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PINTUCKED SWING DRESS

50 IS NOT OLD | PINTUCKED SWING DRESSHappy Monday everyone!!! It was a beautiful weekend here in Virginia, I hope it was in your neck of the woods also. Today is Halloween! What is your trick or treat tradition? Do you dress up to hand out candy, go trick or treating with some of your children/grandchildren, or just stay at home and watch Hocus Pocus?

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IT IS JUST NOT FAIR

50 IS NOT OLD | IT IS JUST NOT FAIRWouldn’t it be nice if everything was on an even scale? Since this is an election year, you have heard it spouted from both candidates, “Equal pay for equal work.” We know that is just a fantasy, this is the “real” world and we know that doesn’t always happen. In the workplace, everything is subjected upon whatever the boss wants or feels. You might work really hard, but you see someone else get the promotion. It is just not fair!

Do you have a sibling that always seemed to have everything given to them? Are they pretty, smart, popular, wealthy, or your parent’s pet? Were they the Homecoming Queen, the Head Cheerleader, the captain of the football team’s girlfriend? It is just not fair!

How about health issues, why is it that some can eat everything in sight and not gain an ounce of weight? Why does cancer seem to run in my family, or why did my child have to be born with a disease? Why was my friend who never hurt anyone killed by a drunk driver? It is just not fair!

I have uttered those same words many, many times in my life. Everyone else gets to go to the party, it’s not fair! The injustice that comes your way doesn’t have to be large, the little things count too. But who told us that life was going to be fair? Where does it say that one person can’t be “luckier” than another?

Have you ever had someone say something mean or hurtful to you? I am almost positive everyone answered that question with a yes. Have you ever been the someone who said something mean or hurtful? I think there were a bunch of yeses there too. When that happens, how do you react? Do you try to get even? Do you fuss and grumble and tell everyone who will listen how much you were wronged? Or do you do like I do and just hope that karma comes around to bite them in the butt. Why do we feel the need to get even or set the record straight?

In my prayers, I am always asking for the Lord to forgive me of my sins, but do I readily forgive those who treat me unfairly? Shamefully, the answer is no. I ask for the Lord to extend me Grace in my darkest hour, but do I show other’s Grace?

Colossians 3:12-14

 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

We are not perfect, not even close. I don’t want you to ever think I write these posts as a sermon or lecture toward any of you. These posts are meant for me, I am sharing them with you just in case there is someone else out there who could also need a little boost. If you know of someone who would benefit, please feel free to share. Getting the Lord’s word out is a wonderful blessing.

I am thankful that the Lord does not treat me fairly. If he based His forgiveness and His grace on how I treat others, I would not have a chance. I can only hope that one day I will earn His forgiveness and grace. I know I already have His love, and for that I am humbled.

Have a Blessed Sunday!

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SMALL WARDROBE STYLE CHALLENGE – FINALLY

50 IS NOT OLD | SMALL WARDROBE STYLE CHALLENGE FINALLYI am sorry that I didn’t have a post for you gurls yesterday. I probably misphrased my problem, I wasn’t sick, I was just plain exhausted. I went to a birthday dinner for my BFF, Sandy, and I got home around 8:30-8:45. I was in bed by 9:00, I was just so tired I couldn’t hold my eyes open. 💤💤 I sound like a big baby, oh you poor little-tired thing. Lol!

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UNDER THE WEATHER

I am sorry gurls. I know you were expecting another installment of the Small Wardrobe Style Challenge, but I am a little under the weather. I promise I will be back up and running in no time flat, so be sure to check back tomorrow for another installment.

 

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SMALL WARDROBE CHALLENGE DAY 3

50 IS NOT OLD | SMALL WARDROBE CHALLENGE DAY 3It is crisp and cool outside, that must mean it is football weather. I can remember going to watch my son Matthan play football his junior year and it was below freezing almost every game. It was snowing big dabs of snow, but we sat right there and watched the game. After the season was over, I went and bought me one of those snowsuits that would keep me warm. You know how they say if you want it to rain you should go wash your car? Well, if you want a warm football season, buy a snowsuit. Hahahaha!😂

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SMALL WARDROBE STYLE CHALLENGE

50 IS NOT OLD | SMALL WARDROBE STYLE CHALLENGEIt is time for day 2 of the small wardrobe style challenge. If you did not see yesterday’s post, go here, and see how I styled a plain gray sweater and a pair of maroon pants. I told my sister on the telephone this morning that I was worried about doing this post. I was afraid everyone would say, “Come on already, we’ve seen the sweater and pants, show us something different.” I couldn’t have been more wrong! You gurls are so supportive with this challenge. I only hope that I can pull it off. Lol!

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HOW TO STYLE WITH A SMALL WARDROBE

50 IS NOT OLD | STYLE WITH A SMALL WARDROBEYou gurls are the sweetest things. You leave such great comments for me, they are always so encouraging. Even when you are critical, you do it in the nicest way. Lol! I had a fellow blogger email me the other day and one of her comments were, about how much participation I had with my readers. That was the highest compliment one blogger can give to another. Thank you gurls for following along.😘

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CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN EARLY

50 IS NOT OLD | CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN EARLYI love dressing up for Halloween. My three grandchildren that live in Tennessee are all born within a month of each other, so they celebrate with one BIG birthday party in October. A costume party is always the theme and everyone participates. It is great fun and everyone looks great.

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DO NOT COMPLAIN

50 IS NOT OLD | DO NOT COMPLAINI am always praying to open my eyes and my heart that I might see the path that the Lord has chosen for me. I struggle with what is the path the Lord has chosen for me versus the path that I want to follow. I can not discern the words in my brain as his or mine. With that in mind, I have read a couple devotionals, heard a sermon, and had people talk to me about complaining. Do Not Complain! This has been coming at me from several directions lately, so I have perked up my ears. But, I don’t consider myself a big complainer. I have been frustrated over the new software that Plunder Designs have implemented, but other than grumbling a little, I have not really “complained.” So why would I keep getting this message thrown at me?

On the drive to Livingston, I was listening to the radio, and I had it on The Message station. I was loving listening to the inspirational songs when it occurred to me that the message I was getting might not have even been meant for me, maybe it was meant for YOU. I have asked the Lord to use my blog as his platform, to guide me in my topics. I am trusting in His voice, in is words.

November is going to be here in a couple of weeks. I know a lot of people have gratitude journals where they list something every day that they are grateful for. I have been thinking about this a lot lately. It is easy to say I am grateful for the members of my family. It is easy to say I am grateful for good health. One of the things I am most grateful for is the fact that the Lord sacrificed His son for us. He died for my sins, how can I complain?

The Lord provides for us all in different ways. Complaining is like telling the Lord he is not doing a good job. I am well fed. I have a roof over my head. I have a wonderful family. I am healthy. I am loved. There is a song that we sing in church that goes:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings;
See what God hath done.
There are several more verses to the song, but I am just listing the first one. I have found that it is impossible to complain when you are counting your blessings. Would you say, “thank you, Lord, for the roof over my head, but you could have made it a little bigger and nicer,” or “thank you, Lord, for the meal on my table, but could you have made it steak?” I don’t think we would do that, so why then do we complain about our circumstances?

I trust You Lord to provide for me, and I trust You Lord that you have a path in mind for me. I know that our paths will not be problem or trouble free, but I trust that you will hold my hand through the worst storm.

Let’s get an early start on Thanksgiving. If you are feeling thankful for something in your life, leave me a comment. I’ll start, “I am thankful for each and every one of you. I am thankful for the friendship that I have been blessed with by you.”
Have a Blessed Sunday.
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