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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Of Babies, Hiking, and Adventure

Phew! Where does the time go?! Life is just flying by...

My husband filled a pulpit in Kansas about two weeks ago. And he let me fulfill a long-time dream by stopping by the Gateway Arch when we drove through St. Louis! (Yes, I did have to get up early, but it was worth it.) We didn't go inside, but we did see the outside! 



This man. I love him. And he is a stud. *Fan girl moment*


We had a fun get-together with my grandparents. It is probably the last time we'll all be together for a while. :( I am trying not to cry perpetually, but it is soooo tough. (Oh, did I mention that we are moving?! More details soon!!!)


Me and my grandma. I love her. 


All of ladies. I love them all. 


Me and my mom. <3 Most folks think she is my sister...


Trumpets, drum roll, fanfare... Me and Princess Rachael. :) I wuv her so much.



We went hiking at the East Fork in the Jemez (pronounced with an "h" for my non-Spanish friends...) Samuel had never been and I simply had to go one last time before we move. 

Our little tradition is the wild flowers pictured. Samuel puts them in my hair every time we hike. I love it! We got caught in the rain (love, love, love!). I'm grateful for a prepared hubby who had ponchos and a gentlemanly one who made sure I got the best one...



Rachael's baby dedication at Gospel Light Baptist Church was such a joy. I love every opportunity to be with my wonderful family. 


That's about it for now. Anything new with y'all? Did you read my post on the home? Don't forget to leave your thoughts! 

I am currently working on a post about the Spirit of the Lord. In your mind, what kind of an environment, disposition, etc. demonstrate that the Spirit of the Lord is present? Leave me your thoughts! Verses welcome! 

Until Next Time...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Importance of Our Home as a Haven (+Resources!)


The home is a topic I've spent a lot of years studying. As a girl, my mom and grandma taught me all the basics of hospitality, cooking, cleaning, being a hostess, etc. I was given dozens of books to read. And then, one day, I began to apply what I had learned to the room I shared with my sister. Now I'm applying it to my own home. 

At the end of this post, I'm going to briefly share a recent personal experience about why I am writing on this subject. Take note: the home is more important than we often realize.

I just wanted to share with you why the home is a haven...and offer a few resources! Enjoy! Please be sure to share YOUR ideas in the comments!


Home.

In the crazy bustle of activity and events we call life, home is often an overlooked principle. Notice I say principle because, yes, the very essence of the word home is a principle. Home is not necessarily a place. It is an atmosphere. 

Home is - or should be - a haven.

A haven of rest, love, laughter, and peace. A place to heal from wounds. A place to find refreshment from the busy life we lead outside. It should be a hospitable for the hurting, a resting place for the weary, and a beacon of light to the lost. 

As Emilie Barnes says in her book Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home, "...if you are like the women I meet...you long for a home that is warm and welcoming, comfortable and freeing - a place where you can express the uniqueness of your God-given talents and nurture relationships with people you love. You are hungry for a home - and a life - that reflects your personality and renews your soul."

Most of us, deep down, hunger for the atmosphere of home.


Unfortunately, with the world being as it is, the home is being attacked as never before. And I don't just mean the foundation of the home (our faith). I mean the home itself and everything that goes into making its atmosphere what it is.

As Christians, we should be different. We are to be set apart, different from the world, and different from its customs. This should include our dwelling place.

Two Scenes...

Picture yourself walking up to a house. As you approach, you notice the broken toys, trash, shoes, and tools covering the walkway. It's not the usual evidence you see for children having happily played for. No, it's decidedly run-down and littered. 

You continue walking up to the door. But the door scarcely opens before you become overwhelmed with a sense of chaos. Noise - and not joyful ones - issue out from the house,  instantly overwhelming your ears and spirit.

You step inside. All of your senses are bombarded. The TV is flashing images and blaring noise. Dirt, garbage, toys, and paper litter the entry and living room. The odor of unwashed laundry and filth strike your nostrils. Children are hollering; those who are quiet don't bother to look up from their cellular devices or video games. Dogs are barking and rush around the house. Everyone has apparently forgotten their inside voice - or can no longer use it, simply because the other noises of TV, radio, video games, hollering, and barking make it impossible to speak in a normal tone of voice and still be heard.

You try to find a place to sit, but it is nearly impossible amidst the worn out boots blocking your path, the stack of papers heaped on the sofa, and the cats stretching themselves over the little remaining space. You've just arrived and, already, your senses are bombarded with chaos and your spirit is overwhelmed with anything but peace. 

