Difficult Seasons-Take Another Step

It seems like each week I come to this place and ask why? I know life is a journey and there are times of joy but there are also times of sorrow.

Just this week, a friend found out that her 2 year old daughter has a malignant brain tumor. They operated and removed 95% of the tumor. They will have to do chemo and radiation to get rid of the 5% that was left. My heart aches for this family.

I sometimes wonder how we handle the difficult seasons but I’m reminded of this quote by Oswald Chambers….

Take Another Step

We can’t give up. We have to have faith that God is in control. Do the next thing!

When my daughter found out about this tragedy, she texted me, “Why is life so hard?” My answer was simply, “Because this is not our home. We are here to shine light in a dark world and we never know how long we have.”

We have no guarantees of tomorrow but we have today, so let’s shine His light!

The song, Take Another Step by Steven Curtis Chapman kept coming to my mind.

Basically, the song is saying one minute everything can seem perfect and the next minute there’s tragedy. What do we do? Take another step, and then another, and then another……

 

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

I have a hard time posting fashion pictures on Sundays but since I committed to 31 days of summer fashion I’m going to do it. You know I wasn’t going to get through 31 days of summer fashion without wearing my chambray shirt.

31 days of summer fashion

Chambray Shirt-Cato//Black pants-Stitch Fix//Wedge heels-Macy’s//Earrings-Target

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

I knew the month would fly by if I was counting down the days. I can’t believe it’s day 20 of my 31 days of summer fashion. What??

Today I’m sharing on outfit with my favorite pair of wedges. I purchased these last summer online from The Limited. Of course they don’t have them now.

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

Summer is such a great time to pop some color and this tank from Stitch fix is perfect. I recently purchased this gold bib necklace from Stitch Fix and my ankle pants are from The Limited too.

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

We’ve been super busy the past few days, moving Courtney and Colt to a new town and a new home. We are so excited for her! This is her new home.

new home

We painted the great room earlier in the week. It was a dark tan and Courtney wanted to lighten it up.

Painting

This was what it looked like a few hours after she moved in. Courtney does not mess around, she likes organization!

fireplace

Colt got a new “big boy bed.” No more baby bed for him. He jumped in the bed and kept yelling, “My big boy bed!” He loved it!!

toddler bed

Courtney is calling this her “happy” place. I’m thrilled for her! She has been through so much over the last year. God is good and I knew he was going to turn her mourning into joy.

Psalm 30:11 says,“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.”

Thank you for all your prayers for Courtney and our family! You have been a blessing to us!

Have a blessed Saturday!

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Summer Fashion-Navy loves Orange

It’s no secret that I love navy and orange. Add that to a summer dress and I’m in love. It’s Day 18 of 31 days of summer fashion.

Summer Fashion-Navy loves Orange

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Summer Fashion-Navy loves Orange

Summer Fashion-Navy loves Orange

I purchased these shoes at Macy’s about a month ago. The brand is Alfani, and I can’t find the exact pair online but they are at Macy’s.

stella & dot, orange necklace Navy dress-Stitch Fix//Coral Cay Necklace-Stella & Dot//Renegade Cluster Bracelet-Stella & Dot//Earrings-Banana Republic//Orange hinged bracelet-Nordstrom

What’s your favorite colors to mix and match?

Beauty For the Heart~~My husband and I are passionate about sharing Christ. We believe sometimes we have to change, to stay relevant in our culture. Not the message but the way we share the message.

Jen Hatmaker, speaker and author says this, “I’ve learned that the easiest place to stay comfortably off-mission is in the western church, where we are doing a lovely job of serving the saved and ignoring everyone else.”

Something to think about, don’t you think?

Have a blessed day!

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Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

Hey ladies! It’s day 17 of my 31 days of summer fashion. Yesterday was a mild day in Ky. The temperature was in the 70′s and the evenings have been in the 50′s.

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

This outfit is MNG by Mango from JCPenney’s.

