Bonjour mes amis! I hope this middle of the week finds you happy and whole. It has been a long time since I have done a personal post, so I feel that it is time that I do so.
Before I get to the main portion of this post, I thought I would explain a bit about my outfit. I just made this wool jersey sports blouse from McCall’s 9053, and it happened to be the perfect item to pair with my Tweed Linden Lady pants. I decided to keep with the lighter palette on top, by accessorizing with my vintage cameo earrings, and the darker palette on the bottom by wearing some simple black shoes. It turned out to be a very nice, put together yet relaxed outfit.
As most of you know from this Classy On Sunday post, I went through a rather crazy ride of emotions this Summer. There were times that I thought I would never get through my fiery trial, but miraculously the Lord brought me through, and He has taught me so, SO much from it all. As I thought about it all, five particular things came to mind that I wanted to share with you.
1. It is so easy to fall into temptation if I am not watchful (Matthew 26:41). It is so easy for us to dabble in sinful thoughts thinking that they are not sinful, and that we can curb them quite easily. But the truth is the more we get into the habit of dabbling in such thoughts, the harder it is to take every thought captive to Christ, and put to death the sin within us. I must be so watchful. I know now where my weakness lies, and I must be ever prayerful knowing that I can fall into temptation. It is by thinking that we won’t fall that we slip into the greatest danger. I came so close to falling over the edge in my thoughts this Summer, but it wasn’t until I realized the next point that I began to come out of it.
2. God’s love is boundless and greater than any earthly love. If I could give a Bible reference for this, it would be the whole of the Psalms, The whole of the Gospels, nay, all of the Scriptures! I realized that if my earthly father loves me as much as he does through all of my sin and weakness, how much greater God’s love for me must be. The Father loves me so much that He gave His only Son to die for me. Jesus loves me so much that He willingly died for me. And the Holy Spirit expresses that love to me by ministering to my heart. How can I reject that love, and distance myself from the One Who loves me more than anyone on earth can ever love me? But my sin was distancing me from my Lord, so He had to show me the next point.
3. God’s forgiveness, mercy, and grace are immeasurable. (1 John 1:9, Psalm 103). In my sin I knew my guilt. And I let that guilt keep me in sin, thinking that I couldn’t be forgiven, “So why should I change?” This was such great pride on my part. When the Lord showed me that He had forgiven me, and humbled me to realize that I didn’t deserve that forgiveness, but He had given it regardless, it changed everything. I couldn’t live for myself. I no longer had that right.
4. My life, love, mind are not my own, but belong to the Lord. The most that I can give to the Lord in thanks for His wonderful gift of my salvation and forgiveness of my sins, is my life to be lived for Him. There is nothing greater that I can give. And truly life is not worth living if it be not lived for Him who created all things and loves us more than all the rest of His creation.
5. Living for the Lord, knowing that He loves me and has forgiven me gives greater LIBERTY than any other way of life. Now that the Lord has revealed to me all that I have written above, and I turned to Him, loving others is starting to become easier. I can no longer be fearful of man’s opinion, as it is God’s standards that I am living by, not man’s. I have been brought nearer to Him as I had prayed over the past months and years. And I rely not on my strength to do God’s will, for I know I can do nothing good except through Him. I will never be perfect until I am fully made into the likeness of Christ when I am in heaven with Him, but He has shown me that through all my faults and weakness, He will bring me ever closer to Him. For the Lord rebukes those whom He loves (Proverbs 3:11-12).
Why do I share all this with you? I don’t know, except that I hope the Lord will work through the words that I have written, and perhaps it may help you in your walk with Him. Living for the Lord doesn’t mean I will always be happy in this life, but it does mean that I can find my joy in Him. I am still learning what this means, to joy in Christ and my salvation in Him. Right now it means that regardless of what happens on this earth, I can be glad because I know I will spend eternity with He whom I love, not because of anything that I have done, but because of His accomplished work. Through Him the battle is already won! Rejoice!
What has the Lord shown you through past trials?
On a more temporal note, what do you think of my outfit?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer
P.S. I’m dancing the Charleston in the last photo, in case you were curious. 😀