This is the fourth, the sixth, the tenth time you've been there. And it's always like this. Nothing is unusual. It's all a very typical scene. And you sit there, struggling to feel Christ's presence. Because - didn't I mention this? - it's a Christian home.


Unfortunately, the scene I just described is a real one for many Christian living places today. 

No, it's not always that extreme. But, sometimes, even in a clean house, Christ's presence is somehow missing. 

Picture yourself walking up to another home. You smile at the squirt guns and baby buggy on the front lawn. Children have clearly been playing there. But it's not an unwelcome sight. The area is clearly taken care of and it's obvious that the children have simply been enjoying themselves.

The door is opened. You step inside. The first sensation that strikes you is the smiles. The mother of the home looks tired, true, but she is smiling. The younger children are crowded around her and excitedly usher you into the house. The oldest son smiles and waves in passing. 

What is that scent? As you are drawn to a seat in the tidy living room, you close your eyes and breath in the freshness. Someone has been doing laundry. A hint of vanilla and lavender lighten on your senses. When you open your eyes, you see a lit candle. It's next to a pile of music books, true, but you barely see the them. That little glow of light steals the attention from the one or two piles of unfinished school papers and brings a touch of peace to your heart.

Somewhere, soft music is playing. It's not too loud and brings an air of peace, even when the baby whimpers and the new puppy sets up a howl when he sees you. It's not a magazine perfect house, but it's clean and as tidy as one could expect with a home full of children. 

You feel welcomed. Whether it's in the gentle smiles, the moderated voices, the lit candles, the music, the Scriptures littering the walls (both on paintings and on the colored pictures on the refrigerators ), or love you can simply feel, you know that you are welcomed. You know that you are loved - if for no other reason than that this family loves Jesus.

The Witness of the Home

In our fast-paced culture today, the witness of the home is often a sadly neglected facet of our Christianity. However, it should not be this way.

Our homes should reflect the power, love, peace, and strength as as Christian claim to possess through the Holy Spirit. How can we claim the peace and love of Jesus if we live our daily lives in chaos and conflict?

Christianity becomes real in the home. We are no longer on our best behavior, in our best clothes as we are on Sunday. We are real. We are genuine. This is real life. And this is our opportunity to show the world that we are different - and not just on Sundays.

Hospitality is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate Christ-like love and sacrifice. However, it will become impossible if our dwelling place is chaotic, cluttered, and the center of bickering and disorder. It's rather difficult to find the peace of Christ in an environment overrun by arguments, shouting, clutter, and disorder. Our God is a God of order, of love, of peace, of beauty. And the way we live our lives is an unspoken testimony to Him and how He has changed us and made us different from the world.

In a world full of chaos, war, and sin, the witness of a haven-like home will speak volumes. 

Finding Balance...In the Home-Tone

All of us need quiet, calm, and peace. It is essential to procuring rest for our souls in this crazy world. But... We still do live in the crazy world.

Creating a haven of rest in one's home does not involve perfection. If anything, perfection can create a sense of unrest and chaos just as much as disorder can. The secret is balance and a desire for everyone's good. If Better Homes and Gardens is our goal, we might as well throw the idea of a haven out of the proverbial window. 

Why? Because perfectionism looks at the exterior. A haven of peace looks at the heart.

One can definitely create a child-friendly home that is still a haven of rest. The haven homemaker looks for ways to create a peaceful, loving, safe environment - not necessarily a 100% clean one. Life happens. Folks need to feel comfortable in their home. Therefore, it's about a tone, not a magazine cover. 

It's the tone of the home that makes quick decisions when things go awry. 

  • When greasy dishes are overflowing, the tone is the little voice that prompts one to light a candle and dim the lighting, creating an environment of peace in a messy kitchen.
  • When it's near 4 o'clock and everyone is tired and hungry, the tone prompts one to turn on some light classical music to calm nerves and set an atmosphere of quiet.
  • When papers and music and mail are overflowing, the tone reminds you to find an attractive basket or box to neatly contain the clutter.
  • When toys are scattered all over the floor, the tone is what prompts you to remind the children to have the mid-afternoon clutter-clearing time.
  • When tension is strong and a fight is brewing, the tone reminds you to lower your voice and seek peace.

You see, creating a haven of rest is not about perfection. It's not about clutter never being present, about dishes never piling over, about chaos never ensuing. It's about creatively finding ways to calm the noise, contain the messes, and consciously do one's best to create peace in a very un-peaceful world.

