Pinterest).
This one is also from Pinterest.
I think a more colorful cardigan would work better with the scarf.
What did I wear Wednesday? It's about 47 degrees here today and so I wore a scarf with my military jacket. I had to take my littlest guy out today to get his hair cut. Of course, we had to swing into Target, too, just to wander around aimlessly. I don't know why that is so fun, but it just is!
She has beautiful style! Her blog is one of my favorites. (getyourprettyon.com)
And now, I wanted to share something with you that I hope will help you, too.
I'm a worrier by nature. I always have been. I tend to lay awake at night, worried. What about? You name it and I have probably worried about it.
Things like, "Are they learning what they need to in school?" (I home school.) "What if Nathaniel's condition gets worse?" (Our youngest son has a genetic disorder and has a g-tube. He looks healthy, but it is a serious condition that requires monitoring). I spend a lot of time just worrying about him, and really, all the kids. Our oldest daughter has cerebral palsy. I sometimes worry what would happen to her if something happened to Dave and I. What if my prayers are never answered? What if..what if..what if...
The other day I felt like the Lord asked me, "What if you didn't have to worry?" In reality, I know, we don't HAVE to worry. I know what the Bible says about casting all our care on Him for He cares for us. I know these things, but I have trouble doing them. My answer to Him was, "I wouldn't even know how to not worry, to be honest with You. It's like breathing." I felt like the Lord answered with, "Why don't you pretend that you don't have anything to worry about today. What would that feel like? Do you think you could try?"
And so for one day, I did TRY. For that day, I pretended that I had no worries or cares. When a thought would creep in of, "You'd better worry about this one.", I would dismiss it and think, "I don't have to worry about that." I not only felt happier that day, I felt just plain old happy! Worry drains us of all hope and energy, doesn't it?
Does that mean that I've stopped this crazy worrying that takes so much of my energy? Not entirely, but it has been getting better. It will be a continuing process to break a life long habit. But you know, I've noticed something else. When I let go of the worry and the responsibility of having to control everything, things started changing that I had been praying for. Two prayers were answered on the same day! I think worry was getting in the way of seeing answers to my prayers. It's hard to pray in faith and then sit and stew over the very thing I'd been praying about.
I hope this helps one of you reading. Just try and "pretend" for today that God has "got you covered" where you are concerned.(Even if, like me, you know He has you covered as far as head knowledge, but maybe it has never rung true in your heart.) He wants to teach you to trust Him and truly know that you don't have to fret. Try it for one day and then ask God to help you to continue in small steps. He wants to set you (and me) free from worry. Worry seems almost like an innocent kind of thing, but it ever so slowly kills our faith. It is like my eyes are opening to all the possibilities of not worrying. You've heard that scripture that says:
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Why does God tell us not to worry? Because we really don't have to.
God has you in the palm of His hand. Live your today and even if it just seems like you are "pretending" for now, don't worry about tomorrow. He has got you covered.
I send love to each one of you reading today. Have a blessed day!
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