Sunday, September 4, 2022

Fall Dress and Healthy Eating

 


Hello friends. It's interesting to me that each change of season brings with it the desire to change up our clothing a bit and, of course, to vow to ourselves to eat right. In today's post I'm sharing my attempt to do both as the Fall seasons appears.


I am so enjoying this dress and have worn it several times since purchasing it. I feel that the color and style are just perfect for Fall. This was one of those times that I saw a dress on the rack and quickly picked it out to buy knowing that it would work perfectly for me. And it has! I have looked and looked for this dress online to link it for you and haven't been able to find it. There was only one of this style available when I bought it. However, if you Google V-necked red dresses many choices will appear if you are interested in a similar style for yourself. I like that this dress isn't a glaring red color but has some brown tones mixed with it. More of a clay red color which definitely reminds me of Fall. The gauze type material is 100% cotton and very lightweight and comfortable. 


I've been trying to eat healthy and I achieve my goal about 75-80% of the time. This is a recent vegetarian dish that I really enjoyed. It uses ingredients I have shared before; steamer bag of long grain rice and steamed broccoli sauteed together with mandarin oranges added in the end. It's a tasty dish and I really enjoy knowing that I am getting whole grains, veggies and fruit all in one dish. Although I am not a full-blown vegetarian I do choose to eat vegetarian dishes a lot. More and more I enjoy finding protein in foods other than meats. 


 So many things start up again in the Fall. School has already started for many although no longer for me. The Mr. and I keep plenty busy now in retirement. I can't help but think about teachers and school schedules in the Fall, however. It was such a part of my life for so long. My church's handbell choir will start rehearsing again in a week so that will also keep me busy as I continue to be their director. I really enjoy handbells and am looking forward to being back with these folks. There is also tutoring and other church work to keep me busy. And trips back to WV to help with ill family members. I look forward to seeing the leaves change colors and fall to the ground. This is such a pretty time of year and soon we'll be feeling the crisp coolness of Fall mornings! 

What are you doing or looking forward to as Fall arrives? I look forward to hearing all about it!

Until Next Time,
Debbie

Monday, August 29, 2022

How To Create An Early Fall Tiered Tray

 DIY Early Fall Vignettes


Hello friends! In only two days it will be September and I know that many of us are thinking of ways that we can change out some of our home decor to reflect an early Fall theme. 


I prefer not to go all out, just yet, with a lot of orange. To me, early Fall decor is more about finding ways to use Earth tones in unique ways. Think off-whites, browns, muted reds and light greens. 


I was so excited to find my double metal tiered tray at the Tractor Store over the summer and have been keeping my eye open for items that I think will work for decorating the tray. I was so pleased to find the decorated apple designs that you see on the tray when I was browsing recently at our local Re-Store/Habitat store. They were in a bag for only one dollar! I scooped them up right away thinking about using them on my tiered tray. I think they are so pretty and unique. I also found the wooden off-white pumpkin that same day. The round Fall sign is what I consider the "anchor piece" for this vignette. I always like to have something that anchors or pulls together the whole vignette. I found the sign at Walmart and it was very inexpensive. Walmart has a lot of Fall decor to offer these days at good prices. I was able to buy a net bag full of earth toned pumpkins, the big acorn and the leaves for a very low price. The plaid pumpkin came from there, as well. 


On the floor below where the tiered tray is displayed is this farmhouse style plant stand that I got at Hobby Lobby awhile back. I decided that these colorful wooden leaves would look good draped across the chair. I thrifted the wooden leaves years ago at Goodwill and have enjoyed using them each year in various displays. They may move to the front door a little later but, for now, I like them here on the chair. 



I know that hot weather is going to be with us for a long while yet and, believe me, I'm not wanting to rush headlong into colder weather! But, there is something exhilarating about changing seasonal decor in the home that gives me pleasure and makes me feel creative. I'll continue to add more Fall touches along the way as September continues and will be sure to share those touches with you, as well. 

