Saturday, July 30, 2016

Life-Lesson in Decision Making

 "Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you GREAT and WONDROUS things you do not know"
Jeremiah 33:3 (emphasis added)


Decision making---also known as "What I hate most in life."
Seriously.
I fully applaud you if you have the "making God-guided decisions" thing down pat.
You are truly my super-hero!

I am learning a lot about decision making, specifically as it applies to hard choices, that go contrary to advice.

After a little episode in my life recently, I am convinced that good-decision making is more a learned skilled than a natural talent.
Amen?

Let us just say that I made some plans for next summer, which everyone in my life was really for!
These were really awesome plans! Really, ya know, good plans!
I was excited...
until I prayed, at which point uneasiness took over.

But my prayers for direction were mixed up with a lot of fear.
Fear of not making the right choice.
I was never at peace either way.
So I went with the advice of others and made the plans.

Months went by.....

Still no peace.

I struggled until I could bear it no longer...
What can I say?
I like being at peace!

I had to back track.

I had to pray some more, and ask for clarity and boldness.

And I know in my heart of hearts that for many people these plans would be awesome!
But for some reason, which I can't explain, I just feel a really big
"no."
To the whole thing!

I can't say what will happen next summer, and if there is a reason to stay put here in town.

Maybe something big, like a family crisis or something, will hit.
Or maybe just being there for my annual church events is the reason.

Maybe the money involved for these plans (which I had saved up), needs to be used elsewhere.

I don't know.

If nothing else,  I can say that I have made a tough call, on my own convictions, through prayer.

That in itself is worth more than any fun plans!

I am blessed to have supporting parents who don't give me a hard time about missing
"opportunities".
And friends who, when they heard my concerns, said to do what I felt was best.

I am blessed to have a nice instructor who I came back to,  and who is now attempting to get me untangled from the commitment.

So, hopefully, if all goes well, my plans can be undone.
My Padre was wonderful and told me that either way, I am in the center of God's will and will be taken care of.

And that of course, is what I needed to hear!

Overall, my final thoughts from this dramatic life-lesson (which probably is not at all as serious as I think it is!) boils down to this:

Decision making is a part of character building for Christians.
It's a tool that God uses to strengthen our faith in Him, and hones our personal discernment skills.
It is good for surrendered Christians to be able to stand with boldness upon what they feel the Holy Spirit is saying.

As I learned from a speaker at church camp, the best decision for me, might not be the same for you.

My hope is that this lesson, (regardless of how next summer pans out), enables me to make the best choice, the FIRST TIME, when I am again faced with this sort of situation.

I was great encouraged by these words at Proverbs 31.org
Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
Doesn’t that sound freeing?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.MXT29nM9.dpuf
Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
Doesn’t that sound freeing?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.8qgd4EBS.dpuf
Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
Doesn’t that sound freeing?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.8qgd4EBS.dpuf
Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.8qgd4EBS.dpuf
Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.8qgd4EBS.dpuf
Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.8qgd4EBS.dpuf
Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.8qgd4EBS.dpuf

Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
Doesn’t that sound freeing?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.MXT29nM9.dpuf
Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
Doesn’t that sound freeing?
- See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devotion-category/making-wise-decisions/page/2/#sthash.MXT29nM9.dpuf
"Terrified of making a bad decision, we lay all of our choices at God’s feet and ask Him, “What is Your will for my life?”
But, what if God’s will for us is that we develop the wisdom and discernment to make our own decisions in light of His Word, and the faith and confidence to know He will be there guiding us regardless of which path we choose?
Doesn’t that sound freeing?
God wants us to learn how to choose well. That may be why, when we look at the Bible, there is no chapter devoted to "How to know God’s will for your life.” Paul doesn’t write about “6 Steps to Determine If He’s the One” or “5 Ways to Discern God’s Best Career Path for You.”
What we do see are statements like this: “If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you” (James 1:5, NRSV).....
So the next time you face a difficult decision, instead of asking God what His will is for your life, begin by asking for wisdom."

So there you have it!
I beg of you, if you have to make big plans, please make sure you have prayed carefully and received peace.


~Yours ever trying to make up her mind!~
Lexi


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Style 4//Sewing India

Hello Dear Readers,

I come to you with the final pictures of my India dress!
I know some of you wanted to see it, and after some wait, I am happy to share.

The dress was made from a long, very large, lounge dress, which I thrifted some time ago for around $6.
I unpicked the entire dress, and then cut out my own pattern pieces.
 I used (a greatly altered version of) this old pattern from the 90's. The main thing I liked was the princess seams and the cap sleeves.

