Hello my friends!
What a wonderful Spring I have lived through thus far! I have so many things I could share with you all, but what with the little time I have, the words I would say just could not be said, so I will endeavor to clam up my bursting thoughts, and say what is only of value and edification.
First off, I had a birthday. I did not hit a big number, more or less an in-between number, but it is still a out-of-the-ordinary day for me, for all of us, and something we all love to celebrate together. Unfortunately this year prove to be slightly challenging in that there were a few singing dates and Brigi’s graduation to focus on within the same week! So we never got to officially celebrate. And here is the curious thing: I found I really didn’t mind! Every year I become a little more distant to the idea of a big celebration, and this year seemed to be the start of actually vocalizing these thoughts. The girls were horrified to hear me sounding so old and mature, but I really didn’t mind the “sacrifice”.
For lunch on my big day, I was treated to one of my favorite foods–sushi! And Charlotte was very sweet and presented me with a lovely tube of lipstick from our new favorite cosmetic store Ulta. Yes! The shiny gold tube of Peony Pink lipstick was just what the doctor ordered!
Later on in the week, we went to Brigi’s graduation, and we both zipped ourselves up in the same dress you see me in now only hers was a variation. We were two of a kind, and we felt very special. Brigi, because she had me for moral support, and I, because I helped her to shine that day. It was most memorable. She ended her former school years well. I love you Brig!
What with all of our singing, and busyness on the blog, there have been many times in which I find myself falling back into bad habits and sins. And like a slow dripping of water onto stone, those habits have formed dents in my relationship with my sisters once more. Curse all sin, say I! Curse the torment we face in our very souls when we have strayed once more from the foot of the Cross! I have strayed, but Christ has pursued. How? For the past three weeks, He has been feeding me with a certain couple chapters in the epistle to the Romans (Yes, I know, three weeks is a long time). Nevertheless, in Romans chapter 14-15 I have found Paul exhorting to the young Church the great need to let go of scruples, specifically those that would rend relationships apart, and entice devision into the congregation’s midst. It is a fearful thing to realize just how powerful differences can be to a growing Church! I know first hand what this can do! It is ugly, and painful, and a host of other dreadful adjectives besides. So why should I even dare to let this come an tear me from the love I share with my sisters? I do not know, but on many occasions it has. I can say a multitude of good about my sisters, my best friends, but my tongue possesses the terrible power to send a deluge of grief upon their heads as well. I screamed inwardly many a time when I realized my faults, but that was after the the dam broke. I needed a master builder to help me dam up the indifferent thoughts and feelings I had toward my two dear ones, and so I prayed with all my might that an answer might be given.
There is nothing like a good sermon to set you up again for yet another week of spiritual battles! It was here, in the words spoken lovingly from the pulpit, that I found the balm for the wounds I inflicted to the girls. Jesus came swiftly and surely; He caused my attention to be wrapped around the very words of Roman’s 14, and settled in my heart the directions I needed to know how to “straiten up and fly right”.
Over the course of the two succeeding weeks, we hear the final words from the Apostle Paul within the verses of chapter 15. And yet again, I was upheld and torn back down, convicted and charged, and then made ready to be sent on my way with a clear mind and heart. It was beautiful. It was Jesus, the Prince of Peace who has done this thing in me.
So tomorrow, when you hear the words from the pulpit, and try to absorb all that you can possibly hold, ask the LORD to open the eyes and ears of your soul, that you too might receive His benediction of wisdom and peace to spur you on your way yet another seven days. He is worthy of your service. So do good, and turn not from Him.
Before I sign off, I want to give a hand to dear Mrs. Chancy for creating such a versatile, vintage inspired dress pattern! I love this dress to death, and I mean that in all sincerity! As you yourself have seen, the elegant lines of the bodice, and many gathers in the full skirt make this a truly charming addition to your wardrobe. If you are planning to make yourself a dress this Summer, do not hesitate to consider this one! Sure, I have had it done up as a formal dress using J.Crew designer fabric, but you don’t have to make it so! The best feature for me is the wonderful zipper in the back. If there is one thing I detest in vintage garments, it is the frustrating wiggle I have to make just to get a dress over my head! So please try out this fabulous pattern and tell Mrs. Chancy what you think!