Archives for October 2012

What I Wore Wednesday: Allume Conference Edition

I don’t know why, but part of my tears at the Allume conference were over the types of posts I post here.  I want to impart my love for God but I also really like to talk fashion and TV.  But then I post about something surface-y and I feel so entirely superficial.  Sometimes I feel like I’m trying to represent the whole me with each post and when pushed to choose, Jesus always wins. 

But that’s not being true to me either. 

After Summer of 7, I’ve looked at my clothes and makeup differently.  On the outside, I might dress the same but on the inside, I see now that I truly do it because I believe it’s an expression of the creativity that God gave me, not a vie for attention. 

Ann Voskamp said it best this weekend that “creativity is good theology”.  Sarah Markley said we separate the secular and spiritual too much.

I agree.

All good and beautiful things come from God.

When I see pretty fashion, I’m inspired to beauty and that reminds me of God’s beautiful creations, NOT the cover of Vogue. 




Source: via Amy on Pinterest


Jen, who I met at the airport on the way to Allume, had a wonderful post yesterday on (in)courage about Christian women sharing their beauty tips and it was so timely for me.  She says “We are fearfully and wonderfully made just exactly as we are, but do we convey that? Do we carry ourselves in such a way that others would believe that about us?”






Source: via Amy on Pinterest



My friend Dani and I have gone in circles talking about this and I’m more convinced than ever that we are free to express our creativity in our clothes.



Source: via Amy on Pinterest



HOWEVER, I still desire to be responsible with my money. 

Dani was amazing and offered pieces of her wardrobe for me to borrow and wear for the conference.  Dani and her very creative self helped me put these outfits together using many of her clothes so I didn’t spend hundreds of dollars on new clothes just for the conference.  Isn’t she awesome?  Thank you, friend!






Source: via Amy on Pinterest



So with all that in mind, I share these outfits from Allume WITH the inspiration it evokes in me.  I really do come to appreciate God’s creations when I see fashion expressed with color and pattern in the same way.



Source: via Amy on Pinterest


I can’t think of a better way than to end the 31 Days of Wisdom with these verses from our final chapter in Proverbs. 

When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.


Be sure to check out the SmileBooth photos over on the Facebook page.  Kicking myself for not taking more!

This post is part of The Nester’s 31 Days Series

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31 Days of Wisdom: Wisdom in Nature

“Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings’ palaces.

Proverbs shares 4 small yet, “extremely wise” animals in chapter 30.  Here are four wise principles to learn from ants, hyraxes, locusts, and lizards.

  1. From the ant: prepare in times of plenty for times of little
  2. From the hyraxes: although we are weak, we ought to hide under our strong Savior
  3. From the locusts: we are stronger in community
  4. From the lizard (or spider in some translations): Men may not only not provide for us, but want to destroy us.  But remember the Lord has his hand on us. We ought to persist in our work just as a spider will continue to weave another web if one is destroyed.

God is everywhere if we just look.

Challenge: In what areas could you be preparing?  Are you hiding under our Savior if things are tough?  Who could you join arms with to complete your tasks?  What tasks has God given you that seems thwarted but you just need to get back up and keep going in?

This post is part of The Nester’s 31 Days Series

Wisdom of Allume 2012 and How it Made Me Cry

On Saturday afternoon at 4, you would have found me sitting on a piano bench against a conference hall wall with my face in my hands crying to a friend.

This conference newbie had officially become overwhelmed.

I was worried going into Allume that I may miss out on a session and while I did miss many wonderful sessions, at 4pm on Saturday it was clear the speakers God had led me to had struck a chord.


On Thursday night Phil Vischer made us laugh and cry with his story about Big Idea Productions and reminded us to love God more than any dream we have.

Sarah Mae reminded us to keep our life more than any blog. 


On Friday morning, Sarah Markley inspired me, reminding me to find God in the every day.  She taught me how to tether truth with story and made us cry when she read her story of how she found God in a fish.



Darren Rowse humbly presented lessons he’d learned in the past 10 years of blogging.  What a blessing for him to share.  He gave me a laundry list of to-do items including knowing our audience.  But in the midst, I couldn’t help but feel a wee bit small knowing I started this blog 6 months before he started his first.  Or knowing his eBook sold $70,000 in 7 days and mine, well, didn’t.