How are you decorating for early Fall? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time,
Debbie



Saturday, August 27, 2022

Saturday Scriptures, Being Consistent or Not




God is not man, that he should lie,
    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
  Has he said, and will he not do it?
    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Number 23:19

Good Saturday morning friends. I hope you are well and happy this day. Today's scripture talks about consistency. God says He is going to do something and so He does. Isn't it wonderful that we serve a God we can trust? 

I, on the other hand, am human. And I have a hard time being consistent with many things. I promise myself that I'm going to not indulge in sweets. And then, I eat a cookie. 

I promise myself that I'm going to exercise more. And then I end up sitting around the house. Or doing other things other than exercise. 

I want to practice flute on a daily basis. But then, I let housework or other things get in the way and take my energy and then feel too tired for practicing. 

The list could go on and on. Being consistent, for me, has always been a challenge. I have good intentions but then......well, you know the old saying about having good intentions don't you? While it's a bit harsh, it serves as a reminder that having good intentions isn't enough. It's important to actually do what we say we are going to do. 

But, life isn't always so easy. Things happen. Physical tiredness happens. Family events happen. We can't always do what we say we are going to do. 

Which brings me to the point of this post/devotional. I have tried to be consistent this summer with posting Saturday Scriptures. But, I have recently failed pretty miserably. I have been back and forth to help family and have been too tired, traveling or simply forgot due to circumstances. Yep, that's an excuse, I know. But, that's life sometimes. 

So, as I go into the Fall, I will continue to blog. And to post devotionals. But, I can't promise that I will be consistent with any of it. Will the devotional type posts be on Saturdays? I can't promise that. They may occur on a weekday. And, I will post my other usual posts, as well, as I can. 

I'm so glad that God is consistent. I keep striving to be more consistent in my life too. But, I'm only human.

How about you?  Do you have issues with consistency like me?

Blessings and Peace,
Debbie

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Home Again

 


Hello friends! I'm back home again after spending two weeks in WV with my family. I couldn't agree more with the tile you see on the foyer table which states, "Home is where we love, rest, dream and nest." I especially like the "rest" part because that is what I feel I need to do a lot of for awhile. The last two weeks were pretty intense. As I have shared before, my oldest sister is not well, and her condition has worsened. She needs care that cannot be given at home so she agreed to the difficult decision to enter an assisted living facilty. In addition to overseeing the moving of furniture to her new apartment, I was involved in packing her clothing and decorating her new place. All hard work and I'm thankful that other family was there to support me and help with everything that had to be done. Moving someone you love to assisted living is a very emotional experience. There are many adjustments to make and that includes the whole family, not just the person moving there. On a personal level, I feel drained and tearful and concerned for what the future may bring. 

However....

This experience has gotten me to thinking about the concept of "home." And how the word "home" can have many different connotations. My sisters (I have four) always say that they hope I can "come home" soon to visit. And yet, I haven't lived in the WV home I grew up in for almost 40 years. Spending two weeks in that home that I grew up in was a bit strange this time, especially knowing that my oldest sister, the owner of the family home, was no longer going to be there. When I was in college and was going to go back to my dorm room I would say I was "going home." My husband and I have owned three different "homes" and we have lived happily in our current one for over 20 years. 

I guess the truth is that there are many different "homes" we can experience in life and as long as we can love, rest, dream and nest....as the tile says.....then we are home. 

I'm thankful to be back to my home with The Mr. and with Cassie and Garden. I missed them all very much on my two week journey to help out with family. My family is here.....my family is there.....my heart and my home are in more than one place. 

So I'll just keep loving...and resting....and dreaming....and nesting....and being grateful to be at home!

How about you? What is your concept of "home"?  Be sure to let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you!

My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
Isaiah 32:18

Until Next Time,
Debbie

Thursday, August 11, 2022

What Lies Behind A Smile

 


Hello friends. I took these pictures a few days ago on my sister's driveway in WV. When I took the pics, I was intending to share how to create an outfit using a basic piece like this sleeveless top with a shirt over it. 


