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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Post #3: Spring Outfits & Romans 4!

Howdy! Sorry for the delay in this post, but I've been a tad under the weather this week, and I've just embarked on a road trip!
In this post, I'll be discussing Romans 4, which is so important to our faith, as well as showing y'all a few outfits I came up with on Polyvore that would be beautiful for spring.
I would like to preface and say that my study on Romans 4 has been done on my own with the help of a Youtube video by a Yale University professor. :)

Romans 4

In Romans 4, we are introduced with Abraham. Paul uses Abraham as an example of someone who is still saved by the grace of Salvation through faith, even though he does not follow the word of God and the law.
We are told that our faith is the reason that we are saved, not purely by good works.

"But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." -Romans 4:5 NLT

Our faith is built on our relationship with Christ. The deeper the connection we have with God, the more likely we are to have tremendous faith in Him. God strives for a relationship with each and every one of us, regardless of our past sins or any part of our history. He would like to be able to connect with all of us.
Building this relationship with God will ultimately lead us to greater faith, and thus leading us to salvation- though obedience is important, and we should still attempt to not sin, having faith will give us the salvation we crave.
However, this is not to say that salvation is promised to those that are "circumcised", but it's for everyone. In other words, it's not just for people who have shown the outward signs of faith (for example, in baptism), but anybody whom believes in God and has a relationship with him. This means that even if you have not taken part in baptism or some form of expression of faith, that you are still saved.
When God considered Abraham as righteous, he did not do so because of his perfect behavior. He did it because Abraham fully believed in everything God said and all his promises- even if they seemed absurd or unbelievable.

Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.  He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promise.
 -Romans 4:20-21 NLT

 This is why Abraham was righteous.
How was Abraham able to have this level of faith? Through a wonderful, transparent relationship with our Savior.
In short, how are we to obtain salvation in this manner? We are to develop a relationship with Christ.
Whether it be through prayer, through bible study, or through evangelization, we must tend to our relationship with God regularly and thoroughly.
Whenever we tend to this relationship, we are able to grow in faith. Let me put it into a modern day context:
Some of us have a friends that we have great relationships with, and we have other friends that we have strained relationships with. If we were to go to both of those friends for words of wisdom, are we more likely to trust the advice friend that we frequently speak with and are on good terms with, or are we going to trust the advice of the friend we never talk to?
That's exactly God's point. In order for us to have the faith we need to be saved, we must first grow our relationship with Him, and naturally, our faith will grow right along with it.

Spring Outfits

Being as that I've been traveling the Eastern Seaboard for the past week, I have still not been able to take (presentable) pictures of me in any nice, polished outfits. The only pictures I have are of myself in a long denim skirt, t shirts, and walking shoes, with my hair tied up in a last-minute ponytail and no makeup :)
That being said, I'd love to show y'all a couple ideas of what I consider cute, modest, spring outfits!

Whenever I envision spring, the first words that come to mind are floral and feminine. I can see delicate lilies scattered along a meadow dancing in the springtime breeze, with the warmth of sunshine and the gurgle of a stream pouring on them as well. This is the perfect time of year to incorporate pastels, floral prints, or anything that makes you feel dainty and lovely into your wardrobe.

This outfit is one I created with practicality in mind. I paired an easy, denim skirt with a lace cream blouse along with coordinating accessories: a pink floral print scarf, a pink cross body, and matching flats.

This look screams happy to me. With a flowy, pastel yellow skirt along with coordinating accessories being balanced by a white lace blouse, it would be impossible to feel anything but sheer joy while wearing this outfit.

The final look is my personal favorite. It's a very preppy yet simple look, featuring Jack Rogers sandals and a Lily Pulitzer scarf paired with a white cotton maxi dress to give a relaxed, yet polished look to this outfit.

A few questions to ponder:
What did y'all think of my Romans 4 interpretation and my outfits? would you change anything about either?

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