Moses had the right idea – Wherever He leads, I’ll go

I remember riding in the car with my husband six years ago and telling him that I knew what the Lord wanted from me in service to Him. I felt the Lord calling me to speak with others about abortion. In a post reserved for later, I’ve been there and the Lord has healed me. (All praise and glory to Him.) I wanted to share what He has done for me, with others facing this same prospect and/or those trying to heal from the pain that follows such a choice.

When I told my husband, he didn’t laugh, he didn’t roll his eyes or snort. He didn’t tell me that was a ridiculous idea. Frankly, I couldn’t have blamed him if he did any of those things. I am not a speak in front of others kind of gal. But instead, he looked at me and said “Go for it. When you follow the Lord, you will be blessed and He will open doors.”

The last part of his statement was significant because at the time, we lived in a very rural town that did not have any resources for me to hone my skills. I prayed for opportunities and was soon asked to take over a bible study from a friend who was moving away.

I was also invited to attend various Christian conferences where I was able to see first hand, the power of the spoken word to encourage and nurture women of all ages and walks of life.

That was the extent of the Lords “door opening” and I waited patiently for His next nudge.

Two years ago, I started my blog. At first, as it is for most people, I wanted to share pictures and stories with family and friends who lived far away. But as I met people through other blogs and became connected with other women around the world, I realized that the Lord was working through me, through my blog. That has been my prayer ever since I realized that people outside of my family were reading my words.

I see the Lord answer that prayer when people email me about a post. Or they leave an anonymous comment that my words spoke to them.

Once again, I feel the Lord nudging me. It’s never been clear to me, whether the Lord plans to use me in a small or large arena. And sometimes, I wonder if it’s my written words He wants to use. But I am trusting His lead.

He is a big God and He can use me however He chooses.

Where does this go from here?

Proverbs 31 Ministries is holding SheSpeaks, a conference focusing on improving your speaking and writing. Such a conference would help equip me with the skills necessary for such a ministry, as has been placed before me. Attending would be a blessing. But the cost is prohibitive.

Hence, my entry for the scholarship being offered.

Perfect.

Maybe the Lord wants to use this as an avenue for me. Or, He may have other plans. But I am comforted by the fact that His will will be done, one way or the other.

Maybe He wants to send you.

Another look at the frumpys

I loved reading everyones thoughts and reactions to my Fight the Frump post. It is obvious that this is something that both excites and frustrates/overwhelms us all.

I wanted to revisit the post, because there were some questions and a couple of things that people took issue with. Obviously, my specifics and thoughts about these will be mine and not Charla’s. Charla, if you hear me, come help us out! You too, Stacy London!

This is the list I posted. (As one reader pointed out, the original list was 25 and not 24. I forgot overalls. She thought maybe I excluded them because I love them. No, dear reader. I do not. Just because I just got rid of my maternity (EEK!) overalls, that I’ve had since my first pregnancy 8 years ago, doesn’t mean I love them. No siree. Actually, I just missed it when copying and I looked that list up and down until my eyes crossed, looking for the missing item…)

Holiday sweaters with bells and appliqu├ęs (reindeers, teddy bears, bumblebees, pumpkins).
Granny necklaces that tell how many grandchildren you have.
Souvenir T-shirts.
T-shirts with meant-to-be funny sayings.
Acid-washed jeans.
Ripped jeans.
Overalls.
Shoulder pads.
Flannel shirts.
Muumuus. (**Does this really need to be stated?)
Photo handbags (the older you get, the more sophisticated your accessories should be).
Flesh-colored hose.
Penny loafers.
Oversize blazers.
Mommy robes.
Thin gold chain necklaces.
Elastic-waist pants.
Granny undies.
Baggy sweats.
Bearlike, full-length fur coats.
Short shorts.
Cargo pants.
Stockings with reinforced toes.
Three-piece suits with vests.
Backpacks.

Several people took issue with getting rid of clothes that are comfortable and that we really do enjoy wearing, regardless of what some list says.

I think the point that Charla is trying to make, and one that I tried to zone in on, is that there are clothes in all sorts of styles that are comfortable. But not all of those styles are flattering. And what may be flattering on you may look like a something my cat regurgitated, when I wear it. But, I think that universally, there are some trends that we fall into without realizing that there is a better option.

I’m certain we can all agree that there are times when some items on this list are practical. We can certainly find an occasion to wear most items on this list at some point. But we aren’t talking about saving your baggy sweats for days when you are sick or have dirty jobs to take care of. We are speaking about not wearing those same baggy sweats all day every day.

I found this quote from Charla and think it sums it up nicely: “I think women in America are so hung up on comfort, they walk around in clothes like they’re going to the gym,” she says. “If you dress well, you will get people to sit up and take notice.”

Frankly, people are gonna notice us one way or the other. The question is, do we send off something positive or negative?

from+orah.com+frump+to+fabulous1 Another look at the frumpysfrom+oprah.com+frump+to+fabulous21 Another look at the frumpysWhat a Difference!!
For some great before and afters, look here.
photos are from oprah.com
~ Backpacks: an item some of you wondered about. I used to use a backpack diaper bag. They are handy and necessary when you are juggling several kids. Otherwise, your diaper bag tends to manage to always flop around and whack you in the belly and fall off of your shoulder. I am thinking she meant avoiding using it as your everyday purse. There are many attractive options out there for larger bags, if needed. Another possibility she meant, was to avoid the backpack purse that a lot of teenagers use. Again and again, she mentions that we should not try to look too young, as if we are stuck in the past.~ Granny Undies: I am wondering if when she mentions granny undies, she means to instead wear one of these (as opposed to what some might have thought, which was that she was implying a thong. nothankyouverymuch.

before+and+after1 Another look at the frumpysIsn’t the difference AMAZING!??! Seriously, it doesn’t even look like the same bottom. Her clothes even fit her differently.