This whole project started over a year ago when I began obsessively browsing traditional Indian clothing websites. 
I just love the fabrics and details on many forms of ethnic clothing.
Indian clothing is no exception.
However, tunic styles do not look very good on me, and even though I would love to own some traditional Indian clothing of various styles (I actually do have some) I wanted something I could wear everyday.
I decided I wanted a regular style dress (i.e. fitted bodice, gathered skirt) with some serious Indian fabric and flare.
After Princess Kate went on her India tour in April (2016) and styled her Anita Dongre dress into a more contemporary style, I was all ready to start sewing.


The only other things I needed for this dress besides the original dress, was some piping, a zipper and some single fold bias tape.
Oh, and a bit of red braid for the hem. ;)

~*~*~*~

This dress should not have taken me so long, but I worked really slow and unusually carefully on it, as it means so much to me.
I was very pleased with both the fit and the final look!

The cap sleeves, the neck detail and even the use of the bias tape as trim and piping were inspired from my online browsing.

The piping is continuous up the front, and then down the back!
The fact that it is not split at the shoulder seams is probably only a detail I will know, but it is, at least, a small matter of pride!

I added a nice gold belt and thought it pulled everything together.
However, the show-stopper of this dress is (as it should be!) the epic border print!
Look at the hem!
Glorious, no?

So anyways, there you go!
I hope you enjoyed it.

I am heading up to church camp this weekend, so this will be my last post for a while!


xoxoxo
Lexi



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Creativity Lately

Hello Lovely People!
The last 6 months I have compiled some miscellaneous photos of recent projects and artsy stuff,
so it's time to share!

Hope you enjoy!

-Flan
Over the last two years I worked on perfecting the fine art  of "Flan", which is a custard in caramel sauce, commonly served in Mexico.
It is one of those things that can be a bit tricky (until you get your method down), and my family now expects me to make it for family get-togethers! This is one of the two I made for my Padre's birthday in February. I did my own garnish of raspberries and mint!



-Mystery Tea
At the end of March my friend Marie and I helped put on our tea-fundraiser at church. It was a team effort really, we two just put on the entertainment part of it---as Dr. Jane Watson and Sherlockiah Holmes!
We put on a skit and it was wonderful (if slightly crazy at times). We had a bunch of jokes and funny British lines thrown in. My "Watson" outfit came from the theatre I work at, and Marie's plaid "Holmes" dress was thrifted. We brought in sets (from our local homeschool drama play which we both helped put on early that year) and hauled furniture!
(Left, Me---Right Marie)


- Spring Scarf
Sometime during the early spring I found a remnant of semi-sheer floral from a local fabric source. So I fashioned a cute lace scarf. It has a cool design, maybe I'll show the finished thing sometime!


- Refashioned T
My awesome friend Samantha worked at a resort island last summer, and brought me back a cute "Mackinac Island" t-shirt! It was a bit too big, so I remade it! I took the sides in, cut the hem to be curved and added fun "bo-ho" trim. Ta-da!


-Journaling and Prayer Box
My sister went to a missions conference this spring and came home with "love" gifts (a small gift to show you love a person) for everyone. She is pretty awesome! And kindhearted. And maybe generous too? She gave me an owl prayer journal, and also a PRAYER BOX! You write one-liners (or one-worders) about things that are really troubling you, and you give them to the Lord, then close the box and let go!


- Pattern Haul
I hit a $1 pattern sale and stocked up!
Enough said!


- India Dress
In April came the bombshell news about the Royals visit to India! And I was super excited to see Kate's wardrobe! This dress has a very long story, but suffice it to say I was intrigued/inspired by  Kate's use of a traditional garment, turned modern. Here is a sneak peak of my "refashioned"  modern India dress!


- Polka-dot Cards
In late June I gathered with friends for epic card-making!
This is my personal collection called "Polka-dot Fiesta"!
Super cute!


-Redecorating
Also in June we weekend in our old family cabin. It's a mountain cabin, and my mother and I are redecorating (or trying to!) for the first time in 40? or 50? years!
I found that white shabby-chic dresser on the side of the road and it looks great with an old family mirror! (I also thrifted the old lamp!)



-Mending Beanie Boos
This is kinda funny, but I am now a surgeon for stuffed animals.
Six year old Kayla at church apparently knows I sew, so she came to me Sunday with Doggy and Turtle and I am now "vetting" them. Doggy just needed his back sewn. But Turtle had a fin accident and needs reconstruction. ;)


Anyways, in between there has been family mending, flower crown making and a bunch of other stuff.
But this is what I've got for now!
I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of beauty.

xoxoxo
~Yours Ever Creating~
Lexi