Creating the Haven

One thing I love about being a homemaker is that I get to use my personal styles, tastes, and opinions to fashion my home. I also get to consult my husband, glean from his opinions, and create an atmosphere that suits us both. (After all, a haven is about making everyone feel comfortable and at peace!)

Everyone person is different. Therefore, there is no cookie cutter way to create a haven. Only you know what you want and what works best to create peace and a loving environment in your family. Only you know how to answer the questions: How Do I Make My Home a Haven? and Is My Home Reflecting the Light of Christ?

Still, I thought it would be fun to share a few tips. I've learned them from my mom, grandma, and two books -- Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home and The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming. I've done a lot of experimenting and come up with my own ways to make our home a haven, but again, it's all about individual creativity!

(Oh, by the way... Creating a haven has nothing to do with spending money on the perfect decorations. You can use what you have or purchase items in a very thrifty manner. Since we're called into full-time Christian service, you can be sure that the Jones family is on a very tight budget! It's entirely possible to create haven on a very small income.)


  • Candles are a life saver! They provide fragrance, soft or romantic lighting, and set an atmosphere of calm. If you or hubby dislike having open flames, there are now many varieties of flameless candles that flicker and even have scent! Sprinkle them around your home - by the sink, in the living room, in the bathroom, and make sure there is one or two on your bedside table.
  • Invest in some good classical or worshipful CDs. Be sure to hit that play button in the early mornings or mid afternoon when life is sure to be crazy. 
  • Baskets are amazing. Whether they contain spiritual books for quiet moments or blankets for those cuddly nights, use 'em! Fill them with whatever makes for a peaceful home and scatter them around the house.
  • Think good scents. Whether it's candles, room spray, Wall Flowers, an essential oils diffuser, wax warmer, or regular oil warmer, make your home refreshing! This takes a little work if you are the mother of small boys or live on a farm, but it can be done!
  • Consider creative ways to hide clutter. The dollar stores often carry cute little collapsible fabric boxes and baskets. Why not have a cute receptacle for all of that mail, sheet music, books, keys, etc?
  • Establish an inside voice.
  • Establish a daily "clearing up" time. Clutter always brings chaos. Have a set time (just five to ten minutes in the middle of the day) where you set a timer and see how much you can get clean!
  • Like to bake? Fresh bread, pie, etc. naturally creates a touch of whimsy, plus they smell really good!
  • Make a conscious effort to turn off the TV if you are not actually watching it. Background noise and scenes of violence will very quickly destroy an atmosphere of security and peace.

Be Sure to Leave Your Own Ideas in the Comments!

Those are just a few of the ideas I've gleaned from reading, learning, and gaining experience. I love being a homemaker and am grateful that God has entrusted me with such an important task.

I'll be completely candid. Not too long ago, my home came under major attack. Everything my husband and I stand for came under attack. People who claim to be men of God tried to shred our marriage and get in between us...and we've only been married 5.5 months. This tells me a lot about how important the home environment of a Christian is. Whether you have experienced it or not (yet), godly homes are under attack - even by those who name the name of Christ. Satan is fighting hard to keep peace, godliness, and order from our homes. He doesn't want us to have loving, peaceful relationships in the beauty of a haven-like home. 

Why? 

Perhaps it is because a home that mirrors Christianity is a more powerful witnessing/discipleship tool than we realize. 

Perhaps the way we live our lives reflects something to a lost and dying world. Perhaps peace in the home is a witness that we do follow the Prince of Peace.  Perhaps love in the home is a witness that we do follow the One who IS love. Perhaps things being done decently and in order reflect the God who established decency and order in the first place. 

It's up to each family how they want to establish an environment of peace and create that haven. But, however we decided to do things, it is wise to understand that we are under attack. Creating peace is never easy. But it is worth it...for our own sanity, for our walk with the Lord,  for our witness to a lost world, and to strengthen our ability to reach out to the hurting.

Leave your ideas in the comments! What books have you read? What tips have you learned? Please share!
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Mother in the Making by Gabrielle Meyer

I had the pleasure of being on my author friend Gabrielle Meyer's street team for her Love Inspired novel A Mother in the Making, releasing in September!


Check out my review!


A Mother in the MakingA Mother in the Making by Gabrielle Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Appropriate for all ages. Best for 13+.

When I found out about the opportunity to jump on-board Gabrielle's street team for this book, I was thrilled. I was even more thrilled when the book arrived at my door. Yes, I did jump up and down. I was made even happier by the story itself.