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

MNG by Mango Boatneck Sweater-JCPenney//MNG by Mango Floral Soft Pants-JCPenney//Tan Sandals-JCPenney//Necklace-Stella & dot//Earrings-Banana Republic

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

Has anyone else had unusually cool weather this summer?

Beauty For the Heart~~Our family has been through a rough 10 months. But my husband and I were talking about how most families are going through some type of difficulty. No one is immune from hardships.

Thankfully, God reminds us that, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

Let’s remain faithful!

Have a blessed day!

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Summer Fashion+Simple Summer Skin Tips

I’m doing two posts in one today. I’m teaming up with some lovely ladies for a simple summer series. But I’m also doing an outfit post for my 31 days of summer fashion. Whew!
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Natalia @ Ma Nouvelle Mode // Elle at Elle Sees // Cyndi at Walking in Grace // Alison at Get Your Pretty On // Jen at Yummy, Healthy, Easy

First, I’ll share my Simple Summer Skin Tips. Most of us know these but since it’s the middle of July and it’s pretty hot outside, we can always use the reminder.

1. Use sunscreen. Although I don’t always have it on my body if I’m not outside, I always have it on my face. It’s in my skincare and my foundation. Gone are the days where I lay outside and bake in the sun for hours. I just don’t do it. I use self tanners to give my skin a glow.

2. Drink plenty of water. I drink water all day long. I add my Young Living Lemon essential oil which is a powerful antioxidant.

3. Cleans your skin morning and night. You want to make sure you wash off the toxins on your skin.

4. Exfoliate-Since I use self tanners, I have to exfoliate every week. It helps your self tanners look better.

5. Moisturize-Wow, the older I get, the more I realize how important moisturizing is for my skin.

Summer heat and sun can be hard on our skin so make sure you’re doing these summer skin tips to help your skin look it’s best!

Now, for What I Wore. It’s day 16 of my 31 days of summer fashion. Yesterday was errand day for me so I dressed comfortable and casual.

Summer Fashion+Simple Summer Skin Tips

Ruffle Detail Sleeveless Blouse-Stitch Fix (19 Cooper brand)//Boyfriend jeans-Kut From the Kloth//Sandals-JCPenney

Summer Fashion+Simple Summer Skin Tips
Earrings-Gold studs from Stella & Dot.

Summer Fashion+Simple Summer Skin Tips
I’ve had this purse for a while and I purchased it from Marshall’s.

On a side note, several of you asked about these wedge heels from my post yesterday, I purchased them at Shoe Sensation but this store is not online. One of my readers found them at 6 p.m. Yay!! So go here to find these wedge heels.

wedge shoes

What do you do to protect your skin during the summer months?

***Be sure to hop over and check out the rest of the Simple Summer Series posts too.

Natalia @ Ma Nouvelle Mode // Elle at Elle Sees //Alison at Get Your Pretty On // Jen at Yummy, Healthy, Easy

Beauty For the Heart~~ “We are women, and my plea is Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.”-Elisabeth Elliot

Have a blessed day!

Linking to: The Pleated Poppy and Get Your Pretty On

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Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

It’s day 15 of my 31 days of summer fashion. My husband and I love to go out to dinner and see a movie together so I’m sharing a date night outfit.

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

There haven’t been any movies I’m dying to see this summer. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m addicted to 24 and I’ve been watching it from my Amazon prime account. (Do you have Amazon prime? I love it!)

Anyhoo, this is just a fun outfit. I love pink and black. I added a chunky necklace that I’ve had for several years. I’m also wearing gold hoop earrings, I recently purchased from Banana Republic.

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40
You can’t go wrong with wedge heels.

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

Summer Fashion For Women Over 40

Pink top-Marshall’s//Charcoal shorts-Stitch Fix, Level 99 brand//Shoes-6 pm//Earrings-Banana Republic//Sunglasses-Tori Burch

Beauty For the Heart~~This quote spoke to me today. I needed to hear it!

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Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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