I love this style shirt by ExOfficio and I just ordered this one in white from Poshmark. I already own a similar style in light blue and orange and wear them so often. I think this style top and shirt over a pair of favorite capris is just the classic summer look for me. I received many compliments on this outfit and enjoyed the comfort of wearing this style.


So yes, the original purpose of this post was to write about this classic summer style and to encourage you to look in your own closets for what you consider your own classic summer style. 

But then, I looked closely at my pictures. And at my smiling face. And how inside I feel like doing anything else but smiling. My oldest sister is very ill and my other sisters and I are doing our very best to help her. And I just don't know what the future holds. 

How often in this life do we present smiling faces to the world around us? And yet our hearts aren't smiling. It seems like our culture wants us to do this. To smile. No matter what. 

It's just like when we say, "Hello, how are you?" to people we meet and we don't really expect a response. I've often wondered what someone might do if I truly told them how I was feeling. 

Can you relate? 

And yes, prayers, prayers and more prayers for "S" and my family would be appreciated.

Until Next Time,
Debbie

Monday, August 8, 2022

Saturday Scriptures on Monday



Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
 

Collosians 3:12

Hello friends. You may have noticed that I missed Saturday's devotional post. I was traveling once again to help with my family and, to be honest, it slipped my mind. I did bring my computer with me on this trip, however, so Saturday Scriptures is coming to you on Monday. 

You know, as ladies, most of us like to go through several steps when we get dressed. We put on our clothes, add jewelry and other accessories, put on our makeup and check in the mirror throughout this process to make sure that everything looks just so. It's important to us that clothing ourselves with garments presents us to the world in the best possible light. 

But, the verse from Collosians reminds us that there is a more important way that we need to clothe ourselves. And that is with "spiritual clothing." Adding the important "accessories" of compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility and patience is very important in how we, as Christians, present ourselves to the world. 

For me, patience is always a challenging article of "spiritual clothing" for me to practice. I often fall short of showing enough patience to others and to myself. 

Which of these "accessories" challenges you the most? 

Blessings and Peace,
Debbie

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

My 7th Blog Anniversary

 My How Time Does Fly!


Hey friends!  I'm afraid I've let a few days go by without acknowledging and celebrating the 7th anniversary of my blog! So today I want to do just that. It is really, really hard for me to believe that seven years have passed since I first sat down and shakily pulled up Blogger to see if I could figure out how to even design a blog let alone write a post. You can see my first timid attempt here if you are interested. The post was short, sweet and to the point! If you have been a long time reader you will also notice how I have changed over the years. The picture collage above shows the very first picture I posted and the second, of course, is how I look today. Since I first posted on July 30, 2015 I have retired and learned to embrace the changes that come from retirement and adjusting to a new routine and schedule. I enjoy more freedom to choose how my days are shaped now than I did when I first started blogging. However, that doesn't mean that I have a lot of "empty" time. I have learned that "nature abhors a vacuum" and my time quickly has become filled with church work, spending time with The Mr. (who is also now retired), doing things around our home, musical endeavors, tutoring and traveling to see and help out with older members of my family. That especially has taken on new significance in the last few years. 

When I first started blogging, I tried to post at least three times per week. That has lessened over the years and now I post 1-2 times per week. Writing devotionals has been a mainstay of my blog since the beginning and I have returned to "Saturday Scriptures" for the summer months. I will decide when September comes whether I want to continue with this each Saturday. 

My posts are quite eclectic in my opinion. One may be about fashion the next may be about books, a tablescape or vignette, a devotional, or a mish-mash of all of the above! I guess that I write posts that I would enjoy reading. I enjoy learning about my favorite blogger's homes and pastimes and so I try to include all of that in my own posts! Even my two cats, Cassie and Garden, get in on the act when they "take over" the blog and write posts. They are creative little felines who like to share their adventures around the house as only they can share! 

