Lydia & Outfit: White Skirt, Pink Polka Dots & Classy Country Apron

Today I am sharing outfit pictures of my little sister Lydia … but she is not very little anymore!  For the last few days, she keeps talking about almost being taller than me and she is right!  I did not want to admit it but the mirror is showing me that it won’t be long at all!

It is so amazing how quickly time flies by.  Just the other night I was looking at some old pictures with Hannah, and Lydia was an adorable little baby!  Now she is a beautiful young lady!  Friends, time is fleeting … enjoy each moment with the loved ones around you!

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Police Officers, Hatred, & People Created In His Image

Police Officers, Hatred, & People Created In His Image

The news channels were reporting a shooting in Dallas resulting in five police officers killed and seven wounded, along with two civilians.

My father had taken Abigail, Samuel and I on a quick trip to Florida to deliver a dog to the airport in Miami for a previous customer.  We were having a lovely trip and had just finished a wonderful afternoon at the beach hanging out with friends.  And then my blood ran cold by the news that met my eyes.

I laid there in my bed late that night … and the word “why” kept running through my head.  Those police officers were doing their job …. PROTECTING people.  Why were their lives taken in such a brutal, heartless attack?

The attack was planned for revenge because a white police officer shot a black man.  I have heard over and over again …. “Black lives matter!”  You know what … I completely agree!  Black lives do matter … I love black people!  But 2 Corinthians 5:16 says,

… henceforth know we no man after the flesh:

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Aliyah’s Aprons Summer Sale!

There is a sale going on right now at Aliyah’s Aprons … everything is 30% off with the code: SUMMERSALE2016!  The sale started today and ends next Thursday (August 25th), so be sure to pop over and check them out before then!

Aliyah's Aprons Summer Sale!

Here are a few of my favorite aprons that are in stock right now … Read more

Summer Days And Polka Dots – A Modest Outfit Post

Hello Ladies!

I hope this finds you all doing fantastic!  If not, then just know that you are loved and cared for by a Mighty God who never falls asleep on the throne … He has got it all under control!  So don’t lose heart; stand steadfast in Him and keep fighting for the glorious victory is ahead!

Hannah had asked for me to get outfit pictures yesterday, so as I scanned my wardrobe (that isn’t very big), I grabbed the outfit below, since I knew it hadn’t been featured on RF yet.  Later I realized that I’d picked a green blouse, which made me laugh in light of the post I’d shared two weeks ago about Ruthie’s outfit!

Anyway … I do have to apologize for the bad lighting … I am not a photographer, so I don’t understand the whole lighting thing!  We got outside after the sun sunk below the hill (it’s cooler that way!) and Abigail told me the lighting wasn’t the best … but I felt sure it would be okay!  Well, she was right!  The pictures are okay, but the lighting is not 100% accurate … mainly with my blouse … in real life it is a deeper, brighter, fresh green color.

When I saw this blouse at the store, I wondered whether I should get it because I don’t normally wear green (I think I only have one other green shirt)!  I liked the green & white polka dots though, so I decided to try it and only paid a dollar or two for it (it’s hard to turn down a new outfit experiment for such a cheap price!).  Abigail gave me this skirt awhile back and it is so comfy!  It is my “go-to” denim skirt … so durable and yet stylish.  I think she got it at the thrift store for a couple dollars.Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

My sandals are Clarks … I got them off Amazon two years ago.  They cost $50 (including shipping), but I got them for $40 because I used two $5 dollar Swagbucks Amazon cards!  I love these sandals, they are so comfortable and SO lightweight.  I wore them throughout our remodeling and moving experience last year, and they are still in GREAT condition!  Sadly, Amazon does not have this particular design for sale any more, but here are two other listings that are the same style: Leisa Daisy Sandals and Leisa Apple SandalsIf you need a pair of durable, but classy and comfortable sandals that will last you years … I highly recommend these!Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

I am still not sure if green is my color so I enjoy pairing it with this fruity burnt berry color … but Lydia strongly objects that these colors don’t go together :/  Oh well, you can’t please everyone, right?! 😉  Seriously, this blouse has become one of my regular casual, run-to-town tops!Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

My headcovering came from Hannah’s Headcoverings.  Sadly this color is no longer in stock … and I’ll admit, it’s my fault … I bought the last two because I LOVED the color so much!  We’ll have to see if we can get some more next time we’re in Israel!Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

Lately I have been braiding my hair and putting it up with Lilla Rose U-pins.  These particular ones are the Tiara style.  I had tried u-pins a couple years ago, but the pair we had were too big, so I never tried them again.  Recently though, I decided to try them again because we had a smaller pair!  I loved them!   But, I will have to say, I have not yet mastered the technique of putting them in correctly all the time … sometimes it takes a couple tries before I’m satisfied and they feel comfortable.  But hey, they are worth the couple tries!  They hold my bun in snugly and comfortably.Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

So, I personally go in spurts … sometimes I like wearing earrings everyday or pretty often, and other times, I will go weeks or months without wearing any!  That is kinda how it has been lately, but yesterday I felt like wearing some so I pulled these out of my jewelry box – I have had them for years!  I bought them from HFE Jewelry on Etsy.Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

Well, that is all for now!  I hope you have enjoyed.  Have a blessed weekend.

Simple Kosher Dill Pickles Recipe

Our whole family loves pickles and kosher dills are by far the family favorite!