(I hope these photos don’t offend. I’m hoping to answer some questions and show examples to clarify.)

~ Thin Gold Chains: this one perplexes me. But my best guess is that, as we age, our accessories should become more sophisticated (as mentioned in the list above). Since we all might have our own definition of sophisticated, for clarity sake, I will say, that there are many many lovely, feminine jewelry pieces to choose from now. They range from small and dainty, to large and chunky. Don’t just limit your choice to gold chains.

~ Cargo pants: these fall into that vague area too. I think that there are some styles that are more fashionable and others that just look trendy and junior miss which is what we should avoid as we age. If you choose to wear these, find some that are flattering to your figure. A lot of cargo pants tend to be loose fitting and can be too baggy and unshapely.

Remember, larger clothes don’t hide. There are flattering clothes for every shape.

~ Mommy Robe: honestly… I have no idea. I am assuming this means don’t wear your robe and curlers around town… but I just don’t know…

Lest you think I am looking down my nose at anyone who wears sweats and souvenir t-shirts, I am writing these posts for my inspiration as well. I was able to get away with these things when I was young and spritely, but as I approach 40, I realize that I need to take care of myself in all areas, not just physically.

One last thing. I realized last night that I didn’t post my outfit. The weekend got away from me. I will (try) to post it tomorrow if I am able to pull it off of myself without crawling into a corner in the fetal postion… old habits die hard. Stop by and leave a comment if you post yours!

What The? week 9 *updated at bottom*

what+the13 What The? week 9 *updated at bottom***This week’s photo has been correctly guessed. Join us Tuesday for the next “Wjat The?!” photo.

Before I get to this weeks photo, I’ve got to take care of a few other bloggy issues.

First of all, I had no idea that this

closeup83 What The? week 9 *updated at bottom* would stump y’all like it did. No one guessed it. And I know some of you have been driving yourselves crazy trying to get it. So here it is:

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Who’d of thunk!!??

Also, HRH correctly answered the cocoa question. Dark Chocolate First. Raspberry, never. This has been her week – she also won a contest over at Fussy’s. (Anyone who wants a lottery ticket this week should probably contact HRH). She is now entered in this months What The drawing, which will be held Wednesday.

cocoa3 What The? week 9 *updated at bottom*On to this week’s photo:

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To enter to win:

Make your guess in the comments.
The first person with the correct answer will have their name put into a drawing for the header.
There will be one prize winner per month.
That winner will be randomly chosen from the prior weeks’ winners. (I will draw a name once a month from that months winners.)
*For more info on the contest, please see this page.

**Let me know if you are interested in giving something away in the future. You would be responsible for getting it to the winner.

Good luck!

*Updated* The winner of the January Drawing is HRH. Congrats to you!

UBP Designs

5 Minutes for Mom is hosting The Ultimate Blog Party in March. They asked for designs to be submitted for a button.

If you get a chance, head over and vote (for mine; it’s listed as Karla – Fruition Designs).

Please?

Bloggy Giveaway Carnival *giveaway 4*

This contest is now closed.
Thank you all for your interest in my giveaways!
The winners of all four of my giveaways and this weeks What The? will be announced later today (Feb. 2) in a separate post.

buzby1 Bloggy Giveaway Carnival *giveaway 4*This giveaway if for a Hermie & Friends: Buzby, the Misbehaving Bee DVD

(from the Thomas Nelson site:)

In another adventure from Hermie and Wormie, the garden is all abuzz when the newest character, Buzby, storms onto the scene. That buzz grows into an all-out roar as Buzby, the Misbehaving Bee, wreaks havoc on the safe serenity of the garden. Despite Hermie and Wormie’s attempts at intervention, Buzby shows absolutely no respect for The Garden Golden Rules-after all, the self-proclaimed “king of the bees” follows no one’s rules! But Buzby becomes a devoted rule follower-fast!-when the King of all creation steps in and Buzby learns that rules are there to keep everyone safe.

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Visit the official Hermie and Friends website!

My kids love this video series. They are funny and teach great life lessons.

This DVD is unopened. We had an extra, and I wanted to pass it on to one of you.
Contest is only open to US residents.

For your chance to win, just leave a comment on this post. I’ll leave the comments open until this Saturday, February 2nd. Then I’ll use my trusty hat to pull the name of the winner.

Be sure to see my other giveaways here. (scroll down to view them all)

By the way, I know that everyone is racing around this week looking over new blogs and giveaways, but if you are interested in seeing more of what I typically post, please come back and check out the following:

~ Fightin’ the Frump
~ The Most Disgusting Thing I’ve ever posted and Why
~ One day, this will be how my kids react to me
~ If Loving These is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right
~ Supa-Star
~ And I’d do it All Again Tomorrow, for free
~ How to Drive yourself into a corner with a gallon of Haagen-Dazs and 4 dozen frosted sugar cookies
~ Christmas, where are you?

For a complete list of my favorite posts see this page.

Remember to head over to Bloggy Giveaways for the master list of participants. Have fun!