(My) Fashion Over 40 ~ A Bit From The Heart

Life has been a busier than usual around here. It was wonderful being on vacation and visiting with our two grown children. I miss them unbelieveably! So, today you are getting a 2 for 1.

I can't believe I've been doing (My) Fashion Over for 40 for 7 months now.  I started in February. When I started this I didn't think I would be able to find something different to wear every Sunday. Am I getting to the end of putting together anything "new"? No, I don't think so. We all pick things up now and then to revive our wardrobe and that's where mixing and matching also comes into play.  In fact, I just picked up a few items off the clearance rack at JCP with coupons! Oh! Yeah!

Here's last week's outfit. More bright colors!  I'm definitely not one of those that wear tan and gray colors. I don't have too many muted colors either.  It's important that you wear what complements you, your skin tone and personality.  I'm kinda bold and straight forward. Some people look great in soft colors, I have a few, but I have much more in bright colors. Soft colors don't really fit my personality, but sometimes I can be in a "soft color" mood.

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So, a little fyi about the outfit.  The skirt is from JC Penny from about 5+ years ago, the tank top is a bargain one from Walmart for about $3, the white cardigan is another oldie from JC Penny's.

What I like about this outfit, is I can wear that printed skirt with a number of tops, either white, black, green and even a blue if it matched. Versatility is the key to getting your wardrobe to expand.

I am still amazed at how many pieces of clothing I've purchased from JCP! Good bargains and the clothing seems to hold up well. :) And here's another piece that I just picked up!

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What's kinda funny, is that I was just talking about bright colors and I just picked up this light pink gingham button up.  Pink is a favorite, so I couldn't pass it up, plus it was only $2.97! I also found a lime green one just like it, a black and white sheer top and a couple of fitted t-shirts and a threw in a pair of panties to reach the dollar amount to get my $10 off! I only paid $16.88 for all of it! Bargain!

Last Sunday we had missionaries that will be traveling to Greece. He spoke from Matthew 14:22-33 about Peter walking on the water. It was a really good message. This week our Pastor spoke from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2.  Very powerful and thought provoking, but today, I feel like I need to share from my heart.

I've been in kind of a funk lately. Before vacation I couldn't wait to see the kiddos and missing them terribly and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute with them. Now, there gone again and I think the hardest part is that I don't know when I'll be seeing my son again. I'll be seeing my daughter probably once a month.  I don't know why, but the fact that I don't know when bothers me... I know this is how it's supposed to be.

I been working my way out of a job for 20+ years.  I believe it was my job to teach my children to be independent and confident to pursue life and most importantly to be a Christ Follower.  Of course, I question myself and wonder if I did a good enough job.  I believe I did the best I knew how. Sure, I made TONS of mistakes, that's all a part of life. We all do.  I just miss them.

Do I wish they were still living at home? Yes and no. (My daughter "technically" still lives at home, but she has an apt at college and I don't see her moving home after graduation.) Hubby and I LOVE being empty nesters and I certainly wouldn't want my grown children clingy and insecure, who want's a 30 yr old still living at home?? But, it all went by so fast...

What does The Lord want me to do for Him? I feel like I'm lacking motivation and energy.  And, no, I'm not depressed, I'm sure some of you are thinking that. I want to get up every morning. I want to see the sun shining and the beauty of this world around me. I truly love life and all God has for me!

When I saw that picture of me looking up to the sky, I knew that was exactly what I needed to do. Look up to My Lord, my Helper, my Salvation. He and I will sort this thing out.  I just felt like being honest and sharing my feelings.

Here are a few verses that are helping me to re-align my focus. I have so much to be thankful for!

Psalm 121: 1-3 (NLT)
1 I look up to the mountains- does my help come from there?  2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! 3 He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.

Isaiah 40:26 (NLT)

Look up into the heavens.  Who created all the stars?  He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name.  Because of His great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.

Psalm 28:7 (NLT)

The Lord is my strength and shield.  I trust Him with all my heart.  He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.  I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

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