I was looking back at my reader numbers from the start of the blog to now and, to be honest, they are rather discouraging. The numbers just aren't as big as they were at first. I attribute this to several factors. I think blogging as a whole has diminished and with the demise of blogs the readers have gone bye-bye as well. Instagram and Tik-Tok are the new "flavors of the month" and have taken the place of many blogs and I find that very sad. There also used to be lots of "link-parties" to link to and get new readers and those, too, have diminished and stopped. There are still link parties out there but I find that my interest in linking has also diminished. There are "rules" to join these parties which include reading and responding to other bloggers and sometimes I just don't have the time, energy or the interest in doing this. So, I plod along doing the best I can with my own little space in the blogosphere. I also made the mistake, which I truly regret, of reverting my blog back to blogspot for awhile and giving up my original domain name, Debbie This And That. In doing so, I lost a whole lot of readers that I never regained. Oh well. We live and learn, right?! The good news is that I have a wonderful group of faithful readers who join me in "styling life" and for that I am so very grateful!

Whenever a blog anniversary rolls around I always like to ask my readers to chime in with what they like to read/see on the blog and what I haven't included that would be of interest to them. So, here's your chance to let me know. Even if you read the blog and don't ever comment (I do that too with blogs I read) I would really appreciate a comment this time. It helps me to know that people do appreciate the time I put into blogging. I won't lie. It's been a challenge this past year to come up with ideas that I feel offer something "fresh." I mean, how many times do people want to read about what I put on my foyer table or how I set my table or what new dress I just got? I worry that my content is becoming boring or obsolete. I don't have new outfits to share each post. I made a definite decision long ago not to monetize my blog. I don't like reading blogs that have ads popping up while I am trying to read. It annoys me, so I don't want to do that to other people. I also don't invite or pay others to write posts for me. This blog is "all me" and that's the way I like it! I hope you do too. Thanks for giving your precious time to reading Debbie Styles Life. I truly appreciate YOU!

Until Next Time,
Debbie  (aka...Debbie This and That, Debbie Styles Life 😊)


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Saturday Scriptures: Make It Plain

 


"Tell me what to do, O Lord, and make it plain....."

(Portion of Psalm 27:11 Living Bible Translation)

Do you ever wish that when life decisions have to be made that answers could be sent very clearly? As a musician, when I sit down to play a piece of music I don't have to guess at the notes. They are right there clearly printed in front of me and all I have to do is to play them. Now granted, I may not play the notes perfectly or in tune but they are clearly in front of me to see. 

Not so with life, though. I oftentimes pray and pray for guidance regarding a situation and don't feel a clear answer one way or the other. And perhaps, that is the answer. My response could go either way. But oh how I long for a sign with flashing lights to appear in front of me saying, "DO THIS, DON'T DO THAT." 

Life can be extremely frustrating at times and full of questions. But we can know that God holds our hands and leads us through everything that is challenging and difficult. While I don't get flashing signs I do have the assurance of the following:

"And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans."

Romans 8:28  Living Bible 

Do you ever long for flashing signs in your life? 

Blessings and Peace,

Debbie


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Fun and Easy Tablescapes Using Tiered Trays, Anchor Pieces and Cute Salt Shakers

 Easy Table Vignettes


Hi everyone!  Today, I'm featuring three easy tablescapes or table vignettes that use items I already own along with a few new pieces. I love to decorate my little foyer table, the little side table in the dining room and the side table in our living room. I change the displays with the seasons, with holidays and when I take a fancy to do so! First up is the little table in our dining room. I have been wanting a tiered tray for a long time but have resisted buying one because they are so very expensive! I just couldn't see paying anywhere from $40-$70+ dollars for a tray. A couple weeks ago, The Mr. and I were browsing at the Tractor Supply Co. in Weaverville and I spied the tiered tray you see above. The trays are actually metal and have red and green stripes along the edges. I had not seen a metal tiered tray before and I kept going back to look at it. The store was having a 50% off clearance sale and I decided to bring this tiered tray home. Imagine my surprise when, at checkout, the price was more like 70% off and I scored my tiered tray for $10 dollars. Oh, how I love a bargain! I can't wait to decorate it for all the seasons but, for now, I am displaying a couple of favorite signs, some brass animals, a candle and two lovely angels. I smile each time I walk in the dining room and see this lovely tiered tray vignette!