When an aspiring actress shows up as his new governess, Dr. Orton doesn't know what to think. Miss Marjorie Maren is way too beautiful, fun loving, and, well...impractical. How could she possibly be a good governess to his children? And what is she hiding from her past?

Marjorie wants to make people happy with her life. Before she leaves to fulfill that goal as a movie actress, she is determined to leave the Orton family in good hands. Dr. Orton needs a good wife so his children can have a mother again. But what if she never finds the perfect woman? Time is running out...and her heart is getting way too drawn toward the Orton children...and their father.

With a touch of whimsy, overall sweetness, and the occasional similarity to The Sound of Music, A Mother in the Making is a fun, quick read. I enjoyed the story, loved the ending, and liked the two POVs. While I would have preferred a bit more character growth and historical details, that is not easy to achieve with a limited word count. The book was written in the style I've come to expect with Love Inspired books, and it was the perfect length for a quiet afternoon of reading.

Recommended for sweet romance and light historical-fiction fans.

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Why not add the book to your Goodreads to-read shelf? You'll be glad you did! 

What have you been reading this summer?
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Crazy Life, Wonderful Marriage, and God's Goodness

Special note: I emailed all of the #ModestyMatters winners. If you did not receive an email from me, please leave a comment stating so. Thank you!

It struck me the other day.

I have been married for five months. And, in that time, I have been in three countries, 15+ states (many of which three or four times), traveled to on ministerial work for at least 4 weeks, and been involved in my own church and camp work.

And now we've moved. Yes, moved. Two moves within five months. For some strange reason, I found a white hair the other day. And my eyes look perpetually tired. Moving on...

We'll announce where we are going soon. In the mean time, here are a few photos from the last few weeks! (Sorry the pics are small. None of my photos were on my laptop, which meant quick FB downloads...)


Marriage continues to be wonderful. I love it. In all the craziness of my life, I so appreciate the steadfastness of my husband's love and the amazing relationship we have. We sharpen, encourage, tease, and just love each other. I learn so much from Samuel. And I so appreciate his amazing character and love for the Lord.

And, yeah. That would be Samuel cooking a fork-skewered hot dog over a propane cook top. That's the last time he makes his own lunch... I believe he balanced out the meal with a package of oreos too...


Samuel got to hold his niece for the first time on July 4th! (He was sick when she was born.) We're both so in love. Sigh. I am wanting a baby of my own...


VBS at our wonderful church went well! It was a blessing to be there and participate. I love my church!


My sweet friend sent me some mini essential oils as a little care package. It was so sweet of her. Now I have clove, thieves, lavender, and a blend called Immune Power.


Apologies for my tired look here... Seriously, it was an amazing day. I finally got to meet a gal I've been emailing and texting for four+ years now! We've become such good friends. God was so good to finally let us meet and visit!


Yeah. This little diva. My niece is way too cute. Just way too cute. Such a stylish little star...


Me and my sister Hannah. I love this girl so much. She's a treasure, and I know she is going to do great things for God one day. 

Work on Fuego in the Night has come to a standstill, but I am hoping to get back into writing soon. I cannot wait to share the story with you. I have a feeling that God is going to allow me to incorporate a lot of my personal experiences here lately. It's going to be a hard book to write, but a blessing.

God is so good. I will close with that. Even when life is tough and some pretty bad things come your way, He is there. He is fighting for you. He is loving you. And He knows what you are going through - no matter how bad it is. He is there.

What have you been up to lately? 
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Home to Come Home to - Interview and Giveaway with Alicia Ruggeri

Today, we are blessed to welcome Alicia Ruggieri! She is an author friend of mine. Enjoy her fun interview and be sure to add her newest release to your Goodread shelves!


Drum roll please!

July 21-25, 2016 – The Fragrance of Geraniums (Book 1) – FREE on Kindle!
July 22-28, 2016 – All Our Empty Places (Book 2) - $1.99 on Kindle!

I hope y'all are as excited about this blog tour and giveaway as I am! 


Hardened Ben Picoletti thought he’d turned his back on Depression-era Rhode Island years ago. Nothing remains there for him, except for haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Yet when a criminal accusation shatters his ambitions, Ben has nowhere to flee but back to his stepfather’s home.

There, he finds that redemption yet waits for him… but the sacrifice required to attain it may exceed the limits of his family’s hearts.

