February 2018



50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO INCORPORATE PATTERNS INTO YOUR OUTFIT | FASHION OVER 40Now you all know what poor pitiful Joe was subjected to the other day. Remember when he made the comment about my hair looking like our dog, Lucy’s hair? If not, then go here. Anyway, Lucy was a stray that was found walking along the railroad tracks outside my house. My SIL was visiting when she spotted Lucy outside. It took me three days to coax the little rascal to come to me and I can see why now since she is a very skittish dog. She is a mix-breed and the only thing that I can say for sure is that she does have some Yorkie in her bloodlines.

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50 IS NOT OLD | HOW TO GO FROM DRESSY TO CASUAL | FASHION OVER 40How many of you have sung a song for years only to find out that the words you had been singing were completely wrong? Lol!!! I heard someone singing the Bon Jovi song, “Living on a Prayer” once and they said, “it doesn’t make a difference if we’re naked or not” instead of “it doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.” I just kept looking at them trying to decide if they were just being funny and being silly. But, no, they really thought those were the lyrics. Why did this come to my mind?

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50 IS NOT OLD | FIT AND FLARE DRESS | FASHION OVER 40I wish you could have seen me this weekend. Well, maybe I don’t really because you would have never come to my blog again. My stupid headache didn’t leave me until late Saturday afternoon. I could have made the highlight reel for “people of Walmart” any day this weekend. My daughter called me around 5:00 pm on Saturday and asked what I was doing. When I told her that I was finally getting dressed she thought that I was kidding. Lol!

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As I sit here this morning listening to the rain falling outside my window, it is appropriate that I am going to be talking about when the Lord flooded the earth. But, that is not what I had intended today’s post to be about. I had intended to write about Peer Pressure but the Lord had other plans. I try to pay attention to cues that I might be given through the week and I thought I had picked up on one but then when I read my morning devotional it came clear to me that what I needed to talk about was something different.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I had received a wonderful gift from a blog reader friend and that it was a journal. It is called Write The Word and these journals are available with different topics in mind. The one that I received is on Faith. My section of the Bible highlighted to read today was Genesis 6: 5-7

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”

The Lord saw

This was not an uplifting few verses to read. The first thing that jumped out at me was that the Lord “saw.” He knew,  He saw, there is no hiding our deeds from the Lord, He sees all. We can hide what we do from our neighbors and friends but we can not hide from His all knowing and all seeing eyes.

Every Inclination

“That every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil.” I am just like most of you and I have to admit that I sometimes have thoughts in my heart that aren’t pure. I hate to say evil because maybe that is what they are. I can hold a grudge against someone. I can find glee in the fact that they didn’t win or achieve something if they had wronged me in some way. I don’t wish death or destruction on them but I might not wish them success either. This may not be “evil” but it is still not right. However, the Lord said EVERY inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was ONLY evil. Whew! I don’t think that I fall into THAT category. Can you imagine? Every thought, no thoughts that were ever for good? Their hearts only knew EVIL!!! The rest of that verse continues with, ALL THE TIME. Every thought was only for evil all the time!

Regretted and Troubled

The Lord regretted that HE had “made” human beings on the earth, and HIS heart was “deeply” troubled. This is only chapter 6 in the book of Genesis. A few chapters earlier the Lord had made man and was “VERY” pleased. Now, He regretted ever making man, ever breathing life into the dust, ever making man in His image, and His heart was deeply troubled. I wish that I could say that the Lord never regretted making me and I wish that I had never given the Lord reasons to trouble His heart. But, the truth is that I don’t know the answer to that question. I do know that when I look at my own children that I can say that I have never “regretted” being a part of their creation. I can not say that they have never “troubled” my heart.

Wipe From the Face of the Earth

Woah! This is completely different from being disturbed and troubled. The Lord wanted a fresh slate, a do-over. He looked into the hearts of EVERYONE and found them to be evil. He wanted to wipe them off the face of the earth. Can you imagine the pain that He must have felt? He not only wanted to wipe man from the earth but He was willing to wipe out all of the animals and the birds and all of the creatures that crawl on the ground.