This is the side table in our living room and you have seen various vignettes displayed here before. We bought the new bear and pine tree piece recently and we both just love it! The bear and pine trees are metal and sit on a wooden base. Bears and pine trees certainly fit our property and the overall effect carries the lodge look style we have in our home. I consider this an anchor piece that is an all-in-one vignette. Of course we have other items on the table, as well, but this piece could stand alone just fine. It reminded us both of pieces we had seen displayed in lodges we stayed at when traveling to the Rocky Mountains. 


And, finally, here is my whimsical beach vignette on the foyer table. This vignette features various lighthouses and the whimsy comes from the blue seahorse and crab salt shakers. I think they are so cute and I have used them in other vignettes before. Why not on the foyer table? The blue framed picture at the back was thrifted and although the painting on it is not a beach scene I thought the flower and butterfly went well with the other beach pieces. What do you think?

You know, the way we decorate in our homes reflects our style, interests, love of color and personalities. Our surroundings can provide warmth, joy and restfulness when we incorporate "ourselves" into the mix. My little table vignettes give me a lot of joy as I walk through our home and I look forward to changing them out on a regular basis to keep things fresh. 

How do you like to decorate in your home? Hope you'll share in the comments!

Until Next Time,
Debbie

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Saturday Scriptures: Cups of Water

Public Domain Image


And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.
Matthew 10:42 NIV

It doesn't seem like much does it?  A cup of cold water?  It takes very little effort to pour from a faucet or pitcher.  There is no mixing, no special ingredients to add.  Just a glass and some water.  That's it.  And yet to someone who thirsts, a cup of water, especially if it is cold water, can mean a great deal. 

Some days, I feel like I do so very little to serve the Lord. To further His kingdom. To offer hope or help of any kind to someone else. It seems like my energy level or my ability or even my motivation just isn't there. Or it seems as if the task of something that needs to be done is too big a load for me to carry or to do. 

And then, I think of that glass of water......

It seems like such a small thing, giving a glass of water to someone. 

But, it is something I can do. 

And it means I care and am trying. 

In her book, "Do What You Have The Power To Do" Helen Bruch Pearson tells the stories of six women in the Bible who did just that. They did what they were able to do at the right times. And what a difference it made to those in need!

If you are like me, you may long to be one of "those people" whose energy never seems to lag, who are always johnny-on-the-spot with the right words, the right help, the perfectly in control attitude, the strongest faith, etc, etc, etc. 

I seem to fail miserably at being one of "those people". 

And then...I think of the cup of cold water that Jesus talks about in Matthew. 

And I think about the times in my own life when someone offered me a cup. And while the person who gave it to me may have thought that they were not offering much at all.........they really were offering me a lot. That water was just what I needed. And they had the power, in that moment, to offer it.

When have you offered cups of cold water to others in the name of Jesus? When has a cup been offered to you? 

May you feel the love of Jesus in your life today and always. And thank you to those who joined in with the "Take 5" this past week. Remembering to be thankful and have gratitude each day this week has meant a lot to me in my own personal life!

Blessings and Peace,
Debbie



Thursday, July 21, 2022

Staycation Day in Asheville

 Enjoying An Adventure Day in Asheville


Hello everyone!  Here I go again, running blog posts close together.  I love it when days just "happen" without planning like today's did. The Mr. and I started out to have lunch and ended up enjoying a "staycation" afternoon right here in our own Asheville! 


We ended up going to the River Arts District and going into The Marquee which contained all sorts of "stuff" from beautiful art and unique crafts to photography and antiques and the items went on and on.


This place was huge and went on forever it seemed! It even had a bar at the back with room for sitting and visiting. 


We saw lots of things that attracted our attention. I'll just let the pictures do the talking for a bit.





Wanted to be sure to get the pics of these mini quilts for my friend, Sharon, to see!


There is so much to see here that we just drove around to see what other studios were in the complex and walked around outside for a bit. 


