Sunday, September 29, 2013

New to Me Vintage Hat

Hi Everyone!

 Today I wore a favorite dress of mine I made a little while ago from Jennie Chancey's Swing dress pattern. Click here to see Jennie's pattern company and click here to see my posts about the process of sewing the dress.

 I hope your Lord's Day was refreshing spiritually as well as physically. For me it was so exciting to see Gods people studying God's Word and talking about the great God we serve together. It was also nice to just sit at home and read a few good books, write a blog post for a guest post on another blog, dream, pray, and spend time with my family.

 A big thank you to Mrs. Van Tuyl who gave me this lovely little black hat. The hat was originally Mrs. Vvan Tuyl's mothers hat. I imagine her wearing this litle velvet beauty to church or to a funeral or a dinner party or another special occasion of sorts. For me church is definitely a special occasion so I decided to sport this little beauty today.

 I am not sure what era it is from, but it is vintage. Mrs. Van Tuyl guessed it was from the 1930s, 40s, or 50s. I would guess from the shape and style of the hat that it is from the 1950s. Let me know if any of you have a guess too! Or do any of you know how to date hats well?

 I love to wear my pearls my mother gave me when she came back from a trip to Canada. They are real pearls, but they are the type that are naturally shaped. So they are not perfect little round balls, but in their natural textured form. My dress is made out of fabric I bought on the red tag sale table from Joann Fabrics years ago when I made the dress of course. I thought it definitely had the 1940s vibe. I believe its a rayon/polyester blend.
 And if any of you are wondering about my hair all I did was one pony tail on each side, sort of rolled backward and then each pony tail on either side of my head in twisted into a bun of sorts. Let me know if any of you would like to see a tutorial in the future. I could definitely do a video. I just played around with my hair a lot this year of 2013 and figured out a style that looks good and stays well for my curly hair type. Are there any other naturally curly gals out there? Let me know in the comments if any of you curly headed or not have tried to replicate vintage hair styles? I am definitely curious.

Love In Christ,

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Still, My Soul, Be Still

 Hi ladies!

 I wanted to record myself for all my readers and friends near and far. Glory to God! I pray the song blesses you.

In Christ with love,

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

God Is Good All The Time

Hey ladies and gents,

The Lord just inspired me and told me I need to say what He has been doing in my life. Even when I can't see Him working God is still good. 

My 2010 graduation with other friends graduating the same time.
Back in 2010 when I graduated from High School I never thought I would be where I am at. I was worried about the future and anxious all the time. 

 I remember worrying anytime I would go out the door of my own home. I would always think of all the things that could go wrong or just might by chance happened. I was an anxious, worried person and very vocal about that with my words. I also was very negative and pessimistic about everything.

2009, My sister Bethany and I at the art museum.

 God by His amazing, seriously His amazing, amazing grace has shown me in this new year of 2013 I don't have to worry. God has got my back as a friend has always told me. 

2012 with friends a local garden.

  So I want to impress and implore you ladies to not worry about the future! Do not worry! I was enslaved to worry and anxiety and pessimism. It ran my life and therefore I was a very negative and un-joyful person. So please repent of your negativity and be joyful, because Christ for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross! WOW! Did you catch that, for the JOY that was set before He ENDURED the cross. It hit me this year that Jesus joyfully submitted to the Father God by dying on our behalf! So God has been teaching me to kill the god of negativity, the god of anxiety, and the god of worry that was definitely competing with Christs Lordship in my life. 
 In 2012, I was much happier, but still worried about every little thing. Now I have experienced freedom in Christ knowing I do not have to be enslaved to fear anymore. I am a servant of Jesus, not a slave to sin. I always was a servant of Christ ever since He saved me at age 7, but I was struggling with the sin of worry so much. I still do struggle with worry each day, but now I am just so much more joyful because I know God holds my life and each circumstance, each thing I come across to do in His hands. Worry does not have to be my life, Jesus is.

 I am not perfect everyone! I have not figured it all out. I cannot do anything, not even blinking my eyes or walking around without God helping me. So daily I am trying to live with Jesus, beside Jesus, for Jesus.Its tough so many times, so many moments are wasted, so many moments are painful emotionally, spiritually, or mentally. But I know God is God and as it says in Exodus 14:14, " The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still!" 

  God will continually fight for us ladies! He is never gonna lose! Jesus Christ has the victory over sin and death. You cannot conquer those sins areas that are tough for you to overcome alone. Jesus Christ has already conquered them, you just gotta let Him conquer them each second, each moment, and each day of your life.

  I decided to take a swing dancing class and go dancing more often this year of 2013. Its something I had always wanted to do, but I was so much of a worrier I had never tried it on my own before. Now I have taken two lindy hop classes and love it. But my confidence is not in my body, my mind, or my image. My confidence is in Jesus Christ the Lord of the universe. In Him alone I give the glory.

 Seriously ladies, Jesus has changed my life and he continues to do so! My prayer is that He would do the same daily in each of your lives as well. God is real, even when you can't hear Him speak through His WORD clearly to you about something you struggle with or you doubt His goodness or sovereign plan for your life. He is still God, He is the same yesterday, today, and for the rest of our lives. Isn't that amazing? He is never gonna change, even when our emotions do. He is always going to be steadfast in Love, Justice, being faithful, and being the Truth.

Besides reading the Bible, two books that have changed my way of thinking about life are A Woman's Wisdom:How the Book of Proverbs Speaks To Everything by Lydia Brownback and Overcoming, Fear, and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick.

 Do any of you struggle with worry, fear of man or the future, or anxiety? Its ok if you do because I think everyone does to some extent. God just happened to show me that I don't need to worry anymore because He has got my back always and He has your back too ladies.

In Christ with love,

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Unstoppable The Movie and Delight Blog

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to tell you all about a new movie that is hitting theaters September 24th and that is pretty soon, so get your tickets if there is a theater in your state within a reasonable distance. You will not be sorry! My family and I have all been encouraged by Kirk Cameron's other film called Monumental. Unstoppable is the answer/sequel to Monumental. But from what I hear it can also stand on its own, so don't let the fact you have not seen Monumental stop you. 

I also have some blog post ideas that are Lord willing going to be taking shape this month and hopefully be posted by the end of the month or early October. So be on the look out for those. In the mean time do hop over to this blog that I will be doing a guest post series about music for. 

Blessings! Rebecca Ann