Meanwhile, his musical sister Grace continues her studies in New York. She longs to hear a word of affection from her high-school beau… yet only Paulie’s silence greets her. Grace must decide whether she wants to live in the past or move into an unknown future with unexpected love.

Lyrical and sensitive to the aching heart, A Love to Come Home To affirms that God delights in being a stronghold in times of trouble; that He renews His mercy every morning; and that He will work every bitter thing together for the good of His children.


Enjoy my interview with Alicia! 

1. How old were you when you first started writing?

I’ve been writing for fun since I was a young child and kept on writing fiction through middle school. In high school and college, God blessed me with the opportunity to direct a children’s theatre group, and writing some of the plays for that group really helped to develop my sense of storytelling.

However, it wasn’t until one of my sisters encouraged me to flesh out and finish a story that had been lingering on a floppy disk (yes, that long ago!) for nearly a decade that I began to pursue publication more strongly. God has been gracious to me, and A Love to Come Home To is my sixth published book.

2. What most inspires you to write?
To be honest, I get some of my best story ideas from sermons! I think that’s partially because I’m a theme-driven writer, in general. Much of the time, my characters sprout from a certain idea or truth that has struck me hard. In A Love to Come Home To, the actions of the male characters – Ben, Sam, and Paulie – all come together to illustrate the truth that God’s father-love for us will go to any length, at any cost, to bring us back to Himself.

3. You tend to deal with hard topics, which I appreciate. You do so in a manner that gets to the heart of the issues, but is still within the boundaries of discretion. How did you come to this approach and how do you determine where your boundaries are?
From the time that I began to work at my writing in a more serious way, I felt it impressed on my heart that God wanted to use me to exhort (or encourage) others through my storytelling to walk in the truth and to have real hope in the midst of what is a sin-saturated world. The way that I can do that is by acknowledging that the lies and the hopelessness exist – not by ignoring them – and then I can point toward the one who sets us free. Unfortunately, as Christians, I think sometimes we erroneously believe that God wants us to ignore the sin and suffering around us as a way to keep our hearts at peace… but this is not true.

If we look at the way that Jesus ministered to people, we see that He is absolutely holy, completely sinless, and yet He had no problem with talking about and dealing with the specific sins that would be laid upon Him at the cross (see, for example, His conversation with the Samaritan woman, the adulteress, Zaccheus, etc.). It’s only by facing these things, recognizing how hard and ugly they are, how incapable we are of fixing them or ourselves, that we each can find grace in Him – both at the moment of our salvation and in our walk with Him. Showing that redemption – that transition from darkness to light – honors God.

I don’t have specific boundary lines, but as I write each day, I commit my work to the Lord, asking Him to write through me – that He would use my fingers as I type, my mind as I plan and think, that He would direct the path of the story. And as I work, I try by His grace to listen to His Holy Spirit, prodding me away or toward a certain way of depicting a difficult, more “gritty” part of the story. I never want to titillate intentionally; I don’t want to glorify or roll around in the sinful actions of any character. But I do want to show the darkness just enough to point to the light, to the One Who is the Light. 

4. Chocolate or vanilla?
May I have peanut butter? Haha! Just kidding. Chocolate – the darker, the better!

5. What is your heart's cry for your readers?
That they would draw near to the Father-heart of God through His Son Jesus Christ. I include Christians in this as well as those readers who might not know the Lord Jesus in a personal way, because – let’s face it – once you become a Christian, your troubles don’t just melt away. Usually, they become more intense, but they just might come from a different source! So, my desire is to help each of us to see, over and over again, that the answer to every single one of our problems and difficulties and sins lies in Jesus Christ, who is the Answer and the Redeemer, our Sufficiency, the One Who heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. He is the One Who will bear our burden with us, Who is the Shield of our salvation, whose gentleness makes us great (Psalm 18:35).

6. Mountains or beach?
The beach if we’re talking about the ocean! Jk. But there’s also nothing quite like the “mountains, high-soaring above.”

7. Are any of your characters based on real people?
I think, like a lot of writers, I have to answer, “yes and no.” I’ve never written any character who IS a real person, just with a different name. But many of my characters have been inspired by traits in real-life people that I know or have known.

8. Coffee or tea?
Coffee is necessary for life and godliness! Just kidding – not really, though! I consume embarrassing amounts of coffee, both hot and iced. Having said that, in the winter, especially, I will also drink large mugs of peppermint tea while I write.