And as a fun aside, The Mr. caught this lizard running across the bricks to snap up a bug just as quick as a wink. No loitering allowed with this guy (or gal?) around!!


We drove further down the River Arts District to another favorite store called "Second Gear" that sells used and some new hiking/outdoor clothes. They also do consignment. They have a gelato store at the back and of course on this very hot summer's day a little gelato was calling my name! We had already tucked in before I remembered to ask The Mr. to take a picture. Suffice it to say that this was a little bit of heaven in a cup!! It was such a fun afternoon! I had been moaning to The Mr. that I wanted to do something fun and after this afternoon's adventure I told him that I felt like we had been on a staycation in Asheville!

Have you been having a little hometown fun lately? Be sure to let me know in the comments. Or let me know anything else. I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,
Debbie

Friday, July 15, 2022

Saturday Scriptures Take 5 For Gratitude

 


Today's post is all about Gratitude. I don't know about you, but I have so much to be thankful for even on days when I think absolutely everything is going wrong! Finding Gratitude and thanking God for our blessings is so very important as the scripture on the photo collage from I Chronicles 16:34 reminds us.

Today, I would like to "take 5" and practice Gratitude by naming 5 things for which I am thankful. In fact, I would like to practice this habit each day of the coming week. Would you like to join me in developing this habit?

Each day of the coming week be sure to "take 5" and some point in the day and thank the Lord for at least 5 things for which you are thankful. I'm going to practice this habit, too!

Developing a sense of Gratitude, even in the midst of troubles, can be a great way to remember our blessings!

Peace and Blessings,
Debbie



Thursday, July 14, 2022

Blue Paisley Dress To Keep or Not To Keep

 To Keep Or Not To Keep Help Me Decide

Hi friends!  Today, I need you to help me decide whether or not I should keep this pretty paisley dress. I have owned this dress for well over a year and just haven't really worn it. Not sure why. I saw it hanging in the closet and decided to try it on again today and I am still not sure if it is a keeper or not. So, blog readers to the rescue, right?!



I thrifted this dress from Thred-Up when I was looking for some pretty summer dresses. I love paisley and the blue and pink pattern are colors I love!



I wonder, though, if the dress is a little too big on me at the top. It's one of those times when I feel like I need to try it on and say, "What do you think?" to someone. The Mr. would say, "You look fine." I need another woman's opinion. 

So tell me...should I keep this dress or send it on its way? What do you think? And, yes, my posts will be back-to-back this week. I just couldn't get a post ready at the beginning of the week, so enjoy this post and then look ahead to Saturday Scriptures coming right after! By the way, this dress brand is Croft&Barrow. 

Until Next Time,

Debbie



Saturday, July 9, 2022

Saturday Scriptures:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Jeremiah 29:11


May each of you feel the light of God's blessings this day and always, as we remember that God offers us hope and good plans for our future!

Blessings,

Debbie

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

A Few Things

 A Little Bit of This and That


Hi everyone! Today's post is just a little bit of this and that. Random photos from the last few days. Hope you enjoy! First off, are some beautiful flowers I brought home a couple of days ago. Yellow is such a bright, cheerful color and the arrangement is so pretty on the small table in the dining room. 


The summer just seems to be flying by and I can't believe that the 4th of July has passed. I dressed in a navy blue dress with a colorful neck kerchief boasting red, white and blue for the holiday. It was a festive look and also cool enough for a hot summer's day.


On the evening of the 4th I attended a patriotic concert held at a venue in Black Mountain, NC. The Mr. plays in this band and the concert was fabulous!


Here are all of the trumpet players standing for their solo part in, "The Stars and Stripes Forever."  The Mr. is standing second from the left. 


And here I am with my sweet friend, Libby, who was attending to watch her husband play in the band. We always enjoy catching up at these concerts!


And this isn't the greatest picture, but this is a dress that I have been wearing on repeat this summer. I really need to devote a whole blog post to this dress because it is so comfortable! Made of a soft tee shirt like fabric this dress came from Amazon and is available in different colors and patterns. I will try to do a blog post on this dress soon. 


