Saturday, May 2, 2015

Stripes and Lives


    Hello and happy Saturday to you all! I hope that you find enjoyment and rest some time this  weekend. Sit back a moment and relax while you read this post.



  This is the second styling of my new maxi skirt. After finding some inspiration online, I decided to tuck my loose-fitting white t-shirt in the waistband. I added a braided belt and a darling striped scarf, which added the style factor. My trusty, needing-to-be-replaced flats finished off the outfit and had me ready to enjoy time with friends at a birthday party. :)

Outfit Details: Shirt ~ ?; Scarf ~ Thrifted; Skirt ~ Kohl's; Belt~Thrifted; Flats ~?



   Lately, I've been pondering the significance of people whose lives God has seen fit to weave into my own. The relationships I've had, whether of mere acquaintance, long-time friendship, or something in between, are easy to take for granted, as if they came at random. However, times come that give me pause to wonder why people have been part of my life and how they have changed it.
 
  A falling out, a fading away, a loss, or a turn of events can make me wonder why people have come into my life in the first place. Then again, there are times of deep joy that come from relationships that mean a great deal to me. Both pain and joy have a place in my life, and the people involved in them have a place as well.

    Because I believe in a God who has sovereignty over the story my life, I believe that He also has a purpose for the people who make up my life's events. They may be there to encourage me with their friendship and fellowship. They may be there to teach me a truth through something that hurts. They may be there to convict me, and they may be there to love me during hard times. I don't always know why at the time, but the Lord does.
 
   If people come into my life for a reason, it follows that I have a purpose in others' journeys as well. Mordecai said to his cousin Esther,"Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14). While I cannot say that I have been the instrument of saving an entire people group, I certainly have potential. And so do you.
 
   As Christians, we can influence the lost as a witness of the Lord. Within the church, we have the ability to encourage our brothers and sisters in some way. Because God has the plans, we don't have to know exactly what significance we have in someone's story. We are simply called to love and point others to Christ. We may never see just how much influence our lives have, but can be sure that our loving Father knows all. Be encouraged in this, and in knowing that you may be where you are "for such a time as this."


And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25

16 comments:

  1. I think it's safe to say you love your new maxi skirt! ;D Also, good words. It's something we need to be reminded of. Thanks for that :)

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    1. Probably safe to say. ;)
      Thank you! Glad you liked it. :)

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  2. Good insight!

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  3. Amanda B is going to have to identify herself because it isn't me. :)

    Amanda Beard

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  4. Love how your skirt and scarf match!

    Thanks for the encouraging thoughts. They make me think of a quote from The Invention of Hugo Cabret that runs something like this: "The world is like a big clock. Everyone has a purpose and there are no extra pieces."
    Also a sobering thought that we have an impact on other's lives just like they do on ours. Thanks for it!

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    1. Thanks Kelpie! Me too. ^_^
      Hey, I'm glad you were encouraged. :) True words, that quote!

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  5. Love how you used your maxi skirt this time! :) :)
    Thanks for the encouraging post. God has a plan for all of us, he will never ever forget about us either! :)

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    1. Thank you Rosalyn! :)
      You are welcome. So true! :)

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  6. Cute look and deep thoughts!
    -Margaret
    http://happyinheels.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Margaret! :) Thanks for "dropping by".

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  7. Great message and wonderful photos! I have enjoyed this post a lot! :)
    Love your blog!

    Allie
    chroniclesofallie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Allie! :) I'm glad you enjoy the blog!

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  8. Nice outfit, Paige! I especially like the first photo.

    Good and thought-provoking message. I've tried my best in relationships with others to treat everyone kindly, but I can't say I'm without regrets. I just pray I've done more good than harm. I always try to do what seems right at the time, but sometimes I look back and wonder. Retrospect can be wiser! I can just pray, Lord help me! Because I know I sure do need Him. He sees the past, present, and future.

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    1. Thank you my friend. :)
      I'm glad you enjoyed the message. Mm, I think we all have regrets to some degree! And yes, true words - we need the Lord!

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