Alicia G. Ruggieri writes grace-filled, Christ-centered fiction, including the A Time of Grace Trilogy. She’s a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she studied Communications and History, and her adventures include children’s theatre direction, restaurant management, and small business ownership. Alicia and her husband live in coastal New England, where she may be found drinking far too much coffee and penning stories with her emotionally-disturbed second-hand pug by her side.




AUTHOR LINKS:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/aliciagruggieri




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Friday, July 8, 2016

Modesty Matters - Giveaway Winners!

Thank you all for your participation in Modesty Matters! Did you win any of our giveaways!?


Day #1 - Featuring Sarah Willis and Abby Garrison with Jamberry. The winner is Blessed Homemaking

Day # 2 - Featuring Lacey Lenentine and Claire Smith with Macee Leigh. The winner is Amber Schamel!

Day #3 - Featuring Lydia Blodgett and Sarah Covey with Jamberry. The winner is Deborah C!

Day #4 - Featuring Alicia Jones and two of my books as the giveaway! The winners are Bethany (just Bethany, no last name) and Rachel (again, no last name). 

Day # 5 - Featuring Julianne Daniel and Cathy Sandiford with SeneGence. The winner is Maellen Blodgett

Winners, please email me at writerforhisglory@yahoo.com with "Modesty Winner" in the subject line. You have one week to email me, or the giveaway will go to someone else. Thank you!

No one answered the Par la Grace giveaway from Say Yes to the Modest Dress, so I have chosen a new winner. Congratulations to Cathy Walters Sandiford! Please email me with "Say Yes to the Modest Dress Winner" in the subject line. Thank you!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Modesty Matters - Featuring Julianne Daniel

Thank you, ladies, for being here today! I'm excited about the giveaways, about the message of this event. Today is the last day - enjoy!




Hey there everyone!
My name is Julianne Daniel. I am 24 years old. I'm originally from Gulfport, Mississippi but am now living in New Mexico with my wonderful husband, two dogs, and our growing first baby on the way.
I have chosen three outfits that I love! I am very frugal and rarely spend money on clothing. When I say frugal, I mean it! All these items were either clearance, thrifted, given, or bought for me! That's what makes fashion so exciting! I will never pay full price for a skirt or dress unless it's a super special occasion. Okay, never! Lol I love to make new outfits out of the clothes I already have!


Recently, I've been in a floral/ bright color mood since it's getting so warm outside, but typically, I love to stick with neutral, classic items that can be worn forever.
My first outfit is a dress that was given to me. I paired it with a thrifted cardigan and my shoes were a gift. I love frilly, feminine dresses!


My second outfit is a floral dress I bought from Burlington for $6. It had these extremely high slits for no reason. (All the way to my arm pit!) So I had a very talented friend add some t-shirt material and lace so it would be modest.


My third outfit is more casual. I have been wanting a crocheted skirt for a while now, and I finally found one at a department store back at home called Belk. I just put it with a simple t-shirt and Walmart sandals!
Modest clothing doesn't always have to be super expensive and it's very doable. With patience and a love for the Lord it comes easy to those that have an open heart and good attitude about their relationship with Christ. When I get dressed I ask myself, "What associates me more with Christ?" Then, I choose my outfit. Stay classy ladies!

Much love,
Julianne Daniel


Thank you, Julianne, for your lovely outfits and words! We appreciate you so much!

Now for our very last giveaway! (And, don't forget, you can go back and enter all the previous giveaways too!)

Welcome Cathy!

My name is Cathy Sandiford. I am a graduate of Hyles Anderson College. I host a radio show called The Teacher's Key through Janice Wolfe's show Eleven2one on Faith Music Radio. I have taught in one capacity or another for 27 years. The last 8 years have been dedicated to students with special needs. The last of my own children just graduated from high school and I will be changing focus in my life. One new focus is SeneGence. It is a long lasting make up that stays on until you take it off! I am looking forward to a change of pace as I age gracefully.



The giveaway is one of these lovely lip products, with the winner's choice of color!

To enter, please visit Cathy's website! Leave a comment here stating your favorite SeneGence product!

For a second entry, you can join Cathy's Facebook group! Leave a comment here stating your username.

For a third entry, you can share Cathy's Facebook group with others! Leave a comment here stating you have done so.

For a fourth entry, you can like my Facebook fan page. Leave a comment here stating your username.

One lucky winner will be selected using a random number generator from the comments section. Winners of all contests from Say Yes to the Modest Dress will be announced next week at one time here on the blog. Please, no international entries due to exorbitant shipping costs. We're sorry! 
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