And, finally, here is a veggie board I created recently. Can you call this a charcuterie board? I tried to be creative in placing the veggies and I loved how the cut end of the celery stalk looks like a flower! I really enjoy having fun in the kitchen and this is one way I do it. Someone once said we eat first with our eyes. This board was a feast for the eyes!

How are you being creative in styling your life right now? Hope you will let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time,
Debbie




Friday, July 1, 2022

Saturday Scriptures: Trusting in God

 

backyard waterfall

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 

Isaiah 12:2  KJV

While having devotions this past week, I read this verse and it stood out to me. Does that happen to you as you read scriptures? Oftentimes, a scripture just seems to fit the circumstances that are happening in life. I don't believe these things happen by "coincidence" but are rather God speaking through scripture. 

Trusting in God, and not being afraid, can be challenging. I'm a natural worrier by nature (unfortunately) and I tend to ruminate about problems and how they are going to work out or be solved. While I'm not proud of this, I have been this way since childhood so it seems to be a part of my nature. While I take worries "to the Lord in prayer", as the hymn goes, I also tend to take them back sometimes! Being reminded of God's steadfastness through scriptures like this one from Isaiah, helps me to feel better. 

Luckily, I have good company with other "worriers" in scripture who were used by God. In Exodus Chapter 33, Moses was speaking with God in the "Tent of Meeting" outside the Israelite's camp and was concerned that he (Moses) didn't know God's full plan for who God was going to send with him as he led the people forward. Moses was doing a little bit of complaining to God about why, if God knew Moses by name, He had not let him know more and the plans. God's answer to Moses was incredibly simple and as follows:

"And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest."

Isaiah 33:14

Isn't that wonderful to know? The answer for Moses, and for us, is simply that God's presence goes with us and gives us rest. If only my worrisome attitude could remember these words and rely on them more! I also love how "The Message" version interprets Isaiah 33:14. That version says, "My presence will go with you. I'll see the journey to the end." 

Friends, the simple truth is that we are never alone in life's worries. God's presence is ALWAYS with us. Even if you're like me and want to take the worries back sometimes. God has our backs. He gives us rest. And, most of all, He sees us through to the end of our journey....and beyond!

What a blessing it is to have the Lord in our lives!

Blessings and Peace,

Debbie


Monday, June 27, 2022

Pink Paper Bag Skirt and An Explanation

 Skirting The Issue

paperbag skirt

Hi friends!  If you've been missing me for awhile (and I hope you have) it's been because I have been out of town for about nine days helping to care for my oldest sister who has been very ill. She is now stable and in a rehab facility for now and The Mr. came and got me and brought me back home as I have come down with a bug myself and have not been feeling well. I hope that being home in my own surroundings will help me to feel much better soon. In the meantime, I want to share a bit of styling for you with photos I took before I was abruptly called out of town. 


I've been trying some new-to-me styles this summer as you saw in my last post about my olive green dress. The paper bag waist style is one I wasn't certain I would like. However, when I saw this pretty pink skirt at Target I tried it on and decided to give it a try and I must say I am enjoying it very much. The waist has a drawstring tie so I can cinch the waist as much or as little as I want for comfort. The skirt length is perfect for me and the material has a bit of stretch to it which I like. So, overall I'm a happy camper with this purchase. 



My mauve Sketcher Mary Jane style shoes work well with the skirt and I like the white jean jacket with the look as well. This paperbag skirt is available online in small and extra small in green if that color and size would suit you. And maybe there are still some in stores available. I found mine in March or April I believe. I'm not receiving any compensation for this post. I just like the skirt!

I'm sorry to have missed not only style posting these last nine days but also I missed posting two Saturday Scriptures. When I found out my sister was hospitalized we just threw things in the car and left the following morning and I didn't take my computer. I plan to be back for this Saturday's devotional post. Family is more important than the blog. I did miss all of you, however, and hope that each of you are well. Prayers for "S" would be appreciated!

Until Next Time,
Debbie