Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Austen Inspired // What do YOU follow?


   Hello all! I'm going to make the first part of this post to the point, because I wrote something rather long below. So, please scroll down to see this week's outfit. :)



 In a nutshell, this outfit is reminiscent of the time of Jane Austen, though it is definitely not a Regency costume (see it styled more as a costume here). The dress, which has always reminded me of the era, was handed down to me by my Mom. It was the base for last Sunday's "best". The rest of the outfit elegantly fell into place, and it's finally something that isn't blue! ;)

Outfit Details: Dress ~ From Mom; Cami ~ K-Mart; Cardigan ~ Gift; Shoes ~ Target; Necklace ~ Gift; Hairband ~ Gift


  We live in an age in which a man can say that he's a woman and be applauded for his courage when he decides to physically transform. A boy can can be told that he looks sharp in feminine skirts and a woman can be encouraged in her romantic relationship with another woman. Human beings can be killed in incomprehensible numbers before they are even born. And the world thinks that it has "advanced".

   The truth is, the world is crumbling on all sides. It's going further and further downhill. Into what? It crumbles into the last days of plagues, death, war, and judgement. I don't pretend to know when that will happen, but I do know that it will, and it is apparent that the 21st century resembles the "perilous times" described in I Timothy 3:1-4.
 
   But I'm quoting from an ancient book now, aren't I? Today I want to encourage you to read that ancient book. If you believe one part of it, believe all of it. And if you believe it, obey it. Have you not yet trusted in Christ for salvation? The Bible will tell you how. Have you trusted in Christ? The Bible now forms your worldview. Ancient the book may be, but it is the word of the God who has always been and always will be.

   And yet, Christians today have mixed the Bible with worldly philosophies. What they say and do often looks just like the rest of society. Even those who could be called "conservative" Christians seem to have let the opinions of the world sway their own opinions. This isn't to say that it's bad to use the brain God gave us to study and learn, but when the Bible says something is black and white, who are we to make it gray?

  Christian friends, don't buy the into world. Instead, sell out the world for the word of God. The world is headed for ruin, but the words of the Lord last forever (Matthew 24:25). Following the world will only lead to an empty heart, hurt your witness for Christ, and bring you pleasure that lasts but a moment. Following God's word will bring you joy in the Lord, cause you stand out for Christ, and store up for you eternal treasure in Heaven. Instead of being disappointed by all you invested in the passing world, may you someday hear "Well done, good and faithful servant."


    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
                              For this is man’s all.                                                               
Ecclesiastes 12:14
 

22 comments:

  1. The link to your other costume isn't working. :) Otherwise, lovely post! So true what you said.

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    1. Thanks so much for pointing that out Bonnie - I forgot to put the link in! It's up now. :)
      I'm glad you enjoyed this post!

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  2. Amen and amen! Excellent post, Paige! I agree completely; thanks so much for sharing! And very nice outfit!

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    1. Thank you Bethany! I'm glad to know there are other like-minded gals out there. :) Thanks!

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  3. This is sooooooooooo good Paige! I love you Austen dress as well as that super inspiring post. I too look everywhere and realize how downhill things are going. Thank you for encouragement to stay in His word.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! You are very welcome for the encouragement. :)

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  4. What a cool outfit! I have always wished we could bring more of the Jane Austen style back. Also thanks for those words. :)

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    1. Thanks Allison! Yes, it's so feminine and delicate. You're welcome!

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  5. Oh...well said, Paige! Thank you for standing up for what is right and true - it is a JOY seeing a young woman take a stand for Christ, and I praise God for your example! Thank you for writing this - may it encourage many!
    Yesterday I read this from my beautiful devotional by Nancy Leigh DeMoss...
    ''There are no harmless lies. We cannot expose ourselves to the world's false, deceptive ways of thinking and expect to come out unscathed. Eve's first mistake was not eating the fruit; her first mistake was listening to the serpant and considering his worldview as a valid option. Mindlessly absorbing counsel or reasoning that is contrary to the truth will lead us to develop wrong beliefs that eventually place us in bondage and erect barriers in our fellowship with God.''
    I thought this was very, very true and wanted to share it with you...

    Oh, and I simply adore your outfit and the way you did your hair! Dear friend, you are a sweet inspiration:)
    Blessings and love in Christ!
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. So happy that you were encouraged by this Kelly-Anne! :) It's also encouraging to know that others feel the same way. Thank you for sharing that quote - it's a good one indeed.
      Thanks! :)

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  6. Well said dear!
    -Margaret
    http://happyinheels.blogspot.com/

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  7. Cute outfit! :) And lovely picture of the flower.
    I became a Christian when I was 6 years old. :)

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    1. Thank you Rosalyn! :) We have a beautiful flower garden just a couple miles from where we live and it's fun to take pictures there.
      Wonderful! :D I was also young.

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  8. Excellent post! Very well stated!!
    Your dress looks beautiful and looking at the other link, so versatile too! I love dresses that can be worn in such different ways that it's almost like owning two totally different dresses!

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    1. Thank you Jill!
      Thanks! Yes, I like dresses that can be styled in a variety of ways!

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  9. Excellent post- wonderfully written. :) and what a lovely dress!
    Grace

    theshortendofthings.blogspot.com

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  10. Great post! :) Good reminder and very encouraging. I like the outfit too...nice color choices ;)

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    1. Thanks Moriah! :) Hehe, yes...I mixed it up a bit. ;)

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  11. Very wise words, Paige. I find myself falling into that trap more often than I'd like. When society constantly pounds into us to be "tolerant" and "accepting" it's hard to shun evil. But of course there is a way to do this, obviously not being a hateful person, but also not just shoving things aside and accepting them (in the case of it being a Christisn doing it)
    Btw-beautiful outfit! I always wanted to live in regency clothes (but modern day of course, else I shouldn't have a bathroom lol!)
    Natasha
    A modest fashion blog: www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Natasha. Yes, it' shard to find find that balance between being loving people and not condoning their lifestyle!
      Thanks! :D Wouldn't that be great?! Period fashions with modern conveniences.

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