Earth Tones // Trials
How do you do, readers? Today I have a new neutral outfit to share with you, as well as a devotion! Because I do a lot of talking later, I won't chatter much in this first part of the post. ;)
It's rare that I wear an outfit almost completely consisting of shades of brown! After some Pinterest inspiration and remembering my new Christmas gifts, however, this look slowly but surely came together. It features some fun items, and I like how it turned out.
Outfit details: Cardi ~ June; T-shirt ~ Gift; Scarf ~ Gift; Skirt ~ Consignment Store;
Tights ~ Gift; Boot Cuffs ~ Gift; Boots ~ Ross
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Today I want to speak to my Christian sisters who are going through trials. I don't know what you are struggling with - it could be an illness, chronic pain, depression, a family or relationship break-up; life is full of difficult experiences. I am not an expert on suffering or suffering gracefully, but I have had a few rough spots in life and know many people who have lived through or are living through hard times as believers.
Do not worry that your problems are not going away because you don't have enough faith. Last Sunday our pastor used a great passage for a trial-related topic- it's 2 Corinthians 12:7-9. Paul begged God to take away His thorn in the flesh three times, but ended up writing "And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (verse 9). This doesn't mean the Lord doesn't want us to ask Him things. However, He has the master plan, of when and how to answer your prayers.
Suffering is part of the fallen world and God allows his children to have pain in this life. However, it doesn't mean he has abandoned or ceased to love us. Rather, He has given us the opportunity to grow closer to Him and have a greater depth of character. This doesn't mean that we don't hurt but that we can have hope through it all. Our Lord has a purpose, and He will never leave or forsake His own (Hebrews 13:5). In closing, remember to be
"casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7