As I pulled on my awkward snow boots last week- the ones that gave me blisters in Niagara Falls all those years ago but I have yet to replace- I thought about the dark purple and grey fur lined pair I wore everywhere when I was a kid.
Spring, fall, winter, summer- it didn’t matter. They slipped on easily and I thought they looked great with everything in my eight year old wardrobe- which consisted of solid colored stretchy leggings and the occasional pair of jeans.
I’ve grown somewhat in my fashion sense from those days – my outfits now incorporate several different colored pairs of jeans but I have yet to make peace with the current legging trend unless they’re under a dress.
Boots are still my go-to except now they’re ankle boots which sadly don’t always go with everything in my closet- or maybe that’s just my lack of resources and styling prowess.
Though it’s not for lack of trying- the day after Christmas alone, I tried on at least fifteen pairs of pants but none did the trick. Not one to leave a good clearance sale empty handed, I came home with these lovelies (and still over half of my Christmas cash!) but nary a pair of slacks or jeans in sight.
Building a wardrobe is like building a life… it takes a while to get all the right pieces into place and there are lots of questionable dressing room moments involved.
Style like grace, takes practice.
As does walking confidently through the day knowing you’re prepared for whatever it (or the weather man) throws at you.
Last week alone we went from a snow capped weekend with 3 degree temperatures to a blazing 65 degrees in just four short days.
My two coats and clunky boots from Tuesday gave way to a 3/4 sleeve jacket and flats by Thursday.
This week, who knows.
But God has given us seasons for growing and resting filled with both showers and sun.
And he works in His own unique style to prepare us for each one in His time.
It’s trial and error some days maintaining a good attitude and a gentle spirit in the face of change (not to mention finagling the right cuffing of jeans to pair with ankle boots. Please tell me I’m not the only one still struggling here?).
And if I’ve failed to put on the right mind-set or my clothes are ill-fitting it’s a good chance my reaction will sadly follow suit.
Too many fleshy opinions and influences other than God’s time worn word and I’m headed for a disaster fashioned of a different kind.
But I know that being more purposeful in what goes into my mind (and my closet) helps me dress wisely.
Whatever combination is ‘in’ this season may not come back around for several more but wisdom will always be in style.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. ~ Proverbs 31:25-26
You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. ~ 1 Peter 3:4
How can we build a life on this staple of wisdom?
Read the word.
Seek wise counsel.
And just like a good friend who sheds light on our sometimes questionable fashion choices, God will grant us discernment and wisdom if we just ask.
So what’s your biggest challenge this year? (Fashion or Life- I’m all ears!)
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