Friday afternoon Trina Holden was just what I needed.  She encouraged us to find our kingdom-driven why of blogging.  She reminded us smaller bloggers that it was a gift we had that we could interact so intimately with our current readers and that’s just what we should do.  Making even a 1% difference in 1 life is impact.

The Nester inspired by teaching us about how to find our purpose and helping us to say no when it’s needed. 

On Saturday Darren captured the crowd with his story of blogging. And the one person I had compared myself to reminded me I should only compare me to me.  Celebrate the growth that’s there.  He reinforced Trina’s comments to care for the readers I already have.  He challenged us to take small actions even if the big picture was daunting.  And most of all, he encouraged us to feast on the Lord.

Stephanie Bryant was a treasure of insight on creating and managing your online brand.

Tsh Oxenreider encouraged us once again to find our purpose in blogging, work smart and be real.  She inspired us to think outside the box and think about eBooks, training or podcasts.  She encouraged us to get an editorial calendar and delegate what we could.

And finally, Kat Lee burned with a passion as she spoke about knowing our audience and having a passion for their needs.  She talked about the body of Christ marching into the darkness and letting God shine.

It was then I walked out, managed to get some coffee with a friend, and then sat on a piano bench in a hall with her and cried.

The speakers were so full of wisdom.  I’ve spent nearly an entire month here posting about its benefits and I so wanted to soak it all up and do every single bit.  What is my purpose?  Who are my readers?  eBooks?  Training? Auto-responders?  Online brand?  I was overwhelmed with wanting to serve you well for the Kingdom’s sake that there was no clear starting point.  

I’m just a girl with a blog that loves Jesus and wants to share life with people she loves.

After the tears and the big breaths, I escaped to my room but managed to come out for dinner and the closing session.

Ann Voskamp closed with an absolutely beautiful, timely message.  I scratched on my notebook quickly every few sentences feeling as if I were scribing another chapter of Proverbs—you know, that one about blogging.  Most of all, she reminded me to turn my ear towards Christ.  Lean on the Guide not the guidebook.  If indeed I do have a place in blogging, He will guide me.


I flew home yesterday, eager to get to my family realizing this was a lesson for all of us.  Life is overwhelming but God is in control.  We never know where to start or what to pick to do or what people think of us but if we’d just turn our ear towards Him, He has the answer.

The fear of human opinion disables;
trusting in God protects you from that. Proverbs 29:25


I was an obsessive note-taker at Allume. Could I serve you by typing them and sharing as a PDF?  Please let me know and I will be happy to and share on our Facebook page. UPDATE: Doc is posted to the Facebook page!  Enjoy!

Thank you for reading, my dear readers.  Please know you were thought of intensely all weekend.

Day 28: Be Generous to the Poor


Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry;
shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses.  Proverbs 28:27

Last Sunday I posted Answer the Cry of the Poor and shared about our church’s Compassion Day.  It may seem redundant to reference a verse about helping the poor again but I love in these verses it says be generous.

We talked this week in our small group about the Good Samaritan and how he didn’t just throw an encouraging word or fistful of money, but went way beyond.  He was generous with his time, money and efforts towards someone he not only wasn’t responsible for, but by cultural standards, should have hated. 

I thought I’d also share the video we contributed to for the special.  It is a rare occasion to get Scott Bennett on camera.  Love his heart.



Compassion Day 2012 – NRHC Sponsors from North Rock Hill Church on Vimeo.

Challenge: If you didn’t take the challenge last week, go sponsor a child.


This post is part of The Nester’s 31 Days Series

31 Days: Wisdom Tested

The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Proverbs 27:21. I’m tested by my praise? Like, when I praise God for what he’s done? How am I tested?

After checking out some commentary, I realize that’s not at all what Solomon meant.  Just as gold is tested in the furnace, a man’s wisdom is tested by praise—from other people.  When you get complimented, does your pride puff up? Do you pat yourself on the back?  Do you become conceited? 

Or, when you are praised, do you remain the same other than to be more thankful to God?  

Challenge: Take note of how you act the next time you’re praised and you will see if you are indeed wise!

This post is part of The Nester’s 31 Days Series