We know what happened next. There was one man, Noah, who found favor in the Lord’s eyes. One man who walked with the Lord. The Lord saved Noah and his wife, his sons, and their wives. He saved at least 2 of each animal when he instructed Noah to build the Ark and to bring them onboard with him. One man, one righteous man, saved our world.

The world around us might seem like it is beyond help at times. I know that I find myself thinking that the world is corrupt, evil and that the Lord regrets ever creating it. And then I think of Noah. Do I know of good people in this world? YES! The world might have lost a good man this past week when Billy Graham passed away but there are others. When the world seems too full of evil we need to be the ones who light the way for others. We need to let the light of the Lord shine in us.

Matthew 5:16  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Yes, it is still raining but the Lord has promised to never flood the earth again. Instead of worrying about the world and the things that I can not control, I will be on the lookout for his promises of a rainbow.

Have A Blessed Day!

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50 IS NOT OLD | A WONDERFUL COLOR COMBINATION | FASHION OVER 40I hope everyone has some wonderful plans for the weekend. If not, then I hope you can relax and just enjoy spending some time taking care of yourself, that person we sometimes neglect. I am amazed at how many emails that I get from you gurls who say that after reading my blog you are starting to take care of yourself more and invest in you. How did we, as women, ever forget that we matter? I was guilty also, the children and Joe always came first. Truth is, they probably still do, but now I am able to at least spend a small amount of time tending to “my” needs also.

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50 IS NOT OLD | FRINGE HEM AND KICK FLARE | FASHION OVER 40Ladies, I am struggling. I developed a horrible headache/sinus/weather related headache on the way back from Richmond Wednesday night and I still feel bad. I don’t even like to mention it or complain about it because there are so many people who are really sick and I feel like a whiney little baby. I don’t like not feeling good, (as if someone likes that) because I can’t think and concentrate. So, read with caution because my thoughts might not be cohesive. 

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50 IS NOT OLD | PASTELS FOR SPRING | FASHION OVER 40Joe and I traveled to Richmond yesterday and it was so gorgeous along the way. The sun was shining, at least most of the trip, and the temperatures were in the HIGH 70’s. It is crazy to think that this is February. I know that the cooler weather will strike again but it is so nice to dream right now. I looked out the back door and saw that my big Weeping Willow has green leaves starting to pop. I am just thrilled at the thoughts of spring!!!

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50 IS NOT OLD | PATTERN MIXING FOR BEGINNERS | FASHION OVER 40The other day when I walked in the door from work, Joe announced to me that my father was now on Facebook. “What, are you sure?” was the first words out of my mouth. In the back of my mind, I was wondering how “he” would know before “I” did. After all, I am the first born child so it would just stand to reason that if my father was going to start a Facebook account and send out friend requests then I would be the first person he thought of. I told Joe that it must not be my daddy and that he better be careful who he was being friends with.

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50 IS NOT OLD | MOTO JACKET AND LEATHER BOOTS | FASHION OVER 40Get your motor running…..Head out on the highway. Born to be wild. I apologize for getting that song stuck in your head so early this beautiful Tuesday. I am finally feeling better today, I have a stomach bug Sunday afternoon and Monday. Wouldn’t you know that the first Monday that I took off work that I wouldn’t feel good? I had planned on spending the day on Sunday with Emersyn. I messaged Joseph that I was going to lay down for just about 30 minutes and then I was coming to get her. She loves pink cake with sprinkles that a local restaurant carries so I was going to take her to get dessert. I knew I wasn’t feeling well but I thought I was just tired.

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50 IS NOT OLD | MONOCHROMATIC IN SHADES OF PINK | FASHION OVER 40How many of you can relate to sending your husband to the store and then thinking, “what was I thinking?” when he comes back home with his haul? If I wasn’t so darn lazy then I would go to the store myself and my life would be much easier. I realize that if I send Joe to the store with a vague list then I can’t complain when he buys a different brand than what I normally use. However, when you say but the Charmin toilet paper in the Ultra Sensitive with Aloe and buy the mega roll type that is what you should expect to get. Notice that I said “should” not “would.” The MAN brain takes over when they go to the store.

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