Saturday, March 5, 2016

Debbie's Stylin'...On The Inside!

When Can Stylin' Become Too Much?

Lately, I've been thinking about the style posts I have done and wondering if I want to continue to do them. To be honest, I always feel a little silly doing those posts, even though I've had some fun and chuckles while doing them. As I've mentioned several times, I am not a model. (And it shows!!)

But mainly, I've been thinking about what I want to represent on my blog and how I've been feeling on the inside about clothing and accessories since I began blogging and following other blogs. 

Now, please understand...I'm talking about me here and what is right for me. I'm not speaking about anyone else. I'm also not speaking badly of anyone's blogs whom I follow, because I enjoy reading those blogs. It's just that lately, I've found that I have developed a bad case of the "wants" since I started blogging. I want certain clothes, or shoes or accessories because I see other folks wearing them. I think....gosh...I must need that so I can look that good too! If I'm going to be in style, shouldn't I be buying? But the truth is, I don't need these things at all. In fact, I've got closet fulls of clothes and more pairs of shoes than I care to mention. Accessories as well. So, why do I want more

I'm like any other woman. I want to look good. I want to be "stylish."  But, I also want to be true to myself and my personal beliefs. I want to have gratitude for what I have and not always feel like I need I want more. I guess I'm having a crisis of conscience. (Well, not a crisis....but I'm doing some deep thinking!)

It just seems like we live in a world where there is a constant barrage of "things" we are told we need. These "things" are touted with a promise that they will somehow either make us better or our life better. There is a constant barrage of commercials and ads and sales and on and on and on. Buy, buy, buy....want, want, want!
But, I believe the truth is......

What I have is enough........

I don't need more. My personal style is my own. What I like to wear and be comfortable in is my choice....not someone else's.  And even buying at thrift stores can be overdone. And I also believe.....

I'm beautiful (and so are you) because we are children of God, not because of the clothes or shoes we wear or the "things" we have or don't have. 

I think what Jesus said in Luke 12: 22 sums up what I'm thinking about today. 

"Don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more." 

And a few verses later, Jesus says:

"Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don't fuss with their appearance--but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?" 

So, for today, I'm just going to give thanks for all I have. For the many blessings which I enjoy each and every day. For today, I am choosing to try and not want more and to try to be a good steward of what I have. 

And, for me, that's the best kind of stylin'........

Until Next Time,


Karen said...

You make a good point Debbie. The same thing happens to me when I see certain items on blogs. Sometimes I immediately go online in search of something I've seen yet don't need, then think, "what am I doing?" And log off. Like you, I have more than I need. I am not a collector, and do wonder at bloggers who feature different designer outfits on a daily basis. What do they do with all that? I know for myself that focusing on the inside is more important. I do have to look nice at work each day, but don't need a mountain of clothing to accomplish that. Great post.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Karen! I hope you have a great week!

julie Wunder said...

What a wonderful post Debbie! I think everyone has to find their own blogging grove and decide what works best for their lifestyle and what they want their blog to be. And also think it's ok to morph and change as you change! Sounds like you already made your mind up :-)

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thanks, Julie. You're right about finding my blogging groove. As I come closer to a year of blogging I feel like I'm finding my groove more and more!