Simple Kosher Dill Pickles Recipe

Mama made them years ago when we lived in western Tennessee.  There were lots of former-Amish/Mennonites in the area who were wonderful neighbors.   We loved buying fresh eggs, milk and lots of veggies from them … not to mention living in a safe environment.

Then in 2005, we moved away.  Since then, we have made very few pickles … we just did not have access to many cucumbers 🙁

This year is different!  Mama came across an Amish community about 15 minutes away.  HURRAY for fresh produce again!!! Read more

A Denim Skirt, A Tunic And A Furry Friend – Modest Outfit Post

It’s that time again … another modest outfit post!

A Denim Skirt, A Tunic And A Furry Friend - Modest Outfit Post

Today I’m featuring a very important furry friend of mine – my black Labrador puppy Annabelle!  I’ve been working on photography for all our dogs so that we can update our very outdated dog website.  Since she needed her pictures, and Hannah’s been reminding me to get some outfit pictures for a long time, it just made sense to get my pics with her and then work with her afterwards!  Isn’t she a cutie???

A Denim Skirt, A Tunic And A Furry Friend - Modest Outfit Post

The colors I’m wearing in these pictures might not be what you’d expect to see someone wearing in late July but the truth is, the weather and seasons affect my clothing choices very little!  I have a habit of wearing bright colors in wintertime and duller ones during summer … I don’t plan it that way, but I always seem to be a little behind or ahead of the season! 🙂 Read more

Deborah – A Feminist Warrior Or A Mother?

If there is one Biblical character whose life could be used to support the flawed theory of feminism, it would have to be Deborah.  Most people view her as some sort of superwoman!  The popular opinion is that she was a prophetess who ruled Israel, leading them into battle and winning a victory over their enemies.  On the surface, it would seem that one can use her actions to advocate the idea that women can pursue careers and hold public office.  If we dig a little deeper into the story, we find a different perspective.

Deborah - A Feminist Warrior Or A Mother?

The first rule in discovering Scriptural truths is to allow Scripture to define itself.  We serve a God of order; He is not an author of confusion and He does not contradict Himself.  If we find principles in Scripture that would seem to contradict other principles in Scripture, we need to rethink the way that we are interpreting those principles!

So what about Deborah?  Was she a military commander?  A ruler in Israel?  A prophetess?  A judge?  A career woman?

Does the story of Deborah, Barak and Jael support the theory of feminism, or of Godly womanhood as described in passages such as Proverbs 31 and Titus 2?

My personal belief is that Deborah was a Godly woman and her life did not contradict the Biblical standards of a woman’s role.

There are several reasons that I believe this; one of the main ones being that Deborah is described as a “mother in Israel” – Judges 5:7.  Deborah did not rule Israel.  The Scriptures say that she judged Israel, which is a totally different word than ruled.  To rule, means to have dominion or authority.  This would be contrary to 1 Timothy 2:12 where women are instructed not to have authority (exercise dominion) over men.

Isaiah 3:12 indicates that women ruling over the nation are part of the consequences that take place when a nation is rebellious and being punished.  It’s not a good thing – it’s a bad thing!  Deborah’s position was that of mother, instructing the nation in righteousness … not ruling over them in a position of authority.

The Scriptural record implies that Deborah was a keeper of her home.  We read in Judges 4:5 “she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.”

Interestingly enough, this is the only time in the accounts of numerous different judges that the record specifies “and the children of Israel came up to him/her for judgment”.  It seems to indicate emphasis on the fact that she was at her home and the people came to her.

Was Deborah a military commander?  I think that we often have this idea of Deborah strapping on armor, grabbing a sword and leading all the men into battle!  Is this an accurate representation of her actions?

In the recorded conversation between Deborah and Barak concerning the upcoming battle with the Canaanites, she informed him of YHWH’s instructions for attacking their enemies.  He was to take ten thousand men of the tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali and meet Sisera’s army at the river Kishon … and YHWH would deliver them into his hand.  Barak was fearful and refused to go unless she accompanied him.  He told her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” – Judges 4:8.

Deborah’s response was a key to understanding this Biblical account from a proper viewpoint and not through the lens of feminist agenda.  She told Barak, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for YHWH will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.”

We read on and see that Deborah accompanied Barak and the army to Mount Tabor and Barak led the men against their enemies.  There is nothing in the account that would indicate Deborah even went into battle.  The Canaanite army was destroyed and Sisera, the captain, fled.  He found refuge in the tent of a woman named Jael.  She invited him in, gave him milk to drink and a place to rest.  He fell asleep, certain that he was in a safe place.  While he slept, Jael brought a hammer and tent peg … driving it through his temple and killing him.

Deborah - A Feminist Warrior Or A Mother?

Here we have a heroine who gained glory and honor, while in her home!  She could not have been available to play the role that she did, had she not been at home.  The Scriptural account of Deborah and Jael supports the idea that a woman should be at home, as much if not more than any other account in the Bible

In Jael’s case, we see that if she had not been at home, she could not have performed the glorious action of ridding Israel of its archenemy.  Yet this does not mean that a woman can never leave her home, as we see that Deborah’s presence was temporarily required away from it.

Godly womanhood does not have an exact formula that is the same for everyone … it is about using wisdom and discernment, listening to the voice of the heavenly Father and following the pattern that is laid out in His Word.  This story of Deborah and Jael emphasizes the importance of a Godly woman’s role, presenting a beautiful example of two women who were used to impact a nation, while their focuses were centered on their homes.